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My small screen highlights

January 8, 2014 - Pam Rodgers

Last year, I started doing these “roundup” blogs about my favorite shows on television. It was a nice way for me to hit the highlights for each show and keep my ranting to a minimum.

I fully intended to write this blog in December as many of my shows had wrapped up its fall seasons and took a break for the remainder of 2013. However, my procrastination tendencies got the better of me, and I didn’t accomplish my goal. But I digress

My television habits are ever evolving. I have a tendency to binge watch shows several seasons in, mostly to see what all the fuss is about. This is especially true with pay cable series, thanks to streaming, Video on Demand and the Directv app on my phone. Because of these options, I am now caught up on “True Blood,” “Homeland,” “Shameless” and I am one season in to “Game of Thrones.” I have several other series on my watch list, and I will get to them when the mood strikes me.

But that isn’t how I truly enjoy television. No amount of binge watching can take the place of my weekly prime time lineup. So here is where my focus will lie for the remainder of the blog.

I have made a few adjustments to my “schedule” this year. The biggest being adding “Elementary.” I really enjoy that show, and I can’t believe I missed it last year. Luckily, my sister’s nagging to watch the show finally sunk in, and now I am hooked. Thanks to binge watching I have caught up on season one (and my two TV worlds collide *wink*). The other adjustment was dropping “Revolution.” I had to give up on it. I was lukewarm on continuing with that show this year after it moved to Wednesdays. Then I wasn't buying the crazy nanites direction they started this year, so I abandoned the ship. If they turn it around, great, but I won’t be around to see it.

I have also tried a few of the new shows that this season has brought us. I tried “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Crazy Ones” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” and “Rein.” The only one I still watch consistently is “The Crazy Ones.” Recently I haven’t been all that impressed (not that I was over the moon before). I will try to make it to the end of season. I also saw the premiere of “Intelligence,” and I liked it. The premise resembles “Chuck” in certain ways and that’s always a good thing for me. I will have to see where they go from here.

Ah, now on to the tried and true. The year has been going steady so far. I hit the highlights of my favorites below. Thanks for reading!

My prime time lineup

• Once Upon A Time

The Neverland arc of this season was great. It brought the show back to what was working in first season. The actor they got for Peter Pan was perfect. Making him a villain was a bold move, but it worked for the storyline. The season ending twist was huge. It’s a very unique twist on the original curse/premise of the show. There is a lot of potential from here. It could be a great move. It could also crash and burn the show. I’ll have to wait and see come March. Sundays at 7 p.m. on ABC

• Castle

I love this show. It’s definitely my favorite show. Each season continues to get better. They move plot lines along a good rate and don’t drag things out so they are no longer interesting. The show runners have done a great job with the Castle and Becket relationship. It hasn’t changed the premise of the show. Honestly, I think the material is stronger with them as a couple instead of the “will-they-won’t-they” dynamic. This season has been great so far and there’s no reason to believe it won’t continue. Carry on Castle and crew. Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC


My longest running show underwent the biggest change this year — the departure of Ziva David. The show then had the monumental task of finding a “replacement” for the women who held that spot on the team for eight seasons. Enter Ellie Bishop. She is nothing like Ziva and that is what makes her perfect, in my opinion. The last thing they want to do is try to bring in another Ziva. That can’t work twice. Instead they have brought in someone who has her own strengths that will benefit the team. Bishop is four episodes in, and she is still trying to become a part of the team. I think she is on the right track. Eleven seasons and still going strong! Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on CBS

• NCIS Los Angeles

This season has gone through some ups and downs. The team is still working well together. The writing still makes the agents look really stupid some times, which continues to bother me. The biggest transition is in the Kensi and Deeks relationship. They had their first honest conversation about their feelings and took things to the next level, which is rare in these kinds of shows. Most shows hang on to the “no fraternization between agents” line until the end. Immediately following the change, Kensi was given an overseas assignment and will be gone indefinitely from the LA team. The actress’s real-life pregnancy had everything to do with that. It will be interesting how the show will evolve when Kensi returns to the team full time. Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS


I made the claim above that NCIS was my longest running show. By the numbers, CSI actually is; however, I took a five season break so it doesn’t feel like season 14 to me. That being said, I have been enjoying these past two season more than any others I have watched. Maybe it’s the break talking, but I feel like the show has done a good job with keeping the cases fresh and interesting. It’s hard to come up with 400 different ways to kill someone in Las Vegas, but the show is doing the best it can. I like the current cast. Anything with Elizabeth Shue is just that much better, in my opinion. Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS

• Big Bang Theory

My favorite nerds are having a great season seven. Honestly, I don’t have much to say except I love this show as much as I ever have. Sheldon Cooper is one of the best characters on television right now. I watch every new episode and turn on the reruns wherever the are playing, and they still make me laugh. It’s an enjoyable half hour of television. I hope they keep up the good work! Thursdays at 7 p.m. on CBS

• Grey’s Anatomy

This season hasn’t been one of Grey’s best. The petty bickering between Meredith and Christina was old after the first episode. They are devoting far too much screen time to terrible interns. I never thought there would come a day when I would enjoy April Kepner’s storyline to most. With the exception of the Callie trial episode, this season has been pretty forgettable thus far. Only place to go is up from this point. Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC

• Elementary

Ah, my favorite new show. Even though I skipped last season, I haven’t missed an episode this year. Judging by my list, I have a soft spot for detective shows/procedural dramas. The story lines are interesting and they have great twists you don’t always see coming. The character growth is tremendous in just a season and half. Whoever writes Sherlock’s dialogue deserves recognition. It is witty and intelligent and Jonny Lee Miller’s delivery couldn’t be more perfect. This show is worth checking out. Thursdays at 9p.m. on CBS

• Last Man Standing

I haven’t included this show in my blogs before. “Last Man Standing” is a Tim Allen sitcom on ABC and in it’s third season, I figured it was about time that I mentioned it in my blog. It may not have the most glamorous time slot on prime time but it fills out my week perfectly. Growing up watching “Home Improvement,” it was a no brainier when I saw that Tim Allen was returning to TV three years ago. Season three has had some of the show’s best material. I pray that ABC will keep it around for a little while at least. There are worst things that they can show on Fridays. Should I mention “Lucky 7” or is that too much for a show that lasted two episodes? Fridays at 7 p.m. on ABC



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