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Once again I’m apologizing for not writing another blog post for the past 5 months! Well, you know, it’s hard when you work full time and also take classes part-time. Last week was finals, so I will have more free time now, until the Fall. I hope, anyway!!

Lately I’ve been using my “Free time” to move our “Bold and the Beautiful” section from our old site to this new site. I spent the past few days writing up character The Forrester family on Bold and Beautifuldescriptions for all of the main characters. I hope you enjoy it! It was fun, reading up on all of the character histories and then summarizing them. I never realized all of the changes they made in the soaps. For instance, I had no idea that Phoebe and Steffy were originally identical twins, and then later, when they rapidly-aged them to adults (as they do in soaps), they were then fraternal twins! Of course, they didn’t want to have to cast real twins, so they cast two actresses that looked completely different. They should have just had Jacqueline MacInnes Wood play both roles…it’s not like she couldn’t have handled it! But, on the other hand, I really did love the actress who played Phoebe (MacKenzie Mauzy).

Wanda is still choosing our “Best Lines” for B&B, which you can now see on our new site. I hope to finish the rest of the B&B site this month and move on to another section.

Yesterday they aired the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys online. Apparently it was a big disaster! I don’t usually watch them live….I watch them when I get around to it. Now I can’t watch the whole thing, and I guess I’m in the same Y&R cast at Daytime Emmysboat as everyone else. They had major technical problems, so they lost quite a bit of it. That is insane. They’ve been doing this online for a few years now, and before that, they did it on regular TV. You’d think they’d know how to do it by now. So, big deal, they lost the internet…why didn’t they just record it, and put the whole thing up online for fans to see a little later? Rather than just leaving the botched version up. That’s really stupid and short-sighted on their part. Here’s the full list of Daytime Emmy winners!   Congratulations to all of the winners!  “Young and the Restless” got most of the awards for writing, directing etc. while “General Hospital” cleaned up in most of the acting awards.  That alzheimer’s storyline was a big winner for them. I hope that the other soaps don’t copy it, though! That’s too depressing.

All of the soaps have been very sad and depressing lately. We need angst and drama, but there needs to be more balance between Kristoff and Shemar - tribute at Daytime Emmysthat and the fun and romantic stuff.  On “Bold and the Beautiful” it’s mostly been about Hope losing her baby and blaming herself. On Young and the Restless, it’s been about Neil’s and Kristoff’s death (did we really need THREE DAYS of that???). I loved Kristoff, but that was just too much.  On General Hospital, a teenager got cancer and died.  I don’t watch “Days of Our Lives” very often, but I hear Will has cancer and baby Holly dies. I mean, come ON!!! I watch soaps for escape, not for sad stuff. Real life has enough of that kind of thing, especially for those of us over a certain age.  Most soap fans are over 40 (and that’s being kind).  Our friends and relatives are all dying on us. We don’t need to see babies and teens dying on our soaps, too.

I’m very sad that “Arrow” is being canceled. Next year is the last year. Of course, the very first TV show we cover that I chose to move over to the new site, is now canceled….that just figures, doesn’t it!!??!! I’m in complete denial still about next year being the last Arrowseason of “Supernatural!”  I’m also sad about next season being the last for “Legion” on FX. What a great show that is. It’s really mind-blowing.  And I’m still upset about all of the Netflix superhero shows getting axed.  (SIGH!)  Lately I’ve been catching up on all my CW shows, like “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl” et al.  I really loved the crossover episodes “Elseworlds.” They did a good job with that. I only have a few nitpicks. When Barry Allen came back to Central City, he never once wondered where Nora, his daughter, was. All it would have taken is a simple exchange, like:  “Barry: Where’s Nora? Iris: Who? Barry:  Oh, okay, I guess she doesn’t exist in this timeline”  See, simple. I really don’t like their Lois Lane, either.  She’s too skinny. I’m always happy to see Superman, though.  I’ve really been enjoying the new transgender character on “Supergirl” Nia Nal. Great character. I’m glad they used a real transgender person. She has a book, too, about her family and their experiences. I bought it but haven’t read it yet. It’s on my Kindle, along with 2,000 other books I haven’t gotten around to reading Nia on Supergirlyet! 😆

I had to do my annual binge-watching of “Bosch” on Amazon recently. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it now! It’s the best cop show on TV. It’s based on some really good best-selling detective novels, too.

