Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I sit in front of a screen all day but it isn’t a television screen.
When Battlestar Galactica ended a little while ago, I was left with nothing to watch from Monday to Friday. Okay, there is plenty to watch but nothing that I am particularly interested in with the exception of news which I primarily get from NBC Nightly and Fox*. I used to watch CSI on Thursdays but lost interest about two seasons back. Everything that I care to watch is actually jammed pack into Sunday night. It’s packed in so tightly that they overlap.
2000-2100: The Amazing Race (CBS)
2100-2200: Family Guy (FOX), American Dad (FOX), Desperate Housewives (ABC)
2200-2300: Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
That’s it. Oh, occasionally I will watch The Big Bang Theory (CBS) if I happen to stumble upon it after the news.
I did, though, make an effort to check out a new series that NBC came out with earlier this month. I’ve watched three episodes of Southland and I think that I have found a new series to get interested in. (BTW, damn you ABC for canceling Eli Stone!) At first I thought it was just another cop show. God knows we’ve got enough law enforcement shows out there but I was struck that this one was had enough of a difference to make me interested.
First, as the cast members have frequently said, it’s not a procedural show. There isn’t a crime that takes place and the episode(s) centers around it until it solved. I would say that it is more about how characters are being affected by the job or other outside forces. A few story arcs seem to have been placed in so far. One particular strand of interest, to me, is a girl breaking her affiliation with a gang and gravitating towards the police. I think she’s gonna die soon.
It’s odd but one thing I like is the cussing. Finally, we can see people talk like how it is done. The show is censored of course. I get that and I like it in a strange way because, while the show is produced knowing that it is going to be censored, the dialogue is still written believably. Plus, it doesn’t take a genius to know what they are saying anyways…
Sadly, I have to say, I don’t think that this show is going to make it but like all the others that I liked such Eli Stone (f’ing ABC), I keep hope.
h/t to Youtubers Southlandtv2009 & pitilesss
*Before you tree hugging libs jump up my ass, I also get my news in non-television form from NPR, BBC, and MSNBC on a daily basis. So you are well represented too. *blows raspberries*