Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Simon, Susan, Jack, & John


I guess this must be TV week, because I've got some stray comments I thought I'd throw out to see what you folks think.

First---the American Idol judge everyone loves to hate or just loves--Simon Cowell. Personally, I've always enjoyed Simon's routine. He's clearly there as the villain and he plays it up. But my favorite "moments" with Simon was when I watched Susan Boyle's initial appearance on Britain Has Talent. Like millions of others, I saw the whole thing on YouTube--Susan walking out, looking slightly frumpy and touseled, showing her saucy side while the audience was already hooting in derision---sharks circling, looking for their next victim.

And, then--she started to sing. The camera stays on Simon's face and you watch shock turned to amazement then delight while the audience leaped to their feet and cheered. And also, as one British wag put it: "You could see dollar signs in Simon's eyes." Simon is an extremely astute television producer and no doubt, he looked at Susan Boyle and saw what she could become under his guidance. And, she has. I bought her CD for my mom for Christmas, and you should hear all the different songs she performs. She's one heckuva singer. Did you folks see her video?

Next, the return of Jack Bauer and Fox's "24" action drama. Jack's back. Thank goodness. The world's got so many problems going on, we can't keep track. It's good to know Jack's back to save the day. I hope. Seriously, Sunday night's premier two-hour episode didn't waste time grabbing your attention. And Monday night's two-hour episode piled on the action and the tension. Just in time, too. I can only take so many talking-heads news shows. Action, "24" style, is just the break I need. And. . .

Last, but not least, is my favorite tv action-adventure---ABC's "LOST." I've been one of the show's devoted viewers (along with Kate Collins). In fact, the only shows I bother to tape while travelling out of town are "LOST" and "24." "LOST" has some of the most, if not the most, creative and innovative storytelling on television. This will be the last season, so all the final story threads will be woven together at last. At least, that's what we're all hoping. But the developer/director J.J. Abrams is so adept at jerking us around, who knows what will happen?
At least we may finally find out the mystery of John Locke, the magnetic character who embodies the "soul" of the island. The last time we saw John, there were two of him. One alive and one dead. Now, that bears investigation. And I can't wait to find out what awaits all the other fascinating cast members---Sawyer, Kate, Jack, Ben, Sun and the others. I don't even want to think about one of my other favorite characters, Juliette. I couldn't believe what happened to her at the last year's season finale.

What are your thoughts? Do any of you watch "24" or "LOST"? What's your favorite television drama? There are some new ones out, like "Fringe." Has anyone seen that one?

40 comments:

Dru said...

I'm patiently waiting for the return of Burn Notice on Thursday. Other dramas I watch are Leverage (new shows started last week), The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Castle, The Closer (can't wait for the summer), Criminal Minds (which is getting a bit dark) to name a few.

I use to watch Fringe, but it got creepy.

24 nor Lost never appealed to me.

You can tell that I'm a TV addict.

Anonymous said...

I like Castle! :)

Kate Collins said...

I love "Castle." I love the opening, the part that talks about there being only two kinds of people who plot murders (or words to that effect) -- killers and mystery writers. Makes me laugh every time because it's true.

Maggie, you and I should be poster girls for devoted LOST fans. (Not that we fit the girl part anymore.)

Lorna Barrett said...

Kate, Cleo Coyle says "you're a girl until you're ninety." Hey, who am I to disagree!

Aryn said...

LOST! I am a Desmond girl. Husband even bought me a t-shirt that says, "Desmond is my constant."

Can't wait!

Sheery said...

I'm not much of a TV person. There are shows that I like and will follow - but I've preferred reading to TV. Even when I was a kid. It drove my parents nuts. :)

That being said, there are a few shows I love. Castle, Grey's Anatomy and Dexter. I'm also a big fan of HGTV and The Food Network. Castle, in my opinion, is the best show going right now. Dexter is done for its season and Grey's, well, big dramatic sigh. I still watch it - almost religiously - but sadly, it doesn't hold the same appeal for me as it used to. I don't know if they have too many writers not talking to one another or what but it's just not the same as it used to be, in terms of great writing. Oh well, I guess I'm a little picky. :)

Lover of Books said...

I am hooked on Bones, NCIS, Project Runway, House, What Not To Wear and Holmes on Homes. Oh and Extreme Makeover Home Edition and Mythbusters. I love having a DVR. lol

Deb Baker said...

I just discovered Castle and love it! I watched 24 Sunday and Monday, clenching teeth, on the edge of my seat.

