Friday, September 20, 2013

21 Hours of TV 2013 Fall TV Preview (The Weekend)

5 hours left to fill in my 21 and with the usual wasteland that is Friday and Saturday TV, this just... might... work!


The Rest of the Week:

The Weekend (BELOW)


Friday this year appears to be a night of shows I've given up on.  Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-O, Shark Tank, and Grimm are all shows I kinda enjoyed that were victims of previous cuts.  The only one I really miss is Shark Tank, and so...

It's back baby!!

In a first ever move on the 21 Hours we are bringing back a previously cut show! Of course to be fair, it was one of my final cuts in an absolutely brutal year last year, but still, it's HISTORY IN THE MAKING!!

Other than that, the only thing on Friday Night that I will be taking in is "Home Improvement 2: Last Man Standing".  The only show on TV worth putting up with a laugh track for, mostly because I'm already conditioned to enjoy Tim Allen that way.

MUST:  Nope.

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - Last Man Standing
CBS - Undercover Boss
CW - The Carrie Diaries
Fox - Masterchef Junior
NBC - Dateline NBC


ABC - The Neighbors


ABC - Shark Tank
CBS - Hawaii Five-O
CW - America's Next Top Model
Fox - Sleepy Hollow (Encores)
NBC - Grimm


ABC - 20/20
CBS - Blue Bloods
NBC - Dracula



OOOOOOH, CBS is mixing it up on Saturday's! Now they've added Comedytime Saturday to the already existing Crimetime Saturday!

They probably should have just called the whole thing wasteoftime Saturday.

MUST:  Seriously?

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - College Football
CBS - Comedytime Saturday
Fox - Fox Sports Saturday
NBC - Repeats


CBS - Crimetime Saturday


CBS - 48 Hrs. Mystery

Anyone else feeling a little bit of Deja vu?

Usually with each new season there are shifts, additions, and deletions that shake up the lineup, but this year, with one solitary exception, Sunday is the same as last year.  I don't mean the same for one network, I mean every network, the whole night.  No need to adjust your DVR schedule things will remain the same.

Speaking of remaining the same...

A quarter of a century. That's how long "The Simpsons" has been on the air.  It's mind boggling.  I've already seen the season premiere for this year (That's right, living the high life of a TV critic, seeing FOX animated comedies 3 weeks in advance.) and the most amazing thing is that the quality doesn't seem to be letting up. Yes, there is something about the magic of seasons 3-7, but I have to say, I dare you to watch any episode since season 8 and ID a drop in quality anywhere.  The perfect 10s are fewer and farther between but almost every episode is an 8 or 9.  Hilarious satire 25 years in a row, bravo.

Elsewhere, I'll also be watching the "not quite as Amazing as it used to be" Race, The Mentalist, and checking in with Once Upon A Time to see how they will continue to make that concept work.

MUST: The Simpsons

The color coded breakdown:


ABC - America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS - 60 Minutes
Fox - NFL OT
NBC - Football Night in America


ABC - Once Upon A Time
CBS - Amazing Race
Fox - The Simpsons
NBC - Sunday Night Football


Fox - Bob's Burgers


ABC - Revenge
CBS - The Good Wife
Fox - Family Guy


Fox - American Dad


ABC - Betrayal
CBS - The Mentalist

Weekend's Total:  Two 1 hour dramas, Two half hour comedies, Two 1 hour reality,  5 Hours
Final Total: 8 hours drama, 4 hours comedy, 10 hours Reality = 22 hours

WOO-HOO!! We're close!!

In fact losing that last hour is easy! At least two of my hours are reality results shows, so I'll just fast forward to the results and cut out that final hour!

Enjoy the season!

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