What TV Are You Watching? My Top Shows for Winter 2007

Every Sunday when I check my Tivo lately, I’m reminded that I’ve been watching a lot of television.

It’s not a bad thing, per se.  It feels like just about a year or two ago I was lamenting the cancellation of several of my favorites, and feeling like I was doomed to watch random reality shows and American Idol wannabe shows.

But suddenly, in January 2007, I had more shows to watch than time to watch them.

Here’s what I’ve been watching lately (at least, according to my Tivo):

Sunday

  • Battlestar Galactica (SCIFI)
  • Rome (HBO)
  • Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Monday

  • 24 (FOX)
  • Heroes (NBC)
  • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC)

Tuesday

  • American Idol (FOX)
  • Dirt (FX)

Wednesday

  • American Idol (FOX)

Thursday

  • Smallville (CW)
  • My Name is Earl (NBC)
  • The Office (NBC)
  • Scrubs (NBC)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • ER (NBC)

Of course, I can’t possibly watch all that during the week, so I catch up on the weekends.  Some of the shows are really getting tired, so they are the last to get watched (ER).  Some are embarrassing enough that I’m susprised I put them down online for all to see (Desperate Housewives, Smallville).   Some are new shows that, if they failed, I wouldn’t shed any tears (30 Rock, Studio 60).

I’d gladly swap some of the above for more HBO shows – they are always my favorite (except for BSG).  The Wire, Entourage, Deadwood, and even the aging Sopranos would be welcome.

Rome is probably my biggest suprise of the season – I was lukewarm on season one, and was not sure I’d keep up with season 2, but so far, it has been much faster paced this year.

Feel free to comment here about any of the above shows, or any of the shows you’ve been watching… please, though, don’t tell me I should be watching Lost or Grey’s Anatomy.  Sorry.  I got tired of Lost in Season 2, and I’ve never had the time to pick up Grey’s.  Maybe someday, on iTunes, when there is a dry spell again.

6 thoughts on “What TV Are You Watching? My Top Shows for Winter 2007

  1. Well…

    To be honest, there are a few more shows on my Tivo than the above. I still record Family Guy & The Simpsons, although I rarely watch. There are also a few reality shows getting recorded that I’m just too embarrassed to own up to publicly.

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  3. My biggest TV addictions these days are Heroes, Lost and Battlestar Galactica, with honorable mention to 30 Rock. And I keep meaning to buy the second season of The Office so I can catch up to the current episodes every time Jenna posts to her blog.

    The only show I’ve been watching that isn’t on your list is Dresden Files, which is pretty good so far, but I’m told the books are even better.

    The other shows I would be watching if they were back from their mid-season break yet are Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, and Eureka. If you haven’t heard of Eureka yet, you should download the first episode on iTunes and give it a whirl. It’s really fun show, and you get to see Maya from BSG (the gal who adopted Hera) in a whole new light – not to mention the guy who used to play Max Headroom.

    The interesting thing to note is that I did finally break down and get a TiVo (I am not proud of this), but the hard drive is small enough that my roommate is constantly trying to delete things the minute everyone has seen them, so I still end up downloading them on iTunes so I can watch them again later.

    It should be interesting to see what happens when the shows I’ve been downloading finally come out on DVD and I’m forced to make the decision between buying them on DVD to go with the others on my shelf, having my collection split between DVD and iTunes, or selling my DVDs and downloading the older seasons on iTunes. Decisions, decisions.

    Oh, who am I kidding. My (ironic) distrust of technology will undoubtedly drive me to buying the DVDs, and cursing the fact that digital downloads have no resale value. Thinking of them as expensive long-term rentals is the only way to keep my peace.

    As for shows you should be watching that are no longer on the air, I have two big winners: Coupling and Wonderfalls. Coupling is a British sitcom that is the funniest damn thing you’ll ever see. They’re only half hour episodes, and the seasons are short, but there’s more wit and humor packed into each episode than there is in an entire season of Friends. You might still be able to find reruns of it on BBC America.

    Wonderfalls is a really funny show about a girl who hears inanimate animals telling her what to do. Yeah, I know, it’s stupid sounding premis. But, like Buffy, this is a Tim Minear show, and has a lot of the same writing staff from Buffy/Firefly, to give you an idea of the style of humor. It was cancelled after only a few episodes, but the full season is available on DVD, and it often shows up right next to Firefly in people’s list of shows that Fox is insane for having cancelled.

    And if you ever do decide you want to give the second season of Lost another try, you’re welcome to check it out from RayFlix. 🙂

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