Quotes of the Week: July 12-25

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Aquarius
Brian: Trust me. Don’t trust yourself. You’re unreliable.

The Fosters
Stef: No amount of therapy was going to turn you into a woman.

Chasing Life
Sara: There comes a point in your adult life when you realize that you’re really the only one who can decide how you live, and that’s a lot of power, which is good, but it’s also really scary.

Heroes
Meredith: You remember what Daddy used to say?: “God gave you a big sister instead of a brain.”

The Astronaut Wives Club
Max: No one gets what they want if they don’t ever ask.

Rookie Blue
Andi: I need you to sign this card, please.
Gail: I don’t sign cards. I don’t wish people things.

Killjoys
Dutch: How much longer, John?
John: Decon gas has to get in deep. You know how many millions of those things are in you?
Dutch: Fine…I swear Lucy’s enjoying this!
Lucy: Decontamination sequence complete.
Dutch: Finally!
Lucy: Session two will commence in ten minutes.
Dutch: Oh, come on!
Lucy: It’s not my fault you’re filthy.
Dutch: Watch it!

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8 Emmy Snubs…

There were a few happy surprises this morning (Tatiana Maslany!) but also a lot of disappointment. I know that there is just too much good television on right now, and it is not possible for every single person to be recognized, but here are just a few of the shows and actors that I wish had received nominations. It was difficult to find good videos for some of these performances, so there are a few links to TVLine’s Dream Emmy Nominations where they have embedded videos.

Fair warning: there are a few spoilers.

1. Shameless
This is one of the most underrated shows on television and last season was no exception. While William H. Macy was recognized for his performance as Frank Gallagher, Cameron Monaghan’s Ian was phenomenal this year as he slowly began to accept his bipolar diagnosis.



2. Outlander
The performances given by Sam Heughan, Caitroina Balfe and Tobias Menzes in the last two episodes of the first season were intense and profound. I am actually baffled that not a single one of them was nominated. If I could have included my favorite clip, it would have been the scene where Jamie says goodbye to Claire before she leaves him in Wentworth Prison with Black Jack. Instead, this clip is from the middle of the season when Jamie breaks down after having saved Claire.

3. Jane The Virgin
This was by far my favorite new show last year. It is moving and hilarious and filled with surprises. Gina Rodriguez and Jaime Camil in particular were revelations. Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her role as Jane, so I was hoping she might get recognized again, but alas, I was wrong. Camil was more of a long-shot, but I was still disappointed. I was happily surprised to see Anthony Mendez get nominated for Best Narrator. I did not even know that was a category until this year. This is the clip where Jane calls Rogelio ‘Dad’ for the first time.

4. Justified
When this show started, I did not think that the characters of Ava and Boyd would be people that I cared so much about. Walton Goggins and Joelle Carter brought them to life in such a fantastic way that, no matter how horribly they behaved, you always rooted for them until the very end, even when they were at odds with each other. In this clip Ava tells Boyd that she has been informing to Raylan.

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Quotes of the Week: June 28-July 11

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Poldark
Charles Poldark: She is a plain girl, and that makes her easy prey.

The Last Ship
Jed Chandler: Whether you like it or not, you’re Noah, and that ship is your ark.

UnREAL
Shia: You could make a perfectly happy person jump off a bridge.
Quinn: Thank you!

Zoo
Mitch: Usually when a girl gives me her phone number, it doesn’t have anything to do with rampaging lions.

Suits
Gretchen: It doesn’t take Albert Einstein to figure out why you hired somebody who looks like me to replace somebody who looks like her.
Harvey: Listen, Gretchen, I…
Gretchen: You don’t have to worry about that with me. I prefer my men manly.
Harvey: Am I not manly?
Gretchen: Well…if you have to ask.

Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot: The world is a dangerous place, Elliot! Not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing!

The Astronaut Wives Club
Scott: If you want people to know the real you, you gotta let ’em actually see it.

Scott: Life’s not about repeating what you’ve already done or regretting the way you did things the first time around. It’s about moving on. Moving forward. Stayin’ you.

Killjoys
John: I have to go see a girl about an ear.

The Last Ship
Captain Chandler: They don’t ambush us. We ambush them.

Ravit: I like you guys. You’re crazy.

Orange Is The New Black
Taystee: You know what I hate? Shrimps. Damn, dirty shrimps. Don’t even talk to me about shrimps!

