New & Used TV This Week, Sept. 29-Oct 5

Here’s what’s new or returning on Ye Olde Tube o’ Boob this week:

Monday, September 29

Chuck — 8pm, NBC, season 2 — I actually gave up on Chuck after about the first half of last season, and probably won’t bother with it this season either.  Just wasn’t doing it for me; not sure why.  I wanted to like it.  I love Adam Baldwin.  I just kind of. . . meh.  So, consider this a public service announcement for those of you who watch — it’s back tonight, if you care!

Life — 10pm, NBC, season 2 — This intriguing cop drama, starring ex-Boyfriend Damian Lewis,  returns for a second season tonight — count me in (but please, if you care about me, do stop talking about fruit every thirty seconds)!  You can already watch tonight’s episode online, if you are so inclined.

Note that a second episode of Life will air this Friday at 10pm, the show’s regular day/time this season.

Wednesday, October 1

Pushing Daisies — 8pm, ABC, season 2 — Am I the only one who gets that Ween song about pushing the little daisies in their head whenever they think about this series?  Probably.   But it hardly matters — I was REALLY enjoying this total freakfest last year and had my fingers crossed it would survive the strike.  Miracle of miracles — it did!  Now, it’s got to survive season two.  And you can help!  By watching it!

Yes, I know some of you hate the cheesy voice-overs.  But really?  You’d miss out on watching Chi McBride knit sweaters while solving crimes because of a little ham-handedness?  Dude, your loss, yo.  This show is WEIRD, and we really need more weird on TV these days.

(Also returning tonight is Private Practice on ABC, by the way, but I can’t watch this show because it makes me cry seeing Tim Daly stuck in something this crappy.  Thankfully, I can now watch episodes of Eyes whenever I want to on AOL Video.  Helps with the sting.  I love you, Interwebs!)

Thursday, October 2

Biden/Palin Thursday Night Smack-Down — One, one, ONE night only!  This will be a face-off not to be missed!  WATCH as Joe “No Filter” Biden tries to make his opponent cry!  SEE Sarah “No Brain” Palin string eight unrelated talking points together into a single, completely nonsensical answer about the economy (oh wait, that was the Katie Couric interview — who knows what will come out of this lady’s mouth this time around!).   Who will emerge the victor?

On the one hand, Biden is not really known for his tact and if he goes after Palin too aggressively, he’ll just look mean, which only ever works for the Republicans (hi, Dick Cheney!).  On the other hand, I think all Palin needs to do to score herself a victory at this point is NOT fall completely on her face.  With a little coaching (Ahmadinejad, Ahmadinejad, Ahmadinejad: say it with me, Sarah!), she might be able to pull that off.

More worrisome:  Can Biden spend 90 minutes in a room with her and avoid rolling his eyes and sighing dramatically EVEN ONCE?  If so, we’ll know for sure just how strong his character is — because I didn’t last thirty seconds before I called McCain a “stinkbutted poo-poo pants” last Friday.

Which is, in a nutshell, why I have never bothered trying to run for office.  (In case you were wondering.)

Friday, October 3

Sanctuary — 9-11pm, Sci-Fi Network, season 1– This new Sci-Fi series stars Amanda Tapping from Stargate SG-1 as Dr. Helen Magnu, a scientist who “holds the secrets of a clandestine population:” a group of strange and sometimes terrifying beings that hide among humans. Together with a couple of sidekicks, she tries to keep the freakazoids safe, all the while attempting to determine where they came from.  Dude, I don’t know: could rock, could suck. I’m game to find out which.

Supernanny — 9pm, ABC, season something-or-other — Oh my god, I love this show.  I have no children of my own, so it’s the one time in life I’m allowed to criticize bad parenting skills.  In real life, if you try to say something like, “Hey, have you ever considered giving your kid a time-out when he kicks you in the teeth like that?” to a parent, you immediately get a snarl and a, “How would YOU know what I should do, you barren, childless, non-woman!  Why don’t you take your lame fallopian tubes, shove them up your empty uterus, and go home to your stupid cat!”

But in the privacy of my own home?  Watching Supernanny?  I totally call you kid-whipped.  I mean, seriously, at least my cat doesn’t BITE me when she doesn’t get her way.

Oh, wait. . .

Plus, I love the way Jo says the word “unacceptable.”  Unassesseptible.  That’s just so cute!

