11 June 2010 @ 11:48 pm
TV Meme: Day 3  
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled: Firefly
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching: In Plain Sight
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season):
I'm kind of torn here. I sort of watch 3 new shows: White Collar, Royal Pains, and The Vampire Diaries. By "sort of watch," I mean I might remember to watch. Sometimes, I might not remember to watch until half way through the show. They each have strong points and weak points.

White Collar has a stunning cast but the writers aren't quite as clever as the show really demands; the plot too often revolves around people being too gullible or unobservant to notice obvious shenanigans. This style of show requires some fairly crisp, tight writing; Neil Caffrey needs to succeed through guile & charm rather than luck. I have hopes they'll fix their writing deficiencies for the next season so that the show is worthy of the actors.

Royal Pains surprised me by sucking me in. I sort of hate the premise of centering a show on the excesses of the excessively monied (concierge doctor to those who can't be distrubed to go to an appointment). But the writing is good, the actors are good, and they do make a nod every once in a while to the idea that people without money work/live in the Hamptons, too. While it's set amongst the monied class, it isn't about the monied class. I like the 3 main characters and the supporting cast, too. OTOH, it is a bit formulaic but I suppose that make it good summer fare.

The Vampire Diaries: I've seen the last half of nearly every episode because it came on before Supernatural and because it involves the very pretty Ian Somerhalder. It was really slow to become interesting. Really, really slow. If not for the SPN placement, I'd never have gotten past the third episode. Then all of a sudden Ian's character Damon starting showing some depth and lo and behold, the prey townsfolk turned out to know more about the predators amongst them and the rash of "wild animal attacks" than is typical for genre television. It has potential, even if it can't decide if it's going to be a high school soap opera (*yawn*) or if it's going to be a more adult exploration of life. I have to admit my main pleasure is in watching Damon and wondering what he's up to in nearly every scene. His character is, by far, the most conflicted and interesting.

Each has at least some promise but none of them fills me with unmitigated glee. Speaking of which, I think that if I had watched any of Glee, that it would have been my choice judging by the buzz.

Day 04 - Your favorite show ever:
Day 05 - A show you hate:
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show:
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show:
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch:
Day 09 - Best scene ever:
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving:
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you:
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times:
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show:
Day 14 - Favorite male character:
Day 15 - Favorite female character:
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show:
Day 17 - Favorite mini series:
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence:
Day 19 - Best TV show cast:
Day 20 - Favorite kiss:
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death´╗┐´╗┐
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immlass[personal profile] immlass on June 12th, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
I'm considering renting the first season of White Collar on DVD when it comes out, based on recommendations.
Mish: White Collar -- Me & My Shadow[identity profile] hsapiens.livejournal.com on June 12th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Matthew Bomer is very, very pretty, wears a suit very well, and is a good, solid actor. Tim DeKay is the face you've seen EVERYWHERE and he more than holds his own against the "pretty boy." Tiffany Thiesen was preggers so she's tragically underused; I'm hoping we'll see lots more of her in S2. Willie Garson. *sigh* Can I say enough good things about Willie Garson? He's a character actor and, as usual, he steals scenes. I really like the main cast.

Just expect summer candy and I suspect you'll find it amusing. Like I said, the writers aren't quite clever enough for the characters they're writing. It doesn't feel as if they're really challenging the characters, if that makes sense. No deep thoughts but the actors are good enough (and pretty enough) that the shallows aren't a bad place to be.
[identity profile] ohfreckle.livejournal.com on June 12th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be honest, while both White Collar and The Vampire Diaries have potential, I still watch mainly for the pretty. I'm shallow like that *g*
Mish: Ackles -- Nekkid [identity profile] hsapiens.livejournal.com on June 12th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I have nothing against shallow. I'm sticking with White Collar for the Bomer and to watch Willie Garson, who happen to also have some very nice hands. Speaking of shallow. :)

Now that they've moved SPN, I have no idea if I'll continue watching TVD. Of the three shows I listed, I think it's the one with the most potential but the age market it's targeting makes me think they're unlikely to go where I hope.

What makes a show a favorite for me is the combination of the shallow and the deep. I love my eye-candy and I *do* appreciate it when they pander to my love of the male form because it's rare compared to the female eye-candy running around the media. But when the pretty is combined with think-y thoughts, occasional comedy, good plots, and tight scripts (say, most anything written by Joss Whedon) it becomes epic. None of these is epic. Sadly.