My list of the top five hottest guys on TV in 2017

It’s time for my annual list of the five hottest guys on TV. For 2017, I have a couple of new additions. Here are the guys who made my list:

5. José Ron (Ramón on Enamorándome de Ramón) –  José Ron is back on my list. While I don’t like all of the tattoos, I do like his expressive blue eyes. I’m going to miss seeing him when Enamorándome de Ramón ends.

4. José Pablo Minor (Gabriel on Mi Marido Tiene Familia) –  I loved José Pablo Minor as Gael on Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse, but I love him even more as Gabriel on Mi Marido Tiene Familia. He handles comedy well and he’s perfect with Daniela.

3. Colin O’Donoghue (Hook on Once Upon a Time) –  I admit that I haven’t kept up with this season of Once Upon a Time, but when I have time to tune in, it’s for O’Donoghue. He’s okay as a detective, but he’s still fantastic as Hook. He continues to be the only man on TV that can pull off guyliner.

2. Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen on Arrow) – For the second year in a row, Amell is in the number two spot. He’s still great to look at, but Arrow has been a disappointment this season. I miss the non-whiny version of Oliver Queen.

And the guy at number one is:

1. Chris Wood (Mon-El on Supergirl) – I’m thrilled that the writers brought Mon-El back.  The chemistry between Wood and Melissa Benoist is stellar. Despite the fact that he’s currently married, I’m convinced that Mon-El and Supergirl will end up together. I can’t wait for the second half of the season.

Now it’s your turn. Who’s on your list?

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What happened to the superhero shows this season?

In my blog last week, Diggle is the new Green Arrow?, I vented about Arrow. I wish I could say that Arrow was the only superhero show lacking this year, but it’s not.

I wasn’t thrilled with  the last season of the The Flash and this season isn’t any better. I’m still trying to figure out the point of The Thinker. I’m assuming his role in Barry’s life will come out as the season goes on, but I admit I’m underwhelmed with the storyline. The only good thing I can say is that they brought back Harry. Besides Cisco, he is the best character on the show.

Supergirl also hasn’t done much for me this season. I’m really interested in the mysterious mother who seems to have powers, but doesn’t know why or how to use them. Yet, they spent one whole episode on Mars. Maybe it was to introduce J’onn ‘s father, but I think they could have done that without spending an entire episode on it.

I’m not going to stop watching these shows yet, but I wish they would take some notes from what I consider to be the best superhero show on TV — Gotham. Imagine living in a city run by all of the bad guys and that’s Gotham. Every week is exciting. I laugh at Penguin and the Riddler. They couldn’t have cast those roles any better.

There is an ongoing storyline intertwined with Gordon trying to catch a new criminal on each episode. Gordon is a strong character. He’s not afraid to take on the bad guys and will do whatever it takes to save his city.

I also love that we finally have the Dark Knight this season. Bruce Wayne is growing up. I can’t wait for him to don the full Batman costume.

Do you have a favorite superhero show?

 

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Diggle is the new Green Arrow?

I’m back to discussing television and this week I’m talking about Arrow, which after two episodes has left me annoyed.

As I suspected, everyone, except William’s mom, survived the massive explosion on the island. However, Thea is currently in a coma and Diggle has nerve damage.

Oliver now has full custody of his son, William, and is trying to figure out how to be a dad and Green Arrow. Yes, here we go again. Every season, it seems Oliver has some crisis in which he doubts himself and can’t figure out how to be Green Arrow and Oliver Queen. It’s getting tiresome.

After telling William that he would always come home, Oliver decided he couldn’t lie to his son and he had to come up with a way to keep his promise to William. His answer was to hand over the reins of Green Arrow to Diggle.

As in past seasons, I don’t expect it to take long for Oliver to realize he has to come back. After all, someone is still out to get him and we don’t know who that is. I highly doubt handing over the hood to Diggle is going to stop the person who wants it revealed that Oliver is the Green Arrow.

The best part of this season thus far has been the supporting cast. I’m glad the show still has Rene, Dinah, and Curtis. They are the reason I keep watching.

What are your thoughts on this season?

 

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Arrow: Felicity is dumped by Helix

Arrow decided to pause the action to focus more on the characters and their relationships.

Felicity worked with Helix to free Cayden James, the Helix founder, from an A.R.G.U.S. black site. The discovery of the black site caused issues for Lyla and John who was afraid Lyla has gone down the Amanda Waller road.

