Fall TV Preview

Well, after a relatively slow summer of TV, I’m getting excited for the new Fall Shows.  I was extremely disappointed at most TV sites’ coverage which only included the major networks. TV is shifting quickly to cable, and the internet ain’t moving with it so fast.  It was tough to track down all the non-network gems. And I’ll tell you, SyFy sure makes it extra hard to track down their coming season, so I hope i didn’t miss any here. Here’s my take for now:

The Old Favorites

Mondays: How I Met Your Mother, Chuck
Tuesdays: NCIS, Glee (I keep giving JC McNamara the benefit of the doubt, but this one’s spotty), Will these guys syrvive the move from Fryday: Stargate Universe, Caprica (Oct 5), Sons Of Anarchy (10pm FX)
Wednesday: Modern Family
Thursday: Community, 30 Rock, The Office, Fringe
Friday:  Sanctuary (Oct 15 – What else will be on the standard Fryday Nyght Syfy? I couldn’t tell.)
Saturday: Zippie!
Sunday: The Amazing Race, The Simpsons (Is this thing still on?), Eastbound & DownBored to Death (Yes, it is)

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Netflix for iPhone

I have been messing around with the new Netflix iPhone app for about a week now. My initial impressions are below.

Why Do I Care:
I don’t typically watch much video on my iPhone unless I am traveling. Since Netflix requires a network connection, I figured this service wouldn’t fill the important “bored on an airplane” need, and consequently be of little use. With that in mind, I was a bit curious to see if I would actually use the app. As it turns out, it’s been great.

I share a TV with my wife and young daughter. My viewing preferences often conflict with theirs. Last night while my wife was watching cooking shows, I watched a documentary on the Rolling Stones. I could have done this on my computer of course, but I sit in front of a computer all day at work, and don’t really care to be desk-bound at home. I took my documentary outside and watched by the pool. Later, I watched Black Adder in bed, then in the bathroom, then outside while walking the dogs (OK, I was just listening to it at that point). I’ve never had this kind mobility before!

It’s also been nice to have a huge library available instantly, wherever I am. A friend sent me a few Big Lebowski quotes at work the other day. 90 seconds later I was watching the film on my iPhone. (Netflix is blocked on my work network). I could get used to this.

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