July 21st, 2014
Tyler Posey will emcee the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons
On June 17, nominations for the 2014 Teen Choice Awards were announced. Leading the pack is the teen soap Pretty Little Liars (CW) with 5 nominations in the drama category. The Vampire Diaries (CW) are biting on their necks with their domination (5 nominations also) in the sci-fi/fantasy category with all three leads being in the awards running as well as the series itself. Tyler Posey is nominated in the crowded actor field for his portrayal of Scott in Teen Wolf.
Speaking of wolves, Posey will host the annual event. Last year Posey took home some surfboards for Choice Male Summer TV Star while Teen Wolf won Choice Summer TV Show.
The ceremony airs live on Sunday, August 10 at 8:00pm on Fox, but until then, fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day per category for their favorite nominees at www.teenchoiceawards.com.
The full list of TV nominees is below:
Teen Choice TV: Animated Show
Teen Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Debby Ryan, Jessie
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Laura Marano, Austin & Ally
Lea Michele, Glee
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
Teen Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men
Chord Overstreet, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally
Teen Choice TV Show: Comedy
Austin & Ally
The Big Bang Theory
Sam & Cat
Teen Choice TV Actress: Drama
Lucy Hale, Pretty Little Liars
Maddie Hasson, Twisted
Maia Mitchell, The Fosters
Rachel Bilson, Hart of Dixie
Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars
Teen Choice TV Actor: Drama
Avan Jogia, Twisted
Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars
Jake T. Austin, The Fosters
Keegan Allen, Pretty Little Liars
Lucas Grabeel, Switched at Birth
Teen Choice TV Show: Drama
Hart of Dixie
Pretty Little Liars
Switched at Birth
Teen Choice TV: Reality Competition Show
The Amazing Race
American Idol XIII
Teen Choice TV: Reality Show
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Teen Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Claire Holt, The Originals
Ginnifer Goodwin, Once Upon a Time
Kat Graham, The Vampire Diaries
Kristin Kreuk, Beauty and The Beast
Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Teen Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Joseph Morgan, The Originals
Josh Dallas, Once Upon a Time
Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf
Teen Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Once Upon a Time
The Vampire Diaries
September 24th, 2012
Simon Helberg plays Howard Walowitz on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Photo by therainstopped © Wikimedia Commons
We last saw Howard enjoying space life after a quickie rooftop wedding and Leonard proposed to Penny while in bed together. Once Howard gets his feet back on the ground he has to tackle the issue of where he and his new wife should live. While Penny and Leonard are trying to decide if they want a future together, Sheldon and Amy are still together, but will Sheldon’s new office mate throw a wrench into their relationship? And the tongue-tied Raj finally gets himself a real girlfriend. Comic book fans are rejoicing at the news that Stuart has been promoted to a series regular.
“The Big Bang Theory” premieres Thursday, September 27 at 8:00pm on CBS.
January 31st, 2012
Jim Parson plays Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory”
photo by Martini © Wikimedia Commons
A good way to sit down and relax is to watch some good comedy on TV. The old saying “laughter is the best medicine” has a bit of truth to it. Dictionary.com defines comedy as “a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending.” Everyone needs a good laugh now and then. Here are my top 10 comedy television series of 2011. What’s your favorite comedy on TV? Did it make my list?
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
Thursdays @ 8:00pm
Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) and Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) are roommates. They are also both physicist geniuses. Their friends Raj and Howard (Kunal Nayaar, Simon Helberg) are also brilliant scientists working at the same university. They are all also sci-fi geeks playing games like Klingon Boggle, WOW, they love their comic books and are avid Star Trek and other sci-fi show fans. None of the boys know quite how to interact with girls – in fact Raj can’t even speak to a girl unless he’s had a couple of drinks first. Neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is the dumb blonde girl who doesn’t understand anything the guys talk about. New to the cast is Howard’s girlfriend Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Sheldon’s girlfriend/buddy, Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik).
LAST MAN STANDING (ABC)
Tuesdays @ 8:00pm
Tim Allen is back and he has brought his comedy mojo with him. This time he plays Mike Baxter, a guy who works at the Outdoor Man sporting goods store as a marketing director who vents in his video blogs concerning just about anything. At home, Mike’s wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) has just received a promotion at work which leaves Mike at home more having to deal with 3 daughters, one of whom is raising his grandson, Boyd, out of wedlock. Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), the unwed mother, begins to date Kyle (Christoph Sanders), one of Mike’s employees who isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. “Last Man Standing” is hands down the best new comedy of the year.
