Friday, September 12, 2008

21 Hours of TV, Fall Preview (The Weekend and Final Analysis)...

Ah, the weekend, where network execs across the land throw their refuse hoping that maybe someone will accidentally leave their TV tuned in while they are out at a movie.  The problem is that this old idea of appointment scheduling is quickly becoming completely outdated.  The first network that realizes DVRs are getting pretty common and that people don't really care anymore what night a show is on will have a hit show on Saturday night.  Are you telling me seriously that a new season of Jericho or Journeyman wouldn't pull more viewers on Saturday than say, "Crimetime Saturday" or "Drama Repeats"? Really?!  ...sigh...


Lots of game show and reality on Friday's this year.   Fox has 5th Grader and Lyrics back to back.  I watched both for a while but game shows get old for me pretty quickly.  Same thing goes for Deal or no Deal, even with the promise that two people will win a million this year.  ABC does the reality thing with Wife Swap and Supernanny, neither of which are interesting to me (guess I'm happy with my wife and children as is).  In fact, the only show I will be checking out of Friday is the new show Crusoe, which looks to be a unique offering worth at least a taste.

The color coded breakdown:

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


ABC - Wife Swap
CBS - Ghost Whisperer
CW - Everybody Hates Chris
Fox - Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
NBC - Crusoe


CW - The Game


ABC - Supernanny
CBS - The Ex List
CW - Top Model (repeats)
Fox - Don't Forget the Lyrics!
NBC - Deal or No Deal


ABC - 20/20
CBS - Numb3rs
NBC - Life



Move along, nothing to see here.

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - Saturday Night College Football
CBS - Crimetime Saturday
Fox - COPS
NBC - Dateline NBC


Fox - America's Most Wanted
NBC - NBC Drama Repeats


CBS - 48 Hrs.



The Simpsons begins its 20th(!) season this year and despite what you may have heard it continues to be as funny and fresh as it's ever been.  King of the Hill is the animated show with a heart and Amazing Race will win it's annual emmy for best reality show at the Emmys here soon.  Speaking of shows that have been around forever, America's Funniest Home Videos enters it's 19th season, cracks Wipeout over the head with it's cane, and mutters something about young whippersnappers thinking they invented laughing at people falling down.

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS - 60 Minutes
CW - In Harm's Way
Fox - The OT
NBC - Football Night in America


CW - Surviving Suburbia


ABC - Extreme Home: Makeover
CBS - Amazing Race
CW - Valentine
Fox - The Simpsons
NBC - Sunday Night Football


Fox - King of the Hill


ABC - Desperate Housewives
CBS - Cold Case
CW - Easy Money
Fox - Family Guy


Fox - American Dad


ABC - Brothers and Sisters
CBS - The Unit

Weekend's Total: One hour drama, Two half hour sit-coms, Two 1 hour Reality, 4 Hours

Final Total: 10 hours of dramas, 3.5 hours of comedies, 4 hours of reality, 17.5 hours


Woo-Hoo! 4.5 hours to spare... well, sorta.  Add in SNL (it's an election year, it's required viewing), Monk (the best show not on network TV), and Mythbusters (endlessly amusing and somehow educational) and I have one hour to spare.  So I can put off any pruning until January when LOST, 24, Reaper, American Idol, and new shows Dollhouse and Merlin premiere, at which point my eyes will glaze over and my mind will shut down trying to solve the complex equations necessary to decide what is worth my DVRs limited space.

Enjoy the new season!

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