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June 3, 2009

Desperately Seeking Shows

Okay, it's that time of the year again. Yes, the time when we need to find new TV shows to watch. We're still trying to recapture those magical days when we would do our text message commentary on The Pickup Artist every week and have long discussions about who should be on what reality show and even invent shows of our own and still find the time to watch a real show occasionally.

Now that we're older and wiser, we've been leaning towards higher quality programming. You know, like 90210 and Gossip Girl. But those shows are over for the summer, so we need something, and a friend of ours has been trying to sell us on Friday Night Lights, which apparently is similar to 90210 and Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill and shows like that, except that it's actually good and gets its own Direct TV rescue deals and Emmy campaigns and junk like that. So naturally we're skeptical. But we're thinking about it.

While we're on the subject (but not really), apparently there's a new DirecTV disease starting to take hold out there. DirecTV recently announced that they're going to be running episodes of the HBO shows Oz and Deadwood on their 101 Network, prompting one blogger to comment:
DirecTV, the leading satellite service, made headlines a year ago when it bought an exclusive window for airing "Friday Night Lights" four months before the episodes aired on NBC. That deal saved the show, and this year, the agreement was extended for two more seasons, ensuring that "FNL" will be able to write its storybook ending.

If only DirecTV's 101 channel were around a few years ago when "Deadwood" was at a similar crossroads! Well, it's too late for David Milch's Western classic, but the episodes that did get made are airing on 101 starting this Sunday, along with another beloved HBO series, "Oz." [Emphasis ours.]

Basically DirectTV has created a monster, and now every time a cult favorite, critically-acclaimed-but-a-ratings-disaster type of show finds itself on the verge of cancellation, dozens of fans are going to develop a case of DirecTV False Hope Syndrome and start believing that their show is for sure going to be the next Friday Night Lights. Support groups may eventually be necessary. In fact, I had better not tell my parents about this, because they were big fans of the CW show Reaper and they're bummed that it was cancelled. And so am I, because the fact that my parents watched a show on the CW meant that I officially didn't have to feel old when I watched it.

So we're willing to take this Friday Night Lights idea into consideration, but we're definitely still open to suggestions. Leave a comment and tell us what to watch! But once RuPaul's Drag Race comes back, all bets are off.


Dollface said...

Okay, sadly I enjoy television a little more than I'd like to admit...

Here are my picks, even though I'm not sure when these shows air. However, you can download most of them on bitorrent and/or watch them online.

- Big Love
- True Blood (this is starting up again in June I believe)
- Dexter

Rehctaw said...

You're overlooking the Greatest Show on Earth. The streets where you live.
For text message content, "ordinary people, doing stoopid people stuff" observations are a rich, rarely tapped vein.

Stoop sittin'. Porch swinging. Park Bench lounging. Just hangin' with your homeys...

There's a teevee show in every town. Granted, you have to be smart and safe about venue selection, stay aware of your surroundings and take any/all needed precautions, but the show rarely disappoints.

you're welcome to use my porch. the parade of humanity is colorful and always entertaining.

Dollface said...

Rehctaw -- I'm all for people watching, but there is something (pathetically) appealing about watching people on the little electronic box in my bedroom, where I can lounge around in my undies & eat junk food.

Then again, if your porch is clothing-optional, bring it on!