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Title: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 24, 2008, 04:04:15 PM
Okay... shows I'm giving up on:

Sarah Connor Chronicles
Sanctuary

How disturbing that I'm giving up on sci fi shows.  I mean, I sat through every episode of Logan's Run, and the second season of War of the Worlds, and V: The Series, and I've actually paid money for Starlost.  These are all programs that make normal people want to swallow their tongue like the guy in the cell next to Hannibal Lector. 

But...I just can't get into it.

Eleventh Hour

I thought this show was better than the UK version... But that doesn't stop it from being stupid, like the UK version, and intensely repetitive.

Survivorman

This show got weird this season. 

Rescue Me

I won't be joining season five because this show lost its was two years ago.

Chuck

Exhausting nonsense.  It was cute for one season, but not worth a second season.



Shows I'm about to give up on:


True Blood

The only reason I keep watching this is because each episode ends with a cliffhanger.

Merlin (BBC)

Worthless trash.  I was hoping they'd adopt some more of the myth instead of flying off and trying to copy the atrocious Robin Hood.

Dexter

Season three has become a rambling, predictable yawn.  I think it ends soon, so I'll keep going.

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 24, 2008, 04:21:08 PM
You're giving up on Dexter?!?!  Noooo!!!  I can't wait to see next week's episode.  I've seen episodes here and there since the beginning, but never enough to link the story together from week to week... we just started tuning in regularly and it's been great so far... at least I thought so anyway.

And giving up on Survivorman!  I'm truly shocked.  That's another one that's seemed pretty great to me.  I can't believe you're giving up on it in the last season it will be on the air.  Oh well, to each his own I guess.

I gave up on True Blood about 15 minutes after the first episode started.  I can tell it's a shitty show because it's one we have to watch EVERY FUCKING WEEK AT THE HOUSE GOD SHOOT ME NOW.  If it was even remotely decent, then my roommates probably wouldn't be interested in seeing it.  Maybe it's because I'm Southern and the accents are just so horribly awful... or maybe it's the fact that I think the show blows even when there's rampant T&A all over the place.  Either way... yeah, I'm right there with ya.  I wish everyone would give up on that show.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 24, 2008, 04:26:54 PM
Sticking with Dexter for now.  I don't like the pregnancy/wedding thing...but the show is about his path as a normal person, so okay.  I really don't like the subplot with the sister and the angry cop.  I guess I miss Doakes.  What an awesome finale that was.  "SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKER!"  That was the show's high point.

Have you watched the latest Survivorman episodes?  He's really kind of changed his attitude.  I don't know if it's hearing from him on the blog and elsewhere about how he's tired of it, or if he's just hamming it up a bit. 

True Blood is a shitty show.  Don't get dragged into a full episode, because that cliffhanger hook at the end of each one is fucking cunning and evil.  You sit there hating it for an hour, and then OMG AAAHHHH!!! *credits*  So, jesus, you have to watch the next episode.  If only in the hopes that Anna Paquin fucking dies.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 24, 2008, 04:46:39 PM
See, I missed all of the last season of Dexter.  I've literally seen maybe 5 episodes in all from a variety of seasons... still, I have enjoyed almost all of them.  I can't wait to see what happens to the crazy, bloodthirsty lawyer.

True Blood is awful... just very bad all around.  So bad that the tits and horribly graphic violence don't even mildly interest me in seeing it.

Shows I wish would be purged from my fucking house:

True Blood

Brothers and FUCKING Sisters... seriously, watch 10 minutes of this show.  I dare you.  There is nothing on TV that even comes close to paralelling the verbal diarrhea that spills from this show on a weekly basis.  It makes flaming gay guys go, "Fuck... that show is gay as hell."

Grey's Anatomy... an actual line from last week's episode: "You don't get to apologize for being dead!!!" ... yyyyyeah. 

Shot at Love with Tila Tequila... another show wanton tits, ass and hot lesbians cannot make a dent in.  You will actually feel brain cells euthanizing one another inside your skull as you watch it.

Rock of Love with Brett Michaels... Tila with a man.  Although he came before her, so I guess she's Rock with a chick.  Of course, both are shitty spinoffs of fucking Flavor of Love with Flavor Flav.  Ugh... it doesn't matter.  Horrible.

