Unwind & Rewind

Watching Mad Men?

June 4th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Watching Mad Men? If not, catch up now! There is no doubt that this show is one of the most successful ones in the United States. Created and produced by Matthew Weiner, Mad Men is as dramatic TV series set in the 1960s. The focal character of the show is Don Draper, portrayed by Jon Hamm, a creative director at an advertising agency called Sterling Cooper. The story revolves around Don’s life at the office, struggling with his colleagues, but also around his private life and issues that he has to face at home. Don constantly proves to be unfaithful to his wife Betty (January Jones), by engaging himself in affairs with women that happen to cross his path. Life at the office changes when Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss) joins the company, first as Don’s secretary. In the beginning, Peggy seems to be a minor character, but as the show develops her role does as well.

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Anna Smyczynska

War of the Reality TV Singing Contests!

May 28th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The primetime television airwaves are filled with so many good talent competitions these days that it was only a matter of time until they got snippy with each other! Simon Cowell, ex-judge on American Idol and current judge on The X-Factor, had previously come out with a Twitter suggestion about an ultimate singing competition between contestants of the two shows, along with contestants of The Voice. However, that suggestion was shot down almost immediately, not only by Voice judge, Adam Levine, but by Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe. Lythgoe tweeted, “@simoncowell suggests the IDOL winner should take on the Voice and X-Factor winners. The problem is the Idol winner will be a star by then.” Ouch!

That’s when the claws really came out but Cowell wasn’t directing his comebacks at Idol. Instead, he turned his attention elsewhere and told failed contestants of The X-Factor to go try out for The Voice! I guess Cowell is done playing nice. Good thing, it never really suited him anyway.

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Krystal Lau

Even After Graduation, No One Will Ever Leave Glee

May 22nd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

It seems like this past season of the hit Fox television show, Glee, has all been leading up to one moment: graduation, otherwise known as the bittersweet farewell of certain members of the senior class. It has invaded many a plot line, with discussions of future careers and college decisions very far away from Lima, Ohio. So no one ever thought for a second that Rachel Berry or Finn Hudson would be back for round 4 after leaving McKinley High School behind. But fret not, Gleeks! Recently, Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee has confirmed that while some of the characters are graduating (Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Mike, Santana, and Brittany to name a few) they will all still be featured next season.

Murphy stated, “We had a meeting, and you know we’ve become like a family, and I said to them, ‘Anybody who wants to stay on the show will stay on the show.’ They’re all coming back.” Murphy further went on to state that perhaps not all of the graduating seniors would be quite so regular but if they wanted to, they could always return for another stint in the choir room. This is quite the relief to fans who thought that three seasons just wasn’t enough with some of their favorite characters. Now we’ll be able to see if Kurt and Rachel make it big in New York, whether or not Finn succeeds as an actor, and if Santana and Brittany stay together for the long haul. Their stories were all just unfolding upon graduation so it’s nice to see that there will definitely be chances for further character development.

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Krystal Lau

A Theory Worth Consideration

May 14th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

It all began when our whole universe was in a hot, dense state then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait… Sorry. Had to.

Warner Brothers and Chuck Lorre Productions have brought to American TV four lovable geeks of The Big Bang Theory. The show is set in California, as the four main characters attend The California Institute of Technology and is comprised of Sheldon Cooper, a know-it-all, too-smart-for-his-own-good and void-of-all-social-capacities physicist living with fellow physicist and best friend, Leonard Hofstadter (possibly the only semi-normal one of the bunch). Howard Wolowitz is an aerospace engineer with a raging libido, but no game to assist. Astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali is an Indian native who has trouble speaking to women. This video-game loving, Chinese-food gnashing and socially awkward group is complemented by Penny, (played by Kaley Cuoco) a blonde waitress at the Cheesecake Factory that lives across the hall. The show is in its fifth season, the new one premiering in September.

Awards date back to *August 2009, the sitcom won the best comedy series TCA award and Jim Parsons (Sheldon) won the award for individual achievement in comedy.[7] In 2010, the show won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, while Parsons won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.[8] On January 16, 2011, Parsons was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, an award that was presented by co-star Kaley Cuoco (Penny). On September 18, 2011, Parsons was again awarded an Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

Fans (like me) are anticipating a fifth season, but are not worried about not catching the show, since it plays repeat episodes on at least three channels all week. Those who can’t wait can check out full episodes online here: The Big Bang Theory Episode List
Clips are also available for first-time watchers looking to get a feel for the show.

