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Where do you people find the TIME?

Seen all over:

If you could only watch 10 currently in production TV shows, which would they be?

In no particular order...

Blood Ties
Heroes
Battlestar Galactica
Stargate Atlantis
Doctor Who
Bionic Woman
MythBusters

...aaaaaaaaand that's it. And that's counting one for which I've only seen preliminary promo material, another that's on production hiatus and on the bubble, and at least one that I could probably let go without a pang at this point. And leaving off Army Wives, although it's fun and I'd probably be caught up on it (nods to mylittleredgirl) if my July weren't bursting at the seams.

Now, if the meme had been FIVE, I might have had to think a little bit.

ETA: And I should probably have included Torchwood -- even though I wouldn't really miss it if it didn't come back, I know I'll at least start watching second season. And I forgot about Sarah Jane Adventures, which, having only had a pilot, is in the BW category of "once I see how it actually shapes up."

But that's still only nine. :-)

ETA2: Okay, I also forgot My Name Is Earl. Which I do catch every week, and enjoy immensely. But I forgot it, so...

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ivan23
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
I always have the same issue ... I can barely manage to keep up with one show, much less ten!
seldearslj
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
So which are your top five?

I think the only situation in which I'd get stuck would be if I had to pick only 1 or 2. SGA, BSG, and Heroes. The others I can leave. Even then, if I had to pick only one...I'd probably go Heroes. Although S4 SGA is looking reeeeeaaaaally interesting to this Teyla-fan.
wiliqueen
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Blood Ties, Heroes, Who, BSG, and either SGA or Bionic Woman, depending on how the latter turns out when it actually airs. :-)

That's actually more than I've had at any one time for quite a while; usually it's three or four. Although it's probably right on the money with the shifting seasons; that's how many are actually running at any given time, but there are always one or two between seasons or on break.
studiesinlight
Jul. 28th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Time is a big issue, but discovering onto shows I find worth watching (given, granted, the whole extremely-basic basic cable thing) is even more so. Except the revered Doctor Who, I'm currently not really fannishly engaged in any in-production show. Heroes, I don't miss, Bones, grrr, uh . . . The Daily Show (on the Net), Mythbusters when it's new, often History Detectives in the summer . . . this is hard! I like Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother, when I catch them. That's eight. I will watch Good Eats from time to time. Nine. Oh, and, uh, The Simpsons! Ten!

I hold Blood Ties above the fray for the moment, rendering no judgment just yet. :-)

Below the fray, as it were, I guess I will be trying more new shows this coming season than any in several years. I must try Moonlight, if only to pronounce it a terrible sad failure to fill FK's shoes, and encourage everyone to come home to writing FK where the characters are deeper, the themes wider, and the flashbacks of endless potential. ;-) (I say this sight-unseen and brim-full of bias, naturally. ~g~) And I've still got my fingers crossed for New Amsterdam which is not getting the buzz, but actually sounds much more FK-like to me than Moonlight. (Somebody give me historical-fiction flashbacks, darn it! I've been living without a historical fiction series since they canceled Young Blades! All those FK and HL and YB spec scripts stashed in drawers need places to go! ~g~) And I will drop in on Bionic Woman, and probably Pushing Daises, to see what they offer. No space opera on the broadcast networks, again...
swirling_poetry
Jul. 28th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
I love MythBusters, but having watched one on Wednesday where they busted anti-gravity, I'm beginning to think they're running out of decent myths to bust.
wiliqueen
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it seems like they've been "busting" straight-out fiction more often than not for a while. And a few things that sounded more like somebody's drunken "what-ifs" than actual urban legends.

Fortunately, one of the most entertaining aspects of the show has always been after the point where they kind of lose sight of what they're trying to prove anyway, when they push past "Okay, these conditions probably wouldn't actually happen" and into "THIS will make it blow up, dammit!!!"

