Arrow TV Series

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In the story of Oliver Queen, the character that plays the part of the hooded vigilante, Arrow (CW)  life is full of duality and lies. Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell, is known for his money and good looks, but it is what lies underneath that is helping to clean up a city full of crime.

 

arrowAs a native of Starling City, citizens watched as Oliver Queen rose to notoriety as one of the richest and most lavish playboys in the city. With his billionaire father’s money, Queen took full advantage of the life that money could buy and gave little thought to the consequences of his actions for himself and others.

 

As part of his lavish and carefree life, Oliver and his father took a trip on the family yacht. This trip ended in disaster as the yacht was torn apart in a violent storm, leading to the death of his girlfriend’s sister. As he and his father floated through the ocean, under an unforgiving sun, with no food or water, Oliver’s father reveals a notebook to his son. This notebook has the name of all current or past business partners that have benefited mutually with the Queens in illicit business deals. As his last request, Mr. Queen asks Oliver to survive and make it back to the city to make amends for the family. Oliver Queen spends the next five years on a deserted island but he eventually makes it back to the US to perform his father’s last request.

 

In the process of spending five years on a deserted island, Oliver Queen begins to learn more about himself. It is an opportunity for him to think of the people he has wronged in his past and a time to plan for the amends he wants to make when he returns. One of the people at the top of his list is his ex-girlfriend, Laurel Lance. He feels guilty because he cheated on Laurel, played by Katie Cassidy, with her sister, who ultimately died in the ill-fated yachting trip. He feels responsible for the death of Laurel’s sister and for cheating on her. On the island, Oliver goes through many trials, running for his life from mercenaries and finding a friend in one of the refugees. It was the opportunity he needed to learn different styles of fighting and disciplines that would help him when he made it back home. He was also taught the art of archery, which helped earn him the nickname given to him by the police- the Arrow.

 

Eventually, Oliver is aided in his escape from the island and he returns a changed and broken man. He first seeks reconciliation with his mother and sister and then his best friend. He never reveals his last conversation with his father to anyone but sets to work on keeping his word. His mission is to use the notebook given by his father as a guide to help right the wrongs that have been committed by the Queen family, as well as its business partners. He also wants to see Starling City restored to the place it once was, a place that was safe from the perils of the indifferent elite that used money as a weapon against the poor. Through the Arrow’s efforts, things slowly begin to change for the occupants of Starling City. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, played by Paul Blackthorne, seems to completely loath the Arrow. His mission in life is to take the Arrow down, no matter what it costs.

 

As the Arrow, Oliver Queen takes on the dark, seedy element that has moved into his city while he was stranded on the island. In finding out about the criminal element, he finds out about the past his family has, including his mother, who is even more cold and calculating than he ever thought possible. As he learns, he has to redefine what he thinks he knows about the people around him, even while he puts on a facade of his own.

 

The Arrow needs an accomplice to aid him in his mission. There is no one closer to Oliver Queen than his chauffeur, John Diggle, played by David Ramsey. Diggle gets roped into helping the Arrow out of concern for his well-being, saving his life on more than one occasion. As vigilantes, the duo takes on the criminals and faces the family secrets together, leaving Starling City a better place to live even while they evade the authorities bent on stopping them.  Click here to check sign up for Charter Cable and see the next exciting episodes.

Catfishing: Could it Happen to You?

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Of course it couldn’t! At least, that’s what many viewers of the hit MTV show Catfish seem to think.

While many of the victims of “catfishing” are cleverly strung along, other situations really make viewers raise an eyebrow and wonder how much of the show is faked. One such episode involved a young lady who believed she was in an online relationship with Bow Wow, a popular music star. Even the show’s hosts, Nev Schulman and Max Joseph, were skeptical, saying that the situation was ‘ridiculous’. So why did they decide to pursue this episode when the desired outcome was so unlikely? One reason— money!catfish-the-show-mtv

That’s correct—money was the reason. Not for them, though. Keyonnah had received a generous gift of  $10,000 from her online admirer. Considering only the considerably wealthy could afford such a gift, there was some skeptical optimism that the party on the other end of the line could’ve actually been Bow Wow. As is typical of the show’s participants, Keyonnah had been interacting with somebody for months, but the two hadn’t met or even video chatted. Suspicion is always raised when the other party makes continual excuses for not meeting or showing who they are on video. This is rightfully so, as the effort and internet speed required to accomplish such tasks is scant. Most computers come with built in webcams as well. Very fishy, if I do say so!

Well, the guys start digging and discover the phone number is registered to somebody not very far from Keyonnah in terms of geographical distance. Strike one. Keyonnah also said the money was sent by a Larry Brown, an individual the other party claimed to be Bow Wow’s personal assistant. A contact at MTV confirms Larry isn’t Bow Wow’s assistant. Strike two. The guys text the other party and get more excuses as to why him and Keyonnah cannot meet. Strike three. Keyonnah becomes convinced it isn’t Bow Wow, and quickly falls to the sadness and cries.

