Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer 2014 TV Show Lineup

I may be employed this summer, but I still have plenty of time to watch TV shows. Last summer I wrote a blog post about the shows I was watching, so I thought I'd update you on this season's lineup. Don't worry, despite the seemingly long list this year, I have been enjoying the sun and the warm weather while it lasts. I wouldn't waste all my time inside when we only get a few nice months out of the year (speaking of which, I really need to move).

- Supernatural: I started watching Supernatural last fall (I believe?) and finally made it through season 8 this past month. Unlike other series that I've flown through within a month (or a week), Supernatural didn't move as quickly for me. The show lulled in a few places and forced me to take a break in order to build up my desire to keep watching. Also the series is currently 9 seasons long and that's a lot of TV time. I did enjoy season 8 and hope the momentum has continued to pick up again. There were a lot of teary eyed moments during season 8, but there's also little phrases or moments that really made me laugh.

This moment for instance, when Crowley was calling Dean and his contact was 666. I doubt it was supposed to be as funny as I found it, but good god I laughed.

Unfortunately season 9 isn't up on Netflix yet, but I'm hoping they add it before season 10 starts so I can actually watch new episodes with everyone else.

- Greek: I watched the first couple seasons of Greek back when they originally aired, but I don't think I saw much of seasons 3 or 4. Casey and Cappie were (kinda still are) one of my favorite TV couples. They had their problems, and it definitely took them a while to get back to each other, but they were the type of TV couple you rooted for.

I also really loved how Casey and Rusty's relationship evolved over the years. As well as Rusty's relationship with both Dale and Cappie. Plus I appreciated the show's focus on strong female characters. Re-watching the show has been a fun trip back to the more recent past. Back before my own college experience. I'm watching the show from a different perspective as before, and it's definitely made me see certain situations in the series differently. I have about 3 episodes left in the last season and it's kind of nice not being able to remember exactly how things end.

Currently On TV:
- Chasing Life: This show is the reason I started re-watching Greek, since it reminded me how much I liked Scott Michael Foster (who by the way is looking mighty fine with the shorter hair cut). When I first started seeing previews for Chasing Life on ABC Family, I didn't think it would be my type of show. Only after my friend started telling me how much she liked it did I give the show a chance, and I'm so glad I did. Chasing Life is about the life of April Carver and the changes she must face after being diagnosed with cancer. I don't know what it is about the show, but I immediately felt connected to the story and had an interest in the character's lives. From my perspective the show seems to put a realistic spin on April's story (to an extent of course), but I'd be curious to know how other's actually going through similar situations feel about the show's portrayal of cancer.

- Young and Hungry: Another pleasant surprise from ABC Family. This might not be an Emmy winner but it's certainly funny. If you're looking for a lighthearted show that's short and sweet, I'd definitely recommend checking out Young and Hungry. The show is about Gabi, a struggling 20 something who snags a job as a personal chef for Josh, a successful and young technology entrepreneur.

I always appreciate some good Hannibal Lecter humor. 

- Brew Dogs: I may have watched more Esquire Network this summer than any other TV channel. What can I say, I love me some alcohol related television. Craft beer is something I find particularly interesting and I could spend hours listening to Martin Dickie and James Watt talk. What could be better than two funny Scottish guys brewing beer and being ridiculous?

They're not bad to look at either. Now I just want them to come to Traverse City and brew a beer with one of the local breweries.

- Best Bars in America: Also on the Esquire Network, Best Bars in America follows two comedians, Jay Larson and Sean Patton, as they visit some of David Wondrich's picks for best bars in the country. Not only has this show made me contemplate planning all future travels around these bars, but have greatly increased the number of different cocktails I need to try.

- American Ninja Warrior: Last, but certainly not least, I've been obsessed with this competition this summer. I've caught episodes here and there in previous seasons, but I've never gotten into the show like I have this year. I especially love watching the kick ass and inspiring women that have conquered the courses better than some of the guys. Girl power! The other reason I love watching ANW is because it fuels my desire to live a healthier life. I usually end up doing some sort of mini workout while watching the show, whether that's practicing yoga flows, performing some body weight exercises, or just taking the time to stretch. I'd love to start doing some sort of ANW inspired workout since it always looks so challenging and fun! Guess I need to do my research and see if there's any gyms in Traverse City that offer classes like that.

What have you been watching this summer?


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