Thank God, the new TV season is back. We can finally turn the channel away from VH1. It's a nervous time for TV viewers. Why? Because before deciding to watch a show, you have to determine the likelihood of that show getting cancelled just as you're starting to love it. And yes, I'm still bitter about "Smith".
This has become a real dilemma. The emergence of season long arcs has made watching any new drama a game of Russian Roulette. Did they get the kid back in "Kidnapped"? Did the "Brothers Donnelly" go on to rule their neighborhood? Did the "Knights of Properity" rob Mick Jagger? What happened to the "Models, Inc" crew? We'll never know the answers to these questions, and it hurts us. So we must choose what to watch carefully.
With that being said, here's what I'm rolling the dice on:
Sunday still sucks. It's gotten so bad that CBS has resorted to showing the first "musical/drama" on TV since "Cop Rock" (another Cop Rock reference). It's executive produced by Hugh Jackman (can you believe it, mom? Hugh - a man's man - is into musicals! Yep, Hugh Jackman, totally a musical loving hetero)
So what's left?
9:00 "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - Sunday has really become HBO's night, although who knows now that "The Sopranos" is over. The first episode of "Curb" was great:
"What were you doing, Larry?"
"Just eating some penis".
Here's where things get interesting. Lots to choose from.
8:00 "Chuck" - There have been tons of commercials for this, I hope it lives up to the hype. While last year was the year of "Lost" copycats, this is the year of comic book geek slacker dudes. And between "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" and the TV slate, it's truly the year of the dork. I blame Seth Cohen.
8:00: "How I Met Your Mother" - I kinda stopped watching last season - too many bad episodes. But I'm willing to give it another chance.
8:30 "The Big Bang Theory" - Here's another show with good commercials and starring dorks. Plus, it's an actual sitcom, so I'm mandated to watch.
9:00 "Heroes": I just have a bad feeling about this show. I'm getting "Desperate Housewives" season 2 vibes - just a little too much hype right now, and that finale left a bad taste in my mouth. Also leaving a bad taste in guy's mouths? Hugh Jackman. I apologize.
9:30: "Samantha Who?" We have to watch this show, cause Pamie writes for it. What's the premise? Well lets' just say that some of us call it "My Name is Girl".
10:00: "The Bachelor". The new bachelor has an identical twin. I'm sure that the producers aren't going to use the twin to fake out the bachelorettes. No way is that going to happen.
10:00 (TiVO): "Journeyman". I will watch anything that includes Scott Bakula. In a related story, I will watch anything with the same premise as "Quantum Leap".
WRITER'S NOTE: I'm throwing in the towel on "Prison Break". It's just...this show was not meant to be more than two seasons.
WRITER'S NOTE #2: I can't promise to stick to the above Writer's note.
8:30: "Carpoolers" - I might give this show a chance. Not sure yet though because...do I really want to aid and abet Jerry O'Connell?
9:00: "Reaper" - At first, I was determined not to watch this show. I mean, it's on the CW. And secondly, Kevin Smith directed the pilot. This angers me.
I personally think that Kevin Smith is the worst writer in film history, but I acknowledge that some people think he's good. But even those people agree, he's a horrible director. His movies are all about the dialogue. So why on earth would you write a show and have him direct it? Makes no sense!
However, I like the premise (A dork's (another dork!) soul was sold to the devil by his parents, and now he has to help Lucifer capture bad guys who have escaped hell), and I've heard great things about it.
9:00: "Bionic Woman" - This thing looks cool. And I hate Addison, so why would I watch her spin off?
10:00: "Life" - Man, I guess NBC is my big winner so far (without yet seeing a show). I like this premise. Cop gets out of jail after it's discovered he was framed, he gets back on the force and tries to find out who set him up. This one also has good commercials. So maybe it's not NBC so much as their marketing team. Damn you, Zucker.
10:00: "Dirty Sexy Money" - You know what they say, if Billy Baldwin's in it, it's good.
8:30: "30 Rock" - "30 Rock" placed 137th in the ratings last year. Okay, this was the best comedy on TV, easily. 137th? What hope do sitcoms have if people would rather watch Steve Sanders do the cha cha? I am very, very worried.
9:00: "The Office" - there is no way that this show can sustain itself if it does this many hour long episodes. Sitcoms are a half hour for a reason. This is a huge, desperation mistake by Zucker, and it might kill this show. That would suck. Also, here's a quote from my sister: "How does Carell have time to do all this stuff?"
"Friday Night Lights": The best new show banished to Friday. Thanks a lot, American viewers! Although, I guess it makes sense since Friday is in the title. I hope it maintains the quality of last year. I always feel like when shows go to Friday or Saturday, they start sucking. Or maybe it's just they feel sucky because it's the weekend and I'm watching the show and not having a life and it's me that's sucking...I'll shut up now.
Wednesday, 9:00. January, 2008: "Lost", bitch.