ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS…

12.24.12

Yesterday I spoke of my love for reading, as well as the fact that I don’t make nearly enough time for this beloved pastime. If there were ever a culprit to blame for the aforementioned tragedy it would be that I have a greater love in my life… This sweet lover of mine goes by the name of television!

The love I have for television started as a young child. At night when my mom would fall asleep on the couch I would stay awake and watch shows like “Cheers” and “The Jeffersons.” I remember when I started school and had to go to bed before the prime time line up, I would bargain with my mom to stay up until 8:30pm just so I could watch “Murphy Brown”… And when she refused to let me stay up any later, I would go to bed peaceably and then crawl from my room to the living room and watch while hiding behind the sofa. Yes, I was a very precocious child… For whatever reason I was captivated by television at an early age and it’s something that still intrigues me to this day. Oddly enough I think that little girl who loved dramas and sitcoms so much may have been in touch with a passion that will, hopefully, soon play a large part in her future…

When I find a really good television show that excites me, I will sing its praises to anyone and everyone that will listen. As odd as it may sound, really good television makes me happy, much like a really beautiful piece of furniture or a really good cup of coffee. It’s the quirky little things in life that thrill me most:) And you know that I love sharing the things that make me happy with my readers. Although I still love my old favorites like Grey’s Anatomy and Dexter (even though at the moment I have a bit of a bone to pick with the writers, but that’s another blog for another time) this year, I have several new favorites to share with you all…

If you haven’t heard about “Touch” you are truly missing out on an amazing piece of television. The story revolves around Jake, an autistic boy who sees the world differently than most, and his father, Martin, who spends his days helping Jake connect the dots of each story in an effort to fulfill destiny. The concept behind the show is laid out in a monologue given by Jake in episode one:
“The ratio is always the same: 1 to 1.618 over and over and over again. The patterns are hidden in plain sight. You just have to know where to look. Things most people see as chaos, actually follow subtle laws of behavior. Galaxies, plants, seashells – the patterns never lie, but only some of us can see how the pieces fit together. Seven billion, eighty-million, three hundred sixty-thousand of us live on this tiny planet. This is the story of some of those people. There’s an ancient Chinese myth about the red thread of fate. It says that the gods have tied a red thread around every one of our ankles and attached it to all the people whose lives we are destined to touch. This thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. It’s all been predetermined by mathematical probability, and it’s my job to keep track of those numbers, to make the connections for those who need to find each other. The ones whose lives need to touch. I was born 4,161 days ago on October 26, 2000. I’ve been alive for 11 years, four months, 21 days and 14 hours, and in all that time… I’ve never said a single word.” The stories of the lives that Jake and Martin encounter span all across the planet, they demonstrate that everything happens for a reason, at a specific time, in a specifically devine order. The stories show that we are all more alike than we are different, that humanity alone connects us all one to another. As you watch each episode it seems chaotic in the beginning, everything seems random and disconnected, sometimes it’s hard to understand and put the pieces together… But, as the storyline progresses and the episode draws to an end, every piece of the story begins to fall into place and in retrospect it all makes complete sense… Kind of like life, huh? At least once during every episode I am mesmerized by the enormity of the universe and exactly how amazing this life really can be! I want to call Oprah up and say “Oprah girl, if you’re not watching this show, you are missing out on some fabulous Aha moments!” It isn’t very often that you find a television show that makes you question life, your place in it and the connections you make each and every day. I hope that when you watch “Touch”, for the first time and every time, you experience the same kind of awe and wonder that I feel when I watch and you realize that your life has meaning, that you too are part of a grander plan…

Another favorite this year… “The Newsroom.” I watched the entire first season of this show in 24 hours flat! I was hooked within the first five minutes and the following clip is why (I just did a little happy dance while watching this again, politics excite me, I’m weird I know)…

 

The reason I fell so hard and fast for this show is the fact that it is not just another cliche political sound bite. It brings hard questions to the forefront and addresses the political laziness that plagues most Americans. Lets be honest here, do you stand up and proudly proclaim that you live within the borders of the greatest nation on the planet Earth because you wholeheartedly believe in it’s flawed political system or is it in actuality because your daddy and your daddy’s daddy told you so? In the last election did you vote according to your core political belief system or did you vote according to fear driven campaign tactics? And, when selecting the future leader of the free world, is the preference between Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash really something of pressing importance to be discussed at a national political debate? All of these things, along with the intertwining relationships of the newsroom staff make for one smart and thought provoking television series, another thing that is hard to find in today’s reality driven tv line up (which don’t get me wrong, I also watch plenty of). Mainly, “The Newsroom” is thought provoking, opinionated and unapologetic which are three things I love in both life and television! I hope that you will give this show a chance and I hope you love it just as much as I do…

And last but certainly not least… My latest television obsession is “Scandal”! This show follows the story of Olivia Pope, D.C. “fixer”, former White House Communications Director and mistress to the President of the United States. Each week Olivia and her staff, all hand selected by Pope from the “isle of misfit toys,” work together to clean up Washington, D.C.’s latest scandal. There is never a dull moment during this fast paced political thrill ride, paired with a side of scandalous love affair. The stars of this show, Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope) and Tony Goldwyn (President Fitzgerald Grant), do a spectacular of drawing you into their star crossed love affair. The chemistry that they share onscreen is quite frankly, for lack of a better word, HOT! At times their raw acting abilities make you ache personally for a love that simply, due to extenuating circumstances, can never be…

 

I mean really?!?! As badly as I don’t want to support marital infidelity, and while I’m still not exactly sure if I love or hate Mellie Grant (a.k.a. the First Lady), who could walk away from a man that talked to you like that? It is pretty evident that all Fitz wants, is to be with Olivia, often offering to walk away from the Oval Office to do just that. Clearly we don’t often think of our nations leaders as real people who love and feel, “Scandal” goes a long way in portraying President Grant as a flawed human much like the citizens of the country he serves… And while Olivia Pope is the “other woman”, I think every woman alive can sympathize with her desire to be with the man she loves and her ability to juggle everything that life throws her way. If you’re looking to add a little spice to your television routine, I hope you will check out “Scandal”, I promise you will not be disappointed!!!

Ok, time to get down to business, one lucky winner will walk away with the chance to check out at least two of these shows via a one month subscription to Hulu Plus (Sorry, “The Newsroom” is still only available on HBO outlets)… An that lucky winner is Blake Brafford!

Congratulations Blake! I hope you enjoy the recommended shows!!! Check back tomorrow for more prizes, you could be the lucky winner…

For more information on these shows please visit the websites listed below:

http://www.hulu.com/plus-

http://www.fox.com/touch/

http://www.hbo.com/the-newsroom/index.html

http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/scandal