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27 September 2007 @ 01:04 am
Tee Vee  
I've been feverishly refreshing TV Torrents looking for the season premiere of Scrubs.
Then I looked again at the schedule and it airs on 25/10, not 25/09 as I had previously thought.
A whole extra month! :(

Oh well, until then I'll have to keep myself busy with Heroes, How I Met Your Mother, Survivor, QI, Californication, House, Corner Gas and My Name is Earl (the season 3 premiere screens some time in the next 24 hours).

There's also Dexter, but since the first two episodes of season 2 got leaked early, it's going to be mid-October before a new episode is out for that anyway.

The question I put to the fellow scurvy pirates reading this is: are there any awesome shows coming down the pipe at the moment that I'm missing?
Robet Éivaayvah on September 26th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Though... You realise that Heroes will be on 7 next week, right? Surely you cold save yourself some bandwidth by just waiting one week. :-P
Jacobyak_boy on September 27th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
To me, aside from the benefit of getting the shows as early as possible (as well as getting shows that don't air here at all, like QI), Bittorrent is my TiVo.

I'm terrible at remembering TV schedules and watching TV shows when they are on, not to mention often having other things to do, and I thus miss episodes all the time (just last night I completely forgot to watch Thank God You're Here).

Since I'm thoroughly anal about watching TV shows strictly in order (unless they don't have a plot, of course, like the aforementioned QI) there's no way I'm going to subject myself to the heartbreak of missing the latest episode of my favourite show simply because I forgot it was Tuesday.

Of course, the reason the networks have these shows coming fresh off the satellite, and making a big song and dance about it (as well as Heroes on 7, Californication on 10 has gotten the same treatment), is because of Bittorrent.

But, it was the networks themselves that have driven Australians to downloaded TV. Channel 7, now crowing about their new policy, were the worst offenders. Shows like Desperate Housewives were not only being broadcast four months after their US release, but the schedules were prone to change at the whim of the network - losing out to anything from sport to the (insane) assumption that nobody watches their regular TV shows during school holidays. Often these changes were sudden and unannounced, with viewers sitting down to watch the latest episode, only to be served up a repeat instead. The networks treated their viewers with utter contempt, and it has taken them until now to realise that they are reaping what they sowed in the form of losing their audience to BT (and, importantly, they have realised that they were increasingly losing mainstream Australia, and not just the techy fringe).

So, no, I don't think I'll go crawling back to the networks that treated their viewers like moronic sheep, now that they've come back hat in hand.
Robet Éivaayvah on September 27th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I understand all of that. But hey, it's HD and it saves me a bunch of bandwidth. And I do think this "better behaviour" should be encouraged, just a bit.

Honestly, I'd download a lot more if we had more bandwidth. Though my dad seems paranoid that the ISP would sniff out the massive amount of BT. Even with our "TiVo" (Foxtel Digital), we still get screwed over way too much.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on September 27th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
I don't really watch that much TV, especially not the BT versions, but a new show, Pushing Daises might be something you would be interested in watching.
Jacobyak_boy on September 27th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
That looks awesome. Thanks for the heads up.
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Jacob: Tom Waitsyak_boy on September 27th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
"The Wire has received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of urban life and uncommonly deep exploration of sociological themes"

Wow, that does sound good.

And a Tom Waits song for the opening theme (with a different version for each season!).

I have to check this show out.

Thanks for the tip.
Tombletomble on September 27th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
House Season 4 is starting. Also, check out `Hustle'. Four seasons of con artists. Prison Break s3 too, if that's your thing. I'm not even going to start Dexter until it's a fair way in.

Oh, and Reno 911 is pretty good too, 4 seasons of that plus a movie.
Jacobyak_boy on September 27th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
House is on the list. I have a real love-hate relationship with that show. Never have I watched a show so frustratingly formulaic, yet so compelling.

I was shown the premiere of Hustle way back in my TAFE screenwriting class, and I'd been meaning to watch more, but I'd forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder!

Prison Break is one I've been mulling over watching, but I'd really want to start at season one if I was going to start watching that. I think I'll leave that for the moment.

Reno 911 is one of those shows I don't mind watching from time to time when I catch it, but I don't know if I could really stand to watch it in any systematic, every-episode-in-order kind of way. The movie was good, though.
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Jacobyak_boy on September 27th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
Re: Hammer time
Oh, believe me, the show is deeply flawed, and I question myself over why I watch it.

House is meant to be the medical Sherlock Holmes - and they aren't subtle about the connection. House (Holmes, get it?) solves the medical mystery as his trusty friend Dr Watson Wilson watches on. If that's not ramming home the allusion, House actually lives at number 221B. It's very much a mystery disease of the week scenario.

I don't know why, but I find the whole thing very compelling viewing - the medical stuff is interesting (although I have no idea how accurate; apparently the most accurate portrayal of medicine on TV is on Scrubs - no kidding) and the show is filled with plenty of humour and pathos. And like the accent or hate it, Hugh Laurie's performance as House is actually superb. His accent is apparently so convincing that, when he auditioned, Bryan Singer apparently singled him out as a "real American actor".

So, that's what's good about the show. What's bad about it really is how formulaic it is:

On an episodic basis it is that whole mystery/disease of the week. The episode opens with someone collapsing, roll credits, cut to House's boss trying to convince him to look at the patient (apparently because he's such a genius he's allowed to only treat cases he finds interesting), he makes a diagnosis and starts a treatment, the patient gets worse, new diagnosis and treatment, patient gets even worse (now, they're DYING), eventually House has a Eureka moment and figures out what's going wrong with the patient (sometimes this happens after the patient is too far gone to save, but there'd be no drama if the odd patient didn't go toes up).

That summarises every episode.

But that's actually not really the formula that's the problem. The problem lies in the overarching storylines; the stories that go on over multiple episodes. That formula is extremely frustrating because it's all about the status quo.

Every single multiple episode arc involves something coming in and disrupting the status quo - and even more annoyingly it always changes the status quo (cue dramatic music) forever. And, in case you didn't see it coming, every story arc ends with everything somehow going back to how it always was.

To me, the sign of a truly great show is one that isn't afraid to really mess with the status quo (see: Whedon, Joss), one that uses disruption to the status quo for dramatic effect (will things ever get back to normal? find out next week) is just head against the wall frustrating.

And that's my issue with House - the show annoys the absolute crap out of me, but still I watch it. Why? To be honest, I'm not sure, but it's probably got a lot to do with Hugh Laurie.