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I know some writers (like [info]jaylake) choose to avoid the telly. If you feel that's what you have to do to become a better writer, and you're willing to make that sacrifice, then I say go for it, but it's not for me. I'm no fan of American Idol, reality, or those talent/dancing shows, but I do love some good TV.

My guilty pleasure of the Summer was definitely ABC’s Wipeout.

Now I’m looking forward to the Fall crop of new series and returning favorites.

 

First off,on September 21st, ABC's Castle (with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic) returns for a second season. I've always liked Nathan Fillion, and though many of my fellow Firefly fans might disagree, I'd say he's at least as well cast in the role of playboy/novelist, Richard Castle, as he was when he played Captain Malcolm Reynolds.
Also on the 21st, the Big Bang Theory Season three kicks off on CBS. Oh, Sheldon, how we've missed you. 

Late next week ( 9/17), the quirky, creepy, sometimes icky, but always entertaining, Fringe returns on the FOX channel. I don't pretend to have a clue what's going on in this show, but frankly, it doesn't matter. John Noble (aka LOTR's Denethor) is so mesmerising in the role of Walter Bishop, I can't stop watching.

Also on the Fox channel, September 28th sees the return of Lie to me, with the always excellent Tim Roth. I only started watching this show during the summer, but I'm hooked.

 

The only new show of the Fall season that caught my eye is Stargate: Universe (SyFy October 2nd). I remember Robert Carlyle from Hamish Macbeth, before he starred in The Full Monty. I enjoyed most of both Stargate: SG1 and Stargate: Atlantis, so I have high hopes for the third installment of this franchise.

Last, but not least, Sanctuary returns for its second season on October 9th (SyFy). I'm not totally sold on this show, but I'm willing to give it another chance .

How about you?

What TV shows are you looking forward to this Fall?



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dferguson
Sep. 12th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I loved WIPEOUT. My wife said I should be ashamed for watching it but I don't give a poobah's pizzle. WIPEOUT made me laugh and that's all I care about.

Never watched CASTLE. I like Nathan Fillion but I have no interest in these shows where the mismatched male/female team bicker and argue while pretending they hate each other when they're actually dying to jump into bed.

THE BIG BANG THEORY is one of the few sitcoms that can make me laugh out loud. And I'm not a fan of sitcoms.

FRINGE is one of my favorite shows. I love John Noble as Walter Bishop. It's fun to see an honest-to-Hans Zarkov mad scientist again.

I like Tim Roth but I've never watched LIE TO ME. I dunno why. It just doesn't grab me.

STARGATE:UNIVERSE looks interesting. I'll give it a shot.

I gave SANCTUARY three epsiodes and it did nothing for me.
jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Wipeout is one of those shows you don't think you'd enjoy, and then you watch it and you're hooked :)

Castle's a lot of fun too :)
karen_w_newton
Sep. 12th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I love TBBT. It is so funny, and so science-fiction friendly that it's my favorite show. FRINGE lost me with the plot holes in the pilot. I do like CASTLE, even though I've only seen a few episodes. I try not to watch too much TV, but we just went from over-the-air to FiOS, and it's difficult not to be mesmerized by the sheer variety of programming. Fortunately, my husband will put on the military history channel where they talk about the history of tanks for two hours, and I can zone out and get some writing done.
jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I do love those history channels :)
positive_pat
Sep. 12th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
WOW you have listed most of my favorites here in your post, except I have never seen Sanctuary. I might need to give that one a try.

I love Nathan Fillion. I met him last year at Dragon Con and he was so nice and friendly. Kind of like the character he plays in Castle. He kids around and is very playful in person.

I also love Fringe & Lie To Me too.

Criminal Minds I am definitely waiting for the next season to start and also Lost & 24 although we will have to wait for those 2 shows a little longer I think.

I am going to give the new show V a chance since I watched the original V show and loved it.

jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
I knew they were remaking V, but I thought that wasn't out until next year. Is it coming sooner?
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jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
I went through a few years in the nineties where I hardly watched the telly, and I still don't watch soaps or the reality/Idol-type shows.

Nowadays, most nights, my wife, son and I watch a movie or a TV show on DVD.

We all like Wipeout, even my daughters :)
krylyr
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool. I'll have to give Castle a chance. I dig Fillion.

I liked Fringe well enough, especially at the end of the season, to keep watching. And I'm curious at least about Stargate: Universe.

I've heard Dollhouse might be worth tuning into - maybe watching the last couple episdoes, although the one episode of the show I did see was pretty gawdawful.

I'm really looking forward to Flash Forward and V, but I won't be truly happy with TV until the final season of LOST shows up.
jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I like Joss Whedon's stuff, but I couldn't get through the pilot of Dollhouse :(

I've never really watched Lost - partly because it seems to be one of those shows where you really need to see it from the beginning. I daresay I'll get it on DVD at some point, though.
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ailsa_cf
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Series 8 of Spooks should be on soon! I'll definitely be watching that, and my parents like it to, so it's kind of sociable. I blame Spooks for making me still want to be a spy 'when I grow up', even though it's the kind of thing you're supposed to grow out of when you're 13.
jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I've not heard of Spooks before. Is it a British show?
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madali
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
TV has a bit of bad rep, but there are some excellent stuff.

