HTGAWM: Can’t We Leave it All Behind

I was sick for most of last week. Like, get sent home sick from work and staydead rebecca home even without accrued sick time, sick. And let me tell you just how much that sucked. First off, no one likes being sick. Second, no one likes staying home when they’re not getting paid for it. And last, no one like having all their glorious plans totally and completely disrupted. By fevers and phlegm. No one.

Alas, that is what happened to me last week and I’m just now getting back to my usual speed. But last week was just such a bad week for this to happen! It was the first full week of the new tv season. I’ve done absolutely none of my pilot reviews. I haven’t even watched Empire or Quantico yet. I am just so, so behind. I guess this week I’ll be doing some major catch-up.

But let me just tell you. Come Hell or high water, I was gonna be there for the season premiere of How to Get Away With Murder. And it did not disappoint.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Emmy Noms

emmy-awards-imageOn Thursday, Emmy nominations come out. The Emmy’s are always a fun time for me; they’re a time to look back and think about what really worked on television the previous year, what made me laugh, what made me cry, what made me think and feel and rage. They’re a time for me to roll my eyes as that one show that I’ve never managed to get on board with gets nominated again. And they’re a time for me to scratch my head at some of the more questionable “comedy” entries.

I don’t think the Emmy Awards are necessarily the be all, end all of television accolades. For sure there’s a good amount of politics and campaigning and repeats. I, for one, have always felt that – since unlike any other award, shows and people are being nominated and awarded for the same project or character over and over again – there should b a gap year from winners. Like, if Modern Family wins one year, they should automatically be ineligible the next. Just to spread things around a bit. But I guess that would never happen.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Faces, New Friends

I suppose that since it’s June 2nd and the last of my shows aired their season (and quite possibly series) finale last night, it’s officially time to say the season’s over. Some people may like to tack on the summer to the end of their television year, but I like to follow the Emmy’s calendar (seeing as we share a name and all). So, for the next few weeks I’m going to be spending my Tuesdays looking back over the season and bringing you my thoughts on certain stand-outs from the past year.

Today, we’re starting with my favorite new characters. These are the people who have stuck with me, mostly for good reasons, but a few for being deliciously not so good. They’re the new people I’m itching to get back to now that the season’s over, the people whose stories I need more of. Probably not surprisingly, most of these new characters come from bran new shows, but there are a few newcomers to some well established shows as well.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Black History Month

February is Black History Month. And as it’s winding down, I wanted to take the time recognize some of my favorite black characters, past and present, in television.

Diversity, in all its forms, is something that should be recognized and celebrated, and is a virtue that television is still struggling with. But I have faith that it’s working in the right direction. This season on broadcast tv alone saw the introduction of How to Get Away With MurderEmpireBlack-ishJane the Virgin, and most recently Fresh off the Boat – all programs that predominantly star and celebrate people of color. All five of these shows have done well both critically and commercially, and not just with niche audiences made up of the people the shows represent. More is needed. More is definitely needed. But strides are being made.

So please join me in celebrating just a small portion of black excellence in television.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Couples

Maybe I’m a week late since Valentine’s Day has just passed, but I thought on this inaugural edition of Top Ten Tuesdays I would start be spreading some love.

No matter what your favorite show is about – be it prison, family, superheroes, high school, or cops – someone, somewhere is falling in love. There’s no hiding from it. There’s no use telling a story without it in there somewhere. So let’s celebrate it.

Today’s list features my Top Ten Couples: canonical love stories featured on shows that have yet to reach their series finale. Not all these couples are currently together – in fact one hasn’t even managed to get themselves together yet, though their feelings for one another are definitely clear – but they’ve made a mark on their respective shows.

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HTGAWM: Who’s Guilty?

htgawmI think I can safely say that How to Get Away with Murder is my favorite new network show of the 2014-15 season. And that’s saying something. There have been a lot of good ones: The FlashJane the VirginAgent Carter, etc. But this is the one that I have made sure to park myself on the couch for as many Thursday nights as I can. The others I don’t mind using Hulu to catch up (and in fact I’m five episode behind on Jane), but I get crazy if I’m not right on top of HTGAWM.

Last week was the first episode back after the winter finale where we finally saw the events of Murder Night. And I have to say, I’m loving the aftermath. Yes, not a ton happened in the episode itself other than charges being dropped against Rebecca and Lila’s baby being confirmed as Sam’s child. Otherwise, we just spent an hour seeing the characters, specifically the five murderers, unspool.

It was delicious.

Connor especially seems to not be handling the situation well, what with him constantly shielding himself from the world in his blanket burrito. He was the most suave of the five, the most secure and put-together pre-Murder Night, that it’s a revelation to see him unravel this far this fast.

But as much fun as it is to just take the episode as a fascinating character study, I want to talk about the very end of the episode. Professor Keating’s exam.

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