Katie said...

I used to watch 24, but it seems like they're really stretching things now. I think I stopped after the 3rd or 4th season

I love Simon, if he leaves Idol, it won't be the same.

Don't watch Lost.

Favorite Dramas- House, hands down. I enjoy Law and Order (all of them) when I have time.

Maggie Sefton said...

DRU---What's this Leverage about? You say it's new and started this week? Details, Dru. Details. And refresh me on Burn Notice. Premise is. . .?

KATE--Hey, I'm game if you are. Even if they did, JJ Abrams might kill us off like he does SO MANY of my favorite female characters. Of course, he kills guys, too. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

ARYN---Wow! What a great shirt! Where did he get it? I love it.

Maggie Sefton said...

SHEERY---I'm with you. I think the writing deteriorated badly on Grey's Anatomy. I stopped watching a couple years ago because I was tired of those same old, same old scenes the writers would throw in their as supposedly funny sex scenes. They were SO yesterday. Seen them done in countless earlier tv shows. Of course, I've been watching tv for many years, and have gotten VERY picky. I won't watch a drama a 2nd time if it doesn't grab me the first time.

Maggie Sefton said...

Lover of Books---Oh, yeah. Love my DVR too. Don't know what I'd do without it. Am out on evenings a lot and have to tape stuff. And of course travel. I remember watching NCIS when it first came out years and years ago. Cute cast. Mark Harmon is cute, too.

Maggie Sefton said...

Katie---I agree, it'll be interesting to see what happens when Simon leaves. Ellen should be funny. It's a good format for her.

Jessica said...

I'm not sure I'll be able to watch American Idol if Simon leaves....I love him! He can be rude, crude, and snotty but he's always honest with you! I'm really upset now that I've never seen Lost, and really have no idea what its about...everyone is making it sound so so so good!

Jessica said...

I do have to say however that House is one of my favorites along with NCIS. I couldn't survive without my DVR....Does anyone watch the shows like Operation Repo?

Dru said...

"Leverage" stars Timothy Hutton follows a five-person team of thieves, computer experts and con artists, headed up by former insurance investigator Nate Ford, who use their skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens. It airs on TNT on Wednesday.

signlady217 said...

Here's my list for dramas: Lost, 24, all three CSI shows, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Forgotten, Castle, Numbers, Ghost Whisperer and Medium. (Told you I liked a good cop show!) Granted, some of these are on at the same time, so I watch them later online.

Also like American Idol (won't be the same without Simon!)and Dancing with the Stars (was rooting for Donny Osmond all the way).

Another thing I'm looking forward to is the Winter Olympics. I love the ice dancing in particular and the ice skating. My husband likes the Summer Olympics better, esp. the swimming events, since he was on the HS swim team all 4 years and knows what they are being judged on.

"Fringe" is really out there. I think the writers are channeling Mulder and Sculley from "The X Files" and going even beyond that!I really liked "Eleventh Hour" and was sorry to see it canceled.

I do like watching TV, but I'll never give up my books! My friends and family think I am really odd, though, because I watch stuff and read during the commercials. (Hey, some of them are really long!)

Hope everybody enjoys their favorite shows this season, and not too many of your favorite characters get killed off!

Dru said...

Burn Notice is about a spy who got burned. They are wiped off the grid, without access to cash or influence. According to the narration during the opening credits, the burned spy has no prior work history, no money; in essence, no identity. So every week we watch him take odd-jobs to bring in money so that he can find out who burned him and get back into government work. It airs on USA on Thursday.

signlady217 said...

I knew I forgot something! Also love "Bones"; can't wait to see if the writers are ever going to let Brennan realize she's in love with Booth!

Dru said...

Do you wonder how we survived without our DVR. Luckily I haven't had to need to get a second unit.

Helen Kiker said...

All three of the shows that you mentioned are ones that I like very much. Others include House, Grey's Anatomy, and the cancelled Boston Legal. I use my DVR a lot because the shows overlap.

Right now I am taping The Australina Tennis Open - and in another month it will be 24 hour Olympic coverage.

Helen

Heather Webber said...

I haven't been watching all that much TV (I can hardly believe it myself). I did tune into AI last week, but that's about it. Oh, and my house shows on HGTV. Love those.

Sheery said...

I am so looking forward to the Winter Olympics! I LOVE the ice skating. All of it is just so wonderful to warch. My five year old likes the ice skating too, especially, the pretty princess outfits'. :)

Andrea C. said...

