Monday, November 29, 2010

Favorite Episodes: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

We're going to start out today with two fun facts. First, I'm on an airplane right now, flying back from Thanksgiving vacation. Thanks to Google, I'm using free internet. And, thanks to my husband, I'm using a laptop in the sky, LoL. The second fact is more of an admission, really. When I was in Kindergarten, the kids at my table (we sat 4 to a table) were really into Chip and Dale. Similar to what we know in the adult world as "chatting by the water cooler," we spent snack time every day talking about what Chip and Dale had done the day before. This was 1989 and Rescue Rangers was the hip, new thing. And, since my desperation to "fit in" has plagued me my entire life, I quickly rearranged my afternoon plans to accommodate watching that show on channel X instead of my normal show on channel Y. And so, I watched Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and talked about my favorite parts the following day. My brother and I really enjoyed the show, and I can say I've seen every episode, many of them multiple times over the years.

In the event that you've somehow missed this gem that was a staple of my early elementary years, it featured Chip and Dale, two chipmunks who solved crimes ("no case too big; no case too small") with the help of two mice - Gadget (the lone female of the group) and Monterrey Jack (who was often sidetracked from a project by his love for cheese) and a fly, Zipper. They had typical archenemies (like FatCat and Nimnul) who showed up from time to time, and there were some really inventive storylines over the lifespan of the show. It was especially cool how they used small items (they were small creatures, after all) to figure out how to fly, ride a train, catch things, etc. Anyway, I'm assuming that most people have seen some part of the series, so I'm gonna go ahead and dive into my favorites. I did want to point out that the only thing I ignored is the pilot/movie/start of the second season, since each part (it became 5 in syndication) is so great, LoL.

Season 1: "Kiwi's Big Adventure" (S01E06) This is my very favorite episode of the series, and it used to be (not sure if it still is) near the top of my brother's list as well. A bunch of birds take the Rangers' plane, and Chip is bent on trying to get it back. A big obstacle, however, is the fact that Dale wants Gadget's attention, and he's faking a broken leg to get it. Ironically, when Dale goes to save the day, he really does break a toe, LoL. And, to top it off, the crocodile looks just like the one from Peter Pan! Part 1 | Part 2

Season 2: "The Case of the Cola Cult" (S02E14) This is my second-favorite episode of the series, and I think it's one of my brother's too (I may have had an influence on what shows are his favorites, lmao). When one of Gadget's inventions goes crazy, the Rangers end up at a cola factory, and the leader is using the cuckoo cola to get mice to throw away their worldly possessions so that he can keep them for himself. Gadget, depressed that her inventions aren't going so well anymore, tries to join the cult. The guys go after her and figure out what's going on, so they fix everything, save Gadget, and all is well again. Part 1 | Part 2

Season 3: "Zipper Come Home" (S03E01) Zipper splits off from the gang (this isn't the first time her has felt under-appreciated by the group), and ends up being the King of a group of beetles. Unfortunately, it turns out that the beetles traditionally sacrifice their kings to a frog, and the Rangers end up having to save him... so he goes back to the group, LoL. I liked Zipper quite a bit, so it makes sense that my favorite episode from the short third season is Zipper-centric. (It also might be a plus that the name is a play on Snoopy Come Home, LoL.) Part 1 | Part 2
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Simpsons as Avatar & Others

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

So, big surprise, I'm traveling for the holiday weekend so I've had a difficult time keeping up.


The Simpsons (S22E06): Abbreviated opening AGAIN. Avatar haha. I didn't get it at first, but my husband got it immediately, LoL. and 3D glasses to boot. Why is NBC the guinea pig? House cat flu, lmao. haha on putting the cats IN the tree, LoL. Moe: "I don't even have a child I admit to having." Burns ruining the rest of the medicine was sad. "The Grave Matthews Band," hahaha. Why are Reverend Lovejoy and his wife at the party? They don't work for Burns. Burns-shaped fruits?? Really?? Shredding everyone's coats was crazy, too. I don't think a bird pulling on Burns' tongue would tug like that... it would just sever part of it, LoL. "My dad hates you more than celery and my mom said no more pets." The ET references were cute. Whoa that was a lot of spit in that grave! That was a REALLY creepy vibrating skull chair. Funny movie reference, especially the "it's already been done" thing. And what is that music from (in the end credits and also when Homer had the carrot on a string in front of Burns)?? I know it was in one of the Honey I Shrunk the Kids movies, but what else??

Family Guy (S09E06):
"Faster than the Speed of Love" haha. They packed the books in shredded books, LoL. Let's just say "he's a friend in publishing and he calls on Thursdays" was odd... and sexual. And the penguin doing the girl was weird, too. The Melanie Griffith thing was freaky. I laughed about Brian's grey M&M thing. Funny penguin joke about black & white, LoL. Weird depiction of Renee Zellweger... I never would've picked her out. Weird Bill Maher segment. And way too long.

Kate Plus Eight (S01Exx):
episode 6 next week.

Futurama (S06E13): odd opening. 331 days since last Christmas, LoL. Too much oxygen, who would've guessed? Robonukkah for SIX WEEKS, LoL. A droidel that's rigged to make you pay, haha. A dig at reform Judaism, LoL. Change for a Nobel Prize, hahahahaha. Crushing dinosaurs to get petroleum oil, hahaha. AWESOME throwback to TMNT!!! 500 million years and his friends became petroleum anyway, LoL. Mathketball, I love it. Kwanzaabot as the Kool-Aid man, LoL. The candles have to be beeswax, LoL. Why was there a prostitute at the beekeeping place?? "like every year before 1966" was a great line. "kamikazbees" was great, too.


Cake Boss (S03E23): I think this is the first time I watched this in HD, LoL. It's kinda neat that way. Loved the marble chocolate fondant look. Cute way to put the candybars on the tiers, but I dunno about all that messy stuff on the base, LoL. It did that strange cut thing for a couple seconds like Little People, Big World did this week for some reason. I was really happy for how thrilled Buddy's mom was with the renaming of the street that the bakery is on. Carlo sold the bakery to Buddy's dad after working hard there for FIFTY years!! It also changed locations. Cannolis are $12.95/pound. Chocolate fountains on a cake is too much. really. FINALLY! Buddy takes the guys to see the new location! If the bakery is in this giant warehouse, where is the store part going to be?? I like that "ganache" is their cheer, hehe. Whoa, I saw pies! I never really seem them work on those, LoL. That was CRAZY CHOCOLATY!! "Employee of the Century" ?? Really?? How neat!! Yay, Sal! 3,000-4,000 people ate pieces of that cake!

Little People, Big World (S06E15 & S06E16): Molly likes to cut Jacob's hair, LoL. I cut my own bangs (have since I was 14 or 15), but I've only tried other people's hair twice: once was my brother's and once was my best friend's during my first year of college). I'm glad that Molly's really into figuring out her college plans... I didn't realize she was a junior in high school already! Zach and Jacob went with her, and although she was excited to be there, she had no idea what she was looking for or what questions she wanted to ask. Weird cut to Jeremy photographing in the middle of Amy's sentence at the college tour. LoL that Amy got Molly a book to try to help her learn the mindset for marathon-running, LoL. Amy made a good point - Jeremy really has had a lot of different ideas for potential careers, LoL. But I'm excited about his photography work. It's been FOREVER since I saw any air-circus stuff... I guess I thought it was a lost art at this point, LoL. She ran for a whopping 5 minutes, hahahahaha. "no, I'm too lazy" was Molly's stance, haha. We don't see Sam (Matt's brother) much, so that was kinda cool. Sam is a lot like Matt, LoL. I thought it was interesting the way Jeremy handled his first gig, since he didn't seem to know the answers to the client's (his uncle) questions. That was cute that Amy went and ran a bit with Molly and stuff. Oh wow, she went to cheer her on at the second leg, too!

