We all watch movies, whether it's through an online streaming service, on the big-screen, or at home in your living room. We also all have seen our highly watched TV shows. But why are we more accustomed to the TV shows that we wait a week, even a month for? Why do we like the suspenseful build-up over a year? Today I am going to assess why I prefer a great movie over an amazing TV show any day.
Picture it, you're in line at the grocery, you don't have DVR, and you're favorite show is on. What are you going to do? It's a season, so they won't replay the episode, and it won't come out on Netflix for a while. TV shows consequences. Now picture this, you're at home watching the latest Iron Man movie when your mom asks you to go out to get the groceries. If it was a TV show, you would have to get up and wait for the episode to come back on some time in the future, but since it is a movie, you can easily pause the dvd and come back to it later (Obviously if you were in a theater this wouldn't be happening).
Alright so you got that a TV show, especially one that is new, isn't usually friendly to your time schedule (unless you plan your schedule around that tv show). But a movie, ahh, a movie is all for your schedule. You can watch it whenever you feel like it, unlike a tv show that has a designated time.
When you watch a movie you get all that buildup that you would over 6 months with a tv show in around two (and a half) hours. You know what's happening; you never miss an episode so you know who's who and how they are connected to the main character. You feel like you're connected to the movie, now I will stay that with a series you can feel way more connected to the show and the characters. With the tv show, you could say that you feel like you are a part of the antagonist's life, one of their (close) friends. With a movie its way more short, it's like reading a book (and I love reading books). You know what it's going to be about, what the situation is, and who the main character is. If you wanted books that were made more like tv shows, than you would need to be referred to comic books, not novels.
Movies are pushing factors for (romantic) dates, family (bonding) time, inspiration (for a specific group of people), doing well (when offered as a reward), and much more. Movies are for the average person who's looking for something interesting and amusing, while not taking up days of their time.
I have never seen one episode from the below list of the 2013 canceled television shows. I'm probably not the only one, which explains why they were canceled (no viewers). It really begs the question if the networks have any idea what their targeted demographic is interested in watching. Body of Proof, for example, in the advertisements the main character seemed a bit over the hill and burned out. Who was the targeted audience for that show?
I do watch a lot of television shows including: Law and Order: SVU, Castle, General Hospital, Dance Moms, and Army Wives. It was very surprising that Army Wives wasn't on this list after all the changes that have occurred and the new cast members that were added.
On a more positive note, the two canceled ABC soap operas, One Life to Live and All My Children, returned online recently thanks to Prospect Park for their loyal fans to watch on Hulu. Also, Castle was renewed on ABC, which for a while it was a bit unsure that it would actually be renewed for another season.
NBC by far has the most canceled television shows on this list. Maybe they will be more careful with their 2013 Fall line-up and pick up some shows that are really great this time around.
Body of Proof (ABC)
Happy Endings (ABC)
How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (ABC)
Malibu Country (ABC)
Red Widow (ABC)
Golden Boys (CBS)
Rules of Engagement (CBS)
Guys with Kids (NBC)
1600 Penn (NBC)
CSI: NY (NBC)
Go on (NBC)
Rock Center with Brian Williams (NBC)
The New Normal (NBC)
Up All Night (NBC)
Monday Mornings (TNT)
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Dallas, the popular TV Show that aired in the 1980's and was talked about many times, mainly due to the cliffhangers and such, has returned to TV. After twenty some years after leaving the airwaves; the show has returned, not as a remake, but as a continuation of the series that made history. The cable channel, TNT, has brought it back to television and it airs on Wednesday nights at nine pm eastern standard time. The focus of the show is mainly on the next generation of Ewing family, but it also focus' on the older generation also. Right from the start this show was full of action and more. The show also lived up to the hype and has made itself known again as a show to be reckoned with.
Dallas shows us what the main characters of the original show and the newer characters have been up to in the years that this show has been off the air. I can also tell you that what made the original great; is also working to make this show just as good as the original. There are enough betrayals, backstabbing, greed, shenanigans, lust, and so much more going on as this series went through its first season. It was a lot more than I hoped for when I made the decision to watch this show.
