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Spring television is in full force and a plethora of shows have premiered while others have continued.  If I had to choose between hype for Fall 2013 television and Spring 2014 television, just writing about this line up makes me believe that Spring 2014 television just might trump whatever Fall 2013 aired [and that might include Breaking Bad…].  I say this because a lot of two-season (Fall to Spring) shows begin doing their crazy stunts and plot twists during sweeps week as  their seasons wrap up.  This means shit hits the fan for multiple shows, sometimes all at once, creating some of the memorable television shows of the year.  This week’s post will reflect on what’s been aired so far as well as a small preview of what’s to come in the following weeks.

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Fall TV is in full swing and I’m scrambling amongst my busy life to be catching up on everything that’s new and amazing while simultaneously catching up on a number of favorites recommended to me by others.  Some old shows have left us (Happy Endings, The Office, Community, Modern Family), but that doesn’t mean it’s still not a busy week for me and my television.  So I’ll break down the lineup I go through each week and then I’ll dive into the initial impressions of each show!

MINOR SPOILERS FOLLOW

The Fall TV Line Up

Sunday

Masters of Sex
The Walking Dead
Homeland
Boardwalk Empire

Tuesday

New Girl

Wednesday

Always Sunny in Philadelphia
South Park

Thursday

Parks and Recreation

Friday

The Legend of Korra

Saturday

Saturday Night Live

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Parks and Recreation - Season 5

It’s no secret that my love for television extends beyond many of my other loves.  These include video games, movies, drawing, books, and comic books.  Doing these recaps are my favorite because it allows you to share with everyone about your favorite shows and gives others a chance to chime in their opinions on what I’m missing out on!  Trust me, these kind of things actually happen because it’s because of my readers that I got into Modern Family!

Anywho, Winter/Spring television is very much started and some shows only have a week or two left before their finales, but I figured now would be a good time to recap on what’s happened and why you should pick up on the shows I’m watching!  11 Shows this season, can you keep up?

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I’m in the middle of Fall TV heaven right now.  Shows have hit their climaxes and sh*t is seriously hitting the fan for most of the tv shows I’m watching.

Let’s review the shows I’m watching…

  • New Girl
  • Happy Endings
  • Modern Family
  • Parks and Recreation
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Dexter
  • Homeland
  • The Walking Dead
  • American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • South Park

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There’s a lot of fear in those eyes, but damn if they’re not absolutely stunning

I fall in love easily with fictional characters, so this list was incredibly easy to make.  I just took a look at the 12 shows I’m watching and picked some of the people I simply light up to when the show comes on.  Naturally, writing this article made me swoon [can men swoon?] and certainly feel feelings within me that I should be embarrassed to feel about fictional characters.  But I ultimately didn’t care.  Being single myself, these fictional women are all I have to care about.  They may not keep me warm at night, but they certainly know how to burn hours of my life with nothing to show for..

wait what?

Pretty Serious Spoilers from respective shows below!

The Walking Dead

Dexter

American Horror Story: Asylum

Tread Carefully at Your Own Risk

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Fall TV is probably the best season of TV.  There’s just about something on from Sunday to Sunday every night and it’s such a refreshing start after a dull summer of waiting every Sunday for Breaking Bad.  So with Fall TV having started most of it’s major players, I’m writing a little update to share with you everything I’m watching.  Looking at this list, I watch a helluva lot of television.  And I love every minute of it.

Read below if you’re following the….following…shows.  Otherwise spoilers beware!

  • New Girl
  • Happy Endings
  • Modern Family
  • Parks and Recreation
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Dexter
  • Homeland
  • The Walking Dead
  • American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • South Park
  • Family Guy

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I’ve been a subscriber to Entertainment Weekly since 2009 I believe.  I actually do read it [most of the time] from cover to end.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite magazines for several reasons.  1) It’s not so much a gossip magazine that focuses on the most uninteresting people that so many people find interesting.  2) They cover two industries I love dearly: movies and television.  3) They get the most absurdly early looks at upcoming projects such as pictures or interviews. And finally 4) In the past they’ve introduced me to some of the most beloved shows I’ve come to know.

