Thursday, September 11, 2008

21 Hours of TV, Fall Preview (Thursday)...

Thursday continues it's reputation as the best night on TV.   The greatest shows in the history of television inhabited this hallowed day and it's a lot for these shows to live up to.  Do any of them make the grade? Well, not really.  I guess CSI has earned it's place in the history of the medium, but I can't decide if I'm exicited for the Peterson for Fishburn swap or fearing it.  I would also make the case that Survivor has changed television forever, but whether or not it was for the good is a hotly debated issue even today (for the record, I think TV would be a much more boring place without the Reality movement).  As funny as The Office is, it hasn't quite earned enough stripes to stand alongside Cosby, Sienfeld, and The Simpsons as Hall of Fame Thursday night shows... yet.  In addition to these three I will also continue to stay with Earl and 30 Rock, both very funny and well done shows.  If my DVR would record a third show I'd probably still be watching Smallville as well, but admittedly it was getting a bit over the top when I gave up on it 2 seasons ago.  Among the shows I wont be watching the only ones I think are genuine loser shows are the should have been canceled when I was in college ER, the no interest whatsoever Life on Mars, and the morally reprehensible and poorly produced Moment of Truth.

The color coded breakdown:

Green = Will be programmed on my DVR
Blue = Not for me, but feel free. 
Red
 = Move along, nothing to see here.

8PM

ABC - Ugly Betty
CBS - Survivor
CW - Smallville
Fox - The Moment of Truth
NBC - My Name is Earl

8:30PM

NBC - Kath & Kim

9PM


ABC - Grey's Anatomy
CBS - CSI
CW - Supernatural
Fox - Kitchen Nightmares
NBC - The Office

9:30PM

NBC - 30 Rock

10PM


ABC - Life on Mars
CBS - Eleventh Hour
NBC - ER

Thursday's Total: One 1 hour dramas, Three half hour comedies, 
one 1 hour reality, 3.5 hours

Overall Total: Nine 1 hour dramas, 2.5 hours of comedies, Two 1 hour Reality, 13.5 hours