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18 August 2010 @ 02:39 pm
Summer TV viewing  
I just thought I'd do a quick post on my summer viewing. Just, you know, because ... So I started out watching Leverage, Hawthorne, True Blood, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, White Collar, Covert Affairs, So You Think You Can Dance, Burn Notice and Rubicon. Some I'm still watching, some I'm taking a break on, some I gave up on, some are over, some I haven't gotten into yet. Which is which?

So So You Think You Can Dance is over. My favorite was Kent, with Lauren my second favorite. I loathed Robert intensely -- easily my least favorite male dancer in the history of SYTYCD, so it was sucky seeing him in the finale, but at least he came in third. I would have been happiest with Kent winning, but I did love Lauren, so I was cool with her winning. I have to say though my favorite thing about this season was that my beloved Neil actually was the most dancing male all-star! I LOVE HIM SO!

I'm still watching, if not even remotely obsessed, ohmygod into! Leverage and True Blood -- the latter of which annoys me more often than not. I'm technically still watching Burn Notice, but I've been letting episodes build up two at a time and am not terribly excited to watch them. I'm not sure if I'll continue watching if the rest of this season doesn't pick up for me. On the other hand, I'm still enjoying the hell out of The Closer. Kyra Sedgwick continues to be awesome, I love how they keep finding new areas of character-related story to mine, and I never get tired of seeing how the relationships have evolved.

Of the new shows, I started watching Rubicon, but I was just NOT in the mood, so I didn't get very far into it. I still have hope that I will really like it, so I'm not giving up on it. Rizzoli & Isles, I wanted to love because I have a girl crush on Angie Harmon, and Sasha Alexander is fabulous. Alas, the writing for this show is execrable. I just can not. Sorry. Finally, there is Covert Affairs ... I adore Christopher Gorham, so I'd watch it just for him, but I find that I am enjoying the show overall, and yes, I do ship Annie/Auggie.

Which leaves us with White Collar. Not a new show, but it was one that I find myself shocked to recall that I gave up on after the first five episodes. I am so glad that hiddeneloise talked me into watching it again because it is easily my favorite show on right now. I love all of the characters so much. I love, love, love the relationships, and I'm even enjoying the introduction of Hilarie Burton's Sara Ellis as (hopefully) a potential love interest for Neil. All in all, I just love, love, love this show. Oh, and while I find Matt Bomer gorgeous, and adorable, it's Tim DeKay that I have crush on. He's DELECTABLE!

Finally, Hawthorne has been removed from my DVR. It just basically went straight into unrealistic, over-the-top, speeding-train-fast melodrama and stupid relationship stuff from the get-go. I love the actors, but yeah, just no. Ah well, I had such high hopes for it. At least, I still have the shows I am loving!
Sarahpie_is_good on August 18th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
I gave up on Burn Notice sometime last season. I used to love it so much, but it just kept feeling like...the same thing over and over and it got boring.

Covert Affairs has been my favorite summer show, I think. I'm LOVING it. Mostly for Auggie. He is my favorite. ♥

White Collar, Leverage, and True Blood are all ones that I really want to watch...I wish I could watch TV at work instead of just listen to it, so I could watch something new instead of listening to sitcoms I've seen a million times.
Arabian: Christopher Gorham01arabian on August 18th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm, so BN hasn't just been so-so for me. Good to know. I may try and finish this season out, but if I continue to feel this way till the final episode, then I'm pretty much done. Ah well.

Covert Affairs has just been fun, fun, fun. I'm not a huge Piper Perabo fan, but I think she's doing fine, and of course, yes, Christopher Gorham's Auggie is wonderful. I love, love, love him!

When you can, you should totally try White Collar. It's so very good. I loves it! :D
Sarahpie_is_good on August 18th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
The order I listed them in are the order I want to watch them in...so White Collar is definitely up there in things I want to watch! It's probably #2, after the BBC Sherlock.
Arabian: TVarabian on August 19th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Oh, you know my Moffat issues. I can't bring myself to watch BBC Sherlock. :( But yes, when you watch WC, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. :D
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Arabian: TVarabian on August 18th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
The Closer just continues to kick-ass. Yes, about R&I. I like the characters, but, oh my the writing!! Ugh.

