Calling all couch potatoes: Our days of darkness are over.
Finally, along with the new year, comes some watchable television in 2010. Plenty of your favorite shows will be coming back in January so there's no need to venture out into the cold to find alternative entertainment.
Here’s a look at some of the big premieres over the next month.
January 4 – “The Bachelor” – Everyone’s favorite reality dating show returns starring hunky pilot Jake Pavelka and 25 eligible (desperate?) women.
January 5 – “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) – This is being billed as the biggest season of the weight loss competition ever, since it features the heaviest contestant yet, Michael Ventrella, a 30-year-old deejay from Chicago, Illinois, who weighs 526 lbs. The couples edition of the show features 11 teams of two competing for the season 9 crown.
Also: “The Good Wife” (CBS), “NCIS” (CBS)
January 6 – “Nip/Tuck (FX) – The plastic surgery drama is preparing to make its final facelifts as the show kicks off its last episodes.
Also: “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV)
January 10 – “Big Love” (HBO) – This will be the last season on the multi-marriage drama for actress Amanda Seyfried, who plans to leave to pursue her burgeoning movie career at the end of the fourth season. Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek joins the cast as a powerful Washington, D.C., lobbyist.
Also: “Chuck” (NBC) – Chuck Bartowski overcame network threats of cancellation - and now he has to weather becoming a real honest-to-goodness secret agent on the NBC spy comedy.
January 14 – “Fringe” (Fox) The paranormal crime series will return for four weeks before going on hiatus until April.
Also: “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Private Practice” (ABC), “Project Runway” (Lifetime), “CSI” (CBS), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Vampire Diaries” (CW)
January 12 – “American Idol” (Fox) – Get ready for a whole new Idol, sans Paula and with the addition of Ellen DeGeneres (yay!). This could just be cantankerous judge Simon Cowell’s last year before jumping ship to start yet another reality singing franchise, so savor these moments while you can.
January 17 – “24” (Fox) – Jack Bauer is back, and if history is any indication it is going to be a pretty long day. Watch out, Big Apple; this time the drama is set in NYC.
January 31 – Fox's lovable animation lineup of "American Dad," "The Cleveland Show," "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons" return.
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Reality TV – Get a grip! – If your not an actor you shouldn't be on TV.
Get rid of all these leaches and bring back proper shows with decent writing!
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Why doesn't Psych get any love from the media? Too bad we have to wait until January 27th for new episodes from the great fake psychic detective.
Also, Ellen DeGeneres has as much a right to judge on AI as Paula Abdul. Paula is not a singer by any stretch of the imagination but was lucky enough to find the right producers and markets. She has the thinnest voice and any contestant in the top 10 every season is better than she can even pretend to be. What she brought to the show was some silly compassion and compliments to balance out Simon and sometimes Randy. Ellen will do the same and with better humor.
The Vampire Diaries return January 21, not the 14th . . . that is according to the CW website . . .
I can't say I'm surprised by the choice of shows to "top" the list. All anyone talks about with entertainment news is who's pregnant and the latest scandals...
And I, who am about to turn 20, love West Wing reruns. Its too bad I was too young to see it in its prime, but it was an amazing show. And to be honest, even most the "younger" demographic doesn't enjoy reality TV. Dexter, Bones, Law and Order, and White Collar top my list.
And no Gilmore Girls?
Loved WW and catch reruns that make me wish there more writers like Sorkin.
Can't wait for return of Royal Pain, Burn Notice, Leverage. Great
Yea for TNT, USE, BRAVO, NATGEO, etc. I like shows where I learn something as well as just entertainment.
Are reality shows reality???
The Good Wife, NCIS, NCIS LA, Brothers and Sisters are great shows, but not many others.
Loved WW – in early days, the writing was superb. Catch it on reruns.
Now...Royal Pain, Burn Notice, Leverage, The Closer...HooRAY for USA, TNT, etc. Someone has their helmut on! The networks need to get with the, as the politicians say "what the American Public Wants".
Can't stand reality shows. Hv never watcher American Idol or any others..I admire the people who have the guts to go on...more power to them.
However, The Good Wife is a WINNER!!! NCIS LA is another winner.
What about Smallville!? It's starting to get really good; Lots of action and hot superheros.
24 tops this list...but I miss the drama of WW and ER, comedy of shows like Cheers and Everybody Loves Raymond...I'm giving The Good Wife and The Middle a chance but they are going to have to do MORE to keep me interested. (TM forces the language and makes the kids too obnoxious) Criminal Minds is good and doesn't get enough credit...I'm a fan of The Closer too. I hope the "reality" phase is over soon!
What about Dollhouse?! Brilliant and sadly canceled.
The West Wing was awesome so it is dearly missed. Glee is great as is Family Guy, Simpsons and Cleveland show. The fatties are also quality viewing.
Over the vampire stuff, over the crime scene/police drama and their spawns. Lets just leave it at Law & Order ok kids.
TV is missing a western/pre cable tv type melodrama. Its coming...now that its out there.
Oh, and yes, oops, forgot, Sunset Strip had "clever".
I Agree, West Wing was absolutely one of the best ! It was fast paced, brilliantly acted, fabulously written, humorous, oh so witty, and unbelievably clever! What has happened to "clever"?
GLEE IS COMING BACK IN APRIL....love that show!! that is what i miss the most..:( and same andrew...no heros anymore???...ohh mann!
What no Heros???
Gonna miss Monk (sniff snort)
Uhhhh... that is all and good, but 24 without Prison Break is a disappointment. Cant the writers find something else for those handsome brothers to break out of????
Loving that 24 is returning, but really missing Prison Break! And Sons of Anarchy.....
Don't forget 'Supernatural' with the continuation of the 5th season on January 21st!!! YAY!!
Happy to say I don't watch any of those horrific shows mentioned. What about Breaking Bad? Sons of Anarchy? Much better tv shows out there than Amer Idiots or 24.
With everyone else, love the USA fare, Burn Notice, Royal Pains, White Collar, Psych, and In Plain Sight. Love Love LOVE BIG BANG THEORY, and the surprise hit for us on Lifetime was the smart Drop Dead Diva. Can't believe this article misses all of these!!!
Reality programs are all the same!
I don't know, maybe I should give these shows a "chance." Although do like Animation but never really watched the other shows for that matter. Maybe I should and start out with Idol because I'm a collectivist. Hello!! I can sing, duh!!! I can relate to them and I don't judge them for that matter, we collectivists are like that. By the way, that's my new favorite word from now on so I can make people think...or not, is their choice, this is America.
Maybe I should give one a try and why not start with Idol. The other ones sound lame.
Big Love, Nip/Tuck, and of course Idol! I can't wait!
Bring on the drama, gore, and bad singers.
The office- gone bad
30 Rock- too much A.Baldwin and Tina
CSI Miami-Horatio....really???? Who can stand his acting
Shows still can catch attention
Community, CSI(still not good with Lawrence), Weeds, Entourage(hoping to have less of Drama and more of Ari and Vince) Eastbound and Down, Hung and all war dramas from HBO.
What about LOST! Best Show ever!
Watched a marathon of Criminal Minds over the holidays on A&E- Needless to say I was good and freaked out by the end of the 12th episode but still wanted to see more. Don't watch much network TV just a little L&O, Medium, The Good Wife, Brothers and Sisters and Cold Case, everything else is a cable program like The Closer, White Collar, Leverage, Army Wives, Southland( when it re-premieres) and Everything Food Network.
I wonder if the show the O.C will ever come back to television.
My wife wonders why I always watch MASH reruns. Network TV today is a vast wasteland of nothing. Even NCIS is getting sleepy. Thank goodness for the History channel.
I kind of like that most of the comments are tv is stupid, but I'll be watching this or that. Fine you don't like reality tv, apparently a lot of people do, which is why it stays on. For the people saying read a book and get educated instead of watching tv, a lot of people who watch tv are educated, but sometimes people need a break. I'm sure a good amount of these people aren't spending every waking moment watching tv and, oh my gosh, occasionally pick up one of those, what did you call them? Oh, that's right, books.
