So yeah, I’m watching even MORE TV than ever these days. And I can’t believe that when I gave you my big summer TV roundup I forgot to mention White Collar!!
I mean, really, how could I? It was by far my favorite show this summer. It’s a mostly gun- and violence-free version of Burn Notice. The New York atmosphere is filmed in SUCH a fantastic way, it makes me CRAZY homesick. Super clever, super stylish, great relationships between the characters. I really love it. And the season finale had such great work from Matt Bomer. Even if I’ve had just as hard a time as anyone else caring very much about Kate (I mean, we’ve never seen any real evidence of them having a great relationship or her actually being either a) super in love with Neal or b) interesting in any way), Bomer’s portrayal of a man in desperation was fantastic. And the ending of the season finale??!?! I mean WHAT?!?!? I’m assured by things I’ve read elsewhere online that what appears to have happened could not actually have happened and I’m just going to keep my fingers crossed on that one… My ONLY complaint about this season would be that in the first four (at least) episodes, all the Elizabeth scenes were done with TERRIBLE CGI. I’d rather just see (or even only hear) the Burkes have a phone call than a badly CGIed lunch date.
Also I really liked this (what seemed like a VERY SHORT) season of Dark Blue. Tricia Helfer as a new cast member!! Ty gettin’ all messed up in stuff! There was a lot to enjoy.
But that was summer and despite Chicago weather’s insistence to the contrary, summer is o-v-e-r. [OK technically Haven and The Glades are not QUITE done with their summer seasons… Both are OK to watch but nothing wowza.]
Time for Fall TV!! What are you watching? I’m watching:
Sons of Anarchy. YAY YAY YAY so happy SOA is back. And so far, it’s been fantastic although each episode seems to have some devastating addition to the list of current problems. I am so worn out by the time the hour is over; it’s like I’ve been holding my breath the whole time. Clearly my emotional investment here is reaching dangerously high levels. I wish it was on every night but since it’s not, I generally rewatch each week’s episode at least two times (if not more).
Terriers. Almost a mock procedural, the world’s most unlikely pair of pseudo private detectives. I somehow seem to have missed the first half of the second episode (either that or I missed an entire episode) so I found some of this week confusing. But it’s got some charm and the dialogue is great.
NCIS. Somehow I just can’t quit this show. But I refuse to have anything to do with the horrific spin-off.
Rubicon. A carryover from summer (I think this may be its last week?). One of those shows where you really do NOT know what’s happening half of the time (moreso than something like Lost, I would say). Palpable tension and mystery. Sometimes the lack of clarity is frustrating but it keeps me interested. Although as with Lost or any of those type of shows, I, unlike most of my friends who watch, am FAR more interested in the weekly byplay between the characters than in figuring out the big mystery or even noticing the little tricks and clues hidden in the various storylines.
Chase. I decided to give this one a go and it’s at least a well-done procedural if nothing more. I’ve been a fan of Cole Hauser since Good Will Hunting so I’m always willing to watch his shows (I even watched K-Ville!), although I think he’s meant to be the #2 here. Sorry, the blonde girl is just not as interesting to me.
The Good Wife. I didn’t watch it last season but I caught up over the summer. I am not totally gaga about it but there’s some good acting and some interesting stuff going on (oh, Eli Gold, you are something else) and I find myself really interested while it’s on even if it’s not something I ever feel like rewatching later in the week.
How I Met Your Mother and The Office – the only two half hour, sitcom-y types I have on my schedule. They’re both a little tired out, some of the plot lines are going nowhere, but they both still make me laugh at least a little bit each week and at only a 30 minute investment, sometimes that’s the perfect amount of time to wind down with.
Chuck. I didn’t watch this show much in its first season. Second season I kept catching up via On Demand to the point where I finally had to admit I was watching the show. I still think it’s uneven. I still think it’s possible to do comedy without so many skeeeevy characters–Morgan is just gross sometimes. But there are some really engaging bits and oh hai Adam Baldwin and I love the Mission Impossible stuff that almost always turns into an almost failure saved by the Intercept kicking in.
Shows I’m on the fence about:
Blue Blood. I don’t know. I just got rid of two family dramas (see below), I’m not sure I need to introduce a new one. And I TOTALLY called that Tom Selleck doing the thing one of his kids saw him doing (I don’t want to spoil it for you if you’re actually interested in watching). I didn’t think the premiere was anything special, but I didn’t think it was terrible either (coughBONEScough) so I may watch it one more week before I decide.
Hawaii 5-0. So I think the casting of this show is insanely stupid and wrong. So you have Grace Park, huge star of BSG, and Daniel Dae Kim, huge star of Lost, at your disposal. HELLO THEY SHOULD BE THE LEADS. But instead they are the # 4 and 3 characters, respectively, and two moronic frat boys are the leads and the main lead is such a master of the stoic non-expression face that he can actually make an action scene look boring. (And the only show he’s ever been on was a huge failure. How (why?) would you hire him as the lead????) On the other hand – SURPRISINGLY the premiere was actually pretty solid and the filming isn’t bad at all. But I can watch this in 15 minute increments spread out over the week and not even remember that I didn’t finish an episode. Doesn’t really say much for it, does it. I love Grace Park, but I’m not sure this is worth it. Plus this BETTER NOT mess up her participation in The Border, the Canadian show I am completely obsessed with. (Which oddly I seem not to have written about here at all. It’s SO GOOD.)
Shows I’ve said goodbye to:
Bones. Wow, the season premiere SUCKED. Horrible dialogue, bad acting, and a completely contrived plotline. SEE YA!
Glee. I love the way they do the music on the show but even last season I was really not interested in what passes for the plot and the ridiculous number of twists and turns they try to work in every week–actually I would just prefer to see these kids do music/dance numbers for an hour with no plot whatsoever–and I find my patience for it has vanished. I’ll just check out the songs on iTunes and that’ll be enough for me.
Parenthood. The season premiere made me cringe a few times and I just can’t watch Lauren Graham and Peter Krause in their solo brother/sister scenes without wondering when they’re going to kiss (am I imagining hearing that they’re dating in real life?).
Brothers & Sisters. It’s hard NOT to get sucked into Berlanti’s family dramas (hello, Everwood, I miss you) but too many of these characters have become people I can’t care about and if Justin and Rebecca are breaking up then I’m really not interested.
Supernatural. I actually never watched this show until I buzzed through five seasons of DVDs in my month off school at the beginning of the summer. I think DVD watching has a way of keeping you engaged in shows that ride the mediocrity line because hey! instant gratification! you can see another one right away! and it’s hard NOT to get involved in storylines when you’ve just watched the character for 4 (or 8, or 12) hours and you know so much about what’s going on. But on a week-to-week basis, I just can’t seem to stay interested.
Castle. If Michael Trucco had become a permanent cast member, I would still be watching this. It was so much more interesting when he was added to the mix.
Shows that were too bad to watch:
Running Wilde. Couldn’t make it past the first 10 minutes. SO bad.
The Whole Truth. I really like both Tierney and Morrow but this show really wasn’t any good and I hate hate HATED the way they kept interrupting the summations with back clips. Like it had been several hours and we’d all forgotten what had happened earlier. No thanks.
I think that’s it. Heh. We won’t talk about the movies I watch (and rewatch) every week in addition to all this… If I actually spent ALL my TV time knitting (and other crafting) I would get SO much more done. But sometimes (during SOA for example) I am riveted to the screen and capable of nothing but watching. OK gotta go! 🙂