Monday, March 14, 2016

Brackets & Billions

Monday March 14 2016

Trivia Answer: Keith Hernandez was the NY Met who needed help moving on Seinfeld
First Fives: Lillian Doremus, Mike O'Dea, Bobby Aguilera, Neil Moffatt & Lance Beitler
Honorable Mention: Phyllis DiCesare

Thursday's Broadcast Top 5
Big Bang Theory-CBS 3.5/14.4
Life in Pieces-CBS 2.1/8.8
Grey's Anatomy-ABC 1.6/7.5
Mom-CBS 1.8/8.0
American Idol-FOX 1.8/7.6

Thursday's Cable Top 5
Republican Debate-CNN 2.4/11.8
American Dad-Adult Swim .9/1.8
NBA-TNT .8/1.7
Anderson Cooper-CNN .8/4.2
Vikings-History .7/2.2

Thursday's Social Media Top 5
Republican Debate-CNN 1,722,000 Tweets
American Idol-FOX 83,000 Tweets
Scandal-ABC 81,000 Tweets
How to Get Away With Murder-ABC 76,000 Tweets
Grey's Anatomy-ABC 57,000 Tweets

For some reason, there wasn't much on at all last night after the brackets were revealed. Downton's over, I gave up Girls & Vinyl, Madam Secretary and The Good Wife were on their Spring break and I was able to just chill out and watch Billions. First of all, the episode was directed by John Dahl who's directed a TON of great TV but some pretty great movies too, like Rounders, Red Rock West and The Last Seduction. If you've never seen any of those, there's your homework for the next week. Anyway, there were some fun little scenes like seeing the Axelrods and the Rhodes at a fundraiser where Axe hooked up little Kevin Rhodes with a picture and an autograph of Mark Texiera. That KILLED Chuck Rhodes. Killed him. Axe found out he has a mole problem at the office and went nuts. Poor Don. He is the mole and he wasn't doing well at all. The FBI went and broke down his fancy door just for fun. Did you see how many pills the guys taking? I'm guessing his husband is a stay-at-home Dad because that fancy door was replaced in the next scene and Don sure couldn't have gotten that done with all he has on his plate. Can't stay home and wait for the door guy right now. It's NOT a good time.  After Axe went crazy about the mole, he read everyone's emails about how crazy he went and seemed to enjoy his staff's commentary. Wendy told Chuck that if he got a big juicy job, with a big juicy paycheck she'd quit Axe Capital. Of course we knew she was lying but Chuck shvitzed with a friend and got himself a $9MM job offer that came with 8 weeks vacation and Superbowl tix and guess what? He turned it down. Would have been way more interesting if he'd taken the job and gotten into it with Wendy when she reneged on her end of the deal but I guess the writers want him to stay put. Huge story got leaked to the press via Chuck's office. Axe was about to get fired from his firm on the day of 9/11, that's why he wasn't in the towers. While the buildings were burning, Axe apparently found some stock exchange that was open for business and made $750 million shorting airline, hotel and transportation stocks. Pretty sure the stock markets around the world were closed from 9/11 to 9/17 so not sure how that could have happened in real life but it's TV so I'll let it go for a minute. Axe ended up firing the wrong guy for being the mole but just before the credits rolled and I switched over to HBO for some John Oliver we see that Axe and Don are actually working together! Now that...IS a good twist. One I didn't see coming but now what? See what I & mouse, cat & mouse. How long can we watch these two play this game and care? Couple of notes...1) Damien Lewis really needs to get those chapped lips taken care of and 2) How does Brian not gain any weight? All he does is meet and eat all day long. 3) Anyone care at all about Lara and her sisters Micheline star rated restaurant? 4) Super cool Charger Axe was driving last night but my husband swore to me that he saw rust on it. No way Axe has a car with rust on it. 


-WGN America renewed Outsiders for a 2nd Season. For the record, this show has nothing to do with Ponyboy or Sodapop.

-The CW gave great news to pretty much everyone who works for them over the weekend. In the spirit of Oprah, they gave out new seasons to everyone! YOU get another season iZombie! You get another season Jane the Virgin! You get another season The Reign! and so do you guys on The Originals, Supernatural, The 100, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow and even you guys over on The Vampire Diaries! New Seasons for everyone!!!!

Wellllll...not everyone on EVERY NETWORK got a new season. Freeform's ending Switched at Birth after Season 5

I'm actually an Ariana Grande fan, but I didn't think she'd be that great on SNL. When I'm wrong, I admit it. Ariana and SNL were great Saturday night. I thought this skit was pretty good until my husband reminded me that they had done the exact same thing when Bruno Mars was on. Check out both of them: 
Monday's Trivia Question: Name the actress that played Tony Sopranos mother and what her characters name was.

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