- Jenna Sliter
- Hi, I'm Jenna and I'm addicted to great television. I'm on a mission to share with you what I think are the best of the best when it comes to shows and mini-series. Long format visual storytelling is my entertainment of choice. I've got a lot to say, so stay tuned..... P.S. I am under some sort of invisible legal obligation to state that I do not own any of the photos posted herein unless otherwise specified and if you see any of your images and would like me to credit you or take it down (‘cus you’re just a meanie), please contact me
Monday, March 14, 2011
This past Sunday, I attended PaleyFest's "Supernatural" panel at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. It was AMAZING! "Supernatural" is a show that I've become quite obsessed with in the last few years. You may not have been able to tell based on my past posts because I don't write about it very often. Honestly, writing about a show like this....in it's sixth season, is very daunting. My goal with this blog is turn viewers on to new shows, but in a series that is heavily entrenched in mythology and has a long and twisted backstory it is in a word, overwhelming. There is no possible way for me to summarize five and half seasons of awesomeness without giving away major plot points. Talking with my roommate and fellow SuperFan (aka Dean Girl), we both agreed that this is one of the few series that has consistently and effectively surprised us. They still throw us curve balls that make us come back week after week.
The WB turned CW show follows two brothers that hunt monsters. They drive a bad ass car and carry guns...oh and they're hot. If you haven't seen it, give the show one disc. The first season is the most episodical, but if you are open to the supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi genres, you'll probably like it. If it keeps you watching, it all pays off every single season thereafter. The mythology gets deeper and deeper and the brothers closer and closer.
Even writing now, I know that I can't possibly articulate the greatness of "Supernatural". It's something that you need to experience for yourself. Don't judge it because it's on the CW...or because it stars pretty boys...or because it's about things that go bump in the night. This show is truly about family and heroism. How many other television shows provoke debate on philosophy?
My aforementioned roommate and I have talked for hours debating the meaning of the soul, good vs. evil, and free will. This is was it does to you. And it's GREAT!
If you live in NY or LA and haven't been to a Paley Center event, do yourself a favor and go! Hearing stories from the set, regrets, favorite moments and how our favorite characters came to be was priceless. The seats were awesome by the way. What a beautiful theater. The only thing that would have made the day better would be getting a picture with the Brothers Winchester...and not getting a parking ticket afterward.
If you're even half interested, check out Season 1 on Netflix. This is definitely a show that you must watch in order, from the beginning.
You might like this series if you like "LOST", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", "Battlestar Galactica", "Hex" or "Being Human".
Sunday, March 6, 2011
You may have seen some of the posters around town that look like they're advertising a Discovery Channel show about prison. Turns out they were for the new A&E original drama "Breakout Kings". When the U.S. Marshalls can't catch the bad guys on their own, who do they call? Well the cons of course. Laz Alonso and Domenick Lombardozzi play Charlie DuChamp and Ray Zancanelli, the Marshalls piloting this questionable program. The only other non criminal member of this team is Julianne Sims (Brooke Nevin), a civilian techy. Think Chloe O'Brien, mental problems and all. And your cons are.....Lloyd Lowery, a gambling, genius psycho-behavioral analyst. Shea Daniels who started out as a young gangbanger and rose to successful criminal businessman...until he got caught. Serinda Swan is an expert tracker who's bounty hunter father taught her the biz.
Ok, so they've all got some talent that will bring down the scumbags running all along the Eastern seaboard, or at least the tri-state area. The first job tracking down an escaped con is not all that interesting, but that's to be expected in a pilot. It's really all about introducing the characters. I'll excuse it since they all seem to have pretty complex backstories. If you're a fan of "Prison Break" or "Lie to Me", you may like this one as it's creators Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead were producing partners on both. Unfortunately, it feels like a slight rip off of some other show. "White Collar" has been going strong on USA with a smooth confidence man that was released from prison to assist the FBI. Granted, it's a classy solo act, but still. I used to watch WC, but didn't feel like their writing lived up to the characters and the concept. The cases just weren't there. Maybe this one new show will fill that void. It's a definitely a more down and dirty team version. I like the feel, it's not gritty, but it's not fluffy either. I have a feeling there'll be more than a few surprises. It's got potential.
