Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Late Late Show with James Corden Drinking Game

Well, I don't know how I lost so much time recently. I was wanting to do a different post, but it isn't ready yet, so I'll have to settle for a drinking game to share again. Hopefully you'll see the planned post for this week sometime next week. I can't remember without looking up all of the drinking games that I have shared thus far. But what I know I haven't done is shared a drinking game of this version of The Late Late Show. I know that I did a drinking game of Craig Ferguson's version of it. So I might as well get to this newer version. Remember that drinking games are played at one's own risk and I take no responsibility for any personal harm or injury that one might incur when one chooses to play one that I share. Now, let's get to my idea for how to drink to James Corden.

  • Take a shot if Reggie acts weird in any way.
  • If there is singing of any kind, take a shot.
  • Any of the bits that go wrong is a shot.
  • If James pronounces a word very strangely, such as controversy, then take a shot.
  • If the movie Into the Woods is mentioned, take a shot.
  • Any interaction with people in the audience (one of them has to be on camera talking) is a shot.
  • When they show the guests for the night in their rooms, any one of them doing something odd is a shot.
  • Any time any clip of any sort is shown, take a shot.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Comedy Pairs: Shows that are Linked Together

One of the things that I’ve noticed happens a lot in TV is that if you want to watch a comedy, then you’d better like the show that airs with it. Unless, of course, you are like me and watching multiple shows at the same time. Still, it seems that far too often, they air a good sitcom with a bad sitcom. Sometimes you are lucky and get two good ones or even get two bad ones that you can just ignore. But I thought that I would do this post on the subject in question.

You see, a lot of the times, there is a strong show that is used to be the lead-in of whatever new shows might be after it. There aren’t that many times where you’d see a newer show leading the hour. It can happen at times, but not too much. Normally the stronger show starts on the hour and the weaker or newer show starts at something 30.

Another thing to look out for with comedy pairs is something that I like to call the switch. This means that the one that starts earlier switches with the one that airs later so that the one that aired later is now airing earlier and the one that was airing earlier is now airing later. An example of this is when The Muppets was airing at 7:00 and Fresh off the Boat was airing at 7:30. (This is in Central Standard Time, in case you are confused.) At a point during this season, Fresh off the Boat was moved to 7:00 while The Muppets then aired at 7:30. What’s notable about the switch is that the show that now airs later is in every case I can think of where this happened (which isn’t many) ended up cancelled at the end of the season in question.

It is possible and likely that one part of the comedy pair will always be the same from season to season while another part will be changing from time to time each different season or even part of the same season in question. Once CBS found out what a rating hit The Big Bang Theory was, there were many different shows that would air after it. They would normally all get good ratings and stay around in the future because people didn’t want to abandon that show for something else since there was no other choice most times in terms of what to watch.

I don’t know what else there is to state on this topic. Normally, I’m annoyed by what there is in terms of comedy pairs as it normally isn’t the something I like for the whole hour. And it can be annoying as well because there normally aren’t comedies airing against each other. Well, sometimes there are. But that’s pretty much it for this post.

Monday, February 5, 2018

When Shows Disappear from the Schedule

If you pay attention to the schedules of shows, you would notice the strange thing of when shows vanish from it. Sometimes, it will actually return at some point, just having an odd hiatus, sometimes that isn’t planned. Other times, you know it is gone for a while but will be coming back at some point. Still, this is an odd thing and doesn’t always mean a show is getting cancelled. I thought that I would explain more about this event in this post.

One of the examples of this that I can think of when a show disappeared from the schedule without being cancelled (at the time, at least) was the show Stalker when airing. It had a cliffhanger into some sort of hiatus, but we couldn’t tell at first if it was gone forever as I didn’t know when or if it was coming back in the future. Only it did return in time for May sweeps only to be cancelled forever after another cliffhanger that thankfully wasn’t as bad.

A different type of example of a show that seems to disappear is when a season starts and it doesn’t have a return date. For example, Shades of Blue does not yet have a return date even though it is going to air more this season. Sometimes it can be over a year before a show returns on network TV. This was normally something that wouldn’t happen that much, if at all. But now it seems to happen every now and then with different shows. It can be hard to know whether or not to write them off as cancelled. But they aren’t always cancelled.

