The most exciting thing about the holidays being over? NEW TV is back in our lives!!!
But there were a few shows that I let slip by in 2011 that I luckily got a chance to catch up on..
Enlightened, on HBO
I think since this series premiered around the same time Entourage was ending, I placed it in the crappy HBO shows category (consisting of Entourage, Hung and How to Make it in America), so I passed. But Tough Guy read a good review on Grantland.com so we checked it out, and after watching the first 4 minutes of the show, I knew it was going to be something special. The acting in it [mostly by Laura Dern] is phenomenal.. if you are sick of watching The Office, I would give this show a shot. I'm sorry, but its just not the same without Michael Scott. Andy Bernard is an excellent supporting character, but this new synopsis is just not meant to be. Getting backed to Enlightened, you cannot turn away. Since each show is only 22-25 minutes, it's really easy to find yourself getting caught up to speed. And I have a new found respect for Luke Wilson.. this is the first thing I've seen him in since Royal Tenenbaums that I've enjoyed.
Portlandia, on IFC
Since Season 2 is starting up this week, there were a lot of writeups about this show. I have no clue what channel the IFC is, so I just did a quick search on Comcast on Demand and sure enough there were a few episodes from Season 1 to check out. IFC's website describes it as "Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon." Its a bunch of sketch comedy bits mixed together from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein with some awesome cameo's. And I absolutely love all the banter.. you can tell most of its improv.. you will be giggling the entire time.
Downton Abbey, on PBS
I am the most random person when it comes to TV. I can change the channel from 60 Minutes to Millionaire Matchmaker without any hesitation and vice versa. It wasn't until the Today Show had the Downton Abbey cast out on the plaza collecting Christmas Gifts for charity that I'd heard about the show. It then seemed to pop up every because they are also gearing up for Season 2 on January 8th. If you like period films like Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre, you will love this show. You can watch them online, here. If you saw my tweets yesterday, I kept on comparing it to the Kardashians, but with not as much makeup (men included).
Go see it. Its snarky, its funny, and its so fun to talk about after you leave the theatre. Basically Charlize Theron who is living the 'fabulous life' in the big apple (make that.. the miniapple) goes back to her hometown to get her high school sweetheart back. Only problem is? He's overjoyed with his life including the birth of his first baby girl. Charlize and Patton Oswalt are too much. She's way too beautiful, even when she's giving the evil eye, as she does for about 85% of the movie! I cannot wait to watch it again when it comes out on video.. Tough Guy and I are still debating over the ending and what the outcome was.. much like we did after The Social Network. (Mark Zuckerberg did not screw over his friend, I say!)
I was obsessing over Charlize's sunglasses the entire movie and after a quick google search, I was more excited over learning that there is a website that figures these things out for you!!!
Did you see any great movies or catch up on any good shows over the Holidays???