Cunning Plan - mata090680

The State of My TV Viewing

I came to realize the WGA strike has really screwed me up. It's not that I'm upset that they may lead to come of my shows being preempted at some point - I have many DVD box sets to watch. It's that because of the once possible, now very real strike the networks only canceled two abysmally rated shows thus far this season. It's usually they that decide what shows I'll be sticking with, but now I'm left with too much damn TV to keep up with and having to make my own choices. So, what to do? I have to start thinning the heard. There are other things I want to be doing and I'm finding that trying to keep up with TV, including shows I'm not enamored with, is keeping me from other goals.

Monday: What a difference a week can make. Chuck was on the bubble, but I really enjoyed this Monday's episode. If they continue to tone down some of the slap-sticky spy stuff and introduce more back-story, I'll definitely stick with it to the end of the season.

Heroes I've come to realize I watch for three characters and to stay in the loop. I'm not even really paying attention to the show. One plot point this week apparently went right by me. But the reason I'm not paying attention is because the writing is not all that engaging. In some cases, it's just plain bad. So, next Monday is the shows last chance with me. If it fulfills the promises made in the promo, I'll stick around, if not, bu-bye.

Tuesday: Bones and House - like the former, love the latter, they are definite keepers.

Wednesday: I'm ABC's bitch this night. Pushing Daisies has been added to the 'You Have My Complete and Undivided Attention' list along with BSG and House.

Private Practice I'll stick with for now because a) it doesn't have dense plots and I can do other things while watching, b) Tim Daly is hot, and c) I finally found a female character I like, Charlotte.

Dirty Sexy Money has many terrific actors, a fun family dynamic, and does a decent job of balancing the comedy with the drama. I could do without the murder mystery plot, but I've seen worse subplots.

ETA: I forgot about Life! Which I DVR and watch on the weekend. Not an awesome show, but I like Damian and it is getting better each week.

Thursday: I'm thinking I'm down to 30 Rock. I loved Ugly Betty last season, but the show has lost it's sense of joy, imho. The real problem though is Betty. I'm alternately irritated by her or angry at her. She use to be ignorant in the ways of the business world and just how bitchy people could really be and it was enjoyable to see her prove herself. Now she seems fairly confidant at Mode, but has become a complete moron in her personal life. And don't get me started with Hilda enabling her bad choices.

Friday: Friday Night Lights got off to a rough start this seasons, but this past weeks episode reminded me of why I love the show.

The Razor flashbacks may, in fact, be the best two minutes on television.

Stargate: Atlantis - I'm not sure why I keep watching. Perhaps it's my refusal to abandon SciFi Friday. And, what the hell, I'll give my unpopular SGA opinions while I'm here. If I were to ship anyone on the show it would be Teyla and John because she has smarts and can kick his ass and I think he needs a little of both in his life. Plus, she seems to have a crush on him and if he'll make her happy, so be it. Ronon may be may favorite character. He seems to be aware he's surrounded by idiots. And no offense to David Hewitt's abilities, he does well with the material he is given, but Rodney could die and I'd be fine with it. The writers haven't destroyed Sam's character yet, but I'm still at a loss as to why she is there.
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What about my pretty, pretty boys on Prison Break and Supernatural??? How can you cut them out of your life so easily?

And The Unit? Easily one of the best shows this season. Truly. (And again with the prettiness.)
Ok, the Supernatural boys were never in my life! I think I've seen three episodes of that series and one was because Tricia Helfer was guest starring. Prison Break I ditched in early Season 2. As much as I like Wentworth, the show was a creative mess. And I heard about what they did to his lady friend. Yikes!

Isn't The Unit up against House? Plus the whole covert unit thing isn't really my thing.
I hadn't watched the Unit since the premier; I couldn't get past the extremely pseudo-feminist let's care about the pointless wives stuff it ripped from a Mel Gibson movie. Have they dumped that part yet? Do you feel the need to go out and buy car insurance every episode? I know my dad watches it sometimes still, but not enough to know what's going on in it, really.
No, they still flip back and forth between the wives and the Unit...but I'm thinking less so than in the first season. Second season was okay..but this has seriously raised the bar! It's just THAT GOOD.

