It's that special time of year again, the National networks get together to launch their slate of programs geared to get our eyeballs glued to the tv set. In the late 70's, I loved this time when TV Guide would get double stuffed with program names and brief captions of what new shows were coming up (I'm still bummed Holmes and Yo Yo didn't make it. ). As I got older I watched less TV, but this year I'm in the mood to see more of the boob tube so I thought I would take a look at some shows this time around to see if the old feeling comes back. Maybe an organized approach is in order. I don't know how much I'll actually watch, I used to like watching shows morph from their original premise in a desperate grab for ratings, but we'll see how it goes.
Chuck (Mon NBC 8pm): Super geek Chuck is back to awkwardly spew top secret knowledge and stumble through spy missions with the help of two federal agents. The season debut episode had all the fun and flair of the 1st season intact mixing action, intrigue and dorky humor. Here's to hoping the program continues to improve.
90210 (Tuesday CW 8pm): Driven by nostalgia, I had to see a little of this. Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth return (what, no Ian Ziering? I mean, he must have been available) to their favorite zip code to...be really boring. I watched 20 minutes and was stupefied by the lameness. It's supposed to be about the new generation of kids but I didn't see any potential star power, just a bunch of teens who didn't make it onto High School Musical 3. Hey 90210, I heard from Gossip Girl they're gonna be Priveleged to kick your ass at One Tree Hill! Sorry, couldn't resist that.
Life on Mars (Thurs ABC 10pm): Continuing with the man-with-a-gun-displaced-from-his-surroundings theme, the BBC show about a modern day Cop who gets hurt and wakes up in the 70's is being translated for the USA. The British show was pretty good and while it's not a comedy I'm sure ABC is hoping for a The Office style crossover.
30 Rock (Thurs NBC 9:30pm): I haven't been interested in this show, but Tina Fey has been on a hot streak with her SNL appearances and Emmy wins for this program. Should I cave in and watch this to check it out? I don't know, I remember trying to watch Sports Night because of the hype and never got those minutes back in my life. Hmm...
Well, that's what I have to look forward to so far this tv season (I know, my life sounds so fulfilling!) to pass the time when I want to relax. I keep wondering if I'm missing something with Heroes, then I watch 10 minutes and get confused so I give up on it (same thing happens with Battlestar Galactica). Maybe I'll get into it five years from now, that's my normal pattern for a show like this.
So far in this young Fall season, there has been one true highlight to me: The Saturday Night Live political skits. I don't even like politics, but I like to see how they'll riff on the faults and blunders of both sides for humor. They have about one more month to work with before the show goes back to being boring so I plan to catch it while I can.
In all, this TV season doesn't look all that exciting after all. I'll still enjoy what I like but don't see anything really mindblowing out there right now. Hopefully some program will catch fire and make some must see tv for me. But in the meantime I think I'll take up exercise. C'mon Hollywood, give me something to couch potato to!