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Penny Hofstader is the worst part of the Big Bang Theory (now), IMO

When the TBBT started 12 years ago, Penny was a sweet, young, naive girl from Nebraska with the big dream of being a star in Hollywood.

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Leonard, her neighbor and eventual love interest, pined over her for years. Watching the show over (and over, and over), I now see that Penny always had feelings for Leonard, but just didn’t admit to them.

For the first 8 seasons, I loved Penny. She was a girl chasing a dream. Now, I can’t stand her. She’s a mean spirited witch, especially to her long-suffering husband, Leonard.

Why do I no longer like Penny? Hmmm, where do I start? She is SO rude to Leonard. All the time. She puts him down, makes fun of his small stature, him in bed, you name it. Not to him most of the time, but she’s always putting him down to Amy and Bernadette.

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When she got the job as a Pharmaceutical Rep, she wasted no time throwing in Leonard’s face that she made more money than him, when in reality, show owes him thousands of dollars from loans he’d given her in the past (he also bought her a car!!!). That is one thing that drives me insane about her character. It’s like she (ok, the writers) forgot the first seven years when Penny was broke and Leonard constantly paid for her food, even when they weren’t dating.

My biggest issue with her now, and sorry, this may be a spoiler if you’re not caught up, is she doesn’t want to have kids. That is so unfair to Leonard. She knows damn well that Leonard does and has always wanted kids with Penny. In the first episode of the series, she says how smart and beautiful their children would be. The fact that Penny just sprung this on Leonard makes her even more unlikable.

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Leonard and Penny, as characters on the show, have really stalled out as a couple. They aren’t doing anything really. Amy and Sheldon have written a paper, Howard and Bernie have two kids, and Raj is looking for love. Penny and Leonard have done nothing for two seasons now, and quite frankly, their storyline is BORING.

I have a feeling that Peonard will end up with kids, but I’m just not loving this whole storyline. Or Penny.

Just my two cents.

Sheri

 

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The Masked Singer is ridiculous; but I can’t stop watching!

I saw the previews of the Masked Singer on Fox (and there were MANY) and I thought “this show looks so dumb”. While that may be true, it’s so much fun to watch!!

For the past two weeks, “masked” singers have come out to perform, and the judges have to guess who they are. The judges are Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger.

The costumes these performers are in are amazingly elaborate. I can’t imagine hanging out in a costume like that for an hour.  It’s quite hilarious. There are some professional singers for sure; and some not. What’s fun is trying to figure out who the people are based on the “clues” and their performance. I know who the Raven is for sure. I have guesses about others.

What makes the show so funny are the insane guesses the judges make. Lady Gaga? President Obama? Really??? Think C or D list celebrities for sure!!!

If you haven’t checked out this show, do so. It’s very entertaining. I’ll include a video below to show you:)

 

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TV Show Recommendation – Single Parents (ABC)

Thank god for streaming apps. When I’m at work on my lunch, I love watching shows that are new. One of my favorite from this season is Single Parents, which is on ABC, Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm central time.

The show stars Bard Garrett, Taran Killam and Leighton Meester as a group of single parents, who are good friends that help each other out.  They each have their own thing – Douglas (Garrett) has twin girls with a stripper who died, and has an interesting parenting style. Will (Killam) is raising his daughter alone and is a bit of an eccentric nerd. And Angie (Meester) is mom to a neurotic son who is very dependent on her.

The kids on this show are honestly the best part. They are hysterical.  I was a little skeptical of this show at first, but it’s really funny and I highly recommend. Check out a clip below.

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Fall TV – New Shows I’m liking

We are two weeks into the new fall TV season, and I have two new shows that I absolutely love – Manifest and A Million Little Things.

Manifest is kind of a combination of “Lost” and “This is Us”. A plane disappears for 5 1/2 years, though the people on board think it’s the next day when they land. The survivors have to deal with a world they no longer know, while dealing with the fact that everyone in their lives have moved on. Ben and Michaela are brother and sister who were on the flight, along with Ben’s son, Cole. Cole is a twin, who has not aged, while his sister is now 16 and a normal teenager. Ben’s wife seems to have moved on, and Michaela’s boyfriend has gotten married.

It’s an interesting story, though very far-fetched. The first episode was a little rough around the edges with the acting, but it kind of worked itself out in the second episode. I would highly recommend.

It airs on Monday nights at 9 pm central on NBC.

 

The other show I’m really liking is A Million Little Things. This story focuses on a group of friends who are dealing with the aftermath of their “leaders” suicide. By leader I mean the guy they all looked up to and kept them all together. The guys met in an elevator that broke down 10 years ago and have been inseparable since.

They are all trying to wrap their head around why John, the leader, would kill himself. People’s lives may seem perfect from the outside but be anything but on the inside, and finding out why John did this seems to be what the mystery is going to be. There are also twists and surprises you don’t see coming, which make the show even more interesting.

