Excuses, Excuses: My TV & Travel Schedule

See, I warned you about my lack of posts here once Lost started up again. I’m certainly not complaining, but watching every new episode 2- 3 times and then writing several entries about each per week is quite time-consuming (and is more than likely the culprit for this lingering headache I’m nursing).

In addition to Lost, I am also watching the following shows every week:

  1. 30 Rock
  2. Bones
  3. Brothers & Sisters
  4. Damages
  5. Flight of the Conchords
  6. Friday Night Lights
  7. Fringe
  8. Grey’s Anatomy
  9. House
  10. Life on Mars
  11. Nip/Tuck
  12. The Office
  13. Private Practice
  14. Scrubs
  15. Top Chef
  16. The United States of Tara

…on top of catching up with Season 1 of How I Met Your Mother on DVD and Season 1 of Breaking Bad on my iPod, and attempting to finish last season’s Survivor online.

I’ve given up on The L Word and Ugly Betty. But in the next few weeks I will be adding these to my collection: The Amazing Race, Dollhouse, Heroes, Life, Medium and Samantha Who.

Why do I list these out and why should you care? Because I’m an over-sharer and like to keep you in the loop. I would also like to know which shows you’d like me to write about; I’m much more likely to discuss YOUR favorite series…if only I knew what they were. Do tell.

In the interest of over-disclosure/overexposure, I also wanted to let you know that I will be out of town next week on business and then in Hawaii for 10 days on vacation. Don’t hate me. So you may not hear as much from me in February, except for occasional pop culture related reports (i.e. after our 8 hour private Lost tour on Oahu)!

Keep watching, keep reading and keep in touch.

Love you, mean it.

- Jo

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Latest TV News & Links: January 27

Besides Lost, I have to say that my two favorite new shows right now are The United States of Tara and Breaking Bad. Toni Collette and John Corbett are are very enjoyable and entertaining in Tara, the new dark comedy about multiple personalities on Showtime. And I am catching up with the first season of Breaking Bad before Season 2 begins in March; I highly recommend that you do the same because the series completely deserves the critical acclaim. Bryan Cranston is nothing short of fantastic. 

In other news…

George Clooney will appear on series finale of ER

I haven’t watched the show since he left, so I suppose I’ll tune it when that episode airs.

Get LOST with JOpinionated named one of the Top 100 Sci-Fi Blogs (in the TV category)

A very pleasant surprise; I am very honored to have made this list!

Mad Man Jon Hamm to appear on 30 Rock

Sweet, but will it be as funny as Jon Hamm’s John Ham?

Actor/director/screenwriter Mike White to compete on The Amazing Race

Among his other credits, White wrote and appeared in the films Chuck & Buck, Orange County, The Good Girl, The School of Rock, Nacho Libre and Year of the Dog. I am so tuning in to see him race around the world with his dad.

Supersize episode of The Office after Sunday’s Superbowl

This show went from being almost canceled to an essential staple for NBC. Impressive slot after the big game. Without a doubt, I will be watching.

ABC relocates Ugly Betty beginning next month; replaced by Samantha Who on Thursday nights

I am actually quite pleased with this move, given my recent loss of interest in Ugly Betty and great love for Christina Applegate, Jean Smart and Jennifer Esposito on Samantha Who.

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Belated Response to Oscar Nominations

Let’s face it, I am a film failure this year. I have only seen 3 in the Best Picture (B Button, Milk & Slumdog) category, and I do not feel prepared for the Academy Awards. And shame on me; I have not seen any of the foreign film or documentary nominees either. But given my travel schedule in the next month, it is unlikely that I will see many more movies before the ceremony.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by most of the nominations; here are my initial thoughts about some of the major categories…


  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

They share little to nothing in common, but I love Milk and Slumdog equally. I predict that Milk takes the golden statue in an upset over Millionaire. To be quite frank, I found Benjamin Button to be overrated. There was a lack of emotional resonance; to me, that is the most important characteristic for best film of the year, and one which both Milk and Slumdog achieved with great ease.


  • David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
  • Gus Van Sant, Milk
  • Stephen Daldry, The Reader
  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

I really want to give this to Fincher, but more for an amazing career and body of work. My vote this year is for Boyle, however.


  • Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie, Changeling
  • Melissa Leo, Frozen River
  • Meryl Streep, Doubt
  • Kate Winslet, The Reader

Sadly, I have only seen Changeling in this category. However, my love of and hope for Winslet is no secret.


  • Amy Adams, Doubt
  • Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis, Doubt
  • Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Tomei is the sentimental choice, given the years between this performance and her last Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (1992). However, she also roamed nude through Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead in 2007, so I’m not sure what the fuss is about. I’m rooting for Davis, but have a feeling that Cruz will take it.


  • Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
  • Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn, Milk
  • Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Penn, without a doubt. Rourke was playing his life story; Penn transformed entirely into Harvey Milk (the man, politician, the hero to so many). If you really want to see Frank Langella at his very best, rent Starting Out in the Evening.


  • Josh Brolin, Milk
  • Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
  • Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

Although I seriously doubt that Michelle Williams would attend on behalf of their daughter, last year I wrote exactly how Heath’s victory should unfold next month. If it were any other year, I would root for Brolin.


  • Bolt
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Wall E

Wall E, please. I’ve never been so touched by an animated film.


  • Changeling
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Duchess
  • Revolutionary Road

I will definitely give this one to Button.


  • Changeling
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog, hands down. It was uniquely and beautifully filmed.


  • Australia
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Duchess
  • Milk
  • Revolutionary Road

Given the popularity of Mad Men, I believe Revolutionary Road will win.


  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Another vote for Slumdog, although Milk is just as deserving.


  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

I realize that Button is the obvious favorite, but I was actually distracted by the makeup that was used for the aging process of both Pitt and Blanchett. So The Dark Knight it is.


  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Defiance (James Newton Howard)
  • Milk (Danny Elfman)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (AR Rahman)
  • Wall E (Thomas Newman)

Yes, I am a broken record: Slumdog.


  • Down to Earth (Wall E), Peter Gabriel
  • Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire), AR Rahman
  • O Saya (Slumdog Millionaire), AR Rahman

See above. LOVE this soundtrack.


  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Iron Man

I’m on board for Iron Man over Benjamin Button.

Okay, bring it on! Strongly disagree or agree with me if you like. And someone, anyone…please tell me why you enjoyed Button. If your argument in favor of the film is strong enough, I promise to go see it again and give it a second shot.

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When Am I? Initial Thoughts About LOST, Episodes 5.01 & 5.02

For those of you who watch the show and are interested, I just finished posted some questions and theories over on my Lost blog about the first two new episodes of Season 5. And now I will rest my exhausted eyes and mind for a few hours. Of course the episodes require a second viewing and further analysis, which I plan to address before this weekend.

Good night!

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Preview/Review of Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” & Other Blog News

I was recently given the opportunity to view and review the first episode of the new series Dollhouse for TVOvermind, a fantastic new entertainment hub for television fans! It is my initial post for the site, and hopefully the beginning of a new extension for this blog. As many of you know, I contribute occasional Lost articles and theory analysis on DocArzt and Friends’ Lost Blog as well.

Click here if you’re interested to hear my initial thoughts about Joss Whedon’s new show. If you are a fan of Whedon’s previous efforts (Buffy, Firefly, Serenity) or enjoy any combination of Alias, Fringe, Heroes, Lost and The X-Files, I highly recommend that you tune in when Dollhouse debuts on FOX on Friday, February 13!

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