Television

Fall Into Television

tvFall is my absolute favorite time of year. When fall blows in, it brings cool, crisp air, sidewalks strewn with crunchy leaves, more pumpkin-flavored foods than any one person could possibly eat, sweater weather, and Thanksgiving turkey. Fall also means the return of some of my favorite television shows after the summer hiatus.

I will be the first person to admit I like the short break from new TV over the summer. It means I finally have time to marathon the shows I’ve been meaning to watch, or rewatch old favorites. In fact, I spent part of this summer rewatching all of Criminal Minds, one of my favorite TV shows. But after a few weeks, I start to miss watching new episodes of favorite shows every week. The cliffhangers from the previous season start to get to me, and I find myself wanting answers immediately.  Most of all, I find myself missing the characters who, after watching them week after week for so many seasons, I feel connected to and who feel like a part of my own life.

66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy StatueLast night, the winners of the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in a live telecast. Usually held on a Sunday night, this was the first time the Emmys had been moved to a Monday since 1976. This year’s ceremony, like any awards show, had its ups and downs.

After last year’s bizarre Emmys, where half of the winners were a complete surprise to everyone, this year the Academy chose to, for the most part, play it safe. Continuing its streak, Modern Family took home the award for outstanding comedy for the fifth year in a row, while Breaking Bad won outstanding drama for the second year in a row. Three of this year’s acting winners in drama and comedy (Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Gunn) had won the Emmy last year, and seven of the eight winners in comedy and drama had previously won at least once in the last five years for their performances in the same role.

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Most of us first saw him on Happy Days, where he played Mork from Ork.  From there, he went on to a spinoff series Mork & Mindy<

2014 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

emmyOne of the distinct advantages of the Primetime Emmy Awards is that nominated television series are divided into two categories:  drama and comedy. This same divide is fairly common in television awards shows, but only exists for movies at the Golden Globes. I have often wondered how the Academy Awards would differ if they followed suit and awarded Oscars for best comedy and best drama.

James Garner (1928-2014)

James Garner’s passing was very sad to hear about.  He was always a welcome presence in movies and TV series.  An actor who could handle any genre, from comedy to action-adventure, from romance to western.  I grew up watching his TV shows and fil

Dear Sir or Madam.....

It’s an idea that dates back centuries.  A character in a play – comedy or drama – will dress as a member of the opposite sex.  Sometimes it’s for money.  Sometimes to trick another person for a noble cause.  Sometimes just to hide out for a while.  Shakespeare was fond of having a strong female character disguise herself as a

2014 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

emmy Yesterday, the nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmys were announced. It should come as no surprise that I love television and watch an embarrassing number of TV shows every week. I also love the glitz and glam of a televised awards show. So an awards show honoring the best in primetime television seems tailor made for my interests.

Book Hunters in Brief #27: Orphan Black

Book Hunters in Brief - Orphan BlackAs fans know, tonight is the season finale of Orphan Black and we’ll be glued to our TV like everybody else, but we’re already worrying about what comes tomorrow and the next day and the next with no new episodes to look forward to. Well, here are some reading suggestions to take the edge off for awhile.

Ruby Dee (1922-2014)

It was very sad to read about the passing of one of America’s great actresses: <

Once Upon a Time…

maleficent dragonWhen I saw Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for the first time as a little girl, I was completely captivated. I loved watching the fairies muddle through baking a cake and sewing a dress, Briar Rose and Prince Phillip’s first encounter in the forest, and the epic fight at the end of the film. But, most of all, I loved Maleficent. She could curse a person sixteen years in advance and turn into a dragon! In my mind, that made her the best fairy tale villain.

I was obviously not alone in that way of thinking, because 55 years later, Disney released a live action retelling of the fairy tale. But this time, they focused on Maleficent, one of the most beloved fairy tale villains. Maleficent strives to do what Wicked, the best-selling novel and the hit Broadway musical, did for the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz: tell the villain’s story, shed light on their motivations, and bring compassion to an otherwise evil character. Critical reviews so far have been mixed, but audiences seem united in finding Maleficent’s story, and Angelina Jolie’s performance as her, mesmerizing.

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