Category Archives: TV

Silly Sharing

Share your world

I was thinking about switching to the new SYW pic Melanie has up for this week’s post, but I love this old one too much to give it up. Let’s get to the questions, shall we? 😀

1. How comfortable are you speaking in front of large groups of people?

I’m not comfortable with large groups of people period. (This predates the virus.) Sometimes I don’t even want to be in small groups either! But I can speak if I have to. I did a couple rounds of open mic stand-up comedy in front of 50 folks or so to prove I could. I also gave a speech at my daughter’s wedding in front of around 75 people. But I’d rather not do those types of things ever again.😝

2. What would be the best thing you could reasonably expect to find in a cave?

My common sense after peering in to tell me to turn right around and get the hell out of there. 🦇

3. What did you think was going to be amazing but turned out to be horrible?

My last romance (2016). 💔

4. What’s the silliest thing you’ve observed someone get upset about?

I observed the entire internet collectively freak out over an unsatisfactory ending to a TV show we’d all been watching for some time. People were very angry because the wrong character killed the bad guy and the beautiful queen destroyed a city and on and on. Folks are still complaining about it over a year later. 🙄

Gratitude:
Please feel free to share something that gave you an uplifted spirit during this past week.  (Optional)

Well… I already shared how thrilled I was to see my family last Tuesday (yikes, was that a week ago already?)… just talking to them over FaceTime since then, I guess. I’m very grateful for that technology especially now with my little granddaughter so we can see each other. 😍 It’s great when my eldest can join in too.

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No clue where this image is from, but it’s not mine.

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SLS ~ Big

Song Lyric Sunday

As always, thanks goes out to our musical host Jim Adams for providing us with a great list of prompts… or should I say a SIZABLE list? Hehe. I chose “Big Spender,” a song written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the musical Sweet Charity. It was first performed way back in 1966. Peggy Lee was the first artist to record it, also that year. Shirley Bassey probably has the best and best-known version of the song, but for the vid I chose the version from the film. Bob Fosse choreographed it and imo it is simply excellent. One of the commenters remarked that the dancers’ faces are expressionless… this is a chore to them, a job, to keep the men ordering drinks. They are TIRED. We don’t see the man’s face because they’re all the same…

There have been many versions of “Big Spender,” including parodies. The Simpsons did one called “Two Bad Neighbors,” which Simpsons’ fans may have seen. I did not. Anyway, hope you enjoy this vid!

The minute you walked in the joint 
I could see you were a man of distinction 
A real big spender 
Good lookin’ so refined 
Say, wouldn’t you like to know what’s goin’ on in my mind? 
So let me get right to the point 
I don’t pop my cork for every man I see 
Hey big spender, 
Spend a little time with me Wouldn’t you like to have fun, fun, fun 
How’s about a few laughs, laughs
I could show you a good time 
Let me show you a good time! The minute you walked in the joint 
I could see you were a man of distinction 
A real big spender 
Good lookin’ so refined 
Say, wouldn’t you like to know what’s goin’ on in my mind? 
So let me get right to the point, 
I don’t pop my cork for every guy I see 
Hey big spender
Hey big spender
Hey big spender 
Spend, a little time with me 
Yes

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Image credited to Jim Adams.

Midweek Q’s

Still not feeling bloggily creative, though I have been working on my novel, yay. Got through some tricky sections and can move on to a fun one now. Meanwhile, Dr. Tanya tagged me for some questions as part of an award thingie ~ thank you, Dr. Tanya! I no longer do awards/tagging here, but I enjoy the Q’s as time allows. 🙂

1. What’s the last movie that you watched?

Last Saturday I watched the first 3 episodes of Season 2 of Dead to Me. I loved S1, and S2 is starting out great as well. It’s basically about coming to terms with grief and loss, and the unlikely friendship that forms between two women as they navigate this process. It’s also very funny.

Usually I prefer movies to series however…

2. What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

Same thing as every other day ~ read and write!

3. What are you doing to beat the lockdown blues?

I have not been beating the lockdown blues. I accept that I will be sad during this time and am not in denial about it. Unlike many who keep saying that we “shouldn’t” feel this way or that, I am all alone here, not isolating with a husband or any family members. It helps to chat with my girls over FaceTime. Reconnecting with friends over Facebook has helped. Playing games over Zoom doesn’t help much. Mostly, I miss seeing my family a whole lot and that weighs on my heart daily.

That said, I am thankful to be working.

4. How long can you go without using your phone?

Only while I’m asleep. 💤

5. What do you most value in your friends?

Kindness.

6. Do you have a favourite fictional character? What makes her/him your favourite?

My favorite character is Archy McNally from Lawrence Sanders’ detective novels. He’s a smart guy with somewhat slippery ethics who got tossed from Yale law and now works for his father’s law firm (but he’s not a lawyer). He gets the icky cases and they’re fun. He overeats fancy food and drinks too much and cheats on his girlfriend… but he always feels bad about these things and vows to reform, soonish. He wears colorful silly clothing and uses ridiculous vocabulary. Love him!

7. Winter or Summer?

Summer! Love warm weather and long days of light. I used to like fall best, but it’s too dark now.

8. What is love, in your point of view?

Sexual attraction plus friendship plus commitment to stay together. If all three elements aren’t there, it’s not love. I’m not sure I’ve ever had real, sustained romantic love, which is sad, but it is what it is. I’ve had two out of the three combos at various times, which is better than nothing, I guess.

I’m talking about romantic love here, not any other kind. ❤️

9. What is your favorite movie or TV show?

Of shows, start to finish, I would have to say The Sopranos. There were a couple seasons that weren’t my favorite, notably the one with “the other Tony,” but overall it was stellar throughout and the ending didn’t let me down like Game of Thrones (which might have been my fave but for the ending, which I didn’t hate as much as some people did, but still it was rushed and meh). Breaking Bad is also up there with greatness as is Six Feet Under. As far as comedies, I love Seinfeld and Curb.

Regarding movies, my favorites are Dr. Zhivago, Young Frankenstein, Goodfellas, When Harry Met Sally, and Saturday Night Fever. I also love Chicago, Walk the Line, and You’ve Got Mail. Risky Business gets an honorable mention. I would watch any of them again at any time.

10. If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?

Definitely the future! I would like to see what a horrible mess the world is in 300 years from now or if by some miracle things are better. Probably we’ll just be doing all the same dumb things… 🙄

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The Monday Peeve 34

Monday Peeve cat

Smiles and positive posts are all well and good, but sometimes I need to vent a bit. How about you? That’s what The Monday Peeve is all about, a chance to blow off a little steam at the beginning of the week, so then we can go merrily on our way once again (hah). I’ll pick a topic that’s on my mind, but you can vent about whatever you please, here in comments or on your own blog. Grab the photo, use the #TMP tag, and link back to me (or not ~ I dgaf), and Bob’s yer uncle. I do reserve the right to delete any links that offend my delicate sensibilities. So far, none have, but it could happen! I have feelings!

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I’m sure I crabbed about this ages ago, but I checked and it’s never been an official MONDAY PEEVE, so we’re good. What am I talking about? Thank you for asking. I am talking about TRIVIA FREAKS. That’s right. You know who I mean. Those annoying people who know too much about a thing, sucking all the joy out of it for everyone. Since today is May 4th, you will find a gaZillion people posting that Star Wars meme. Eye freaking roll. I don’t particularly care for Star Wars, but I do like the original Star Trek TV show. But nowadays you can’t merely like a thing without some demented TRIVIA FREAK popping up to jabber on and on AND ON about minutiae like oh hey this one time at band camp I made a popsicle stick pencil holder with the nephew of the director of episode 11. NO ONE CARES! Stop taking all the fun out of things with your arsenal of BORING factoids about obscure characters and bloopers and personal anecdotes. Just because I like a thing doesn’t mean I want to become obsessed with it. There are lots of things I like in passing. Whatever happened to that? I don’t LOVE it, and I don’t need to binge watch it or collect anything about it… I just like it. Why is that not good enough?

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Image originally from Pixabay.

