Blogging for two

Don’t forget to tune in for True Blood Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

It’s been a busy few months for me, so forgive my absence. Never fear, I’m still watching TV and talking TV, although blogging about TV has taken a backseat to another very important adventure: Baby Rogers.

My friends and family already know what I am just now announcing on Remotely Entertaining (and to the world). I am 16 weeks pregnant with my first little one. The husband and I are super-excited.

In between eating for two, running for two, and sleeping for two; I found time over the last four months to watch The Killing, Game of Thrones and Borgias, which were all pretty great. I also caught up with the first two seasons of Sons of Anarchy, an awesome, gritty, over-the-top show that I was instantly addicted to.

Now, I’m watching Teen Wolf, Covert Affairs and Burn Notice. Most importantly, this Sunday I’ll be watching episode one of True Blood season four. Stay tuned for Monday updates, as I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say.

Aren't they cute? Scott and Allison get up close and personal in MTV’s Teen Wolf.

The big surprise for me has been Teen Wolf. If you haven’t checked it out, and you are a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I’d highly recommend you give it a whirl. I think it comes the closest to striking the Buffy chord of any show I’ve seen in recent memory – humor, supernatural elements, teen angst, good special effects and best of all, strong acting and writing.

Is anyone else loving Teen Wolf? Who’s going to watch True Blood this Sunday?

Annie Walker, you’re my hero

Auggie and Annie have great chemistry on Covert Affairs.

I’m pretty excited for tonight’s new episode of Covert Affairs. After watching the first two episodes, I’ve decided that Annie Walker (played by Piper Perabo) is my new hero. If I weren’t a terrible liar (and therefore eternally cursed to a normal, un-spy-like day job) I would want to be in her very cute high heel shoes (not to mention her stylish suits and smokey eye shadow), chasing down and outsmarting bad guys left and right.

It also helps that Annie’s coworkers (aside from her female supervisor) seem to be gorgeous guys. I have a major crush on her right-hand man, Auggie (played by Christopher Gorham) – he’s good looking, funny, successful, and tough. And he always has Annie’s back. As always, I’m hoping for a love connection between these two main characters. And why not? As we learned from the first episode, office romances are encouraged in the spy world.

New shows and a returning favorite

Warehouse 13’s daring duo, Pete and Myka, is the driving force behind the show, but the addition of guest star Jaime Murray as the season two villain is really going to shake things up.

There have been several series premieres and some notable returning favorites in the last couple weeks. I don’t have time to watch them all, but I am digging a few of them – namely Haven and Warehouse 13 on SyFy and Rizzoli and Isles on TNT. I DVR’d Covert Affairs on USA last night, but didn’t have a chance to watch it yet. The reviews of the new spy thriller starring Piper Parabo have been good, so I’m looking forward to checking that out tonight.

Warehouse 13 came back with a bang last week with an episode that featured Jaime Murray (aka Lila Tournay from Dexter) as none other than H.G. Wells. I can’t say enough about how great Murray was in Dexter – sexy, mean, and devious in all her brunette, British glory. She seems to be the overarching villain for this season, and I am very excited to watch the story play out. Last night’s episode was also excellent, and fully displayed the chemistry between agents Myka (Joanne Kelly) and Pete (Eddie McClintock). The wit and general appeal of these two kept me coming back for more even as the first season became a bit tedious, and I think we can expect more funny banter and light sexual tension from them this summer. All in all, I’m really excited to see how this show plays out, and it already seems to be much-improved from last year.

The other SyFy vehicle that I picked up on DVR this week was Haven, which premiered last Friday. Of course, it can be difficult to say how good a show is going to be based on the pilot alone, but I’m thinking this one has a lot of promise, for a few reasons. First, it’s based on a Stephen King novel called The Colorado Kid. Say what you will about the sometimes cheesy nature of the movies that are based on King’s books, but I love his writing and many of his movies are classics. So there’s good base material. Second, the lead actress Emily Rose, who plays FBI agent Audrey Parker, had a cool, commanding presence reminiscent of Olivia from Fringe. And third, the show seems to have a decent budget – it has a slick, high quality feel that I must admit is sometimes lacking in other SyFy productions (Warehouse 13, with its ridiculous CG imagery is guilty of this). I’ll keep watching this one for sure.

