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Since my Best TV Shows of Summer 2011 post was helpful to both myself and many others I thought that it would be a good idea to share my fall TV picks with you as well. Use it to set up your DVR, Hulu playlist, etc. This is long but I like to do things as comprehensively as possible. I do not have any pull so my opinion of new shows is based primarily on the teaser material available to everyone.

*Clicking the series title will take you to the show’s official site.

*To go check on a specific day or genre (ex. Monday or sitcom) you can do a quick Ctrl F search.

SUNDAY

The Cleveland Show-Sundays 7:30PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

The Cleveland Show is the spin off of Seth MacFarlane’s hugely successful Family Guy. If you enjoy the harsh comedy of Family Guy you should definitely check it out. It’s about Cleveland Brown who got back together with an ex from high school and is helping her raise her children. He usually came across as the nicer friend on Family Guy but gets to be a bit meaner on here. His best friends are loser rednecks (including the voice talents of Jason Sudeikis) and a bear. A neat thing about this comedy is that the women are shown as angry and dramatic in a way that is usually steered clear of by other shows.

Select episodes can be viewed on Fox.com or Hulu.

The Simpsons-Sundays 8PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

I’m sure that you are aware of The Simpsons, which is the longest running animated comedy out there. It’s a personal favorite of mine. I know that it gets criticized in the way that SNL does of “it’s not as funny as it was” but you have to realize that a show will not always be the same. I love the experimental creative leaps they’ve taken in some episodes over the last few years. Of course the show is about the dysfunctional Simpsons family.

Most of the time, excluding the Who Shot Mr. Burns? arc years back, the show doesn’t do cliffhangers. However during the last season finale Ned started seeing Edna. Over the summer Fox did a Pro Nedna Vs. No Nedna poll to see if they should continue dating. I initially was against it but now think that it could liven things up a bit.

Select episodes can be viewed on TheSimpsons.com or Hulu.
For info on some upcoming episodes go here.

Once Upon a Time-Sundays 8PM ET ABC (10/23) *drama*, *fantasy*


Jennifer Morrison (good in Urban Legends: Final Cut , super annoying on How I Met Your Mother) stars in this fantasy about a a town with a fairy tale element. It’s basically about cursed fairy tales characters who live in a small town and now don’t remember who they are. Then Emma Swan (who has a link to them) shows up and starts to unravel the past. Ginnifer Goodwin (looking gorgeous here), Robert Carlyle (always amazing) and Lana Parrilla costar. This show looks really fun. The problem is that ABC never gives their fantasy series a shot. I’ve seen so many promising shows that don’t make it out of the first season. It often takes at least 1.5-2 seasons for any show to really find its footing. The also often move the shows around mid-season (sometimes more than once), which creates even more confusion. I’m a fan of Lana Parrilla but she’s been on so many quickly canceled shows (RIP Swingtown/Windfall) that I’m starting to feel bad for her.

The Good Wife-Sundays 9PM ET CBS (09/25) *drama*, *crime*



I’ve been a huge fan of The Good Wife since the beginning. It stars Julianna Margulies as a very internalized lawyer and the wife of a jackass politician who cheated on her repeatedly prior to the start of the series (Chris Noth, who I enjoy watching play a sleazeball). The show usually features a one of (or sometimes 2 part case) that they have to solve as well as the personal lives of herself and her coworkers/competition. This season she is supposed to be becoming more free and try to worry less about everything.

The cast is freaking amazing and includes Josh Charles (of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead , Sports Night, who I’ve always been a huge fan of), Alan Cumming (who is always so amazing but totally throws you on here because it’s such a different type of character for him), Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi and Matt Czuchry (of I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, actually went to law school when he was younger). Oh and then other totally awesome actors like Michael J. Fox and Gary Cole just stop by sometimes. Many of the cast are nominated for Emmys this year and I hope they win every one of them.

The only thing I must mention that may seem slightly negative is that the show is a slow burn payoff type of show. Sometimes you have to wait a while for stuff to happen. CBS has been marketing it an opposite way. And hell market it any way you want if that will get more viewers and keep in on the air, just don’t be disappointed if you don’t get it.

Select episodes, a 20+ minute preview of the 3rd season & Alan Cumming’s vlogs can be viewed on CBS.com.
Go read GQ’s interview with Matt Czuchry and The Baltimore Sun’s interview with Josh Charles’ family.

Family Guy-Sundays 9PM ET FOX (09/25) *animated*, *sitcom*

Family Guy is Seth MacFarlane’s over the top comedy that you either think is undoubtedly, absurdly funny or you already hate it.

Select episodes can be viewed on Fox.com, Hulu or Netflix.

The Walking Dead-Sundays 9PM ET AMC (10/16) *drama*, *horror*

It’s about survivors of a zombie apocalypse. There are a lot of Walking Dead superfans out there. I do watch it and will continue because it’s the first and only zombie TV show. However I don’t enjoy the type of Lost format where nothing is ever tied up. Plus I’m no stranger to zombie/horror movies and this show reminds me of a type of cheaply shot foreign zombie movie. It’s not that it doesn’t have its moments but I have a lot of criticisms of the show while watching it that I find annoying. The show was created by Frank Darabont. The cast includes Norman Reedus.

