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The 3rd Annual JKIRE Awards

Welcome to the 3rd Annual JKIRE Awards! It’s just like the Golden Globes except without a tv broadcast, interaction with the people receiving the awards, or any tangible manifestation of the reward. Check out last year’s awards, and the year before that!

Best New TV Series – Almost Human
This fall I haven’t been nearly as on top of television as I have in the last few years, but luckily I was turned on to this delightful sci-fi buddy cop show from some of the people who brought us the amazing Fringe. It’s funny, has tons of action, and Karl Urban is legend. Urban legend. Yep.
Runner-up – Orphan Black Holy cow this show is great. Actually I could swap these. They both win.
Co-Winner – Orphan Black!

Best Movie – Gravity
I can’t say enough how much I love this movie. That’s all.
Runner-up – Rush This took me by surprise. That’s not entirely true, I finally went to see it after it had been out for a while because I had heard it was great. I wanted to see for myself. It was great. I can’t wait to see and own both of these movies on Blu-ray.
Honorable Mention – We’re the Millers I also didn’t expect this to be as good as it was. I unfortunately didn’t see it in theaters, but I feel like it delighted me more than the other excellent comedies I saw this year This is the End, The Heat and Bad Grandpa.

Best Podcast – Mysterious Universe
I’m a proud MU Plus subscriber, how can this not be my favorite podcast? A new podcast I started listening to this year that’s worth checking out is The Star Wars Minute. I’ll also shout out to Doug Loves Movies and Doug Loves Minis since I was present for the Benson Interruption of Lethal Weapon!

Best Sci-Fi TV Show – Almost Human
Of course.
Runner-up – Orphan Black Damn it this problem again….
Co-Winner – Orphan Black!

Best Non-Sci-Fi Show – Breaking Bad
Do I even need to explain this?

Best Non-Sci-Fi non-AMC Show – Justified
Yet again. Last season was fantastic as always, and the new season starts TONIGHT! Yes!

Best Animated Film – Did Wreck-It Ralph come out in 2013? I guess that. Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 3 was pretty good but totally insane. Eh, why did I even carry over this category…

Best Sci-Fi Film – Thor The Dark World
This is my favorite Marvel film so far and the action sequences were fantastic. If the new Star Wars comes close with it’s dogfights and lightsaber battles I will be happy.
Runner-up – Star Trek Into Darkness I just realized that I did see this in theaters and didn’t include it in my list of movies I saw in 2013. If you consider Gravity a sci-fi film then obviously it wins this category, but it doesn’t contain anything that doesn’t exist in the real world so I just see it as fiction.

Best Reality Competition Show – Survivor
Of course. No runner-up this year because I have only seen the first few episodes of Amazing Race’s spring season, and haven’t watched any of the fall season.

Best Actor – Bryan Cranston
Obviously.

Best Actress – Tatiana Maslany
Wow. What she pulls off on Orphan Black… Wow. Also she was on Parks and Rec. That’s an automatic ten point boost.

Best New TV Comedy – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
If you haven’t seen this yet CHECK IT OUT. I hope this show lasts a long, long time. It has all the greatness of Parks and Rec without any of Office-y stuff (the documentary style).

Best TV Comedy – Parks and Recreation
You should always see this coming.

Best Animated TV Show – Bob’s Burgers
This is the only animated show I watched this year so I had to choose it, but I’m sure I would choose it anyway! No runner-up because I have yet to watch the latest season of Archer.

That concludes the 3rd Annual JKIRE Awards! If you have other categories you’d like me to weigh in on please leave a comment and I will add it!

Network Sitcom Power Rankings – Week of October 29, 2012

This was a pretty light week with no new NBC shows, and a sitcom-free Monday night for CBS. Friday nights saw the premiere of Last Man Standing and the new series Malibu Country for a total of 13 shows. Overall this made for some pretty solid comedy across the board. So, I’ll get right into it…

#1 Apartment 23 – Season 2 Episode 2 – This might be the hardest I’ve laughed in a while, bravo Apartment 23! They pulled off an excellent Halloween episode with what I think is one of the most original and funny stories I’ve seen in a long time. There’s no way any show was going to come close this week. I won’t say any more, everyone should just go watch it.

#2 The Neighbors – Season 1 Episode 6 – This was another very funny episode. I really liked Larry Byrd joining Marty at his work. We got to see what Marty actually does for a living while seeing Larry in a new environment. However, a Halloween episode followed by a birthday episode makes me worried that they might only be finding inspiration in the holiday rituals. If the next episode is a Thanksgiving episode, well… But we’ll see, this episode still entertained the hell out of me to earn second place.

