News and Quick Hits
Ah! So much news overnight.
TV by the numbers reveals that FOX has decided to move up the season premier of their #1 rated script drama, House, by two weeks to January 11, at 8:00. It’s being perceived as a direct run at Chuck. From the comments:
Bill Gorman says:
December 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm
Chuck is clearly too much of a threat and must be stopped, at any cost!
Yes, it seems so. I’ll repeat what I’ve said before: House is a great show but Jumped the Shark several times last season with Kutner’s suicide, House’s institutionalization and now, Cameron’s departure. And speaking of a formulistic show – wow. And lastly, if you want a romance that’s going nowhere, I really suggest House and Cutty.
Last season I recorded House and watched later. I’m not sure I’ll even do that this time around. In other words, strong as it is, ratings-wise, I think House is on it’s way out, with or without a Chuck competition.
Strategy wise, I’m not sure I understand this move. Oh, I understand going head-to-head on Mondays, but why premier on the 11th when Chuck is putting on two (not one but, count ’em, 2) episodes on the 10th? Something tells me that fans will be locked in by the time 8:00 pm EST Monday rolls around. I know that because some people have seen the first five episodes, and some of them talk. Everybody talks.
So… how would I rate the first 5 episodes of season 3? After one viewing of each:
Ep. 1: Great
Ep. 2: EPIC!
Ep. 3: Good.
Ep. 4: AWESOME!
Ep. 5: Superb!
How about if I compare it to the first five of seasons 1 and 2? Much better than the first five of season 1. Better than the first five of season 2.
So far, season 3 is the best of the series. 🙂
You shouldn’t hold back like that, Magnus. Tell us how you really feel!
Fans, you really, really want to read DarthRazorback’s review. There may be one minor spoiler contained therein, but you will enjoy this.
Update: Oh yeah – the rest of the news. There’s going to be an 8 hr. Chuck Marathon on the SyFy (formally, the SciFi) channel on Thurs. Jan. 7th.