Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Timy is a genius

Since it was a huge weekend for television and shows have finally returned to the small screen, I felt it necessary to use my veto power and discuss television this fine Tuesday (even though it was suppose to be Monday and movies, but exceptions for busy nights was warranted.) So, I would like to talk about my favorite moments of this Sunday's past Emmy nominations, the No. 1 one involving the brilliant Timy (more on that later).

So, let us begin with my favorite three moments of the 62nd annual Emmy Awards.

3. For a second straight year, I was obsessed with the opening of the awards (I think I liked Jimmy Fallon's last years a little better, but that might have been because Tina Fey was apart of it). So, for No. 3, Jane Lynch's opening while moving room to room in the supposed building that houses all the shows was hilarious. Although it didn't have my 30 Rock featured in it, Parks and Recreation and Grey's Anatomy were only two of the many shows joked about. The best segment was probably the Mad Men part, just because Jon Hamm is a brilliant comedic actor. Watch the whole beginning here.

2. Kyle Chandler winning for best actor in a drama. This was EPIC! In my previous blog I discussed how he should be the winner but Jon Hamm would probably win. Well the underdog prevailed! I screamed with joy the moment he won and was thrilled. This was by far my favorite winner of the night. Although, watching Kate Winslet run up and down the aisle hugging people was pretty awesome.

1. Timy is clearly the winner. Timy is the combination of Tina (Fey) and Amy (Poehler). These two, and the four other comedic nominees for best actress were hilarious (not to mention Tina looks real good after just having her second daughter a month ago). And when I say hilarious I mean brilliant, awesome, fantastic, highlight, why couldn't all of them have won? This is by far the best part of this years Emmys and should be talked about for a long time. The faces on the women and the reactions was awesome. Plus it was great to see how genuinely excited they all were when Melissa McCarthy won. Although I was sad it wasn't Amy or Laura Linney for that matter, it was great to see her reaction. If you see anything from the Emmys, just watch this clip.

Now to the exciting side notes that will discuss my three favorite season premieres so far.
1. How I Met Your Mother. This two-episode premiere was awesome! There are no other words to describe it except for Legen...DARY! I don't want to ruin it for people who may have yet to watch it but by far one of the best season premieres for Mother I have seen in a long time. For the first time in a long time I really want to watch the next episode of this show.
2. Glee was surprisingly good, I say this unexpectedly because I was worried about this season. I thought there was a good balance between musical numbers and plot lines. There were some new story lines that opened up to get us through a couple episodes. But to be honest, I'm just really looking forward to seeing Idna Menzel next week. Anything with her is a good episode.
3. I want to talk about one new show that I have watched this week and that is Up All Night. I heard some iffy things about it, as far as not being too funny. But I have to say I thought it was pretty good. Not the funniest pilot I have scene but I believe it was just to set the stage, kind of like 30 Rock. The pilot of 30 Rock is not the best episode by a long shot. So, I have some real hope for Up All Night, plus it is produced by Lorne Michaels.

With that I say... Live long and prosper. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Best television weekend ever

Finally the Sunday I have been waiting for since the nominations were announced in July is finally upon us. It’s Emmy weekend my friends, and you all know how I thrive on awards shows. I’m not quite sure what it is about them that make me love them so much but I have to say it’s an exciting time indeed. This year is especially interesting with no Breaking Bad in the mix and I’m thrilled to give you my actual predictions and the winners if I was part of the Academy.

So without further ado, let’s just get to the point shall we.

Best Drama
Will win: This will most likely, once again go to Mad Men. A show that I have the utmost respect for, but has won enough already. There is no doubt the show is brilliant from all aspects but personally we need a new winner.
Should win: Which is why I wish and hope with all my heart that Friday Night Lights takes the Emmy for its final season. After watching this entire series this past summer, it’s a shame it hasn’t won yet. (I wouldn’t mind if The Good Wife won either.)

