Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic Coverage Trumps Primetime

by Amy K. Bredemeyer


The Simpsons
(S21E12): I thought that Marge and Homer's parallel date-night rituals were amusing. funny parody with Real Housewives of Shelbyville. nice dig at Ben Affleck, too. Curling, AWESOME, haha. and haha on Bart's "two letters and a conference before a home visit" comment to Skinner. Funny story about Skinner's mom pole vaulting, hehe. Lisa's obsession was interesting, and Bart's genius in getting back her pearls was awesome. Great Harry Potter joke, too. Overall, it was cool to have an Olympics episode.

Family Guy (S08E12): funny opening with Starlight Express. Stewie's backne joke was weird. And his need to dig a hole for half of his head so he could sleep on his side was funny. And I'm not going to comment on the rest of the show.

How I Met Your Mother: not new this week

House, M.D.: not new this week.

Cake Boss: not new this week.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (S02E19): I can't believe they played that darn Taylor Swift song again. And, more importantly, who STARTS a dance party with "The Chicken Dance" ?? And the girls know that they gossip, so why would they think that their mothers wouldn't gossip? And I was gonna say, "what with all of the parents getting (re)married??" but then when Anne admits to Amy and Ashley that she just wanted to fit in with the crowd, it just seems ridiculous. Oh, and glad that we finally find out why we're having this whole Mother-Daughter dance thing... the counselor's grandmother and great aunt used to dance with their mother at home, and those memories are what kept up their spirits during the horrors of being in a concentration camp. Not sure why any of this was necessary, but since I don't think the counselor's character is necessary in general, I guess that half-explains that.

Table for 12: no idea. and not sure why not.

missing the eps "summer," "busy day," "jumping in," "brace yourself," "back to school"

16 and Pregnant (S02E01): Started out at 34 weeks, which is a strange place to start, but they did cover a little bit of backstory throughout the episode, so that kinda worked. She was a dummy, going off birth control because they got into a fight for a few days. And I don't understand why Jenelle thought that that magically Andrew would move down there, they'd move in together, and they'd have a car... all without either of them working. "Just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean I can't go out" was the motto of this girl... and it continues even after she had her baby. And then she was too tired to help her mom clean up form the baby shower, but she still went out with her friends. Even after she realizes that her babydaddy is an irresponsible alcoholic, she still wants him in her and the baby's lives for a while... what?? I'm glad that her friend Lauren managed to ask the true questions. Andrew was sweet at the hospital and all, but it doesn't seem like her labor was the worst ever compared to the girls last season... they mentioned hers only lasted 12 hours. I thought it was interesting that they taught her how to change a diaper... I know breastfeeding lessons is common, but didn't realize that you weren't expected to know how to diaper beforehand. And then she goes and rolls her eyes when her mom asks her to change her own son! And how did he "randomly drop his feelings for her" ?? Maybe it was the jailtime talking, LoL. AND, she was excited for the kid to start day care at just three weeks old so she could get back to "focusing on her social life" and let her see her friends and hang out after school for a while before her mom brings the baby home from daycare. Speaking of the mom, she called Jayce (not sure of the spelling, I never saw it captioned) "it" frequently, which bothered me. And the whole idea of Jenelle hanging out with two friends she hadn't seen in a while, etc.... how many friends does this girl have??!? Apparently she only became more popular post-conception! Either way, when her friends point out the painstaking truth to her, she's just speechless, and just uses that whole, "I make time for myself" line over and over. And her message to others? "don't get pregnant til you get married and get a car." geez.

19 Kids and Counting (S04E03): I noticed the intro quite a bit today, and found it interesting that, of the 16 kids playing instruments in the opening, 13 are on violin (although Jennifer is on a fake violin), 1 on cello, one on harp, and one on guitar (Josh). Jordyn is too small to play yet, but there are two other Duggars not accounted for in that image. I thought at first that one would be JohnDavid, but he seems to be there. I'll look at it some more another time, and try to figure it all out a little more. JD and Joseph are at home... JD is doing the wrecker business, but it wasn't made clear what Joseph is doing... besides "holding down the fort," so I imagine that he's really lonely. It was nice to hear from Jana that JimBob did indeed lose 15-20 pounds, although he put it all back on again (likely due to nervous eating over poor baby Josie's situation). The only other strange thing was that, in the scenes with Jordyn walking, you can hear JimBob talking and encouraging her, but you can't actually see him, and it's clear he's not interacting directly with her.

AND, caught "Duggars in the Sky" (S03E28) thanks to me DVR, so I'm all caught up on this show. :) It was kinda plain. Neat stuff they got to do at the hockey game in Nashville. 16 of the 20 flew in the helicopter... most likely Josh, Michelle, Jennifer, and Jordyn. The aerial shots were kinda cool, but I hadn't realized how extremely large their basketball court was!!

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Off season:
Jon and Kate Plus Eight: still missing the finale, "It's a Crazy Life, But it's Our Life"
Wipeout (summer)
Little People, Big World (April)
The Goode Family (watch it Monday nights at 10 on Comedy Central!!)
Lincoln Heights apparently, on January 29th, the network went back on a decision and decided not to renew this show. so I guess it's over. :(
South Park (next new episode will be on St. Patrick's Day, March 17)
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