Catching up with Television
So, being at home has allowed ourselves to get back on track with household chores and more importantly back to the gym. It was a sore but refreshing session on Sunday, to hopefully be repeated tomorrow.
Meantime, another thing we’re doing now is catching up on our prime time viewing. Deb and I sat there, reviewing what we had stored on the DVR. She looked at the list and said, “I think I’m done with Cane.” I had to agree. When we had nothing new from the usual roster, we settled for this, hoping that the show would find its footing. It never did and I can see why CBS won’t be bringing it back. A terrific cast was entirely wasted on all too predictable character arcs and storylines. Not a single thing surprised us and just about every dramatic turn was telegraphed.
We also decided to give up on 30 Rock after a handful of episodes. In the fall we agreed to try it given the buzz and the Emmy awards. However, despite the bravura performance by Alec Baldwin, the characters are basically morons and stereotypes and we can do without it. We just didn’t find the humor and must be missing something. (Yes, I actually think I prefer Studio 60 to this.)
The three of us have now seen all of The Sarah Connor Chronicles and we were entertained. Deb and Robbie liked it better than they expected and since I had no expectations, I was fine with what I saw. The show is dark but not overly so and the FBI agent, Ellison, has been an unnecessary element. Summer Glau is a delight but the Brian Austen Green character, Reese, is way too one-note and strident. He finally displayed some depth in the final hour but by then it felt too little too late. If anything, I think the show went for stories that did everything they could to further the franchise at the expense of any real sense of connection between the trio – Sarah, John and Cameron. The ratings haven’t been stellar and it may not make it to the fall, which is a shame since I think it has potential.
Meantime, I’m still trying to decide on tonight’s debut of New Amsterdamm, a shameless rip-off of Pete Hamill’s wonderful Forever (something no single review has noted). The reviews have been mixed to positive so we might give it a go. I’m a lot more ambivalent about Canterbury’s Law the legal show with Julianne Margulies. The promos that ran last night were stylish without telling me enough about the show to make it worth sampling.
Anything we should be trying?