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Katie Campo

Retirement for 200

May 10th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Then and now: Forever a television icon

We’ve watched the show for years, yelling answers at the TV that we hope are correct. We’ve sang the theme song and we recognize the host in an instant. After 28 years, Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek is considering retirement. The 71-year-old host says he recognizes two thirds of the show’s answers before reading them and we’re not surprised in the least. At the 28th year, he is slowing down and doesn’t think he is as sharp as he used to be, and that is expected. He has been torn since he enjoys doing the show so much. “A lot of people have been telling me: ‘Alex, you’ve got to go for at least 30. At least do two more,’ ” he tells FOX news. “That has a nice ring to it: Put in your 30, and go help people.” We’re hoping we’ll get to see Alex in other forms of media and who doesn’t like a great cameo?

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Katie Campo

Keeping Up With TV Ratings

April 30th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Left to Right: Khloe, Kylie, Kris, Kourtney, Kim and Kendall at the Kardashian Kollection launch in LA.

Scan a gossip page or news site and count how many times you see the Kardashian name. It’s a little overwhelming. It leaves some people asking “When will it end??” Unfortunately for them, it won’t be anytime soon. The pop royalty family just signed a new three-year deal with E! for seasons seven, eight and nine of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I’ll give you a moment to compose yourself…

It seems the spinoffs Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Khloe and Lamar has sparked some ideas for the potential of the Kardashian empire including Kris and Bruce Jenner as well as stepsisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner. (As if we hadn’t had enough.)
Does anyone else find it a little hasty for a company to decided three years in advance that an already long-run sensation will still be a sensation? We’ll find out, won’t we?

If you’re brave enough, Season 7 premieres May 20th.

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Katie Campo

If You Don’t Know Jack About NimbleTV…

April 23rd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

 

 

 

 

 

From years of co-curricular activities, work, more work, and missing my favorite shows, I had become an anti-TV watcher. I’d stay far away from shows I might like for fear of being stuck on it, inevitably missing weekly airings and playing 3-week-long games of catch-up only to watch it online with 3 times the commercials than watching on TV in the first place! I know I was speaking for a crowd when I asked “Can’t I just watch live TV when I want how I want to?” It seems someone was listening.

NimbleTV is a cloud-based technology due out later this year that allows you to 1) watch live TV 2) from the US or any country a viewer wishes, wherever you are on 3) whatever device you want with 4) unlimited storage that can be 5) shared with friends with only 6) month-to-month subscriptions. Ridiculous, right? Yes, and in the best way possible. Pricing has yet to be released, and legality has been questioned, but NimbleTV CEO Anand Subramanian said in a press release: “Our model is predicated on the belief that providers and content producers should be paid. NimbleTV is a solution that’s both consumer friendly and industry friendly.” Offering channels like CNN, FOX, Disney, Lifetime and the lot would signify the price would not be too different from a cable bill, and it has been said there will be a “small fee” for DVR options and added portability that no one knows much about. The beta test began today, April 23rd exclusively for New Yorkers, featuring around 24 channels, so it is expected that we’ll be hearing more soon.

Here’s a screenshot from the UK’s version of NimbleTV in 2010.. Let’s wait and see if it’s anything in comparison. Looks like a battery-drainer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Katie Campo

Going to the Dogs

April 20th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Thousands of dogs across the US are left sitting home all day anxiously awaiting their master’s return. With nothing but sleeping to do, they often get bored, restless and many experience separation anxiety. To help dogs stay clam and occupied during the day and set to a routine, DOGTV was made available to keep our four-legged friends (or in some cases, family) more at ease.

“I always feel guilty leaving him alone all day when I’m at work,” says dog owner Mary Catania. “He’s like my kid. I don’t have any children so I really treat him like my child. Anything that makes him happy makes me happy.”

The producers of DOGTV built the programming around the expertise of three renowned pet specialists: Veterinarian behaviorist and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University, Professor Nicholas Dodman, family/pet counselor and star of Animal Planet’s hit TV series “It’s Me or the Dog” Victoria Stilwell, and Animal rights activist, pet trainer and popular radio broadcaster Warren Eckstein. The shows are scientifically created in 8-hour blocks to calm and entertain canines which ultimately make them less apt to depression or separation anxiety based on the functions of their vision, hearing and behavior patterns.

