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How I Spent My Summer Television

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 12:22 pm

It’s summer time, and other then spending about a month of it suffering from the flu, it’s been a beautiful season. Around here, it’s been warm but not too hot days, cool nights, and delicious raspberries to enjoy, at least earlier in the season.

But when it comes to television, things are a little less promising, generally. So let me tell you what I watched so far on my summer vacation…

Dollhouse: I finally forced myself to watch all of the episodes (including the original pilot and unaired 13th episode)…and for the record, the only reason I did was because the silly thing was renewed. I can’t understand why any intelligent person would watch this show, nor why any intelligent network executive would renew such a boring, rambling, confused, and frankly idiotic program. Oh, right…”intelligent” and “network exec” so very rarely belong in the same sentence…truth is, the only episode I can say I honestly enjoyed is the unaired “final” episode. Could be because it had some really fine acting; yeah, the regular cast was by-and-large missing. (Truth in Advertising: I think Eliza Dushku is a beautiful girl who couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag…and for a show which is set up to be basically an anthology series al la Quantum Leap, having a lead actress who can’t handle one role let alone a different one every week is an unmitigated disaster, even with talent like Reed Diamond and Harry Lenox backing her. Surely there are many actresses out there with beauty and chops?)

Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles: I also forced my way to the end of this one, which blissfully has not been renewed. By the time I finished watching all those episodes, I swear I was ready to go back in time myself to smother John Conner in his crib, just so this series would never see production. At least someone had the sense to kill this before it could insult the viewer’s intelligence again…

The Unusuals: This is absolutely the best show you didn’t see last year. I really liked this show…a cop procedural with a twisted sense of humor, populated by characters somewhere right out of the Island of Misfit Toys. Yet, for all their over-the-top eccentricities, somehow they all got under my skin, and I looked forward to every episode until the final one, which was in my opinion the best of the entire short-lived series. In the unlikely event you get the chance, watch this series, and cry with me that it wasn’t picked up.

Primeval: I’m miffed at the United Kingdom right now, what with their over-reliance on “reality” television crowding out all of the excellent dramas. Granted, Primeval this season lost its driving force in Douglas Henshall’s Nick Cutter and in doing so became considerably less interesting, but that’s no reason to cancel the series. Nope, it was money that killed this one. There’s a rumor of a Primeval movie, but you know they’ll go so far all-out for it that they’ll lose the human drama the show really focused on…instead, it’ll be little more than Jurassic Park on steroids. (Other brit series are also biting the dust, with ITV refusing to air any dramas before ten and the BBC cutting way back, too. Too bad…some of my favorite shows came from the U.K., like Hustle and the amazing UK series and mostly-unseen US film, State of Play.)

Cupid: I’m confused. When is the last time a major network re-worked a failed series, using basically the same lines coming from the lips of an inferior cast? Please don’t misunderstand, I like Sarah Paulson as much as the next guy and she should find a series sometime, but she’s no Paula Marshall…and pity anyone who needs to follow Jeremy Piven in the role of the god of love.

The only thing watching the remake did is force me to find copies of the original 1998 series, just to see if it was as much better than the lastest incarnation as my memory insisted. It is, it really is. If you ever get the chance, watch the original series with Piven literally firing his words like a machine gun, and Marshall the perfect Psyche with both strength and vulnerability. Even my eleven-year-old daughter, who saw episodes of the 2009 version first, prefers the original. ‘Nuff said.

Burn Notice: Oh, c’mon, it’s a fun little show. If you’re looking for Shakespeare, look elsewhere; if you want a fun forty-minutes every week, this is the place for you.

The Closer: One of the best series anywhere on television…thank heavens it isn’t on a “big-four” network, or Brenda Lee would have a chimp as a sidekick. One week, the episode is one of the funniest shows on television, and the next week it ripped my heart out over the murder of two police officers. Amazing cast, solid writing, what more could anyone ask for?

Most Idiotic Rebranding: The SciFi channel, which gave up Science Fiction a long time ago with the decision to run wrestling, has rebranded itself, now calling itself SyFy. I have decided that should be pronounced around here, “SIF-fee,” hopefully just to tick them all off. Seriously, kids, why don’t you rebrand yourself honestly; call your channel “Irrelevant.” I mean, other than the repetitious Stargate and the still-fresh Eureka, what exactly do you have anymore? The glory-days of Farscape are long frelling gone…

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