My Relationship with Television (Fall 2014)

my tv schedule

Being a huge fan of television shows and having published a post about all the new ones airing this fall, I figured it was about time I’d write a post about what is happening with my television schedule! There are a lot of different kind of emotions going around, a variety of feelings so I decided to give this post a little unique twist to make it more fun.

DIVORCED: GONE FOR GOOD

divorced

There is always a little bug of doubt with shows returning for a new season – will they still be as amazing, will it have a great impact, will it maintain its status in your TV schedule. One of the most painful moments this fall was the addition of Jennifer Love Hewitt to Criminal Minds because I  broke up with one of my favorite shows. It’s not that the show itself lost all its magic with the new season, it was slowly becoming tiring and Love Hewitt’s addition was just the last straw. What a sad sad loss but as you’ll find out soon, there’s still crime in my life.

Another sad thing is being dumped which happened with Manhattan Love Story. This show didn’t blow my mind or anything but it surely wasn’t bad enough to be cancelled so early on. I miss it but I’m not overly devastated about it either. It’s sort of emotionless state of mind with this new show that never really made it.

At one point in the past, I stopped watching 2 Broke Girls as well as New Girl but I think I have finally accepted the fact that I’ve given up on these shows for good. The same goes for The Big Bang Theory this season because I’ve tried to watch it but I simply can’t be bothered anymore. I just grew out of it and that’s that.

ONE NIGHT STAND: BORED

one night stand

Every now and then, I try a show out. Take it for a ride and test it, so many never pass, others do and sometimes I’m just not feeling it until I come back to it years later. This year I gave my best to give shows a chance with me and Gotham didn’t grab it. Now, I have a feeling I just wasn’t in the mood but also, I’m not really interested by it at the moment. There’s just not enough to grab me and the same goes for three newcomers on air at the moment: The Mysteries of Laura, Bad Judge and to be honest, The Flash.

Now, I’m cheating here a bit because I’ve seen the last three more than once but I’m just not impressed by these shows, and this would be the best category for these particular shows. They are there and I just don’t care. But the saddest indifference towards a show is Red Band Society which had a really promising start! I loved it, and I think I still do, I just haven’t watched it since episode 2 and that makes me wonder if it’s time to let go for good…

REBOUND: I NEEDED YOU

reboundAs I said in the beginning, the loss of Criminal Minds has actually been rather calm and my feelings are tamed. Part of it is thanks to two new crime-related shows that were there just when I needed them. And though rebounds usually don’t last, as it implies a middle stage, I have high hopes for them both, or more for one, to make it all the way.

How To Get Away With Murder is definitely in a good place, it has a center story line and yet, it has so many flashbacks and promises to keep. Would it burn after this flashback is over, that is my question because it seems to be progressing rather fast and I’m always worried when it comes to Shonda due to her skill of writing a strong opening season and then slowly, but steadily, draining the life out of the show. The same worry applies to Stalker which has a very intriguing leading man who is bound to get caught or escalate and that worries me. Clearly, I’m more addicted and happy about rebounding with How To Get Away With Murder because there’s some amazing writing going on in that show… until Shonda goes on a rampage and ruins everything.

CRUSH ALERT: SO MUCH POTENTIAL

crush alertIn that sense, with all my worries in regards to the crime shows mentioned earlier, Forever is in a much better place because it is progressing nicely and with ease. It doesn’t force the big picture question into our faces in each episode but it subtly applies it every now and then. I like the show, I like it a lot and it’s one step away from being my favorite this fall season. Though I do miss the realism aspect compared to Criminal Minds but I can’t have it all I guess. And, with Castle loosing a bit of its magic this season, Forever is a nice addition to the male/female friendship bundle on television this fall season.

Now comes the surprise of a life time because while I had written this show off as one of the ones I was definitely not going to watch, Jane the Virgin had me hooked! Seriously unique and refreshing, it is funny and it is using the classical clichés as a tool to make good television. Then there’s the voice over guy who works so well with the genre Jane the Virgin has established itself in. I’m not sure what it is exactly but I’m enjoying every minute of it and I actually wait to watch it each week. Yes, I myself am as surprised as you are!

