Fall TV Lineup: Thursday

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Thursday is actually packed with the "juggernaut" TV shows (Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, The Office, 30 Rock, Survivor, CSI, ER) none of which are specifically nerdtastic, though I will give The Office and 30 Rock some credit thanks to Dwight and Tina Fey's occasional fabulous high school flashbacks and Betty of Ugly Betty, is, well, she's special.

However, on the CW's prime time schedule, there are a couple shows (with those fantastically beautiful people playing characters roughly ten years younger than their actual age) worth mentioning on this blog.
Smallville
8pm on CW

225px-Smallvilleseason8poster.jpgI consider Smallville the show that Just Won't Die. I watched it back when it first came out because it was such a novel idea in 2001; updating comic book characters to make them palatable for mass consumption? Amazing! Eight seasons later, they've twisted the Superman story back, up, down and around on itself in so many ways, I can't be bothered to even try and follow it.

Apparently, only Clark Kent and Chloe Sullivan have survived through to this point in the series as Lana Lang and Lex Luthor left last season. There apparently are also new characters in the form of Oliver Queen who is the Green Arrow, Sam Witwer who is Doomsday and Dinah Lance who is the Black Canary and--

Oh forget it, I can't even bring myself to properly try and figure out what the hell is going on in the show now to blog about it. The show should have ended at least three seasons ago, probably four. It's the same feeling I got when the UPN resurrected Buffy (literally) for an extra season, and I sat up and shrieked, "WHY?!" I give the CW props for having created Smallville in the first place oh so many years ago, but they need to just let it go.

Supernatural
9pm on the CW

CW_supernatural_250px.jpgIn 2005, the castoffs from other WB shows (Jared Padalecki from Gilmore Girls and Jansen Ackles from Smallville) were deemed too beautiful to just fade into the ether, and thus they were put together in a new show whose paranormal aspect gives it nerd-cred, but whose actors make it WB/CW palatable.  Dean (Ackles) and Sam Winchester (Padalecki) are two brothers who roam the U.S. investigating various instances of unexplained paranormal events. Weird, mysterious and episodic adventures ensue.

I never got into this show, mostly because there are so many hours in the day, and it's already tough enough for me to decide between Grey's and The Office/30 Rock and CSI. Come on now, I'm only human.


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Btw, I never got into Smallville, not even in the beginning.

Ugly Betty > Smallville.

Supernatural is hotness, but too scary for me to actually watch. :P

Who still watches Smallville? Most people that watched its beginning have stopped long ago. High school students these days don't even know what it's about. I think its audience has outgrown it =/.

I loved Smallville when it first came out...but I got over it in the third season or so. I didn't even know it was still going until a couple weeks ago. The father in law follows it religiously, apparently.

TOTALLY agree about the audience outgrowing the show!

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