Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mondays on TV

I realize that I've been forgetting to post why I've ever seen any of these shows, so I will include that reason from now on. I probably won't get to Tuesdays and Thursdays until the next season. Hopefully, I will be able to get to them at some point. Also, expect cancelled shows from this season at some point in the near future.

Mondays is actually a pretty uninteresting night on television. NBC doesn't normally show that interesting shows although that has probably changed now that Smash is on the air. ABC airs Dancing with the Stars in the spring and fall, The Bachelor in the winter, and The Bachelorette during the summer. The Bachelor series was voted at at the number one popular series that should be cancelled. Castle ends the ABC schedule during the main year. CBS shows its main comedies and ends with a drama. CW shows otherwise uninteresting shows. FOX has been known for showing their most popular dramas at this time. Of the few shows I've seen this night, I will give you my rating for them.


How I Met Your Mother: Status- Currently on at 8/7 Central on CBS on Mondays. It is also in syndication on various networks. In addition to the current season, there will be at least one more season after this one. Why I've seen it- My brother watches the show and sometimes I did too. I slowly got into it as it progressed. Description- A man tells the story of how he met his wife and the adventures his friends and he had during this time. Notable People- Jason Segal, known for some movies like The Muppets, is Marshall. Neil Patrick Harris, known for his movies, hosting award shows, and Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog is Barney. Bob Saget, known mostly for his work on Full House, has an uncredited role of the narrator, but he is not the main character. Pros- It is an interesting show that has good plots and a recurring storyline. It has some better planning on what has happened and what will happen on the show, although it messes up sometimes like all shows. It is probably the most well thought out show. They constantly reference the past in case you didn't see it. Cons- The main point of this series has still not been answered. Some of the sexual references are weird. If you aren't into the show, it can be hard to stay into it as the show has a recurring storyline which is easy to miss. It can be too drawn out with its story arcs. Recommendation- Watch it if you like it. Prediction- It might find a natural end at the end of the seasons that are currently ordered. How long can it last? Grade: B-.


Bones: Status- Currently on at 8/7 Central on FOX on Mondays and in syndication. It has gotten renewed for another season which will make it FOX's longest running drama since House is ending. Why I've seen it- Randomly watched certain episodes. Description- A different type of drama, it investigates crimes where not much of the body remains. Pros- The chemistry between the two leads is interesting enough for the writers to give them a child on the show. The opposites seem to attract. Cons- The timeslot keeps changing, which makes it hard to catch. Recommendation- I haven't seen enough of it at the time, but it has my interest and I'll keep watching. Prediction- I see no reason why it will leave the airwaves anytime soon, but you'll never know what might happen. Some may say that it jumped the shark this season. Grade: Withdrawn from consideration at this point in time.


2 Broke Girls: Status- Currently on CBS at 8:30/7:30 Central on Mondays. New this season, it replaces last season's Mad Love. Why I've seen it- The opportunity to watch it once to see if it was any good and my devotion to the CBS network. Description- This show is about, well, two broke girls. Pros- This show won the People's Choice Award for best new comedy. Cons- The acting is crap. The characters are weak. The transition music is stupid. The show is otherwise pointless. Recommendation- There is no reason you should watch it. Prediction- It might last because most people who have seen this don't have my opinion of it. Grade: F.


Two and a Half Men: Status- It is currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Mondays and syndication on various networks. Why I've seen it- Curious about what it was like. Noteworthiness- It killed off the former main character when the actor who portrayed him went crazy. It is currently the longest running comedy on CBS. Description- I honestly don't know what the point of the show is or the basic plot. Notable People- Ashton Kutcher, known for his movies and That 70's Show, is the main actor. Chuck Lorre, known for shows like Dharma and Greg as well as The Big Bang Theory, created the show. Pros- It is a popular comedy that can be funny at times. Even the change of main characters keeps the show in basically the same format and it might now be slightly better. Cons- There is too much sex and crap like that. The change of main characters brought no change to the show. Recommendation- It is kind of interesting and the old show that I liked is now gone. Prediction- Since this show is still the best in the demographic, this will stay on the air until people stop watching. Even if CBS passes on more episodes in the future, another network might give it a shot. Grade: C-.


House: Status- Currently on at 9/8 Central on FOX on Mondays. It is on its last season right now. Why I've seen it- Peer pressure, the fact that I hadn't seen it, and the need to find a medical drama to watch all the time. Description- A doctor named House uses any method to save his patients. Pros- The show is interesting to some people. Cons- The show is boring. Recommendation- It doesn't matter if you watch it anymore since it will be ending. I only ever watched it because there was nothing else good on at the time for the whole entire hour. Grade: C.


Mike & Molly: Status- Currently on CBS at 9:30/8:30 Central on Mondays. It was new last season. It replaced The New Adventures of Old Christine. It was once the most watched new comedy. Why I've seen it- Curious about the show, plus my devotion to CBS. Description- An overweight couple finds romance with each other. Notable People- Chuck Lorre, creator of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, is not the creator, but he is an executive producer and probably helps with a lot of the episodes. Pros- Finally a love story for fat people. The characters that you know are going to be together actually get together. A lot of it is Emmy material. Cons- The acting and writing could use some work. About half of it is complete crap. Arguably, the only reason it is on is because it is after Two and a Half Men. Recommendation- You can watch it if you want to. It's better than nothing. Prediction- I don't know how long it will last, but it could last a while. Grade: C-.


Castle: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Mondays. Why I've seen it- Recommended by my brother and not that great a devotion to any other show at the time. Noteworthiness- Two tie-in novels under a character's name that are referenced on the show have been published in real life. Because it is on right after Dancing with the Stars throughout 2/3 of the season, that helps the show's ratings. Description- A writer of novels assists the police in solving murders and other crimes in New York City. It is also about the love of the two main characters who work together and will stop at nothing to solve any case. Notable People- Nathan Fillion, known for his work on Firefly, and other shows, is the title character, Richard Castle. Pros- It is a semi-unique drama with good comedy and recurring storylines. If you like The Mentalist, you might like this show. Cons- It can take a while for some plots to be returned to in the storyline. Basic plots get repeated constantly. Recommendation- Watch this show. It is very good. Prediction- The network would be a fool to ever get rid of this show so let's hope that they are not foolish. I see it lasting for a good time and think that another network would love the show on its network if ABC is, in fact, foolish enough to cancel it. Grade: A.


Hawaii Five-O: Status- Currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Mondays. It occupies the old CSI: Miami timeslot and replaced Cold Case. It was new last season. Why I've seen it- Devotion to the CBS network and curious about what the show is about. Noteworthiness- It is a remake of an old, popular show. It started out as the most watched new drama on television. It has already been sold into syndication, which is rare for a show this new. There have also been crossovers between it and NCIS: Los Angeles. Description- An elite crime fighting team works in Hawaii to solve cases. Notable People- Alex O'Loughlin, known for his work on Moonlight, Three Rivers, and some movies, is McGarrett. Daniel Dae Kim, known for his work on Lost and other shows, is a cast member as well. Pros- This show is actually filmed where it set. It is an interesting drama. The bickering between the two leads is entertaining. Cons- Some of the methods the characters use to catch the perps are unethical. It is a remake, and thus could just be considered trying to reclaim what it once was. Recommendation- Watch this if you don't watch Castle or record it for later. Prediction- It will last awhile. Grade: B.


Smash: Status- Currently on NBC at 10/9 Central on Mondays. It has been renewed for another season. Why I've seen it- It sounded interesting and the critics love it. Noteworthiness- It is a musical drama, one of currently only two. Description- It is the behind the scenes look at the making of a Broadway play. Pros- This is a good idea and an alternative to Glee, if you need one. It has good ratings. The songs are actually original. Cons- It is a rip-off of High School Musical (the movie), like Glee is. The morals are bad. Recommendation- I think that it is good enough to watch, but not important enough to watch all the time. Prediction- It's a hit and should stay around. Grade: B-.