This week was the series finale of one of my favorite shows, Boston Legal. I’ve enjoyed this show from the very beginning when it was spun off from The Practice, never missing an episode. One of the reasons I enjoyed this show was the fact that the main stars were not teenyboppers or twenty-somethings bouncing across the screen showing as much skin as possible while uttering banal dialogue about “hooking up”. This was a show that respected those of us over fifty and showcased talent and intellect instead of glorifying youth.
Another reason I loved the show was it’s cast of quirky characters, those great court tirades from Alan, and a chance to watch William Shatner (as Denny Crane) have fun with a role that finally gave him the chance to demonstrate his acting chops and his humor.
It’s a shame ABC never really committed itself to this show. It’s a shame that television networks and executives still think that youth is the primary demographic to target. It’s a shame that 72 million baby boomers, with big money to spend and an even bigger television viewing habit, are ignored by television suits and ad execs. Just last week Boston Legal itself had a story (“Juiced”) where statistics were quoted by Carl Sack (played by Dan Laroquette) that gave creedance to the viewing and buying power of the Baby Boom Generation.
I am going to miss this show and I am going to miss the respect and appreciation it had for my age group and my television viewing preferences. I am going to miss Denny Crane, Alan Shore, Shirley Schmidt, Jerry Espenson and Carl Sack. I’m going to miss those great moments between Denny and Alan on the office patio, I’ll miss Jerry’s tics and pops, Shirley’s blow up doll and Mad Cow jokes. But most of all I will miss a great show that treated me with respect by entertaining me with adult stories, silly antics, quirky humor and intelligent dialogue.
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I’ve been so busy lately that posting about television or movies has been set on a back burner. What spare time I have left over after doing my Martini Blog, my Art Blog and doing new art for my website is spent actually watching tv! I haven’t even had time to see a movie – but managed to see the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie on DVD, which, btw, was a little confusing story wise but I enjoyed it anyway. Captain Jack is a classic character and destined to remain in my top five of all time along with Rhett Butler, Scarlet O’Hara, Forrest Gump and Indiana Jones.
While trying to keep abreast of the schedule changes that always occur at this time of year (because the 12 year old network executives ax good shows before they have a chance to gather an audience), I suddenly noticed that Medium was missing! What a shame, I liked that show. I wonder if it will be a mid-season replacement? Oh well, the ratings rule and I simply don’t have time to google whether or not it was cancelled.
An update on my thoughts about the new season :
- I still love Reaper – if anything I like it more. This is a fun, quirky show and my favorite character is Sock (Wysocki) and the Devil Himself follows closely behind.
- I still enjoy Bones, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Numbers, Monk, Psych, Las Vegas (now that Tom Selleck has joined the cast) and Hell’s Kitchen
- I still like the new shows, Cane, Dirty Sexy Money, Journeyman and K-ville
- I’m growing fonder of Pushing Daisies
- I love Saving Grace. Love it! I want my own Earl!
- Life is turning out to be a favorite of mine
- I am looking forward to the celebrity edition of The Apprentice – this show is my guilty pleasure
- I am also looking forward to the return of Eureka – probably my second favorite show
- Heros is still my number one – and Hiro is still my favorite Hero
What’s out of my television viewing schedule? Back to You, ER, Survivor, Lost, and a few others that bored me or got too convoluted to enjoy. Too bad, so sad, but don’t waste my tv viewing time!
I’ll try to get in to post a little more often so keep subscribing and let me know what you think about my comments and what shows you like and why!
They keep taking off the television shows I like! What happened to Jeff Goldblum’s Raines? Is Lost lost? I’m happy to see Desperate Fishwives – sorry, but that’s what I call it, and Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, House, Ghost Whisperer, and Criminal Minds. I actually watch Boston Legal and Numbers live, no Tivo for those. Can’t wait for the next round of Hell’s Kitchen – Gordon Ramsey is such a pill – hard to swallow in big doses, but I’m addicted. I’m not as fond of Kitchen Nightmares – could you please censor the bug infested scenes?!!!!! Ugh.
I love REAPER! That show is funny as hell – oh, pardon the pun! Love the guy who plays the devil – he’s obviously enjoying his role. Love Tom Selleck on Las Vegas – nice to see him back on TV. I was looking forward to Pushing Daisies, but frankly I was a little bored and hope it gets better. Dirty Sexy Money is going to be interesting – if only for the actors they managed to get. Private Practice is a nice hour of extra Grey’s Anatomy soap bubbles. Now, Life is going to be interesting – and they’ll probably cancel it because it’s not peppered with action. I’m disappointed in Back To You – Kelsey Grammar is better than the show. I’ll watch Cane because of Jimmy Smits.
I just hope they don’t come up with anymore third-rate reality shows or sex and the pimple faced teenybopper programs, yeeesh. Brats with money AND hormones what a boring combination.
I’m beginning to understand why my parents watched ancient reruns. They grew older and television doesn’t cater to older, so they went back to the familiar faces they grew up with. I’m not yet watching reruns of Fraiser or Friends, but I can see the writing on the wall.
BTW – my favorite show on the schedule – HEROS! I love Heros! And Hiro is my favorite Hero!