Sure not all their stories are the best [I can’t tell you how many times K-Stew and R-Pats have been on the damn cover and I groaned], but I’ve compiled a list of 5 pieces of pop culture [coincidentally all TV shows] that, while always hearing they were great, I didn’t actually start paying attention to until I read an article on Entertainment Weekly.  And surprisingly enough, they weren’t all cover stories.  Read on below for the full Scoop.

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Fall TV is upon us and it nothing is more exciting than scheduling days of the week with my favorite tv shows to look forward to.  The glorious return of some favorites such as Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are sure to make the weeks better and then Sunday night is filled with madness as well.  Not football madness, but the 9:00 and 10:00 spot will be heavily competed for when it comes to Dexter, The Walking Dead, and Boardwalk Empire.  How do you guys cope with so much television?  Don’t you dare say “I don’t watch it”, because that’s inexcusable.  Just kidding, but anywho, I’ve compiled the trailers and expectations of some of my favorite shows, so check ’em out below!  The spoilers in the drama season are likely to be huge, so tread lightly!

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I’m both ecstatic and dreading this week.  School starts.  I think it’s more exciting because the weight of school work hasn’t burdened on me yet.  I know I’ll eat those words later this semester when my classes start bearing down on me.  Georgia Tech has a knack for doing that to people.  Other than that, nothing much else is new on Banana Scoop here.  Ben starts his rotation on Wednesday this week, minor maintenances updates, etc.  Read below for the full Scoop.

School Begins this Week

So school starts this week.  As I mentioned above, it’s a mixed feeling.  Mostly good, but I know what I’m in for.  Long nights, impossible tests, foreign instructors, and no mercy.  So is the life of an engineer in training.  As odd as it sounds, I feel as though Banana Scoop will surge at some point because I use this blog as an outlet for the stress.  But as I’ve been warning for the past couple of weeks, all it means is that prepare yourself for frequent breaks throughout the semester.

Ben Starts His Article This Week

We announced Ben’s new status as a writer and we’re all very excited to see what he has to contribute.  His weekly publishings will be on Wednesdays at 11:00 EST.

Maintenance Updates

The Maintenance updates widgit hasn’t been updated in a while and I mean to fix that sometime this week to better reflect what’s going on.

Weekly Preview

  • Mockingjay Review
  • Fall TV Preview
  • Bill Hader is Hilarious
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt is Awesome

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When I stumble on one blooper reel, I usually stumble on a whole mess of them.  Here we have NBC’s Parks and Recreation blooper reel from season 2 and 3.  They are just as hilarious as you’d imagine with Nick Offerman leading the team on making others break character.  What you’ll be surprised with is how fierce Rob Lowe is when he screams a string of obscenities to get back into character.  And listening to the usually innocent looking Amy Poehler say the words blow job a couple of times will shatter your thoughts of innocent Leslie Knope.  Regardless, I love Amy Poehler and I think her laughter is like the sun shining on my head.  Check out season 3 below.

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From artist Sam Spratt, we have one of the greatest images ever created in the history of man kind.  Ron Swanson is quite possibly the the embodiment of the All-American Hero.  He is an avid fan of meat, he has a strict code in dress, hair style, and personal effects, he can do practically anything given some wood and a hammer, and can catch fish with his bare hands.  He’s likely also fought a bear and won.  And that damn mustache.  It’s so glorious that it makes me want to shed my own Filipino heritage for some nice full facial hair.

Anywho, back to the artist who has created the most badass rendition of Ron Swanson.  Complete with both Tammy tattoos, a ridiculous but likely very true mustache chest hair, a ton of meat in the background, a Mulligan’s apron, and of course the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.  I would kill for a conversation with Nick Offerman.

 

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Well this is a hella awesome photo.  If I got by their street names, Annie, Ron, and Tammy 2 all seemingly love one thing a little too much.  And while Tammy and Annie are clearly having a blast, Ron doesn’t seem to be phased.  Shit’s probably too weak for a man like him.  Anywho, this was a really cool photo that I stumbled upon and I thought it necessary to share it with you.  And while Parks and Recreation is something to look forward to, can the same be said about Community. Sure, I’ll definitely tune in to see how different the show will be, but only because of that reason.  The show won’t have the same quirkiness and wit as usual with Dan Harmon out of the picture.

