Fall TV Week in Review: The Good, the Bad and the Disappointing

imgres-38.jpegI don’t know about you, but I’ve been counting the days until my favorite shows finally came back to TV. I was eagerly anticipating the return of “Glee,” was dying to check out “X Factor,” couldn’t wait to see Ricki Lake in “Dancing with the Stars” and am still pretty psyched to tune into “Pan Am,” which has been getting rave reviews from critics.
But a funny thing happened when my family and I sat down to watch “Glee.” The premiere episode was not too hot. Sure we were glad to see that Blaine has finally left the Warblers and joined New Directions, but why did Puckerman’s sharp tongued girlfriend Lauren leave and what’s with Quinn and her fuschia hair? And what’s the deal with Rachel and Kyle singing a weird Wizard of Oz showtune that I’ve never heard before? While I did love that Coach Sue was back to her old nasty self, I wasn’t bowled over by the rest of the crew. Here’s hoping that next week, they’ll bounce back and sing better songs.
And speaking of singing…what the heck is with the new “X Factor” anyway? The last thing I want to see is a carbon copy of “American Idol” which features terrible singers at the beginning and doesn’t really give you anyone to root for. Sure there may be a few bright spots among the bunch but for the most part, X Factor is not thrilling me at all – even with Paula, Simon and that Randy look a like.
Luckily, Dancing with the Stars did not disappoint – I’m rooting for the fabulous Ricki Lake and she sailed through this week along with her partner Derek Hough – who happened to win the competition a few seasons back with my other personal fave, Jennifer Grey. Go Ricki…that mirror ball has your name all over it.
Another bright spot of the week – “Up All Night,” with Christina Applegate lived up to the hype – it is really funny so definitely watch! And “Modern Family” – just as funny as ever…love, love, love that show. I also caught the premiere of “Two and a Half Men” and Ashton Kutcher was hilarious as the lovesick billionaire who decides to buy Charlie’s oceanfront home after his wife dumps him.
Coming this weekend is “Pan Am” and “The Good Wife,” and on September 28, the new ABC comedy “Suburbagatory” premieres. I just got the chance to catch a sneak peak of the show and have to say, I love it. Think “Juno” meets “Desperate Housewives” and it’s the perfect show for moms and tweens to watch together – if the tweens still think their moms are cool enough to hang around – I’m hanging by a thread on that one. I’ve actually become hooked on “Degrassi” with my daughter – strange but true but that show feels like the new and improved 90210.
More good, bad and great TV viewing ahead! Gotta love fall TV.

Nancy Drew: Video Game Review

nancydrew1.pngWe all grew up reading Nancy Drew mystery books and pretending to solve crimes just like she did. Nancy Drew was a revolutionary figure during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s – to have a strong independent girl who used her brain to solve difficult and dangerous mysteries that left the men stumped was radical at the time… the series inspired generations of women over eight decades. Now there’s a new Nancy Drew video game girls will love to play.
The mastermind behind the 80-year-old iconic characters’ award-winning transition into the 21st Century is Megan Gaiser – Chief Creative Strategy Officer of the acclaimed Her Interactive company (www.herinteractive.com) She is truly inspiring as an acclaimed leader in the male-dominated $21 billion video game industry. Her Interactive is the pioneer in popular mystery gaming, designed for girls and women. Megan Gaiser has grown Her Interactive (HI) from a boutique company to an emerging competitor with the globally-loved Nancy Drew franchise games sales topping seven million units world wide. The Nancy Drew PC franchise has been #1 in the U.S. five years running. Her Interactive has garnered 20 consecutive Parents’ Choice Awards. Megan has been named one of the “Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women” by Next Generation and “Top 10 Most Influential Women of the Decade” by Gaming Angels. She also received the 2010 Microsoft Women in Games award.
Debuting their 25th title in the award-winning Nancy Drew series – Alibi in Ashes – as a local contest in Nancy’s hometown turns into an arson scene and this time all the evidence points to Nancy… Whiling away in jail, this is the first game where you play Nancy’s friends with players being able to select their own level of difficulty…
Check out this cool video on it: