This Is Us | Season One | NBC

Synopsis:
It is about the family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and the ways in which they’re similar and different.

 

Trailer:

 

 

My Commentary:

I’m not really a big fan of ‘Network’ TV. I’m not saying it’s lousy, I’m just saying with so many other options – and commercial free options – it’s rare to find such a GEM like This Is Us.

I don’t think I’ve truly enjoyed ‘Network TV’ since way back in the days of: M*A*S*H, Family Ties, Law & Order, Seinfeld, Scrubs, or Parenthood – just to name a few.

But every once in awhile? We get lucky. Every once in a while, there comes a show; so brilliant, so compelling, so real, so honest, so raw, and so poignant – you will laugh out loud and ugly cry all at the same damn time.  And THIS is that VERY show.

From the first episode with the craziest plot twist – a plot twist NO ONE WILL EVER SEE COMING –  all the way through the Mid-Sesason Winter Finale with the craziest plot twist – a plot twist NO ONE WILL EVER SEE COMING! UM!! OMG!!

You will fall in love with every character, even if you don’t want to. You will be forced to feel ALL OF THE FEELS, but in a really good, cathartic kind of way. Seriously, keep a box of Kleenex handy. And you will THANK THE SHOW for making you experience all of the feels. You will be left thinking, laughing, crying, and hugging your own chest. Hell, you might even hug those closest to you even more. I know I have.

And … If not?
You’re clearly not human.
And you have no soul.

* Honestly, this show comes with my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

I just hope the writers & network, keep up with the pace & fabulousness of this show. Because right now? It’s nothing short of phenomenal.

 

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PS: This show is sort of like the old network show, Parenthood, only on STEROIDS.
And the only cable comparison has to be my all time FAVORITE Showtime series, SHAMELESS. Yeah, it’s like that. Just not as ‘raunchy’

HELLO … IT’S ME …

HELLO

IT’S ME

AND I’M STILL ADDICTED TO WATCHING TOO MUCH TV …

 

It’s been a while.

Yeah.

Like, a really long while.

Whatevs.

 

I’m not going to waste anyone’s time with details, excuses, or dramatic re-enactments explaining my disappearance. Aint nobody got time for that. This isn’t an episode of Snapped.

However?

And, luckily for y’all…

My undying love – for all things television – has NOT been compromised.

not. even. a. little.

In fact – during my unexplained absence – my love affair with TV has grown even stronger.

 

 

With the newest viewing options; from cable and networks providing ondemand capabilities – to Smart TV’s and RoKu apps, such as: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime?

I’ve inevitably developed a sixth-sense.

For real, people.

I’ve been given a gift. Finding the most awesome television shows, ever.

Some people read fortunes, see the dead, or communicate with the other side. Other people provide stock options, develop retirement plans, or figure out super fancy shit with money. Some people learn. Some people teach. Some people have degrees. And some people just flip burgers or mop floors.

I am not any of those people.

I’m just a television junkie. Committed to all things TV since 1974.

 

 

And I am here to give you the inside info.

  1. I’ll let you know when something is worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you the reasons why.
  1. I’ll let you know when something is NOT worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you those reasons why.

 

Why?

Because I’m nice like that.

 

 

On the other hand?

I am NOT going to research facts, or spend hours perusing IMBD, or spend one second looking up Rotten Tomato or other notable Critic Scores. I am NOT going to read reviews before, during, or after – watching any show, on any venue, ever.

This is just an unbiased and un-researched television junkie’s blog.

That. Is. All.

 

So…

Brew some coffee, or pour yourself a cocktail, and let’s watch worthy TV, together, again!

Hope y’all enjoy my recommendations, as much as I enjoy watching these shows.

 

* PS: Suggestions are ALWAYS welcome, usually on my Facebook account. Except for anything SyFy and/or History. NO. Because, BORING. Denied.
FYI: I favor crime/suspense/murder/mystery – on any & all venues. And then I will lean on: Comedy, HGTV, IDTV, BRAVOTV, or even Reality TV, when desperate.

 

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Talent is ‘Living in America!’

America’s Got Talent prepares for their highly anticipated premiere on Tuesday, June 4th @ 9 pm ET/PT on NBC!

NBC’s top-rated summer series “America’s Got Talent” is shaking things up for the upcoming eighth season with new judges and a new home. Moving into one of the nation’s most storied and historic venues, Radio City Music Hall, the series that brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture will welcome supermodel, producer and TV host Heidi Klum and high-octane entertainer and former Spice Girl Mel B to join the judges table alongside outspoken radio personality and author Howard Stern and comedian, TV host and producer Howie Mandel. Actor, producer and comedian Nick Cannon returns as host.

The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of hopeful stars of all ages, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America’s hearts — and the $1 million prize.

Below is the new promo featuring the smooth moves of host Nick Cannon and his take on the iconic Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Also featured are Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howard Stern, and Howie Mandel.

 

Calling Practical Jokers

This season on “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” Betty and her crew of senior tricksters are giving viewers the pranking power!

 

 

Now through February 20, fans can join the “Off Their Rockers Prankster’s Challenge,” by sending in their funniest prank ideas. If Betty and the show’s producers like the prank, it could appear in the show’s season finale, with the winner’s name and hometown shown on air and also featured with the prank on the “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” homepage. Guidelines for submission are detailed on this site.

 

 

Betty White’s “OFF THEIR ROCKERS” Premieres Tuesdays at 8:00pm ET/PT on NBC!

Up All Night

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Up All Night is a brand new series, premiering tonight, at 10/9pm, on NBC.

And quite frankly, this is one of the FEW new shows, that I am REALLY looking forward to watching.

As a single mother, I have no idea what it’s like to have a partner as a “new parent’ – but I can CERTAINLY relate to being Up All Night taking care of an infant, and wanting rip my hair out.

About The Show:
(Christina Applegate) stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnet) Chris. As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What’s more, the endless needs of Reagan’s boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava (Maya Rudolph) threaten to throw Reagan off balance.

Um, and who doesn’t LOVE Christina Applegate, Will Arnet & Maya Rudolph?

C’mon, now!

Watch a preview here:

Will you be watching this?

Because I know I will!

The Marriage Ref

Jerry Seinfeld is back and in the producer’s chair for an all-new and improved second season of “The Marriage Ref.”

In this funny and revealing comedy panel series, real-life married couples take center stage as their quirky, funny and relatable disputes are explored, examined – and ultimately judged. For the sophomore run of “The Marriage Ref,” couples will appear in-studio and face a panel of “experts” composed of top celebrities and comedians who will weigh in and decide which spouse is right. The goal is to give couples something they have always wanted but have never had – a clear winner.

At the end of each episode, the studio audience will vote to make one of the winners “The Rightest of the Right.” These winners will receive $25,000 and their very own billboards, in their hometowns, declaring they are right.

Comedian Tom Papa (“The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “The Informant!”) is back in the center of the action where he serves as the host and the “ref.” Papa was personally chosen by Seinfeld for this role.

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The Marriage Ref, premiered last Sunday night on NBC at 10pm. And I just happened to catch it. And while it wasn’t as funny as I expected it to be, I truly enjoyed watching Jerry Seinfeld, Julianne Moore, and Ricky Gervais interact with each other. I think that was more amusing than the contestants. However, I LOVED the “winning prize” – not only did they win 25,000, but they also won a billboard in their hometown stating they were RIGHT. And who wouldn’t love to win an argument with a billboard to prove it!

America’s Got Talent

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America’s Got Talent is back…with a 2-Hour Season Premiere!  Tonight, Tuesday, May 31st 8/7c on NBC!

About The Show:

The talent search is open to acts of all ages, and has brought the variety format back to the forefront of American culture by showcasing performers from across the country. The series is a true celebration of the American spirit, featuring a colorful array of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all vying for their chance to strut and perform on stage hoping to win America’s hearts – and the one million dollar prize.

Host: Nick Cannon
Judges: Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan

Now, I wasn’t really into this show back when ‘The Hoff’ was a judge, because quite simply I couldn’t stomach him. But ever since he left the show, I have come to truly enjoy watching the contestants. Mostly for real talent, and not just the crazies. And who doesn’t love Sharon Osbourne?  So, now that American Idol is over, this will be my summer series to watch Family Style. I wonder what they will have in store for us this year?!

Will YOU be watching?

Harry’s Law: Re-Cap!

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This was the most anticipated New Show to come to television in quite some time. And I can say with utmost certainty this is going to be a huge hit. It’s full of promise and real potential. I watched the first episode last night, and it’s ALREADY on my Must See TV List!

I love it.

Love it.

Love it.

LOVE IT.

About The Show:

Harry’s Law is brought to you by the Emmy Award-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal”) weaves his rich storytelling into a new legal dramedy starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates in the title role – about how people can embrace the unexpected and other curveballs that life can throw at them.

Harriet “Harry” Korn (Kathy Bates, “Misery,” “About Schmidt”) doesn’t believe things happen for a reason, but she discovers that they sometimes do. A curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer, Harry is abruptly fired from her blue chip law firm, forcing her to search for a fresh start. She finds it when her world unexpectedly collides, literally, with Malcolm Davies (Aml Ameen, “Kidulthood”), a kind-hearted college student who desperately needs Harry’s help with his pending court case, and he subsequently goes to work for her. Harry soon finds her balance as well as new offices in an abandoned shoe store just as legal hotshot Adam Branch (Nate Corddry, “The United States of Tara,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) accidentally hits her while driving. Inspired by Harry’s no-nonsense understanding of the law, Adam decides to take leave of his shiny corporate firm to go and work with her. Harry, Adam and Malcolm – unlikely but kindred spirits – along with the help of Harry’s shoe-savant assistant, Jenna (Brittany Snow, “Hairspray,” “American Dreams”), are now ready for whatever walks in through the doors of their unique establishment – Harriet’s Law and Fine Shoes.

Seriously yall.

From the opening scene, where Harriet is smoking a doobie, complete with cartoons and munchies all over her desk, I was hooked. After she was fired from her big-time Law Firm and subsequently moved into her own office located in the Ghetto, they played the theme song, ‘Moving On Up’ from ‘The Jeffersons’, which I thought was brilliant. They introduced each individual character in such a way that it was impossible not to fall in love with them. I like to think I subscribe to the ‘everything happens for a reason’ theory, mostly. Which is definitely something this show touches on.

Without spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it yet, to summarize? I laughed, a lot. I got teary-eyed, once. I genuinely and I thoroughly enjoyed every second. I just hope the network orders more than Six Episodes. Because I would really *hate* to have another awesome show canceled. I’m still NOT over the way the networks put the Kibosh on Arrested Development.

Did you miss it? Well then, watch this clip!

So did YOU watch it?

And if so, I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!

Harry’s Law

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This is most anticipated New Show to come to television in quite some time. And I can almost say with utmost certainty this is going to be a huge hit. I haven’t seen anything other than previews and it’s ALREADY on my Must See TV List!

Harry’s Law is brought to you by the Emmy Award-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice,” “Ally McBeal”) weaves his rich storytelling into a new legal dramedy starring Academy Award winner Kathy Bates in the title role – about how people can embrace the unexpected and other curveballs that life can throw at them.

Harriet “Harry” Korn (Kathy Bates, “Misery,” “About Schmidt”) doesn’t believe things happen for a reason, but she discovers that they sometimes do. A curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer, Harry is abruptly fired from her blue chip law firm, forcing her to search for a fresh start. She finds it when her world unexpectedly collides, literally, with Malcolm Davies (Aml Ameen, “Kidulthood”), a kind-hearted college student who desperately needs Harry’s help with his pending court case, and he subsequently goes to work for her.

Harry soon finds her balance as well as new offices in an abandoned shoe store just as legal hotshot Adam Branch (Nate Corddry, “The United States of Tara,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) accidentally hits her while driving. Inspired by Harry’s no-nonsense understanding of the law, Adam decides to take leave of his shiny corporate firm to go and work with her. Harry, Adam and Malcolm – unlikely but kindred spirits – along with the help of Harry’s shoe-savant assistant, Jenna (Brittany Snow, “Hairspray,” “American Dreams”), are now ready for whatever walks in through the doors of their unique establishment – Harriet’s Law and Fine Shoes.

Seriously yall.
Are you as excited about this as I am?

Not sure yet?
Well then, watch this!

Looks awesome right?

I cannot even WAIT for the premiere, tonight, at 10pm, on NBC.

The Cape

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The Cape” is a Brand New one-hour drama series starring David Lyons (“ER”) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, “Life on Mars”) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, “Flash Forward”). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Vince Faraday becomes “The Cape” – his son’s favorite comic book superhero – and takes the law into his own hands.

Rounding out the cast are James Frain (“The Tudors”) as billionaire Peter Fleming, The Cape’s nemesis who moonlights as the twisted killer Chess; Keith David (“Death at a Funeral”) as Max Milani, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; Dorian Missick (“Six Degrees”) as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday; Martin Klebba (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) as Rollo, member and unassuming muscle of the circus gang of bank robbers; and Vinnie Jones (“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) as Scales, resident thug and cohort of The Cape’s nemesis Chess.

* I watched the Pilot, fully expecting and totally hoping to get sucked in. Unfortunately, I found myself slightly bored. The premise is alright, and in fact, it’s almost kind of Batman-esque. Except that’s it’s not quite as cool. I don’t want to give away any spoilers for those whom have not watched it yet – however, I will say that I think they spent too much time placing emphasis on the wrong parts of the show, and glossed over some of the better parts.

I always give a show at least TWO episodes before I decide whether or not I will keep it in my Television Line Up. So they better step-it-up next week, or I’m not going to be able to keep watching it!

Did you see the premiere? And if so, what did you think of the show?