Friday, March 02, 2007

Plenty of TV This Weekend

It will be another fairly brief update today, what with the storms that came through the area.

I hope everyone has electricity to feed their cable/satellite systems for the weekend, because there should be some pretty good stuff on.

Tonight marks the season finales for both "Monk" (USA, 9 p.m.), followed by "Psych."

On Saturday at 9 p.m., the latest incarnation of "Robin Hood" hits the airwaves, with BBC America showing a new version of the classic character. Like most stuff on BBC America, it's usually better than the standard TV fare.

The new Fox series "The Winner," starring Rob Corddry ("The Daily Show") has been getting raves from all of the TV critics I have read. Set as a flashback in 1994, it centers around a 32-year-old unemployed man who still lives with his parents and is trying to reconnect with the lone girlfriend he had. Fox is showing two episodes of "The Winner," one at 8:30 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m.

Director James Cameron has produced a documentary claiming to have found the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem. The two-hour special airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.

Most of the weekend's usual programs are reruns, but Sci-Fi has an original night of stuff on Sunday, beginning with "The Dresden Files" at 9 p.m. and "Battlestar Galactica" at 10 p.m., which will feature what producers have been describing as a pivotal moment in the series.


Hotspur said...

Stay safe

Jonathan said...

Yeah, definately stay safe, my man. I thought I would point out for I-Pod owners with video, itunes, in the strangest thing I've ever seen, have all six episodes of "The Winner" that have been shot available for download. Which I guess it doesn't hurt Fox they're making money off it, but I thought that was a pretty cool thing to do for us "I-fanatics."

Phillip Ramati said...

Thanks for the thoughts, guys, but I live in a part of town untouched by the storms.

As for the iTunes, it is interesting for Fox to pre-empt itself like that, but it's becoming a more common trend. NBC is going to start doing more of that as well.

It's not a trend I'm really in favor of, mainly because I don't have an iPod and wouldn't pay $1.99 to download a show if I did. But networks have to come up with new revenue sources as online viewing and DVRs are making the way we view TV obselete.

Jonathan said...

I don't think the way we watch T.V. will be obsolete any time soon, but I see what you're getting at. As far as the spending 2 dollars to download an episode on occasion. I don't mind it; it's especially great for road trips or flights so you can catch up on some television. But it's not for everyone which is another reason I don't think we're in any danger of being able to view television the way we are now.

Phillip Ramati said...

The problem, Jonathan, is that advertisers are going to stop paying the huge rates they do for commercials if people no longer watch them, and since that is how TV has been built over the years, it could change significantly how shows are broadcast.

Who knows, we may be heading toward a BBC-style license fee to watch TV to make up the shortfall.