Numb3rs — 10pm, CBS, season 5 — Yep, I’m still watching this one.  AND STILL LOVING IT.  I don’t really know why, but I blame a combination of Mr. Universe and The Biscuit.  Also, they talk about math!  EVERY WEEK!  On a popular television show!  That’s like Geek Heaven for those of us who know our sines from our cosines.  Not to mention our quarks from our leptons.  Our string theory from our string cheese.

Mmmm, string cheese. . .  Wait, what was I just talking about?

Sunday, October 5

The CW is starting up two new shows Sunday night, neither of which I’m planning on watching, but I figured I’d give you guys the heads-up in case your Sundays are in need of cheap thrills.

The first is Easy Money, a comedy about a family that owns one of those payday loan places.  It’ll mix stories of the family with funny stuff about firm’s hapless clients.  Because, as we all know, there ain’t nuthin’ funnier than people so broke they are willing to get payday loans with interest rates as high as 400%.  Ha ha ha!  Poor people are so adorable. . .

The second is Valentine, which is about a family of Greek gods living in Los Angeles whose mission it is to help the lovelorn stop being so lorn of love.  Meh, not for me.  If you watch and it’s good, let us know?

That’s it for this week!  Watch Pushing Daisies!  You don’t have to like it, you just have to keep it from being canceled!  FOR MY SAKE!

13 Responses to “New & Used TV This Week, Sept. 29-Oct 5”

  1. Lizzie Says:

    Okay, I’m psyched about “Chuck.” I admit it; I like the show, nerd herd and all, and Adam Baldwin is great! But it’s the fact that whole “ensemble” is strong what I like (as well as Chuck, himself).
    I made the decision to start watching “Life” at the last minute last year – and was glad I did.! The fruit stuff doesn’t bother me, but the zen stuff sometimes does. Besides, Damien Lewis….. And also Adam Arkin…..
    I’m sorry to say it, but “Pushing Daisies” kind of got on my and my husband’s nerves last year. I LOVE the entire cast, especially … well, the entire cast. And I didn’t really hate the voice-overs (though they did get a little stupid sometimes). There was just something … cold … about the show. Like everyone was trying like mad to be freaky – and it showed! I MIGHT still try to watch it – mostly because of the cast – but I think if I do, it’s going to be a “just Lizzie” show.
    “Numbers,” on the other hand, continues to be a favorite of both of ours. And I was never any good at math! I just love all the Epps men – Charlie, Don, and their father (Alan?), and think their rapport is great! I’m sorry Meagan is gone, but I’m sure that good old Biscuit-er-guy-from-“Ally Mcbeal”-er-guy-from-either “Chicago Hope” or “ER”-er- guy-from-“24”-er-Larry(!) will be fine. (Oh no! Is that his name?)
    I wasn’t going to bother with “Sanctuary,” but since you mention it, and since I now like “Eureka,” I may try it.
    HOWEVER … “Super Nanny:” feh! I don’t have kids, by choice, although I like to work with them … and then send them home! A friend of mine said it best: “Just because I didn’t grind one out of me doesn’t mean I can’t have opinions about them.” Now, I will say that I think it’s sad when people want kids, and can’t have them, but that DOESN’T make them defective, or less important! In fact, there are some parents out there who are really off-the-wall … Wait! That’s probably why they have shows like “Super Nanny!”
    As for those new CW shows: “feh” on them, too!
    I LOVE your take on the Biden – Palin debate! Just as I loved the one on Obama and McCain. It will be touchy … but it may be entertaining as well. BTW, SNL is getting a boost in the ratings, because they keep getting Tina Fey to come on, and do her Sarah Palin impression, and those 2 look so much alike anyway, that it’s a can’t-miss routine.
    (And BTW, I’m renting “Firefly” from Netflix – I told you I’m trying to be good!)

  2. Alisa Says:

    I’m going to try to watch the debates, but I don’t know how far I’ll get before I throw a shoe at Palin’s overdone coif.

    And I’m going to try to TRY Sanctuary, but I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get past Sam’s, I mean Amanda Tapping’s fake British Accent. I don’t know if it’s going to be the same w/out the SG 1 gang. Oh, wait, that would make it Stargate huh?? LMAO

  3. Lorraine Says:

    Oh Lizzie, I’m so jealous. You get to experience the amazing Firefly for the first time.

    Life – I’ll say it again, this was my favorite new show from last season. The cast is great. Damian Lewis and Sarah Shahi are great as partners. I was one of the voices last year that kept telling everyone they should watch this.