While we can relate to her frustration and disappointment, it’s hard to think that somebody could actually believe they’ve hooked up with a celeb over Facebook. Regardless, Keyonnah and the guys go to meet this person who is talking to Keyonnah. They take a trip to Atlanta, where the person claims they are for the night. When they arrive, they knock on the door and….it’s Bow Wow!

Just kidding! It’s actually a 23-year-old girl named Dee. Keyonnah reacts with understandable anguish, and  it is also revealed that the person on the phone with Keyonnah was actually Dee’s cousin relaying messages. Talk about messed up! Dee states that she still wants to help Keyonnah and remain close to her. This begs the question of where the financial assistance actually came from. Dee claims she’s a successful rapper who gets paid for shows, but the guys are unable to find anything about her on the internet. Later, Dee admits she borrows hefty sums of money from friends that she never pays back. Can’t say anyone could truly blame Keyonnah for not wanting to stay involved with such an individual!

Months later, the two no longer keep in touch, though Dee wants to. While this episode was unique, there are many “catfished” individuals who we feel sorry for. The lies some weave can be oh so intricate, and there are many phonies out there. The show definitely makes you think twice about who you may be talking to!

Why did Simon Cowell Leave American Idol?

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There is no person more synonymous with American Idol than Simon Cowell.  Cowell, who is a staple in the music industry, was a judge on the singing show from its beginnings in 2002 until 2010, when he left the program. In those many years, Cowell proved himself to be the most critical judge of the three, offering honest and practical critiques rather than sugar coating anything.

simon-cowellCowell was known for being far harsher than either of his co-judges, though he was also praised for his honesty regarding the potential and the performances of people hoping to become the next American Idol.

American Idol is arguably Cowell’s most public success. It was one of the reasons he became a household name in the 200s, after all. Why, then, did Simon Cowell choose to leave American Idol?

There may be several factors at play here. By the time Cowell left in 2010, the “original three” judges had been split up. The replacements that Fox chose were not nearly as interesting nor did they have as entertaining a dynamic with Cowell—such as his frequency snarky battles with original judge Paula Abdul. Abdul, who was well known for her tendency to be exceptionally soft-hearted when offering criticism or declining the people who were auditioning, did not always agree with Cowell’s more direct criticisms.

Another factor that may have played a part in his decision to leave the show was his desire for more input in the production of the show—in other words, he may have wanted more creative control over American Idol than the Fox network was willing to give him. By leaving for another show, on which he has creative control, Cowell may have been deciding to give up the more popular show for a risk that he believed was worth it.

Of course, a very logical reason that Cowell may have decided to leave was that he simply felt it was his time. He may have been bored with American Idol or felt that the program was stagnating, especially after so many years on the air. It is not uncommon for actors or participations to decide to leave a longstanding show, especially if they want to pursue different parts of their career.  It may very well be that Cowell believed it was his time to leave the American Idol spotlight for a show of his own. Click here to find out more about seeing Simon on other television programs.

Super Fun Night TV Series

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Super fun or super blah? That has been the typical reaction to Rebel Wilson’s new show, Super Fun Night  Viewers seem to be unsure of how to feel about it, implying that it is neither impressive nor dreadful. The Pitch Perfect star is known for her humorous performances and is quite popular among those who enjoy her type of humor. The show had very high expectations, and perhaps that is what has lead to some disappointment. Nevertheless, Wilson’s first attempt at writing and starring in her own show is nowhere near awful and may just mature into comedic gold.

 

superfunnightIn her show, Rebel plays Kimmie, a lawyer who has never had a boyfriend and is a little immature for her professional environment. In true Rebel fashion, many of the jokes are at her own expense and may not impress those who are familiar with her work and have seen it before. Those who don’t enjoy her type of humor might just find it straight up boring. The writing can seem a bit simplistic and dull at times, but the show is still enjoyable to watch because Rebel Wilson is a treat in herself.

 

Kimmie has two roommates- Helen-Alice and Marika- who are just as desperate as Kimmie herself. One can’t help but feel for Kimmie as rival Kendall (played by Kate Jenkinson, who fits the mold perfectly) gives Kimmie a hard time. Kendall also battles for the attention of Richard, a co-worker both girls have their sights set on. Overall, the actors are successfully roled and make the show funny- lack of talent is definitely not an issue in this series.

