Monday, June 22, 2009

Are You Watching?

Two new TV shows have caught my eye. I know, I know. What am I doing watching the boob tube when I should be writing? Sometimes, I’m just too brain dead after playing with the kids all day that not only can I not function well enough to write, I can’t focus enough to read. I end up scanning the page over and over without getting anything out of it. During those times, it’s nice to have a show or two recorded on the DVR. AND if I can convince my hubby to snuggle up on the couch with me while I allow the TV to take over my mind, then I’m also getting some “us” time in there, too.

The first show I discovered is The Listener. Tres cool and very well written. I love the dialogue. The writer is not only clever, but witty, too. I’d say this show is kind of a combination of Ghost Whisperer and Medium without the ghosts or dreams. The main character, Tory, is a telepath and because of this natural gift, he’s able to help the police solve crimes. The fun part is only his EMT partner knows about his secret ability. During the last episode, the main detective and her boss started to wonder how he’s able to solve the crimes before they do. This should get interesting…

The other show premiered last night. It’s called Merlin. I love everything medieval, so this was a natural fit for me, but I wasn’t sure about the whole fantasy part of it. As it turns out, I should look into reading some fantasy novels. I actually like the magical world of witches, dragons, and enchantments. Who knew?

Have you checked out these shows? Any other new shows you’d recommend?

12 comments:

  1. It's not a new show, but it's a summer show, so the season has just returned: Army Wives. I have loved it from the beginning. I love the writing...and the cast has great chemistry.

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  2. I have no checked out these shows yet, but they sounds interesting.

    Don't feel bad for watching TV - especially when you're tired. I read on a blog no long ago that watching TV can actually be good for writers if you study the characters and story lines - basically learn from it. So consider it "part of your work." :)

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  3. I'm a non TV watcher (gasp - I know). It's no fun because I miss out on a lot of friend conversation, but I just can't get into it. :(

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  4. Not too much on tv watching, but I do like some of the reality shows (Top Chef, Runway, etc.) and their mindless guilty pleasure factor. :)

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  5. I saw one episode of The Listener...it was pretty intriguing. Merlin looked good too, but I got behind and couldn't watch last night.

    I really like the new show "Mental" - the main hero is sweet and funny and...well...hot. I'd like to watch The Philanthropist once too - it's premiering this Wednesday, I think.

    I get lots of plot arc ideas and inspiration from TV & movies. It's not the worst way to wind down after a long day!

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  6. Thanks for the heads up. They both sound worth checking out.

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  7. I am the same way!!! Sometimes my brain won't get in gear and I will watch tv. I did watch Merlin last night and liked it. My kids thought it was kinda cheesy, but I loved the fantasy element.

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  8. I'm with Tess. I gave up cable in 1995. I do love my movies though. Um... DVR?

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  9. Ohhhh, much to my writerly demise, I am a TV junkie, and DVR has sealed my fate!! LOL. Love Castle, Mental, NUMB3RS, Ghost Whisperer, Being Erica, Supernatural, Leverage, Samantha Who. Loved Moonlight (hot sexy vampire!) and now that that is over I'm looking forward to that same hot sexy vampire---er---actor to start this fall in Three Rivers (a doctor show). I really like Being Erica the best, if you haven't seen it, it's in the publishing industry and slightly paranormal, and so quirky and fun.

    Also have to see Hell's Kitchen, Bachelor/ette, and Survivor when they are on. Can't help it.

    The Listener sounds right up my alley, have to look it up.

    And I'm with Shorty--I do use and pluck gems from the shows I watch. I'm always looking for witty dialogue and body language and think about how to turn that into written words.

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  10. I'm a DVR freak. I'll have to check out The Listener, sounds super good! I have to say, my summer television indulgence is So You Think You Can Dance! I'm a sucker for dance in any form so you can bet I'm glued to the TV for those two days a week.

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  11. Okay, these are the two that caught my eye too.
    :)

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