I watch way too much tv (and I am really, really excited about the Olympics too) but one of the best new dramas is The Good Wife. It is such a good show and everyone should check it out!

Leann Sweeney said...

Love the Good Wife and just about everything else mentioned. I'm one of those who enjoy Fringe (and I've never really like sci-fi that much). I am looking forward to Damages coming back next week. I got "lost" during the last season of Lost but I think I'll watch again just to see how it all resolves.

misterreereeder said...

Not a Simon Fan myself but was impressed by Susan. What do we watch? Fringe, NCIS, NCIS LA, CIS (the original), Ghost Whisper, and Medium ... just to name a few. Between those and reading ... that takes most of my "spare" time.

Jessica said...

Signlady...you're not odd! You're quite possibly the only other person I've ever met (besides myself) that understands about reading on a commercial break! Sometimes I'm sad the commercials weren't a tad bit longer lol

Mason Canyon said...

I'm hooked on Bones, NCIS, and The Mentalist. I liked the older seasons of CSI and I've just recently started watching "Criminal Minds" and also the spinout of "NCIS." I seem to have a theme going here that doesn't include comedy.

Bookworm Princess said...

I have been watching Fringe and I love it! It is an Alias meets X-Files and I look forward to watching it each week. I also like NCIS, the original not LA. Another show I enjoy that definitely shows how much of a math geek I am is NUMBERS. At first I was in love with Charlie but after seeing him in Santa Clause 2 I just lost the love. I still enjoy the show very much though.

Bookworm Princess said...

Dru,

I forgot to mention Criminal Minds. I was sad when Gideon (Mandy Patakin, sp?) left but I am getting used to the replacement Joe Mantega (sp?)

Dru said...

Bookworm,

I know what you mean..it took a full season for me to get use to the new guy.

Since I never was a fan of X-files and Alias - it makes sense that I didn't enjoy Fringe.

Linda said...

I really have not seen any of the shows lately, though I did watch AI last week, and have tonight's episode set to record. I record them and then fast forward through the parts that get kind of boring. I can't imagine the show without Simon.

I've been tempted to watch Lost (Season One). I think they might have it on the internet somewhere, or maybe I could rent it. I hear some much about the great story telling on that show.

Maggie Sefton said...

Jessica---You may be able to find the DVDs of the previous seasons in the libraries. Check it out. And what's Operation Repo? Getting cars?

Dru---Hmmm. That sounds interesting. I'll have to check the time. LOST is on Weds, but there's always the DVR.

SignLady---Oh, I LOVED "X Files." I was a devoted fan. So was my youngest daughter. I've got to get back to "Fringe" and see what's happening. That DVR is gonna be busy.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru--Oooooo, Burn Notice sounds really intriguing. I love "new" setups and concepts. So much stuff is a re-hash. Thanks.

Helen--I can't believe that it's almost time for the Winter Olympics. There's SO much that's fascinating to watch with those. I guess all the TV shows will go on hiatus.

Sheery--The ice skating can't be beat for human drama. There's always "good guy/girl and their rivals. Doncha love it?

Andrea---Julia Marguiles (sp?) is excellent. I remember her from her first starring role in "ER." That's where George Clooney got his big break, too. Wow, that was a looooooooong time ago. :)

Leann---You're right. I almost forgot my 3rd fave show that I tape---"Damages." That is superb.

Maggie Sefton said...

BookwormPrincess--Isn't Mandy Patimkin good? I've watched him for years. But my all around favorite role for him (and others, I'm sure) was the pirate in that great movie "The Princess Bride" Remember? "My name is Diego Montoya, and I've come. . ."

Linda---Yes, video rentals of the earlier seasons are the fastest and easiest way to catch up. Enjoy!

Lindy said...

I'm sure "The Good Wife" is a good show, but I'm hooked on "The Forgotten" which is on at the same time. Every time I see it I hope that if ever something happens to me there will be people who care about the unidentified murdered as much as they do. I checked online last night and found out there is a real volunteer Forgotten Network out there who work on cold cases. God bless the work they do.

Bookworm Princess said...

Maggie,

The Princess Birde is such a great movie. I forgot he was in that one. He played the team leader of an FBI profiling unit and I did like him in that role.

Maggie Sefton said...

Lindy---I hadn't noticed The Forgotten. It sounds good. I'll have to give it a try.

Maggie Sefton said...

Bookworm Princess---I think I've liked Mandy P. in everything I've ever seen him in. Good actor.