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24 September 2008 @ 11:56 am
Micro TV Rant...  
It's like a repeat of last season all over again!

Remember when I would forget to DVR Reaper half the time on Tuesdays because I'd get distracted by House, M.D. being on?

Okay. House was on last night... and I missed the premiere of The Mentalist, which looked worth checking out (and had Simon Baker being all charming and sardonic).

I'm more familiar with Torrent now than I ever thought I'd be (thanks to those "Reaper" fiascos!), so I'll be downloading the show I missed.

But here's a memo the the television networks: your staggered premieres, which go all the way out into October, just mean that I get settled into a routine of what I'm already watching and I don't adjust when you try to slip a new show in under my nose! Seriously, if there were a roadmap for how to drive more viewers to cable this would definitely be on it.

For last night's viewing in general, I have this to say: I'm proud of Wilson (stay strong), I'm only watching Fringe for the mad-scientist/son interactions (which I love), and how did the L&O:SVU premiere manage to make me irritated with both Elliot AND Olivia? (though my love for Finn Tutuola never dies)

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I'm beginning to dislike the man with the whipesorlehcar on September 24th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
and I missed the premiere of The Mentalist, which looked worth checking out. And had Simon Baker being all charming and sardonic.

Goddammit, I thought that premiered next week. Thank god for bittorrent.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Ha! I'm not the only one!

That's exactly what I mean. Half the shows I see ads for are on cable, which I don't have, and the other half seem to be tempting me toward things like the new Rufus Sewell show that will not premiere until October (and which I've awaited since early summr).

By the time the October premiere actually happens, chances are very good I'll miss it because my "urgency" trigger will have died. *sigh*
happy is as happy does: TV addicthappywriter06 on September 24th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Can I co-sign on that memo?

I saw The Mentalist. I was kinda distracted so I can't give a real review. It was interesting enough that I'll watch again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting and/or good chemistry are often enough for me, and badboy_fangirl really liked it. So I'll definitely Torrent it.

But I'm getting irked by jumping through extra hoops for something that used to be fairly simple: networks create the fall line-up, then after Labor Day they start their new shows pretty much all at the same time. THAT works for me. :(
The Huntresshuntress69 on September 24th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
SVU
I'm glad Finn is not going anywhere, and Eliot has been getting on my nerves for a while now. I thought Mariska was excellent as always, and we really need more of Munch - I have so loved Belzer in that role since Homicide. I'm not too crazy about the new DA though.

As far as The Mentalist, or any other shows you might miss, check out the network websites, cause sometimes they run full eps. That's how I was able to watch all of Moonlight last season, cause I kept forgetting it was on. (And it's been cancelled anyway).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: SVU
Ah-- the networks might be a good source, since the show just aired (though my husband will want to see it too).

It wasn't so much Mariska I think as the writing of that episode. That part of last season felt almost more like a "Let's stretch Olivia's character" exercise than anything to me (can't explain it-- not the subject matter, but how it was conveyed. Almost like "Here's our Emmy Nominee right here").

Consequently, the fallout from that in this premiere seemed less felt than pushed-- as if someone were back behind the scenes running through a list of PTSD items for the situation and checking them off mechanically. Does that make any sense at all? I felt as if I was being set up and manipulated all the way along by that episode, rather than that it was an incredible story that somehow needed to be told. :(
The Huntresshuntress69 on September 25th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Re: SVU
....as if someone were back behind the scenes running through a list of PTSD items for the situation and checking them off mechanically. Does that make any sense at all?

I didn't even think of that, and yeah, it does make sense. I did expect them to handle it at some point, but also not like this though.
dragontattdragontatt on September 24th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
I dug The Mentalist...won't spoil you but I think it's certainly worth finding a torrent for it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! Another vote in the "yes" column. :D
Valerie: Primeval-Nick/Claudiagaladrielriver on September 24th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
*bites lip* I'm a little hesitant to watch The Mentalist because it seems like a take off of Psych.

Will you let me know if it's worth it? *puppy eyes*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
:D I will! I haven't really seen "Psych," so I can't factor that in. But I can let you know if it's worth trying out. :)
Valerie: BSG-Brave little toastergaladrielriver on September 24th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And the outline for Psych is basically the same but with more comedy and he tells people he is a real psychic. That show is awesome.