Jenna Kim Jones: What are you watching on television tonight, tomorrow and beyond?
We’re well into the television season, but don’t get too comfortable because this is the time of year when the TV world gets a shake-up.
Networks start canceling shows with low ratings, making adjustments to program scheduling and adding new shows to premiere mid-season. For viewers, it can be heartbreaking when the show they’ve grown to love is canceled or, heaven forbid, moved to a night that conflicts with other favorite shows.
The point is, winter is upon us. Years ago, people depended on the warm glow of their fire for warmth and comfort. These days, we depend on the warm glow of our televisions.
So which shows have been canceled, which shows are here to stay and what should you be watching? I’ve got the answers to all those questions and more.
Time to say goodbye
“Animal Practice” — CANCELED. Although the Internet basically survives off of cute kitten videos, not even cute animals could save this show. While perhaps veterinarians are disappointed their career didn’t capture the country’s imagination, PETA is probably thrilled. If you loved "Animal Practice," stick to watching Animal Planet.
“Made in Jersey” — CANCELED. I tried to like “Made in Jersey,” the show about a young lawyer from New Jersey trying to make it in the Big Apple. I laughed at the cliché Jersey stereotypes and attempted to overlook that the leading lady went from first-year attorney to big shot in the courtroom in less than half a day at work, but “Made In Jersey” wasn’t made to last.
“30 Rock” — NBC, Thursday, 7 p.m. We’ve entered the seventh and final season of “30 Rock.” It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Tina Fey’s eccentric show. Ratings struggled in the first season and again during the writers strike in what was a rough year for even devoted viewers like myself. I’ll be sad to see “30 Rock” go, but it is time.
Sticking around . . . for now
“Last Resort” — ABC, Thursday, 7 p.m. In this military drama, the captain refuses orders from what he claims to be an unauthorized source and then commandeers an island in protest. I found the show to be silly and somewhat disrespectful to men and women in uniform. You won’t catch me watching “Last Resort,” even as a last resort.
“The Neighbors” — ABC, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. From what I remember, we haven’t had a comedy about aliens since “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and that show came out when I was 10. I’ve seen every episode of “The Neighbors” and just when I think I’m getting tired of the weird alien shtick, the next episode surprises me. “The Neighbors” doesn’t have the longevity of “Friends” or “Seinfeld” because at some point I’ll grow tired of alien jokes, but I’m going to enjoy every minute of it while it lasts.
“Chicago Fire” — NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. My husband is from Chicago, so watching “Chicago Fire” with him is like getting an education in the city’s geography. He’s outraged when the firefighters go from one end of the city to put out a fire on the opposite end of the city, claiming it would be impossible to make it there in time. It’s really a television buzz kill. While the poor city of Chicago is constantly on fire in this show, it seems the drama in “Chicago Fire” is just heating up.
“Elementary” — CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. This American remake of Sherlock Holmes set in New York City isn’t as horrible as I was certain it was going to be. While I can’t appreciate Watson being played by a woman (Lucy Lui) and Sherlock being shirtless more often than necessary, I can appreciate the interesting mysteries in each episode and applaud the writers for their hard work.
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