Finally watched the Scrubs series finale on the DVR -- a fine end for a show whose claim to fame was a phenomenally talented gallery of minor characters handling the comedy while the top-billed cast steered the show's considerable dramatic aspect. This season's addition of the Brain Trust (primary membership: The Janitor, The Todd, Ted, and Doug) was particularly inspired comedy. Nice work, folks, and thanks for the memories, especially the three amazing episodes with Brendan Fraser. As a corollary, after spending a week in LA, I'm kind of bummed about missing The Blanks at Largo tomorrow night.
The end of Scrubs, The Shield, and Battlestar Galactica, coupled with my not so-recent abandonment of The Office and Heroes, has left me down to my shortest list of must-see TV in years, and I'm pretty happy about that, as I've got a backlog of TV on DVD to get through (Deadwood, The Wire, Carnivale, Arrested Development, Weeds, Wire in the Blood, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Dexter, etc).
My current watch list:
- In Plain Sight (USA)
- Breaking Bad (AMC)
- Burn Notice (USA, Returns 6/4)
- The Closer (TNT, Returns 6/8)
- Leverage (TNT, Returns 6/15)
- Monk (USA, Final Season starts July)
- Psych (USA, Returns July)
- Eureka (SciFi, Returns 7/10)
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX, Returns Fall)
- The Amazing Race (CBS, Returns Fall)
- House (FOX, Returns Fall)
Trends of note:
- Only one show (House) is a standard 22-episode series (which is WAY too long to maintain quality).
- Only one sitcom (Always Sunny).
- Only two shows are on major broadcast networks.
- Four shows (the USA ones) are basically the same sort of whodunit or howcatchem.
As an addendum, Doctor Who and Torchwood are on quasi-hiatus (and are anagrams), and I don't know if SciFi will air this year's BBC specials in the US. I'm also looking forward to Warehouse 13 and Caprica on SciFi, but I've got no idea if they'll be any good.