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Week 32 – Holiday Habits

The Holidays are quickly coming upon us, what will be on your TV?

1. Any holiday favorites you can’t live without?

I used to not be able to go by without seeing The Sound of Music which seemed to always air around the holidays. Also, I loved watching The Miracle on 34th Street, but have fallen out of practice of catching either. Maybe this year I’ll at least make it a point to watch the DVD of Sound of Music. Interestingly enough, I’ve never seen It’s A Wonderful Life.

2. Holiday viewing: Parades or Football?

Most definitely football, but until the game starts, I do like to take in the Macy’s parade.

3. What’s your favorite holiday TV memory?

One that stands out pretty good is while driving around one year looking at Christmas lights with Monica, we got lost over in the Shore Acres area of St. Pete, FL (we’ll see how that URL holds up). As desperate as I was, I actually got out of the car at one point to see if I could orient myself by finding the north star. That didn’t really work. But we did make it out alive, but nowhere near where I thought we were.

~Bonus~ Holiday remakes, are you a faithful fan of the old classics or do you prefer the newer versions?

I wouldn’t consider myself a faithful fan of the classics, unless we’re talking about the favorites noted above. I’m up for remakes, but would reserve judgement until I see them. Lame answer, yeah, but it’s still early. Gimme a break.

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Week 31 – Election Coverage
Well now that’s it’s over, maybe it’s safe to look back on. LOL

1. Do you watch political coverage? If so, how much?

Up until election night, and without counting The Daily Show, I watch exactly zero political coverage. I’m also discounting the numerous annoying ads that I’m forced to watch (or skip through if I’m watching on the DVR).

2. Does political coverage effect how you vote?

See above answer.

3. Do you think the up to the minute coverage of returns affects those who haven’t yet voted?

I thought about this very thing when I was watching CNN on election night. Wolf Blitzer was urging those people to vote if they hadn’t already. But the way the networks played it this year by being as conservative as possible and waiting until the polls closed before they called states, I think this offset any affectation the networks had.

~Bonus~ Do you think there should be guidelines for political ads? For example, banning putting other candidates down.

In short, no. I don’t particularly care for the ads that show negative headlines, etc., but I do find them helpful if I don’t know anything about a candidate or if I don’t particularly know that a candidate has done those kinds of things. Not that I pay attention to them, but if they’re especially damning, I might at least give a second thought to that particular race.

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Week 27 – New Seasons

It’s officially fall and most of the new shows and new seasons have started, let’s talk!!

1. Is there a new show that’s caught your attention? Good or bad?

One that recently caught my attention just before it premiered was life as we know it, a teeny drama on ABC. It reminded me of Freaks and Geeks when I saw the preview so I tuned in the first night. I wouldn’t say I was totally enthralled, but it kept my attention enough that I will be watching it again this week. We’ll see where it goes.

Another show that totally got me was Lost, another ABC show. I didn’t think too much of it before it aired, but happened to catch the premiere when nothing else was on. Now I’m hooked. It’s very Jurassic Park-y and totally suspenseful. I dunno how long they can keep it up, but I’m there.

2. Were there any season premieres you were just dying to see? Did they live up to the wait?

There’s a couple, but I haven’t seen them yet. I’m desperately waiting for West Wing and The O.C., two shows that haven’t premiered yet this season. Stupid baseball. Mumble mumble.

3. What’s your all time favorite season or show premiere?

Well, it’s hard to think of this while I’m at work (shh, don’t tell the boss) and the first thing that comes to mind is the Lost premiere. It was fantastically thrilling and suspenseful and made me want to watch the next episode right away.

Now that’s not to say that it’s my all time favorite, that might go to West Wing’s premiere, but Lost is just on the mind.

~Bonus~ Did you ever end up liking a show that you disliked the premiere of? Which show? Why?

I’m someone that if I dislike a premiere, then I won’t be watching that show. I can’t think of a single one that brought me back. I guess I’m a bit picky like that.

