Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sliver Globes Award Winners 2016

Well, I did the nominees for my silver globe awards earlier and I’m not now finally back with the actual winners and the nominees for best show on television. Of course, the winner of the best show on television will be revealed later. Now, to the post!

Best new show: Designated Survivor

Best one season show: BrainDead

Best cancelled or ending show: CSI: Cyber

Most screwed show: CSI: Cyber

Best theme song: Sleepy Hollow

Best idea for a show: Designated Survivor

Best series premiere: Legends of Tomorrow

Best series finale: Limitless

Best cliffhanger ending: iZombie

Best cliffhanger resolution: Person of Interest

Best cast: Undateable

Best writers: Jane the Virgin

Best editing: Jane the Virgin

Most interesting show: Jane the Virgin

Best music in a show: BrainDead

Time well spent award: Castle

Most memorable: Frequency

Most underrated TV show: CSI: Cyber

Best retooling of a show: no nominees

Shouldn’t have been cancelled award: Limitless

Why was it a midseason replacement award: BrainDead

Best comedy-drama: BrainDead

Groundbreaking show: The Good Place

Best comedy: Whose Line is it Anyways?

Best drama: CSI: Cyber

Best PBS special: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Best show on CBS: BrainDead

Best show on ABC: Designated Survivor

Best show on the CW: Legends of Tomorrow

Best show on NBC: Law and Order: SVU

Best show on FOX: The Grinder

Best show on any other network: no nominees

Best syndicated show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Best show on television nominees: BrainDead, Designated Survivor, Legends of Tomorrow, Law and Order: SVU, The Grinder, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Best villain: Whitney Frost from Agent Carter

Best hero: Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS

Best bromance: Paul and Victor from Big Brother 18

Best anti-hero: The lead of Shades of Blue

Best facial expressions: Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live

Best badass: Victor from Big Brother

Best shocking moment: Rose is still alive from Jane the Virgin

The dearly departed award: Morley Safer & Gwen Ifill, tie

Best story arc: The end of Big Brother 18

Best character transformation: Kermit the Frog on The Muppets

Best new character: Paul from Big Brother

Most underrated character: Michele from Survivor: Kaoh Rong

Best finale song: The Wrap up song on BrainDead

Best original song: We Need Brains from Whose Line is it Anyways?

Favorite actor: Jim Parsons

Favorite actress: Kaley Couco

Best season yet award: NCIS: Los Angeles season 8

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Planned Viewing Habits: Summer of 2017

With the main fall TV schedule about to end and the relaxing summertime about to happen, there are still things that are worth watching on TV. I always watch a lot less over the summer and tend to watch just one thing at a time instead of various multiple things. There are different ways the summer schedule could wind up going down and it depends on what is and isn’t coming back. I’m not sure that everything is set in stone for sure now anyways. But, let’s start with the two wildcards.

CBS all access decided to put a season of Big Brother on during the fall, but kept it as an online exclusive for subscribers of their ironically named service. Because of this, I don’t know whether or not I’ll go back to Big Brother this season. I might not watch this upcoming season or any Big Brother season ever again. That’s not to say that I hate the show now. I just don’t like the fact that it aired online. Plus, there are other potentially interesting things to watch on at the same time.

The other wildcard relates to My Network TV. They air different things in different regions. I’ll talk about my region, of course. On Wednesdays, they are currently airing reruns of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I have missed a lot of this show in the past. This means that I could ignore anything else that airs on Wednesdays to watch this show instead. That show is likely to be cancelled so if I don’t like the ending that the show has (provided it is cancelled this season), I might not watch the reruns anyways.

Outside of the wildcards, there are still more shows with unknown fates at the moment. For instance, the show Beyond the Tank hasn’t aired since last spring after filling the gap of the cancellation of the show Of Kings and Prophets. I doubt it would be coming back and I doubt that I would even watch it in the first place. I’m not sure if Mad TV is returning and that seems unlikely right now. That, I would watch if possible. I only saw part of Maya and Marty once, but I’d like to see that if the show returns and the network comes in where I live. The future of BattleBots seems unlikely although I might watch it should it return. Better Late than Never was renewed, but isn’t on the schedule just yet. I’ll get to that later. I’m also not sure if there is a future for Primetime: What Would You Do?

Before I go any further, it is worth noting that there will be some regular season shows that will be spilling over into the summer schedule. For instance, iZombie and the final season of Reign will still be airing in June. I plan to watch them still during the summer. I’m not sure what else might still be airing in the summer as I don’t know the season finale dates for a lot of shows just yet.

If they air any more of Doubt, Time after Time, or Powerless, I should hopefully be able to watch them whenever they air. I just don’t know when they will air and if I’ll be able to catch them. Doubt might be the only one of them to continue to air in the future, although it could wind up only being on CBS all access, which wouldn’t surprise me.

What are all the returning shows that I would want to watch? Well, if NBC actually comes in where I live this year, I might watch The Night Shift. Reception problems are the only reason why I haven’t given it a shot yet. I might watch American Grit this season. I didn’t last season then thought it was cancelled, only it wasn’t actually. There was too much to watch last season when it started. I could wind up seeing To Tell the Truth at some point, although I’m not sure if I will or not. It depends on how long it lasts and if it comes in where I live. If I’m not watching Big Brother, I could wind up seeing Celebrity Family Feud.

