Monday, January 7, 2013


As Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Day slip into the recent past, today marks the beginning of another tradition...

As we begin the new year in the "real world," the weird and wacky world of broadcast television begins it's annual two-to-three week period known as "Mid-Season."

Mid-Season is the time when many of the TV shows that debuted in the Fall with so much hype and hoopla and a few shows that have been around for a while that have "jumped the shark" or just plain petered out, get "voted off the island." To be replaced, with less hype, by shows that didn't make the "first draft" in the fall, but maybe, just maybe, will do better than the shows they are replacing.

(Did The Blog mix way too many metaphors in that last paragraph?)

(Yes, he did.)

First, one word about the Fall 2012 television season.



Nothing much about this season really rocked The Blog the way last season's "Once Upon a Time," "Grimm" or "Revenge" did.

The PC actually, kinda liked "Animal Practice." But, apparently, no one else did.

Against all predictions, "The Neighbors" is hanging in there. A human family moves into a neighborhood inhabited by aliens (the outer space kind, not, well, you know.)
An interesting idea, but too self consciously cute for The Blog.

The PC had high hopes for "666 Park Avenue." But, he grew bored with it long before his Tivo™ did. And, it would seem, so did the rest of the country.

The usual batch of legal dramas, police procedurals, "Odd Couple" sitcoms and oh so many singing, dancing and cooking competitions have come and gone.

And then there were the inevitable "The New Girl" clones.


The Blog does like "Elementary" an awful lot!

The Blog is an unapologetic "Sherlockian," and has been enjoying this "House, MD meets Castle" take on the classic detective series.

(Even though he finds the show to be a near doppelganger of the USA series "Perception." Which he also likes.)

But, The PC has gotten a peek at the mid-season replacements, and he is not excited.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I had hoped for a run of the "Munsters" reboot, "Mockingbird Lane."

Alas, that train seems to have left the station.

Once A&E figures out when they want to debut "Bates Motel," a prequel/modern day reboot of "Psycho," The Blog will be checking it out.

Everything else seems to be more of the same.

I think that the next few months will be Netfix, Redbox and old "Castle" episodes on Tivo™ until next season.

And "Once Upon a Time." The best new show from last season.

Some thoughts about that, tomorrow night.

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