Your Comic Con Look: Ringer

There’s one problem with living in Boston: It’s really far away from San Diego Comic Con. Sadly, I’m not there. But I am on the interwebs, so I can watch some of the promo videos.

Like Ringer‘s.

I’m very excited about this series, but I’m a little nervous that the CW isn’t the right place for it. Well, we’ll find out about that. In the meantime, my excitement remains in tact, and this promo did nothing but increase my enthusiasm. I love it.

Check it out! A Comic Con First Look: Ringer.

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Life Unexpected: Control Issues

LIFE UNEXPECTED 2.04:  “Team Rebounded”

Hello everyone!  I’m here filling in for Raked and recapping Tuesday’s episode of Life Unexpected (which I just saw).  I was really happy to see that they laid off the storyline involving Lux and her teacher.  Raked was right when she said it seemed artificial and lifted from Pretty Little Liars (or Dawson’s, Felicity, 90210, any other CW/WB drama), and I’m happy to see Lux doing normal things like joining the basketball team.

Man, was that the most remedial basketball team in the history of all time, and I was a bit confused. If Tasha was such a star, how is it that they were only capable of scoring 3 points in that game?  I just think if basketball’s going to show us how crazy Baze is, you’d think they’d be able to score more points than that.

That all said, I thought Baze was pretty hilarious this episode.  Not only is he terrible at reading the needs of his team, his daughter, etc., he’s also pretty atrocious at giving Matt girl advice.  Poor Matt wants to get with Paige, and they go out on a non-date, that’s so bad Paige kisses him just to end it.  Naturally Matt thinks he likes her, and Baze has to be a jerk and harshly deliver the bad news in a completely tactless way.  And then Paige goes and hits on Eric, which I’m sure will infuriate Lux (even though the student-teacher thing should NOT be happening as it’s been done…on every WB show ever).   What does everyone think of Paige?  Because I pretty much hate her.  Seriously, I understand that it’s the point of her character, but I just find it pretty implausible that she would burn down the bar and then be given a room in the fiery loft.

I did like the confrontation between Matt and Baze—Matt’s been taken advantage of, and I’m glad he stood up for himself even if it only had to do with basketball.  I wonder how Baze’s superiority complex will manifest itself at work…since I really missed that aspect of his new life (and Emma Caulfield).

Also fiery is the relationship between Cate and Kelly.  Because of Cate’s outburst last week, things were obviously tense between the two of them.  And when there’s tension, the mature thing to do is resolve it by getting drunk.  Unfortunately, Cate can’t keep her mouth shut and tells Kelly that the two of them disagree on finances and kids…which brings up some very real problems for Cate and Ryan’s marriage. I was annoyed that Cate was shown taking birth control at the end of the episode.  Characters are supposed to evolve and grow, and hasn’t she learned that Ryan’s a pretty understanding guy…except when she keeps stuff from him?  More importantly, I don’t think that Ryan will forgive this when he finds out (and he will find out).  But Kelly fell down so that was amusing.

Tasha found out that her new foster mom was Lux’s former foster parent.  Lux thought that getting her kicked out and into a drunken Cate’s house would be better until she heard Ryan and Cate fighting so she vandalized the house.  Luckily, Cate and Ryan agreed to assist with Tasha’s independent living.  Which brings us to the end, and my biggest question for the episode.  I understand that Lux’s former foster parent was trying to adopt her, and it didn’t work out…Lux had mentioned that it got really bad over there, but then seemed really upset while reading the letter.  Did she just lie to Tasha because she wanted this woman to herself?  Or did something shady happen that prevented adoption?  That was really unclear to me, and we probably won’t find anything out this week because there’s some music festival sponsored by the cast of One Tree Hill. Until then!

Jay Leno premieres tonight–and I’m not watching.

That’s right. The new PRIMETIME interview show starts tonight: Jay Leno’s new show on NBC. What is it called, anyway? The Jay Leno Show?