Check it out on A&E. There are encores playing every day this week and it'll probably be OnDemand.
P.S. A huge pet peev is inaccuracies. I grew up near Hudson, NY and there is no Maybelle prison where the cons are supposedly transferred to. Boo for that.
P.P.S. The more I think about the techy girl, the more she is Chloe O'Brien. Come ON!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
For some reason, I never blog about NBC's "Parenthood". I don't know why since I love it. There aren't a whole lot of shows on television that both my mother and I watch. This is one of them. It's based on the Ron Howard movie which apparently was intended to be a TV show. Jason Katims got his hands on it and voila! Zeek and Camille Braverman raised four children in Northern California. Now, their grown children are parents themselves.
Adam Braverman (Peter Krause) is married to Christina (Monica Potter). They have a goody-two-shoes daughter Haddie, who's been kickin' up some trouble with her black, recovering alcoholic, older boyfriend and a younger son with Asperger's Syndrome.
Sarah Braverman (former Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham) has two teenagers. Amber is an artistic rebel played by child actor turned talented young woman Mae Whitman. Her younger brother Drew (Miles Heizer) is sensitive and quiet. He desperately wants a relationship with his estranged, addict father now played by John Corbett.
Julia Braverman-Graham is married to the sexiest stay at home dad ever, Sam Jaeger as Joel. She's a high powered attorney who juggles her time between work and her bossy, too big for her britches seven year old daughter, Sydney.
Crosby Braverman was the care free bachelor until a fling from five years ago shows up with a son. Joy Bryant plays Jasmine, a professional dancer. Oh and she's black which was a bit of a surprise to the old folks when they realized they had a half black grandson named Jabbar. Crosby and Jasmine are making a go of it, but we'll see how that works out.
One big family makes for lots of drama.....and some comedy too. What's great about this show, is that almost everyone can find a character to relate to. It's got a beautiful visual style and heartfelt writing. They've also got great reoccurring characters played by actors like Jason Ritter *swoon* and Minka Kelly. I even like the opening titles. The Bob Dylan version of "Forever Young" plays as we see actual childhood pictures of the actors. If NBC even thinks about canceling this show, they're crazy. My advice, if they have any worries about ratings is to move it to the 9pm timeslot. It currently airs on Tuesdays at 10pm. The old people that would like this show and always complain that there's nothing good on TV, don't stay up that late. My grandma would love this show, but she's in bed by then and wouldn't know how to work a DVR if she had one.
Sooooo......if you're looking for a wholesome (and I don't mean that in a corny way) show, check it out. You can find the first season on DVD and catch the second season so far on Hulu.com. Did I forget to mention that Coach (Craig T. Nelson) is Zeek? LOVE IT!
Tuesdays at 10pm on NBC
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Showtime finally announced the 4th and final season's premiere date for "Secret Diary of a Call Girl". We'll see what Belle/Hannah has been up on April 7th at 10:30. It's slated for eight episodes as usual. If you haven't seen this sexy little gem, Billie Piper (dorks, you might recognize her as Rose from "Doctor Who") plays a high end London call girl that loves what she does. Although she keeps her life secret (in the beginning) she's not ashamed of her profession. Why should she be, she's the best. Belle is the woman every man and a few women want. If this premise sounds kind of familiar, you may have heard about the book the show is based on written by Belle du Jour. And yes, Piper's Belle writes a book about her escapades as well.
The first season is great, delving into human sexual nature. Some people have some strange fetishes, but Belle doesn't judge. Once Hannah starts writing, the series began to lack excitement. Still interesting, I'm looking forward to see if she gives it all up. You can't be a call girl forever.
Check out seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix. Season 3 isn't out on DVD yet, but if you have Showtime, it's OnDemand.
P.S. If you like this show, you might like the Australian Showtime series "Satisfaction". A little more soapy and dramatic, but entertaining.