Fall 2007 Television Report

I have two hours before the game, and I could either do my fucking job, or post some bullshit about this TV season so far. Guess what Lazypants McFadden chose to do. The AV Club and TwoP do this far better than myself, but I still have opinions I want to inflict on those who couldn’t care less.

So here’s a round-up of the shows I watch in alphabetical order. Even a deadbeat jerk-off like myself can’t watch everything. Don’t be offended if I’m not watching your favorite show. I’ll catch it on my hospice’s space-television as I lay on my deathbed circa 2068.

30 Rock – Keep it up Ms. Fey. I hate to say it, but your show is a version of Arrested Development I can get my friends to enjoy without having to explain a year’s worth of references.

Dexter – The writers painted Dex into an interesting little corner this year. Too bad they didn’t bother to flesh-out the supporting cast with as much vigor.

Heroes – Why am I still watching this? It’s a Telemundo soap opera with excellent special effects, but far worse dialogue and acting.

Journeyman – I’m giving it a shot. I love time travel, Lucius Vorenus, and anything vaguely Quantum Leapy. So far the weekly “time missions” are far less compelling than the kooky effects of time travel on the recurring characters’ lives.

Law & Order CI – I adore Vincent D’Onofrio, but he should be chewing up indie screens across the country, not slumming on what’s become a campy stinkfest.

The Office – The hour-long episodes that started this season were adequate. I got the feeling they were scripted as half-hour episodes and padded out with lots of improv. That can be a good thing (Anything Prince Apatow touches, for example.), but I think it watered-down what could’ve been some of the best half-hours of television. Friends of mine know I was strongly pro-Karen last season. I still am, but can’t really find fault with Jim and Pam’s story arc. Now that the “Will they, won’t they?” tension is done with, hopefully they’ll maintain a stable relationship that serves as a contrast to all the messed-up romances of the supporting cast.

The Sarah Silverman Program – Now that this season has character development, there’s less emphasis on the ol’ “A pretty girl says shocking things” stand-by. Also, Jay Johnston and Laura Silverman need to have a romantic comedy of their own. I love those two.

The Simpsons – I’ve been watching this since the Tracy Ullman days. I should’ve stopped ten years ago.

That’s it for shows that have seasons. The Daily Show is in a bit of a funk that I think will be cured with the election season/ end of the world. I love The Colbert Report, but fear the character of Colbert is becoming what it set out to parody. Maybe I’m just not meta enough. Conan hasn’t disappointed.

I’m an effete East Coast Intellectual, so of course I love any new episodes of NOVA and Frontline. I’m not wearing a tweed jacket as I type this. I swear!

I’ll do this same sorta thing with movies once most of the Oscar contenders come out. Whether you like it or not. Here’s a sneak peek: American Gangster is good, but a little too by-the-numbers to gain any traction.

I wasted almost an hour writing this. Yay me!

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