To quote Bart Simpson “TV Sucks.” I, however, beg to differ. I’ve always had a few shows that I follow religiously – back in the day it was 7th Heaven, then The Hills and any other MTV reality show. While I’m still loyal to my favorites: Jersey Shore and The Amazing Race, I’ve picked up a couple of new addictions in the last few weeks. Here’s what I’m watching (on my computer, in English):
The Defenders While this show is far from perfect, it’s been an addicting new addition to my line-up . Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell play Nick Morelli and Pete Kaczmarek, two Vegas-based defense attorneys whose clients include every Las Vegas stereotype possible. One of my Vegas-loving 1L friends suggested I check this out, and I too love a good trip to Vegas, and am down with legal jargon. While the writing could inevitably be a little stronger and some cliches could be done away with, it remains enjoyable.
Top Chef: All Stars While I am still figuring out this whole “cooking” thing, I can definitely admire when other people do it well. I’ve been into Top Chef for years, and the All Star season is pretty cool because it combines some of the best contestants from previous years who never actually won. While my favorite, Spike Mendelsohn, is out of the running (if you’re ever in the DC area, hit up his Good Stuff Eatery or We, The Pizza (I will definitely be going there the next time I am in DC). Anyway, it’s fun to watch past competitors like Richard Blais, Carla Hall, Marcel Vigneron, and Fabio Viviani duke it out. New goal? Go to as many “Top Chef” restaurants as possible. (Besides Good Stuff Eatery, I’ve been to Fabio Viviani’s Cafe Firenze restaurant in Moorpark, CA and spotted Marcel working as a sous chef at The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel by Jose Andres).
Law and Order: Los Angeles As an occasional fan of Law and Order: SVU (was there another season worth watching?) I thought I’d try the LA-based version. While some of the plot-lines are super stereotypical (I’ve caught episodes about pot dealers who are also pro-surfers and shady socialites) but the scenes of LA and the legal and crime drama is quickly becoming a guilty pleasure. My favorite part is how they shoot in real LA locations that I’ve been to or recognize.