Anyway, in case you missed the headline, I’ll not be watching. I just have a lot of better things to do: wash my hair, windex the mirrors, cut the grass with scissors, stare at a wall, etc.

And yes, Leno clearly lucked out by booking Kanye West long before he screwed over poor Taylor Swift. Yes, that’s right. Kanye will be on the show tonight. Who knows what he will say (an entire writers’ room is probably filled with pencil scratching to decide what Leno will ask and what jokes he’ll say), but despite my curiosity, I’m not watching.

Ignoring the joke above, I really have no interest in seeing Jay Leno. I mean, I thought he was leaving The Tonight Show for a reason, but the NBC seemed to have backtracked and decided to give him another show. And it’s every night at 10:00.

There’s so much better programming than Leno on at 10:00 during the week! Why not just give him Saturday and call it a day! We could have Kings, for goodness sake.

I just feel like this is a big mistake on NBC’s part. I mean, this is taking five hours of TV away from them. They’ve basically structured their schedule so they’re like FOX or The CW, except that those stations usually have the news right after their programming.

And it’s actually disappointing. I realize the NBC is kinda poor right now (Ooh, I have an idea for that! Kill of half the cast of Heroes! It’ll help the show and the network!), but it’s actually been pretty impressive this summer. I’ve been quite pleased with Merlin, and even though it’s not an NBC original, it’s quality programming that I wanted to check out week to week. NBC can do it; they just…won’t?

But how long can they really keep a primetime interview show going? I mean, Leno was moving on from The Tonight Show. How long would he want this? And how long do we? Honestly, I don’t think it’ll go past the year–and I only think it will go that far because he’s probably got a contract with a big pricetag.

And they’re clearly trying to make it successful. They’ve got some big guests this week (you can see them here), so maybe it will grab some attention.

But for me, it just isn’t my style. I want primetime to be real shows. (I’m still annoyed that reality TV still gets in the way.) I mean, he might make for some good background noise, but as for tonight, I think I’ll watch the premiere of One Tree Hill…and then take down all my curtains and hand wash them with a toothbrush.

Happy September 1!

It’s finally September. I say that reluctantly because while I love having new TV, I also love summer weather. Fall means that there will be lovely colors all over New England, but it also means winter is looming along the horizon, and I don’t know how much I’m looking forward to that.

Weather aside, fall means exciting things for TV. Mainly, premieres of our new and old shows! So I thought it was about time I gave you all a schedule of premiere dates.

Please note that the shows listed below are just shows that we cover here on Raked–except for those few that we know people are huge fans of and thought you might be interested in. As you can tell, I’ve weeded out a lot of the reality TV.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

90210, 8 p.m. (CW)

Wednesday, Sept. 9

America‘s Next Top Model, 8 p.m. (CW)
*Glee
, 9 p.m. (Fox)

Thursday, Sept. 10

*The Vampire Diaries, 8 p.m. (CW)

Monday, Sept. 14

Gossip Girl, 9 p.m. (CW)
One Tree Hill, 8 p.m. (CW)

Thursday, Sept. 17
(It’s going to be a busy night)

Bones, 8 p.m. (Fox)
*Community
, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)
Fringe
, 9 p.m. (Fox)
The Office
, 9 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 21
(Also a busy night)

The Big Bang Theory, 9:30 p.m. (CBS)
Castle, 10 p.m. (ABC)
Heroes
, 8 p.m. (NBC)
House
, 8 p.m. (Fox)
How I Met Your Mother
, 8 p.m. (CBS)

Wednesday, Sept. 23

*Cougar Town, 9:30 p.m. (ABC)
*Eastwick
, 10 p.m. (ABC)
*Mercy
, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Thursday, Sept. 24

*Flash Forward, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy
, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Friday, Sept. 25

Dollhouse, 9 p.m. (Fox)
Ghost Whisperer
, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Smallville
, 8 p.m. (CW)

