Small screen query

Posted by · 8:34 am · October 30th, 2008

Taylor Kitsch in Friday Night LightsOff topic, of course, but I wonder if everyone else is as disappointed with some of the fall’s mid-season series as I am.

My DVR is generally packed with “Friday Night Lights,” “The Office,” “Heroes,” “The Shield” and yeah, “The Big Bang Theory” (I love it — it’s harmless).  But at least three of those are a total drag this season.  “Lights” hasn’t learned the soap opera lessons of its second season and is settling into another melodramatic groove, while “Heroes” is just too convuluted (as usual).  I honestly just watch it out of habit at this point, but I derive no enjoyment out of it.

“The Shield” is properly building the tension for a Shane/Vic stand-off, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’ll be a soft landing.  “The Office” is hilarious as always, and “Big Bang” is my guilty pleasure.  Thank God for small miracles.

I latched onto the first two episodes of “My Own Worst Enemy, glued to the set and eating it all up, only to feel a weird lull during the third episode.  Boredom set in and suddenly I got the feeling that the show doesn’t have much space to grow.  Maybe it’s just me.  And I also picked up “Supernatural” on a friend’s recommendation this season.  Very cool show.

Mainly, I just can’t wait for “Lost” to come back.  Blew my mind last season.

Anyway, you guys?  Thoughts on the fall TV season?  Agreements?  Disagreements?

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  • 1 10-30-2008 at 8:50 am

    Joel said...

    Love “Fringe.” Like “The X-Files” meets “CSI” or something.

    I like “Heroes” a lot, but yeah, keeps confusing me. But still, fun stuff.

    And uh…actually that’s about it.

  • 2 10-30-2008 at 8:53 am

    anne thompson said...

    I’ve sampled and dropped more shows than I can say and rarely watch the networks; as a Lost fan, I’m sticking with Fringe, with the occasional House and SNL; can’t wait to get back into 30 Rock; and sadly say bye for now to Mad Men. On HBO I’m watching True Blood, and I have to catch up with Entourage. Saving it.

  • 3 10-30-2008 at 9:02 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Oh yeah, Fringe. I actually couldn’t make it through the pilot.

    I didn’t mention my staple, which is Entourage. Love it. But Tru Blood sure sucks (no pun intended).

  • 4 10-30-2008 at 9:02 am

    Joe W said...

    I would have to disagree with you on “FNL” there Kris. I, like many, did not like the second season. But this season seems much more rooted in the style of Season 1 (probably one of the best seasons of any show). I thoroughly enjoy each episode. However, it doesn’t really seem to have a direction for the end, and there aren’t that many episodes left.

  • 5 10-30-2008 at 9:11 am

    Liz said...

    I tried to like “Fringe,” but I just couldn’t. I think the lead actress is terrible, and Peter is annoying.

    I really like “Life on Mars.” I loved the British original, but I think this one is doing a good job of establishing its own path. Plus, Michael Imperioli’s mustache practically steals the show.

    My favorite show overall is probably “Life.” Even though it’s down a notch from last season, still a great show.

  • 6 10-30-2008 at 9:16 am

    Ross Miller said...

    I agree that Heroes is a bit on the convoluted side, needlessly so. But hell it’s a HUGE step up from the sub-part-to-plain-bad season 2. I don’t like the direction they’ve taken with Mohinder, it’s just plain silly with him, and as mentioned it’s hard to follow (even the first season was to some extent, although not nearly at the same level) but they’re correcting a lot of the mistakes they made with season 2 and I’m so glad. I’ll take some confusion if it means stuff gets sorted out.

    As for Lost I am so glad to hear you’re a fan, Kris. Easily my favourite TV show, not just at the moment but of ALL TIME. It just blows my mind almost every single episode, has yet to bore me and marries great drama with excitement. I can’t see how you could ask for better/more from a TV series. Is there another show that leaves you wanting more at the end of every single episode more than Lost does? 24 perhaps, but no, Lost is the just the daddy of them all as far as I’m concerned. Can’t wait for season 5 (hey Kris did you see the trailer that was released for it? Doesn’t show much but it’s got me even more excited, although it sucks it’s still about 4 months away. Here’s the link if you didn’t happen to see it –

  • 7 10-30-2008 at 9:16 am

    McGuff said...

    Thank God the higher-ups in television planned — okay, they didn’t, but it feels like it — a seamless transition between the end of Mad Men and the beginning of 30 Rock. The two have always sat behind The Office on my list, and with Mad Men ending, I don’t know what I would have done without something to replace it. 30 Rock’s season premiere is fantastic as always, and I sense it will be another great season for the show.

    And then, of course, that will take us to January, when Big Love returns to HBO. It’s been a long wait for that, but Big Love is one of TV’s best-kept secrets.

