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One of my 2016 bold predictions was to…binge watch three new TV shows.

I went a bit overboard and binged out on 12 new (to me) TV shows. Having goals is hard, you don’t know when to say when. Damn you Netflix!

 

Here they are, ranked:

1) Stranger Things (Season 1: 13 episodes) – Pretty good. Pretty scary.

2) Marvel’s Daredevil (Seasons 1 & 2: 13 episodes each) – Season 1 was what a superhero show should be; dramatic, a bad bad guy, good action sequences and some bouts of conscious. Season 2 got annoying however, with the existential crisis of whether you should kill bad guys. From the guy that beats everyone to a bloody, permanently mangled pulp. #TeamPunisher

3) Narcos (Season 1: 10 episodes) – Pablo Escobar is a bad man. But you can’t look away.

4) The Expanse (Season 1: 10 episodes) – Slick sci-fi whodunit in space!

5) Mr. Robot (Season 1: 10 episodes) – No robots were harmed in the making of this show. Though many of your brain cells were tweaked.

6) Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Season 1: 13 episodes) – David Tennant is not Doctor Who, he’s Kilgrave!! More mind games than action, but a dark look at redemption.

7) The Man in the High Castle (Season 1: 10 episodes) – What if Germany and Japan won WWII and then invaded the USA and split the conquest? Life 20 years later isn’t so rosy.

8) The Night Of (Season 1: 8 episodes) – A suspenseful look at the consequences of poor decisions and the terrible prison system we have. Solid, but no surprises.

9) Documentary Now! (Season 1: 6 episodes) – Fred Armison and Bill Hadar star in re-make parodies of actual documentaries, well done and often damn funny, especially the “DRONEZ: The Hunt for El Chingon” episode.

10) Broad City (Seasons 1 & 2: 10 episodes each) – Sometimes funny, often annoying, but a few genuine laugh-out-loud moments.

11) Vice Principals (Season 1: 9 episodes) – This sounded promising, with Danny McBride and Walton Goggins. Yet way too mean spirited to start, but does find its groove if you keep going.

12) Horace and Pete (Season 1: 10 episodes) – I really wanted to like Louie C.K.’s show, but boy is it tedious. Once in a while a flash of something interesting, but mostly no.

New TV Shows 2016

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Like an annoying clock that won’t stop ticking even after silencing it with repeated blows from a ball-peen hammer, I offer up my annual list of TV shows that might be interesting this year.

2014 TV shows to check out, but who has time?

Gotham – A Batman series before Batman. The story of Detective Gordon as he battles the usual suspects (The Penguin, Catwoman and probably more) as Gotham descends into madness. You know, so there’s a reason for Batman. Definitely plan to check it out.

The Flash – Too many superhero shows out there already, you say? True. But if I have to fit another one in, I’ll try this.

Gracepoint – I’m not a fan of US remakes of British shows. When they remade The Office, the idea bothered me. But the US version ended up being better than the original over time. Gracepoint is a remake of the small town murder mystery, Broadchurch, which I binge watched all 8 episodes on a long flight. So, I’m curious what they do differently in Gracepoint.

Extant – Season one, done! Should I catch up? Maybe. Halle Berry in space. Produced by Steven Spielberg. It’s worth a look I say.

Z Nation – Zombies. A terrible The Walking Dead rip-off? Absolutely. Should I watch it? Absolutely not. Will I? Stay tuned…

Eat: The Story of Food – Sounds intriguing. Must eat…errr…watch.

 

Last year, I thought I might watch these shows. Let’s see what transpired!

2013 TV shows

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – It’s average. Not as great or witty as it could be for a Joss Whedon produced show. It may get there in season two. I’ll still watch.

Brooklyn Nine Nine – Love this show! Must watch!

Almost Human – I liked this show. But it got canceled, so that’s a bummer. Give Karl Urban another show.

The Crazy Ones – Didn’t watch. Now more curious to see Robin Williams in one of his last roles.

The Tomorrow People – Didn’t watch. Won’t.

 

Get on the couch!

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I’m taking a short break from watching scripted TV shows!*

August Goal: Watch zero TV shows

After a spring and summer of binge watching such shows as House of Cards, Orphan Black, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Cosmos, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, True Detective, Portlandia, Louie and Broadchurch (I watched all eight episodes on one 13 hour flight) and just starting in on True Blood and Mad Men (and eyeballing the new 24 and Orange is the New Black), I’m calling time out.**

Granted, I don’t watch them live on actual TV. I download them and watch when convenient on my laptop.

Maybe I’ll read a book or three. Maybe I’ll work on my goal to watch all the AFI Top 100 movies and Oscar Best Picture winners. Maybe I’ll pretend like I have a chance of running the Army 10-miler and train.

The new Fall season of TV starts again in September and October, so let me cleanse my palette before The Walking Dead shuffles back on my screen.

 

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* I rarely watch reality TV shows.

** In case you are freaking out about how many shows that is (for the record: 11), it’s only 104 episodes total. Or less than one episode a day (.87) for four months. It’s not that hard to do since most episodes are 42 minutes (drama) or 21 minutes (sitcom) each. And let’s get real, once you start bingeing, you can’t stop…

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Since early 2010, I’ve listlessly listed the five (ish) new TV shows that look the most interesting for that season. That worked out to 20 different new shows.

I looked back at those lists and discovered the following morsels of unimportance:

  1. 10 of those 20 shows were cancelled during or after the first season. Although one was a 10-part mini-series, The Pacific.
  2. 8 of those 20 shows are still on the air. Most notable: Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire and Community.
  3. 12 of those 20 shows I actually watched some or all of.
    • 3 of these 12 shows I would highly recommend, Modern Family, Community and Caprica.
    • 2 of these 12 shows are epic turds. V and Revolution.