Nanny 911... This show is fucking dangerous because you hate it, but it's kind of like COPS.  There's something about watching a 4 year old bitchslap his own mother that makes you actually suspend judgement and watch it for a minute.  Whoa.... hang on a sec... this kid's about to get his ass kicked.  Maybe it's Schadenfreude, I dunno.  I hate this show, I'd never watch it on my own... but when it's on TV you can't help but look at it and go, "Jesus fuck... those people are FUCKED UP!"

Extreme Home Makeover... brb, I'm going to go makeover my face with buckshot.

America's Got Talent
America's Next Top Dance Team
So You Think You Can Dance?
American Idol
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 24, 2008, 04:47:45 PM
Wow...I haven't even heard of half of those.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 24, 2008, 04:56:05 PM
That's because you have taste
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Sirharles on November 24, 2008, 05:04:17 PM
I had to give the axe to My Own Worst Enemy, or as it's affectionately called "story line that is good for a movie, but can't be dragged on long enough for a tv show".

I think Discovery is right up there with you on Survivor Man.  It was hailing the new season and now nothing.  I think I even heard crickets chirping.

Iditarod-- Strangely mesmerizing, but thank God it's only six episodes.

I still like Sanctuary, but if this wasn't the last season of Atlantis....oh man I'd be killing people.

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 24, 2008, 05:10:52 PM
Yeah, I didn't list Atlantis because it's the final season.  If it wasn't, it would have made the list.  Which would have broken my heart, really.

And, speaking of final seasons, I'm secretly hoping this is the final season the The Office, because I'm starting to get tired of it.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 24, 2008, 05:13:53 PM
Yeah, I mean... once Pam and Jim get married and this whole Dwight/Angela/Andy thing works itself out, it might be kinda rough.  Still, I've loved the new HR lady they brought in... I hope she makes more appearances.  It's great having a female version of Michael in the office. 

Bottom line: as long as the writing stays funny, I will probably keep watching it. 
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 24, 2008, 08:53:56 PM
I'm still watching SCC which I'll admit never really got on sure footing and is now stumbling all over the place. If anything worth seeing happens, I'll let you know.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 25, 2008, 10:48:10 AM
I was bored with it after the first episode.  Plus, now I've seen the preview for Terminator 4 with Christian Bale, it seems sorta pointless.

Another show I've given up on: Heroes
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 25, 2008, 11:05:40 AM
Oh, I didn't even finish season two of Heroes.  There's a huge fan here at work who briefs me on every episode the morning after and it sounds like the show has gone so far off the rails it's down in a snowy ravine and not worth the cost of recovery.  So, decades from now, we can all look down as we pass and see the wreck rusting away beneath the lonely mountain snows.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 25, 2008, 11:30:55 AM
It's a fucking nightmare.  Hiro and Ando are only mildly entertaining at this point.  They'd have done well in a spinoff.  The problem with Heroes is that they try to juggle too many things at once and the overall quality of the show suffers for it.  About the only thing worthwhile this season has been the development of Sylar... it's been interesting watching him wrestle with himself and is about the only redeeming aspect of the season.  Of course, I've only just barely paid attention to the show this year, so I'm probably not the best judge.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 25, 2008, 11:41:22 AM
You know what else I'm losing interest in is How I Met Your Mother.  I'm only watching at this point for NPH and Allyson Hannigan.

I'm glad they ended the Stella arc but, as the show has gone on, I'm starting to wonder of the "mother" is actually another man, because Ted's screamingly gay and stupid and I'm tired of the whole shtick. 
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 25, 2008, 12:34:18 PM
TV fucking blows.  I hate it.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 25, 2008, 12:47:25 PM
Let's look at what we are watching and enjoying, then.  Note I added the "and enjoying" there so it's yet another list Atlantis won't be on.  Jesus.

BSG (ends in 09)

New Dr. Who

Mentalist (though the latest episode worries me)

Boston Legal (ends in 09)

House has redeemed itself this year

NCIS

The Shield (ends next month)

IT Crowd

Survivors

30 Rock

Dirty Jobs

Psych

Burn Notice

The Office (though with the reservations mentioned earlier)
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on November 25, 2008, 01:18:07 PM
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is my new favorite show.

I also love My Name Is Earl.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 25, 2008, 01:32:03 PM
The Mentalist

House

How I Met Your Mother (only redeemed by last week's godzilla building redesign)
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 25, 2008, 02:14:10 PM

How I Met Your Mother (only redeemed by last week's godzilla building redesign)

That was hilarious.

