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With fall tv premiers happening soon, this is about the time when I go on a tv cull, deciding what to watch and what to not watch. But this year, I seem to be watching very little so I don't need to drop things to make room. Of the new shows last year, the only one I really checked out was Fringe, and I got bored of that pretty quickly and stopped watching. I keep on meaning to give up Grey's Anatomy, but somehow I keep watching despite myself. Last season's House finale disappointed me a lot and I loathe Huddy, real or imaginary. (For me it's House/misanthropy, House/Wilson/misanthropy or House/Wilson/Amber), but I'll probably still end up watching that as well.

But yeah, in new shows I'm quite excited about Glee, because the pilot was adorable, I seem to love musical television shows and I loved Popular back in the day, which was by the same guy (anyone else remember that show? It was a lot more witty than normal teen fare). Flash Forward's getting a bit of hype, and I can't help but love the cast, but the central premise seems just a bit dull. I'll check out the pilot, but if it doesn't get interesting quickly or turns out to be as frustrating as Lost, I'll probably not watch.

In the battle of the next potential BSGs, I'm really exited about V, which unfortunately doesn't premiere until November. I've got little to go on aside from buzz, but the buzz is good. I've seen the pilot for Caprica, which has an even further away premier date of January. I liked it a lot, but it's more Rome than BSG. That's not a bad thing as I loved Rome and I'll certainly watch Caprica, but the setting gives it such a different feel to its parent show and its certainly weird that my mental comparison goes first not to the show that spawned it, but to a completely different and not at all related show. But then, I think of BSG as Rome in space, since, aside from the religious aspects, it has a similar mixture of military matters, political intrigue and personal drama. Actually, it struck me the other day that Lee and Zarek from Sine Qua Non to Blood on the Scales are kind of like Octavian and Mark Antony, the inexperienced adopted son vs. the second in command for to be the heir to Julius Caesar's (Roslin's) throne. (And if Zarek is Mark Antony, I would suppose that would make Gaeta Cleopatra...).

Anyway, back to what I was talking about, Stargate: Universe actually has the most BSG-esq premise, but I'll only watch if it gets good reviews. I trust the Stargate writers to do lighthearted, snarky and slightly cracky. I don't trust them to be able to pull off serious, intelligent and dark.

One thing I have noticed lately is that aside from the likes of Doctor Who, Grey's and House, most of the television I watch these days I don't watch when it originally airs. Lately I seem to discover it on DVD some time after it originally aired and often after the series has ended (as is what happened with Rome, BSG and Life on Mars), and by the time I've gotten into it everyone else has moved on. So I'm determined to be more onto it with my show watching.

Date: 2009-08-30 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I too, will be continuing on with Glee, and will definitely try Flash Forward considering the cast. Other than that, I'm curious about Jeremy Northam in Miami Trauma - only because it is Jeremy Northam. I'll also be watching the new series of The Mentalist, Castle, and of course The Big Bang Theory (♥)

Date: 2009-08-30 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've been meaning to check out Castle for a while now. I adore Nathan Fillion.

I hadn't heard of Miami Trauma. I wonder if it's any relation to Trauma, Cliff Curtis' new show. The similarities in names at least wont do either show a favour.

Date: 2009-08-30 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I quite like Castle. On the surface, it comes across as every other crime/drama, however Fillion makes it way more enjoyable. Kind of what Simon Baker does with The Mentalist. They both have a charm about them that make you want to continue watching. It is certainly not bad by any means though.

I haven't heard of Trauma. They may be related.

Date: 2009-08-30 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I remember Popular, though I never got on that bandwagon. I wanna check out Glee, though. Haven't seen the pilot yet, but it looks fun. I can only pray that it doesn't fill me with hate and ick like Election (also by the same guy, :/) did.

Date: 2009-08-30 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You must check out the pilot when you get the chance. It's just so wonderfully charming.

And I thought Election was done by the guy who did Sideways, not the guy who did Popular (you are talking about the Reese Witherspoon movie, right?)

Date: 2009-08-30 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Now that I'm searching, I'm not actually seeing him listed for either. Though I know references to both were made in articles about Glee and they have some production team (the director, for one) in common.

Date: 2009-08-30 09:01 am (UTC)
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I think I'm going to be dropping House. The majority of this last season just didn't do anything for me. I didn't think I would mind House/Cuddy, but it made me cringe and fast-forward. D: (House/misanthropy = OTP)

I remember Popular, but I think I was a few years too old for it. I probably would have loved it had I been five years younger when I saw it.

I'm going to be watching SJA, NCIS, Grey's, Big Bang Theory, HIMYM, Dollhouse and Chuck (although it might not air until spring). I'm waiting for reviews of Glee, the NCIS spinoff, Stargate: Universe and V before I consider whether or not I want to see them (I'm not holding my breath with those last three).

Date: 2009-08-30 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't think I would mind House/Cuddy either, but the way they wrote it (i.e. making the both act out of character, particularly Cuddy) made it godawful. The Head!Amber plot made season five briefly brilliant for a while, but the set-up was let down by the pay-off and really, it's only the promise of more Chase and Cameron that has me interested at all in season five.

The V pilot has been getting good reviews, but I'm with you on not holding my breath on the new NCIS and Stargate spin-offs. Spin-offs of procedurals are rarely better than their parent show, and the Stargate franchise is getting a bit tired.


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