Boardwalk Empire-Sundays 9PM ET HBO (09/25) *crime*, *drama*

So I haven’t actually gotten around to watching any of Boardwalk Empire yet. When you don’t subscribe to a channel you have to always play catch up with the different series that they offer. The series stars my teen crush Steve Buscemi as a politician and gangster in the 1920s. The cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Gretchen Mol. The stills that I’ve seen from this are beautiful.

When I get around to catching up on the series I will be referring to Brienne Walsh’s Boardwalk Empire: A Character Guide Part I.

Pan Am Sundays 10PM ET ABC (09/25) *drama*, *1960s*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFPxyTEcJXU

Pan Am is one of the many 60s throwback shows that are premiering this fall. Are they due to all of us catching up on Mad Men, running out of decades of other fashion choices or wishing for a simpler time when we weren’t quite as confused about just how we should feel as feminists who like to dress up in cute outfits and be objectified?

I don’t know but the luxury (during our horrible, current depression-that is what it is) and weird simplisticness that is emanating from these shows just screams escapism fun to me. The show stars Christina Ricci and a bunch of guys groomed to look like Ken dolls. I can’t wait.

Hung-Sundays 10PM ET HBO (10/02) *drama*, *sitcom*

Hung is based on a wet dream I had about Thomas Jane as a whore. Wait, it isn’t? Well it is about Thomas Jane being a struggling, middle age gigolo and it’s hella good. This year he competes against a younger model, cat fight! Jane Adams and Anne Heche costar as his pimp and ex wife, respectively.

MONDAY

Dancing with the Stars-Mondays 8PM ET ABC (09/19) *reality*


http://youtu.be/qvWN6Mvvr4M
Dancing with the Stars is the type of show that everyone watches and then acts ashamed about. Luckily I have no shame. Ex stars or in some cases people who are almost stars compete to see who can dance while being personable and flirting with the judges.

Going into the show the celebs that I already like and am rooting for are David Arquette and Ricki Lake. However this is subject to change as the show breaks them (yes, it’s a reality show that is part of the fun!). Lake could be seen as this season’s ringer. The show often features someone with at least some dance experience who claims that they forgot how to dance (see also Jennifer Grey, Drew Lachey, um no, it’s called muscle memory) but like the latter I am a fan of Lake’s so good for her.

This season also includes Nancy Grace so all of us who are awesome are really hoping to see her wipeout. Plus Chaz Bono so that the close minded people can bitch about that. Duh, both of these “celebs” are in the running for the sake of controversy. I just really hope that he can get his mom on here in a few years. You know she’s gonna be in the audience, squee!

How I Met Your Mother-Mondays 8PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

This used to be my favorite show. I used to turn people onto it all of the time. However the last couple of seasons have went with melodrama (who kills Dauber!?, that is just cruel) for no reason. Please stop this and give us the funny back. Even with that it was sometimes funny though. New promo photos like this are really making me wish that they hadn’t wasted the possibilities of the Barney/Robin romance which could have been funny and wait for it…awesome! Instead we got sad depressing. If this season is really all about a wedding and a pregnancy I’m going to find it very hard to stay awake &/or not throw my drink at the screen. This show features the incredibly talented cast of Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris & Alyson Hannigan.

2 Broke Girls-Mondays 8:30PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

I am not going to lie, this sitcom about a formerly rich but now poor waitress and another waitress doesn’t look all that hot but I’d watch Kat Dennings read a phone book.

Gossip Girl-Mondays 8PM ET CW (09/26) *drama*


The beautifully styled soap opera about young adults in NYC who sleep with and betray each other. This year they are traveling to LA and Elizabeth Hurley is dropping by. The beautiful cast includes Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew Settle & Taylor Momsen.

Select episodes can be viewed on CWTV.com.
Read the weekly recaps on Vulture.

Two And A Half Men-Mondays 9PM ET CBS (09/19) *sitcom*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA9eaLhxURs

For a show that everyone says that they don’t watch Two and a Half Men has a huge viewership. I became a fan a few seasons in and it’s obvious, frat boy funny. I understand the need for them to replace Charlie Sheen and I like Ashton Kutcher but I kind of wish that they had went with someone a little older, like Hugh Grant. I also thought that they could have just made Ryan Stiles a regular, which would have been awesome. The funny series stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones.

Select episodes can be viewed on CBS.com.

Bored to Death-Mondays 9PM ET HBO (10/10) *sitcom*, *crime*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSbDaHZtDsU

I haven’t seen much Bored to Death. I only caught a few episodes on Ion & it didn’t click with me. That may be because they were out of order and everything. It does seem like something that I would enjoy though. Hopefully I’ll catch up soon. Plot: “Inspired by detective stories, A well meaning but struggling writer decides to lead a sort of double life by pretending to be a private detective.” (from IMDB.com). It stars yummy Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

Enlightened-Mondays 9:30PM ET HBO (10/10) *drama*

There isn’t much out about this show yet but it seems to be about a businesswoman who snaps at work. Then she goes away to rest up but when she returns she can’t stand the way people behave. I’m not sure about this one yet but I’ll definitely check it out for Luke Wilson. The show stars Laura Dern and Diane Ladd.