"There's no way the Scandinavians can top that presentation!"
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Tatertots on November 25, 2008, 07:10:41 PM
The Office and House are my usual favorites. And COPS!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on November 26, 2008, 07:08:57 PM
shield ended last night, brah!  haven't seen the episode yet.  i'm going to give rescue me 5 more episodes.  i can't even remember what happened last season, and that's not a good sign.  but i love that show and i'm not ready to write it off yet.  right now all we're into is:

top chef

office

and i guess the next 5 eps of IT crowd.

not a real big list.  of course, we've got 2 more months of good football to go, so.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 02, 2008, 07:49:24 AM

top chef



I'm obsessed with the huge scar on Padma Lakshmi's arm. 
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on December 02, 2008, 10:51:52 PM
that's her cesaerean scar.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 02, 2008, 11:04:36 PM
Arm babies!

Actually, she was in a nasty car accident when she was a kid.  I research my scars!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on December 03, 2008, 03:50:07 AM
oh, so today's tina fey news must've been a big hard-on!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 03, 2008, 07:08:21 AM
Ah, Tina....

Anyone who sees the scar knows what it is... But weird that the slashing was when she was five.  What the fuck is that?  The answer just creates about a million more questions.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 08, 2008, 03:09:54 PM
You're giving up on Dexter?!?!  Noooo!!! 

And giving up on Survivorman!  I'm truly shocked. 


So I stuck it out with Dexter, and it's kept my interest as things heat up.

And I've also stuck with Survivorman, and take back what I said.  The last two have been good.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2008, 03:49:09 PM

How I Met Your Mother (only redeemed by last week's godzilla building redesign)

That was hilarious.

"There's no way the Scandinavians can top that presentation!"

Holy shit... Singing "Let's go to the mall" at the Canadian karaoke bar was a brilliant touch.  Great episode.  Barney's Christmas songs about Ted's sister were great, as well.

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2008, 03:51:04 PM
The 30 Rock Christmas was kinda lackluster I thought.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2008, 03:52:24 PM
The 30 Rock Christmas was kinda lackluster I thought.

I don't know... I liked "I want to go to there!"  But it felt like the whole episode was tied around repeating that gag.

The Office Christmas was just plain dark.  I wouldn't be surprised if that show ends with them all dying or something.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2008, 03:56:09 PM
By the way...watching the Dexter finale now.  Since I put that on my giving up list in the first post.  I got very much back into it, and have been looking forward to the finale.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2008, 04:02:00 PM
I haven't seen The Office special yet.  30 Rock just seemed disjointed and kind of all over the place.  
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2008, 04:02:58 PM
This whole season for 30 Rock has been disjointed, really. 
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2008, 04:05:12 PM
Makes sense I guess.  Fey's had her attention divided all over the place.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2008, 04:06:48 PM
I'll confess -- I have such a crush on Tina Fey, I'm really just watching for her.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on December 16, 2008, 04:14:18 PM
The only person that holds a candle to her is Amy Pohler.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on March 11, 2009, 04:20:43 PM

Eleventh Hour

I thought this show was better than the UK version... But that doesn't stop it from being stupid, like the UK version, and intensely repetitive.



I've been following the Tor publishing blog, which has had a weird obsession for Eleventh Hour. 

As the show has gotten worse, the blog reviews have just gotten funnier and funnier...

http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=17062

I stopped watching long ago and, every week, am stunned that the show is still on the air.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 24, 2009, 08:39:40 AM
Okay... Putting Leverage on my personal Cancellation list.

Last season was just amazing, but this season feels like nobody involved really cares.  Maybe they fired the old writing staff and brought in a team of hamsters who select random words by spinning their wheels... Which also describes how every episode this season has felt like.

So screw it!

Burn Notice came dangerously close this season, as well, but they (once again) rebooted everything with the mid-season finale, so they eek by.

Looking back, Burn Notice has been rebooted about three times so far.  It's hardly the same show.

Meanwhile, on the flipside, Psych is putting in their best season yet and True Blood has rebounded from their mediocre first season into a season of more vamps and more bloodshed and more drama.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on August 24, 2009, 12:47:38 PM
God, I hated the first season of True Blood. 
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 24, 2009, 12:50:28 PM
Yeah, it was some rough shit.  Season two has a few of the same mistakes (namely the Tara/Michelle Forbes sub-plot, which makes me want to eat lightbulbs), but it also delves way deeper into vampire politics and, overall, is just better storytelling.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 24, 2009, 03:32:23 PM
I take it back.  The long, horrible sub-plot was worth it because it led to a fuckign awesome episode 10.  And back to the more Vamp stuff and less stupid shit -- We get to meet the vamp Queen.