And then the dust settles and they're like "Yeah, that was busted about six iterations of the experiment ago. But boy, was it COOL!!!" And then the legal department swallows their tears of despair to call the insurance company and fast-talk them into continuing to cover Adam.
shadowmaat
Jul. 28th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Torchwood probably wouldn't be much of a loss although I'm curious about a few things they have planned for S2- particularly the bits containing James Marsters. ;)

I have had a lot of faith in BW and I've included it on my own list, but the whole "adding in Isaiah Washington and replacing the sister with someone less annoying" bits have me a bit wary. IMO Isaiah should be permanently banned from Hollywood, but alas, I'm never consulted on that sort of thing. *dramatic sigh*
wiliqueen
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm indifferent about IW, but they're ditching Becca??? That does not make me happy. :-(
shadowmaat
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Maybe Isaiah has something against deaf people, too, so they got rid of her to prevent any new controversies. ;)
lyssie
Jul. 28th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I am angsty about not having new Torchwood yet. *woes* I shall distract myself by continuing to watch Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society.
ithildyn
Jul. 28th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Me, me! I created that one [g] I find it interesting to see what shows are people's faves when you exclude dead shows.

wiliqueen
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Neat! So many people had picked up on it by the time I saw it, I had no idea. :-)
ladyniko
Jul. 29th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
SJA is coming this fall. Torchwood has been pushed back to accommodate SJA.

So, I think the line up will be SJA, then s2 of Torchwood over the winter months, then, DW in the spring....

I'm just wanting to beat Bonnie Hammer and Mark Stern upside the head for screwing w/ the SGA schedule. Come on - why do we have to wait until fall when everybody else is doing new stuff to get our show back? :-p
wiliqueen
Jul. 29th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Everybody's scheduling is completely frelled these days. It's so frustrating.

Skiffy got away with the split seasons of SG-1 and SGA because they managed to establish a new rhythm and succeeded in getting people used to it. I actually kind of liked it for a while, because the staggering of the seasons meant I wasn't trying to keep up with five or six shows all at the same time, and then suddenly having a drought in the summer.

But now they're all doing it (even though, as demonstrated by Heroes and Jericho, it's taking a big bite out of their numbers), and there's no clear rhyme or reason to it. You have to be a detective to know when or IF a show is coming back, even in fandom where we actively seek out the news. I can't imagine what a complete crapshoot it looks like to everyone else.

Or you have to just be watching all the time, which is if course what they want. But they're not going to get it, and insisting on it is just going to hurt them. :-/
ladyniko
Jul. 30th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Ayup!

See, we know this, we have lives outside of TV (well, at least some of us do... :p) and like our shows being on staggered schedules since it makes it easier to keep up with stuff.

But, do TV execs live in the real world? No, not really. Bonnie Hammer is a perfect example of that. :p (Yes, she's a favorite target of mine...)


krf13
Jul. 30th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
We would almost have the same ten then:

The 4400
Heroes
The Closer
Stargate Atlantis
Doctor Who
Supernatural
Bionic Woman - because it sounds good haven't actually seen it
Psych
Blade - the Spike TV series
Blood Ties
wiliqueen
Jul. 30th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
I would have included Blade if it were still in production. I'm still annoyed with Spike for cancelling it.

The 4400 and Supernatural are high on my list of shows I'd probably be watching if I had time. Maybe I should start a new meme for that! :-D
krf13
Jul. 31st, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
The whole Blade thing irritated me no end as well. I was enjoying it. It still makes my favorites list in hope...

You could well start a meme for the programs we'd watch if we all had more time! Although I have to admit, I make time because I need the breaks. I'm still writing lots of essays and having programs makes for tidy breaks - and helps the creative juices as well.

I've seen them advertising Moonlight for the autumn, but I don't know...what I read was a bit off-putting because they seem to have got rid of everything that makes vampires *interesting* and just made it a vehicle to being immortal - if you're going to do that just do a variation of "Highlander" for gawd's sake...
wiliqueen
Jul. 31st, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
Could your icon photo BE any cuter? :-D

Consolation of sorts: Jill Wagner will have a recurring role on SGA's upcoming season. (I mostly cared about Krista anyway -- would have been perfectly happy to see her and Chase cut a deal to take over Chthon and boot Marcus' sorry behind out in the sun. With Blade's involvement in the scheme being entirely optional. *g*)

I haven't really seen anything of Moonlight, but what I've heard just sounds bland, bland, bland. The only bright spot to me so far is Sophia Myles, but since she's in the mix as the result of an awful lot of casting reshuffling, I dunno. *shrug* We'll see. I'm hoping not to have to say "Hey, CBS, you had one of these fifteen years ago, when it was actually innovative, and you screwed it royally." But I'm not holding my breath.
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