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28 August 2008 @ 05:47 pm
Talkin' Bout The Tube...  
I'm having an almost out-of-body experience watching half my f-list go nuts over the upcoming Prison Break premiere, because I feel so very much the opposite. I'm afraid that this season is going to kill the show dead for me. So long as it doesn't start I'm okay, but once it does the bomb will begin ticking... *sigh*

Now, as to other television... I remember the days *pulls up rocking chair* when networks used to show re-runs during the summer. NBC used to have an ad campaign based on things that were "New to You" if you hadn't see the show yet, and I vividly remember a "Commish-a-thon" years ago (which I did actually watch).

The point of all that was to save money on new programming, but it also meant that if you'd missed the show during the year then you had a second chance to discover it. Except not so much anymore!

Chuck: Didn't see this the first time around because I was watching Prison Break real-time and recording Aliens In America, and summer re-runs were my last hope. After all, the DVDs won't be ready by the time the new season starts!

Aliens in America got cancelled, but we really liked it. My husband proclaimed the Pakistani exchange student, Rajah, "adorable" again and again, because he was. The character had such a sincere, sunny disposition-- the kind of person where just knowing him makes you want to be a better person. I missed a few episodes during the regular season, so again I was hoping for re-runs. R.I.P., show.

Lost: I thought I'd be catching up on this one, but nooooo. I tuned in for the premiere last season, only to discover that it was a repeat of the prior season-ender, and then I missed the actual premiere the next night. What with it being on opposite Supernatural and perhaps also yanking my chain one polar bear time too many, I didn't make the effort to watch it. Summer would have saved me!

(Forgot One) Scrubs: I love this show, but it airs opposite Supernatural, which I am watching AND recording at the same time (so I can obsess over the episodes later). In summer, I'm available to watch! Except the show didn't do re-runs either. :(

Pushing Daisies: I DID watch this real-time (except for the episode that got pre-empted by local basketball), but I'd totally watch it again in re-runs. Take that, network schedulers.

Speaking of which, what goes on in these people's heads?

ABC Network Executives: Well, we can't do much this summer. Everyone'll be watching the Olympics then.
(later)

NBC: *airs 247th installment of two-person beach volleyball*
ABC Network Executives: Crap!


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The Huntress: Dark Sidehuntress69 on August 29th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Oh wow, reruns...I remember those. That was what you watched because you may have missed something the first time. If you missed it, and it didn't repeat, you were screwed LOL. And yeah, rerun season was when you got to watch the show on ABC that you couldn't watch at the same time as the one on NBC. I mean, there was no way to record anything. And so much of the crap today is just a rehash of older stuff. A new 90210 -I barely watched the old one. And then there is reality TV. I am the only person in America, it seems, who doesn't watch any. I admit to watching The Real World the first five years, and watched Survivor the first 2 seasons, then it got old. No originality. And yeah, I think you got the thoughts right of the network execs. Oh, and I've never watched Lost, but it is coming to Sci-Fi so I may start.

What I do like are cable shows. Dexter, Californication, Weeds, Torchwood, Doctor Who for the last 5 zillion years (and ten actors LOL) - that's good stuff. Take that, network television! (Edited: Thankfully I did tape, and save, some of my shows from the 80s that are not on DVD, cause a few weeks ago I was watching Max Headroom, which I loved and miss terribly.)

Edited at 2008-08-29 01:20 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
And yeah, rerun season was when you got to watch the show on ABC that you couldn't watch at the same time as the one on NBC. I mean, there was no way to record anything.

Yes! Once upon a time, there weren't even VCRs! Summer was how you fixed the problem of conflicting timeslots during the regular season!

Not to mention that shows didn't move around all the time back then, and that a show that started the season was going to end it by god instead of getting cancelled a few episodes in.

Network Television scheduling now is just this giant clusterf**k, and it's gotten stupider every year. :0

I don't like "Teen Dramas" as a whole, so I never watched 90210 (nor will I), and my viewing of the CW consists of Supernatural, Reaper, Aliens In America, and (once upon a time) Beauty and the Geek. I used to watch Smallville, but finally couldn't stand what it became.

I loved the first few Survivors, but that was about it. I don't really care for reality television or nighttime gameshows, and the ET and other Celebrity-watch type shows are kind of an ADHD nightmare. They flit onto a new story about every 90 seconds, and it gives me whiplash.

I'm grateful for cable DVD like you wouldn't believe, but I can't help notice that the networks are missing an opportunity here.
The Huntresshuntress69 on August 29th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Not to mention that shows didn't move around all the time back then, and that a show that started the season was going to end it by god instead of getting cancelled a few episodes in.

Yep, if your show was on Wednesday at 10, it stayed there. And I think about a few shows that today would have been cancelled overnight, most notably Hill Street Blues, whose ratings were in the toilet for the first season. And I too watched Smallville for the first few seasons, but that was it.

The celebrity shows are annoying. I don't know why people will watch a show about celebs losing weight, Denise Richards as Mommy, Pam Anderson shopping, etc. It makes you wanna vomit.

I do so enjoy my fav shows of days gone by on DVD, and one of my favs is All In The Family. It still cracks me up all these years later.
(Anonymous) on August 29th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
And I think about a few shows that today would have been cancelled overnight, most notably Hill Street Blues, whose ratings were in the toilet for the first season.

Yes! Incredible shows that took awhile to find a consistent audience. In the current, more impatient situation, this is how shows like Boomtown die after one season.

