Well, its been 5 months since my last post & the television landscape has changed quite a bit. The summer television season is when the cable networks really shine. They don't have as much competition from the big 5 who tend to re-run their big ticket shows. Summer also does not have all the major sporting events that take over our networks during say football season.
I am pretty solidly a fan of scripted programing vs. reality TV. USA, SyFy, TNT, AMC, FX, HBO, Starz, and even MTV & ABC Family have developed new or returning programs that will keep my attention during the long hot summer. I'm not saying that all of the new or returning programs are without a few flaws (except perhaps USA's "Suits" which I have yet to find fault with).
"Suits", like I mentioned, has been a complete and very pleasant surprise. It is superbly written, well acted, and the chemistry between the leads is palpable. 3 episodes in and I absolutely love it. Another pleasant surprise has been "Teen Wolf" from MTV. There are a few little annoyances with it and one whole episode that I would like to erase from my memory but generally am enjoying the show. "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" from ABC Family had promise and I'm still watching but there is too much teen angst. "Alphas" from SyFy is not perfect, but its fun and I have to make sure that original scripted programing gets a fair shot at making it in today's tough markets by watching live those programs (or even types of programs) that I want to see again. FX has "Wilfred" which is simply twisted, so of course, I love it. This spring, HBO had the series "Game of Thrones" which was so well done, I hate that I have to wait till next year to get more of the story!
Tomorrow (or in another few months), I'll talk a bit about the returning shows that I'm watching.