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Wednesday Seven: Cancelled TV Shows I Miss


Alrighty, I’m doing this pretty late in the day. Tonight is the season two finale of Cougar Town, and I am SOOOO HAPPY that there is going to be a third season. I’m terrified that it will get cancelled because I like it so much. That got me thinking about tv shows that I liked that were cancelled, hence today’s topic: Cancelled TV Shows I Miss.

1. Eureeka’s Castle: Starting it off old-school. I remember LOVING this show as a kid. I wish it was on DVD now, because I would totally own it. In hindsight, this might be part of where my love of fantasy comes from – it has a castle, a sorceress, talking bat, a tinker, a dragon, etc. Way better than the crap these poor kids today have to watch.

2. Better Off Ted: Unfortunately, I discovered this show just when it was being cancelled. Dammit. It was hilarious. Basically it revolved around Ted, an upper-management man working at Veridian Dynamics – a pretty scary, immoral company. Ted’s boss, Veronica, is really vicious and witty and strong. The show was sarcastic, witty, and just great. I want to own both seasons on DVD. Both seasons are available on Instant Play on Netflix, so you should really try it out.

3. Cavemen: I was PSYCHED when I heard the cavemen from those awesome commercials were gonna have their own show. And I thought it was a pretty funny show. Basically three cavemen are roommates in San Diego, and in this show cavemen are pretty much another minority group. Cavemen were never fully replaced by modern humans, and are trying to deal with living in modern society without being discriminated against. There were a couple times I just laughed my butt off. Unfortunately it got cancelled in the middle of the first season, partly because of the stupid writers’ strike that was going on around then. Something like 7 of the episodes never even got a chance to air, and there’s no mention of them all being released on DVD. I’m really hoping that changes.

4. Samurai Champloo: I think this is the first anime show that my honeyman really got me into. It’s only one season long really, though I don’t think it was cancelled… it just kind of ended. Either way, I wish it had gone on longer. It took place in Japan during the Edo era, but referenced a lot of modern-day things.  Basically Mugen & Jin are awesome swordsmen hell-bent on trying to kill each other, but are forced to wait and try to help Fuu instead, a young girl who saved their lives and asks them to go on a quest with her in return. Fuu was annoying, but Mugen & Jin are kick-ass. We even named our little African dwarf frogs after them 🙂

5. Pushing Daisies: Another show that I found out about too late. Why does that always happen to me? Basically Pushing Daisies was about Ned, a man with the surprising ability to touch dead things / people and bring them back to life, with some conditions. Life gets a little more interesting for Ned when he brings his childhood crush back to life. He also helps a P.I., Emerson Cod, solve murder mysteries. I loved how whimsical this show was. The set designs, character outfits, and storylines were just so great and fantastical. It was quirky, and the dialogue was really fun and witty and fast-paced. I’m not quite sure why this was cancelled, but the way the second season ends is just a little painful. The show and the storylines were cut way too short.

6. Firefly: Yes, I’ve mentioned Firefly before. What hurts here is that the show was OBVIOUSLY popular – the fan love even led to a follow-up movie, just to tie up a couple loose ends. And it won an Emmy. But the douches at Fox cancelled it, claiming it was because Captain Mal was too dark and unsympathetic of a character. Bullcrap, Mal was great! I’m guessing Fox cancelled it because the show is about a group of people trying to stay off of the Alliance’s (AKA the government’s) radar, because the Alliance is kind of evil and does bad shit. Basically, this show was doomed from the beginning – Fox aired the episodes out of the intended order, promoted it as a comedy/action even though it’s sci-fi/action, and then left three episodes completely unaired when they cancelled it. Seriously, bunch of assholes. Even with the movie wrap-up, so much goes unanswered and it really sucks.

       

7. Friends & Charmed: I’m looping these together because they’re pretty obvious. They were both really great shows though. I can admit that Friends was definitely at the end of it’s time. I just miss it because I loved the characters so much. I was hoping that Charmed would go on for another couple years. Sadly though, around the 6th or 7th season the makers of Charmed started spending most of their budget on getting famous actors to make guest appearances on the show, instead of spending that money on more story, or even to keep up on the special effects. So I guess it’s best that it ended with 8 seasons, but it doesn’t mean I don’t miss it. Charmed was awesomeness. I miss Piper.

Soooo, that’s my list. Pretty please, leave some comments and share what TV shows you miss!

~Sarah

Glee, season 1 – it’s worth watching


So, I just watched season one of Glee for the second time. (I haven’t seen any of season two yet, I’m waiting for the DVDs.) And yes, while I won’t say that I’m a “Gleek”, I like it.

I bought Glee shortly after Christmas cause it was only $15 at Target and I knew a lot of people liked it. So what the hell. For those of you unfamiliar with Glee, it’s about a high school glee club whose very existence is constantly threatened.