My Dad's big weakness, much as he liked All In The Family, has turned out to be M*A*S*H. First it was watching it on Comcast in all its airing windows, and then he caved in and bought the entire DVD set. And that show was on the air a looooong time. :0
The Huntresshuntress69 on August 30th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Sorry it took me so long to respond LOL...but speaking of MASH, are you a fan? Me, I love any ep with Col. Flagg and there is one ep where Hawkeye goes through the wackiest ways and means to get ribs from Chicago. That's it. I will be quiet now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Argh-- must've logged out. That's me above ^^.
mercurybard on August 29th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
I think Lost is going to start running on SciFi (I'm not even going to start on what goes through the SciFi Channel execs head)

I'm watching Peter Stormare play an Eastern European brothel owner on CSI right now. God, I miss him. And I wasn't a big Abruzzi fan.

I can't wait for the Chuck dvds. I forget what my schedule was like when the eps were airing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
(I'm not even going to start on what goes through the SciFi Channel execs head).
I can't imagine. I was going to say, "The Shield!" But that's on FX instead. ;)

God, I miss him. And I wasn't a big Abruzzi fan.
I miss him in general, and his unique brand of aggressive weirdness. ;)

I just know the Chuck DVDs will be here too late! The new season will have started, and I won't be able to watch because I won't know what's going on!
mercurybard on August 29th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
SciFi likes canceling their most successful shows--Farscape, Stargate: Atlantis...BattleStar Galactica is ending this year too, but I don't know if that was a dumb network move or if the creative team/actors are moving on.

Abruzzi was the only one who could control T-bag. I said at one point that T-bag lost all his threat value in season 2, and I think it was for two reasons--1. the loss of the cage. Once they got outside the prison, it wasn't our heroes locked in a cage with a tiger, it was a tiger roaming the countryside eating random people. Which, while sad, doesn't have add a whole lot to the drama and tension of the program. 2. He and Abruzzi could no longer play off each other.

I saw probably 5 or 6 episodes. Pretty sure Chuck could be my new tv boyfriend, but I'll need to see more eps before I can make an informed decision. (He'll be ousting Aaron from Wonderfalls, and that's hard to do)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yes to all of your thoughts on Abruzzi! That's one of the things the show was missing after they all broke out, the dynamic of control/sneakiness between him and T-Bag. Love the "tiger roaming the countryside" analogy. ;)

Pretty sure Chuck could be my new tv boyfriend, but I'll need to see more eps before I can make an informed decision.
He actually came UP as my "TV Boyfriend" in an LJ Quiz Meme awhile back, though in terms of appeal (since I don't watch the show) the list is longer: Aaron's on there, John Doe is on there, Ned the Pie Man is on there (how does that work out? :D)

Most of my other TV faves are fascinating characters, but... not people you'd ever want a 'boyfriend' relationship with. I think House might poison you in your sleep on a whim (or for an experiment). :0
mercurybard on August 30th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Random fact: Lee Pace, who plays Aaron on Wonderfalls and Ned the Pie Man, went to high school with Matt Bomer, who plays Bryce Larkin on Chuck. Matt and Lee graduated from my high school...a couple of years before I got there, but I was in Latin with Matt's little sister. *hums the Small World theme song*

Most of my favorite characters fail at the relationship thing, but that's what makes them interesting!
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable womenmissyjack on August 29th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Me and Prison break are dfinitely over - I may catch it when it shows up on Aussie TV, but have little interest. I really felt S3 was just going through the motions and all the chacrters just felt flat to me. I think you can tell when a TV show is made with passion and when it isnt. I still rec S1 to people as one of my fav seasons of TV ever, but I wish they would just stop now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I really felt S3 was just going through the motions and all the chacrters just felt flat to me.
Yes-- I felt that way about S2 as well, actually. It had a great first season, and the rest has not even been in the same category of quality.

Though S3 had excellent opportunities for writing Crack. ;)

I still rec S1 to people as one of my fav seasons of TV ever, but I wish they would just stop now.
The bringing back the headless character is the point where I wish they'd stopped already. That's the part that's killing me, in addition to the loss of focus on "family" and the general flailing around that seems to constitute plot these days.

Don't kill the woman irrevocably and then bring her back! That pretty much says, "Screw the point of the show, we're just milking a subset of the demographics until we get kicked off the air."

I.e., when the creators stop caring about their show I just can't stand to watch. S7 of BtVS and everything after mid-S3 of "Smallville" come to mind there too. :(
cindytsuki_no_bara on August 29th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
man, i remember the "it's new to you" campaign.... altho i don't remember wanting to watch anything they were rerunning.

the scifi channel is indeed going to show lost from s1. i can't remember what day, tho.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
altho i don't remember wanting to watch anything they were rerunning.
I definitely remember that "Frasier" was on the air during that campaign. But other than L&O, that was in the "light" period for me with NBC. Come to think of it, that's been going on for quite awhile. :0

the scifi channel is indeed going to show lost from s1.
I have no cable, so it doesn't matter. It's S4 that I didn't see (though I spent about 70% of S3 writing fanfic over the show, if it was a backstory for someone who didn't interest me). :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on August 29th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
I loved Aliens in America! LOL, maybe we should make our own two person fan club.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 29th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Three! My husband would want to join too.

It wasn't just Rajah, though he was the best part. It was the agressively Minnesotan atmosphere of the family Rajah was trapped with.

I remember in particular the episode where the family was dreaming in longing tones of their annual Winter trip to VANCOUVER. Because it's a balmy 50+ degrees there, instead of the snow-filled horrors of Minnesota. That cracked me up, for some reason. ;)
shaitanah: michael/mahoneshaitanah on August 29th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
I'm a bit nervous about Prison Break too... I hope they don't make it all cheesy and mushy with all that Michael/Sara fluff...
I think Lost has died on me a little. I really loved the show but with all the new characters that keep popping up and now the flashforwards too, I've got a bit confused. I'll watch it when it airs on TV here, but I'm not making any efforts to find it myself. I don't like it when my fav characters die out of the blue))))