Recently, back when I had cable turned off, I started checking out some of the options on what shows were available to me over the airwaves. That is how I discovered that there were a lot of good shows out there that I had been missing out on. Having cable turned off for a while turned out to be a good thing because it broadened my viewing habits by quite a bit. Before, I was mostly into just scifi and news. Now I am getting a little more variety into the mix… okay, so the new shows on my watch list are mostly cop shows, that is still more variety in shows than I was getting before.
To my surprise, one of the first things I discovered after cutting off cable is that the programming on CBS has definitely improved from what I remember of it in the past. I had heard about CSI but I had not experienced it until a couple months ago. Now I am familiar enough with the three CSI shows to like CSI: NY best. The other two versions of CSI are very good too, though. I also like NCSI, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Flashpoint, and Numb3rs, among those better shows I can think of right now on CBS. As far as I am concerned, the verdict is still out on The Mentalist and Eleventh Hour. I wanted to like Eleventh Hour but I am not sure it is going to work out for me. The Mentalist, to my surprise, is holding up for me so far.
After all the cop shows I lived through in the 1970s and 1980s, I had pretty been burned out on cop shows, so avoided them like the plague in the 1990s and 2000s... until now. Now, I am hooked on them again, thanks to all the cool shows I found on CBS.
Even though I have cable back now, I am still going to stick with CBS and the other shows I discovered while I was off the cables leash.
Unfortunately, not all TV stations are doing as good as CBS, in my opinion. I found that NBC, my former favorite TV station, has sunk to the depths of trash TV. In fact, the problem is so bad that I no longer have any interest in NBC programming. I even stopped watching Heroes, Chuck, and Life. I did start to watch the season opener of Heroes... but lost interest before the show was even over and switched to something else. Chuck was getting boring towards the end of last season so I have not bothered with it this season. I might still catch up with Life later on sometime, though. Now that I think back to last season, it was Life that my have opened up my willingness to watch cop shows again... but my TV programming schedule for this season is already taken up and Life is not on my list right now.
ABC seems to hold little interest for me at the moment, but it does have fresh episodes of Lost and Kyle XY (on ABC Family) coming out sometime in 2009.
Fox has The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Bones that are on my TV watch list. Of these two shows, Bones is my favorite. In fact, in a contest between Bones and NBC’s Knight Rider... it is no contest, Bones wins on my TV. Besides, the series premier of Knight Rider was so bad I nearly gagged. Bones is pretty good... if a bit gory at times.
The SciFi Channel only has Stargate Atlantis holding my interest at the moment. I did not care for the new series, Sanctuary; I’m just not into that kind of show anymore… if I ever was.