New TV Season Thoughts

unntrlaffinity wrote:

Granted, I still think I made valid points about the show's weaknesses. I think sometimes it's caught between trying to be CSI in a hospital or being a more story driven show like ER or Grey's. But even though the episodes are pretty formulaic, there are enough that aren't, like Euphoria, the Mistake, and Three Stories.

Three Stories is still my favorite episode of the series, it's an idea that could easily have been uffed-up or drowned in incoherence and yet the writers pull it off flawlessly.

After a few stumbles following an amazing start, I feel like Studio 60 is back where I, as a thusfar loyal fan, want it to be. Of course, I may just be a big sap who's thrilled to have some Harriet and Matt drama back at the forefront, or at least lurking behind it.

"That was some Vulcan mind-meld mojo, and I was right in the kitchen!"

God, I lost it when they did the cell phone ringing bit.

unntrlaffinity wrote:

After a few stumbles following an amazing start, I feel like Studio 60 is back where I, as a thusfar loyal fan, want it to be.

Yeah, this past episode was the rally back to goodness that I was hoping for after the dull 2-parter.

* NCIS - Well, now we know how McGee can afford a Porche.

* The Unit - What other show could have President Palmer getting it on with the psycho cop from Third Watch (aka the latina Angelina Jolie), have River Tam spend money like a sailor on shore leave, and have the T-1000 go toe-to-toe with big oil?

* The Unit - What other show could have President Palmer getting it on with the psycho cop from Third Watch (aka the latina Angelina Jolie), have River Tam spend money like a sailor on shore leave, and have the T-1000 go toe-to-toe with big oil?

Why haven't I heard of this show yet!? Sounds badass.

LockAndLoad wrote:
* The Unit - What other show could have President Palmer getting it on with the psycho cop from Third Watch (aka the latina Angelina Jolie), have River Tam spend money like a sailor on shore leave, and have the T-1000 go toe-to-toe with big oil?

Why haven't I heard of this show yet!? Sounds badass.

It is until all the hookers start talking.

Friday Night Lights moving to Wednesdays. If it ends up on Fridays, then the universe will end.

House - I just started watching this season and now TiVo all the episodes. One question. Do doctors REALLy go to people's houses to look for germs/causes??

The Nine was put on permanent hiatus over the weekend. My wife was crushed.

Good news for Veronica Mars fans: It's been picked up for a near-full season (20 vs. 22 episodes). Maybe this won't be the last season after all.

And the award for most insanely funny moment in a drama goes to:

Jericho for the scene in this week's episode where Stanley chases after his deaf sister, shouting her name. It was histerical.

oldmanscene24 wrote:

And the award for most insanely funny moment in a drama goes to:

Jericho for the scene in this week's episode where Stanley chases after his deaf sister, shouting her name. It was histerical.

Yes it was. I hate that show as a drama but love it as a comedy.

oldmanscene24 wrote:
And the award for most insanely funny moment in a drama goes to:
Jericho for the scene in this week's episode where Stanley chases after his deaf sister, shouting her name. It was histerical.
Yes it was. I hate that show as a drama but love it as a comedy.

Maybe they should retitle it... Jericho: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb. I've got six episodes of it saved up on the Tivo and I just can't force myself to watch them. They always play that same sappy Dawsons Creek style music when the actors are in a big emotional moment and it just makes me want to put a gun to my head and end it.

Is it just me or is My Name Is Earl just not that funny anymore? My wife and I pretty much only watch it now because its the lead-in for The Office which also seems to be straining a bit for laughs.

Also, I think Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip just might be the best new show this year. Friday Night Lights is pretty good (a bit hit or miss sometimes), Heroes is just starting to really hit its stride but overall I think Studio60 from the very first episode has been excellent.

Is it just me or is My Name Is Earl just not that funny anymore? My wife and I pretty much only watch it now because its the lead-in for The Office which also seems to be straining a bit for laughs.

It certainly got hit or miss after the first season. I think it's a lot funnier when they're doing stand alone episodes (like the hippy environmentalists) then when they're trying to force a storyline (Joy's upcoming trial). The whole point of the show is that Earl is trying to take care of his list, and honestly, that's why I watch. Crabman is hilarious, and Catalina is hot, but otherwise I don't really want to see any other characters unless they're doing something with/for Earl.

Or I could just be a Jason Lee fanboy.

Yes it was. I hate that show as a drama but love it as a comedy.

Likewise. The sappy music @ the end is eyerolling, especially when they try to make the lyrics fit the scene, and Mama Green makes me want to put a gun to my head, but I just can't stop watching.

The Office is hurting for laughs? That Andy guy played a banjo and sang The Rainbow Connection in falsetto last night, while Krasinski mugged for the camera. I personally thought it was great.

I wrote off Jericho from the start; but on a whim I watched a few episodes of it last weekend and I really liked it. Maybe it's because I'm kind of starved for post-apocalyptic tv shows/movies.

Plus you can't go wrong with Major Dad.

I've only been watching Heroes and Avatar.

I did catch a re-run of Dead like me on SciFi too, and it was good. I had never heard of it prior to a few days ago.

SciFi is starting a new show called "The Lost Room" (or something like that). It will be aired on Mondays at the same time as Heroes (on SciFi instead of NBC), though starting after Heroes ends for the fall season.

A possible replacement? Maybe

They probably are hoping to pick up on the heroes audience as ads for the show were aired alot in the commercials during the 6 episode Heroes marathon on Wednesday and the plot involves objects that give people 'powers'.

I'll probably check it out.

The Office is hurting for laughs? That Andy guy played a banjo and sang The Rainbow Connection in falsetto last night, while Krasinski mugged for the camera. I personally thought it was great.