I suppose it’s a lot more than that. Will Schuester is the Spanish teacher, and he takes over glee club because he used to love performing when he was younger. He wants to make glee club great again. He makes an immediate enemy in the form of Sue Sylvester, the coach of the national cheerleading champions; the Cheerios (LOVE that name). She’s pissed all the time, but mainly at glee club for cutting into her cheerleading budget. Sue sets out to destroy glee club, and the principal tells Will that if he can put together a glee club that takes home the regional championship, then glee club is there to stay.

The glee club is made up of a bunch of misfits, trying to fit in. Unfortunately, being in glee club only makes them less popular, but they find that they love to sing and dance, and that they are friends. Before I get into more than that, let’s meet the cast:

Finn, Quinn, Puck, Mercedes, Sue & Will, Artie, Tina, Kurt, and Rachel.

Will is the glee club director, Spanish teacher, and married to a crazy woman named Terri.

Sue is the Cheerios coach, who will stop at nothing to win. She’s kind of insane.

Emma is the germaphobic high school guidance counselor. She dresses kind of fun and prim, and she’s in love with Will. They’re very flirty.

Rachel is the annoying girl who dreams of being a star. She’s the obvious female lead and acts like it. She has two gay dads, and she’s Jewish.

Finn is the first jock to join the group, and the male lead. He’s the quarterback of the football team, and dates the head cheerleader, Quinn.

Quinn is the Cheerios head cheerleader who only joins glee club as Sue’s spy, and to spend more time with her boyfriend, Finn.

Puck is Finn’s best friend, a fellow football player, and known as the school badass. Mainly because he has a mohawk. He’s also the only other Jewish person in glee club.

Mercedes is the only black person in glee club. She’s also the only fat one (which sounds really harsh, but… sorry). She’s really strong and sassy and has a great voice.

Kurt is the only gay member of glee club. He likes fancy clothes, and easily sides with the female glee members. He’s also secretly in love with one of the football players.

Tina is a goth Asian girl, who is intensely shy. Glee helps her come out of her shell a bit.

Artie is the only glee member in a wheelchair. He has a cool, funky voice.

Mike is another football player, the only other Asian of the group, and loves to dance. Other than that, not really known for his singing.

Santana is the only Latina glee member, and a particularly skanky Cheerio. She’s mean, and she joins glee with Quinn to help spy.

Brittney is a very ditzy Cheerio, and joined with Quinn and Santana. Her dumbness is really funny, she’s openly skanky, and she’s a good dancer.

There’s also one other guy in the group, but for the life of me I have no idea what his name is, and I can’t even find it online. I think he maybe has two whole lines in all of season one. He looks likes he’s bi-racial, he’s a football player, and he joined the glee club with Mike. I feel really bad for this kid, since he’s really just a body so that glee club has 12 members.

So, why do I like Glee? Well, for a bunch of reasons. It’s really not about the music for me. In a roughly 45-minute show, there are usually 3 to 5 songs done and I just fast forward through at least half of them. Some really fun songs are performed, like “Gold Digger” by Kanye West, “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, or “Smile” by Lily Allen. But there are a whole bunch of songs that are okay, but get boring to watch. I’m not a huge fan of ballads. I know the music is supposed to be why the show is so uber-popular, but it’s only a tiny part of it for me. Also, I know that Rachel is supposed to have the best female voice, but I’m not her biggest fan. I actually like Quinn’s voice better.

I like Glee because I like most of the storylines in it. And I like most of the characters. I love the flirtation between Will and Emma  – even though she’s not a huge main character, I don’t know if I would watch the show if Emma wasn’t on it. The drama between Will and his wife Terri is infuriating, but fun. There are a couple relationships among the students that I kind of root for. I guess I like the storylines revolving around each character. I cannot think of an issue that this season alone doesn’t tackle. It touches on teen pregnancy, being gay, being in a wheelchair, mental illnesses, weight issues, speech impediments, relationships, lying, cheating, discrimination, parents, weed, confidence issues… I can only imagine what’s going to come up in season two.

Anyways, it’s a good show. I think it’s worth watching. The characters’ outfits and the various songs make it feel a little whimsical. Sometimes I think that the high school drama is a little overdone. I don’t think the nerds really get thrown in dumpsters by the jocks anymore. And I don’t remember anyone having an overwhelming desire to be  SO popular when I was in high school. That all actually sounds more middle school to me. But I do think that the show captures teenage feelings pretty well – the drama and indecision among high school friends and romances, and dealing with trying to fit in while still being you. And there are odd moments here and there that have me laughing. I guess if a show can make you laugh and cry all in one season, it’s doing pretty good.

