Closing Down

I’ve decided to shut down Mars On TV. I was paying for a site and a domain that I’m not faithful in updating. I’ve also been really behind on my TV show watching; and it didn’t make much sense to keep the site up.

I’m continuing to blog through WordPress; and my new site is Life Behind the Scenes. It covers a broader range of topics that may interest you. I hope you stop by.

See you around the web.

SAG Awards 2011 Winners – TV

I’m so happy Modern Family won! And after watching Julianna Marguiles for the past two weeks while catching up on The Good Wife, I have to say I’m happy for her as well.

Ensemble, Comedy Series:
Modern Family

Ensemble, Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire

Male Actor, Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Female Actor, Comedy Series:
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Male Actor, Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Female Actor, Drama Series:
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Female Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries:
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Male Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries:
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Stunt Ensemble, Television Series:
True Blood

For the complete list including movies, go here.

68th Golden Globe Winners – TV

I know it’s a bit late; but what the heck… I’m currently watching the show, catching up on the awards given out, the jokes made and speeches delivered. So far, so good. Anyway, here are the winners:

Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical
GLEE

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Comedy/Musical
Laura Linney, The Big C

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Comedy/Musical
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Television Series – Drama
BOARDWALK EMPIRE

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Katey Segal, Sons of Anarchy

Best Performance by an ActorIn A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Best TV Miniseries/Movie
CARLOS

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch, Glee

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chris Colfer, Glee

For the complete list including movies, go here.

Misfits: the best show i wasn't watching

But now I’ve seen all the episodes, and it’s flat out awesome.

I just kept on seeing posts about Misfits on ONTD and just decided to check it out. Seeing that in 2 years, the show only had 13 episodes, I knew it would be a breeze to watch in one weekend.

I started watching the pilot not knowing what I was in for. On the opening scene, I thought it’s just about juvenile delinquents being themselves. But when a hale storm starts and these 5 outsiders get struck by lightning, the real meat of the series kicks in.

Sure enough, they developed powers. And what follows are a series of episodes that are edgy, funny, snarky, smart and pretty rebellious (for my standards). I kept reminding myself that this is a British show, which I haven’t been exposed to.

In essence, however, it is about the stories of these 5 characters and how their world was changed because of the storm. The cast is brilliant as well. With minimal special effects and great character development, it was easy for me to get drowned in the episodes one after the other.

I’m done with two seasons; and I’m looking forward to seeing more when series 3 rolls around probably late this year. I doubt it’ll get picked up to air here in the Philippines (because of its mature content), so if you have a chance to watch it, please do.

Watch the show’s trailer here.

TV in 2010

The year 2010 just whizzed by. I didn’t get to write that many entries on this blog. I didn’t get to watch as many episodes and shows as I wanted to. Still, it meant that it was a good year for me personally. I went out more (worked, traveled, learned) instead of staying locked up at home watching shows; so I’m not complaining. On the other side of it, however, I haven’t been watching all the shows I planned to watch, so I’m no longer what you would call an authority (or a decent source, at least) when it comes to the best television 2010 had to offer.

But… Since it’s been an annual thing for me to write a year-end recap (This is officially my 5th year of doing this.), I’ll just do my best to provide my own narrow-minded view of the television I did get to watch over the course of this year.

Before we get down to business…

OLD/NEW: IN A NUTSHELL

I’ve said what I needed about the new fall shows I’ve gotten attached to in previous entries. So I’ll just do some tweet-like entries to tell you a little bit about the freshmen crop of shows I like.

NIKITA. It’s gripping and action-packed. Plus, it reintroduced us to Devon Sawa. What more could you ask for?

RAISING HOPE. It’s reminiscent of My Name Is Earl’s white trash comedy when it was still good. Plus, the baby is cute.

HAWAII FIVE-0. The chemistry between the leads keeps me interested. And Alex O’Loughlin finally has a hit television show. We should support it.

Then, just so no one bites my head off if I missed one or two shows that “just had to be recognized because it was sooo great” etc. Here are quick mentions of the shows I still love but haven’t caught up to yet.

FRINGE. DEXTER. MAD MEN.

Also, there are those shows that I’m still hanging on to. In general, the television season is off to a great start. Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives have me glued to the story arcs again. How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Chuck and The Big Bang Theory, among others, continue to be staples in my regular “must-see TV” list.

In addition, we said goodbye to one particular show that I’m happy to have been watching. Lost finally ended with a finale that had everyone talking.

And now for the longer entries…

FORCES OF REALITY

I don’t really watch reality shows. American Idol has pretty much run its course; and any and all of MTV’s “reality” dramas don’t interest me. But because of the return of an old favorite, a more interesting sophomore season for another, and the all-star edition of a popular show, I’ve been tuning in.