Oh, great! "The Bachelor", "American Idol" and more reality shows!!! We are such a nation of absolute losers.
I think I will sell my TV.
Not one show worth my time.
It's funny that the networks seem to be at loggerheads over the price of network stuff they supply to the cable and satellite companies. I seems they believe that the system of paying for programming via advertising is collapsing as a result of internet alternatives. I don't believe it. I think that folks are tired of watching reality TV regardless of who sponsors it. So you've got the perfect storm: products that people don't want to watch and an emerging alternative.
Sad, sad, sad selection. I don't watch any of them, as most TV shows make me more stupid.
It's a pity compared with what could be done.
Reality Tv caters to the same crowd that used to gather to watch the geek bite the head off a live chicken.
MAD MEN – LOST – BIG LOVE
There's my list.
I agree with many here, that network tv has gotten so bad, I've actually had to read a book.
Screw it all, I REALLY miss LA Law in its heyday.
WHITE COLLAR IS GREAT....
haven't seen a good "reality" show yet, they all suck.
Here's the sad kicker. We all pay north of $50/mo. for completely unsatisfying television. Reality shows are terrible! How long has it been since West Wing was in the regular line up? Look at the comments pleading for it to come back. Of course it won't; but oh what this says about the crap their dishing out now.
This is the best? Wow, pretty sad. Only one show on the list I watch, Big Love, and that's for the weird factor!
I will watch House and American Idol, but very little else. Last summer, NBC ran the BBC series, "Merlin." I really enjoyed that show, and the "what if" path it took. I would be interested in whether or not they plan to run the second series. I will watch if they do!
Wow, mostly a sad lineup. What about The Philanthropist, The Number Ladies Detective Agency, and yes, I miss Boston Legal as well. Can we put some uplifting, warm feeling shows on? Does it always have to be about crime, reality shows and putting folks down? What happen to good writiers? Who are doing the surveys that put out these shows? What's going on?
Something is rotten, indeed.
This is the worst line-up of recommended programming I've seen in a long time, and no TV critic should feel comfortable publishing it.
Joss Whedon's second cancelled series, Dollhouse, will have it's final run starting this month. Luckily, the FOX idiot execs gave him the courtesy of finishing the series, unlike what they did with Firefly. Speaking of other amazing cancelled shows in the sci-fi genre, thanks for not watching Terminator; that show was only great. I'm watching Jericho via Netflix right now: also great, also cancelled. Firefly, RIP... I fear for V and Flash Forward.
Also, for all of you West Wing nostalgics out there, where were you for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip? Aaron Sorkin's writing in that show's one season was far superior to the understudy work put in for three seasons after he left West Wing. It is available in full on Hulu. Bradley Whitford and a surprisingly good Matthew Perry lead an incredible cast. Check it out instead of watching The Biggest Loser. Please.
And otherwise, check out USA's shows: Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar, and In Plain Sight are all formulaic but clever enough to stand on their own (also watch for Psych's frequent Mentalist jabs...).
Where is Leverage? It starts January 13th.
Other than that, I'll just wait for The Closer to come back in June.
Love Bones and Fringe on Thursday nights!!! Numbers on Friday nights and the Monday night CBS line up doesn't get enough credit! How I met your Mother, Big Bang, and Accidently on Purpose...Love it!!
Why isn't BURN NOTICE on the list? It's definitely one of the best shows on t.v.
For my money, I'll keep watching the quality show "MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE" on TNT as it continues its brilliant run thru the beginning of 2010! It's been a delight to find such a well-written, acted and produced show as this one on television!
I really think it's great!
..and can't wait for LOST and 24 to start again!
That's it? That's the best? Thank goodness I turned the cable off...seems I won't be missing a thing! lol
Adult Swim on Cartoon Network is the bomb!!!
I am waiting for my shows to return on 2010.
and hopefully Kings.
As for films I am waiting for:
The remake of Tron, and Clash of the Titans!
I'd like to see Hollywood turn a few more olderfilms over for remakes.
The Guns of Navarone, The Great Escape, and a James Bond film or two. Maybe a remake of Goldfinger!
Got a few suggestions from books too.
Marine Sniper: the story of Carlos Hathcock
Not the silly Tom Berenger movies either!
The Train of the Desert Fox: Irwin Rommel
I Could Never Be So Lucky Again: General James Doolittle
Ba Ba Black Sheep: Pappy Boyington
Just to name a few!
Ok, whose idea was it to bring Kristen Kruek into Chuck, easily the best show on TV? She sucked on Smallville and will suck on Chuck. This amazing show got a last second reprieve from the network, as most great shows do, and they they drop the Kristen bomb. I'm guessing no season 4 for Chuck. Sad. If they put her on True Blood next season, I'm gonna kill someone.
I can't wait for '24'! I haven't missed an episode in 7 seasons. It's also the only network program I watch and I'm getting a little bored with HGTV. I've tried so hard to like 'House', 'Lie to Me', 'Fringe', and 'The Mentalist' because everybody else likes them and they sounded like good shows, but they just never did it for me. 'Fringe' is just so ridiculous and the character of the doctor really annoys me. 'House' is just so predictable. It's almost like watching the same episode very week. The twists are too easy to figure out on 'Lie to Me' and the concept isn't very good anyway. I just couldn't click with any of the characters on 'The Mentalist'. I found them rather wooden and uninteresting. Oh well, at least I have '24'!
West Wing was the best show on tv "ever".
TV worth watching?
Oh, please... TV is getting to be as bad as the movie industry. Nothing new. Nothing original. Just the same old same old caca day after day. Watching my dog sleep is more interesting.
Recently I discovered Back Books on hulu. That led to Spaced. I love British comedy.
I can't wait for al la cart programming via the internet. I would gladly pay a dollar maybe two a month for stations I would watch. Seems like the problem is mostly one of bandwidth cost.
Here is an idea maybe they could build one of those peer to peer networks to help bring cost down. I could start watching a network stream and help redistribute it to someone else. If they did the same it could reduce bandwidth cost by 66%. with little latency. Maybe I should patent this.
Southland on TNT, starting Jan. 12 at 10pm...same producers as West Wing and ER. GREAT series...NBC really blew it by letting this one go.
This list killed my soul just a little bit.
I HATE REALITY SHOWS!!! I agree with Nina – they're like root canals (actually, I'd rather have another root canal).
I watch "Dinner Impossible", some other cooking shows, "24", "Burn Notice", "Closer", "Law and Order", Rick Sanchez, "Fareed Zakaria GPS", and stuff on the History, Science, and Military Channels. Also, some movies, especially westerns.
I really miss "West Wing" (I want to see the Santos administration, as written by Sorkin), "Jericho", and "The Unit" (hey – why not bring back "Navy Log", "Tales of West Point", and especially "MASH" as well
I also wonder why there can't be a true 24-hour news channel?
Not ones which belabor talking points and endlessly promote and replay talk and feature stuff. Instead, ones which maybe have not only US news but also wide coverage of international news. (Keep it down to only a bit of analysis – keep out the current overabundance of political garbage). The current news channels all seem to be creating and belaboring "news" out of trivia and functioning as free conduits for minority party distortions and distractions.
Since we won't be seeing Arrested Development anymore, my new favorite is Modern Family.
I miss THE UNIT!
Psych, White Collar and Royal Pains are phenomenal shows (unfortunately, the last 2 won't be back until summer). Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory are also consistently good. Seth McFarlane's shows, while initially funny have proven to be interchangeable, while shows like King of the Hill and Futurama have fallen to the wayside.
Penn and Teller: Bullsh__ is also a great show (again, won't be back until Summer)
the problem is, these days, that audiences are so stupid and the networks are unwilling to pay writers – we wind up with so many of these moronic shows like the bachelor, american idol and other 'so-called' reality shows. where the hell are the complaints of the intelligent persons in this country.
after reading this article and the one that CNN posted about the best and worst movies of the year, I have to wonder if who ever makes these decisions is in touch with reality, and not reality TV.
