Charmed (reboot)

Okay, okay, I promise this’ll be the last one of those Halloween-y type shows (hey, it’s not my fault a whole slew of them debuted in October). Basically, Charmed is about sisters who discover they have magical powers. The original show aired in 1998 (also during October lol) and ended in 2006. The reboot (which has already had so much controversy leading up to its debut) began airing this past October.

The reboot is meant to be more “fierce” (hollywood-speak for black), “funny” (lol g’luck with that) and “feminist” (why? why the agenda? why? Personally, I don’t hate men. In fact, I quite like them! Most of the ones I know, make me laugh until I can’t breathe and are also rather nice to look at) than the original, which understandably has ruffled a lot of feathers, because it implies that the original show was not fierce nor funny nor feminist. The original cast are a bit salty because they were not approached beforehand (way to go on labeling the reboot as “feminist” while ditching all the original cast members in the process, just because they weren’t twenty-something anymore lol, just sayin’). So as you can see, there’s a lot of drama about the drama.

Rose McGowan and Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs

Personally, I enjoyed watching the original Charmed! I don’t remember it in great detail, but I do remember catching more than a few episodes on one of the Showtime Channels. Love it or hate it, the intro (How Soon is Now? – Love Spit Love but originally by The Smiths) was iconic! I kinda’ hated it lol ‘cuz it felt too long and whiny (very 90’s even though it was an 80’s song) and yet unwittingly memorized it.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between the sisters though and loved the fact that they were constantly trying out new things with their hair, makeup and clothes (to reflect the current trends at the time). It bummed me out when Shannen Doherty (so pretty!) left the show, but I was already accustomed to her diva-like antics and troublesome behavior after hearing about her from my older sister (who used to watch Beverly Hills 90210 religiously), so her departure was expected. Plus, they softened the blow when they brought in Rose McGowan (surprise! new sister out of the blue lol)

I sorta’ remember there being several note-worthy cameos by actors/actresses (before they became crazy famous). The bad guys were a joke (literally wearing a “scary” mask from any given costume store lol), but one of them stood out to me in particular… I absolutely adored the on-again-off-again relationship between the characters played by Alyssa Milano and Julian McMahon (so hot in Nip/Tuck)!

I have an unhealthy fascination with the occult so I’ll watch/read/listen to anything and everything revolving around witches (so long as it’s not too scary, which this show really wasn’t). All in all, Charmed was a thoroughly enjoyable show!

I’ll watch the reboot of Charmed (because… witches) for as long as it’s on, but I don’t have high hopes for the show (judging by the trailer, two out of the three sisters don’t seem charismatic enough, kinda’ like that show Star-Crossed actually) so I’m guessing Charmed is going to get axed pretty early on.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

As a kid, I vaguely remember watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Nickelodeon and later on, one of the channels, either on Orbit or Showtime (can’t remember). I do however, distinctly remember being deeply disappointed by the show! Sabrina was one of my favorite characters (as well as Cheryl Blossom and Katy Keene) in the Archie Comics! Why was the girl from Clarissa Explains It All (which I never watched, because even as a kid living through the 90’s, that show seemed too 90’s to me) playing the coveted role of Sabrina? Why was the show so cheezy and even worse, why was there a laugh track? Why were book to tv-show cross-overs such a train wreck?

Back when renting videos (VHS) were a thing, I remember stumbling upon Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again (released in 1990, rented around mid-90’s) while abroad. This was prior to the cheezy Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom. I was super excited! In fact, a cross-over from book (comic book, respectively) to movie hadn’t even occurred to me before! I didn’t know what to expect. With that being said, I wasn’t expecting the made-for-tv-movie that I still attempted to watch. They were all old! I was a kid. I was expecting teens, max. Plus, the whole thing was so boring. From what I remember, all they did was talk. I thought the woman they cast as Betty Cooper was appropriately cute (as a button) up until she attempted seducing Archie. I remember because I was watching it alone and when things started to heat up, I began panicking, not knowing what to do (since I was a kid and I knew I shouldn’t watch non-PG stuff). Do I switch it off? Do I fast-forward until the unwatchable scene was over? Do I call out for an adult? What do I do? I don’t remember much else of the movie, but I do remember how it made me feel, which was very, very disappointed.

Back in Kuwait, I remember catching a few glimpses of the cross-over episode where Scooby Doo met Josie and the Pussycats, on some cartoon channel or other. That keyed me in that an animated version of Josie and the Pussycats existed, which blew my mind (I would’ve loved to watch that, but unfortunately it was never aired in this region of the world)! Many years later, a live-action version of Josie and the Pussycats (2001) was released, which I skipped because it looked… stupid. Same reason I skipped Jem and the Holograms (2015). If they weren’t going to bother giving people’s favorite childhood characters the time and effort and reverence they deserved, just so they could collect on the already amassed fame and popularity of those characters (sound familiar?), then I wasn’t going to bother with watching it.

I was really excited when I first heard about Riverdale (here) and later previewed it (here) and really disappointed after watching it (review here), but at least it was watchable (granted, I actually hate-watch it now lol).

Thanks to Rei who runs Shenanigans of a Gamer Mom (https://rawyablog.com/) for the heads up on the Sabrina reboot! Super stoked that it’s by Netflix! Judging by the trailer, it’s already a step up from the original trainwreck comedy sitcom! All 10 episodes of the first season are already out now. Here’s hoping it won’t be as disappointing as Riverdale!

Just in time for Halloween too!

Big Brother Season 19 Launch (Introductions and Predictions)

Wow! They really got a colorful bunch for their lineup this year! A lot of them were imported lol I can’t even pronounce half their names! So many big personalities! I guess since this is meant to be the last season, they went all out! Right from the start, the housemates were told they had to collect BitcoinBigcoin” (-_-) which could potentially change their fate in the game. That was new. Also, one of the housemates has already been booted out of the house (after her racist tweets were unearthed). So much drama already and in less than 24 hours! For the next 2 months, I’m going to watch the final season of Big Brother religiously, because it’s shaping up to be a highly entertaining one! Moving on to the first impressions and predictions and such…

Emma never fails to delight! Also, everything she wears is just so cool! I simply adore her! Once the show ends for good, I’ll miss Emma the most!

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Goodbye Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother

It’s official. Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother are cancelled. Channel 5 recently confirmed the show would be ending after 18 years on the airwaves, with this year’s series being the last.

Well, that sucks. To me, Big Brother was like crack. I was pretty much addicted as soon as I stumbled upon the show. I’d really hate to see it go! Here’s hoping some other channel picks up the series!

Celebrity Big Brother Season 22

I didn’t even know that the new season of Celebrity Big Brother had begun, up until I noticed my previous Celebrity Big Brother posts (here and here and here and here and here) getting lots of views. Lo and behold, not only had Season 22 started, but they were all the way up to episode 14! I jotted down my first impressions and predictions on my phone (using my trusty Notes app) while watching the first episode, but never got around to actually posting any of it because a week later they were already talking about the finale (so it was too late). Honest to God, I predicted that Roxanne would ask to leave the house at some point and sure enough she did! This season, I disliked them all, side from Kirstie Alley and Nick Leeson and later on Ben Jardine. Apparently, the theme this season was supposed to be the housemate’s past “storms” (controversies) with the focus being on Stormy Daniels (who pulled out lol at the last minute).

On the first night, the host, Emma Willis, slayed in her bespoke navy jumpsuit! From the Shoulder-Pads and the Collar to the Wide-Leg bottoms, she killed it! Honestly, this woman can do no wrong in my eyes!

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