 

In a recent episode, Kimmie and her roommates sign up together for a ‘group dating’ website. When they get no hits, Kimmie embellishes their profiles and makes them sound like models and exotic, successful beauties. This nets them dates at a karaoke club that Friday, and Kimmie starts freaking out about their dates and singing in front of people. Kimmie invites Kendall who declines, saying she’s busy, but then she shows up at the club to upstage and embarrass Kimmie. This almost backfires as Kimmie’s rendition of Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love” was quite good. Not good enough, though, as Kendall walks away smugly, trophy in hand. This is fine, because the girls are ready to head home for their ‘consolation pizzas’, and Kendall invites herself along.

 

“It’s consolation pizza, Kendall. It’s not for winners,” was Richard’s witty reply. It was also sufficiently satisfying to see Kendall knocked down a peg, despite her vocal victory.

 

Hearing Wilson sing is always wonderful, and the show holds potential if Wilson improves her writing a bit. While impressive in Wilson’s dedication and hard work, the show’s plots are a tad stale and the humor is nothing we haven’t seen from Wilson before. For example, when asked what exactly she ‘wouldn’t do for love’, she plainly replied “butt stuff”. While enjoyable, there’s only so many times butt jokes are funny for audiences. Hopefully there will be some ‘consolation pizzas’ on hand if Super Fun Night doesn’t take off. Here’s to hoping it does- Wilson is a very unique television personality who is good at what she does. Click here to watch this and other great television programming on Dish Network Satellite TV.

Night Court

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NBC owned the TV night slots during my adolescent.  With Cheers and then Seinfeld right after, I couldn’t help but tune in week after week.  I loved both of these shows with a passion and watched every episode, all the way into college.  But they were not the only ones I watched.  I also watched Night Court, starring Harry Anderson as the hip, unorthodox judge of a Manhattan night court.
Night Court

Since it aired on Thursday nights right after Cheers, it was a simple thing to just sit there and keep watching.  That’s what they want, right?  Keep on watching after the show you wanted to originally watch is over and you might even like the show that follows.  Easy.

For Night Court, at least the next show was funny.  It started off a bit dry, with mostly deadpan, real life humor but it loosened up in latter seasons and I liked that better, even though it did get a bit silly at times.  It was Dan Fielding vs. Christine Sullivan every night in the court, as public defender and prosecuting attorney respectively.  I don’t even remember the pubic defenders that came before here but there were two.  Who cares?  Markie Post was Christine, the smoking hot little spitfire that had to deal with John Larroquette’s sexual advances as the insatiable Dan Fielding.

This three ring circus was advocated over by the judge Harry Stone, played Harry Anderson.  He was too young, too inexperienced to be any kind of judge and it is only revealed later on how he fell backwards into the position by accident.  He was a sweet natured guy that more often than not gave the accused criminal the benefit of the doubt, much to the chagrin of Fielding.

The other supporting characters were well done and memorable, including Mac, the clerk and the two main bailiffs, Roz and Bull.  Bull was played by the lovable but extremely intimidating Richard Moll, a total monster if there ever was one.  What was he, eight feet tall or something?

Night Court had a great energy to it and never went too far off the track before ending gracefully.

Time Warner Cable Deals in New York City Will Help Your Family

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Checked the Time Warner Cable Packages in New York, NY lately? Some home programming providers offer a certain amount of channels and features, but try to make it sound like more. Or, they charge so much for the services they do offer, that its hard to afford the other things you need. With similar services and varied pricing, these providers can blend in with each other, making it hard to find one that stands out above the rest. If you are looking for a good service provider, with affordable pricing, check Time Warner Cable Offers in New York City.

This provider in the Big Apple offers tons of top television channels, in digital standard and HD. Time Warner Cable TV also provides the benefit of DVR technology, a device that records these channels so you can watch them on your time. Along with a DVR, you get a remote that can rewind, pause and fast forward through your recorded selections. Time Warner Cable TV gives the additional benefit of On Demand programming.

When you use the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) Controls with the On Demand content, you can even rewind, pause and fast forward your new movie releases. There’s nothing outside of your control with this provider, including the content your children watch. Get complimentary Parental Controls with every service.

Time Warner Cable is one of the leading service providers in New York City, so they stand out on great services. Since they offer Bundled service packages, they also stand above the competition on pricing.

Gab Away
Another feature that sets Time Warner Cable apart is the unlimited local and long distance calling service this provider offers their customers. Not only can you make your phone calls when you want to, but you can do it more affordably. Call any location in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico and pay the same low monthly rate. Take advantage of digital telephone features like Caller ID, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3 Way Calling and more to manage your calls the way you like- at no additional charge.

Time Warner Cable Digital Home Phone service also provides International calls. All of your calling needs can met through one phone service that gives you what you need and want.

Broadband Internet Action
When you give 110%, you want the same in return. Time Warner Cable Internet Promotions in New York, NY can give you this and more. 50 Mbps can really stand out from the competition, especially when you are downloading online games in seconds. Upload your pics, or download HD movies without waiting.

