Thursday, July 13, 2017

Television A- Z – The BadAss B’s Part Five

 So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 


See the whole list of B's Here!

Rounding out the Badass B's are some guilty pleasures I couldn't leave off the list!!

Baywatch (1989-2001)
This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on a crowded resort beach. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher rocher@fiberbit.net


Not sure if anyone else remembers the very beginnings of Baywatch, touted as a pretty serious show. The original starred Davis Hasselhoff, and Parker Stevenson (I remember him fondly as Frank Hardy on the Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries) This apparently did not fly with the Saturday afternoon audience and was initially canceled by NBC. Revamped and relaunched, Baywatch evolved into the slow running, hard body icon it is now. Referred to as ‘Babe Watch’ due to the numerous Playboy Playmates of the Month it either launched or had cast and show staple Pamela Anderson’s curvy form the show is a naughty pleasure. Referenced in pop culter frequently, it was the favorite pastime of Chandler and Joey on FRIENDS. It has even become a major motion picture ( a spoof of it anyway) starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Looks pretty funny to be honest. Love it or hate it, it is a Badass B and worthy of a spot on the list.

Check out the trailer for Baywatch the Movie.



Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000)

Originally based around the lives of a group of high school students living in the wealthy Beverly Hills neighborhood, Beverly Hills 90210 followed the teens into their college years and beyond. The kids become friends and enemies, fall in and out of love, and go through an endless series of crises as this small group somehow becomes personally involved in every newsworthy social issue from alcoholism to South African apartheid to pregnancy to AIDS. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher rocher@fiberbit.net


Another guilty pleasure, I admit I watched and loved it. All ten years of it. From the cast changes to the Dylan-Kelly-Brandon Triangle to Donna and David off again on again angst. Like or not Beverly Hills 90210 brought back the prime time soap opera paving the way for Melrose Place, Gossip Girl, the OC and even Pretty Little Liars. Again, not Emmy worthy but still mindless fun. They were kids living the good life, with lots of drama, crisis and life ending critical situations. Loved it, a guilty pleasure for my generation! 

The show had such an impact they tried a relaunch in 2008 – 90210. It even brought back some of the original cast but was not quite as successful as the original only lasting five seasons.

That is all for the Badass B’s friends. On to the Cataclysmic C’s! See you next week!



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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Television A- Z – The BadAss B’s - Part Four


So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 

See the whole list of B's Here!


The Blacklist (2013- )

A highly articulate, erudite and intelligent businessman and mastermind, "Red" Reddington, has allegedly been on the "10 Most Wanted List" of various U.S. law enforcement agencies for over 20 years. The legend is that Red is as elusive as he is clever, controlling a labyrinth of creative enterprises, coupled with uncanny ability to gather and finesse information at the drop of a hat. On the first day at FBI for a new female profiler fresh out of Quantico, Red offers to bandy wits with the FBI. Red promises to deliver various criminals and plots previously unknown to any branch of law enforcement... and all Red requests in return is to choose his muse. Written by LA-Lawyer

 

Stars: James Spader, ,

 

So I will admit it took me a little while to get on board with The Blacklist, once I did I was hooked. To be honest, the appeal to me was the love/hate between all of the seriously flawed characters. From Liz and Reddington to Liz and hubby-ex hubby-hubby again – Tom. Back and forth secrets abound throughout the show.  Probably my favorite aspect of the show is, of course, Reddington and all of his elegance.  To have to gobs of money he has and be the fixer he is would be an incredible life – you’d think. Maybe not so much.

Great writing, one of my all-time favorite speeches about suicide, direction, and acting all balled into an action packed suspense driven show that will remain timeless for years to come.

You can catch The Blacklist on Hulu, Amazon, and NBC.com


Blindspot (2015- )


A woman with no memories of her past (Jane Doe), is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, which begins to follow the road map of her tattoos into a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity. Written by Soumik Ghosh


Love this show! Original, out of the box, exciting, plot driven and well acted this ensemble drama has everything a girl or guy could want. You are involved, engaged and enthralled. The hour always goes by too fast, and you are left wanting more. Blindspot will be on my shelf of must-see favorites for years to come. I will probably rewatch the show several times in the future.  A hit by NBC I simply adore it. If you have not watched, please catch up this summer and tune in this fall!