8 Servicewomen…

Since I gave you my list of favorite TV Servicemen for Veterans Day, I now present my favorite TV Servicewomen in honor of Independence Day.

1. Jill Perez – Enlisted, played by Angelique Cabral.
Perez is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army assigned to a Rear Detachment Unit stationed at Fort McGee in Florida. She wants to be an Army Ranger and she smells like America.

2. Julia Richmond – Strike Back, played by Michelle Lukes.
Sergeant Richmond is the chief communication officer and field operative for Section 20, an elite covert British military intelligence and counter-terrorism unit originally formed within the Secret Intelligence Service.

3. Hollis Mann – NCIS, played by Susanna Thompson.
Before joining the Department of Defense, Hollis was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army and part of the Criminal Investigation Division.

4. Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan – M.A.S.H., played by Loretta Swit.
Major Houlihan was a member of the United States Army Nurse Corps and in charge of all the nurses at the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.) during the Korean War.

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Quotes of the Week: June 14-27

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Sense8
Riley: Death doesn’t let you say goodbye.

UnReal
Jeremy: You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t like the taste of blood.

Orange Is The New Black
Crazy Eyes: I will potato her at a future time.

Sister Jane: Thou shalt not make musical references!

Jack: What seems to be the problem there?
Piper: The thermal fuse blew.
Jack: And you can fix that by yourself, honey?
Piper: Well, I sure can, if I concentrate *extra* hard with my lady brain

Scott: In your heart of hearts, you know as well as I do, red velvet is bullshit! It tastes like play-doh. It is not velvety. And the only thing that’s good about it is the cream cheese frosting, which is meant to live on top of carrot cake like God intended!

Orphan Black
Crystal: Why do weird things keep happening to me?!

Jesse: Holy moly.
Helena: Yes, much moly.

Alison: Thank you, seestras, for your bravery, for protecting us, for making us feel normal. I know that whatever comes next, we’ll face it together, as a family.

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8 Sensates…

The newest Netflix show Sense8 is about eight uniquely different people from all around the world that start seeing and hearing things that they have not experienced themselves. They each have specific talents and often help each other out of their individual predicaments by being able to share senses within their group. It sounds super complicated, but is actually a really great show that you should be watching.

Inspired by this show, I decided to make a list of TV characters that would make a good group of Sensates. I admit that I am totally stealing this idea from Todd VanDerWerff and it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Trying to come up with a list of people that all have different skills which compliment each other was incredibly difficult. I also decided to leave out anyone who came by their gifts supernaturally, because that just opened an entirely different can of worms.

1. Cosima Niehaus – Orphan Black
She has Ph.D. in Experimental Evolutionary Developmental Biology, which basically means she likes to make crazy science, but she will also keep everyone mellow.

2. Mike Ross – Suits
He may not be a real lawyer, but he can pull it off because he has a photographic memory.

3. Melinda May a.k.a. “The Cavalry” – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
She is smart, resourceful, knows how to fly a plane and will kick your ass if you mess with her.

4. Rickie Vasquez – My So-Called Life
He is brave, compassionate and protective of his friends, but also has a flare for the dramatic.

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Quotes of the Week: May 31-June 13

Since it is now summer and there is less to watch, I have decided to do this every other week. So, these are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Tyrion: A ruler who kills those devoted to her is not a ruler who inspires devotion.

Community
Abed: It has to be joyful, effortless, fun. TV defeats it’s own purpose when it’s pushing an agenda or trying to defeat other TV or being proud or ashamed of itself for existing. It’s TV. It’s comfort. It’s a friend you’ve known so well, and for so long, you just let it be with you. And it needs to be okay for it have a bad day or a phone-in day. And it needs to be okay for it to get on a boat with Levar Burton and never come back. Because eventually, it all will.

Annie: I think you should kiss me goodbye, or you might regret it for the rest of your life.

Younger
Liza: You’re getting your own coffee?
Diana: I like to keep my life skills sharp, in case there’s another Sandy.

iZombie
Liv: I feel really bad for her. I kind of have a contact sad.

Bones
Booth: You can’t eat pie fast or you cramp. That is a science.

Orphan Black
Crystal: You can’t crush the human spirit.

Delphine: You know, my security concerns, they’re not jealousy. I’m French. We enjoy lovers.

Crystal: What happened to your voice?
Felix: Nothing. This is my truth voice.

Felix: What kind of monster threatens a man’s cat?

