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28 October 2013 @ 08:38 pm
Shut The Front Door! Forever.  
What Not To Wear is gone forever now. This show really was about so much more than clothes and it took me so long to realize it. My sister made the mistake of introducing me to it on an episode where they made some woman throw out her vintage rock tees - (which I am STILL a little miffed about) - and it took a long time for Stacy & Clinton to convince me that they weren't the devil. (To be fair, they still might be, but they are fashionable devils, at the least). I was 25 when the show started, just figuring out my post-adolescent style and learning how to dress my unique body type and even though it took awhile for me to admit it, I learned a lot from them. They win everyone over, in the end, don’t they? So, thank you Stacy & Clinton for helping me grow from a girl into a woman!

In other reality TV news, for those of you who don’t know yet, Hoarders was officially canceled. I’m not surprised given how long we had gone without word of a renewal. Still, I will miss it. (Corey & Matt most of all, but hopefully the new show they want to work on together will come to fruition). Maybe it’s bad to say, but it always helped me when looking at my own parents and the messed up ways in which they both live their lives, to watch this show and understand how much worse it could really be. Plus, I feel like the show genuinely helped people.

My two favorite reality shows are now gone. My sister and I made noises of distress when I had to take them out of the Season Pass lineup. Actually, the other day I was doing the weekly To Do List on the Tivo and I saw the missing time slot on Friday where What Not To Wear used to be and my eyes filled with tears and then I went into our recorded shows and saw the Law & Order: SVU I had to watch that was Richard Belzer’s last episode ever - (John Munch is a character that has been around for 20 years now) - and I just burst into tears. It was the saddest fucking thing. I was somewhat relieved then, when in the middle of the night, I ended up starting my Awesome Time of Month. But those were still both tear-worthy events. (For the record, I did okay with Munch’s last episode until they did the flash-thing at the end, black-n-whited a clip from Homicide over him at his SVU desk - those mother-fuckers with the feels!).

Uh, so, that’s how TV has made me cry lately. I also have some angry thoughts about a few shows this year and some thoughts about how some things could be doing it better and some thoughts about how certain shows (Arrow!) have really stepped up their game, but those feel like they would take a lot of thought process and that is just something I have very little of at the moment. Anyways, how’s the TV season treating you all?
 
 
 
Shireboundshirebound on October 29th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
I absolutely loved and was fascinated by "Hoarders", and am sorry to hear that it's been cancelled. *sniff*
dodger_sister: reality tvdodger_sister on November 7th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
You know, I actually included the Hoarders info in this post because you and I've talked about it before and I wasn't sure if you knew it had been canceled.

I absolutely loved and was fascinated by "Hoarders", and am sorry to hear that it's been cancelled. *sniff*

I know, me too. My sister was really into it and got me into it, even though sometimes it was so depressing when you could recognize how much help some of the people needed and you just knew they weren't going to follow through with after-care. I really liked all of the people who worked on the show. Matt and Cory want to do an extreme cleaning show together where they do things like abandoned warehouses and stuff - big industrial sized hoards. I hope it gets off the ground!

I just don't know what I'll do without my two fav reality shows. :(
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on October 29th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
I feel like Stacy and Clinton taught me a lot, too... even if I do ignore some of their rules some of the time for length of skirt or what not to wear when running out to the store for just a second. Heh.

It's okay to cry about beloved tv shows - and during beloved tv shows! - even if it's not the awesome time of the month.

I've been missing you, lady! Hope you're feeling MUCH better!
dodger_sister: reality tvdodger_sister on November 7th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
I feel like Stacy and Clinton taught me a lot, too... even if I do ignore some of their rules some of the time for length of skirt or what not to wear when running out to the store for just a second. Heh.

I sometimes show a little more cleavage than they would have liked, but whatever, my boobs are awesome and my cleavage adds ten years to how old I look. I like men to know they aren't being flirted with by a fifteen year old, thank you very much. But I learned so much about dressing my short size from them and all those tomboys and women who still looked like teenagers - man, some of those tips about how to look like a grown-up saved my ass. I finally stopped getting carded at R-rated movies!

It's okay to cry about beloved tv shows - and during beloved tv shows! - even if it's not the awesome time of the month.

I know, but you know me, I pride myself on not being a wuss. It's so weird, I never cry about Real Life shit, but I bawl over the strangest things in media format. Fucking cried my eyes out reading The Hunger Games, have seen Deep Impact like 100 times and still cry every fucking time, cry over the image of Spiderman's costume in the garbage bin - but someone I know dies, I don't cry at all.

