Mr. Bill George Presents

Fall TV Status Update

In Television on October 10, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Alright folks, I know we are all watching a lot of TV now that the fall season is upon us. There are a bunch of shows I’m watching religiously and I figured I’d toss out my thoughts on them so far this season.

Shark Tank [ABC, Tues. 8pm] – My favorite show right now by far. Five self-made millionaires are pitched ideas by small business owners, upstarts, inventors et al in the hopes that the sharks will invest some money in their idea. What makes the show are the sharks. They are always engaging to watch, especially when they interact with each other and fight over deals. Plus, I love hearing people’s ideas for products and services and businesses. The only pitfall of the show is the fact that one or two contestants per episode are throwaways. They have a terrible idea that is only on the air because it’s funny to watch the sharks rip them apart. Sort of like American Idol auditions. Other than that, it can’t miss.

Glee [FOX, Weds. 9pm] – After waiting ages for this show to start after its phenomenal pilot air months ago, we are finally in full swing. More than a handful of episodes in and it still has me looking forward to it every week. There were a few rough patches and one or two stinkers but overall the season has been solid and it’s worth watching every week for the music numbers alone.

Mad Men [AMC, Sun. 10pm] – Not gonna lie, a few episodes into this season I thought I was getting a bit tired of the show. But boy have things ramped up. I am enthralled now. I know everyone talks about this show constantly, but it’s for a reason. The acting, character development and directorial style are all top notch. The production values are just through the roof.

Curb Your Enthusiasm [HBO, Sun. 9pm] – I watched the first four seasons of this show but missed out on five and six. We just started seven and I’m glad I’m back on board. The hype surrounding this season has to do with the Seinfeld cast reunion that is taking place on the show. The genius of it is the fact that in this show they are putting together an actual reunion show for NBC, so in the process they are reuniting but for Curb.  There should be a couple more episodes as part of this story arc and if they are anywhere near the level of the first we are in for quite a treat.

FlashForward [ABC, Thurs. 8pm] – I’m only two episodes in on this one (the third is waiting on my DVR for when I finish this post) but I’m enjoying it so far. I’m not hooked in the sense I must see it immediately every week but I’m definitely following it. I find myself much more interested in the event itself and how it happened and what its effects were etc, more so than each person fulfilling or not fulfilling their destiny.

Entourage [HBO, Off] – This season just wrapped up a few weeks ago and I somewhat enjoyed it. The second half certainly had more meat to it than the first. In fact, the finale was by far the best episode of the year and it actually made me want more. Which is something no previous episode this season accomplished. I just kept watching because I felt an obligation to.

Bored To Death [HBO, Sun. 9:30pm] – More like Boring To Death. I gave up on this one. Got through 2.5 episodes and starting questioning why I was wasting my time. No thanks.

What is everyone else watching?

  1. Community. Great new show featuring The Soup’s Joel McHale. NBC may not be doing well in the ratings on Thursday due to their comedy block, but I’ve been eating it up. Community, Park and Rec, the Office, and returing 30 Rock. Something in there is guarnteed to make you laugh. But seriously, Community, and I normally loathe network TV

  2. Tried Bored to Death and was wondering why on earth I was watching it. Kept thinking it would get better…gave up after 3rd episode. Not wasting my time on it. Mad Men! Best show on television right now…the show forces you to read between the lines…that’s where all the fun is.

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