Paranormal in primetime

Tonight, ABC premieres their attempt at the paranormal in primetime with 666 Park Avenue. I’m debating if I should give this show a shot or pass it up. I have some reservations about mainstream tv’s treatment of the scary. When certain genre’s get the mainstream treatment, something always seems to be missing.

The first mainstream paranormal show I really loved and watched The X-Files, which was on FOX (somewhat of a rebel in terms mainstream, free tv). The X-Files was an excellent show that made me “Want to Believe.” Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were a perfect match for each other – the hardcore believer vs. the staunch doubter. Each week Mulder and Scully would investigate cases that lived on the edge of reason and put a little bit of question in the viewers head to make them wonder if aliens or some other force could actually be true. Yes, the last two seasons of the X-Files were disappointing, with Mulder no longer a regular character, but The X-Files will always be a superb paranormal show to judge others off of.

I think NBC does a good job with Grimm – not quite complete paranormal, but a good effort at something outside the normal realm of scripted shows. Of course there is FX’s American Horror Story, which premiered last season and kept viewers wanting more each week. AHS did an excellent job of really scaring the view. There were times when I knew I couldn’t go to bed after watching an episode because I knew I would have nightmares. AMC’s The Walking Dead (based off of the comic book) does a great job at making zombies scary and the anticipated third season premieres in mid-October. The CW has The Vampire Diaries, which is surprisingly good, considering how bad the books are. And there is BBC America’s Bedlam, which I find particularly spooky and throughly enjoyable.

All of these shows are stiff competition for 666 Park Ave. Given it’s on ABC, which seems to have a strong family focus to its programming, I’m hedging my bet that the show will be Okay at best. I don’t have much hope that it will contain the disturbing scary quality of AHS or Bedlam, and doubt the risque factor will be high. I think I’ll record it and see if it’s worth the time, but don’t have much faith (I don’t Want to Believe). Anyone else out there have hope for mainstream paranormal?

T.V Junkie

I’m a tv junkie. Sounds sad, but it’s true. I love to watch tv and almost always have it on while I’m home. Where did my tv obsession start? Around 4th or 5th grade – my parents bought tv’s for my sister and I to have in our rooms: then gave us basic cable! And the downfall began… The first tv show that I remember loving and “needing” to watch was on MTV in its heyday. MTV, back when most programming was actual music videos, aired a British comedy called “The Young Ones” The show was about four college guys living together and was completely insane. British comedy at it’s best. I watched a lot of tv from that time forward. I remember watching Stephen King’s Salem Lot and being absolutely terrified (I think that’s where my nightmares started). MTV was a staple for sure, but there were other shows always on.

Today, I’m still the same tv junkie I was back when I got that first tv in my room. I love BBC America and have fallen victim to the endless array of “reality” shows out today (can anyone say Bravo?). A few of my favorites today are Grimm (which is sadly being preempted tonight due to a local election debate, hence the post), American Horror Story, The Big Bang Theory, and The Walking Dead. Where are the reality shows? I’ll reserve those for another time (maybe).

Anyone else out there a tv junkie? I certainly hope so. TV is not all that bad, especially when one can find quality scripted shows. We all want to be entertained in some fashion; one of my main choices just happens to be tv.

Best driving song

I had to drive out to another office location today, about a 1.5 hour drive. This always gets me thinking – what is the best driving song? One requirement to be a “best driving song”: it has to be a song that can instantly change your mood.

So, what’s my song? It has to be LA Women by The Doors. Whenever I hear that song, I forget about anything that may be bothering me or anything I’m thinking about. The very beginning of the song seems to relax me. Then the rest of the music starts in and brings you slowly up to speed. Once I hear Jim’s beautiful voice, I’m lost. The first time I came to think LA Woman was the best driving song was when I driving on the express way at about 2:30 in the morning, on a perfectly hot summer night. I’ve always loved to drive at night, so relaxing and stress free; so few cars around and a free feeling. LA Woman came on the radio and that was it; no song could ever be better to hear under these conditions than this one (at least for me). Take a listen and see if you agree:

Maybe that’s why LA Woman is my best driving song – subconscious feelings of being happy, relaxed, and not having any worries; all of these combined make a song that much more powerful. And that is what makes a best driving song.

Day one

First post, first thought – I’m tired, why did I start this at 10:00 at night?  Otis, who is my and my husband’s dog, is currently asleep, so I can’t look to him for inspiration.  Why thedailyopine?  Well, I wanted thedailyo, but that was taken, so I took the next best thing.  Little bit of a play on the O in Otis. Plan to post thoughts, feelings, or rants.  Some days Otis may take over and give his thought on the world as he sees it.  So, hope anyone finding and reading this blog enjoys and lives life as Otis – obliviously happy.