Thursday, October 18, 2007

Mid-Fall Season 2007 Old-New TV Round-Up

SUNDAY NIGHT

60 Minutes (7:00 PM, CBS): Still as awesome as ever. The granddaddy of TV magazines treks on.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (7/8 PM, ABC): Above and beyond what a reality TV show should be (though the "tear" promos for reruns on TV Land should be presented with a little more sensitivity - as those families involved clearly go through life and death challenges).

Murder, She Wrote (7/8PM): The classic Angela Lansbury series marks a return to its original Sunday night slot, as the Hallmark Channel knows a good thing when it reruns one.

Paster Joel Osteen (8 PM, TBN): I loved this guy BEFORE he became a phenom - just as I was one of the first to love Star Trek - BEFORE it became cool to do so.

Desperate Housewives (9 PM, ABC): Game over.

Cold Case (9 PM, CBS): The chick still needs to comb her hair.

Shark (10 PM, CBS): Jimmy Woods is astounding in this very bright and tight show.

Sisters and Brothers (10 PM, ABC): You go Gidget!


MONDAY NIGHT

How I Met Your Mother (8 PM, CBS): I have absolutely no idea why this dreadful show is on the air. Beyond Doogie Howser's regular role, this unfunny sitcom absolutely sucks. I sit there every week trying to laugh - trying to like it. But it's the Yes, Dear of its generation. The people involved should be ashamed of themselves.

Dancing with the Stars (8 PM, ABC): Every time I've seen it, I never not enjoy it.

Chuck (8 PM, NBC): Haven't seen it yet.

Prison Break (8 PM, FOX): I don't watch it.

Heroes (9 PM, NBC): Over-rated rip-off of X-Men. I like my superheroes in costume, thank you very much.

The Big Bang Theory (8:30 PM): I RUN to watch this show. HILARIOUS! LOVE IT! AWESOME!

Two And A Half Men (9 PM, CBS): I was much too hard on this show when it debuted. All I know now is that I laugh out-loud every time I watch it.

Journeyman (10 PM, NBC): Awe, come on - if you're gonna' do a time travel show, then friggin ' go WAY back in time - like they did on Time Tunnel in the '60s. None of this traveling back to 1996 crap. What's THAT all about?!


TUESDAY NIGHT

Beauty and the Geek (8 PM, The CW): How much do I love this show? Let me count the ways. Bottom line: this reality show has heart!

NCIS (8 PM, CBS): A fine hour of old-fashioned TV entertainment with a slight 21st Century edge.

Cavemen (8 PM, ABC): There was potential with this. But it's not ABOUT anything. I credit it only for attempting to address the issue of prejudice. But there is no story - or created mythology. Should be off the air and retooled after the producers purchase a copy of Bewitched creator Sol Sak's pristine book, The Craft of Comedy Writing.

The Unit (9 PM, CBS): Are they really serious about that title?

Cane (10 PM, CBS): It's good to see Jimmy Smits back on TV - and acting along icon Rita Morena? Very cool.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Kid Nation (8 PM, CBS): It's very scary how smart kids are today - and it's very scary that this is turning into a real-life Lord of the Flies.

Back to You (8 PM, FOX): Kind of a cross between The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown and Goodnight Beantown (which did the whole anchor-love-story first, years ago with Bill Bixy and Mariette Hartley (James Garner's married Poloroid wife from those classic TV-commercials).

Til' Death (8:30 PM, FOX): Just fine.

Pushisng Daisies (8 PM, ABC): Brilliant - in colors - and in execution.

America's Next Top Model (8 PM, The CW): Please remove Tyra Banks from all television.

Bionic Woman (8 PM, NBC): Get rid of the evil Bionic Woman; concentrate more on ONE cybernetic female at a time, namely the lead Jaime Sommers, and start respecting the mythology of the original series.

Private Practice (9 PM, ABC): I never watch Grey's Anatomy - so I don't care.

Dirty Sexy Money (10 PM): I heard somebody call this a Dynasty for the 21st Century. So, I guess that's okay.

Life (1o PM, NBC): Hope it runs 12 years.


THURSDAY NIGHT

Survivor (8 PM, CBS): Should be off the air, as it ignited the whole "mean-spirited" reality invasion (along with American Idol).

My Name Is Earl (8 PM, NBC): They didn't CREATE the "filmed-WITHOUT-an-audience" sitcom idea, you know....

Smallville (8 PM, The CW): The people from the new Bionic Woman series need to take a lesson from these guys in properly reimagining a classic superhero premise.

30 Rock (8:30 PM, NBC): Funny and great.

The Office (9 PM, NBC): Too mean.

ER (10 PM, NBC): Let's retire this puppy, with a DNR order, shall we?


FRIDAY NIGHT

Ghost Whisperer (8 PM, CBS): What a silly, silly delivery of such a potentially-great premise. Watch Medium (if you can find it) instead.

20/20 (8 PM, ABC): It belongs back at 10 PM.

The Next Great American Band (8 PM, FOX): The brilliant British Beatles would have never made the cut.

Moonlight (9 PM, CBS): What do you get when you cross Moonlighting with Angel? Apparently, this very mediocre series.

Friday Night Lights (9 PM, NBC): It took them HOW LONG to start airing this excellent series on Friday nights?

Women's Murder Club (9 PM, ABC): Perfect.

Men In Trees (10 PM, ABC): Find a replacement for Ann Heche - and everything will be alright.


SATURDAY NIGHT

The Lawrence Welk Show (7 PM, PBS): Sorry - LOVE it! The camp-appeal is irresistible.

Other than that, the networks change their Saturday night schedule every week, so who the heck knows?

Also, other than that - please cancel those violent CSI and Law & Order shows, all of which are too ghastly and goesh.

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