The Good Wife on CBS Tuesday nights is really good. Mad Men is good, too. Other than that, books it is.
"Burn Notice". Absolutely the most innovative, smart, funny, intelligent show I've experienced in decades.
Not one show on that list I want to watch!
Wow! After reading all of this, I thought about it.
I only watch the network shows, Bones, Criminal Minds and Castle. The rest, The Closer, Mad Men, Sanctuary are on cable.
In fact, I primarily watch the Discovery Channel, TLC, History Channel, SyFy, HGTV, Food Network and Style. The reality shows on those stations are interesting and sometimes I learn something.
My guilty pleasure is watching American Idol with my mother. She loves the show and I love her.
We can watch Perry Mason reruns twice a day – I catch it at night. Otherwise, I either read a book or read a book on my Kindle.
This is the best?? What 14 year old put this list together?
The West Wing was the best program on tv. Ever. I miss it so much. Thank God for the DVDs.
Breaking Bad, season 3, starts in March.
I'm personally excited about the return of Heroes. This has been the best season since the first.
I disconnected my TV a LONG time ago, then someone gave me a DVD season of Numb3rs, and I was hooked! I now have seasons 1 through 5. It's thoughtful, well-written and the acting is superb. (I do still miss Diane Farr...) Much thanks to Tony and Ridley Scott, Cheryl Heuton and Nicolas Falacci and, of course, Ken Sanzel for giving me a treat I thought long gone: intelligent TV.
Now rumor has it the show will be canceled after season 6. Go figure. If CBS thinks they will hook me with something else, they're wrong. Time to dust off the library card...
Yes, it is a sorry line-up!
Way to completely leave out Burn Notice on January 21at.
I think I'll go read a book!
It's shows like those that convinced I was missing nothing and led me to sell my tv. This list reads like a list of reasons to not worry about what's on for the next four months. I would like to see Rescue Me, Defying Gravity...but that's just me...Oh wait I am glad to see NCIS....Abby's a fun character...
i miss ER too, that was one of the best shows ever, wish they would bring it back. These new shows they have going suck big time and idol is over with i refuse to watch it since they put ellen on it, and since simon is jumping ship it will be over in a year anyway...he should have got out when paula did, because now it just sucks. So i don't guess i will be watching any new tv shows for awhile, i'll stick with the good tv shows, like the golden girls, the cosby show, i love lucy and roseanne...why can't they make shows like those anymore...you know shows that was actually worth watching and they was good.
I watch less and less weekly TV. If the above is a list of the TV worth watching, I'll watch even less. Those so-called reality shows have little reality in them. It is all mindless drivel.
Bravo's "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...." Smokey Robinson was on today. IMHO – now that is good TV.
Most definitely miss West Wing!
if you're interested in a hidden gem look up "Eureka" from SyFy or "Doctor Who" from BBC. Discovered these at my local library...great writing....stories....
Fortunately, I have West Wing, Sports Night and Boston Legal collections, so this tv season is looking pretty good! I'll be hangin' with my DVDs.
Hey, wait a minute. If the women on these dating shows are going to be labeled "eligible (desperate ?)", then the guys should be accurately labeled "hunky (socially paralyzed)" ? I think credit should be given where due!
That is the sorriest line-up you could put together. Criminal Minds is one of the best non-reality shows going. Speaking of reality, what are these writers/producers thinking? Oh, I know. It's all those silly folks that continually tune in...
Oh come on, how could "Glee" have been left off?? This show is absolutely hilarious.
I used to watch American Idol too, but not anymore. I too think Ellen DeGeneres as a judge is a BAD idea. Regarding reality TV, I do watch "Survivor" and "Amazing Race". I think they are great character studies to see just what people will do for a million dollars. "Survivor" this season with the horrid Russell who lost and wanted to pay the winner, Natalie, $10,000 just for the title of "Sole Survivor" was a hoot to watch. I've never seen a more cocky, self absorbed player on that show. He was worth watching but I'm glad he lost. "Amazing Race" was great too, with the Globetrotters in the final 3. I was blown away by the high-maintenance former Miss America. Her husband deserves the Medal of Honor for putting up with her whining all season.
The only other shows I watch are "Chuck" (the most original show on network TV), "Heroes" (although it is getting a little long in the tooth – good riddance Nathan Petrelli!), and "The Office" which, in my opinion, is the funniest show on TV. Steve Carell is amazing. Actually the entire ensemble cast is fantastic.
What is most disturbing to me is the shows on CW. They are all teen sex romps that have no plot and horrific acting. All they do is bed hop. "Melrose Place", "One Tree Hill" and especially the disgusting "Gossip Girl" are a parent's worse nightmare. These shows should be on cable, where you have to pay to see this kind of cr@p.
We have raised our kids on MGM musicals, witty comedies from the 30's and 40's, and classics from the golden age of movies. They would rather watch "My Man Godfrey" or "Singin' In The Rain" than the garbage on TV today.
Also, I wish they would've kept, " Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip". That show was entertaining, smart and funny.
Bring back smart TV! I think network TV forgets about the older demographic. Stop appealing to the younger audience who don't know their head from their butts!
Also, can we please take off most of these realty shows. I remember when reality tv used to be about something relevant. Remember the first 4 seasons of MTV's "The Real Word?" That show used to have GEN X'ers talk about topics such as racism, HIV community, gay marriage. Now that show is about a bunch of millennials humping around like they are in heat!
I miss the West Wing too.
I miss King of the Hill, Wonder Years, Family Matters, Full House, That 70s Show
They call these showes worth watching in 2010. Thanks for Hulu and D.V.D.S
True Blood, Smallville, Supernatural, and V. Also Castle and Eastwick.
Better off watching FOX NEWS all night
I am so looking foward to '24'. I have not missed even one hour in the history of the show.
I'd like more static so i can imagine my own shows.
I thought this was TV worth watching...Well okay???
Why haven't more people caught on to Supernatural? It is an amazing show, one of those that could and should run for at least 7 seasons. it is not mindless shallow trash like all the shows the Marquee Blog listed as worth watching. Personally, I would rather drown in quicksand than be subjected to those so called shows.
Reality TV is really the PITS, one has to be pretty stupid to find any entertainment in them, they are silly, dumb, fixed, boring, goofy, loony ( I am running out of adjectives trying to describe them) and that's all it seems is going to be on TV in the future. I wonder if it is because most people are just the way I described those shows, guess they see a lot of themselves in them, stupid, boring, dumb etc. etc.
One of the best shows has already premiered!
Counting the days until Breaking Bad returns
I still miss BOSTON LEGAL, although there are a lot of other great
shows on like 24, Grays Anotomy and of course Idol.
Good Lord what a bunch of crap! The only two shows on here worth a spit are Chuck and Fringe. God help us all.
How about invasion, was a great show they left hangin', and the best show that was put out in forever–THE UNIT!! that was a great show-problem was it was pro military and the hollywood folks hate the military except when they do a show were they make themselves look good
reality tv is the worst thing to happen to tv ever–who are these people and why does anyone choose to watch it is beyond me. if you read the news you are forced to read about these people as well. who are these people who make these people famouse for nothing except having 87 kids? this country is truly a mess in so many ways
Great to hear people talk about West Wing. I miss TV like that so much.
Okay, so I always read comments but never leave anything, this time I just had to speak up. Are the networks paying for these so-called articles? I mean, come on...reality shows and The Vampire Diaries; TV worth watching? So sad. I upped my Netflix. I rarely watch network tv since Life was axed (Damien Lewis, where are you and why didn't TNT pick YOU up?)
I may watch Chuck, but I'm leary about his new 'powers'. And aside from Lie to Me, The Closer and Medium, my evenings are really pretty free. Which may be a good thing...
