For Your Summer Viewing Pleasure
You know, I'm really not a fan of cycling. I enjoy riding my bikes and I don't care that much about other people's cycling escapades. But, I do watch the Tour de France and I'm completely in to it. Why? I think it's because nothing else is on.
TV executives must think Americans don't set foot in their living rooms during the summer. I don't know about you, but while my social calendar is fuller in the summer, but there are still nights (like tonight, for example) when I'm home doing laundry and I'd like to watch some television. Good luck.
Of course, there are a few (a very few) bright spots in the summer TV abyss. Here are my favorite summer guilty pleasures:
- Greek: don't be put off by the fact that this show is on the ABC Family channel. It's racy, funny and sweet all at the same time. The premise: sorority girl Casey has to deal with the arrival of geeky (but wonderful) little brother Rusty on campus. Rusty ends up pledging the fraternity of Casey's old flame, Cappy, and establishing a rivalry with Casey's new boyfriend Evan.
- Big Brother: you can't beat the human drama of Big Brother. While the twists are inevitably lame, the mindgames are endlessly involving. The contestants are real people and without editing you see real personalties emerge. People you hated at first sight start to grow on you (Jen!) and seemingly charming folks show their true colors (Evil Dick!).
- Top Chef: Hostess Padma Lakshmi (aka the former Mrs. Salmon Rushdie) not only proves that ugly rich guys can bag beautiful wives, but also that you don't need to taste the food to have an opinion about it.
- Ice Road Truckers: Okay, I'll admit that I only half watch this one. I love the very straightforward name and when it's super hot out there's nothing better than seeing loads and loads of snow and ice.
So that's what I'm watching. How about you? Has anyone caught Simon Schama's Power of Art? It sounds fantastic but I haven't had a chance to see it yet.
Posted by at July 24, 2007 07:41 PM
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|# July 24th, 2007 8:15 PM themandownthehall|
|Doctor Who on SciFi. Yeah, yeah, I know: GEEK! Other that that, I have half a season of Lost on TiVo that I haven't had the chance to watch yet. Summer is so busy for that I haven't had the chance to watch the Lost eps and I am 2 weeks behind on Doctor Who.
Football season starts up soon, doesn't it? That will peak my interest.
|# July 25th, 2007 4:34 PM james|
|kris - you forgot 'rescue me!'
themandownthehall - if you haven't watched last season of lost yet, my advice is /don't/ - the season cliffhanger will drive you crazy. wait until season 4 starts, so you're not left wondering like the rest of us.
then again, with the current schedule, the new ones won't be out until like what, 2012?
anyone see this "psych" show on USA? i'm told that it's good.
PSYCH follows Shawn Spencer who has developed a keen eye for detail after being instructed by his police officer father to note even the most minute details of his surroundings. After Shawn calls in a tip on a crime to the police, he is actually accused of committing the crime. To try to clear his name, Shawn convinces the police that he is a psychic and he begins solving cases for the police force.
|# July 25th, 2007 8:42 PM themandownthehall|
My wife TiVo's Psych. It is real good. Funny as heck when I've watched it. As is Dead Like Me (another USA). She also loves Dead Zone. I just don't have time for all that so I pick a couple shows. Summertime is Doctor Who and House reruns...
I have already watched the season ender of Lost. My wife watched it on the TiVo and I was in the room. Loved the flash forward. Will be interested to see how they get off the island, provided that flash forward is correct. I really liked the fact that they finally took out some of the others as well. It's about freaking time. Charlie at the end disturbed me. He better be back...
I need to watch the ones I haven't seen to fill in the blanks. Like why the woman from the others was with with the plane survivors and how she got them to trust her. I know I should have not watched. It's like reading the end of the Potter book before starting it.
|# July 25th, 2007 10:59 PM james|
|i haven't watched dr who since about 1980-something. Maybe 1990. at the time, it was trendy to prefer the bakers (4th & 6th i think?), but i secretly liked the 3rd doctor best.