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)
They are already developing a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. (Screen Rant)
Jason Alexander is going to guest star on Community. (EW)
Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Terriers) is developing Badlands for HBO. (AV Club)
Sigh. It looks like Jamie Foxx is confirmed as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Latino Review)
Also, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) has been cast as Harry Osborn. (Latino Review)
Sad news. Karen Berger is stepping down from DC Comics. She was responsible for some of the greatest DC Comics ever when she was Executive Editor of DC Vertigo – Sandman, The Preacher, Hellblazer. (Bleeding Cool)
The villain for the Justice League movie has been revealed and should be no surprise to any comic fan. (Bleeding Cool)
9:00 pm: Happy Endings (ABC; 10/23) I think Happy Endings has taken over Modern Family‘s spot as ABC’s funniest show. The way I feel about this show now is how I used to feel about How I Met Your Mother in the good days (seasons 1-4)
9:00 pm New Girl (FOX; 10/25) Zooey Deschanel is still the weakest link in this cast but she improved as the season went on. Well, she didn’t necessarily improve. She just meshed better with her castmates. She’s about to lose this show to Schmidt (Max Greenfield). I haven’t seen a secondary character hijack a show from it’s star like this since Urkel.
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 →
When I started this little project, there weren’t that many shows on the air. Now that the midseason schedule is in full swing, this has gotten a lot tougher. I think I may have to quit my job to devote more time to my unread blog.
The Power Rankings: (may contain mild spoilers)
10. 30 Rock (Episode: “Klaus and Greta”) – James Franco is having quite an interesting year.
9. Fringe(Episode: “Johari Window”) – This could have easy been an unaired episode of The X-Files with the Fringe cast filling in.
8. Archer (Episode: “Mole Hunt”) – FX has another hilarious comedy on its hands.
It’s back (now that there’s finally enough TV on to rank it)
The Power Rankings: (may contain mild spoilers)
10. The Simpsons (Episode: “Thursdays with Abie”): It’s rare that a Simpsons episode stands out especially one that centers on Abe
9. Scrubs (Episode: “Our Couples”): This show is much better a) without J.D. and b) with Lucy being mentored by Elliot. I still could have done without it ever existing but it’s not a complete waste of time.
8. Ugly Betty (Episode: “The Passion of the Betty”): Another one of those everything-goes-back-to-normal-at-Mode episodes with both Hal and Matt taken care of and Wilhamina getting her spot back
7. Friday Night Lights (Episode: “The Toilet Bowl”): My least favorite episode of the season. Even though the Lions finally won a game, it felt like nothing happened.