This is missing a critical drama "Damages." You have to watch the series from start to finish to really appreciate the awesomeness. I can't wait till Season 3 starts on Monday, January 25 10p!
Only one listed above is what I'm looking forward to and that's 24. The rest is not my preference. I'm looking forward to Psych, Chuck and Burn Notice.
LOVED The West Wing
Current favs are Fringe, Sons of Anarchy, and M*A*S*H (yes, I said M*A*S*H).
I'm really surprised that LOST isn't on the list. For such a long-awaited return for a highly watched and rated show, I'm just surprised it did not make the list... really surprised.
television is furniture!
@VeggieGal - Well said!!! What a treat to read a well-written, articulate post on a discussion thread. Kudos to you.
@West Wingers - I'm right there with you. My friends tease me about my West Wing addiction, but I tease them right back about the reality TV crap they watch. The draw to shows like WW is the intelligent writing that doesn't insult the viewer and the witty, rapid-fire banter that actually makes you pay attention instead of allowing the dialogue to wash over you. It would be really interesting to see what they would have done with the Santos administration, Josh & Donna's budding relationship, and who they chose to replace Leo as VP.
Like many who have posted here, I get my TV fix from History, Discovery, Bravo and AMC.
@Network Execs - stop insulting your audiences with drivel that appeals only to the lowest common denominator. Surprise us. You know you want to.
Fringe is the bomb, and the doctor is hillarious.
Warehouse 13 is coming back to syfy and is a decent show for what it is.
I have recently watched re-runs of The Nanny and Raymond–good clean humor which is desperately missed. I even watch an occasional Bonanza or Gunsmoke for fun drama, but the CSIs tend to be too gory and graphic. There are no Milton Berles, Carol Burnetts or even Cosby shows, or any humor without the constant punctuation with a certain 4-letter word, which is not that funny to me, or a phony laugh track which is usually a failed attempt to make me think I am amused. 24 is good. I enjoy The Good Wife, I find the Castle repartee interesting and amusing, I watch L&A here and there, but I still don't know why Kim Khardashian (famous for being famous?) is important even to know about, let alone watch. I do try to get out more to movies and plays, but, bottom line, thanks to television, I go to the library and read more books.
Too bad they decided to end the DEXTER series. And on such low note no less.
I miss the Sopranos, but look forward to 24
Anybody know what happened to The Unit?
And regarding satellite TV prices, they've gotten absurd. I was paying $90 a month for the basic-cable lineup, in HD, minus HBO, Showtime, and the like. At most, I was watching six shows: Rescue Me, Burn Notice, Dollhouse, South Park, Family Guy, and American Dad. Some of these shows are available for free online; the others cost maybe $30 for a whole season on DVD. So for the cost of two months DirecTV billing, I can own the shows I watch, and not have to put up with commercials while watching them. If I have to see them right now, iTunes sells them as well.
This is why I canceled my TV service for the first time in the 13 years since moving out on my own. And a wake up call to network executives? A LOT of people in their 20's and 30's are doing the same. They're going to have to find a new way of doing business, or grow increasingly obsolete.
You know what? After Pushing Daisies was axed, and hearing that Dollhouse won't be back for a season 3, I just don't care anymore. All of the shows are just clones of one another anymore; either a flavorless sitcom with characters I actually hate, or some sort of CSI drama (seriously, how many forensic science shows do we NEED on TV?) They're... all... the... SAME!!!
I will second the vote for Top Gear, but that's a British show.
Bring back "Cane"
What about House, Bones, The Mentalist, Leverage. I thought this article was about TV 'Worth' Watching.
Seems like all the really good tv is on cable (Dexter,Trueblood.Weeds,United states of Tara) but thier breaks between seasons is ridiculous!! There are a few good shows on network tv like Trauma, Ugly Betty, Fringe, Hero, Mercy, Greys Anatomy and the Law and Orders and CSI's. Oop! Seems like theres more good stuff on tv then I thought! Especially since I watch alot of news!!
If people stopped watching the trash precented on American TV they could spend more time reading and getting educated.
When I read these comments I no longer wonder why America is in a decline
I agree with Chuck, Friday Night Lights, Fringe, and The Vampire Diaries. But what about Big Bang Theory, Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Mentalist, Mythbusters, Lost, and Heroes. And ANYTHING is better than "Reality TV'.
My comments were taken off the New Year's discussion but I have to say: NO Kathy Griffin for the next New Year's Eve. She is crude and obnoxious and has no business in the same space as a guy with the class of Anderson Cooper.
CNN and Anderson are above such trash. Please bring on a better co-host for next time!!
Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Big Bang Theory
Southland – This could really be the best written and acted show. I hope TNT continues with it.
In 07 there was a show called Journeyman staring Kevin McKidd and Moon Bloodgood. He traveled back and forth in time. I thought it was very fun to watch, but had low ratings.
God I miss British TV!
Most people I know don't even turn their TV on anymore!
The List the reporter give is just awful. You have to have half a brain to watch such trash.
I love the TNT network they seen to get it right and they don't insult you with trash TV.
I only watch the networks for the news and a few shows like, Big Bang, Cold Case files, Two and a Half men and that's about it. Thank God for TNT, AMC, TCM, PBS and History Channel.
CBS, ABC and esp. NBC need help ( NBC was bought out by Comcast )
They will be history in the near future.
anyone remember "my mother the car" or "Mr. Ed"? some of this stuff makes them sound "top drawer" – sad. Better than reality shows:
Bones, The Closer, The Mentalist, Numbers; sometimes some of the CSI's, I used to say Law and Orders–but they are getting old, except the quirky guy one – L&O Criminal Intent; Dr. Who- my heart is broken, David Tennant final show; ok–so there is one sort of reality type thing going, I think its on the Travel Channel – the guy that runs around the country doing eating challenges – hokey/chokey but hear about wild dishes and places! Speed channel with the Barrett-Jackson auctions. OK- take me out and shoot me, sometimes I watch TPIR & LMAD (live vicariously watching others "act dumb, win stuff and have to pay taxes on things they don't want – except cars and money!) Almost any reruns of movies I like or old tv series – The Guardian, Mash, and others.
How is "Damages" not a part of that list?? It is by far, one of the few SUPERIOR shows on today!! Others I truly enjoy are:
In Plain Sight
The New Adventures of Old Christine
Law & Order – SVU
Sons of Anarchy
i am sorry, but what about Royal Pains, from USA Network
This list sucks big time. Like others above me I'm glad I get BBC America. It's really sad but true the best television seems to come out of england or canada (syfy). The execs at the big networks are a bunch or morons but sadder still the majority of americans are also morons who love the garbage they churn out. Witness the dumbing down of an entire nation. I feel like i'm in the movie Idiocracy
Big Love is the only "good" show on this list. I will watch 24, too.
in plain sight
joan of arcadia
west wing, or failing that, studio 60
Can Steve Jobs unplug Satellite and cable TV I Hope so !!
TV sucks big time (I’m not referring to the shows). It’s the commercials that are absolutely out of control and ridiculous.
I am so sick of reality shows; they are so fake, and the people whose lives revolve around watching this crap need to get a life.
I get 10 minute segments of program and 15 or 16 minutes of commercials in between ridiculous.
Dish and Direct TV going up $6 in February, with no extra channels and nothing on!!
Dish wanting more money, It see that the satellite companies are not hurting, just the little people will be.
I'm dumping my Dish television service and investing in a digital tuner. I can use FREE Windows 7 PVR to record programs from the main local networks coming through my digital signal.
Dish Channels are a waste of money, And, HD not worth the money.
((Dish TV All thoughts channels nothing on.))
I can't believe The Office and Parks and Rec aren't on this list.
In 1961 FCC chairman Newton Minow called tv a "vast wasteland". He had NO idea how bad it could really get.
I miss Three's Company
What about Burn Notice?