Oliver tried to talk Felicity out of going on the retrieval mission, but Felicity didn’t listen to him. She told Oliver that she fell in love with him because he was always willing to do whatever it took to get justice.

Apparently, Cayden has developed a biometric tool that will allow them to track Adrian Chase. Felicity is willing to do anything to get her hands on that tool so she can  avenge Billy’s death.

She helped Helix free Cayden, but when she returned to Helix’s headquarters, she was surprised that it was cleaned out. Alena, by video, explained that Felicity’s association with the Green Arrow was a liability so Helix decided to shut her out. As payment for her help, they left her the code to find Chase.

Felicity runs the code back at Team Arrow’s lair. The program tracks Chase to their location. Felicity no sooner announces that Chase is inside the lair when an EMP goes off.

I thought the drama was nice. The tension between Lyla and John and Felicity and Oliver kept the episode moving along. But I feel the writers took the easy way out with Helix. I thought Oliver should be the one to pull Felicity back from the edge. Instead of using their relationship, the writers chose to have Helix abandon Felicity, taking the choice for her to leave out of her hands.

The writers could have used Oliver and Felicity’s shared past and Oliver’s experiences to have Felicity choose to leave Helix and to bring Oliver and Felicity back together. It would have made the Helix storyline stronger. Right now, I’m left wondering what the point of the Helix storyline was. It feels like it was filler.

I’m also left disturbed because the writers showed a Felicity who was so far gone that even though Alena killed someone, Felicity still wanted to be part of the group. Felicity used to be the voice of reason. I can’t help but think the writers went completely over the top. It seemed out of character for Felicity. Yes, she was a hacker in the past, but she’s never condoned murder. She was the one who showed Oliver that there was a better way. If Felicity was going to become this dark, Oliver would be the perfect person to pull her out of it.

From what I saw in the preview, it appears the writers are going to rely on a common trope to bring Oliver and Felicity together. They are trapping them together in the lair with Psycho Chase. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this trope. Writers use it all the time. I just think the writers missed out on an opportunity for a stronger Olicity relationship.

Are you happy with how Felicity was separated from Helix?

 

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Designated Survivor gives us one of the best winter finales ever

Designated Survivor is clearly one of the best new shows of the season. The winter finale left me wanting more, but unfortunately I have to wait until March.

If you follow my blog, I wrote a post of couple of weeks ago asking if Peter MacLeish would be the vice president. We now know the answer is yes. Congress confirmed him, even though Hannah Wells found proof that shows he’s a war criminal, not a hero.

Hannah is on her way to the U.S. Capitol with the evidence when someone hits her. She escapes before the assassin can kill her, but leaves her evidence behind in her car. She then enlists the help of her colleague, Chuck, and discovers that Charlie Langdon, the former chief of staff, is behind the mysterious calls Wells has been getting. Before she is able to get answers from Langdon, someone tries to kill him and, amid the chaos, he escapes.

Hannah kills the guy who tried to kill Langdon and finds a key card on him. Using his tech expertise, Chuck finds out that the key card opens an office on the seventh floor of a building that is near the Capitol. Hannah puts all of the clues together and figures out they are going to kill President Kirkman at the swearing in ceremony so MacLeish can be president.

Hannah goes to the swearing in and sees the window open in the building near the Capitol. She pulls her gun, people start screaming, the secret service go after her, and she fires at the window just as the assassin is about to pull the trigger. The shot takes the assassin by surprise and he fires. Obviously, his aim will be off because of the shock of being shot at, which means I’m left with one big question. Who did he shoot?

I wish I had the answer. I could speculate, but I won’t. I hope he shot MacLeish, but I have a feeling he didn’t.

What did you think of the winter finale? Any guesses as to who was shot?

 

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CW Network renews all of its shows

In a surprising move, the CW Network renewed all of the shows that have aired this season, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, its lowest rated show.

I watch a lot of the CW shows, which means I’m happy. I love Arrow (my favorite show), The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is growing on me.

I still watch The Vampire Diaries and, although this season has been one of the better ones, I can’t help but wonder when this show is finally going to end. Every year, I think this show can’t possibly survive for another season and then it’s renewed. Next season will be the eighth for The Vampire Diaries. What more can the writers do?

