I’m back – in time for TV season and at a new home

August 31, 2008

As you can see from the last posting, it’s been a long time since we’ve visited with each other.  I could make up some story about solidarity with the TV strikers but that would be a lie.  The truth is life just got busy – 2 kids and a busy job will do that to you.  Hopefully it’s all water under the bridge because I’m back and ready to share my TV ramblings under my own domain. 

No longer am I Avi’s TV Ramblings.  Now I’m Ramblings of a TV Lover and you can find me at www.tvlover.net

So what can you expect from me in the next couple of weeks.  First, my special Fall TV Preview edition.  I’m aiming to have that up for the end of the weekend before the official kickoff on Monday – Go Gossip Girl and Prison Break.  I also may go back to sharing my daily TV viewing schedule.  I did get a few complaints when I stopped writing that people didn’t know when a show was on.  Also, look forward to the usual insightful reviews and commentary on the TV news of the day but with more audio video fun.

It’s good to be back and I can’t wait to hear from you soon so check me out at http://www.tvlover.net.

Private Practice Renewed for the a Full Season

October 24, 2007

Ironically this is also one of the first shows I’ve dropped from my viewing schedule.  I really, really wanted to like this show.  Despite cherrypicking the best character from Grey’s and adding some of the best character actors on television this show is just terrible.  So I didn’t like last season’s pilot or this season’s premiere for that matter.  But still I wanted to give this show the benefit of the doubt.  Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, even Addison deserve the benefit of the doubt.

I’m sorry though.  Three episodes (plus last year’s pilot) and a preview of the fourth were more than enough to tell me that this show isn’t happening.  I’m truly embarrassed for these talented actors with their underdeveloped, childish characters, forced to spew bad dialogue that makes Gossip Girl seem like Shakespeare and stuck dealing with boring storylines (can anyone say “blue children”).

Although I am dropping this show I do need to put in a caveat that I am willing to revisit at a later date if my fellow TV Lovers tell me to give it a try.  I had dropped Grey’s Anatomy after the first couple of episodes and midway through the second season my wife convinced me to give it another try and I found a completely different and strangely enjoyable show.  I hope the same happens with Private Practice but for now, it’s off the list.

Viva Laughlin Cancelled by CBS after 2 Episodes

October 24, 2007

With all of the bad buzz on this show I wasn’t going to waste my time even recording it but then I saw the New York Times article which had this great quote:

“Viva Laughlin” on CBS may well be the worst new show of the season, but is it the worst show in the history of television?

How could a true TV Lover like me pass up a show that might be the worst in the history of television? Well I’ve been a little too busy and haven’t yet got around to watching but now that it’s cancelled after only airing 2 episodes I’m not sure it’s even worth the bother.

I’m asking you my fellow TV viewers, is it even worth checking it out just to say I saw it?  Will there be any value in watching to use as a point of comparison the next time I want to give a show a scathing review so I can say… “At least it’s not Viva Laughlin”.

Gossip Girl Renewed for Full Season

October 12, 2007

The first of the new shows to get a full season pick up is CW’s Gossip Girl.  I’m still not sure how I feel about this show.  After panning the first 2 episodes, I have to admit that by the third episode the show started to grow on me a little – more in a “so bad, it’s good” way than a “wow, this is a high quality program” way but nonetheless, I’m still watching.  If I thought about it a bit more from a psychological perspective, part of my bad reaction to Gossip Girl is tied to my bitterness about Veronica Mars’s cancellation, which is made worse when I see season 1 episodes in reruns on a local channel every morning at 7:00 before I go to work.  I know I have to let go but I don’t want to.  Boo CW.

Click here to read Variety’s article on Gossip Girl receiving a full season.

Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Preview – Get ready to get excited!!!

October 12, 2007

“Saul, what the hell’s wrong with you?”

“Why can’t you trust me. I saw Earth.”

“The Five are close. I feel them.”