Something very important to note is that often when a show is gone from the schedule, it is cancelled. And don’t ever listen to a network saying that a show isn’t cancelled. 95% of the time when they say that, then a show really is cancelled. Maybe they will never own up to it and never cancelled it officially. Maybe they will come May or some other time. And there are rare times when it isn’t actually cancelled yet is still pulled from the schedule for some odd reason.

I don’t know of what else there is to say in this blog post so I’m going to wrap it up here with this ending and not say much more. It is possible that you will be seeing more of this blog in the future, but it might not happen as soon as I’m wanting to. Be on the lookout for some random posts on certain days that I’ll mention in the lead that could become regular times for me to post this blog. I’ll let you know if these Saturday updates ever go away.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Mondays in Primetime Version 5

Mondays are a day that I’ve had mixed feelings about at times, but they tend to have good shows a lot of the time now. NBC shows a lot of different things over time. ABC airs Dancing with the Stars in the spring and fall, The Bachelor in the winter, and The Bachelorette during the summer. It airs other things throughout the year. The Good Doctor is the current end of their schedule. CBS shows various comedies right now at this time before ending with Scorpion. FOX is currently airing The Resident and Lucifer. The CW airs Supergirl.

Kevin Can Wait: Status- Currently on CBS at 8/7 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I almost always watch a CBS show at least once. Description- It seems to be about a man who just retired, or wanted to, at least, but it could be about any number of things that could evolve over time. Notable People- Kevin James, who was on King of Queens before starring in many movies, is the main character of this show. Gary Valentine, also from King of Queens, is another character. Leah Remini, also a former star of King of Queens in addition to once co-hosting The Talk, is yet another character. Pros- It isn’t bad. Enough about it is quality entertainment. It is funny a lot of the time. You know what to expect. Cons- A lot of the plots are weaker than they should be. There are too many people in the cast. It can be rather dumb at times. It might have been better starting out. Note to Parents- Considering all the smut that you might be used to, this is actually much more acceptable for most ages. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up myself. You may like it and if you don’t, it’s not like there’s that much of a long story that people care about. My Viewing Habits- I might have missed some episodes here and there, but I have more or less watched this from the very beginning. Prediction- It could last longer and I think that it will last until next season at least. Reception: generally negative. Grade: B-.

Lucifer: Status- This show is on FOX at 8/7 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- Promise to watch one midseason show from each network and the thought that it might be interesting. Noteworthiness- This is adapted from a comic book. Description- For some odd reason, the devil, known as Lucifer, decides to help people solve crimes, although that is based on just my limited perspective on the show. Pros- The show is different than the usual show. It can also be kind of interesting. Cons- It is hard to tell entirely what this show is about. It seems kind of dumb and lame. Note to Parents- This is probably safe for teenagers, but not much younger. I can’t give good advice to parents having not seen most episodes. Just know that it doesn’t glorify Satan because it makes him seem rather lame. Recommendation- I wouldn’t watch it. My Viewing Habits- I only watched this once and have no interest in seeing it again. Prediction- It will probably keep lasting for now. Reception: mixed to positive. Grade: D.

Supergirl: Status- Currently on the CW at 8/7 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it looked good and I watch every show on CBS at least once, which is the network it used to air on before it switched. Noteworthiness- This is adapted from DC comics. It has links to the same world as The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow. It was on CBS for the first season before moving to the CW for the future where it is likely to stay. Description- Superman’s cousin, who is female, becomes a superhero herself fighting various alien outlaws and other supernatural creatures. Pros- This show is quite good and interesting, seeing a previously unknown superhero (to me, at least) get her own story. Cons- There could be potential flaws with being politically correct. Some of the subplots can seem like a waste. Note to Parents- From what I’ve seen thus far, this show is pretty acceptable to a younger audience, although there still might be more violence than they would need. There is also a gay main character, if that affects anything in your mind. Recommendation- I think that this is a good show and worth watching. My Viewing Habits- I might have seen every episode thus far or close enough to it if I haven’t seen every one. Prediction- It has good ratings and is part of a large, connected universe so it would probably last a good while. Reception: highly positive. Grade: A-.

Man with a Plan: Status- Currently on CBS at 8:30/7:30 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- This is the usual courtesy watch that I give most CBS shows. Description- A man’s wife goes back to work leaving him to take over more as a househusband. Notable People- Matt LeBlanc, who was in Friends, is the main character on this show. Pros- It seems to be a bit different than a lot of other shows based on the main gender switch in the plot. Cons- This show was overall dull and pointless. There wasn’t too it in terms of quality. Note to Parents- I’m not sure what I can tell you based on just one episode, except that there was a lot of language, although nothing that had to be censored. Recommendation- I wouldn’t watch this because it was too dumb in my mind. My Viewing Habits- I saw the first episode and won’t be watching this again. Prediction- It might be staying around for a while at least. Reception: generally negative. Grade: D.

