Friday, September 24, 2010

New TV Shows


It's the start of the new TV season for the old broadcast networks and so, in addition to some of our old favorites like House, we decided to record a bunch of new shows that we thought sounded interesting.  Here's our take...

  • Lone Star - a little odd and stretches credulity, but an intriguing story nevertheless.  Still, it seems as if the plot line could get a bit old and end up with only a hard core following at best.
  • The Good Guys - leaving The West Wing and ending up as a quirky cop is quite a step.  Just seemed as if it was too goofy from the start, but after a few viewings it may actually be pulled off.  Iffy, but will eventually show up on one of those all re-run channels.
  • Rubicon - AMC offered up the best show of the year.  Period.
  • The Event - even science fiction fans may go to the kitchen for a snack with this one.  The pilot shows lots of room for improvement for this series.
  • Hawaii Five-0 - this may be a case where the remake is better than the original... by quite a margin.
  • Chase - I seem to have forgotten what it was all about already.  Oh yeah, the FBI version of the Secret Service series... or was it the other way around?
  • Undercovers - budget version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but good fun... and good style.
  • Blue Bloods - Tom Selleck will draw viewers regardless of what/who he plays... but tough old cops seems to fit best.
  • Nikita - so-so tough chick series.
  • The Defenders - after 10 minutes of Jerry O acting really stupid, I was about to turn it off, but stuck with it long enough to discover it might be a real sleeper.
  • The Whole Truth - still thinking about it.  Really liked Rob Morrow in Numb3rs, but not quite as riveting in this one.
  • Detroit 187 - just not enough time to watch everything and I can get all the real stories on the local news.
Sorry if I missed one of your new favorites, but I know that some shows will simply not appeal to me.

Some... not all... of longer running shows I have enjoyed and still do, in addition to House which never seems to grow old, include:
  • Castle
  • Burn Notice
  • Memphis Beat
  • The Good Wife
  • Fringe
  • Chuck
  • Bones
  • White Collar
  • Covert Affairs
  • Royal Pains
  • In Plain Sight [see Chase above]
  • Leverage
  • The Closer
  • Justified ... one of my favorite off-beat shows
Of course, my wife loves shows that only raise a passing interest for me:
  • Dancing With The Prancers ... Stars - Two hours of glittery "excitement" grow old pretty fast whereas three hours of football times three is just about right.
  • Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice - medical soap operas... more soap than surgery.



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Go back to 1999-2000 and see what the Fed did. They are following the same pattern for 2005-06. If it ain't broke, the Fed will fix it... and good!
August 29, 2006 The Federal Reserve always acts on old information... and is the only cause of U.S. recessions.
December 5, 2006 Last spring I wrote about what I saw to be a sharp downturn in the economy in the "rustbelt" states, particularly Michigan.
March 28, 2007
The Federal Reserve sees no need to cut interest rates in the light of adverse recent economic data, Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday.
The Fed chairman said ”to date, the incoming data have supported the view that the current stance of policy is likely to foster sustainable economic growth and a gradual ebbing in core inflation”.

July 21, 2007 My guess is that if there is an interest rate change, a cut is more likely than an increase. The key variables to be watching at this point are real estate prices and the inventory of unsold homes.
August 11, 2007 I suspect that within 6 months the Federal Reserve will be forced to lower interest rates before housing becomes a black hole.
September 11, 2007 It only means that the overall process has flaws guaranteeing it will be slow in responding to changes in the economy... and tend to over-react as a result.
September 18, 2007 I think a 4% rate is really what is needed to turn the economy back on the right course. The rate may not get there, but more cuts will be needed with employment rates down and foreclosure rates up.
October 25, 2007 How long will it be before I will be able to write: "The Federal Reserve lowered its lending rate to 4% in response to the collapse of the U.S. housing market and massive numbers of foreclosures that threaten the banking and mortgage sectors."
"Should the elevated turbulence persist, it would increase the possibility of further tightening in financial conditions for households and businesses," he said.

"Uncertainties about the economic outlook are unusually high right now," he said. "These uncertainties require flexible and pragmatic policymaking -- nimble is the adjective I used a few weeks ago."

December 11, 2007 Somehow the Fed misses the obvious.
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December 13, 2007 [from The Christian Science Monitor]
"The odds of a recession are now above 50 percent," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's "We are right on the edge of a recession in part because of the Fed's reluctance to reduce interest rates more aggressively." [see my comments of September 11]
January 7, 2008 The real problem now is that consumers can't rescue the economy and manufacturing, which is already weakening, will continue to weaken. We've gutted the forces that could avoid a downturn. The question is not whether there will be a recession, but can it be dampened sufficiently so that it is very short.
January 11, 2008 This is death by a thousand cuts.
January 13, 2008 [N.Y. Times]
“The question is not whether we will have a recession, but how deep and prolonged it will be,” said David Rosenberg, the chief North American economist at Merrill Lynch. “Even if the Fed’s moves are going to work, it will not show up until the later part of 2008 or 2009.
January 17, 2008 A few days ago, Anna Schwartz, nonagenarian economist, implicated the Federal Reserve as the cause of the present lending crisis [from the Telegraph - UK]:
The high priestess of US monetarism - a revered figure at the Fed - says the central bank is itself the chief cause of the credit bubble, and now seems stunned as the consequences of its own actions engulf the financial system. "The new group at the Fed is not equal to the problem that faces it," she says, daring to utter a thought that fellow critics mostly utter sotto voce.
January 22, 2008 The cut has become infected and a limb is in danger. Ben Bernanke is panicking and the Fed has its emergency triage team cutting rates... this time by 3/4%. ...

What should the Federal Reserve do now? Step back... and don't be so anxious to raise rates at the first sign of economic improvement.
Individuals and businesses need stability in their financial cost structures so that they can plan effectively and keep their ships afloat. Wildly fluctuating rates... regardless of what the absolute levels are... create problems. Either too much spending or too much fear. It's just not that difficult to comprehend. Why has it been so difficult for the Fed?

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Air Force (SAC) captain 1968-72. Retired after 35 years of business and logistical planning, including running a small business. Two sons with advanced degrees; one with a business and pre-law degree. Beautiful wife who has put up with me for 4 decades. Education: B.A. (Sociology major; minors in philosopy, English literature, and German) M.S. Operations Management (like a mixture of an MBA with logistical planning)