Don’t trust the b—- in apartment 23

Don’t trust the b—- in apartment 23 is a new sitcom that aired on Thursday night.  “B—-” obviously stands for bitch, but I guess they can’t advertise it like that on TV.  Just like how GCB couldn’t be advertised as Good Christian Bitches.  Maybe one day we’ll all get past the word bitch and they’ll be able to write it as well as say it?  Or not.  At least in this case, b rhymes with 23, so I think they thought their rhyme was super clever.

This show revolves around June, played by Dreama Walker, who’s just moved to New York, landed a great job, is engaged, and right where she feels like she’s supposed to be in her life.  But then the company she’s supposed to work at is shut down before she can even start, and she finds herself with no place to live.  Thus begins her search for a roommate.

And she finds one.  Who seems nice and perfect at first and is great at selling herself.  But then turns out to be a total bitch.  Or should I say b—-.  Turns out Chloe, played by Krysten Ritter is a bit of a con artist, going through roommates fast by scaring them off with her questionable morals and inappropriate behaviour.  She does this so that she can get their deposit for the rent money, only to have them leave right away because they can’t stand to live with her.  Pretty clever actually, however horrible.  Chloe resorts to tactic such as inviting June to join her in a foursome, walking around naked, and walking in on her while she’s in the tub and making inappropriate and awkward conversation.

Thinking her new roommate will soon leave, just like her past roommates have, Chloe is surprised when June, who is super sweet and naive, actually fights back, selling all her furniture to get back at her for stealing from her by taking more money from her than was actually needed to pay the rent.  But then when she says she really needs her ottoman back, June helps her even though she’s been a total bitch.  Chloe has a newfound respect for her after this.

Chloe then discovers that June’s fiance has been cheating on her.  But when she tells her she obviously doesn’t believe her because she knows she can’t trust the bitch.  So naturally, Chloe sets it up so that June walks in on them having sex on her birthday cake.  Because that was the worst case scenario she could come up with to convince her what a cheating bastard he was.

There’s a lot going on here, but the best thing by far about this show is James Van Der Beek playing himself.  He plays Chloe’s friend, who she says is “like her gay bff but straight”.  And he plays himself well.  I never watched Dawson’s Creek, but I love it when actors play themselves and can make fun of themselves which is exactly what he does.  I think I would watch this show just for him.

I’m interested to see what the rest of the series holds, now that the roommates are sort of friends, and Chloe shouldn’t really be conning June or trying to get rid of her anymore.  But I guess she’ll just continue to make her life difficult in order to teach her lessons about the hardships of living in New York.  If I never amount to anything, maybe I’ll end up stooping to something like that, getting rent money off people and then scaring them off.  Although I probably won’t have to try very hard to get a person to not want to live with me.

Touch

Touch is the new television series starring Kiefer Sutherland that aired last Thursday.  I find there are a lot of complex one hour dramas to keep track of that all seem to be on Thursdays.  I’m sure you’ve seen several commercials for Touch by now.  I know I saw the same one over and over again which made me sick of it before it even began.  But I decided to watch it anyway.

The premise of Touch is that Kiefer Sutherland’s character, Martin Bohm, has trouble connecting with his 11-year old son Jake, played by David Mazouz.  Jake never speaks and doesn’t let anyone touch him.  He’s constantly preoccupied with writing down numbers and no one knows why.  But in the beginning of the show, Jake explains the the viewers about some ancient theory that we are all connected and there are certain connections between people who’s lives were meant to touch.  And apparently for some reason it’s his job to keep track of them all.  I think that would be an awesome role for an actor to play, just having to look upset and disturbed, and never having to memorize any lines.

Martin goes to see a man named Arthur Teller, played by Danny Glover, who tells him that his son can see all these connections and patterns in the world that the rest of us can’t, and that the numbers mean something, and it’s up to Martin to follow these connections and figure it all out.  Or something like that.  But how does he know that without having even met the kid?  He also says that his son sees so much beauty in the world, no wonder he doesn’t talk.  I don’t see the connection there.  Why would being overwhelmed with the world’s beauty make a person not talk ever?  And if he’s seeing all this beauty, then why does he look angry all the time?

Jake climbs the cell tower three times in a span of three weeks while he’s at school, causing a social worker, Clea Hopkins, played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw to have to intervene and take him in for assessments.  Martin tries to tell her that there are patterns in what Jake is writing down and showing them, but she refuses to believe there is any meaning behind them.  But then Jake arranges popcorn kernels in groups of numbers, which are the same as her mother’s phone number, and she receives a call from her right after.  It must be incredibly annoying for them that Jake can’t talk, and that they have to follow his indications and clues in order to figure out what the hell he’s trying to tell them.

