TV’s Fall Season 2006 in review

All of the networks are wrapping up for the holiday season with their new fangled Fall Finales.   Now is as good a time as any to recap a few things…

  • Heroes – is as good a show as there is on TV.   Ten episodes in and it hasn’t lost steam and I realize that it’s pacing is similar to that of   24 – you can’t come up for a breath.   Even last week’s show which was told in flashback (maybe my least favorite storytelling device) was amazing.   I can’t wait until Mondays are 24 and Heroes – the only question is which one gets watched live and which on on DVR?
  • The most heartbreaking moment of the year came on Veronica Mars last week when Logan (Jason Dohring) calls Veronica from across the crowded cafeteria – she finds her phone, looks at the caller-id, and then puts the phone away and goes about her business.   The music (Tim Easton), the look on his face…classic!   Veronica has been a tad annoying this year – using her super powers for evil.   The mini-mystery was simply ok – for as serious a crime as rape, you’d think that the police might be investigating a bit more aggressively, but what do I know.   That and the fact that the victims weren’t very likable (is shrill likable?)     Can’t wait for the new mystery but SPOILER ALERT – will miss Dean O’dell (Ed Begley).
  • Comeback of the year: ER.   The last few years just blew under the weight of Carter’s (Noah Wyle) and Gallant’s (Sharif Atkins) stories.   This year there are still too many Emmy plays (Forrest Whitaker please go back to movies) and too many sweep stunts (Abby (Maura Tierney) needs a little more luck in her life – kidnapped, alcoholic, premie baby, stalked, has to save a women from a bus that seconds later falls off a cliff), but the addition of John Stamos as well as a better all-round cast makes the show watchable again.   I do miss the theme song and opening credits though.
  • Disappointment of the year: I’m going to give this to Studio 60.   I wanted so much to like this show – but like West Wing, it’s preachy.   Unlike West Wing, it isn’t good – so the combination doesn’t work for it.   I have a backlog of 6 episodes on DVR.   Me thinks that I’ll probably never make it past John Goodman guest starring.
  • I’m not going to pass judgment on Lost yet – when it comes back in February, it had better start telling better, more compelling stories.

That’s enough for tonight.   Part 2 tomorrow.

4 thoughts on “TV’s Fall Season 2006 in review

  1. i’ve been a wee bit annoyed at veronica (the character) this season. Before, when people didn’t like her it wasn’t really justified, but now? She’s a right bitch most of the time.

    mike and i are enjoying Studio 60 (although I will admit that for me, it’s has a lot to do with my love of matthew perry…)

  2. We have a two-episode Studio 60 backlog…and yesterday I was asking “should I even be bothering to tape this?” Remembering the six episodes of the last season of West Wing that I put on DVD — which continue to sit on a shelf, unwatched, taunting me.

    My favorite surprise of the new season has been 30 Rock. Never fails to deliver laugh-out-loud moments. Definitely the best new comedy of the season.

    There was a beautifully-written exchange on the last episode between Alec Baldwin & the-blonde-what’s-her-name (I’m blanking out right now) — a rapid-fire exchange of Q & A in which she is trying to convince him that she is indeed 29, when they both know she isn’t. Priceless!

    The show fits perfectly into the NBC Thursday night roster.

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