GUEST POST: Tuesday Television

GUEST POST: Tuesday Television

Still a bit sick, I’ve retreated to the country for some rest and recovery, after what has been an incredibly hectic semester.  In my absence, I’ve invited fellow My French Life™ intern Laura Griffin to contribute a guest post.  Laura’s an up-and-coming journo, currently in the running for an ABC cadetship [fingers crossed!].  She doesn’t have her own blog yet, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time…

When Britt asked me if I wanted to write a guest post about television, I jumped at the opportunity because it makes the embarrassing amount of it I watch feel less wasteful. The rest of our conversation went like this:

Me: Does it matter if they are guilty pleasures? I’m really excited about this!

Britt: It doesn’t matter what it’s about. Just write anything you want! And there’s nothing embarrassing about watching a lot of television. It’s perfectly normal.

Me: How are you going by the way? When do your actual holidays start?

Britt: I’ve finished classes, but need to actually do my assignments now…

Me: Have you at least got some good topics to write on?

Britt: Not really… But I’ll try and twist things so that I can write about Veronica Mars or something.

Me: Oh man, does that show stand the test of time. Should I download it?

Britt: Yes you should. It’s brilliant.

Me: And, did you ever find that picture of the dog poo shoe?

With permission to indulge in my guilty pleasures, I thought I ‘d share with you my favourite day of the TV week: Tuesday. Tuesday is the day on which How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl and Castle air in America.

How I Met Your Mother

© 20th Century Fox Television [source]

Do you ever cling onto something because you’ve talked so much about it; you’ve given so many hours of your life to it; and you’d feel stupid and hypocritical if you stopped supporting it? Or because you just gotta know?

An ex-boyfriend showed me How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) at least four years ago, and I haven’t been able to shake it since. It is daggy. It is sweet. Occassionally it is very funny and witty, including its use of flashbacks, dream sequences and musical numbers.

The lead character of HIMYM is a melodramtic, hopeless New York architect called Ted. He sits his kids down and tells them, well, how he met their mother. So far they’ve been sitting on that couch for seven years, and they are contracted to sit there for at least one more.

Like Lost or any other show that is working to a big reveal, it will eneviatbly disappoint a lot of viewers.

There’s been hookups, breakups, engagements, marriages, reunions and deaths. We’ve been given clues, including their mother had a yellow umbrella; was at the St Patrick’s Day party as Ted in 2008; lived with a student Ted dated; was in the economics class that Ted accidentally started teaching; plays bass in a band and has brown hair. We also know that Ted met her when he was the best man at a wedding. There are even more diversions.

There are also lots of running jokes, most of which center around Barney and his hapless conquests (but we can excuse his mistreatment of women, because actor Neil Patrick Harris is very funny and very gay).

Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan a.k.a Willow from Buffy… it took me a long time to reconcile her playing a straight character (there are a number of Buffy actor cameos)) provide a lot of the mid-term story arcs, like getting married and starting a family.

Robin (Cobie Smulders, which is the coolest name), is a TV journo who dated Ted and then Barney and has had casual relationships with both between seeing other funny/handsome guys (the latest of which is Kumar). She will end up with Barney.

© 20th Century Fox Television [source: tumblr]

In research for this guest post (and because I had such a bad headache that I was seeing splodges of colour and couldn’t focus on the words on my computer), I watched seasons two and three again (or at least the episodes I like).

I think it peaked in these seasons. There was one episode that was particularly funny that I don’t remember having seen (the reason it has been possible for me to watch all the seasons multiple times and find a ‘new’ one might have something to do with fast forwarding episodes with Stella or the cupcake lady, or a funny reaction to sedatives I was given for the week following my lazer eye surgery). This episode had four layers of ‘I told you so’… Ted is getting ready to go on a date with Stella (a dermatologist he is seeing to remove an embarrassing butterfly tattoo), which the gang says is a bad idea. Barney makes up a ‘Platinum Rule’, Never ever, ever, ever love thy neighbour i.e.: Never date someone seen on a regular basis, because it’s painfully awkward to see them once you break up. The gang share their past agonizing experiences when they’ve consecutively disregarded the Platinum Rule.

I hate to love HIMYM. I makes me want big, Hollywood gestures and coincidences, fate and love.

Gossip Girl

© The CW Network [source: fanpop!]

The clothes, settings and people are beautiful. It is proudly absurd. The dialogue can be witty, as long as Blair or Chuck is saying it.


© ABC Studios [source: celeborama]

I’m rooting for them to root.


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