19 December 2008

COLUMN: MY TV WATCHING HABITS




The month December so far has been a road trip of new and old TV series and the revival of an old love named: Knight Rider. First of all this month I’ve seen more of my bed than any other month this year due to a heavy case of the flu and a mind splitting headache this week. What does one do if one listlessly lies on the bed…right, out come the DVD’s and I vegetate before the TV. Thankfully I have a brother who has shelves upon shelves full of TV series on DVD and a trip gotten me CSI, House, CSI Miami, Transformers The Movie (nostalgia on my part) and NCIS. As my mother got me a sister and brother only 21 months and 40 months younger than me we grew up just about in the same era of toys, cartoons and TV series.

So when my brother told me Knight Rider raced itself into the 21st century I was all game and my oh my KITT got a facelift *big grin* Because, let's face it, this series is all about the car and the interaction of Michael with KITT. In coincidence I saw David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight again on a local network and let’s say the technology is definitely improved. I saw Haselhoff do a spin kick with his mile long legs and he missed his enemy by also a mile…it was short of hilarious.


Knight Rider intro text:
"Knight Rider. A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade, to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless. In a world of criminals who operate above the law..."























KITT tribute 80’s: Click HERE or for the new Knight Rider intro: Click HERE

The new Knight Rider is more of this day and age with nowadays enemies we can relate to again and the intro is just as addictive as the Knight rider of the 80’s. I’m sure going to follow the adventures of KITT with the voice of Val Kilmer and Justin Bruening as Mike Traceur. Cast link click HERE

So while I was fighting a flu bug I got reacquainted with Knight Rider, got my dose of CSI again and that sarcastic doctor named HOUSE is one I still have to catch up with. What really blew my cap off was the fact that the teenage series everyone talked about the next day at school, and yes, I’m talking about Beverly Hills 90210, also got vamped.


In Jan. 2009 this series is going to be broadcast on a Dutch network and of course I’m going to watch the first episode, just to satisfy my curiosity if it still has the same vibe. Though I have received a grey hair and a wrinkle at the eyes here and there since then, a big part of its attraction to me in the 90’s was the fact that every episode had a concluded teenage dilemma or problem to solve. I’m not really in sink with what troubles the teenagers of this day and age and I wonder if it will hit it off with the targeted audience. As I got hooked up on the World Wide Web I ended up on a site where the original cast of 90210 has pics of then and now….if you want to watch a horror in stills, be my guest and click on the link. This is so NOT how they were embedded in my memory LOL Also a rumor caught my ear that Jason Priestley, Shannon Doherty, Jenny Garth and Tori Spelling are going to return in the vamped 90210…one has to wonder in what capacity.

The flu slowly got beaten down and not 2-3 weeks later I’m back in the sack with the "mother of all headaches" as hormones rage through my body. I tossed and turned but of course I rode it out and took a get well day and hooked the DVD player up with Transformers, also nostalgia but IMO the movie has done right by the cartoon series! I loved then and still love now the voice of Optimus Prime ”Autobots….roll out!” Now we’re six days away from Christmas and I'm busy doing some major shopping, thank the Lord my body is cooperating again and hope 2009 will health wise be a much better year…the crew of BH 90210 isn’t the only one who gotten a bit older ROFL

One might think now that I spend quite some time in front of the TV but when I look at my weekly TV average it is not so much as one might think. I love the new series Eli Stone, still love to watch Law & order SVU and Criminal Intent 3 times a week before I go to bed and Grey’s Anatomy. I sometimes catch an episode of Men In Trees, though Ugly Betty was fun I can’t seem to catch the episodes on time. Samantha Who seems fun too but again, can’t seem to get a hold of when it is broadcast. Series that I’m totally done with are Desperate Housewives, Pushing Daisies got canned after the first episode, totally not my humor. On Saturday I try to watch Cold Case and The Closer if my agenda allows it. And on Sunday Supernatural is also something that I try to watch though the last 4-5 Sunday’s I have been a no-show LOL




My All-Time favorite series is Nip/Tuck, I can still remember my sis calling me from Ireland telling me about this new series. I saw the advertisement in the guides but I had other things to do. Until I zapped on the right network and an episode just started, I can still remember Christian Troy and Kimber in the shower….*hello, good morning and goodnight* Hubba hubba what a view and I'm not referring to the female in this screenshot LOL After that episode I called my sister and it remained a weekly affair for the both of us. When Sean McNamara went down on the Kimber doll all I could think was: “no you’re not, nah ah, not happening. Oh Gawd, he’s going for it, do I want to watch this!!” and all I could see was the dolls head bumping up and down. One of the moments my free spirit was actually a bit in shock. Another moment was when Christian Troy gave a voloptues woman the option: “Hey if you want to have sex with me you have to wear the grocery bag over your head.” I would have put that bag somewhere where the sun doesn’t shine but hey, each his own in the bedroom department *wink*

But also with this series I have to catch up on a whole season since the Dutch networks have decided to cancel it *prudes, all of them I tell ya –evil grin-* I have my eye set on buying the 5th season and catching up on some Christian Troy moves and seeing if Sean McNamara is going to have a midlife crisis with a barbie doll young woman *so cliché of the writers*


Well, December really was a TV month for me oposed to reading but I'm Baaaahaaaack as one freak said in a movie LOL The books on my TRP are: Once A Rake - Rona Sharon / Elizabeth Amber - Lyon / Lora Leigh - Nauti Nights and after that we will see what catches my attention ROFL To wrap up this column with a final tip from me, if there is one series I’m eager to see in 2009 it is The Mentalist.



Info:
THE MENTALIST stars Golden Globe Award nominee Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane's role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents. However, no-nonsense Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon openly resists having Jane in her unit and alternates between reluctantly acknowledging Jane's usefulness and blasting him for his theatrics, narcissism and dangerous lack of boundaries. Lisbon's team includes agents Kimball Cho, Wayne Rigsby and rookie member Grace Van Pelt, who all think Jane's a loose.

Until next time, have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends close to you!

Hugs,
Leontine


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