Watch This, Not That: Summer Edition by Liz

Summer’s finally here and I’m looking forward to all the things that come along with it. Like beach bonfires, BBQs and…all kinds of TV shows that weren’t good enough for the regular season!

Remember back in the day when the only thing on in the summer were reruns of all your favorite shows?  But then the powers that be realized that viewers were so desperate for fresh programming in July that they’d watch just about anything!  And so the summer season was born…

I’ll admit that I’ve grown rather fond of many summer substandard shows. (Um, is this where I admit that I’m a closet Big Brother fan?)  And I always cheer just a little bit when one of my summer crushes graduates to the bigtime, aka the fall season schedule. (Bravo SYTYCD and Dancing with the Stars!)

And this summer is no exception with it’s choices of gluttonous reality TV.  And lucky for you, I’m here to navigate y’all through what’s trashy in a good way to what’s just trash.


Losing it with Jillian I ran into this show by accident last week and thought I couldn’t stand the thought of one more minute of Jillian’s workouts, which usually consist of screaming and dramatic speeches about people healing from the inside.  But I was soon mesmerized by her heartfelt attempt to help an obese mom and dad lose weight in time for their daughter’s wedding.  And I cried like a baby when Jillian gave her lameass, overly dramatic, camera too close to her face speech.  Against my better judgment, I’m season passing this one.

Wipeout What does it say about me that I LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch people eat sh*t on the big red balls?  I tried to tell myself that it was my crush on John Henson(dating all the way back to his days on Talk Soup) that kept me coming back for more.  But then I finally came to the realization that watching these people make asses out of themselves just makes me happy after a long day.  Don’t judge.


The Bachelorette I’ve got to throw out the disclaimer that I actually watch this show religiously every week(so many facebook status opportunities! I can’t control myself!) and have been a huge fan since the day Trista gave out her first rose. But this season can be, um, well, SLIGHTLY UNWATCHABLE at times. Between the wrestler, the James Spader wannabe and the questionable sexual orientation of the weatherman, I find myself rolling my eyes much more than usual. (And that’s saying a lot people!)  And please someone tell me why we can’t get through an episode without one of these guys crying a river.  It’s making me want to take a torch and burn the rest of Ali’s roses. (Or her hair extensions-WTF with those?)

True Beauty Another show that I’m beginning to have a love/hate relationship with.  Something about the horribly obnoxious and shallow contestants (who think their competing to be the “face of Las Vegas” but are really being judged on their inner beauty) is both repulsive and addicting at the same time.  But either way, I’m always wondering the same thing: Where the hell do they find these people? And I can never tell if it’s my desperation to watch something new or actual humor that makes host Carson Kressly’s quips funny.  Either way, I have a feeling that True Beauty will be gathering dust in my Tivo this summer.

Honorable NOT THAT mention: Minute to Win it is so incredibly lame that I refuse to write more than one sentence about it-you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

What are YOU watching this summer?

xoxo, Liz

XOXO, Liz & Lisa

26 Responses to “Watch This, Not That: Summer Edition by Liz”

  1. Cathleen Holst

    I’ve just recently discovered (heard of it, but never watched) Drop Dead Diva. The entire first season was available OnDemand (I love my TiVo, seriously). Been watching that so I can catch up to watch the season preimere of season 2. Although, I don’t think I’d have a hard time following, but I like getting to know the characters. It’s hard to just jump in and care about these people. It’d be like opening a book at chapter nine where the heroine is tied to railroad tracks. Tragic, hope she doesn’t die, but…you see where I’m going with this. :)

    Great post!

  2. Meg

    I have to cop to a rampant obsession with the whole “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” franchise and, as much as I despise Ali and her annoying laugh — plus all those zany guys (and yes, the Weatherman: straight? Really? He was crying over an awkward kissing scene. With the girl he’s trying to win. Really?), I just can’t quit it. And I don’t think I want to!

    And Jillian scares me! Whether she’d scare me into actually losing weight, hard to say…

  3. Heidiopia

    We love Wipeout, too! Doesn’t hurt that it comes on Wednesday nights after we’ve polished off our ritual Wednesday night margaritas, but hey– it’s summertime, afterall! Can’t bring myself to tune in to Jillian, though, and I swore off The Bachelorette, too. Think I’ll pick up my chick lit instead. ;-)

  4. Liz

    Cathleen, I LOVE Drop Dead Diva! In fact, I almost listed it in this post but decided to just do reality stuff. You’ll love the season 2 premeire. And you should try Royal Pains too!