Wednesdays @ 10:00pm
Best friends from childhood, Shawn and Gus (James Roday, Dule Hill) run the Psych Detective Agency. In this witty comedy, Shawn claims to have psychic powers but really they are just powers of observation that his father, Henry (Corbin Bernsen) taught him while growing up. But Shawn has everyone buffaloed into thinking he is a real psychic, including the local police department. Shawn is often called in to help with a case much to the dismay of the non-believing, ‘go-by-the-book’ police Detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson). His partner, Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson) has faith in Shawn’s abilities of deduction where ‘Lassie’ does not.
THE MIDDLE (ABC)
Wednesdays @ 8:00pm
The comedic Heck family lives in the middle of nowhere Kansas surviving on an average middle income, living a mediocre life. The family is headed by the mother and father team of Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn). Their three children are Brick (Atticus Shaffer), the youngest and smartest of the bunch who is not a very social person; Sue (Eden Sher), the middle child, the girl no one remembers who is always trying out for something at school and failing; and Axl (Charlie McDermott), the oldest and the jock of the family who doesn’t like to wear clothes much.
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS)
Thursdays @ 8:30pm
In this comedy about how relationships work, or don’t work, there’s the old married couple, Jeff & Audrey (Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price) who find they cannot have a baby so they turn to surrogacy. Then there’s their younger friends, Adam & Jennifer (Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich) who live upstairs and are engaged. The third wheel is their single playboy friend Russell (David Spade) who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He is often accompanied by his secretary Timmy (Adhir Kalyan), who resents everything his boss stands for.
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Wednesdays @ 9:00pm
These days families can be a mixture of all races and partners as portrayed in the hit comedy “Modern Family.” The patriarch of the family, Jay (Ed O’Neil), is married to a vibrant, younger Colombian woman, Gloria (Sofia Vergara) who has an almost middle school-aged son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez) who is the most grown up of the bunch. Jay’s daughter, Claire (Julie Bowen) is married to Phil (Ty Burrell) and they have 3 children: the brainiac Alex (Ariel Winter), the ego-driven Haley (Sarah Hyland) and the not-so-bright youngest son, Luke (Nolan Gould). Jay’s son, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler) is a gay lawyer who lives with his partner, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet). They have adopted a baby girl, Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), of Asian descent.
TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
Mondays @ 9:00pm
If you follow the news at all you are aware that Ashton Kutcher has replaced Charlie Sheen as the star of the comedy “Two and a Half Men.” Ashton’s character, Walden Schmidt, is a billionaire divorcee looking for a new love or better yet, how to get his old love back. Charlie’s brother, Alan, and his son Jake (Jon Cryer, Angus T. Jones) have managed to get themselves invited to stay on to live with Walden in the Malibu beach house and Berta (Conchata Ferrell) gets to stay on as the voluptuous, lusty housekeeper. Say what you will about him, but Charlie Sheen left some big shoes for Kutcher to fill. So far it seems the writer’s are having a hard time not mentioning Charlie in one form or another in the early episodes with Kutcher. They need to have Walden’s character stand on its’ own. He could even grow up a bit so he doesn’t remind viewers so much of Kelso (“That 70′s Show”).
Wednesdays @ 8:30pm
When teenage Tessa (Jane Levy) gets caught by her single father, George (Jeremy Sisto), with a box of condoms he decides it is time to move away from the big city of New York and all its’ challenges to the safer roads of the suburbs. Just like any normal teenager would do, Tessa bucks this idea of moving. Once there, Tessa quickly learns that she doesn’t fit in with all the plastic Barbie doll-like females and their haute couture fashion.
How does the catalog-based Mid America Novelties make money? They outsource their phone call services to India, of course. When the American store goes out of business, manager Todd Dempsey (Ben Rappaport) finds himself in India heading up and training the local call service. There he meets another American, Charlie Davies (Diedrich Bader) who is runs the All-American Hunter call center and a lovely woman from Australia Tonya (Pippa Black) who runs Koala Air. Todd has to train some interesting people at the call center including the romantic Manmeat (Sacha Dhawan), the hilarious Gupta (Parvesh Cheena), shy Madhuri (Anisha Nagarajan), and the assistant manager who is always after his job, Rajiv (Rizwan Manji).
