Television Musings

| 9/18/2009 4:05:25 PM

Tags: television, CW, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, USA, TNT, SyFy,

Jean TellerAutumn is upon us, and I haven’t talked fall television yet. That’s a bit of a disappointment for this videophile. It’s been mentioned before on this blog that I am a TV addict, and my last post on TV shows was back in April (“TV’s Goodbye and Hello”).

For the fall of 2009, it looks like we have somewhere around 35 new shows premiering this year. I doubt if I’ll be watching even a third of those.

A few of the summer shows caught my attention: Hawthorne on TNT, Royal Pains on USA and Warehouse 13 on SyFy (that’s the former SciFi Channel). And of course, I watched my favorite cable/summer shows: TNT’s The Closer, Saving Grace and Leverage, USA’s Burn Notice, and SyFy’s Eureka.


Now the fall shows have arrived. I caught the premiere last week of Supernatural’s fifth season on the CW, and watched the first episode of CW’s new series, Vampire Diaries. I will go to the ends of the Earth to watch Supernatural for what could be its last season; the teen angst of Vampire Diaries – even with the main teen being more than 250 years old! – may mean I drive a stake in the heart of that show. I’m giving it another ep or two, we’ll see. That’s it for the CW on my to-watch list.

Fringe returns for its second season on Fox.

Jean Teller
9/23/2009 11:33:44 AM

Hi, Dave - hmmm, challenge is definitely the word! I've used to catch up on missed shows, and I'll have to go take a look to see what they're offering this season. Haven't heard of - that sounds terrific! I have a Netflix membership and have been catching up on TV shows - for instance, I will have the first disk of Rome waiting in my mailbox when I get home tonight. My DVR is from the cable company, and I like it - but one with a hard drive and 180 hours of memory, wow, that would be the way to go! LOL I'm with you on the science fiction shows - I'm a Trekker from way back, loved BSG and Stargate SG-1. I believe Stargate Universe starts in October - and I too am looking forward to that one. I even like some of the grade B flicks SyFy produces for Saturday nights. :) I did like the old Flash Gordon (not the new one so much) and loved Buck Rogers. Warehouse 13 and Fringe are on my must-see list. Didn't get into Sanctuary when it started, but the promos for the new season are intriguing, so I might have to catch up with Season 1 and add it to my list. I too miss Jericho - good show, bad network. I'm a fan of NCIS, The Mentalist, Numbers and Cold Case. Not sure if I'll keep up with Ghost Whisperer - haven't liked the latest plot devices regarding Jim - and I haven't seen Flashpoint on the schedule lately. Perhaps it was cancelled? Nice to hear from another TV fan. I, however, need to work on that balance bit. Sounds like you're way ahead of me on that score. :) Oh, and Brenda, the NCIS premiere was excellent!

Nebraska Dave
9/22/2009 5:50:02 PM

Jean, what a TV schedule challenge you have. I have discovered that most of the popular shows are on a website called With minimal advertisements and a plethora of different seasonal shows to watch I can keep up with my TV viewing on my schedule. I am interested in knowing about DVRs and have been researching the different ones. It seems to be the way to go these days. One that I looked at actually had a hard drive on it and would record 180 hours of video. That would certainly fill up the winter hours. I also have a website subscription at They have practically all the years of popular seasonal shows since they began in time to the current. I have signed up for the minimal amount of $4.99 a month and get 10,000 Megabytes of video which equates to about 25 to 30 hours of viewing a month of what ever I choose to watch. The minimal subscription will keep me from totally becoming isolated. I could easily do that between the TV and computer. The site also has a huge list of movies for viewing. So for the first two weeks of the month I gorge on TV and computer. Then I have to go do projects and take trips the second two weeks. It seems to keep my life balanced. As for favorite shows, I’m a SyFy fan all the way. It all started way back in the 50s with Flash Gordon and progressed its way up through all four of the Star Treks series and spin offs , Battlestar Galactica ( both new and old) , then came the new flash Gorden, Star Gate SG-1, and Star Gate Atlantis (can’t wait for the new Star Gate Universe). Of the new shows my favorites are Warehouse 13, Fringe, and Sanctuary. I really liked the series Jericho and couldn’t understand why they didn’t have more seasons. It really ended with loose ends which irritated me immensely. As far as network TV shows all are on CBS. All the CSIs, NCIS, Menalist, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, Flashpoint, Ghost Whisperer, and Cold Case are on the list. Good fall viewing to all.

Brenda Kipp_1
9/21/2009 4:35:57 PM

You know what I'm eagerly awaiting, Jean!:) NCIS rules!!

9/21/2009 12:06:28 PM

Jean, My must see tv night is Thursday night, and that is really the only night I watch television. I am a complete and total Survivor fan! I have been since the very first season, and I will be till they stop. I also like CSI, although I don't think it's as good since some of the original people left. I will watch it anyway, simply because it is between Survivor and my other must see, The Mentalist! I love that show as well! I don't know if they will pick up where they left off last season, or save it for later, but I really want to know who Red John is!!!

Jean Teller
9/21/2009 11:40:11 AM

LOL, Cindy! Sometimes I wonder about my TV viewing habits - as you can well imagine, I don't get much else done most evenings. And of course I spend a lot of my weekends catching up on the DVR/VCR tapings. I really did winnow it down some last year, and I'll probably do a bit more this year. Not too many of the new shows have caught my attention, and I find myself becoming more selective about what I'll spend my time on. That goes for movies too. I'd much rather pick up a book. I'm with you on Lost - I'll be there until the bitter end. And Life! I loved Life! (And Life on Mars.)

Cindy Murphy
9/18/2009 9:05:03 PM

LMHO, Jean. How can you possibly keep up with that kind of schedule?! If I were you, I'd keep forgetting to set the VCR - or mostly likely set it wrong and record some god-awful reality cooking-on-the-road-while-trying-to-find-your-way-back-home-with-only-a-map-and-$20-after-discovering-you-are-the-sole-survivor-on-a-little-known-tropical-island show by mistake. (Whew! I got tired just typing that.) My viewing schedule is simple; these are the shows I make it a point to watch: Sunday is Cold Case, Monday is House, Tuesdays are reserved for whatever channel the remote rests on, Mercy looks like it for me on Wednesdays, Thursday is a biggie - Survivor and CSI; Friday's and Saturday's line up are just like Tuesday's. I'll probably watch LOST when in premieres sometime in winter - only because I suffered through the past season, and this season is the last. Gotta stick it out until the end, you know. And I'm still bumming they took Life off the air. Pfft!

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