So give season two a chance, Nubbs.  No need to have completed season one.  Except for a few things (which don't matter), they made it pretty stand-alone.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 25, 2009, 07:26:53 AM
Well...maybe not...

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Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on August 25, 2009, 10:56:18 AM
yyyup.  The Southern accents in that show are fucking retarded.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on August 26, 2009, 03:50:45 AM
ugh.  what happened to HBO?  i've been listening to "hung" in the background when my girlfriend watches it.  fucking retarded.  i'm almost scared to start the latest season of Curb your Enthusiasm
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 26, 2009, 08:02:43 AM
Yeah, people are raving about Hung and it's got to be the worst thing on TV right now.

HBO is catering to those folks, though.  They dumped their epic period pieces and went the sit-com/goofball circuit.  Lowest Common.

They've all given up, really.  They've realized that saying "fuck" and showing tits is what most of the public wants.  The only good pay channel shows now are True Blood (if you're of the sort who can swallow it) and Dexter, which has quietly improved through the years... Though both those still follow a strict write-by-numbers formula.  True Blood scripts must read like a Hardy Boys novel, and Dexter is just reusing one single script each time with a find-replace on guest star names.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on September 02, 2009, 07:40:25 AM
Okay, fine.  Giving up on Rescue Me... A good start, and then the same episode over and over again.  I can sit here and go:  Next scene is 20 minute moody Sheila rant.  And I'm right every time!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on September 24, 2010, 12:29:19 PM
One year later!  There is absolutely too much stuff on right now.  Let's crunch some numbers!

Shows I anticipate watching weekly for the next few months:

Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Community
30 Rock
The Office
QI
Eastbound and Down
Bored to Death
Modern Family
The League

Boardwalk Empire
Mad men (about 4 more episodes, I think)

9 half hour shows and two hour-longs, so 6 hours total per week.  And those are just the ones that are hard-wired favorites.  Shows "on the bubble" that I'm going to give a chance to:

Dexter--last season was terrific, but is going to be hard to follow-up.  The magazine ads I've seen make it seem like they're just going to play up on Dexter's guilt after Spoiler McSpoilerson Spoiled his hot spoil.  I'm gonna give it two episodes and if it doesn't deliver, then I'm going to have to CUT IT.   HAHA get it?

Walking Dead--only because it looks more of a grand western than a zombie freakout.  But it could also suck, as nacho has mentioned.

Detroit 187--another cop show...on network TV?  The promos go along the lines of "If you miss NYPD Blue and love Michael Imperioli, then this is a TV SHOW!"  Have to give it a try.

Raising Hope--watched the pilot last night and laughed out loud quite a bit. 

And a lot of people are trying to get me to get into Sons of Anarchy. 

Christ that's a lot of TV.  Maybe I'll put Bored to Death on the backup drive every week and just PALM SLAM it at the end of the season some Sunday morning.  That was fun for Parks and Rec.  But also a death sentence for The Pacific, which I just realized I never got around to.  Hmm.

Here are some definite cancellations:

Californication--even though I never paid that much attention. 
Family Guy
Silent Witness
Also about 2 episodes away from the finale of Spooks season 6...after that there's another switchover in the lead role.  I may drop that just out of exhaustion. 

Bleah.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on September 24, 2010, 01:24:07 PM
Ah.  Good to know on Raising Hope.  Will give that a chance.

Is Californication really coming back?  Jesus... I was tired of that two years ago.  And, yeah, I gave up on Spooks long ago.

On Dexter -- I'm worried about the guilt thing, as well.  This season's Big Bad is a nobody, and Julie Stiles is stepping in to fill the blonde lead as Dexter's new woman.  So...Yawn!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on September 24, 2010, 01:41:45 PM
but i like Julie Stiles!  I just wish Angel would die and Debra would get a face transplant. 

Detroit 187 is par for the course for a network ensemble cop show except they really gut punch you at the end with one really poetic line and a shock ending.  So that, Michael Imperioli, and a few genuinely funny tension-breaking moments earned another look next week.

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on September 24, 2010, 02:18:03 PM
Debra has a face?
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on September 24, 2010, 02:37:40 PM
it's that thing that seizes up like a sphincter whenever there's significant emotional stimulus and otherwise just looks like this >:-( even during "love scenes."
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on September 24, 2010, 03:27:17 PM
I just notice her 12 year old boy fetish body.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 04, 2010, 04:05:20 PM
Okay! On the personal cancellation chopping block this week:

Castle.  I actually can't recall a single moment from any episode for the last year.  I'll give it one more episode and then nuke it.

House.  An atrocious season (the House season 7 thread in this same forum has more details).  If it doesn't start to turn around this week, then fuck it.  I still think the show jumped the shark years ago, but it's still been entertaining.  Now it's not even fun anymore.

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 04, 2010, 04:12:17 PM
Also, on Dexter -- What the fuck was up with the first episode?  The second episode opens up and the Feds are all, so, you have an ironclad alibi.  Thank you. BACK TO NORMAL! Ignore everything else that's happened!

The first episode might as well have been summertime webisodes or something.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on October 05, 2010, 09:39:56 PM
Dexter is going nowhere fast.  Absolutely none of it made any sense.  They're just filling up time with dead air, lost and foggy after their blowout full-season-length Jon Lithgow story arc.  Seriously, go back and watch episode two again and make a notation every time Dexter "narrates" something that means nothing.  And the insanely easy way he tracked down the new serial killer.  L said, "well, at least all the family are gone and we can focus on killing bad guys again." but I'm not even sure I want to see where this is going.  Angel is useless as usual, and Deb and Dickweed are the worst couple ever.  And the Community Relations Officer is solving all the crimes!  Ugh.  Complete fiasco if you ask me.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 05, 2010, 10:45:12 PM
Yeah... I agree.  Though it's still better than what's happening with half the shows this season.

Oh -- and adding to personal cancellation:  If Hawaii 5-0 doesn't pick up with tonight's episode, then I give up.  It's not that it's bad... It's just too ridiculous for me.  Maybe, in 30 years, when the Monster Loony Party commands the Global Community, and we're all required to dress like Barbie princesses and sing everything we say while doing cartwheels to work, people will say that the new Hawaii 5-0 was "ahead of its time."

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 06, 2010, 05:37:03 PM
Haha!  Oh, god.  Okay.  House gets a pass for another episode... But I just have to give up Hawaii 5-0. It's like a white noise machine held by a homicidal clown.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on October 07, 2010, 02:19:36 PM
House is horrible and I hate it.  Even with semi-nude Cuddy.  Fuck you and your flowers, House.  I don't give a fuck if you're stealing them from patients to keep your edginess intact.  Fucking snort some Vicodin already.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 07, 2010, 02:40:25 PM
Yeah.  It's really a terrible, terrible season.

I'm giving up on Castle, as well.  It feels like it was written by a seven year old.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Nubbins on October 07, 2010, 03:30:03 PM
Oh, I traded Castle for A&E's The Glades.  It's definitely kind of a lateral move even though they're not really similar shows.  They feel similar to me for some reason, though.  It's equally as cheesy, but is far more entertaining.  Plus, I have a mega crush on Kiele Sanchez.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Sirharles on October 07, 2010, 04:00:42 PM
I'm giving up on Castle, as well.  It feels like it was written by a seven year old.

Bah! I still like Castle.  It's just Nathan Fillion being himself.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 07, 2010, 04:20:49 PM
And I love the daughter's school uniform!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 26, 2010, 02:37:56 PM
Okay, episode five of Dexter... And unless it really wows me in the next 40 minutes, I'm giving up till the finale.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 26, 2010, 08:30:06 PM
Yep... Hate to say it, but I'm done with Dexter.

I'll tune in for the finale, but it's telling that I'm only doing so in the desperate hope that 90% of the cast are murdered.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 16, 2010, 04:01:57 PM
And...Psych.  It's been tedious to watch for the last 12 episodes... But I gave up on the latest halfway through.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Sirharles on November 19, 2010, 10:59:38 AM
So Mondays episode was the same stuff, but it did have one good funny moment.

Beckett and Castle are in the basement of a Chinese Food store and come across two cooks.

Beckett: "I'm looking for this man, have you seen him?"  Holds up a photo

Chinese guys give blank stare

Castle speaks something in Chinese about how his partner is crazy and will start shooting if they don't answer.

Beckett looks at him in surprise-- "Semester abroad?"
Castle: "No, TV show I used to love."

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 19, 2010, 11:03:00 AM
We all hang on to Castle mainly for the annual reference to Firefly, eh?
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on May 04, 2011, 09:13:24 AM
Okay, once this season is done, I am putting the following series on the personal cancellation list:

The Office: It's been terrible for years now. The only thing that kept me through this whole season was Carell's departure which, when it came, was a lame episode. I'll finish out the May sweeps to see Gervais and Daniel Jackson and all the other guest stars, but that's it.

