8 Baseball Figures…

Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing (Go, Astros) and, there are not nearly enough shows about baseball, or that even include characters that at least play baseball. Here is my list of players, and really just anyone baseball adjacent (coaches, announcers, etc.). I did not include episodes in which regular characters play a random game of baseball, but I did include guest stars who only appeared in one episode of their particular show.

1. Samuel “Mayday” Malone – Cheers
played by Ted Danson
Sam was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but had to retire early due to his alcoholism. Sam now owns a Boston bar. This is still one of my favorite shows of all time.



2. Edmund Gonzales – Necessary Roughness
played by Adam Rodriguez
Eddie is a baseball slugger who suddenly cannot hit, and seeks help from psychotherapist Dr. Dani Santino. The show usually centered around football, but I always enjoyed when they explored other sports.



3. Genevieve “Ginny” Baker – Pitch
played by Kylie Bunbury
Ginny is a pitcher, and the first female player in Major League Baseball. She is a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. I am still not over the cancellation of this awesome show.

4. Joe, The New Yankee – Sex and the City
played by Mark Devine
Carrie catches a fly ball at a New York Yankees game, and uses her press pass to score a date with the new Yankee. They go on a few dates but, she ultimately breaks up with Yankee Joe. Considering the show was set in NYC, which is a big sports town, I am actually surprised that the girls did not date any other professional athletes.

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Quotes of the Week: October 1-14

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Outlander
Jamie: The pain of losing a child never leaves you.

Lucifer
Linda: I didn’t know they could grow back. Are wings like… body hair?

Lethal Weapon
Roger: Have you ever been finger-lingered?

Maureen: You didn’t bury your past in Mexico. Just a little piece of it.

This Is Us
Kevin: I need to prove to everyone that I’m the bigger man but, like, the funnier bigger man.

Kevin: You, Beth, you fell for the Manny’s game. Now you sit there and you just think about that for a second.

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Yvette: God does not stop existing based on what you believe.

The Good Place
Eleanor: Hey, Janet?
Janet: Hi, there!
Eleanor: Do you have something shiny Jason can play with?

Will & Grace
Will: He doesn’t like Madonna.
Jack: He should be beaten with a VHS copy of Evita.

19-2
Ben: When did you go soft?
Nick: Same time you went crazy.

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Quotes of the Week: September 17-30

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Outlander
Jenny: You gave me no choice, brother! And I’ll never forgive you! Never!

The Good Place
Eleanor: Why don’t I ever listen to people when they talk about themselves? No, it’s annoying, and I’m right not to.

Eleanor: Something very strange is going on here, and the only person I trust is me, and me told me to find you.

The West Wing
President Bartlet: In the future, if you’re wondering: ‘Crime. Boy, I don’t know,’ is when I decided to kick your ass.

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Quotes of the Week: September 3-16

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The Last Ship
Tom: That’s just my opinion. I’m new here.

Preacher
Jesse: There ain’t no such thing as never. Any man can change himself.

Cassidy: Look, I’m telling you. I’ve seen it. I seen it with my own two eyes.
Jesse: Cass, with the amount of crap you put in your body, I’m sure you’ve seen all kinds of things.
Cassidy: Well, I will have you know, that I was damn near completely sober at the time. Right? Listen to this. I was lying by the campfire there. I hear a bit of a noise. So I went down to the river to investigate. And there it was just… You know…
Tulip: Licking an ice cream cone, huh?
Cassidy: Licking an ice cream? How’d you get that from what I just did?
Tulip: Cause that’s what it looked like, like you were eating a… ice cream cone.
Cassidy: Where the bloody hell is it gonna get an ice cream cone?!
Tulip: The ice cream truck.
Cassidy: You’re just tryin’ to ruin my story, and I don’t like it. It was drinking river water.
Jesse: The unicorn.
Cassidy: Honestly, stood under the stars. It was just a beautiful scene, regal, majestic creature.
Jesse: He was thirsty.
Cassidy: Well, yes, clip-cloppin’ around with an enormous horn on its head, you know, I can only imagine the dehydration with that.
Tulip: And eating all that ice cream could not have helped.
Cassidy: There wasn’t any ice cream!
Jesse: That’s right. Ice cream makes you thirsty.
Tulip: Known fact.
Cassidy: Now stop it! We’re out in the middle of the forest. Where in the heck is it gonna find an ice cream truck?
Tulip: Just sayin’.
Cassidy: Stop it.

Midnight, Texas
Joe: She didn’t get in your head?
Manfred: She did, but my grandma was already in there.

Will
Will: Better to die on our feet than live on our knees. That’s what we all believe in.

The Bold Type
Jane: Life can change in a flash. So, what are we waiting for?

Jane: To having adventures.
Kat: And making mistakes.
Sutton: To sleeping with the wrong people…and the right people.
Jane: And to unleashing holy hell.