    I’ve been a fan of Entourage since the beginning, Kris, but I was ready to stop after last season. However, this year is bringing me back, a bit, if only because I think the drama surrounding “Smoke Jumpers” was about 100x as interesting as the drama behind waiting for “Medillin” to debut at Cannes. Another show that pleasantly surprised me this season is Weeds.

    Let’s see, what else? There’s Californication, a dirty pleasure over on Showtime, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, surely television’s most outrageous show over on FX.

    But, yeah, I miss Betty Draper.

  • 8 10-30-2008 at 9:33 am

    mike said...

    The Office
    30 Rock tonight!!!!
    I know some people who work for, met some of the cast, and been to set so I like Law and Order SVU
    Sons of Anarchy
    True Blood (the past 2 episodes have been better)
    How I Met Your Mother

    and I have been watching Life on Mars

  • 9 10-30-2008 at 9:57 am

    Mr. F said...

    Pushing Daisies is my favorite show right now, but it is on the verge of being cancelled. Everybody should catch up on the First season and watch the new episodes on the internet.

    Other shows I watch:

    3o Rock (I loved the first episode)
    The Office (I don’t want Amy Ryan to leave)
    My Name is Earl
    Gossip Girl (huge guilty pleasure. It is surprisingly well written and performed)
    Desperate Housewives (another guilty pleasure)

  • 10 10-30-2008 at 10:01 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    The American TV scene is just a bit lacking for me at the moment. (And I don’t mean that condescendingly — British TV is in a dire state.)

    Aside from “Mad Men,” which stands in a class of its own, no new series in the past year or two has really grabbed me and become a weekly couch appointment. I’m not asking for high art, either — some slick campy fun like prime “Alias” or a sharp new sitcom would be welcome.

    (Incidentally, am I the only person who doesn’t get “30 Rock?” Is it an American thing? Someone please explain.)

  • 11 10-30-2008 at 10:15 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Guy: I stopped watching 30 Rock three episodes into the first season. You’re not alone.

  • 12 10-30-2008 at 10:18 am

    Patrick F. said...

    I’ve found The Mentalist to be a pleasant suprise. Sure it’s “House” with a badge, but as far as procedurals go, it’s quite enjoyable. Between that, Criminal Minds, Pushing Daisies, and Big Bang, and to a lesser extent Desperate Housewives, I think that there’s enough on TV to keep me modreatly amused.

    And My Girlfriend never tires of Two And A Half Men. Go Figure.

  • 13 10-30-2008 at 10:30 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Now that “Mad Men” is gone, I don’t know what to do with my life.

    “True Blood” is growing on me, while “Fringe” has had only one strong episode I think (the elevator one).

    “Pushing Daisies” is phenomenal, and “Chuck” is firing on all cylinders this year.

    I’ve actually been kind of meh on the four “South Park” episodes so far. Individually great moments, but the lack the spark last season had, I think.

  • 14 10-30-2008 at 10:39 am

    nick said...

    Mad Men finishing this past week is a majorly depressing.

    The Shield is a masterwork of storytelling. Completely riveting.

    The Office and South Park provide me with my laughs.

    I love Entourage and have never been let down by one single episode.

    Can’t wait for Lost, 24, and Rescue Me to come back on.

    Friday Night Lights, which is another of my absolute favorites, will remain a mystery to me until it airs on NBC this winter. Can’t wait to get back into it.

  • 15 10-30-2008 at 10:41 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s exclusively on The 101 at DirecTV right now, nick. FNL. I wasn’t aware it would be going to NBC in the winter?

  • 16 10-30-2008 at 11:05 am

    McGuff said...

    Brian, good mention of Chuck, which I’ve just gotten into. Only watched about half of the first season, and never really got hooked by it, but the second season has been really pretty good. And I have been meaning to get into Pushing Daisies, which I loved in the first season, but I just haven’t been able to get around to it. Anna Friel is one of my favorites.

  • 17 10-30-2008 at 11:08 am

    Hardy said...

    Desperate Housewives has been having its best season since the first. It’s been fantastic.

  • 18 10-30-2008 at 12:06 pm

    Liz said...

    “Chuck” is outstanding. It’s one of the few shows I can think of that has actually improved in its second season. It’s too bad more people don’t watch.

  • 19 10-30-2008 at 12:08 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I admit “Desperate Housewives” is something of a guilty pleasure for me too. Neal McDonough adds real class to the ensemble.

  • 20 10-30-2008 at 12:16 pm

    Liz said...

    Also, not really American TV, but I’m surprised at how sad I am that David Tennant is leaving “Doctor Who.” I found him unbearably annoying at first, but he’s really grown on me.

  • 21 10-30-2008 at 12:40 pm

    nick said...


    Yes, DirecTV ponied up some cash to help pay for the show. As a result, they got exclusive firt-air rights to season 3. The show joins the NBC lineup in either Jan or Feb ’09.

