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The State of My TV Viewing

Posted by spragujs on April 27, 2009

Season Finales
Damages – Wednesday April 1
Eleventh Hour – Thursday April 2
Heroes (renewed with shortened season) – Monday April 27
Bones – Thursday May 7
House – Monday May 11
Fringe – Tuesday May 12
CSI – Thursday May 14
Smallville (renewed) – Thursday May 14
Supernatural (renewed) – Thursday May 14
Flashpoint – Friday May 15
Numbers – Friday May 15
Desperate Housewives (renewed) – Sunday May 17
Gossip Girl (renewed) – Monday May 18
One Tree Hill (renewed) – Monday May 18
The Mentalist – Tuesday May 19
Legend of the Seeker (renewed) – May 23
L&O:  SVU (renewed) – Tuesday June 2

Finales for Shows in Trouble?
Life – Wednesday April 8
Terminator: SCC – Friday April 10
Chuck – Monday April 27
Samantha Who? – Thursday April 30
Dollhouse – Friday May 8
The Unit – Sunday May 10
Castle – Monday May 11
Reaper – Tuesday May 26

Limited Runs
Harper’s Island (likely not coming back in the proposed new form) – Thursday April 9 – July 2

Prison Break (canceled) – Friday April 17 to May 15 series finale
Pushing Daisies (canceled) – Saturday May 30 – June 13

Already Been Canceled
Kyle XY
The Middleman
Stargate: Atlantis
My Own Worst Enemy
Life on Mars

Summer Premiers
L&O: CI – Sunday April 19 – 9:00 USA
So You Think You Can Dance? – Thursday May 21 – 8:00 Fox
Burn Notice – Wednesday June 4 – 9:00 USA
Merlin – Sunday June 21 – 8:00 NBC
Eureka – Tuesday July 7 – 9:00 SyFy
Warehouse 13 – Tuesday July 7 – 10:00 SyFy
HGTV Design Star – Sunday July 19
Psych – ? – USA
Mad Men – August (AMC)

Fall Premiers
Sanctuary – Fall 2009
Stargate: Universe – Fall 2009

Most of my data was collected from this blog.  So, based on this info, and making the big assumption that all the shows I’ve listed as in trouble would not be coming back, my TV viewing would be down from 44 shows to 28 for the beginning of next year (not counting any new shows I might be interested in).  That’s a pretty big drop!  (Yes, yes, I know it’s a lot, but keep in mind these aren’t all on at the same time (i.e. season) and I also DVR pretty much everything, so it’s not like I’ve sucked up all my evenings with TV unless I happen to be home.)  Also, I have to admit that I didn’t get around to watching either Life on Mars or My Own Worst Enemy.  I had them all stored up on my DVR for watching till I heard they got cancelled.  Not much reason to start liking something after the fact.  Also, I read about the finale of Life on Mars and was disappointed they went that route, so I decided not to watch even though it ended up being a complete story.

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Posted by spragujs on February 24, 2009


The newest Joss Whedon show is called Dollhouse and shows at 9:00pm on Fox.  So far there have only been two episodes aired.  The general premise is that there is a “Dollhouse” where the dolls’ memories are wiped until they’re hired (at great expense to the client) and imprinted with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and personality to perform whatever it is they were hired for.

After seeing these two episodes, the show hasn’t become my favorite or anything, but I’m definitely intrigued and will keep watching.  There are so many mysteries to be answered and so many ways for this show to go…

For example, Alpha, previously a doll, three months prior to the beginning of the show had just gone rogue and killed a bunch of the other dolls and some staff.  He ironically left Echo behind unscathed.  Dr. Saunders also got partially mauled by him, but apparently that’s just when Alpha got chased off or something ’cause he didn’t kill her.  Why did Alpha not attack Echo?

Also, who gets “volunteered” for the job of doll and why?  Why’d Boyd (Echo’s new handler and ex-cop) decide to go to work for the Dollhouse?  What’s driving the FBI guy to find the Dollhouse?

What’s the second-in-command’s issue with the dolls?  I kinda get how he might have issues with Echo, as he very concisely described it at the end of the last episode.  Still, maybe if we knew why certain people become dolls, we’d have a better idea.  Also, he mentioned an attic.  Do certain dolls get retired after a while?  ‘Cause we’re given the impression that the “volunteers” only have to “serve” for a period of time, five years for Echo, and I’d assume all the rest as well.

I’ve heard complaints about some of the characters (most actually) not having any personality, so we don’t know who to root for.  I disagree.  I think the obvious choice, is of course, Echo, (perhaps even all the dolls, if we get to encounter more of them) but at this point, my favorite by far is Boyd.  He’s the character that interests me most.  Also the doc, but that might just be because I like Amy Acker from her days on Angel.  🙂

Well, there’s probably lots more that could be said, but I’ll wrap it up instead.  I’ve read that the next episode will feature more of Joss Whedon’s typical humor, which is what I think draws a lot of his fans, so if you’ve been missing that in Dollhouse, have faith (no pun intended)!  Your wishes are rumored to come true!  😉

Also, as a side note that I feel I can’t leave out, if you didn’t watch The Middleman on ABC Family, but have watched all of Dollhouse’s episodes, you got a taste of the Middleman’s actor, Matt Keeslar, in Richard Connell, last week’s ill-fated “client”.  😉  Or for another actor from a cancelled but favorite show, Reed Diamond from Journeyman is playing “second-in-command” Laurence Dominic.  And though I don’t watch, BSG contributed the FBI guy, Paul Ballard as played by Tahmoh Penikett.

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The Middleman

Posted by spragujs on August 13, 2008

Ah :

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

…and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Yeah, so I was going to try and modify Elizabeth Barret Browning‘s sonnet that begins and ends with those words, but I got halfway through and just couldn’t do it anymore! I’m just not creative enough, unlike the writers and everyone associated with TV show, The Middleman. This show started this summer on ABC Family. It’s apparently based on a comic book, but I wouldn’t really know that, ’cause I didn’t read comics when I was a kid and I’ve only read a few as an adult. (I so feel like I’m missing out because of it too, but I’ve got too many hobbies as it is, so I’m not planning to start adding in comics!)

And, back on topic! This show is about the Middleman and his new sidekick who are secret problem solvers that take care of all the out-of-this-world and evil villain issues that happen in the real world that you only thought occurred in comics. If that sounds slightly ridiculous/silly to you, it absolutely is, and they’ve capitalized on that essence throughout the show. There isn’t a single thing about The Middleman that I don’t love. It’s funny, silly, snarky, has many obscure pop culture references (most of which I don’t get, but it’s still quite a feature for most people), and just… yeah. I can’t say enough about it really — not enough to do it justice anyway.

Now if I could only not have to love the show better after death, as it seems likely at this point that ABC Family will cancel the show. I wish it would go on for many, many, MANY seasons so long as it can maintain the funny it has so far. If that doesn’t come to pass, I guess I’ll have to settle by purchasing the DVD collection as soon as it comes out. Before that happens though, I fully plan to rerecord all the episodes to save on my DVR if there’s a marathon before the finale, which I believe happens September 1.

So, please do me a favor if you’re even remotely intrigued (and especially if you have some way of being counted) and watch this show Monday nights at 10/9 Central (sorry, I don’t know when it’s on for M/P time zones).

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