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:
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.