Bikes for dwarf kids - cute. And what an interesting project! awww, broken coffee cup. Zach and Jeremy went with Amy to Haiti. Kinda strange that Amy almost forgot to say goodbye to Matt, LoL. Oasis of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean ship and they were going out of Fort Lauderdale. Why does Matt have some of his crutches memorialized on the wall, LoL? I think young Matt looks a lot like Jacob. 2 cars of people going from Labadee to the Capitan airport so they could get to Port-au-Prince. Not something I'd really like to try to accomplish in just 8 hours from getting off the ship to the sail time. Zach didn't say a heck of a lot. They always tell you to turn off your electronic devices, but they're filming as the plane is going down the runway, LoL. The idea that if you see the ship docked, you'll make it is wrong - you can certainly be running down the dock and get left - most people who have cruised multiple times can tell you that, LoL. I smiled when the kids were receiving the bikes - that was just so special. :) I also noticed that Jeremy was credited as a cameraman, so that's cool.

House, M.D.
(S07E08): whoa. opening with a crucifixion was rough. Wow, House and Cuddy attending a wedding of a colleague together is a big step for them. oh. Another House vs. God episode. Masters' mom was her dad's student, 19 years his junior, LoL. Interesting minimalist, LoL. Cute that Wilson and his girl fell in love at a wedding so he wants to propose at one. Uncontrollable smiling is kinda creepy. And by kinda, I think I mean majorly, LoL. Cuddy is turning 43, but told HR that she was 2 years older back when she applied... interesting. And perhaps a wise move, really.
Taub's wife is having a bad night... she looks rather ugly at the wedding, LoL. House has quite a few buttons undone, LoL. Yay, chocolate fountains!! lmao on Chase and Foreman being one another's wingmen, haha. Wow... a six-day marriage for Cuddy. :( Wilson got turned down... ouch!

How I Met Your Mother (S06E10):
Turturkeykey, hahaha. That was a really fake-looking sandwich, LoL. haha on the guy dropping out and the school going co-ed! hahaha, someone who actually buys Lily's paintings?!? Blitz called out 8 numbers... LoL. I got goosebumps when Steve was talking about how bright colors are now and what sorts of things he's missed before because he had the curse, LoL. Loved Barney's face when he was told that he hated Kate Hudson, LoL. Haha, loved Zoey painting the Kiss thing on a passed-out Robin. the Bueller... awesome! "What's a lot of money to someone like you?" haha. Didn't like Zoey's top on Thanksgiving. "... and I'm pretty sure you're making up episodes," LOVE IT! Why send the random wang guy a photo of your group's faces??

19 Kids and Counting (S05Exx): episode 19 to be caught for next week.

"Duggars Make a Movie" Special:
They're going back to DC? "oh my word," LoL. We need an updated opening... several of the children look quite different now, LoL. John-David, Jill, and Jessa were the film crew. Jill was the producer, Jessa did sound, and John-David did the video. They had a family meeting to talk about the production of the episode. Another 9 or 10 days on the road. What does Amy do again? She can just take off for a week with the family, LoL? 10 hours of footage is needed to do an hour-long show! It was cute to watch the little children ask the questions. haha, all the violins lined up to be packed. I wonder why Jinger wasn't helping more with the video production. Or Joseph or Josiah for that matter... I thought the boys were into video production... they do have that lab and all, LoL. Numbered plastic bins was interesting. Michelle turns 44. haha, Anna and Mackynzie are ready but Josh isn't there. Figures. I'm curious as to why NOBODY stayed with Michelle and Josie... just to keep them company if nothing else, LoL. They older kids (Jana, Jessa, John-David, and Jinger) went to Raleigh to see Trailblazer Studios and how they cut the raw footage into episodes. Interesting colored keyboard. They were there for a conference, okay. There is no audio recording in the National Monuments. LoL, "Veterinarian Memorial." Jumbo slices indeed! And then to Georgetown Cupcake. This is the place from DC Cupcakes. All this "our friend told us..." got old FAST. 10 vanilla, 6 chocolate, 4 red velvet, and a toffee crunch. 21 items for 24 people, but I'm sure the littlest ones shared. Jessa had the toffee crunch. The real crew didn't even go to DC. They stayed in Arkansas to take helicopter shots of the house, LoL. On September 15th, the Bates had another boy, and the Duggars went to go see them - they visited on September 22nd. "Judson Wyatt" is a very Bates name, LoL. Wide staircase. It looked like Michelle was giving Josie her nasal cannula again... I thought she was off oxygen? I don't think it's 20 hours from Arkansas to DC. haha, Josh got in on the action when John-David had to go on a fire-rescue call. Kinda funny that Josh recorded his first 30 minutes without audio. "she's about 13 pounds, 12 ounces..." LoL, that's not very "about," hahaha. Anna knows a clown? LoL. Josh's hairline is receding, LoL. Amy turned 24. Party of 16? A bunch of the kids must've stayed home with JimBob, LoL. Amy was a pretty good about about participating with the clown, all things considered. Diaper cream and lipstick for clown makeup, LoL. Deanna's (Amy's mom) eyes were kinda red. haha, green teeth. Jessa says audio is harder than camera, LoL.

16 and Pregnant (S02E15): Aubrey, 17, from Arizona. Met Brandon at 16, shortly after that moved in with him. Dropped out of school, but wants to get a GED so she can go to culinary school. They got evicted when Brandon was fired (specifically fired, not laid off). Now they're living with her grandmother and they're engaged. Starts in November at 30 weeks pregnant. Austin will be the child's name. Grandma's house is a short-term situation - she doesn't want them living there after the baby comes. Babies make her nervous and she's not crazy about them, LoL. haha, they were on the "pull-out method," lmao. "have you guys picked a date yet?" "next week." um, wow. that's some short notice, LoL. And what's with the boots for the wedding?? She borrows $700 from her aunt and forgets, LoL?? "until you get a job, it's going to be hard to pay off bills," um, DUH. December at 32 weeks: "a good look for the first time" ?? they already know it's a boy, so they have seen him! I liked her aunt's hair. heh, her mom is working and can't go to her wedding. Her aunt did her hair and then backed out of actually going to the wedding, LoL. haha, it's kinda funny the way the officiant emphasized "even in poverty" when they're totally there already, LoL. January at 34 weeks: timeline is off again. They have no jobs yet. "working double-time to find a job" ... when you have a baby on the way, I expect triple-time, folks. "you're not missing out on nothing.. it's school," um, bad job, friend. 39% on math and she needs a 65% to pass... sucks to be her. $1500 for maximum tutoring. haha, she wonders if it would've been easier to just stay in school... too little, too late, dummy. The tutoring is $50 an hour?? That's quite high. She thinks it's degrading to be "just a housewife," and yet she had no plan to work at all until it becomes a big issue... hahaha. haha, I didn't realize her friend was a boy until he talked, LoL. February at 39 weeks: 10 hours into labor (induced a few days after the due date, it looks like), she's angry about how long it's taking. 29 hours into labor she gets an epidural, and starts pushing at 30 hours in. Aubrey isn't wearing her seatbelt when they take the baby home from the hospital!!! How irresponsible can you get??? I'm glad that it seems they're breastfeeding well. At a month old, it seems he's on a formula & breastmilk diet. Grandma tried to kick them out, but they ended up asking for summer and got it. Brandon spent almost $100 buying stuff to pan for gold??? seriously?? "I'm good with people," is all Aubrey has going for her? She wore jeans with hole in them to a job interview?? Even if it was a pizza place! heh, she got the job, and now she makes pizzas it looks like. "so we just need to find some big pieces of gold," hahahahahahaha!! I kinda don't like how they didn't close the grandma storyline.

Better With You (S01Exx): catching episode 9 next week.
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Off season/Coming Up:

Cake Boss: Next Great Baker (coming December 6th at 9pm)
Minute to Win It (season 3 to start December 7th)
Wipeout (season 4 back in January)
Hot in Cleveland (back January 19th at 10pm for 20 episodes of season 2)
Mr. Sunshine (starts in January on ABC)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (not sure, probably January)
Melissa & Joey (not sure)
Table for 12
: (missing "summer," "busy day," "jumping in," "brace yourself," "back to school")
Teen Mom (no idea)
South Park (season 15 in the Spring)
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Merry Madagascar Tonight!

