Just some stuff that has been floating around my head the last few weeks:
- One of my favorite TV shows of all time is Scrubs (2001-2010). It was a half hour medical comedy with a little bit of drama thrown in, created by Bill Lawrence and starred Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes and Neil Flynn and it originally aired on NBC (it moved over to ABC in it's 8th season). The show focused on all the employees of Sacred Heart Hospital and was usually seen through the eyes and silly daydreams of J.D. (John Dorian) played by Braff. I loved that show the second it aired. It was silly, it always made me laugh and it was heartwarming. I was constantly trying to get my family and friends hooked on it as well (I wanted everyone to love the show as much as I did) and I am proud to say that I was pretty successful in my campaigning. With as great a show as it was, they still needed the network behind them to help promote it... to get it out there, so people would be aware of it. Instead, NBC tended to move the show all over the schedule and frustrated fans because they never really knew what night the episodes were airing. Sometimes it was taken off the air for a few months at a time and people thought that it had been canceled all together. Thankfully, once it moved to ABC, they were able to end their run in a very, very satisfactory way. I still watch reruns of it and reminisce about it.
Why am I going on and on about a show that has been off the air for a long time now? Because Bill Lawrence created it. He also created Cougar Town (ABC Tuesdays at 8:30pm). It's a show starring Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Ian Gomez, Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt and Josh Hopkins. It's about friendship, family and drinking wine. It's not a show about Cougars, the animal or Cougars, the mascot or Cougars, the slang term for older women going after young dudes. It's a funny show with good storylines and good actors. I'll admit that I haven't watched the show as obsessively as I watched Scrubs. I would try to catch an episode here or there if I remembered and that was that. Until I saw the determination of Bill Lawrence to keep the show on the air. If you aren't following him on Twitter (@VDOOZER), you should be. He connects with his fans, keeps them updated and is always, always taking what his followers say into consideration. He's a talented dude with real passion for his show(s) and his fans and I love that. I respect him so much for it that I started a series recording for Cougartown on my DVR because of it. I am asking you, my friends to check it out as well. Especially if you are a Scrubs fan. Sarah Chalke and an array of other guest stars have made and will be making appearances. What else do you have to do on Tuesday nights at 8:30? Help keep a quality show alive!
- A couple weeks ago, Natalie and I went to see One For The Money. It's based on the book by the same name, written by Janet Evanovich and it stars Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum. I was really, really hesitant about KHeigl playing Stephanie. She's not at all who I pictured in my head as the first time bail bonds agent but I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with her performance. They followed the book almost exactly (with a few exceptions, as always) and I was very happy with the film. Jason O' Mara who played Joe Morelli was great but my only complaint is with Ranger (played by Daniel Sunjata). In the book, he's supposed to be quiet, reserved and super mysterious. The Ranger in the movie, was real chatty. Overall though, I enjoyed it and will totally see it again.
- I really love New Girl (FOX Tuesdays, 9pm). I know people are kind of sick of Zooey Deschanel right now but that show is so funny. Those boys; Max Greenfield (Schmidt), Jake Johnson (Nick) and Lamorne Morris (Winston) are incredibly funny and play off of each other so well. I love when they bicker and I love discovering new quirks about each of their characters. That show makes me so happy.
- I feel like Jessica Simpson has been pregnant for 47 years.
- As much as Jeff being unemployed sucks (money-wise, uncertain future etc.) it has been absolutely wonderful having him home every night and especially on the weekends. If anything good has come from him losing his job, it's that... and that the laundry is always, always done.
- Why don't people say goodbye when they end a phone conversation on TV? They just hang up. Does anyone in real life actually do that?
- FYI: Vampire Diaries returns next week, March 15th. I love that show so much. Never have I wanted the bad guys in a show to stick around so much. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) are so wonderful. It's pretty impressive when two guys, other than Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley can keep me so entertained week after week.
-I am in love with the Gotye album, Making Mirrors. I could listen to "Somebody That I Used To Know" on repeat, all the live long day. I. Love. It.
- I tried to make Snickerdoodles the other night and didn't realize until I had everything mixed together that I didn't have enough flour. I baked them anyway (I really, really wanted some Snickerdoodles). They turned out real bad. Sad.
- I watched GCB (ABC Sundays at 10pm) starring Leslie Bibb and Kristen Chenoweth and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I will continue watching.
- I'm looking forward to the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Mostly because of Gavin Degraw but I'm real sad that Lacey Schwimmer won't be on as a regular. I heart her.
- I'm very, very much looking forward to the Hunger Games movie (March 23rd, the day otherwise known as my niece, Emily's 13th Birthday. 13!) and I am absolutely thrilled with the fact that almost my entire family has read or are currently reading the books (and loving them).
-I've been obsessed with watching the 2004 movie version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Gerard (eat-my-own-face) Butler and Emmy Rossum. I've seen it before and I have also seen the play a couple of times but HBO has been showing this version quite a bit lately and it sucks me in every time I notice that it's on. It completely captivates me. I made C watch the sword fight between The Phantom and Raoul in the cemetery with me and he said: "I like sword fighting! It's cool! Why are these people only singing? Why is nobody talking?" and then he was bored with it and went about his business.
- I tried sushi for the first time a couple weeks ago (thanks, Dawn and Adam!) and it was so delicious. So so good. I couldn't even tell you specifically what I had but it was awesome and they brought it out to us on a giant wooden boat. I want to go again. Soon.
- The last book I finished was Wildwood by Colin Meloy. I should have loved this book. It had magic and animals and fantasy, all things that would make up a book that I would love but it fell flat for me. The story is very clever but the pacing was off and a lot of things seemed very repetitive. I was disappointed with it. I hate when that happens.
- I am currently reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I am very much enjoying it.
- One complaint: If unemployment is so bad right now and all these companies are looking for employees, why don't they call back the people who submit resume's?! It's infuriating and frustrating and makes me want to yell. But I won't. I'll just quietly complain to you guys.
What has been on your mind lately, readers??