Not that I had any free time to watch all of it.
Summer used to be the dead zone for television, but basic cable has been kicking the networks’ asses for a while thanks to their willingness to go against the grain. Sure, people spend more time outdoors in the summer, but watching at ones own schedule has been a choice since the earliest VCR. With digital television, I don’t think I ever watch a program in its actual time slot; I’ll even start a show late just to zip through the endless commercials. (Don’t worry, advertisers, your product placement is hard to miss…)
So the summer ends and the flurry of new shows are being dangled in front of us like a basket of cant-miss gems…even though we know most of them will suck out loud. And if there is something truly ground-breaking, it will likely get cancelled. Gotta keep those inbred families and their reality shows numbing the minds of America.
So a fond farewell to some favorites:
- The Closer, winding down towards the series end although the rumored spin-off Major Crimes sounds great.
- Breaking Bad, which just gets better every year even when you think it can’t possibly raise the bar.
- Rescue Me, Denis Leary’s often-brilliant series that did for firemen what M*A*S*H did for war vets
- Friday Night Lights, a class exit for a class act (although you Direct TV subscribers had a jump on me)
- Louie, which finally let the brilliance of Louis CK shine through to a bigger audience.