Best Actor, Drama
Will win: Jon Hamm, Mad Men. I think it is time for Mr. Hamm to win this year, especially a season dedicated to Don Draper. Plus, there is no real guaranteed win this season.
Should win: Except, Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights, who gave five wonderful seasons of work. He is exceptional as Coach Taylor and as thrilled as I am that he got a nomination, it would be oh so sweet for this show to get recognition from its main character.

Best Actress, Drama
Will win: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife. She is easily the most talented actress on television right now as the leading lady of this brilliantly written show. Hands down the winner, especially after the season she had. Betrayed, loved, conflicted, Margulies shows off all her range in this season.
Should win: Margulies obviously. But if I had to pick someone else it’d be Connie Britton of FNL, again since she has yet to win and this was the last season. It’d be cool to see her pick up a win as well.

Best Comedy
Will win: Make it two years in a row for Modern Family. I have a feeling this sitcom will once again take the title because it is such a fan favorite. Nothing against this show, but it certainly the most consistent show on TV.
Should win: That would have to be Parks and Recreation, a show that has me laughing multiple times and beat out cancellation with a brilliant third season. It would be great for this show that has struggled with ratings and a time slot to grab a win. (I, of course, wouldn’t object if 30 Rock won either.)

Best Actor, Comedy
Will win: It’s a sympathy and also well-deserved win for Steve Carell in his last season with The Office. He should totally win considering he has never won for his role as the annoying, frustrating but funny Michael Scott.
Should win: Steve Carell, just cause he has created such an iconic character. Wouldn’t mind seeing Alec Baldwin take another award home though.

Best Actress, Comedy
Will win: Laura Linney, The Big C. Although this second season hasn’t been that great, Linney will get the award for her work on the first season, which she was brilliant. Linney carries this show on her back and even with not that great of writers, the physical presence of Linney is remarkable.
Should win: I’m a little biased considering I want Tina Fey to always win, but Amy Poehler is just as deserving as Linney. Poehler steals every scene she is in and makes people laugh when pretty much anything that comes out of her mouth. Her delivery is fantastic and her comedic timing is proof of her amazing work during Saturday Night Live.

I’ll stop here as to not bore you, or have proof of more categories I got wrong. Feel free to let me know of your predictions; I’d love to hear them. In the meantime, check out these love side notes.
1. You should all go on ew.com because they have some fantastic Emmy lists to get you in the mood for this awesome show. Personally I really enjoy this one, because it has a great list, especially numbers 48, 41, 38, 36, 30, 16, 10 and 4 (this one particularly, Lauren Graham should have been recognized.)
2. I watched my first new show this season in Ringer, the Sarah Michelle Geller drama on the CW. I was pleasantly surprised on how much I liked it. However, I will need to watch a few episodes to decide if it will become a regular. If you have time, I’d totally recommend checking it out online.
3. I’d like to update you all on my new found love in the show True Blood. I have completed the first three seasons, and will most likely finish the fourth and most recent by the time I write next week. If you have time, it’s horribly addicting to watch but awesome.

With that I say… Live long and prosper.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bear down, Chicago Bears

So this will be a quick blog and to the point.

Chicago Bears are totally making the playoffs. They may not be going as division champs, but I will say right here, right now (barring any injuries) that they will be a wildcard in the playoffs this season.

You may be wondering why I think that and it has to do with what the media has said about this team and how they performed last Sunday in the season opener. Now, I'm not saying this season won't have its struggles but if they continue to have the defensive performance they had against the Falcons, this team can go far. The sports commentators haven't been too kind to this Bears team but I think that is almost for the best. The fact they are underdogs and expected to do poorly does great things for this team.

