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Fall 2009 TV Lineup
Topic by: weezy
Posted: May 27, 2009 - 2:51 PM PDT
Last Reply: January 8, 2010 - 9:03 AM PST

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author topic: Fall 2009 TV Lineup
weezy
post #1  on May 27, 2009 - 2:51 PM PDT  
So npr tells me that execs are finalizing their fall TV lineups and inviting critics to have at it.

It takes a lot to keep me devoted to the tube. Last season, LOST had me in its grips and I thought the Office put in a great season, but I haven't been keeping up with other shows that I thought would keep my attention, like Parks and Rec. Unfortunately I don't have premium cable so I wasn't able to hop onto the East Bound and Down bandwagon. So for this coming up season, I would say that I'm most excited for the new NBC show Community, starring Joel McHale from The Soup and Chevy Chase.

What did you like last season? What are you looking forward to this season?
Cinenaut
post #2  on May 29, 2009 - 8:37 AM PDT  
I watched the pilot episode of Glee on Hulu and it was pretty smart and funny. It'll be interesting to see if they can maintain the quality.
Battie
post #3  on June 11, 2009 - 11:23 PM PDT  
I'll try out Vampire Diaries, but I fear a Twilight look-alike. I'm really looking forward to a lot of the Fall shows.

I liked this season's Castle...the chemistry between the two main characters is good stuff. Supernatural is so awesome now. :D Eastwick, Day One, Fast Forward, Three Rivers might be good. I likes me some supernatural stuff.

I'm also, so far, kinda enjoying The Listener. But I have to think of it as I would a paranormal-suspense book. ;P I wanna see if The Philanthropist is any good. Ever since Rome, I've liked James Purefoy.


Summer shows:
Hung, True Blood, Nurse Jackie, Warehouse 13, return of Eureka...

I might try to watch Drop Dead Dive, but most Lifetime shows disappoint after they cancelled Blood Ties. :(
underdog
post #4  on June 12, 2009 - 11:34 AM PDT  
Yeah, did anyone watch the first Nurse Jackie? I heard good things about it (and a few "disappointing"s) but like her, seems worth a watch.

I'm going to spend some time just catching up on shows I'd fallen behind on, like Friday Night Lights, but will keep an eye on new shows.

And yeah, Glee has been pretty cute so far. Not hooked on it but it's worth checking out.
Battie
post #5  on June 12, 2009 - 7:27 PM PDT  
This season's Mythbusters features a very pregnant Kari. Only, they keep putting her in these weird shirts and bulky coats, like they're trying to hide her pregnancy. She ends up looking like she's gained 50 pounds above her legs for no reason.

What, a chick can't be pregnant AND shoot a gun? She's gotta be fat instead?
Battie
post #6  on June 13, 2009 - 3:31 AM PDT  
I'd also like to see how V will do. Creators of The 4400, eh? EH?
Battie
post #7  on September 9, 2009 - 7:38 AM PDT  
Sons of Anarchy. O_O *howls in frustration* The season two opening aired last night and I watched it this morning (when I should've been working on a lab, uh huh). Man, I'm really into this show for some reason.

Well, part of it is obviously Gemma (played by Katey Segal of 'Peggy Bundy' fame). Aside for my love for the actress, that character is one wonderful hardass. I hate that there's music to this vid, but it has some of her best (worst) moments. However, last's night episode...the ending...I swear, if some mofos don't die by the end of the season, the producer must be fried! (I spelled it right.)

All said, despite the over-the-top violence which occasionally squeeks me out (can anyone say 'clown balls'?), I dig the show for the characters and weird humor. There's Gemma's Mother Bear approach, Jax's layered vulnerabilities when it comes to Tara and his kid, Opie's transformation from nice guy to brutal and the strange, non-hostile interactions that pop up between members of SAMCRO and rival powers (a particular deputy, Darbie, etc). And maybe I enjoy it sometimes for just a tiny bit of nostalgia, here and there.
troublemaker
post #8  on September 9, 2009 - 3:21 PM PDT  
Surprised to see a lack of talk about Mad Men on these boards. Seems like everyone is all about that show nowadays.

