NY-LON

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I’ve been missing “True Blood” to no end lately and so I decided to satisfy my Stephen Moyer craving by watching “NY-LON,” a show about a long distance relationship between Michael (Moyer) in London and Edie (Rashida Jones) in New York. Though the title is clever, the show seems more like reality than entertainment. NOT that it is a reality show by any means, however the storyline plays out in a very realistic fashion, showcasing the many ups and downs in such a relationship. At times, the story seems to move in real-time and each 45 minute episode seemed to take hours to watch. Despite an interesting use of split screens and a great pair of leading actors, I found myself alternately bored and frustrated. Both characters are stubborn and seem to look for a fight instead of enjoying their time together. I watched the whole thing play out and though the show was only 7 episodes, I don’t honestly need more.

Do you agree with me? Check it out on hulu.

I give it 4/10 stars!

More Canceled Shows

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As is expected, more shows have been canceled. While none of them are too shocking, here is a list of the recent R.I.P. additions, with comments on the ones I watched.

Lie to Me– I’m truly upset to be losing this one. “Lie to Me” took the typical crime solving drama and pushed it further. With the snark of a “House” episode, Dr. Cal Lightman would interrogate suspects and determine whether or not they were telling the truth based on the science of facial analysis and body language. The cases were always interesting and the characters were a fun group. In truth, the third season was more action packed but less interesting than the first two. I hoped that things would pick up again but sadly it is too late. My suggestion is that you DEFINITELY watch the first episode. If you like it, watch the first season.

Real Housewives of D.C.

In Treatment

Lights Out

Breaking In– Though very unrealistic, “Breaking In” was canceled before it was really given a chance. Starring Bret Harrison (from Reaper) as a computer hacker who is blackmailed to work for Christian Slater, the show had an unrealistic but fun cast. All stereotypes were met- the crazy boss, a gadget nerd, a hot chick and her tool boyfriend, and of course, our protagonist who’d like to win her heart. The show didn’t have a whole lot going for it but the fast pace and quirky comedy kept me entertained. I’m not sure that there would have been a TON of storyline but I also wouldn’t have minded a complete season, either.

The Cape

Human Target

Glory Daze

The Chicago Code– I heard this was good and yet it was canceled. Any thoughts from someone who watched it?

The Paul Reiser Show– This one makes me mad simply because it took the place of “Perfect Couples” which was a MUCH better show!

Chaos

Stargate Universe

Running Wilde– An awful show. Honestly, I love Will Arnett and I love Keri Russell and yet this show was barely watchable. Instead of being quirky, Arnett was just cringe-worthy and there appeared to be no chemistry between the two actors. Basically, Will was a rich jerk, Keri Russell was an environmentalist with a daughter and they all end up living together. It was even worse than that sounds. I think Arnett should just channel his efforts into that Arrested Development movie that we’ve all been waiting for.

Traffic Light– Another great show that is being canceled before it’s time, “Traffic Light” is a sitcom that seems to ask every other sitcom, “Why aren’t you guys ever driving anywhere?” And it’s true: though we all spend so much time in cars, sitcoms hardly ever have scenes from behind the wheel. In the show, three male friends lead their lives, often in cars, while dealing with women, kids, jobs, etc. They are truly living the traffic light life: One married (red), one single (green), and one in the in between (yellow). I think the show included realistic couples and problems and seemed to approach the humor in daily events in a new way. I believe that this show would be a hit with many men and perhaps it just did not reach this audience. I suggest everyone give the show a try, even though it is coming to an end.

Ace of Cakes– But what will we watch while hungry or drunk or when we can’t find the remote??

What shows do you wish hadn’t been canceled?

Happy Endings

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I’ve read some rave reviews claiming that “Happy Endings” will be the next “Friends” and honestly I don’t agree. I don’t think the show will define a generation or be watched on repeat in DVD box sets for years to come. That being said, however, I think the show is hilarious and a fun comedy.

This NBC show revolves around a fun cast of 6 friends: (1) Alex who leaves (2) Dave at the alter, (3) Jane, Alex’s sister who is married to (4) Brad, (5) Max, Dave’s close and nonflamboyent gay friend, and (6) Penny, a hilarious nutcase and my personal favorite.

With random stars, guest stars, and star producers, I think the show has a great ensemble and fantastic writing. I’m not sure that it can last the long haul but I think the comedy is strong enough to attract some attention and certainly will keep me watching.

“Do you know how hard it is to get slut off egyptian cotton?” -Jane

I recommend this show for anyone who likes “Mr. Sunshine.”

I give it 8 stars!

Three Moons Over Milford

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A totally cheesy ABC Family show, “Three Moons Over Milford” asks the question, What would you do if the world was ending?

The show revolves around the premise that an asteroid has hit the moon, breaking it into three pieces that could fall at any time. The town of Milford begins to go crazy– folks start living their wildest dreams, acting strangely, or leaving all together. Others just try to continue living. The Davis family seems to be in the middle of it all. The father/husband has left his family in financial trouble while he climbs mountains so Laura (essentially Lorelei from Gilmore Girls) must cope with her daughter burning down a school, her 16 year old son falling for a 29 year old, and a cute lawyer who wants to help her despite her married status.

The show is okay, lasting only 8 episodes, and had an interesting premise. In all honesty though, I wanted to see what happened between Alex and Claire (the 16 yr old and 29 yr old). Otherwise, I was rather in different at the conclusion. It’s a pity it ended on a cliff hanger but I don’t intend to give the show any further thought.

I give it 4 stars!

Only reason to watch!

Lovespring International

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This hilarious and quirky comedy aired in 2006 and has a myriad of guest stars. The show itself is about 6 employees (including Wendi McLendon-Covey from Reno 911!) at a dating service, owned by Victoria (Jane Lynch). The comedy is dirty and super duper strange and the company is, of course, very unsuccessful. The receptionist reminds me of Brittany from “Glee” while the rest of the cast is perfect in their oddball roles. Each of the employees is very unsuccessful in love themselves, from Lydia who has been dating a married man for 20 years; to Burke who is married to a woman but clearly prefers men; to the therapist who has some very, very strange fetishes.

Check out stars like Tim Meadows, Sean Hayes, Michael McDonald and Eric McCormack as they add to the silly and improbable LoveSpring scenarios. Each episode ends with brief improv and bloopers and it shows just how much fun the cast really has.

I recommend this show to anyone who enjoys quirky, off-color comedies and who knows how to laugh at the absurd. Check out all 13 episodes on Hulu.

I give it 7 stars!

Fringe

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While the weird keeps getting weirder on this Fox show, I’m excited to say that “Fringe” has been renewed for a 4th season!

HOORAY! Tune in or catch up, it’s an amazing show!

Better With You

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Though it is a rather typical sitcom, “Better With You” certainly tickles my funny bone. The show focuses on one family– three couples: Maddie and Ben (dating 9 years but not married), Maddie’s sister Mia and her husband Casey (after only 7.5 weeks of dating), and Maddy and Mia’s parents who have been married for 35 years. Each character is quirky and funny, and watching the juxtaposition of such different couples leads to a lot of laughs. The show may not be very deep, but it is surprisingly delightful and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys sitcoms about relationships!

Check it out on hulu!

I give it 8 stars!