I appreciate great TV dramas. From Mad Men(back April 6!) and Downton Abbey to The Good Wife and Homeland, I cannot get enough. Which is why I found myself wondering what was next when I finished The Newsroomseries (note, I love everything about that series). After perusing on HBO OnDemand, I figured it was time to see this Game of Thronesbusiness.
I’ve been fighting the GOT lifestyle for a while. After seeing a few clips, I thought there’s absolutely no way I can get in to this show. I had no idea who was who, who was related to whom and what storyline each character carried until probably the seventh episode. But I’m hooked. I cannot stop. While I’ve never really been a fan of medieval period pieces, I cannot turn away. The storylines are deep and rich and frankly, completely unpredictable. While I have yet to find a character that truly “gets” me, I still constantly think about what’s going on in the Seven Kingdoms. Though I think that’s because I’m so drawn to Peter Dinklage‘s character:
After successfully powering through the first two seasons, I find myself eagerly awaiting season 3’s return. Thankfully, a trailer leaked today. Just have a month and a week to hang tight.
I have a select number of shows I simply cannot miss. But for the most part, I’m a-okay falling behind a few weeks and catching up on a cold, rainy Saturday/Sunday. Homelandis not one of them. If I miss it on a Sunday, I feel like I’m missing the most important news in the world.
If you haven’t heard of Homeland or watched it, it’s time. This show brings an intensity to Sunday nights you never knew you needed. I get so sucked into the plot lines and characters that I really think Abu Nazir is a terrorist out there and we’re trying to catch him. The minute you think you have the show figured out, you realize you don’t. The show continues to surprise and delight, even on its less thrilling episodes (note: that is practically an oxymoron).
But it’s not just the watching of the show I enjoy. Over on Grantland, Andy Greenwald writes thrilling recaps and analyses after every episode. It’s the highlight of my Monday to read and then discuss with BLB over afternoon coffee. As the second season wraps in 3 weeks, this Christmas/Winter season is the perfect time to catch up on the series. You must start from the beginning and I can assure you, when you have all the episodes at your disposal, it will be hard to walk away.
It’s television like this that makes me so happy and grateful there are Americans out there who could careless about the latest Real Housewives or MTV reality show. People appreciate the detailed, dramatic script peppered with some lightheartedness. And I for one, cannot get enough.
I love when it’s Olympics time. I love waking up early, staying up late and taking an interest in sports I generally don’t pay much attention to. I love hearing that music come pouring through the TV and imagining what it must be like to have a gold medal hanging from your neck while your country’s anthem plays.
I love it all.
And I especially love the commercials during this time. Especially when Morgan Freeman does the VO. Via AdWeek
Okay, so this video has been circulating for the past few days, and was quite the hit in the office last week. I would like to take this time to analyze this piece as I think it gives great insight to Americans.
1) We will do anything for money. Or tv. Or fame. It’s sick and pathetic, but it’s true. We will even try to sling shot watermelons at the knights in shining armor we all are desperately seeking.
2) We’re optimistic. “I have a massive headache.” Sweetheart, that’s not the only problem you’re about to have. But props to you for focusing on a headache instead of the potential of internal (and external) bleeding.
3) We’re tough. Watch the clip again if you disagree.
4) We speak before we think. Otherwise, how else do you explain the “You have to keep going” line? I mean, homegirl just took a fruit that a comedian made a living smashing with a hammer STRAIGHT TO HER FACE. Keep going isn’t even an option.
But it’s true, they don’t call it the amazing race for anything, so keep trucking, even when a watermelon comes smashing across your face.