How to Get Away with Murder

Dear ladies and gents,

so. Shonda Rhimes has got me again. With her How to Get Away with Murder. Yes, I know she is just the producer and Peter Nowalk is the dude behind the show, but this has Shonda’s fingers all. over. it.

It’s ridiculous. Absolutely bloody ridiculous. ALL the cliffhangers. I mean – come on! And ALL the flash forwards. And ALL the smart interns who will stop at nothing to win that damn trophy. And then there is Annalise Keating. Who is scarily brilliant at her job and never loses, but her personal life is a bit of a mess. What with the cheating husband and the now ex detective boyfriend and the crying and the pleading and whathaveyou. And then there are all these other characters and it’s kinda hard to keep track of them all… and… and…

BUT…

The thing is all of Shonda’s shows start like that. Remember Grey’s back in the day. Remember Scandal.

In the beginning I’m all like this bastards and bishes all be crazy and what the what is going on. And then a couple of episodes in I realize I’m hooked and I can’t stop watching. *sigh*

See, Shonda knows. Shonda knows how to get us hooked. Resistance is futile.

Scandal fashun

Dear ladies and gents,

a while back I got hooked on Scandal. It has all the components of a great TV show – a strong female lead, storylines that were at time frankly ridiculous (but I gobbled them up anyway) and plenty of cliffhangers that kept me coming back for more.

And now just like that – I have gone off it. Don’t ask me why, I am a fickle bish that way (I suspect it has something to do with How to Get Away with Murder, because SO.GOOD. Ridiculous, but so good).

The outfits though are still top notch.

In September the Limited launched the Scandal collection. It is a collaboration between Kerry Washington, Scandal’s costume designer Lyn Paolo and the Limited head designer Elliot Staples. The collection has 78 pieces and you are suppose to mix and match it with the stuff already in your closet.

I don’t understand the wide legged pants, because hm the fit is a bit odd? but that coat is sooo pretty (I don’t think I’d dare to wear it, because I would spill something down my front for sure). Also that white suit? Hm no, not happening unless I suddenly start to hover above ground not touching anything. Don’t have a clue what the fit is like though and based on the product description the collection *does* seem to feature a lot of polyester?

Truth be told I think these designer collaborations are a bit of a rip off? Take Isabel Marant for H&M for example. From that whole collection there was one coat, one top and one pair of sweatpants that I liked. The rest was meh at best. So I think the same is applicable here?

Images: The Limited

What the what USA Network?!

USA Network does one thing well. And when I say well I mean REALLY well. Light, fun, frothy summer shows. Noone does them better than USA Network.

White Collar, Royal Pains, Suits, the now defunct Necessary Roughness, Monk and Psych, you get the gist. This is/was USA Network’s bread and butter.

Take pretty people, put them in nice clothes and gorgeous looking locations (with some to die for set design) and presto – you have a hit on your hands.

That’s why I don’t understand what the what they are trying to do with the new slew of shows.

For example – there is Graceland. Which I think was USA Network’s first foray into gritty cop show territory?

I know Graceland got renewed and all but as far as I’m concerned – gritty it ain’t

I watched their latest show Rush? Me thinks they wanted to go for House/Royal Pains hybrid of some sort?

Will Rush is a doctor to the LA’s rich and famous. People do stupid sh*t, people need to think of their image, people call Rush, pay cash and get treated, no questions asked.

The only problem being a) the main character is an arsehole and b) Tom Ellis the guy who plays him? He might be a good actor, but Hugh Laurie he ain’t. It takes serious skill to make me care about an arsehole is all I’m saying.

Satisfaction

Another new show Satisfaction is about a couple who have been married for a while. And then the husband finds out the wife is cheating on him. With an escort. Because she doesn’t feel appreciated enough? Be as it may – this one seems to look promising, but light and frothy it is not (also I *know* I’m a crusty b*sh but it kinda reeks of #firstworldproblems?)

tl; dr

If USA Network is going for edgy, dark and twisty I don’t think these two shows will cut it. They are kinda dark, but not all that deep?

And besides – what is wrong with light and frothy and fun? We all need more of that in our lives (says she after watching the Strain yesterday and dreaming about freaking worms all night (facepalm)

The Strain – grosser than Fringe?

Dear ladies and gents,

so the Strain? I think it might be even grosser than Fringe. Super and I mean SUPER gross. Even the poster was so gross Fox had to pull a number of billboards because people were complaining.

Because I’m nothing if not service-y here is how the poster looks like

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I told you – SUPER gross!

But… BUT… for what it is – a vampire/horror drama – I have to say I enjoyed it.

It is based on the horror novel written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (part of a trilogy that also includes The Fall and The Night Eternal). A plane from Berlin lands at JFK airport with 200 people on board. 4 survivors. The rest are all dead. All doors sealed, all lights off. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (played by Corey Stoll) from CDC is allowed to go in first.

And from there on out, sh*t starts hitting the fan.

This is no sparkly vampire sh*t. This is proper, albeit at times a bit cheesy, horror. And it will not be to everyone’s taste. But if you enjoy being grossed out and creeped out, if vampires are your thing, do give it a go.