Friday, September 22, 2006

Season Passes

The summer season has finally passed, and we're back into the glorious Fall TV Season. Originally, this post was going to be a preview of sorts, sharing my thoughts on screeners and whatnot from the summer, but it's a bit late for that, and you know me pretty well by now, so I'm positive no one actually expected this to happen.

Instead, we'll go with a 'what am I DVRing' angle. I'm sure all of you have been walking around aimlessly for weeks until now, desperate to know what I watch, what I eat, where I sit. And by all of you, I mean my mother. Mom, I'm watching Square One (don't tell her it's gone), I'm eating tofu sandwiches with sides of pomegranete filled with antioxidants, and I'm sitting up straight.............. and I love you.

Anyways, asterisks next to the show indicates that it's Season Pass-able. Question mark means I'm giving it 2-3 episodes. If a show is not even mentioned, that means it sucks. Being mentioned doesn't mean it doesn't suck. So grab a seat and a sandwich, this is gonna be riveting. No really, take a seat, it may take you the season to finish reading.

*How I Met Your Mother* (CBS at 8:30)
Did you guys watch the premiere? Loooooved it. I was skeptical of this show last year, it seemed very middle of the road, and at times, very boring. But it got better with each episode, and they started to find their voice. The first ep this year continues this upward trend. As does my 'upward trend' for Robin... if ya know what I mean. I'm talking about an erection here people. Plus, the episode ended with a great cover of The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" by Victor Malloy Grant Lee Phillips (thanks Krissi!). Look for that on the next Musical Monday. So yeah, definitely Season Pass this one.

*Arrested Development* (G4 at 8:30)
God bless G4 for picking up the reruns. I try and record them everyday. Who else misses the Bluths??

The Class (CBS at 8)
This was the most highly touted sitcom this past development season. From the creator of Friends, it's pretty much the same thing... without the funny. Poorly cast. What is truly sad is that it may still be the best new comedy this season. As my agents have told me numerous times, "looks like comedy's dead Sonny... Sonny? There, there. Come on now, stop crying... there's nothing you can do... What? No, we can't lend you money... I'm sorry, we just can't... Please, stop crying... Seriously, stop crying or we'll drop you... Good, good... See, everything'll be fine, we'll get ya staffed in no time." This was five months ago.

Wife Swap (ABC at 8)
The only reason I mention this show is because one of my favorite people in the world is one of its casting producers. Still not gonna watch though.

Prison Break (FOX at 8)
Are they finally, you know, doing what the title says? I have no idea, seemed like they didn't do a whole lot of prison breaking when I watched a few eps last year. And Wentworth Miller is much too good-looking of a man for me to watch, my low self-esteem just won't allow it. But seriously, his face is so damn symmetrical.

*New Adventures of Old Christine* (CBS at 9:30)
Ms. Dreyfus is what really makes the show, but the supporting pieces are pretty solid too. Usually makes me LOL at least a few times. Love the younger brother. The ex-husband's girlfriend, New Christine, is hilarious.. and the kid's darn cute too. My friend Kelley and I went to a taping.. the ep should be airing soon.. it's the one with a Scott Bakula cameo! Love Quantum Leap! But not like these ladies at our taping. The 'unofficial fanclub' was in attendance, and during down time, the MC would talk to the audience and whatnot. Well, of course, he starts talking to the thirteen drooling 60 year-olds in the front row wearing Quantum Leap jackets. Next thing I know, the 'head stalker lady', a cross between Rhea Perlman and Jerry Stiller, is telling us how she lost her virginity in the back seat of a Chevy back in 1752. My ears still burn.

? Heroes ? (NBC at 9)
What they should've done is just called it what it is: X-MEN. I bet it'd get more ratings this way too. The pilot was well made and everything, it's just a bit... boring. Seems like everyone's trying way too hard to capture the new craze for serialized shows, while forgetting that each stand-alone episode should have some emotional/mental payoff as well. If not, might as well just wait for the DVD? Anyways, when I was a kid, I would always try and put the edge of my pointer figers together like the girl from Out of This World. I would do this alone in my room, and sometimes, stretches of time would go by without anything happening, and I would momentarily think that I actually stopped time. Yeah, cute. But then, I'd walk around and peek into dressing rooms, hoping to capitalize before my new power ran out. Yep, some things never change.

Monday Night Football (ESPN)
I will watch when the Vikings play again on Oct. 30th. We're 2-0 so far. Yeah, I watch sports. Throw the old pigskin around sometimes too, a little rough-housing and whatnot... yeah, no, I don't. I just watch sports. Not even that much. Um, I'm gonna go watch Gilmore Girls.

MONDAY: 10-11 PM
*South Park* (CC at 10)/*Family Guy* (TBS at 10)
It's sad when the only things to DVR are reruns. I guess we've already discussed the South Park vs. Family Guy debate here. But just to reiterate, South Park wins. Did you guys hear that Comedy Central's re-airing "the ten South Park episodes that changed the world?"

? Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip ? (NBC at 10)
This was the most highly touted drama this past development season. Definitely well-made. Great cast, good dialogue.. Sorkin really knows how to write those witty zingers.. but all that being said, I didn't really enjoy it.
The problem is that it just all feels too self-absorbed. Much like this blog. I mean they have these long dialogues and edgy moments, but it's all because of a scrapped sketch? It'd be one thing if it was the Free World at stake like West Wing.. but they did do a great job capturing the excitement before an SNL taping. I miss 30 Rock. My first day working SNL as a Page, I was driving up from Philly, running late of course, and didn't have time to change shoes. So I stuck with my Chucks, only to have one of the Page managers threaten to send me home. Luckily, one of my best buds, Mike, happened to walk out of the elevator. Instantly I asked, "Hey Mike, can I borrow your shoes?" He took them off and traded, no questions. Now, that is a true friend. Unfortunately, the above Page manager was still able to throw down some punishment by sticking me at the worst possible spot. Outside the studio windows, curtains closed. So my wonderful friend Mary and I stood there miserably, while hearing joyous laughter and applause from inside the studio. The show was almost over, and my first SNL shift was about to be a bust, when suddenly, the entire hallway started to smell like weed. You see, the musical guest was Snoop Dogg that night. At the same time, NBC Pres, Jeff Zucker walked towards us, heading to the green room and asking 'What is that smell?' And I answered, 'Peanut butter, sir. Bad peanut butter.' He laughed and carried along. And that's when Mary and I knew... that I had never smoked pot before.

*House* (FOX at 8)
I do like this show.. but only when I'm in a certain mood. I guess when I'm feeling domestic. *sigh* Really stretching with that one. But no, the 'what new crazy disease we got today' routine gets a little old sometimes, but Hugh Laurie really is amazing on the show.

? Friday Night Lights ? (NBC at 8)
Never watched the movie, but I did enjoy Varsity Blues and Rudy. Hell, let's give this a shot. I'm sure Jeff Zucker said this very same thing.

*Veronica Mars* (CW at 9)
The first season was pure brilliance. One of my favorite seasons of TV ever. But I got a little antsy last year with all the overarching mysteries, it was just too much. I read in an interview, which I'm too lazy to link to at the moment, that Rob Thomas acknowledged this weakness of Season Two and plans to make changes accordingly. But as long as we have Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring, I'm sure this show will stay top notch.

? The Knights of Prosperity ? (ABC at 9)
My favorite comedy of the new season. Which isn't saying much, but this one definitely made me LOL. I think twice. Both of which included Mick Jagger and his Asian boy-servant. Make sure you don't miss those scenes. Though I wish they had left the title as Let's Rob Mick Jagger...

? Smith ? (CBS at 10)
Really well shot, Ray Liotta rocks, but I still have my doubts. It was above average, I'd give it a B, probably a B+ had they named the show Smithers.