May is generally a time of year when the networks announce the new shows on their schedules, so we get sad because our favorites are canceled.  I’m very happy that the CW renewed most of its schedule, especially the new shows “Roswell, New Mexico” and “In the Dark.” I’m loving both of those. I never watched the original “Roswell” series, but I love this one. “In the Dark” is just great. They finally have a good show about a blind person that isn’t getting In the Dark on the CWcanceled. Perhaps because it’s not a sitcom like their previous attempts…? It does have plenty of humor, though.

Looking at the list of what might get canceled, I hope that “How to Get Away With Murder,” “The Rookie,” “Blindspot,” “AP Bio,” “Cool Kids” and “Ransom” are renewed. Especially “Blindspot!” I love that show so much.   I’m sad that “Big Bang Theory” and “Elementary” are ending this year. I’m sad to hear that “Murphy Brown” is a long shot. I’m still bummed about “Gifted” being canceled.  None of these are as Dead To Me on Netflixheartbreaking as last year’s cancellation of “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” though.  Focusing on the positives, there are SO MANY shows that I’m grateful that have been renewed, like “The Resident” on FOX!

I’m not very good at keeping up with reviewing all the new TV shows. There are way too many! I’m trying, though (with a little help from Eva, who reviews some shows, too). I love “The Act” on HULU and “Dead to Me” on Netflix.  Great series. I already had way too many shows to watch on regular TV. The streaming channels make it just impossible for us TV fans to keep up. Yes, I’m stressed!! But in a good way. It’s a wealth of options.


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Welcome to our new WordPress site! Well, almost….  Our main site is still over at http://tvmegasite.net and will be for quite a while. However, we’re building the new site here on WordPress. Right now it’s found at http://wp.tvmeg.com, as it’s still a “test” site, but it will be at http://tvmeg.com. Very soon!

Happy Halloween!

For the past few months, we had to work hard at figuring out how to edit this new design in WordPress (which you may have read about in my blog back in July), and how to make it exactly how we want it. I had a lot of help (see our credits page).  I had to learn how to use WordPress better.  Then it was a matter of figuring out how to build the new site.  I put up the main pages, and then, while I figured out how to use the software, I built our new Arrow site, adding lots of updates and news.  Then I had to figure out how to put in ads and other stuff. It’s been very trying, but thankfully, we’re all done with that. Now, as soon as I finish building the basic pages, we’ll start bringing more content over and move to the new address. I’ll continue to update the current show pages as I bring them over, and we’ll be able to put up more content for the new shows that I like much easier. We’ll probably leave the older shows pages on the old site for a while.

Happy Halloween!

I hope you like the changes! It will make things way easier for all of us here that work on it, and it should be easier for you to read, too, and should look nicer and load better. Also, you can make comments now!  Please leave comments!  We love hearing from you guys.

The Haunting of Hill HouseWe have some new volunteers, too, which is always exciting. We lost Ellen, who was helping to write the Y&R Updates, so Christine has been writing all five days. Christine is a fabulous writer, but I don’t think she really wants to do them daily, so we’re looking for someone else to help her out. I might have someone, but it might be a while before she can start… in the meantime, Eva has been writing the Y&R short recaps all five days. We may have someone to help her out, too, a great new write named Cherie who will be writing Monday’s Y&R recaps one day ahead, and also stepping in to write for Eva while she goes on vacation in December.  Please visit our Volunteer Jobs page if you would like to help out writing Y&R Updates or anything else! We have many jobs available.

In August, I spent a lot of time building our 2018 Primetime Schedule, which Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halloweencovers all of the broadcast shows and when they premiere. I also made the cable listings which tells when all of those shows are returning to premiering. I haven’t had time to update that much, though. Still, it might be useful, so I hope you can check it out!

In my last blog, I talked about “Bold & The Beautiful,” which I watch every week day.  I’m glad that they brought Eric and Quinn back into the show with more story (just please don’t break them up again!).  It’s also great to have more story for Pam and Charlie. I still don’t like Thorne and Katie together. They were largely used as a plot device to get Ridge and Bill at each other’s throats again. She and Wyatt Thorne and Katie's weddingwere much better together, and they broke them up too quickly for no good reason. Now that Katie won her court case, we rarely see her and Thorne any more, unless it’s connected to Ridge and Bill. I notice that we don’t see too much of the interns Emma, Xander and Zoe any more. Good. I guess I’m not the only ones who didn’t like them or their bland story.