I can't stand what they put on nowadays. I really liked Trauma and West Wing to return that was worth watching not all this reality crap who cares. Jay Leno is no good any more and Southpark is no good we need shows with good plots. West Wing was the Best and I love Trauma was good too. We dont watch much any more there is nothing good on anymore.
Whatever happened to Supermarket Sweep?
Ok, these shows are junk! Fringe isnt bad. There are shows out there now I can like/tolerate but if you sit back and think hard about the shows that you liked in the past and then now, TV is just not the same! Where are the great comedy shows like in the 90's? Re-runs of Friends, Seinfeld, Frazier, Roseanne etc.. etc.. are still being aired to give us a good comedy show to watch! (plus they are still great shows!)
These are "worth watching"?? The Bachelor? Parks and Rec? The Cleveland Show? Man am I glad I get BBC America. Much better writing, acting, plot lines, etc.... Why do show in the U.S. continuously feel they have to write for the dumbest people to understand??
The last series I watched with any regularity was The Shield and Sopranos. I watched the first three seasons of 24 on the edge of my seat but now just mostly catch it online. I checked out the wonderfully campy Warehouse 13 on syfy and it was my guilty pleasure last summer so looking forward to it again in the summer. I also miss a show as smart and captivating as West Wing. For the moment I'm happy with my dvd's and some Discovery, History, and (yep I'm a geek) CSPAN channels. I give a few new shows a shot here and there if someone recommends one DVR makes that possible now.
TV is so lame. 24 is great, but Reality TV is for Lame-Os with no life whatsoever!!!
Why on earth is HEROES not on the list!!!!!!!
This list sucks with the exception of 24. The Unit is growing on me also. I must agree cable networks have the best shows. How was the list even compiled?
The Bachelor? Nip/Tuck? Terrible shows. The only one on this list worth watching is "24." Why isn't "Burn Notice" on this list. It starts up again this month; it's a great show. So is "Damages" (also starting this month) and "Rescue Me."
What about Burn Notice on January 21st? Best show on cable hands down.
I echo the comments lamenting the end of the West Wing...but what we miss most is the intelligent writing style of Aaron Sorkin (Studio 60 live from the Sunset Strip, West Wing). What few scripted shows are out there are an insult to my intelligence.
My guilty pleasure for 2010? Glee, with my 13 year old daughter...plot, singing, dancing, it's a broadway type escape from reality we can't wait to see each week.
I miss The Sopranos and find myself watching repeats on A&E almost everyday! Sons of Anarchy is a pretty good substitute, but nothing will ever be as good. I also really enjoy Project Runway (the two are very different, I know), and can't wait until the new season!!
More Cowboy Shows
The West Wing is one of the best written, best casting and most appealing show ever on television. I would love to dream up a way to bring that show back but it really isn't possible. The Bartlett administration finished their two terms and that's that. It wouldn't be the same show with a different cast.
So I bought the complete series and can relive the glory days all over again!
No Big Bang Theory?! That is the funniest show on TV atm!
Sadly, my personal favorite shows aren't even American...
Monty Python. Red Dwarf. Black Adder. Even The Young Ones, which I adored in college, is light years ahead of most American comedy.
As far as drama is concerned West Wing. Best American show ever.
Oh wow. THAT'S your worth watching list? Well...can't account for taste. Or lack thereof.
My husband and I watch more TV than we probably should and DO NOT WATCH A SINGLE SHOW mentioned on your list. Was it supposed to be a list for dummies? I concur with West Wing and ER watchers. I'll trade in my new 46" flat for a radio.
I so miss THE WEST WING. Please give us a special or new series.
Best shows? No way. Real best shows: The Closer, Southland, and the Thurs night line-up on NBC. Park and Rec, Office and 30 Rock.
I don't watch one of these shows. When will reality tv go away?
wheres nurse jackie? weeds? ugh.! fox sucks!
Top Gear on BBC, January 25th... I'm not even a car person, but this has to be one of the most entertaining shows on TV! I believe Ax Men starts on January 10, and I can't wait for Ice Road Truckers to come back in the spring... Also looking forward to the return of Sons of Anarchy and Castle (-:
A bunch of garbage. They forgot one of the best. LOST on Feb. 2.
I want Monk back
I agree with many of you guys, I miss Crossing Jordan, West wing and am bummed that Eastwick is going off the air. It took time to get into the story, but I did and do like the show.
I would rather get a root canal than watch "reality" tv. There is good writing on TV, you just really have to hunt for it. USA Network seems to do a pretty good job of bringing good story telling. "burn notice" and "psych' and "white collar" are hilarious.
Of course, there is good old fashion entertainment in books. One of my favorite alternatives.
Yes to Flashforward, The Good Wife, Lost, Breaking Bad- all excellent writing. ...and hopefully Caprica! Otherwise, Nova, Frontline, Masterpiece Contemporary (and Classic) and Doctor Who!
Confessions: I miss Lipstick Jungle, it was fun. and I like Cougartown.
there are only a couple of channels that provide TV like it used to be...
TNT's Raising the bar, Closer and ofcourse the ever entertaining Law & Orders(s) reruns.. Oh! they just picked up Southland...excellent show!
CBS Good wife, ABC's castle and FOX Lie to me ( hopefully after the merger it might be a casualty) are the other reason why anyone should turn on their TV or should I say set their DVR's.....
This is why I quit watching TV in 2003. There has never been a single reality show worth watching, and the few remaining good shows can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon with no commercials and costing far less than a $60 a month cable bill.
Personally, the only one I still buy is Law & Order. It's gotten pretty good again this year.
The Big Bang Theory, Two and a half men, Fringe, History channel, National Georgaphic, Phsyc, Mentalist, are my favorite shows.
I agree with many of the comments above. Shows like NCIS, Burn Notice.Bones, Etc. are the best on right now, the rest are mediocore at best. With the new reality shows out, the standards have gone down considerbly. Who wants to watch other Americans make fools of themselves?, really not worth the effort. Until the Networks are willing to put in some effort and money into these shows they will remaim mediocore and most of us will float away to other venues for our entertainment. I hope its not too late for them to wake up!
I miss good reviews. Why is it that all these "great shows" are all shows people already watch. I don't think I have been able to get through an entire episode of any of them
And that is not to say I hate popular shows. I like 2.5 men and Big Bang Theory. But most of these shows are past their prime (Simpsons, 24) and however good they might once have been now suck. Or, they are shows that I could never see the point in.
I hardly watch TV any more because not only does most TV suck, most NEWS about TV sucks.
Looks like another year to NOT watch network tv.
I must protest the New Year's Eve performance of Kathy Griffin. She is vulgar and inappropriate for the occasion and probably for anything else but a smut party. Anderson Cooper has some dignity in spite of being paired with this totally crude personage. He was embarrassed and I was embarrassed for him. I switched to another channel because I don't welcome such behavior in my home.
I'm so happy Southland is coming to TNT so we can at least see the episodes produced for NBC before they pulled the plug thanks to that boring jackass Leno's occupation of the 3rd hour of primetime. Southland was the best network cop show since Homicide. Hopefully this TNT run will get the series back into actual production.
24, 24, 24...the clock is ticking...january 17th can't get here fast enough...come on, jack, give us a shot of adrenalin and blow these other wannabes away...
This list is sadly lacking....Ellen DeGeneres added to any panel is NOT a plus. Someone mentioned Southland, a superior show, probably axed so Jay Leno could bore us 5 nights a week. The Good Wife, The Forgotten, Criminal Minds, CSI's (except Miami), Medium, NCIS, Supernatural, Bones Law & Order (including SVU), Numbers...still provide some quality TV. The cable channels are the ones providing the best series: Burn Notice, White Collar, The Closer, Saving Grace, In Plain Sight, Damages, Southland, Army Wives and some others......just my opinion.
Modern family is a good show, that I've recently got into. Reality has taken over but there a few "real" shows out there.
Bring me supernatural and Chuck!
I for one agree that the Real quality TV has been removed due to the lack of intelligence and perspective of the targeted segment that the Networks are aiming for. Reality Shows are drivel at best!
