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Fall Lineup: Who Made The Finale?

Last fall I posted a post about my fall shows. Not everything made it to the Finale, and since I just saw the final season finale on hulu, I thought I’d do a recommendation post. Just because1.

Bones2

Bones has always impressed me. It has the perfect balance of drama and investigation. I love the way all the characters work together, they all have great on screen chemistry.

This season Brennan and Booth finally get together. *confetti* But, along with that lovely happening and the beautiful addition of Christine, there is a lot of smart cases and interesting solutions.

One thing I always love about Bones is the killer finales, and this season delivered. Bones is framed for a crime and they leave us in the middle to cross our fingers and hope that the crime is solved in the first episode – or at least the first two or three ones – of the next season. I for one, cannot wait! This one was good … a computer hacker genius, a clue left in spit! Pretty creative stuff.

Parks and Recreation has that dry humor with just enough adorableness that keeps you interested enough to go back for more. Every new episode I found myself wondering if I really wanted to watch and after watching, I always am glad I did. The cast work well together and you can’t help but find each character endearing.

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Shot in the same documentary style as The Office, Parks and Recreation follows a group of government employees, lead by Leslie Knope, the ultimate overachiever. This season Leslie is running for office and nothing can stop her from winning – or, trying to win.

This season finale wasn’t explosive, but there were quite a few heartwarming moments. I can’t wait to see what Leslie has up her sleeves for next season!

What can I say about Modern Family? It just keeps getting better and better. It’s hard not to love this crazy family.

The big shocker this season was Lilly’s sudden aging, however, that was easily overlooked after a few shows. There were a lot of great episodes this season – Claire’s stop sign wars has her running for councilwoman with hilarious outcome, Haley’s college woes, that “period” episode, visiting Disney (um, can I have those shoes, Gloria?) and Cam and Mitch’s adoption attempts.

One thing Modern Family can guarantee the viewer is a good laugh and this season was not a letdown. They did manage to leave us with that tiny shocker in the finale … oh the fun things that can happen with a new addition.

I had a hard time making it through Community this season, but, I made it! I think my favourite episode this season was Remedial Chaos Theory with the different timelines. I really liked what they did there.

Of course, Community won’t be community without it’s alternate universes and animated episodes, and they did not disappoint. The ending(s?) were great to watch, so much so that I’m going to keep Community on my list of TV shows for next fall. Safe!

Nick and Hank at a Crime Scene4

In the season’s Raising Hope, Jimmy and Sabrina are finally together – eh, it doesn’t matter either way. To be quite honest, Burt, Virginia and Maw Maw are the stars of this show. Their comedic timing, and the funny situations they get into left me chuckling. I’m definitely going to keep this one on my list!

Finally, the fairytale shows! Grimm and Once Upon A Time are both staying on my fall list! What amazing shows! They took completely different takes on the fairytales and they both did an awesome job.

Grimm was investigative, so if you’re a fan of detective shows, Grimm would be a good fit. Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective starts seeing strange things when his Aunt shows up and informs him that he’s descended from the Grimm brothers, and that the tales they chronicled are based on real incidences. The creatures in Grimm are dark and dangerous and the writers did a great job weaving the creatures into the crimes that Nick and his partner were investigating.

Once is a bit more on the dramatic side. The fairytale characters are under a curse from the Evil Queen. She banished them all to Storybrook – a place in the human world – to destroy Snow White’s happiness. It seems a little extreme, I know… and Emma’s (the heroine, Snow’s daughter) sudden belief in the fairy-tale world was a little unbelievable. The reason I liked watching it, however, was for the fairy tale timeline. I loved what the writers did with the characters, how they gave them pasts and interwove their stories. Chris Colfer’s new book The Wishing Spell, actually reminded me of Once – though, his version is more tamed.

Well, that’s about all the TV shows I had time for. I had to give up on Fringe, it was getting a bit stale and repetitive. Castle also fell into that stale, repetitive cycle, and the drama between the partners wasn’t spectacular. Why can’t they just be partners and that be the end of it?

I also stopped watching The Secret Circle and Pan Am, pretty early on into the show. They both lacked in grasping my attention, though, if Pan Am had more of that spy story line that they were developing, that might have been fun!

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1 It’s my blog and I can do whatever I please.
2 Image via Fox.com
3 Image via Modern Family’s Facebook
4 Image via NBC.com

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, in a far away land lived an Evil Queen who wanted revenge on Snow White for ruining her life. So, as evil queens do, she cast a powerful spell that trapped all the fairy tale characters in a small town in present time and made them forget who they were. Thus begins the new ABC series Once Upon A Time.

If you follow my book blog you will know that I am a fan of fantasy and fairytales, so when Once was slotted to premier in the fall, I knew I had to see what it was all about. (I know Grimm also started at this time, but this is a post about Once… Grimm is for another day).

One of the things I like about Once is that it could read like a book, and it would be an intriguing story. There is a lot of mystery with enough answers to keep you satisfied. A good amount of action, strong characters and of course, a dash of romance. Sometimes the story is so good that I am almost afraid to view the next episode because I’m expecting it to be disappointing.

I am pleased with the way the story flashes back and forth between storybook land and Storybrooke, it’s pretty seamless and always seem to tie to each other, revealing a little bit more about each character as their story arc progresses. I was a bit concerned about crazy, unrelated flashbacks, but so far it’s been good.

