I know a lot of people think Scandal’s Kerry Washington was snubbed tonight at the Golden Globes when House of Cards’ Robin Wright (previously known best for her role as Jenny in Forest Gump) received the award for best actress in a TV Drama. However, I think the only people who are are shocked are the ones who haven’t seen House of Cards. While I love Olivia Pope, Claire Underwood’s character is grittier and akin to a modern day Lady Macbeth.
I literally stayed up all night to watch season one of House of Cards and not only is it more addictive than Scandal, but it’s more realistic, raw, and intelligent. In other words, House of Cards is everything Scandal used to be in its season one and simply lost because it is on network TV and chasing ratings.
While I definitely think Kerry Washington should be acknowledged for her acting prowess, especially for making the ABC network relevant again, sometimes it pays to be independent. Robin Wright’s more calculated role is fierce competition and less contrived than what Olivia Pope’s over-wrought emotional role is now shaping up to be. Let there be no doubt, I’m still rooting for Livvy and Fitz to get together, but I know the ABC network is going to drag the process out because there is little else to hold the show together. Simply put House of Cards is must see TV while my attention span is starting to wane with so many impossible plot twists and turns in Scandal. Weighing each show equally, I prefer House of Cards, but Scandal will do in the meanwhile.
Below is a preview to the season two premiere of House of Cards, which releases its entire season on Netflix on February 14, 2014. Can you think of a more perfect Valentines Day gift for a political drama junkie like me? I can’t wait to watch House of Cards….will you?
I don’t get a chance to watch a lot of TV, but I usually schedule in some time on Tuesdays and Thursdays to watch a few of my favorite television shows.
- Scandal is my absolute must watch TV show right now. This modern day Sally Hemming-Jeffersonian edge to an otherwise illicit love affair keeps me on edge with each episode. The dynamic between Olivia and Fitz is fire. If you like romance, politics, and mystery, you will love this show. It’s on the ABC network Thursdays nights (check your local listings for times).
- The Originals is my second favorite show. [It’s a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, which used to be my favorite show until Elena became a vampire and everyone on the show became supernatural (even Matt) and began switching supernatural abilities faster than I could keep count.] However, The Originals is keeping me entertained because it interweaves the history, romance, and power struggles that originally (no pun intended) drew me to The Vampire Diaries. Plus, I really love Klaus Mikaelson. Not only is he fine (handsome), but he’s the villain you love to hate. However, secretly I pray Klaus is redeemable. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the New Orleans setting infuses the presence of multiple ethnicities into this hybrid vampire-werewolf storyline. You can find this show on Tuesday nights on the CW network (check your local listings for times).
- Love it or List it is my third favorite show, but I have no idea when the actual brand new show comes on. I usually catch the renovation and real estate antics of Hilary and David when I up late or on the weekends. I love how Hillary redesigns homeowners’ homes, but I’m drawn to the new listings that David shows each couple. They showcase the best of Canada and make me long to visit British Columbia again. Also, Hillary and David have great chemistry; they manage to make me root for them both. I love home decor and I wish I could afford to design my home so elegantly.
- Lastly, Chopped is one of my favorite shows to watch on the Food Network. I have no idea when the new episode is supposed to be shown, but I love the creativity of the show. It always amazes me to see such surprising selections in the challenge baskets. I love to cook, but I got out of practice during grad school. This show really inspires me to cook creatively again.
So what are your favorite shows to watch on TV? Comment below. I’d love to hear what you choose and maybe we’ll all discover a new TV show to love in the process. 🙂