Now that I’ve said what old shows I haven’t watched before, I might as well mention the old ones that I do plan on seeing again. Of course, there is a note I’ll get to about that later. The returning summer shows that I will probably watch again are The $100,000 Pyramid, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, SNL Weekend Update Thursday, and Whose Line is it Anyways?

What new summer shows am I planning on getting into? Well, I’m not sure that I can watch all of or any of these considering how some will compete at the same time. One of the shows that I might watch isn’t new but is a reboot instead. It is The Gong Show. I’m not sure that I’m that interested in it though. I also don’t know yet if I care enough about World of Dance, although I am planning on watching it. Since I normally watch the new CBS shows, I am planning on watching Candy Crush and Salvation. I am planning on tuning into Hooten & the Lady once since I’m trying to see any new CW shows if possible. All the other new shows that I might watch are Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Superhuman, & Love Connection. Of course, there is one last thing to add.

Things can change despite what my original plan was for them. Last summer, I was going to watch Penn and Teller: Fool Us, but ultimately didn’t as it aired against Big Brother and I either couldn’t tell that before or it was going to air at a different time originally. I didn’t end up seeing that much of Masters of Illusion either as I decided to watch movies on Fridays instead of all of primetime. I would have watched 20/20 most times to fill the gap and only ended up seeing Primetime: What Would You Do? There were other things that I wanted to watch but wasn’t able to. I may also five less priority to watching shows on Mondays and Tuesdays since I’ll want to watch movies then instead. That doesn’t mean that I won’t watch movies other times, but I will want to keep at least 90 minutes free on those nights if possible. These movies could disappear from those nights.

That’s all that there is to say about this blog post. You’ll see over time new reviews over what summer shows I do wind up seeing. I might even do more than one review of summer shows given new, weird OCD habits that I have with reviewing primetime. I guess you’ll see over time what might happen and change over the summer in terms of how this blog is posted.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A History of Saturday Morning Programming

Saturday morning TV has changed a lot since I was a kid. It seems to change over and over again. Whatever one network is doing at one point isn’t something that they’ll keep doing. Now, I’m largely referring to network TV and what they have done regarding TV shows on Saturday morning. I almost thought that all networks had given up airing any programming for kids on Saturdays, but it turns out that with a bit of research, I was able to find out that it still exists. But it is constantly changing.

A lack of original programming can be commonplace on the network TV channels. Indeed, CBS used to air shows that were on Nickelodeon, then Nick Jr. NBC used to air the shows that were on Discovery Kids. ABC aired mostly Disney channel shows all the time. NBC also aired Qubo.

Now I had originally thought that there was no longer any programming on Saturday mornings for children anymore. After doing some research about it, I learned that I was wrong. It just seems like the constantly changing programming is what throws people off and make you wonder why to even bother watching if what you watch just goes away.

Let’s start with ABC’s history. At the beginning, they were probably everyone’s favorite. They aired One Saturday Morning which was five hours of summer once a week. I liked and watched nearly everything on this for a while. Then it got kind of lame. Then it switched to mostly just reruns of Disney channel sitcoms that still fit with the educational and informational programming standard and other Disney channel shows that aired. What annoyed me about this was it was the same old episodes and they wouldn’t show the later seasons of a lot of these shows. The biggest thing that I cared about here was Power Rangers, which used to air on FOX. I have no idea what they air nowadays since I don’t care about these shows anymore.

I liked it when CBS aired Nickelodeon shows as that meant that I could see Nickelodeon when I otherwise wouldn’t be able to. I wish they kept doing that when Power Rangers moved to that network. After a while, they seemed to downgrade to the younger, Nick Jr. shows which I didn’t care about at my growing age. They aired various children programming for a while after that which was stuff that might have aired on other channels before. I lost track and interest sometime around here.

The WB aired a very popular Kids WB programming schedule for a while. Ultimately, even when the WB network was replaced by the CW, this programming block remained for quite a while. It would change at some point later, but I’ll get to that. It was also aired in the daytime programming hours except for the last year of the WB network’s history.

NBC aired mostly Discovery Kids shows when I first became acquainted with it. I liked these shows a lot, but then they were taken away from me when they aired Qubo in its place. I liked and watched most of that. I got to see some Big Idea things I hadn’t seen before. They controversially cut out the Christian references in the shows like VeggieTales, which I understood and expected even though most others didn’t like this and did it without the approval of the creator himself. There might have been other times that I cared about this after Qubo went away, but I’m not sure what it was or how important I would have briefly cared about it.

FOX had the very popular FOX Kids timeslot. It was the original home of Power Rangers before it moved to Disney then Nickelodeon. FOX Kids was actually lowly rated and they sought to get rid of the programming. They switched to just Saturday instead of all throughout the week as they did before. They also switched to the FOX Box which eventually became 4Kids Entertainment.

It was around this time that it seemed that the FOX network gave up on programming and so it the CW network. It seemed as if all of the remaining FOX shows were dumped on the CW and thus, the CW 4Kids block was started. This lasted a bit before they started something else instead. They went to other programming that I was ever so briefly into. But I stopped caring about pretty much all TV on Saturday mornings at this point as I valued catching up on sleep on those days to be more important instead.

Well, that’s all that I cared about posting in this blog post. I’m not sure what else there is to say. I figured that since this blog was still on Saturdays with updates, I might as well do something that related to that day. I’m not sure how much longer this blog will continue with these Saturday updates. I’ll let you know if something changes regarding that. It might not be for a while, but many things can change as time goes by: just like yesterday, used to be tomorrow.