With Breaking Bad, Burn Notice, Happy Endings, and a lot of other television shows being axed, you'd think that I'd be looking to add shows to my schedule... but the opposite seems to be true. I've dropped a good dozen shows from last year, and will probably dump even more by the end of the season.
I'm just not enjoying TV as much as I used to.
And so... here's a look at returning shows that I can't seem to live without...
- Elementary. The best show of last season featuring the impeccable casting of Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu with really, really good stories. My favorite show on television right now.
- Raising Hope. Just when I think they're running this one into the ground, they move past the status quo into even more interesting territory. Heartwarming, funny, quality entertainment.
- Arrow. Completely took me by surprise... one of the best comic book adaptations for television, and a quality show no matter what genre you assign it.
- The Big Bang Theory. It's kind of treading water with me, but the addition of Mayim Bialik's Amy Farrah Fowler has kept the show on my radar.
- Castle. I think getting Castle and Beckett together was a huge mistake because there's nowhere to go but down. Watching the season opener only confirms my fears. Still, good mystery stories and cast that keeps me watching.
- Scandal. This is delicious television suspense that is beautifully crafted week after week. I watch every episode live because I am paranoid that somebody will spoil it for me.
- Sons of Anarchy. This show is headed in a tunnel of expectations being met, but it still has some good stories to tell. I really hope that they wrap it up this season or the next so they can go out on top, like Breaking Bad, instead of fading into irrelevance.
- Hawaii Five-0. I started watching again last season and, surprisingly, find that I really like the show again. The chemistry between Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan is television gold, and the writers know how to take advantage of it.
- The Walking Dead. I am growing a little frustrated by the series and find myself wishing that they had just stick to the story as it's unfolding in the comic book, but I just can't resist zombie horror!
- How I Met Your Mother. It should have ended two seasons ago when it was still "great" instead of merely "good"... but here we are. Still has plenty of laughs, but I am hating Barney and Robin getting together more than ever and wish it would just end already.
Usually, I watch every new show that sounds even remotely interesting before deciding on what I want to add to my television habit. This season I'm just getting so tired of television that I'm looking to add as few shows as possible. Here's the four shows that made the cut...
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As a comic book geek, I'm pretty much compelled to watch. It's an okay show... but needs some time to find its footing. Right now the writers are spreading the effects budget too thin, and they need to learn that a few really good effects is far better than a bunch of weak ones... but I think they'll get there. I hope they settle into more of a "early Alias vibe" as time goes on, and do more with the "spy" angle than what they are now. The opening scene of the first episode is really where they need to be. Oh... and fucking KILL Fitz/Simmons ASAP, because they are annoying as fuck and drag the entire show down.
- The Crazy Ones. When Robin Williams goes off the chain, he's almost unbearable to watch. But when he's kept on a leash and reigns it in a bit, he's one of the funniest people alive and an incredibly gifted actor. I am really, really hoping for the latter, because the cast here is excellent. So far so good with the first episode... but the minute the writers start running out of ideas and let Williams go mental, I'm gone.
- The Blacklist. I haven't watched this show yet, but the premise (and the presence of James Spader) is really too good to be true, and so it's waiting for me on my DVR. I am seriously hoping for the best here, because this would fill a big hole in my schedule of shows.
- Almost Human. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in the same show? And it's a sci-fi show? Uh, yeah... needless to say, sign me up.
And... that's the end of it. Roughly half the television I was watching last year.
What will I do with all that extra time?