Friday March 22, 2013

I know I'm a few days late on this, but Justified has REALLY turned it around this season.  It seemed like this was going to be a very ho hum season with a story arc centered primarily around finding Drew Thompson.  However, now that Drew's identity has been revealed, these past couple of episodes have been amongst the best in the series' history.  Well done.

Happy Endings returns to ABC next Friday night.  While I'm sure no one involved with the show is happy about the Friday night time slot, both ABC and I implore you to tune in.  Here's a video asking the same.  ABC is actually very quietly putting a nice little Friday night schedule together.  With Happy Endings and Shark Tank, my DVR will be busy.  I hope that Happy Endings doesn't get lost next week with the NCAA Tournament still in high gear, that's why I'm reminding you now to watch!

Fans of The Simpsons might find this day in the life with Yeardley Smith video (which is broken up into several parts) interesting.  

This isn't for me, but if you're not familiar with the Top Chef: The Cruise, check it out:

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013 -- "Top Chef: The Cruise" is reeling in more chef'testants aboard the Celebrity Constellation with the additions of "Top Chef's" newly crowned winner, Kristen Kish along with her Season 10 finalist, Brooke Williamson and Season nine's beloved fan favorite, "Malibu" Chris Crary. These chefs join hosts Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons along with previously announced Top Chef and Top Chef Masters Alums - Richard Blais, Yigit Pura, Paul Qui, Fabio Viviani, Hubert Keller, Tim Love, Tiffany Derry, Chris Hanmer, Michael Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn, Hosea Rosenberg, Angelo Sosa and Casey Thompson on this first-ever culinary journey setting sail April 11, 2013 from Miami, Florida. For sneak peek of the cruise visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-9/videos/all-chefs-on-deck

In addition to previously announced activities aboard the voyage, such as "Quickfire" challenges, "Dining in the Dark" experiences, behind-the-scenes kitchen tours, Q&A sessions with the judges, Masters and chef'testants and dance parties with DJ and Top Chef Master Hubert Keller, guests can also play Ping-Pong with Spike, jet ski with Casey, try their luck at poker with Hosea and Mike or attend a mixology class with Yigit. Still hungry? Guests can also sign up for cooking sessions with their favorite chefs -such as Kristen, Mike and Paul and attempt to create Top Chef-worthy dishes or sit back and watch the pro's as Tom and Gail perform cooking demonstrations.

Mad Men, which premieres on April 7 with a 2-hour episode, gave critics a glimpse this week at the DGA Theater.  According to Deadline.com, "[t]he new season, which debuts on April 7th, opens with Don Draper and wife Megan on Christmas vacation 
on the beaches of Waikiki and promises more of the same kind of intrigue and incremental character development for which it is known. But creator 
Matt Weiner, who obviously wants to keep viewers guessing, warned the packed industry crowd not to give anything away before the show actually airs. In fact, in the elaborate press kit sent to critics, Weiner is even more specific about keeping the first episode’s secrets intact with a non-reveal list that includes the year the season begins, status of Don and Megan’s relationship, whether the agency has expanded to an additional floor, new characters, and new relationships or partnerships."  I, for one, cannot wait.