Dear NBC

Dear NBC

As a concerned  and very LOYAL channel viewer it saddens  me to express myself in the manner that I am about to right now. Being part of the “Big Three” I grew up watching your network mainly because cable wasn’t so readily available to everyone. Because of this I appreciate good quality television as much, or maybe more, than the next person. From shows like Full House, Cosby Show, Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince, Law & Order, & American Dreams, your channel has always been a staple in networks I actually spend my time watching. In the past couple of years other networks you’ve been in big competition with have been dispensing a plethora of shows that, in layman’s terms are “hits” and NBC in all honesty is not at the top of the list anymore. CBS has you beat by a long shot! Yes, I’m no expert. No, I didn’t study media in University. To you my opinion may hold no merit, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a years of devoting my LIFE to television. (kudos to me for the shameless Taken plug). I may not be the only one, but I feel as though CBS is where it is, is because it doesn’t pull a show the moment ratings fall rather they invest in seeing it prosper despite the odds and I’m pretty sure that’s the reason CSI has the longevity it does and my personal favorite Blue Bloods. Allegiance was “new” it was exciting. First, you moved Blacklist from Mondays to Thursdays which in itself was a gutsy move, mainly because it now faced even more competition from shows like How To Get Away With Murder & Scandal. Hoping that your very loyal viewers would follow you to that day so you could introduce us to Allegiance. That we did, and many of us got hooked! Then it receives some criticism from critics who, sometimes, don’t know jackshit about anything. They’ve compared it to The Americans and Sherlock, when clearly its not! All I’m saying, in terms of promising shows, the choices are limited. I say trust a show and promote the HELL out of it letting people know how AMAZING it is and trust the view will come. Don’t cancel Allegiance before giving it its fair shot!

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A Season of Change

The season has definitely changed but the weather in NY is pretty much still winter. With spring comes a seasonal shift in the television industry. Hiatuses and winter wrap ups some premieres.  A lot has changed since my last post. Waterloo Road ended officially, I caught up on The Night Shift, Agent Carter wrapped its first season and Allegiance was cancelled (Seriously WTF NBC!!!), The Musketeers wrapped up season 2, Empire finished its first season. Hart of Dixie was cancelled and the series finale aired. What can I say a lot has transpired in the television community in the past month! All the shows about hopefully I’ll have some more commentary on as well as some more shows that I’ve recently delved into, but first and foremost be sure to look out for a strongly worded post about the cancellation of Allegiance!! I’m fuming mad!! Stay Tuned!

I Pledge Allegiance

At first, I was pretty annoyed when NBC changed they’re line up and move the Blacklist from Monday’s to Thursdays which interfered with my other shows. Now? still a bit apprehensive, but it was a strategic and hopefully yields the results they were hoping on. I digress

Man+fiery furnace+tied down to slab being burned alive while other watch=One helluva opening. One thing I have to say is that Theses writers sure do know how to start a show. Who doesn’t wanna see a body being burned a live in the opening scene? If that doesn’t get you attention I don’t know what will.

Allegiance has to be my new addiction! With some familiar faces like Margarita Levieva ; Amanda Clark from Revenge and Scott Cohen; Harlan from The Carrie Diaries and some newer face like Gavin Stenhouse, Allegiance is fresh faced. Some are saying it’s a cheap rip off of FX’s The Americans and Alex’s powers of deduction is a cheap imitation of Sherlock; People are entitled to their opinion albeit wrong. Allegiance is about 3 episodes in and many jumped to this conclusion after ONE episode. The writers of Allegiance have to have some kind of unprecedented ability to clump together 3 seasons and 30 episodes worth of material into ONE 45 minute episode. If this was done I’d love to know what school they attended and what I can do to achieve such a skill. The one and possibly ONLY similarity to the two is that it’s based on a  Russian family living in america whose main characters happen to be spies. the premise is different, Time period, and objectives of the characters are completely unrelated.

As far as the Sherlock correlation goes there is bare minimum, if  the criteria for a show imitating Sherlock is based solely upon deductive reasoning, knowledge of the world and having the ability to come to conclusions, how about we point fingers at every crime drama there is on television. ABC’s Forever (which I love btw) is more closely related to Sherlock than Allegiance will ever be. I’ve seemed to have deviated again. Needless to say Allegiance is off to a good start and I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.

