Posts Tagged ‘Tenaysia Fox’

How to Watch TV Like a College Student

Posted: December 14, 2012 by jerkmag in WATCH -- TV
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For many of us, watching something on TV rarely means actually sitting in front of a TV screen. The idea of the “original air date” seems out-dated, as most people end up streaming episodes from various websites. In all honesty, it isn’t even necessary to own a television in college; your laptop does the same thing.

Of all my friends on campus, I don’t think any of them have faithfully tuned in to a television show for the first airing. That’s not to say that college students don’t want to curl up with a pile of assigned readings or that my-test-is-tomorrow-but-I-just-realized-I-know-absolutely-nothing study guide while catching their favorite shows, sometimes it just feels impossible to watch TV and get everything done. TV’s supposed to be convenient.

For those of you who do watch TV on TV, I envy you. If it weren’t for the fact that procrastination is somehow hardwired into my genes, I’d probably be one of you. I’d get work done in my three-hour breaks from class, but instead, I use that time to Hulu and Netflix the shows I was too “busy” to catch. As sad as it is right now, pretty soon I’ll enter the real world and can schedule as much TV bonding time as I please.

-Tenaysia Fox

Of all the series I’ve committed to, there isn’t one show as interesting as American Horror Story: Asylum. When I sit down and catch up on all of those episodes I’ve somehow neglected, I always find myself remembering some fact about the show or finding a new reason to love it. “How so?” you may ask. Well, I’ll tell you!

  1. I realize that I love Jessica Lange. Sure, she’s no spring chicken, but she can act circles around the actresses who seem to be monopolizing our current television and film industries.
  2. Evan Peters is somehow able to be the cutest and creepiest guy on television. In season one, Evan Peters is Tate,  the super sweet, slightly obsessive ghost infatuated with Violet Harmon. Sure, he wasn’t the best human being while he was alive, but dead Tate might possibly be the perfect boyfriend. Season two brings us Kit Walker, a super sweet guy convicted of killing his wife and a few other women. As of right now, he didn’t do it, but that may change as the season progresses. Either way, Evan Peters is cute.
  3. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are either geniuses or really bored. Considering the fact that the show tends to have a great deal of “What just happened?” moments, I think it’s fair to say that these two spend a fair share of their time contemplating how to make the show as crazy as possible. The beauty of this is that the show is never as crazy as it could be, but they make sure to tie all of the stories together with a beautiful bow by the end of the season.
  4. Location, location, location! The sets are perfect. No need to elaborate, they just are.

It’s just a TV series, but one cannot deny entertaining programming no matter how hard you try. AHS: Asylum airs every Wednesday night at 10pm on FX.

-Tenaysia Fox

ABC’s Once Upon A Time

Posted: October 11, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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Once upon a time, ABC provided viewers with excellent programming on Sunday nights. For the housewives looking for some alternate reality, there was Desperate Housewives. For the family going through some kind of arbitrary drama, there was Brothers & Sisters. And for those looking for some random comedy clips, they could tune into America’s Funniest Home Videos. Now, we can all look forward to Once Upon A Time.

The premise of the show is pretty simple: girl grows up in a foster home, finds out she’s actually the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, is told she must break a curse that’s trapping fairy tale characters in the real world. To be honest, it’s a pretty interesting show when you’re desperately seeking a distraction from that ten-page paper due at midnight.

The second season premiered September 30th, and to my dismay the show only seemed to get cheesier. You know how there are certain television shows that scream, “I should be a movie?” Well, this is one of those shows. While you might find yourself invested in the outcome of the storyline, there will always be this nagging sense that this alternate reality can’t last. There may not be a direct end game, but you can only write real-world story lines for fairytale characters for so long.

If you’re ever looking for some time consuming, slightly entertaining show, this is it. If you want to be challenged or kept guessing, look elsewhere.

– Tenaysia Fox

Why I Love Adult Swim

Posted: October 11, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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Of all the truths about me, there is one that almost everyone in my life knows: I don’t sleep. No, it’s not an “I have so much work to do,” type of sleep deprivation (although that is true once October comes), it’s more of an “I really don’t understand sleeping at night,” type of deprivation. Every night, I stay awake-writing, reading, doing nothing- all in an attempt to greet the sun.

Because of this, I’m always looking for something to watch. Luckily for me, Adult Swim begins each night at 9pm. While some may hate the lineup, I’ve found some comfort in the oddest cartoons. From Superjail! to China, IL, I can always count on Adult Swim to feature something hilarious.