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

My apologies if there are typos - I try hard to keep everything accurate. Times are for Eastern and Pacific to the best of my knowledge.

Wednesday, Nov. 24th:
6am: Countdown to Christmas (Hallmark)
8am: Our First Christmas (Hallmark)
4pm: Silver Bells (Hallmark)
6pm: Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark)
8pm: A Season for Miracles (Hallmark)
8pm: Merry Madagascar (NBC)
8pm: The Middle "Thanksgiving II" (ABC)
8:30pm: Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (NBC)
8:30pm: Better with You "Better With Thanksgiving" (ABC)
9pm: Modern Family (ABC)
9pm: Everybody Loves Raymond (TVLand)
9:30pm: Everybody Loves Raymond (TVLand)
10pm: Everybody Loves Raymond (TVLand)
10pm: Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (TVLand)
10:30pm: Everybody Loves Raymond (TVLand)
11pm: Roseanne "We Gather Together" (TVLand)
11:30pm: Roseanne "Thanksgiving '91"(TVLand)

Thursday, Nov. 25th:
12 midnight: Roseanne "Thanksgiving '93" (TVLand)
12 midnight: One Christmas (Hallmark)
12:30am: Roseanne "Thanksgiving '94" (TVLand)
2am: Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark)
2am: Home Improvement "A Frozen Moment" (TVLand)
2:30am: Home Improvement "My Dinner with Wilson" (TVLand)
4am: Silver Bells (Hallmark)
6am: A Season for Miracles (Hallmark)
8am: A Family Thanksgiving (Hallmark)
9am: The Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS)
9am: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC)
10am: The Thanksgiving that Almost Wasn't (Boomerang)
11am: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Comedy Central)
2pm: Miracle on 34th Street - 1947 (NBC)
2pm: Bewitched "Sam's Thanksgiving to Remember" (TVLand)
4pm: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (Hallmark)
6pm: A Family Thanksgiving (Hallmark)
6pm: Beverly Hills, 90210 "The Kindness of Strangers" (SOAPNet)
7pm: Beverly Hills, 90210 "Radar Love" (SOAPNet)
7pm: The Thanksgiving that Almost Wasn't (Boomerang)
8pm: Beverly Hills, 90210 "Breast Side Up" (SOAPNet)
8pm: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) [and it includes the Mayflower episode too!]
8pm: The Town Christmas Forgot (Hallmark)
8pm: 2010 Punkin Chunkin (Discovery)
9pm: Beverly Hills, 90210 "If I Had a Hammer" (SOAPNet)
9pm: Elf (USA)
9:30om: Beyonce's I Am... World Tour (ABC)
10pm: Beverly Hills, 90210 "You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello" (SOAPNet)
10pm: The Town Christmas Forgot (Hallmark)
11pm: Beverly Hills, 90210 "What's in a Name?" (SOAPNet)

Friday, Nov. 26th:
12 midnight: Call Me Claus (Hallmark)
2am: Home Improvement "The Wood, the Bad, and the Hungry" (TVLand)
2am: Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue (Hallmark)
2:30am: Home Improvement "Thanksgiving" (TVLand)
4am: A Christmas Memory (Hallmark)
6am: Naughty or Nice (Hallmark)
8am: Call Me Claus (Hallmark)
12 noon: Behind the Magic of Disney Holidays (HGTV)
1pm: What's with That Really Decked Out Christmas House (HGTV)
1pm: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Comedy Central)
2pm: Decked for the Holidays (HGTV)
3pm: 25 Great Holiday Ideas (HGTV)
4pm: Sandre Lee Celebrates Winter Wonderland Party (HGTV)
4pm: Naughty or Nice (Hallmark)
5pm: Carter Comes Home (HGTV)
6pm: Celebrity Holiday Homes (HGTV)
6pm: All I Want for Christmas (Hallmark)
7pm: 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas (HGTV)
7:30pm: Seinfeld "The Strike" (TBS)
8pm: TV's Greatest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special (FOX)
8pm: 30 Holiday Decorating Hits & Misses (HGTV)
8pm: Elf (USA)
8pm: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Hallmark)
9pm: Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (Comedy Central)
10pm: Moonlight & Mistletoe (Hallmark)

Saturday, Nov. 27th:
4am: The Christmas Choir (Hallmark)
7:30am: Once Upon a Christmas (ABCFamily)
9:30am: Twice Upon a Christmas (ABCFamily)
10am: Moonlight & Mistletoe (Hallmark)
11am: The Family Holiday (Lifetime)
11:30am: Holly and Hal Moose - Our Uplifting Christmas Adventures (ABCFamily)
1pm: Eve's Christmas (Lifetime)
2pm: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Hallmark)
3pm: Accidental Christmas (Lifetime)
4pm: The Christmas Choir (Hallmark)
4:30pm: Home Alone 4 (ABCFamily)
4:30pm: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (Comedy Central)
5pm: A Muppet Christmas Carol (Hub)
5pm: Home By Christmas (Lifetime)
6pm: Debbie Macomber's Christmas Miracle (Hallmark)
6:30pm: Home Alone 3 (ABCFamily)
7pm: Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (Lifetime)
8pm: Holiday Cake-Off (Food)
8pm: Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle (Hallmark)
8pm: Genevieve's Holiday Home (HGTV)
8:30pm: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABCFamily)
9pm: Extreme Holiday Cakes (Food)
9pm: Elf (USA)
9pm: Undercover Christmas (Lifetime)
10pm: Ace of Cakes: Holidays on Icing (Food)
10pm: The Dish "Binge and Spend Holiday Spectacular" (Style)
10pm: Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle (Hallmark)
11pm: Accidental Christmas (Lifetime)

Sunday, Nov. 28th:
12 midnight: Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle (Hallmark)
2am: A Christmas Visitor (Hallmark)
6am: One Magic Christmas (Hallmark)
8am: Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark)
9:30am: Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (ABCFamily)
10am: The Christmas Card (Hallmark)
11am: On the 2nd Day of Christmas (Lifetime)
11:30am: Home Alone 4 (ABCFamily)
12 noon: The National Tree (Hallmark)
1pm: A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride (Lifetime)
1:30pm: Home Alone 3 (ABCFamily)
2pm: The Ultimate Gift (Hallmark)
3pm: A Diva's Christmas Carol (Lifetime)
3:30pm: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABCFamily)
4pm: A Christmas Visitor (Hallmark)
5pm: A Different Kind of Christmas (Lifetime)
6pm: The Dog Who Saved Christmas (ABCFamily)
6pm: The Christmas Card (Hallmark)
7pm: 12 Men of Christmas (Lifetime)
8pm: The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (ABCFamily)
8pm: Holiday Battle on the Block (HGTV)
8pm: Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs. Miracle (Hallmark)
9pm: Sonny with a Chance Holiday episode (Disney)
9pm: November Christmas (CBS)
9pm: Comfort and Joy (Lifetime)
10pm: The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (ABCFamily)
10pm: The Ultimate Gift (Hallmark)
11pm: Deck the Halls (Lifetime)

Monday, Nov. 29th:
12 midnight: The National Tree (Hallmark)
2am: Silent Night (Hallmark)
4am: One Magic Christmas (Hallmark)
6am: A Christmas Visitor (Hallmark)
8am: The Ultimate Gift (Hallmark)
9:30am: Handy Manny "Flicker Saves Christmas" (Disney)
4pm: The Note (Hallmark)
6pm: The Ultimate Gift (Hallmark)
7pm: The Dog Who Saved Christmas (ABCFamily)
8pm: Christmas in Canaan (Hallmark)
9pm: The Real Story of Christmas (History)
9pm: Chuck "Chuck Versus the Leftovers" (NBC)
9pm: The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (ABCFamily)
9:30pm: CMA Country Christmas (ABC)
10pm: The Christmas Choir (Hallmark)