COUGAR TOWN (ABC)
Wednesdays @ 9:30pm
This group of friends hang out with each other a LOT. The leader of the group is middle-aged Jules (Courteney Cox), who is divorced from Bobby (Brian Van Holt), dates Grayson (Josh Hopkins), is best friends with Ellie (Christa Miller) and Laurie (Busy Phillips) and almost always has a glass of wine in her hand. Her college-bound son, Travis (Dan Byrd) and Ellie’s randy husband, Andy (Ian Gomez) round out the gang know as the cul-de-sac crew. The group likes to play ‘Penny Can’ to pass the time when there’s nothing else to do. There’s never a dull moment on the cul-de-sac of this neighborhood.
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January 18th, 2011
Jim Parson plays Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory”
photo by Martini © Wikimedia Commons
Bazinga! Earlier this week CBS announced their hit comedy The Big Bang Theory will be renewed for 3 more years, according to a report by TV Guide. This will take the series into the 2013-14 TV season. “It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to see why this show is a BIG part of our comedy future,” Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment president, said in a statement. “From ratings to critical acclaim to pop culture buzz, it’s struck a chord on all levels.”
Actors Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny, Penny, Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) have an on screen chemistry that makes for good genius comedy.
Recently The Big Bang Theory won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical and Jim Parson portrayal of Sheldon cooper won him Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical. Congrats to everyone!
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays 8/7c on CBS.
November 17th, 2010
The Big Bang Theory Cast
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Thanks to Direct TV, I have been enjoying the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory on my big screen TV ever since I found The Big Bang Theory offered in DirecTV packages. The geeky boys of The Big Bang Theory are being infiltrated by girls on my DirecTV! Melissa Rauch who plays Bernadette (Howard’s girlfriend) was bumped to a series regular recently will be joined by Mayim Bialik (from Blossom) who has received a similar bump according to Deadline Hollywood. The two girls will join Penny (Kaley Cuoco) who has anchored the lone female role thus far in the series. Bialik who plays Sheldon’s non-girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler, (Sheldon claims she is just a girl who also happens to be his friend, but that does not make her his ‘girlfriend’!!) has a 1-season contract for recurring roles on the show as does Rauch. The character of Amy comes off as a female Sheldon (Jim Parsons) which has some viewers turning off. Others compare her to Star Trek’s Data, the humanoid robot. Amy acts more like she should be Sheldon’s twin sister, just not funny like Sheldon. As a permanent addition to the show, Melissa Gilbert’s Leslie Winkle character would have been a better choice. With all the viewer messages I am reading left on articles about The Big Bang Theory regarding these new female editions, I predict they will not receive a contract renewal offer after this season.
[Source: Deadline Hollywood; Photo Courtesy: CBS]
November 5th, 2010
Season 4, Episode 7, “The Apology Insufficiency”
Jim Parson plays Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory”
photo by Martini © Wikimedia Commons
Even though the comedy hit show “The Big Bang Theory” has a cast of geeky nerds as their lead characters you don’t have to be a nerd or a geek to enjoy watching the antics of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj and their ‘normal’ and beautiful neighbor Penny. Leonard and Sheldon are physicists and roommates while their best friends Raj and Howard are scientists at CalTech. Penny is the girl-next-door with an average IQ which baffles Sheldon but Leonard sees lots of possibility in her. The guys hang out at Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment playing games such as Klingon Boggle or shooting rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock to settle an argument. (See instructions below.)
In The Apology Insufficiency, Howard informs the gang he has a chance to participate in the new Defense Department’s top secret laser satellite operations, but first he has to get a new security clearance so they will all be interviewed by the FBI. This concerns Raj because he has brown skin and talks funny therefore the government may see fit to deport him just because of those attributes. Stunning FBI Agent Angela Page knocks on Raj’s door first but we all know that Raj gets tongue tied and cannot talk to women while sober. So Raj scrambles around looking for some alcohol to drink, comes up empty but finds some rum cake in the fridge. That seems to loosen his tongue enough to answer the questions she has about Wolowitz.
Meanwhile, Leonard has vowed to be a smooth operator the next time he meets a beautiful woman. That woman just so happens to be the FBI agent who tracks him down in his lab. Instead of talking about Wolowitz, Leonard whips off his glasses and uses his new pick up line on her, “You are beautiful. You pop, sparkle and buzz electric. I’m going to pick you up at 8 and show you a night you will never forget.” Angela in turn asks Leonard if she could bring her six-foot, 180 pound Navy Seal husband with her on their ‘date.’ Leonard is embarrassed that he didn’t see her wedding ring because he had taken his glasses off to look cool.