You can watch the preview on EW.com.

Castle-Mondays 10PM ET ABC (09/19) *crime*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9rdtTUXjcs

Castle is about a detective (Stana Katic) for the NYPD who lets a writer follow her around on cases because he’s adorable. Hey, it’s Nathan Fillion, you would too. I definitely enjoy Castle because of the dynamic between the cast, including Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever. You can’t be a stickler for reality with it though. On basically every episode they arrest & accuse multiple people of murder before nabbing the real killer. There would be so many lawsuits.

You can watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.
Follow Stana Katic on twitter (sometimes she posts behind the scenes pics).

Hawaii Five-0-Mondays 10PM ET CBS (09/19) *action*, *crime*, *drama*

I am super behind on this show. It’s a remake. It stars the sexy Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Plot: “Steve McGarrett returns home to Oahu, in order to find his father’s killer. The governor offers him the chance to run his own task force (Five-O). Steve’s team is joined by Chin Ho Kelly, Danny “Danno” Williams and Kono Kalakaua. ” (from IMDB.com)

You can watch select episodes on CBS.com.

The Playboy Club-Mondays 10PM ET NBC (09/19) *drama*, *1960s*

(CANCELED. I loved it too. The remaining episodes will air in Canada. They will most likely end up on DVD or a streaming service eventually.)

I love Playboy and its history so I’m really excited about this show. Plus they got Amber Heard who was great in Drive Angry. Eddie Cibrian costars in this drama about the original Playboy Club in Chicago, IL in the 1960s.
Fun Fact: My aunt was a Bunny at the Baltimore, MD Playboy Club in the 1960’s.

Follow Hugh Hefner on twitter.
Playboy in the Sixties on Playboy.com.
Article about the original Playboy Club in Chicago on Playboy.com.
Watch Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel on Netflix.

TUESDAY

Ringer-Tuesdays 9PM ET CW (09/13) *drama* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as estranged twin sisters, one rich, the other a recently reformed drug addict/prostitute. Through odd circumstances the latter ends up posing as the former. I watched the pilot and enjoyed it. It’s interesting to see how she has to react to all of her friends, acquaintances, etc. while not knowing what’s been going or how her sister would normally react. The scorchingly hot (or is it just me?), Kristoffer Polaha (Mad Men, Valentine, North Shore) costars.

Visit this site for spoilers.

New Girl-Tuesdays 9PM ET FOX (09/20) *sitcom*


“I’ll probably be watching Dirty Dancing 6 or 7 times…a day”

Zooey Deschanel stars as a girl who just got dumped and decides to live with 3 male roommates (1 is Damon Wayans Jr. from Dance Flick, yay!).

New Girl is well, uh, it’s okay. It’s basically a hipster sitcom. The problem with that is that hipsters (as far as I understand them, which isn’t well) are trying to be cool all of the time with a border of ironic. To be extremely funny you have to be willing to look like a complete idiot. If you hold back and then pull out the cutie pie look at the end it diminishes the funny.

I don’t have a problem with Deschanel. I’m pretty much in the middle when it comes to her but many people either love her to pieces or hate her with a firey vengeance (yeah, she seems to elicit a strong response). I feel that she’s basically created a strong image of herself. I’m not saying she’s fake but that her presence is probably an exaggerated version of who she is.

The first episode is about how she’s trying to get over a break up and is probably easy for people to sympathize with. I find the main actor somewhat off putting just because it seems less like he’s trying to get her over a breakup and more like he’s trying to teach her to be a woman, which is insulting. Justin Long will be making an appearance in an upcoming episode.

The pilot for new girl will be available for free on many sites prior to the show airing, including iTunes and Hulu (both right now).

Dancing with the Stars (results show)-Tuesdays 9PM ET ABC (09/20) *reality*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5A1vSTK76s
On Tuesdays they do the results show. As the season goes on it gets more and more drawn out. They basically just rehash all of the dances/drama from the previous night. If you are watching a recording of it and are in a hurry or annoyed it’s often a good idea to just fast forward to the end to see who was eliminated.

Body of Proof-Tuesdays 10PM ET ABC (09/20) *crime*, *drama*

Dana Delaney stars as a former MD who helps solve crimes by examining dead bodies. Delaney is always great. The talented Jeri Ryan costars.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com.
Follow Dana Delaney on twitter.

Unforgettable-Tuesdays 10PM ET CBS (09/20) *crime*, *drama*


Poppy Montgomery stars as a woman who recalls every moment. This means that she is really great at helping solve crimes but that it takes a horrible toll on her as well. Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) costars.

WEDNESDAY

America’s Next Top Model-Wednesdays 9PM ET CW (09/14) *reality*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENlKZasWJaI

You’re probably already familiar with ANTM. This is Tyra Banks’ reality competition to ostensibly find top models. Despite the show never producing a true top model it’s still one of my favorites. The girls are often subjected to ridiculous challenges and then they let that stress out by, say going batshit on another girl who steals her food. Of course my favorite parts are when they are actually modeling. Sometimes they get some really beautiful shots.