#3 Suburgatory – Season 2 Episode 3 – Jon Benjamin! And seriously what’s the deal with that pony eyelash-lined jacket? So weird. Lots of great jokes, great performances, and great setups for future episodes. Overall another solid episode, but not quite as good as last week’s Halloween stuff. My favorite line of this episode, from Ryan, “I know dude, you’re the best sister ever bro.”

#4 Ben and Kate – Season 1 Episode 6 – A lot of great moments in this episode. Tongue tied Kate was hilarious, closely matched by high Tommy. “Hey I’m gonna go see what’s up with that dog. Hey dog!” There were some good costume jokes too, which as you may know by know, I’m pretty picky with costume jokes.

#5 The Mindy Project – Season 1 Episode 4 – This episode gets a ton of point just for this line from a discussion about Breaking Bad, “If you’re obsessed with TV then why don’t you keep up in a timely manner?” The strange cat in Mindy’s apartment was great too. This show is very much growing on me, and it somewhat surprises me that this is only the fourth episode.

#6 Modern Family – Season 4 Episode 6 – I enjoyed this episodes but there wasn’t anything that stood out enough to boost it into my top 5 this week. Phil’s adventure was funny but I think Michael Scott’s similar adventure on the Office was a bit better. My favorite quote comes from Luke, “I know how to push buttons to get what I want, and what I want is to see a puppet show.” However, this is very similar to something he said in another recent episode where he was manipulating someone. Or maybe it was Manny… I’m not sure how I feel about that now.

#7 The Big Bang Theory – Season 6 Episode 6 – Finally an episode where I don’t feel terrible for Howard. I really liked Sheldon’s story this week, and Raj’s american accent was great, and Penny going back to school has some good potential beyond this episode. I’m looking forward to Sheldon finding out about it, and whatever might come of that. Seriously, we need a Sheldon and Penny episode as soon as possible.

#8 New Girl – Season 2 Episode 6 – I enjoyed this episode but can’t remember anything specific aside from Zombie Woody Allen and some face punching. That was pretty funny.

#9 Raising Hope – Season 3 Episode 5 – Burt falling in love with the gay bar is my favorite thing to happen on this show so far. Jimmy’s storyline was pretty good too but not nearly as memorable.

#10 Happy Endings – Season 3 Episode 2 – I liked this episode a lot more than the season premiere, there was a ton of great visual comedy. The only thing holding it back is my unfamiliarity with the characters and my lack of investment in them. That could change… Also, bonus points for Rob Corddry, Megan Mullally and making fun of the Hunger Games, Harry Potter and young adult fiction in general.

#11 Last Man Standing – Season 2 Episode 1 – I didn’t even realize that this was making it’s return this week, but I’m pretty glad, I forgot how much I like it. However, I didn’t care for all of the politics but I guess I give them props for basically being the only network sitcom I watch to talk about the election. Also, I’m not a fan of the actress replacement for Kristin. The rest of the family was a lot of fun to watch, and I enjoyed the fantasy football side story. I’m looking forward to next week’s episode which will hopefully be less topical and have a bit more Kyle and Ed.

#12 Guys With Kids – Season 1 Episode 7 – In a week of so few but excellent shows, Guys With Kids found itself here towards the bottom. I still enjoyed it though, particularly Gary’s spoon on a stick.

#13 Malibu Country – Season 1 Episode 1 – I don’t know what to say about this show except that it seems so outdated, more so than any other multi-camera show on the air. I never watched Reba (Reba’s previous sitcom), so I don’t know if there are a lot of similarities, but it feels like I’m watching that show. From wikipedia: “The show is set in Houston, Texas, and stars Reba McEntire as a wise cracking single mother Reba Nell Hart, whose dentist ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) has left her to marry young, ditzy Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman) after an affair with her, when it is revealed in the pilot episode that Barbra Jean is pregnant.” And the premise of the new show: “After finding that her husband has been cheating on her, Reba McKenzie and her family move from Nashville, Tennessee to Malibu, California, in an attempt to restart her music career and start a new chapter in their lives.” Yeah, that sounds like the exact same show. Lily Tomlin is great, however, and she should be on every show. I’ll keep watching to see if it improves.

