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Sunday, April 07, 2013

21st Century Digital Girl

I am in the perfect century. I love what this digital age has to offer, and continues to offer. What I love most is what 'television' offers.

I grew up on TV. The TV was almost always on in my house. My parents like to tell the story that I used to wake up and catch me, as a toddler, watching static or the rainbow stripes of the channel sign off.

I do remember watching Speed Racer or the Three Stooges through static when we lived in Myrtle Beach. I often wonder if they confuse that with me watching static. I could see images and make out some of the antics.

When I lived in the Philippines, we had just a handful of channels. One was an American-based channel and the others were local but one would play American movies and shows throughout the day. Sesame Street and Electric Company (with Morgan Freeman) played constantly. I hated those shows but I watched them anyway. B-movies played constantly. For a week, the same movie played every day and the same movie would come back in a few months. Clint Eastwood and John Wayne were favorites to play. But other weird ones came on: Asylum and Where Have All the People Gone.

When we moved to Florida in 1982 and was introduced to cable television, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. HBO? Real movies on TV? And MTV? OMG. That was just crazy. Life was great.

And it has gotten better: Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and all kinds of other places to watch TV stuff.

I watch a lot. And I am not embarrassed or ashamed. I meet people who want to be embarrassed or ashamed for me but I ignore them. I really could care less if anyone thinks differently than I do about the whole thing: I love this form of entertainment and I soak in every form I can get. I love meeting and talking to people who are like me (you know who you are :)) and I love finding out what's coming out next, what others are watching that I'm not, or what we are watching that we all love.

What am I watching? Sometimes I think it's easier to ask: what am I not watching? But there are a lot of things I'm not watching. Here are some of my favorites but I watch a lot more...

Scandal: This is recent. I actually *just* started watching this about two weeks ago. I was disinterested in this show despite seeing its ads on ABC. But I kept reading about it, how folks liked it so I decided to give it a try when I saw that season one was on Netflix. I was immediately hooked. I managed to find a site on-line that had season two's earlier episodes for free. I am one episode away from having the last four episodes on-demand with U-verse.

This is sizzling: a republican president having an affair with his black communications director for his campaign. She quits his cabinet and begins her own crisis management firm, which deals with scandalous events. Her staff includes an ex-CIA black ops guy who is addicted to killing people (dark humor), a lawyer busted for inside-trading, a woman acquitted of murdering seven people, and another woman who fled an abusive relationship. And the black, gorgeous ex-communications director for which the president is in love with? That would be Olivia Pope. Oh. Such a yummy show!!

The Mindy Project: I liked Mindy Kaling's character in The 40-Year Old Virgin and The Office. When I read about her starting her own show, being the writer of it, I had to give it a try to support female projects. And by golly, it was great. It's like a Girls-light. Mindy plays a gynecologist who thinks very highly of herself but is also very insecure. The self-deprecating humor is, quite honestly, hilarious and she has Chris Messina, who is a cutie-pie, who also plays an ego-maniac gynecologist but also, with a bit of social disfunction. The episode where they hire a new nurse, "Hiring and Firing" is a great one...not only because it's hilarious but because that's when Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) joins the cast. Also, there's the war between the gynecologists and the mid-wives, who are genious-ly played by Mark and Jay Duplass.

Justified: I haven't finished the fourth season ender but my god, this is one fun show to watch. Timothy Olyphant plays Kentucky US Marshal Raylan Givens. From the very first episode, in which he shoots a crime boss at a hotel deck in Miami, bad-ass style, the viewer knows you got a cool dude who marches to the beat of his own drum. Olyphant plays Givens to a cool-bad-ass tee. Yes, it's probably too good for real life but for TV, it's delicious to watch.

He is sardonic as hell and he shoots people left and right. It's a western in modern day. He has a good cast with him too, especially in his childhood frenemy, Boyd Crowder. Boyd in on the other side of the law, where we see him in the first season bombing up black churches with his white supremacist tattoos. Amazingly enough, in four seasons, we tend to like Boyd Crowder, who reforms himself despite still being on the wrong side of the law.

Southland: I started watching this amazing show when it debuted on NBC. It was canceled. Wonderfully, TNT grabbed it and has been airing it ever since. This show is fucking wonderful. It just takes forever between seasons to watch this great show.

The show centers around LAPD. If you saw the movie End of Watch, it's very similar to that. The cast is freaking amazing, especially Regina King, who plays detective Lydia Adams. She is chasing perps left and right and is a tough as nails cop who also shows emotion when she's alone. That's what's amazing: we see these cops on duty and the shit they have to put up with, then we see them off-duty and the shit they have to put up with. One of my all-time favorite shows.

New Girl: This is just one funny show. The quips that come out of this show is just hilarious. The entire cast is spot-on. Schmidt comes up with some of the funnier lines but really, after nearly two seasons, we know the characters well enough now that each line from them is funny.

Some others I love Veep, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Homeland, House of Lies, The Ultimate Fighter (I know, right?), Elementary, and of course, Girls. I'm waiting to see how Top of the Lake and Hannibal fare (so far, so good...and then there's Hemlock Grove, Arrested Development (oh yeah) and The Bridge coming soon. I have yet to ever watch and episode of House of Cards, Mad Men or Downton Abbey and they are on a list to watch one day.


  1. I LOVE Scandal! It has gotten so good this season especially with all the twists in plot! And Olivia Pope kicks ass. I'm going to have to check out the Mindy Project. That one sounds good! Do you watch Modern Family? That one cracks me up!

    1. Yes, Scandal has been a wonderful surprise. I am three episodes before I'm caught up. I love the actors that play these characters. They are so good. The President is played well because I think he shows great emotion for Olivia as well as (but the opposite) his wife. Doubtful he'll get any nominations for this portrayal but it's damn good. But I like Huck best - such a dark, twisted, humorous character for national TV.

      Yes - I love Modern Family too! I didn't have room to write all the shows I love. Now, I watch more than the shows I love :). There are shows I just enjoy but don't LOVE...I still enjoy Revenge, Amazing Race, Project Runway and Top Chef...and much more. :)

  2. I'm a big Project Runway fan. Do you read Tom and Lorenzo? I always love their posts after each show. Their twitter feed is fun to follow while watching too!