“DOGTV’s subscription-based channel organizes programming into 3 to 6 minutes of relaxing, stimulating and behavior-improving segments that work collaboratively to provide just the right balance for the daily routines of our beloved ‘stay-at-home’ dogs” reads the DOGTV website. Check it out to learn more http://dogtv.com/Page/whatisdogtv.

Right now the channel is only available on Cox Communications (channel 2365) and Time Warner Cable (channel 148) in the San Diego, CA as a pilot run until the show can be further refined at $4.99/month, but as the channel’s success is growing, it could be available nationally!
Here are a few tips from DOGTV’s website:

• Turn on the TV and switch to DOGTV, the ultimate television experience for your dog.
• Set volume on TV to the same level as if you were watching it. DOGTV content is already adjusted to fit your dog’s hearing sensibilities.
• Give your dog some space to interact with DOGTV content. If this is your first time tuning in, watch it together with your dog for a little while until you feel they are relaxed.
• Give your dog some time to adjust. DOGTV is like a new friend so they may get extra excited or unusually relaxed. Don’t worry, they’re just getting used to the channel.
Watch the “Stimulation” video that uses exciting and fast-moving camera angles that occupy your pet.

Article By
Katie Campo

The Man with the Pan… (And the Really Quick Temper)

April 13th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Gordon Ramsay is a very – intense chef, to say the least. He’s been featured on 9 seasons of Hell’s Kitchen and 5 of Kitchen Nightmares, both with impressive ratings. With the success of last season and the 10th season in tow beginning Tuesday May 29th at 8pm, seasons 11 and 12 have already been renewed. Last season garnered a viewership of 3.4% and 7.5 million viewers which was a 3% increase from the season before. Kitchen Nightmares has also been renewed for a 6th season.

But who is Gordon Ramsay, exactly? Well, you’d be surprised to find that his original intentions didn’t include food at all. The barking culinary genius was pursuing a career in soccer in his home of Stratford-upon-Avon in England, but when he sustained an injury that ended that hope, he went back to college for hotel management and soon began to work with some of the world’s most renowned chefs.

It was 1993 when Ramsay began as a chef at Aubergine in London and in just three years after his addition, scored two Michelin stars, a prestigious award of the “Red Guide” of restaurants in major cities which means “excellent cuisine, worth a detour.” When Gordon’s own restaurant, opened in 1998, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay was later awarded three stars, representing “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” We can’t wait to tune in and see what this season will bring, more Ramsay? We’re in.

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Katie Campo

American Idol’s 11th Season

April 6th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

TV’s American Idol is celebrating their 11th season on the air. When the show first aired June 11th 2002, America was floored. It was a bit reminiscent of American BandStand, which carried a strong following from the first show in 1956 and it’s last in 1989. The modernized concept opened opportunities for pop-star hopefuls (and fame-seekers) in their rise to the top. The first few seasons were extremely successful, breeding superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks. As the seasons went on and the theme stayed the same, as with many other TV favorites, less and less viewers tuned in each week. It was roughly around the 3rd season that Idol decided to lower the age requirement to 16 to include a younger audience, and extended it further to 28 in Season 4. That brought new talent to the show along with new viewers. Ratings were strongest in the 5th and 6th seasons, beginning a slow decline in the 7th.

Like any product, there is a life cycle. A new concept gains much attention and earns more money in its beginning stages. As the product matures, more competitors arise to the challenge (cue The Voice, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent etc…) and innovations need to be made. Idol has done a decent job of changing the judges and visiting a wider range of locations, but apparently it isn’t cutting it. Earlier in the week, an episode aired where 16 year-old contestant Symone Black has a fainting spell, falls completely off the stage and hits her head, causing alarm in everyone on the scene, including judges, producers, a cameraman that tries to save her and her father. The producers thought it would be a great idea to end the show directly at that moment, leaving the audience in a state of shock not knowing the outcome, seemingly to attract more viewers to Thursday’s episode. One would hope that if the girl was seriously injured that Idol would resist exploitation.

Too many questions arose asking if the teen was injured seriously, if the fall was an attempt to gain support and if she will continue the show, so much so that a FOX spokeswoman had to make a statement saying she is just fine, that she was treated by on-site medics for dehydration and will carry on in the competition as planned. Being the fifth contestant to faint during Hollywood week in the past 11 seasons paired with the fact that she was completely fine, it seems we can forgive Idol for garnering more viewers in that way. We also hope this does not become a commonplace occurrence, and that American Idol keeps their viewers for the show they have been for this long.

Article By:
Katie Campo