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I had trouble getting to sleep last night. Fell asleep around 4, I guess. Argh. I haven't felt terribly sleepy today, but I'll probably crash early tonight.

Went to lunch with Jay today. Ate a very tasty salad and engaged in much chat. We're meeting again next week, before he leaves for a trip to New Orleans on the 15th and I leave for my trip to Nebraska on the 19th.

My latest book from the library is Laurell K. Hamilton's Micah. I'm not sure why I continue to read Laurell K. Hamilton when her Anita Blake books have devolved into nothing but porn (The first books were so good!), but once I start reading a series I get invested in the characters and can't seem to let them go. In the last book, there was just enough relationship movement for the characters to keep me reading. The rest was nothing but porn. Well, some of the relationship movement led to porn, too. Porn porn porn. Micah had nothing but bad reviews on Amazon. Well, there may have been one or two good reviews, but I didn't find any. One of the reasons I'm especially dubious about this book -- aside from the Amazon reviews -- is that I dislike the title character. A whole book about him? Goody. And yet I'm reading it. I'm a literary masochist. (Did I just imply that these books are literature?)

Season premiere of "Veronica Mars" tonight. Season premiere of "Lost" tomorrow. Season premiere of "Battlestar Galactica" on Friday. A week of exciting tv. BSG is the one I'm looking forward to most.

We've been watching "Studio 60," which I haven't seen mentioned in anyone's LJs. I'm surprised, because it's by Aaron Sorkin, who did "The West Wing," and I'd think that would grab more people's attention. Shannon loves it, but I watch it primarily for Bradley Whitford, who played my favorite character on "The West Wing." I think he's a good actor. He looks like hell in this show, but Shannon speculates that that's a purposeful decision to differentiate him from his clean-cut "West Wing" character. I'm not sure if I'll continue to watch the show or not. Probably, as something to do with Shannon.

We've also watched the first couple episodes of "Jericho," which hasn't wowed me. On my own, I'd probably stop watching that one, but Shannon is willing to give it more of a chance.

Speaking of stopping watching stuff, I'll never understand why so many people on my friends list are obsessed with "Stargate: Atlantis." I think it's a mediocre show with mediocre writing, directing, and acting, and I wouldn't even be watching it if Shannon wasn't. All those other people must see something I don't.

But I watch it because I'm a social tv watcher. If someone else in the house watches something, I'll usually watch it if it's even remotely interesting. Back in college, one of my housemates even got me hooked on a soap opera. I don't remember which one. But she watched it every day and I would happen to pass through the living room and somehow found myself wanting to know what was going on. So embarrassing.

We just finished watching the third season of "The Wire" (on DVD), which is a great show. The second season didn't grab me as much, but the first and third are fabulous. It's a police procedural, primarily about the war on drugs, with about half the time given to the criminals, so that you see their side of things quite clearly. I had a lot of sympathy for the high-level drug dealers by the end. I didn't want them to *win*, but I could see where they were coming from and could recognize some of their good qualities. I actively liked one of the drug dealers, named Avon Barksdale. Aside from the whole drug dealer/killing people thing, he seemed like a good guy. Very loyal to the people he cared about. That show has a lot of very interesting, three-dimensional characters. And excellent writing.

Our latest series we've gotten from Netflix is "Oz," which is another show I really like. Very intense. I don't remember where we left off in the last season we watched, but maybe Shannon can remind me. Oh! And we'll see Mr. Eco (from "Lost") again as ... um ... I don't know how to spell his character's name on "Oz." Adibisi? Something like that.

Well, that's enough about tv. I can't wait for "Veronica Mars" in two hours!



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Oct. 4th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
I've started watching both Studio 60 and Jericho, and I like them both. I'm not absolutely in love with Studio 60 yet, but I don't think it's quite hit its stride. I am really impressed with Matthew Perry's acting so far, though. After watching him so long in Friends, it's great to see him taking on a more serious role, and handling it with panache.

Jericho, meanwhile, has nailed the wow effect for me. I think they're doing a pretty good job portraying the fear and chaos of such an event, and it's pretty cool to see it from the perspective of a small town.
Oct. 4th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe "Jericho" will interest me more as time goes on. I like the premise, and I like the one black actor, but Ulrich bugs me because his eyes are always bulging out. Maybe I'll get used to it.
Oct. 5th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
He bugs me because he looks like a poor man's Ben Stiller! :D
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