November 12, 2007

What Are You Looking At?

I will now admit my secret little TV watching secrets, even if nobody much cares.

There are some awesome shows on TV that I simply enjoy way too much, and this from someone who hasn't much bothered with TV since the kids were born. I'm not a snob - I'm just asleep when it's happening.

Dragon's Den - awesome. Fun for the whole family, and if you've ever thought you had an idea to market, listen to these five dragons. The fact it's Canadian actually makes it smarter, more insightful and far more valuable than another Donald Trump piece of crap. These guys are wonderful, unlike some of the poor buggers that get paraded before them. My favourite victims? The arrogant, smug know-it-alls who just can't get it through their thick skulls that they're being offered invaluable advice. My most unfavourite part? The 'hostess' or whatever they call her, the chick that does the intros - why, oh why, does she keep wearing the same (ugh) dress and belt and shoes? If you have to pick a uniform, make it a classy suit. Otherwise, mix it up, or dispense with the role all together and just do a voice over.

I have a not-so-secret crush on Gordon Ramsey. I dunno if it's his odd little muppet face or his potty mouth, but I love the guy. His new Kitchen Nightmares is mostly fun. A little formulaic, but again, it's at its best when the the arrogant, know-it-all morons are getting their just desserts (ha! I made a pun). Hmmm. Do I detect a theme going here?

House - I will watch current Hugh Laurie, old Hugh Laurie, any Hugh Laurie. As Dr. House, it's so much fun to watch the smug know-it-alls get theirs...even when that smuggee is House himself.

I like NCIS with Mark Harmon. Actually, I love the whole cast (don't take this the wrong way, but Cote de Pablo has the best butt on TV. She does. Really). It's fun. It's a little gory, but they do the autopsy scenes so nicely, with a spotlight on the nether regions to protect everyone's dignity. And Mark Harmon is well, Mark Harmon. 'Nuff said.

When Lost comes back, I will fall back in love with Lost. Now, there's a whole island of smug, arrogant pretty people getting what they deserve. But as someone who would fall into that category faster than I'd fall out of it, I can sympathize. It's hard to be good.

I watch What Not To Wear, mostly because I know my 'friends' are going to turn me in one day. I will take my scraggy army pants to the grave with me.

I have ordered all the seasons of Meerkat Manor on DVD. Everyone that was laughing at me can carry on.

I like CBC's Marketplace, because if it matters to Wendy Mesley, I find it matters to me. Even if I didn't realize it. I love her.

I will watch The Office, even reruns, until my eyes bleed. A little Michael goes a long way, I love this show.

I'm peeved that they canned Arrested Development, one of the smartest shows around. We have all the DVDs, and it makes rainy days at the cottage a little brighter.

I will think of more. Mostly, TV is a bloodbath of lousy one-liners and stupid reality shows. There are so many fabulous books I haven't read yet, that I really can't sit there watching Two and a Half Men and justify it. My kids can, but I can't.

But sometimes....


Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh, I forgot. I just found the O.C. too. My kid has been watching it since it started, and I laughed at him. Now I watch it in reruns.

November 12, 2007 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not being familiar with Ms. de Pablo or her nether regions, I "Googled" the young woman and found that yesterday was her birthday!

How special is that?

Your taste in TV would appear to go beyond eclectic... no Rome? (if you did not see, rent the DVDs); no Earl (the only show I can recall actually laughing out loud of late and consistently wonder how on earth they got certain lines by the network censors)?; All Creatures Great and Small?

I smell a column, here...

November 13, 2007 8:48 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

We watch Earl; it's mostly good, I agree.

The Brit shows? There is nothing funnier (though more disgusting) than Little Britain. Find the DVDs (we own them all). It is a uniquely good time.

AbFab - got 'em all. I confess to watching Corn Street. Don't tell anyone.

I also loved the Sopranos. A lot.

Oh, and Happy Birthday, Cote!

November 13, 2007 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could I possibly have forgotten about Eddie and Patsy?

Seen a few Little Britain -- no real opinion as yet.

Sopranos? One of the best things to happen to entertainment in many, many years. We're playing catch up on season 5 at the moment; for some reason we never watched it. Two more episodes and it's bye-bye Adrianna...

Originally from the UK, I recall the day when Elsie Tanner, Ena Sharples and Len Fairclough ruled Corrie -- have not watched in many, many years -- my Mum still does every Sunday morning. Tea, toast and a pack of Players...

Unable at this time to concur with your derriere observation -- may actually have to watch the show to make my own determination.

Or, I could program it on our marvellous new toy, our PVR -- most kewl!

November 13, 2007 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to watch Corn Street with all those old-timers. You haven't missed much and you can catch up real fast. The Ken Barlow character (an original from the beginning of the show) is still on although he's beyond boring.

November 14, 2007 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year, the CBC in all its wisdom, canceled the brightest spot on TV, "This is Wonderland".
Appearantly, I was one of few that watched this touching drama-dy based on the Toronto Court system. The show won all kinds of awards and recognition, including Gemini's and accolades from Mental Health organizations for their portrayal of the marginalized.

There are DVD's (sigh)


November 14, 2007 9:29 PM  

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