Now that we’re settled into the new season (though I might add that no one has stopped complaining about Penny’s haircut yet), it’s time for the real drama to begin. Or, of course, more half-assed nerd jokes.
Before we get into the premiere of The Simpsons’ twenty-sixth (!) season, a couple of notes. First, the famed character death is supposed to occur this episode, which was moved from last season (and no, it was not Mrs. Krabappel, her untimely demise having been forced by Marcia Wallace’s sad passing). Based on the episode’s title and the hint last year, I’m guessing it’s Rabbi Krustofsky. Second, just in case you’ve been on Mars lately, the Simpsons-Family Guy crossover is playing tonight, on the latter show. I’m not going to review it because life is too short to spend hours trying to get anything out of Family Guy, but it’s there if you want to check it out – I’ll definitely be giving it a look.
We’re all caught up with the Crawleys, have launched a couple of love affairs, and have even managed to start a fire. If that’s just the premiere, what on earth is the real drama going to look like?
One could say that Modern Family has enjoyed a rather long honeymoon of its own, having just broken the record for Most Undeserved Emmys with its fifth straight Best Comedy Series win. Never has a show been so rewarded…so praised…and so mediocre. As we enter the sixth season, one has to ask – is the honeymoon over yet? We can only hope.
Double premiere! Psych! So everyone knows how this episode is going to end just from the title, right? Right?
Shows come and go from year to year, and Worldly Distractions reflects this, most noticeably with the loss of a couple of old stalwarts this season. However, the weirdest change in our current lineup is that The Big Bang Theory has switched to Mondays. I’m not entirely sure why this has happened, but I assume it’s to replace How I Met Your Mother, Then Had Her Killed Off So I Could Get With Your Aunt. Tune in to tonight’s double episode to find out if this one will be equally disappointing!
Aaaand we’re back! Now safely relocated to Canada, Worldly Distractions enters its third (second and a half?) season. As we did last year, we begin with Downton Abbey, the frivolous of the frivolous. Everything – that is, internet speculation – hints at a dramatic series premiere. Will Mary find love? (Probably.) Will Edith reconcile her troubled personal life? (Not bloody likely.) And will they kill off the Dowager Countess? (No way – her Maggisty is the main factor behind those sweet, sweet ratings.) The stream is loaded and the drinking game planned. Let’s all lie back and think of England.
Warning: This is for the British broadcast of Series 5, set some months before that of North America. If you wish to avoid spoilers, please do not proceed. Especially you, Yanks.
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Note: My comments are in italics in the summary portions
Today we are going to discuss the chapter When Katie Met Jonny. This chapter is interesting, in my opinion, because it’s the first time we really start to see how Kate changes up her stories…for no apparent reason. More on that later. Let’s get started.
Kate’s friends knew she was on the look out for a man with money. She didn’t give Jon Gosselin a minutes notice at the company picnic they were both attending until one of her friends mentioned that he came from “a rich family” and that his father was “a big doctor in Wyomissing.”
Unable to find a doctor to marry, she did the next best thing and went after the son of a doctor. (Jon’s dad was actually a dentist for those people that don’t live and breathe this story.) When she found out that Jon had a girlfriend she told her friend “not for long.”
Warning posts on this topic may trigger survivors of child abuse
NOTE: I am placing my own comments in italics
I did skip a couple pages of the book that was just a bit of a “short story” on how the Kate Gosselin story might have gone had Kate not been who she is.
Today, we will be looking at the chapter called The Formative Years. Once again, I liked a quote by Robert that kind of defines the book, so I’m just going to use that to start us out:
This is not a happy story. Rather, it is the sad tale of a greedy and selfish woman, so consumed by the desire for fame and monetary riches, that she sold her children’s privacy, dignity and childhood; discarded their loving father; drove away family and friends; scammed a generous public; displayed unspeakable cruelty to humans and animals alike; and behaved in the most deceitful, rude, nasty and unappreciative ways imaginable. Something must have gone very wrong in nature or nurture, or a combination of the two, for such a person to be created.
Trigger warning: Posts on this topic may trigger survivors of child abuse.
Today begins our chapter by chapter summary of Robert Hoffman’s re-release of Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World – The Rise and Fall of a Reality TV Queen. Hopefully, in the future, I will be covering more than 1 chapter at a time. I was short on time today and the Preface was longer than I remembered.
The book is pretty similar to the original release (that was out for 2 days before being pulled by amazon), so for those who read it before, this stuff won’t be anything new until the later chapters. It’s also a bit strange if you have been an avid follower of the Gosselin Saga because much of the information has been talked about for the intervening years. For people that are new to the story or not avid followers, I’m sure this information in the Preface is more helpful/interesting.
I am giving pretty much just a straight summary of these chapters with very little comment by myself and no real “snark.” My intent in summarizing the book is for people that don’t have the time to read it or don’t want to read it, but are still interested in the topic, so I’m playing it “straight” here I will be providing plenty of opinions and snark on the forum thread though! I’ll provide the link at the end of each post.
So let’s get started