Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fall Television

Yesterday I was discussing the state of television with some good friends and how shows like Dexter and Mad Men, which I mentioned in the previous post "Another Credit Where Credit is Due" are the only thing that is really unmissable on TV.

That said, it's an interesting moment to be a TV fan. The recent writers' strike put everything on hold last season, forcing writers to work feverishly through the summer to get new scripts ready after the strike ended. I'm holding out hope that the strike and being away from their craft for so long forced some extra creativity and ideas. Shows that I used to enjoy, Grey's Anatomy, House, 24, etc., had all been lame in recent seasons. You could taste the stale crumble when biting into an episode of Grey's last year. That fresh, crisp taste that had started the show off had all but gone. Forced storylines, drama for drama's sake, instead of for the plot and character's sakes, engulfed the show's once proud doctors. Blah.

House was OK, but the formula was definitely getting old. Don't even get me started on 24.

So it's with great anticipation that I watch the new season premieres this fall. Here's to hoping that the depth of characters and storylines that you find in shows like Mad Men bleed over into the shows that used to entertain all emotions and be unmissable -- instead of the boring blahs of that make us say, "Well...there's nothing else on..."

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