    My sister has been taunting me weekly with threats of spoilers as she’s a DirecTV subscriber.

  • 22 10-30-2008 at 12:40 pm

    nick said...

    I meant to type “first-air” not “firt-air”

  • 23 10-30-2008 at 1:22 pm

    JAB said...

    I loved last season of Lost. Best It’s been. I gave up Heroes two weeks ago, there are simply too many characters to follow. Grey’s Anatomy had a rough first few episodes, but last week was fantastic, I’ll keep watching. I Love The Office, and can’t wait for 30 Rock tonight!
    I’ll watch House if it’s on…
    I have to say reality shows are better than they’ve ever been, particularly VH1’s, Have you SEEN Charm School!? They’re so insanely ridiculous and entertaining. But also there are reality shows that are good for the right reasons, Top Model, Project Runway.

  • 24 10-30-2008 at 1:24 pm

    tdr said...

    TO me the really good is on cable(basic and premium). Starting with everything on F/X, Californication, Weeds,Dexter, TNT, Mad Men, of course, and let’s not forget Breaking bad. Bryan Cranston is incredible, deserves the Emmy and every other awards that is out there. If you haven’t seen it yet, do so. I also like “Secret diary of a call girl”. And on network television, i have to say many shows have dissappointed. Only “House”, “Lost” adn 24 have been consistently good. And I like “Boston Legal”, as crazy as it can be.

  • 25 10-30-2008 at 1:28 pm

    nick said...

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention Californication. Great, scummy fun. Best TV trash out there at the moment.

  • 26 10-30-2008 at 1:29 pm

    Liz said...

    JAB, I’m hoping Kevin McKidd will really rock this season of “Grey’s Anatomy.” I thought he was great in the season premiere.

  • 27 10-30-2008 at 2:02 pm

    mike said...

    I also like Prison Break, i know it may have jumped the shark, but I enjoyed season 1, so i still watch it…

    Also cant wait for 24 and Lost… and Break Bad as tdr mentioned above.

  • 28 10-30-2008 at 2:58 pm

    Joel said...

    Do the big-wigs here at InContention actually LIKE 24? Because it’s the most consistent show on the air right now. The fifth season is absolutely phenomenal. Can’t wait for the movie event thingymabobber in November.

    Lost is great. Mind-bending but great. Every episode is better than the last for me (give or take a few).

  • 29 10-30-2008 at 3:10 pm

    Roger said...

    I’ve been watching SUPERNATURAL since its first debut, and i always liked it, but this season is the best ever!! It totally rocks… extremely captivating… i’m with you on HEroes and FNL… I’ve actually given up on the later… Have you seen the Mentalist? it’s kind well done…. (Love House and…guilty pleasure… Gossip Girl)

  • 30 10-30-2008 at 4:29 pm

    Matthew said...

    The Office, 30 Rock, Pushing Daisies, Fringe, and How I Met Your Mother, Chuck. I cannot wait for Lost to come back. Lost is possibly my favorite show of all effing time.

    It’s not so much that Heroes is convoluted, it’s more the fact that all the characters are, and this may just be my TV, but I’m pretty sure they’re legally retarded. They must be. It’s actually called an “idiot plot”. Check it out on wikipedia.

  • 31 10-31-2008 at 7:42 am

    Kokushi said...

    Right Now i been watching:

    Prison Break
    Law & Order (SVU) – Love Mariska, Kris watch it now!! LOL, really is a great show.
    Criminal Minds
    My Own Worst Enemy
    House ( the old team need to be back NOW, hate 13)
    The Shield
    Knight Rider (its average but i dont know guilty with 50%pleasure)
    The Mentalist – Simon Baker is funny as hell.
    Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles
    Fringe – Anna Torv needs to change her face expressions, she always look like a sad puppy or someone with stomach problems.
    True Blood
    OTH – Sophia Bush is HOT!
    Boston Legal
    Greys Anatomy
    Law & Order, Next Week!!!!!! 19 Seasons!!!!!!!!

  • 32 10-31-2008 at 8:16 am

    Matt G said...

    Oh god, I can’t wait for Lost either, as well as Battlestar Galactica. They both have a structure and pacing to them that’s sorely missing from Heroes (which I watch out of habit as well). I think it’s mainly because they’ve set up a proper conclusion, whereas Heroes seems to be stumbling aimlessly from one recycled apocalyptic storyline to the next. I also find 30 Rock hilarious and Pushing Daisies adorable.

  • 33 10-31-2008 at 8:43 pm

    Brian said...

    “I stopped watching 30 Rock three episodes into the first season. You’re not alone.”

    30 Rock was kind of bad for the first few episodes. It really found its groove with the 7th episode “Tracy Does Conan.”