I have very high hopes for season two. I can’t wait to watch it – sadly there’s no release date yet for the DVD set. And I could probably find it on hulu or something to watch, but I like watching it at work when it’s slow, so I’ll wait.

So, give Glee a chance. It’s worth it.

~Sarah

Wednesday Seven: Favorite TV Shows


 

Hey all. Okay, so I wanted to go some sort of weekly meme-type thing on here. Cause they’re fun. Since I’m just starting this blog and I have no idea how many people are even paying attention (mainly because I can’t figure out how to get WordPress to tell me how many subscribers I have), I’m not going to put a linky widget here or anything. But please feel free to leave me lots of comments with your opinions and answers, kay?

So Wednesday Sevens is essentially going to be a weekly list per a topic I think up. Because I like lists. And I don’t do any other Wednesday memes. And because 7 is kind of a random number but I like it.

This week, since it’s the first week, I’m starting off kind of basic. Can you name Seven Favorite TV Shows?

1. Dexter: Dexter is BAD ASS. It’s on Showtime, so unfortunately I have to wait until each season comes out on DVD to watch it. But Dexter revolves around – you guessed it – Dexter. He’s a blood splatter analyst for the Miami PD, but he’s also a serial killer who only kills bad people. Honestly, the show isn’t TOO gruesome. And there’s a little bit of nudity and such. I really think that the only reason this show is on Showtime is because the subject matter is touchy for some people. A serial killer who you’re supposed to cheer for? For shame! Love this show though.

2. Charmed: Yeah, I know it’s over. But it’s one of those shows that I can watch over and over again. As most of you probably know, it follows the lives of three sister witches (well, technically 4 sisters) who fight evil. Eight season long and it’s just great. I actually think that I’ll start re-watching this show again soon, cause I haven’t in about two years. And since I usually have a lot of time to kill at work, should take me a month or two to get through the whole thing. (Oh and BTW, my favorite sister is Piper. Which I why I searched for a picture that put her in the front.)

3. Firefly: Again, this show is over. Unfortunately, it only lasted one season before stupid Fox cancelled it. I didn’t watch it when it was on, mainly because I didn’t know about it. But now that I have watched it, and see the follow-up movie Serenity, I’m pissed that it didn’t last longer. In Firefly, humanity is scattered throughout space on a number of different terra-formed planets because we ruined Earth. The main cultures to survive this are apparently Southern / western-day like cultures, and the Chinese. Weird mix, I know. But seriously, this show is every man’s dream. How many men dreamt about being a space cowboy? Well ta-da! Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew live on the ship Serenity, taking odd jobs here and there to stay flying and to stay away from the government AKA The Alliance. Awesome stuff, I promise. Rent it from Netflix sometime, it’s great.

4. Cougar Town: As you guessed from my last post, I love Cougar Town! It’s about a group of friends, including Jules Cobb AKA Courtney Cox, living in Florida. GREAT sitcom, especially if you love comedy. Which I do. I’m very happy that it’s on tonight. I have amaretto sour makings in the cabinet waiting 🙂

5. Friends: Again, I know the show is over. But I love rewatching it. It’s just so familiar. When I go over to my older sister’s to hang out, a lot of times we end up having a drink and watching Friends while eating dessert. It’s the best. And it’s like The Simpsons – it’s just so quotable. I love that.

6. True Blood: Like Dexter, I usually have to wait for the DVD release to be able to watch it. But I love it nonetheless. It’s almost kind of soap-opera-ish cause there’s so much drama and stuff going on, but the characters are awesome and I love the paranormal aspects of it. Plus, I like vampires. (BEFORE the Twilight fad, mind you.) For peeps who somehow don’t really know what the show is about – mind-reader Sookie Stackhouse falls in love with a vampire and all sort of stuff happens in her little Louisiana town as a result. In this world, vampires are a well-known fact. Vamps come “out of the coffin” when synthetic blood is perfected.

7. The Office: The last but not least. This is another hysterical comedy. I have very fond memories of when I decided to try out the first season. The honeyman and I used to curl up on my mom’s couch and watch it for hours, laughing our asses off and drinking root beer floats. Now, every time I have a root beer float I feel like watching The Office. Weird how that happens. Basically an office of people deal with their super weird and sometimes annoying boss, Michael Scott AKA Steve Carell. I heard that season 7 is going to be Carell’s last though… really don’t know how much I’ll like the show after that.

Now I’m a little bummed that I decided to make this weekly thing a “seven” thing, cause I could name more. These shows get an honorable mention: Scrubs, Pushing Daisies, Lost, and House. You may have noticed that a lot of the shows I’ve mentioned aren’t on tv anymore, or are finished. I really need to find some newer shows to watch.

SO, that’s it! What are 7 of your favorite shows? Please leave me some comment love and share. Next week’s topic will be Favorite Movies. See you then!

~Sarah