Program Notes

Taking a break from defense and political topics.

Long time readers know I’m a fan of crappy television. I revel in it. I’ve got every single episode of One Tree Hill on my hard drive, and I’m pretty sure just about every hot chick who ever showed up on the series has been featured in Load HEAT.*

I enjoy of a lot of non-crap shows too, of course, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and of course, Firefly.

CBS’ Blue Bloods is solid, if stolid entertainment. NCIS of course. How I Met Your Mother, mostly for the fact that Alyson and Cobie still generate a fair number of hits here.

NBC irritates the heck out of me. They come up with fantastic series like Life, then cancel it after two seasons. I just started watching Awake last night, and it already pains me to know it only lasted 13 episodes. Same with Journeyman a couple years ago.

The only thing on ABC worth my time is Castle. And I think the only Fox show I watch is Bones. Emily Deschanel does nothing for me, but Tamara Taylor and the other hot chick will eventually show up on LH, I’m sure.

Like a lot of viewers, I’m watching less network television, and more cable shows.  Rizzoli & Isles, Longmire, Necessary Roughness. I’m trying to get into the spin-off of The Closer, Major Crimes, but it’s just not quite clicking.

I’m also a huge fan of British programming, mostly crime shows. Luther, featuring the impressive Idris Elba, is great. They need to hurry up with Series 3.  Sherlock is a hoot, very smartly written and produced. That’s one thing I greatly admire about British shows. They respect the viewer much more than most US series. Lesser known here are the gritty DCI Banks, and the much more lighthearted Midsomer Murders.

And, of course, even though it isn’t my usual style, I’ve hopped enthusiastically on the Downton Abbey fanwagon. You’ll see a couple of those ladies on LH soon, I’m sure.

I don’t watch any so-called reality television, but I do enjoy some documentaries. Air Crash Investigation holds an odd fascination for me. The First 48, also.  But for the most part, when I want non-fiction, I download old propaganda and training films from youtube.

There are, I’ll admit, some shocking lapses in my television viewing. I’ve never watched The Shield, The Wire, or Breaking Bad. We’ll get around to it, I’m sure.

What else am I missing? What do you enjoy. Most importantly, what’s the one show you’re embarrassed to admit is your guilty pleasure?

*I just noticed I’m missing Micheala McManus. I’ll have to fix that.