Have you watched these two shows? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Who I want to take home Emmy’s tonight

I haven’t posted much about TV, mainly because I haven’t been watching much, but I am super excited about the Emmy’s despite a) they are on a Monday night and b) they are head to head with my beloved Chicago Bears. My husband and I will be fighting over the TV tonight.

Anyway, the nominees are below, along with who I would love to see win.

COMEDY

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“Atlanta”
“Barry”
“Black-ish”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“GLOW”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – I want this show to win. It’s fresh, funny and filled with richly written characters and content.
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) – Ted Danson’s portrayal of Michael the angel is great. He was made for the role.
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)  – I don’t see how anyone else wins this category. Rachel was amazing in this role. She deserves this win.
Allison Janney (“Mom)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”)

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) – this is a tough category, because Baldwin as Trump is great, but I’m sticking with my show here.
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) – Another great character from this show, Suzy was someone you wouldn’t typically root for, but here, you do.
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

BEST COMEDY DIRECTING
“Atlanta” (Episode: “FUBU”), directed by Donald Glover
“Atlanta” (Episode: “Teddy Perkins”), directed by Hiro Murai
“Barry” (Episode: “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”), directed by Bill Hader
“The Big Bang Theory” (Episode: “The Bow Tie Asymmetry”), directed by Mark Cendrowski
“GLOW” (Episode: “Pilot”), directed by Jesse Peretz
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Episode: “Pilot”), directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino – Noticing a theme here???
“Silicon Valley” (Episode: “Initial Coin Offering”), directed by Mike Judge

BEST COMEDY WRITING
“Atlanta” (Episode: “Alligator Man”), written by Donald Glover
“Atlanta” (Episode: “Barbershop”), written by Stefani Robinson
“Barry” (Episode: “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”), written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader
“Barry” (Episode: “Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast and Keep Going”), written by Liz Sarnoff
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Episode: “Pilot”), written by Amy Sherman-Palladino – again, sticking with my fave
“Silicon Valley” (Episode: “Fifty-One Percent”), written by Alec Berg

DRAMA

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones” – I love 4 of the shows in this category, but I’m going with Game of Thrones, because it was edge of your seat good last season.
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) – Don’t see how anyone else can win but Sterling K. Milo has a shot, but SKB was so good last year.
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) – picking her only because I know she’ll win. I don’t watch any of these shows besides the Crown and I didn’t love Foy’s performance this year.
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) – Hopper all the way!!
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) – I love her but Yvonne Strahovski will win
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

BEST DRAMA DIRECTING
“The Crown” (Episode: “Paterfamilias”), directed by Stephen Daldry
“Game of Thrones” (Episode: “Beyond the Wall”), directed by Alan Taylor – this was a great episode so this one
“Game of Thrones” (Episode: “The Dragon and the Wolf”), directed by Jeremy Podeswa
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Episode: “After”), directed by Kari Skogland
“Ozark” (Episode: “The Toll”), directed by Jason Bateman
“Ozark” (Episode: “Tonight We Improvise”), directed by Daniel Sackheim
“Stranger Things” (Episode: “Chapter Nine: The Gate”), directed by the Duffer Brothers

BEST DRAMA WRITING
“The Americans” (Episode: “START”), written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
“The Crown” (Episode: “Mystery Man”), written by Peter Morgan
“Game of Thrones” (Episode: “The Dragon and the Wolf”), written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Episode: “June”), written by Bruce Miller
“Killing Eve” (Episode: “Nice Face”), written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
“Stranger Things” (Episode: “Chapter Nine: The Gate”), written by the Duffer Brothers – great episode, so this one

MOVIE/MINI

BEST LIMITED SERIES
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – I watched some of this and it was good, so I’m going with this
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) – Darren Criss was really good in this role so him
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister: Black Mirror”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”) – I may be the only person who watched this mini, but Edie Falco was really great in her role, so her
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) – Ricky Martin was GREAT in this so him
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) – She was so creepily good, so her
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum: Black Mirror”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI DIRECTING
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (Episode: “The Man Who Would Be Vogue”), directed by Ryan Murphy this one
“Godless,” directed by Scott Frank
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” directed by David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski
“The Looming Tower” (Episode: “9/11”), directed by Craig Zisk
“Paterno,” directed by Barry Levinson
“Patrick Melrose,” directed by Edward Berger
“Twin Peaks,” directed by David Lynch

BEST MOVIE/MINI WRITING
“American Vandal” (Episode: “Clean Up”), written by Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (Episode: “House by the Lake”), written by Tom Rob Smith this one
“Black Mirror: USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker
“Godless,” written by Scott Frank
“Patrick Melrose,” written by David Nicholls
“Twin Peaks,” written by Mark Frost and David Lynch