Covert Affairs and Auggie FTW!! :D
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Arabian: Penny02 - Face Palmarabian on August 19th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
I just keep telling myself that the Closer IS six years old, but yeah, R&I is so bad, especially comparatively.
irlandesakirlandesak on August 18th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you gave White Collar a second chance. I enjoyed last season but I think this season is proving to be even stronger. And I agree about Sara. She's the first potential love interest for Neil that doesn't drive me crazy.

I gave up on True Blood. When the show moved away from Sam/Tara in the second season, I realized that they were actually the driving interest in why I watched Season 1. So I gave it up this season.

I want to watch Rubicon because I love AMC shows but I haven't seen any episode after the pilot quite yet. Maybe if I were watching Mad Men this year it would be help but that's also a show that I've apparently given up although I tried to start watching it again last week. I wish I could explain my ennui with such a quality show but I can't.

I tried Covert Affairs but i didn't like the lead female and haven't watched sense. And poor Burn Notice, I always forget it's on.
Arabian: Eric & Sookie 01arabian on August 18th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm glad I gave it another shot. I think I was just overwhelmed with other stuff and just stopped, but yeah, I caught up on all the back eps and watched the last two live. I do like Alex, but I'm finding that I like Sara a lot more!

Yeah, I know you're a Sam/Tara fan. It looked like we might get something with them this season, but it was just a few scenes. Sigh. I'm hoping that something yet will happen, but I'm not holding my breath. I think that unless you're an unabashed Bill and Bill/Sookie fan, you're gonna have issues with this show.

Aww, the female lead gets better in Covert Affairs, but Christopher Gorham's Auggie is SO fantastic. :)
bitterbird on August 18th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
I am so so glad your enjoying White Coillar! I think it is a show that has really been proving itself and keeps getting better and better

I find myself watching Covert Affairs only for watching it for Christopher Gorham, thankfully he is awesome enough to make it worth while

I do like Burn Notice but I have found this season to be less exiting and awesome as the rest, idk the whole Jessie story line does nothing for me really D:
Arabian: Christopher Gorham01arabian on August 18th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
I do think that White Collar has been getting better and better; I definitely agree. I also agree that Christopher Gorham is the main reason to watch Covert Affairs, but I do like it overall, I just don't love it.

I do like Burn Notice but I have found this season to be less exiting and awesome as the rest


(Hey, have you checked out the Vampire Diaries board I set up: Very Emerson?)
S.: white collar; uncommon criminalartic_fox on August 18th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yay, White Collar! Glad you gave it a second chance. :D
Arabian: TVarabian on August 18th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
I need to make a Tim DeKay/Burke button. :D
sourisvhosourisvho on August 18th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I've been watching Rubicon, but I may drop it. I want to like it, but I swear, NOT ONE SINGLE THING HAS HAPPENED since the pilot. There's slow-paced and then there's ... a speed that makes glaciers look like Usain Bolt.

I continue with Hawthorne because, obviously, MV. But it's definitely not as good as it should be. And I wouldn't still be watching without MV.
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on August 18th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I tried for Vartan if nothing else, but yeah, it just got so ridiculous. Ah well.

Hmm, that makes me think that I probably won't like Rubicon then. Hmm, I may give it up, period.
Cynical Bitch: fringe: alt-oliviaunicorn23 on August 18th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I wish I have a White Collar icon! Agreed on all terms regarding what you said about WC. The cast is impeccable and their chemistry (especially between Tim and Matt's characters) is such a joy to watch. I'm so glad they brought back Marsha Thomason as a regular because I've always been a fan of hers ever since she was on Las Vegas.

The news about Hilarie Burton as a potential love interest for Neal...is she going to be on more episodes? I thought last week's appearance was a one-time thing. I'm not a big fan of Hilarie but she actually did impress me in that episode.
Arabian: Peter & Olivia01arabian on August 19th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
I didn't even realize that was the same woman from Las Vegas because she didn't impress me in that, but I am LOVING her on WC.

I don't know if Hilarie Burton is or not, but she was in last night's episode, and "sparks" were mentioned, so I'm thinking so. I'm not a huge fan either, but I did like her in the episodes, so I'm cool with it. :D
she was a work in progress.: Televisiondreamer_98 on August 19th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Oh yay! I'm so glad you're liking White Collar! I know you watch a lot of shows but I usually don't watch any of them, but now we can talk & squee over this show. It's my new favorite.

I think this season has been darker than the first one so far, but it's still been good. I love all of the main characters, and I'm glad they brought Diana back; I like her way better than Lauren from last season. But, I'm going to have to disagree with you on Hilarie Burton's character. I don't like her so far. I don't know if it's the character or the actress, but something about her irritates me. I'd rather have Alex as a love interest for Neal if they went that route.

