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My Fall TV faves: Interim assessment

Back in September, I posted about six Fall TV shows I was looking forward to. Here's my interim assessment of them so far.

Aside from a certain incident which {ahem} I may have brought to your attention already, ABC's Castle (with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic) continues to entertain in it's second season. The highlight for me so far was the Firefly moment a couple of episodes back. As I said in September, I'd say Nathan Fillion's at least as well cast in the role of playboy/novelist, Richard Castle, as he was when he played Captain Malcolm Reynolds.

Over on the FOX channel the quirky, creepy, and often icky, Fringe keeps me coming back for more. I still don't to have a clue what's going on, but John Noble's portrayal of Walter Bishop makes this a must-watch show. I'm even warming to the Agent Dunham character.

Also on Fox, Lie to me, with the always excellent Tim Roth, gets better with every episode.

The only new show of the Fall season that caught my eye was SyFy's Stargate: Universe As a fan of both the SG:1 and Atlantis Stargate series, I really wanted to enjoy this, but I'm sad to say that, so far, watching this has been more of a dutiful chore than a pleasure - though I see a glimmer of hope in characters like Eli.

SyFy's other show on my DVR list is Sanctuary. So far, its second season is good, but not great - though I'm still watching. .

For me, the current jewel in TV's crown has to be the Big Bang Theory on CBS.

Now in it's third season, this is the only show where we keep the episodes on DVR after watching.

How about you?

What shows have you been watching this fall?

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Nov. 15th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Seconded on Fringe and SGU. Especially with Fringe, aside from the Awesome John Noble, I enjoyed the cameos with Leonard Nimoy.
Nov. 15th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I forgot about that bit. Thanks for the reminder :)
Nov. 15th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Haven't watched CASTLE and have no intention to even as much as I like Nathan Fillion. I'm just tired of these shows that have the cutesy mismatched couple whose witty bantering and outward dislike of each other really masks a simmeringly sexual attraction. I am happy to see Nathan Fillion getting at long last the proper attention and respect he has long deserved.

FRINGE is probably my favorite show on TV right now. John Noble's Walter Bishop is the best mad scientist since Dr. Hans Zarkov. Unlike the "X-Files" where I felt they were making shit up as they went along, FRINGE has so far followed a straightforward path that indicates to me that the show's writers know exactly where they're going and how they're going to get there.

Haven't seen LIE TO ME and don't plan to. I like Tim Roth a lot but for some reason there's nothing about this show that compells me to even check it out.

I've been following STARGATE:UNIVERSE because I like the performances of Robert Carlyle and David Blue. But I've about had it up to here with the trend toward dark and depressing science fiction on TV. I don't mind them but can't we have a few shows that are full of fun, adventure and wonder?

I gave SANCTUARY three episodes and gave it up. Nothing about it interests me.

THE BIG BANG THEORY is the funniest show on TV right now and every episode is a joy to watch. And this is coming from a person who is bored by most sitcoms and don't find them funny at all. Jim Parsons is totally hilarious and right on point with everything he does.
Nov. 15th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
SG:U feels a bit like it's trying to be Battlestar Gallactica (which I never really got into).

I think John Noble & Jim Parsons deserve some kind of acting award :)
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Nov. 15th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Mad Men on Sunday nights- but season 3 just finished. :(
Glee on Wednesday nights
Vampire Dairies on Thursday nights -
Nov. 15th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about Glee, but I haven't got around to watching it yet.

Thanks for sharing :)
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Nov. 15th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'm currently reading the latest Wheel of Time--oh, this is about TV...

While anxiosly awaiting Lost, and mourning the canceling of Sara Conner:
(1) Flashfoward--what other show has ever mentioned QED?
(2) Fringe--John Noble carries this show. But it's too episodic for my tastes and it keeps feeling like a updated, albiet better version of X-files.

I've thought about watching V but I'm not in the market for any new shows. I don't want to get hooked on anything else--time seems shorter and shorter the older I get.
Nov. 15th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Flash Forward sounds like an interesting premise, but I missed the first couple of episodes and I think it's the sort of show you need to watch from the start.

I saw the first episode of V. I've got the second on DVR, but aside from the fact that it has two actors from Firefly in it, I'm not too fussed (yet).

Thanks for sharing. I hope your enjoying the book :)
Nov. 15th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Never having followed SG1 or SG Atlantis, I'm very much enjoying Stargate Universe. I don't tune in for much, but I've been watching that quite religiously so far. I've also been newly introduced to House since my boyfriend moved in with me, and like that a lot more than I thought I would.
Nov. 15th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I really liked the first two seasons of House, but then he got a bit too mean for my tastes, though I've seen the odd episode from later seasons and quite enjoyed them :)
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Nov. 15th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
As always, 30 Rock and The Office are my only must see TV outside of So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol, and Project Runway (all of which have limited time frames. What can I say--my girls got me hooked on PR and AI. SYTYCD is all mine!)