REALITY/VARIETY

BEST REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM 
The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”  – LOVE the Voice

BEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
“At Home with Amy Sedaris”
“Drunk History”
“I Love You, America”
“Portlandia”
“Saturday Night Live” – SNL has been pretty good
“Tracey Ullman’s Show”

BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – LOVE this show
“Late Late Show with James Corden Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL DIRECTING
“Dave Chappelle: Equanimity,” directed by Stan Lathan
“Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld,” directed by Michael Bonfiglio
“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life,” directed by Marcus Raboy – this was an enjoyable show so this
“Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake,” directed by Hamish Hamilton
“The Oscars,” directed by Glenn Weiss

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITING
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated),” written by Samantha Bee, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Miles Kahn and Nicole Silverberg
“John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous” at Radio City, written by John Mulaney
“Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady,” written by Michelle Wolf
“Patton Oswalt: Annihilation,” written by Patton Oswalt
“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” written by Steve Martin and Martin Short – this one

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The Evolution of Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the Big Bang Theory. I’ve seen every episode many times.

One of the things I love about this show is character growth, and no two characters have grown more than Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler, who tonight will finally wed!

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Amy joined the show in the finale of Season 3, when Howard and Raj added Sheldon to a dating site as an experiment. Sheldon didn’t believe that it would be possible to find a perfect match for him – but he was so wrong.

Amy is a neurobiologist and incredibly smart (like her real life portrayer). When she first joins the cast, she’s incredibly anti-social (like Sheldon) and pretty robotic. Once she started hanging out with Penny and Bernadette, she lightened up a little, but it took a long time for her full transformation.Image result for sheldon and amy gifs

Once Sheldon and Amy started dating, they both started to change. Sheldon was still annoying and dependent on his friends, but he tried to change. Amy encouraged him to be more empathetic towards others, and again, while it took a LONG time, he’s gotten much better. He’s still mean to Howard sometimes and can be thoughtless, but he’s a much better character than he was before Amy joined the show.

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Sheldon and Amy broke up at the end of season 8, and it devastated Sheldon. He didn’t realize it right away, but he was very much in love with Amy and took their break up very hard. Amy attempted to move on, but she was still in love with Sheldon. The episode when they get back together is one of my favorites.

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This season in particular has been a good one for Sheldon. He really loves and appreciates Amy, and seems genuinely excited to be marrying her.

I am so excited to see Shamy’s wedding. I’m sure it will be odd and full of Klingon, but I’m so happy that one of my favorite TV couples is finally tying the knot!

Tune in tonight at 7 pm central on CBS to see the wedding of Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler and Dr. Sheldon Cooper!

Happy watching.

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Why you should be watching Showtime’s The Chi

I’ve lived in the Chicago area my entire life, and I’ll admit I live in a cozy suburban bubble. So imagine my shock when I turned on the Chi, and saw a depiction of how life is a mere 15 miles away from me. To say it was shocking is an understatement.

The Chi takes place on Chicago’s South Side. For those of you not from Chicago, it’s a tough part of town.  Brutally tough. Obviously I don’t know how accurate the depiction of life there is, but I have to tell you that the storytelling and cinematography from this show paint quite a picture.

The story follows four very different people.

Brandon is a line cook at a restaurant in the city (or downtown to those not from the Chi) who came out of the south side with a good head on his shoulders. His younger brother, Coogie, lives with his and Brandon’s alcoholic mother and pretty much runs the streets all day and night.  Brandon has a nice apartment with his girlfriend, Jerrika, who is a real estate agent.

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Kevin is an tween dealing with school and crushes. Kevin witnesses something that sends his life into a paranoid mess. But man do I love this kid – he has incredible street smarts for a kid his age.

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Emmett is a man probably in his late teens who sells stolen tennis shoes and works at a restaurant. Emmett likes to screw without protection and has fathered three children. When the youngest baby mama gets pissed and dumps the baby on Emmett’s lap, he’s forced to quickly grow up, and without his mother’s help.

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Ronnie is an older gentleman, in his 50’s likely. He doesn’t work and sits in his front yard with two of his friends most of the day. His grandmother tells him he’s worthless and should get a job. Ronnie was married to Tracy and was a stepfather to Jason, who is murdered in the first episode. Jason’s murder is the key that brings these four characters together in an incredibly interesting way.

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What’s so interesting about this show is how believable it is. I was watching last night and the 45 minutes it took for the episode flew by. There is an incredible supporting cast, especially the younger kids who are Kevin’s age. The biggest thing that compels me to this show is that I care for the characters – even Ronnie, who is kind of a loser, and Emmett, who is kind of lost. Brandon seems put together, but is dealing with some issues from his past. It’s so good.

I would highly recommend this show. It’s airs at 9 pm central on Showtime and is available on demand.

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