What I'm watching this summer: Kevin's list
by Kevin Kelly, posted Jun 18th 2007 10:01AM
First I thought this would be a summer filled with possibly watching one or two summer series, and then catching up on the growing stack of books in my "to be read" pile ... but somehow it's morphed into the "DVR + TV shows on DVD Summer of Rock " *fanfare*. It's actually not that dramatic, but I like to stick fanfare in whenever I can. Theme songs are one thing, but fanfare can pepper mundane events with joy. "Here's your latte, sir." *fanfare* See what I mean?
Battlestar Galactica: I might as well get it out of the way now ... yes, I'm a geek. Or is the term are we using the nerd term here? It's possibly even dork. At any rate, I'm one of 'em. I've already seen all of these shows at least once, but when the season ended I decided to go back and watch them all again, and then again after that with the commentary turned on. Slightly insane, I know, but there's some great stuff in there. If I stretch it out, I might just make it last until the new episodes start coming out.
Entourage: I was addicted to this show from day one, although my girlfriend at the time hated it. We're not dating anymore, so draw your own conclusions there. (No, I didn't break up with someone over a tv show ... come on! Now, if they hated Battlestar ...) I have no idea why there is only a short break between last season and this one, but who's complaining?
The Shield: Yes, I know the season is over, but this is the only show that I've actually bought every episode of for an entire season on iTunes. That means I can watch one wherever I happen to drag my laptop, which so far has included coffeeshops, the airport, hotels, a friend's house, and the subway. Hopefully even just the image of Michael Chikis as Vic Mackey is enough to scare potential thieves away.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Hey, it was number 30 on a list of top sci-fi shows of all time! Plus, it was based on the 1961 film of the same name. It also had the brains of Irwin Allen, the "Master of Disaster" (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno) behind it. It's set in an undersea world with vehicles like the Flying Sub and the Seaview. Lots of underwater action, cold war plotlines, sci-fi gadgets ... what's not to love?
Big Love: Did you ever think a show about multiple wives would be the vehicle to get Bill Paxton into a TV show? I sure didn't. However, I loved the first season of this show, so you can bet I'll be back onboard this summer. The promos they've been running on HBO look great, and Harry Dean Stanton still looks like he could kick about ten different asses before breakfast. If Bill keeps marrying, he just might get to.
John from Cincinatti: I know, the first episode had people going "What the heck was that?" But I loved it for some reason. I like that it's not a simple formula like Guy A = bad, Guy B = good and so forth. It's weird when the show's most "normal" character is supposed to be the crazy one, but what can I say. Thankfully it's watching shows like this that keeps me from devolving into a crazed crossword puzzle solver, or some sort of drooling chess player.
This American Life: I'm still addicted to the radio version of this show, and I need to catch up on the episodes of the TV version that have been slipping past me, secretly, in the nighttime. I wasn't sure if they'd be able to successfully make the jump to television, but they really pulled it off without losing their charm. If anything, they added a lot more.
The Tudors: This is one of the shows I'll be playing catchup on. Several of my friends liked this so much that they started having "Tudors watching parties" when the new episodes were on. Now, if you ever told me there would be viewing parties for a tv show about Henry VIII, I'd have called you insane. Then I would have had the song "I'm Henerey the Eighth, I am" stuck in my head. Instead, it looks like I'll be eating my words and finding out what everyone seems to love about this show.
Hidden Palms: My single guilty pleasure had to make the list somewhere. I know it's a Kevin Williamson show, and it's sort of O.C.-lite, but I can't stop watching. Although when friends call, and they hear the TV in the background, I always tell them I'm watching a very dense documentary about the lemur. My love for this show has to remain a secret shame. For now, I'm embracing the bad acting, summer eye candy, and plot twists. Mock if you will, but it's addictive. Although, this summer might be the only time I have to keep this secret behind doors.
Besides all the watching, I'm also going to make a serious effort at putting a dent in this stack of books. I feel like right when I have a chance to pick up the first one, the new Harry Potter will drop, and set me back even further. Curse you, boy wizard!