That’s it for this week! I’m guessing that next week will be somewhat light as well due to that whole election thing. As we approach winter hiatus, check out my new podcast “Today I Watched…” where I take a couple of minutes to talk about movies, tv specials, and other stuff mostly found on Netflix Instant Watch. Alright, here are the current standings…

(show – total score – average score)
Parks and Recreation – 7 – 1.40
Apartment 23 – 4 – 2.00
Go On – 16 – 2.29
Suburgatory – 7 – 2.33
Animal Practice – 16 – 2.67
The Neighbors – 24 – 4.00
Modern Family – 33 – 5.50
the Office – 32 – 6.40
Ben and Kate – 44 – 7.33
Up All Night – 46 – 7.67
New Girl – 46 – 7.67
The Big Bang Theory – 50 – 8.33
The Mindy Project – 36 – 9.00
The Middle – 62 – 10.33
Guys with Kids – 76 – 10.86
How I Met Your Mother – 44 – 11.00
Last Man Standing – 11 – 11.00
Malibu Country – 12 – 12.00
Raising Hope – 60 – 12.00
Happy Endings – 26 – 13.00
Partners – 58 – 14.50
2 Broke Girls – 63 – 15.75
Two and a Half Men – 64 – 16.00 – Eliminated
30 Rock – 35 – 17.50 – Eliminated
Mike and Molly – 37 – 18.50 – Eliminated
The New Normal – Eliminated

Network Sitcom Power Rankings – Week of October 1, 2012

Welcome to another jam-packed week of sitcom ratings! Even without a new episode of Modern Family due to the debate on Wednesday there were still 19 new episodes this week! 19 shows is way too many so I’m making a new rule that I will eliminate the lowest ranked show each week if I’m not enjoying them. Find out below which show was eliminated this week!

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Network Sitcom Power Rankings – Week of September 10, 2012

Welcome to a brand new season of television!

Here’s how this will work… This season I’m going to quickly review nearly every single sitcom on network television (spoiler-free for the most part) and rank them according to how much I enjoyed them. The show’s placement is their score for that week (so number one will get 1 point, number two gets 2 points, etc.) which means that as the scores accumulate the lowest score is the best show. Honestly, I predict I’ll give Parks and Rec first place consistently but I will try to be as fair as possible.

I will not be ranking the Fox animated shows even though I like all of them. On the other hand if I can’t bear watching a show I will take it off the list and they will be disqualified!

So let’s get started!

Everything is kind of off to a staggered start and NBC is the only network to air new episodes of their sitcoms so far. Animal Practice aired about a month ago as did the first episode of Go On so I will go ahead and lump them in with this week to round out the scores a little bit.

#1 Go On – Season 1 Episode 1 – “People love rankings!” Well there you go! I was iffy about this show going into it, but Brett Gelman and Seth Morris? March Sadness? Google street view silliness? I think I like this show a tad more than Animal Practice just because I watched it more recently.

Edit: #1 Go On – Season 1 Episode 2 – I completely forgot that I had a second episode of Go On to watch. I actually liked this episode even more than the first. Favorite line: “I say Ryan, you say best friend! Ryan! … Are you saying it?” The cat storyline was great. The basketball story was great. Brett Gelman’s bits were awesome. This show is definitely headed in the right direction for me. Just so a show doesn’t lose points to itself I’ve decided that if a show has two episodes in a week that are next to each other in the rankings that it will be a tie. So Go On gets two #1’s this week and everything else stays the same.

#2 Animal Practice – Season 1 Episode 1 – I love animals! I like all of the characters! Justin Kirk is the man! I’m very much looking forward to the next episode!

#3 Guys With Kids – Season 1 Episode 1 – The first few minutes were rough but by the end of the episode I started to enjoy it. Nothing really jumps out as special aside from the constant presence of babies though. I’ll keep watching to see if it grows on me more, but I doubt it will rank anywhere near this high once more shows start up.

#4 New Normal – Season 1 Episode 1 – Modern Family clone. Less effort to hide that couldn’t be made. There’s too much wrong with this show so far… I’ll give it one more episode just so I can complete this week’s rankings.

#5 New Normal – Season 1 Episode 2 – Further viewing has reenforced everything I disliked about the first episode. How did anyone approve this for production? Consider this my first sitcom to be eliminated this season. I came across this review that matches my thoughts pretty well, so I won’t waste any more time writing about this show.

And that’s everything for this week. I’ll post the current standings with total scores starting next time since what you just read is already the current standings.

Thanks for reading!

 

Daily Photo – August 15, 2012

I saw Brian Regan perform at Comedy Works tonight. I really wanted to meet him but the crowd for the next show was crowding up the place, so I don’t think he came out to meet folks. Disappointing, but here’s a picture of how happy his hilarity made me anyway! He did all new material (new since I last saw him anyway) and I especially liked his bits about Curiosity, inventions, and dancing. I hope he follows the recent trend of producing his own special and releasing it online, I will buy it twice or more!

I spent most of the rest of the day sleeping, playing video games, and doing some video stuff. Pretty boring!

That’s all for now, I go back to work at the hotel tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes.