Whenever the fall television season starts up, I always add a bunch of new shows to the TiVo to see if I will fall in love with them and want to continue watching, or whether they will be a big waste of time.
In the past few weeks, my TiVo has been backed up, as I record more than I have time to watch! However, this past week I have been able to get completely caught up, thanks to all the 'lounging' time I have done a couple of days before running the Chicago Marathon and a couple days after while recovering.
Speaking of the marathon, I was able to finish the entire thing running! YAY! Even though I was cramping up pretty bad in the last couple of miles, I still finished with a pretty decent time of 3:38:25. YES!
Here are my thoughts on television this season...
I should first start with my FAVORITE new shows:
Modern Family - ABC
Cougar Town - ABC
FlashForward - ABC
I guess ABC wins, in my opinion, for best new programming! All three of these shows have me hooked! Modern Family and Cougar Town are so ridiculously funny, the kind of laugh out loud funny that I want from a sitcom. And there is no laugh track that tells you when you are supposed to laugh, letting you decide what's really funny! OOH...I love these shows!
FlashForward is a great mystery. Very fast moving, and the characters are engaging. The individual storylines mesh very well into the big picture. I can't wait for this week's episode!
Shows that I have REMOVED from my TiVo...
I was excited about the remake of Melrose Place. The very first episode was great. I liked the idea behind the murder mystery, but then the second and third episodes were dull. They were so slow moving, and I found that I really just didn't care about any of the characters. Therefore, DELETE.
Gossip Girl - Now, i know that some of you are ready to shoot me in the head over this, but I've just lost interest. I do enjoy the show, but I guess I just got tired of watching people make such irresponsible choices, and then act like they didn't know the consequences were coming. DELETE.
Heroes - I used to really like Heroes. I was attached to the first season, even though it would get slightly confusing at times. However, since then, the show has gotten WAY confusing...and there is too much going on, with too many characters. And, if you miss a week, then you might as well just hang it up trying to get caught up. DELETE.
America's Next Top Model - I used to enjoy this show in the past, but Tyra and her group of weirdos have made this unwatchable for me. None of the models who win ever become 'top' models, and when I heard that this season was all girls under 5'7, please...gimme a break! DELETE.
And my GUILTY PLEASURES are:
Shark Tank on ABC is a great new show! I am addicted to watching people come in with their ideas and either getting shot down, or walk away with the potential to make millions! LOVE IT!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta - I can't get enough! Don't be Tardy for the Party! Enough said...
Glee - I really enjoy how lighthearted 'Glee' is. Such a feel-good show, that finds a way to touch at your emotions. I like it...I can't say that I 'love' it yet, but i really do enjoy the mindless television fun.
My RETURNING FAVORITES are:
Desperate Housewives - I STILL love the gals on Wisteria Lane, and if you stopped watching, then you missed an excellent last season...and a great beginning to this season!
Ghost Whisperer - Yes...I do love me some ghost mysteries! Jennifer Love Hewitt is beautiful, and even though there is an underlying storyline, you don't have to follow it. You can jump in whenever you want for a good scare.
Brothers & Sisters - The disfunctionality of the Walker family is what gives them their charm. Nobody has a perfect family, no matter how hard you may try to make it look like you do. And...Sally Field can play any role and make it totally believable.
Project Runway - Lifetime, you have done a great job. Designers, Make it work!
And of course, someDISAPPOINTMENTS:
So You Think You Can Dance - Enough with the auditions already! Geesh. I feel like we are going on our 5th week of auditions. They are NOT that exciting. I wish the show would actually just choose the dancers and start the season with the Top 20. OR...just skip the auditions altogether and have a TOP 25, or 30. I would rather watch that then more auditions. I have to admit, its not so bad in the summer when there isn't much else on. I don't like SYTYCD as a fall program.
CBS as a network - Hey CBS, you are not fooling any of us! Your shows are all the same! How many crime dramas can a person take? Your whole programming is CSI, CSI Miami, NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Numbers, etc.... Gimme a break! It's basically all the same shows with different lead characters.
And finally, LOOKING FORWARD TO:
V - I remember watching the original miniseries back when I was a kid. It scared me, yet intrigued me. I really hope that ABC does justice to the remake, which starts up in a couple of weeks.
I guess ABC wins this year, for me! I would say that the majority of the shows I TiVo are on this network.
But of course...all of this is just my humble opinion.