I truly believe they have the weapons necessary to go far, now will they beat the Packers, that is the big question. I think the Vikings and Lions will give them some trouble, but if they play to their potential (which isn't always the case) the Bears can get at least second place and have a quality record. As always, though, there are doubts. And this is a big statement to make saying they will go to the playoffs with just one game under their belt. I suppose I'm trying to take my sports teams in a more optimistic way this year. With Illini football and the Bears, I'm hoping with more hope and faith, they will actually produce results worth watching.

Although, looking at the track record of the teams I root for, I'm starting to run out ideas on how to root for them. Hopefully this theory for the Bears and Illini will give me new results. Otherwise, I may have to jump on some bandwagons come playoff season.

Some quick side notes for you all.
1. Woo! Congrats Djokovic! So glad to see him win another Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open. He totally deserved the win and is playing beautiful tennis. It should be interesting what happens at the next French Open, can he beat Nadal again? Tennis is great fun, you need to start watching.
2. Well baseball has kind of wrapped up its playoff teams, except in the AL West. It is a very interesting race and the only interesting race really left this season. Personally it'd be kind of fun to see the Angels come from behind and win the division.
3. Just want to note, it's sad to see the NFL without Petyon Manning. Although he is an annoyingly awesome, it is sad to see the game without him. He sure makes things interesting. Not to mention, he's a pretty nice guy too, going through a lot. Does make that division a little more competitive though. It feels so good to talk about football again.

With that I say... Live long and prosper.

Monday, September 12, 2011

"You bow to no one"

Me and one of my best friends love to play games that make you think and really tell a lot about a person. For example, we like to ask questions like if you were stuck on an island, what three movies would you bring. Or if you could only listen to three musicians the rest of your life who would they be, things like that. But when she asked me recently of what movie scene would I want to live in, I couldn't think of a great answer. Of course, there are millions of brilliant movie scenes that would be great to live in. Isn't that what everybody wants, their life to be like a movie?

So when she asked me this question, it really got me thinking. Instead of answering it, I'm going to alter it and list the five best movie scenes of all-time (in my book at least). Take note, if you look at any other greatest movie scene list, most of these are probably not on there. These are from only movies I have seen and ones that have always stuck out in my mind. Most of them are pivotal parts of a movie, or they have brilliantly written lines, or they made me laugh or something just happened that made me really think. So here we go, my top five movie scenes of all time. (Note, this blog is long enough without any side notes, so none of those this week).

5. Final scene at Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2: This scene was down right perfect. I could not have hoped for more from the producers, director, actors and even more importantly the composer Alexandre Desplat. The music and actors faces make this scene. When they three are looking out to the distance and holding hands, I think it had everyone at least tearing up. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it on YouTube, so listen to the music here. And instead watch my other favorite scene of the series, but it's only up to when Hermione runs down the hall and hugs Harry. I especially love when Ron turns and then Harry appears behind him. The Hagrid part is just plain cheesy.

4. Opening scene of Saving Private Ryan: This scene is remarkable. The most intense 30 minutes I have ever seen in my life. I am clearly no World War Two veteran but I have to say, it is exactly how I imagined it when reading it out of history books. The immediate connection to the characters, the immediate drama that takes place can only be done by Steven Spielberg. This scene should have won this movie the Oscar, but at least it gave him a directors honor. Watch part of it here, but you need to watch the first 30 minutes to get the full effect.

3. Boo Radley revealed as the hero, To Kill a Mockingbird: If anyone knows me, I'm not a fan of black and white films. But there was no way I could leave this scene out of this list. The smirk Scout has when she realizes that Boo is not a creepy guy hanging around town, but in fact a hero, is a scene hard to forget. This girl has some acting chops, not the mention Boo has this story in his eyes. I thought it was one of the best acted scenes, and the music really makes the audience feel the emotion. Watch it here, but again, just see the whole movie sometime if you haven't.

