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April 2015

Confessions of a TV Junkie…..What I watched this week…Please forgive me….

I am the ultimate hater of reality. Shows. Or more accurately the new development of so called reality shows that cater to the worst of the worst of us as human beings. Most of them I do not understand, and even seeing the commercials I need to take a 30 minute shower, meditate and then get drunk.

I have often loved real reality shows, “American Ballroom Challenge” on PBS, loved loved LOVED that show. The first two seasons of “Real World” (yeah, I know, I’m that old, so what?) I found absolutely fascinating. I fell in love with Pedro, lamented Puck and completely crushed on Jacinda (wait, what season was London?). In the more recent incarnation (the past 10 years???) REALITY Shows have gone from bad to worse to pitiful and disgusting……..Dancing with Stars? No. No.NO.  We are not watching dance competitions but personality disorders in bright lights and fluff costumes. Where is Tony Meredith with those calming tones describing the difficulty of arm space and head position? Housewives? who don’t house and are rarely wives? People who are famous for simply being famous? Women who compete with vile contempt for each other over a rose? Watching people emotionally batter each other is a modern form of vampyrism. Sucking the angry, embarrassment and lustful feelings out into our living rooms is just unhealthy on all sides. Its an unfortunate reflection of the state of our society. Its like we have all been stunted by teenage hormones and have stayed in 9th grade watching endless loops of best friend revenge dreams.

Yes….and after saying all that, …..I have to now confess; I watched “Married at First Sight” (FYI Network, Tuesdays 9pm) AND have become totally enamored with Nicole Curtis on “Rehab Addict” (HGtv, Thursday 9:30pm). I still claim the idea that reality television is scripted AND over-produced to the amount of having nothing to do with reality but are more like filmy dreams of the prepubescent…but ….how CUTE are Ryan and Jaclyn? I went into this trying to keep an open mind and finding out just how the experts would lay out these scenarios and found myself wishing that Jaclyn would fall for Ryan.

By the second episode I found myself emotionally involved with this couple. I want the best for them, I feel touched by the attempt of these people to push past some of the garbage of dating to find love and commitment. If it turns out they are all in it to be famous, I will be seriously disappointed! You need to watch from the beginning and see the development of these relationships. I’m giddily caught up in the dynamics of strangers thrown together in this weird intimate situation. I am vampire delighting.

I could do an entire rant just on Nicole Curtis, and I think I will save her for that …..just suffice it to say I am inspired and joyful after watching a few episodes. Highly recommended.

I am also thrilled to share that “American Ballroom Challenge” returns April 24th 10:30pm to PBS for a 5th season…….I’ve been waiting a really long time for this one and while I will miss my favorite couple, Ben Ermis and Shalene Archer Ermis, I do so look forward to watching real dancing and dance STARS.


Confessions of a TV Junkie …let me wrap my head around all the ways to get TV and YES! GOT Airs tonight

potty   If this photo of a bathroom makes you happy and think of Peter Dinklage and a sword ….we are on the same wave length….I am, as we all should be, excited for tonight’s premiere of “Game of Thrones“. As I set my DVR to record and prepare my living room for viewing with friends …I am reminded how many many ways we now view television and how strange it is when a show is so captivating that we actually watch it as it is aired. This past year I watched only “Empire” and “Walking Dead” as it aired. While I really enjoy “Big Bang Theory” and “Better Call Saul” I wasn’t avid about watching them at that moment …I set my DVR for “Rehab Addict” and “Jimmy Kimmel” to watch whenever I have some time.  For my favorite shows I not only watch as they are aired but tweet during commercials…..I still want the idea of a whole shared experience and that means having at least one other device and some people over on their devices to tell you what space they are sharing your experience.

This week also premiered the anticipated “DareDevil” a Netflix original and showed the first glimpses of “Orange is the New Black” which will be released in June. Netflix releases an entire season at once giving a push to the DVD collector’s binge watching phenomena. When you watch so many episodes it feels like one long movie and you wake up to find 3 of them have played while you dreamt of “Dexter” or “Doc Martin” being in your kitchen.

You can HULU, NETFLIX, buy the DVD or on demand or DVR or Youtube pretty much any show new, old or even (gasp) before color tv on pretty much any medium you can think of ….Do they do Laser Discs of TV shows yet? Then you can storysync, share, blog, instaclip, and myspace (hahaaha) any or all of your favorite parts, clips, pics, snaps, tweets, audio, hours, minutes, nanoseconds or screenshots with your own words …..whew…..for the amusement of everyone who watched with you and those that have no clue what we are talking about…..ever.

It gives a whole new meaning to overload and free speech. So while you are preordering those Apple Watches …..find a comfy spot in a low light, surround sound living room filled with actual people and watch a show as it airs. Then Tweet me (@thefilmmaven) or instagram (@voodookingdesigns) to share what you are viewing.

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