Tuesday, Nov. 30th:
12 midnight: A Christmas Visitor (Hallmark)
2am: Naughty or Nice (Hallmark)
4am: The Christmas Choir (Hallmark)
8pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
8pm: Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC)
8pm: Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC)
8:30pm: Shrek the Halls (ABC)

Wednesday, Dec. 1st:
8pm: Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABCFamily)
10:30pm: Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABCFamily)

Thursday, Dec. 2nd:
9:30am: Handy Manny Christmas (Disney)
6pm: A Flintstone Christmas (ABCFamily)
7pm: The Santa Clause (ABCFamily)
8pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABC)
9pm: The Santa Clause (ABCFamily)

Friday, December 3rd:
6pm: The Polar Express (ABCFamily)
8pm: Suite Life on Deck Christmas (Disney)
8:30pm: Phineas & Ferb Christmas (Disney)
8:30pm: The Polar Express (ABCFamily)

Saturday, December 4th:
9am: A Christmas Carol - 1938 (TCM)
7pm: The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (ABCFamily)
8pm: Phineas & Ferb Extended Christmas (Disney)
11pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas (ABCFamily)

Sunday, December 5th:
12:30pm: Holiday Affair (TCM)

Monday, December 6th:
9am: Special Agent Oso Holiday (Disney)
6pm: Jack Frost (ABCFamily)
7pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys (ABCFamily)
8:30pm: Zeke and Luther (Disney)

Tuesday, December 7th:
7pm: Mickey's Christmas Special (ABCFamily)
7:30pm: Cranberry Christmas (ABCFamily)
8pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC) During this hour, Disney's Prep and Landing 2 will air. it's just 7 minutes [there's a 3rd in the works that will debut at 30 minutes next year]
8pm: Frosty's Winter Wonderland (ABCFamily)
Warehouse 13 (SyFy)
Eureka (SyFy)
8:30pm: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABCFamily)

Wednesday, December 8th:
6pm: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABCFamily)
8pm: The Middle "A Simple Christmas" (ABC)
8:30pm: Better with You "Better with Christmas Crap" (ABC)
8:30pm: Miracle on 34th Street (ABCFamily)
Ghost Hunters (SyFy)
Holiday Treasure (SyFy)

Thursday, December 9th:
6pm: Rudolph's Shiny New Year (ABCFamily)
7pm: The Gruffalo (ABCFamily)
8pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABCFamily)
8pm: Shrek the Halls (ABC)
8pm: Scrooged (AMC)
8:30pm: Disney's Prep & Landing (ABC)
Fact of Faked: Paranormal Files (SyFy)
9pm: Disney's Prep and Landing (ABC)
9pm: The Year Without a Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
10pm: A Miser Brothers' Christmas (ABCFamily)

Friday, December 10th:
6pm: The Year Without a Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
7pm: Santa Clause is Comin' to Town (ABCFamily)
8pm: The Santa Clause (ABCFamily)
10pm: The Santa Clause 2 (ABCFamily)

Saturday, December 11th:
7am: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
9am: Snow (ABCFamily)
11am: Snow 2: Brain Freeze (ABCFamily)
1pm: Unaccompanied Minors (ABCFamily)
3pm: Jack Frost (ABCFamily)
5pm: The Santa Clause (ABCFamily)
7pm: The Santa Clause 2 (ABCFamily)
8pm: Frosty the Snowman (CBS)
8pm: It's a Wonderful Life (NBC)
8:30pm: Frosty Returns (CBS)
9pm: Ice Quake (SyFy)
9pm: The Flight Before Christmas (CBS)
9pm: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (ABCFamily)
11pm: Jack Frost (ABCFamily)

Sunday, December 12th:
7am: Frosty's Winter Wonderland (ABCFamily)
7:30am: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (ABCFamily)
8am: Once Upon a Christmas (ABCFamily)
10am: Twice Upon a Christmas (ABCFamily)
12 noon: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (ABCFamily)
12 noon: The Bishop's Wife (TCM)
2pm: Santa Baby (ABCFamily)
4pm: Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (ABCFamily)
6pm: Holiday in Handcuffs (ABCFamily)
8pm: Christmas Cupid (ABCFamily)
8pm: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition "Gaston Family" (ABC)
10pm: Christmas Cupid (ABCFamily)
10pm: Brothers & Sisters "Cold Turkey" (ABC)

Monday, December 13th:
10am: Special Agent Oso Snow (Disney)
6pm: A Flintstone Christmas (ABCFamily)
7pm: Christmas Cupid (ABCFamily)
9pm: Holiday in Handcuffs (ABCFamily)
9pm: Mariah Carey Merry Christmas to You (ABC)

Tuesday, December 14th:
8pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABCFamily)
8pm: I Want A Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC)
10:30pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABCFamily)

Wednesday, December 15th:
6pm: Pixar Short Films (ABCFamily)
8pm: Disney's Prep & Landing (ABCFamily)

Thursday, December 16th:
8pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas & Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa (ABC)

Friday, December 17th:
8pm: Yes, Virginia (CBS)
10:30pm: Mickey's Christmas Special (ABCFamily)

Saturday, December 18th:
7am: Little Drummer Boy (ABCFamily)
7:30am: Little Drummer Boy Book II (ABCFamily)
8am: Nestor, the Long-Eared Donkey (ABCFamily)
8:30am: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (ABCFamily)
9am: Pinocchio's Christmas (ABCFamily)
10am: Jack Frost (ABCFamily)
11am: Frosty's Winter Wonderland (ABCFamily)
11:30am: Cranberry Christmas (ABCFamily)
12 noon: Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July (ABCFamily)
2pm: Rudolph's Shiny New Year (ABCFamily)
3pm: The Year without a Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
4pm: A Miser Brothers' Christmas (ABCFamily)
5pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABCFamily)
8pm: I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC)
10pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABCFamily)
11pm: Happy Feet (ABCFamily)

Sunday, December 19th:
7:30am: Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (ABCFamily)
9:30am: A Dennis the Menace Christmas (ABCFamily)
11:30am: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABCFamily)
2pm: Home Alone 4 (ABCFamily)
4pm: The Year without a Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
5pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABCFamily)
7pm: Santa Clause 2 (ABC)
9pm: Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (ABC)

Monday, Dec. 20th:
7am: Christmas Do-Over (ABCFamily)
9am: That 70s Show "The Best Christmas Ever" (ABCFamily)
11am: That 70s Show "An Eric Foreman Christmas" (ABCFamily)
11:30am: That 70s Show "Christmas" (ABCFamily)
12 noon: A Carol Christmas (ABCFamily)
2pm: Snow (ABCFamily)
4pm: Snow 2: Brain Freeze (ABCFamily)
6:30pm: Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (ABCFamily)
7pm: Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation (ABCFamily)
7:30pm: Disney's Prep & Landing (ABCFamily)
8pm: Santa Buddies (ABCFamily)
10pm: Santa Buddies (ABCFamily)

Tuesday, December 21st:
8am: Santa Baby (ABCFamily)
10am: Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe (ABCFamily)
12 noon: Holiday in Handcuffs (ABCFamily)
2pm: Christmas Cupid (ABCFamily)
4pm: Jack Frost (ABCFamily)
6pm: Miracle on 34th Street (ABCFamily)
8:30pm: The Polar Express (ABCFamily)

Wednesday, December 22nd:
7am: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (ABCFamily)
7:30am: The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold (ABCFamily)
8am: Unaccompanied Minors (ABCFamily)
10am: Jack Frost (ABCFamily)
12 noon: Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (ABCFamily)
2pm: A Dennis the Menace Christmas (ABCFamily)
6pm: Santa Buddies (ABCFamily)
8pm: The Santa Clause (ABCFamily)
8pm: The Middle "A Simple Christmas" (ABC)
8pm: 12th Annual A Home for the Holidays (CBS)
8:30pm: Better with You "Better with Christmas Crap" (ABC)
10pm: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (ABCFamily)