This cycle is different because it’s the All-Stars cycle. They enlisted a bunch of girls who lost at other cycles to compete. Of course they choose some big personalities, as well as some girls who take get great shots to amp up the drama. I chose to use a photo of Lisa because she was very memorable. She was often loudly drunk and doing ridiculous things. To shake things up a bit they are also having more celebrity judges. Plus Nigel Barker has hair now! What?!? Awesome.

For more on this cycle’s contestants I suggest visiting Small Screen Scoop and Buddy TV.

Modern Family-Wednesdays 9PM ET ABC (09/21) *sitcom*

Modern Family is about a father (Ed O’Neil) and the lives of he and his adult children and their children. Back before the show came out I didn’t want to give it a chance because it’s about families. However as we all now know it’s freaking hilarious and seems to just get funnier as it progresses. Ty Burrell (love him!), Sofia Vergara (so beautiful people probably can’t look directly at her), Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Tyler Ferguson costar.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter-Wednesdays 9:30PM ET FOX (11/30) *sitcom*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvV6dHgzxhk

I really love the premise of this, 2 grown women who were unpopular in high school now have bitchy teen daughters to deal with. So much so that I’ll take the leap and ignore the fact that Jaime Pressley has always been freaking gorgeous. I’m not crazy about the canned laugh track in the preview and it seems a little too slapsticky but I bet that it will be tinkered with a bit and improve.

American Horror Story-Wednesdays 10PM ET FX (10/05) *fantasy*, *horror*

American Horror Story is from Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck) and stars Dylan McDermott (who I read in an article may be freqently nude, yum) and Connie Britton. The series is about a family who moves into an old creepy house for a fresh start. It feels very Amityville Horror meets a made for TV Stephen King movie. The visuals look really freaky, ala The Cell. Definitely gonna check this one out.

Revenge-Wednesdays 10PM ET ABC (09/21) *drama* (Full First Season Order)


A young woman infiltrates a wealthy community to try to set up a way to enact revenge for her family. I’m not really sure on this one but I want to check it out. It could just be the constant ads brainwashing me though.
Note: I quit watching this after a couple of episodes as it was boring me into a coma.

THURSDAY

 

Charlie’s Angels-Thursdays 8PM ET ABC (09/22) *action*

(CANCELED)


So it’s about 3 women who “work for Charlie”. This is of course a remake of the original Charlie’s Angels show. It was produced by Drew Barrymore who starred in & put together both of the Charlie’s Angels films. Since the second film there have been rumors of a third film but I guess that she was never able to get that off of the ground so we are getting this instead. The only cast member that I’m familiar with is Minka Kelly who I enjoyed in The Roommate. I’m basically going to pretend that I’m watching She Spies, cool, okay? I’ll be hoping for a lot of costume changes.

The Big Bang Theory-Thursdays 8PM ET CBS (09/22) *sitcom*

It’s a comedy about a bunch of (mostly) PHDs. I thought that the season ending cliffhanger of Penny and Raj (whose social anxiety is so bad that he can only talk to women, at all, while drunk) get drunk and hook up was pretty crazy. Good crazy, bad crazy, I’m unsure. However I just wish that they’d sort of mix this show up a bit. I was really into it in the beginning but them it seemed to become only about everyone getting girlfriends, which is like lots of other shows and not as imaginative as it was.

Watch select episodes on CBS.com.

Parks and Recreation-Thursdays 8:30PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom*

This show just seems to get increasingly funnier the long that it goes on and the more that we learn about all of quirky characters. It’s about a bunch of people who work at a town hall in a fictional town in Indiana. The last season ended with Amy Poehler and Adam Scott’s characters finally getting together but now their relationship is in peril because Poehler’s Knope is going to run for office. Ron Swanson FTW!

You can watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Rules of Engagement-Thursdays 8:30PM ET CBS (10/20) *sitcom*
(was on Saturday 8PM ET CBS (10/08)-moved to Thursday nights)

Rules of Engagement is always funny. It gives me a way to see David Spade every week, which would be enough but on top of that everyone else on it is also great. The cast includes Patrick Warburton, Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich.

It’s mainly about the differences between men and women. I’m sort of upset that CBS moved it to Saturday though because that’s where shows go to die. On the plus side though you can watch this and then many, many hours later watch SNL.

HIMYM could take some clues from Rules in the area of players. They routinely diminsh Barney when he’s dealing with relationship issues while Spade’s Russell on Rules is a player but even when he’s seeing someone it’s still funny. In fact, it’s often funnier.

You can watch select episodes on CBS.com.
Follow the cast on twitter.

The Office-Thursdays 9PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom*

Who will be the new manager of The Office? Um, as long as it stays funny what’s the difference? Seriously though I’m just glad that we don’t have to drag out the schmaltzy Michael’s leaving stuff any longer. A great ensemble sitcom that is basically consistently funny.

Watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Whitney-Thursdays 9:30PM ET NBC (09/22) *sitcom* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

Whitney Cummings gets every comedian’s dream with her own sitcom. The problem might be that it’s on network television and she is very filthy so I’m not sure how much she will be able to get in. The preview is uneven but when she’s funny she’s very funny. The loose “plot” (to have something to make jokes around) seems to just be about her dating Chris D’Elia. I totally miss him on Glory Daze and it only ended earlier this year. Hopefully they both get to be outrageous and bounce shit off of each other because if he has to play her straight man that will suck. So yeah, I’m hoping that it will be really funny, not censored too much and last.

Watch Whitney Cummings: Money Shot stand up special on Netflix.

Bones-Thursdays 9PM ET FOX (11/03) *crime*, *drama*

Bones is a procedural crime drama whose sparks comes from the chemistry between David Boreanaz‘s cop character and Emily Deschanel’s forensic anthropologist.

Watch select episodes on FOX.com, Hulu or Netflix.
You can check out a spoiler here.

Grey’s Anatomy-Thursdays 9PM ET ABC (09/22) *drama*, *medical*

Grey’s is a soapy medical drama that’s good if you don’t worry too much about the patients. It has a huge ensemble cast that includes the gorgeous Eric Dane.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

Person of Interest-Thursdays 9PM ET CBS (09/22) *drama*


Plot: “Centers on ex-CIA hitman and a scientist who team up to prevent crimes before they happen. ” (from IMDB.com). This looks like a pretty cool concept. It stars the talented James Caviezel.

The Secret Circle-Thursdays 9PM ET CW (09/15) *drama*, *fantasy*, *horror* (FULL FIRST SEASON ORDER!)

This is sort of a preppy TV version of The Craft. I will be checking it out to see how they will be using Gale Harold. Ah, using Gale Harold, wait what was I talking about? Seriously though, even if I hate it I will fast forward to the Gale Harold parts. He had a good role on last year’s Hellcats so I guess the CW decided to keep him in their sights due to that.

30 Rock-Thursdays 10PM ET NBC (early 2012) *sitcom*

Truly hilarious sitcom. Everybody on it is great. It’s about a variety show set at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC, ala SNL. They often make inside jokes about the show and the companies that own the show, which is pretty awesome. Stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

You can watch select episodes on NBC.com, 30 Rock or Netflix.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia-Thursdays 10PM ET FX (09/15) *sitcom*

I pretty much avoided watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia until this summer because I already have to many shows to watch. It’s quite ridiculous and funny. It’s about a group of friends who run a bar in Philadelphia.

You can watch select episodes on Hulu.

Prime Suspect-Thursdays 10PM ET NBC (09/22) *crime*, *drama*


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGuaQRY4-aQ
Maria Bello stars as a ballsy NYPD detective. Great actress.

Private Practice-Thursdays 10PM ET ABC (09/29) *medical*, *drama*

Private Practice is the spin off of Grey’s Anatomy starring Kate Walsh and Tim Daly. It would be disingenuous to go further as I haven’t watched it in forever. That’s just due to having to make programming choices though. It’s a decent show.

Watch select episodes on ABC.com or Hulu.

The Mentalist-Thursdays 10PM ET CBS (09/22) *crime*, *drama*


He solves crimes by being perceptive. I don’t watch The Mentalist anymore but I like knowing that the super hot Simon Baker (Sex and Death 101, Something New) is there should I decide to restart. Robin Tunney costars.

FRIDAY

Nikita-Fridays 8PM ET CW (09/23) *crime*, *action*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBWcZo1-isE
Plot: “Nikita is a trained assassin gone rogue trying to stop a secret U.S. agency known only as Division from recruiting deeply troubled teenagers and training them to be assassins.” (from IMDB.com). Just a great show with a great cast. Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Fonseca star.

Watch select episodes on CWTV.com.
cast twitter feed
Follow director Jeffrey Hunt on twitter, he posts set pictures.
Check out the time my name was on Nikita.

A Gifted Man-Fridays 8PM ET CBS (09/23) *medical*, *drama*, *fantasy*


Patrick Wilson (Barry Munday, Hard Candy) stars as a doctor who starts seeing a ghost. I’m ambivalent about this one thus far. I will check it out to see what Wilson does with the role.

Grimm-Fridays 9PM ET NBC (10/21) *fantasy*, *crime*, *drama*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh3rFsv_WSE

This one seems to involve fairy tales gone wrong that they need to investigate. So it’s putting me in mind of a serious Special Unit 2. I’m pretty stoked about it even though it seems like the type of show that could easily be canceled as I get very into it.

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live-Saturdays 11:30PM ET NBC (09/24) *variety*

This year SNL is in its 37th season. The current cast includes Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers, Kristen Wiig, Bobby Moynihan, Abby Elliott, Jay Pharoah, Nasim Pedrad, Taran Killam, Paul Brittain and Vanessa Bayer. So far the hosts/musical guests announced for this season include: Alec Baldwin with Radiohead (09/24), Melissa McCarthy with Lady Antebellum (10/01) and Jimmy Fallon with Michael Buble (12/17). There is no way for me to accurately describe how much I love Saturday Night Live (every cast/season) so I won’t try. Just watch it.

Watch select episodes on NBC.com, Hulu or Netflix.

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LAST UPDATED: November 2011

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This post in my Netflix Streaming series is part of 90s Month. It is also the companion piece to my last post Top 1990s Teen Movies on Netflix Streaming.