If you aren’t excited after this 45 second preview of the final season of Battlestar Galactica then you probably need to run right out and rent the first 3 seasons so you get excited.

It’s a long wait to January.

Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band on The Today Show

September 30, 2007

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve watched any of the morning shows. Partly it’s because I have job and go to work but also because I just don’t care that much about celebrity guests, flavour of the month interviews or for that matter Regis’s or Matt Lauer’s opinions on world events.

However, when I got the call Friday morning from my mother-in-law letting me know that Bruce Springsteen was performing to promote his new album Magic, I had to record the show.

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Getting Closure on ABC’s Cancelled Traveler

September 29, 2007

How many times have us TV lovers been burned by shows that have been cancelled too soon? Particularly when it comes to serials where we start watching, get engrossed in the characters and stories but never find out what happens at the end of the story. This is not the situation with the summer’s great drama Traveler.

If you missed it, Traveler was a big sweeping conspiracy story where 2 former students are set up as terrorist bombers by a third who they thought was their best friend. The 2 friends go on the road and try and unravel the mystery and clear their name. In the show’s short 8 episode season, we got to see parts of the puzzle but it ended on a huge cliffhanger where one of the apparent masterminds was blown up. Unfortunately that’s all we’re ever going to see because the show got cancelled and we’re never getting a second season.

But finally we get a creator who gets that the fans need to know what was going to happen. David DiGilio posted to TV Guide’s Traveler blog pretty much his whole bible for the show answering questions like: What is the Fourth Branch and Who is Will Traveler. Definitely worth checking out if you were a fan of the shortlived series and want to know not only what would have transpired in the second season but also what ultimately would have happened to the characters and the endgame of the series.

Mr. DiGillio, I promise to reward your true commitment to your fans by watching your next series. Thanks for “getting it”.

Fox Cancels Nashville? – Is this the first cancellation of the season?

September 27, 2007

As reported in Zap2it, two weeks was all it took for Fox to decide that Nashville wasn’t meeting expectations and removed it from Friday’s schedule replacing it with reruns of K-Ville.  Personally I didn’t watch it.  An unscripted, pseudo-reality show about trying to make it in country music hits absolutely no buttons for me.  It’s not officially cancelled.  Fox says it will come back at a later date but as all of us TV folk knows the more likely case is that the show is dead.

How Excited Am I for Angel Season 6?

September 21, 2007

If you haven’t heard yet, hot on the heels of the not only successful but also truly exciting Buffy Season 8 comic book comes the continuation of Joss Whedon’s other big creation. In November, IDW will release Angel: After the Fall which continues the story following the classic conclusion where Angel and the team prepare to “slay the dragon” and includes all your favourite Angel characters. Here’s the cover of the first issue:


Also, if you haven’t been reading Buffy: Season 8 and you’re a fan then you will soon have a chance to catch up. The graphic novel compilation of the first story arc will be released in October.  It perfectly captures the characters and effectively builds on the mythology of the show by finally answering the question of what happened after the Hellmouth was destroyed.  Check both out.

Avi’s Fall TV Preview 2007 – Final Thoughts

September 18, 2007

Here’s the link to my day by day review of the TV Fall Schedule. I’m definitely enthusiastic about the return of my favourite shows from the past few years but I think this is one of the least interesting Fall TV seasons in recent memory.

Last year there were almost a dozen shows that peaked my interest: Smith, Kidnapped, The Nine, 30 Rock, Brothers & Sisters, Friday Night Lights, Jericho, Heroes and even Vanished. This year there are some shows that look interesting and that I’m willing to give a try: Bionic Woman, Dirty Sexy Money, Journeyman, Reaper, Chuck,, Cane, Private Practice and Pushing Daisies – but I’m not actually excited about any of them. I had to go look up the shows before I could put this list together. None of them stuck out in my mind.

I’m still going to try them out but I won’t be surprised if a large number of them fall of my list pretty early in the season.