I just haven’t been gabbing about TV much lately. Perhaps you’ve noticed? No blog posts in weeks? What could be causing this situation?
Hard to say – chalk it up to the mid-season doldrums. I’m floating in a sea of “meh.” Let’s do a quick run-down of my TV schedule and get at the problem areas.
Mondays are around strictly for comedy – The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. Even though these are still highly reliable shows for good laughs (“Cat funeral…”), I think I’m craving a little more. Maybe I was hoping there would be more laughs to be mined from the unlikely pairing of Robin and Barney. And is the relationship between Penny and Leonard taking the edge off of Sheldon’s disdain? No worries – these shows are still funny and I’ll keep watching.
Tuesdays just suck, honestly. Can someone tell me what we should be watching? Right now it’s Netflix night.
Wednesdays, on the other hand, are far too packed with stuff to watch! 5 different shows, at least 3 of which I watch live. And they range from just OK to awesome. First up there’s America’s Next Top Model, which is fast becoming the show I need to let go. The novelty of short models wore off real quick, and most of these girls just aren’t good – Nicole’s the only one worth watching. But it’s hard to watch her, because at every opportunity Tyra has made this show all about her. I mean, come on – “smize?” Unless the show gets awesome again fast, I think this is my last cycle.
The good show is definitely Glee! Yes some of the episodes have had some not-as-great parts, and sometimes we’re concentrating on too many plotlines. But you have to admit that when it’s good it rocks! Jane Lynch is blowing the lid off this show time and again, and those musical numbers are just so much fun. Long live this show!
Conversely I’ve been real disappointed in Top Chef. It has just felt like the wheat (Jen, Kevin, the brothers) and the chaff (everyone else) are really obvious. Can we just cut all the way to the finals, please? I don’t know how many more weeks I can watch Robin skate by while waiting for the inevitable Jen vs. Kevin showdown.
So You Think You Can Dance is certainly gearing up to be a good season, but it’s felt like forever for us to get there! How many audition shows must we suffer through? I know that this week we finally get our top 20, but I’m afraid to believe it for fear that Cat will say, “But first – auditions from Omaha!” On a side note – word on the street is Mia could be leaving the show. Noooo!!!
There is one other new show this fall which has garnered a season pass on our TiVo, and that’s Modern Family. It’s smart without being too smart, and silly without being stupid. Great acting, and oddly relatable. I’m hoping this one will be around for the long haul! (But do me a favor, ABC – move it to a less busy night for my sanity.)
Thursdays are for more SYTYCD, and from time to time we might catch a little 30 Rock. But we gave up on The Office long ago. And then there’s Project Runway. Let’s face it – this season went from fab to drab. And I think it can all be traced back to inconsistency in the judging, which Nina has pointed to herself. She swears things will be better next season when they are back in New York, to which I say – I hope so! We don’t deserve to keep watching Logan making crap and skating by week to week. (My early pick to take it all – Althea. I think she’s been the most consistent.)
And that’s basically it for our TV week. I don’t even watch The Amazing Race any more, so our weekends are wide open.
So what do you think – is this season living up to your expectations? What’s failing and what’s flying? And what really great shows am I not watching?