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Manhunt

Manhunt_bravoI’m not sure where I’ve been, but I almost missed this. Bravo is premiering Manhunt: The Search For America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model tomorrow night (Tuesday), at 10pm EST. Hosted by Carmen Electra, watch as unsuspecting men are plucked from the streets and invited to participate in a series of challenges to determine who has the looks, style, stamina and charisma to be a male supermodel. The winner will receive a $100,000 contract with top international modeling agency, IMG.

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Week 26 – Sports



It’s football season! Know how I can tell? Everything I want to watch has been cancelled for a game! ACK!! So this week we’ll look at sports! :)

1. Do you watch sports on TV? If so, which?

I watch a ton of sports on TV. Golf, NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA football, and NCAA basketball probably comprise 90% of the sports I watch. Of course, everything is seasonal, except golf, and typically I’ll only watch games whose teams I’m interested in. In the NFL, that’s the Bucs; MLB is the Braves; NBA is the Magic and Lakers (maybe now the Heat too, since Shaq moved); the University of Florida Gators in college sports. For golf, I’ll watch anything and everything, but mostly stick to PGA tour events and the majors.

2. Is there a sport you’d like to see more (or less) of on TV?

There’s been a disturbing trend of poker making its way into more and more time slots. I’ve seen some of the shows and it’s mildly interesting, but I don’t really play all that much poker myself and would much rather see the time devoted to other sports that don’t get their fair share of time. I’d also like to see some other smaller sports on the tube like disc golf, which I don’t believe has ever been on any channel of significance. Or maybe even Ultimate Frisbee.

3. What’s the most memorable sports moment you’ve seen on TV?

I had the pleasure of watching Tiger Woods put together his historic win at Augusta in 1997. I never thought that would be topped until the Super Bowl of 2002 when the Buccaneers destroyed the Raiders in San Diego. I’ve been a Bucs fan my whole life growing up in the Tampa Bay area and that was the pinnacle moment.

~Bonus~ If you could be a star of any sport, what sport would you pick? And why?

This is an easy one. Golf. Look how much money those guys make. And for playing golf!

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Week 25 – Favorite Channels

It’s true that humans are creature of habit and we’ve all got our favorite shows, celebs, movies, etc, so this week we’re going to examine your favorite channels! :)

1. It’s off to an easy start, what’s your favorite channel?

This is an interesting question. For most people, I would imagine that the channel watched the most is driven strongly by the shows watched. In my case, this is a seasonal thing. During the summer, CBS is the most watched channel due to Amazing Race and Big Brother. That’s four hours a week just between those two shows. During the Fall, I would venture to say NBC is my most watched channel just because of the shows there – West Wing, Law & Order (original and CI; I don’t do SVU), Scrubs, and others.

However, most watched doesn’t necessarily mean favorite. My favorite channel is not NBC or CBS or ABC or FOX. By far, my favorite channel is HBO where the movies are almost always top notch and the original programming just cannot be beat. Everyone has those times where there’s “nothing on TV”. In those instances, one can always flip to HBO and find something interesting across their multitudes of stations.

2. What shows are on your favorite channel?

Six Feet Under, Carnivale, Sopranos, Taxicab Confessions, Real Sex, Deadwood, Real Sports, On The Record with Bob Costas.

3. Does your favorite channel change often or are you a loyal watcher?

My favorite channel doesn’t change. If a particular show is out of season, I may not tune in to HBO for an extended period. That doesn’t mean, however, that HBO has fallen out of favor with me. Especially when I know shows are returning (Carnivale!).

~Bonus~ How much of a creature of habit are you? Do you have a daily or weekly viewing schedule? Is your TV or Cable programmed to switch channels even if you’re not there? LOL

For anyone that wants to follow any particular show, one must become a creature of habit. Most dramas have continuous storylines so it practically forces weekly watching. The ones that do not (Law & Order, CSI, etc.) allow more relaxed watching schedules, even stacking for those weekend marathons. As for having the cable programmed to switch channels, it doesn’t apply. For those of us whose TV schedules are the driving force of non-work hours, a TiVo/DVR is a necessary appliance and it does all the work for us.

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Week 20 – Back to school
It’s that time of year again and everyone’s heading back to school! So we’ll talk back to school this week!!