Jericho (CBS at 8)
So. freaking. slow. There was a movie version of this, it's called The Day After. Made in 1983, but somehow more realistic. Really depressing though.

? 30 Rock ? (NBC at 8)
I prefer this show over Studio 60. Alec Baldwin is spot on hilarious, love that they have a Page in there (played by Jack McBrayer), and am glad that they recast Rachel Dratch's character. I'd say the weak link is actually Tina Fey. Who knew it'd be so hard to play yourself? I'll abstain from a masterbation joke here.

Twenty Good Years (NBC at 8:30)
Love Jeffrey Tambor obviously. Love John Lithgow. Hate this show. They'll be lucky if they get twenty good episodes... huzzah! zinger!

*Lost* (ABC at 9)
Didn't really enjoy the middle part of last season.. that's when they totally LOST me. I know, I know, I'm ashamed. But, how can you not continue watching right? Season Pass it. Let's just hope the writers have a concrete plan this season.

WEDNESDAY: 10-11 PM (ABC at 10)
? The Nine ?
Trailer looked intriguing. But the Nine doesn't seem PRIMEtime ready... get it?? Not a prime number???? That's years of watching Square One, bitches!!

*The Office* (NBC at 8:30)
How awesome was the premiere? Definitely the best sitcom on air. I hope they don't focus too much on the Jim-Pam relationship, I know that's their bread and butter, but I watch for the comedy not the will-they, won't-they drama. But omfg, can you believe Pam broke it off with her fiance??? Like, Jim and Pam have to soooo be together now, I just can't stand it, they just HAVE to!

My Name Is Earl (NBC at 8)
I haven't laughed out loud since the pilot episode.

Ugly Betty (ABC at 8)
My previously mentioned buddy Mike is interning on this show, so I'll be watching... for Salma Hayek on set! Well I won't. I don't work there. But Mike will. She's one of the EPs, and apparently, she'll be directing a few eps. Mike's got his chapstick and 'For Her Pleasure' condoms all stocked up. Seriously though, I do hear good things about this one, so I'll give it a shot. The episode, not Mike.

Happy Hour (FOX at 8:30)
Shoot me in the face, this show sucked.

*Grey's Anatomy* (ABC at 9)
Most anticipated episode of the month. And overall, quite satisfying. Bailey is so awesome. Loved the George/Derek quarantine scene. But there were some annoying things.. the flashbacks.. pregnancy storyline was a little weird.. I really hate the VO.. don't think they should do away with it, but just.. I dunno.. write narration that isn't so cheesy. But I'm not gonna delve into the negative here, I'm just glad this show's back. Got some good music, good laughs, good tears really itchy eyes. Can't wait for next week.

*The O.C.* (FOX at 9)
Not coming back til Nov. 2nd. But Josh has promised some stellar episodes, so I'm excited for the new season.

*Drawn Together* (CC at 10:30)
Just watch my favorite episode here and here. Any show with a character screaming "nooooooooo!" to the skies, nine times in one episode, deserves to be recorded.

? Six Degrees ? (ABC at 10)
Not great, but not bad either. Maybe it's cause I miss NY a lot these days, but I think I may stick with this show a few more episodes. Only in NYC does the six degrees of separation ploy ring true. The best part of living there was that you truly could make random friends at a corner store across the street, on the subway or in the alley with a crackrock. This show would never work in LA because the characters would meet, one would make the other promise to hang out soon, and then no one would return any calls. Ooooooh, ouch Sonny, very ouch. That's right City of Angels, I'm talking to you!!

Rest your brain.

Get wasted and destroy your brain. But record...

*Robot Chicken* (CARTOON at 11:30)
Just watch this clip.

*The Wire* (HBO at 10)
I haven't fully caught up yet. Still in the middle of Season Two right now. But from what I can tell so far, this is a HIGHLY underrated show, and I hear Season Three is one of the best seasons of drama ever. So catch up quick and start watching this season! Next year will be its last!

