Rachel's blog

Co-founder of Throng. Favourite TV shows recently: Homeland and The Newsroom.

I’m planning on watching Portlandia

TV3 is starting screening this show tonight from 10pm (taking over the slot left by WANNA-BEn. Season 2 has just finished in the US, and it’s already been renewed for another season.

Or, if you’re wanting to see a movie tonight, there’s a decent amount on offer on Sky Box Office, including:

The Help, Drive and One Day.

I loved The Help and want to read the book. Just don’t be eating your dessert while watching the movie… I saw Drive at the theatre (cough, Ryan Gosling) but I only really loved the first scene (incredible) and the music, but the rest wasn’t exactly my genre…

What are you watching tonight?

I’m planning on watching The World’s Strictest Parents

The World’s Strictest Parents heads to an Australian Outback farm tonight. I have a thing for the Outback. Sometimes I watch blob out shows like this.

On a more serious note, a while ago a friend recommended Inside Job so we rented it on itunes. It’s a fascinating documentary and if you haven’t seen it, and you’re interested in how the world economy got so screwed up, this is a must watch on Rialto. IMDB gives this an 8.2/10.

What are you watching tonight?

I’m planning to watch…

The Sinking of the Laconia – Prime’s new two-part drama at 8:30pm. IMDB rates it as 7/10. It looks really good.

The History Channel has a documentary on Wikileaks tonight also at 8:30pm, with interviews with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

Oh, and I’ll be My Skying The Almighty Johnsons.

What are you watching tonight?

I’m watching Masterchef and Go Girls

I felt a bit let down by Go Girls last week – Brad narrating the show just didn’t sound or feel right. Maybe I’ll get used to it, but I kept hearing Kevin’s voice in my head! Last weekend, I had a girls weekend away and the topic of “secret TV show addictions” came up. Go Girls was the one which was unanimously enjoyed by all their partners! Here’s tonight’s episode information.

In the episode information for Masterchef tonight, it says there’s a budding romance and Thai food on the menu. Hmm.

That’s all I’ll have time for tonight, but these also look interesting:

The making of Bacardi in Puerto Rico, Escape to River Cottage, Nigella Kitchen and Misfits – season finale.

Oh, and of course there’s Katie Holmes on How I Met Your Mother.

What are you watching tonight?

I’m watching Revenge

Revenge is my guilty pleasure. It’s a fantastic weekly soap which I can’t imagine doing well plot-wise after one or two seasons, but I’m going to enjoy every episode of it until then. Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe play two very strong female leads which you can’t help but love and love to hate respectively. This is in the genre of Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl and The O.C. with their the rich, beautiful and unhappy families but with the added fun of seeing the high and mighty brought down to earth with a nasty thud each week. I’m just waiting for the tables to be turned on the revenger…

What are you watching tonight?

Remember when Rove dominated the Friday night slot? Gosh that seems a looong time ago. Now everyone talks about sitting down to enjoy a few laughs on TV3 thanks to The Graham Norton Show and local shows 7 Days and WANNA-BEn.

My favourite part of 7 Days is the panels choosing captions for the photos, or explanations for a word in the news that week. I haven’t found the viewer caption competition very funny to date, but I think that’s more a limitation of just seeing the words printed on screen versus hearing comedians joke around and bounce ideas off each other.

WANNA-BEn is really growing on me too – I love all the well-known Kiwi cameos and his interactions with American celebrities – especially how they handle his randomness with such dignity and control. Here’s the preview for tonight’s episode (the final for this season): Continue reading »

Media7, 9:05pm, TVNZ7

Radio New Zealand’s Media Watch and TVNZ7’s Media7 are two intelligent shows which I enjoy following. This week on Media7they are covering celebrity endorsements, in particular Kevin Milne’s new ad campaign with Carpet Mill: Continue reading »

The Almighty Johnsons, 8:30pm, TV3

Things got a whole lot more interesting at the end of the last episode thanks to the death (?) / murder (?) / suicide (?) of Eva. She’s been my favourite character by far this season. She is utterly psychotic and her scenes are mesmerising so I hope it’s not the end of her on the show. Either way, it looks like things are going to get super messy for everyone. My money is currently on Agnetha being the murderer.

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The only show on my agenda tonight is the ever-lovely Go Girls.

Go Girls: TV2, 8:30pm

Can tonight’s episode really almost be half way through series four already? I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are today, but if it’s anything like here (dark, cold, endless rain) then Go Girls is the perfect show to curl up on the sofa and watch tonight. Side note: I still have not got used to Brad’s beard and can’t figure out if I like it or not. You? Continue reading »

 

Here’s all the TV shows I’ve been watching lately:  

Homeland

From the makers of 24, this is a much more grown up version of the same themes of terrorism and politics.  Clare Danes is outstanding and Damian Lewis is such a fascinating character.  I love the character intricacies, the unexpected twists and the endless guessing games as to what’s going on.  Love this show. 

Boss

This is a pretty dark and dirty political drama starring Kelsey Grammar as the mayor of Chicago.  I enjoyed this much more than The Wire, but it had a similar feel to it.  I love the politics of the relationships between the characters: they are all so flawed and messed up individuals but you want them to not give up on each other.  A warning: after watching this, you end up being very suspicious of all other real-life politics.  

Revenge

A fantastic weekly soap which I can’t imagine doing well plot-wise after one or two seasons, but I’m going to enjoy every episode of it until then. Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe play two very strong female leads which you can’t help but love and love to hate respectively.  This is in the genre of Gossip Girl and The O.C. with their the rich, beautiful and unhappy families but with the added fun of seeing the high and mighty brought down to earth with a nasty thud each week.  I’m just waiting for the tables to be turned on the revenger…  

Survivor

I loved last season of Survivor (religious manipulation much!).  I hadn’t watched much of Survivor for many, many years (I think the last one I got hooked on was Survivor Australia!) so tuned into this season as well.  The male/female split has only made me embarrassed for the women involved, but I haven’t yet got as interested in the characters like I did early on last season but it is only the start of the season.  

House

Not as into it lately with the cast changes, but Gregory House is still one of the best characters on TV.  

Go Girls

Gotta love the bubbly zany fun characters and such a strong talented core cast.  I also love all the attention to detail in the scene changes and the music. 

Masterchef NZ

I’m always a little bored at the start of the show, but can’t wait for the regular weekly eliminations to start and getting to know the contestants more.  

Home and Away

Yes, yes.  It’s my little bit of regular soap escapism.  Normally I listen to it while I’m working away in the evening.