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Top 5 – Shows I am watching, that haven’t been cancelled… yet. (Or have but I only just started the show)

It has been 2 months without a top 5, so I thought it was about time I came up with a new one. TV shows are like skin (stick with me) you have a set a show that you watch for years, they are usually on at the same time in the year; and slowly, one series ends or maybe two. Then a new series starts and after a number of years, like your skin, you get a whole new set of programs to watch.  In the past I watched many shows that was a regular part of my weekly viewing pattern, shows like stargate, X-files, Farscape, Lost, Rome, Life on Mars and many more. But these shows are long gone and with other shows like Chuck and House in their final series, I will have new skin, it will be a harder skin less vulnerable to the hurt from premature cancellation. I’m not really sure what whether TV have become weaker in the last few years, I just know this is pretty strong list of shows right here….

Any way on to the list…

5) Fringe

Image belongs to Fox

4) The Wire

Image belongs to HBO

3) Sherlock

Image belongs to the BBC

2) Walking Dead

Yup the image belongs to AMC and not me

 

1) Game of Thrones

Another Image that belongs to HBO

 

 
Well that was another fucking lazy post, anyway a few plans for the blog, lets hope I don’t find excuse not to execute them!

A 2011 interview with me

Since I know no one interesting or famous enough (not that they would agree to do one either) to warrant an interview. So like the arrogant fucker I am, I thought i’d put my 2011 memories in the form of an interview.

1) Best place you visited?
In between my large period of being a hermit writer, I have managed to see some very nice places, I went to London twice. I saw Wembley stadium for the second time but this time with my team leeds rhinos playing. But the best place has to be when I spent the week in Rome, a place I have always wanted to visit. We spent a exhausting 5 days making sure we saw all the sites.

See more of my photos of Rome from my 5 days there here (https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/extras-rome-photos/)

2. Best book you read?
According my goodsreads account, I read 25 new book last year (plus 2 re reads of books). Not a huge amount, but I managed to fit in a number very good books in there. I managed to finally read all 3 of the Lord of the rings books. The new John Scalzi novel Fuzzy Nation was a great book, I read the 4th dune book. Other book I really enjoyed was flashfoward and the forever series of books.  I read number of other sci-fi, post apocalyptic, fantasy and the odd thriller book in the year. But my favourite would probably have to be Neil Gaiman American Gods, different to anything else I read this year and it is partly the inspiration for the story (more credit should be given to lord of light however) I am currently writing.

3. Best film?
For me it has been a pretty poor year for films, and I would have really struggled coming up with my best film year before last week. I ordered Rise of the planet of apes on sky box office. I really enjoyed the prequel/remake, perhaps I have seen a better a film, but I really can’t think of any off the top of my head.

4. Best TV show?
There has been a few contender’s for this, starting with the last ever episodes of Stargate Universe and in turn the Stargate franchise. However, that is tinged with so much sadness I can’t put it as my best TV show of last year. Walking Dead season 2 (part 1) also aired which carried on from an excellent first series. There was Game of thrones which pretty amazing and the Borgias which I enjoyed as well. The show I enjoyed the most would be the first series of Sherlock, the second series just recently started and it reminded me just how good the show is, and how great those first episode were.

5. Best Game?
Mass effects 2 (see http://wp.me/psL0a-jo)

6. Best Album?
Another thing that I really haven’t kept up with all that much. I got the new Foo Fighters album, along with the long awaited (for me) new Kaiser Chiefs album which I thought was great. However, I found a new group that I really like The Dresden Dolls, and while none of their albums were released this year. I found all their albums were available on the website, for a pay-what-you-like price. So I manage to get 3 albums and a live album for a cheekily cheap sum. The songs have been played over and over again on my I pod and computer so one of their album would probably be the best.

7. Best Moment?
Without a doubt seeing Leeds Rhinos win their 5th grand final in 8 years, from the fifth position.Which was the lowest ever position for a team to win it from, they shocked almost everyone (including me) by winning it, and showed the world that they are true team of champions. I have been lucky enough to see all 5 of those grand finals they won, in them I have seen some magnificent tries. But the two tries that Rob Burrow scored and made were pretty amazing, and will stick in my memory for a long time to come, like the Scot Donald try in 2007.

Best moment

8. Best Gig?
I’ve seen a few good bands this year, Hurts in February was amazing and so was seeing Muse for the second time at Leeds Festival. Though the best gig I went to was seeing Arcade fire for the second time too. They are a interesting band to watch, because they are so many of them. Your eyes move all around, not being sure what to look at next. I give credit to my sister for getting me into them, they have a unique style. And they put on great show.

9. Most important thing that happen you in 2011?
I guess having an almost full time job, while it was only for a little over 6 months, it was an interesting experience living life of almost full time working. It was not my ideal job, and not at all stimulating, but then again I did say I got the experience of a full time job, so what did I expect? Hopefully, a new job will rear its head soon in 2012.

10. What are you looking forward to most in 2012?
Quite a few things, there might be a holiday to American in the making which would be very, very good. I will be going to Italy to see my sister, who is now living there for next 6 months. But most of all I look forward to reading plenty more books, playing more games and getting a lot more writing done this year, a lot more than I did last year. Oh and the new Keane album and tour!

Done.

What shows i’m watching at the moment

Because why wouldn’t you want to know.

House

On the 7th season

Normally if i had missed the first four season of a show, i would just leave it be. But once House moved on to sky, i thought i’d give it a try. I’m glad i did, some may say it’s too formulaic but Hugh Laurie makes it worth the obvious plot lines, every week. Just a good show.

Fringe

Now on it's 3rd season

Bored to death

Another predicable show but with great characters. Like x-files in many, many ways which would be bad if i had not like x-files so much.

Just starting out

I’v only watch two episodes of the first season, but so far it’s a great little show, which i would have most likely missed my radar entirely, if one of the stargate producer and writers was not working on this show.

Boardwalk empire

Another first season show

I’m still not sure about this show. It’s style is amazing and the effort and detail they have gone too make it look like 1920’s America……. well it’s staggering. The acting form the lead is so-so, but a lot of the other people on the show are great. Sometimes it get’s a little complected, with too many story’s at one time. Willing to give this show to the end of the season at least.

Chuck

Season 4

Probably one of my favorite show on TV, really funny, good action and great acting.
The Event

The first season

A little bit out there and very clichéd. Though it is good TV, and i’m very interested to learn more about the Aliens.

True Blood

Season 333333............blood

Family guy may have said it’s only for “rich gay guys” but i’m neither Gay or rich and i love this show. Season 3 has just finished but i have one more episode to watch, i can’t wait to see it.

That’s it for show i’m currently watching, but in the next week or two,  2 more show are starting.

Stargate Universe

Second season

Just see my last post https://joelhopkins.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/6-days-from-now/

Game of Thrones

Looks fucking amazing

How good does this show look? (that is rhetorical). Not only does it look fucking amazing, but is stars Sean Bean. Just slightly worried i have hyped it up, in my own mind to much.

So do you recommend any other show?