Sunday, March 29, 2009

More mind-numbing goodness (tv)

As more and more of my favorite shows are finishing/have finished off their seasons (Psych, Burn Notice, Monk, Leverage, Damages, etc.), I find that there's more and more reality crap on my DVR (specifically VH1 reality crap). That being said, I think there are two solid shows that have just turned the corner. Dollhouse (FOX Fridays) is starting to develop more of a story arc now that Whedon gets to have full say over the direction of the show, instead of the earlier "client of the week" type episodes that Fox wanted. Reaper (CW Tuesdays) also feels like it's matured both from a writing standpoint and in terms of developing story arcs, even though it will almost always be a "monster of the week" type of show. The writing has been sharper on both shows than in previous episodes, and I enjoy having them on the DVR. I continue to watch Lost, House, and the Monday night CBS comedy lineup.

Speaking of House, it looks like Fox has finally jumped on board the "clone the show until people get tired of it" train. There are multiple CSIs and Law and Orders, so here's Fox's clone of its most popular scripted show, according to a Fox press release: "Mental follows the story of Dr. Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance), a dynamic, young psychiatrist who becomes Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital. There he must reconcile his effective, yet highly unorthodox treatment methods with his conservative boss, hospital administrator Nora Skoff (Annabella Sciorra), a woman with whom he shares a romantic past. As Gallagher takes on new cases, he is confronted with patients battling unknown, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed conditions. Gallagher delves inside their minds to gain a true understanding of who his patients are, allowing him to uncover what just might be the key to their long-term recovery."

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