*The Simpsons* (FOX at 8)
A staple of pop culture. Still makes me chuckle.

*Family Guy* (FOX at 9)
Last episode was sorta weak... but I watch for the moments of brilliance, not the total package.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC at 10)
I will give this show one chance. And one chance only. Two-dimensional figures like Calista Flockhart should not be shown through three-dimensional mediums.

I'll give you the full lowdown as the year progresses, but in general...
- One of my favs of all time. No need to expound. Can't wait for the musical episode. Why must we wait NBC? Why???

? The Loop ?
- Caught up on a few eps, not too shabby. Did anyone watch last year?

Andy Barker, P.I.
- Awful. Such a disappointment.

The Singles Table
- Poorly written, but John Cho rocks enough to keep me watching. Found it oddly endearing too.

p.s. Musical Mondays will indeed return. I may start doing them on Fridays now, with Grey's move to Thursdays. If you checked the Grey's site tonight, you'll see that the music listed for the premiere episode is completely wrong now fixed. Check back here on Monday, and I'll have the tracks from Grey's, How I Met Your Mother, and a bunch of other shows.

And for making it to the end of this post/novella, here's one song from the Grey's episode:
"Quicksand" - Sleeping At Last


Blogger jules said...

First thing this morning - checked to see if last night's tunes from Grey's was on. Completely forgot about Musical Monday.
Please, please, please give us a Fabulous Friday instead!

7:57 AM  
Blogger MrDJ said...

Oh my I LOVE THE OFFICE. Just watched season 1 again. I did watched the Brit version but the US version is funnier. I do agree, hope the show doesn't dwell on Jim-Pam scenes. More DWIGHT!

And about Grey's Anatomy... i do agree with Jules. Please please please give us Fabulous Friday.

Heroes. Yeah, watched the preview as well. Let's just wait and see.

Now, about Ugly Betty. I actually watched the Mexican version "Betty Lafea" which was really funny. It started as a Mexican soap opera. I hope it'll be funnier.

Prisonbreak. LOST. WOW!

OC... this will be their last season right. I hope they'll end the season with a blast. I'm a Taylor Townsend fan as well.

Okay.. too much comments. Will be waiting for your Fabulous Friday MP3s... :)

8:29 AM  
Blogger MrDJ said...

Oh wait, before i forgot. There's this show called "Brothers and Sisters."

And, I also love Battlestar Gallactica!

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Raynp said...

Oh MY GAWD!!! I so used to love Square One!! With your first mention of it for your mother's sake...I was like "Square One"??? and then with the "prime number",,,ummm joke?....:-) I was like OHHHHHHHHHH.....Square One!! My sister and I were not the only ones watching?

This was a great guide to the new Fall season...been wanting to check out "How I Met Your Mother" this season, and I watch "House" only if I remember, but Grey's is still my favorite. I got those itchy eyes as well, ah shoot-- girls can cry....I cried three times!!! But I did not like the flashbacks either.

I'm already pre-thinking possible twists and Addison being pregnant!!! Whoah! (foreshadowing yesterday??).

Great Post!!!

11:27 AM  
Blogger flick said...

1. Mathnet should have gotten it's own spin-off series.

2. I love how you wrote all your mid-season replacement recaps in Haiku form. Bravo.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Kevin said...

I absolutely hated "The Class" -- 1.5 hot girls made it almost watchable. I am gonna give it one more episode before I wipe any and all of its residue from my DVR.

Loved "How I met..." "Office" and "Grey's" and am obsessed with Studio 60...we'll have to agree to disagree

12:19 PM  
Blogger mnr639 said...

Sonny, loved the entry, and not just because you name-checked me twice (although I would like to point out to all the ladies that "Her Pleasure" is the only way I role - not just for Salma; but seriously Salma, if you're reading this, I will be the PA fellow carting around a bunch of scripts on the set - anytime you want it, I'm talking between set-ups, between takes, hell, DURING takes - your wish is my command).

