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Rate the TV season so far(20 posts)

Rate the TV season so farmohair_chair
Oct 20, 2003 8:11 AM
I'm an unabashed watcher of TV, and the new TV season is well under way. I'm curious what people think of the new shows and if I'm missing anything good. I'm blessed with the magic of Tivo, so whatever I'm doing, wherever I am, I never miss my favorite shows.

Karen Sisco - Probably my favorite of all the new shows. Based on the character from Elmore Leonard's book/movie Out of Sight (originally played by Jennifer Lopez). Creative, witty and stylish, and cast perfectly. If you missed the episode with Danny Devito, you missed some really great TV.

Las Vegas - Half action/intrigue, half soap, I'm still not sure what to think of this, but I never miss it. Filled with beautiful people (and James Caan), it's not art, but it's definitely a guilty pleasure. Former Angel Cheryl Ladd showed up in the first episode, and that's good enough for me!

Joan of Arcadia - I caught a few episodes of this one, and discovered it's pretty good. It walks a fine line between the sugary sweet world of family fare and slightly gritty reality (Dad's the police chief). Somehow it pulls it off.

Cold Case - It's a another of a thousand police dramas, but it's a different enough to make it stand out a bit.

Miss Match - Good romantic comedy is really hard to pull off, which is why this could easily descend into treacle. So far it's been fairly charming. It's pure entertainment that is forgotten after the credits roll.

The Handler - This is good stuff. Joe Panoliano runs a group of FBI undercover operatives. It's a lot less formulaic than it sounds.

Two and a Half Men - The only sitcom I bothered to watch this year. This one has decent writing, a few real laughs, and a wonderfully droll Charlie Sheen.

What am I missing?
never heard of any of theseColnagoFE
Oct 20, 2003 8:29 AM
I don't tend to watch the normal network channels anymore. Usually watch some mindless thing on the Travel Channel, TLC, Discovery, History Channel, VH1 etc. If not that then I pop in a movie.
try MI-5mohair_chair
Oct 20, 2003 11:28 AM
If you only haunt "alternative" channels, check out MI-5 on A&E. It's a British show about the state security organization MI5, which is the rough equivalent of the American FBI. Those Brits produce some pretty good TV, although sometimes I have to turn on closed captioning to figure out what they are saying.

I can't wait until "The Shield" starts on FX. Now that's a show! Unfortunately, FX canceled their last great show, "Lucky."
there's also some strange stuff on "Spike" network (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 20, 2003 1:33 PM
Oct 20, 2003 7:11 PM
I'm a big MI-5 fan. I've always liked watching the British imports. Ch. 54 used to have British Comedy night, loved it.
Hopefully not ...Live Steam
Oct 20, 2003 8:40 AM
replacement batteries for your remote! :O)

The only non-fiction, non-educational, non-news, non-sports shows I watch are Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arliss, The Sopranos, Sex and the City (Wife has control of the remote during this show :O) and Raymond repeats at night in bed before the lights go out. Raymond is a lot of laughs. The other shows I mentioned are all pretty much in the same time slots. I would rather watch FooTV than most other sitcoms/suspense/drama shows other than what I mentioned. But to each his own. Enjoy!!!

My wife is similar in that other than Friends and Sex and the City, she watches mostly Forensic Files type shows and CSI. I always figure she's looking to pick up some tips just in case she gets tired of me :O)
Oct 20, 2003 8:43 AM
Don't know if you meant new stuff. I thought this was a good newish show. Reminded me of Spencer for Hire. Sometimes bordering on the grown up version of "Touched by an Angel"
But a good cop show with lots of cynicism and pathos. I'd like confirmation of my supposition that the writers saw the danger of this show's "divine/human intervention" aspect too closely resembling "Angel" as an entire episode seemed to be one big parody of iteslf and totally whacked.

I hear the networks postponed/changed the "season" as that team from Boston was keeping everyones attention in conflict.

That new show with Laroquette and that actress who I always think is Joan Rivers but isn't- same plastic surgeon?- is a good ensemble and good writing of the "oh aren't we pathetic but good" variety.

