Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

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Polygamy, TV style

September 27, 2010

So here’s a new show on TLC this season called “Sister Wives” – have you heard of it? In case you haven’t, please allow me to give you a brief synopsis.

The Brown family consists of husband Kody, his three wives (Meri, Janelle and Christine) and their 12 children, plus one more on the way.

Take a second to digest that.

Now add to the mix that on the first episode, Kody tells the wives that he wants to marry another woman and take in her 3 children.

Wow.

When I first saw promos for this show, many thoughts ran through my head. Who came up with this show idea? Was there a demand for insight into the polygamist lifestyle? Or did the good folks at TLC just want to continue their exploration of unique family dynamics, as seen in shows such as “Little People, Big World” and “Kate plus 8?” Who is the target audience for this show? And most importantly, would it last?

I knew I would have to check it out, and thankfully I caught the replay very late Sunday night of the series premiere. I’m still watching it now as I write this post.

To say that their attitudes and lifestyle intrigue me is a dramatic understatement. Obviously, I don’t understand how they feel. They’ve all grown up in polygamist families, making the decision to be involved in this family structure a no-brainer for them. They see nothing wrong with sharing their husband, raising each other’s children and being open to adding new women to the family.

I would love to hear from someone familiar with plural marriage. Why do these women want to be involved with a man who clearly has a roaming eye? Don’t they want a husband of their own? How do they handle the news that a new wife is being added to the family? Are the women allowed to have multiple husbands, or is it only the men who are allowed this privilege? I know I could look up articles and information online about polygamy, plural marriages and sister wives, but I would rather hear from a real person.

I’m not sure yet if I will plan to watch new episodes or just catch them as I notice them in the channel listings, but I do think I would watch it again. I hope to gain more insight into these women and hope to stop viewing the husband as a total dirtbag (sorry, Kody, but that’s my gut reaction).

I’d also like to hear from you, the readers. What do you think about all this? Is this a show you might watch? Why, or why not? I look forward to your input, and perhaps a spirited debate!

UPDATE 9/28/10 – According to this People.com article (this one too), the Brown family is being investigated by Lehi (Utah) police for possible charges of felony bigamy. Updates will follow as I read more.

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Dun Dun

May 14, 2010

It’s a sad day for TV crime drama enthusiasts. NBC announced today that it is canceling the show that started them all, the original “Law & Order.” According to that article, the show was just one season away from breaking the record for longest-running drama, currently held by “Gunsmoke.”

Personally, I haven’t watched the show since Lennie Briscoe left (the late, great Jerry Orbach). Before then, it was my favorite of the L&O franchise, and among my favorite television shows. These days, I’m an SVU gal (Benson & Stabler, baby), but really only watch that in reruns. If I’m surfing the channels and find a classic L&O episode, I usually watch it. But gone were the days that I would seek it out.

Even so, I find it remarkable that NBC would allow this series to end so close to a major milestone in television history. Sure, ratings weren’t what they once were, but I would guess that most shows have reduced ratings in recent years due to the heavy use of Internet streaming, DVRs and TV on DVD. Why wouldn’t they suck it up for one more season to give the show a proper ending and to solidify its legacy?

It’s such a shame that this truly great show may not be able to say a real goodbye to all of its fans throughout the years. Hopefully, someone at a cable channel will give it a final farewell season to wrap up loose ends and give fans some closure. If not, thank you, L&O, for not only inspiring the wave of crime shows that fill the channels but also for creating a solid, well-written program that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Will you miss the original L&O? Will you not even notice it’s “gone” since it will be in reruns? Do you think NBC should have let it beat “Gunsmoke?”

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You’re standing on my neck…

March 22, 2010

 

Daria Morgendorffer

Daria Morgendorffer

No way! Nick just made my month after I read his post about how the entire series of Daria is finally being released on DVD. I KNOW!!!

Needless to say, that has been added to my Amazon cart and I am  beyond ecstatic. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that there are only two people in TV history that I can completely identify with – Felicity Porter and Daria Morgendorffer. And I already have Felicity on DVD (thank you, Jesse!).

This is amazing news, and I cannot wait until May! “La la lalala. La la lalala…”

*Blog title taken from the Daria theme song*

Do you love Daria as much as I do? Are there any other shows that you have been anxiously awaiting on DVD?

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Officially HD (almost)

March 9, 2010

Nearly two weeks and no posts? What’s going on with me?! I am so sorry, blogosphere. I do hope you’ll accept my apology. I wish I could say that I’ve just been ridiculously busy and that’s why I didn’t post, but it really wouldn’t be true. The way I see it, I have a relationship with my readers (however few of you are out there), and I don’t want to spoil that with lies. I was neglectful, I apologize, and I hope to never let the posts fall for that long again.

Okay, enough apologies. On with the post!

This past weekend, Jesse and I moved forward into the great world of HD! Our fabulous new entertainment center (purchased here) and awesome 41″ TV (from here) have moved us light-years ahead of where we were three weeks ago when our TV pooped out on us. That’s right – we’ve been tube-less since Valentine’s Day, and I was starting to go crazy! It’s sad to realize how much I actually depended on the TV. I thought I was pretty good since most shows I watch online. But I was really at a loss.