Younger
Redmond: Oh. Peloton on 23rd. I neva forget a butt.

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8 Returning Fall Shows…

Summer television is always fun (and if you did not watch The Bold Type, you should get on that), but I am very excited for my Fall shows to return. Here are the ones that I am most excited about.

1. Outlander, season 3 premieres September 10 on Starz, stars Sam Heughan, Caitroina Balfe, Tobias Menzes, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin. At the end of season 2, Jamie was about to head into the Battle of Culloden, so he sent Claire and their unborn child back through the stones, where she was reunited with Frank. I have read the third book, I know what is going to happen (for the most part), and I am still so excited for this to start. Each season the story and performances get better and better.



2. The Good Place, season 2 premieres September 20 on NBC, stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto. If you did not watch the first season of this show, go do it immediately. It is hilarious. I have now watched it three times. I do not want to ruin anything for anyone who has not watched it, but I am very excited to see how they move forward going into season two. I also just need more Janet in my life.



3. Lethal Weapon, season 2 premieres September 26 on Fox, stars Clayne Crawford, Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Michelle Mitchenor, Jordana Brewster, Johnathan Fernandez, Richard Cabral, Dante Brown, and Chandler Kinney. I have to admit, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first season of this show. I figured it would be a pretty cut and dry cop show, but it was a lot more fun. I am very much looking forward to more adventures with Riggs and Murtaugh.



4. Lucifer, season 3 premieres October 2 on Fox, stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris, Kevin Alejandro, D.B. Woodside, Aimee Garcia, Tricia Helfer, Scarlett Estevez, and Tom Welling. Last season ended with Lucifer waking up alone in the desert having had his wings restored. The new season will pick up right where we left off. Lucifer is trying to figure out how he got his wings back, a human Charlotte is putting her life back together, and newcomer Marcus Pierce shows up as a Lieutenant in the LAPD. One of the reasons that I love this show so much is that it really leans in to the ridiculous premise of a crime-solving demon. What can I say? The Devil is charming and sexy.

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Quotes of the Week: August 20-September 2

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Gendry: How do you keep your balls from freezing off?
Tormund: You have to keep moving. That’s the secret. Walking’s good. Fighting’s better. Fucking’s best.

Arya: The world doesn’t just let girls decide what they’re going to be.

Preacher
Herr Starr: Why go on looking for God when you can just be Him?

Midnight, Texas
Mr. Snuggly: Oh my beeswax, the cat talks!

Will
Emilia: Some fight with a sword. You fight with a pen.
Will: Pathetic.
Emilia: We must all be the hero we were born to be.

The Bold Type
Jane: Well, gentlemen, it’s been…well, Walt, you already know what I’m going to say so, goodnight.

Queen of the South
Teresa: I know the risks.
King George: But do you know the consequences?

Pote: I told you, you’re not Camila. I meant it. You’re better. You got heart.

Killjoys
Pree: Speak now, or forever hold your shade.

Wynonna Earp
Doc: Sorry I’m late. I kinda died.
Wynonna: Who didn’t?

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8 New Fall Shows…

I do not get to screen new shows, so my first impressions are usually based on the description, first trailer, and reviews from trusted TV journalists. Sometimes I am completely wrong, and sometimes I find something that I love. It was actually a little harder this year to pick eight new shows because I am not that excited about most of the new Fall line-up, but these are the shows that I am definitely going to check out. There may be a few others that I add, and a few that drop off after the first episode, so keep an eye on my Currently Watching page to see what I stick with.

1. Star Trek: Discovery, premieres September 24th on CBS then moves to CBS All-Access, stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Rainn Wilson, Terry Serpico, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Maulik Pancholy, Anthony Rapp, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, Damon Runyan, Rekha Sharma, Sam Vartholomeos, Mary Wiseman, and Wilson Cruz. Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery explores new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien. I have never watched any of the other Star Trek series but I enjoy the most recent movies, and I love the cast, so I will give it a try.



2. SEAL Team, premieres September 27th on CBS, stars David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, and Jessica Paré. The lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute dangerous, high-stakes missions for our country. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds. It looks like it will have a pretty standard procedural format, but I like to mix those kinds of shows in with my more serialized dramas. There are several new military shows coming out this Fall, and I will probably check out most of them, but this is the one that has the most promise.



3. Will & Grace, premieres September 28th on NBC, stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. This is technically not a new show, but because it has been off the air for ten years, I am counting it as new. In the original series finale, Will and Grace had lost touch as they started new families of their own. However, that ending will be completely ignored when the show returns. Jack and Karen will be back in their original homes, and Will and Grace will have moved back in together. I honestly have not watched this show since it went off the air, but I am excited for it to return.