2. Bride Collapses, Bridge on the River Kwai: Alec Guinness makes this scene so brilliant, I mean he did win an Oscar for his role as Col. Nicholson. I'm not sure if it was his reaction when he realized what was about to happen or the actual blowing up the bridge because for a movie made in the 1957, it was shot brilliantly. This is probably the first scene that comes to mind when I hear this movie. Which, I think is one of the most underrated movies of all time and one of my favorites. Please check it out, but you can watch the clip (which happens to be the end) here.

While making this list I came up with two No. 1's that I just could not choose from. They both come from my favorite two movies of all time. Obviously you guys know Lord of the Rings series is my favorite but Shawshank Redemption comes in at a close second. So, when I originally had just Lord of the Rings as No. 1, I had to include the Shawshank Redemption in the top as well.

1. The final scene of Shawshank Redemption: SPOILER, this is the final scene of this film and will ruin things for you, so if you plan to see it please don't read further (that goes for LOTR too). This scene is just awesome, the dialogue really makes it, but Morgan Freeman's soothing voice makes it 100 times better. Not much to say except brilliant film making. If you know what I'm talking about, watch the magic right here.

1. Minas Tirith scene of Lord of the Rings, Return of the King: This scene is made by Frodo's face and the music created by Howard Shore. There are no words that make this special (well I guess Aragorn's line is pretty freaking awesome) but it truly comes from the faces of the hobbits. Easily my favorite scene and should have been the real ending of this movie. Watch the whole Minas Tirith part here, but my favorite comes at 4 minutes. Can't go wrong with Elijah Wood's half smile and bright blue eyes.

With that I say... Live long and prosper.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The one you need to watch

So this week is the final week of me going through my favorite shows on that I have watched for a couple years now. After discussing the best shows on CBS, ABC, and NBC; today I discuss FOX, which of course contains the show that replaced Lost for me. I'd also like to mention several of these shows are now have their latest show on DVD, so essentially all of you need to get on it. I will also mention some other random shows I watch that are not on the national cable channels. Let's get to it.

There isn't much to say about Glee considering I know most of you reading this probably already watch it. I will say it took me about four episodes until I checked out this hugely buzzed show. It certainly impressed me since it was so unique and out of the ordinary. With that said, it is not the best show on television. It should not have won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy its first season. Sure, I chuckle at certain parts, most of them containing Sue. But there is no doubt I could name five funnier comedies. Now, with that being said it doesn't mean it's not a good show. Personally, I think what keeps me coming back are the performances and music. There is no doubt that those actors are also talented singers and dancers. I will say though, season two was a little disappointing and as I've said before. I'm really hoping they can revamp season three and focus it on quality music and more realistic story lines.

You need to watch this show. Now. Go. Rent it, buy it, find it illegally, find it at the library but somehow everyone of you needs to watch at least a few episodes of this show. It is brilliant. Again another show from J.J. Abrams does not disappoint. The acting is phenomenal (still bitter about the zero acting Emmy nods they received) and it is easily the most under rated show on TV. This is not a show you can join, unfortunately, which is the main reason it only has a core group of fans. It is sci-fi, it is a little weird but I probably laugh more in this show then I do in Glee. The plots are brilliant, the overarching stories are mysterious and fascinating and the chemistry between the three core characters is remarkable. Out of all the shows I have talked about I'd want you to watch this one. I will say, I almost stopped watching. The first half of season two is slow, but from that second half to the end of season three is the best television I have seen. Please, at least watch the pilot. I promise you will not regret it. It makes you think, makes you laugh, makes you excited for each and every episode.

So, as far as premium cable shows I watch, Dexter has to be my favorite. I also watch Nurse Jackie, The Big C, and just recently started watching True Blood (and currently on season three). Dexter, though, is easily the best and my favorite. It is only premium show that I watch during the fall and come October 2nd, my life will be right again. Dexter is weird, odd, freaky, scary, messed up and awesome. Since watching the first episode and the rest of the first four seasons last summer I have been addicted. I then watched season five last year and have a feeling that this next season will be the best by far. What I have been reading about plot stories, I think this is a season to blow the other seasons out of the water. I just hope I'm right.