In 1961, the FCC commissioner of that time, Newton Minow, pronounced television to be a "vast wasteland". This list of rubbish only proves that nothing has changed. This is a list of the good stuff? One of the reasons there are so many "reality tv " shows is the fact that they are very cheap to produce, compared to shows that require talented writers, actors, crews, and location work. The only decent shows on this list are Family Guy and The Simpsons. Most of the best that TV has to offer will not be found on newtork tv. AMC's Madmen and Breaking Bad come to mind.
If reality shows were actually "real" I still would not watch them. They are a lazy way for uncreative people (producers, network execs, other sundry idiots) to make money. Are there no writers? Has the failure our public school system finally taken it toll on our entertainment industry? Every once in awhile a gem shines through but most programming is dreck. The idea that selfish, greedy, whiny, uneducated cretins, that barely grasp the concept of spoken never mind written language should be considered entertaining or entertainment makes the gladiator contests of ancient Rome seem civilized by comparison
"Glee" returns April 13, 2010; now on Tuesdays...can't wait!
Lame line up besides niptuck and maybe 24. American Idol needs to stop. They keep producing talentless crap.
According to the Fringe website, the next episode is January 7th NOT the 14th.
make it or break it?
That's what they consider good TV?
Rex: are you kidding me? NCIS is one of the best shows on TV. I also miss WW. Where is Big Bang Theory on this list? I also like Lie To me. The only "reality TV I like is Dancing With the Stars, Amazing Race and Biggest Loser.
We have the best technology every for television, with quality video and excellent sound, and all we are offered are cheapskate "reality" shows and asinine so-called "comedy."
This article reminds me of why I now get out more often. The major networks are losers, and when I need to see something to be entertained, I buy a DVD.
You have got to be kidding me. These are not shows they are time fillers. Reality – doubt it. What is this deal, four weeks of Fringe and then stop for two months? What kind of deal is that? TVs best is really poor.
The continuing "dumbing down" of America and "garbage in...garbage out". Thank God for PBS, Discovery, History Channel and Law and Order and L & O reruns. Best show on TV.
Frankly I'm sick to death of reality programs and stuff like "American Idol" and "Dancing With The Stars" and I keep wondering when the rest of the viewing audience is going to figure it out.
For real quality programming, check out "Men of a Certain Age" Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. EST (9:00 CST) on TNT. Superb acting and great chemistry between Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula as middle aged men dealing with life. Also, the new season of "Leverage" starts on TNT on January 12. And USA should be coming back with a new season of "Burn Notice" within the next few weeks as well.
I can't wait for LOST!
I'm loving Netflix right now, because it has all the previous seasons on their instant viewing.
It's going to be the best thing on T.V. for sure! Can't wait! Too Excited!
What happened to Saving Grace? I got hooked on that show last year when I became disabled and got to see shows that I didn't see when I worked.
As for the list, the only show that I saw on it that I watch is NCIS. I still don't get what these "reality" shows are. I could always watch Jerry Stringer if I wanted to watch people behaving like idiots.
I also miss the West Wing– why can we bring that back somehow?? its one of the few shows that did not treat you like a moron but already assumed you were educated and ready to take whatever they threw at you.
Prime time TV lacks fresh and new ideas. And why are the seasons of the series so short now?
It's a sad comment that the best TV for my husband and me is to watch a recorded daily episode of "All My Children!"
And what happened to one of the better shows "Without a Trace?"
I agree with Alan – Psych is one of the funniest shows out there! Anyone know when CSI: NY will be back? Most of these shows are junk anyways....I haven't watched AI in several seasons – I get embarrassed for the contestants, mainly. I'm going to miss Monk this year since it said farewell, but now I am looking forward to April and the return of Glee!
Why isn't House on that list? I guess that show is under CNN's radar of great television.
There are very few shows I watch anymore The networks have ruined television by airing mostly reality shows to save money.
Don't forget Damages. It starts on January 25th on FX. Winter Olympics on February 12th.
I agree with many here. This is the "best" of 2010? What about Mad Men, Dexter, The United States of Tara, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock and Community? The Biggest Loser, American Idol and The Bachelor and 24?? Really? I think the only one I agree with is Family Guy.
Loved West Wing. Bought the DVD's. Now watching DVD of DangerMan/Secret Agent. Waiting for Burn Notice to start up again.
Nurse Jackie, Saving Grace, Hawthorne, United States of Tara and Mental...I am waiting for these. Notice not one of these shows is on a major network. Take note ABC, CBS and NBC...enough of your garbage reality shows. I haven't watched these networks for years!!!
You forgot to mention Burn Notice and White Collar, both of which are outstanding shows. (Thanks to those who mentioned Psych – a gem.)
I agree with what other said. SUPERNATURAL deserves way more credit than it gets.
Love Bones and the CSI's. The only show I may see on this list is American Idol. And I agree with an earlier post – what happened to series starting in September and running new shows through May with reruns in the summer. I guess it boils down to money. I truly hate never knowing when a show might start its new episodes.
It is time for the sequel to Boston Legal. And thank God 24 will be back.
NONE of these are shows I watch!! Seems like all the shows I like get cancelled i.e. My Own Worst Enemy, Men in Trees, Eastwick & Jericho.
Yep, West Wing miss it. The Closer and all the Law & Orders. Are my current favorites.
BTW – Am I the only only not going to miss Oprah when she leaves?
I'm glad I have my dvr so I can watch my ABC soaps and fast forward thru commercials. I do like A&E's Intervention & Hoarder's and Discovery Health Channel's Dr. G. other than that I miss old shows and will catch Roseanne reruns on Nick.
Caprica - the prequel to the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica - begins on Syfy on January 22. Can't wait!
Do yourself a favor and watch AMC's Breaking Bad in March – it is an indescribably amazing show that no one is watching-try to catch up on the first 2 seasons first, though. NBC's Thursday comedy lineup is top-notch, ABC's Modern Family on Wednesday is excellent, and the Simpsons is still my Sunday night comfort food TV (btw, I also adored the West Wing – one of the best shows of all time). GREAT WRITING MATTERS – "reality" shows (mostly) suck.
Shows not mentioned, but should have been:
-Bones!! can't wait to see development on the wendell/angela relationship
-Sanctuary: can't help it, i am and will always be a sci-fi geek at heart
-Criminal Minds: who wouldnt love it, Reid is my fave. And Garcia is Hott!
-NCIS: Sometimes this show drives me kooky, but love the characters. Abby rocks!
-Sons Of Anarchy: The MOST UNDERATTED tv show, hands down. Awesome actors, awesome season 2 finale
-White Collar: I'm a fan of USA shows in general, plenty of hot men to go around. Its a cute charming kind of show.
-Supernatural: My Guilty Pleasure!
i agree, i wanted to see the Santos Administration in West Wing...
i long for another West Wing type show, they talked about a West Wing cartoon for awhile, i dont know what ever happened to it tho.
anyone else sad to see Battle Star being over with? Last season of it was bad but the show as a whole was amazing...
what the frak ya gonna do... guess ill wait for more Dexter
When I use to be an avid TV watcher you start to notice that ALL shows are simply re-hases of the old shows. All CSI and Law & Order can trace their start with Perry Mason, Adam 12. Fringe can be traced back to the X-Files. ER, Mercy, Trauma all can be traced back to St. Elsewhere. The '70's were the best years for television and it'll never be repeated. The Carol Burnett show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Charlies Angels, The Sixth Sense, M*A*S*H, The Greatest American Hero, The Avengers they simply keep trying to repeat many of these shows without any success and I wish they would stop trying and come up with something new. House is simply Marcus Welby MD remade, they are out of ideas and simply are not able to think outside the box even Two Men is simply the Odd Couple reux..SAD
Let's not make 2010s about reality TV. Let's have real dramas, like The Wire and Mad Men. I miss The West Wing, too!
Reality TV is dead!
