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What I Learned This Week – 5/11/14

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This week a big, momentous achievement was reached in my goal toward self-publishing my own book.

I printed it out.

The longest story that I have ever written and printed, to date.

The longest story that I have ever written and printed, to date.

I know, that sounds really stupid.

In high school, I used to print out my stories all the time. But,

1. I didn’t have a computer at home to edit them on, so I had to use the hard copy.
2. My stories were short enough that I could print them out repeatedly.

My husband incorrectly assumed that because I printed out my story, that it was done. He questioned me when he saw I was immediately writing and editing on my newly printed pages.

No, it is not done. But, the achievement is in that it got to the stage where I needed to look at it on something other than a computer screen. And, I felt that it was worthy of “wasting” 115 pages of paper and ink to print it off. My husband is not a writer. He doesn’t understand my convoluted stages of writing, or the value I put on our limited supply of ink and paper.

I will revise, edit, and put away this draft, while I then proceed to do some preliminary editing on books 2 and 3 in the trilogy. Afterall, I need to make sure that the details and characters are consistent through all three books. Then, I will come back to book 1, update the file, and proofread it.

When I print it out the next time, I will tie my asbestos friend to a chair, hold her eyelids open, and force her to read it. And if she gives me any negative feed back, I will shock her with my dog’s shock collar.

But don’t tell her that.

Unfortunately, I also learned this week that 5 of the 12 TV shows I regularly watch will not be back next year. The following shows were cancelled this week. Some have links to other posts you can click through and read more about that show.

Star-Crossed
The Tomorrow People (This has consistently been one of my most popular posts for the last few months.)
Suburgatory
Super Fun Night
Enlisted

Most are not surprises, but I will miss them anyway. I believe that Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People were The CW’s attempts at putting some of that special effect heavy, super-hero type stuff that plays well in the theater on their channel. And they were really well done. But, I think already having shows like Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and The Orignals, The CW probably just couldn’t keep up the special effects budges on all those shows. The CW will have to stick to cheaper shows, such as Hart of Dixie. Which is a real shame. These two shows were like reading a short sci-fi teen romance novel each week, except better, because you could just watch it. They were the perfect shows for me. Or maybe I was the perfect audience for them.

The fact that ABC cancelled Super Fun Night isn’t shocking. ABC never really promoted it, and therefore it never found an audience. It was a nice little bit of escape on Wednesday nights that I enjoyed, along with actor Kevin Bishop who played Richard Royce. Now he will be off on his business trip to Berlin, indefinitely:(

I loved the first two seasons of Surburgatory, but it was just off this season and never regained it’s footing. I hope the series finale will find Ryan and Tessa reunited. In real life, that relationship wouldn’t work. But I think the actors both have chemistry and I like to watch it.

Ryan & Tessa breaking up on Suburgatory

Ryan & Tessa breaking up on Suburgatory

And it is possible that Ryan could show up on Suburgatory again, now that the actor who plays him, Parker Young, have more spare time, as the show he left Suburgatory to co-star in, Enlisted, has now been canceled by FOX as well. I was never a fan of the army setting, but the cast was great. Playing the other two Hill brothers were Geoff Stults (of the cancelled “October Road”, which I own the DVDs of both seasons) and Chris Lowell (who I just recently got to watch as Piz on the cancelled “Veronica Mars”).

Here is to hoping that all these fine actors find new shows in which to star in future television pilot seasons.

Oh, how cool would it be if they ALL ended up in the same show together!

Mind blown.

What I Learned This Week – 2/23/14

This might not seem important to anyone else, but the universe presented it to me several time in the past couple weeks.

This week I learned who sang the song “Hungry Eyes” from Dirty Dancing. I have seen the movie and heard the song a million times, but I never paid attention to who sang it. To be honest, for years I thought it was called “Come to the Isles.”

I also learned that the SAME singer sang other 80’s classics such as “All By Myself” and “Make Me Lose Control.” I always thought “Make Me Lose Control” was called “Turn The Radio Up.”