There are also worldwide connections shown throughout the show, ones which don’t seem to have anything to do with Jake.  A man loses his cell phone, and it consequently ends up being passed around the world and connecting the people who come across it.  The man who loses it needs it back, as it has pictures of his daughter who died a year ago.  Because of the way the phone is passed around, he ends up seeing these pictures on a jumbo tron in Japan, because someone put a video of a girl singing, in hopes that the next person to find the phone would discover her.  Then, a girl in Japan made sure everything on the phone was put onto the jumbo tron because she wanted to start a fan club for the singer.

Meanwhile a boy in the middle east tries to steal an oven for his family who is in need, gets caught, and ends up with a bomb strapped to him, with the phone attached to it.  The original owner of the phone had made a request to get it back, and so the boy gets a call from the call centre on that phone.  Coincidentally, the woman at the call centre is the same woman who was recorded singing on the phone.  When she realizes he has a bomb strapped to him, she convinces him to take out the battery and not go through with it.  He says the only thing that would get him to stop would be an oven for his family.  Conveniently, the original owner of the phone is a restaurant supplies salesman, so the call centre woman is able to acquire an oven for the boy.  She also realizes the video of her singing has received many hits on youtube.

I don’t know why her friend couldn’t have just put the video on youtube to begin with, as opposed to sending it off on a phone.  And I also wonder why the cell phone owner’s only pictures of his daughter were on his cell phone.  Did he not own a camera?  And did he not ever upload the pictures to his computer?  And as for the boy in the middle east, the men he tried to steal from still know who and where he is, so wouldn’t he still be in trouble, even if he was able to get an oven for his family?  And what does any of this have to do with the mute boy writing down numbers?

My mom mentioned they didn’t really need the boy, they could have just called the series “Phone” and focused on how it was randomly passed around and connecting people.  The part that does have to do with the kid, is that he is preoccupied with the numbers 318, and tries to indicate to his dad that there’s something he needs to do.  What Martin ends up doing, is going to the terminal at 3:18, and trying to use the payphone.  He gets in a fight with the guy at the payphone, causing him to miss his train.  Later on the news, we find out this same man was able to save a bus full of children, something he wouldn’t have been able to do if he hadn’t missed his train.

Coincidentally, this man had been on the phone leaving a message for Martin at the time, informing him that he had been a fireman who had tried to save his wife when she was killed at the world trade centre on 9/11, but had left her not knowing whether or not she was really dead.  He had played lottery numbers significant to that date ever since, and had just won.  I think they would have called this show “Numbers“, if the title hasn’t already been used previously.

My mom remarked that this show may even be more confusing than Awake, if that’s possible.  And I remarked how we’re only dealing with one reality here.  I don’t know, I suppose the connections and everything are interesting.  But do I really care that much?  I guess the show will progress with the kid trying to predict other various things and getting his dad to do certain things in order to make connections.  It would be funny if he just showed him random numbers that didn’t mean anything for fun.  But I guess he takes his job seriously.  But I still don’t get why it’s up to him and why this prevents him from talking.

Pan Am

I really like Pan Am.  There aren’t a lot of one hour shows that I have the patience to sit through and follow regularly.  PVR helped, since I often didn’t feel like watching it late on Sunday night.  But I was able to keep up with all the episodes.  Apparently I enjoy period dramas.  Who knew?

Pan Am focuses on the lives of 4 stewardesses and 2 pilots who worked for the Pan American World Airways in the early 1960s.  Christina Ricci plays Maggie Ryan, the purser for Pan Am.  When I first watched this, I thought what the hell is a purser?  I believe it basically refers to the head flight attendant who oversees the rest of the crew.  I like how her character stands up for herself and is very outspoken and opinionated.  She demonstrates this when she talks back to the woman doing the weigh-ins, and stabs a passenger with a fork for coming onto her.

Karine Vanasse plays Colette Valois, a French stewardess.  She is always very pleasant, patient, and understanding.  She develops a relationship with pilot Dean Lowrey, played by Mike Vogel.  Their relationship undergoes many complications throughout the episodes.

Kelli Garner plays Kate Cameron, who gets recruited by the CIA, as being a Pan Am Stewardess seems to make for a good cover.  I remember my mom mentioning that it seems like throwing in the espionage into the story was sort of implying that being a flight attendant wasn’t interesting enough in itself.  I thought that Kate’s story was still good and not too overdone as it could have been.

Margot Robbie plays Kate’s younger sister who is new to the airline business.  She has just left her fiance, after feeling too much pressure from her family to go through with the wedding.  Her following in her sister’s footsteps and becoming a stewardess allows her to experience life on her own and gain a sense of independence.  Sexual tension develops between her and First Officer, Ted Vanderway, played by Michael Mosley.