Yeah, there's great parts like that in every episode but things like Michael's "gangsta" persona are just a bit too over the top anymore. It goes from "gut-busting funny" to "end the bit already, we get the joke!" way too much anymore. I still think its the best comedy on TV right now but they need to just level it out a little more, maybe rely on the secondary cast some more. I can't get enough of the Angela/Dwight relationship and there has to be an Andy/Dwight throw-down coming any episode now.

Yeah, there's great parts like that in every episode but things like Michael's "gangsta" persona are just a bit too over the top anymore. It goes from "gut-busting funny" to "end the bit already, we get the joke!" way too much anymore. I still think its the best comedy on TV right now but they need to just level it out a little more, maybe rely on the secondary cast some more. I can't get enough of the Angela/Dwight relationship and there has to be an Andy/Dwight throw-down coming any episode now.

Agreed. I know Carrell is the star of the show, but his bits are painful to watch.

CannibalCrowley wrote:

Plus you can't go wrong with Major Dad.

Unless you're Delta Burke.

Rat Boy wrote:
CannibalCrowley wrote:

Plus you can't go wrong with Major Dad.

Unless you're Delta Burke.

*rimshot*

Jericho became fantastic TV once I fully adjusted my expectations. Farm boy getting nookie from the IRS chick is great. Even better was the deaf sister talking about the IRS chick trying to "take away the farm" in the present tense (as if the IRS is still operating and their offices aren't glowing green rubble).

House needs to drop the "vindictive cop" storyline now. I get that the show is trying to add a continuous story and try to be more than just a "disease of the week" show. But this is just lame & completely unbelievable.

*Legion* wrote:

House needs to drop the "vindictive cop" storyline now. I get that the show is trying to add a continuous story and try to be more than just a "disease of the week" show. But this is just lame & completely unbelievable.

Based on the previews, that plot might be going away next week. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

*Legion* wrote:

Even better was the deaf sister talking about the IRS chick trying to "take away the farm" in the present tense (as if the IRS is still operating and their offices aren't glowing green rubble).

My favorite part recently has been the saga of Gracie's store, where everyone is concerned about their cut of the profit. Good to know that cut throat capitalism and the value of the all mighty dollar will survive nuclear war just fine.

Jericho is finally picking up, with more focus on things falling apart (and things are finally starting to fall apart). Frankly, I'm of the opinion that the old mayor deserved to go. He was completely reactive instead of thinking ahead of time about problems that might (or will) arise and talking to people about them. What the hell was he going to do with all that Chinese (?) food anyway? He never said anything about how it was going to be distributed. Problem is, it's clear that the new guy has his own problems.

I won't miss Gracie. She was a selfish, self-centered, and greedy old bag.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

House needs to drop the "vindictive cop" storyline now. I get that the show is trying to add a continuous story and try to be more than just a "disease of the week" show. But this is just lame & completely unbelievable.

Based on the previews, that plot might be going away next week. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

I've missed the past few episodes. Spoil it for me please (I don't mind)..what's happening?

Dr.Ghastly wrote:

I've missed the past few episodes. Spoil it for me please (I don't mind)..what's happening?

Recent episodes wrote:

[color=white]Detective Tritter (?) has managed to get everyone's accounts frozen, namely Wilson, Chase, Foreman, and Cameron (frankly the only thing more baffling and disturbing than him able to do all of that on little to no evidence of wrongdoing is how everyone seems to accept it without fighting). Wilson's FDA license has been suspended so he has to send his patients to other doctors. Cuddy is the only one able to prescribe to House, but she's got his drugs on a very short leash and that's all he can get.

During the last episode, House was in pain and pissed off, missed the diagnosis and punched Chase in the face when Chase told him the correct diagnosis and tried to stop House from amputating a little girl's arm. This prompted Wilson to change his stance and cooperate with Tritter.[/color]

Previews wrote:

[color=white]The previews show Tritter offering House a deal (2 months rehab) and Cuddy insisting that House cannot practice until he accepts it.[/color]

*Legion* wrote:

House needs to drop the "vindictive cop" storyline now. I get that the show is trying to add a continuous story and try to be more than just a "disease of the week" show. But this is just lame & completely unbelievable.

Glad me and the missus aren't the only ones who feel that way. Even in a show known for its ludicrous storylines, a cop interrogating doctors sans legal representation, on no evidence whatsoever, inside the office they apparently designated for him in the hospital, with access to every doctor's records, stretches the bounds of credibility way too far. End it. Eeeeeeeend it.

KillerTomato wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

House needs to drop the "vindictive cop" storyline now. I get that the show is trying to add a continuous story and try to be more than just a "disease of the week" show. But this is just lame & completely unbelievable.

Glad me and the missus aren't the only ones who feel that way. Even in a show known for its ludicrous storylines, a cop interrogating doctors sans legal representation, on no evidence whatsoever, inside the office they apparently designated for him in the hospital, with access to every doctor's records, stretches the bounds of credibility way too far. End it. Eeeeeeeend it.

I was actually wondering if I had missed something there with Tritter's office. I've been trying to catch up after renting season 2 and he just all of a sudden had this office full of boxes that he was apparently allowed to work in even when he's off duty. So that was just a random addition?

As long as the way this story thread is resolved doesn't involve House saving Tritter or someone close to Tritter's life, thus opening his eyes and filling him with forgiveness, I think I'll be able to forgive it. But hey, maybe if House goes to jail Cuddy will show up for some conjugals.

I just watched the first 3 episodes of The Unit season 1 and I love it. I love the balance and link between family drama and war situations. Dennis Haysbert plays a total badass, his screen wife steals the show whenever she's on screen, the other two wives compensate for lack of personality by being some very nice eyecandy. I even love the intro music. Good stuff, good stuff.