Anyways, like the day after this post I cried over a goddamn episode of Comic Book Men. I can't help it - Mike lost his entire life-long comic book collection in Sandy and the guys got together to get him an original piece by his favorite artist to help encourage him to try to rebuild his collection. And Mike' reaction, man - I just started bawling.

I've been mising you, lady! Hope you're feeling MUCH better!

OMG, I've been missing you so much! I am serious going to try to comment on a few of your posts tomorrow because this blog posting you are doing every day - you have some very interesting topics and it is all making me want to spew my words all over you! I gotta get back on the horse. I am mildly slightly better than I was last week, which is mildly slightly better than the week before. Progress!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 7th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
But see, boobs are AWESOME! I never got carded for anything until AFTER I was 21, oddly enough - being six feet tall makes that easier, I imagine. But yeah, I like cleavage. All those years of teaching, though, have trained me when not to flash the girls. :)

I probably would have at least teared up a little bit at that loss, too - paper comic books are getting rarer all the time, and I bet his collection was phenomenal.

YAY FOR FEELING A LITTLE BETTER AGAIN! And I'll eagerly await your comments.
Kate: Charles+Raven-here to hold youceitfianna on October 29th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
I went back and forth on What Not to Wear, sometimes I liked it and other times I didn't but I learned good stuff too.

I'm so behind on TV because my parents don't have cable. I loved the start of Sleepy Hollow but I'm already behind on it.
dodger_sister: reality tvdodger_sister on November 7th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
I went back and forth on What Not to Wear, sometimes I liked it and other times I didn't but I learned good stuff too.

We talked about it before and I remember we had some of the same issues. Sometimes they could be snobby about certain things and I had to keep reminding myself, "Okay, they don't hate all casual clothes, it's just this person cannot be trusted not to wear hers at the most inappropriate times." Like, my geek-tee collection, I think Stacy and Clinton would be fine with it because they all fit me well and I don't wear them to work-related things or fancy restaurants or places where a tee that reads "I Aim To Misbehave" would be inappropriate.

I'm so behind on TV because my parents don't have cable. I loved the start of Sleepy Hollow but I'm already behind on it.

a) They don't have cable? What? That's crazy. Do they have TV at all?

and b) OMG, SLEEPY HOLLOW! It just keeps getting better and better, if that's possible! It's so good and so unexpected and I am so happy I gave it a shot. You know, they were off during the World Series, so you probably aren't that far behind. I think they just had their 6th episode, so you could probably catch up if you got Hulu or Xfinity or something. Do it! You won't be sorry.
Kate: Hatter is bemusedceitfianna on November 7th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
I know, but it makes sense for them. They have Appletv and Netflix streaming and DVDs so there are options and I have my computer. Its not awful just awkward. Though I have been catching up on a lot of older shows.

Yes, I agree on What Not to Wear, I liked some of their messages about figuring out how to bring a personal touch to various styles but I didn't always like them.
dodger_sister: reality tvdodger_sister on November 11th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
There's a lot of good stuff available through Netflix streaming. I am catching up on Switched At Birth through Netflix and I like being able to watch two or three eps in one go, you know.

Yes, I agree on What Not to Wear, I liked some of their messages about figuring out how to bring a personal touch to various styles but I didn't always like them.

Well, I always loved Stacy & Clinton...I just didn't always agree with them. But I also think a lot of people who were so opposed to the changes were actually masking some serious confidence issues and it took me a while to understand that not everyone has the kind of attitude about their body that I have (where I used to hate it and then one day was like, "Fuck it, it's MY body, I'm just gonna own it," and I pretty much do now).
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: MishaJensenJiB2013rhymephile on October 29th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
You know they killed Intervention on A&E as well, right? I'm going to miss that one.

At least I still have The First 48!
dodger_sister: reality tvdodger_sister on November 7th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
You know they killed Intervention on A&E as well, right? I'm going to miss that one.

I knew that. :( I'd given it up already. It's different than watching a show like What Not To Wear or even Hoarders, where a bad outcome is entertaining but not life-ending. Every episode ended with a recovery story and I was kind of grumbling how there was nothing unexpected and then one episode ended with a report that the guy had left rehab a week in and ended up overdosing and died and I was like, "I'm a bad person. I wanted a twist on the end and I fucking forgot these were real people." That combined with the episode about the girl with arthritis who was abusing her pain pills (back when I was abusing mine) and holy fuck, yeah, I gave that show up then. (a few seasons in though). That arthritis-girl episode stuck with me though and that was the first time I tried to get clean. It didn't take, but it made me start thinking about something I hadn't before - that just because my doctors were giving them to me, didn't mean I was using them in a safe way. So, in a weird way, Intervention helped me recognize my own problem. Even though I couldn't really stomach watching it anymore.

