Monday, September 14, 2009

Must See TV!?!?

I was disgusted to read page 94 of the latest Entertainment Weekly. The Fall TV Preview lists the weekly lineups for the major TV networks as the new Fall season is upon us. Page 94 outlines the schedule for Thursday nights and unfortunately it is packed with shows I want to see. Monday through Wednesday (with the exception of the underrated Shark Tank) there is absolutely nothing on my radar in terms of must-watch TV. Of course this will change once Lost and 24 return early next year. Friday and Saturday are both dead and Sunday bring the best of reality television with The Amazing Race.

That leaves Thursday with the responsibility of becoming the home of my favorite comedy, drama. the best reality show of all-time and the new series I am looking most forward to. I have the luxury of owning a multi-feed HD DVR that can record two shows at once but the dilemma of Thursday night makes that luxury obsolete. Why the networks can't spread the love amongst the other weeknights is beyond me.

8 PM, Thursday nights. On CBS we have Survivor: Samoa (keep in mind I've watched all 18 previous seasons of Survivor in their entirety), NBC offers Thursday night SNL / Parks and Recreation (sub par debut season but I still have hope) and ABC showcases Fast Forward (a promising new Lost-esque drama which launches next week). I may end up recording Fast Forward and Survivor and leaving Parks and Rec/SNL for Hulu viewing.

9 PM, Thursday nights. The Office (nearing the prestige of Seinfeld for me) and Community (new comedy with Chevy Chase and that guy from Talk Soup) on NBC. On Fox we have the best show on television in J.J. Abrams' Fringe. Fringe even made therecent cover of Entertainment Weekly so apparently I'm not the only one flying the Fringe flag. I'm all sorts of excited for Leonard Nimoy as William Bell and the exploration of the alternate reality that was unveiled in last season's finale.

Thankfully 10 PM is cluttered with drivel I don't care about. Thanks to Jay Leno and his terrible show that will air five nights a week, NBC does not factor into my personal DVR lineup outside of Thursday night. I just wish the networks could have spread the wealth a little more. Hopefully when the reboot of "V" kicks off in November it doesn't get forced into the Thursday night lineup.

For those of you Fringephiles out there, here's the best part of Sunday's Redskins/Giants disaster featuring our good ol' bald friend:


Mommy, Esq. said...

Not an issue for me since I don't watch survivor. Started watching remake of Melrose Place. Love it.

Puneet said...

30 Rock is also coming back to Thursdays in October. And the reason Thursdays are also so jam packed is because of advertising: the movies come out the next day and networks get a lot of revenue from movie advertising, so they drive viewers on Thursdays.