Sunday, Sept. 27

Brothers & Sisters, 10 p.m. (ABC)
Desperate Housewives
, 9 p.m. (ABC)
Dexter, 9 p.m. (Showtime)

Thursday, Oct. 1

Private Practice, 10 p.m. (ABC)

Monday, Oct. 5

*Rita Rocks, 7:30 p.m. (Lifetime)
*Sherri, 7 p.m. (Lifetime)

Friday, Oct. 9

Ugly Betty
, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Thursday, Oct. 15

30 Rock, 9:30 p.m. (NBC)

Friday, Oct. 23

Southland, 9 p.m. (NBC)
*White Collar
, 10 p.m. (USA)

Tuesday, Nov. 3

*V, 8 p.m. (ABC)

By the way, a full list can be found here. I’ve marked new series with an asterisk (*), and I’ve kept in the ones that we’ll definitely be checking out. If there are others you want us to take a look at, request it in the comments! We’re still deciding ourselves what we’ll watch this fall, and as you can tell from the past, it’s everchanging. Who knows, maybe we’ll cover more!

But if it’s not on this list, don’t forget that there are plenty more shows to watch, so please be sure to check out all the networks and see what’s new this fall!

10 Things I Hate About You: New and Old

So the new ABC Family TV series 10 Things I Hate About You starts on Tuesday. I’m skeptical of this show.

The commercials seem to claim that this is the “best new show of the summer,” but let’s be real here: I was someone who saw the original in the theaters. Loved the original. Still do. In fact, I’m watching it today on the CW.

It surprised me that it was being aired on the CW and not ABC Family itself. What better way could you advertise your new series–the spinoff of the movie–except by showing the movie itself?

Unless…

Unless, of course, the series is not nearly as good as the movie, and you’d realize it watching them back to back. And personally, I think that’s going to be the case.

I’ve noted before that they should have just made an original high school TV series about two opposite sisters. I mean, the movie was based on Taming of the Shrew (that’s Shakespeare, people) and had such clever jokes in it. Humor that easily moved along a two-hour movie, but could it really be a series without the freshness getting old?

And look who’s shoes your standing in! I mean, Julia Styles? Joseph Gordon Levitt? And, of course, Heath Ledger. I’m sure the new Patrick Verona is thrilled to have the role, but that’s really hard to live up to. Add in the fact that they’ve really narrowed down the characters to make them one-dimensional for the series, and you’ve got one unhappy fan sitting here.

Personally, I’m all about the movie. And I’m very hesitant about the series. I will probably still check it out. For two reasons: 1) to see if I’m right and 2) to have something to write about later in the week. And who knows, maybe it is the best new series of the summer.

Let’s just hope it’s nothing like Secret Life. Please, please, let it be nothing like Secret Life.

Breaking News: Minus two on ‘One Tree Hill’

I’m going to watch last night’s episode tonight, but I couldn’t help but share the news I just got. If you don’t want to know, I’d suggest you stop reading now. But it looks like the RSVP for two actors next season will be “no.”

Details under the picture below.

image from watchingcw.com

image from watchingcw.com

Well, it’s good that The CW renewed the show so early. But what will it look like?

TV Guide has just announced that Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not be returning to the show.

This is a big surprise to me. I know the question had been tossed out there, but I thought it was a publicity stunt. You know, to make people wonder whether Peyton will really make it after she has the baby. Will they kill her off? If they don’t renew her contract at time of renewal, you’ll never know and will have to watch.

Well, I guess her death may be a real possibility, because Peyton and Lucas both will not be returning for the seventh season. Instead, Julian will become a regular.

Wow. I have faith in the other actors in the show, but do you really think they can do it? I mean, the show was about Lucas, and yes, it’s developed (and Lucas and Peyton are almost a little too boring now), but it just surprises me. Those are some big names to cut loose.

But there it is. Good-bye, Peyton and Lucas. And what’s to come next week?

image from fanpop.com

image from fanpop.com