Okay, I’m a little late on the Lost train. My dad and sister have come to love the show, so I gave it a shot. In about 5 days (one a sick day in which I spent all day watching past episodes while in bed) I caught up with the series. It is a great show, but it made me think about shows like Lost. Shows such as Lost, Surface, and Prison Break are a tough sell to new viewers. If you weren’t watching from the beginning, it’s hard to catch on as the story is in-depth. Now, I don’t watch Prison Break but I did watch Surface. Surface was good until I got sick of seeing the previews for the upcoming episodes and then the scenes wouldn’t even be in the upcoming episode, but an episode way down the line. They catch you like this to keep you watching, but I got sick of it. It was because of this, and its long hiatus, that I quit watching the show. Lost I was able to get into because I was able to watch all of the first season and all the episodes that have shown up until this point in season 2. The problem with these shows, for the networks anyway, is that their life spans are short. People aren’t going to want to watch season after season to see someone break out of prison or people get rescued. These shows are in for the short run. If networks try and extend them longer, they lose viewers and that leads to an un-climactic ending that most are disappointed with. I hope lost doesn’t go this way. I seriously see Lost only lasting another season. I don’t know how much I could take of seeing what these survivors go through for much more than that. Prison Break is another example. People are waiting for the guy to break out of prison. Keep leading them along and it’s only going to hurt the show. Maybe this is the way of network series now. No longer do we have the Cosby Shows, West Wings, and MASHs that are able to last season after season. People’s attention spans are shorter and shorter each season it seems. How I Met Your Mother was another such show that seems to have climbed past the “waiting for an ending” stigma. It started out with each episode dealing with a new girl that may or may not be the “mother” of the title. They have since somewhat abandoned that and started developing rich characters and amusing story lines. (Neil Patrick Harris’ Barney is a great character). Shows like Lost, Prison Break, and Surface won’t be able to do this, so what will become of them? Hopefully, networks realize that even though they are hugely popular, that they must end at an appropriate time to do the show justice. Anyway, there is my little rant on TV. I hope that Lost doesn’t outstay it’s welcome and won’t last past its third season.

The Boondocks

The Boondocks, the genius comic strip created by Aaron McGruder is finally making its way to the small screen. After being delayed several times (moving networks, and the usual delays that come with a animated program) the cartoon starring Regina King and John Witherspoon will make its debut this Sunday night during the Adult Swim block on the Cartoon Network. The show focuses on two black children and their grandfather living in white suburbia. The Boondocks has been one of my favorite comic strips for years and I’m excited about what kind of controversy this show can stir up. This cartoon won’t be for everyone though. Those that are offended by racial issues, Bush bashing, and common sense need not watch. The offical site (which is still under construction) can be found at: Boondocks.net.

I don’t really watch tv shows on a regular basis, but these two shows have caught my interest. These are, without a doubt, the two best shows on television right now. Entourage is a great show. I became addicted to it this summer, and have since bought season 1 on dvd. The writing is great, the insider view of Hollywood is interesting, and the guest appearances are really entertaining (Val Kilmer as a sherpa was hilarious). Jeremy Piven is excellent as Vincent Chase’s agent. Check it out on Sunday nights on HBO. You will not be disappointed.

The other show I started watching is Weeds on Showtime. Mary Louise Parker is great in this show about a suburban mom who sells marijuana to the other suburbanites. This show’s portrayal of suburbia is hilarious, if not altogether accurate. You can also find this show on Sunday nights.

Hi, my name is Shep. I am NOT addicted to tv. It amazes me how many people are. Sure, I watch television for background noise when I’m doing other things, but I DO NOT base my life around programs like more and more Americans do each day. Am I the only one who thinks that this is ridiculous? Tivo has become the standard for people who can’t watch every single one of their television programs. Tivo the OC tonight, I can’t watch it. Tivo Survivor because I’ll be watching American Idol which is on at the same time. It is horrifying how addicted we as a society have become.

What pulled this little rant from the depths of my mind? Someone came into the computer lab today when I was working. She had a portable television and was watching tv while browsing the net. It is so sad that she couldn’t leave her television to come to class and/or the computer labs.