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The Fall TV Schedule – Who Gets The Hook First?


Fall TV: The TV schedule is not just baseball and “reality” on the networks anymore.

Fall TV schedule for the networks

Network schedule. Or where the vanilla go to play.

My TV schedule is about to get a lot more cluttered. It’s nearing the beginning of the traditional fall TV season. You know, the time of year that Americans huddle around their TV’s and begin to pack on the winter insulation. As my summer favorites – “Suits,” “Burn Notice,” “Breaking Bad,” “Wilfred” and “Falling Skies,” (all of which are NOT on network TV, by the way) for example – finish up their summer seasons, and Labor Day comes and goes, it’s time to reset the DVR. Some of my favorite shows were renewed (“Community” and “30 Rock” among them) for short seasons this year. A few of my old favorites are unfortunately clinging to life (“The Office”). And, there are some new shows that I am looking forward to checking out. Continue reading

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I’ve Been “Censored.”

Well, not really. But it feels like it.

As the television networks have the Parents Television Council, OffTopicTim has his friends.

Lately, a few of them have been turned off by the cynicism, which they say has grown and infested my latest posts. (The fact that they were about politics, the MOST cynical of entertainment sports, appears to be lost on them. It’s just that John Stewart, Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert have TEAMS of writers to make their cynicism sound funnier.)

Normally, I would react to this “friendsorship” like I do most censorship proponents as a child would to an annoying dog who barks incessantly: I’d swat it on the nose and say, “No!”

But, as I am a struggling writer, with a blog that hasn’t quite received the traction and promotion from those friends that I wish it had, it pains me to say that I need to temper my message a bit to bring in a larger audience. Besides, I still want them to invite me to things, even though a lot of them are unaffordable to me.

A special ‘thank you’ to Doug and Shawn.

But, I really want to thank Doug W. and Shawn P. who have been champions of my blog to their friends and promoting it to their followers and FB friends. Thanks, Guys!!!!

So, with a wounded ego, a fractured self-worth and long spiraling self-esteem, not all of which are the result of getting rapped on the knuckles by friends, I will no longer be writing cynical blog posts about politics, nor any negative pieces about anything on this blog. I’ll continue with “offtopics” that (hopefully) amuse and entertain you all as much as possible. I’ll miss railing against CNN and NBC and their questionable programming choices. And I’ll miss calling out the idiocy of politics here. I’ll even miss talking about bad dates (hell, I’d be grateful for ANY date right now…).

It might turn out that I won’t be able to post every day anymore. The list of drafts in the pipeline will have to be deleted and replaced with other (off)topics.

If you DO want to hear more about politics, send me an email to offtopictim@gmail.com and I’ll direct you to another blog where divergent viewpoints can be shared and political discourse can continue between those who love to hate politics.

Until next time everyone, Happy INDEPENDENCE Day!

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NBC = Not BAD Choices (Not totally great, either)

(I’m off to see how “dumb” I can lower myself today. Ac-ting!!!)

Yesterday were the “upfronts,” at which the big networks show off what TV shows they’ve decided to keep and what pilots they’ve picked up for the next “season” of TV to their advertisers. A lot of this decision making, especially at NBC, often appears to be done by 15 year-old juvenile horny monkey accountants. How else can you explain the greenlighting of such riveting, award-winning shows such as “The Playboy Club,” “Whitney,” “Prime Suspect,” and “The Firm?” Yet, “Chuck” continually fought for survival year in and year out. AND, somehow “Smash” received a second season…

But, a glimmer of hope peeked through the clouds yesterday when it was announced that NBC realized what it had by renewing “30 Rock” and “Community” BUT at only 13 episodes. Mother-f*ckers. Grow a pair of balls and give them full seasons. We all know that this will be the last season of “30 Rock,” and after a little bit of a false start this season, they have demonstrated that Tina Fey and crew have no shortage of story lines for the TGS gang.  Surely, a 22 episode season is a great way to send off a show that has won NBC multiple Emmy’s. Isn’t it?

But, more perplexing to me is the Caesar-eque sideways thumb that was giving to “Community.” NBC has their version of “Arrested Development” on its hands. This is a show that doesn’t set you up with joke-joke-joke, physical pratfall, joke-pay off joke. (If it does, it is smart enough to call attention to it right in the story.) It’s odd, which scares people who need the above formula. It’s characters are rich, diverse, and everyday. It’s hardly crass, which seems to be what sells in today’s society. “Community” is what it says it is: a community of individuals that makes for a great, fun half  hour at 8 P.M. on Thursday nights. It’s a riot. Watch it.

And NBC, as I fold my arms and tap my feet here I am still waiting on a pick up for “Parks & Rec” and “Up All Night.”

P.S. The uber-nerd in me was geeked out and glad to know my Friday nights are now booked as the CW and Fox renewed “Supernatural” and “Fringe” respectively.

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