Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The TV Season is Dead, Long Live the TV Season

In days gone by, summer was the time for reruns. Movies. Baseball. Maybe even going outside. TV returned in the fall with cool weather and back-to-school shopping.

Now, all kinds of TV debuts in the sunny months! What's that about? No sooner have we cleared out the TiVo of season finales than new shows come streaming in!

Okay, I kind of love it, especially when some of the shows are top shelf offerings such as DEADWOOD, ENTOURAGE, and RESCUE ME. I'm also watching THE CLOSER to balance out the guy-itude and get my procedural fix.

And you? What's keeping you indoors these balmy summer nights?

7 comments:

Shawn said...

No money, that's what keeps me in.

Rescue Me is a big favorite of mine. So far, season three has been great. I'm eager to see how they handle Probie's storyline; they've been hinting at it not-so-discreetly the past two seasons. I'm thinking it might take a different-than-expected turn, though.

I'm also catching up on Lost. I got into it late.

Kira said...

I'm liking RESCUE ME a lot -- enough to start plowing through the DVDs to catch up (I stopped watching early in season one for some reason).

Did you see last night's episode? SPOILERS follow...

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I love how the show mixes humor and darkness, and turns cliche setups into fresh scenes. Lou and the bum at the third rail was one of the best scenes I've seen on TV recently. SO funny and painful.

And how fearless is Denis Leary? He's got the damaged, un/likable hero thing down, and while clearly a Man's Man isn't afraid of embarrassing sex scenes (sperm bank! Mrs. Turbode!).

Scribble94 said...

Love RESCUE ME. Started watching with Season 2. Kicking myself because I missed the episode where Tommy fights his brother (my Tivo and I had a misunderstanding). How's THE CLOSER? Can't stand Kyra Sedgwick (not even sure why).

Diana Dare said...

no love for So You Think You Can Dance? Come on!

Shawn said...

Yeah, I recorded it and watched it last night. Lou's story has taken an interesting turn; he's now the one sinking to new lows instead of Tommy. Speaking of him, that scene with Janet at the end was intense--and bizarre. I think that's what I like most about the show--you never know how the characters are going to react. They always go against audience expectations while never being absurd or unrealistic. That's good writing.

Kira said...

Scribble, yeah, if you don't like Ms. Sedgwick, or have a low tolerance for Southern accents, THE CLOSER will be hard going. But if you like procedurals, it's worth a look.

Diana, I'm such an n00b when it comes to reality shows! I really don't watch 'em, but probably should. Is DANCE one of the better ones?

Shawn, I totally agree. The show makes gutsy but never unmotivated story choices, and definitely doesn't sacrifice PC-ness or likability for authenticity.

And I love that the button on that scene was about the chaise lounge.

Diana Dare said...

In show structure, no. In show content, hell yes. (of course I like watching dance and still miss Fame) Ths behind the scenes Am Idol guy has put himself in the show as the Simon Cowell-like judge. He's racist, mean, unqualified, and a bore to boot. But...really good dancers, so I watch it happily if enviously. I can not pop or lock like that.