'Way back in April, I posted a comment that network television was in "a rut". I figure it's time for another look at what I'm watching, what I'm not, and where I figure TV is and where it's going.
I still can't honestly say I have any "appointment" viewing this season. The closest thing to that is Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip--I try not to miss it, but if something gets in the way, I feel no compulsion to tape it. Actually, I've gotten even more interested in the series since I found out that certain characters and elements mirror Aaron Sorkin's life. Sure, we could all figure out that Danny (Bradley Whitfield) has a lot of Sorkin in him...but it took a profile of Kristin Chenoweth in The New York Times Magazine to make me realize that Harriet (Sarah Paulson) is based on that Broadway star and former regular on The West Wing...right down to certain incidents in their respective lives. I now suspect the recently introduced film producer who admits to wanting to date Harriet (again) is another avatar of Sorkin.
I like Numbers (or as they insist, NUMB3RS), but I think it's going to lose something without Peter McNicol, who is moving on to a regular role on this season's run of 24. It always hurts when a show starts paring down the supporting cast.
The only Fox show I make any effort to see is House, though the constant repeats in its schedule have made it difficult for me to maintain interest. There's nothing on the CW I routinely watch, though if Smallville follows through with some of the hints in the recent episodes I've seen (and previews), it may bear closer watching in the future. Likewise, there's nothing on ABC that makes me sit up and take notice.
I was watching Justice on Fox, until they cancelled it. It was a lawyer show with a nice twist--in the final minutes, they would show how the crime actually took place...often indicating that the defense attorney's version was dead wrong...and sometimes that both sides had it wrong! It was the most unusual legal show I'd seen in ages...and that includes Shark, though I like James Woods and Jeri Ryan, and the relationship between Woods' character and his teenage daughter.
On the other hand, I did watch the second season of the new version of Doctor Who on SciFi, and I'm looking forward to the next one as well.
I'd be very interested in my readers' thoughts on this TV season.