I was real ambitious with my TV-watching schedule. But in reality, life often gets in the way of the best couch potato intentions.
Which is why a small part of me is happy when a show doesn’t live up to my expectations and can move from the must-see column to the watch-it-online-when-I-get-around-to-it column.
NCIS: Los Angeles is definitely on its way to that column. And much as I am loving Community and Modern Family, I can watch their 22 minutes anytime. No need to stick to a spreadsheet or schedule.
I thought I was going to add Grey’s Anatomy to this list. I really thought I could quit Grey’s this time. I watched half of the
deliciously ridiculously emotional season premier and then skipped the next week’s ep. But I found myself home during the show last week, and I got sucked back in.
I blame Cristina Yang.
Callie’s speech to the Chief in the season opener was a little over the top, but enjoyable. “When people want the best, they page me. I’ve basically been running Dr. Chang’s department all year. This is cr–. You’re gonna regret this. No! I am excellent. And any other hospital would be thrilled to have me. I’m a superstar!”
I liked that. Yes, the superstar may have been a little bit much. But still – haven’t you wanted to make that speech to someone, sometime?
Still. I could have resisted even after that scene. But then I went and watched episode four. You might think that the touching scenes between Meredith and Lexie/Lexie and Thatcher/Thatcher and Meredith are what drew me in.
But, no. It was Cristina’s speech to the Chief. (The Chief’s having a rough fall, huh?) After being shoved aside, ignored and assigned to grunt work all day (week? month? episode?), she’d had enough. And she let the Chief know.
I have good hands. They’re fast, they’re dexterous, they were made to throw ties and do complex procedures. These hands were made for surgery. Today they should’ve been deep inside a heart saving a life. Instead they removed a tick and pumped a p*n*s.
My point? You know what? You should cut me. From the program. You have to make more cuts, and I should go. ‘Cause if you can’t give me a brilliant cardiothoracic attending who’s willing to teach me, then I can’t get what I need from this hospital.
Everyone is scared of losing their job, and so am I. But if I can’t learn, if I can’t use my gift, then I guess that scares me more.
That’s my point, sir.
I’m no surgeon. Actually, I have to watch Grey’s (and Bones and NCIS and the spy movies I love so much) through my hands, covering up the icky parts of the screen. But I can certainly identify with Cristina. If I can’t learn, if I can’t use my gift, then I guess that scares me more. Yes, ma’am.
And that is why I can’t quit Grey’s Anatomy.
Have you been disappointed or pleasantly surprised by any TV shows this fall?
This post will be linked to Things I Love Thursday. Sadly, this isn’t even the first time I’ve linked a TV post to that carnival. *sigh*
We are cracking up at The Middle, particularly the youngest kid. And we are addicted to Shark Tank. I've been disappointed by How I Met Your Mother this season, but Big Bang Theory makes up for it. And the jury's still out on Glee… I need more musical numbers to keep my attention, I think.
And this blog is exactly why I have never watched a single episode of Grey's. Just don't need to add it to the schedule.
Top Chef…Wednesday nights on Bravo. I yearn for it between seasons and 2 weeks ago, when it didn't record on Tivo, I behaved badly, thinking the family had disregarded my need for keeping up with winners and losers. Later I had to apologize when I realized Tivo did it's job and skipped the recording because they ran a rerun that night. But I do not apologize for my TC addiction…afterall, food is my business and this is all about furthering my education! :)
disappointed with Glee, but I guess you already knew that. ;)
I was a huge Fringe fan last year, but when they put it up against Grey's this year, I lost interest. I can always TiVo it but I have less time to watch the stuff I TiVO as it is, and I don't know if I can find another hour in the day to watch that one. So I've had to cut it.
Also, Project Runway – finally back from it's hiatus after the Bravo/Lifetime fiasco – has lost some of its verve. The contestants this year are boring. I'm still watching, but not as enthusiastically.
I wish they'd move Project Runway back to Wednesdays and maybe at a slightly earlier time. Just because I don't want to buy my own cable and have to drive to my mom's to watch it… ;) (so I'm missing some of it this season)
Yes, the cardio magic hands is what has me coming back for more this week again. And dude, we don't have a TV so I have to wait ONE EXTRA day each week before I can watch online. = TORTURE!
Oh, and "Community" – the new sitcom about life at a Community college. It's awesome. Highly recommended. Watch the all time best scene from the first 4 episodes here: (I figured I owe you) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZEclIRb5qM
well i have to admit that it was difficult for me to read your post. only for the reason that i was a little lost. i've NEVER watched even one episode of grey's!
but what a lovely speech. never would i ever be able to say that to anyone. except for maybe a 3 year old!
Christina's speech had me at hello. I am totally with you on that one.
And, sadly, there is nothing I have cut. NOTHING. And that makes me tired from not sleeping. But I have seen every episode of everything I want to watch. And that is a happiness I will just have to accept and schlep through my day with coffee.
I will probably watch The Office tonight, and probably be disappointed, I didn't used to be this critical. I love hearing you talk about TV though and get excited about the characters :)
I am loving Community and Modern Family too. A nice surprise.
you are too funny about Grey's! for the first time ever i've actually gotten a little sucked into that show! only cuz nothing else is on at 8 pm Thurs and we don't know what else to watch!!
of the new shows, we're watching NCIS:LA, The Good Wife, Mercy, and Flash Forward. Mercy is my least fav of those four. The Good Wife could stand to show less scenes of the affairs (gag me), and the other two are a little surprising. NCIS:LA was lame the first week and is slowly week by week sucking me in even more. it's not the same as the original (for sure!), but it's drawing me in nonetheless. Flash Forward is the surprise for us… we were a little creeped out by it the first week, now falling in love with it. Mercy is trying too hard to be PC, the acting isn't superb, and it has a ways to go. Nonetheless, couch potatoes we are, and we watch it still. *sigh*
yang's monologue was the highlight of the episode. LOVED it.