Itâ€™s the end of Oct. A time of ghouls and goblins. A time of warmer jackets and pumped up heaters. A time of, you guessed it, television. For as the leaves fall and the suns sets earlier, whatâ€™s more inviting than curling up on the couch with your remote?
There are the handful of early cancellations, like Smith. And possibly Studio 60 (if it hasnâ€™t happened already). Or the disappearing acts, like Kidnapped. The ones where they show us a marathon, then yank â€˜er down. Poof! Gone. Like Prison Break. It disappeared after hooking us in with killing a-plenty, but at least that oneâ€™s back. Greyâ€™s Anatomy? Come and gone. Not left-the-building gone â€“ theyâ€™re treating us to repeats. Double whammy repeats. As if those who wanted to watch had missed the first couple of eps. Come on! Ditto for House. Why why why? Those who like â€˜em, like â€˜em a lot.
If you want to hook newbies, do the new/old combo platters. But donâ€™t punish the rest of us. Or go the CSI/Law & Order route â€“ flick and youâ€™ll catch it â€˜cuz itâ€™s on all the time. That seems to be working with some new faves – Heroes, The Nine, Six Degrees. They seem to be on different times, or at least different channels, every week.
Will the real Thursday night please stand up?
Yâ€™know, Thursday. Itâ€™s always been the best night of the week â€“ for going out, obvo, but also for staying in. PVR or not, Thursday night was line-up night.
Howâ€™s a fan sâ€™posed to be loyal? Howâ€™s a PVR sâ€™posed to work? I asked you, whatâ€™s an addict to do? The only shows that seem consistent are Thursday stalwart Survivor â€“ and who even watches that anymore â€“ and newbie Ugly Betty. Both Thursday nighters to be sure, but hardly worthy of line-up status on their own. Besides, you need 3 shows for Line-Up. Otherwise, itâ€™s just back-to-back. And thatâ€™s a Sunday thing.
Once upon a time, Sunday was nearly the new Thursday. It had Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives and Greyâ€™s. But the braniacs ditched smart funny, moved medical and left us with Desperadoes and Studio 60 (which if it stay on, also airs Monday).
So does that make Monday the new Thursday? Prison Break, 24 (as of Jan) and Studio 60 if-you-missed it. Nope, â€˜cuz Studio 60 is too clever clever and will be gone soon. Friday Night Lights isnâ€™t bad, but will it stay on Mondays or be moved? It really should be on â€“duh – Fridays.
Tuesdays are good. And Wednesday too. But no triple-threats. Donnie and Marie used to be Friday specials. And even last year loyal viewers were rewarded with Nip/Tuck. But not this year. Not in Canada. Which leaves us with Saturday. And puh-lease, is anybody watching on Saturday nights anymore? The lineup of yesteryear â€“ Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Saturday Night Live â€“ has gone to TV heaven (or, ahem, should be).
Whatâ€™s left? TV thumb. The affliction which comes from the constant flipping around to find what you want, when you want (so you can record it and watch when you really want).
Maybe itâ€™s a sign. Time to get off the couch. Time to get out of the house. And hit the Cinemas instead!