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29 May 2008 @ 08:10 pm
wrapping up my feelings on the 2007-2008 tv season  
Lost had its season finale last night, more or less bringing the 2007-2008 television season to close. It was a funny television season.

Two shows that I loved so much last season, The Unit and Friday Night Lights, irritated me from the get go this one. I hear that FNL got better as the season went on, so maybe I'll give it another chance now that we're entering summer's television black out.

The Office and Ugly Betty have kept up their quality. Heroes turned terrible. The Riches went off track in the season opener and I've yet to give them another try. And in reality-land, Next Top Model and American Idol got more boring.

Then there were the two immortal detective series. I expected to like Moonlight better, mostly because Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars) was in it, but it never managed to hook me. On the other hand, I quite enjoyed Amsterdam despite having initials doubts. Not that it really matters, both are canceled now, not even getting the all too brief runs of their genre predecessors Forever Knight and Angel.

One of my favorite new shows was a slightly more ordinary detective series, Life, which followed a homicide detective who was framed for murder and wrongly imprisoned, eventually becoming insane, Buddhist, liberated, and a multi-millionaire. And that all happened before the series even starts! It's a great show.

Another favorite was Bryan Fuller's Pushing Daisies. Pure fun wrapped around a skeleton pure angst. What more can you want? I feel like I could watch that show happily for years to come.

Similarly, my other new fave is Gossip Girl is a beauty of a teen soap opera, a bit of Cruel Intentions, a bit of the OC, with a compelling cast and great writers. It's also worthy of note, I think--given previous attempts at that sort of thing--that the best relationship story in the show is the one between the two main adult characters.

I thought the Jimmy Smitts-led Cane had a lot of potential, but we'll never know.

The UK sent over a ton of new Jane Austen dramas, new seasons of Doctor Who and Torchwood, and the sequel series to Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, all of which have had their moments but haven't exactly had me hammering the torrent sites.

And that brings us back to Lost. This season was a dramatic improvement over the past two, mostly because of the one-two punch of Jeremy Davies and time travel, but I'm still not quite ready to rave again like I did during the first few episodes of season one.

And I guess that's that. At least So You Think You Can Dance is just getting started...

Current Mood: 235
Listening to: Kings of Convenience - "Live Long"
walrus damnitdylanevl on May 30th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
What did you think of the Lost finale? I'm still digesting it..
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ape in icelandassmonkeydiary on May 30th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
What happened to the island certainly makes me curious. I'm starting to think the island may be Atlantis. I just hope we don't have to wait until next season's finale to find out what happened.
jerolj on May 31st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Life was my favorite of the new shows. The murder-of-the-week was somewhat interesting but what really drives the show is that overall story arc that just kept get more and more twisted. I am looking forward to seeing it return in the fall but those bastards at NBC decided to put it up against NUMB3RS, and my beloved Stargate: Atlantis. When the revolution comes all network execs will be lined up against the wall and shot, starting of course with those bastards at Fox that canceled Firefly.
(Anonymous) on June 6th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Nothing to watch this summer? You should watch The Venture Brothers Season 3 then. First episode was this week. There was an episode in Season 2 where they made a reference to Live journal. http://jacksonpublick.livejournal.com/ (Creator of the Venture Brothers)
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on June 6th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice
I've heard good things about it, but no cable. Perhaps I'll look for it online.
(Anonymous) on June 11th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Advice
You are in luck. They are free on the Adult swim website. I have no cable either. I am also enjoying Amazon's Unbox TV download deal. And nope, I am not a salesman. Just an overworked artist that is too tired to do anything other than watch videos in the evening and pass out.