Superior Donuts: Status- Currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- As usual, it was because this is on CBS. Noteworthiness- This is based on a play of the same name. Description- This is a comedy show about people in a donut shop. Notable People- This show features Katey Sagel from Married… with Children, 8 Simple Rules, Futurama, A to Z, and Sons of Anarchy. Pros- This might be liked by fans of 2 Broke Girls. Cons- The show was really lame and uncreative. It didn’t really offer much. Note to Parents- I don’t think there’s much to worry about this except for possibly offensive stereotypes. Recommendation- Don’t watch this. My Viewing Habits- I saw this once and won’t be seeing it a second time. Prediction- It seems like it might last for now. Reception: mixed. Grade: D.

The Resident: Status- Currently on FOX at 9/8 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I watched this for my Good Wife blog and to fulfill my promise to watch a midseason replacement on FOX this season. Description- This is a medical drama that features different doctors, some new, and there are various problems at the hospital at times. It seems a rather complicated plot that is hard to sum up easily. It should make more sense as it goes along. Notable People- This has Matt Czuchry who used to star in The Good Wife and Gilmore girls. It also has Emily VanCamp who starred on Brothers and Sisters as well as Revenge. Pros- It points out the flaws that can happen in a hospital, but does it in a good way. It can seem more humanizing than most medical dramas that I’ve seen in the past. Cons- It seems similar to House. The lead can be strange and arrogant. Note to Parents- It airs with a content adversary warning in some episodes so that’s all you really need to know about it. Recommendation- I’d say that this is good to stay into if you want to. My Viewing Habits- I plan to watch this until the very end. Whether I’ll be able to see every episode or not remains to be seen. Prediction- It is hard to tell for sure this early, but I think that it might last a bit for now. Reception: mixed. Grade: B. New review

Better Late Than Never: Status- Currently on NBC at 9/8 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it might be interesting. Noteworthiness- This might have more unusual airing time for a network show. It is also adapted from a foreign show. Description- A reality show, it has four older men and one younger “sidekick” visiting foreign countries as part of a bucket list journey. Notable People- This has William Shatner, most notable for his role on Star Trek. It also has Henry Winkler, most well known for role on Happy Days. Pros- The show is informative about different countries. Cons- The format is overall pretty strange. Note to Parents- What’s I’ve seen of this is pretty acceptable for kids to watch. There might be some things that aren’t okay, but probably not too much. Recommendation- I think that most people would like it. My viewing habits- I watch this when it works out, but don’t care that much if I miss it or not. Prediction- This probably won’t last and even if it does, it might just be to cover weird times in the schedule. Reception: good. Grade: C+. New review

9JKL: Status- Currently on CBS at 9:30/8:30 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I watch a CBS show at least once most of the time. Noteworthiness- The main star of this based this off of his own life in a way. He and his wife created this show together. Description- A man lives in an apartment building right next to other family members of his leading to wild antics as usual. Notable People- This stars Liza Lapira who starred in NCIS, Dollhouse, Traffic Light, Super Fun Night, Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, Battle Creek, and Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, among other things. Pros- One would know what to expect from a show like this. Cons- This has about all the bad stuff that you would typically find in a sitcom like amoral characters. The writing and acting could use some work. The side characters can be dumb. Note to Parents- This has what you might expect in terms of what is and isn’t acceptable for kids to watch. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up. I watch it, but I wouldn’t be upset if I missed it. My Viewing Habits- I’ve missed some of this due to not caring as much about it as I could. But I do tend to watch it whenever I can. Prediction- I don’t think that this will last much longer. Reception: generally unfavorable. Grade: C. New review

Scorpion: Status- It is currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that I might like it. Noteworthiness- This is inspired by the real life of Walter O’Brian. How much of it is fictionalized is unknown, but guessed to be a lot. Description- This show is about Walter O’Brian and a team of geniuses that he leads. Notable People- Robert Patrick from the Unit is on this show. Pros- It’s a pretty interesting drama and it not being the typical drama makes it better. Cons- The show has a predictable format. It can be overdramatized. Some of it is hard to believe. Note to Parents- This probably isn’t full of objectionable material that you’d typically see in a primetime drama. Sex is usually not present and violence in it is typically at a minimum. Recommendation- I like it and suggest that other people watch it. My Viewing Habits- I’m not sure if I’ve seen all of this, but I have been watching this since its first episode. Prediction- I think that this show will last a while still, although there are now some warning signs about its long term chances. Reception: mixed. Grade: A.