Thursday, December 23rd:
7am: Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (ABCFamily)
7:30am: Once Upon a Christmas (ABCFamily)
9:30am: Twice Upon a Christmas (ABCFamily)
4pm: The Polar Express (ABCFamily)
6:30pm: The Santa Clause (ABCFamily)
8pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC)
8:30pm: Jim Carey in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC)
8:30pm: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABCFamily)

Friday, December 24th:
7am: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
8am: The Little Drummer Boy (ABCFamily)
8:30am: Nestor, the Long-Eared Donkey (ABCFamily)
9am: Cranberry Christmas (ABCFamily)
11am: A Flintstone Christmas (ABCFamily)
12 noon: Pinocchio's Christmas (ABCFamily)
1pm: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (ABCFamily)
1:30pm: Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July (ABCFamily)
3:30pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys (ABCFamily)
5pm: Mickey's Christmas Special (ABCFamily)
5:30pm: Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too (ABCFamily)
6pm: Jack Frost (ABCFamily)
7pm: Frosty's Winter Wonderland (ABCFamily)
7:30pm: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (ABCFamily)
8pm: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABCFamily)
8pm: It's a Wonderful Life (NBC)
8pm: A Christmas Story (TBS)
9pm: The Santa Clause 2 (ABC)
9pm: The Year Without a Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
10pm: Rudolph's Shiny New Year (ABCFamily)
10pm: A Christmas Story (TBS)

Satuday, December 25th:
12 midnight: A Christmas Story (TBS)
2am: A Christmas Story (TBS)
2am: Meet Me in St Louis (TCM)
4am: A Christmas Story (TBS)
6am: A Christmas Story (TBS)
7am: A Flintstone Christmas (ABCFamily)
8am: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (ABCFamily)
8am: A Christmas Story (TBS)
9am: The Year Without a Santa Claus (ABCFamily)
10am: Miracle on 34th Street (ABCFamily)
10am: A Christmas Story (TBS)
11:45am: A Christmas Carol - 1938 (TCM)
12 noon: A Christmas Story (TBS)
12 noon: Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade (ABC)
12:30pm: Santa Buddies (ABCFamily)
2pm: A Christmas Story (TBS)
2:30pm: The Santa Clause (ABCFamily)
4pm: A Christmas Story (TBS)
4:30pm: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (ABCFamily)
6pm: A Christmas Story (TBS)
7pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABCFamily)
9pm: Doctor Who "A Christmas Carol" ()
9:30pm: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABCFamily)

Tuesday, December 28th:
8pm: Rudolph's Shiny New Year (ABC)

Thursday, December 30th:
8pm: Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (ABC)
8:30pm: She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown (ABC)

Friday, December 31st:

10pm: Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011 (ABC)
11:30pm: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Part 1 (ABC)

Saturday, January 1st:
1am: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, Part 2 (ABC)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Amber's in Trouble!

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Amber from Teen Mom may go to jail for 3 years plus face tons of fines if she's found guilty of two felonies and a misdemeanor.

Speaking of Teen Mom, a new spin-off, Teen Mom 2 is going to focus on some of the mothers from the second season of 16 and Pregnant. It's going to premiere on January 11th.

Wanna be on Minute to Win It? Auditions in Miami, New York, and Detroit coming up.

IFC has two new shows coming out in January. The first is Onion News Network, which is just how it sounds. The other is Portlandia, a comedy about Portland, Oregon and its inhabitants.

Kelsey Grammer to have a drama series next year, where he plays a mayor.

Alex Trebek is going to be on the Christmas episode of How I Met Your Mother on December 13th.

FOX has announced that it does not plan to order any new episodes of The Good Guys or Running Wilde, so they're pretty much canceled.

FOX also has announced some of its midseason already, if you're interested.

If you are REALLY into A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, check out this DIY for how to make his Thanksgiving feast, LoL.

Unnatural History and Ace of Cakes were both canceled.

Netflix raises their prices & adds an all-streaming plan.

WEtv to premiere Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? on January 20th (a Thursday at 9pm). Immediately afterward, A Stand Up Mother debuts.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Favorite Episodes: Growing Pains

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Growing Pains
was kind of a big deal for a long time, I think. It was in reruns forever (or so it seemed) on multiple networks (not too many), and once Leonardo DiCaprio became a big deal, it really kinda came to the headlines again. Now, that was already more than ten years ago (can you believe that??), but I still think the show is pretty good, despite the fact that it shows up fairly rarely on this site.

The premise (in the event you're not familiar with this family sitcom from the 80s-90s) is a psychiatrist and a journalist with three children. They've always tried to arrange it so one parent can work at home, which is a contention point a few times throughout the run of the show. The oldest, Mike, is a chronic underachiever. Carol is a brainiac. Ben is a schemer. And Chrissy, who is born a couple seasons into the show and rapidly-aged, is your cute little kid, really. No steady neighbors or close friends (Boner joins the Marines and we never hear from him again), though Luke joins the family in the final season as a foster child of sorts (and this photo is from the final season, so he is included). Now, on to the favorites!

Season 1: "Reputation" (S01E19): Mike really wants to pass a history test, so he writes answers on the soles of his shoes. Ben catches him in the act, and Mike explains that "Appomattox Courthouse" is a black friend of his, "captain of the basketball team." However, when he puts his feet on a desk at school, the answers become apparent to everyone, and everyone things Mike cheated (when, in fact, he ended up not needing to). Jason and Maggie aren't sure if they should believe him, and in the end, Mike ends up re-taking the test wearing just his underwear, LoL. Part 1 | Part 2

Season 2: "The Long Goodbye" (S02E21): The Seavers have had the same handyman for years, and he's starting to make more mistakes. The family has had it with his slow and clumsy ways, but Jason lobbies for the old guy, until he doesn't save a document on his laptop and the handyman cuts the power. This episode is particularly interesting because Ben is making a video for school and we see things mostly through his eyes. Whole Episode

Season 3: "This is Your Life" (S03E10): Ben is in the hospital for a tonsillectomy, and is pretty scared that something will go wrong. While he's under anesthesia he imagines that he goes home, only to find that the family has replaced him with another Ben. It's pretty memorable, as boring as it sounds, LoL. Whole Episode

Season 4: "Second Chance" (S04E20): Again, Ben is rocking the video camera. But the main part of the plot focuses on Carol, who finds out that her boyfriend, Sandy, was in a bad car accident. She and her parents go to the hospital to see him, and though he was okay then, he dies before she gets home. This is a really sad storyline, and I was weirded out that Carol thought that Mike would joke about that sort of thing. Whole thing, but not the best quality.

Season 5: "Ben & Mike's Excellent Adventure" (S05E15): Ben needs glue for a school project, so he and Mike go out to buy some. But they end up chasing some girls, running into the principal, allowing their parents to delay them, and more. It's kinda cute, tho it worried me that Ben would be getting such a late start on his project, LoL. Whole Episode

Season 6: "Let's Go Europe (1)" (S06E09): Jason and Maggie go on an anniversary trip to France, which is a package that they bought from Mike, now a travel agent. However, when they get to the airport, the family finds out the Mike is also going abroad, having earned a free trip due to his sales. Mike's tour gets off on the wrong foot, and Maggie getting appendicitis make for some awful starts to their respective trips. I'm a sucker for vacation episodes, LoL. Whole episode, decent quality.

Season 7: "B=MC2" (S07E12): Ben is trying to prepare for AP exams, but overhears a sarcastic comment of Jason's and thinks it's true: Ben's nothing more than a dummy. Meanwhile, dorky neighbor Dwight and Carol start to have feelings for one another, which only half-sounds like a match made in heaven, but ultimately doesn't go as one would think. Whole Episode
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Burn Notice - November Episodes...

by Jonathan Bredemeyer

Recapping last week's Burn Notice ("Eyes Open" S04E13) that I didn't get a chance to do a full review on:
Michael's recovering from being shot by Jesse and getting into a car accident whilst trying to stop a bomber from blowing up various areas of Miami. Jesse has kinda rejoined the team, but is still mad at the trio, getting back at each one at a time: He shot Michael during the 'Bible trade,' blew up Fi's house at the end of the episode, and he still owes Sam... John Barrett is dead and one of his henchmen swiped the decoded info, a list of the people who burned Michael. He's been killed, and that list stolen again...