Loved HIMYM season opener - not so stoked for The Class. Also, cannot wait for VM (thanks for getting me addicted) and Battlestar. Also, LOVED The Office. Ed Helms is going to be great and Rashida Jones looks even hotter than she did on Boston Public (not possible).

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Kamala said...

You? Watch a LOT of TV.

I loved the Grey's premiere, including the pregnancy storyline (although they could have explained WHY they needed the mother's blood sample or whatever a little better, I still don't get that). Everything else, though, I loved, especially Izzie on the bathroom floor.

I'm still up in the air about whether or not to watch this season of the OC, though. Last year was a bit too much. The only highlight I can think of is that there won't be any Marissa.

3:39 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I know you said more to come on midseason replacements, but see if you can track down the pilot of Traveler (ABC, January). Seriously. Because if they have music, I want you on it. (They probably won't, but it's good anyway - I'm hooked already.)

And you do know that Prison Break is five episodes into the season now, right? It's ridiculously addictive. Prison. Crack. Ugh.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Krissi said...

Hi Captain!

Thanks for the Fall review! Loved, loved, loved the Grey's and HIMYM season premieres -- totally awesome. I thought the "Boys Don't Cry" cover was by Grant Lee Philips though . . .

Ya know, I really wanted to like Studio 60, too, but I just couldn't get into it. I'll wait for 30 Rock. Brothers and Sisters didn't rock my world either. I was sorry to hear that Twenty Good Years didn't impress . . . I love Lithgow, so I was hoping this show would be great.

I'm going to give Jericho a couple more tries . . . I'm hoping it started out slow because they were introducing characters, plot, etc. And I'll try Heroes, too. I always try to give shows at least three eppies before I dump 'em! :-)

I take it you don't watch Nip/Tuck? Can't help it . . . Love that show!

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Krissi said...

Hey Cap't,

I just emailed you the song I thought was used for the first eppy of "HIMYM." Even if it's not the right one, I thought you might be interested . . . Subject line of the email is: "HIMYM -- Ist Eppy" I sent it to your gmail acct.

Take care,

11:34 PM  
Blogger Captain Oats said...

hey jules! i'll see if i can get fab-tunes friday going!

hi mrdj, i have to disagree with you on the US version being funnier than the BBC one. Ricky Gervais is my idol. But yes, I love the US version too.

hello raynp! square one rocked. may it rip.

flick, totally agree on mathnet needing its own spinoff. hmm, pat and i should get cracking on that.. have you seen the show numb3rs? i guess its a modern mathnet. and also, yes, those haikus took a while.

hey kevin, yeah pretty much no one likes the class cause its a half an hour of suckitude. but its still better than happy hour and til death.

hey russo, rashida jones is smoooookin

kamala, yes. i watch a lot of tv. welcome to silly pipe dreams. =) and i agree, the oc sans marissa is already a highlight.

hey karen, i haven't seen the traveler, but i do hear good things. i will "get on that." and yeah, i know prison break is five eps in.. i just don't watch. they lost me early on last year...

hey krissi, you rock my socks. you got mail!

3:00 AM  
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12:33 PM  
Anonymous Krissi said...

Hi Cap't,

Read this post after I read your email . . . Glad I could help with the "Boys Don't Cry" tune.

You rock my socks, too, with popcorn on top!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Captain Oats said...

Hey Meg, daaamn $20k huh? I will be calling my mother tonight.

Hi Krissi, do you like your popcorn with no butter or butter?

10:44 PM  
Blogger procrastinatrix said...

I still touch my index-fingertips together like Evie in Out of This World... I no longer believe that if I concentrate reallllly hard, maybe just maybe it will work this time... but I still do it. 'Cause you never know.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Krissi said...

Hi Cap't,

Butter or no butter, eh? Well, butter makes the popcorn go down so nice, ya know? But I don't like tons of it. How's about you?

12:05 AM  

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