The Good Doctor: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- It looked like a pretty good show to me. Noteworthiness- This is an adaptation of a South Korean show. Description- A young doctor with autism starts working with other doctors and has to overcome stigma. Notable People- Hill Harper, from CSI: New York, stars on this show as well. David Shore, the creator of House, is also the creator of this show as well. Pros- This is wonderful with well written characters, plots, and overall believable medical situations. Cons- Not all the characters are nice people. I know that happens a lot and it can be needed at times, but it can still be a problem. Note to Parents- This is mostly acceptable for kids, but there are some problems with it in terms of what age can watch. I’d say that pre-teens and older should be good with this. Recommendation- I think that everyone should watch this. My Viewing Habits- I don’t know if I’ve seen every episode, but I’ll watch this as much as I can over the course of time. Prediction- This is getting good ratings for now so it will stay for as long as that lasts. Reception: mixed to positive. Grade: A+. New review

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Midseason Shows 2018 Part 1

Well, I have at least two important shows that I’m reviewing here for another blog too. I’m getting to one of them in this post. I’ll get to the other in a future post. Here are all the midseason shows that have started at this time that I saw and here are my reviews of them.

Ellen’s Game of Games: Show Description- Using things done on her talk show, Ellen DeGeneres hosts a show where people have to do random games to move on and get a lot of money potentially. Behind the Scenes- Pretty much the notable things I mentioned about this are in the previous group as well. My Thoughts- It seems odd in some places and I don’t know if it is fair entirely. Ellen’s tendency to ask trick questions can make you wonder if everything is on the up and up. But I do admit that it is funny and entertaining. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This has already been renewed for a second season. I don’t know yet if it will last beyond that or not. Where to Find- On Tuesdays at 8/7 Central on NBC

The Resident: Show Description- This is a medical drama that features different doctors, some new, and there are various problems at the hospital at times. It seems a rather complicated plot that is hard to sum up easily. Behind the Scenes- This has Matt Czuchry who used to star in The Good Wife and Gilmore girls. It also has Emily VanCamp who starred on Brothers and Sisters as well as Revenge. My Thoughts- This seemed pretty good. It points out the flaws that can happen in a hospital, but does it in a good way. I just hope that it doesn’t seem too similar to House. The lead can be strange and arrogant, but that is part of the show’s appeal. It can seem more humanizing that most medical dramas that I’ve seen in the past. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- It is hard to tell for sure this early, but I think that it might last a bit for now. Where to Find- On Mondays at 9/8 Central on FOX

Black Lightning: Show Description- A black superhero comes out of retirement to protect his city from new threats. Behind the Scenes- This is adapted from a DC comics character, but is not part of the main franchise of superhero shows on the CW (yet at least). My Thoughts- There could be more people that have super powers in this than I’ve seen thus far, but props to this show for going the route that there are more normal humans that can solve problems. It is a largely back centered show so it can seem a bit different than most shows on network television. I see it as largely good, but it needs improvement as it goes along. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This might last for now, but I’ll hold off on a more firm prediction until later. Where to Find- On Tuesdays at 9/8 Central on the CW

Well, that’s it for part one of these reviews. I don’t know what all I’ll be reviewing later. Just know that if you read a different blog of mine, you would know what show I will review next time I get to the new midseason shows this year. I don’t yet know if there will be a part 3 or not. But you got the first batch of these reviews. As for the rest, well, to be continued…

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The 18-34 Demographic and Why It’s Important

Maybe you hear about this and maybe you don’t. But there is an important part of TV ratings that seem to overpower nearly everything else relating to it. If you are in this age range, you are highly sought after by the Nielson Corporation. How important is this thing? Well, let’s get to it.

I hate to tell you this, but even if you are in a Nielson family, you don’t really count in viewership if you not in this demographic. And being part of a Nielson family is pretty much the only way viewership is counted. If you aren’t hired by Neilson, it doesn’t matter what you want. And if you aren’t between the ages of 18-34, then there’s pretty much no point in watching shows anyways since it trumps everything else. Man, that’s just really dumb, yet it’s also the way things work and still work.