THE AMAZING RACE ASIA. The format of The Amazing Race never gets old. It’s fast-paced and exciting, plus the production values alone make for great television. The Asian edition has me hooked since season two. The show didn’t return for more than a year, so I’m thrilled it finally aired its fourth season last September. Both teams that represented the country were pretty strong. More than that, a Philippine team finally won! Again, congratulations to the Richards for bringing home the victory this time around.

THE SING-OFF. Raw talent. That’s what you get from this show. It’s American Idol without the gimmicks.  The show’s second season got my attention; and the participating groups are all deserving to be part of the show. The Sing-Off is just pure, with a format that relies heavily on the capabilities of the human voice. It has awesome production numbers week after week and amazing performances from the finalists. They never failed to impress me. This show got me hooked despite its short, five-episode run.

TOP CHEF ALL-STARS. The 8th season of this Emmy award-winning show just started a few weeks ago; but I’m so happy I’ve tuned in. Not only are the challenges interesting, the episodes have been filled with drama and shocking eliminations. I haven’t really been a religious follower; but now I’m getting what all the fuss is about.

VAMPIRES STILL RULE; AND ZOMBIES ARE JOINING IN

The hottest supernatural shows are making sure that the vampire craze will not die down anytime soon. True Blood continued its streak of delivering blood, gore and sex in its third season. With the addition of werewolves and fairies, there are no signs of faltering. On a more wholesome, albeit still dark note, The Vampire Diaries proves that it didn’t just ride the vampire craze. The show has taken a life of its own; and has provided week after week of fascinating mythology that drove the stories and its characters even more than it did last year.

And after a long wait, we finally have a zombie series in the form of The Walking Dead. It’s scary. It’s bloody. It’s simply awesome. And despite only having six episodes in its first season, the show has cemented itself as a force to be reckoned with come season two.

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The Sing-Off: simply refreshing

Season two of The Sing-Off recently concluded; and I just have one thing to say: The show is absolutely refreshing as far as talent competitions go.

With the popularity of Glee at an all-time high, the production of an all-vocal talent competition is not a surprise. The Sing-Off premiered last year; but it was only this year that I took notice of the show. I saw a clip of a certain group called Committed singing “Apologize” and it just blew me away. I then sought out their other performances and stumbled upon clips of the other groups; eventually searching high and low for the complete episodes. I’ve been obsessing about this show for the past two weeks; and I can give a good number of reasons why The Sing-Off is one of the best and most refreshing shows out there.

1. IT’S A SHOWCASE OF RAW TALENT. Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men (one of the judges) said that The Sing-Off is the best show in as far as a showcase of pure, unadulterated talent. I would have to agree. What we hear and what we see is what we get. There is no band. There is no auto-tune. The participants just sing their heart out; and when they do it right, I can’t help but be in awe. The way these groups also put together a one and a half minute performance just floors me… the instrumentation, the arrangement… from the high falsettos to the melody, the percussion (those beatboxers are the coolest) and the bass (!!!), not to mention the choreography that goes with it… I LOVE EVERYTHING!

2. THE CONTESTANTS ARE SIMPLY AWESOME. They’re just sooo good. Even the contestants who got booted off are good. They might have just missed a couple of marks that’s why they were eliminated. You also get introduced to the people who make those little elements that bring together a certain sound. The percussionists (the beatboxers) and the bassists are the coolest in my eyes. I have to say my speaker never fails to reverberate when there’s a good bass sound to the performance. The lead vocalists are ALL talented as well. The more they perform, the more I realize just how good they are… more than those AI “discoveries.” You also get to see the respect each of the groups have for each other. Every single one of them has an appreciation for the experience they’re in. The contestants also pick the right songs for their group; because they know music inside out. It’s practically coursing through their veins. You can see it in their performances. They rarely miss the mark on song choice.

3. THE COMPETITION IS SHORT AND SWEET. The first season of the show ran for 4 episodes with 8 participating groups. The second season ran for 5 episodes with 10 participating groups. From the get go, the finalists have been selected as the best of the best around the country. We see and hear it from the first opening number. They’re all good in their own right. The show doesn’t drag on for weeks and weeks showing more of the bad talent rather than concentrate on the good. There’s no hype for one particular group that has a better story. We move right on to the singing, which is the most important thing. Because of that, we get to the winner soon enough; and it’s still a satisfying end.

4. ACAPELLA IS JUST COOL. Being part of a choir when I was in high school, I have an appreciation for group singing and acapella music.  But the show has introduced me to the possibilities of acapella and the range that this particular genre has. I would have to admit I was that ignorant about acapella. Groups sang hip hop, rap and pop with the greatest of ease. It’s not just for doo-wops and dubidoos, apparently. The sounds that a single human voice can do are just endless. I really learned a lot from the show; and it’s gotten me interested in exploring acapella as a genre in itself rather than just a way of singing a song.

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