We are in the throes of December, which means a very holiday/wintery version of What I’ve been watching this week!! Elf Elf is my all-time favourite movie. Sorry! That’s just the way it is!! In my heyday I would watch it 3 or 4 times […]
We’re a couple weeks into the new Survivor season, and I’ve been enjoying it so far. I didn’t have high hopes about the Island of the Idols twist. And I’m still not totally on board with it. The cast so far has been really amazing and fun, and I don’t want to have to waste a whole lot of time on a weird twist. I am now more hopeful about how things are going to play out. For more of my thoughts on this season so far, check out my appearance on the RHAP Survivor BnB podcast.
Ex on the Beach US
I don’t think the US version of the show is nearly as good as the OG British version, but this season has been pretty good. I think we waste a lot of time on crush weeks. I also wish we could see the departure of a few more of the original singles, because a lot of the exes are exes of exes anyway. I think there has been ample drama, and everyone is getting involved.
Teen Mom 2
I more or less gave up on Teen Mom OG. I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I am still giving Teen Mom 2 a chance. With the exit of Jenelle and the entrance of Jade, it gave the show the little boost it needed. This season so far has been okay. The biggest point of drama comes from someone who isn’t even a part of the cast – Leah’s sister who, in the process of getting her divorce, got pregnant from a hook up in Costa Rica. The fun never ends!!
The Challenge The newest season of The Challenge started a few weeks ago. This season we see the Americans face off against the Brits. I love seeing a team challenge, we haven’t seen one in ages. I don’t have high hopes that it will stay […]
Love Island US I’ve been having a great time watching Love Island US. It has really surpassed any expectations I had for the show. Which were very few. I’m sorry! I was skeptical that CBS wouldn’t completely screw up a show that worked so well. […]
Sorry for the delay in this week’s WIBWTW, but it gave me more time to watch television, which is truly the greatest gift of all.
The Hills: New Beginnings
I was a super fan of The Hills and all associated programming for a very long time. We got MTV for the first time just around the time The Hills was starting and I was hooked from the very first episode. I was a Lauren Conrad disciple. I was a convert to the braided bangs and winged eyeliner trend she brought to our televisions.
I fell off watching the show when I went away to university, and it was around the time that Lauren left the show as well.
When I heard about The Hills coming back as The Hills: New Beginnings, I was very excited. I bought the issue of Cosmopolitan with the cast on the cover as soon as I could. The show returned this week.
And the first episode was, uh, fine. It didn’t quite have the same vibe as the OG series. Now the producers have included confessionals, which were never a part of this show. I’m fine with that. I like getting everyone’s perspectives instead of just one leading voice. It’s a function of nearly every reality show at this point.
There are also two new ‘characters’ in the show, Brandon Lee and Mischa Barton. I’m interested to see what they will bring to the show in the long run.
In the first episode, it felt like it was missing the charm of the original series. A lot of the content was pretty heavy, and it wasn’t presented in the most compelling way. It’s very clear that none of these people have talked to each other in many years. It’s hard to suspend the disbelief that they’re getting together for any other reason but the show.
I wasn’t deeply impressed by this first episode, but I’m looking forward to seeing where the season will go.
Big Brother 21
Everyone’s favourite summer show that they absolutely despise at least 85% of the time is back! I didn’t dive too deep into the pre-season content, so I didn’t have a great sense about anyone going into the season. After the first episode, I find myself pretty excited about the cast.
Sure, we have our usual mactors, aspiring social media influencers, and former Bachelorette contestant’s girlfriends. But there are a bunch of folks who are going to be a lot of fun to watch. My favourite so far is Isabella, and I hope I won’t revisit this in a few months and be severely disappointed.
Oh god I am so deep into this show. I am now solidly making my way through season 5. The show just keeps getting better and better. I love it so much!!!
Of course I’ve been watching The Bachelorette, but because of all of the Luke content I don’t feel like it deserves to be written about here. For all of my thoughts about the latest episode, check out our Bachelorette podcast.
Taskmaster I am so glad that my favourite show is back. In the 9th season of Taskmaster, 5 comedians/presenters/general brits on tv come together to complete tasks and then watch each other complete the tasks. Sounds not great in concept, but holy F is it […]
Bon Appetit Gourmet Makes videos
I was recently introduced to a series of videos in which Former Bon Appetit Senior Food Editor, Claire Saffitz, attempts to make gourmet versions of your favourite junk food. As many of you may know, I love food television. I could watch the Food Network all day. It’s so calming to me. I love these videos, because I never really put much thought into how these foods are made and what goes into them. Claire is a great host for this series. She’s warm, funny, and earnest. What she does in these videos takes a lot of patience and dedication. This one where she recreates Sno Balls is one of my favourites.
Third time is the charm right? I’ve tried hard in the past to get into Love Island because it’s everything I want a show to be, but I just couldn’t seem to. I took another shot at it, and I think it’s sticking with me. I’m not obsessed by any means, but I am enjoying it more than before. The characters are growing on me, and the twists and game mechanics are getting more interesting. But still, there’s just soooo many episodes.
Ex on the Beach
The second season of the US version of Ex on the Beach has come to an end after it’s 2-part reunion concluded last week. This season wasn’t nearly as fun as the first season, or as its British counterpart. The drama was less fun and it was hard to buy the relationships that were formed.
I didn’t watch anything too crazy this week. A lot of my regular shows are finito. My Top Chef marathon is complete. We’ve been pretty busy, so we haven’t been watching a whole lot of television, but when the TV was on, we were watching […]