I always had to TiVo it in the bedroom (my "second" and "less important" TiVo) because it overlapped with so many good Tuesday shows (yes, I watched Veronica Mars, shut up - it was awesome!). But I'm finding myself looking forward to Friday nights so I can curl up in my bed and watch it. Second!Tivo has never had so much play. ;)
Hey, I'm a Bamber fan. All your guys together can't equal that pretty! ;-p
I flipped to The Unit during House breaks because election results were on that station. I didn't really notice the pretty. (though I might not be the best person to comment on that!) I do watch supernatural though. It took me a long time to get past the fact that my least favorite Gilmore Girls person was teamed up with my least favorite from Smallville. I'm able to find them both pleasant enough now though.
If it makes you feel better, I don't know what she's talking about either. ;) I can see that the guys on Supernatural are attractive, but the show itself has never interested me. It does look like I'll be watching this week though with my friend who is visiting. Maybe she'll make me see the light!
I think what warmed me up to Supernatural was the violence: only because it was the same season that Kolchak-redux came out and after watching how bad monologues about evil were, it was nice to see someone shooting at evil, because at least that was something...

Ok, faint praise. :P And now that it's established (as of last week or so) that it exists in a christian universe of some sort, it's far less interesting.

but I get antsy when I have too much TV to watch

That's a good way of putting it. In general. I don't like feeling behind and when I feel that way about TV it seems ridiculous.

Pushing Daisies is becoming one of those shows where if you get between me and my TV when it's on, it better be an emergency.

Heh. Yeah, it's one of those shows that if you're calling me you better be having a heart attack or losing *a lot* of blood.
I'm not sure why I keep watching. Perhaps it's my refusal to abandon SciFi Friday.

We just can't quit it. *cries*
Maybe can form "Twelve Steps to Divest Yourself of SciFi Friday".

Btw, I finally figured out how to IM and watch video on my computer at the same time without giving myself fits so maybe we could make some substitutions on Fridays. ;)
Just please tell you aren't still suffering through Flash Gordon to catch those 2-minutes of good television.
As Emerson would say on Pushing Daisies, "Oh, Hell No!" I DVR it and than FF. As much as I love BSG, the flashbacks are running during the one show on the air I refuse to sit through.
I know what you mean. I'm watching so much TV this season, it's ridiculous.
I just realized I totally forgot to mention Life which I DVR and watch on the weekend. Sigh.
I watched the first 3 eps of Dirty Sexy Money and the first of Without A Trace, otherwise I have watched, well, nothing at all this season. I currently have 12 different shows d/l'ed to my laptop, but I haven't watched any of them. The only thing I'm missing, honestly, by not having time, a TV, a satellite dish or a house is hockey. I'm with you on the "more time" though.
I didn't even mention the shows I download - Dexter and Whistler. I actually was going to give up on Whistler, which has become far too soapy this season, but Tahmoh Penikett's guest arc is just starting up. :/
Just realized how little I actually watch these days. I've been less than invested in Desperate Housewives lately, so I just catch up on those online when I have free time. Mondays and Tuesdays are DWTS and that ends in 3 weeks, so those will be free nights for me. Wednesdays, I do indeed adore me some Pushing Daisies, but I am not as hyper in love with it as some and attribute this to having to watch with CC since it comes on when I'm nursing the boy to sleep. Couldn't get into Bionic Woman, so I am just watching the Katee bits online. Thursdays I'm still doing Betty/Office but I'm less in love with both of these right now, although if I could only watch one live like I did last year, this year it would be The Office instead of Betty. Friday's I'll turn on SG-A if I remember to (and I haven't gotten my FNL dvd yet, but plan to start with S1 and get caught up next month) And Saturdays I've been watching Torchwood. Most of the stuff I care about (BSG, Lost, Dr Who) are all on hiatus so really, the writers strike won't affect me terribly much other than to continue the weaning process of a diet of too much telly.

That being said, I 100% support their right to strike. Media consumption is changing and there's no way these writers could have forseen streaming media with advertising being an issue. The networks are still making money and totally used a loophole to shaft the creative folks who ultimately give those advertisers a reason to line the network pockets.
I think I quick Ugly Betty today. I'm not going to be home at 8 and I can only set the DVR for one show at that time and 30 Rock won. Maybe I'll catch it on line at a later date or maybe I'll realize I don't miss it at all.

I'm actually anxious for DWtS to be over. It's been such a drama filled season. I'm only stinking with it because I would like to see how Helio and Jennie fair.

GO WGA! :)