We hear he is a wonderful wiz...
And I was worried for my hair...

So give me coffee and TV...

Robin, Dave, and Adam (and perhaps others that I've forgotten to list) have done it, so why not? Here is our list of Big-5 network TV shows we're watching this fall broken down into several categories. 

For the record, "our" and "we're" refers to "Katie and me," not some split-personalitied version of myself.

Returning Shows We'll Keep Watching

  • How I Met Your Mother - SUIT UP!
  • Big Bang Theory - You have no idea how much we love this show.
  • The Office - This one, too.
  • 30 Rock - We were late starters with this show, but it's a lot of fun.
  • Gary Unmarried - We were both surprised by how much we enjoyed this show. 
  • Criminal Minds - One of the few crime dramas we actually like.
  • Castle - Crap! I can't believe I forgot to list this the first time through. Thanks Odie! You just can't go wrong with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic is a great foil to his behavior.
  • Brothers & Sisters - This one is actually a Katie show only. She loves it.
  • Dexter - This is my show and I will find a way to watch it. Even without premium cable.
  • Private Practice - Katie's more into this than I am and considering how much I like a lot of the cast members otherwise (Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs), that's really surprising. But we'll keep going.

Returning Shows That Are On the Fence

  • Grey's Anatomy - We were going to quit this show, but I was pretty impressed with the finale from last season and want to see how things wrap up. It may not last, though.
  • NUMB3RS - It's just getting a little uneventful and we don't care much for the newer cast members added over the last couple seasons.
  • Parks and Recreation - We didn't like the first season, but, it could prove to be a slow starter like The Office and it's from the same creators.
  • New Adventures of Old Christine - This show is painful because Julia Louis-Dreyfus is annoying as hell, but the supporting cast is a lot of fun.

New Shows We'll Give a Shot
I did mention at one point about how there wasn't much Katie and I were looking forward to in the new season, but we've decided to give a shot to a few shows anyway. Let's see how it goes.

  • Community - So far it's not boding too well. The first ep was almost painful.
  • Vampire Diaries - It's not that good so it may not last, but it's got Ian Somerhalder playing a rather cool and self-assured vampire and, as Katie says, it's better than Twilight (the movie; she loves the books).
  • Modern Family - We've watched the first episode. We're giving it one or two more episodes, tops. 
  • Cougar Town - These expectations are so rock bottom that I'm not even sure why we're bothering.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles - We like LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell, plus we watched some of the original series in syndication recently, so we'll give it a chance.
  • V - This one will likely be all me as well. And I'm very tentative about it. May not last long.

Big Ol' Hell Nos

  • 90210/Melrose Place - Not a chance in hell.
  • Fringe - I gave it a chance last season and got bored. C'est la vie.
  • Eastwick - A series based on The Witches of Eastwick? Yeah... no.
  • The Mentalist - While I'm over the fact that the concept was stolen from Psych (yeah yeah argue all you want about how much different it may be, whatever), I just can't get over my dislike of Simon Baker. The dude just oozes smarm and I get bad vibes from him. To the degree where I just don't like seeing him.
  • Trauma - Yawn.
  • Mercy - Yawn.
  • Three Rivers - Yawn. So burned on medical dramas.
  • Ugly Betty - So done with this show. The character of Betty has become everything she once battled against. And it used to be so good.
  • And there are so many more, but I just don't want to get into them all.

Bear in mind, this list does not include any midseason starters like 24, Chuck, and Flashpoint. Nor does it include non-standard-season cable shows like Psych, Mad Men, Burn Notice, My Boys, and Royal Pains, among others.

The Kapgar Reading Initiative seems to be working. Slowly, but it's working. 

I have two new books that I'm really looking forward to reading:

Essays Harmonica

And I'm currently almost halfway through this book:


And I need to write a review of this book that I finished over the weekend:


Added together with the other three books I've read and reviewed in the last couple months and I'd say that's pretty good, right? Well, better than the nil reading I was doing before that anyway.