Monday, September 25, 2006

I've got Heather Graham's back (and front)

Unlike last season, I'm refusing to give many new fall TV shows a shot this time out. There are several reasons*, but mostly it is because every year the networks seem more short-sighted and refuse to let their new series' cultivate audiences (Remember "Kitchen Confidential"? No? How about "The Tick"? "Love Monkey"? Anyone?). Just when you get into a good one, if it's not a Top 10 smash right out of the gate - BAM - it's yanked for repeats of "CSI" or "Law and Order". Or worse yet, a reality show. Even though some of the new shows sound promising, to mitigate any wasted investment of my time, I'm only giving three a shot: "Heroes", "30 Rock", and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (all on NBC).

I figure if any appealing new show actually gets lucky enough to last a whole season, I'll be able to catch it on the inevitable DVD release.

EDIT: In "Heroes" last night, there was a character named Micah (the young son of the webcam stripper!). His mom repeatedly called his name out at one point. I've gotta say, that's the first time that I've experienced hearing my name used in fictional pop culture. It was kind of odd, but I liked it. Now I know how you Tom, Dick, and Chers feel.

*I already watch enough TV as it is; there's no DVR this season.

9 comments:

spydrz said...

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Micah said...

Luckily, they released "The Tick" on DVD. I'm still waiting (likely in vain) for "Kitchen Confidential" and "Love Monkey".

The Law Fairy said...

I never caught the shows you mentioned, but I'm mega-pissed about Firefly. Idiot network execs.

I caught the pilot of Studio 60 and so far I like. Haven't caught the other two, though...

Micah said...

Yeah, I've heard you "Firefly" fans got pretty irate. I've never seen the show, but have been meaning to check it out sometime.

"Heroes" was pretty good. The pilot (last night's ep) is going to be rerun tonight at 8, if you're interested. The closest comparison I can make is with the movie Unbreakable (which is a good thing, IMO).

"Studio 60" is good, although it's no "Sports Night" (forgiveable after only two episodes, though).

"30 Rock" doesn't premiere until next month. Loves me some Tina Fey.

The Law Fairy said...

In the interests of full disclosure, I'll admit that I'm a johnny-come-lately to the Firefly crew. My brother lent me the dvds this year and after watching them I'm heartbroken that the show's gone. I really can't describe how fun and smart this show is. And bear in mind that I say this as someone who generally HATES the western genre (which contributes a good 30% or more to the show's atmosphere).

Ohh, I'll have to make sure I'm home in time to set my TiVo for Heroes then. I loved Unbreakable. And I also love Tina Fey... I was sad to hear she's gone from SNL. But at least we still have Amy Poehler.

Micah said...

Coolio. Now I'll really have to rent the DVDs (and movie).

Since you're a comely sci-fi nut, this (former) comic geek will be interested in your thoughts on "Heroes". I'll amend my description a little:

"X-Men" + Unbreakable = "Heroes"

Some people on a message board that I frequent also add "Lost" into the equation (with the characters being intertwined), but I've never seen that show, so I can't really comment on it.

The Law Fairy said...

ohhhh man, now my mouth is watering...

spydrz said...

Evangeline Lilly is the best reason to watch Lost.

Micah said...

law fairy - Here's a napkin. I watched parts of the pilot again last night. Some of the dialogue is cheesy, but I still dug it.

spydrz - Hot chicks are everywhere; pardon the pun, but I'd be lost if I jumped into that show now.