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I admit it. I love TV. I’m choosy about what I watch, but there’s nothing I love more than finding a new show that works for me. (Okay, there are quite a few things I love more than that, but I really do get a huge kick out of it.)

For a while, I was all booked up. I had three or four situation comedies, some great genre-benders like ENTOURAGE and SOPRANOS, several thrillers (24 and ALIAS and LOST), and a nice assortment of paranormals (CHARMED, SUPERNATURAL and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and STARGATE, and then HEX for a short while).

During that period of time, I actually avoided watching new shows, because I felt I was already spending too much time with the TV. But now Alias and Charmed are gone; Lost is pretty awful; Stargate’s gone and Hex has vanished. Some of my standard comedies have lost their edge. Entourage and Sopranos, along with a new favorite, LIFE ON MARS, recently had season finales. Even MONK, which rather re-invented itself this year and became a favorite for me rather than just a back-up, is gone until January. I think the 4400 is gone for a while again too.

So I’ve got some openings in my viewing schedule, which means I’ll be auditioning new prospects over the next few weeks. I’d love recommendations if you have them.

Right now, it looks like 24, THE WIRE, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, KING OF QUEENS, SUPERNATURAL, and possibly DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES if it really returns to its roots, are on the list. And in October, Battlestar starts again. It’s a weird one, but I can’t look away yet.

What shows will I be interviewing? For comedy, I’ll keep trying HAPPY HOUR (I’m apparently the only person in America who laughed during the pilot, and then the first real episode cracked me up again – at least they’re trying something different! I hope the network gives it a chance to find its legs and an audience). I’ll try James Woods lawyer show, and Matthew Perry’s Studio thing, although the latter looks kind of slick for my tastes. I’ve been trying to like VANISHED, but it’s on probation.

As for existing shows that I already know I won’t try: I’ve rejected GRAY’S ANATOMY without even watching it by the way, because its initial advertising strategy bugged me. I’m very arbitrary that way, plus I don’t really like medical shows, so I don’t watch HOUSE either. I don’t watch LAW AND ORDER – not any of them, not ever. The tone is all wrong for me. I despise THE CLOSER – ugh, mostly because I had high hopes for it, and then it just didn’t work for me, so I took it very personally. I understand most people love it, so clearly, my problem, not the show’s. (Still, if they’re curious, I’d be glad to tell them how they lost my vote.) Oh, and I don’t watch any daytime TV at all. I don’t even count it as real TV. Go figure. And I don’t watch reality shows – too much reality in my life already!

My only real complaint? It looks like a season of too many “continuing stories.” Does that bug anyone else? I have weeks where I’m too busy to watch TV. I’d like to miss an occasional episode and catch it in re-runs. But these days, it’s like you need to watch everything in their order, not your own. I resent it. But I still watch, because as I mentioned—

I love TV.


Oh and p.s. I watch the Daily Show fairly regularly. And all the dopey stuff on History and Discovery Channels about secret societies and haunted houses and tombs and mythology and end-of-the-world predictions, whether by Nostradamus or some other nuts. Love that stuff!



Sep. 18th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
TV Shows
...oh and as far as TV goes...I love Grey's Anatomy, Monk, Dog the Bounty Hunter, The Closer, I have been in mourning over Charmed and Alias, I will admit that during the summer I watch So You Think You Can Dance, Hell's Kitchen, and a few other shows that I can't think of right now.

I dont get to watch any of these with any certainty because my children love to watch animal planet, food network, and the discovery channel...and by the time they finish their limited TV time, I am ready for quiet time!
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
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Oh Charity, you loved Charmed too? It was so underappreciated. I actually think they were right to end it, since it might have gotten stale if it had continued. But still....

I'd be right there on the couch with your kids watching Discovery Channel. They've got good taste. The only thing I watch on animalchannel is the Puppy Bowl -- the animal lover's alternative to the Super Bowl every January. Have they seen it?

Thanks for stopping by. And for reading ID CRISIS! I'm so glad you liked it. I'll always think of Kristie as one of my favorite heroines.

Talk to you later.

Sep. 19th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
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They love anything that includes animals, and the puppybowl is a favorite around here. They are also Crock Hunter fans (may he rest in peace), and they really like The Most Extreme...which gets a little bit gucky, but they like it!

It was time for Charmed to end. I also think the same about Alias. I felt near the end it wasn't as exciting. Might as well go out with a bang instead of dripping.

