The State of TV right now – updated 2010

2-3 years ago, I blogged a bit about what I was watching on TV. Much has changed in TV landscape since then, so I figured I’d do it again.
 
First of all, here’s my list from 2007:
The Daily Show
Heroes (to be cancelled soon)
Journeyman (cancelled)
Veronica Mars (cancelled)
Eureka
Reaper (cancelled)
The Sarah Silverman Program
Bionic Woman (cancelled)
Californication
Tell Me You Love Me (cancelled)
 
Of these, the only one I still watch is The Daily Show, and even then I only catch it occasionally. I guess technically I still watch Eureka, but it’s been on hiatus now for long enough that I’ve forgotten most of what’s happened the past season. I think it starts up this summer, I may DVR it and see if it’s still good.
 
We still DVR nearly everything we watch, and catch up on it later. Very rarely do we watch anything live anymore.
 
Here’s the list of stuff I’m watching now:
 
Spartacus: Blood and Sand. This is a mini-series on Starz, and it’s the best thing on TV right now. Well actually, its first season just ended, so it’s technically not on until next season, but if you can catch it from the beginning, I highly recommend it. Don’t be put off by it’s 300-like blood & gore in the first few episodes. It’s a stylistic choice that grows on you, but the show is about the characters, the choices they make, and the times they live in. It’s brutal in many ways. It’s one of the best things I’ve seen on TV in some time. Go see if you can watch it.
 
The Pacific. This is a Band of Brothers-like TV show on HBO right now, about the war in the Pacific (obviously). It’s a bit different than BoB because it follows more people, so the storytelling is more fragmented, but it’s still great drama and really gives you some insight into what war was (is) like.
 
Fringe. This is also great TV. I can remember watching the pilot episode and not being sure if the show would hold my interest. A few years on, it totally has. What’s not to love? Parallel universes? X-Files-like Monster of the Week episodes. Good plots, good acting, fun show.
 
Justified. This is on FX, and it’s awesome. It’s about a half-dozen episodes into its first season (it’s already been renewed for Season 2), and it’s a lot of fun. It’s sort of Deadwood-light. It’s on FX so they’re not afraid to swear now and then, which lends itself well to the content & style of the show.
 
Castle. Yes, I only started watching this because Nathan Fillion was on it. It’s a formulaic cop show, but it’s fun enough that we watch it every week. I wouldn’t cry if it was canceled, but for now it’s got my attention.
 
Stargate Universe. This show givesme my Sci-Fi fix. Yes, it’s BG meets SG. That’s not a bad thing. It’s a little more than half a season in, and I find it compelling. I was happy to see it was renewed for season 2.
 
True Blood. Yes, I’ll admit it – I watch this show. Although the whole notion that humans would be attracted to blood-drinking dead people is incredibly stupid. But it’s fun enough to watch and the characters have grown on me. I look forward to Season 3, which starts up in a month or two.
 
Cougar Town / 30 Rock / South Park / Community. Your standard 30-minute comedy fare. Good stuff.
 
Soccer. I’m very happy to see that more and more soccer coverage is coming to the US now, and a lot of it in HD. Now if only DirecTV would carry FSC in HD! I actually do watch most soccer live; rarely do I record it. I even went so far as to buy DirecTV’s season pass for MLS action, so I get nearly every MLS game beamed to my house. Very cool.
 
There are also some shows I tried to watch, but gave up on almost immediately:
Flashforward. V. Any Battlestar Galactica mini-series. Treme. I gave up on Lost and 24 long ago too. I can’t bring myself to watch Glee. I enjoyed the first season of Breaking Bad, but AMC hasn’t done a good job of airing season 2 in order, so I’ve given up on watching that. I couldn’t get into Terminator or Dollhouse while they were one either.
 
All in all, I think there’s more quality TV available now than at any other time in the past few years, so I guess I’m happy! And it’s nice to see that the shows I enjoy are being renewed (Justified, SG:U) instead of canceled (Veronica Mars, Firefly). That’s a nice switch.
 
Keep on watching! 
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3 Responses to The State of TV right now – updated 2010

  1. Jen says:

    You need to rent Breaking Bad and catch up as the past few episodes have been epic. Where it will go from there, makes me question the longevity. You gave up too soon on Flashforward.

  2. Sara says:

    We just finished watching Veronica Mars – the biggest reason I wanted to watch it was the review you wrote about the series ender. That was a good show – thanks for the recommendation :-)We watched Dollhouse until they couldn\’t decide whether they were cancelling it or not – it wouldn\’t be on for awhile, then they\’d show 2 hour blocks of it, it would go away, come back, etc. We lost interest and gave up.If you have Starz, check out Party Down – Season 2 is just starting. We also enjoyed Season 4 of Dexter (5 starts in September!!) – have you seen that? Hope you are well.Sara

  3. Christopher says:

    Hey Sara! I\’m glad to hear you guys enjoyed VM – it was a good show. At least we can see Kristen Bell at the movies now.I have been recommended Dexter many times, maybe I\’ll finally watch an episode or two to see how I like it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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