An update on watching TV online. Some of the networks haven't got their act together yet.CWTV.com
I don't know why I continue interacting with this dreadful web site except that I'm committed to two of their shows: Supernatural
and Beauty and The Geek
. Although they have a link to "Full Episodes" and you download their player, we can't get the episodes to play on either a PC or Mac. Come on, guys. Get it together!ABC.com
Top honors gows to ABC. Whatever technology they're using, they're doing it right. You have to download their player but, from the home page, you're about three clicks from a complete menu of all their selections. Same as last year. And, if they stick with last year's plan, the entire season will be available until the beginning of next season. Sweet!
Everyone else's site falls somewhere in-between...CBS.com
Only two clicks to get to full episodes and you don't have to download a player. But if you click CSI
from the "Full Episodes" menu on the home page, you won't get last weeks episode. I had to click "All Shows" in the blue bar above the episode list and then click "Full Episodes" under that to get a current list of episodes. They had the same problem last year with keeping their menus up to date. Their shows also play in chapters and it's common to watch three out of four chapters and then just quit playing.NBC.com
This site comes in second to ABC's site. The issue here is getting use to the navigation. You can get to full episodes from the home page or from each show's page. You don't have to download a player to watch and you can select to watch an episode by chapter like on DVDs. (I can't give it second place because I'm still burned over them canceling Studio 60
Fox has it goin' on too but their site is more sluggish than the others. I don't remember if I had to download a player or not. If so, it must have been seamless. You do get a choice of three screen sizes where most sites only give you two.
We also caught some more premiers this week.Bionic Woman
Wednesday, 900 p.m. EST, NBC
This wasn't on my list but MyGeek mentioned it. First of all, I know there are thousands of struggling actors trying to break into the business. I know some of them. Out of thousands you would think they could find ones who can act in fill high profile roles like this. Michelle Ryan is terribly flat. There's no warmth or personality to her character. The plot was ridiculous and full of holes. It seemed like the writer's rushed the story. Why? Because everyone knows it?
"You know. There's this average girl, Jaime Sommers, blah, blah, blah. She get's into this accident and almost dies, blah, blah, blah. Then she wakes up and she's bionic, blah, blah, blah."Cinderella
is an old story and everyone knows it but we love the telling of it. Tell the story.Pushing Daisies
* * * *
Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. EST, ABC
This show turned out to be as playful as it looked. Everything is bigger than life, the colors are vibrant, and it's narrated like a story book. It has the feel of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
(either version!). My high hopes paid off.Life
* * * ½
Wednesday, 10:00 p.m. EST, NBC
This has turned out to be the most pleasant surprise of the bunch. I'll have to do some more research about the show because I have some observations about the character, Charlie Crews, that I want to share in more detail. In the mean time, check it.Big Shots
Thursday, 10:00 p.m., EST, ABC
This is ABC's male answer to Desperate Housewives
. I heard it described recently as the male version of Sex and the City
. This couldn't be farther from the truth. I never saw Sex and the City
but I got the impression the female characters in it were empowered. The male characters in Big Shots
, admit themselves
, that they are more like women then men. They are ridiculous and emasculated. Why would a man or a woman want to watch something like that? I didn't have any expectations. It's a good thing.
More quick fall season reviews to come...