I feel like Mad Men is going to be what The Wire is to be now. A series which I'll only be able to properly catch-up with once it's over and I have all the discs laying in front me. Speaking of, despite how much I love The Wire thus far, I'm just barely finished with season 2! Been way too damn busy. I keep hearing how I have yet to reach the real "meat and potatoes" of the show -- numero tres. Can't wait!
Battie
post #9  on September 10, 2009 - 3:47 AM PDT  
> On September 9, 2009 - 3:21 PM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Surprised to see a lack of talk about Mad Men on these boards. Seems like everyone is all about that show nowadays.
>
> I feel like Mad Men is going to be what The Wire is to be now. A series which I'll only be able to properly catch-up with once it's over and I have all the discs laying in front me. Speaking of, despite how much I love The Wire thus far, I'm just barely finished with season 2! Been way too damn busy. I keep hearing how I have yet to reach the real "meat and potatoes" of the show -- numero tres. Can't wait!
> ---------------------------------

I've been hearing about it lately, but I haven't seen a single episode. And since it's in, what?, the third season, I think I'll just cool my heels. I do wonder if it's something I'd really get into though. I'm occasionally intrigued by promises of sharp social commentary on the male-female relationships (or so everything seems to be telling me), but none of the people I usually talk to about tv shows and the like watch it.
underdog
post #10  on September 10, 2009 - 3:59 PM PDT  
Mad Men is unmissable, imho.

It not only captures that time and place amazingly well but is intriguing and provocative on several levels. It's not what I'd call "fast moving" (though I'm never bored) so anyone looking for an action-y show best move on. But it's just endlessly fascinating to me, and darkly funny.

I have a friend who writes for Variety who says The Office season premiere (which is was able to see a sneak preview of) is terrific, btw.

Vanamonde
post #11  on September 12, 2009 - 9:01 AM PDT  
For me, it's...

Lost
Gray's Anatomy
Fringe
Warehouse 13
Eureka
Brothers and Sisters
Private Practice

I am looking forward to V. I hope they get someone to play Diana as well as Jane Badler did in the first mini-series. And I wonder of Robert Englund is too old to play the humble but lovable Willie. I will never when he got drunk and was hungry and when dumpster driving for "mousies".

and what is David E. Kelly gonna do now?
Battie
post #12  on September 21, 2009 - 12:23 AM PDT  
So SoA has become addictive. I've been watching The Colony on the Discovery chan...anyone else? It's an 'experiment' where they create a doomsday scenario for this group of people. Things like, little food, no running water in a major metro area, etc. Kind of fascinating, if slightly too close to real reality tv. Just the melodrama mock-ups for 'coming up' and promos.

I'm waiting for Fast Forward. :P
Battie
post #13  on September 21, 2009 - 4:06 PM PDT  
Claire the Cheerleader on Heroes is apparently going to have a faux lesbian kiss this season. Guess what show I *won't* be watching anymore?

I got over lesbian smooches for male amusement when I was 15. Hmph. Revolting little buggers (referring to the writers).
troublemaker
post #14  on September 22, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT  
> On September 21, 2009 - 12:23 AM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> So SoA has become addictive. I've been watching The Colony on the Discovery chan...anyone else? It's an 'experiment' where they create a doomsday scenario for this group of people. Things like, little food, no running water in a major metro area, etc. Kind of fascinating, if slightly too close to real reality tv. Just the melodrama mock-ups for 'coming up' and promos.
>
> I'm waiting for Fast Forward. :P
> ---------------------------------

I won't lie Battie.. I've been strangely sucked into watching episodes of The Colony whenever new episodes pop-up. It's pretty entertaining/interesting, even though every 10 minutes I sort of wonder whether the participants' reactions are legitimate or scripted. I laugh because I'm fairly into the show, but am not the type of person whose really a fan of zombie/post-apocalyptic films.

Also, forgot to ask what the general consensus here on True Blood? Yay or nay?

Battie
post #15  on September 23, 2009 - 11:19 AM PDT  
> On September 22, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I won't lie Battie.. I've been strangely sucked into watching episodes of The Colony whenever new episodes pop-up. It's pretty entertaining/interesting, even though every 10 minutes I sort of wonder whether the participants' reactions are legitimate or scripted. I laugh because I'm fairly into the show, but am not the type of person whose really a fan of zombie/post-apocalyptic films.
>

I'd like to think unscripted, but heavily edited. I mean, in that situation, when things got a little heavy, wouldn't everyone comfort each other by saying, 'It's only a tv show'?

