It’s the time again as I shock and awe you with how much television I think I’m going to be able to watch.
9:00 PM – Girls (HBO; 1/13)
The show I love to hate. It got better as the season wore on especially when Adam (Adam Driver) became more than just Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) weird one-dimensional not-boyfriend. I’m concerned that Dunham will address her critics too much this season. After the backlash for the lack of minorities in Girls‘ version of Brooklyn, could casting Donald Glover as a potential love interest be too much of an overreaction?
9:00 PM – Game of Thrones (HBO; 3/31) Erwin swears to me that this will be the best season because it’s based on the best book of the series, A Storm of Swords. I wouldn’t know. I refuse to read the books mostly to annoy him. I just hope it’s not like the first two seasons where we spend half the season introducing yet more new characters until the plot can really move forward.
9:00 PM – Shameless (SHO; 1/13)
Am I the only one who thinks the show would be 100 times better if Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) left and/or died? They haven’t figured out how to make his character work and I don’t think they ever will.
10:00 PM: House of Lies (SHO; 1/13)
I would abandon this show but it stars Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. I’m not ready to admit this show isn’t good.
10:30 PM: Californication (SHO; 1/13)
I actually last season was pretty good until the closing minutes of the finale in which another ridiculous misunderstanding will keep Hank (David Duchovny) and Karen (Natascha McElhone) from being together (which would allow the show to finally end for good).
8:00 PM – The Simpsons (FOX)
8:30 PM – Bob’s Burgers (FOX)
9:00 PM – The Good Wife (CBS)
9:00 PM – Revenge (ABC)
9:00 PM – The Walking Dead (AMC) (2/10)
10:00 PM – Happy Endings (ABC)
10:30 PM – Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 (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)
I’m going to try something different and break my annual TV post by day. This way, it might be easier to digest
8:30 pm: Bob’s Burgers (FOX; 9/30)
The only Fox animated show I enjoy. It’s not always laugh out loud funny but it’s always interesting. This is one of those shows I wish were more popular. Maybe Seth McFarlane can attach his name to it.
9:00 pm: The Good Wife (CBS; 9/30)
I’ve been trying to take advantage of my “free time” and catch up on this show. I’m halfway through season two and think I’ll be able to finish (if this pesky wedding doesn’t get in the way). I’ve never been a big fan of Julianna Margulies but I’m warming up to her. She’s almost shows emotion in this show.
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.
Even though I missed out on San Diego Comic-Con again, I still look forward to al the trailers that come out. Here were my favorites:
Dexter Season Six Trailer
I liked last season well enough but this trailer looks like Dexter is back to normal (not grieving or taking on a partner). Plus we might get to see Mos Def on Dexter’s table and I’ll pretend he’s being killed for the oft-promised and oft-delayed Black Star sophomore album
The Walking Dead Season Two
I wasn’t a huge fan of season one (I’d say two of the six episodes where good) but this trailer makes The Walking Dead look like the show I hoped and expected it to be.
The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korratrailer
I watched Avatar The Last Airbender last year and was mad it took me so long to get on the bandwagon. The animation for the follow-up (taking place 70 years after the original) is amazing*.
Doctor Who Series 6b Trailer
After how the first half of season six ended, how could I not get excited by this? Why does River Song have the eyepatch on? WHY???
In Time trailer
Yes, this is a sci-fi movie starring Justin Timberlake but it was written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show) and in Niccol I trust.
* This YouTube link will be dead by the time you click it but it’s out there.
** A special mention to The Avengers concept art posted above.