These services also come with Parental Controls and online security. You don’t have to pay extra for these services. Affordability is a part of this service.

Monthly Savings in the Big Apple
TWC bundled service packages are an easy way to save time and money. You should be able to enjoy your services, not feel chained to them. When you Bundle programming, internet and home phone services through NYC Time Warner Cable, you can get time saving online bill pay options. Bundles allow you to pay for three services at one time.

Sign up for one of the Time Warner Cable Bundled Packages in New York City, pay one bill, at one rate and you can budget in advance. Save money now with a company that is the best in the business. Check  out the current promotional offers right now!

Things to do in Asheville NC

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Western North Carolina Activities

Things to do in Asheville NC

Check out these awesome Western North Carolina Activities!

Check Out Dish Network Satellite TV Deals

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Dish Network Satellite TV has everything you need for a quality viewing experience at home or from your office at lunch. You can have a great programming package, with the latest in HD-DVR technology, all without hefty subscription fees that put a dent in your savings. Click over to http://www.homedirector.net/ for the Best Dish Network Satellite TV Deals in your area of the country.

Dish offers six programming packages that give you a choice on what you see and what you pay. These six programming packages can come with your choice of Dish HD-DVRs. Find out more about the latest in technology – the DISH Hopper at http://www.homedirector.net/dish-network-hopper.html.

With a Hopper HD-DVR, you have the ability to record as much as 2,000 hours of standard programming and up to 250 hours of HD programming. The Hopper can help you find the remote when it gets lost and record primetime shows for you automatically. It can even keep these shows without taking up room on the hard drive. They are deleted after eight days, so you don’t have to worry about setting the DVR or deleting the shows when you’ve watched them.

When you are at work, at the gym or in the park for the day, you can take your shows with you. The Hopper works with the Dish Anywhere service, providing you with a completely mobile experience that allows you to connect on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

You can sit anywhere and watch up to ten movies a day or catch up on your favorite police drama or sitcom. Even if you won’t have a Wi-Fi connection where you are, you can download your shows and movies before you go and still get the great entertainment you want.

Dish Network is offering Blockbuster@Home services, which means more for you. When you sign up for a new Dish package, you can get three free months of Blockbuster movies, shows and games. This service also comes with up to 20 premium movie channels that you can also get access to with Dish Anywhere.

You don’t have to worry about you or your children being bored when you have Dish Network has a home programming provider. Watch it on the couch or take it with you when you go.

Charter Communications Helps You Do More

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When you have work, the kids have school and the everybody is on a different schedule, life can get hectic. When do you get the time you need for personal relaxation? Charter TV wants to provide for your personal entertainment needs at home. This provider puts everything you need at your fingertips, so that you have less running around to do and more time to enjoy yourself.

Use the On Demand and Specials and Events options this provider gives. Get new movie releases or live action events that make it quick and easy to get quality entertainment at home. The Charter TV On Demand selection offers thousands of choices that are available 24/7, making it easy and convenient for you.

Charter TV also provides hundreds of channels, in HD and standard, so no matter what type of TV you have, you can get the programming you want, in the format you need.

When you want to catch up on the season’s top series, just record it. You can make your own marathons and watch them on your own time. You have options with this provider that allow you to fit your personal time into your busy schedule.

Wireless Freedom
Charter Internet provides top WiFi services for up to ten devices, at speeds that reach over 50 Mbps. You can connect to the net from your gaming console, tablet, iPhone, iPad or laptop. Relax with TV programming or with your favorite social site. The choice is yours.

Charter Internet also offers online security software that provides protection from malware and from Parental Controls. You can keep your personal information private while you surf, chat, bank online and network. Your children can get online with more protection while they play their games and talk to friends and family all over the world.

This provider offers several different internet packages, so you are sure to find the one that fits your online needs the best.

Catch Up Affordably
When you need to reach friends and family all over the country, don’t pay to call long distance. Charter Phone offers unlimited local and long distance calls within the US for a set monthly rate. Pay one rate and get one service that provides for all of your home calling needs. This service even comes with digital calling features and digital voice mail for no additional charge.

When you have to make those overseas calls, Charter Phone provides International rates. These rates are low enough that you can talk when you need to, without paying expensive monthly rates you don’t want.

Bundled Joy
You have a set monthly budget to operate in. Charter Cable can give you money-saving discounts in a Bundled service package. Get the three home services you need, in one monthly bill, for one monthly rate. You can even pay this bill online, so you spend less time with checks and stamps. Don’t spend more than you should. Get everything you need, at the price you want, with Charter Cable.

Star Trek Episodes Timeline

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Star Trek Episodes Timeline

Star Trek Episodes Timeline
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Refresh your memory of all the great Star Trek TV Shows and Movies here!