Today is Wednesday

Ok so obviously today is Wednesday and as per custom I tend to overwhelm myself with a plethora on television programmes(basically everyday of the week) .So just in case you’re interested Here’s my Wednesday line-up (and yes I watch every single one). Disclaimer: I obviously cant watch shows at the same time it takes away from it what I don’t watch live I watch on demand

Wolf Hall (BBC TWO) 4:00 Eastern time

Arrow (The CW) 8:00PM

Melissa and Joey (ABC Family) 8:00PM

Baby Daddy(ABC Family) 8:30PM

Law & Order SVU(NBC) 9:00 PM

Empire(FOX) 9:00 PM

Chicago PD(NBC) 10:00PM

Stalker (CBS) 10:00PM

Suits (USA Network) 10:00PM

Nashville (ABC)10:00 PM

Interested in me writing about tonights episodes let me know in the comments!

The Night Shift

Last year I saw a preview for a show that looked promising and I was interested in watching, then I forgot all about it. I’m a bit late to the party but I’ve recently watched the first episode  of The Night Shift and it looks promising. To be quite honest my interest may end there but I hope it doesn’t. Who doesn’t like a good ole medical drama? Stayed tuned

One more thing being that Award Season is still upon us I thought it best that I honour that tradition and award myself with the “Slacker of the Year Award.” hopefully I get my crap together and am better able to manage life events better.

The Dawn of an Empire….

I’m not sure if you’v all heard but if you haven’t Fox has a new show called Empire, which over the course of a month has been promoted as “the next BIG thing.” So before it even aired i had already written it off, because it had been over hyped and i felt that Fox felt that they had something to prove in terms of presenting a show that black people would relate too in hopes of reaching a new demographic. Normally when picking programmes to watch, I’m very liberal in the sense that I give all show a fair chance before knocking it but, I know what I like even prior to watching.

I didn’t get to watch it the night it aired but my brother insisted that it’s something I had to watch. that I did! I made sure i watched for a couple weeks before writing. So, here’s MY open and honest opinion of Fox’s “Empire”.

From the first scene alone i thought the show would have an abundance of stereotypes muddled in it. In the word of George Washington ” I cannot tell a lie” despite my biggest attempts to not become captivated by the show I was drawn in to see what would happen next with each episode. I’ve conformed to what I thought I would not and I’m completely unapologetic. Sure this show contains a CRAP LOAD of stereotypes and may not an accurate representation of Black people in America, but then again it can be for some. I’m not in the music industry and sure it may me GROSSLY exaggerated for the sake of grasping viewers, but HEY some of the stuff very well may happen. The show is authentic in showing what power and money can do to a family.

Other than some misrepresentations, this show has a pretty good story line. Cookie seems to be the big boss despite, Lucious Lyons being the head of Empire. Going down for your husband, to support his career and dreams, spending time in jail away from your children and allowing them to be raised by their father who, in my opinion, was not inept for the job. Coming back and trying to forge a relation after missing 17 years and finding out that your so called husband has moved on!?  Kudos to Cookie for slightly keeping it together and being the ultimate comeback queen and the proprietor of EMPIRE and shade.

Fox certainly is certainly pulling out all the stops with such a huge star studded cast. Whilst this may be breaking the bank now the payoff will be immense and, so far is. I’m an economics major so I’d say that Fox knows what it’s doing and you got to spend money to make money and TRUST me; They’re making money.

If you don’t trust my opinion or just plain not interested by all means ignore the show and don’t give it a second thought. On the other hand, if you are interested, would you be so inclined give it a chance it couldn’t hurt. Maybe it could, Who knows?

The Game of Life

So I was watching the news yesterday and there was a story that broke about a Russian spy ring (KGB) bust that happened in New York. The first thing that popped in my mind was Tom Hughes. About 2 months ago BBC had a series called ‘The Game’ that aired on BBC One(BBC America in the states). If you’ve never heard of it I suggest you have a look. Without going into too much detail now; it revolves around MI5 operative Joe (Tom Hughes) who’s on a mission to unravel a KGB operation entitled “Operation Glass” as a means to rectify his action for defecting the year prior, but it also becomes a personal vendetta to avenge the death of Yuli, an informant he fell in love with, who was killed by Oden, the man who seems to be behind this whole operation. Mistrust, deception, weird sexual encounters, sabotage all words that you may think are associated with “Operation Glass” but…… You’re just gonna have to watch to figure it out! Just thought it was pretty cool to have a reference from television taking place in real life.