If you don’t believe me that this limited age demographic is all that matters, I should point out to you a show called Harry’s Law that aired on NBC. It did great in total viewers and terrible in the demographic. It was cancelled after just one season because of the demographic. That may seem dumb, yet it is also how things work. In fact, it may not just seem dumb, but actually be really dumb.

Why does TV need people in this age range? Well, the main reason is that they are shown to be the most likely to watch TV. But it is also really important for advertisers as they are the most likely group to buy something. Without advertisers, we wouldn’t have television at all. Well, we wouldn’t have most of what we have of television.

And that’s about it. I don’t think that I can explain anymore about this because this is all I really know on the subject anyways. If you are a minor in the US, then there’s no point in watching TV. Focus on your homework and studying. If you are 35 or older, you can watch, but don’t think that it matters for anyone anymore. Sorry, but that’s just a sad fact of life in the TV world.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Sex Clichés of Television

Sex on TV is getting to be so commonplace, it is hard to think of a lot of shows where it never happens at any point in time. What is worth noting is that some of what you see happens so often over and over again that I thought that I would point out what ten things related to sex you are most likely to see on television. And this will include things related to nudity as well since that’s practically the same thing. There are probably more than what I am mentioning, but I thought that I would tell you this.

#10 no fatties- This highly offensive one comes up from time to time. At least it seems like a guy thing and not something that women think about men. Plus, I don’t want to sound rude, but don’t fatter women have bigger boobs? Why are they always considered bad for people?

#9 arm around boobs- Actually, this one is more specific than this. It starts out with a woman waking up in some bed, but not where she lives maybe 90% of the time and this is after hooking up with a man. She then realizes what a horrible mistake she made by doing this and has to carefully get his arm off of her boobs so she can fall out of bed and then awkwardly leave the situation, but we all know that we’ll see these two at least speaking to each other again.

#8 bare back of woman- This is normally seen from time to time to show that a woman is, in fact, naked, even though you won’t see anything on network TV. Ever notice how they normally choose certain camera angles and rarely actually censor real nudity? This is probably one of the most commonly seen ones on network television at least.

#7 hook up man is evil- The poor women of TV tend to find themselves in bed with bad guys and they must have been too soon to hook up with the guy because they find themselves to be betrayed so often time and time again.

#6 woman’s back slammed against wall- In the heat of the moment in the preparation for sex when the two characters are making out with each other and undressing each other, but aren’t yet in the room where the sex will happen, the man is holding the women and her back is slammed against a wall. You’d think that would hurt a person, but it seems to add to the sexual thrill of things. Is this a thing that actually happens before sex?

#5 an oddly specific way to refer to virginity- For some reason, if a character on a show is a virgin, if this virgin is a woman, she will say that she’s never been with a man. You’d think that would mean all sorts of different possible things, never being with a man, but that is normally what the person says. Virgin is shorter, quicker, and easier to say. Why it is referred to as never being with a gender? It’s so dumb. I just don’t get why it is said so often.

#4 fighting then sex- This is one of the more fun ones as we see two character who hate each other that we all knew were going to hook up first going at it in terms of fighting before going at it in a completely different way. Sometimes this happens with more regular couples on the show, but it does tend to be a thing seen over and over again.

#3 black bra and panties- Sometimes you actually see a woman in different underwear than this. But, more often than not, they are wearing black bra and panties that you see when they are getting their clothes taken off before sex.

#2 undercover after sex moment- This is the most common way of showing that two people hooked up. You see them in bed after sex where some conversation of some importance happens. They could talk during sex, but they can’t show us this so they always show afterwards.

#1 man on top- I’ll never know for sure what real people’s sex habits are like and I’m never watching porn so if a man is typically on top during sex, I’ll never know for sure. I just know that when it comes to characters on TV, whenever we see straight ones hook up, it is normally the man who is on top for it. Now this isn’t always the case as sometimes we need to see the man in some way that him being on top would make it too awkward to film. But this is still the most common thing that I see related to sex on TV. Surely women are on top a good amount of time, right?

Well, those are the main ones that I can think of. Sometimes we see hook ups in car or showers instead of in bed. People tend to brag about their sex lives all the time on shows and more is better for some dumb reason. But I think that these are the most common clichés related to sex that I see on television from time to time. I hope that I didn't miss any big ones.