At least I still have The First 48!

At least I still have Teen Mom 3! (wow, that is shameful.) ION, what do you think - School Spirits is not coming back, is it? I was hoping they would do another limited run this fall. It was even better than Paranormal Witness.
Why all the pearls?Why all the hair?Why anything?: MishaJensenJiB2013rhymephile on November 7th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
I can see how Intervention could really be triggering for you. There are some episodes I watched where I didn't have sympathy for the abusers at all, but then there are some that made me cry because they had such horrible lives and were in pain. We watched most of the seasons over the years.

I do hope School Spirits comes back. I liked that show!
dodger_sister: reality tvdodger_sister on November 11th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
I can see how Intervention could really be triggering for you.

It was just upsetting because I started to see myself in those people and that made me realize that I maybe had a problem (which I did) and I didn't want to see that. I tried watching it once after I got clean though and it was too hard to watch the people taking the drugs at that point. But I totally think Intervention helped me, opened my eyes a little, so there's that at least.

There are some episodes I watched where I didn't have sympathy for the abusers at all, but then there are some that made me cry because they had such horrible lives and were in pain. We watched most of the seasons over the years.

Some people had like serious messed up childhoods or emotional issues and you could see so hard what they were compensating for with the drugs. But then other people were like, "Oh, my parents got divorced twenty years ago and I'm sad, I'll take drugs!"
and I was side-eying them so hard. I had to wonder with those people who seemed like they didn't really have major issues pushing them to drug use - what was under the surface? What didn't we know? What maybe didn't they even realize they were masking with the drugs?

I do hope School Spirits comes back. I liked that show!

Right? I thought it had even better stories than PW does!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on October 29th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
New shows I gave up on very quickly: Betrayal (1 ep), The Crazy Ones (10 min into the 1st ep), Lucky 7 (2 eps), Reign (30 min of 1 ep. Really? France 90210? SO STUPID). Now I am watching the first ep of Dracula, which I wasn't very excited about until I saw KATIE MCGRATH!

New shows I may stick with: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Tomorrow People, and Brooklyn Nine Nine. Looking forward to Enlisted and Almost Human.

dodger_sister: reality tvdodger_sister on November 7th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Your pumpkin icon is awesome!

New shows I gave up on very quickly: Betrayal (1 ep), The Crazy Ones (10 min into the 1st ep), Lucky 7 (2 eps), Reign (30 min of 1 ep. Really? France 90210? SO STUPID).

I thought the pilot of Lucky 7 was fine, but the more days that went by, the more I felt like, "Meh, I don't care if I find out what happens with those people." It was a weird formatting, idek. It got canceled after like 3 eps anyway and I'd given it up by then. I was unimpressed with Reign's pilot (which was actually something I had been pretty excited about prior to seeing it) but I gave the second ep a chance and enjoyed it more. I had to distance myself from the history side of it and look at it more as a 'fantasy Game of Thrones political thriller for teenagers'. My real beef was how stupid Mary seemed in the pilot with her, "But what about love?" bullshit. A woman in her position doesn't marry for love. If she's lucky, she ends up in love with her husband, or even friendly with him, but that's not why she marries him! She got less stupid in the second ep but I'm still not sure I'm sticking with it.

Now I am watching the first ep of Dracula, which I wasn't very excited about until I saw KATIE MCGRATH!

I don't think I know Kate McGrath. Who is she? I was thinking about trying out Dracula but the more I saw for it, the less interest I have.

New shows I may stick with: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Tomorrow People, and Brooklyn Nine Nine. Looking forward to Enlisted and Almost Human.

I am enjoying Agents of Shield okay, it's not the greatest thing ever, but Coulson is always fucking awesome. If I could just turn my brain off more while watching it, like I do with H50. (I just keep seeing how they could be doing it better by just tweaking a few small things and it is driving me nuts that they are so close to perfection and yet not quite there!) I am really looking forward to Almost Human though!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on November 11th, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
Katie McGrath was Morgana in Merlin and she is gorgeous. Alas, her presence was not enough to redeem Dracula. I gave up.

Not surprised to hear Lucky 7 was cancelled.

There are a lot of shows I've been downloading and then sort-of watching while I work in the evening. H5-O is definitely one that doesn't demand a lot of attention. :D