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What I’ve been watching on TV this Fall

I thought I’d break out my old entertainment writer cap and write a little commentary on what TV shows I’ve been watching this Fall. I’ve enjoyed it so far. So here goes:

Brothers & Sisters (ABC, 10 p.m.)
I ought to hate this show because it has so many actors that I haven’t liked through the years like Sally Field, Patricia Wettig, and Ron Rifkin. However, I find myself glued to the TV for it every Sunday night even though I don’t watch the desperate lead-in show. Is Calista Flockhart (playing someone like Ann Coulter) the attraction? I don’t know. Maybe the attraction is Rachel Griffiths, who first caught my eye in Six Feet Under on HBO. Oh, and it’s very well written. That’s probably the real key to my attraction.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m.)
I didn’t watch this last season, but gave it a look over the Summer one night when it was the critic’s choice in the paper and there was nothing else interesting on. I got hooked in two episodes or so. This is the worthy successor to Friends as the current standard bearer as a “New York-based sitcom about 20-something singles in the city.” Neil Patrick Harris shines as Barney, a great wisecracking womanizer full of one-liners (that writing thing again).

I was watching Vanished on Fox on Monday nights, but it got banished to Fridays and then canceled shortly thereafter. I don’t watch, but wish luck to, Studio 60 on Sunset Strip (NBC, 10 p.m.) because I like Matthew Perry and Amanda Peet and I typically love any show that Aaron Sorkin is involved in.

Standoff (Fox, 8 p.m.)
How can you not like FBI hostage negotiators at work and somewhat secret lovebirds after hours Matt and Emily? Once again, you gotta have good writers to pull off something as dialog-heavy as hostage negotiation.

NCIS (CBS, 8 p.m.)
While I’m watching Standoff, I’m recording NCIS on my DVR for later viewing. I haven’t watched this from the beginning, but quickly became enamored of this show once I did give it a look. Hmmm, witty banter again, do I sense a theme?

House (Fox, 9 p.m.)
I think that while House is intended to be a medical drama, I watch it as a comedy, albeit a very dark one. I would not recommend this show to my mother. I started watching it on recommendation from a student.

Lost (ABC, 9 p.m.)
Well, I’m not currently watching this because it’s had it’s Fall finale, with new episodes not in the offing until February. I’m not sure I like the latest new direction the show has taken this season, but I’m willing to stick with it to see what happens.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, 9 p.m.)
Yes, I watch the trendiest show on TV. I have to in order to keep up with the discussions of the show among all the students at UF. And yes, they all watch it.

Shark (CBS, 10 p.m.)
Shark edges out Standoff as my favorite new show. Start with James Woods as a very successful former defense attorney turned prosecutor of just the sort of high-profile cases he used to provide defense counsel for. Also make him a single father of a teenage daughter. Oh, just watch the show.

Battlestar Galactica (SciFi, 9 p.m.)
I was a teenager when the original aired way back when. The new show is about a thousand times better. No camp here. And the visual look is most reminiscent of the Alien films. Not even the metallic cylons are particularly bright and shiny. Nothing is.

After writing this, I have now officially decided that I probably watch too much TV.

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