"The label you give yourself cannot impact external forces that are not motivated by your own psychology or influenced by a third party's pre-existing consciousness of you. We are all presented with reasons to struggle which come from completely external forces; to pretend that one is not struggling is either arrogance or an admission of defeat. To admit that one is struggling is a sign and a source of strength." - Evan A. Baker

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Tv

I love Fall in Los Angeles. It looks a lot like summer, except with better television programming!

Let's talk about a few of the shows I've watched:


Happy Endings. (Technically, this is their second season.)

If you haven't caught on, catch! It's so funny. I love the pacing, the energy, the ridiculousness, and it gives me such happiness that Casey Wilson, who was rumored to be fired for being too fat, has found a great, wonderful vehicle for herself. And a shout out to Elisha Cuthbert for taking a character who could have been extremely annoying, into a friend we want to watch and root for.

 Also, Damon Wayans Jr and Eliza Coupe might be the best married couple on television. Seriously, you'd want them to come to your party.

And Zachary Knighton, you are super dreamy.

2 Broke Girls
I am enjoying this for the most part, but know it's just going to get better with time. Next season will be stronger, and the third will be even better. Right now, we have to grow with the two leads, but the supporting cast are just stereotypes and cliches. Even so, I'm excited to see where this show will take us.

I do feel bad for the actresses, however, because they both wear heeled shoes with their work uniform. I get that Beth Behrs, playing the used- to- be -stinkin- rich- girl had to leave her home with the clothing on her back (and shoes on her feet) but it hurts me to watch Kat Dennings tromp around on set whenever she's wearing her boots with her work uniform.

I hate that they're wearing heels as waitresses in the first place (try 9 hours of standing like that in real life). It feels like Michael Patrick King, who co-created the show with Whitney Cummings, is trying to capitalize on the Sex and the City shoe glamor of years passed. But I don't get it.  Put them in sensible sneakers, you guys! You're making your viewers feel bad for them!

New Girl
"After a bad break-up, Jess, a quirky young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her and they become like family."
Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess, a woman who is far too pretty and well dressed to ever be considered "weird" or "annoying" in real life. And that's the major problem for me. I have nothing against ZooeyD - I thought she was GREAT in 500 Days of Summer, but this show feels like they're taking Zooey's quirky/cute brand and shoving her down my throat and force feeding her to me that she's likable and a goof and look! she sings to herself! how adorkable!
This is a show that NEEDED to have an unknown female lead. I don't buy ZooeyD as this girl. They needed someone we could all really believe IS this person. Having indie darling ZooeyD star in this was just a bad idea. So I really hate this show. Now, I know a few people who love it, which I really don't get, but I was thinking to myself, this show might work better if it was a 3 camera sitcom, like the Big Bang Theory. I don't think 1 camera is doing them any favors. And the jokes don't work for me. If Jess was played by a heavier, dorkier girl (think first season Ugly Betty star America Ferrara) the show would make sense to me and I'd watch.

But as of now, all three of the three episodes I've seen has Jess being quirky! the guys not liking it! Jess saving them from embarassment by being her quirky self! The guys falling in love with her! Then Jess being quirky! And the guys finding her annoying again!
Barf. (and let me go ahead and say that I really hate their poster too. WHY am I so against this show?!)

Once Upon a Time
"Centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real."
Saw the first episode last night and fully expected to not care for it. But I did! Interesting idea and I'm excited to see where it goes in the next couple of episodes, because it looks like we'll get to see all the fairy tale characters' back stories and that interests me a great deal.

And I'm really glad someone has finally put Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin together in the same show, cause I always thought they looked alike and used to confuse them for one another.

Do you agree or disagree with me on what I've seen so far? What shows are you loving?


  1. I've never seen Happy Endings but it didn't seem like it would appeal to me, willing to give it a shot via On Demand though. Very much looking forward to checking out Once Upon A Time. But we definitely disagree on the other two. I thought 2 Broke Girls was extremely contrived, stereotypical and just overall not funny as I saw the jokes coming from a mile away. On the other hand, every episode of The New Girl has been hilarious and Zooey's been pretty adorably funny in each one. We're gonna have to agree to disagree on these two.

  2. In the people I've talked to, that seems to be the thing - if you like 2 Broke Girls, you hate New Girl and vice versa.

    It reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. You either loved one or the other but not both.

    Thanks for commenting, Brandi!

  3. Actually, that's a bad example above, because those two books are actually two great pieces of literature, while 2 Broke Girls and New Girl are far from being great writing.

  4. I completely agree with you on New Girl. Completely! I just don't get it.


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