Too Much TV – Fall 2010

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We watch too much television at my house. We should probably seek professional help. Instead, we’re trying to figure out how to juggle DVR schedules and On Demand shows so we can watch everything we want to see… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA… [ahem]

Ok, now that I’ve had my nervous breakdown, let’s go through the list…

Last Thursday on the CW, I tried to watch the new Nikita. And though there were some good things (the action was cool, gadgets were cool, girls were beautiful) it just didn’t engage for me. I blame that not on Maggie Q, who plays Nikita in this incarnation of the story, but on the weak characters surrounding her. Shane West as Michael pales when compared to Roy Dupuis in the Peta Wilson-led La Femme Nikita of the late 1990s. And though I used to love Melinda Clarke, her Amanda pales against Alberta Watson’s Madeline from the ’90s series as well… I could go on, but suffice it to say that I won’t be watching again unless I’m very bored.

This week, we have only one show. It’s one my wife started watching and when I found time to see it, I actually enjoyed it…

  • Parenthood (ABC), Tuesday September 14, 2010 at 10pm CST/9pm MST

Next week is insane however…

Let’s start with Monday, September 20, 2010. Eight shows that we want to watch happen to air between 7pm and 10pm our time. Geez. And even if we only watch the first episode of a new series (I’m not convinced I’ll watch The Event, Chase, or Hawaii Five-O, but want to see the first episode to find out), that only reduces the list to 5 shows on a single night…

  • House (FOX), 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • Chuck (NBC), 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS), 8:30pm CST/7:30pm MST
  • The Event (NBC), 9pm CST/8pm MST
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS), 9:00pm CST/8:00pm MST
  • Castle (ABC), 10pm CST/9pm MST
  • Chase (NBC), 10pm CST/9pm MST
  • Hawaii Five-O (CBS), 10pm CST/9pm MST

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 is a little better…

  • Glee (FOX), 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • NCIS (CBS), 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • Raising Hope (FOX), 9pm CST/8pm MST
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 9pm CST/8pm MST

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, we only have a couple…

  • Undercovers (NBC), 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • The Defenders (CBS), 10pm CST/9pm MST

Then Thursday (September 23, 2010) explodes again… Even though I won’t watch Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice (they’re my wife’s shows), that’s still seven out of nine shows…

  • Bones (FOX), 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • Big Bang Theory (CBS), 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • S#*! My Dad Says (CBS), 8:30pm CST/7:30pm MST
  • Fringe (FOX), 9pm CST/8pm MST
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), 9pm CST/8pm MST
  • CSI (CBS), 9pm CST/8pm MST
  • Outsourced (NBC), 9:30pm CST/8:30pm MST
  • Private Practice (ABC), 10pm CST/9pm MST
  • The Mentalist (CBS), 10pm CST/9pm MST

And Friday (September 24, 2010) we only have a couple again:

  • Supernatural (CW), 9pm CST/8pm MST
  • CSI: NY (CBS), 9pm CST/8pm MST

So in the first big week of premieres, we’re looking at… 25 shows potentially.

To add insult to injury for our poor DVRs, there are more premieres scattered throughout October and November too…

  • No Ordinary Family (ABC), Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • Stargate Universe (Syfy), Tuesday, September 28, 2010,
    9pm CST/8pm MST
  • Human Target (FOX), Friday, October 1, 2010, 8pm CST/7pm MST
  • The Walking Dead (AMC), Sunday, October 31, 2010, 9pm CST/8pm MST
  • Lie to Me (FOX), Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 9pm CST/8pm MST

That’s a lot of television and I’m guessing a few will fall by the wayside before too long, but still… As Keanu would say – “Whoa.”

What are you planning on watching?
–Fitz

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[TV News] Syfy’s Eureka and Warehouse 13 back in July!

Hi again!

Wow, July 2010 is shaping up to be a busy month for television! Covert Affairs and Being Human are coming back, as are Eureka and Warehouse 13!

We’ve been big fans of the quirky Eureka since it started a few years ago. Hard to believe that season 4 starts up on July 9, 2010!

As I saw in a recent press release: “Eureka seems like any other cozy, Pacific Northwest town, but is actually a secret community of geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. What they’ve unwittingly created is a place where anything imaginable can happen… and does. The series stars Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, and Niall Matter.”

This year, it looks like we’ll see some interesting guest stars – Jamie Kennedy, Jamie Ray Newman, Matt Frewer, and Wil Wheaton! Frewer is always entertaining as the wacky Taggart. And I’m guessing Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) probably won’t be excited about Wheaton in Eureka, but these days he seems to find cherry roles for himself, so we’ll see how he does.

And Warehouse 13, which combines a bit of the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steampunk sensibilities and humor, is coming back for Season 2! It too is getting some fun guest stars – Lindsay Wagner, Tia Carrere, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Philip Winchester, and Nolan Gerard Funk. Hard not to get excited when the Bionic Woman and Kaylee from Firefly are on board!

Again, from a recent press release – “Warehouse 13 follows two Secret Service agents who find themselves abruptly transferred to a massive, top-secret storage facility in windswept South Dakota which houses every strange artifact, mysterious relic, fantastical object and supernatural souvenir ever collected by the U.S. government. The Warehouse’s caretaker Artie (Saul Rubinek) charges Agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) with chasing down reports of supernatural and paranormal activity in search of new objects to cache at the Warehouse, as well as helping him to control the Warehouse itself.”

Here’s a trailer for season 2 that was just released:

Seems like July will be a good month for television at my house!

–Fitz

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The Fall Television Schedule… What will YOU be watching?

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Hi all!

With it being September now (shudder, where the heck is the year going?), I thought it was time to figure out what it was I’d be watching on television in the Fall.

So I came up with this list of shows that we’d watched last year or before…

New shows to watch:
And the schedule looks something like this:
  • Stargate: Atlantis (Friday July 11)
  • Eureka (Tuesday July 29)
  • Bones (Wednesday Sept 3)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Monday Sept 8)
  • Supernatural (Thursday Sept 18)
  • Big Bang Theory (Monday Sept 22)
  • Heroes (Monday Sept 22)
  • Two and a Half Men (Monday Sept 22)
  • NCIS (Tuesday Sept 23)
  • The Mentalist (Tuesday Sept 23)
  • CSI: NY (Wednesday Sept 24)
  • Chuck (Monday Sept 29)
  • Numb3rs (Friday Oct 3)
  • CSI (Thursday Oct 9)
  • Eleventh Hour (Thursday Oct 9)
So it’s another busy week for my DVR…
Monday
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Heroes
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Chuck
Tuesday
  • Eureka
  • The Mentalist
  • NCIS
Wednesday
  • Bones
  • CSI: NY
Thursday
  • CSI
  • The Eleventh Hour
  • Supernatural
Friday
  • Numb3rs
  • Stargate: Atlantis

So we’ll see whether my DVR can handle the strain. 🙂

What shows are you guys planning on watching this season?

–Fitz

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