Last but not least, The Affair which I already gushed about in my Pilot post. What a show, how fine and how gorgeous it all looks. I’ve now skipped some weeks in order to watch multiple episodes in a row because I always feel a bit sad when I finish an episode and can’t watch another one. Sometimes it helps to keep a distance from something you like a lot, it makes you like it a lot more when you finally get back to it. Plus, I haven’t really had the time and The Affair deserves my full attention!

LOVE REKINDLED: TOGETHER AGAIN AT LAST

love rekindledThis category emerged when I discovered there are three shows I’ve been enjoying a lot more this season than I remembered. First one being The Walking Dead which I had the pleasure to rekindle my love with by watching the entire fourth season in three days because I saw a gif on tumblr and got curious. Man, that show needs major props for keeping up their production and taking it to new levels each season. Yes, the story lines sometimes lack a certain touch and the Governor was simply a bad season but with the group splitting up like that, awesome!

Then there’s the show I’ve been watching since the beginning, and the last seasons have gone by simply because of habit, until this season for some reason grabbed my attention again. I’m talking about The Vampire Diaries. Now, yes, it’s probably the only show that I could define as my guilty pleasure, but it’s now sort of becoming better than that. With new characters and the lack of Elena with Salvadore brothers, I’m more invested in it because it is somehow more simple now. But I might be wrong because they are pushing Caroline and Stefan which makes me super mad and I might put out that love that has so surprisingly emerged.

But, the best phoenix moment this year has without a doubt been The Good Wife. My god, how good is this show!? I almost gave up when they killed off Will but this show proved me wrong. I saw some gifs on tumblr, watched the episodes I missed last season, started with the newest season and it was the best decision of my life! The show is what Shonda should be doing, keeping its integrity season after season, building the stakes and making us excited. The performances are spot on, I love every character, though I’m slowly loosing my interest in Kalinda who hasn’t really progressed anywhere for multiple seasons now. That being said, I need a love interest for Alicia soon, I sense things but I need more because a campaign with a secret affair done in The Good Wife manner – perfection!

HAPPILY MARRIED

MARRIED

I should have just one true partner but I have two.. one of which has been on air longer and yet still has the spark, the other that is more fresh but just as good. I’m talking about Modern Family and The Mindy Project! These two are shows that I wait for right after I finish a new episode especially during fall as it is dark and ugly outside, these shows make me happy, they bring me light. Yes, there are others, yes there will be others but I wanted to praise just these two.

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What are your favorites this fall season and have any of these new shows mentioned here become your favorite as well?

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20 thoughts on “My Relationship with Television (Fall 2014)”

  1. Relationships with TV! Really nice take on it! 🙂 I’ve been trying to get back to Criminal Minds. I stopped right before Love Hewitt joined so I don’t know the effect she has on it yet. Right now, I’m watching The Flash, Arrow and TVD.

    TVD really did pick itself up this season. I agree that Elena and Salvatore brothers not so involved is somewhat refreshing. Do you love Enzo? I think he is a great character. Plus, the whole throwing Damon and Bonnie together into the unknown was an original plot from the books (since they followed nothing from that except the names), I thought it was a smart move to do that. Makes for some nice character development.

    I’m still not sure about The Flash. I keep watching it every week because I just want to see the crossover episode. How do they put two shows with different tones together? Pretty curious about that. It has some hidden potential. Its just I discussed with my boyfriend about this. How do you make a guy who only can run fast and not fight back a superhero? There’s only so much evading before its not so exciting anymore. Still, I hold hope. Give it up to midseason finale.

    1. Thank you for this long comment! It’s a rare thing on my site it seems. 😀

      I haven’t watched the latest TVD but it seems now as Damon and Bonnie are separate and Damon wants Elena back it might get messy and stupid again. Let’s just hope this season maybe continues to have a sort of sophisticated edge to it.

