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Resetting My DVR for Fall

September 20, 2010

With the 2010-2011 network TV season officially kicking off this week, I thought I would share thoughts on a few returning shows I sampled over the summer. For those of you who know me, I am a fan of the medium of TV. Movies give you momentary escapism; television gives you an ongoing storyline that you can dip in, dip out and so forth. Television creates better characters, as the writers and actors have more time to develop nuance. Storylines do not have to be told at warp speed.

 

Because of their move to Thursday night’s lineup (and an official endorsement from my sister, Angela), I am adding The Big Bang Theory to my DVR schedule. It’s freakin’ hilarious. Personally, I prefer traditional sitcoms over that make-you-want-to-gouge-your-eyes-and-ears-out garbage that is Modern Family and The Office. The humor on those shows is – quite simply put – just not there. Personally, I think people claim to like them because they think it’s highbrow. Instead, I quickly change channels when I accidentally turn one of them on. Enough soap boxing; back to BBT. I love it. Watch it and then switch over to 30 Rock and you have an intelligent hour of comedy on a Thursday night.

 

Another show I added this summer is the unfortunately-titled Cougar Town. I sampled it at the onset last year and was highly disappointed. Then, this summer, I read an article about the producers contemplating a name-change, citing that the concept of the show had changed as they worked on the first season. I was immediately mad at them for not knowing what they were doing in the first place, but then remembered that even the best of shows – Fringe – had growing pains in that first season. They have come together and gelled as a seriously funny ensemble piece about a bunch of winos rather than a show about Monica Gellar trying to bag the high school football team. It’s actually quite a good show. I still feel that Courtney Cox should have been nominated for a lead actress Emmy.

 

Ironically enough, I prefer dramas. Typically, I pick those when they first come on and that’s that. This summer, however, on a whim I tried out Parenthood OnDemand and it’s a pretty good show. It gets a new shot as well. I do not understand the concept of turning a twenty year old movie into a TV series, but the casting is excellent (even with the switch over from Maura Tierney to Lauren Graham (who does an excellent job, by the way) and the storylines feel real. It won’t be appointment TV, but I will DVR and watch while cooking dinner.

 

And, I will DVR and watch when I am bored the new version of CSI: New York just to see the woefully underworked Sela Ward. I still miss Once and Again and wonder whatever happened to Lily and Rick. Glad to have her back on TV, even if it is on CSI. I hope I can stomach it.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. kateria permalink
    September 27, 2010 10:12 AM

    Joe
    I am just not satisfied with you not liking Modern Family. And to say that we like it because it’s high-brow is a bit insulting because it just isn’t highbrow at all. It’s just good old funny. Maybe you don’t like the format because it removes the fourth wall. It has that in common with The Office. The season premiere was sooo funny. Anyway I agree with Angela. Big Bang has been a favorite of mine sine day one as well as How I Met Your Mama. And I also think that Cougar Town is funny but in the same was that Scrubs was funny. I think both have the same writers and producers.

    • September 27, 2010 10:42 AM

      Kateria I have tried and tried to like that mess. I just don’t. I don’t mind the fourth wall breaking (Once & Again – one of the first shows to do that – is still on my all-time favorites list)… i just… i don’t find it funny. You, my friend Felysha, hell, the Emmy voters – everyone thinks it’s funny and a good show. i just… watch it and don’t laugh.

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