#401: TV Shows Season Premiers

The newest season of most of the tv shows I watch premier this week or next, and I must say I’m excited to see them! Most of the shows I watch I’ve been a devoted fan for many years and I can’t wait to see what’ll happen next to the characters and where the show is going now. While I enjoy watching reruns of any of my favorite shows, by the end of the summer I’m usually ready for the new season, especially if the last one ended with a cliffhanger.

#401: Thank you Lord for new season premiers of my favorite tv shows, so I can end the suspense of what will happen next and have new episodes to enjoy.

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Day 280: Dancing with the Stars

Over the summer I wrote a post about my favorite reality dance show “So You Think You Can Dance” and I thought it was about time to write one about the other dance show I enjoy watching “Dancing with the Stars.” I don’t watch DWTS as much as SYTYCD, it depends on who the celebrities are each season, but I do really enjoy watching it.

For a long time I didn’t enjoy ballroom dancing very much, it was a bit too suggestive and provocative for me, but as I’ve watched more and more I’ve learned that while it can be, not all dance styles are and even the ones that are don’t always have to be. Waltz is my favorite style, both regular and Vienesse, it’s so elegant and graceful; but I also love the Paso Doble, it’s so powerful and stylistic and fun to watch. I’d love to learn how to do Paso, but I have no idea where I could learn it.

On DWTS I really enjoy seeing non-dancers become such amazing dancers, and if it’s someone who I really like outside of the show, I can’t help cheering for them! It’s interesting to watch the pros work with their star, some of them don’t have an easy job, but they’re always positive, work hard, and do their best with who they have. Derek Hough is definitely my favorite pro, it’s funny though, he had to grow on me because at first I didn’t like his style but the more routines I saw from him the more I realized what a genius he is! I’ve just loved each one of his routines the past two seasons and the current one, I always can’t wait to see what he’s going to do next!

Like I did with my post on SYTYCD, I thought I’d include videos my all time favorite DWTS routines. Both come from the All-Star season, and ironically the same week! My favorite duet is the Rumba by Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough, this is probably the only Rumba I’ve EVER loved, because in general they’re too provocative and suggestive for me. However this one is just romantic, and I get chills every time I watch it!

My favorite group routine also features Shawn and Derek, with three other couples to “Call Me Maybe,” it’s just so much fun! (I should mention that while the songs have little to do with why I love these routines so much, both are songs I really like!)

Day 280: Thank you Lord for Dancing with the Stars and how it’s helped me appreciate ballroom dancing, and being able to see celebrities I like dance!

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Day 170: Reading Rainbow

The other day I watched a video of an interview with actor LaVar Burton talking about his time on Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I can’t tell you how many memories it brought back for me, because these are two shows that truly shaped my early childhood. Star Trek gave me my love of Science Fiction and Reading Rainbow gave me my love of reading and books. I can honestly say I’m really not sure if I watched Star Trek because the guy from Reading Rainbow was on it, or I watched Reading Rainbow because Geordi was on it. (It was probably a bit of both)

Since I wrote a post a couple of days ago about Star Trek I’m not going to say anymore about that, but I do want to talk about Reading Rainbow. Reading Rainbow brought books to life for me! I loved watching the stories being narrated and the pictures in the books seeming to come to life. Whenever I went to the library I would try to find the books on the show so I could read them for myself, and I found most of my favorite picture books as a kid because of it. I know I would not be as much of a reader as I am today if I had not gotten hooked on books at such an early age, and I feel pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten hooked on books if it weren’t for Reading Rainbow.

I appreciated how the rest of each show centered around whatever the main book was about. It made the book so much more interesting, and I always learned so much!

Day 170: Thank you Lord for Reading Rainbow, for cultivating my love of reading and books.

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Day 162: So You Think You Can Dance

There are quite a few tv shows I watch during the regular year, but once summer hits they’re all in re-runs, and frankly I’m glad to have a break from keeping up with all those shows on my DVR. (I’ve finally gotten it down to the last episode of the last show) There are a couple shows I watch during the summer but by far my favorite is “So You Think You Can Dance”! I got hooked on the show part way into Season 3 and haven’t missed an episode since. Every May I get really excited, checking to see when the new season premieres, and when it starts I’m glued to the tv each week watching it.

I love watching this show! It’s so much fun to see the different dance styles, and watch each of the contestants grow and develop as performers and dancers through the season. As a dancer I really appreciate everything that goes on with this show both onstage and in rehearsals. I’ve never had any training in other styles than ballet, and before I started watching this show I didn’t have much appreciation for them. (I had never even heard of “Contemporary”, now probably my favorite style on the show, before I watched it) I also never fully realized how a story could be told in a single dance, since in ballet it usually takes a whole show to tell a story. I wish I could be on the show, but I know with my disability I don’t have the abilities needed, but I’m ok with it, and love watching it!

Without a doubt my favorite dance of all time came week 1 of Season 4, “No Air” choreographed by NappyTabs and danced by Katee and Joshua. I had never really liked Hip-Hop before that night, it was too “grungy” for me. (I now know that’s “krump” which I’ve come to tolerate) The story told in that dance was so beautiful, and I get chills every time I watch it at the very end. I loved this dance so much that it loosely inspired a short story I wrote about a male and female dancer who fall in love, get engaged, but before they get married, he who is in National Guard gets called up for active duty.

Day 162: Thank you Lord for So You Think You Can Dance, for a wonderful show to watch in the summer, and opening my eyes to so many dance styles.

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Day 56: TV Show Re-Runs

I’m one of those people who love to watch their favorite movies over and over, till they can practically quote the whole movie. But what I love to watch over and over even more are my favorite tv shows, which is why I love re-runs! Of course most shows you can buy on DVD now, but that can get expensive, plus I like the surprise of re-runs on tv, you don’t know which episode they’re going to show, and watching them out of season order makes things interesting.

I usually don’t care whether or not the show is still on the air, if I’m looking for something to watch and I see a show is on that I like I’ll watch it! Most of the shows I watch are crime and mystery, and when I watch a show I’ve already seen I don’t always remember who’s guilty so it’s fun for me to try to figure it out again. Even if I do remember I often notice things I didn’t last time, because I know who’s guilty.

I love watching episodes of shows that’re still on from years ago. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made connections to things that happen later in the series that I never noticed before. It helps me appreciate the show on a deeper level than I had before.

Day 56: Thank you Lord for TV Show Re-Runs, and how they help me enjoy my favorite shows even more.

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