Monday, October 02, 2006
Bad Company ‘Straight Shooter’
The new fall television season is upon us. I’ve always found the new season promising when I was a kid, but as an “adult”, I’m not so excited.
As a youngster, I would dissect the TV Guide as soon as I saw it had arrived in the mailbox. And as a matter of fact, I think I was only reason my mother subscribed to the magazine. I would have practically the entire network schedules memorized. I would plan my week around those schedules. Only Sunday and Wednesday nights were off limits for me because I was raised Baptist and we had to be at church every time the doors were open.
I’ve never seen Eight Is Enough or The Greatest American Hero because they were on Wednesday nights. We would have to race home on Wednesdays to catch the beginning of Charlie’s Angels. On Sundays, we would always manage to catch the last 40 minutes along with the 30 car pile-up on CHiPs. We always had to stay for choir practice after the evening services.
Last year, I was excited about the network offerings for the new season. This year, it’s a different story. There’s really nothing new that’s tripping my trigger. I’ve managed to tape Heroes, Jericho, Ugly Betty, and Men In Trees, but I haven’t watched any of them yet. The discs from Netflix will always take precedence over something that I can get for free.
I’m still taping my old returning favorites like Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, Lost, My Name Is Earl, Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, and Ghost Whisperer.
And I’m jacked about two of those returning shows… Veronica Mars and Battlestar Galactica. I’m practically giddy about those jokers! I may even set aside discs from Netflix to watch them and keep up to date with them. Hell, I might even try to catch them as they air instead of relying on the powers of my VCR.
Over the weekend, I started watching season one of Grey’s Anatomy and I must say that I’m very pleased with the show. It’s not annoying like House because this show actually lets you get to know the characters. The only thing you get to know about Dr. House is that he’s arrogant, brash, sarcastic, walks with a cane, and pops pain pills into his mouth as if they were breath strips. The other characters are filler and that’s a damn shame.
I quickly lost interest with House, but Grey’s Anatomy has me falling in love with an actual medical drama… Which is something that I’ve never done. I’m too far away to get started with the current and third season, but I’ll eventually catch up.
Again… If you haven’t started watching Veronica Mars… I suggest that you give it a try on Tuesday night at 9pm. You’ll find it on the new CW network.
And put aside your snotty, anti-sci-fi hatred and watch Battlestar Galactica. It’s not Star Trek and it definitely ain’t that crap they made with Lorne Greene back in the late 70’s. The newly updated version is dark and gritty. The two-hour season premiere hits the Sci Fi Channel Friday night at 9pm.
Just do it!