Monday, August 27, 2007

Summertime... and the TV is boring.

Inevitably, summertime offers me the most free time. It just sucks that it also offers the least amount of quality TV. I don't want to spend all night in front of the TV, but if there were at least 3 shows a week to watch, I'd be happy. I suffered through a terrible season of SYTYCD and have even been reluctantly watching my first season of Big Brother. It's nothing to write home about either.

In expanding my TV horizons, I have a few new shows which I can tolerate. The first is the ABCFamily show "Greek." It's predictable and pounds every possible fraternity/sorority stereotype into the ground. Over and over. But it's watchable. And Jacob Zachar, who plays geeky little brother Rusty, is adorkable. To give you a little synopsis, Casey (the girl) is dating Evan, head of the popular fraternity, who cheats on her during rush week, with a pledge. She also used to date Cappie, slacker president of the party fraternity and rival to her current boyfriend. When her geeky brother Rusty shows up at the same college, decides to go greek, and joins slacker Cappie's frat, Casey is none too pleased. I don't really like any of the girls in this show, but eh.

Next, a far better show, USA Network's "Burn Notice." Micheal Westin (Jeffrey Donovan, the slimy guy from Hitch) is a former government agent who is "burned" when someone turns on him. The government abandons him with no identity, no money, no job history, etc. While trying to find out who burned him, he also puts his spy knowledge to good use by helping everyday citizens get out of binds. He's dumped in a city with his gun-loving ex, his friend who's reporting on him to the FBI, and his mother. I usually abhor narration in a show, but whether it's the voice or the content, it really works on this show. If my parents aren't watching this show, they really should. It's up their alley and both of their daughters are hooked. Unfortunately they'll have to wait a couple of weeks until the US Open is over and USA goes back to regular programming.