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August 25 2009

TWOP Fall Preview: Watch, DVR, or Skip. TWOP breaks down the Fall TV season. Whedonverse mentions.

I don't care what they say, I'm still tuning in for Melrose Place. Loved the original and totally excited about the new one. Besides, skip something before it's even been aired? Whatever....
I almost always disagree with TWOP, but I agree with every single recommendation on that list. I'm kinda thrown for a loop. Is there a completely different staff?
Yep, I agree with most of this too!! Although, I rarely watch anything live due to watching the kids and hating commercials :)
The only thing I disagree with is Bones. I thought the season finale was really fun, and I plan to watch it live if I have time.
Agreed TamaraC, although I feel silly as I was about to get up in arms about "no Lost!?" until I realized that this was for Fall *embarrassed blushy face* and not Winter. Nonetheless, I can't believe how agreeable this list was for me as well - although I have never seen "So you Think you can Dance?" but I guess I should give it a peak?
I really dislike most of the contest shows on network TV, but SYTYCD is the exception. Very talented young performers who truly compete. No "celebrities" and less over-annoying judges and a truly charming and sweet host. Give it a shot, RIPWesley.
Ugh. I'm watching a lot of their must skip shows. After 6 seasons, I'm not going to give up on One Tree Hill. After 8, I'm not giving up on Smallville. 90210 got better, so looking forward to that and Gossip Girl is excellent. I'll probably check out the new Melrose and hear the buzz from Vampire Diaries.

As for non-The CW shows, I'm pretty much agree with them.

Hopefully the new shows, like Glee, actually air over here.

[ edited by Jayme on 2009-08-25 11:29 ]
I haven't heard of a lot of those shows and I mainly disagree with them on the ones I have. They used to be right about 'Smallville' for instance until the show stopped actually having action scenes at the end - the end of season "finale" "battle" was ludicrously anti-climactic. Wish they'd just kill Chloe so I finally won't have any reason at all to keep committing the TV version of the Gambler's fallacy.

'Bones' finale was a nice enough idea that let everyone spread their acting wings a bit (even if I thought one particular guest star was wasted in it). In general though, they seem to be spending less and less effort on the mystery and more and more just on character stories so the show is starting to feel unbalanced (before people jump on me saying how much they like that it's a "good" procedural because it's about characters etc., i'll say that I get that and like the team dynamics myself BUT there should still be a balance, otherwise you just have a soap opera, which isn't really my bag).

Also, one of my complaints about the "Zach affair" was that it seemed to be saying, effectively, "there's something wrong with being like Zach". Now the show seems to be saying "there's also something wrong with being like Brennan" and holding Booth up as some paragon of normalcy and what she should be striving for (even though he is, for instance, overtly anti-intellectual). The show's become less about a dysfunctional family that compliment each other's flaws and work together to a common purpose and more about fixing the emotionally crippled geek. Not stopping watching yet but I must admit i'm getting closer.
Good, Mondays are mostly free for me (until January when 24 starts and whenever in 2010 Nurse Jackie has its second season). Will catch up on HIMYM almost for sure on DVD this year and maybe House some day. So, mostly because it's an excuse to hang, just Heroes this fall (please end soon--despite Season 4's trailer looking mostly promising, IMO).

I can't remember the last time I was regularly watching TV on Tuesdays, but V looks like it might be a huge reason (or at least PVR). Is Sons of Anarchy any good, guys ?

Aside from Glee, looks like Wednesday is a bit of a wasteland (until Lost's concluding season premieres in January).

Thursday offers quite a bit, but my only must-sees are The Office & Survivor (and I`ve seen some of the awesome It`s Always Sunny in Philidelphia in reruns, but I'll catch it in full some day on DVD). I`d like to try out Fringe, but we`ll see. Don't think I'll try out any of the new shows, but likely 30 Rock and Supernatural some day.

Friday's Dollhouse and Sunday is all about whatever excellence is being offered by HBO or Showtime, depending on the time of the year (from September/October 'til December, it's likely Dexter, but at the moment it's True Blood and I'm enjoying Hung too, Big Love Season 4 next year--a show that, if you checked it out only in its first season and took a pass on afterward, has grown by leaps and bounds, especially in Season 3).
'Bones' finale was a nice enough idea that let everyone spread their acting wings a bit (even if I thought one particular guest star was wasted in it). In general though, they seem to be spending less and less effort on the mystery and more and more just on character stories so the show is starting to feel unbalanced (before people jump on me saying how much they like that it's a "good" procedural because it's about characters etc., i'll say that I get that and like the team dynamics myself BUT there should still be a balance, otherwise you just have a soap opera, which isn't really my bag).


I agree with you Saje. I think I could feel the shift of importance back in Season 3 when Hodgins & Angela's engagement became a fore-front investigation, and the therapy sessions start. (I love Sweets, but his role on the show does affect the nature of the show.) I can't tell you a "good" murder mystery from Season 3, but can name you several from 1 & 2 (Season 2 was the best balance for the show.)

From what I've seen of promos and just the outcome of Season 4's finale, it feels like they're going to go "old school" and maintain more of their normal procedural-like formula. This is probably to accent

The show's become less about a dysfunctional family that compliment each other's flaws and work together to a common purpose and more about fixing the emotionally crippled geek. Not stopping watching yet but I must admit i'm getting closer.


I think I disagree with you here. Sort of. I think the writers have always cast Brennan as a person who's a little "off" to "normal" people, but the twist on that was she didn't care. She actually enjoyed going against the flow (taking on a hit man, dating 3 men at once...). In Season 1 & 2, we also viewed the world through her eyes. Booth was not well known at all.

By Season 3, though, they had grown comfortable enough with each other. We saw it in the other characters as well. I still don't know what to think about Zach's ending (and he was wasted in the S4 finale, I agree)...

Season 4, total shift. We're getting more insight and understanding into Booth. In fact, I'd say we were in Booth's head most of the season (hallucinations, etc...). So when Brennan looks like a "geek" instead of a "strong female", I took that to be that Booth saw her as a geek. Booth telling the story actually compliments the lack of science & procedure in the show; he's a touchy-feely guy, not a science-reality dude.

My hope? Season 5 will show

So count me in. ;)

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