So I finished my list of network shows, covering off Sunday to Friday. Which might make you think the list would be done. But there are a few other shows that don’t make those lists because they aren’t part of the big network milieu. I won’t (nay, can’t) cover them all, just some of the shows I watch. Most of them are short-run series, 10-13 episodes and then nothing for 3-4 months.
Like Suits for example. It is a completely ridiculous portrayal of a super bright kid, eidetic memory, who becomes an associate at a law firm without ever having graduated college. Or passed the bar. But while it is obviously ridiculous on even small details, it is sure fun to watch. A guilty pleasure, as it is really bad soap at times.
Perception is another short-run series starring Eric McCormack as a schizophrenic neuropsychology professor who helps the FBI with cases. Early on, every episode came complete with a full on hallucination that would interact with him to help him solve the case (i.e. a psycho manifestation of clues that his subconscious noticed but his conscious mind missed). Good fun, not much else like it out there where it is full mental illness rather than just high-level social awkwardness.
Lost Girl runs in short bursts as Grimm-lite and is all about the vessen, err, fae world. Pretty much every character is fae at this point, and the lead character Bo has refused to align herself with either dark or light fae. The “unalligned succubus”, she acts as a freelance private investigator for the fae. The show has interesting plotlines, even if the acting isn’t that great.
I normally also watch Covert Affairs, except I seem to have missed the launch this year (one of the downsides of it running on off-network channels is you don’t see the upcoming announcements), and so I’ll catch up on Netflix or something some time. I like the show, but waiting isn’t that big a loss.
I spent part of the summer watching three shows, two of which I have no idea the status. The first, Unforgettable, wasn’t bad, although a little too much “will they/won’t they (again)” at the end of every episode for the main NYPD detectives. They retooled it last year and moved it to a bigger showroom, ditched some characters, added some others, was a nice mix. But it’s been cancelled. I was also, gulp, watching, umm, Taxi Brooklyn. I can’t tell you how embarrassing that is to admit. It was a horrendous show, but there wasn’t much else on, and I loved the main actress. Hated the dialogue, hated the premise, hated the editing, hated most of the actors, and I was still watching. I can never make fun of anyone for watching Hawaii Five-O, cuz I watched TB. It disappeared at the end of summer, no word on possible Season 2. The third show I was watching was a comedy. I know, I know, if you read the other pages, you know comedies rarely make my watch list. But Undateable was kind of fun. Some of the actors seemed to actually enjoy their roles a little too much at times, even, almost like the characters had their lines and the others weren’t told what they were going to say. Lots of one-liners, sure, but the premise of a ladies man teaching a romantic how to date women was kind of fun to watch. It wasn’t fully packaged, it wasn’t smooth as a show, but parts were awesome. It too, however, disappeared at the end of the summer, no word on its future.
I am also back into watching a home-grown shown, Republic of Doyle. I say that with some surprise as the network announced it was cancelled. Then I saw ads for the new seasons starting, and there it was. Yep, it came back for another season of watching PI Jake Doyle round around St. John’s, Newfoundland investigating cases and trying to make a relationship work with his cop girlfriend.
I also really enjoy watching the sci-fi Continuum where the lead detective came back in time from 2077 to capture 8 escaped criminals bent on changing the capitalist system that has taken over by 2077. Still waiting on the next season, if it is even renewed.
Not much point in predicting length of the series as all of these short-runs are fully in the can by the time airing starts.