These movies focus on characters in their 20s. Most are about people who are out of school or didn’t go to college but some include characters who are in college because I consider a movie about college characters to be different than one about teenage characters even if they overlap. It’s the 90s so slackers, Ethan Hawke, Chris Eigeman, flannel and slip dresses abound. Many of them are what my, then 11 year old sister, would have referred to as “talking movies”. What she meant by this is that they are about the characters just hanging out and talking about life.

Click the film titles to be taken directly to the film on Netflix.

Go (1999) (Available Until March 1, 2012)

This comedy is told in the Tarantino style of separate plot lines for characters who know each that are told out of order. I’ve watched this film so many times and it’s still fantastic. It takes place on Christmas Eve. The lead is played by Sarah Polley. She is a grocery store cashier who decides to do a one time drug deal to make her rent money. Timothy Olyphant plays the hottest fucking drug dealer. This was the first movie that most of us ladies noticed he’d grown up and become hot in. (We’re still trying to forget him in Scream 2 though). Other plot lines revolve around her fellow cashiers. One is a hot Brit (Desmond Askew) who goes to Vegas and ends up on the run from some really shady characters. Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr play adorable soap actors. Pretty much the only peeve I’ve ever had with the flick is that initially Katie Holmes is irritating in it. The film costars William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, James Duval and Jane Krakowski. It was directed by Doug Liman.

The Curve (1998) (aka Dead Man’s Curve) (Available Until January 31, 2013)

The Curve was the melodramatic version of Dead Man On Campus. The film was direct to video and as I recall was also played on TV in that same time span. It even felt like a made for TV movie. It’s about a group of college friends who plan to kill one of each other to get a 4.0 because of the policy of the college to give them out automatically if your roommate commits suicide. It’s not the best movie but all of the lead male actors were eye candy at the time. It stars Matthew Lillard, Michael Vartan, Randall Batinkoff and Keri Russell.

A Life Less Ordinary (1997) (Available Until June 1, 2012)

“Don’t even ask where I’ve gone”
“Don’t even imagine that I care”

To say that I was obsessed with this movie is an understatement. It’s a romantic fantasy about some angels (Holly Hunter and Del Roy Lindo) who are trying to get an unlikely couple together. The couple is a spoiled rich bitch (Cameron Diaz) and a poor janitor (Ewan McGregor). When McGregor is fired he freaks out and accidentally and kidnaps his bosses’ daughter, Diaz (with prodding from her). Then they fall in love while they are on the run and trying to get ransom money out of her dad. I love everything about this movie. I knew that it was too weird to last at our small town box office for more than a week. I saw it three times that week and I was correct when it was rushed out by the next Friday. This movie was released the same year as Excess Baggage (which has a similar plot) and both were picked apart by critics. However Ewan won best actor of the year in my own movie awards for that year. Silly, yes, but I don’t care and I was 14. The film costars Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Dan Hedaya, Tony Shalhoub, Christopher Gorham and Timothy Olyphant. It was directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting).

Picture Perfect (1997) (Available Until December 1, 2011)

This is still my favorite Jennifer Aniston movie. She plays Kate who is in advertising but is having trouble advancing because she doesn’t have a family. (It’s like the 90s equivalent of a male storyline in the 50s!). She has a big crush on her jerky co-worker (Kevin Bacon). Plus she has a kooky best friend (Illeana Douglas). Things get complicated when she is accidentally photographed with videographer (Jay Mohr) and everyone assumes that he’s her boyfriend. She then decides to spin a web of lies to use that photo as the springboard for her promotion. It’s an adorable romantic comedy with a love triangle and really cute 90s outfits.

Good Will Hunting (1997) (Available Until January 1, 2013)


Plot: “Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.” (from IMDB.com. Stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Williams.

Chasing Amy (1997) (Available Until April 1, 2012)


Chasing Amy is a great comedy that proposes the question “Isn’t Ben Affleck so hot that a lesbian would fall for him?”. Just kidding, she falls for him as a person. The problem is that he can’t get her exes out of his head (which could happen in any relationship). Because it’s a Kevin Smith film (from his View Askew oeuvre) it has his trademark filthy humor but is also touching. Plus they are all comic writers (or tracers) so it’s like a good geek fantasy. The film stars Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee (Banksy!) and Jason Mewes. Characters from this film make a cameo in his later film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This title is also included in my Top Gay Movies on Netflix Streaming post.

Walking and Talking (1996) (Available Until June 1, 2016)

This is a great independent comedy starring Catherine Keener who is having trouble with just dating guys while her best friend Anne Heche is getting married. The movie costars Liev Schreiber, Randall Batinkoff and Kevin Corrigan.

Beautiful Girls (1996) (Available Until June 1, 2016)


Beautiful Girls is a great film. The film is about Timothy Hutton’s character who is conflicted and visits his family. While he is there he develops feelings for his teen neighbor Natalie Portman because she has her whole life ahead of her. He always spends a lot of time with his friends. All of them have their own problems and all of their characters are really fleshed out, which is often ignored in a film like this. The film costars Lauren Holly, Michael Rappaport, Mira Sorvino, Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Rosie O’Donnell. This title is also included in my Top Romantic Comedies on Netflix Streaming post.

