It’s September, which means I’m putting my DVR through it’s last chance workout getting ready for all the new television that’s getting ready to head our way. It also means it’s time for my annual 21 hr. challenge! Since 2007 I have taken each fall to cull down the cornucopia of network television to 21 broadcast hours per week. Each day this week I will run down the network schedule and identify three types of shows. In green are the shows that made the cut for me, in blue are shows I don’t mind but don’t have time for, and in red are the shows that I wouldn’t watch even if I were The Doctor and could take my Tardis back and reclaim the wasted time. At the end of the week, I will add up the total and make any final cuts needed to get under the necessary 21. I will also select one show each day as the “must”, meaning I think it’s likely to be the one show not to miss on that night.
nananananana nananananananana Baaaaaatmaaaaaan.
OK so it’s unlikely that Fox’s new take on the Dark Knight will be anything like the Adam West version, but I bet there are many people who will tune in to find out. I will be one of them. Monday also brings back my faves “The Voice”, with a couple new coaches, and “The Blacklist”, which completely delivered on it’s premise in it’s first season. I’ll also be checking out “Scorpion” for as long as it sticks around.
Elsewhere on the night, I miss Nathan Fillion and Castle, but just got bored of the procedural stuff, and though I don’t begrudge anyone their time with Big Bang or Dancing with the “stars”, I just don’t see the pull.
When all is said in done, I’m only one day in and I’m already up to five hours of television. As Sam Beckett might say, “Oh boy.”
The rest of the week:
The color coded breakdown:
ABC – Dancing with the Stars
CBS – The Big Bang Theory/2 Broke Girls
CW – The Originals
Fox – Gotham (New)
NBC – The Voice
CBS – Mom
CBS – Scorpion (New)
CW – Jane the Virgin (New)
Fox – Sleepy Hollow
ABC – Castle
CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles
NBC – The Blacklist
Monday’s total: Three 1 hour dramas, zero comedies, One 2 hour reality = 5 hours today, 5 hours total.