TV: Week of June 1

I believe we really had one week off between the end of the regular season of network shows (with a few of them finally ending this week) and the beginning of the summer shows. There will be even more premiering next week, but this week we have the return of Burn Notice, which seems to fit in better in the summer than when it shows episodes in the winter.

Season Finales: Medium, According to Jim, Law & Order: SVU, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Law & Order, Make Me a Supermodel

Pick of the Week

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Burn Notice
Channel: USA
Time: 9/8c
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Tricia Helfer,  Seth Peterson
Premieres: Thursday, June 4
Trailer

Synopsis: Michael is free from the group that burned him, but now the police are after him.

My Take: The show is at its best when it shows us how to make weird devices with ordinary items like MacGuyer and when there is the boiling over chemistry between Michael and Fiona.

Reviews: Glee & Mental

Glee
Channel: FOX

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Glee is not really something that I would be interested in, but I had heard so many good things about it, I thought I’d check it out. I still not convinced it is something that I would watch, but I did enjoy the singing more than I thought I would. Some of it was a bit too corny, while other parts were hilarious, especially Jessalyn Gilsig’s character as the main character’s whiny wife. I loved the bit about her talking about their puzzle night. I think if the music remains as catchy, I might watch it. I was trying to figure out why I did like the singing parts and then I realized that this show is a grown up version of Kids, Inc. and I loved that show growing up. I wonder if Fergie will make a guest appearance.

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Star Trek

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When I heard that JJ Abrams was doing a reboot of the Star Trek franchise, I wasn’t worried since I have loved everything he has done so far. I have seen random Star Trek episodes over the years, but much of it is still foreign to me. I believe that someone knowing nothing about the series or movies would enjoy this movie. The way it is set up keeps the spirit of the show where each character says a line they are famous for, but if you are clueless about even the famous lines, there is plenty to enjoy. There isn’t a worry about getting lost in what has happened before.

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Movies Opening May 29

The nationwide releases are quite varied and I would like to see both of them. Sam Raimi has gone back to his horror roots with Drag Me To Hell and Pixar has its latest movie Up, which has some of the best reviews of its movies. In the limited releases, there is a cooking school documentary and a little thriller about zombies.

Nationwide Releases

9x9_fresh Drag Me To Hell
9x9_fresh Up

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Drag Me To Hell
Directed: Sam Raimi
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer
Trailer

Synopsis: A loan officer trying to prove she is ready for a promotion, evicts an old woman from her house, who then places a curse on the young woman. She tries to get rid of the curse while it is slowly trying to drag her to hell.

My Take: I love Sam Raimi and the Evil Dead movies are some of my favorites so I’ll want to check it out. The trailer did have a lack of Bruce Campbell though.

9x9_fresh RT Score: 95%
RT Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.

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FOX Fall 2009 Schedule

A breakdown on what’s new, gone and changing each night of the week on FOX come Fall 2009:

Monday

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FOX will keep House on Monday nights at 8pm for both the fall and spring. I really think it should have moved Dollhouse to the post-House spot, but they don’t listen to me! They decided to move Lie to Me behind it, which I also enjoy, but think Dollhouse needs more a chance to succeed than where it remains on Friday nights.  Come winter, Lie to Me will be replaced by 24, which will take place in New York for its eighth season.

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CBS Fall 2009 Schedule

A breakdown on what’s new, gone and changing each night of the week on CBS come Fall 2009:

Monday

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CBS shuffled around its comedy line-up a bit, but kept to the same format of comedies all night long, including laughfest CSI:Miami. Gone is Worst Week, which I don’t think anyone will miss. Leading off the night will be How I Met Your Mother followed by the new Jenna Elfmen comedy, Accidentally on Purpose, about an older woman who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a much younger guy she picked up on at a bar. She decides to keep the baby and the boy. Wait, isn’t that really close to the plot of Knocked Up except it is an age difference instead of an attractive difference? I might be interested in the show, if I liked the cast, but Jenna Elfman has always bugged me so I’ll ignore it! After that, it is the Chuck Lorre hour since he produces both Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory that run right into David Caruso in CSI: Miami whipping his sunglasses off while repeating his lines for dramatic effect. Acting!

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Movies Opening May 22

Too bad Terminator Salvation isn’t getting good reviews, but hot Christian Bale is in it, so it is worth it to me! I will choose to ignore Ben Stiller being non funny in another movie that isn’t Tropic Thunder.  The new spoof movies make me so sad since they are just not funny. In the limited releases, there’s a documentary about a scary military regime in Burma, a movie about a call girl starring a real porn star, and a comedy starring a very blonde Jessica Biel with a bunch of Brits.

Nationwide Releases

9x9_rotten Terminator Salvation
9x9_rotten Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
9x9_rotten Dance Flick

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Terminator Salvation
Directed: McG
Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood
Trailer

Synopsis: John Connor is grown up and leading the resistance against robots!

My Take: I do not have high hopes for McG, but Christian Bale looks pretty hot in it, so I still want to see it!

9x9_rotten RT Score: 33%
RT Consensus: With storytelling as robotic as the film’s iconic villains, Terminator Salvation offers plenty of great effects but lacks the heart of the original films.

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