Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In with the New

I love my television programs. I used to have a lot more time for tv than I do now. Some shows became social events which made them even more fun: Rock Star INXS and Rock Star Supernova at Jon and Rhett’s; Lost at John and Josh’s – a few times anyway; Heroes at Crystal’s – which I rarely made it to because of FHE; 24 at Steph and Kristi’s – which I stopped going to because I just ended up falling asleep. Well, it was a good effort to make TV a social activity. But most of my shows I’m usually watching by myself – especially now that I hardly ever watch programs when they actually air.

Summer is full of REALLY bad television. More reality programming than I can stomach. Remember when they used to air reruns in the summer? Reruns would be way better than America’s Got Talent, Nanny 911 and Wife Swap. So when fall comes around I get excited for my shows to come back and sometimes I look forward to giving new shows a try.

TV shows I will continue watching:

Samantha Who? (ABC)
It’s sweet, funny and smart. Christina Applegate is great in this show, but the best character is her friend Andrea (played by Jennifer Esposito). She steals every scene.

Lost (ABC)
The premiere won’t air until late winter. I hate that about this show. But everything else I love makes up for it.

30 Rock (NBC)
Always funny. Can’t wait.

The Office (NBC)
After last season’s finale, I’m a little worried about this season, but we’ll see how it goes.

Heroes (NBC)
Again, I’m a little worried about it but I’m still looking forward to it.

TV shows I just don’t have time to watch, but would if I could:

Medium (NBC)
I really love this show. The mystery is fun and keeps you guessing. The relationship between the husband and wife seems real to me and their children are genuine characters too which you don’t see often these days. But I’m never home when it’s on. So I’ll have to watch it online when I have time.

House (FOX)

I think this show has great stories, but I don’t understand how three of the original cast members still have top credits but you hardly ever see them. Anyway, it’s on the same night I should be going to Institute. So if I’m not at Institute, I’ll probably be watching House.

TV shows I tried last season, but just couldn’t get into:

Pushing Daisies (ABC)
You’d think this is a show I would like – the characters, the style; I wanted to like this show, I just couldn’t get into it. I should give it another try.

Chuck (NBC)
I watched most of last season’s episodes. I really wanted to like this show so I watched several episodes online after the season was over. It was all right.

TV shows you’d think I’d like, but I just don’t watch:

Desperate Housewives (ABC)
I’ve actually watched several episodes and I enjoy it enough to watch it when it’s on, but if there’s something else on that I like, I’ll usually watch something else.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
It’s too soap-opera for me. Again, if there’s nothing else on – but I can’t stand Meredith.

Ugly Betty (ABC)
I think Lost went up against Ugly Betty so of course I never watched it. I did watch it in reruns. It was good. I’ll have to borrow Season 1 from Kristi and Steph and watch it sometime.

TV Shows I would LOVE to continue watching but can’t because network execs are sell outs:

Friday Night Lights
This is one of the best “family” shows on television. I was surprised at how much I liked it, seeing how it centers around football. The acting is good, the writing is good, and the story lines are believable. And critics love this show. I was never able to watch it when it aired, so I watched the first two seasons online, but I looked forward to it every week. I just went to the NBC page and it looks like they’re taking it to DIRECT TV. Exclusively. And then there’s a link to get DIRECT TV right below all the critically acclaimed reviews. That’s so disappointing. If I’m going to pay money to watch this show, it will be paid in rental fees when it comes out on DVD.

TV shows I can’t believe are still on the air:


Up until last week, I actually thought ER was canceled years ago.

24 (FOX)
I loved this show until after Season 4. Then it just got out of control. All my favorite characters were killed off. Once I stopped caring whether Jack Bauer got nuked or not, it was over for me.

Scrubs (NBC)
I never watched this until it was syndicated on KJZZ. I think it’s funny, but I watched the last season and I think it’s over.

One Tree Hill (CW)
I think I was in and out of the first season. The characters are lame. I can’t believe the CW got rid of Everwood and kept this one.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for me this year. And if I got my networks wrong on any of these, let me know so I can fix them. I kind of guessed.


SRA said...

Well, Jon and Joe would have you watch "90210", of course. haha

I am wondering how "24" is going to be after its rather long hiatus. I guess there's going to be a TV movie catchup thing on FOX in November to bridge the gap between the end of the last season (May 2007) and the start of the new (January 2009). Should be interesting.

And I love "House". His humor is totally up my alley. And the dour oncologist (forget his name) and Cuddy and his three young 'associates'. I totally feel you on your post from awhile back that watching Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD made the characters almost-real to you. Did the same for me this summer.

And "30 Rock" and "The Office" are worth looking forward to, to be sure.

Kelly Durham said...

I miss Lost ever so much. I don't know how I'll survive until January!

My family loves Friday Night Lights. Katie even has a Dillon Panthers t-shirt.

I'm trying out Fringe (on Fox). I love J.J. Abrams and the pilot was intriguing. We'll see how it goes.

Steph said...

I miss us all watching Rockstar together. Oh, the good old days.... You really need to borrow Ugly Betty. I actually think it's my favorite show (replacing The Office which seems to be going nowhere fast).

Cameron's Corner said...

This makes me wish my DVR wasn't broken.

Jergs Family said...

Okay Laura,

You've got to give Pushing Daisies another try. This is my FAVORITE show on TV!! I am so excited for it to come back. It's quirky, sweet, funny and scary all at the same time. This IS a show I thought you'd like - try again. I do also like Samantha Who. Very cute and I really like Christina Applegate, who I never really liked before. Maybe that's because I come from the Married with Children generation - hated that show!

Anyway, happy viewing!

Annie said...

I agree on giving Pushing Daisies a second try, and well, I've been telling you that for a while. BUT maybe this can become a social event for you, I'll watch it, so you can be social by watching it with me. And if anyone else wants to watch it with us it's on Wednesday nights and the season premier is on October 1st.

My other favorite show which I am SO looking forward to and have basically never missed an episode of: Amazing Race. Starts September 28th. I can't wait! That's another show that's great as a social event.

Charlotta-love said...

I don't have cable so really don't watch any tv...however, I do make a point to go to and download each episode of The Office. I'm a sucker for Jim.

Saule Cogneur said...

Psych on USA is good though I don't know when its season begins and ends. After watching a few episodes of Prison Break, I can safely say any one with half a brain is missing nothing by not watching it. Eli Stone is decent. I pretty much expect nothing from The Office and Scrubs from here on out, but I'll probably watch them to the bitter end. 24 is dead to me.

Kristi said...

I'm adding one more vote for Ugly Betty. It is currently my favorite show on TV. Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry.

Scott said...

Two of my favorite TV shows you said you couldnt get into, Chuck (love it, although I admit its not a great show) and Pushing Daisies. My other favorite is Lost which after a certain episode I almost never watched again. But then they went ahead and got back on track

Ilene said...

Love Pushing Daisies. Dan will watch that show with me.

I need to try 30 Rock and I did like a couple of those Christina Applegate shows. You're right about the best friend stealing all of the scenes.

I hate summer t.v. My DVR is full of Raymond and King of Queen reruns to get me through until the shows start agaign.

Tara said...

I understand your dilema with House being on the same night as Institute. . for me it's Law and Order:SVU. I have a feeling I will internally struggle every Tuesday this semester. . .

leandparkermakes3 said...

We must have similar taste in TV. (We are related, that must be why :)) I miss Gilmore Girls...that was the best show on TV. I gave Fringe another chance. I think it might be interesting. Did you watch the second episode?