      The Flash was promising but I haven’t really gotten into it as much as I thought. The same with Arrow as well..For some reason, these superhero shows aren’t really doing it to me.. Smallville also never did get me hooked. 😀

      1. I haven’t watched the latest ep either for TVD but I feel like this season they’ve taken a new growth. The sub characters especially the new ones tend to push each others boundaries. I dont think they will let Elena and Damon get back so easily.
        I actually really love Arrow. Its hard to find a series that keeps a really good pace with its story. I never saw Smallville much. Maybe half an ep. But I never got back to watching Agents of SHIELD. It supposedly gets better after where I stopped. So many superhero shows.
        Did you see Constantine? I want to check it out but havent had time yet.

        1. Maybe they have a new writer or something? I watched the latest New Girl because my friend was crying from laughing at it felt like somebody completely different had written the episode.. 😀

          Constatine was good.. I like the leading character, and actor, he is gloomy and somehow it works so well with the accent and everything. But it all depends on how they continue.. I didn’t want to write about it yet because there hasn’t been much of it so far.

  2. I enjoyed your take on this. Relationships with TV sums it up well.

    I’m personally really impressed with The Flash, but then again, I’m simply a Flash fan. I actually like that Barry’s not simply pummeling enemies until they drop, rather, he’s using his head to outsmart them and get them to defeat themselves. It’s a nice change, in my opinion.

    I’m also enjoying Gotham more than I expected, as Penguin has always been my least favorite Batman villain. However, it did take several episodes to get going. The first couple episodes were bogged down with character introductions. Now, intrigue abounds!

    1. Thanks, I’m quietly proud of this take myself.

      Like I said to Kim in my previous answer, for me, I guess the whole superhero TV show concept has never worked so.. I mean.. kudos for those who enjoy them but I’m just sticking with superhero movies.

  3. I haven’t watched a lot of TV as of late with the exception of South Park. That’s pretty much it as the one thing that I’ve started to withdraw myself from as of late is WWE Monday Night RAW for the past 2 months. I’ve just become very disillusioned with the WWE product as I’m not enthralled by it or entertained by it at all. I’m not the only one as a lot of wrestling fans have begun to tune out because of how bad it is.

    1. Woah.. your TV is totally different than mine. I guess you would have more time on your hands to watch movies if you skip all these TV shows on air at the moment. To think of it, there are way too many out there.

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  4. I was a bit skeptical with Jane the Virgin at first, but I got hooked! It’s one of those shows that I wish would release episodes a lot faster because one week is not enough. How to Get Away With Murder was slowly losing its momentum until the Asher episode, where everything picks up again! Modern Family and The Mindy Project are still on my watch list as well, but I’m hoping the Mindy-Danny relationship doesn’t burn the dynamics of the show (although with characters like Morgan, the show is far from being dull).

  5. I’m only watching TBBT, Modern Family and AHS these days, barely have time for these too. Damn, everyone is giving up on TBBT I don’t think it got worse, it’s still very funny at least for me 🙂

    1. Well.. MF is the only comedy I watch thrse days so it is not TBBT.. but the genre as a whole that I seem to have cold feelings towards. If you count out MF and Jane the Virgin 😀
      Though the latest New Girl was also actually quite good.. oh and like every other comedy got cancelled this season so I mean.. TBBT is keeping the level high for new ones for sure.

  6. LOVE this post! Definitely one of the most original ideas for one. I definitely want to feature this on my next ALL EYES ON BLOGGERS edition just for the creativity props. Very cool!

    I’m currently loving The Walking Dead, and I feel like they really improved the show in seasons 4 and currently 5. I wish I could watch more live, but my schedule doesn’t allow it. Hence, I’m always watching recorded TV (right now Chuck and Gilmore Girls).

    1. Thanks a lot I did try to find a more innovative way to put all those TV thoughts into a post. 🙂

      TWD has been a lot better these days but maybe it’s just the fact that they be on a constant move now.. instead of the static hideout they had for a whole season.

      1. Yeah, I appreciated how they broke up the group and put different characters together that I never would have expected to bond or even have a conversation, for that matter. The show needed some ruffling up, and it seems to have improved it since.

        1. Yes but I do need some team time soon enough because it’s getting now too sloppy.. but I guess it will happen soon enough with the gang getting back together to save Carol.

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