That said, even with a listless freshman class, there are still plenty of great TV shows I'm psyched for this fall. But I wanted to do something different here on Low Res. I'm finding it harder and harder to stay current on TV and talk about it on the blog. Shows get time-shifted or stockpiled on the DVR (for the second straight season, I saved almost the entire season of Fringe for the summer months; I still have to catch up on Justified), and I forever seem to be an episode behind. So I decided: I will have ONE show that I cover here on the blog. Next-day posts, serious analysis, (hopefully) robust comment discussions, it'll be like a real live TV blog.
The question of what TV show to choose comes down to you guys. Obviously, if I'm picking one show, I want it to be something we can all dig into and pick apart and enjoy. I'd like it to be an hourlong drama; I find it harder to write about sitcoms with any kind of depth, and there's less to dig into with reality shows. Here are the shows I've narrowed it down to:
Lonestar (Mondays / 9PM / FOX)
Pros: One of the more critically-praised pilots on the fall slate; Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki; cute guys.
Cons: Time slot competition (The Event; Gossip Girl); possibility that ratings will tank and it'll get pulled; Jon Voight.
Boardwalk Empire (Sundays / 9PM / HBO)
Pros: Looks AH-mazing; cast includes Kelly MacDonald; will be one of THE shows people will be talking about this fall.
Cons: Could be dense; might be one of those shows people like to stockpile and watch in chunks.
Glee (Tuesdays / 8PM / FOX)
Pros: We know it, we (mostly) love it, we already love talking about it.
Cons: Examining this show with any depth might be harmful to my appreciation of it, particularly as we prepare to enter the inevitable sophomore slump.
Parenthood (Tuesdays / 10PM / NBC)
Pros: It's supplanted Brothers & Sisters as my unambitious, likeable family dramady; Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are doing great things; characters I love AND characters who annoy me could make for some fun posts.
Cons: Though I do expect the show to make a leap this season, it doesn't feel like too many people are watching this.
Fringe (Thursdays / 9PM / FOX)
Pros: After watching the end of Season 2, there is NO WAY I'm waiting til next summer to watch; I have a feeling writing about this show every week could make it even better.
Cons: Writing about this show into a vacuum could be really boring; I'd have to count on you guys to bring it in the comments.
The Event (Mondays / 9PM / NBC)
Pros: Fun mystery concept; could be fun to try and unravel central mystery.
Cons: It could go the Flash Forward route, and I'd lose interest after an episode and a half; time-slot competition (Lonestar; Gossip Girl).
My Generation (Thursdays / 8PM / ABC)
Pros: Young, attractive cast; semi-inventive premise.
Cons: Not exactly sure it's going to be good. Time-slot competition (Community/30 Rock; Vampire Diaries).
Please vote for the show you'd most like me to cover here. You can vote for multiple shows if you'd like.