But the rest is interesting. Ignoring that it's completely silly to say that they're representative of a cross-section of Americans. Seriously...I think retail clerks outnumber engineers.

> Also, forgot to ask what the general consensus here on True Blood? Yay or nay?
> ---------------------------------

I want to say nay. Anna Paquin gets on my nerves, though at least since the Dallas episodes began, her accent has changed. A little. The batting of her eyes must go, however.

Buuut...I'm still absolutely in love with Lafiyette. And next season, they should be introducing werewolves! Or rather, that's how the books went, I think. But I'm not all hot over True Blood. Kind of sad, really. I doubt I'll ever watch reruns of it.

I also liked Godric, even if he did look like my disowned little brother. *snort*

Oooh, a quick search vindicated my assumption.
Battie
post #16  on September 27, 2009 - 1:03 PM PDT  
So Flash Forward aired a few days ago? Anyone into it?

I dig it. I know, it's being compared to Lost like every five seconds, but if they actually intend for this to be concluded in one season, then I'd say Fast Forward may be very awesome. And creepy. Wonder what angle the creators will push...God? Secret mystical organization? Aliens?!
troublemaker
post #17  on September 27, 2009 - 11:03 PM PDT  
Saw Flash Forward and I'll say it has.. promise. I mean tonally and structurally seems almost like a complete rip-off of Lost, but I tend to think most pilots aren't particularly great anyway. I'll give it another 2~3 episodes before I make a decision on it. I really want it to be good though. God knows I don't want to go cold-turkey off Lost a year from now, so anything to appease that suspense/action/mystery/sci-fi/o_O niche that Lost fills, I'm game for.
underdog
post #18  on September 28, 2009 - 1:10 PM PDT  
I enjoyed the Flash Forward pilot and will keep watching for now. Though the contrived date in the future grabber is a bit annoying, since it coincides with Sweeps Week. But whatever, it's still pretty exciting stuff. At least for now. It's okay to have Lost parallels if it grabs you the same way, though I confess it's disconcerting to see three actors who've been in Lost in this one, too.

Btw, anyone gonna watch TRAUMA tonight? It looks like standard issue medical drama, full of cliches and good looking people, but it's shot here in San Francisco so I'll probably be suckered into watching it at least once.
troublemaker
post #19  on November 16, 2009 - 6:23 PM PST  
I'm pretty sure I'm about to drop Flash Forward from the television-rotation here. I've been sticking with it in hopes of a worthwhile series, but I've found it uncompelling and myself more annoyed with the show with each successive episode.

Is V any good?

It may be time for me to begin watching a little Mad Men finally.
Battie
post #20  on November 16, 2009 - 8:26 PM PST  
> On November 16, 2009 - 6:23 PM PST troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm pretty sure I'm about to drop Flash Forward from the television-rotation here. I've been sticking with it in hopes of a worthwhile series, but I've found it uncompelling and myself more annoyed with the show with each successive episode.
>
> Is V any good?
>
> It may be time for me to begin watching a little Mad Men finally.
> ---------------------------------

You and me both. I have two eps on my DVR that are begging to be deleted. I've also stopped watching Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, but that was a while ago. I decided that I was sick of the angst on Grey's (which has gone completely into relationship crap - in the beginning, at least some of it was over the job). And y'know, once Private Practice brought a baby into the plot, not even habit could make me give a flying...

I'm debating ending House (for irritating faux soap opera drama involving 'the team'), Law & Order: SVU (this season they've been using the show as a pulpit, and with massive obviousness), and Heroes (c'mon...can we at least kill Sylar for good!?). I think the last one has the best chance of me watching till the end of the season. That carnie guy...always liked-hated him. Everyone else can go to hell. :D

Honestly, tv sucks pretty hard lately. Sons of Anarchy is still my favorite show, followed closely by Supernatural. The latter has been tongue-in-cheek lately and I give it love for being able to poke fun at itself. Eastwick is still weirdly charming, and V could turn out to be cool. If it stops with the hot-chick-weird-smiling crap. Am I the only one with an irrational urge to punch her through the tv?

That's about it for one-hour shows. But there's always The Daily Show, Colbert Report and Southpark. Heh, last week's episode was AWESOME. Eric Cartman does you-know-who better than Colbert.

The Prisoner just started airing on AMC. And the latest Doctor Who special has dropped. *whistles*
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