Here are the 2013 promising TV shows that I have a 50/50 chance of watching!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Marvel’s insurgence into the small screen after taking over the big screen the past few summers. Co-created by Joss and Jed Whedon, this I’ll definitely watch.

Brooklyn Nine Nine – Andy Samburg (from Saturday Night Live fame) plays a cop! And it’s a comedy!

Almost Human – Karl Urban (Bones on the new Star Trek) is a not a doctor but a cop with an android for a partner. In the future.

The Crazy Ones – Robin Williams. Sarah Michelle Gellar. It’s not Mork & Mindy but why not.

The Tomorrow People – Another superhero in high school show..maybe it will channel Heroes

Set your DVR to stun!

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I Promised You Roses…

…but I’m giving you skunk cabbage. Breathe deeply.

That’s right, I promised to write about all kinds of adventures, instead I’m writing about television shows. I need to practice first. To get back into fine form.*
 
It’s the start of the Fall TV season. I’m nothing if not timely.*
 
This season is the swan song for many of my favorite shows. One I lament. The others had their day in the sun and they can go in peace.
 
There is also a bevy of new shows I might check out.
 
*This is likely sarcasm.

Last Season Swan Song

Breaking Bad – Brilliant show and the fifth and final season will be amazing. Every minute of this show is a case study in becoming a villain. With the obvious plotline that prevents this show from continuing indefinitely, it’s good it can end on a high note.

Fringe – Say it isn’t so! Sad to see this show end after only five seasons. I’m glad it has a final 13 episodes to provide closure, rather than simply being canceled.

The Office – A great show that slowly eroded. Now in the 9th and final season, that’s two years too long. Thank you Micheal and Dwight for making our own office work environment seem reasonable.

30 Rock – A show that is brilliant, funny and did all it needed to do. Thanks TGS, we want to go to there. And we did.

New Shows – Might Have Potential

Arrow – Superhero alert! Green Arrow meets television. It looks interesting.

Revolution – The next big event Sci-Fi serialized drama. I’m always going to bite on these…but the track record is not good. For example, V (terrible and gone), Terra Nova (not great and gone), FlashForward (good but gone), Caprica (brilliant but gone).

Vegas – Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. In the 60’s. In a certain city.

 

Returning Shows I’m Excited For

The Walking Dead – The real threat is not the zombies, but the people at odds living and surviving.

Homeland – Just great.

Community – Let the zaniness begin! Funniest show on TV. The writers are willing to try anything and the cast does a brilliant job of putting all the meta-meta themes and pop culture references together into something that is wild and crazy and fun.

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In 2012, I predict that I will…

…go skydiving.

…cook more.

…go to five new major league baseball stadiums.

…go hiking at least 10 times.

…watch The Wire (TV show).

…explore more (like visit a new country or National Park).

…write more.

…go kayaking.

…finish watching the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Movies.

…play volleyball.

…witness the end of the world (the Mayan 2012 version).

Let’s look at how I fared from my 2011 list:

Success rate: 6/10

…travel to Croatia. Nope, didn’t make it. Should have gone.

…take in the national pastime at four new major league baseball stadiums. Ahhh, sadly I went to just one new stadium, the Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

…hang around in a hammock. Quite. Maybe too much.

…go scuba diving. I don’t have a good track record so far…didn’t do this either.

…start using Twitter. YES! Finally, something I did. I started both work and personal Twitter feeds.

…go river rafting. YES!  I got wet white water rafting on the Mae Tang River near Chiang Mai, Thailand.

…make things happen. Sure, why not? Who’s going to fact check…

…read more books. Yes, I read many, many books.

…run, walk, bike and hike more. Yes, yes, yes and no. I started running. I walked. And I biked a lot. I only managed three hikes.

…be the one your mother warned you about. I was too good. Your mother probably liked me.

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The Fall season is finally here. Now we have plenty of football, soccer and television to look forward to. Are you ready?

Every year I look at the crop of new TV shows and pick out a few that I would like to watch. I likely won’t, because I don’t have time for new shows (still trying to catch up on the regular shows I watch…). But here’s to dreaming. Here’s my ode to what could be, should be and may be.

Terra Nova – Dinosaurs! Steven Spielberg! Time travel! T-Rexs! This show has been delayed for some time as it works out its epic scope and monster special effects. There’s a chance it won’t work, but of all the shows on this list, it will be the one that I do actually watch from the beginning. I liked Jurassic Park. I liked Land of the Lost (as a kid…). I liked Avatar. I like science fiction. I am a geek. This is geek gold.

Pan Am – Going for the 1960’s appeal, this follows the lives of Pan American World Airways flight attendants and pilots. Scripts were often taken from true accounts from real flight attendants. Because nothing is stranger than real life.

Person of Interest – J.J. Abrams! Michael Emerson of Lost! Jesus Jim Caviezel! This show looks at what it takes to stop criminals before they commit a crime. Very Minority Report of them.

Prime Suspect – A new detective show (one of millions on air at the moment) with Maria Bello, as a remake of a British show that starred Helen Mirren. Why bother with a tired formula? Because I said so.

Free Agents – Hank Azaria, newly divorced, takes on the whole romance in the workplace shtick. Could be funny. Also a British comedy remake.

Bonus shows to not peek at since time won’t allow: New Girl and Revenge.

peace

(has anyone seen my remote?)

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