There are shows like "Dexter", "Mad Men", "Carnivale", "Profit", etc, all of which are fascinating shows
jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I liked the premise of Dexter, but never got around to watching it.

Much of TV's bad rep is well-deserved, but a lot of shows are excellent (or at least enjoyable). In any case, there are plenty of bad books out there and nobody ever says "I gave up reading, because books are awful." Or maybe they do and I just never heard them ;)
bogwitch64
Sep. 12th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I wanted to like Fringe. I really did. I mean, come on; Denethor is in it!!! :) I tried it twice--oy. No thanks.

I look forward to Thirty Rock and The Office (woohoo! Soon!) every Thursday. I will also admit to being a total fangirl of So You Think You Can Dance. I LOOOOVE that show. These kids are incredible. Nothing at all like Dancing With The Stars (who the HELL thought this was a good idea?? Seriously!) And (mumbles) I watch America Idol. Though this year, with Ellen DeGeneres as a judge, I'm not so sure. I'm sure she's a sweet person, but she annoys the CRAP out of me.

Other than that, if I pick up the remote it's to flip through the Discovery channels, History, Food Network or Science Channel. Oh, or Animal Planet.

I will, however, admit to being a closet fan of what I call 'stupid boy shows.' Jackass. Wipe Out. Cops. What was the one from Japan WMC or something. People practically kill themselves for trading cards, some loose change and an apple. Crazy. If it's riddled with testosterone humor, I love it. Some of my favorite movies are Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, Scary Movie, Date Movie and their ilk.
jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Even my daughters watch Wipeout. It's lovely to hear them chuckle when people fall off the various obstacles :)

If you like spoof movies, have you seen Mystery Men? The humor's a lot more subtle and it's played totally straight. One of my all-time top ten favorite comedies, along with The Three Amigos :)
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jongibbs
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sheldon Cooper is the funniest character on TV right now :)
jl_johnson
Sep. 13th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I have to watch t.v. It's part of my inspiration! So, in no particular order;

Supernatural
Bones
Ghost Whisperer
Reaper
The Tudors (u.K)
Dragons' Den (Canadian)
Little Mosque On The Prairie (Canadian)
Being Erica (Canadian)

There is one more, but I can't remember the name of it.

I was excited about seeing the preimere of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' but so far, those who have seen it aren't impressed. I watched the first half hour today and turned the channel.
jongibbs
Sep. 13th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
I sometimes see bits of Ghost Whisperer. It's surprisingly chilling at time. I haven't seen any of the Canadian shows, but Little Mosque On The Prairie sounds like a great title :)
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mylefteye
Sep. 13th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
The BBC's Wipeout has just finished its second run and I loved it. It's a guilty pleasure. I wonder how similar the ABC production is. The BBC have Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram gently mocking the contestants, and there are silly noises and soundbites peppered throughout.
jongibbs
Sep. 13th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
The American hosts do a similar job. I like it because, unlike the talent/idol shows, I think the contestants can laugh along with the rest of us when they watch it on TV.
kellyrfineman
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
I like your list, as you know. Looking forward to returning shows Castle, Bones, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS and The Mentalist. Looking forward to checking out Stargate: Universe and Eastwick (because I adore Paul Gross from his time as Geoffrey Tennant in Slings and Arrows, a Canadian show about a Shakespeare festival - which I happen to be rewatching on DVD right now).
jongibbs
Sep. 13th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
Paul Gross? He's the guy who played Benton Fraser in Due South isn't he? I used to love that show :)

In my unbiased opinion, NCIS has the best main character's surname in the history of TV. Senior Management rotates between the DVDs of six seasons of NCIS, As Time Goes By, and her Jane Austen adaptions (which now include Northanger Abbey, thanks to you). Will you watch the NCIS spin-off?
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jongibbs
Sep. 13th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
I think I might have to give V a look. the original series ws quite fun.
rowanda380
Sep. 14th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Wipeout, Castle and Fringe all make my list as well :0)
But I love TV...it makes me upset when people disrespect it as a "low" medium for storytelling, it maes me sad.
jongibbs
Sep. 14th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
It's like I said to madali, there are plenty of bad books out there and nobody ever says "I don't read. because books are awful."

A well-written TV show deserves respect :)
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rowanda380
Sep. 14th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, also, did you know Joss originally intended on casting Nicholas Brandon, the man who played Xander on Buffy, as Mal for Firefly but it didn't work due to scheduling conflict. Thank goodness it turned out the way it did :0)
jongibbs
Sep. 14th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I could imagine him playing Wash, though I think Alan Tudyk was a better choice, but never Mal.

Did you ever see Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog?
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