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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FOX reveals Fall 2010 Premiere Dates!

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Hi all…

You know we watch far too much television at my house… But I’m always happy when I see that a series that I worried might have been cut gets brought back for a second series. With FOX that’s sometimes a double-edged sword, like in the case of Dollhouse, which I loved the first season of and hated the second. But hey… as Brandon Lee said in The Crow – “Can’t rain all the time.”

Shows returning include:

  • House (Premieres Monday, September 20, 2010 at 8-9PM ET)
  • Glee (Premieres Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 8-9PM ET)
  • Bones (Premieres Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 8-9PM ET)
  • Fringe (Premieres Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 9-10PM ET)
  • Human Target (Premieres Friday, September 24, 2010 at 8-9PM ET)
  • Lie to Me (Premieres Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8-9PM ET)

There are even a few new shows:

  • Lone Star (probably not for me)
  • Raising Hope (looks cute)
  • Running Wilde (maybe?)

Which shows are you excited about?

(Thanks go to FOX and ComingSoon.net for posting the premiere dates.)

–Fitz

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Sue Sylvester’s Vogue: Amusing or Disturbing?

Hi all…

Yes, Glee is back with new episodes starting with last night’s “Hello”… And it ended with a taste of the upcoming Madonna-themed episode. Yes, Sue Sylvester (the hilarious and talented Jane Lynch) did a “Vogue” video.

And I have to say I was amused at first. That Lynch would be willing to do such a thing for the sake of comedy is inspiring. And, honestly, it wasn’t a bad rendition of the song (I didn’t ever really like the original, even when it was popular). But the video got a bit long and the amusement changed to a vague sense of just being odd…

My wife loved it and encouraged me to post about it today, so here ’tis. But at the end of a so-so episode (I tend to fast forward through the drama bits to the musical performances), this video may have been a bit much. I did like the duet version of Lionel Ritchie‘s “Alone” – there were some interesting harmonies they used that made it much better than it might have been, as opposed to the relatively uninspired versions of “Hello, I Love You” by the Doors and AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell“… Maybe it was just me, but the music wasn’t as good in this episode as some of the earlier ones.

That said, I’ll be watching next week (at least the musical bits) as the cast and crew of Glee gets all Madonna-ish. 🙂

What did you think? Curious minds want to know!

–Fitz

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