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Girl!

Facebook and Twitter have been all , well, a-twitter with the news of the October release of The Gilmore Girls on Netflix.

Every episode. All the Girls, all the time.

I am happy to see this series finally get some love and attention.

I’ve been with them since the get go. When Rory was young and Dean was her awkward boyfriend and not a stud on Supernatural.  When Lauren Graham was passed over in the Emmy nomination department year after year. When Melissa McCarthy played her very funny yet subtle sidekick Sookie St. James. Breakout performance? I didn’t have to wait for Melissa to break out.

I knew her all along.

Need proof?

Gilmore Girls DVD I have the entire series on DVD.

Old school.

Perhaps not as beautifully displayed as you see here.

(Takes up too much room that way.)

How I Should Have Met Your Mother

I was horrified by the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

If you don’t know how it ended oh so many months ago, stop reading.  But suffice it to say, the last episode was like a sledgehammer to the very foundation of the show’s premise, crumbling its emotional center, its heart and its credibility.

It was awful.

Soon after the show’s creators and CBS were inundated with bad reviews and poor comments, it was revealed that there was an alternate ending that would be included on the DVD.  It has now been leaked.

It is perfect.

http://youtu.be/tLKKbXsbYbY

Whoever got to choose the version that aired?

Bad decision.

 

Decisions, decisions

Earlier this evening a friend on Facebook posted the challenge:  “Favorite three TV shows of all time”  —

Go.

At first glance, I thought it an easy question.  Then I noticed the comments were few in number; many people had only listed one or two shows instead of the requested three.

After spending some time on the topic, now I understand why.

west wingMy first favorite was immediate and top of mind: The West Wing.  From episode one until the the drama drew its last breath, I was one of its biggest fans and most vocal supporters.  It’s what television — and government, for that matter — should be.

Jed Bartlet is still my president.

cheersMy second choice is more of a sentimental favorite.  I wrote my television programming  paper on Cheers as a freshman in college and rightly predicted that it was a comedy that had long legs.

I also watched Cheers — perhaps not with the same religious fervor as West Wing — but until its end.  And it was way cool to eventually live just a few blocks from the Boston bar that served as its inspiration.

My third choice was the hardest one. I watch a lot of television, a lot of great television — House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad —
but I decided, if I was honest, I should choose the show that turned me into a schoolgirl fanatic:

downton_abbey_season2_Downton Abbey

I have the DVDs. And the hardback companion. And the bound scripts. And a couple of pictures on my office bulletin board.

Yeah, that probably qualifies as a favorite.

Maybe a little?

Last night’s season finale of Downton Abbey scored a record 8.5 million viewers.

Holy PBS, Batman!

I’ll mention no spoilers here — for those of you who need copious amounts of time to watch ‘must-see’ television — but let’s just say there were no traffic fatalities this year.

And weren’t ya kinda disappointed?

downton abbey carla

A  friend commented on Facebook that more took place at her place this weekend than in the past eight months at Downton…and she kinda has a point.

Don’t get me wrong — I bought the DVD of Season 4, watched the entire season early, and then re-watched each episode on Sunday night. So clearly I have a high tolerance for tedium.

But after last season’s high drama and multiple deaths, didn’t you think this season ended a bit too neat?

Bleeding blue

My 2014 started off with a sinus infection. So while I was lying low at home, I decided to crack open one of my Christmas presents —

sixth man

The Sixth Man movie on DVD.

I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries of late, courtesy of HBO OnDemand, but this is the first one on a topic that I know so intimately —

Growing up a UK Wildcat fan.

The producers look at the fans from every angle, talking to current and former coaches, players, TV and radio announcers, and the fans themselves.  At times we fans appear merely passionate, other times borderline psychotic.  But as even the celebrity fans they interviewed attest, being a UK fan is more akin to religion.

The film revisits some of the pivotal games in UK history — and the fan reaction — so, of course, Christian Laettner’s fateful shot in the UK/Duke game is discussed at length (but not shown because we have all seen that damn thing enough for one lifetime).

Laettner himself appears in the documentary and apologizes for his place in UK history.

Still hate him.

Jolly good show

I managed pretty well…until today.

Hadn’t thought about it much. Hadn’t talked about it at all, unless a friend brought it up, and I figured then I had permission. But now?

The gloves are off.

The Emmy nominations were announced. And even though Downton Abbey has been moved into the Drama category — and has to compete with some pretty heavy hitters —

The Brits got ‘er dun.