As for Rizzoli and Isles, I had my doubts. Although I enjoy cop dramas, I don’t religiously watch them. I’m more of a casual viewer of shows like Law and Order, NCIS, and CSI – watching at the gym or pausing for a few moments when I’m channel surfing. The first episode hooked me, not necessarily with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander (who pay Rizzoli and Isles, respectively), but with co-stars Lorraine Bracco (aka Dr. Jennifer Melfi from The Sopranos), who plays Rizzoli’s mom, and Billy Burke (aka Chief Swan from Twilight), who plays hottie FBI agent Gabriel Dean. These two really round out the cast and are going to make me tune in for at least one more episode. While the case they investigated may have been lacking (typical, fast-moving serial killer plot), the dynamic between Rizzoli and the various people in her life (including her mother, Agent Dean, her old and new partners, and medical examiner Isles) was engaging and witty.

So that’s it. I’ll let you know about Covert Affairs after I have had a chance to watch it. Unfortunately, it’s going to have to compete for screen time with three, count ‘em, three Sopranos discs that are arriving via Netflix today. And you thought I was only watching True Blood…

For a good time call Michael Westen

The cast of Burn Notice heats up Miami (L to R: Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen, Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe, Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne).

After much prodding from my co-blogger, I finally had a chance to queue up the first season of Burn Notice. So what do I think?

Jeffrey Donovan is hot. Gabrielle Anwar is hot. Hell, even Bruce Campbell is hot, in a sloppy sort of way. In short, the show is as hot as its setting in Miami.

I wasn’t sure that I would like Burn Notice. I don’t religiously watch action shows, and USA has always been somewhat hit or miss for me (unless you’re talking about Up All Night, which was always a hit). But Burn Notice is a strong show because the three lead characters have such chemistry as a team, and such charisma as individuals. Each episode stands alone because of the different cases, but the larger story arcs of Michael’s investigation into his burn and the relationship between Fiona and Michael is great.

I’ve only watched eight episodes, but I’m hooked. Not only do I love the stories, characters and quippy one liners, I love the setting of the show. Like Dexter, Burn Notice takes full advantage of Miami in all its grit and glory. And don’t get me started about the fashion – the suits, the sunglasses, Fiona’s entire wardrobe – to die for. I even ordered a look-alike hip bag because I can’t stop admiring Fiona’s (check it out here).

If you haven’t watched Burn Notice, I recommend you do. And if you don’t have Netflix, or simply don’t want to catch up with the show like I am, you can probably start watching at any time. Reruns abound, and it’s pretty self explanatory.

Andrea Up All Night

It’s a quarter to 2 a.m. I’m wide awake, doing laundry and watching The X-Files. I think I’ve told you before that I never watched this as it aired, so I am enjoying it for the first time via Netflix.

This really was a great show. Earlier today I mentioned how much I love the monster of the week episodes of Fringe, and the same is true for The X-Files. Also, I have a pretty serious crush on Mulder, and a girl crush on Scully. What an awesome pair.

Case in point, the episode I’m watching right now from season five, titled “The Post-Modern Prometheus.” It’s shot in black and white, and the “villain” is a two-faced mutant man who enjoys listening to Cher and eating peanut butter sandwiches while impregnating the local ladies. Quirky and clever, it’s a great time.

I love staying up late. It reminds me of being a kid again, watching USA Up All Night with Rhonda Shear. They used to show great horror movie marathons, like all of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Critters movies. Of course, then I didn’t do my own laundry so it was a lot cooler. I could also eat with the indiscretion of a metabolically blessed teenager. I remember watching movies all night, eating a box of Eggos and a Pop Tart for dessert. If I was in the mood for something a little different, I would eat a box of Mrs. T’s Pierogies. Those were the days, my friend.

Is anyone else up? If so what are you watching?