Now, on to "Hot Property" (S04E14):

This episode opens with Michael and Sam trying to get at the guy who stole the decoded list of people who burned Michael (the list was made known 2 episodes ago) by breaking into a police station. Michael slips in and grabs some files, but the cops notice they have a renegade loose in the building. Michael bullshits his way out by pretending to be in charge... Sam: "I ever tell you you're the reason I drink Mikey..."

Jesse's obviously still on edge, making conversation about investigating the stolen files a bit rough... They determine the list is being sold, and the next step is for Jesse to blackmail his old boss, which he eventually agrees to do. Jesse heads off to join Fi who took a job without telling Mike. After Jesse meets her in the swamp, they sorta clear the air before they meet their new client, Stuart. He was trying to buy a gun to go after a drug dealer who kidnapped his little sister. They talk him out of it, and begin the usual routine...

Sam begins work on Marv by using info from Jesse to get a meeting. Jesse and Fi go to the dirty diplomat's house to scout security. Jesse fakes an accident and wanders inside to check security. Michael offers his help after seeing what they were up against, which Jesse isn't thrilled about. They go to confront Stuart on just why this guy has so much security, but the meeting gets interrupted when Natalie (thief from a while back who got away after the trio had to retrieve Barry's ledger from her...) shows up and shoots Stuart. Blackmailing them with having used Fiona's gun for the killing, she explains a job that went bad with a bomb and wants them to help her steal it back. Michael signs up the gang...

Back in the loft, Sam confirms Natalie's bomb story and the fact that they are the only option to grab the bomb before it leaves the country. Sam and Michael meet with Natalie and form an all-too-simple plan... Next comes step #1 to all Burn Notice plans: Make a bomb (or something similar). Fi heads to the garage to make a contraption that simulates a gas leak and runs into Madeline. She confesses a plan to force Jesse and Michael to talk.

Sam meets up with Marv and brings Jesse to ask for help. Jesse wins him over by telling him what he did with the info from last time. Marv agrees to get them some info as they head back to steal the bomb. Michael, Jesse, and Natalie end up in the bushes watching Fi deploy the fake gas leak contraption and arguing over the definition of 'teammates.' Sam pretends to be a gas worker and claims he needs to evacuate the house. The smell works and the underlings are scared, but the diplomat doesn't buy it. Sam takes off and Fi gets stopped by a security guard. Natalie comes in to pretend to fight over the empty stroller Fi has, and it's good enough to fool the guard.

Mike, Fi, and Natalie form up a new plan based on a 'thermal lance' and Natalie returns Fi's 45. Jesse meets Marv again and Jesse pegs him as recording him. Marv gives him the location and details of the list auction. Jesse pushes him more to get money for a seat at the auction table. It sounds like he reluctantly agrees.

Michael and Fi prepare for the nighttime break-in at the loft and plan Sam's getaway route after he will have the bomb. Next, the break-in begins by Fi sniping out the flood lights, and Michael, Jesse, and Natalie heading over the outer wall. After filling the sirens with spray insulation and stunning the guards, Natalie uses the thermal lance on the vault. They grab a metal suitcase from inside the vault and head out. Natalie ditches the still-burning thermal lance which begins to cause a fire... Michael passes off the case to Sam, while Natalie seems to get trapped on the inside of the wall (this is obviously a ploy...).

Sam follows his getaway route and runs into a trap which gets his car flipped. Natalie shows up shooting (in a tube top at least) and gets away with the case. Michael and the rest of the gang show up, and they figure out how she bugged them and plan to use it to convince her she has the wrong case. The ruse works and Natalie is headed to the bus stop as Fi and Jesse create a new bomb to put in the new metal case. They make a fake bomb and stick Jesse at the bus station to watch. He whips out his amazingly old PocketPC that alerts him when she's driving up. They track Natalie to her hideout and Michael heads in to retrieve the real bomb. Apparently, this is the actual buying spot and NOT her hideout. The buyers walk in and and Michael holds the fake bomb hostage. He ends up shooting it and releasing teargas everyplace, which everything thinks will kill them. The buyers head out and Fi and Sam roll in to force Natalie to call Homeland Security to turn the real bomb in.

Marv comes through and gives Jesse $5 million and he asks if he 'really trusts Michael Weston.' Jesse leaves that question unanswered and he's off to meet Fi for lunch. Jesse shows up to find Michael, Fi, and Michael's mom waiting for him. She lays everything on the table and intimidates them into shaking hands. She leaves them to talk, but they just smile at each other and start planning how to crash the auction.

Quote of the episode: "...Romantic relationships usually end if there's a betrayal, while spy relationships often begin with one."

New Rules to Remember: "...Natural gas is odorless. The smell most people think of as gas is actually an additive called THT..."

Spy Tip of the episode: "Get caught with a lock-pick set in a police and you've got problems. A pair of cheap sunglasses is less suspicious and just as effective. Modify them in advance..."
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Canadian Jersey Shore to Debut....

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Wanna be in the new Muppet movie? Here's the casting director information.

Wanna be on Glee? Look here. Unless you submitted your video via MySpace last summer. If that's the case, you should find out the results any day now.

Did you see this? 10 ways TV would be different without the Internet. Lost's online fans wouldn't have existed and the show wouldn't have lasted. Shows like $#*! My Dad Says wouldn't exist without twitter. iTunes wouldn't have helped Glee beat the Beatles. Betty White wouldn't have hosted SNL without those online petitions. My personal favorite... we wouldn't know about ever guest star ahead of time!

If you're interested in trying to be more frugal by cutting out cable, read this for tips on watching things through other means.

Did you know that Guy Fieri hosts like FOUR shows? Three on Food Network and the other is Minute to Win It.

Medium got canceled.

Dark Blue was also canceled.

Rubicon, which had a short life, has also been canceled.

The Jonas Brothers television show got canceled.

King of Queens got picked up for reruns on SpikeTV in October 2011 and TVLand in 2013.

Speaking of TVLand, they're debuting Retired at 35 after the season premiere of Hot in Cleveland in January. It's about a businessman who heads to Florida to retire at a young age.

The College BCS games are now scheduled for television.

Simpsons got renewed for a 23rd season.

The Tony Awards will air on Sunday, June 12th, 2011, at 8pm on CBS.

NBC wants to put comedies in the Thursday 10pm slot. No major network has tried this since 1991. To see what they're putting there as well as their midseason lineup, look here.

Did you ever want to know what women in rural Dothan, Alabama do? Me neither, but TLC is about to start showing Bama Belles, where you can find out.

FOX has a new cartoon debuting in January, called Bob's Burgers, and it looks weird.

Jaleel White voiced one of the Sonics when I was a kid. Never would've guessed.

Josh and Anna Duggar are pregnant with their second, shortly after their first child turned one year old. It's clear that they were trying to conceive sooner than that, since Anna mentions a miscarriage in between as well.

Jersey Shore is about to have some Canadian competition; Lake Shore to premiere soon.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

South Park Gone Again

by Amy K. Bredemeyer


The Simpsons
Abbreviated opening, no Bart's chalkboard message or Lisa's saxophone. Maggie's into Happy Little Elves, too? I totally thought that was Lisa's thing? "No child of mine will go without anything, ever! Except quality health care," LoL. "Ain't no glass"
slap! haha. Donuts in the parking lot for ten gallons?? omg. Then car on blocks running the gas. And using the gas for target practice with frisbees. And filling the trunk with gas. And pouring gas onto the "loser" dolls and lighting them on fire = double omg. Whoa on Homer and Bart talking about Bart living in that house when he's an adult. Interesting to see Marge's house from when she was a child. Bart kiteboarding on mud was funny. The "christmas tree-ing" of the scantron on Marge's part was mildly amusing. Bart getting the "school bully" slot was funny. Lisa wondering if her saxophone is a distraction or a higher calling, was interesting, but I think she should have had a longer period of debate. Nice nod to Lisa's Buddhist beliefs. Love when parents fight for their children's education. Um, what? Marge doesn't see Nelson as "the bully type" ?? It made me laugh that the students RAN for the door when the bell rang to end recess... we always walked kinda slowly, LoL. Bart actually talked to Nelson to avoid the fight! As soon as Homer said that Marge was doing laundry, I knew that she had struck a deal with the school to do their laundry. I'm very disappointed in Lisa for deciding that she didn't want to go to that school and that she'd be honored if she turned out like her mother. That's such cr@p. Haha on Homer getting the baby doll for Maggie because he realized there was no glass, LoL. I'm also really glad that they went back and finished the Maggie storyline... I would've been really upset if they left that one alone.