  5. Liz

    Meg, THAT LAUGH! I can’t believe I forgot to mention it in the post. Ali is freakin’ adorable though, it’s the guys that I’m shaking my head over. And the stalker tease in the previews with the weird guy who I can never understand what he’s saying? WTH? But I’m with you-even though I listed this in my “Not That” section, I’ll still be watching every week I just hate myself just a bit when I do. ha! xo

  6. Liz

    Heidi, Jillian sucked me in again last night and I’ll admit to that beyotch making me shed tears AGAIN over a overweight single mom with hoarding issues. DAMN YOU JILLIAN!!!

  7. L. Michelle Harris

    Well, I’ve been waiting (and waiting) for the third season of True Blood, and I will be all over that this summer. It is very possible that the whole vampire thing is overdone, but the show is sexy, I just can’t help it. Fans of the books might not be happy with the liberties that the show takes, but I don’t care. The show is just fun.

    I’m also watching Hell’s Kitchen, which premiered last week. I have no idea why I love this show, except that I watch everything Gordon Ramsey. And I love all the weirdos that are attracted to him. So many of the people that end up on the reality competition just seem to aspire to be losers. And that is funny in itself.

  8. Mary

    Drop Dead Diva, Royal Pains, The Closer, and my all time favorite – I look forward to this all year – wait for it – America’s Got Talent !

  9. Jonita

    I love Hell’s Kitchen and am so glad that they have a new season this summer! I’ll have to give Jillian’s new show a try- I’ve been resisting, but one episode can’t hurt, right?

    Oh, and they announced after the season finale of Glee last night that they will be replaying previous episodes Thursday nights all summer….I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Glee, and haven’t seen them all, so I’m in!

    Oh, and “Minute to Win It”? Ugh.

  10. Liz

    L. Michelle, I LOVE Hell’s Kitchen too but haven’t watched it lately. I have a secret crush on Gordon and those ghetto wannabe chefs just never get old for me! And I haven’t watched True Blood but I always hear awesome things about it!

  11. Liz

    Jonita, I watched Glee last night too! Such a great show! And give that beyotch Jillian a try, you’ll be surprised how much you like it! xo

  12. Mary

    I forgot one ! Boston Medical; formerly Hopkins Medical. It is no Grey’s Anatomy.

  13. Jenny Brooks

    I just discovered True Blood and have spent the last two weeks catching up on seasons one and two in time for season three. I’m officially addicted to Sookie and Bill. We DVR Wipeout and watch it with our fiver-year-old – her giggles make watching people biff over and over again so worth the time. And I too cried like a little baby during Jillian’s Losing It last week. I added it to the DVR schedule – even though I sometimes have to gag at Jillian’s attempts at psychotherapy. My guilty pleasure just wrapped up – Tori and Dean’s Home Sweet Hollywood. Even though there shouldn’t be, there is something so relatable about those two and their kids.

  14. Rebecca

    I’m not watching “Say Yes to the Dress.” I want “What not to Wear” to come back.

  15. Erin

    I will watch anything with Jillian…granted I am usually eating ice cream at the time..but still. She scares me to death but is really amazing. I am a faithful bach/bachorette moron as well but this season is the WORST! thank you for pointing out the WORST extensions ever. And the worst group of guys ever. All the whinning and crying…ahhh they are like 13 yr old girls.
    I am hoping Project Runway comes back at some point…so facinated by this show even though I cant even sew on a button.

  16. Liz

    Jenny, Lisa really like Tori and Dean too-I should give it a try. And I know, Jillian psychobabble sends me over the edge but there’s something about that show I can’t resist!

  17. Liz

    Rebecca, I haven’t tried What not to Wear. I’ll have to give it a chance when it comes back!

  18. Liz

    Erin, I think Project Runway is on this summer-yeah! Lisa and I both love it!!! And I know, those hair extensions Are. Just. Wrong. Couldn’t they get her better ones?

  19. Angie

    I’m counting down the days to Mad Men–love the clothes, the backstabbing and the fact that they drink all day long at the office!
    My kids and I are also all about Cake boss and then I decide that, hey, I can do that onlyto find myself surrounded by lumpy pink frosting and fondant–but at least the cake tastes yummy even if it is ugly to look at!

  20. Melissa

    I don’t really watch much in the summer. I’ll catch up on movies. A few years ago, they had auditions for “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on MTV and a country singing version of “American Idol.” If “My Boys” comes back with a new season, I’ll watch that. I’ve given up on “Last Comic Standing” because it isn’t as fun or as funny as it used to be.

  21. Liz

    Melissa, my husband is a Last Comic Standing addict so I’ll for sure be watching it all summer, even though I’m slightly over it too! xo

  22. itsJUSTme-wendy

    Definitely watching SYTYCD!
    My father just gave me all 13 seasons of “ER” on DVD, which was my FAVORITE show of all time!!!! So I will be watching some of those DVDs, I am on side 2 of the first DVD heeheehee, I have quite a ways to go! There are like 5-6 DVDs in each season so that’s between 65 – 78 DVDs! I think that should keep me busy for a few summers.

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