1. What’s your favorite show that deals with school in some way? (Facts of Life, A Different World, Saved by the Bell, Fame, etc..)

The former FOX drama, Boston Public. This was one of the most intriguing and thought-provoking series ever on TV. Never afraid to deal with any issue from teen pregnancy to homosexuality to a kid that thought he was Jesus. All within the confines of high school life. It was absolutely brilliant and I’m upset that it went away. I also missed the last few episodes. Maybe one of these days I’ll make an effort to find them.

2. Which TV school would you have attended if given a choice?

Whatever school Screech and the gang went to on Saved By The Bell. There’s just _gotta_ be good times had there when those hooligans are running around.

3. What’s your favorite back to school commercial?

Commercials are so unimportant that I’m having to pass on this one purely because I can’t think of one. How lame am I?

~Bonus~ Reality check! What’s your most memorable back to school moment?

Only a couple of truly vivid memories of life at school come to me at the moment. First is the path I used to take walking through neighbors’ yards to get to high school only a half mile away, maybe even shorter as the crow flies. Then in my junior year in high school I got a car and started driving to work. Laziness to the extreme. Second is the bus I used to take in elementary school. This one time, the bus driver was slowing down to let me off and I jumped out the door when the bus was still going 2-3 mph and I tumbled to the ground on the road. I’m still floored to this day thinking the driver let me do that. Insane. Not exactly back to school moments, but damn close enough.

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Week 19 – Memories
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This week it’s about you and what you remember about TV!! :)

1. What’s your fondest memory of something on TV?

I probably wouldn’t describe a moment watching TV as being fond. But I do remember exactly where I was when I first saw Michael Jackson’s Thriller video for the first time. I was at this friend’s house in the sunken living room. Scary? You decide.

2. What’s the first show you remember watching regularly?

I have early memories of cartoons like G.I. Joe, Transformers, and the like. And Land of the Lost. That show ruled.

3. What is the (pick one: stupidest, saddest, silliest, most disgusting..) thing you’ve ever seen on TV?

Each and every week, right before Joe Schmoe, is WWE Wrestling. I usually ensure the last couple of minutes since JS doesn’t start right at 11:05pm. That fits the bill for all those adjectives.

~Bonus~ (From the hubby! LOL) What’s the best series finale you remember?

I haven’t watched all that many series finales, but the couple that stick out for sure are the Star Trek: TNG finale and the Seinfeld finale, both of which I wished would continue on, but what can ya do.

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Week 18 – Special Reports

*beep* *beep* *beep* We interrupt your normal TV viewing for this special report!!!

You guessed it, this week’s topic, Special Report interruptions! *grin*

1. On a whole do you feel most Special Reports are really that special? Or are they simply annoying?

Well, yes and yes. There’s usually a damn good reason to interrupt regular programming on a network channel. You have to think about possible missed commercial time, etc. That’s dollars and money talks in the television advertising business. Of course, this isn’t a blanket statement. There are some times when I’m all “Who the hell cares! Go back to Blossom!”

2. What special report has effected you most? (IE: (9/11, Reagan being shot…etc)

This is a no brainer. The 9/11 events. Granted, I wasn’t watching TV at the time, I was at work. But as soon as we heard something strange was happening, we found a TV in a little break room downstairs from where we were and sat for a good half hour watching everything unfold. I think that was the first time I ever listened to NPR for more than 2 minutes.

3. Do you stay tuned in for Special Reports or do you reach for the remote?

This really depends on what I’m watching at the time. If it’s something like a sports event, I’ll flip to something else, but if it’s a series (e.g., West Wing), I’ll usually stick it out since I’m invested in seeing the end of the show. I would also have to say that this fully depends on the contents of the Special Report.

~Bonus~ Not exactly a special report but more on special coverage. What are your thoughts on some of the “Special Coverage” spots that have hit TV lately? One that comes to mind for me is the 24 hour a day coverage of Ronald Reagan’s body laying in state at the White House. Something we needed to see or just plain morbid?