    Sanctuary – As a huge Stargate fan, I have to give this a try but I am very dubious about all the green screen. And Alisa, I totally agree about Tapping’s accent!

    Numbers – the plots may be ridiculous but I love the Epps men. And Meg – “Mr Universe” and “The Biscuit” – hilarious 🙂

    Valentine – I’m going to give it a try but I expect it to be awful.

    Big Bang Theory – I had watched the first episode last year and didn’t find it that funny. A whole show about nerdy/awkward guys – no thanks. But I kept reading such good things that I decided to give it another chance. I couldn’t believe it! I laughed for 20 minutes straight. It had very funny jokes about science, a Renaissance fair, Comic Con… I could go on. If you are not watching this, you might want to give it a try.

    Ok, now the VP debate – this has the potential to be the best theater of the season. “No filter Biden” – I couldn’t have described him better. Did you hear what he said last week? “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed.” Unfortunately, Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929. Also, there also was no television at the time; TV wasn’t introduced to the public until a decade later. And Palin? She is scarily unqualified and if she goes off her talking points she is liable to say almost anything. Maybe she’ll have a better answer on her international experience with Russia, but I doubt it.

  4. Trip Says:

    The Biden/Palin smackdown will be, by far, the most entertaining show this week. Since no one asked, I’ll spew my two cents: this isn’t an election any more – it’s an IQ test. The correct choice this year is as obvious as Ann Coulter’s Adam’s apple.

    How that’s Fringe show holding up? Anyone keeping up with that one?

  5. megwood Says:

    I like Fringe — it’s not brilliant, but it’s definitely entertaining. Though, this may have more to do with my enormous crush on Pacey than the show itself, I will confess. . .

    I’d like to see more realistic science at some point (it’s not like there isn’t plenty of wacky cool real science they could be incorporating), but for now, I’m definitely having a good time with it.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for the heads up for the week.
    I watched Chuck last night and am taping Heroes (I haven’t caught up on Season 2 yet). I guess I just can’t resist geeks and ADAM BALDWIN together in one show, so Chuck is still fun for me. (Not to mention they used a song by Flight of the Conchords on the show last night – genius!)

    I watched the Mentalist last week but my reaction was incredibly lukewarm. I like Robin Tunney, but it was so stiff and no one was very likeable…maybe Psych has ruined me, but it felt like a boring rip-off.

    As for Fringe, yeah I have to admit “Pacey Love” is motivating that one. I do like it, but I probably would have forgotten when its on by now if not for Josh Jackson being in it. In fact, I was sick last week and I watched the entire third season on Dawson’s just for a Pacey fix. I’m convinced that character ruined me for all men, LOL.

  7. Brie Says:

    Oops, that was my anonymous post above.

    Not that it matters…

  8. megwood Says:

    I was a bit lukewarm about “The Mentalist” after the pilot myself. We’ll see if it gets any better with time!

  9. Lizzie Says:

    Hey, Trip! Glad to hear from you. I like “Fringe” because … I like “Fringe.! I don’t even understand what this “Pacey love” is all about! I rather like the “crazy” father – “Excellent! Let’s make some LSD.”

    I’m going to tell my mom about your comment about the voting turning into an I.Q. test. She’ll love it; so do I!

  10. Lorraine Says:

    I love the IQ test remark but unfortunately there’s a large group of people who don’t want to elect someone smarter than themselves. It’s that bizarre “just like me” requirement.

    I must admit that I’ve given up on “Fringe”. I tried, I really did, but the stories were just going nowhere for me. And I did so want to spend an hour a week with Joshua Jackson. Good luck to all of you that like it though.

    The Mentalist was a bit of a letdown but I’m sticking with it for now.

  11. paperback writer Says:

    I love Chuck, Life and Pushing Daisies.

    And the Mentalist.

    Hmmm….that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for me to read now does it?!?


    Oh, and by the way, I just discovered Life and Damian Lewis…where the heck have I been?!?!

  12. Catherine Says:

    “(Not to mention they used a song by Flight of the Conchords on the show last night – genius!)”

    Yes, I loved that! Foux da Fa Fa! And the homage to Back to the Future with Huey Lewis was great as well.

    The lead girl on Fringe is so boring to me. But I’m still watching because it’s JJ Abrams. He wields great power over me. 🙂

  13. Lizzie Says:

    I KNEW that was from “Back to the Future,” and was by Huey Lewis! I completely confused my husband with that one. Way to go, Catherine!

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