The new television season

Is it just me?  Is there something wrong with me?  Maybe the shows on my television are really great, and I’m just not seeing it.

I suppose I should qualify this by saying I don’t have cable.  I just can’t afford it.  I really enjoy some of the shows I get on DVD: The Shield, Rescue Me, Deadwood, Entourage.  If I want to watch something when it’s actually on, I’m stuck with network TV.

Which is sad.

For the last two years, I only watched one show: Lost.  I was a HUGE Lost fan.  Maybe that’s why I’m amazed it only took the Lost producers three episodes to make me lose all interest in the show.  I plan to watch for the next three weeks, see if they can hook me again, but right now I’m really doubting I’ll be back after the hiatus.

Heroes is being touted as the new Lost, but right now the quality is too sporadic.  I loved the pilot, was bored as hell by the second episode, skipped episode three, and then episode four was better than the pilot.  I feel like I’m on a goddamn teeter-totter.

This week’s Studio 60 almost knocked me unconscious with boredom until the final scene between Matt and Harriet.

Gave 30 Rock a try.  That may have been the most painful thirty minutes of television I’ve ever sat through.  It’s no good when I’m sitting there at minute 29 thinking, didn’t somebody say the last 30 seconds were hilarious?  I’ll wait for that.

On the plus side, I read Off Road by Sean Murphy last night.  This graphic novel, published by Oni Press, will easily land in the top five books I’ve read this year.  Great stuff.