Family Guy (S09E05):
Hanson was funny. How did Cleveland get the card in the envelope to mail without stopping the recording mechanism?? I couldn't believe Peter tricked Lois like that??!? Using Joe's legs as a punching bag was funny. I laughed at the "Quahog paper to start printing news instead of just horizontal lines," LoL. The woman Mr. T. milking Peter was disturbing! "Deirdre Jackson" was an interesting name. Are boxers usually disfigured by age 23? LoL. "Ovarian Barbarian" was humorous, too. What's a rabbit punch?? They didn't draw in mouth guards?? All of this boxing is so boring!!

Kate Plus Eight (S01Exx):
episode 6 to be determined.


Cake Boss (S03E20 & S03E22): The ovens have arrived! The crew seems pretty upset that they have to work squished for two days. I feel like they're showcasing more and more of the cakes that use PVC pipe, LoL. I like how Buddy's mom shows up whenever one of the sisters has a problem with the way Buddy's doing things, LoL. It actually looked like the shop wasn't that busy when they sold the flower fondant cake. That is one heck of a big bird for that cake!! Overall, I just wasn't that impressed with that cake... I thought the bird looked a little cartoon-y and the fire wasn't all that realistic, either.

West Point has hosted around 5500 weddings in the 100 years it's been around! The rendering for that cake was simply amazing. Mauro and Madeline's oldest daughter, Mary, gives them less than a week's notice?? 320 people at a Sweet Sixteen!!?! It always amuses me when they talk about the fillings... they're so different all the time! Haha, funny argument about whether the roof was pitched. That chapel cake was insanely detailed! Buddy looked kinda tense about the chapel cake. The ovens have now been put in for a couple weeks but some people haven't used them yet. Anthony added 5 minutes to the time of the cookies after he kinda begged Joey to let him bake! haha, Buddy said Madeline was "breaking my balls" about the Hollywood cake, LoL. Nice advertisement for the competition that's coming up. I like how Buddy got in Mauro's business about dancing with his daughter at the party, LoL. I wish we would have gotten a better overall shot of the Cadet cake, like the sides. They showed the front details like four times, LoL. I wonder how many cake-cuttings Buddy has done, LoL! That Hollywood cake looked REALLY GOOD!! Mary is a tall girl! I mean, I know she probably had heels on, but she was as tall as Mauro while dancing... and Mauro is a giant, LoL. She had almost double my wedding guests at her Sweet 16, LoL!

Little People, Big World (S06E12 & S06E13 & S06E14):
"Dating Daze" LoL, Amy brought Zach to a soccer game with an ulterior motive of getting him to talk to girls, LoL. LoL, Jeremy taking Zach shopping, with Molly's suggestions, too. A "flirting class," really?? You have to give out your phone number TWICE at the supermarket?? How awkward is that?? What if the first person saw you giving out your number to the second?? Then you look like a man-whore. I wonder if anyone in the class was gay... or if it was marketed specifically for opposite-gender flirting. The instructor specifically told Zach he had to give the numbers to a girl. "I don't see a point to dating unless you're going to get married," was an interesting point by Molly. I'm kinda surprised that is her stance... her parents always seem like they push the kids to do all kinds of things.

"Hike" Interesting that Jacob didn't fix his missed spots and missed a lawn completely because he doesn't want his dad to say he did a good job when he knows he'll mes it up. Matt's face when Amy said there was salad with dinner was funny. Cool that Jeremy randomly teaches Jacob things. I couldn't believe Jeremy let Jacob drive his car, that he loves!! Amy was working out really hard if she was doing 5 a week, 3 with a trainer!! They still have Zach's van. Cool of Amy, Jeremy, and Zach to go on a hike like that. Too bad she didn't have her camera to capture the view from the top. hehe, Jacob went back and finished the lawn. Amy didn't get rid of as much fat as she wanted, but she made some great progess. I'm not sure how much time had passed since her first weigh-in.

"Amy in Command" 1st & Main... how cute. Cool, a retreat... and Molly and two of her friends get to go, too. Buddy Boards. Amy missed the balance logs turn, LoL. Then the spiderweb. Then they went to high ropes and did a zipline. LoL at the person who said, "my kids will not believe this, you guys!" Then a boat-building contest... that one I haven't done, LoL. Those boats actually did pretty well, LoL. Wow, I had never seen that many carts at one time before! I couldn't have cared less about that inter-staff conflicts.

House, M.D.
A slave ship full of diseased slaves. Why didn't they dunk her hand in the ocean immediately?? Why is Foreman putting his tie on at work? People used to keep scabs for vaccinations?? The CDC saying that Princeton's suits weren't good enough was interesting. How do you get the Captain's log from 1793? I love that House got an online sex star to translate. Nice job, Chase, saying that it could be classist, not racist. Nice that Foreman mentioned that he didn't like the idea of talking away from Masters just because they want to skirt some ethical rules. Wilson's girlfriend trying to calm the kid didn't work. "I think Lamby has a cousin in the gift shop," was funny. Whoa, they had the dad in a small compartment! If you work in a hospital and it goes on lockdown, do you get overtime?? Why not say it's Lamby's cousin? Why did they try to act like it was the same stuffed animal?? I love that they got the Dutch sex star back on the line, and that Masters knew what it was going to be with the cat. I can't believe Masters got House to take off his gloves!! Look at Wilson lobbying to have a kid, LoL. Cuddy looked kinda older in this episode.

How I Met Your Mother (S06E09): Lily is obsessed with babies, but I think we expected that, LoL.
I love that the spaceship that Robin Sparkles and Jessica Glitter are in is a curling stone!! And they run in with hockey sticks! Robin Sparkles is looking extra old these days... more like Robin dressing at Robin Sparkles, LoL. Nice to see Alan Thicke. Ted's poem sucked. Canada's national mascot is the beaver??!? WHOA. Ted points out all these sad things about his friend and Robin doesn't care until he mentions Lebron, and then she allows the guy to stay, LoL. I liked Ted's joke about using math to solve the deal about Sparkles and Glitter. How do you accidentally shred pants?? Who goes to NYC for the billboards? And why does he have a jar of pee in the alley?? If I watched more reality television maybe I would've enjoyed Barney's spiel a little more. And Punchy holding his scrotum and pretending it's a wounded baby bird was disgusting. be the organist for the New York Rangers??!? Really? They BOTH ended up in NY?? I liked how Marshall played on the organ. I didn't like the lamp in Punchy's room, LoL. "I'm gonna love your baby... I'll even pick it up" LoL. The confetti was a bit much. And Alan Thicke and the beaver puppets show up again, haha.
384 months.

19 Kids and Counting (S05E17): Why would you throw a toy out into the rain?? Justin talking to Josie on the walkie was funny. and weird. Josiah is driving already, LoL. Michelle was very defensive of Josiah's height. He's just about five feet tall and he's 14. Joseph doesn't have braces in this episode. JoyAnna and Josiah looking at each other was funny. The "yellow x" thing also kinda threw me. Why do they even bring the stroller upstairs?? Interesting that Michelle asked one of the little boys to leave the room so she could change Josie's diaper. 11 months old now, so this is a pretty recent episode. haha, the Duggars have big heads, LoL? Josiah seemed pretty nervous on this driving lesson. I don't think you can call someone a "backseat driver" when it's you're first time driving, LoL. Whoa... on the road the first day! I'm surprised the kids didn't pull any of the garbage out from under that counter while they were trying to get the crickets, LoL. Tonitown is an Italian community?? I'm guessing these grapes don't use pesticides, LoL. They went with several other kids (the ones wearing pink shirts) that they showed a couple of times and I'm not sure why. I am under the impression that viewers want to see JimBob care for the kids more, so I think he always has done that, but now they're just filming it more, LoL.