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8 Exciting Things Happening at ATX Television Festival Season Four…

This amazing festival brings together actors, writers, directors, producers, music supervisors, studio executives and fans to talk about the past, present and future of television and it is all happening right here in Austin, Texas! From June 4th to 7th, there will be screenings, panels, parties and live music with some of the industry’s leading professionals. These are the things which excite me the most.

1. James L. Brooks
The recipient of this year’s Achievement in Television eXcellence Award, Brooks is best known for creating The Simpsons, but also worked on The Andy Griffith Show, My Three Sons, Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi, and so many more influential shows. He is participating in a conversation with fellow TV creator & friend Phil Rosenthal, as well as a panel on the evolution and history of The Simpsons.

2. The Whedonverse
Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Danny Strong (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Sean Gunn (Angel), Joseph Sikora (Dollhouse) and Jesse Garcia (The Avengers). My Joss-Whedon-loving heart cannot handle the excitement!

3. From Dusk Till Dawn
I only just recently watched this show in preparation for the festival and it is fantastic! The first season follows the Gecko Brothers to Mexico after a bank heist. They are pursued by a Texas Ranger and make a dangerous stop at a strip club that is run by vampires. It is filmed right here in Austin and we are premiering the first episode of season 2. Most of the cast will be here for a Q&A following the screening.

4. Panels…Panels…Panels
A lot of attention is paid to the screenings, but there are also a ton of great panels going on throughout the weekend: CBS Summer Writer’s Forum, Turn Down for What?! A Look at Testing + Focus Groups, The Devoted Niche vs. The Casual Mass: Is It Really All In the Numbers?, Boy Meets Girl Meets World, A Kiss Is Just a Kiss presented by GLAAD, and SO MANY MORE! I do not actually get to see any of these live, but luckily they will all be on YouTube for those of you that cannot make it to Texas. Here is one from Season Three with Faking It creator Carter Covington and actor Michael Willett, moderated by ATX Ambassador Wilson Cruz:

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Quotes of the Week: May 24-31

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Cersei: Look at me! Look at my face. It’s the last thing you’ll see before you die.

Community
Elroy: This is a man that knows how to marry his cousin!

Bones
Brennan: I realize how quickly relationships can change and how important it is to value those you have right now.

Lost Girl
Oracles: Only in the darkness can we see the light.

Outlander
Jamie: You cannot save a man that doesn’t want saving.

Orphan Black
Felix: You need bangs. Bangs that say, ‘unhappy, sexless marriage.’

Alison: Holy frickin’ Christmas cake.

Alison: Family. That’s my agenda. Sometimes, family is more than just the people under your roof. They’re people who jump in head-first, who aren’t afraid to make fools of themselves to help you, who don’t hide their faces in shame if you fall down. If your family is suddenly bigger than you expected and your house gets too crowded, do you tell your family that they need to find a different place to live? You make room. You adapt. You find creative solutions to keep people together.

8 Returning Summer Shows…

This list was actually harder to create than I thought it would be, considering summer is usually the slow season. There is just too much good TV and I ended up excluding several of my favorite shows.

1. Halt and Catch Fire season two premieres May 31 on AMC, stars Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé, Toby Huss, and Aleksa Palladino. The second season jumps ahead to 1985 and focuses on Mutiny, the company started by Cameron and her group of online gamers. The first season of this show was not spectacular, but I am hearing great things about a new season reboot.



2. The Last Ship season two premieres June 21 on TNT, stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Charles Parnell, Jocko Sims, and John Pyper-Ferguson. At the end of season one, the crew of the USS Nathan James arrived in Baltimore with the cure, only to find that things had changed in ways they never expected. This show is just a lot of fun. What could be better than cute boys (and girls, for those so inclined) in uniforms saving the world from a deadly virus?



3. Suits season five premieres June 24 on USA, stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Rick Hoffman, and Sarah Rafferty. Mike and Rachel are engaged. Donna has left Harvey to work for Louis. Jessica is still awesome. And I cannot wait to see what will happen next at Pearson Specter Litt.



4. Rectify season three premieres July 9 on Sundance, stars Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford, Jake Austin Walker, Bruce McKinnon, Luke Kirby, Carl Daggett, and Kerwin Whitman. I have to be honest, I still have a few episodes from last season that I still need to watch, so I am not totally sure what is happening on the show this season. What I do know is that this show is beautifully acted and brilliantly written and you should join me in getting caught up before the new season starts!

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