Saturday, November 3, 2012

What DanielleTBD is *Still* Watching on CBS for Fall 2012...



The Amazing Race (Sundays, 8 p.m.) - I had every intention to continue with this season as I had with every other before it because I just like to see parts of the world I know I'll never have the time or means to see up close, in person, myself. I caught the premiere and last week's episode, but really I forgot about everything in between. And I got so annoyed by the one guy who found out his father had terminal cancer-- who knows how long to live-- but decided to continue on in the race anyway that I decided I couldn't support the show anymore. I know it's irrational and entirely emotional on my part, but for all I know, he'll end up winning and be all 'It was so worth it!' And that's sickening because no amount of money can give you that time to say good-bye back.

The Good Wife (Sundays, 9 p.m.) - I was willing to forgive making Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) a cliche simply because it was interspersed with some moments of her general bad-assery. But combining her terrible, pandering 50 Shades of Grey storyline with the digs they keep taking at bloggers when bloggers are the ones who made their show so popular? No, just no. Sorry, I'm done. I don't have the patience for their disdain, even though they really do take the time to come up with insanely complex (and at times, too complex-- to the point when it's clearly manufactured only for TV) cases. There's just too much good stuff on Sunday nights, and three years in, and I still don't care about Peter's (Chris Noth) political campaign or support him as a character I have to spend time on, so I'm firing Lockhart/Gardner.

Hawaii Five-0 (Mondays, 10 p.m.) - I'll admit there is an episode coming up that made me really mad. But not so much so that it ruined all of my good memories of everything leading up to it. Yes, this is a pretty typical procedural that just happens to be set in a more exotic and beautiful location than usual, but every once in awhile I can find room for that in my life. And adding McGarrett's mom (Christine Lahti) to the mix shook up the dynamic nicely because of the tension it adds to McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) himself. On one hand, he is the little boy happy to have some semblance of a family, but on the other, he's a man who knows he can't let his guard down against a woman who lied about being dead for years and still has something unknown up her sleeve now.

The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays, 8 p.m.) - This is a quintessential sitcom, so it's the show I go to when I've watched everything else for the week and want to unwind with something new but not timely or consuming in any way. It's perfect for that because it allows me a few chuckles. I admit I do have to turn off a big part of my brain that gets mad at the format, and yes, mad at the simplicity from time to time, but it's an enjoyable show, and it's filled with characters I actually like and who make me laugh in their own unique, even if archetypal, ways.

Person of Interest (Thursdays, 9 p.m.) - I loved the season premiere of this year. LOVED. L-O-V-E-D. I couldn't ignore how it seemed everyone was working for Reese (Jim Caviezel), even when they had their own very real, very high-powered, and pretty much in direct conflict with him positions, but I loved everything about Root (Amy Acker). She represented a voice I thought the show was ignoring for too long, and I was so happy to see they were bravely, finally going there. She quickly became my favorite character, which was a problem, since the show isn't about her. And once I realized that, it was all downhill from there. So I gave up, as I feared I would. I'll tune back in at the end of the season, though, which is pretty much how I watched last year. It's a procedural that hooks you in with mythology only at big moments, so the bookends of the season are the most important part. You don't miss a whole lot in between.

Elementary (Thursdays, 10 p.m.) - I find myself utterly charmed by this show, and I'm not afraid to say the majority of the reason is Jonny Lee Miller himself. Yes, I've been able to see the "twists" coming to anticipate the killer is even before the on-screen reveal, but what I enjoy about this show is watching Holmes get to the answers himself. It's an interesting dynamic to watch him interact with those around the cases, too-- from suspects to witnesses to family members. They react differently to him because he's not a cop; he's more their peer than authority. Yet, he reacts differently to them because of his social awkwardness and arrogance that makes him assume he is everyone's authority. It's a subtle game, and not every guest star adequately catches on, but it's fascinating to look for nonetheless.
 

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