Category Archives: TV
i know a lot of folks in the United States are pretty upset about the whole “turn of events” on Downton Abbey this week, but i hope they know things will recover, as they tend to, in a Jullian Fellowes experience.
seeing as i don’t have a steady income right now, i decided to make some adjustments to my budget. for a while now i have been upset at the monopoly of Time Warner Cable in New York City — and have been dismayed and annoyed at the cost of basic cable service. so i actually needed to get my monthly bill down significantly, and had turned off the original programming channels i had (HBO and Showtime) a while ago.
then i did some belt-tightening over the last few years and decided to go down to the Basic and Standard cable packages.
well a week or so ago i decided to go down to Basic. that means no TNT, no Bravo, no E!, no TVLand, no ABC Family.
i thought it was going to really suck, but it has been actually okay. i am watching the network TV shows i usually watch for original programming, so that hasn’t changed much. but now i am watching a lot more PBS. because PBS, quite frankly, is AWESOME.
i am also, yes, watching C-SPAN. it is also quite awesome.
though i don’t seem to get the HD C-SPAN channels, and the Time Warner folks don’t know why. but at least i get the main C-SPAN channel. yay.
i do miss the Rachel Maddow, who has such a fabulously playful and attractive brain. seriously, i have a crush on thee Rachel Maddow’s brain.
i was watching Democracy Now! as well, but now it has now become my main feed for great news coverage. especially in the absence of thee Maddow.
as i am wont to say, ad nauseum, it’s all about content. content is king. and i’m pretty happy with the content that is out there right now.
just caught an episode of Nigella Lawson’s newest TV show, Nigellissima.
the above is a promo for the show….
although the meat pizza (crust was made of meat) and Nutella cheesecake were not especially yumula-inducing, the abject charm and deliciousness of the woman herself — and her gorgeously lit food pron — is not to be missed.
i discovered Nigella on her show, Nigella Bites, when it was on years ago. there was such relaxation and ease and joy in how she worked with, and enjoyed food. so i became a lifelong fan.
was reading through some of the articles about her, and stumbled upon this great quote:
“But I like greedy people. I think if I was with someone who wasn’t greedy that would be a bad sign.” Greedy for what? “Everything. Anything. Greedy people generally have an energy and interest in life.”
there’s something about women like Nigella Lawson — and Martha Stewart comes to mind — that just makes me feel hopeful. smart, interesting, compelling women.
i miss Tom Snyder.
“Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air.”
this fall TV has been somewhat appalling. new shows have been pretty mediocre.
but there are a few guilty pleasures.
right now i’m enjoying the Dick Wolf-produced Chicago Fire. a lot.
- the cast is good, though sometimes i wonder what Monica Raymund is doing there — sort of seems like slumming after watching her work in lie to me….
- half the time i forget Steve from Sex & The City is in the show
- scenes with the thanklessly burdened by dud storylines Eamonn Walker are almost as painful as Kalinda’s scenes with her icky psycho ex-husband in The Good Wife
- thankfully the blonde guy’s fiance has somewhat disappeared. that storyline was a real dog
don’t it make my brown eyes blue
Taylor Kinney is sort of ridiculously good looking. like George Clooney (ER-era) on steroids. it’s actually a little bit distracting sometimes. i sometimes find myself shaking my head and looking at him in his scenes, thinking it’s just nuts that he’s that blessed.
this is what i’m talking about. i think it’s his blue blue eyes that get me — and the salt-and-pepper hair. oy.
gossipy fact: Taylor Kinney is dating Lady Gaga, whose name i feel the need to pronounce like Miranda Hart does on Miranda: Lady Gugh-Gahhh.
Patricia Hodge — Miranda’s mother on Miranda — nails it with that line: “And the laugh this season is based on the song Poker Face by Lady GaGa.” wish the BBC wasn’t so uptight about clips — it’s brilliant.
i still don’t trust Lady GaGa. there’s something very slippery about what she’s doing, talent-wise, i think. and i don’t care for the outfit thing.
weird factoid, i think Taylor Kinney and Lady GaGa met on a video shoot in the cornfields of Nebraska of all places.
uh, a little more GaGa than i meant to include….
but then there’s Yuri Sardarov. i love this guy too.
but a lot of it is just the fact that it’s firefighters. in a cool city like Chicago. and the show, while soapy and stuff, is a lot of fun.