Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Where's that remote?

Television is battling for ratings. Prime time shows are breaking out their very best to get us to tune in and watch. And I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for television. I love it. My guilty pleasure is that some nights I’m watching one show while taping two others at the same time. Oh, I know, just get TiVo, you say. But that costs money. I can still press the ‘record’ button on the VCR for free. But this isn’t about my finger exercises, this is about ‘my shows’ and the stupid networks that want us to watch.
LOST. This is a must-see. The layers of character development alone make it worth viewing. Combine that with the actual plot lines and it makes a show I love to watch.

Same with CSI. And I mean the real CSI, not the spin-offs in Miami and New York. Those do nothing for me. But the original is hard to beat. Great characters. Great stories. Just enough humor thrown in to give it a wry twist.

And for the best humor of the week there is Boston Legal. The oddest bunch of folks with bizarre story lines. This is a great show to brighten things up in the middle of the week.

I also enjoy a couple of the fall reality shows. Survivor is still good, though getting a bit tired. And Amazing Race still keeps me rooting for certain teams to do well. And I love watching the “I’m too good for home cooking” chefs on Top Chef bitch and moan cause they are asked to cook a meatloaf.

What else? Two And A Half Men makes me laugh. What About Brian is the new Thirtysomething. And I enjoyed Thirtysomething. Standoff, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and Jericho are all fun to watch. And when it is in season (whenever that is, hard to keep up with seasons these days), Monk is a real pleasure.

Can’t forget late night viewing. The day is not complete without The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Gotta get my news somewhere! ☺

BUT…here is my rant for the day. If the networks want us to watch, why do they keep screwing around with the schedules?!?! Let’s take Boston Legal.
It should have been on last night. But no, some new game show was on. It should be on next Tuesday, but some awards show is on. And it should have been on last week. And the week before. But no! The last new episode aired on Halloween. And according to their website, it won’t be on next week either. In fact, the next new episode will be on a Sunday rather than a Tuesday. Talk about messed up! And they wonder why people don’t watch! We lose track. We forget. We tape the wrong things. And good shows lose out. Which means the viewers lose out. And we end up with more and more shows where we watch other people win money cause it is cheaper to give away money than produce a good quality show that can’t hold on to viewers cause the networks are lame about the whole process.

Okay, rant is done. And LOST won’t be on again till February. Maybe The Food Network has something on….


Sara said...

And we end up with more and more shows where we watch other people win money cause it is cheaper to give away money than produce a good quality show that can’t hold on to viewers cause the networks are lame about the whole process.

This is very true, and perhaps one reason for why solidly good shows always seem to get cancelled.

On a side note, I love the Food Network.

And by the way, your blog IS a good site. I truly enjoy it. :)

Jazz said...

The whole Lost thing. What the hell is up with that? Until htis season, you had reruns for months, which was bad enough; now they simply take the show off the air. Novel idea: How about running it from start to finish and THEN do the reruns. Come February, they'll have recap shows and then start up again. Honestly, by then I probably simply won't bother to watch.

Jill said...

Besides The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the only shows that I absolutely can't miss are some animated shows for grown-ups: American Dad, Family Guy, South Park.

Oh, plus any and all figure skating. Getting a football game in overtime on Tivo instead of the scheduled figure skating is about the only thing that makes me scream expletives at the top of my lungs.

radioactive girl said...

I LOVE What Sbout Brian and Lost. I've never heard anyone mention What About Brian before. I thought it was destined to become one of the many shows I love that no one else does. Usually my favorite shows are not on very long.

radioactive girl said...

I should probably check for typos before I hit publish your comment...sorry

creative-Type Dad (Tony) said...

I disappoint myself. I use to watch every TV show ever made (good and bad) everything from Blossom to Manimal.

Now between work, the family, and the internet...TV has become my bee-yatch I go to for a quickie.

Carmi said...

I will admit that I am completely addicted to Friday Night Lights. Storytelling on television hasn't been this good in a very long time.

Good point about the original CSI, btw. Miami and NY are but poor copies of the original.