There is a whole lot going on in my life right now - some good, some bad, all of it skipped over here - and that means that after I get home from a 10+-hour day at work, I'm no longer cuddling happily up with fic on my laptop. Instead, I'm drugging myself with ridiculous amounts of TV. Some thoughts (all spoilers behind cuts, of course).
Supernatural: Regarding 4x18, I'm just glad I got to make a reference to Grover (via my boy Ben) before the show did (link courtesy of musesfool). That was fun!
Better Off Ted: I am having a really good time watching this show. It's funny, and quirky, and I really like all of the characters, though there is no doubt that my absolute favorite is Lem (Viva Lem!). Portia de Rossi is doing really good work, and while I can't place the lead actor, I'm liking him too. He's kind of got the Michael Bluth role here - sane guy in a sea of insanity - and while I don't think he's hit Jason Bateman levels of awesome yet, he seems more than capable. I also like the ridiculous ways the show handles real-world issues; absurdity plus realism is good times in my book. While I liked Linda, and thought she was appropriately quirky, in the first episode, now she's kind of grating on me. And I was very intrigued, from last night's episode, by the prospect of more Ted/Veronica.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: Jill Scott has one of the warmest, most wrap-you-in-a-blanket voices I've ever heard, and the narration she does just makes me happy. It's lovely to watch a show that has characters who speak multiple languages - often in the same conversation - and who take the time to look at each other and respond to each other. It's not a snappy show, but it's comfortable and interesting. I read the first book in the series several years ago, and wasn't either impressed or turned off, but as a TV show, it works. Wee!Precious was cute, and I love seeing a strong father-daughter relationship on my TV (I miss you, Keith and Veronica!). Idris Elba and Colin Salmon are around to hot things up, and I really enjoy how Precious and Grace interact. And Wellington is quite possibly the cutest child ever. Also, one scene of the pilot made me grin because it was something I'd just written in a Supernatural fic.
Jack of All Trades: I was watching this on Hulu, and man, I have NEVER seen anyone having as much fun as Bruce Campbell is in the opening credits for this show. I dare anyone to disagree with me on this point.
Chuck: Getting awesomer and awesomer. Give this show a third season, NBC!
How I Met Your Mother: I find myself mostly thinking about the actresses' pregnancies and not whatever shenanigans the characters are up to, but I suspect I'll be more involved once Barney and Robin get together. Also, I think douchey Ted is hilarious.
Cupid: Despite my professed refusal to watch this show (a high school classmate of mine is the second female lead), I've seen both eps aired so far. The pilot was a mess, and the second ep made a huge mistake in that the woman in the Love Story of the Week was so much more interesting than either of the two female leads of the show. I'd watch her rather than Sarah Paulson any day of the week. I have no particular feelings about SP, but in this role, she's too blonde, lispy, and flat-out annoying. She's no Paula Marshall, I tell you what. Bobby C. is not particularly inspiring either.
Pushing Daisies: ABC will air the last two (I thought we missed three?) eps on Saturdays, starting May 30! I need my show! I miss Ned and Chuck and Olive and Emerson and Vivian and Lily like nobody's business!
Life: I'm so thankful that someone on my flist (iyalode, was it you?) pimped this show, because I think it's awesome. I hope it's back, but if it isn't, they did a wonderful job of wrapping it up believably and faithfully. And I realized while watching last night that I ship Crews/Reese in the same way I ship Mal/Zoe - not romantically, but in a "have your back always" way.
Castle: This one is fun. Not a lot to think about, but it's always a treat to watch Nathan Fillion. And I have discovered that watching him be a good daddy is especially fun. Yay, Nathan! I'm not entirely sold on Beckett (and the other cops are pretty much non-entities so far), but she also hasn't bugged me.
Bones : This show is bugging me. What is up with all of the out of character moments, and the weird reliance on tricks rather than the kind of solid work that characterized the first few seasons? Not liking.
The Unusuals: Premiered last night, and I had a very good time watching. It's got an insanely strong cast, and it looks like it's going to be a fun ride. Quirky, but getting the job done. I like the main guy (Casey's partner) - he's an interesting and appealing combination of cute and goofball and smart. Casey, too, is interestingly drawn. And the other team is like buddy comedy heaven. Also enjoying Terry Kinney (who I last saw in The House of Mirth as the captain.
Harper's Island: This one starts its 13-ep run tonight. I'm looking forward to a new show that has a definite start and end, and wondering how quickly the fic will be produced, if it's going to match the pace of the show. I'm not a fan of horror or gore, but I do love murder mysteries, so hopefully this will be bearable. Anyone want to join me?
In non-TV news, I am definitely punking out of Big Bang. I haven't touched my draft since early March, at which point I had 7K words. There's no way (between my life and the birthday fics I want to write) I can get 13,000 more words written by May 1. I'll still finish the story, most likely; I do like the plot of it, though some padding needs to be stripped out.
Books - I'll save those for another post.
How are you all doing?