 

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One of my favorite sites, Warming Glow, is equally angry at the Emmy release of nominations.  Hooray Leslie Knope was nominated…but not Best Comedy nor a Supporting Actor for Ron Swanson?  Yes Mr. Swanson,  We do hate everything.  Hit the link for 10 gifs of our favorite Parks and Recreations characters reacting negatively.  Fall TV needs to come back for more Parks and Rec.

Emmy Snub Reactions…Parks and Recreation Style

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I stumbled upon this awesome website for Pawnee, Indiana.  It’s not as awesome as it could’ve been, where it’d include a .gov representing it’s ‘legitness’, but regardless, it’s still pretty good.  I’d imagine being an intern at NBC and  being told to build a separate website for Parks and Recreation.  The website itself is fairly detailed, having full list of the employees at the department and more.  There’s even  Ron Swanson bit.  Now I hardly doubt Nick Offerman wrote that article, but it’s still neat someone impersonating him.  They even included an email address….now we’ll have to see if they actually respond.

http://www.pawneeindiana.com/

Another day, I’ll definitely talk about the Knope Campaign website and it’s equal awesomeness….PARKS AND RECREATION NEEDS TO COME BACK NOW!

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Parks and Recreation is definitely one of the best comedies on air.  It has some of the best characters ever created and the writing is so good.  One of the results of  the amazing writing is the creation of one of the best towns in the world, Pawnee.  I even wrote about why the town is so awesome.  One of the running jokes is how Pawnee’s signs and slogans have changed over the years.  Appreciate a visualization of these slogan names below.

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It’s been a couple of weeks since NBC’s Parks and Recreation has wrapped up it’s 4th season.  As I’ve stated before, I thought it was probably the most heartfelt comedy that aired this past season.  There are many reasons why this show is amazing.  The writing for this show is absolute gold.  And with the amazing cast of characters that deliver the script are equally amazing.  However, I’d like to bring your attention to something that’s often used as a joke, but doesn’t necessarily get the spotlight it deserves: the town of Pawnee.  Within it’s writing, the creators of the show have created a colorful and amazing town.  The town Pawnee itself has had an amazing history of racism towards Indians, hilariously self-centered news broadcasters and talk show hosts, an odd picture gallery depicting gruesome events in history in their city hall, a hilarious series of ‘Welcome Signs’, and more.  In this post, I’ll look back on all the things that makes Pawnee awesome besides the lovable people at the Parks and Recreation department.

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This Week on Banana Feed Look Forward To…

  • Kevin Bacon Endorsing Kevin Bacon
  • The Announcement of a New Category
  • The Best Television Character Party
  • And Why Pawnee, Indiana is the Best Town in the World

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You don’t need me to explain what this image is. But if it’s too long and didn’t feel like reading, it essentially summarizes how all television shows act. This algorithm applies to both comedies and dramas and maybe even reality shows [eh maybe not, I was tired of Jersey Shore since season 1]. It’s true that most episodes hit their stride in season 3 and 4 because the writers are truly comfortable with their characters. Soon enough they become cash cows to live long enough hit the zombie years. Enough of my garbage, scroll back up and read the image by cracked again. Be sure to visit Cracked.com or Viruscomix.com to support the wit.

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Spring Television for the most part is coming to a close. Most of the shows have hit their finales, save for a couple of the heavy dramas. We’ve recently been bombarded with news about shows coming back, being cancelled, and some new ones. I personally haven’t sampled many of the new clips that preview the fall shows, but I’m sure some are bound to be promising. I’ve divided this awards ceremony by two pages: one for comedies and the other for dramas. There’s a lot of bias here and there and my opinion is erratic, but I like to think there is some truth to my choices. And I may or may not of come up with custom titles simply so I could put all of the shows I watched [and didn’t watch] this wonderful spring season.

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Nick Offerman aka Ron Fcking Swanson, to me, is an enigma.  He seems to be a comedic hidden gem that has actually graced us many times before, but we deemed him an unimportant extra.  Now he’s very much a household name to the culturally competetant, which makes us grow interested in who he was before he blessed us with one of the best characters of television.  Warming Glow has compiled who he was before Parks and Recreation and I suggest you check out their sweet gallery.

Ron Swanson Before He was Ron Swanson

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