Our summer viewing pleasure in review

Posted: Saturday, September 18, 2010 by Travis Cody in

Back at the beginning of June I ran down the programs we were looking forward to during the summer.  Here's the recap.

My Lakers won another NBA championship!

We're still catching up with True Blood.  We're not really enjoying it all that much, but I'm hoping the last few episodes will pick up.

Top Shot was enjoyable.  I could have done without the silly drama between the competitors, but the guy who won was decent enough.  The final challenge was well designed for maximum tension and came down to the final couple of shots.

Lie To Me was outstanding!  Tim Roth leads a really excellent ensemble.

White Collar...damn that show!  There just aren't enough episodes.  And now I have to wait until January to find out if Mozzie makes it!  Dammit!

So You Think You Can Dance came to a somewhat predictable but very satisfying conclusion, with Lauren Froderman walking away as the Season 7 champion.

I really enjoyed Hot In Cleveland.  And it has been picked up for another season, so I've got my eyes peeled for the return.

USA Network has a winner with Burn Notice.  I missed the first couple of seasons, so I'll look for those on DVD.  At least we only have to wait until November for this one to return.

We found some other fun shows we enjoyed too like Warehouse 13 (campy and fun) and Haven (spooky) on SciFi Channel, and Covert Affairs (Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham are terrific) on USA Network.

So now we've got to check out the new season of TV.  And you know first up we've got the premier of Dancing with the Stars on Monday!!  Here's some of the other programs we're checking out:

  • Castle (ABC):  We like the chemistry between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic.
  • Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC):  The cast looks interesting, and I'll usually check out a new cop drama and give it a chance.  I'm always looking for another show that's as good as I thought Homicide: Life on the Street was.
  • Hawaii Five-O (CBS):  We'll check this one out.  It's a cop drama, and it's based on what I think is one of the all time cop dramas.  Plus we like Scott Caan, who plays Danno.
  • NCIS (CBS):  This is a favorite.  
  • NCIS Los Angeles (CBS):  We were a little disappointed in this show, but we'll give the second season a chance.
  • The Defenders (CBS):  I'm not much for lawyer shows, but this one has Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell, so we'll at least give it a look.
  • The Mentalist (CBS):  This is a favorite we'll return to.  When we last left Patrick Jane, he had been in the room with the serial killer Red John.
  • Blue Bloods (CBS):  It's another new cop drama.  This one brings Tom Selleck back to series television, so we'll check it out.
  • The Event (NBC):  No more Lost and no more Flash Forward.  So NBC has their entry into the "it looks like we're just making shit up as we go" genre.  This show will be on a very short leash.
  • Glee (FOX):  We don't really watch it that closely.  Mostly we fast forward through the program and stop on the musical numbers.
  • Lie To Me (FOX):  Sweet!  It returns in November and moves to Wednesday.
  • Human Target (FOX):  Definitely looking forward to the return of this show.  This show is made by the cast of Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley.
OK.  That's quite a bit of series programming.  Good thing we have the DVR! 


  1. Debra says:

    I wished I could enjoy TV as I once did, but I just don't find that much I like to watch anymore.

    I am watching some old movies that I liked the first time I saw them like "One flew over the Coo Coo's nest" and I dearly love "The Out of Towners" with Jack Lemon.

    You know me Trav...I'm fly paper for freaks! LOL!I love all the crazy stuff, why I even watch "Hoarders" on TLC!!!

    Oh...and football of course...

  1. Akelamalu says:

    X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are my favourite TV shows at the moment.

  1. Barb says:

    House, Bones and Lie To Me are my favorites. And of course, I loved Hot in Cleveland!

  1. Several of these looked pretty good to me but I just haven't had a chance to catch any of them.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trav, can you explain a little to me what the 5 on Fridays is? How do I sign up? Is there a website dedicated to it? Thanks, Amy

  1. Debra: I don't know that we'd watch so much if we didn't have the DVR. We record most of the things we watch except for sports.

    Akelamalu: I wish we got SCD here!

    Barb: My mom is a Bones fan. I tried it, but sometimes it's just a little too icky for me.

    Charles: I'm just glad that there are some programs on these days that we can enjoy. There was a time not too long ago when I wasn't much interested in what was on.

    Amy: Hi there! 5 on Friday is a little weekly feature I made up earlier this year. Check out this post http://travsthoughts.blogspot.com/2010/09/five-on-friday-set-34.html to see how to participate. It's all about sharing 5 songs you like each Friday, then signing the linky box so the rest of the participants can come and visit your Set.

  1. Cherie says:

    Over the summer I had access to cable tv for the first time in years, and I kinda got addicted to most of those shows USA. Never really got into Pych, but the rest a pretty darn good. Mozzie better make it. He's my favorite character on that show! ;)

  1. Linda says:

    I set the DVR for a few shows that are starting back up this week and am going to give The Defenders a try to see how I like it. I'm definitely going to miss Flashpoint when it goes on hiatus and I'm already missing Burn Notice - I show I got hooked on late and need to watch the first seasons of, too!

    I tried watching Season 3 of True Blood but I decided that I really just wasn't all that interested in it after all so gave up around Episode 6 or so.

    I'm looking forward to The Good Wife starting back up again at some point as well as Glee but as for the rest ... eh ... we'll see!

  1. I have to say, I don't think I've watched any of those shows (except for some auditions on SYTYCD.) More power to you, however!

  1. I love Lie To Me. The problem with me and television is that I consistently miss from week to week and lose track of the story line. No Tivo here.
    I think if I were not alone I'd have more interest in watching someting.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trav: That's lot of cake!