Ehh, I could give a rat’s ass. Rest In Peace, President Reagan. I just don’t need to look at your box for a full day.

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BB5 – post-first week impression

Ok, it’s been a week since the houseguests have been in the house and I’m sure some of my impressions of the houseguests have changed. I’m going to write this up without referring to my previous post and then compare. Here we go.

Adria – she seems pretty interesting and has things to contribute to conversations. Her fitness twin comes out a lot as she leads Will and others in ab crunches and other workouts.

Diane – to be honest, I haven’t gotten much out of Diane. She isn’t featured much on the feeds so I can’t get much of a read on her. There are Diane freaks out there and I’m not quite sure what they’re seeing. No particular feelings either way here.

Drew – Dreamboat. Yummy. Other than that, he’s a bit on the quiet side. Been snuggling with Diane recently so those gay rumours may have to be put to rest. I’ll keep on hoping for the short term.

Holly – wasn’t sure at first how she would fare with all the ditzy stuff we were seeing in commercials and other places on the web. She brings that same stuff into the house and has some of the funniest quotes ever uttered in the Big Brother house. Listening to her gets a bit old, though. Maybe if her voice wasn’t so grating.

Jase – Went from a very machismo stud hamming it up with Scott all the time to a big wuss that melts in Holly’s arms. She’s going to kill his game if he’s not careful.

Jennifer – a.k.a. Nakomis. (I think it was) Gretchen on House Calls had a good point when she said that there was simply no reason for Jennifer to announce that her name was Jennifer, but to please call her Nakomis. Why didn’t she just say her name was Nakomis? It came off as weird and alienated her right away. I think she’s grown on people, though, and is fitting in a little better. The relationship with her half-brother seems to be taking a back seat to the game, which is probably for the best. But, I would find it hard to ignore if I just found out I had (another) sister and had to live with her for the forseeable future.

Karen – my absolute favorite in the house at the moment. She has a “matter of fact”-ness about her and just says stuff like it is. Her stories are hilarious at times and can’t wait for the next one. Her talk about how she had to wear headgear and stuff when she was little was priceless. Her alliance early on with Will was a smart move, I think.

Lori – Took the $10k on the first night, but it hasn’t yet harmed her. Every once in a while I hear Jase or Scott mention it, so it hasn’t been dropped completely. I’m not sure where she’s at alliance-wise. Otherwise, she seems pleasant.

Marvin – First off, he can curse up a storm. And not because he’s angry or anything. Just in normal conversation. WTH? I didn’t personally witness the supposed sexual advances, etc., but there’s been enough reports and apparently BB has warned him in the DR about it. Nothing to like here. I almost wish he had walked when he was threatening. The house would be better without him.

Michael – a.k.a. Cowboy. I remember labeling him a loser on first sight and wish to gracefully take that back right now. He’s probably the most genuine person in the house and he’s not afraid to embarrass himself for everybody’s enjoyment. One recent priceless moment had him making up and singing a song for Holly on the spot. With the cowboy hat on. Very funny and very “awwww.”

Mike – The pro-Bush, pro-Rush crap hasn’t surfaced as much as it was hyped. In fact, I don’t recall him bringing it up yet at all. He has a curious accent, but he’s pretty boring. Sulks a lot. He tends to sit around and listen to other people. Maybe he’s trying to fly low to not piss anyone off since he’s on the block. He’ll probably go this week, so good riddance.

Scott – What an ass. He’s so arrogant, it pisses me off. He’s been caught so many times in lies and half-truths, I’ve lost count. He thinks he’s hot shit (and granted, he’s got a pretty hot body), but it seems every sentence out of his mouth makes me want to vomit. Wish I could just walk up to him and smack the shit out of him. Argh.

Will – Ah, Will. The first gay guy on BB that I’ve liked from the start (I wasn’t sure initially about Bunky and Marcellas annoyed me later on in his season with him and Amy’s shenanigans) and he’s showing me no reason not to. He’s good looking, smart, isn’t annoying, has good fashion sense, seems to get along with everyone. Oy, I could keep going. I could watch him run on that treadmill for hours.