With that some television side notes.
1. One weekish! A week from Sunday the Emmy's will finally arrive and I for one is super excited. This year will be extremely interesting and I think unpredictable. I will be predicting my winners next week so look out for that. I haven't decided if I want to choose the real winners or the winners in my eyes.
2. For those of you who are on top of Dexter and are just as excited as I am for next season, please check out this very informative and exciting video preview of this sixth season!
3. So this coming week, we've got some new shows premiering and I thought I'd let you know I will be checking out Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Geller and then Up All Night starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett. Ringer (which I wasn't planning on watching but after reading the cover story of Entertainment Weekly, I must check it out) premieres at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Up All Night is at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Check both of those out!

With that I say... Live long and prosper!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

To the left...

It has begun my friends. The Illinois football season. The Big Ten football season. The NCAA football season. It is surely an exciting time of the year. Football is half of the reason I love fall, the other half is because this is the time that baseball gets really good. This also means that NFL football begins Sunday, another thing I could not be happier about considering we almost didn't have a season. So I thought I would say a few words about my reactions to Saturday's Illinois game against Arkansas State. (Side note for all you Illini fans out there, football is not the only sport you can go and watch. Please, stop by the volleyball court, soccer field. Those teams will not disappoint with exciting action and intense matches).

Any who, back to football and the Illini recording their first game of the season win since 2006. Of course this happened because they have played Missouri the last four years and have gotten their butts whooped every one of them. I will say though, this one did not start out pretty, at least in the second quarter. I surely did not expect this average opponent to give Illinois a run for their money (yes at one point the Illini were losing). But finally it got to their heads that they actually needed to play ball. The second half was significantly better than the first, but not all together reassuring.

The safety in the first half was no doubt troubling. Not only was it unacceptable special teams performance, the play call was not the right one. Luckily, this play did not happen against a team like Wisconsin or Ohio State. The better performances came in the second half when Nathan Scheelhaase actually looked like a QB throwing two beautiful passes. Jason Ford did not necessarily look like a Leshoure but there is no doubt in my mind that he will do a sufficient job this season.

What I want to look at for next week though is just Illinois taking over a game. Dominating. To be honest, I didn't really feel that this past Saturday. Scheelhaase just needs to run and throw all over the South Dakota State defense and show that he is better than his freshman year self. We also need to see someone really step up on defense. Since losing Martez Wilson I haven't quite seen that yet, though it is still early. I just want to see better play calling, more dominate play and actually a better cheering section from the Block I. It's cool though, we still got plenty of time and a lot more William Tell Overture dances to go. "TO THE LEFT..."

With that some fantastic side notes.
1. As said earlier, the NFL kickoffs its season tomorrow with a Thursday night game with the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, but the Bears kickoff on Sunday. It should be an interesting season especially since teams didn't get much time to really prepare. Not even sure who I pick to win it all, but I may have to go with Steelers.
2. Really sad news happened yesterday when a plane crashed in Russia carrying the KHL hockey team. Always sad to hear news like this.
3. On a happier note, Serena Williams (such an entertaining tennis player) is still in the U.S. Open, which is great news. Pretty upsetting that Sharapova lost though, she played so well at Wimbledon. I'm still hoping to see Nadal and Djokovic in a final again. We'll see in a few days.

With that I say... Live long and prosper.

Monday, September 5, 2011

You know you like it

How many films have I seen where I don't wish to admit I like them. There are a few guilty pleasure films that I wish not to tell people I like, but alas today is the day you will all find out. It's those movies you watch but when someone walks in the room you immediately turn off out of embarrassment. It's movies you pretend you don't like and joke about with your friends, but in fact you actually really enjoy. it's that movie that is so bad yet so good that you continue to watch it and actually watch again. So here you go, these are my top three guilty pleasure films, listed in alphabetical order. Please don't make fun, you know you all have them too.