Lately I’ve been recording and watching “Stargate Atlantis” and “Stargate SG-1” off the El Rey channel. I saw some of SG-1, but I never got around to finishing it, Stargate Atlantisand I never saw the other show. I did see and love “Stargate Universe,” which to me was very similar to “Star Trek: Deep Space 9.”  Anyway, they’ve been showing them from the beginning, so I’m getting to see them, and I really love them.

Unfortunately, my DVR is really filled up with so much with “General Hospital” and “Young & The Restless” from the past few years, so I’m having a hard time watching enough shows to keep it from going to 100%. I did buy an external disk drive, so I could backup some of the shows, and make more space, but I haven’t had time to figure it out yet. I need to do that this week!  With the new Fall season in full Lodge 49 castswing, I have a lot of shows to catch up on already.

We had quite a few new interviews with TV stars the past few weeks, so I hope you can check those out.  I watched “Lodge 49” this Fall (to interview 2 of the stars) and really loved it. It’s been renewed for a 2nd season, so I hope you can watch it.Manifest cast

Of the new series on TV, I’m enjoying “The Rookie” and “Manifest” so far. There are still a few I haven’t seen. I didn’t really enjoy the first episode of Alec Baldwin’s new Sunday night interview show, but the second episode was really good. He seemed more at ease. He interviewed Ricky Gervais, who is one of my favorite comedians, and Jeff Bridges, one of my favorite actors! So that was great fun to see.  I tried to watch Busy Philipps’ new show “Busy Tonight” on E!, but I couldn’t stand it. Too mindless for me, and her voice (plus her Valley Girl accent) is grating.

Will & GraceThere are many reboots this season, but so far, the only one I’m enjoying it “Will & Grace” on NBC. I saw the first episode of “The Conners,” and I thought it was very depressing, and not very good. To be fair, I didn’t much like last year’s “Roseanne” reboot, either.  I do watch “Murphy Brown,” but it’s not that great. It’s just too heavy-handed and not that funny. I loved the old show, but it’s not the 1980’s anymore. They need to be quicker, wittier. I don’t know. I’m still watching it, but it’s very uneven. I saw the first episode of “Magnum PI” and it was boring. So was the new “Charmed.”  So, kudos to “Will & Grace” for not only coming back as great as before, but even better.

I do like “God Friended Me,” “New Amsterdam” and “A Million Little Things,” but DaredevilI just don’t have time to add them to my list of shows to watch. I haven’t even had time yet to watch the latest season of “Daredevil” on Netflix. As always, I’ve got a whole stack of DVD’s to watch and review, as well as a whole list of shows I should be checking out. It never ends. It’s gotten a lot worse with Netflix, HULU, Amazon and so many other new streaming services coming out.

I had to delete “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from my DVR. Hopefully I can put him back on once I’ve moved some shows over to the external hard drive. Oh, I’m also watching “The Cool Kids,” which is so-so, but I love the actors on it.  None of the new sitcoms seemed funny to me.  I wasn’t very impressed with Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and Luke Cage (Power Man)the CW drama “All-American,” which was kind of dull.

I’m very annoyed that Netflix has canceled “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage!” I sure hope they do another “Defenders” or these characters show up in “Daredevil” or “Jessica Jones.”  They make a lot of crappy shows on Netflix and the other streaming services that I never watch, but I always catch the superhero shows! I’m heartsick that those shows are gone. 😟

On the positive side, I’m very glad to have all my CW superhero shows back, and “Supernatural,” and “Doctor Who” with the new female doctor! And “The Resident” and “Gifted” on FOX, “Big Bang Theory” on CBS, “Blindspot,” “Midnight Texas” and “The Good Place” on NBC, and “How to Get Away with Blindspot season 4Murder” on ABC.  We still watch “Family Guy” on FOX, too, but we stopped watching “South Park” because it’s just not funny any more.

What is your favorite Halloween show or movie? I don’t like to go to scary movies very much. I don’t mind some of the older ones on TV. I don’t mind if a show is about things like vampires, ghosts, witches, or werewolves, but I hate zombies. Linus, Sally, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in the pumpkin patchI love the old Charlie Brown special from when we were kids! I love Halloween, but I don’t like being grossed out or scared too much. A little scary is OK, though.

Leave a comment below to let me know which Halloween show or movie is your favorite!

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