Lastly, Agent Page visits Sheldon at home. When Leonard spots her at the door, because of his earlier encounter with her he runs and hides in his bedroom. Sitting on the couch, Sheldon begins to ask her why the FBI has not followed up on certain situations that have involved him in the past. When she asks about Wolowitz, Sheldon informs her of when Howard broke his Blu-Ray disc holder; when he hacked into his WOW game and changed his avatars’ name from Sheldor to Smelldor; he refuses to pay overdue fines on books Sheldon has lent him; he crashed the Mars Rover when trying to impress a girl; and he recommended he go see the third Matrix movie because “it was just a as good as the first.” Agent Page wants to know more about the Mars Rover but Sheldon does not want to talk about the Mars Rover because talking about it may show Wolowitz’s culpability in the destruction of government property worth millions of dollars.
Needless to say, Howard did not get his security clearance.
It was a no-can-do from Agent Page when Sheldon goes to her office to try to recant his statement. He doesn’t understand why the FBI is picking on his friend Howard when there have been serious situations in the past such as the time Leonard almost gave away rocket secrets to a North Korean spy and he was never investigated. (Agent Page takes note of that.)
Sheldon tries to apologize to Howard for his slip of the tongue, but Howard will not accept his apology. Therefore Sheldon follows up with giving Howard a gift in which Howard responds a gift can’t fix what he did either. None-the-less, Sheldon wants him to have it. When Howard looks in the bag he finds a couch cushion. It is a symbolic gesture from Sheldon that he is giving Howard his special sitting spot on his couch that no one ever gets to sit in. I mean no one! Ever! Howard is touched and accepts Sheldon’s apology.
When the gang returns to the apartment, Howard sits in Sheldon’s special spot for an amazing 94 seconds before Sheldon runs him out if it.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8:00pm on CBS.
“If if’s and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.”
The Big Bang Theory Cast
Sheldon Cooper – Jim Parsons
Leonard Hofstadter – Johnny Galecki
Howard Wolowitz – Simon Helberg
Rajesh “Raj” Ramayan Koothrappali – Kunal Nayyar
Penny – Kaley Cuoco
Special Guest Stars in “The Apology Insufficiency”
FBI Agent Angela Page – Eliza Dushku
Himself – Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of Hayden Planetarium in NYC – *Dr. Tyson demoted Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet which makes Sheldon very unhappy.
A Big Bang Note
Do you ever read the white page that comes up at the end of every episode? I do. At the end of this one it suggested that Penny will be MIA in some upcoming episodes because she had been hurt while horseback riding, so I did a little research.**Sure enough Kaley Cuoco did break her leg while horseback riding back in September and will miss filming some episodes.
***The Rules for Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock
Rock crushes Scissors
Rock crushes Lizard
Paper covers rock
Paper disproves Spock
Scissors cuts Paper
Scissors decapitates Lizard
Lizard eats Paper
Lizard poisons Spock
Spock smashes Scissors
Spock vaporizes Rock
Variations: The basic mathematical principles at work allow for any odd number of possible weapons to work, provided each weapon can beat exactly half the others.
July 20th, 2010
This guest post from Alice Wall
I can’t remember a prime-time show that I have ever gotten quite as excited about as The Big Bang Theory. The quirky plot lines and ridiculously over the top acting just keeps me in stitches. The at times deft handling of scientific topics, and at other times daft summarization of topics, is always fun to see attempted in a popular sitcom. I especially enjoy watching the interaction of Sheldon and Leonard with their neighbor, Penny. It’s so funny to see Sheldon’s apathy toward social convention grate with her, and Leonard’s awkwardness shine through despite the best of attempts.
Raj and Howard are great too. Always around just enough to provides laughs, but not so much that I get bored with them. The occasionally crazy relationships, Raj’s inability to speak to women, all very, very funny. The general handling of misplaced stereotypes as a source of jest also keeps me amused throughout the all too short half an hour episodes. I’m so excited they’re moving the show to Thursdays, I don’t know what I would do without satellite TV to watch these guys. Definitely one of my favorite shows, it’s like Seinfeld, but funny. I can’t wait for the fall for the next season to start.