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PFF48: That Girl

Flashback Friday

Welcome to Paula’s Friday Flashback! This is a challenge begun by Fandango and it’s fun to see what we posted back when (as well as the comments). The post below is a reblog of a post I made exactly two years ago.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Especially here. Remember back in the day when I was jabbering on about how much I lurve That Girl? Like last week? Well, I’ve changed my mind. Sunday I wrote a bunch in the morning and then took a little break, which turned into a 12-hour TG binge. At first, I still enjoyed the eps, especially the ones with guest stars, such as “Compudate,” which featured Rich Little doing impressions. I adore him and lost respect for Ann when she didn’t dump Don for Rich. Wtf? Ridiculous. Don’s a total bore. The more I watched the more convinced of this I became. What did she even see in him? He is totally dull. The British photog dude is also way more fun than Don, but nope. I guess it must be this opposites thing ~ sparkling butterfly needs a lump of mashed potatoes for a partner so she can make sure she’s always the center of attention. If she had gone with Rich, he might have grabbed some of the spotlight for himself. That’s fine for her, but what about us, the audience? After almost two full seasons, I’m really tired of Mr. Boring.

But that’s not even the main thing. There’s something about TG that’s really started to bug me. Several somethings.

1. The show takes place in NYC and everyone is white. There’s nothing but white people everywhere. White people celebrating generic white Christian holidays. No matter where Ann goes in the city, she never encounters anyone or anything but this. Amazing!

2. The city is freakishly clean.

3. Ann wants a career and left her small town to be independent, which seemed refreshing at first, but it’s not this way at all. She’s still emotionally yoked to her parents 24/7, especially to her father, and she calls him Daddy constantly, which is as irritating as her “Oh Donalds.” Daddy pops into her apartment whenever because he has “business in the city,” though he’s allegedly running a restaurant two hours away in the small town, and he has zero respect for her privacy. Ann is obsessed with his opinion regarding everything she does, whether it’s cooking a turkey or wearing dangling earrings, and it’s disgusting.

4. I’ve seen several eps now where Ann gets into dicey situations involving some creepy older man coming onto her and she wriggles out of it with her silly, spunky personality. If at any point she is actually physically touched, the scene is interrupted by Mr. Boring lumping in. Even when Don punches some otter guy in the face, he manages to be dull about it and hurt his widdle paw. The point is, nothing bad ever really happens to Ann, since she’s a “good girl.” This is the message we always have received.

5. Even worse, both Donald and Ann say “terrific” every freaking minute and it drives me up the wall. Of all the things, this started to turn me off the most Sunday night until I began dreading any positive announcement, since it would always be followed up with the inevitable. Why didn’t anyone buy these writers a thesaurus?!

Yes, I praised the writers earlier, so I’m blaming them now. Live by, die by. Goodbye, That Girl.

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Of course I realize this was back then ~ I don’t care. I’m criticizing it now anyway, just like I did IDOJ.

/end reblog

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Yu-Gi-Oh! [A-Z Games]

 

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Yipes, this post is later than usual. My “schedule” is way off and I haven’t been sleeping normally at all. Anyway, let’s get to it, shall we? Obviously, I chose Yu-Gi-Oh! because it begins with a Y, but it’s really a very interesting game.

First, it wasn’t a game at all, but a manga series, beginning in 1996. It’s about a boy named Yugi who solves an ancient puzzle. As this happens, an alter ego is born who solves conflicts using games. Next, two anime adaptations were developed. Third, trading cards were produced to go along with the idea. The trading cards turned into a lucrative franchise in themselves and are now the top-selling cards in history. They aren’t a passive collection, but actually a game with battle characters and such.

Four animated films have been released based on the concept as well as spin-off series. There is a Yu-Gi-Oh! novel and other reading material on the theme and video games too. It is huge and lucrative. Go, Yugi, go! Well, it’s older now, but from the Wikipedia page, as of 2017, they were still producing new content.

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Zootopia. It will be the last post of this series! 🎉

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Movie Madness

So, I decided to start watching movies again. Idk why I stopped. Just got out of the habit, I guess. For practical reasons, it’s a good idea for me to sit on the comfy sofa sometimes instead of hunched over my laptop at the kitchen table. Anyway…

1. Timeless Love (Prime). This stars Rachel Skarsten and Brant Daugherty. It’s directed by Brian Brough. I was very pleased with my first choice, as it was a sweet fluffy story about a woman who dreams of a husband and children while in a coma and wakes to find they don’t exist. Naturally, she is distraught. When she mentions her conviction that she believes it was more than a dream, people think she’s nuts. Regardless, she sets about finding this man and making him love her by being her wonderful self. He already has a girlfriend, but obviously she is all wrong for him. This is pure romance with only a tiny bit of conflict that took my mind off the thing.

Note: before I watched this, I began The Cooler with Bill Macy and Alec Baldwin, a Vegas/mobster type movie, but also a love story (Macy and a waitress) that looked gritty and interesting at first. After about 20 minutes, the movie choked, which happens occasionally on Prime, and I didn’t care enough to try again.

2. Curb Your Enthusiasm. Completely forgot that S10 had come on, yayyy! Oh, this is a treat. Larry is back in top neurotic, cranky form, and each episode is hilarious in and of itself, yet they’re all loosely connected too. What I love about Curb is they aren’t afraid to be absolutely outrageous to the extreme. You simply can’t predict the ridiculousness that will saturate the writing and dialogue. My favorite may have been Adolph the dog, but it’s really hard to choose. I highly recommend this to anyone with a sense of the absurd (and if you don’t mind liberal use of the F-word).

Bitmoji remote

3. Brittany Runs A Marathon. This is based on a true story. It stars Jillian Bell and is written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. I liked it at first because it was fresh with characters not in the normal mold. But when it became clear that I was to root for a romance between our heroine and some homeless dipsh!t, I lost interest. I began reading stuff on my phone halfway through… though I did tune in again at the end to cheer her on in the marathon. I can’t really recommend the movie though.

4. Prescription for Love. This is another romance directed by Brian Brough ~ I assume it was recommended to me because I watched Timeless Love. But while Timeless Love was sweet, Rx was terrible. Absolutely unwatchable. In fact, I turned it off around a third in. Rx is one of those modern “Cinderella” remakes, supposedly, except it wasn’t in the slightest.

Rx is about a nice nurse (Claire), played by Jillian Murray, who has a mean supervisor, but she has a good life otherwise. While dressed up to see her friend perform in Swan Lake, Claire gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome, charming doctor (Luke), played by Trevor Donovan. They get rescued and fail to exchange contact info; when they meet again at work, he doesn’t recognize her, which is so dumb because she doesn’t look any different! Luke assumes Claire is flirting with him like the other nurses are and gets all grumpy, then tries to apologize and screws that up too. He says he’s “interested in someone else,” which we know refers to the girl from the elevator, but she’s RIGHT THERE. There is just no reason why Luke shouldn’t recognize Claire. Is there some weird prejudice that nurses can’t go to the ballet? I don’t get it. Anyway, instead I put on…

5. Life Itself. This movie killed me. I cried all the way through ~ I don’t mean a single elegant tear rolled down my cheek… no, I literally sobbed. Maybe I should have saved it for a less fragile time when my nerves weren’t so jangled up already. But too late! What’s weird is that some days, for hours and hours, I feel almost numb from this isolation. I just freaking persevere. Hey, it’s mid-April. We’re doing it. We’re getting through it. Maybe things, for most of us, will be all right. I don’t know. Yet, I started watching this film and… blammo!

It’s hard to begin talking about Life Itself without giving anything away. The whole thing is about plot twists. It’s a writer’s movie, which explains why critics hated it. They always scorn writers’ movies. They despised Alex & Emma, which was clever and charming. Life Itself is primarily about unreliable narration. How do you know what really happened? The story is as only as true as the memory of the storyteller. When Will is telling Abby’s story to Cait, we aren’t sure what to believe. Can we trust Will when we know he’s mentally ill? Even if he is relaying the story accurately, what about Abby? How do we know she told the truth to Will? I find these sorts of dilemmas fascinating.

Life Itself is about stories layered within stories and on top of stories ~ it is a tragic yet beautiful layer cake of stories. It’s full of despair, yet love shines through too. You think you can’t bear any more and then… it’s good again. I loved this movie so much I wanted to stay up forever and write my own stories. That’s how I feel when I watch or read something that resonates with me on a deep emotional level.

I highly recommend it if you’re doing okay right now and won’t be triggered by death. I’ll be doing more movie reviews soon and am in the middle of a loooooong Stephen King novel, which is why my book reviews have stalled.

Distance Bitmoji

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The Newlywed Game [A-Z Games]

The Newlywed Game Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

The Newlywed Game was just cute! And Bob Eubanks was so funny, owning that sweet spot right between wholesome and risqué. I don’t know if he coined the phrase “making whoopee,” but we’ll always associate it with him and with the show.

TNG debuted back in 1966, the last series to premiere in black and white (converting to color by the end of the year). It was a big hit, dethroning Password, and ran for 8 years. Until Family Feud had a 9 year run in 1985, TNG was the longest running game show in ABC’s daytime history. Another first ~ Bob Eubanks was only 28 when he became master of ceremonies of the Newlywed Game, the youngest emcee to host a show. To learn more about the hosts and versions of the show, click here.

The important thing to know is that TNG was canceled in 1980 because its producer at the time, Chuck Barris, debuted a spin-off game show called 3’s a Crowd, where a man, his wife, and his secretary would compete. People clutched their pearls at the implications, and Chuck’s shows were all shuttered ~ that one, TNG, The Dating Game, and The Gong Show. But TNG returned for a week for Valentine’s Day 1984, and in 1985, a New Newlywed Game began.

The basic premise of the Newlywed Game is for husbands and wives to try to match each other’s answers to a variety of silly questions. I always enjoyed it because the couples seemed like real people and the answers didn’t feel coached or rehearsed. There was no element of luck as far as rolling dice or studying up on ancient philosophy to ace some category; you just had to hope you knew the person you married as well as you thought you did.

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Old Maid.

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Match Game [A-Z Games]

Match Game

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Wow, I had no idea how much info there was on the Match Game television show! I had intended to say that I watched this game show pretty religiously in high school along with a few others (Newlywed Game, Hollywood Squares, Family Feud, $20,000 Pyramid, etc.).

When I watched Match Game, it was hosted by Gene Rayburn, and Charles Nelson Reilly was a regular panelist. They were both very funny. Some of the other funny regulars were Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, Vicki Lawrence, Rip Taylor, and Nipsey Russell. There were two players, and they competed to match the celebs in simple fill-in-the-blank questions. Actually though, the structure of the game is more complex than I realized and, if you care, you can read more here.

That show I watched in the ’70s was the second version of MG ~ Match Game ’73; it had first run from 1962 to 1969 as a tame show. But the one I got hooked on was risqué and silly (I read somewhere that there was a lot of drinking 🍷happening among the celebs before/during taping, which makes sense). “My” show ended in 1982 (and the weekly Match Game PM went from 1975-1981).

Match Game has returned many times since, including in 2016 hosted by Alec Baldwin (and renewed for subsequent seasons). I haven’t watched any of these new MGs. I will always have fond memories of the show I knew from the 1970s with the funny, risqué, possibly drunk celebs, all having a fun time with words and being silly. 😍

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about the Newlywed Game.

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Jeopardy [A-Z Games]

Jeopardy

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Everyone I know enjoys trivia games and especially Jeopardy with Alex Trebek. The fun part about Jeopardy is that the answers are given first and the contestants reply with a question. Three players compete in 6 categories (timed) and in 3 rounds. More details about the rules can be found here.

Merv Griffin created this game show and it debuted way back on March 30, 1964 with Art Fleming as host. Alex Trebek began hosting in 1984 and has hosted ever since. Alex recently disclosed some sad news of pancreatic cancer, but he appears to be doing well after treatment (fingers crossed). ❤️

I haven’t watched Jeopardy regularly in a long time, though I did watch some of the lead-up to “GOAT.” I just don’t have much patience for ongoing series these days. I’ve only recently restarted watching TV at all and gravitate to movies and other things I can binge-watch in a few days.

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Kismet.

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