Next to Christmas, the second week of September used to be my favorite season--the new t.v. season. Yes, my television addiction began early.
Do you remember what it used to be like before the internet?
I started stalking the mailbox in the beginning of August waiting for the triple -thick TV Guide would arrive with the new series announcements and synopses. I'd highlight the shows I wanted to watch, squeal when my faves got their own show--Joanie Loves Chachi, and just generally be in expectatious glory.
Things have changed a little since then. The TV Guide is a lot slimmer. I know in advance--from social media and various outlets--what's coming. Although I do get all fan-girly. The only reason I tried out The Flash is because Tom Cavanaugh is in it. And my, that man has aged well.
So, I'm going to tell you my faves so far this summer.
1. Scorpion. This is like a Michael Crichton novel come to life each week. These sci-tech genius/outcasts are fun and heartwarming. The cast is virtually unknown except for Catherine McPhee--what a sweetheart and Robert Patrick playing a good guy?
2. Stalker. I have to admit crushing on Dylan McDermott. But that being said, I never got into Hostage last year. And I didn't plan on watching Stalker until Mike coerced me. And boy, am I glad he did. I mistakenly thought the show was about one stalking case. Nope, it's about a police unit specializing in stalking cases. Interesting stuff. And scary! The opening of the second show gave me chills and a minor heart-attack.
3. Forever. Love the concept of a guy who die and solves crimes while acting as a medical examiner.
Plus--Iaon Gruffudd. And welcome back, Judd Hirsch--You are a delight.
4. Madame Secretary. Look two words in this title, in case you were wondering if I only liked one word shows.
I love the supportive marriage represented by Madame Secretary Tea Leoni and her professor husband, Tim Daly. (Hello, Tim. Another well-aged specimen.)
As long as they remain loving, respectful partners I'm in for the duration.
I am most disappointed by How To Get Away With Murder. And it has nothing to do with the long, long name. Seriously, I am a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes. I love Gray's Anatomy and Scandal. And I was looking forward to her newest offspring. That was--until I watched it. While Madame Secretary has a healthy marriage--one we should all strive for--represented, Murder's is plain toxic--capital T. And that toxicity bleeds into almost every other element of the show. And I don't find Viola Davis' character root-worthy in the least.
In six days, my favorite show from last year-The 100--returns for their sophomore season and I can't wait. What the heck is going on at Mt. Weather? Are Finn and Bellamy alive?? I've waited all summer for these answers. And you can bet, those fan-girly screams you hear Wednesday night will be from me.
So, now it's your turn. What are your new or returning favorites. Or even your own disappointments. It's TV and I'm listening.