Now, none of these shows would be considered children’s cartoons, but as soon as the opening credits roll, I find myself as giddy as a child during the holidays. I turn up the volume, block out the world, and for the fifteen or so minutes that each of these shows airs, I avoid sleep and the harshness of my reality. I get to forget about my homework, my impending graduation and what companies I should start looking at for employment. For those few minutes, I get to forget that I’ll have to be a real adult awfully soon. Adult Swim not only gives me laughs, it brings me a bit of happiness when I’m feeling pressured into adulthood.

And all these feelings can be yours, for the small price of turning your channel to Cartoon Network at 9pm weekdays.

– Tenaysia Fox

Oh, to Be the New Girl

Posted: October 5, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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In a perfect world, my life would be so ridiculously amazing that epics would be written about my adventures. Sure, The Odyssey is a great work, but the tales of my journeys would be so grand that even Homer would shed silent tears in their honor. People would speak my name and recall stories they’ve heard from some wise old man. Either that or I’d be Zooey Deschanel (Jess) in New Girl. Not to discredit the many wonderful authors of this generation, but I don’t know if there’s enough source material in my ho-hum life to craft the next Iliad.

For those who’ve somehow missed the opportunity to watch this gem of a series, I must ask: What could be more entertaining than Zooey Deschanel on a Tuesday night? (Just so we’re clear, I know what you actually do on Tuesday nights, no need to think a sarcastic remark. Rhetorical question, k?) Sure, she’s quirky and she walks the tightrope that divides funny and annoying, but she does it extremely well. Her series centers around the adventures of a grade school teacher, her best friend (who happens to be a model) and the three male roommates she acquired when she caught her boyfriend cheating on her.

This season starts with her losing her job. For any other character on television, this would lead to some type of mental and emotional anguish, for Jess, this means she becomes a shot girl and ends up in a bizarre, yet perfect relationship. This doesn’t happen on fictional television shows, let alone real life. I can honestly say that I’d give anything to be unemployed, living in some gorgeous loft apartment and hanging out with three guys who just so happen to put up with any ridiculous scheme or activity on my part. It also wouldn’t hurt if I could do all of this instead of going to class next week, but oh well. A girl can hope, right?

If you’re looking for a bit of escape next Tuesday, tune in to Fox at 8pm and join the group of fans that are just envious dreamers at heart. The series is both funny and refreshing, and we all know how rare that is in today’s television market.

-Tenaysia Fox

 In January 2013, American Idol will be entering it’s 1256th season, and as many of you already know, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj will be filling the judges’ seats. While two of these judges are easy choices, there has been some debate as to whether or not Nicki Minaj even deserves a place on the panel. To this I say: Who cares? If J.Lo can be a judge, anyone with ears and an opinion can. The more important issue at hand is the amount of singing competitions on television today.

The Voice, X-Factor and American Idol are saturating our TVs for an entire year. There are differences amongst these shows, this is true, but they all essentially produce overnight talent that isn’t sustainable. Honestly, I can’t think of anyone who knows the winners from every season of each of these shows and unless you’re Wikipedia, you probably don’t know either.  I don’t know if it’s just the fact that the fandom of teenage girls is changing or if EDM is truly taking over, but the probability that an actual star will be produced by any of these shows gets slimmer and slimmer with each tweet from Calvin Harris.

At this point, all of these shows just seem pointless. They’re great for ratings for their respective networks, but the people who win rarely amass the type of success they initially seek when they audition. Maybe that would change if all of the winners didn’t seem to be forced into some mold that would fit into our already overpopulated top 40 pop culture. Maybe producers should just let them be who they want to be instead of handing them self-adhesive labels.

-Tenaysia Fox

Revolution-ary? Not really.

Posted: September 22, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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Monday night, I did something different. Instead of tuning into reruns of American Dad or doing some really mundane task, I watched Revolution. I know it was listed as a top pick for fall, but alas, my hopes were dashed Monday night. The premise seemed so interesting; a girl hunts down her father’s long, lost brother in obedience with her father’s dying wish. What I didn’t know before watching was that the first episode would throw we the viewers into an extremely awkward family setting, have a death within the first half hour and then throw the asthmatic son into the hands of the Monroe Militia intent on finding some tool/toy/code that could possibly restore electricity to the world.

As a quick synopsis, I’ll give you the most important points. Charlie, the main character, is your typical teenager/young adult. She wants her freedom and wants to explore her post-apocalyptic surroundings, but her father is extremely protective, you know, with all of those bandits running around and no medicine. Before the premiere, I envisioned her as the made-for-TV Katniss Everdeen, but by the end of the episode, I’d concluded that she was actually Bella Swan. (It doesn’t help that Billy Burke plays her uncle.) Once her father has been killed, (due to her brother’s underestimation of the Militia) she is forced to find her uncle, as he is the only one who can help her save her brother from certain death. She embarks on her journey with her pseudo-step-mother and her father’s friend/village schoolteacher. They find themselves in trouble, they escape with the help of a stranger, and they make their way to Chicago to hunt down said uncle. Once there, it’s revealed that the stranger is actually a member of the Militia, but he actually likes Charlie. That’s pretty much all you need to know.

