8:00pm Gilmore Girls (The CW)
8:00pm NCIS (CBS)
8:00pm House (FOX), then Standoff, should the latter show last that long
First, ain’t no way I’m not watching Gilmore Girls at time of broadcast. Which means the cutest, warmest, most accessible Goth Chick in existence, Pauley Perette, gets taped to watch at around 11pm or so on NCIS.
Fox has made the schedule waaaaay more complicated than it has to be by putting House on at 8pm. We know the format — it’s CSI: Doctor With Bad Attitude. Jennifer Morrison makes a more convincing love interest for an introverted geek than Jorja Fox does. But still, the story serves up NOTHING original. So I’ll be watching these 8pm episodes a week or two later on USA channel Sunday late night. Hope they go back to 9pm sooner rather than later, which would make me start watching the Mike Logan episodes of CI on USA’s late Sunday nights.
9:00pm — Veronica Mars (The CW)
9:00pm — Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Mike Logan Episodes only, NBC)
Despite UPN’s botching of the summer repeat schedule of Veronica Mars last year, I managed to become a fan of the show anyway due to three factors: 1) I went to
Hearst College San Diego State University for my theater degree (stage management and dramaturgy/script analysis), 2) being a transplanted San Diegan, I went to their panel at Comic-Con in 2005 and fell in love with the cast and 3) I watched the s1 DVD in order, which resulted in my Media Center DVR piling up s2 episodes until I could get through s1. I love the show — it’s Buffy minus all the supernatural stuff. And with much more interest in the Joyce (Keith) as a character. And me loves the Colantino. So, screw you UPN, I hope none of your marketing and scheduling execs below Ostroff made it over the transom of the merger transition to the new network. You made it more difficult for me to fall in love with this show than it had to be, but kudos to Warner Brothers for putting the DVDs in widescreen. The problems I had with amateurish cinematography were just bad old pan-and-scan, as usual.
Pure and simple, I hate Vincent D’Onofrio’s overdone Goren. He doesn’t work as a character. I can see every single tick of his coming from a mile away and it’s all the more infuriating because outside of CI, D’Onofrio rocks. (The Cell is still haunting). Conversely, I like the hard-luck case of Mike Logan. Chris Noth has aged *very* well and while I’m going to miss Annabella Sciorra’s twitchy Barek, who was a great foil for Logan, Julianne Nicholson is an inspired choice as her replacement.
I’ll be watching Veronica live and taping Mike Logan CI’s for later that night.
10pm — Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
10pm — Nip/Tuck, then The Shield (FX)
SVU is simply the best of the L&O franchises because it shows the least respect to the format, letting the characters tell the story rather than the format. Hargitay didn’t deserve her Emmy nomination for the predictable, tired “911,” but I’m glad that Meloni got his nom for his tour de fource episode whose title escapes me right now. OTOH, Lauren Graham isn’t even nominated in the Lead Actress Comedy category, so all the emmy nominations are tainted by this year’s Emmy stupidity. Make of it what you will.
I’m addicted to Nip/Tuck’s twisted sense of humor even when I’m hiding my eyes at the graphic, gory surgery scenes. Walsh and MacMahon were inspired casting all the way and I seem to be only one of three people who loved the finale of The Carver storyline. Can’t wait for season 4. The Shield, meanwhile, just keeps flooring me with excellent performances from its entire cast, Chiklis, Pounder, Karnes, and the criminally underappreciated Walton Goggins as the hapless doofus, Shane. Best cop show on television right now.
So I’ll be watching SVU live and taping Nip/Tuck and The Shield, which often run-over and are easier to program on my Media Center DVR on my computer than they would be on a regular VCR. Note, too, that in most cases, my choice to watch live versus watch taped has little to do how feel about the one show compared to the other. It’s just which one is more convenient to tape. OTOH, you should be able to glean my preferences among all the shows taken as a whole anyway.