HIMYM: "Columns" was a pretty good episode, but the episode I absolutely LOVED was "First Time In New York." NPH in Dirty Dancing was hilarious. If you missed the ep, someone posted it here. Just follow the directions at the top of the page with the login and password and whatnot. But shh, don't tell anyone.
The Class: Thanks to someone we'll call "Princess Sparkle," I haven't given up on this show. And shockingly, really really shockingly, it continues to make me laugh at least a few times. Out loud even. Thus, I shall continue to watch. They usually have the most recent episode up on Innertube.
Heroes: I haven't watched last night's episode, but it definitely seems like Heroes has learned a thing or two from the mistakes of Lost. Mini-mysteries throughout the season that actually have answers, episodes that actually move the plot forward, keeping new characters ancillary... now if we could only get NBC to stop making up lame promotional catch-phrases. Although I still like throwing in their old catch-phrase into daily conversation:
PERSON: That's weird, where did I leave my keys?
ME: I don't know man, save the cheerleader, save the world.
PERSON: I hate you.
Oh and it's nice to see Christopher Eccleston again. Well, "see," considering he's invisible. If you like campy sci fi shows with a good dose of heart, check him out in Doctor Who. I had to screen all the Who episodes at my old SCI FI job, and they were surprisingly entertaining.
Veronica Mars: I've been a bit harsh on the show this year, and I think most of the criticism has been deserved. So, you can trust that I'm not biased when I say that this episode was quite enjoyable. Mac is a great character, Piz is not (Piz? Che? Why these names, teen dramedy showrunners, why?). And I've asked before what on earth happened to Weevil's face earlier this year, and I guess the answer is Francis Capra was on some medication earlier this season that made him all bloated and whatnot. Mystery solved.
Speaking of mysteries, I really don't know if I'm going to keep enjoying the show with the same amount of Season One passion now that they've dropped the season-long mystery angle, but we shall see.
The CW has started to stream full episodes here.
Office: Delicious. "Traveling Salesmen" was the best episode of the season thus far, and one of the series' best as well. All their recent awards are much deserved, and I am still Team Karen all the way. One of my favorite recent lines is from "The Return":
ANDY: You, me, bar, beers, buzzed. Wings, shots, drunk. Waitresses, hot. Football, Cornell/Hofstra, slaughter. Then quick nap at my place, and we hit the tiz-own.
I love Ed Helms, apparently he's a nice guy in person too.
Side note, both "Traveling Salesmen" and "The Return" were co-written by Michael Schur, who is married to The OC's J.J. Philbin. I hope they name their kid Shakespeare.
Also, check out Ken Jennings' take on the differences between the UK and US versions.
Lastly, a NY Times article on the use of "unhip songs" on the show.
Scrubs: The past few episodes have been a bit off for me. I was very excited about the musical episode, and though I appreciate how well it was produced, it seemed a bit too heavy on the cute and too light on the funny. I did enjoy the "Guy Love" song though. Watch Braff and Faison perform it live on Kimmel (thanks Krissi for the link).
Bill Lawrence suggests that the show will be back for a seventh season, either on NBC or ABC, but whether it'll return with Braff is still up in the air.
30 Rock: I haven't caught up on the past few episodes yet, but WATCH THIS SHOW. SUPPORT COMEDY! You can catch up here.
Extras: This season has been great so far. As much as I loathe all things Orlando Bloom, I did love his episode. Watch a clip here. The Bowie ep was okay, but here are all the clips of his cameo for your Bowie-fans, myself included. And Daniel Radcliffe's antics were brilliant, loved the unwrapped condom bit. Watch his full episode here, here and here. I'm looking forward to the Chris Martin cameo...
Speaking of Daniel Radcliffe, I was greatly disturbed by these pictures. Looks like someone wants you to see his sorcerer's stones... to board his Platform 9 3/4... looks like- okay, I'll stop.
Looks like someone wants to show off his Nimbus 2000. Thank you, I'll be here all night.
Grey's Anatomy: Well, The OC started it, Grey's did it twice in one episode, and Friday Night Lights did it best (more on that below), but it seems like marriage proposals are all the rage this season. I loved the two-parter, and "Great Expectations" was pretty good. I didn't really get into the Amish best friends story though. "From the cradle to the grave," really?
Anyway, all the backstage drama seems a bit ridiculous, so I don't think there's much to say in that area. I just think all problems can somehow be solved by Kate Walsh, check her out in this preview. Wowsers.
Regardless, for the next four weeks, NONE OF YOU should be watching Grey's on Thursdays, just catch up online or on Fridays. What you really should be watching is...
The OC: Four episodes left. Goodbye cruel world. It's great to see the show ending with back-to-back great episodes. Loved "The French Connection," though I was dumped right after watching the episode with my ex. And "The Groundhog Day" was hilarious as well.. reference to Oldboy, use of Silversun Pickups' "Lazy Eye," and Taylor in a groundhog costume, pretty awesome I do say.
Of course, a large part of this season's goodness can be attributed solely to Autumn Reeser. I've been preaching Taylor Townsend gospel from the beginning, and I'm glad many of you are seeing the light. Check out her TV Squad interview here, and hopefully, I can get my act together and have an Autumn interview for you to read on this blog very soon.
I'm sure you've all heard by now, but Josh Schwartz has two pilots in the works. One's called Chuck for NBC, a "high concept action dramedy about spies and twentysomethings," and the other is Gossip Girl for the CW. I'll try to get some more inside scoop for you in the coming weeks.