While I found the episode interesting enough, I have the strangest feeling that there will be clichés running rampant by season’s end. With great production, save the fight scenes, the show has the possibility to do great things, but considering the fact that the main character seems to be clueless, I don’t know if I can actually watch. In an age where women are a lot less likely to be damsels in distress, it slightly bothers me that the writers have made our heroine brave, yet naïve. Maybe things will work out for Revolution, but I can only give it two more episodes before I shut down, just like all of the technology in the first episode.

-Tenaysia Fox

An Open Letter to True Blood

Posted: September 18, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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True Blood,

What can I say? We’ve had our ups and downs over the past five seasons, but I have to admit, I’m pretty sure I am more devoted to you than I am to some of my friends. Sure, we’ve had a few breaks here and there, but our relationship couldn’t be more different from that new Taylor Swift song; we will always get back together (as long as HBO keeps ordering seasons). Yeah, I complain about Sookie and the decisions she makes, but I don’t believe I’ve ever truly thought about turning my back on you.

I know I’ve never told you this, but these past five summers have been some of the happiest I’ve ever known. No matter how poorly my week may have gone, I knew that I could count on you to be there every Sunday night, waiting to continue telling me some odd story. You were a constant for me; something incredibly ridiculous but so comforting that logic didn’t matter. All of those social gatherings, the invites to the movies with my friends, they didn’t matter. If you were around, real people could be ignored.

Unfortunately for us, it’s that time of year again, and we’re going to have to part for the next ten months. You’re probably the best summer fling in history, but I’ve realized that our relationship, while amazing, has made me a hermit. I’ve enjoyed my months of hibernation with you, but now I must become a real person again. I have to say goodbye to you and hello to those people in my life who have stuck by me despite the terms of our relationship.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to truly thank you for all of the time we’ve spent together, but I can say that I hope it doesn’t end. At least not until I become an actual adult.

I’ll miss you old friend,
Tenaysia Fox

P.S. What happens this fall will not affect our relationship. School year relationships mean more than summer relationships; don’t hold it against me if I happen to spend my Sunday nights with a new series.

In less than two weeks, it will officially be fall, and with that comes a fresh crop of television series. With summer bringing us such gems as The Glass House and The Choice, there has never been a more crucial need for those tried and true fall programs.

Between all of those reruns of last year’s breakout comedies and the never-ending saga that is The Secret Life of the American Teenager, is it too much to ask for something new? You know, some original show with an interesting plot and enough good acting to spare. Luckily for me (and we the general population), with fall comes the promise of something worth watching.

With all of the dreary Syracuse weather to come, let’s hope that all of the television networks are feeling generous and there are enough entertaining series to give us something to look forward to when we’re running back to our rooms.

Top Picks for fall:

American Horror Story: Asylum (FX/ Wednesday, October 17th at 10pm)

Say what you will about Ryan Murphy and the slow decline of Glee, but no one can deny how great American Horror Story was. This season, the series takes place in a mental institution run by a sadistic nun. Pretty sure this won’t be your grandparents’ horror story about nuns using rulers in Catholic school.

Revolution (NBC/ Monday, September 17th at 10pm)

With all the talk of the world ending in December, the perfect show for fall has to be the one that deals with how humans survive after the world loses all technology. Sure, it might not be the most cheery series on television, but at least we can learn some fun facts about what to expect in the off chance that those initial interpretations of the Mayan calendars were right.

New Girl  (Fox/Tuesday, September 25th at 8pm)

While she’s not technically the “new girl” anymore, Zooey Deschanel’s breakout hit will be back for another season. I can’t deny that I dream of having a spacious loft apartment with three male roommates turned best friends, but alas, I know that that life only exists on a studio lot. Nevertheless, I can’t wait for Tuesdays, so I can live vicariously through the quirkiest teacher to ever exist.

– Tenaysia Fox

Meet the Bloggers: Tenaysia Fox

Posted: September 9, 2012 by jerkmagblog in WATCH -- TV
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Hello fellow Jerks, my name is Tenaysia, and I will be sharing my love for good and cheesy television with all of you. I can’t wait to update you on Fall’s newest television series. Here’s a little about me.

Year/Major: Senior Writing and Rhetoric major

Hometown: Chicago

Most Embarrassing Moment: Screaming the words “accept my friendship” at someone that hates me.

Biggest lie I’ve gotten away with: I don’t lie.

A movie I could watch over and over again: Little Shop of Horrors

Any comments, rants or suggestions let me know.