TV with a 1-year old

January 25, 2011 at 10:59 am (babbling, Family, TV) (, , , , , , , , , , )

My little one is now 13-months old, and what we watch and don’t watch on television has completely changed.

First off, “Sesame Street” and “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That” are now added to our tivo. He seems to really like the music in The Cat in the Hat.  I really love the creativity in Sesame Street, taking popular music and tv shows and giving it a kid twist.  Wes’ attention span is only about 10 minutes for tv, which I don’t mind. Both Sam and I agree that he is too young to really be watching tv anyway. He does seem to have an odd affinity for Wheel of Fortune though. Maybe it’s the clapping, or Sam and I shouting out [what we think are] the answers.

Secondly, he doesn’t go to sleep until 9pm and he’s learning so quickly we have a hard time watching anything with questionable content in front of him.  Hearing about our friend’s 2-year old + son being able to clear a room (pretending he has a gun and all) because of learning from the shows they were watching was rather frightening.  We don’t want to rush Wes out of his childhood or for him to learn things he doesn’t need to yet!

What am I watching these days after the kiddo goes to sleep?? My favorites are Human Target and Bones on Fox, Castle and Modern Family on ABC and NBC’s Community. Sam’s favorites are Human Target and Hawaii 5-0.We will watch more True Blood once the past season comes out on Netflix. So You Think You Can Dance, my guilty pleasure, will also be on our list once it returns to air.

Show’s I no longer care about/tolerate:  V (too over dramatic all the time, not enough action), Chuck (too much love-feud with Chuck/Sarah – it’s become more like a CW show), The Event (such bad writing I can’t tolerate it even for a minute), American Idol (I miss Simon and the conflict that was created because of his ideas being different than others on the panel. They all agree too much now. Tyler is funny, but not enough for me to keep tuning in).  We’ve also given up on Dexter, his lack of growth was too frustrating to continue watching once the amazing writing and story twists disappeared.

Time is just too precious to waste!

So what are you all watching these days? Those of you with kids, what are your must-see shows? What are the must-see shows for your kids?


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First New Shows Fall 2010

September 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , , , , , , )

In no particular order, here’s what I’ve viewed so far…

Chuck: Such great start to the new season!! It’s too bad NBC didn’t move it to Wednesday nights when NOTHING else is on instead of keeping it against big shows like House & Dancing with the Stars.  I’m still watching it live, but I’m afraid NBC is going to cancel it before giving it a better slot/chance.

The Event: It was a very interesting premiere and I see potential in it. I think it’s going to take a couple weeks to get me totally excited about this show.  Solid acting, and straight forward story but I didn’t really like the time-line jumps.  They didn’t add anything for me.  I’m still scared that this one will follow in Flash Forward’s footsteps and get canceled right as it’s getting REALLY good.

Hawaii 5-0:  I was quite surprised, but i really liked it.  Good cast, good action, beautiful b-roll. Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan played off of each other great! Grace Park was sadly the weakest link, but I’m sure she will step it up a notch in coming episodes.

Parenthood:  It started a week early before most of the major shows had started.  A little too much yelling/arguing for me, but I’m curious to see where they take it this season. I will give it a few more episodes to pick up.  The best moments/acting came from the stay-at-home dad character played by Sam Jaeger. It was also a nice surprise to see another Dirty, Sexy, Money actor join the ranks: Billy Baldwin.

Running Wilde:  I wanted to like this show, I really did. I got about 15 minutes into it and had to delete it.  It just grated on my nerves.  It was just too slow, not funny enough, and too cheesy. The flashbacks and voice over were annoying.

How I Met Your Mother:  It’s a totally solid show and it’s still holding it’s own with so many other comedy choices out there right now.  Neil Patrick Harris cracks me up.  The whole cast has excellent chemistry that keeps me tuning in week after week to see what hi-jinx will happen next. I don’t even care who Ted ends up marrying.

Glee:  I watch this show for water-cooler buzz now. I really dislike all the auto-tuned, overly produced singing. I really liked the time they all sang in the music room raw. That being said, they picked some really fun songs this week and I didn’t hate them. There are also a few story elements that really bug me…especially that there’s not a female character to root for. They are all villains. This season started off making Rachel an even BIGGER villain. I don’t mind flaws, but this show just can’t give me a female character to root for.  There have been moments that I’ve loved though:  every moment with Kurt & his dad Burt, and Artie’s dance for example.  So, I had fun watching the premiere. It didn’t make me excessively angry (as episodes have in the past). I have hope for the series.

Terriers:  This is an FX series that I caught this on hulu. It’s about two private investigators. For some reason I thought it would be more funny, or at least more sarcastic, however it was edited fairly slow and it wasn’t very funny. I won’t be watching this one again.

Castle: Solid as always. Nathan Fillion is hilarious and for some reason I feel like this character is close to his actual personality in real life. (although I have no idea if I’m right or not)   Stana Katic is a strong lead.  Her character is both ballsy and tough with enough humanity to make her feel relatable.

Still in my DVR awaiting viewing:  Hell’s Kitchen, Raising Hope, Modern Family and tonight Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, Bones and Fringe. I decided to skip Chase.

I hear people are LOVING Boardwalk Empire, but I don’t have HBO. I will have to wait for the dvds.

Is there anything you saw, that I missed and should catch up on?

Any thoughts on the new Nikita? Lonestar? Outsourced? Or this sesason of Hell’s Kitchen?? Survivor? House?

