9:00 PM – Being Human (SYFY; 1/14)
I’ve almost quit this show four times but then someone will convince me to go back. The finale was so bleak that I have to know how they are going to write their way out of it.
9:00 PM – The Following (FOX; 1/21)
I’ve been anticipating this show since the summer. It looks a little intense for network television (even if it’s Fox). I’m terrfied it will be a great show, no one will watch it and it will get cancelled like Lone Star. I always thought James Purefoy (serial killer Joe Carroll) would become a huge star after playing Marc Antony in HBO’s Rome. It didn’t work out that way but better late than never.
10:00 PM – Lost Girl (SYFY; 1/14) Lost Girl is one of my unempplyment shows. If I had been working, I would have never had time to watch seasons one and two. But I wasn’t. So I did. Now I’m looking forward to season three.
8:00 PM – How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
8:00 PM – Bones (FOX)
10:00 PM – Castle (ABC)
8:00 pm: How I Met Your Mother (CBS; 9/23) There isn’t a show on television that needs an end date more than HIMYM. I’m just about ready to quit this show. I don’t need to see Lily and Marshall as parents. I don’t need to know how Barney ended up marrying (spoiler). Just knowing that they do get married is enough for me. Just give us the mother and everyone can move on.
8:00 pm: Bones (FOX; 9/17) Bones is a bit of a guilty pleasure. I don’t feel like I need to watch it consistently. I can pop right in whenever I want. I generally hate procedurals but this is one of the few exceptions where I haven’t gotten tired of the repetitive formula.
The fall television season of 2011 will be remembered for Homeland. It was easily one of the best first season of a show I’ve watched from start to finish. I debated doing a post about my top ten TV shows of 2011 but got lazy. I couldn’t decide whether Homeland or Breaking Bad would take the top spot. I thought nothing could top the fourth season of Breaking Bad but some of Homeland’s individual episodes (particularly “The Weekend” and “The Vest”) are up there with the best episodes of the year (another post I was too lazy to write).
Ultimately, my top ten TV shows of 2011 without any elaboration are:
Parks and Recreation
Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
Now that I’ve gotten that out-of-the-way, let’s talk about what shows could contend for a spot on the best television shows of 2012. Since I don’t watch these shows live, there’s no sense in listing it by time. New series are in bold.
Since I’ve moved to Los Angeles, the way I watch television has changed. I no longer have cable and rely mainly on the Internet (some means more legal than others). I’ve been fairly successful in keeping up with my shows without a DVR but the hassle of shows building up on my hard drive has made me quick to drop shows.
As I started contemplating this post, I bragged to myself that I could cut my viewing hours down to maybe 15 hours. The new crop of shows are not that appealing and most of the shows I currently watch I’m not completely enamored with. I’ll also admit that shows that Cindy and I aren’t both into are less likely to be watched regularly. Fall TV hours are 22.5 right now but by November, I think I can get to the 15 hours I so desire.
Since I don’t watch these shows when they air on TV, no point in listing times. New shows in bold.
This is going to be a strange TV season for me. No Lost for me to analyze. No 24 or Jack Bauer for me to cheer. Not even a Heroes for me to mock from afar. There are few shows I truly love now so feel free to call me during these shows. I may actually pick up.
Usually, I break this down in terms of what I’ll be watching live and DVRing then making a separate list for what I’ll be watching via other means (OnDemand, Hulu, other unsavory means). For your benefit, I’ll list everything I plan to watch by their airdate and time. Just know that, somehow, I’ll be watching all these shows at least once. Continue reading →
This is going to be a mess. With a bunch of shows doing delayed returns (not coming back until March/April), it’s hard to discern what I’m going to be able to watch live and what I’ll be watching via the internet. So I’m just going to list them all with their return date. Just know that some how, some way I will try to watch all these shows.
8:00 – 8:30 PM: The Simpsons (1/3): What will it take for me to stop watching this show.
8:00 – 9:00 PM: The Pacific (3/14): I own Band of Brothers and still haven’t watched it. That’s a damn shame
9:00 – 9:30 PM: Family Guy (1/3)
9:30 – 10:00 PM: Sons of Tuscon (3/14): The only reason I’m giving this a chance is because it stars Tyler Labine, the main reason I watched Reaper 9:00 – 10:00 PM: Big Love (1/10)
10:00-11:00 PM: Breaking Bad (3/21)
8:00 – 8:30 PM: How I Met Your Mother (1/11)
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Life Unexpected (1/11): It’s supposed to be good
8:00 – 9:00 PM: House (1/11)
8:00 – 9:00 PM: Chuck (1/10 premiere, regularly airs on Monday)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: Gossip Girl (3/8)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: 24 (1/17 premiere, regularly airs on Monday)
9:00 – 10:00 PM: Parenthood (3/1): It sucks that Maura Tierney had to drop out but Lauren Graham as a replacement is great
9:30 – 10:00 PM: The Big Bang Theory (1/11)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Castle (1/11)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Damages (1/25)
10:00 – 11:00 PM: Greek (1/25)
This was easily the hardest TV schedule I’ve ever had to put together. I actually thought I was going to be watching less television than ever but then I got to Thursday. Thank God for Hulu and bittorrent, otherwise I don’t know what I’d do*.