How Was It? A Recap of the 2011/2012 TV season

So in US TV terms, another year over, as the TV year begins in September and ends in May (bizzare Americans!) and we are onto the summer shows right now. So how was the main TV season? Hits, misses and goodbyes.

Firstly, Glee, my number one show for three years ended with the seniors from McKinley graduating and going their separate ways. There is still a lot of uncertainty about what season 4 will look like and how much we will see certain characters. Glee will never recapture the, well, GLEE it had in the first year, when everything was new and fresh. But we’ve come to love the characters, and the end of season 3 saw Rachel and Finn NOT get married (thank God!) but break up, with Rachel heading for New York, Finn considering the army, Kurt NOT getting into NYADA, Brittany failing and returning to repeat her senior year. Quinn recovering from her car crash and heading for Yale, Santana getting a cheerleading scholarship to St Louis, Mercedes getting a recording deal as a backing singer, Mike getting into somewhere or other too! Left at McKinley (apart from the teachers) are Artie, Tina, Brittany, Blaine, Sam, Sugar and Joe (Damian McGinty’s Rory apparently not returning HURRAY!) Rumoured to be returning, although not necessarily to the glee club, is Alex Newell as Wade/Unique, The Glee Project runner up who made the strongest impression by far. Indeed, the third season of Glee finished pretty strongly thanks to him.

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Oh dear, oh Glee!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am still a huge gleek! However, something has happened this year, Glee has just lost something for me. For the first time ever in two and a half seasons, I had an episode and waited a couple of days before viewing it. OK, so it ended up being a really good one – the latest, Heart that finally introduced Rachel’s two dads. The point is, I could have stayed up the night before to see it, but I wasn’t motivated to.

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Lost Girl – Successful Succubus!

Canadian show, now airing in the US on SyFy, Lost Girl has more than a whiff of Buffy, with a heavy dose of Blood Ties and is a lot of fun. The very sexy Anna Silk stars as succubus Bo, who is the lost girl of the title at the start of the series. She has no idea that she is NOT a total freak who kills with her kisses. She meets spunky sidekick Kenzi in the pilot and soon discovers a supernatural world of the Fae living alongside humans but of course, without us suspecting a thing!

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New Seasons of Glee, The Good Wife, Fringe etc

The 2011 autumn season is now in full swing – indeed we are already experiencing the most irritating aspect of US tv –  the breaks for sports as Glee is off the air for baseball until November 1st, Fringe also skipping a week..grr!

So how are my favourite shows shaping up?

Well Glee is like a whole different show this year and I am not totally sure I like it as much yet. The critical reception has been good as the one aspect Glee is doing well is more consistent storytelling. However, I’ve never watched Glee for its dramatic strengths. What has me a tad worried is the lack of any really standout must-be-played songs in the first three episodes. Yes the music was ok, but I’ve been listening to the music from the first two seasons rather than any of the 10 or so songs we’ve had so far.

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Summer’s Gone…Autumn rolls in

I’m a bit behind on my commenting (not that anyone but me is reading this anyway mind you!) So before launching into the new season, let’s round up the summer shows

My undoubted favourite show ended up being The Glee Project. Indeed, I had to avoid ANY entertainment websites for almost three days as I was waiting to download the finale (torrent encoders were super slow, the bastards!!!)

What was it that had me so hooked to Lindsay, Samuel and co? Well of course the Glee connection, but also I think the trials the youngsters went through really had you rooting for them. No autotune here, and the mentors and Ryan Murphy definitely had their favourites. Reading my comments back, I seem to have hated Damian – who ended up being a co-winner with Samuel. I still remain to be convinced about him as an actor, but I’ll admit, his Irish charm grew on me. Samuel – the first named winner – is less interesting to me than he was, as he just seemed not thay much beyond his looks. I grew to really appreciate Lindsay and her talent, and indeed she was the first of the finalists to appear on Glee (winning a runner up 2 episode arc). Popping up in the Glee season 3 premiere, she showed her talent – a fantastic voice. But vocal coach Nikki clearly detested her (and probably got a word in to the costume girls as her dress in the episode was horrendous and made her look fat which she so is not.) I sniggered in the Glee Project finale when Nikki was running her down to her husband and Glee music producer Adam Anders, and he nodded but commented on what a great voice she did have though.

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The Glee Project and love children galore!

Well so much for my prediction that Marissa was going to win The Glee Project in my previous post – she was promptly eliminated! It is quite shameful how hooked I am on this show – the very reason reality shows are so popular is that they are designed to get you addicted. The crack cocaine of TV! However, the show is endlessly frustrating for many reasons, chiefly the elimination decisions. Continue reading The Glee Project and love children galore!

Catching Up – The Killing ends, Summer tv??

Since the bulk of US tv shows ended in May, I’ve not had as much to watch so here’s a quick round up of what I HAVE been keeping up with.

Firstly, many MANY viewers were unhappy with the finale of AMC’s The Killing. Well, I’d been unhappy with it since about episode 2. While the first episode was great – setting up the characters and the tone, since then it has been just tediously dull! A test of whether a tv show is gripping you is whether you watch avidly or find something to fiddle with while it is on. I found I had email to check, my Farmville farm to keep an eye on, Bejewelled to play. All of which meant The Killing lost me some time back. I think the final straw was the weird episode where Linden raced around trying to find her bratty teenaged son for an hour. Oh woe, tears, rain, moody Linden and then the kid turns up at home. YAWN!!!

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