Apr 18

My TwoCents: A Twitch in Time (Gaming TV)

twitvI’m a child of the 70′s and 80′s. This was a time when video games really reached mainstream popularity; we had an Atari 2600 that I kept until 1998 and then an Apple IIGS. I loved playing games, my favorite on the Atari was Kaboom! and my favorite on the computer was Oregon Trail, which I still play…though today’s version is a little different, with strip clubs and zombies. Gaming, or as some call it, interactive entertainment is as big as ever. Last year, Internet entrepreneur, Tobias Batton, did a study and realized that video games are even stronger media entertainment than movies. It’s a very eye-opening read.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t only love gaming, but I love to watch my friends game. A year ago, I was introduced to Twitch.TV, a site where you can watch people casting their games and other fun things from all over the world. Based in San Francisco, “Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers with more than 45 million visitors per month. We want to connect gamers around the world by allowing them to broadcast, watch, and chat from everywhere they play.” Most people in the Twitch community are fantastic, I know that my group of friends are like a family. Most of them embraced me right away and I’ve had a blast. There are all sorts of things that people cast; games, of course, music videos they created, podcasts, gaming tournaments, or even just them chilling out on camera and chatting with the viewers. Twitch is very interactive, with a built in chat window and you can follow your favorite casters so that you get updates when they are casting, etc. I want to share some of my favorites with you, they’re so worth checking out…

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Apr 18

American Idol – Recap & Review – Top 7 Results

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American Idol
Top 7 Results

Original Air Date: Apr 17, 2014

Patricia Morris Buckley – Sr. Staff Writer
pmb@thetwocentscorp.com

Hey, Ryan suddenly got really good looking. Oh wait, that’s Kevin Bacon doing the intro. Then Ryan came back. Shoot!

The good news is that the results show is only a half hour. Just enough time to hear what the contestants thought of the previous night and for Randy to critique each of the singers. And he predicted that Jena was the one to beat. I think it’s Caleb. But I can see them in the finale for sure.

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Apr 18

Parenthood – Recap & Review – The Pontiac

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Parenthood
The Pontiac

Original Air Date: Apr 17, 2014

Jules – Senior News Editor
jules@thetwocentscorp.com

It’s the season finale and well, times, they are a changing. This whole season our Bravermans have again been through a lot of ups and downs. Much culminates in the finale that showing that for the most part, change isn’t so bad.

So after a full 22 episode season – for a show that isn’t renewed yet! – what changes are coming? Let’s find out below.

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Apr 18

Scandal – Top 10 Moments – The Price of Free and Fair Elections

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Scandal
The Price of Free and Fair Elections

Original Air Date: April 17, 2014

Brianna – Senior Reviewer
brianna@thetwocentscorp.com

Election Day rolls around and with it, some last minute attempts for votes and a devastating event. Meanwhile, Maya’s still in the wind and we immediately see the effects of that bomb at the church, which sets off so many more turns that eventually lead us to what has been frustratingly in front of us the entire time. Seriously, it will leave you either speechless or very upset…maybe both.

Here are the top moments of the episode (which were very difficult to choose, by the way):

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Apr 17

Grey’s Anatomy – Recap & Review – Go It Alone

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Grey’s Anatomy
Go It Alone

Original Air Date: Apr 17, 2014

Karen Belgrad – Managing Editor
karenbelgrad@thetwocentscorp.com

Time management has never been the strongest point of the doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. They can manage to spend countless hours in a delicate surgery, but give them a personal task or moment and it’s almost always rushed. Almost every doctor has worked on their wedding day. Heck, Meredith worked right up until she went into labor.

I’ve always been amazed at how incapable they are of living away from the hospital. So imagine my surprise when so many of them actually attended to things away from there this episode. Of course, there’s still that whole pesky sleep deprived thing going on…

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Apr 17

The Crazy Ones – Recap & Review – The Monster/The Lighthouse

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The Crazy Ones
The Monster/The Lighthouse

Original Air Date: Apr 17, 2014

Caitlin – Senior Staff Writer
caitlin@thetwocentscorp.com

After a first season with varying ratings, The Crazy Ones’ future is up in the air. On the one hand, it wasn’t renewed with the pack of shows that were picked up already. On the other, we are getting an hour-long season finale- that must mean something, right?

Robin Williams reads a story to a collection of kids. And yes, I mean him and not Simon, because this is Robin at his truest. It’s all an introduction to the fact the local library where he’s doing the reading is about to be closed down- and someone must save it.

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Apr 17

American Idol – Recap & Review – Top 7

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American Idol
Top 7

Original Air Date: Apr 16, 2014

Patricia Morris Buckley – Sr. Staff Writer

pmb@thetwocentscorp.com

Yay! We’re back to new themes and this one was definitely my favorite so far. Each contestant came up with a song for the other contestants. Then they chose from the list they were given.

Here’s how they did:

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Apr 16

NCIS – Recap & Review – Alleged

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NCIS
Alleged

Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2014

Maria – Staff Writer
maria@thetwocentscorp.com

After the body of Ensign Lester Tate is discovered, NCIS learns that he suspected a colleague had been the victim of sexual assault, but the woman doesn’t want to talk about it. Can the team figure out if the two are related, and solve both crimes?

If sexual assault and murder are too dark, there’s always the b-plot of McGee and DiNozzo starving themselves in the name of a cleanse, although even they disagree on whose bright idea that was. That’s comic relief, right?

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Apr 16

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Top 10 Moments – Providence

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Providence

Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2014

Maria – Staff Writer
maria@thetwocentscorp.com

Previously: HYDRA rose out of the shadows, and SHIELD was taken by surprise. SHIELD is still scrambling to take back control, after most agents were either HYDRA all along, or defected. Coulson believes his team is intact, although he’s disappointed by the discovery May lied to him by reporting on his condition to Fury in secret. Calling Fury’s direct line, Coulson and May were informed that Fury was dead. The mysterious, seemingly omniscient villain “The Clairvoyant” was revealed to be long-term colleague and Coulson’s friend, John Garrett, who has no special abilities, just a SHIELD security clearance and a craving for chaos and power.

I’ve chosen to take a look at the impact of these events on 10 characters, lies or locations:

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Apr 16

FX’s The Americans Renewed for Third Season

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FX has picked up its hit drama The Americans for a 13-episode third season, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. One of television’s most critically-acclaimed series, The Americans has fast become a signature show for FX. Six episodes remain in the current season, including tonight’s broadcast. The series airs Wednesdays at 10:00 PM E/P.

In its first season, The Americans was the most critically-acclaimed new program of 2013, winning the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program. The critical acclaim for season 2 has surpassed that of its remarkable first season.

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