We find out that the man that everyone loves to hate: J.R. Ewing, has not done too well over the years. He has ended up in a home for a number of years for clinical depression and Bobbie Ewing has taken over the ranch and has remarried for the third time. We learn that John Ross Ewing, the now adult son of J.R. Ewing; wants to make the Ewing name great again and become like his father. We also learn that Christopher, the adult son of Bobbie, wants to do the same but make a name for himself in the alternate energies field. Sue Ellen, the ex-wife of J.R. and the mother of John Ross; has done well for herself over the years. She has been sober for over twenty years and is running for Governor of Texas.
In each episode there is a lot going on with each character and a lot going on with the various plots. J.R. wanting to own Southfork, by any means necessary; even if he has to backstab and betray his brother to do it. Bobbie vowing to protect Southfork; like he promised his mother he would do; by any means necessary. John Ross vowing to become a force to be reckoned with and wanting to be like his father. There is a lot of conniving going on also in the form of new characters. There is Rebecca Sudder Ewing; who marries Christopher, but she is not at all whom she seems. We find out who she really is in the season finale. There is Tommy Sudder; but he also not whom he seems to be and a lot more. Each episode there is a lot going on that keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat.
The season finale was full of everything you can think of. There were revelations, more betrayals, lying, greed, and more. We learned a lot of what was going on and so forth. Dallas has already been renewed already for a second season and the next season looks to be very interesting. I look forward to see what the new season will bring and what happens next in the continuing saga that is the Ewing family.
There are many shows on the various networks for kids in the tween age group, but not many that put the focus on school and what takes place in that venue. Here is a compilation of some shows that I am aware, based on the viewing habits of my twelve year-old son, that have a school theme.
My Gym Partner Is A Monkey – airing on Cartoon Network Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 8:30 pm.
This show is about a twelve year-old boy named Adam, that transferred from a human school to an animal school due to the fact that his last name is Lyon. Adam attends Charles Darwin Middle School. His gym partner is a spider monkey known as Jake. Adam and Jake are best friends and get in trouble sometimes.
Some of the themes the show profiles are about lying, bullies and the school newspaper. The students have some wacky adventures like the magic fish episode where Jake landed in a pond and almost killed a magic fish. They recently aired a movie called the Big Field Trip.
Recess – this was airing on Toon Disney over the winter school break. I have since noticed it on at various times on this channel. It is fun to watch the playground antics of the six kids who are in the fourth grade. The Principal is an old lady who is mean to the students. One episode we viewed recently showed it raining outside which cancelled the playground recess. The kids had to use their minds playing games in the cafeteria. Recess has DVDs but no more shows are being produced.
Ned's Declassified – this is on Nickelodeon Saturdays at 7:30 pm. The show takes place at James K Polk Middle School. The students are Ned Bigby, Moze and Cookie. The show is a survival guide to Middle School with weird teachers, hall monitors, cafeteria ladies and bullies. Some of the episodes have covered friends moving, bad hair days and riding the school bus. I believe this is the first season of the show.
The Magic School Bus – this airs on The Learning Channel weekday mornings at 7:30 AM. Ms. Frizzle teaches at Walker Elementary School with the help of the Lizard. They go on many field trips where the bus turns into other objects like a spaceship, submarine or weather machine.
There were 52 episodes, but the show is no longer in production.
These are shows that depict Elementary and Middle Schools in a comedic fashion.
Justified is the new TV show in FX's lineup. The Justified TV show arrived last night with a lot of raves and expectations. FX already has critically acclaimed programs like Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Rescue Me on their table, but there's always room for another one. After Nip/Tuck ended its disappointing final season, the network needed a new show in the middle of the week to deliver the goods. So far, Justified is a TV show fitting that bill, judging by the early raves and buildup.
After delving into the world of lawyers, motorcycle outlaws, cops, plastic surgeons and firemen, FX is now going into the world of Elmore Leonard. The legendary crime writer, whose wise-guy dialogue and showdowns preceded the likes of Quentin Tarantino, lent some of his old stories and characters to FX. In this case, he gave them U.S. Deputy Marshal Raylan Givens, a modern day Western hero in a 21st century world.
The Justified TV show sends Raylan to his old home in Kentucky, after one too many 'justified' public shootings. His new assignment brings him towards an old friend turned white supremacist, an ex-wife, and lots of criminals to cut up verbally and physically.