Never watched the shows you mentioned. Thought the Handler ad looked like a copy of Hack and I thought Tom Waites had gone corporate. Why does he wear that hat?....
if it's not bike racing, I don't care; not enough of that nmDougSloan
Oct 20, 2003 8:49 AM
Worst. Show. Ever.TJeanloz
Oct 20, 2003 8:52 AM
The NBC remake of BBC's Coupling has to be the worst idea of the season. The BBC edition, which is shown on our local PBS, is hilariously funny. The NBC edition, which uses effectively the same scripts as the BBC version, is awful. The laugh track (which doesn't exist on the BBC) is distracting, the cast is terrible. Worst idea ever.

If they had just shown the original, in the same time slot, it might have worked - but it was probably too risque for NBC...
Censored from local NBC affiliate...Brooks
Oct 20, 2003 9:48 AM
KSL in Salt Lake City (owned by the LDS Church). But they do allow all kinds of violence and other sexually suggestive stuff, so go figure. Better to let the viewers decide what is drek.
TV? What's TV?!..... nmsn69
Oct 20, 2003 8:55 AM
Haven't seen any of them...No_sprint
Oct 20, 2003 9:05 AM
and I haven't even heard of some of them. Never heard of *Coupling* either.

I got the last Karen Sisco on the digital recorder though. I'll give it a go. I watch Carnivale, Survivor, CSI Miami, CSI, Cops and sports. That's really enough for me. I'll record Skin tonight and check it out.
What "season"? NBC is already giving us reruns after 3 weeks!The Walrus
Oct 20, 2003 10:55 AM
The one bright spot so far is knowing that "Friends" is (supposedly) on its last legs.
Six Feet Under Does Start 'Til January? Oh the Humanity! nmjtolleson
Oct 20, 2003 1:06 PM
re: Rate the TV season so farJusme
Oct 20, 2003 1:35 PM
Is 'Hack' back on CBS' fall schedule? If so, when?
Sat at 9 I think. (I'm home watching tv. Am I ok.) nm128
Oct 21, 2003 7:57 AM
TV peaked with "Baby Bob."mickey-mac
Oct 20, 2003 8:25 PM
Some may argue that the 50s were the Golden Age of Television. However, TV really hit its stride with the short-lived and vastly underrated Baby Bob. It was so far ahead of its time, I wouldn't be surprised to see all three episodes in syndication in twenty years or so. I mean, a sitcom about a talking baby? TV has its rare moments of genius. Elliot Gould was never better.
Actually, it was "Greg the Bunny"mohair_chair
Oct 21, 2003 6:39 AM
The most subversive TV show ever, naturally on FOX. Only lasted about six episodes, because real humor is lost on the masses, and apparently no one can laugh anymore without being prompted by a laugh track. It was about puppets who live among us, as if the puppets on Sesame Street were real and had lives outside the show. Very, very, very funny.

"Fact: There are 3.2 million puppets -- or as we prefer to be called, Fabricated Americans -- currently residing in the United States. And, despite all of our many accomplishments, most people would still rather chamois their car with us than have us date their daughters. But, uh, you know, I don't let it get me down. Hey, after all, some of my best friends are humans."

"I have a feeling this is going to end with puppets rioting in the streets. This is the Fozzie Bear verdict all over again."
written by and starring Eugene Levy right?ColnagoFE
Oct 21, 2003 7:57 AM
Funny show...didn't last long though.
Bored to Tears, Woman Hurls TV Out WindowDougSloan
Oct 21, 2003 6:53 AM
Bored to Tears, Woman Hurls TV Out Window
2 hours, 11 minutes ago

BERLIN (Reuters) - A 25-year-old German woman enraged over another Saturday night of boring television programs and dull re-runs hurled her TV set out the window of her fifth floor apartment window, police said Monday.

"There was nothing decent on so I just threw the thing out the window," the woman identified as Veronika K., told Bild newspaper.

No one was hurt in the incident in Potsdam. She later calmed down and watched another television with her children.