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!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Food Love - Crock Pot Chicken & Dumplings



Ingredients

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 can of chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of butter
1 can of biscuit dough

Preparation

In you crockpot, add all the ingredients except the biscuit dough. Make sure the chicken breasts are covered with the liquid. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Once finished, shred the chicken with a fork or potato masher. Turn the heat up to high and add pinches of biscuit dough to the crockpot. Stir, cover, and let cook on high for an additional 45 minutes. Serve!




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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Coming this Fall to CBS - young Sheldon

  From Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Jim Parsons, this new comedy follows the life of a young Sheldon Cooper as he navigates childhood in a football-loving, churchgoing, small town Texas family. This Fall on CBS.



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Television A to Z - The Badass B's!


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!

Burn Notice (2007-2013)

Michael Westen, a seasoned U.S. spy, is suddenly "burned", i.e. discredited, without any form of procedure. He survives by doing impossible jobs for desperate people in Miami, where his mother lives. Michael is usually aided by his ex-girlfriend Fiona and trusted former FBI informer Sam. Written by KGF Vissers

Burn Notice is in the top five of my all-time favorite shows. It was among a cluster of hit shows on the USA network in the mid-2000’s. All a part of what was happily known as Blue Sky Entertainment – USA network’s house style, favoring “aspirational, upbeat characters” and “a blue-skies feel.” In other words: Rather than making brooding action series set in grimy warehouses or nerve-wracking medical dramas set in crumbling city hospitals, USA put wisecracking, hopeful professionals in resort communities, where they could do their work and maybe sip the occasional tropical drink by the beach. Several series were associated with this premise, almost all will be on my list. Burn Notice is my favorite and the first. 

Despite the life and death scenarios, Burn Notice is always upbeat, playful, sarcastic, and off-beat which is why I loved it. I can still watch any episode in reruns with fondness and my total attention. I have even binged watched several seasons when in the mood for some ass-kicking, intelligent fun! Chek out Burn Notice ASAP or you will regret missing it!


The Bionic Woman (1976-1978)

Jaime Sommers, a tennis pro, suffers a parachuting accident. She is saved by a special surgery replacing her ear, an arm and both legs with bionic ones. Now she works as a secret agent hidden as a school teacher. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

One of the first shows I remember clearly growing up. I was only 2 at the time and I probably am remembering the reruns. However, the show and its concept of a woman hero were amazing and inspiring. I especially loved when The Bionic Man would make an appearance and the romance was blossoming! I have such fond memories of the original show I remember watching the many remakes and television made movies, including the one with a very young Sandra Bullock (how many of you knew that??) A treasure for all time, the Bionic woman looked to a bright future and gave us some action along the way!



A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heartbreak and drama.

Another show in my top ten of all time. Joss Whedon, known for Marvel fame, started with this amazing show. It didn’t start off amazing but it grew and expanded. I have watched the entire series several times. My two favorite episodes will always be Hush and Once More with Feeling.  So many many amazing moments for all of the characters. Lots of unexpected arches – like Willow going dark, Buffy and Spike, Dawn and Mrs. Sommer’s expected but unexpected demise. I could write novels about the show and never cover everything. So if you have not experienced Buffy, give it a go. You will not be disappointed!




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