This season, the writers seem to be wrapping up storylines. We’ve jumped three years in time and it appears couples who should be together finally are. If the hunter is killed at the end of this season, I don’t know where the writers go next.

I’m glad Reign was renewed for a fourth season. I realize it’s not historically accurate, but the writing is excellent and this show has a lot of life left in it. I just wish others would see what a gem Reign is.

Did the CW’s renewal of all of its shows surprise you?

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Season Finale Recaps: Once Upon a Time and Arrow [Spoiler Alert]

Once Upon a Time and Arrow are two of my favorite shows, but one ended stronger than the other. I’ll start with Once Upon a Time because that one I found to be aggravating.

The focus for the second half of this season has been on keeping Emma from going dark. Everyone acted as though Emma was pure of heart, which all you have to do is look at her past to see she has a dark side. Granted, she’s turned her life around, but still she angers easily and isn’t trusting.

Before the finale, we saw Emma successfully fight off going dark. She wouldn’t let Gold win. Here comes the annoying part. In the end, he did.

I’ll skip the first half of the finale. While entertaining, the only major thing to come out of it is that Henry is now the author.

In the second half, Belle finds out the darkness is completely taking over Gold. She gets help and the wizard takes the darkness out of Gold and puts it into the hat. But it is too much darkness for the hat to hold. The darkness escapes and eventually surrounds Regina. I thought for sure Regina was going bad again. A bad Regina is so much fun.

But would I get my bad Regina back for next season? No. Emma, ever the hero, saves Regina by sticking the dagger into the darkness and allowing it to claim her. Emma is now the Dark One.

After wasting half of a season on keeping Emma light, she ends up dark anyway. I’m annoyed and wonder how long I’m going to have to watch Emma as the Dark One. I hope it’s only for the first half of the next season.

Now, it’s time to discuss Arrow, which was awesome. Oliver’s plan to take out the virus and Ra’s al Ghul before getting to Starling City fails. He returns to his lair with Nyssa where he’s greeted by an angry Diggle and Felicity.

Despite the anger, they all work together to come up with a plan to stop Ra’s before he can release the virus. Unfortunately, the plan fails, but it leaves a clue as to the next season’s villain — Damien Darhk, a former member of the League of Assassins.

Malcolm and company are able to contain the virus threat and Oliver has a final battle with Ra’s. Oliver beats Ra’s only to be shot by the police. He goes over the bridge and Felicity, in Ray’s Atom suit, flies in and saves him.

The last few minutes gave us a new hero and a new Ra’s. Thea becomes known as Speedy. I love that she is part of the team keeping Starling City safe.

As part of an agreement with Malcolm, Oliver gives Malcolm the Ra’s ring, making Malcolm the head of the League of Assassins. I figure nothing good can come of that.

It looks like Diggle will have a costume next season and Ray will be getting his own show, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Also, we finally have Olicity. Oliver gave up the Arrow to drive off into the sunset with Felicity. I don’t expect his retirement to last, but it’s nice to see Felicity and Oliver together for now.

What did you think of these finales?

How Television Helps My Writing

As writers, people watching is one of our jobs. When we’re out and about, we watch how people walk and move, we study their mannerisms, and we look at their facial expressions. If we’re close enough, or sometimes not so close if the people are loud enough, we can hear their tones of voice.

For those of us that have jobs that don’t allow us to get out much, we might have limited opportunities for people watching. This is where television is helpful.

When I sit down to watch a show, I notice everything. I don’t watch just for entertainment. I use that time to study. If the actors are in a heated argument, I note everything about the scene–their movements, their expressions, their tones of voice. If there is a particular tic, it doesn’t escape my attention. If a couple is in an embrace or kissing, I look at their hand placement, the tilt of their heads, their expressions before they kiss, and the liplock. I’ve been known to pause and play back the scene I just watched to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

I have a little notebook that I jot all of the details in as I’m watching. But when I write down the details, I try to come up with phrases that describe the action. Instead of saying he’s angry, I might say his eyes lit with fire and his nostrils flared at her words. Some of my phrases may be awful, but some I might be able to use in a future book. My little notebook is another resource for me to go to if I’m stuck on a scene and need that one perfect body movement or facial expression.

If you don’t have a lot of time to go out and people watch during the day, television shows could be the next best thing. Give it a try the next time you sit down to watch your favorite show.

I’d love to hear from you if you try it.