House: Another show that's been terrible for years. Really since the third season, in all honesty. It's back for season fucking eight next year but, ugh, forget it. Why am I still watching anyway? I'll try and stick through the May sweeps just for a sense of completion.

Parks and Recreation: The cast is now way overcrowded with Adam Scott and Rob Lowe stealing every single scene. Amy Poehler feels like she's just a supporting character, and we've just about lost all the other characters. It's also a tired gag. There's no more mission (filling the hole/building a park), and it's now just a web of asexual sitcom romancing and mugging for the camera. Shame... Like House, I'm not so sure I'll continue next week, let alone try and tough out the last few episodes.

You know, more and more, I'm gravitating towards the short shows -- HBO, Brit shows, etc. The 20+ episode seasons are just exhausting these days.  Even 30 Rock is tired and boring by the time we get to the final episodes. Starting a season and looking down the barrel of nine months of dreary repetition is soul-crushing. Whereas starting a series and knowing it'll be done in two months is great. And, oddly, that series will convey more than a full season. Treme is over in July, Game of Thrones before then, Doctor Who in June, Sherlock will come and go between June and September... And we'll get more story, more adventure, more action, and more enjoyment out of all of those.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on May 22, 2011, 02:34:19 PM
Updating the above! Since Cass just posted his rant in the Office thread...

I may give the next season a go, for the sake of sick curiosity.  But Parks & Rec is done, as is House.

In light of the Mentalist finale, I'm somewhat worried about next season as well. Unless there's some really cool resolution in the premiere, I'll probably throw in the towel there.

So, yes... Except for 30 Rock and Modern Family, I'm pretty much done with regular network TV, I guess. That's kind of interesting now that I think about it. The only shows I'm watching are cable shows or Brit shows.

And 30 Rock is in danger of getting old next season, in my opinion, while Modern Family faces the old family sitcom problem of the kids leaving. Though, cleverly, they haven't really put too much weight on the kids, have they? Well we miss Haley? Probably not. In fact, they've made her out as the sort of, well, modern family kid who'll live at home and be miserable at community college. And they've completely washed their hands of cute toddler syndrome. Lily's only job will be to be part of the surrounding set, even when she's old enough to be sickly-cute.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on May 22, 2011, 02:54:02 PM
Yeah, 30 Rock is way off the deep end, too, but still comes up with something genius once per episode, like the three versions of Jack.  We're still really enjoying Parks and Rec, but I know what you mean about not having a bigger goal.  Maybe they'll rectify that next season. 

Anyway, you should give Raising Hope a chance.  Or maybe we should marathon it when you're here. 
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on May 22, 2011, 03:04:12 PM
Yes! Raising Hope marathon! I want to make the show work for me because, here's the thing, I have a really weird (and probably unhealthy) crush on Martha Plimpton.

This crush goes back as far as The Goonies. So seeing has as a hillbilly grandma 16 years later is weirdly...

Well... Anyway! Let's just say I promise not to touch myself while sitting between you and L with Graham laying on my feet and Ziggy licking my ear.

That's something I would only do if we were watching a show with Lena Headey in it.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 01, 2011, 04:10:26 PM
Well, True Blood goes on the list after this season. I'll ride this season out because we're halfway through... But, ugh...

Also moving Torchwood to this list. Talk about crash and fucking burn. Again...halfway through, so I'll tough it out.

So, let's see... What remains? Doctor Who, of course. Which, really, I'm watching out of 80% nostalgia and 20% fandom duty. It's not actually any good, and declines awfully with each season.

Breaking Bad, which I'm a little wary about this season. But not in a way that really worries me.

Game of Thrones, which is still a year away.

I'll give Walking Dead a second attempt just because of the behind the scenes explosion. Maybe season 2 will turn around.

Mentalist remains, though (as noted above) this season coming up is going to be tough to navigate.

Modern Family, The League, and Community. Though MF and Community are entering shaky ground this season. The one has the aging baby cast change, the other is starting to get tired of itself. 

I'll be adding Terra Nova, but I'm sure that'll be a mess.

So I'm 50/50 on my TV viewing. Four of the remaining eight shows are normal network shows, and the other four are cable jobbies that only have a handful of episodes and run years apart. I'm always interested in trends like that... I figured I'd pitch entirely into cable-land by now. Though my money is on this being my last season of Mentalist, Modern Family, and Community. And is The League even coming back?
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Cassander on August 01, 2011, 09:47:59 PM
I like how now there are things on your "potential to cross off" list that you just marathoned.  "Y'know, if push comes to shove I might not waste an entire Sunday watching the entire season of Community and trying to remember whether I took a shower yesterday or not.  It's at that stage in its lifespan, y'know?"



Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 02, 2011, 07:15:21 AM
Community is great, but as you and I discussed in another thread, it started to get tired at the very end of season two.

Which, by the way, you knew before I did and could have warned me.

Anyway, I get paid to watch these marathons, remember. I don't do them on weekends.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 01, 2011, 04:38:37 PM
Okay! Fall 2011 update!

I've stuck to my guns on all of last season's cancellations, though I ask people what's happening on House and sort of vicariously follow that show.

I gave Dexter a second (third? Fourth?) chance and am very happy so far. Though it's mildly defeating to realize that even the showrunners have pretty much invalidated the last three seasons. I try not to think about that.


This season, I'm adding (as predicted) Terra Nova. I made it through six episodes... But...god. I'm also adding Idiot Abroad. Talk about flogging a dead horse.

Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Tatertots on November 01, 2011, 04:45:19 PM
I can't believe I'm enjoying House this season. I stopped watching around season 4, I think. I don't know. They've just been rehashing the same shit over and over, right? Is Cuddy gone for good?
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 01, 2011, 04:53:06 PM
I have no idea what's happening this season, really, except that he's in jail.

I'm trying really hard to avoid it. When I do ask for a nugget of info I want to run home and give it another chance. Because, like you, most people are enjoying this season.

But that's the trick with House, isn't it? Soft reboot every single season, and then end up with the same shit playing out. So you get these strong starts that devolve into boredom and end with a shoehorned "cliffhanger" (in terms of the Journey of House). But by the time you hit the skids, you've invested a third of the season or more and you start to think -- I'm going to tough it out! Just one more time!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Tatertots on November 01, 2011, 04:58:09 PM
Spoiler
He's not in jail anymore! Back to the hospital and back to the same goddamn shit.
So... Exactly what you said.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 01, 2011, 05:01:37 PM
What I should do is just watch the first and last five episodes each season. Pretend it's a BBC drama. It'll probably blow me away.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 01, 2011, 05:43:09 PM
I'll keep you posted on Terra Nova. I'll at least last the season I think.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 01, 2011, 05:52:41 PM
Have you watched last night's episode yet? Don't speak too quickly.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on May 01, 2012, 10:01:41 AM
Veep.

I gave it a chance because it's the crew from The Thick of It, and billed itself as an American version of that show... But it lacks sweary Scotsmen (or real swearing of any kind -- "fuck" is treated as a taboo word hauled out for shock value only), the raunchiness, and the wit.

In fact, episode two was nothing but toilet comedy a la Bridesmaids. Vomit and shit jokes, complete with Julia Louis Dreyfuss shitting herself in the street.

Incredibly disappointing.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 15, 2012, 10:50:29 AM
Revolution.

And the Mentalist, Homeland, and Revenge are all flirting with personal cancellation.

Mentalist is just getting tired... Revenge has sort of blown its wad... Homeland has always been terrible, but now it seems more terrible. And Danes is wearing on me. We need more tits in this show.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 26, 2012, 12:11:24 PM
Ugh. Okay. Revenge joins Revolution.

I'll carry through to the end of Homeland's current season...but then forget it, unless there's a real bang-up finale.

I'll keep with the Mentalist, as well, even though the only possible way for the show to make sense is if every single person on the planet is working for Red John...or Maybe Patrick's been in The Village all along.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on April 29, 2013, 06:32:43 PM
I have to add The Mentalist. Because they're reduced to having Tupperware parties.

I should have added this show a season or two ago...
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on July 16, 2013, 03:51:37 PM
U-U-U-Update!

Veep is off the list. It's grown on me. Revolution I gave a second chance and IT. DOES. NOT. DESERVE. IT. But... I now have a weak spot for it. Off the list.

Staying on the list: Mentalist, True Blood, Homeland.

Adding to the list: Primeval, and all spinoffs.

Looking forward to the end: Dexter (jesus...)
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2013, 11:31:50 PM
The League.

How sad.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on November 17, 2013, 06:41:03 PM
Blacklist joins Agents of SHIELD.

