Over the course of the summer, I discovered two new shows that I’ve happily added to my list of obsessions. Fringe and Game of Thrones.
Let’s start with Fringe. I honestly can’t believe it took me three seasons before I finally gave the show a shot. It’s not like I avoided it. I simply never had (or took) the opportunity to sit through an episode. The tales alternate dimensions and freaky science evaded me regardless of J.J Abrams’ involvement and the shows mystery driven story arc. Much like Lost, one of my favorite shows of all time, each episode contained an incredible story while continually developing a larger mythology.
XTRA | A Tribute To J.J Abrams
Fringe should have taken a hold of me the second the pilot premiered years ago. Except it didn’t and quite frankly neither did Lost. I didn’t discover Lost until the end of the fourth season! Some might argue that catching up on a television show is a great way to avoid cliffhangers for long periods of time. Especially between seasons. This is true to a certain extent as pushing play on the next episode is better than waiting for an entire week but did I miss out on the “Lost” experience?
The answer is yes and became apparent to me when I arrived at work the day after a mind-blowing episode in season 5. People were talking about it and I knew what they were talking about. I experienced those last two seasons with the rest of the world. While it sucks to have to wait a week for a new episode, the whole point is to experience the anticipation and wonder.
The same can be said about Game of Thrones. I didn’t start watching until the first season was over. I caught up On Demand. If I didn’t listen to the advice of some co-workers, I would have never discovered the show.
Finding television shows that capture your imagination like that can be difficult. You never know which shows will take hold. I know I didn’t think Fringe would.
YOUR SHOWS. YOUR TEAM
Each day another show takes the field and you hope it delivers. My team lost a couple great players over the last few years. Some shows, like Lost, retired but others got demoted like the increasingly disappointing True Blood.
This Fall, I’m ready to sign some new shows and add them to my team which features heavy hitters like Dexter, Fringe and The Walking Dead. There are a lot of spots open but many will not make the cut.
I’m excited to discover new shows from the beginning this year. My PVR is in for a work out as I add new dramas to my lineup.
With another year of amazing television upon us, here are my top 3 prospects looking to make the big leagues this season: