NEW TV: Thursday

My Name Is Earl (7:00pm CST, NBC)

Earl is in prison now. And the show is back on track. After a hit and miss season last year, I’m hoping that the season premiere is setting the tone for the rest of the year. With Earl in jail, I’ve read that the other characters are going to be given more screen time. Not that Earl will be ignored – they managed to strike a good balance between Earl and Joy, Darnell, and Randy.

In summary, I liked it.

My rating: My Thursday night of one-camera comedies remains undefeated.

The Office (8:00pm CST, NBC)

One word. AWESOME!

Michael hits Meredith with his car. All is not well between Dwight and Angela. All is well with Pam and Jim. And Kevin shows his true colors as a Jim/Pam shipper!

This is going to be a great season, I just know it!

My rating: Hell, yes!

And tomorrow night, last but not least, Midnight.

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I guess I should tell you…

…that I’ve been posting from my new computer for a few days now. My new MacBook computer.

I didn’t say anything earlier because right now we are in the hate portion of our love/hate relationship. I know that once I figure out how to do things with it, we will move into the love phase of things, but right now it’s just frustrating to not know how to use it! I can’t even post a picture of it because I DON’T KNOW HOW!

But it is very pretty – white, to match my iPod, of course.

I’m hoping to get everything moved over on Sunday (going shopping on Saturday in Chicago with Jillian from work – and also meeting her fiance’s single, big-city-lawyer, college roommate at his housewarming party while we’re up there…). Right now all I can do is be on the Internet which actually gets old pretty quickly. So after I move everything over on Sunday, I’m going to make an appointment at the Apple store for my free half-hour, how-the-hell-do-I-make-it-do-what-I-want, introduction session after which hopefully everything will be hunky-dory between the two of us.

I just have to keep remembering that I used to hate my iPod and now I can’t imagine life without it.

Also, since my iPod has a name (Hadley Swain), I sort of feel like the iBook should have one, too. Anyone have any suggestions?

ETA: Aaaaaand, just over two months later, I realise that it’s not an iBook, it’s a MacBook. Really, it’s amazing that I can function in this technology-heavy world… 😉

NEW TV: Wednesday

Back to You (7:00pm CST, FOX)

Okay. So this actually premiered last Wednesday, but I hadn’t thought to write about the new TV programming until later, so here you go after two episodes. It stars Kelsey Grammar and Patricia Heaton and Entertainment Weekly raved about it, so it had a lot going for it. After the first episode, I was underwhelmed, to say the least. The characters were cute, but nothing special and there was an annoying backstory involving Chuck and Kelly that I think the show could have done without. At the time, I gave it two more episodes.

After seeing the second episode, I think the characters are starting to settle into place and the writers, now that they no longer have to struggle with filling the audience in on everything, are getting their acts together. I’m still hoping the awkward backstory will just sort of fade away after a few more episodes because there were a few things (mostly Fred Willard) that actually made me laugh out loud. The one drawback is the standard FOX studio audience, full of overzealous laughers. I almost expect them to start going ‘Oooooh’ and hooting and hollering a la the old Married…With Children days. It might just be that all the classy, one-camera comedies on NBC have spoiled me.

My rating: I’m generously extending their trial period to two more episodes (not counting this one) for a total of four instead of just three which means right now they’re running neck and neck with Reaper.

The Bionic Woman (8:00pm CST, NBC)

Does anyone know if this is a remake of something? A TV show from, like, the 70s or a movie of some kind? I know there was a $6,000,000 Man and a Wonder Woman, but I can’t quite remember if there used to b a Bionic Woman. Anyways, I like it. There’s the whole discovering-her-powers aspect, the how-will-this-affect-her-personal-life aspect, and the oh-I-should-use-my-powers-for-good aspect. There’s also an ominous Bionic Woman version 1.0 and, of course, a potentially shady military program (is there any other kind?).

The characters are likable or at least satisfying if they’re not supposed to be likable and the plot looks like it’ll be fun in a primetime superhero drama way.

My rating: It’s no Smallville but I’ll give it a try!

Coming up next on My Blank Page: My Name Is Earl and the eagerly anticipated new Office episodes.

Also, Smallville, but they didn’t give me enough time betwen the release of the Season 6 DVDs and the season premiere, so I’m going to have to wait for the next set of DVDs. Which is okay because Thursday night is NBC’s single camera comedy night and nothing comes between me and my Thursday night comedies.

Not even you, Tom Welling, although it is a close call…

NEW TV: Tuesday

Reaper (8:00pm, The CW)

It’s obviously a Whedon-wannabe. It has dry humor, quick, witty dialogue (or attempted, anyway), and well-meaning losers. Oh, and escaped demons from hell. There are cute things (he captures the first one with a Dirt Devil mini-vac) and there are overly sincere things. It hasn’t really snapped into place yet, but I’m willing to give it a chance.

My rating: I’ll watch it for at least three more episodes.

House (8:00pm, FOX)

  1. House? Awesome.
  2. Wilson? Awesome!
  3. Dr. Buffer? AWESOME!!!
  4. The upcoming six-week reality show-style contest to hire his new staff, even though I’m pretty sure we know that Cameron, Chase, and Foreman will be coming back? AWWWWESOME!

My rating: It’s gonna be AWESOME. I am on board.

Tomorrow on My Blank Page: Back to You and The Bionic Woman.

NEW TV: Monday

Chuck (7:00pm CST, NBC)

So basically it’s geek turned spy. But I thought it was cute! Chuck works at Buy More as part of the Nerd Herd. When he receives an e-mail from his ex-roommate Bryce (who apparently not only stole his girlfriend, but got him kicked out of Stanford), Chuck inadvertently downloads the country’s secrets into his brain. Cue agents Sarah, from the CIA (Bryce’s partner and/or girlfriend) and Casey (who I thought was from NSA, but now I’m not sure) who come to track Chuck down. Escapades ensue. There is a funny best friend, Morgan who works at Buy More with Chuck. Oh, I forgot, Chuck lives with his sister, Ellie (or Elsie or something like that but is actually Gift Shop Girl from Scrubs) and her boyfriend, fiance, or husband, nicknamed Captain Awesome, who is, in fact, awesome. I’m not completely convinced the plot can actually sustain an entire season of entertaining storylines, but I’m willing to give it a chance.

My rating: I will watch this for at least 5 more episodes.

Heroes (8:00pm CST, NBC)
I know a lot of people were saying that Heroes answered all our questions last season and that, with so many characters, adding new ones would really weigh it down, but I don’t think so. Yes, there are new characters (especially interesting ones include a boy at Claire’s new school, a brother and sister in Mexico, an Irish dude, and Hiro’s hero whose name I can’t remember at the moment), but there are enough new plots to support them. There is a murder mystery involving someone who is hunting down the older generation, Hiro is now in ancient Japan, Mohinder is working for the Company, the very sinister figure that we got a hint of near the end of last season is haunting Molly’s dreams on a regular basis (and it’s so cute – she lives with Parkman and Mohinder!), Claire and her family are settling into a new life in California, and the aforementioned brother and sister are trying to make their way to New York to find the doctor who can cure her of her Hero-ism (I don’t remember was that Mohinder?). There’s no sign yet of Sylar although we all know that Zachary Quinto (who’s going to be young!Spock in the new Star Trek prequel) has resigned to another season so he’s contractually bound to show up eventually.

My rating: I’m in for the season.

Tune in tomorrow night for House and The Reaper (which should be a good trick seeing as they’re on at the same time on different channels)…

NEW TV: Sunday

The Simpsons (7:00pm CST, FOX)

Entertainment Weekly pretty much sums it up. I’d been hoping that the movie would mark a return to classic Simpsons (mostly pre-Season…8 or so), but it looks like they’re sort of stuck in their rut of occasional funny things amidst the same old, same old. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop watching, by any means. I think, even with its falling standards, that it’s still better than many things that are on TV at the moment.

My rating: I’m hangin’ in there, baby.