You can watch Blindspot on NBC.com, Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix

Bones (2005-2017)

Brilliant, but socially inept, forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperence Brennan works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington DC. After consulting on an FBI case, she is approached by cocky yet charming Former Army Ranger turned Special Agent, Seeley Booth to help the Bureau solve crimes by identifying human remains that are too far gone for standard FBI forensic investigations. Brennan's empirical, literal view of the world causes friction with Booths emotive, instinctive attitude creating a volatile relationship. However as their case load increases the symbiotic partnership produces results, and with the support of Brennan's Squint Squad, murderers, past and present should be on the look out. Written by h_berry


Bones, while not the most amazing show ever kept our attention for 12 years! Part of that is due to the on screen never ending chemistry between Bones and Booth. So much, so Bones (aka FOX) did something few other shows have done and survived—they married the two characters and had kids! Shocking I know, but a Shipper’s dream come true! I will admit it was amazing to watch and refreshing to see the character couple after the happy ending. Fun to watch, lots of gross-out factors, weird science, and action. Quirky characters and good drama. Loved Bones and thus added it to the list of Badass B’s!

Tune in next week for the final list of Badass B’s!
 

 
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Television A- Z – The BadAss B’s Part Three


So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 

See the whole list of B's Here!


The leaders of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind are making plans to sign a peace treaty with their mortal enemies, the Cylon Empire. On the eve of the ceremony, the Cylons betray the pact and destroy most of the Colonies and their entire fleet. Under the command of Commander Adama, the battlestar Galactica leads the remaining Colonial ships into space and seeks out a lost thirteenth colony, which turns out to be Earth. Along the way, the Colonials encounter various races (both friendly and hostile), the legendary human warrior Commander Cain, and the planet Kobol, the motherworld of all the Colonies. All the while, the Cylons - under the command of human traitor Count Baltar - closely pursue this fugitive fleet across the universe.


I remember loving this show as a kid. It reminded me of Star Wars. Space fighting, pretty girls, handsome guys, robots, good and evil were offered up every week. For me, it was Saturdays, so I am thinking these were reruns. I like Starbuck and Apollo, but especially enjoyed the strong female characters of Athena and Cassiopeia. This show stayed with me to adulthood so when reincarnations bubbled up I was always excited to participate in the fun. There were several including my next entry….



It's been 40 years since the 12 colonies of mankind have heard from their progeny, the Cylons -- robotic creatures who rose up and declared war on their masters, then disappeared. In a sudden, devastating strike, the Cylons return and lay waste to the colonies, aided by human-looking Cylon variants and an unwitting fifth columnist. The attack forces Commander William Adama to call into action his museum-piece warship, the Battlestar Galactica, and soon its company of hotshot fighter pilots is blasting away at the invaders. But their best efforts can't prevent the colonies' obliteration. Fleeing the Cylon genocide, the Galactica leads a rag-tag fleet of survivors on a lonely quest to find humanity's fabled 13th colony -- a planet known as Earth. Written by John Colicos #6


A reimagining of the original series with some dramatic tweaks and interesting changes. To compare the two would be unfair. This series was brilliant, revered and brought back good, enthralling sci-fi. One of the best moves they made was switching genders for the character Starbuck. Really love what happened, the arches it provided and the agnst between the two friends. Both actors, Jamie Bamber & Katee Sackhoff were brilliant in their portrayal and I believe never got enough creidt.  To extend that point the entire cast was amazing, truly no little parts in this show all were essential to the creation of the universe and drama. If you have not watched, and you are a sci-fi fan I highly recommend the binge.
You can find Battlestar Galatica on Hulu and Amazon


In 1987, NASA astronaut William "Buck" Rogers is caught in a freak accident in deep space, causing his space shuttle Ranger 3 to be blown into an orbit that returns him to Earth - over 500 years later. The combination of gases that freezes him comes close to the formula commonly used in the 25th century for preservation, and his rescuers are able to revive him. In 2491, when Buck awakens from the freezing, Earth is recovering from a nuclear war and is coming under hostile attack by the Draconian Empire. In the second season, Buck has been assigned aboard the Searcher, a starship exploring the unknown reaches of space while searching for former Earth colonies that are scattered across the galaxy. Written by chester@sb.com


This was another Saturday afternoon-evening show for me growing up. I had forgotten all about it until I started creating this list. The main theme of the show was…well…spandex?  Seriously, I was under the impression the future would include a lot of spandex. Thankfully, this has not been proven to be the case…not yet any way. 

Another Sci-Fi classic television series, I remember the evil princess in love with Buck, the robot Twiki (voiced by the famed Mel Blanc and unsung Hollywood legend Felix Silla), the cool Hawk sidekick, and again a strong female character, Colonel Wilma Deering showing Buck the ropes of the new world. Gil Gerard had a devilishly handsome smile that even a 7 year old could recognize.
Unfortunately for all of us, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is currently only available on DVD and (gasp) VHS!

That is all for this episode, see you next week for my next list of Badass B Television Shows!
 




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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Coming to ABC this Fall - The Crossing

  Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center. 



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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Coming to ABC this Fall - Deception

Superstar magician Cameron Black is bringing his skill for illusion to the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. Starring Jack Cutmore-Scott, Deception is coming soon to ABC.






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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Coming to FOX this Fall - The Resident

  An idealistic young doctor who begins his first day under the supervision of a tough, brilliant, senior resident who pulls the curtain back on all of the good and evil in modern day medicine. Lives may be saved or lost, but expectations will always be shattered. 

 



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Television A- Z – The BadAss B’s - Part Two



So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 
See the whole list of B's Here!


Bewitched (1964-1972)

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Obviously I only remember the reruns of this series but I do remember enjoying my days home sick watching this show. I wanted to be a witch and wiggle my nose. Darren has always been quite the debate for some – specifically who was a better – Dick York (1964-1969l) or Dick Sargent (1969-1972) I think I liked the latter of the two. 

Hollywood, of course, tried to make the show into a Bewitched movie in 2005 starring Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and Shirley MacLain. It didn’t work. It was cute but the casting was all wrong specifically with Ferrell in my opinion. Darren was not an idiot and in the movie while Ferrell played a different character, the character was clueless which wasn’t funny.  Probably would have been better to go with a straight man like Ryan gosling or Daniel Craig. 

Either way I adored the television show and it will always be loved as classic American velevision.


A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists’ shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

The premise is simple, it is a classic sitcom and makes me laugh aloud. There will be very few sitcoms on this list but this is in my top 5 of traditional 30 minute sitcoms. All of the characters are unique, flawed and hilarious! I can watch the reruns again and again without being bored. Just love the show and hope it goes on forever!


The Brady Bunch (1969-1974)

The misadventures of a large family united when one widowed and one divorced people married.

Thankfully after several successful movie spoofs of this classic TV show, the Brady Bunch will be known for generations to come. We all watched it, even if you don’t want to miss it. We all remember the adventurous trip to Hawaii, Peter’s changing voice, Marsha’s broken nose, Cindy’s missing doll, Greg’s Hippie phase, Bobby’s fascination with the wild west, Alice and the butcher Sam’s ongoing romance, Jan’s wig, Tiger the dog and of course the cousin Oliver. So many memories of family life if we are not careful we can confuse their adventures with our own memories. 

The Brady Bunch is a part of American culture, and history. Maybe it should be a class in high school sociology? I don’t know, I do know it was great and is cherished by all those who watched and enjoyed!


Thus the end of part two, stay tuned for part three next week. Any thoughts or memories you'd like to share? Please do! Leave a comment and you might get a prize!

Read Part One Here!


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