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Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Alien Sitting In My Home III: Fall of The Geek  

It's that time again, in which our hero must face his demons and decide how to best attack the pixels and sounds being thrown at him from the idiot box. And no, I still don't have TiVo... although I am getting close to succumbing. This season has a bunch of new shows on the horizon, so while I'm including them here, chances are some of them will fall by the wayside? My prediction? Bones being the first one on the chopping block, mostly because it's on Fox, and Fox sucks balls when it comes to good shows.

Update: After reviewing the list, and realizing I need to get out more, I'm crossing out a few...


8:00 - Cold Case (CBS). This is one of two shows my pop got me into. It's fun to catch it on occasion, simply because of all the on-location shots in Philly and the surrounding 'burbs.
8:00 [Tape] - The West Wing(NBC). This is a probably, only because in the past three weeks, I've zoomed through S1 and S2 on DVD, plus caught numerous reruns on Bravo, and I've become addicted. If you've never watched it, I highly recommend picking up the DVD set, it'll get you hooked.
Definately don't need these... it is the Sabbath, so I should be resting anyway

9:00 - Family Guy & American Dad (FOX). The only smart move Fox has pulled in the past decade has been bringing Family Guy back. Better than South Park. Better than Simpsons, now. The show is a random-humor fan's wet-dream. American Dad may struggle, but it's still good for laughs.

10:00 - Grey's Anatomy (ABC). Surprisingly fun show form last season, even if it pissed me off to no end that Boston Legal was bumped because of it.
10:00 [Tape] Crossing Jordan (NBC). Junk tape, just in case I want some entertainment for 42 minutes as I go to sleep. Biggest waste of tape anyway, so that's gone

You may note that Desperate Housewives is not listed. That's because I've realized the show sucks, and I'm amazed I was so dumb to watch the entire season last year.

Monday... probably the least fanatic night of the week.

8:00 - Arrested Development & Kitchen Confidential (FOX). I'm in total love with AD's humor, and KC stars both Bradley Cooper and Nick Brendon (not to mention the sexy Jamie King), so these two are a no-brainer
8:30 [Tape] - How I Met Your Mother (CBS). Only reason I'm interested is because Aly and Doogie appear. Probably gonna suck, but oh well, it's frickin' Doogie and Band Camp. Whatever, it'll be cancelled quickly, and if by some chance it becomes a hit, it'll be in syndication in a few years

9:00 - Prison Break (FOX). I've caught the first two eps, and am very intrigued, mostly because it's looking like the second half of the season will most likely take place after the break... hope so, because if not, then the show could get very boring... 'cause come on, at least Oz had the anal rapes.

10:00 - Medium (NBC). I may be a fan of the show, but not really must see. I like the idea of the kids growing up with the mom's powers, and that has promise... plus the show seems fairly procedural, so if an ep is missed, not that big of a deal.
10:00 [Tape] - CSI: Miami (CBS). I've actually started to like the show a bit more last season... probably because Speedle was dead and the ick-factor of Horatio and his "dead"-bro's wife was lessened. Hope Emily Proctor is still on the show... that accent kills me.

Tuesday... which has seemed to reclaimed Too Good to be Truesday status

8:00 - Gilmore Girls (WB). Last season was a return to greatness, and the break between mother and daughter, along with the engagement of L&L should prove awesome. Hope, hope, hope this isn't the last season... oh, and BTW, fuck you Emmy's for the Lauren Graham snub.
8:00 [Tape 1] - Bones (FOX). I dig procedurals, and with this one starring Boreanaz and Deschanel, it's at the top of my must-see's. Episodes-Before-Cancellation: 7.
8:00 [Tape 2] - NCIS (CBS). With Sasha Alexander's character being killed last season in the biggest Holy Shit moment in all the finales, the show's appeal is a bit lacking for me, but I'll catch the first few, see how they cope.

9:00 - House (FOX) - I've said it before, but easily the best medical show to cross the screen in years. Great characters, great acting, great storylines.
9:00 [Tape 1] - Supernatural (WB) - Stars two WB mainstays, plus it's a horror show. Must for me... of course, it's reminding me a bit of Freakylinks and Dead Last, and those fell apart quickly.
9:00 [Tape 2] - My Name is Earl & The Office (NBC) - Jason Lee. Steve Carrell. Comic Geniuses. 'Nuff said.
9:00 [???] - I'm also interested in Commander-in-Chief (ABC) and even a bit of Sex, Love, & Secrets on UPN... but doesn't look like that'll be happening. No reason to plan for more watching that I can't do... and while I like fantasy shows, a female president is just a tad out there, even for me

10:00 - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC). Best procedural on TV. And it's only gotten better every year.
10:00 [Tape] - Boston Legal (ABC) - Spader. William FUCKING Shatner. And now, Heather. I'll miss Monica Potter... but shit, it's Heather Locklear.

Wednesday... In which Holz gives The Finger to programming directors

8:00 - One Tree Hill (WB). Has one of the best villain's on the tube, and for teen angst Dawson-y viewing, it's adequate.

9:00 - Lost (ABC).
9:00 [Tape 1] - Veronica Mars (UPN). My two favorite shows from last season, and OF COURSE they're up against eachother. Only reason I'm taping Veronica is because Lost has a bigger following, and if by some chance I fall asleep before catching my tape, I don't wanna be spoiled at work the next day... oh, who am I kidding, when do I go to sleep without watching my tapes?
9:00 [Tape 2] - Up in the air at the moment... Criminal Minds / E-Ring / Head Cases / Related all look interesting... gonna have to make a decision Truth is, none of them looked that interesting anyway

10:00 - Invasion (ABC). A gamble, but I think the show might have a chance... and if you thought I wouldn't be watching an alien show, you just don't know me.
10:00 [Tape] - Law & Order (NBC). Mainstay. Always good to have on tape to fall asleep / wake up to.

Thursday... In which Holz gives program directors The Shiv... honestly, what the hell?

This just sucks. Aside from NBC's Joey/W&G pairing, every station has something I want/need to watch... and since I've only got three viewing slots open to me, it will be as follows:
8:00 - The OC (FOX). Since this is one of the only show's my roommate watches, I'll be seeing this live. The sophomore slump of the first half of the season recovered towards the end, and I have my fingers crossed that the show will return to S1 glory.
8:00 [Tape 1] - Alias (ABC). Nothing will make me drop this show, even the nearly-confirmed departure of a character or the rumor of the Rambaldi arc being completely abandoned. With Lost on solid footing, I predict JJ returning to the show to give it a swift kick.
8:00 [Tape 2] - Smallville (WB). Fortress of Solitude. More Chloevage. Aquaman. James Marsters as Brainiac. And the possibility of hearing the words "Kneel Before Zod"? Not dropping this one either.
8:00 [???] - So, it's looking like I'll be dropping Survivor, and will not be able to watch Everybody Hates Chris. Holy crap did UPN make a bonehead move putting that there. The night is bad enough on my brain cells, don't need to add to it

9:00 - CSI (CBS). Tarantino's finale last year was just amazing, and it's bound to have some interesting character impacts on Nick and Gil, as well as the others... can't wait.
9:00 [Tape 1] - Everwood (WB). Just plain good television.
9:00 [Tape 2] - Reunion (FOX). Could be great. Hoping for good. Worried about mediocrity. Still, I'll be watching.
9:00 [???] - Being the X-Files fan I am, I was obviously looking forward to Nightstalker... but from what I've heard it's just not worth it

10:00 - Without a Trace (CBS). Still not a favorite of mine, but it's good for a watch. The characters interact well, and the cliffhanger finale last year was pretty decent... of course, I'm intentionally ignoring the craptacular dream episode towards the end. Nothing makes me want to watch it anyway other than the fact it's one... easy to drop

Friday... In which my tapes work hard, while I'm hopefully out.

8:00/9:00/10:00 [Tape 1] - Ghost Whisperer / Threshold / Numb3rs (CBS). First two new shows will most likely suck, but if I don't keep my VCRs busy, they get lonely. Numb3rs however was a favorite of mine last season, although with the departure of Sabrina Lloyd, part of my enjoyment is dissipating.
Joan of Arcadia was cancelled for this show... I just won't watch it out of spite... even if Thelma and Louise are prevalent.

8:00/9:00/10:00 [Tape 2] - Stargate: SG-1 / Stargate: Atlantis / Battlestar Galactica (SCIFI). Truth be told, I haven't bee watching much of these this season because I missed the first 5 eps of each because I didn't have SciFi. Hopefully they'll reset and rerun all the eps soon.


Most likely watching all the shows on tape that I missed... either that, or some theater-hopping.

Maybe I should catch up on some reading.

...holy crap, I just added that up, and it's about 35 hours of TV... just over 24 hours if you take out commercials... I think I'll be needing to take some of those out... damnit!

Update: So, that's a bit better, I took out five shows... it's a start.

posted by Holz | 4:39 PM | Rant & Rave, Bitches! (8)


Sweet Jesus


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/08/2005 5:32 PM  

I watch Survivor, and that's it. You're a fricken psycho. I have no idea how your eyes don't just rot out of your head.

On an unrelated note, did you get the package I sent you?

By Blogger Stan, at 9/09/2005 4:14 AM  

I gotta echo those comments. In the words of William Fucking Shatner, get a life. :)

Seriously, you do know that you don't HAVE to watch all the shows, right? It's not like you're a reviewer for TV Guide.

Personally, I watch less than 3 hours of TV a week now, and I'm damn proud of it. Looking forward to when I can quit completely.

By Blogger Manchild, at 9/09/2005 9:19 AM  

So, five knocked out... that's a start at least, right? And hell, another five will probabl be gone within a month 'cause I don't like 'em.

By Blogger Holz, at 9/09/2005 11:00 AM  

How am I ever going to have grandchildren when you wont turn off the TV????

Love Ya Much!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/12/2005 10:34 AM  

Holz, seriously, either get a DVR or start using Bit Torrent. You are the only other person I know (besides my mother) who still uses a VCR.

Anyway... regarding the Stargates and BSG, they've been good (even SG-1), so definitely try to catch up.

And don't give up on Cold Case--it's such a great show. Most episodes can stand alone, with only minor arc stories, so it's easy to watch even if you only see it once in a while.

By Blogger Kate, at 9/12/2005 1:02 PM  

The issue I have with DVRs is while I know I would love it, the thruth is it can't handle my watching. I need to be able to watch something, and tape two other things... DVRs can't handle it at the moment, so I'd have to use a VCR anyway.

And BitTorrent... well, you already know my thoughts on that.

By Blogger Holz, at 9/12/2005 4:31 PM  

Yeah, I know. But downloading something you would otherwise tape is only hurting the companies that make the blank tapes.

By Blogger Kate, at 9/12/2005 7:15 PM  

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