Hungry Eyes

Make Me Lose Control

Now, I am more educated for any future entertainment trivia contests I might find myself in. So too will you be.

Sidenote:

This song has been stuck in my head since Wednesday night.

Click to play the video - abc.com

Click to play the video – abc.com

To read more about Super Fun Night, click here: https://imnotstalkingyou.com/2014/02/19/watch-super-fun-night-tonight/

Watch Super Fun Night Tonight!

The season finale of Super Fun Night is on tonight on ABC at 9:30Pm/EST.

(I promise, this will be a short post.)

I didn’t fall in love with this sitcom right away. I had never seen Rebel Wilson in anything. I have to admit, it bothered me that her character of Kimmie Boubier breaks into song unexpectedly. And she talks in a breathy voice all the time. Apparently, this is her version of an American accent, because she is actually Australian.

The Cast of Super Fun Night

The Cast of Super Fun Night

But I kept watching because I liked her relationship with her roommates, Marika (Lauren Ash) and Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira). They are all quirky and dorky. They are not classy or refined. Marika is set-up as a butch type. Helen-Alice comes across as nerdy and shy, but is very outspoken with her friends. I relate a lot to Helen-Alice.

I think the title was supposed to come from them deciding to go out and try new things together, in the process, possibly meet men as well. But this ritual seems to fall by the wayside pretty quickly.

I was also bothered that Kimmie was supposed to be a lawyer. I saw it as too unbelievable. But, apparently, the show was created that way because Rebel Wilson herself has a degree in law. Still unbelievable.

There is also a character named Kendall, who is played by Kate Jenkinson. She adds a dose of b*tch to the show. She would be the villain to Rebel’s Kimmie. She provides balance to all the odd jokes I don’t quite get and the spontaneous singing. Except Kendall’s walls are slowly coming down to reveal that she is not all bad. On several occasions, she ends up hanging out with Marika and Helen-Alice. Kendall acts like it is a horrible experience for her. But it keeps happening.

Maybe I am more of a Kendall…

Why do I want you to watch?

1. I love Richard Royce.

Kimmie and Richard on Super Fun Night

Kimmie and Richard on Super Fun Night

He is played by British actor Kevin Bishop. I didn’t know him before this show, but apparently he was the boy in Muppet Treasure Island.

I totally ship Richard and Kimmie. Richard is goofy and nutty in the same way that Kimmie is. And he is cute and looks good with his shirt off. He is the funny, nice, cute guy we all hope really exists in the world and not just in sitcom scripts.

Kimmie has a boyfriend who is nice enough, but she should be with Richard.

THIS happened last week (Click to watch):

Click to watch!

Click to watch!

2. People need to watch the season finale so that it will get renewed, so that this doesn’t end up being the series finale.

At my press time, this show still has not been announced for a second season. And I feel as though its chances are very low of being saved.

A few weeks ago, Bob Saget guest starred as a client. This week’s guest star will be Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny). As he is British, I am betting he will come in and play Richard’s father, who owns the law firm Richard, Kimmie, and Kendall work for. Since I watch the show for Richard, this should give him a bigger part tonight. It will be fun to see how Richard and his father interact with each other. Oh, and what if his father doesn’t like Kimmie, thinks she is too unprofessional, and wants to can her. Then Richard would have to step in and fight for her honor. *Swoon*

The series is executive produced by none other than Conan O’Brien. Episodes have been directed by Ken Marino (MTV’s The State, Reaper) and Fred Savage (you should know him!), and Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State) is also a writer. There are some good people behind the scenes here.

So, I beg you, watch the season finale. If you don’t like it, you won’t ever have to watch it again. And, if you DO like it, well, you can watch the rest of the episodes when it hits Nexflix or Hulu and be sad that there will never be any more episodes.

And I’m sorry, but this did not turn out to be a short post. I also told myself I would post it by 11:00AM EST. That didn’t happen either.

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