Tuesday, September 25, 2007

House vs Boston Legal vs LA Ink

I have a scheduling conflict of major proportions tonight! Normally there is just about zip, zero, and zilch that I care to watch on TV and if there is something I think I'm going to want to see, I program the DVR to record it so I can watch it later sans commercials. Well, leave it to Fox, ABC, and TLC to go and totally screw things up for me!

"Is this an intervention? You're a little late, since I'm not using drugs anymore.
I am, however, still hooked on phonics."

Tonight is the long-anticipated season opener of "House MD" on Fox. Those of you who watch the irascible Dr. House will remember that he lost his entire staff at the end of the last season - Foreman, Chase, Cameron, all of 'em gone - leaving our favorite physician with no team at all. What's a curmudgeonly curer to do? Well, I could find out at 9:00 tonight except that the show overlaps with one of my other favorite shows ...

... "Boston Legal" which is on ABC with its season opener from 9:30 to 11:00 - damn the luck! I have watched this show since its very first episode and I will be darned if I'm going to miss out on the antics of Denny, Alan, Denise, Paul, Shirley, and the rest of the gang at Crane, Poole, and Schmidt! The big problem, though, is that my DVR isn't the type where I can record one show while watching another so I'm probably going to have to record one while watching the other on the small TV upstairs. The question is, which one?

I rather like to think that Alan Shore and I have much in common as we're both slightly irrational, are masters of deadpan humor, are hilarious, and yet are still kind though people tend to think otherwise! Granted, James Spader, who plays Alan Shore, just won an Emmy and I can't seem to even win Employee of the Month at work as I must be truly awful despite having been the Employee of the Year in 2004 but still ... I think we are very much alike!

Alan Shore: ...I'm bored.
Paul Lewiston: I beg your pardon.
Alan Shore: You people keep assigning me these boring cases. At my old firm, I got murderers.
I had clients who would touch themselves in public restrooms. These were people you could root for,
not to mention relate to.

Paul Lewiston: Is there some other place you'd rather be, Mr. Shore?

Alan Shore: Yes, I want to be on cable. That's where all the best work is being done.

If all of that wasn't bad enough, TLC has managed to throw yet another monkey wrench into the mix by airing the episode of "LA Ink" featuring rhythm guitarist Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance that Amanda has been waiting all summer to see and it runs from 10:00 to 11:00 tonight! The TV gods are surely mocking me this evening, are they not??

Luckily, TLC likes to "chew their cabbage twice" as my Dad used to say and are running the same episode back to back so we'll simply set the DVR to record "LA Ink" from 11:00 to 12:00 and Amanda is just going to have to wait one more day to see it as she's got school tomorrow and is NOT staying up until midnight! I think she'll live, though I'm sure she'd beg to differ!

"If you don't listen, you're never gonna learn."

How about you folks? What are you watching tonight??


  1. Anonymous7:28 PM EDT

    NCIS, House, & then the new show Cane.

  2. Join the Denny Crane for President Movement...
    I have the poster shown!

  3. i have never seen house but i like boston legal and have watched it only several times, but i used to watch the practice every time it was on.

    smiles, bee

  4. Boston legal is way too far left for me, they take too many shots at George Bush.

  5. I was torn between House and the new Cane premiere. I half-wrote a half-witted Dark and Stormy while half-watching a great new series (Cuban music was hot and spicy) and so were the....well....never mind. I digress.

    I watched "Cane."
    Now I'll hush.

  6. I had the same problem. I watched Boston Legal (with the new cast, no Odo) and TIVO'd House...

  7. in our time zone I watched House at 9...I so have a think for him...and at 10 Cane...I think I want to have a thing for Smits too...

  8. Well... as you are speaking of yesterday...since I am not good at keeping up on my blog reading!! I watched The Biggest Loser from 8-10, you know I love my reality TV!!!

  9. I applaud your reasoning and your solution! Bravo!

    I have this problem on Monday, as DWTS comes on before the end of MNF, and runs through the first 30 minutes of Heroes.

    Luckily, most games are pretty much over by 8pm - blow outs have become the rule. And NBC runs the full Heroes episode on their website. So I get enough of my football, my complete Dancing fix, and the full Heroes experience.

  10. Hm.. I loved the first season of House, his sarcastic demeanor got me every time.. but it got awkward when Cameron developed her crush or whatever the heck it was, and I just couldn't watch it any more. Plus they kept putting kids in the storylines, and I can't handle that very well at all. So I think I'm just going to stick to my DVRs of What Not to Wear!


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