And GrandDuggar Birthday Special:
They rented a large car for their stay in Florida, LoL. Why do we see Josh, Jana, and John-David's first birthdays but nobody else's? I wonder why some of the advice Mackynzie got was "don't pick on kids bigger than you?" LoL. I liked Jordyn's little interview. Anna trying to get Mackynzie to walk by putting goldfish out of her reach, LoL. That's a really old minivan, LoL. That was a really windy day for the beach. I wonder if Josh wore boardshorts because he didn't pack his wetsuit and had to borrow/buy (the shirt seemed to have a specific surf shop's logo), or if he no longer fits in his wetsuit, or if he's just decided he's okay with wearing shorts in this type of situation. Oh yay, now we see Jessa & Jinger's first birthdays. And more silly advice from the Duggars. And a shot of Jordyn squirting milk. I wonder how much Josh and Anna bought that camera for... even if it was used. Susanne was in boardshorts too, which was interesting. I never really enjoyed sand castles... too difficult to get them right. But Mackynzie sure seems to like sand. Silly staging of Josh and Anna running toward one another on the beach. It looked like some good surfing weather. Anna's father visits 8 prisons?? Heh, the Kellers have a Wii! Anna talking about her miscarriage just a month after it happened was pretty strong of her. I was intrigued that Anna and Amy seem so close... Amy baked the birthday cake? And Jinger isn't into cooking like her sisters, LoL. Amy just went over to the Duggars house and took a few of the kids for help, LoL. 8 boxes of cake mix??!? I'm pretty sure I was making boxed cake when I was like 14, LoL. And they totally weren't at Aldi, LoL. Joseph has braces now, too. With 284 birthdays behind them, of course the older girls knew just how to decorate, LoL. Michelle had to come speak to Johannah because she was beating up on Anna's decorations. 3 hours before the party starts and all they have is a pile of ingredients??!? Apparently they're going to be frosting the cakes warm, LoL. If they can even finish baking that many by then! This isn't the Duggars' kitchen! Now we see Amy's first birthday and another small piece of advice. Johannah's party is in there now, too... I think that was kinda lumped in late, LoL. But it does explain the larger-kid activities like the bouncy houses, LoL. 2 hours and 15 minutes before the party and they're still mixing!! I like how Cousin Amy's dad is helping... we never see him, LoL. Where'd Jinger go?? Toothpicks can't hold graham crackers together, Anna. Grandma Duggar came to help, LoL. An hour and a half until the party and they're just pulling a cake out of the oven. Cute Noah's ark theme with animals everywhere, LoL. Jinger rolling her eyes when Amy said that the cake was going great was funny. LoL, it's clear that they had never frosted a cake before, LoL. The cake was really cute when it was done. How did Josh and Anna afford so many costumes?? The lion-cowboy was cute. JimBob as a moose was cute. I can't possibly agree with the idea that this is the first Noah's Ark-themed party in Arkansas, ever. That's ridiculous. Jana looked like she knew what Josh and Anna were going to announce. Michelle looked incredibly happy. A nice mix of "expected" and "surprised," LoL. Anna is so excited and anxious it's weirding me out.

16 and Pregnant (S02E14): Markai, pronounced "mark-kay." Somewhere in Florida... wonder where! Why the alligator and the cat on her notebook? August at 31 weeks, so starting a little later than we normally do. Very typical Florida house. James is hwe white, dread-locked boyfriend. Why wait until you're 31 weeks pregnant to ask what you were doing to practice safe sex?? They're trying HARD to keep us from knowing where this is taking place. A girl is on the way. The card was weird, since it mentions that she wanted the baby in her life, LoL. 34 weeks: they're talking about breastfeeding. She's salivating so much she carries around a spittoon?? And she's eating SOAP?? They have a Dairy Queen in town, and a Burlington Coat Factory. Less than 20 Florida cities have Burlingtons, but without anything else to go off of, I'm not sure if I could wager any better of a guess. It wasn't in the panhandle, I can tell you that, LoL. I also couldn't figure out what grocery store she was working at. If James has no car and no job, how's he supposed to find a place to live?? Za'karia is an interesting name. 36 weeks: that's rough that she had to stop taking her vet classes because she's pregnant. Interesting that she has a case worker... I think this is the first (maybe second?) teen mom we've seen with one. 40 weeks: James is talking to his ex online. Does James not own shirts with sleeves? Oh good, he wore sleeves to the birth. 6 hours in, she gets an epidural. 9 hours in, the pushing starts. Cute kid. 3 days old, she has the baby at home. Markai said that breastfeeding is her new lie, LoL. She had on 4 bracelets.. the baby had 1. I wonder how standard that is. A week old: I liked that she had a book on breastfeeding. Markai found out that James cheated on her like a year or more ago and James says it's true. 7 weeks old: Markai misses James a lot. We find out that Markai and James had sex less than 2 months into their relationship. They put her daughter in daycare pretty young. Oh snap! make that sex in less than 2 weeks! Dang.

Better With You (S01E07 & S01E08):
I want Maddie to plan my future baby shower, LoL. "Maddie was being modest. I'm not Pierce Brosnan, I'm Richard Gere," haha. Wait, I take back the Maddie-baby-shower thing... it's the night before and the games aren't finalized!! Trivial Pursuterus?? Whoa... who wants to have a baby in a barn??!? haha on Vicki calling Vermont a disgusting place, LoL. I like how laid-back Casey is in comparison to Ben. They jive well. "Skeletor" as a nickname for "Grandma" was funny!! I like how Vicki gave up "Nana" to get Joel's mom to calm down. haha on the end being parallels with someone getting sick.

weak opening. 28 examples of napkins?? Bringing in ministers was funny. "just hearing her voice sounds like a hug," haha. Maddie cutting in front of Ben was funny. "flirting for favors" it!! whoa intervention. REBA!! with Joanna Garcia! how cute! I didn't even get the "chillin" because fro-yo is cold" joke until Mia explained it. Elephant as BestMan was funny. I liked Casey's advice to Ben, LoL. haha, Casey used the third person. I couldn't believe Lorraine Ashley stole their wedding out from under them! "I was drunk on secret toppings," LoL. heh... I never realized that the people you "flirt for favors" with might feel more than that, LoL. whoa... wedding in a ball pit. NO. WHOA... 6 people planning a wedding is too many cooks in the kitchen! Ben's veto at the end was amusing, hahaha.

South Park
(S14E14): [season finale] not that great of a season finale. yay Guy Fieri. haha, shake weight. The cool-down spray was crazy! food porn. ha. sitting on the toilet flambeing a pork chop... eww. "smaller, white ones," LoL!! Throwndown at school cafeteria was funny. "Hell's Kitchen Nightmares Iron Top Chef Cafeteria Throwdown Ultimate Cookoff Challenge," hahahahaha. haha, kids waiting 12 hours for lunch! "an old-fashioned" ... yeah, that was funny.

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Off season/Coming Up:

Futurama (back November 21)
Cake Boss: Next Great Baker
(coming December 6th at 9)
Wipeout (season 4 back in January)
Hot in Cleveland (back January 19th at 10pm for 20 episodes of season 2)
Mr. Sunshine (starts in January on ABC)
Minute to Win It (season 3 to start...)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (not sure, probably January)
Melissa & Joey (not sure)
Table for 12
: (missing "summer," "busy day," "jumping in," "brace yourself," "back to school")
Teen Mom (no idea)
Kate Plus Eight (I'm moving this back down here because it hasn't been on in a month. not sure when it's returning.)
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