Once critics got a look at the first three episodes, they started hyping up Justified as the best TV show of the midseason. On Meta Critic, it gained an average rating of 80 from 26 reviews, with the likes of Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide's Matt Roush giving it perfect scores. They also hailed it as the breakout vehicle long overdue for star Timothy Olyphant.
Olyphant is no stranger to TV, having headlined Deadwood and Season Two of Damages. But he was not the breakout character on those shows and had been stuck in supporting roles in movies. However, this is his first undisputed leading man role, and paired with Leonard and FX, his Justified TV show stands to put Olyphant in the breakout stage of his career – assuming the rest of the series lives up to the start.
Critics only saw the first three episodes, raving over last night's pilot the most. It's a rare case when the first few episodes of a show get raves, and then the rest of it is a letdown – at least in the first season. With FX, when they hit on something big early on, it usually doesn't disappoint later.
For this spring, FX seems to have a big one-two punch with Damages on Monday, and Justified the next night. This should hold audiences over until Rescue Me returns in the summer, and Sons of Anarchy comes back in the fall.
In the short term, Justified is a TV show that seems to have made its mark on a busy night, where Lost, American Idol, the NCIS shows and The Good Wife light up the networks. Cable now has a big TV show of its own, as Justified airs at 10 pm est each Tuesday.
Meta Critic- "Justified reviews"
I dislike interruptions when I'm being entertained. Imagine stopping the rollercoaster halfway around a curve just to announce some of the wares riders might be interesting in buying once the ride is over. The magic has been shattered; the thrill is gone. Disappointment over the interruption spoils the event. That is what I feel when a commercial breaks into the action of what I'm watching.
Cable and satellite make home theater a great experience, especially with the 'free' soda, popcorn and candy. 3D HDTV is a great experience, but has a way to go yet before I buy it. Some 3D televisions only offer 1 set of glasses, while others offer none. I checked out one from Sony and another from Panasonic in the early spring of 2013 and discovered some of the experience is available without the glasses. Missing any of the extra intrigue of 3D because of the lack of glasses is similar to commercial interruptions; it leaves me cold. Instead of selling them separately, up the price of the TV slightly and offer four pairs, which will take care of the average family.
Why I Enjoy Movie Theaters
Standing in line to get a ticket is fun because I get to hear others discuss what they've learned so far about the various movies being featured. I've actually changed my mind about which movie to watch based on the opinions of others waiting for tickets to various features. The atmosphere and sense of expectation are contagious. Previews of coming attractions, in addition to commercials, fill the minutes spent waiting for the show to start. I enjoy the opportunity to see those 3D films selected earlier. The local theater has matinee prices 7 days a week, which means I save any day I go to the show.
Recording TV shows ahead of time gives me the opportunity to watch them at my convenience and fast forward through the commercials and reviews of other shows without wasting time. That statement might cause stress in advertising agencies across the country, so I will add a disclaimer that there are some commercials I watch because they are informative and helpful. I know ahead of time how much time will be used at the theater, so it never enters into the equation. Comfortable seats and a clear view of the screen make it a grand experience.
You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the !
Rod Serling spoke different variations of those words in a matter-of-fact, yet haunting tone from 1959 to 1964 before each episode of the show he created, “The Twilight Zone.” The fantasy series showcased the anthology of imaginative scripts penned by Serling and other talented writers. The groundbreaking television show was considered one of the brightest in history. Viewers looked forward to the suspense and unexpected twists. Although reruns are often seen on the Syfy channel, Serling-who hailed from western New York-didn’t consider the program science fiction. He simply said, “It is a show about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations.”
Everyone has a favorite episode. In our house they are “Walking Distance,” in which Gig Young finds you can never go home-and “Little Girl Lost,” the episode that kept me awake at night for several days afterward, thinking I, too, might slip through the wall into another dimension. As an adult, I appreciate “Kick the Can,” where an old man discovers rejuvenating powers in a children’s game.
