Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Favorites: TV addictions

I have a lot of book-related obligations looming, so how do I cope? Well, I do crack. Actually, I watch TV, but it's just as addictive. Want a hit of some of this?

1. So You Think You Can Dance
Travis and Amy. Holy moly. It's a dance about "an irresistible player" and the girl he's trying to play. I've lost count of how many times I've watched this. The song is perfect, Amy's muscles are mesmerizing, and the choreography from Travis is crazy good. Do me a favor and watch this full screen. I promise you won't regret it!


Go ahead, watch it again! (If you prefer to watch the full segment with intro, dance, and judges swooning, go here.)

2. Scandal
I think my interest in this started with Entertainment Weekly. A feature, perhaps, but it might also have appeared in some sort of "shows to marathon" article. I was intrigued but decided to leave it on the back burner. Then friend/crackdealer Kim Harrington tweeted about being hooked, and I leapt straight into that downward spiral of addiction. Oh, this show. It can be so damn contrived sometimes. BUT . . . it's like a master class on sustaining tension. And the cliffhanger endings? Half the time I feel like I'm going into cardiac arrest. At the center of it all is a pair of star-crossed lovers. They really can't be together and, speaking of addictions, I think they're rather hooked on the drama of their situation. (Olivia Pope says about has much to the man who is actually free to marry her.) Anyhoo, there's something very compelling about Fitz and Olivia, and I like this scene of them sublimating their passion into a mutual awe over the U.S. Constitution:



3. Supernatural
Speaking of friends who deal TV crack, my pal Glenda has managed to get nearly all my childhood friends hooked on this show. The beginning of Season 6 has been weird for me, but "Weekend at Bobby's" made it all worthwhile. Who'd have thought that the best episode of the season (so far) would feature the father-figure secondary character? This scene of him telling Dean and Sam to "sack up" is one of my favorite Supernatural moments ever. (Warning for mild language.)


And how lovely is it that Jensen Ackles directed? *happy sigh*

So . . . what's your TV crack these days? Go ahead, deal it to me. Clearly, I have no self control.

[Cross-posted at Livejournal]

6 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE Supernatural. When we finished the last season, we ended up watching the first season of Arrow just for something remotely similar. It's got the pretty boys with complicated feelings and secret superhero lives, but the writing....is just not the same. Still, it sucked me in!

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    1. Yay for Supernatural! I watch Arrow, too. You're right -- it's not the same at all, but entertaining in its own way.

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  2. I'm totally w/you on SYTYCD and Scandal. Travis Wall is a phenom choreographer as well as dancer. I kind of wish I hadn't seen his behind-the-scene-reality show last year - sometimes it's better not to see the sausage being made! But I, too, backed up that dance and watched it again - amazing.

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    1. How have we never talked about Scandal before? I have two episodes to go and I'll be ready for season 3. :)

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  3. I'm not a SYTYCD viewer, but that video was beautiful! Thanks for sharing it. Otherwise, I would never have had the pleasure of watching it.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed. I love the show for magical moments like that one!

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