Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday Night television

I work around tv all day long. I work for the Programming department of a cable company. Hence, when I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is turn the boobtube on. In this age of Reality tv and CrimeScene television shows, I REALLY don't want anything to do with most of prime time network television.

HBO is more my style. Their original series seem..well, original.

But, there are some things I will watch. "My Name is Earl" delights me. "Grey's Anatomy" is a guilty pleasure (the plotlines are weak, but the actors elevate the material. And the music soundtrack is, week after week, brilliant).

But I have found myself rooting for two new shows that fall on Monday night on NBC: "Heroes" and "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip".


Normal people start discovering they have unusual powers. An jananese guy can teleport, a cheerleader cannot be cut, stabbed, burned, or have her bones broken. A painter can see the future. Comicbook soap opera. Probably sounds pretty dumb. I'm digging its heart and spirit.

"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"

The guy who brought us "The West Wing" puts on a show about a show, as he did with "SportsNight". This is about a live comedy show, a la SNL. I'm sorry, but this guy can write. "The West Wing" was infused with politics, current events, and tugged on our sense of patriotism and idealism. It's doubtful that "Studio 60" will reach the level of "West Wing", but I just love to watch this guy work. I'm a fan. I'm not sure this is going to succeed, but I'll be watching.


dirk.mancuso said...

Caught the premiere of HEROES. I think it is destined for cancellation, but if it builds on the pilot, I'm in for the long haul.

Not sharing your enthusiasm for the other one, though. Of course, I've never been of Aaron Sorkin's whole "we're walking and we're talking -- look at us!" writing which he seems set on using until it is banned by worldwide tribunal.

Derek said...

I'm hooked on Heroes

Anonymous said...

I am agree and love both shows!!! - TUTTY