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Why SUPERGIRL is a super breath of fresh air

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Okay, that might be the cheesiest line I’ve ever written, but hear me out.

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of superhero shows. I’ve given some of them a shot, and have enjoyed them enough, but I’ve usually not been able to get into them, for one reason or another. (That reason often consisting of a lack of female presence.) Agent Carter was a revelation earlier this year, because finally a woman got the starring role in a way they haven’t in the medium so far.  (Can it hurry up and come back already?!)

Now, CBS’ Supergirl joins her ranks in saving the world — and in a mini-skirt to boot.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Flashback Friday: THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH CRAIG FERGUSON (Or, we aren’t ready to say goodbye)

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Sniff. It hurts just to type that out.

Okay, technically, The Late, Late Show is still on the air. But tonight is Craig Ferguson’s final episode as host of the show, so it seemed like a good idea to resurrect our hiatus feature to coincide with his imminent departure from our airwaves in order to celebrate a series that is not like anything else on late night television.

In the last ten years, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve danced with puppets and robot skeletons. In other words, it’s been a real trip. On no other show would you be discussing testicles in one segment, then talking with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the next. At times wacky and at others completely heartfelt and heartbreaking, Craig’s stream-of-consciousness approach to his show really set him apart from the pack during his tenure at CBS.

As Craig takes his final kick at Secretariat’s stable, why not take a stroll down memory lane, since there hasn’t been, and will never be, anything quite like him on TV.

It might be a great day for America, but it’s a bittersweet one for us fans.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

THE AMAZING RACE Season 25: What We Think of the Teams So Far

The TAR25 cast, at the starting line in Times Square (May 31). Courtesy of CBS

The Amazing Race aired its fourth episode (and  leg) last week, and is airing its fifth one tonight, at 8/7c on CBS, so I thought this was a good time to talk a bit more about the teams, since we’ve gotten a better feel for them by now.

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

Weekly Roundup: September 28-October 4

Weekly Roundup

The TV season is in full swing, and we have a lot of things to discuss.

So let’s go ahead.

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

Weekly Roundup: September 21-27

Weekly Roundup

Did you miss this? A feature we had running weekly in the spring, Weekly Roundup used to quickly summarize what I watched that week some of TV’s most noteworthy events during the week. However, we’ve grown and changed since then and it’s only appropriate these reflect this.

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

THE AMAZING RACE Debriefing: “Go Big or Go Home”

The TAR25 cast, at the starting line in Times Square (May 31). Courtesy of CBS

The Amazing Race started its 25th (!) season tonight back where it all started thirteen years ago: New York City. How weird is it to be watching the show on a Friday evening? When it’s assured to start on time? Wow.

The starting line? The intersection known as the “Crossroads of the World”… Times Square! For the first time ever, fans were invited to join Phil and the teams at the starting line on May 31, at 3am.

As always, the world is waiting for you… Good luck… Travel safe… GO!

… is a young graduate student that has been way too passionate about television ever since she was little. While she insists she doesn’t have a specific type of show, they all usually have strong but flawed lady characters, some derivation of the stubborn friends-in-love/friends-to-lovers trope, and they all make her yell at her tv a lot. She just wishes she had more hours in the day so she could actually write about this.
You can usually find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and at cassidy at thankyoulizlemon.com

Tuning In Tonight: 09/24/14

Nels: Hmm, things are starting to heat up on my DVR. I started watching The Middle this summer when it ran in syndication on one of my local stations, so I may tune in to its season premiere at 8 on ABC, just to see my favorite loveable nerd Sue Heck be her usual adorable self. I’ll be watching Red Band Society at 9 on FOX, and maybe even black-ish (which I’ve already reviewed) on ABC at 9:30 if I’ve got the time. Then it’s time for my guilty pleasure, Nashville, at 10 on ABC — I can’t wait to see what they do with Juliette’s story, or what the Stella sisters sing this week.

Cassidy: I’m watching the second episode of Red Band Society at 9 and then, I’ll tune in to watch the Big Brother finale at 10, even if the episode starts at 9:30. Here’s hoping I don’t miss that much in that first half hour. (And with BB16‘s finale my summer shows are officially done!)

Lucie:  I may tune into The Mysteries of Laura even though the premiere was extremely underwhelming. If it’s unbearable, I’ll switch to The Goldbergs on at a new night on ABC at 8:30/7:30c.  Count me in as another to watch Red Band Society while the PVR records Modern Family and black-ish.  I’ll be PVRing Nashville but will probably watch it live as well. But by that time at night, I’m using half listening while I’m settling down for bed. I can’t help it – I’m old.

Thank You Liz Lemon Team
We’re a couple of girls who really love TV, and we’re okay with that.

MADAM SECRETARY Debriefing: It’s hard to think outside the box when there’s no box to begin with.

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The unofficial welcome week for the fall TV season began tonight, and CBS’ Madam Secretary was just one of the many rookie dramas premiering in the next few days, albeit after an hour delay thanks to football. (Seriously, CBS, this happens every year — maybe it’s time to rethink the fall schedule while the old pigskin is still being thrown around on Sunday nights?) As one of the most-anticipated freshmen on network TV this year, how did Téa Leoni’s return to the small screen fare?

It’s hard to say. Madam Secretary is ambitious, but falls prey to the typical pilot pitfalls of juggling half a dozen different balls at once. It’s not a fatal blow by any means, but it just proves that like any show, it’s got its work cut out for it in the next few weeks.

Nels
Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

Tuning In Tonight: 09/21/14

Nels: Other than a little Sunday evening football, I’m going to give the premiere of Madam Secretary a shot tonight. Bring on the political drama and crazy plot twists! (And that’s just the football! Bada-ching!) I’m also finally — finally — catching up on season 2 of Orphan Black. Three more episodes to go!

Cassidy: If the football overruns aren’t too annoying, I will probably check Madam Secretary and The Good Wife‘s premieres on CBS. I don’t have Showtime, so no Masters of Sex for me until later this week. It feels good to have most shows finally coming back!

Lucie: Three hours of TV for me tonight! The Amazing Race Canada wraps up its second season tonight on CTV and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t mind if any of the three teams won. I can’t remember the last time (if ever) I could say that about reality TV! I’ll be tuning into the season premiere of The Good Wife and if the guide on the TV is correct (it’s been hit and miss lately), I’ll watch the rerun  Madam Secretary as it’s currently says it’ll be reaired at 9:30c. That doesn’t seem right, so it looks like I may be catching it On Demand later this week.

Thank You Liz Lemon Team
We’re a couple of girls who really love TV, and we’re okay with that.

Tuning In Tonight: 09/17/14

It’s Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week! So what are we watching to get us through the the home stretch?

Nels: After reading Cassidy’s fantastic review of the pilot, as well as watching the sneak peeks FOX released, I’m going to check out Red Band Society tonight at 9 to see if it lives up to expectations.

 

Cassidy: Again, this is another Big Brother night for me. Tonight’s episode is actually live… Who did Derrick nominate? Who won the veto? Who will be going home? So many questions. I might also watch the Red Band Society pilot again, but that depends on how tired I am by then.

 

Thank You Liz Lemon Team
We’re a couple of girls who really love TV, and we’re okay with that.
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