Swingers (1996) (Available Until September 1, 2012)

“I don’t want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone’s really hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from. Okay? You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man, Mikey. You’re a bad man, bad man.”

Swingers is still a great movie. It’s about a group of friends who are trying to break into acting. Jon Favreau wrote the film and stars in it as the sappy one who is also trying to find love. It’s called swingers because there was a whole swing dancing revival in the 90s (check out this clip of 90s film Blast From the Past). Even though times change there is still the same dynamic between men and women. For instance, they have a big conversation about how long to wait to call a girl back. Now we have to consider how long to wait to text someone back (Note: I hate texting mind games!). Plus since it’s set in LA they get to take a trip to Vegas. This was Vince Vaughn’s breakout role. Ron Livingston and Heather Graham costar. It was directed by Doug Liman.

Bio-Dome (1996) (Not Currently Available)

Yes, I’ve listed Bio-Dome before but how can I not list it here? Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin are some dim bulbs who accidentally get locked in a bio-dome and hilarity ensures. Joey Lauren Adams costars.

She’s the One (1996) (Not Currently Available)

This is a dramedy by and starring Edward Burns. It’s about a group of Irish Catholic brothers and their relationships. Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and John Mahoney costar.

SubUrbia (1996) (Available Until January 1, 2012)


This dramedy by Richard Linklater is about a group of slacker friends who hang out at a convenience store in a suburb of Austin, TX. They are forced to examine their lives when a former member of their clique shows up and is now a big rock star. The movie stars Giovanni Ribisi. Steve Zahn and Parker Posey costar.

Before Sunrise (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

“And I have this idea for this show that would last twenty-four hours a day for a year straight, right? What you do, is you get three hundred and sixty-five people from cities all over the world, to do these twenty-four hour documents of real time, right, capturing life as it‘s lived. Um, you know, it would start with uh, a guy waking up in the morning, and, uh, you know, taking the long shower, eating a little breakfast, making a little coffee, you know, and, uh, reading the paper.”

Before Sunrise is one of my all time favorite romances. Ethan Hawke was in his perfect slacker mode at the time. Hawke meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train and they enjoy talking to each other so much that they hang out in Vienna talking some more for a whole night. 9 years later the sequel Before Sunset was released. I was initially disappointed in the sequel (the character is more like Hawke himself at that point in his life, pretty unlikable due to the dissolution of his marriage to Uma Thurman because he cheated on her) but you still have to watch it after seeing the first one. It is also available on Netflix Streaming, here (Available Until January 1, 2012). It was written and directed by Richard Linklater.

Kicking and Screaming (1995) (Not Currently Available)

Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming is about a group of college graduates who don’t want to grow up. The movie stars Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Olivia d’Abo and Parker Posey.

Reality Bites (1994) (Available Until May 1, 2013)



“There’s no point to any of this. It’s all just a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes.”

It sounds silly because Reality Bites, as is common, stars ridiculously good looking leads but it’s a movie that gets better the older that you are because it’s so realistic. You will have to do things like beg for terrible, menial jobs in your life or become so depressed that you don’t get off the couch for a week. It’s about a group of friends who are starting their working lives after college. They also have to deal with love and modern life. Winona Ryder stars as an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Ethan Hawke is a frequently unemployed singer, Janeane Garafalo manages the Gap and Steve Zahn is in the closet. Ryder has an entry level job in her field but gets herself fired because she can’t stand her boss (John Mahoney). She has an unrequited attraction for Hawke which is fine until he gets upset because she starts dating a yuppie played by Ben Stiller (who also directed the film).

Clerks (1994) (Available Until February 29, 2012)


“I’m not even supposed to be here today”

Clerks was Kevin Smith‘s first film which he notably financed himself with credit cards. The reason that the film was shot in black and white is because black and white film is cheaper than color. This also makes it hard to get some people to watch it. I didn’t see Clerks when it first came out because I was too young but when I saw it a few years later it became a favorite of mine. It’s about two friends who work at adjoining convenience and video stores. Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) is the lead who hates his job and is attending college at the same time but isn’t taking it very seriously. His friend Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) gets mad at the customers too but he doesn’t let it get to him so much. The movie is set during a day that Dante is supposed to be off but must go into work instead so he doesn’t take things as seriously as normal and a few crazy things happen. This was the first movie in Smith’s View Askew Universe and characters that are in or are discussed in this film appear in many of his other releases. Clerks: The Animated Series aired in 2000 but was quickly canceled despite being hilarious. The sequel, Clerks 2, was released in 2006. Some original fans of Clerks dislike the sequel but I love it. It’s ridiculously funny.

Airheads (1994) (Available Until May 13, 2012)


Airheads is a super funny flick about the band heavy metal band The Lone Rangers. It stars Brendan Fraser (when he was hot), Adam Sandler (when he was likably stupid) and Steve Buscemi (man, he’s awesome). Plus there are tons of other actors in the huge cast. The dimwitted band members end up holding a radio station hostage to get their music heard.

With Honors (1994) (Not Currently Available)

This is a cheesy movie but I liked it. It’s about a group of students at Harvard who let a homeless man (Joe Pesci) live with them. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Hamilton and Moira Kelly.