You made me a little worried about ID Crisis because I had read Exit first. But you had nothing to worry about at all. I just wish now that I had time earlier to pick it up instead of waiting weeks after getting ID Crisis! But then why not read a book with political members in a Political Science class! (I was serious when I said I couldn't put it down!)
Sep. 20th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
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Do your children watch Meerkat Manor? Now there's a soap opera!

That's cool that you're taking poli sci classes. If I ever decided to write a more 'serious' book, I think it would delve into politics. Sure it's a touchy subject, but only because we all allow ourselves to get so polarized over issues, when the truth is, there's a lot of middle ground on all the big issues. That's where the power is, so no wonder politicians try to keep us from discovering it!

Thanks for the input on Identity Crisis. I did my best to ensure that a person could read Exit Strategy before it, but I couldn't know for sure, so it's great to hear that I succeeded.

Of course, there were a few things you knew about Ray Ortega, having read EXIT first. Hopefully it didn't change your view of him. He's my quintessential Bombshell hero.

Sep. 20th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Meerkat Manor is unfortunately on too late most times for the girls to watch, but occasionally they do catch some of the show. I love the animal soaps!

I still liked Ray in ID, and think I would have even had I not read Exit first. His method was bad, and his fix it was also tragic, but the overall goodness of him shines through and he even plays the hero in helping the situation in the end. It is obvious he didn't want anyone else to be hurt, and I found his over enthusiasm over his perceived alibi wonderful...like he was trying to get caught almost.

My Pols class feels like a waste of time. My professor tries to make things interesting and makes us laugh, but he reads straight out of the book (I can do that at home in my pj's). But I do enjoy the stories he has about his clients...he is a defense attorney, so things get kinda interesting when he explains court procedures.

Sep. 20th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
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That's such an interesting perspective! Since you already knew what was really going on, you could see those aspects of him in Identity Crisis that other readers (who hadn't read EXIT STRATEGY) would have missed. I like that.

You've made me wonder, what if Kristie had seen through his alibi? His career would have been over, but he wouldn't have gone to prison or anything. So, would he have gone back to Washington and found Miranda and made her understand? They were so, so meant for each other, but would they have re-connected? Hmm....

As for your professor -- he reads out of the book? Ugh, that would drive me crazy. I'd want to hear the stories about the clients too!

Sep. 21st, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
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Okay say that Kristie had seen through and Ray went to Washington...but he and Miranda wouldn't really have any other reason to connect, there wouldn't be as much conflict within him or Miranda, and perhaps less desire for her to make him come out of seclusion.

I like there being an unknown where the relationship is concerned. Had he shown up too early when she was still in a I'm still really pissed at you frame of mind, we see a butterfly effect...

Professor update* Today we learned all about Senate subcommittees...(yawn), and he thinks they are the funnest things ever. He loves to talk about voting...I think it borders on a fetish for this man, so this morning I was struggling to stay awake! He won't share anything more on the murder trial he actively is working on...darn that whole privilege thing.
Sep. 21st, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
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Plus, he wouldn't have been at his best if he'd gone to her right away. Instead, when she next saw him, he was very centered. At peace with himself. He was ready for her.

You're right, Charity! It gave Miranda time to get past the anger,and it gave him a chance to realize something amazing -- that his ambition and pride were nothing compared to his need to connect to her.

So here's another question: if Kristie hadn't sent Miranda to his cabin, would he eventually have come down from the mountain and tried to reconnect with her?

My guess is that he was just about to do that when she showed up on his doorstep. Why else was he watching the video?

I love them. They're my perfect couple.

And I gotta love your professor too. Isn't attorney-client privilege great? For all the bad stuff people say about lawyers, I've found that my colleagues and I really take our ethical responsibilities seriously. We're idealists at heart -- well, most of us are.

Sep. 21st, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
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I agree that he needed to be primed before coming off the mountain. I think he was ready and that is what was important to make the story work.

I am not so sure he would go in search of Miranda though. I think that he would have wanted to and perhaps would have watched her from afar, but I think it would still have been her to initiate any contact...she was the one that got away because of his actions. And Kristie knowing how to appeal to his masculine...love the sexy red head needing his help thing...would draw him off the mountain and back into society.

When asking my Professor if he is a good lawyer he says..."I win some, and sometimes justice prevails and I lose..." When he isn't reading out of the text and calling on people to read aloud the definitions, he cracks me up!

Sep. 22nd, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
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And of course, if he had come down the mountain and shown up on her doorstep, maybe Mirands would have clobbered him. Or at least tried to. That actually might have been a cool scene.

I like your professor!


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