3 Ninjas
I have to say there is nothing better than this '90s film that stars absolutely no one important but is so bad and horribly acted that I love it. The plot is not that bad, well it's three kids who are trained in karate to take down this evil man who was taught by their grandfather. The kids are great, and by great I mean really entertaining. I personally love the nicknames they have (Rocky, Colt and of course Tum Tum). The basketball scene, the jelly bean scene, the bike riding scenes are probably my favorite. Also, I love when the idiots break into the house and pretty much fail at catching three kids. If you are at all confused on what I am talking about because you haven't seen this award winning film, please go rent it. Or read the ridiculous plot on Wikipedia.
Rottentomatoes.com gave this a 17 percent.

I doubt any of you have seen this movie. I used to run on the Disney Channel a lot and the only real person that came out of this movie alive is Seth Green. It's about a California hunk who loves to surf and roller blade who moves with is aunt, uncle and cousin in Cincinnati. I don't know if it's the fact this movie is based out of Ohio or because it is about roller blading (something me and my brother were obsessed with when we were younger) that makes me love it. It's almost like a motion picture Brink! (if anyone knows what that is, cause I love that movie too). Basically this movie is just awful, from the acting, to the plot to the dialogue and yet I always think if I stay up late enough it'll be on sometime. It has a special place in my heart.
Rottentomates.com gave this a 17 percent.

Spice World
I love this movie. Don't worry, I know this movie is awful. This movie is actually beyond awful. There is no real plot, the dialogue is rotten and I don't know if anyone in this film knows how to act. It always shocks me that the actor up for an Emmy, Mr. Alan Cumming, from The Good Wife, is in this film. That's right, he is the guy doing the documentary. For some reason though, whenever I see this movie on TV (usually on the movie channels) I have to stop and watch it. The music is great of course, well I guess only if you like the Spice Girls and I do laugh in this movie. Most of the laughter is because it's so bad but I believe there are two jokes that are meant to be laughed at that I did have a little chuckle. I guess for a bunch of singers, this movie is actually fantastic (I mean look at From Justin to Kelly) this isn't that bad. Maybe.
Rottentomates.com gave this an actually surprising 29 percent.

I know some people may not agree with these ones, and they certainly are original. When looking online to see what most people said I was shocked. Some responses were Legally Blonde, Miss Congeniality and Ghost. All movies I actually really enjoy and are not ashamed of. I will say one movie that many people do love that have grown on me the past years are Titanic and The Notebook. Not saying I love them, but I guess I can see the appeal of both. Any who, those are mine. I'd be interested to see what yours are, go ahead and comment!

With that I give you some lovely side notes.
1. I guess The Help came out at a really good time. The film has again won the Box Office bringing in 19 million this weekend, it has been No. 1 for the past 21 days. There must really be nothing out (and it's kinda true). Now that it has been a box office hit, I'm really interested to see what it does during the awards season.
2. This trailer blew my mind. It is a black and white silent film called The Artist, that received race reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. You totally need to watch it because there is no doubt it will get recognized when the major awards season arrives. I didn't think I would actually be interested in a silent film.
3. It seems that Eddie Murphy is in the running to be the next Oscars host. I haven't quite decided if this excites or worries me. Personally, I would love to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as co-hosts but with both of their shows and Tina just having a baby, I cross my fingers for next year. As for Murphy, it is sure an intriguing thought.

With that I say... Live long and prosper.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Comedy night done right

“Zerts are what I call desserts. Tray-trays are entrees. I call sandwiches sammies, sandoozles, or Adam Sandlers. Air conditioners are cool-blasterz, with a z. I don’t know where that came from. I call cakes big ol’ cookies. I call noodles long-ass rice. Fried chicken is fri-fri chicky-chick. Chicken parm is chicky chicky parm parm. Chicken cacciatore? Chicky catch. I call eggs pre-birds, or future birds. Root beer is super water. Tortillas are bean blankies. And I call forks … Food rakes.” – Tom Havertford, Parks and Recreation (This doesn’t feel right, watch the clip too and its like 10 times better.)

“Shark farts,” – Liz Lemon, 30 Rock (probably laughed the most, always better heard though.)

Anything Abed from Community is worth watching. He has the best quotes.

I thought I would first start today’s blog with a mention of my favorite quote from each one of the shows I will be discussing today. Last week I talked about CBS and ABC, today is focused on NBC television, which basically means all the comedy shows you can think of considering that is their strong suit. There is no doubt that these are the funniest shows on television, especially with 30 Rock winning three consecutive Emmy’s. Now Parks and Rec is nominated for an Emmy (man do I want them to win) and Community is one of the top snubs on TV. So without further ado, I will start from least liked to most liked (but note that I love all three very  much).

The first time I watched Community was the day I finished my first final exams fall semester freshman year of college. I wanted to watch something fun and silly. I heard the buzz around Community and thought I would watch the first episode. I will say I laughed, but definitely wasn’t hooked. I later revisited the show that summer when I acquired the entire first season from a friend’s hard drive. I pretty much watched the first season in about a day. It was so addicting, funny and quirky humor. Not to mention Annie’s craziness, Abed’s knowledge of films and television (reminds me of someone, cough cough) and Jeff’s cockiness yet good heart. The great thing about this show though, is that it is really about nothing. Yes, they are at community college, but for some reason each episode just has no purpose. It’s awesome. Not to mention you can’t get any better than those paint ball episodes. If you watch one Community episode watch the paint ball ones (the season finales for both seasons).

Parks and Recreation
I am so thrilled I watched this show over winter break this past year. Both seasons were on Netflix, and then the third started in February. I didn’t have to wait long till the awesomeness continued. This summer has been brutal without it, I’ve actually watched reruns because they never get old. The reason Parks works so well is because they completely changed their focus. The first season (which is only like six episodes) had a big Office feel. Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope was extremely similar. But when the show returned for season two and three, it has a completely different feel. Ron Swanson is hilarious, Tom is an idiot but yet the source of comedy, Ann is the smart normal person, and Leslie is well Amy Poehler. There is no doubt Poehler is the reason I come back every week. There are multiple things that would make me come back, but for some reason Poehler’s timing, facial expressions and the writing for her character make me want to watch every week. Almost becoming my favorite comedy.

30 Rock
Well, Parks isn’t my favorite because this awesome show is still on the air. Disappointingly, it will not return until midseason this year because Tina Fey had her baby (it was a girl, her name is Athena Penelope for those wondering, and I know you were). So I will count of Parks and Community, along with How I Met Your Mother to make me laugh this fall. There is no doubt I will miss this brilliantly written show. I have already discussed in an earlier blog why I love this show so much, but there is one thing that keeps me coming back and even watching reruns. There is always a new joke that I missed the first time around. I have probably seen the pilot around five times and every time there is a joke I missed and didn’t hear or understand the first time. That is due to the fact of witty comments, the fast-talking and sometimes me just focused on what is happening then what they’re saying. That is why this show wins; no matter how many times I see an episode, it never gets old.

With that I give you some side notes:
To keep with the comedy focus, Community Executive Producer said that Annie and Jeff will get some much needed romance. I will say that last season was lacking some good romance so it’s nice to hear something on the love front will happen this season.
2. New photos of Glee were released and it makes me very excited for this season. I have expressed my worries that this season will fall in the trap of what season 2 fell into. Although these photos don’t really give anything away they are fun to look at.
3. To stay with the photo theme and in fact a little preview of next weeks blog. Photos were released for Fringe, and I hope with all my heart that there is at least one person who reads this blog that watches Fringe. If you haven't, maybe these photos will encourage you. Man am I excited for that show to start.

With that I say... Live long and prosper.