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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Music Review: Interrupting the Silence by Max Morgan

Hi all…

Max Morgan has been making waves ahead of his new album Interrupting the Silence release this week. Back in December 2008, one of the songs off the album “Secret” was featured on Grey’s Anatomy and “Secret” and “Wait for Me” were already heard by viewers of the NFL Network, Private Practice, ESPN, and Animal Planet. He’s been a busy guy!

So with the release of Interrupting the Silence I suspect his schedule will get that much busier. Morgan grew up in Liverpool wanting to play soccer like his father, but a growth spurt at age 13 put a bit of a pause on that dream. Instead, he started playing music. As his family moved around England, Max learned how to play multiple instruments that would later be used on his debut album. Over the last few years (he’s 22 now), he has been living in California working on his album.

On the web, Max has been busy as well, doing interviews and having CD reviews pop up in a number of other places. This interview on Teenspot.com was interesting. I find it amusing that he’s been mistaken for Russell Brand recently with his curly hair and “English-ness.”

Each song on Interrupting the Silence is infused with pop sensibilities — from rocking out on guitar in songs like “Ya Better Believe” to piano ballads like the media-friendly “Secret” and “Wait for Me.” His music has been compared to many of his contemporaries in the Top 40, including The Fray, Oasis, and Coldplay. And I think once the radio starts playing some of the tunes off the album, we’ll be hearing more from Max in the near future.

Though there are a number of anthem-type songs, I was drawn more frequently to Max’s ballads. “Nobody’s Coming to My Rescue” somehow seems to be one of the songs that really grew on me with its lyrics and arrangement. “Secret” with its soft guitar intro also worked for me as it builds throughout the heart of the song. He uses that pattern of soft intro building to a strong chorus on a number of songs on the album.

I think “Trouble” is my favorite song on the album. The lyrics speak of a girl leading him to trouble again and again until he seems like he’s attracted to it. With the guitar and strings at the beginning, it builds into the pop-infused guitars and strings at the chorus… “Here I go again / I’m always looking for trouble…”

Though Interrupting the Silence is a decent debut effort from Max Morgan, I’ll be interested to hear what he does in the future. With the public already embracing “Secret” and “Wait for Me” in the media, I suspect we’ll hear another album from him in a year or two with TV-soundtrack friendly tunes. He obviously has talent and a good voice, but I hope he outgrows his pop phase quickly and truly finds a style all his own.

Be sure to check out Max’s MySpace page and website for additional information and to listen to some of his music online. It’s obvious that he has a following (1.5 million fans have already listened to his music on MySpace) and talent. Let’s see where his journey goes next.

–Fitz

p.s. Check out Max’s music at MySpace or on Amazon:

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