When I was a kid the start of the fall TV season was a big deal. We marked the calendar and gathered around the living room to watch our returning favorite shows and new shows that looked interesting. I remember seeing the season premiers of “The Incredible Hulk”, “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “The Wonderful World of Disney”, and my parents never missed “Dallas”, “M*A*S*H*” or “Dynasty”. Personally I was more excited over the start of the fall lineup of Saturday morning cartoons and shows… “Shazam/Isis Power Hour”, anyone?
Like most things in the 21st century, it’s all different now. TiVo and the DVR especially has changed the event-centric model of television viewing, and people just don’t plan their evenings around seeing some television show anymore. They still watch, they just do it on their own terms. Actually I kind of like that freedom, even if it takes away an element of family togetherness… if you can call everybody sitting around a glowing rectangle watching flickering images with glassy eyes being together. At least everyone is in the same room. No, the real interaction with TV shows is the resulting ‘water cooler’ conversations. Today’s television success is almost more about that than the ratings.
Last night one of the few TV shows I have any interest in premiered… “Heroes”. I took an hour off to watch (actually more like 45 minutes… thanks to the miracle of the DVR, I started watching at 8:15 and was able then to fast forward through the commercials. Sorry Nissan.) I am still under the gun with deadlines so I don’t have time right now to dissect the episode, but it was a decent beginning of a new season. I was happy to hear that this season would feature two shorter story arcs, which I think is smart since the novelty has worn off and the payout will have to be stepped up if this show wants to keep up it’s success from last year. We got a glimpse of some new super-powered characters and new plotlines were introduced, but overall it was vaguely unsatisfying. there is still plenty of time for some meaty storytelling.
I am going to have to record and watch the season premier of “Bionic Woman” after seeing some great teaser previews and hearing some good things about the show.??á¬¨‚Ä† That’s rare for me to actually start watching a show before it establishes itself, but this one looks like a lot of fun. With “Lost” not starting until who knows when, “Bionic Woman” will fill my alloted two TV show diet.
I think I’ll skip “Cavemen”, though. Something tells me those actors are going to categorize their participation in that show in the “have to live it down” column.
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