Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall TV Round-Up

Ahhhh fall. I love you so much. Something about a northern breeze seriously refreshes the soul. Here in Texas, summer is like literally walking through fire. And that first cold front is just the best day of the year. Ahhhhh. Thank you God for helping us survive another summer. And ps, we would not be offended if you didn't make next summer quite this harsh. Ding dong it was hot.

But along with fall's cool breeze comes the ever-exciting Fall TV Premiers! Yay! I love TV. I use to have more time for it, but since prime time TV is not good for little ears, we are careful with our 7:00 pm viewing. Sporting events, Disney or Sprout is on in the background. The 8:00 hour is the kids bath, reading, dishes and get them to bed hour. So I typically DVR most shows and watch in the 9:00 - 11:00 hour. That's the beauty of DVR - you can see two 1-hour shows in about 1 and a half hours...or less. My must-see shows are The Biggest Loser, The Office, 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. If I don't catch these live, I will DVR, or watch online during my lunch hour. We watch Dancing with the Stars, but it's typically background noise. I'm not in love with any contestants this season. I also like Castle, but I don't care if I see it or not. We DVR Law & Order SVU - Joe loves this show, and it's definitely not child appropriate. Honestly, I have a hard time watching because I would rather laugh for an hour. And before you judge me for the amount of TV I watch - I do watch much of this while I'm eating my lunch at work. I carry a lot of worry about my family and this lovely economy and political environment that I just want to veg for an hour each day and not think about anything but fictional people.

Most networks have unveiled their fall premiers, and I've watched a few new shows. Some are keepers. I have The Good Wife (CBS) on DVR - have not watched yet. I love Chris Noth. Mr. Big. Sigh. But from the looks of things, it's not likely that it will make my roundup since I have yet to watch it. I caught the first episode of Mercy (NBC) and fell in love with it. You have love a medical drama with a few laughs. I caught Modern Family (ABC) online last week. It was very, very funny, despite objectionable family values - not a big fan of kids being snarky or sassy to their parents. Again, won't be watching with the kids. This show will be one I would not mind watching, but I won't worry about missing. I caught Cougar Town (ABC) online and I thought it was okay, except a little too the kid walking in on mom and 20-something about to do things you normally only see on HBO...awkward. And besides that, if Courtney Cox-Arquette can't score a man at 40... and feels terrible about her body, then I think the rest of us are screwed. This show could use some better writers. She's a great actress - give her something to work with! Anyhow...moving on...I forgot to set the DVR for Flash Forward (ABC) - it looks a bit like LOST (love LOST), but I worry about cool shows like this. You get all attached to them, then the network decides they are too expensive to produce and they get cut. I will likely try to catch this online this week and at least give it a shot.

I think the real winner of the season premiers has fallen into the hands of Fox and their new show, Glee. Glee is amazing. Amazing. Funny, witty, harsh - I love it. If you saw "Election" with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, it's *that* kind of humor - a little dark, a little "tongue in cheek". And it has Jane Lynch - the incredibly funny actress. She's genius. Joe and I love this show. Love love love love love it. If you have not seen it, please check it out. Hilarious. And the music is OUTSTANDING. Outstanding. You simply must watch this show. I now look forward to it like I did my beloved Gilmore Girls. Moment of silence for the girls....I miss them.

Glee and Mercy - I'd say these are my top picks thus far for must see TV. Stay tuned for my Biggest Loser picks. I really should have done this after episode one, but honestly the people kicked off thus far weren't really my pick anyway. Except maybe the red team. I love me some youth minister - he brought a great something extra to the show. Okay enough of that...I'll get on to my opinions after tomorrow's show - and I do have some hot sports opinions about some of these people!!

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