I think I watched all of the episodes.  I was annoyed that episode 13 was out of order.  When I started watching it, I got very confused and then though that it must be a rerun of an episode I had missed.  Because it didn’t make sense otherwise.  They could have easily played it in the proper sequence so as not to confuse people.  Laura had already taken nude pictures and Ginny was already out of Dean’s life, as Nico was out of Kate’s life.  Why bring all that back up when the series was ending?

I’m upset that it has been cancelled.  I liked it as a whole, but was disappointed with the finale.  I mean it sort of tied up a few things but not really.  I know they couldn’t just make everything end perfectly, but still, I’m left wondering what happens.  Does Colette find her brother, and then get back together with Dean as he helps her in the process?  Do things go back to normal when he gets his job back in six months?  Does Maggie stop with the smuggling and eventually pursue something in politics?  Does Kate leave Pan Am to be a full time agent?  And most importantly, does Laura become Ted’s mistress?  That’s not what either of them wanted.  Maybe Amanda isn’t really pregnant or has a miscarriage?  But that would just be too convenient.

In any case, I guess it’s not coming back, from what I’ve heard?  I guess it was good while it lasted.  Some of the episodes along the way did have a few dull parts and plot lines, but overall I think it was a good show.  And it did momentarily almost make me wish I’d pursued one of my dreams of being a flight attendant.

Smash

I was so sick and tired of seeing the commercials for this show.  It was always the same one every time and it made the show look boring.  It made me not even want to watch it.  But I decided to give it a chance.  But I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I don’t really care for musicals.  Which begs the question why do I watch Glee?  I don’t have an answer for that.

It’s nice to see that Katherine McPhee is doing well.  I think season 5 of American Idol was one of the last ones I watched.  It’s surprising I watched for that long.  But she’s an amazing singer and it’s great that she’s getting work.  I love it when the contestants who didn’t win American Idol do far better than the winners could even hope for.  I mean what the hell is Taylor Hicks doing nowadays?  I know, you’re thinking Taylor who?

I like Debra Messing but I was confused when I saw that this show starred her.  I was like, wait isn’t this a show about singing?  And then I realized that there’s actually a story line and everything too.  My my said that she would watch it if it didn’t have Debra Messing in it.  She’s not her biggest fan.  Although we used to watch Will & Grace together all the time.  But I guess that was more for Karen and Jack than it was for Will and Grace.  But we also watched The Wedding Date together (when it was on TV), which was a terrible movie that I loved.

When I saw Anjelica Huston in this, I just kept thinking of The Addams Family.  She still kind of has that Morticia Addams look about her.  But I guess that’s just her face.

When the show started Katherine McPhee was singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and I thought really?  I was prepared for something boring or not to my taste.  I don’t know why, that song’s just not my favourite.  But I was delighted that her performance was cut short, as it was her auditioning for a part where she was interrupted when one of the panellist’s cell phones rings.  I thought there would be excessive singing in this show, but I think it had just the right amount, so that even someone who hates musicals can enjoy it.

Smash focuses on the making of a musical about Marilyn Monroe and the people who are involved in its creation.  Debra Messing’s character is supposed to be taking a break from writing and musicals for the year so that she and her husband can focus on adopting a baby.  But then this Marilyn idea comes up and she can’t say no.  I don’t see the whole adoption thing happening.  They already have a son.  I think the musical will be her new baby.  Which will no doubt create further tension with her and her husband.  I don’t know if things will work out for them.  She seems to spend more time with her gay song writing partner anyway, which makes me reminisce about Will & Grace, where Will was always by her side, throughout her various relationships.

Katherine McPhee’s character is a waitress who is trying to live out her dreams in the big city.  Her parents want her to be more realistic with her goals and try to convince her to be practical about her decisions, while her boyfriend is the exact opposite, overly supportive and believes in her almost to the point where it’s sickening.  She auditions for the role of Marilyn and the director finds it refreshing that she’s the only one who doesn’t dress the part.

She gets a call back, but so does Megan Hilty‘s character, who seems to fit the part perfectly, with her blonde hair, voluptuousness, and amazing voice.  I feel like Katherine McPhee isn’t curvy enough to play Marilyn.  It seems the next few episodes will involve heated competition for the role, as it comes down to the two of them to play the part.  I feel like we’re meant to sympathize with and root for Katherine McPhee’s character, but I like Megan Hilty’s character too.

In case you were wondering, I did like the show.  It has a lot of promise.  And I have to continue watching, because I need to see who gets to play the role of Marilyn.  And how many episodes it will take before they make that decision.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they drag that out for as long as possible.