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Summer T.V. Premieres – June 7, 2012

Remember the good old days when season finales meant you got to escape the grasp of your television for a mere 3 months of the year? You got to get outside and enjoy the company of actual people? There are so many premieres happening tonight it’s like September has come early…only with really shitty offerings.

Apparently NBC and FOX are competing to have the absolute worst take on the “Dating Game”. NBC will be creating some kind of terrible Frankenstein’s monster of reality game shows with ‘Love In The Wild’ at 8 PM. It’s a little bit ‘Survivor’, a little bit ‘Fear Factor’ and a little bit ‘The Bachelor’. At the same time FOX will premiere ‘Take Me Out’, a show in which 30 women will compete for one man by turning a light podium off and on. If that sounds like the worst part, it’s not, this show is hosted by the always irritating George Lopez.

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Spring T.V. Premieres – Mar 1, 2012

Spring has arrived friends. We know because there is a whole new line-up of mediocre looking shows just waiting to premiere.

Apparently alternate realities are the new black this season. NBC’s newest show, ‘Awake’, premieres tonight at 10 PM.

We will admit that this show does intrigue us at least a little bit. The premise – a detective gets in a horrible car crash with his family. He wakes up to realize his son has died and begins seeing a shrink to deal. But wait! The next morning he wakes up to realize it’s actually his wife that’s died and he’s seeing a different shrink to deal with that.

The only hesitation we have about investing our precious little time (seriously, we already watch WAY too much t.v.!) in this show is the inevitable fact that the writers will take the easy way out once it reaches it’s end and tell us…wait for it….that it’s actually HIM that is dead. Promise us another ending and we would be willing to fit ‘Awake’ into the PVR schedule.

Smash: From The Big Apple To The Small Screen

“There’s a broken heart for every light on broadway.” And, apparently there is also a cliché for every aspect of NBC’s ‘Smash’.

NBC’s ode to Broadway premiered tonight with lots of hype and lots of critical acclaim, so when we tuned in we were surprised to find a whole lot of nothing. While we understand they are trying to show that the process from having an idea to turning it into an actual production takes a long time, there seemed to be almost nothing going on in this pilot to make us want to tune in again. We’re definitely not sitting on the edge of our seats to find out which babe gets the lead role – there is no suspense. And if the plot is as cliché as the characters we’re pretty sure we know who will get it anyway.

Everyone’s favourite American Idol runner-up, Katherine McPhee, plays the fresh-faced, new-to-New York Karen Cartwright. She’s your stereotypical mid-westerner, trying to live the dream. She’s the little fish in the big pond, and trying to make it without losing her morals and wholesome outlook on life. The pilot even included a visit from Ma and Pa. Shockingly, Mr. and Mrs. Smallville want to support their daughter, but don’t agree with her decision to move to the big city.

Also trying to live the dream, is Megan Hilty’s Ivy Lynn – an actress who has made a name for herself as part of the chorus line, but is striving to breakout and become a real star. Her resume is full of experience, but she just can’t seem to get cast as the star. Despite her actual successes and ability to get her foot in the door at her fiercely competitive career choice, her parents are wildly unsupportive and indifferent. At first we thought she was playing the “aging” actress due to her pancake-faced makeup. Later we realized that was their lazy way of showing the difference between her dime-a-dozen persona and McPhee’s fresh-faced new girl.

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Midseason T.V. Premieres – Feb 6, 2012

There’s no business like show business, and that’s exactly what the creators of the new show ‘Smash’ want you to think.

NBC is premiering the show at 10 PM tonight. We’ve already watched the pilot online, and it’s the first time in a long while that the SurlyGurls have disagreed. Whitney thought it was the most boring hour of her life, with absolutely no desire to see what happens to any of the characters. Andrea on the other hand thought it was pretty good, with a lot of great musical numbers.

If you’re into shows about the creative process of making a hit broadway musical and the stress and agony of being a struggling actress then this show is for you.

Midseason T.V. Premieres – Feb 3, 2012

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were and where they came from? Who hasn’t? Well, if you want to watch a bunch of celebrities find out where their roots lie, you’re in luck tonight.

NBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ premieres at 8 PM. The season three premiere gives us all a chance to find out where Martin Sheen’s family came from. Who knows, maybe there is some tiger blood somewhere along the line.

 

Chuck vs. The SurlyGurls: Reactions to the Finale

“I love Chuck Bartowski, and I don’t know what to do about it.” You and us all, Sarah Walker!

Friday night NBC aired the two-hour series finale of ‘Chuck’ and we were definitely not prepared for the emotional roller coaster it took us on. As we sat eating our Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwiches from Subway, we quickly realized that our napkins would be used for wiping away tears, not teriyaki sauce. (Just because we’re Surly, doesn’t mean we don’t have hearts, and Mr. Bartowski stole them 5 years ago.)

It was quite a surprise when Super-Spy Sarah, who we already knew was on a mission to kill Chuck, showed up bruised and bloody and knocking on his door two minutes into the first hour. We thought the writers would make us wait a lot longer for the reunion of memory-wiped Sarah and love-will-conquer-all Chuck. It was brutal watching her lie straight to his face, cuddling up and pretending to love him still, all while being fed info from the villainous Quinn. Our heartbreak was only deepened as we watched Chuck become suspicious of the woman he loved, as he knew instantly that she wasn’t the Sarah he married. (Side note: Peter Bishop needs to take a few lessons from Chuck, as he couldn’t even tell that he was dating a completely different human entity when Fauxlivia showed up on ‘Fringe’)

(Continue reading our reactions to the ‘Chuck’ finale, click to read more!)

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Midseason T.V. Premieres – Jan. 27, 2012

Hello friends, it’s been a little while since we’ve had a premiere to tell you about, and tonight there are two! How lucky are we?!

On Discovery tonight the Gold Rush is alive and well, albeit with a lot more high-tech gear than a pan and sieves. At 10 PM, ‘Bearing Sea Gold’ delves into the lives of the new-age gold miners in Nome, Alaska. The series premiere will introduce us to the crews of four different custom-built rigs looking for gold under the Bering Sea. At least this is reality that we can actually stomach to watch. At least these people have an actual job!

If glamourized “historical” dramas are more your thing, Starz has the premiere of ‘Spartacus: Vengeance’ at 10 PM as well. Spartacus fans were devastated when Andy Whitfield died in September 2011, so this premiere will be the first test to see if his replacement, Liam McIntyre, will make the role his.

While both of these premieres seem like they could be interesting, the SurlyGurls will be tuning into NBC at 8 PM for the 2 hour series finale of ‘Chuck’. To read our thoughts on our favourite Nerd’s last spy mission check out our blog, The Little Spy That Could: The SurlyGurls Say So Long To ‘Chuck’

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