Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dearth of Good TV

I am having a hard time getting excited about anything on tv these days. I haven't been able to bring myself to watch more than a few minutes of the boring new show Heroes. It's basically X-Men IV or V or whatever number they are up to. I like the new Batman and Spiderman movies (but not the mediocre Superman one) because they focus on one superhero, not five. I keep telling myself to watch Studio 60 or 30 Rock, but since Saturday Night Live is pretty much unwatchable these days, I can't bring myself to watch a parody of it. And how can NBC have two shows about another of their mediocre shows (SNL)? That's like having two parodies of Flavor of Love on VH1. Speaking of mediocre sketch comedy shows, has anyone ever laughed at anything on Mad TV? Talk about an awful show that somehow has survived for years and years (7th Heaven, anyone?) for no discernible reason. And no one famous has ever gotten their start on Mad TV, unlike SNL.

I am still mourning the loss of Everwood, one of my all-time favorite shows. It was a great show on the WB that was a casualty of the WB being bought by ABC and turning into CB or WC or ABW or whatever the new acronym is. As an added slap in the face, only the first of four seasons is available on DVD, so I had to find homemade copies on the internet if I ever wanted to watch an episode again. Needless to say, not the best quality.

I'm anxiously awaiting the return of Big Love on HBO, the story about the polygamous Mormon family in Utah. It's really not as dirty and seedy as it sounds, I swear! I got semi-addicted to Kyle XY this summer, but that show is starting to become more and more weird, so I'm not sure I can stay with it for much longer. I really like Battlestar Galactica on the Sci Fi Network, but it's time slot (Fridays at 9 p.m.) doesn't make it very easy to watch. Thank God for VCRs and iTunes. It's as if they realized that all their viewers are never going out on Friday nights and should embrace their geekdom to watch this science fiction show on a weekend night.

I angrily rejected Lost after about 6 episodes of more questions and no answers, and I have never been a fan of Survivor in any way, shape or form. (Though I do have to admit when I first heard them advertising the first Survivor that I was excited to watch a show of dozens of real people living on an island Lord of the Flies-style. I thought it was going to be no-holds-barred and they would fight each other and steal each others' food to win. Alas, it turned out to be just another boring semi-reality show.) I admit to never giving 24 a fair chance, but I'm not sure I have the willpower to go back and watch all the seasons I missed to catch up. It strikes me as a kind of show that demands you never miss an episode or you will be forever lost (as in, Lost).

Where are the Friends, Seinfelds, Family Ties, Doogie Howsers, or even Growing Pains? Speaking of Doogie Howser, that reminds me to return to watching How I Met Your Mother with Neal Patrick Harris as a womanizing, chauvinistic player. My, how he's grown from that childhood doctor. Oh well, I guess there is always sweeps month in February.


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