Sunday, 16 January 2011

A Happy New Year!

Happy New Year one and all! And no, before you ask, the reason I'm wishing you the best for 2011 a lengthy 15 days too late isn't because I've only just shaken off the hangover from the year's ultimate party night. It's because sadly there hasn't been much to blog about over the festive season.

Now when it comes to TV, we all know I can be rather biased towards our friends across the big pond. It's not that I don't rate UK telly; it's, no it is, I just don't rate it. Christmas was sadly no exception. I don't know what went through the TV execs heads in the run up to the festive period, but I literally can't name one good stand out show. I can however name two good US shows that have recently entered my must have viewings. The first is a brand new one which I have to pay thanks to my big sis for introducing me to; Courtney Cox's Cougar Town.

This is one show I've been meaning to dip into for a while, mainly because it has all the makings of a hit. A brilliant cast, and produced by the great Bill Lawrence, he of Scrubs fame, provides a fantastic balance of comedy. I say this as thought I'm some big expert, but I think the fact that the show's on its second series in the US is proof that it brings in the ratings. Just call me Sherlock Magson! As I'm easing myself back into blogging I'm not going to delve into a lengthy review of the six episodes I've managed to watch over two days, but in short Courtney's back to her best as Jules, I fancy Josh Hopkins who plays Jules' paper buddy and I love Travis her son.

But Rachel, what is the second show to enter your must watch list I hear you cry. Well the picture's probably a bit of a giveaway, however, let me take you on a trip back to 1997; crop tees and all... I recently treated myself to the entire box set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer making my way through 6 episodes in one sitting. I can honestly say that with the exception of the fabulous hair and fashion, it's not dated one bit. The dialogue is still smart and snappy. Some of the fight scenes are a bit scrappy sure, but this is the first series so far and it was starting out. I blooming love, it makes me want to through on my old school uniform and go sit through another 7 years of teenage angst. Well not quite, but I am already anticipating another mammoth session next weekend.

Bit of a non post for my first of 2011, but what I will say is at least when I next despair at the state of UK TV I have the Scooby Gang and a bunch of old cougars to help me through. Add that to the fact that my lovely parentals treated me to the season three box sets of both Chuck and Gossip Girl, then I'm sorted until at least, well February.

Still that takes me up to the return of all my US faves return from their hiatus. Come back TVD, I miss my weekly dose of Damon! Speaking of TVD, will we ever find out who they'll cast for Klaus? All to be discussed in my next post.....