We knew that we would make the upgrade whenever our old TV was finished, so this was a long time coming. And thankfully, we had a ton of gift certificates from the wedding that we had saved for this exact reason. So ever though it was a good chunk of change, it was one we had planned for and which was lessened greatly by the generosity of family and friends. Thanks, everyone!

As we await our HDMI cables (which should be arriving in the mail shortly from here), we currently have 720 HD loveliness. Soon, however, we will be full 1080! Honestly, I have no idea what that all means, but I do know that it will be even more awesome than it already is. Stellar!

Jesse also went for the DVR, despite my initial protest. How foolish I was! DVR is incredible! And being able to rewind live TV shows? Mind boggling and fantastic! (Can you tell I was TV deprived?)

While we don’t have a Bluray player – have you seen the cost of those things? – our current DVD/VCR combo up-converts, so our standard def VHS and DVDs will look even spiffier on the new widescreen. Hooha! 

Before I close, I’d like to give a huge shoutout to my faboo husband. Happy Birthday, Jesse!

Have you joined the HD revolution? If you have, what were your initial thoughts when you did? If you haven’t, can you share why?

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Child tracking devices?

January 27, 2010

The mother of one of my elementary school friends has worked for a pretty wealthy family for quite a long time. Through that family, she got a dog named Holly that I wasn’t even really afraid of. (Did I mention my fear of dogs yet? Well, there that is.) I was fascinated by Holly because not only was she a very well-behaved, beautiful dog — sorry I don’t know breeds — but she was also pretty tech-savvy. Holly had something like puppy LoJack installed by her tail.

If you felt near her rear, you could feel a rather small computer chip that used GPS technology to track her down if she was ever stolen or ran away. At the time, it was unheard of and I thought that as long as it didn’t hurt the dogs then it was a really great idea. Now it is more commonly used, and has helped many sad pet owners to happily reunite with their furry friends.

The idea of embedding computer chips into humans has been around for some time. It was referenced in the 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic (Johnny was a data courier, with the information stored in a brain chip) and more recently in the television show Fringe (Walter Bishop implants a tracking chip into his neck so his son Peter can find him if he wanders off). A current Google search reveals more than a million results for articles, blog entries, etc., related to making this practice more common.

Why, you might ask, would I bring this random idea up? I read a piece recently discussing the pros and cons of using GPS technology to keep tabs on children (leaving a tracking device in their bag or something, not embedded in their skin).

Personally, I am not thrilled with this idea. Of course, I can understand parents’ fears about their child getting abducted, abused or worse. I watch SVU; I know what’s out there. But while it could provide some peace of mind in that sense, there are so many other things that could happen to kids that a GPS could never detect.

Really, my biggest issue with the whole kiddy GPS thing is that you are taking away your child’s privacy. A kindergarten student doesn’t need much alone time, and their parents or guardians should keep tabs on them. But as that child with a chip in their backpack grows up, they will know that they are being monitored. They may feel that they aren’t trusted, or that they need to act or live a certain way because they are being watched. It could dramatically affect their personality and inhibit them in a way that a lack of GPS technology wouldn’t. 

As I said, I do see both the benefits and the downsides to monitoring children in this way. However, I am definitely more con than pro.

What do you think about this technology? Would you ever consider planting a tracking device on your child?

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More downsides of 3-D TV

January 19, 2010

It is so comforting to know that I’m not the only one concerned about this whole 3-D television scenario.

The good people at Wired magazine (one of my fav RSS feeds, as you can tell from my many links to them) laid out four reasons why 3-D TV may not be all it’s cracked up to be. If I was nervous about this before, I’m extra anxious now.

As a person who requires eyeglasses in order to function – how I wish I was joking – 3-D movies (and possibly TV) is an issue for me. Trying to layer the special glasses over my own glasses is annoying. I also feel that my anti-reflective, UV coating thing somehow creates a weird viewing situation for me. I don’t always seem to see what other folks see in 3-D.

Eye strain is a huge factor in today’s society. So many people spend all day staring at a computer screen, which is already harsh on their eyes. If those same folks were to come home and have to focus in on the special images coming across their television, I think I can safely predict more migraines, eye problems and even more people needing corrective lenses than currently do.

What are your thoughts on 3-D TV? Do you think the benefits outweigh the negatives? Have you read anything else on this topic? Share it with the group!

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This Wii just got even better!

January 13, 2010

Attention Wii owners who are also Netflix subscribers – this Spring, Netflix streaming will be available for free on the Wii! I just read about this, and have already reserved my free CD. This is very exciting!

I’ve been a Netflix member since 2005 and absolutely love it. Once Netflix began streaming content online, I started to watch movies and any of their content available online. It will be glorious to have that content on my television screen instead of my lovely but small 15′ Macbook Pro monitor. 

And I just had a brainstorm… I wonder if, using the Wii’s Internet access, I can watch the TV episodes I stream online on my television set. I must try this when I get home! I will report back after my experiment with my success or failure.

Update Jan. 19 – sadly, the Wii runs the Opera browser, which is not supported by Fox, ABC and hulu’s online players. But you can watch YouTube clips, so I guess that’s something!