I'll do a proper OC-sendoff here later in February, but thanks again to the cast and crew for an amazing last season.
So what show will I champion now that the OC is no more? Only the best drama on television of course. Everyone must watch...
Friday Night Lights: PLEASE WATCH THIS SHOW! THE POWER OF NIELSEN RATINGS COMPELS YOU! In a recent EW article, Kevin Reilly hinted at a second season renewal, but it's far from a sure-thing.
The show consistently makes me teary, it has the best music on television, and it's absolutely beautifully shot. I don't want to ruin anything, so just go catch up on episodes here and here.
This past episode has a marriage proposal that puts all the other shows' proposal stories to shame. I watched it with my friend Kelley, and by the end, we just hung our heads and didn't speak for a few minutes. And by we, I mean me. And by hung our heads, I mean buried my face into my body pillow. And by didn't speak, I mean bawled like I was watching Field of Dreams for the first time.
SPREAD THE WORD!!!!
(about the show, not about my tendency to cry alone in my room with a bottle of scotch in hand)
Lastly, you may or may not have noticed that I took your referral fee comments to heart and signed up for LinkShare. If you run a blog, you should as well (but through this link here so they know I referred you). Anyway, that's why all the iTunes links are now going through a forwarding link first. All in all, this shouldn't change anything on your end, but on my end, it'll hopefully help with the upkeep of this site. Bandwidth don't come for free, my friends. All that being said, click below for the tunes, and leave a comment!
How I Met Your Mother - "First Time In New York"
"Gotta Have You" - The Weepies [buy album]
"Love is Strange" - Mickey & Sylvia [buy album]
"Always Love" - Nada Surf [buy album]
"(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes [buy album]
How I Met Your Mother - "Columns"
"Whatever It Is" - Ben Lee [buy album]
Veronica Mars - "Show Me the Monkey"
"One Week" - The Barenaked Ladies [buy album]
"Lara's Theme (From Doctor Zhivago)" - Maurice Jarre [buy album]
"Fair" - Annuals [buy album]
"Long, Long Time" - Linda Ronstadt [buy album]
"Greenland" - Kingsbury Manx [buy album]
Friday Night Lights - "Nevermind"
"Saving Grace" - Tom Petty [buy album]
"I Turn My Camera On" - Spoon [buy album]
"Cochise" - Audioslave [buy album]
Friday Night Lights - "What To Do While You're Waiting"
"Your Hand in Mine" - Explosions in the Sky [buy album]
"Upward Over the Mountain" - Iron & Wine [buy album]
"Yee Haw" - Jake Owen
Friday Night Lights - "Little Girl I Wanna Marry You"
"Figure" - Richard Buckner [buy album]
Grey's Anatomy - "Six Days - Part 1"
"Rest Of My Life" - Michelle Featherstone [buy album]
"Love Will Come Through" - Travis [buy album]
"Lonely Hearts Still Beat The Same" - The Research
"Passion Play" - William Fitzsimmons
"Beggars Prayer (demo)" - Emiliana Torrini
Grey's Anatomy - "Six Days - Part 2"
"Here It Goes Again (UK Surf Version)" - OK Go [buy album]
"Fidelity" - Regina Spektor [buy album]
"The Way I Am" - Ingrid Michaelson [buy album]
"Falling Awake" - Gary Jules [buy album]
"Life in Disguise" - The Slip [buy album]
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Susanna & The Magical Orchestra (Joy Division cover)
Grey's Anatomy - "Great Expectations"
"Enchantment" - Lily Frost [buy album]
"Ships" - Umbrellas [buy album]
"Love Show" - Skye [buy album]
Scrubs - "My House"
"Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" - Tchaikovsky [buy album]
"Where Do You Go" - Sister Hazel [buy album]
Scrubs - "My Friend With Money"
"The Girl From Ipanema" - Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz [buy album]
"Isn't She Lovely" - Stevie Wonder [buy album]
"The Crane Wife 3" - The Decemberists [buy album]
The OC - "The My Two Dads"
"Forever" - The Explorers Club [buy album]
"It's Because We've Got Hair" - Tunng [buy album]
"The Commander Thinks Aloud" - The Long Winters [buy album]
"Somewhere in Between" - M. Craft
The OC - "The French Connection"
"Turn On Me" - The Shins [buy album]
"I Ain't Losin' Any Sleep" - The Sunshine Underground
"I Spy" - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
"The West Coast" - Jason Schwartzman
*audio ripped from broadcast
The OC - "The Dream Lover"
"Dear Mr. Supercomputer" - Sufjan Stevens [buy album]
"The New e Blues" - The Western States Motel [buy album]
"Garcon Glacon" - April March [buy album]
"Hidden In The Sand" - Tally Hall [buy album]
"Tel Que Tu Es" - Charlotte Gainsbourg [buy album]
"Return To Me" - Sparklehorse [buy album]
"Du Temps" - The Low Standards [buy album]
The OC - "The Groundhog Day"
"Gronlandic Edit" - of Montreal [buy album]
"Lazy Eye" - Silversun Pickups [buy album]
"Leave Home" - Chemical Brothers [buy album]
"High Lonesome Moan" - Pajo [buy album]
"And I Was A Boy From School" - Hot Chip [buy album]
"The House We Live In" - The Stills [buy album]