4. The Gifted, premieres October 2nd on Fox, stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Based on character from Marvel’s X-Men universe, this new series centers around a suburban couple who discover that their children possess mutant powers. They are forced to go on the run, and end up joining an underground network of mutants fighting to survive. There are also several new comic book-based shows coming out this year, and I may give a few of them a try, but this one looks the most interesting. I like the cast, and it has a darker tone, which will hopefully help ground the show a little bit.

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Quotes of the Week: August 6-19

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Missandei: She’s not our queen because she’s the daughter of some king we never knew. She’s the queen we chose.

The Bold Type
Kat: Why do these middle-aged men get to tell us how to manage our breast health?

Jacqueline: Fear causes bad behavior.

Killjoys
Zeph: I Zephed all over his Jaqobi. I Zephed on it hard.

Wynonna Earp
Mercedes: Where is the seal?
Nedley: Have you tried up your own ass?

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Robert: The only thing I regret is having to be prodded into doing something that my conscience should have dictated.

General Washington: Our country owes its life to heroes whose names it will never know.

Orphan Black
Westmorland: Lucky shot, for a mutation.
Sarah: Yeah. I survived you. We survived you, me and my sisters together. This is evolution!

Sarah: Freedom looks different to everyone.

Helena: My story is an embroidery, with many beginnings and no end.

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8 Series Finales…

In honor of last weekend’s season finales of Turn: Washington’s Spies and Orphan Black (which were both fantastic), I have made a list of other favorite series finales. Most of these finales are attached to personal memories, and some are just really good episodes of television. All these shows affected me in different ways at different times in my life, but I felt a real sense of loss when they ended. There were a couple great finales this year, but I did not include them because it is likely they will make my list of Best Episodes of 2017. As long as you do not watch the videos, there should not be any big spoilers.

1. Sex and the City: I was in high school when this show started, and I used to watch it at night when my parents were in bed, because my mother would have never approved. When I got to college, it was the show that everyone watched. It ended my junior year in college and I remember watching it with my roommates at our apartment in Elon, North Carolina. I would actually have preferred for Carrie to end up with Aiden, but I was happy with the way the other three women’s stories were wrapped up.



2. Parenthood: Jason Katims knows how to do a series finales, as evidenced by Friday Night Lights also being on this list. I do not like too much ambiguity in my series finales, and this let me know that the Bravermans would all be okay. I watched this finale at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas surrounded by other Parenthood fans for an ATX Television Festival event. There was something cathartic being in a theater full of people, all of whom were sobbing.



3. Sons of Anarchy: I got into SOA in the middle of season three. I had put off watching it because of the subject matter, but could not ignore the critics raving about it. It also came to me at a time in my life when I needed to just completely lose myself in a world so unlike my own. When I moved to Austin, I bonded with one of my new friends over our love of Charlie Hunnam and the show, and we started watching the episodes together each week at my apartment. Obviously, I wish every character could have had a happy ending, but that is not what this show was about. It was about dealing with the consequences of the life each of them had chosen, and the actions they had taken along the way.



4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I do not really have a fun story for where I was when I watched the finale of this show. I actually think I was alone in my parent’s basement, which sounds kind of creepy. I got into this show late, and I don’t think I had even caught up on all the seasons yet, but wanted to watch the finale live. I did not really know what was happening at the time, but have obviously gone back and watched the entire series several times since then. This speech still brings me to tears every time I watch it:

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Quotes of the Week: July 23-August 5

These are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Game of Thrones
Lady Olenna: The Lords of Westeros are sheep. Are you a sheep? No. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.

Grantchester
Sidney: It’s one thing for someone to accuse you of not belonging. It’s another to know it in your heart that they’re right.

The Bold Type
Oliver: Real is good. Real is what makes you who you are.

Younger
Liza: You sure know a lot for denying you have anything to do with the stuff.
Redmond: Well, what else am I supposed to do alone on a Friday night after an entire bottle of rosé and seeing an ex on Instagram with his new boy toy in Costa Rica?

Killjoys
Gander: I can give you whatever you hunger for.
Delle Seyah: Said every gross man ever.

Wynonna Earp
Dolls: Neutral men are the devil’s allies.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Mary: The man you are is a man who would do anything for his friends.

Robert: Those whose sit on the picket fence are impaled by it.

Orphan Black
Felix: My sister and I are orphans, you see, and, um, we could’ve ended up anywhere. We could’ve ended up in any family. And if we had, we would’ve been entirely different people. But my mum, Siobhan, this woman, come on, this woman… This woman, she chose us as her own. We are who we are because she carried two little London urchins on her wings to Canada. Watching her raise my sister, watching my sister raise her own daughter, finding my biological sister… it’s quite mad. It’s taught me that we are all… mysterious works of chance. Of choice. Of nature versus nurture. So, to my galaxy of women, thank you for the nurture.

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