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Fall TV 2010

August 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm (babbling, Entertainment, Family, TV) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This year the blog TV By the Numbers has all your tv show premiere dates, so I recommend going there to make sure your DVR doesn’t miss anything good.  It’s good because with an 8-month old, I honestly doubt I would have the time to do it myself.

This is a list of all the new shows, what they are and what I’ll be watching or avoiding.

CW has the least amount of new shows this fall.

Hellcats – in the spirit of the movie “Bring It On” comes a cheer leading tv show.  I’m not sure if this is 10 years too late, or it will find a following.  It seems to be a High School drama in the style of 90210. I think this would pair better with Gossip Girl than the ANTM crowd.

Nikita (new remake of the already overplayed La Femme Nikita) – I like strong female characters, but PASS! It’s been done.


Lonestar – Night time soap opera drama set in Texas shows us a man living two lives.  It could be interesting, but I think I’m going to pass unless the buzz is great.

Running Wilde – Felicity star Keri Russell teams up with comedian Will Arnett to show us if a playboy really can win the heart of a humanitarian.  The promos are funny, but Tuesday night seems to be a rough time slot. (Glee for the music/young crowd, NCIS for the men, Biggest Loser & Dancing with the Stars for the reality junkies.)

Raising Hope – Raising Hope will be following Running Wilde on Tuesday nights. It is about a 23 year old male who has to raise a child. It seems cute enough. I think I might give it a try, I’ve never been into Biggest Loser or Dancing with the Stars.


Outlaw – It’s another lawyer show folks.  Decent cast, but /yawn/ ANOTHER lawyer show.

The Event – Sadly while I’m curious about this new tv show, it has Flash Forward’s doom written all over it.  It’s a conspiracy thriller starring a well-seasoned cast including Blair Underwood, Jason Ritter and Sophia McGuire.  Do we really need to have MORE distrust in the US Government NBC?  I will give this one a chance, although I’m going to be leery out of fear NBC will cancel it before it even gets great.

Chase – It’s a nice and easy plot: various US Marshals hunting down fugitives.  Good promo and time slot. I will tune in…again, cautiously.

Undercovers – What happens when spies retire?? JJ Abrams tells you in this sexy, action tv show.  Sorry JJ, Chuck has my heart and there’s no room for another spy show right now.  I will wait to hear the buzz on this one.

Outsourced – It’s as if “The Office” was outsourced to India.  Comedy, although the promos were more predictable than funny.

Law & Order: Los Angeles – It’s Law & Order this time in Los Angeles…do you really need to know more than that?

School Pride – It’s a reality show where families, celebrity alumni, and communities come together to re-build, re-decorate, renovate their old schools. Not my cup of tea, but I’m sure the Extreme Home Make-over crowd is itching for something like this.


Mike & Molly – A new comedy from the creator of Big Bang Theory about a couple that meets at an Over-Eaters Anonymous Meeting. I have to many issues with food to watch this. /turns on Food Network/

Hawaii 5-0Grace Park from Battlestar in a bikini = nerds everywhere locking their doors.  Will this be the first re-boot in awhile that is done right? Or will it be awful like “Knight Rider?” Someone please watch this and let me know.  I’m too scared to watch Grace fail.

The Defenders – Another legal drama. /yawn/ Still bored networks!! Jim Belushi & Jerry O’Connell defend people.  Maybe they will be funny, maybe eccentric, but right now I don’t care, IT’S BEEN DONE!!!

?#!$ My Dad Says – It’s a show based on a twitter account. Yep seriously, if your twitter is that good, maybe you can get a tv show. Unlikely, but this situation has given slackers hope EVERYWHERE.  But it’s my fellow Canadian William Shatner and he is funny as heck.

Blue Bloods – Here’s more original tv shows from lovely network development – another cop show boys & girls. This time it’s Tom Selleck and a multi-generational NYPD cop family.

ABC wins the WORST website for fall launch tv shows.  Yes it’s easy to read, but it’s super boring and has hardly any content.

Better With You – 3 couples, comedy….hard to tell if it’s new or fresh or different.

The Whole Truth – And another legal drama folks. Blerg. Why do something new when you can try something that worked once?!?  People don’t like lawyers. So why do you think we will like ANOTHER tv show about them?? Does it have William Shatner? No?? PASS!

My Generation – I think this is a drama? Maybe a comedy pretending to be a documentary.  Supposed graduates were followed by a documentary and now 10-years later this is where we find them. This could be trying to grasp onto Community’s success, although this doesn’t nearly have the star power. Pass.

No Ordinary Family – Now this is an interesting twist.  A family goes on vacation, plane crashes and now they have super powers?? Interesting. Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz and Romany Malco – ok, ok, I will hulu it!

Detriot 1-8-7 – Yep you guessed it, another cop drama this time Detroit Homicide! PASS!!!

What I’ll be DVRing: (*s = new)

Monday – 8pm Chuck & How I Met Your Mother  9pm *The Event 10pm *Chase

Tuesday – 8pm NCIS (for my hubby) & Glee (filer show for water cooler talk) 9pm *Raising Hope & *Running Wilde

Wednesday – 8pm Hell’s Kitchen 9pm Modern Family

Thursdays – NETWORKS I HATE YOU, to many choices on one night – GRRR!!! Ok so it will be 8pm Big Bang & Bones (watching via Hulu Community) 9pm Grey’s Anatomy & Fringe

Friday -8pm Human Target 9pm Supernatural

Saturday – nothing

Sunday – 8pm The Amazing Race

Mostly I’m sticking to my old favorites. Is there anything new you are looking forward to??

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