Blacklist seems like it has tons of potential but doesn't know what to do with it.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on March 27, 2014, 11:08:21 AM
Well...Continuum, I guess. Season two's multiple timelines/multiple characters from those timelines in one timeline is so ridiculous I don't know where to begin. I *think* everyone's dead and replaced by their alternate versions at this point... And we can't be sure, but their alternate versions may be generally evil and unlikable. Either way, everyone knows what's happening so... Oh, forget it.

I have such a blindspot when it comes to these esoteric Canadian sci-fi shows. I had the same problem with Charlie Jade. It's like Canada is happy to fund the most experimental and challenging sci-fi ever made, and somehow manages to import these shows to major US networks, who then blindly air them no matter what happens.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on July 10, 2014, 07:50:47 AM
Leftovers!

Sheesh.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on July 12, 2015, 08:28:40 PM
Okay... Killjoys gets three more episodes. Then it's out of the DVR sci fi cycle!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on July 19, 2015, 05:19:13 PM
Okay... Killjoys gets three more episodes. Then it's out of the DVR sci fi cycle!

The derelict ship episode was, at least, watchable. But the writing and the editing is horrible. It's weird, actually. Obvious stuff. So still on the countdown.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on July 29, 2015, 11:53:39 AM
Killjoys -- done. I couldn't even sit through the last episode.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on April 29, 2016, 11:14:12 AM
Gotham. Fuck that show.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on August 20, 2016, 04:30:49 PM
Mr. Robot.

Everyone raves about this show but I find it pedestrian, predictable, and full of tropes. It also suffers from Lost syndrome. They didn't know what to do once they got renewed.

It also doesn't help that it's basically Fight Club the TV series but it doesn't want to be Fight Club the TV series.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on January 14, 2017, 09:29:21 AM
Giving up on The Colony. It's not even about alien invasion anymore. It's become a police procedural.

Also giving up on The Killing Fields. Obsessed detectives trying to solve the murder of a girl from 25 years ago and her body was dumped where hundres of others have bene so every clue reveals a new murder and new suspects but no actual conclusive evidence.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 20, 2017, 07:40:51 AM
Designated Survivor.

Which I should have stopped watching last season, actually.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Sirharles on October 21, 2017, 05:17:06 AM
Designated Survivor.

Which I should have stopped watching last season, actually.

I couldn't make it past two episodes.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 21, 2017, 10:37:59 AM
Designated Survivor.

Which I should have stopped watching last season, actually.

I couldn't make it past two episodes.

I'm a Maggie Q apologist.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on October 26, 2017, 07:11:30 PM
Yeah. Star Trek: Discovery. Fuck it.

Hard to put that here...
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 01, 2017, 01:46:40 PM
Um... Stranger Things.

So they had something amazing in season one. They could never repeat it...and they didn't! Instead, they entered rapidly into jumped sharks and kicked dead horses. And now a renewal for season 3?

Come on, guys. Relax and think about this for a minute.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Sirharles on December 02, 2017, 07:38:37 PM
See I thought the same thing until the last couple of episodes.  I though they pulled it off at the end.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 03, 2017, 09:09:25 AM
See I thought the same thing until the last couple of episodes.  I though they pulled it off at the end.

With so much good TV these days, I'm less tolerant with "just wait for it" shows. Especially when you have to just wait for... The entire season!
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 03, 2017, 06:51:18 PM
Oh wow! So is this a Utopia situation? Should I just not watch season 2 at all? The second season of Utopia didn't ruin the first season, but it sure was unnecessary.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on December 04, 2017, 10:15:41 AM
Unnecessary, I think, is the correct description here.
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: Sirharles on December 07, 2017, 10:04:35 PM
With so much good TV these days, I'm less tolerant with "just wait for it" shows. Especially when you have to just wait for... The entire season!

...eh.  We are having trouble finding stuff to watch.  Partly because we can't decide on anything we both want to watch. 
Title: Re: Personal Cancellation
Post by: nacho on May 11, 2018, 03:49:43 PM
So Krypton. And not just because everyone from the future -- including General Zod -- is travelling back to fuck up the timeline. Hey, everyone, let's make a show about Superman's grandfather and the rise of the house of El and Zod...and then immediately sidetrack that story by bringing in everyone from the present day and focusing on their story.

Not far behind: Fear the Walking Dead. Which is now doing three different timelines to fill in their ridiculous time shift so they can catch up and crossover with TWD (and become a repository for excess TWD characters).