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The past few days it's been in the mid to high 50s here, and today feels even warmer, though it says it's not even 55. It's very hard for me to believe that about ten days ago, I was freezing my limbs off on a Civil War battlefield or feeling my face crack and come apart on the streets of NYC. Sometimes I still marvel at the way things are in modern day life. I mean... in one day you can be stuck in the hell of the trapped passengers in New Jersey, and then basking in the warmth of rainy Seattle. We take so much for granted. I do. I think of that fabulous interview on Conan where Louis CK notes that everything's amazing and nobody's happy: we're sitting in chairs in the sky!

Anyway! Today is a good day. Why? Because it is post-Chuck season premiere, and suddenly everything is right with the world, and also, it is Southland on TNT premiere day. And on Thursday, there will be a new show with Mark Valley about a comics character I don't know well but was always kind of intrigued by, called Human Target. I love Mark from Keen Eddie, especially, but I'm a bit nervous because it's on Fox... which killed Keen Eddie. Although he was also on Fringe, which they seem intent on keeping. Who knows.

So, Southland, if you didn't watch it before NBC ditched it, is an excellent gritty cop show that started a bit slowly for me, but quickly became a favorite in its short run. It's somewhat famous right now because NBC filmed a short run of episodes for 2nd seasons, then pulled it and cancelled it before they ran any of them. TNT is the right place for it, and the big plus is no bleeping of swear words, which the show does use quite a bit. If you don't know whether to check it out tonight, read [personal profile] umbo's excellent Southland pimping post for a most excellent list of reasons you SHOULD watch Southland. My own particular favorites in the show are Michael Cudlitz (Bull Randleman on Band of Brothers) as Cooper, a canonically gay patrol cop who is one of the most complex characters I've seen on a cop show like this, and Regina King as Lydia, who is just... well, she is one badass, caring, smart, emotional detective and wow does she wield a mean shotgun. It's not always even in quality, but it's very much like Hill Street Blues in that respect, and when it's good, it's SO good. Watch it! So TNT will make more new episodes after they've run all the ones already in the can.

And then there's Chuck. OMG you guys. I am just so happy. I wasn't sure how they were going to pull it off, with Chuck 2.0, but... they're doing a wonderful job. I love how bewildered he is by what's in his head now and how he can't control it very well, and I think the journey with him learning to do that, and accept being a spy and saving the world, is just a wonderful progression for the show and the character. And it still makes my slashy and hetty heart happy -- the look on Casey's face when he saw Chuck again was... fascinating, I thought, and I am even more in love with Capt. Awesome now than ever before. When they ruined Bones a while back, I lost my happy place, and that's when I turned to Chuck for that, and it's not letting me down in that department at all, I must say. It makes me happier than just about any other show right now, and part of that is its calorie-freeness, I know, but it makes a great dessert to the other more serious stuff I watch.

It seems like now I have the more substantial dinner portions of the evening, and then the light portions like Chuck and Castle and White Collar, and that's a really good mix right now. OTOH, my favorite reality show, Tabatha's Salon Takeover, has its final episode of season 2 tonight, and I will be bereft without her. I LOVE Tabatha. She's the kind of person I wish I could be -- take charge, smart, super competent, doesn't let people's bullshit get her down. This season has been a lot of fun and I will miss her a lot.


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Jan. 13th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm so ashamed that I don't even have a season pass to Tabatha's Salon Takeover, but my DVR knows me well enough to record it for me every week, without fail, anyway.

I wasn't planning to watch Human Target, but Tricia Helfer is in the pilot, so I'm gonna give it a look I guess.
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
TABATHA! Isn't she the awesomest? I really hope Bravo will do another run. I don't understand this housewives thing at all, so I'm hoping they will understand how many people like me, who hate these trashy reality show, actually like a story where someone's trying to help people by being an asskicking person.
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the TV heads-up. Appreciated!
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Hey, it's been an age since I have seen you. You want to get together some time? And I can apologize again profusely for being such a shitty friend that I forgot the day you were moving?
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
I love Tabatha! I'm saving the last ep for the weekend, but I'm bummed that the season's over already. Btw, did you read on her website that she styles clients at the Warren-Tricomi salon in West Hollywood? I'd love to see what she'd do with your hair. *g*

Have you ever watched Peter Perfect on the Style Network, where Peter Ishkhans does makeovers for all different kinds of businesses? He's smart, savvy, and straightforward, just like Tabatha.
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