Television is a dying medium! These shows are utter stupidity, how much of life do you NOT have that you need to watch others in what could only be described as a train wreck? I use to watch "Lost" but after the second season I gave up, to much idiotic story lines and the fact that they drag out the mystery so that you'll never be able to solve it simply to keep people watching. The biggest loser? are you serious! The show on the list "fringe" is simply a re-hash of the X-FIles. The Fox trash network only has a Sunday lineup worth watching "Family Guy" is the only show on the list I would even turn on the idiot box for. 24? Give me a break I'm sick of all the "terrorist" bull and certainly don't want to watch it on TV. American Idol is only good while the losers are auditioning and making fools of themselves.
The only thing worth watching will be Lost. I am proud to say I have never watched a single minute of American Idol:where good taste, dignity, and music all go to die.
Top Gear, January 25th
LOST LOST LOST!!!! I can't wait for the final season of LOST!!! If you don't watch it, I suggest tuning into one of the best shows ever on TV! This show has everything!
People make comments like: "Great intelligent television like The West Wing have been replaced with trash like Big Brother and Survivor." I wonder if they have even watched Survivor. It's a good, entertaining program. Isn't that what TV should be? To entertain. I'll admit, I think there is a lot of garbage on TV but someone must be wathing them, right? Or they wouldn't still be on. The Bachelor? Really? The Biggest Loser? I do like Fringe and even though Chuck is very corny I enjoy watching that program. But all in all, I watch little TV anymore because there is little to watch. America says Two and a Half Men is the #1 comedy??? I swear, I have watched the show a few times and have never laughed once. It is so bad, so canned....the lauhter is a laugh-track which I think ruins a show. Enough.
I agree with Rie Flash point is a great show.I also like Criminal mind.
Anyone remember the Smurfs? Now that was some good TV!
What about Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles? That was real Science Fiction, and provided excellent background for the movies, post T3.
West Wing, Psych, Bones, Lie to Me – I'm on board; good shows each and everyone. Makes me wonder if those of us who disagree with the list are all out of step or the list's author represents the majority. Hope I'm wrong on both counts.
@Jamie–There is a hiatus for many shows due to the Olympics coverage...I bet Netflix and Redbox usage goes way up!!
I agree; I watch Bones and Burn Notice.
I miss WW too! Now I watch a lot of BBC America and PBS. My faves are Fringe, Nip/Tuck, Sanctuary, Dr. Who, Sarah Jane Adventures (loved watching those with my grandkids), and lots of hockey.
I too loved West Wing, but not enough people watched Sorkin's next show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I don't know if he'll even get another shot at a network series, or if he'd take it if offered.
FORGET THESE SHOWS!!!! They are GARBAGE!!!!! Bring on BURN NOTICE and ROYAL PAINS. USA has some of the best ideas in programming today. They schedule short bursts for their programs and they go all year with small breaks in between. Opposite of the main networks. KUDOS to you USA!!!!!
Put some of the reruns of older shows like Andy Griffin, I Love Lucy etc and put them in the line up in prime time and we would have several new top 10 shows.
I can not wait for 24! It's the best.
I too, miss West Wing. I also loved Jericho. Chuck will be pretty good and as I like NCIS it IS getting to be the same old, same old. Criminal Minds ROCKS and CSI Miami has new life.
Gotta love TV. If the would somehow bring back ER life would be perfect.
What about Burn Notice? Michael Westin is the man
I miss E.R. and MASH!
Watch cable that's where the good new series are. The Closer, Burn Notice, Saving Grace, Leverage, Damages, Sons of Anarchy, Southland, network TV not so much.
what about Flashforward?
Whats up with fring coming on for 4 episodes then going off until april?!?!!
Ever since West Wing left the air, the only good thing on my tv has been dust.
Big Love, Chuck and Fringe are great shows to watch. Chuck is fun.
At one time most of TV was live . There was great TV at night like Playhouse 90 on CBS. It was like watching theater on TV. Original stories,actors and directors...and it was free. Most of network TV today is very contrived, in some cases overtly sexual, lots of violence and are cartoonish in their presentation. There are a few shows in recent years that do stand out and unfortunately are gone because the bulk of viewership wants dumbed down entertainment. On cable networks you can find good solid entertainment. but at a price. I always found TV an alternative to a good movie, or better yet a great book.
Ok, so if no more WW... how about ANYTHING by the talented Mr. Sorkin?
You know, I get over 225 channels on my tv and every night I sit and watch re-runs of NCIS and Burn Notice on USA network. Any votes besides mine for The Closer and Saving Grace? White Collar is also not bad. Is it really the end this year for Numbers?
What about Flashpoint?
All I see in that list worth watching are Fringe and Big Love. The rest? Not even worth mentioning. Sad part is that more people will watch American Idol than anything else listed. Count me out at least.
This is "TV Worth Watching in 2010"????
Wow. Seems like I'm going to have to find something else to occupy my time. No wonder network TV is dying. Please just pull the plug if this is the best they can do.
I just threw my T.V out the window.
Gunsmoke anyone?! Sheesh...play Scrabble or whatever. Free choice means that I can watch or not watch whatever, but whining about old shows is annoying. West Wing was wonderful, but it's time has gone...
As for me, Food TV or Discovery are the way to go. Dirty Jobs, anyone?!
one word... Dexter!
Two of my favorite TV shows wont be on any more. "Dollhouse" is one of the best TV shows I've seen and "Eastwick" wasn't given the chance to shine. ABC has the annoying habit of killing off TV shows prematurely.
Did anyone watch Damages, I believe it was on TNT.?Now that was a gooood show.
It would be nice if you could also report when "The Closer" and "Damages" and some of the others on cable TV will be starting up. These programs are really worth the wait!
Holy cow, what is with all of you West Wingers? That show more than ran its course and I, for one, am glad that sanctimonious dribble is off the air. I am looking forward to "The Deep Ocean" and find that the ABC Wednesday comedy line-up is a hoot.
As for "missing" something - I liked Lipstick Jungle.
Does any one know what has happened to Mercy and Trama.
I have gone back to old network tv as in ABC for Ugly Betty, The Middle and Modern Family. I also enjoy Tyler Perry's shows on TBS and Men of a Certain Age is surprisingly excellent on TNT. Lets also not forget Turner Classic Movies!! NO COMMERCIALS!!! Another great escape alternative. Happy New Year all!!
Breaking Bad starts again in March on AMC, season 3.
I agree with the people who miss The West Wing and ER; even the waning years of these shows were superior to 99% of the stuff on now. I want to see a reality show where everyone gets so feed up with reality TV that they rise up and demand and end to the crap.
I feel an online petition coming for a West Wing return! Simply the best tv show by far ever created on telelvision. It was smart, witty, unapologetic while still being educational and caring. If I could attach a rider to this petition, can we please find a way to bring John Spencer back from the dead? I dont care how we fund this project or who runs it, but the proposal is in front of you fine gents and ladies for approval. (ahhhhhh I really, really, really miss this show)
Thank God for the NFL playoffs. TV today is GARBAGE
"Calling all couch potatoes: Our days of darkness are over. Finally, along with the new year, comes some watchable television in 2010." Funny, I don't see anything at all remotely watchable in the list given in the article. But then I'm not 18-24, plus I have a brain and some taste, therefore to the networks and advertisers I don't exist.
Fringe is clearly the best in this lot.
Psych is so cute you don't mind it.
Numbers is also really good. It should be listed above any "reality" tv.
It's obvious the Jo Piazza is only a contributer to CNN and shows her own bias as to what is considered quality television. The Bachelor and Nip/Tuck really?
I'm sorry but the only show I'm looking forward to is Damages (FX) on Monday, Jan 25th.
Well I do a lot of TV Land, but even that is going lame. They are going to start showing reruns of Boston Legal there soon! I wish someone there would listen. TV Land is where your demographic goes to get AWAY from shows like that. We want the old classic TV like Andy and Cosby and Roseanne and Beaver and the Cartwrights and Marshall Dillon and Jack Tripper. Please leave it alone!!