But hee, Matt and Tim are too adorable. This video is a MUST-SEE if you haven't already watched it:

And yeah, I haven't been liking Burn Notice very much this season. I don't like the new character they introduced. And the storyline has gotten to confusing for me to follow. Not even the awesomeness that is Bruce Campbell makes me want to watch the show anymore.

I've only seen bits and pieces of Covert Affairs. It looks good, but I don't know if it's something I would tune in regularly for.
Arabian: TVarabian on August 19th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
I've just so, so, sooooooo been enjoying WC this season. I'm glad we can enjoy that one together. :)

Aww, I'm sorry that Sara annoys you. I think I just like the character and she's played enough soft moments that work for me.

I don't even have to click on that link to know what it is -- Matt and Tim doing the Tik-Tok dance thing at Comic-Con, right? LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!

See, I actually like Jesse, it's just overall, something is missing. I can't put my finger on it.

As for CA, it's worth watching for the awesome that is Chriistopher Gorham alone!
blinding_light6blinding_light6 on August 19th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
I thought season 3 of True Blood could have been great but, by episode 5 I just gave up on it. I still watch it but, the show is just so campy and OTT...I don't know if I can take it anymore.

This season's White Collar is awesome though. Neal and Peter's relationship pretty much makes the show for me but, I also love how the show is so pretty and sleek. I'm kind of surprised that I like Hilarie Burton's character since I wasn't a huge fan of hers when she was in One Tree Hill. I still prefer Neal/Alex over Neal/Sara but, I'm waiting to see how all of it pans out.
Arabian: Eric & Sookie 01arabian on August 19th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, I think ep 5 was one of only two eps this season (that one and the 9th which just aired) that were good. Every other episodes (other than pockets of good -- mostly Eric-related) have been boring and/or crap.

This season's White Collar is awesome though. Neal and Peter's relationship pretty much makes the show for me but, I also love how the show is so pretty and sleek. I'm kind of surprised that I like Hilarie Burton's character since I wasn't a huge fan of hers when she was in One Tree Hill. I still prefer Neal/Alex over Neal/Sara but, I'm waiting to see how all of it pans out.

blinding_light6: delenablinding_light6 on August 19th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
No I agree. It was one of the better episodes but, at that point I had just stopped caring. Maybe it's because I've seen how awesome The Vampire Diaries is that TB just kind of pales in comparison. I know that's kind of an unpopular opinion but, I still think TVD is the better show.

Yay I'm glad. Everyone is already getting excited about Neal/Sara but, I'm afraid that their interactions might seem I don't know...forced. Even the other characters are commenting on their "sparks". I usually hate it when shows do that since I'd like to judge those "sparks" for myself.
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Arabian: TVD-Cast01arabian on August 19th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
It boggles my mind that anyone who watches both TB and TVD can say that TB is better. TVD is so much better than TVD in every way: Acting, casting, direction, story, pacing, plots, cliffhangers, romance, friendships, characterization, consistency, moments - big and small, etc. TVD just PWNS!

I really like CA, but, yeah, R&I lost me, which sucks as I do love Angie Harmon. Ah well.
logicisfailinglogicisfailing on August 19th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
* I really like Covert Affairs (and also ship Auggie/Annie - heh, how can you not?). Totally wasn't interested (AT ALL) in her former lover guy until that episode with Jay's father so now it doesn't irritate me at least, lol. I COULDN'T STAND CG as Henry on Ugly Betty but I really do like the actor. It's nice after Medical Investigations and Jake 2.0 to see him another role I actually like him in, lol.

* I'm still truckin' through Hawthorne and I have to say the last two episodes have actually been good - though that doesn't really make up for almost a whole season of nonsense.

* YES. I'm glad you gave White Collar another try! I hope they do use Sara Ellis as a love interest for Neal. I like her better than the other female thief they introduced (she was ok, just not my fave). It's funny, because I'm usually all about the romance/epic love story but Neal & Kate just do not have chemistry in my opinion. After meeting her that story just wasn't as believeable for me. It's become a little more interesting with the mysterious Kate phone call but for the most part I actually prefer the episodes that aren't part of the major plot.

Mathew Bomer is sooo hot. Huh, I didn't really think that as much when he was first on Chuck - conclusion: he must be getting hotter.

Everybody loves him!