Although its ratings never went through the roof, “The Twilight Zone” stood the test of time. Since the cast changed weekly, there was plenty of opportunity for work. Actors appreciated the high-quality writing, but probably didn’t realize at the time that they were part of an iconic show in the making. Perhaps even as intriguing as the writing is the impressive-and lengthy-list of guest actors, many of whom became megastars. Even though there are too many to mention, these stars are notable.
Earl Holliman appeared on the show’s first episode, “Where Is Everybody?” A scared man finds himself completely alone in a small town. It is finally revealed as a test of his endurance.
Mickey Rooney in “The Last Night of a Jockey” thinks that all his problems in life will be solved if he is taller.
Robert Redford was in “Nothing in the Dark.” An old lady locks herself in a room in a deserted building, trying to avoid confronting Death.
Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery in “Two” are lone, scared survivors left to start the world anew after a nuclear holocaust. Montgomery went on to star in “Bewitched.” Many of her co-stars, including Dick York (Darrin), Agnes Moorehead (Endora), David White (Larry) and Alice Pearce (Gladys Kravitz) also appeared in episodes of “The Twilight Zone.”
In The Hitch-Hiker,” Inger Stevens is driving cross-country and keeps seeing the same ominous hitch-hiker on the road ahead.
Jack Klugman was one of the many actors who appeared in several “Twilight Zone” segments. Klugman can be seen in four different episodes.
William Shatner might have gotten some “Star Trek” training on “The Twilight Zone.” He appeared in “Nick of Time” and the popular “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” in which a newly-recovered mental patient can’t convince anyone there’s a gremlin destroying the plane’s wing. Among other notables are Lee Marvin, Dennis Hopper, James Coburn and Telly Savalas.
Child Actors such as Ronnie Howard, Veronica Carwright, Ann Jillian and Billy Mumy got in on the act as well. Shelley Fabares was a teenager and the object of an alien’s affection in “Black Leather Jackets.”
Many comedians displayed their dramatic talents on “The Twilight Zone.” Among them were Carol Burnett, Don Rickles, Buster Keaton, Art Carney, and Jonathan Winters, who returned from the grave to play pool with hustler Jack Klugman in “A Game of Pool.”
Even Rod Serling himself starred-as himself-in one episode, “A World of His Own.”
Source: Fantastic Television; Gary Gerani and Paul Schulman; Harmony Books, NY
Rugrats is a children's animated television series. Each episode fills a thirty minute television block. The show was created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain. Some of the actors and actresses whose voice can be heard on the show include E.G. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase, Tara Strong, and Cree Summer among many others.
Rugrats made its television debut on the Nickelodeon channel on August 11, 1991. The show ran from 1991 to 1994 and then again from 1997 to 2005. In total, 174 episodes of Rugrats were produced. Rugrats is one of the most popular children's shows of the past decade plus.
The show is about a group of babies and how they see life different than adults do. The babies can communicate with each other, but they can't communicate with their parents. They understand what their parents and other adults are saying, but they often misunderstand certain words which make for the base of much of the comedy on the show. One character, Angelica, is the supposed evil character on the show. She is able to understand adults and the babies which creates an advantage for her over everyone.
The main characters on Rugrats are:
Tommy Pickles – Tommy Pickles is the leader of the group of babies. He is responsible for deciding what adventures they will take part in.
Chuckie Finster – Chuckie Finster is Tommy's best friend, but he can hold Tommy back on lots of their adventures because he is very easily scared.
Phil and Lil DeVille – Phil and Lil DeVille are a set of twins who are exactly alike most twins. Although they tend to fight every now and then, it only provides comedy on the show.
Angelica Pickles – Angelica Pickles is the kid who pushes the babies around. She tells them lies and tries to get them in trouble with the adults.
Susie Carmichael – Susie Carmichael is a friend of the babies because she is the only person who can fight back at Angelica, earning respect from the babies.
All of the children's parents and Tommy's grandpa are minor characters in the show, although they tend to be in almost every episode. They are usually used in the show as ways to start the babies on an adventure or ways to end an adventure.
As the popularity of Rugrats grew, Rugrats movies began being made. The Rugrats movies introduced many new characters into the group including a baby brother for Tommy and a step-sister for Chuckie. Although no new shows are being produced, reruns of Rugrats are sure to air on television for a long time due to its incredible popularity with kids.