The Chase (1994) (Not Currently Available)


“There’s no rule that says that when you’re kidnapping, you can’t be cordial and nice.”

This is my second favorite Adam Rifkin movie (Detroit Rock City is tops). It stars Charlie Sheen as a wrong convicted man who ends up kidnapping a heiress (Kristy Swanson). They fall for each other during their high speed chase from the cops and media. Henry Rollins, Ray Wise, Cary Elwes, Flea and Anthony Kiedis costar. It’s such a fun movie.

Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993) (Available Until April 30, 2012)


This relationship drama centers on some dreamy twentysomethings. It stars Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz and Alicia Witt.

Slacker (1991) (Available Until January 21, 2012)


“I may live badly but at least I don’t have to work to do it”

Richard Linklater’s Slacker is the classic independent film shot in Austin, Texas that is about an ensemble of slackers. It’s a free form film that only focuses on each character for a few minutes.

Metropolitan (1990) (Available Until February 12, 2012)

Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan is a comedy of manners about a group of yuppies at a ball during a break from college. The film stars Chris Eigeman, Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols and Dylan Hundley.

Last Updated: November 2011

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So you’re probably wondering about the type of person who uses Charlie Sheen as a style inspiration.

On Charlie Sheen
I’ve been having a bad month. The first week of the month I was mad at myself for not being able to get enough money together to go somewhere (which isn’t surprising since I do not earn much no matter how many hours I work) & was feeling pretty self destructive. However that same week Charlie Sheen totally stole my thunder. He just burst onto the scene with (mostly) nonsensical catch phrases & anger (um, over earning about $48 million per year by getting to act like himself on TV, sounds tough). Most people watched it like a car wreck while teens were all over Sheen like he was an old school rock star. While he appeared to be on a lot of drugs he still said he wasn’t. That is probably the only problem I had with the whole thing. Uh & putting a bunch of people out of work on Two and A Half Men. If you follow me on twitter you probably know that I have mixed feelings about Sheen. I have no problem with someone who wants to party but I do have a problem with physical abuse against women. If you watched his interview though you will notice that he actually made a couple of good points. Like, yeah some people probably are jealous of him & why would you want to go to Bible thumping rehab & say that you are worthless? He even mentioned that people like to put people who are out there on spirit crushing antidepressants. Of course, all of that was mixed in with phrases like “tiger’s blood”, “adonis DNA” & “winning”. I don’t have an answer to the how/what/why of Sheen (I also don’t go looking for unicorns) but I would advise against buying tickets to any of his “shows” because crackheads aren’t exactly trustworthy when it comes to keeping appointments.

fedoras/blondes/winning


On My Pain

Okay, so none of that explains my outfit. A couple of weeks ago I was upset and out and about trying to clear my head. At that time I tried to move something way too heavy (big mistake, huge) and I pulled something in my back, arms & hands. This probably wasn’t helped by the fact that I don’t really listen to or care about my body so I still worked 10 hours the next day & then exercised on my extremely old upright bike that always hurts your back when you use it. This means that I was in really bad pain for basically the last couple of weeks but tried to ignore it in the beginning & eventually had to just lay on my back & do nothing for a few days (plus some home remedies) so that I’m now feeling a bit better.

channeling MJ/real pain

The Outfit
About a week ago I was still trying to work & one night when I was up delirious with pain I saw Sheen’s new “Duh, Winning” shirt on his site for sale. Maybe usually I would just be like, okay I kind of want that but move on. But it also hit me that it was just 2 words written on a tee. So the next day I forced myself to take a really slow walk and thought I’d make my own out of an old worn men’s v-neck tee that I’ve had forever to wear that day. I used a regular black Sharpie marker because I was impatient and that’s all that I had. However I would recommend doing this with a fabric marker (they are super easy to use) because something written in Sharpie may fade, bleed or rub off on other clothing. I wasn’t really worried about it because it was a spur of the moment thing and I probably won’t be wearing it often anyway. I had a little trouble writing the words legibly on the tee because my hands were inflamed but anyone else (and me on a normal day) could probably do this easily. I figured I’d throw on the awesome Eugenia Kim fedora that I bought last year. In case you haven’t noticed Charlie wears a lot of fedoras. Since the tee was threadbare I knew that my bra would show. So I chose a houndstooth bra since I thought that it went with the old guy vibe. Of course it’s one of the many print/color variations of the Joe Boxer balconette bra from Kmart that I wear all of the time. Seriously it’s like the best style ever, no padding, underwire, lift, cute colors/prints & only $10.99 (but like 1/2 of the time they have them on sale buy one get one 1/2 off). I topped that off with a hoodie & my favorite jacket that I wear all of the time. Plus my current favorite peach & orange lipstick and gloss. Oh & don’t forget to slather on the black eyeshadow since it will help you look even more seedy.

I love this lipstick

I imagine this is what Sheen looks like when communicating with aliens or yelling about his billions ("I hate you universe, stop throwing money at me!")

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Ode To Charlie Sheen

Ode To Charlie Sheen by MissEmmaMM on Polyvore.com

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