What I really hope for this series is that there will be a definite conclusion. I’m a fan of short series, something that has a strong plot and carries it through to the end. It gets a bit frustrating when the writers just write shows by the seat of their pants and then the series has to come to an end and there’s a slap dash finale that leaves you with more questions and a feeling like you wasted a lot of viewing hours and got no closure. Then you find yourself making up excuses for them and singing their brilliance because you don’t want to admit that you just spent months of your life watching something that really had no direction… but I digress.

I’m not really sure why I’m rambling about Once … I don’t have a conclusion … so I’m just going to leave it off here. Oh, look an awesome candy house from the Hansel and Gretel episode!

My Fall Lineup

It’s that time of year again, it’s chillier, the leaves will soon be changing colours and the fall TV shows are starting up!

I’m more of a Hulu kind of girl, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to see my favourite shows and hopefully discover a few more!

First and foremost, Bones on Fox. I love the way this show developed through the years. Yes, there is the relationship story-lines, but first and foremost if focuses on solving the mystery – which is what I love. The relationships that do develop are endearing and fun, but they don’t overtake the forensic anthropology and investigating. (3rd November)

Fringe, also on Fox, concentrates just a little more on relationships than Bones does, but it deals largely with fringe science. It’s a crazy and fun trip into alternate universes, mad scientist’s labs and an imaginative story that keeps you coming back for more. (16th September)

Castle, on ABC, has more relationship with some detecting. I wish there was more detective work – I might be the only one that doesn’t think that Castle and Beckett should have a romantic relationship. Castle is a mystery writer who follows Beckett (a detective) in the name of research. He also helps with the crime solving. I wish they made it a bit more Sherlock-like rather than the mushy way they are taking the story, hopefully there will be more focus on detecting than romancing. (19th September)

Those were more my “serious” shows, every now and then I like the light and comedic.

Parks and Recreation, on NBC,  was something I found by accident – a very happy accident. It’s shot like a documentary – cinéma vérité-style – and follows the Parks and Recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana. Each character is funny and unique and they all work together to make a humourous show. (22nd September)

Modern Family, on ABC, is another hilarious show. This modern family usually ends up in some strange and hilarious situations. Personally, I think the kids are the ones who makes this show. (21st September)

Another NBC show, Community, follows a study group at a local community college. They range vastly in age and end up in the most hilarious situations. Abed and Troy are the ones who make this show, make sure to stick around, their little side show in the end is pretty funny. (22nd September)

From Fox, Raising Hope is a show about family. A young dad, raising a baby with his parents, while they all live in his grandmother’s house. A pretty simple show, but a whole lot of laughs as everything is just so unfortunately funny. (20th September)

Finally, these are the new shows. Not sure if they will be great, but they look interesting to me.

Grimm is a new NBC show.

“Grimm” is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.
As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, Juliette Silverton, and his partner, Hank Griffin, he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.
With help from his confidant, Monroe, a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology, facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and all manner of ancient evils, including royal lines dating back to the original profilers themselves, The Grimm Brothers.

I’m always a fan of modern day retelling of the Grimm fairytales (or even those adapting the family into the tales) so this might be interesting. I’m hoping it deals more with fantasy and detective work rather than romantic/mushy things. (21st October)

ABC, on the other hand, is planning their own fairytale show, Once Upon A Time.

And they all lived happily ever after – or so everyone was led to believe. Emma Swan knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything starts to change. Henry is now 10 years old and in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world and is Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world. Of course Emma doesn’t believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It’s a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close… where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don’t remember who they once were. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell.

This could be either really good, or else really bad. I really am hoping that it’s really good, more mysterious than mushy. (23rd October)

Then CW is pulling their book series to show move with The Secret Circle – based on a trilogy of the same name by L.J. Smith.

Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.

I’m a little skeptical about this one; it’s the CW after-all. I can only imagine them turning it into a soap opera. However, I do want to give it a chance and, if all else fails, I’ll read the books! (26th September)

Finally, Pan Am – an ABC show – looks nice enough.

Welcome to 1963: a time when only a lucky few could take flight, experience a global adventure or gain a front-row seat to history. Those lucky few flew Pan Am, the largest, most prestigious airline in the world. More than Coca-Cola, Elvis Presley or the transistor, Pan Am exported American culture to the world abroad and brought that world back to American shores.
The jet age has arrived and Pan Am’s Clipper Majestic is about to embark on its inaugural flight with Captain Dean Lowrey at the helm. Dean, who has recently been made captain wouldn’t trade this moment for anything in the world. Step by step, Maggie Ryan has climbed her way up to a better life, to greater opportunity. As Purser of Pan Am’s new Clipper Majestic, she’s at last riding high; determined not to fall. Kate Cameron left her sheltered life in East Granby, Connecticut to brave the intrigue of a wide new world. Now, she must brave even more intrigue in becoming an international agent for the CIA.
In running off on her wedding day, Kate’s sister, Laura Cameron, left her past and future, following her older sibling to the skies of Pan Am; a bold move, but one with serious personal consequences. Born and raised in France, Colette Valois has an innate understanding of international affairs. But in affairs of the heart, she’s still a wanderer, a searcher, a soul traveling a confused sea. First Officer and Co-Pilot Ted Vanderway, a former Navy test pilot, finds the commercial skies every bit as turbulent as he struggles to overcome past mistakes and prove his worth as an aviator.
Join our crew as they travel to intoxicating cities such as Paris, Berlin, Monte Carlo and Rome and bump into history along the way. Through their eyes we revisit an era nearly half a century ago.
So, buckle up; adventure calls. And thank you for choosing Pan Am.

It looks like it could be fun. I’m not entirely sure it will be something I like, I guess time will tell. (25th September)

Those are my picks, what’s yours?

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