I do catch episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philedelphia, and plan to start watching it once Project Runway is over. I'll admit to having very little interest in PR personally. I watch it for my younger daughter who said, "Will you still watch Project Runway even though I'm at college? We can talk about it on Fridays!" How does a mother refuse?

I did like Lie To Me, but I hate how everything gets explained in info-dumpy, contrived dialog. Maybe it's not as blatant this season. I've yet to catch an episode because of Monday Night Football. Maybe after the season is over. I refuse to DVR anything other than the reality shows, since they won't be rerun or available on-line. If I started DVRing shows I'd like to see, I'll be spending waaaaay too much time watching the tube. (Gosh--there is no 'tube' anymore, is there.)
Nov. 15th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Senior Management likes SYTYCD, and I confess I find myself watching with her sometimes. The same thing happens with NCIS and its spin-off, which are her favorite dramas :)
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Nov. 15th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I never got into the Sopranos, though I know it was hugely popular :)
Nov. 15th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Well, it's like this. Currently, I live in a locale where several large hotels and office buildings block off access to every last television transmitter in the Dallas area. Because of this, unless we want to buy cable, we can't watch television. We don't want to buy cable because (a) our two exes were television addicts, getting up at noon and obsessively watching until after midnight, (b) the money spent on cable is better used to pay off outstanding bills, and (c) we don't want to become like the friends who frantically flip through channels to find something that sucks marginally less than the 3187 other options. This naturally pisses off most of our friends, because they can't figure out how we manage to accomplish so much over the weekend.

Because of this, I can't really tell you anything about the current television season. (We do have a DVD player, so when we're working on something that requires background noise, then NetFlix is our friend. After seeing the last season of Doctor Who, I now want to return to writing to create a show that features at least twenty deus ex machinas per episode, just to beat Russell Davies's current record.) However, I can state for the record that even nearly a decade later, I love not having to watch whatever tripe the Skiffy Channel grunts out because an editor wants a review or companion article within 48 hours.
Nov. 15th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
I thought a lot of TV shows were available online these days. I must admit, I'm not one for slicking through the channels either. there are just too many :(
Nov. 15th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hey, at least we got to see Chloe die -- twice! -- in the most recent SG-U ep. Alas, I think based on the cliffhanger ending that it she'll get be'er. But it was fun while it lasted.
Nov. 15th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Lol :)
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Nov. 16th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Glee, Big Bang Theory (my fav) Flash Forward, Castle, and Mad Men (except I keep forgetting to watch Mad Men and now the season is over).
Nov. 16th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
'...I keep forgetting to watch Mad Men and now the season is over...'

That's why I love DVDs :)
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
LOVE Big Bang - I've been watching from the first, and my Monday night is just not complete without it. It's hard to find shows that actually make me laugh - like, OUT LOUD, rather than that kind of "heh", half-laugh that most warrant - but that one does it.

I've really reduced my viewing schedule because it's just...well, lost time. But I stick with channel 2 on Monday nights, with varying degrees of success. I also enjoy How I Met Your Mother - Neil Patrick Harris is a trip on that!

Wednesday nights...oh, dare I admit? ANTM. Followed immediately by Criminal Minds.

And on Fridays, in the summer? Psyche. Fluffy and funny.

Nov. 16th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Aside from a cringeworthy "Hi" joke when Leonard and Sheldon meet Penny for the first time, just about every joke on the Big Bang Theory is laugh out loud funny. We were hooked from the very first episode. My son and I quote from it all the time.

I'm a long time fan of Psych too. I love the way they make little digs at The Mentalist in this season :)
Nov. 16th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Castle: Love it and DVR it. The whole cast is well cast and I like most of the characters.

Big Bang Theory: Our absolute favorite also. We also DVR it and keep them until we need the room. Some of the best dialogue we've EVER heard on TV.

The Mentalist: Another one that we DVR. Like the whole cast here, too. We find Simon Baker absolutely charming in this role.

The Forgotten: Have always loved Christian Slater and he's wonderful here. Enjoy most of the rest of the cast, too. I think this is a unique and interesting premise for a show. Well done.
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I've not watched The Mentalist yet, it seemed like a rip-off of Psych, though I'm sure it's very good.

I've often wondered what happened to Christian Slater. I liked him in Broken Arrow and Hard Rain, but he's not been in any big movies of late :(

I'll have to look into Forgotten. Thanks for sharing :)
Nov. 16th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
John Noble is truely an amazing actor. He work in The Lord of The Rings was startaling, and scary, and perfect!
Nov. 16th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
He was great in that (even though he was mean to poor old Faramir) :)
Nov. 19th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's my line-up exactly; including my reaction to SGU (which I may have stopped watching, for now); except for the Big Bang Theory. I'll have to consider it.
Nov. 19th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I envy you. Once you realize what you've been missing, you'll have two and a half seasons to catch up on. We're just now watching season one again (for the fifth or sixth time). It gets funnier with each viewing :)
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