What I’ll be watching this 2013 TV season.

It’s is coming up on the most wonderful time of the year, season premiere season.  Gee, I feel like I’ve said that before.  But, it truly is.  All the excitement of the fresh new shows.  The return of your old favourites and maybe some new ones you’ve picked up in the off season.

You wonder which shows to include in your viewing schedule?  Which ones you should by-pass?  And which ones you will leave until the off season or until recommendations from your other friends who are just addicted to TV as you?

We can’t watch them all and we definitely can’t PVR (DVR) them all.  So what to do?  Well, I’ve put together my choices for new shows that I’ll be giving a chance, at least at the beginning, this season.  Would love to know what yours are.

This TV season looks like the theme is the return of favourite actors from days gone by.  From Robin Williams to Michael J. Fox to Allison Janney and more.  With great credentials like these actors have and memories of how they made me laugh before, I will give their shows a chance.

The new show Mom with Allison Janney, who I love in comedic roles, and the hilarious Anna Faris is definitely on my list.  Really looking forward to this one based on the previews and the cast.


The cast of The Crazy Ones brings together a few old favourites.  Some that go much further back than others.  Back to the days of Nanu Nanu.  Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Hamish Linklater, who I loved in the The New Adventures of Old Christine.


Taking a bit of a break from comedy, I’m thinking that I will give Hostages a chance, thanks to the great casting which includes the awesome Toni Collette.


Really, I don’t have to say much more than Michael J. Fox.  The Michael J. Fox Show is near the top of list for me this season.


As the season of favourite actors from years gone by continues, up comes Sean Saves the World with the hilarious Sean Hayes and the one and only Linda Lavin who played Alice in one of my childhood favs, Alice.  Kiss my Grits!


I’m liking the cast of Trophy Wife, as another West Wing actor returns to TV, Bradley Whitford, plus the funny Malin Ackerman and straight shooter Marsha Gay Harden along with a few others.  This one has some potential I think.


What are you all thinking of this new James Caan comedy, Back in the Game?  Are you going to give it a try?  I like him and the kids look like they’ll be funny.  The cast looks like it’s got some funny characters.  I’ll give it a whirl, at least the first week or two.


I’m not 100% sure about this choice, but as a lover of the sarcasm of James Spader from his Boston Legal days (one of the best shows), I’m considering this show, The Black List, on a very trial basis.


So I ask this again, what are you thinking about watching this season?  Would love to know and as the season begins tell me how you are feeling about the shows you’re watching and tell me what I might be missing out on.

Happy TV watching!


Moms and Butterflies

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there enjoying today and the ones that only fill our memories now.

I wanted to share a story about my mom, who passed almost 6 years ago, and how she continues to show up in my life.  The day that my mom died in September of 2006, was a beautiful sunny and warm day.  Exactly the day it should have been, as she was the most sunny and warm person I’ve ever known and probably will ever know.  Everyone who ever met her or knew her would say the exact same thing, it’s not just daughter bias.  But, on that day as the last minutes were passing and passed, we looked out the window at the hospital and all we could see through the sun were beautiful monarch butterflies.  The sight of those butterflies really made an impact and memory for my sister and I.  There was something about those graceful and gorgeous butterflies that made us think about my mom and made us wonder if her spirit became one with them.

I say this because it is those beautiful monarch butterflies that show up at that most interesting times.  We have seen them on the flowers at my sister’s house on anniversaries of her passing, on important days like the first day of school and birthdays.  And more importantly, on the days when you just need to know that she’s around.

Last week, I walked out of my apartment and there was one just flitting around the yard and just stopped while I stopped, smiled at it and walked on.  And one followed the family around at the park that same weekend, almost making sure that everyone was doing well.

I know that some people would have trouble believing my story, but when you’ve lost someone you just need little things like butterflies to hold on to and help remind you that you are still loved by a wonderful soul like my mother.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day