Outstanding Drama. Outstanding Actress in a Drama, Michelle Dockery. Outstanding Actor in a Drama, Hugh Bonneville. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, Brendan Coyle. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, Maggie Smith AND Joanne Froggatt.

Now we just have to wait and see how they do in the head-to-head competition. Actually, I’m not sure I can wait. I may need to watch the first two seasons.

Again.

Delicious

Happy Bunny Day!

If you’re hanging out at home with family and friends and looking for a ‘bunny of a film,’ I recommend Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.

It wasn’t a big box office hit in 2006, and I haven’t seen it on premium channels much, either.  That’s why I bought the DVD.

I love it that much.

It tells the story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” and her quest for personal independence and publication at the turn of the century — no small achievement for a female in 1902.

She is assisted by rookie editor Norman Warne (McGregor), who publishes her books and becomes much more than a business colleague.

Their growing relationship is not happy news to everyone, and the movie tells the tale with old-world charm and romance, for which I am a sucker.  I think you will like it, too.  It is Easter, after all…

Enjoy the sweetness.

Spirit stick

Do you remember the very first DVD you ever owned?

I do.

I had just bought a combo VHS/DVD player — back when they were still pretty pricey — and a friend gave me the campy cheerleader cult classic Bring it On.  (It wasn’t a classic back then; just campy.)

It also wasn’t a musical, but it is now, and not on Broadway. My west coast friends have the bragging rights to this one.

Bring it On: The Musical may be playing at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles through December 10th, but they have recruited a bunch of Broadway award-winners to their team:

  • Tony Award-winning writer Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q)
  • Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights)
  • Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal)
  • Tony Award-winning director/choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights)

It’s gotta be good, right?

Tweets from audience members, both celebrity and ‘regular folk,’ have been very enthusiastic. The critics appear to have their doubts.

But it’s early yet.  There’s lots of time to polish.  Bring it On: The Musical is on a national tour, although no Broadway dates appear to be scheduled.

Yet.

I’m sexy, I’m cute,
I’m popular to boot.
I’m wanted, I’m hot,
I’m everything you’re not,
I’m pretty, I’m cool,
I dominate this school,
Who am I? Just guess,
Guys wanna touch my chest,
We cheer and we lead,
We act like we’re on speed,
Hate us ’cause we’re beautiful,
Well we don’t like you either,
We’re cheerleaders,
We are cheerleaders.

Lost out

I never saw a single, solitary episode of “Lost.”

I am an island.

I was aware of the series, of course.  (I don’t live on an island.)  Since its pilot episode, it has dominated magazine covers, had virtually its own segment on “Access Hollywood” and “Entertainment Tonight,”  and has been the topic of discussion pretty much everywhere you go.

For six years.

Don’t get me wrong — I never regretted missing out.  Never wanted to rent the first season DVD and catch up so I could be a part of the phenomenon.  Never really cared why they crashed, if they were going to survive, or if the whole thing was really a dream.

“Lost” was lost on me.

The same thing happened with “24.”  I’ve never seen a single hour of that seemingly endless day.  And now the series comes to an end…and again, I don’t feel left out.  I don’t feel the need to catch up.  It’s just one of those things that passed me by.

Which begs the question:  is possibly all the must-see TV that we run home to watch and feverishly set our DVRs to record — me included — is it all just as easily missed?

Would life be just as full if we let it all pass us by?

NAH.

A good scare

I don’t buy that many movies on DVD.

I’m at the theater most weekends, subscribe to three premium channels and DVR pretty much everything else.

But I did buy a VHS (remember those?) way back in 2003 after seeing a movie called “The Mothman Prophecies.”  Richard Gere plays a Washington Post reporter whose wife dies after seeing visions of a bizarre winged creature.  Doctors say it was a brain tumor that caused the hallucination, but Gere unexpectedly finds himself in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where this “mothman” has been making a series of bizarre appearances.

The movie was supposedly based on a true incident in the city of Point Pleasant, and was creepy, creepy good…so good that I bought it.  I still have it, too.

And just today I discovered that the Mothman Prophecies live on far beyond my VHS tape.  The city of Point Pleasant has erected a 12-foot statue of the creature on Main Street, and began a Miss Mothman Pageant in 2008 to headline their already popular Mothman Festival.

If you decide to watch the movie, you may find it odd that the city is trying to profit off of what was an alarming tragedy.  But with time comes perspective.

I guess Point Pleasant sees the “mothman” as their Titanic.