Meh, I refuse to watch any of that Reality-TV dreck on principal alone. Cheaply made, exploitative and voyeuristic, I have no desire to play into the networks' scheme. No wonder they are continually losing market share.
Among my favorite shows are Leverage, In Plain Sight (if the Powers That Be haven't destroyed it by dumping the creator) and Sanctuary. USA & TNT have really launched some excellent, creative programming that beats the big networks hands down. Buh-bye ABC, CBS and NBC.
Yeah.....this is so not the list I was hoping for....if this is the tv line up we have to look forward to for 2010 I might as well throw out my tv set.
sons of anarchy the best show ever!
I, too, miss West Wing.
I have never, nor will ever watch any of the waste-of-time so called reality shows.
Shows I prefer are The Closer, In Treatment with Gabriel Bryne, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency on HBO, Criminal Minds, and many of the specials on Nova and The Discovery Channel.
Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost....
OK, how long has it been? The West Wing has been gone for a while now...for the love of God, watch the reruns on TV, buy the DVDs.....but cut the cord and let it go - it's not coming back. Was it a good show, sure. Are there shows I wish could get brought back at the drop of a hat? Absolutely. Normally, this is the point where a comment along the lines of "find something else to watch" would be, but, I couldn't live with myself if I said that, then found out that caused someone somewhere to start watching The Bachelor.
For the record, yes, BONES is under-rated, FRINGE IS a great show, anything "reality" is truly a joke, and this rant, from which I do fear some West Wing fan backlash, although no disrespect meant...is over. Much like the days of appointment TV. Sad.
Once again you missed the boat...You failed to mention the premier of "Southland" on a different network (TNT) on January 12th after it was cancelled by "Major Network" because they thought it was "too dark", read realistic. Too bad that all you can do is act as a PR mouthpiece for the drivel that is heaped on us by those same "major networks". Oh please give us even more Leno and more Goslins and more reporting about the Hiltons or Kardashians or any other new and fabricated "reality celebrity".
I miss tv shows that run an entire season without taking a haitus every 4-6 weeks. What's up with tv shows taking off a year between seasons? I'd like to watch LOST while I still remember the story line!
I am so glad to see that there are other intelligent TV watchers that miss great shows and the great writing that comes with them, one of the greatest being West Wing. I too watch Bravo for the reruns. I also agree that most of what we call " Network" TV is trash. Especially what they call "reality". Those people on Biggest Loser, Bachelor and their ilk are embarassing. Someone might feel that NCIS, CSI or Criminal Minds etc are overrated. But the alternatives of network are grim. I'm thankful for History, Discovery, A & E, TMC and AMC.
For the first time since the beginning, I will NOT be watching American Idol. Getting rid of Paula Abdul was a HUGE mistake. Replacing her with Ellen DeGeneres is an even bigger mistake. DeGeneres has no business being on a music show, and the only reason she was hired to replace Abdul was to placate the gay community after Adam Lambert lost to Kris Allen last season.
The only thing I am looking forward to watching is "Chuck" and maybe "24". Most TV today is garbage anyway, and not worth the time it takes to watch.
Guess I'll watch reruns of the good shows this winter. Nip & Tuck – Yuk.
The Bachelor ..... Yuk. American Idol is out – especially with Ellen.
Bring back West Wing and ER.
What's happening to good TV!
None of the shows mentioned in the article come even close to being something I care to watch. We spend more time watching Discovery and Dexter. Even my beloved House has gotten to Soap-ish for my taste. CSI is OK but can be awful dull at times. Thank heaven for shows like The Closer and Psych.
I miss West Wing too. Best show on TV.
I got 5 seasons of West Wing on DVD. Mmmmm... Also, where's "Lie To Me" on this list?
I agree with Jonni and Fernando. Great intelligent television like The West Wing have been replaced with trash like Big Brother and Survivor. Wake up people, there is no reality in reality TV. Bones is great as is Criminal Minds. I like to have to have a brain to understand what is happening and the characters are well developed. CSI isn't the same without William Peterson, which is a shame. It is rare to find a good comedy that is not all sleaze. Try the Big Bang Theory, if you haven't already. Funny smart comedy that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.
I miss the old TV test pattern.
I now watch the news and the odd hockey game. I seldom watch reality T.V. These shows are about as "real" as 1000's winning the lottery. These shows are just stupid and if this is real life, it is a very sad commentary on everyday people.
Whatever happened to great comedies like The Bill Cosby Show, or great drama's, or wonderful cop shows. I do watch Bones on occasion when it can be found, SCI, Discovery Channel, some home shows, and the history channel. I must admit that I use to be a TV addict but now the TV is barely on and music has replaced horrible TV shows. Sorry but no real loss. Kathy
I never miss Burn Notice on USA. The new season starts Jan 21
BRING BOSTON LEGAL , PLEASEEEEE!!!!!!!!
A reality show worth watching? Since when? I thought we were getting past all that? *sighs*
Yeah, I'm disappointed Psych isn't on the list as well. Family Guy and American Dad are interchangable (seriously, Seth MacFarlane isn't that creative), and I wouldn't be surprised if The Cleveland Show had the same jokes as well.
This is a sad comment on our ability to accept basically nothing worth watching. When are we going to have some TV with well-written scripts. Even Castle is better than anything on this line-up. How about something even half as good as Japanese TV?
Funny.. I don't watch any of these shows.
No wonder I don't watch TV anymore–very sorry lineup. Very few shows are worth the time. Reality shows? Bunch of limelight seekers–most have poor self image or they wouldn't be doing these kinds of things.
Amen x2, Jonni.
Fringe is for only 4 episodes until April?!
Best show on television if you can appreciate the loose fringe science.
Dr. Bishop is the best acted character on TV too.
No mention of the HBO series on WWII in the Pacific?
Supernatural, Bones & Criminal Minds..3 shows that dont get enough attention!!!
I miss Gilligans Island?
Who wrote this list??? Those reality shows are awful. Nip and Tuck?? That's such a moronic show!! What a joke! 24 is great. Please dump those awful reality shows and create great TV once again.
Waiting for Dexter season 5 in the fall!!!!!
More garbage. Sad
It doesn't start until Feb 2, but the final season of Lost is going to be the best thing on TV this year!
God, I miss ER. Anyone else?
The West Wing was the best.
You call The Bachelor worth watching????
NCIS is the most overrated show on TV today. Like virtually every other Bellisario-related TV show, it gets better ratings than it deserves while treating its audience like they're morons. Too bad not everything can be as serious or brilliant as Sons of Anarchy or Mad Men.
I agree with Jonni. I miss West Wing too. That's why I watch a lot of reruns on Bravo.
This is supposed to be the best offerings?
You forgot about Supernatural! This may the the last season... quality TV tho!
Some one has to be kidding! Are these the show to watch?
I miss a lot of GOOD shows that used to be on. What do I have to look forward to now? Fat people and narcissistic single men.
It appears this is just another year of losers, cosmetics freaks,greys anatomy,american Idol FOX garbge. Hope you all make a bundle. Thanks to Netflix and QVC I will be comfortable
I miss WW too, but pre-Zoe kidnapping and before Rob Lowe pulled a Rob Morrow on the show.
Can't wait for Feb 2!!! Will have to tide myself over with some great series on DVD. Too bad I blew through The Wire back in June.
What about "Bones"? It is THE most underrated show on TV!
TV has dropped for me since Live Television came on. Now they use non actors to make there money. If I do watch TV it is History or Science channel. Normal TV just SUCKS.
This makes me miss Boston Legal.
I miss West Wing and Crossing Jordan.
Personally, that looks like a pretty sorry lineup to me. I watch very few network shows because of junk shows like these.
Missing "Pysch" which starts 10th January. One of the funniest things on TV.
@Jonni: i completely agree with your WestWing plea
Oh Lord I miss West Wing.
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