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    The Omnibox: all things television

    Programming, Technology and more...


    When I was a teenager and an avid reader I called television the mind sucking omnibox. Years later, with a revised appreciation, I started a blog under the Omnibox title, but let it fall away. I prefer conversation.

    Anyway, I thought there being a lot on tv worth talking about and not being the sort to start a hundred small fires over individual programs, I'd start it up here.

    So, from commercials to recommendations to talk about televisions, this can be the thread for it.

    What's on my HD DVR subscribe list at present:

    Elementary, Longmire, Justified, Percpetion, The Mentalist, Archer, The Blacklist, Doctor Who, Person of Interest, The Strain, Welcome to Sweden.

    I'll probably talk about some of those as time permits. Justified will open with it's last season soon, so if you've missed one of the best written, clever and modern westerns to hit the small screen do yourself a favor and find the whole thing when its run is over.

    More to follow. Feel free.
    Last edited by Town Heretic; August 7th, 2014 at 10:55 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post

    What's on my HD DVR subscribe list at present:

    Elementary, Longmire, Justified, Percpetion, The Mentalist, Archer, The Blacklist, Doctor Who, Person of Interest, The Strain, Welcome to Sweden.
    On my TiVo:

    The Strain
    Dominion
    Suits
    Covert Affairs
    Perception
    Rizzoli and Isles
    Royal Pains
    Longmire
    Falling Skies
    The Last Ship
    Haven
    Revolution (season now cancelled)
    Grimm
    Homeland
    Justified

    Other TiVo Season Passes:

    Elementary
    Person of Interest
    The Mentalist
    Hannibal
    The Blacklist
    The Good Wife
    Once Upon a Time
    NCIS
    Blue Bloods
    The Following
    Supernatural
    Dracula
    666 Park Avenue (if it ever returns)
    Bones
    Body of Proof
    Chicago Fire
    Castle
    White Collar
    Rookie Blue
    Motive
    Resurrection
    Crossbones
    Extant
    Crossing Lines
    The Neighbors
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Hawaii Five-O
    Unforgettable
    Under the Dome
    Masterpiece Mystery
    Arrow
    NCIS: Los Angeles
    Sleepy Hollow
    Chicago PD
    Hell's Kitchen
    Master Chef
    Kitchen Nightmares
    NY Med
    Rawhide
    Perry Mason
    DCI Banks
    Hotel Hell


    Justified and Longmire are my very favorite must see shows. The Strain is one of the more scary shows that have me jumping around in my seat.

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    I seldom watch TV. But I will tune in NCIS New Orleans this fall.

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    When I first saw the thread title I assumed it was about the Chrome Browser's Omnibox and access to television. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ask Mr. Religion View Post
    On my TiVo:
    Worst thing Directv did was get out of bed with TiVo. I like our Dish receiver all right, but it's still not TiVo.

    Suits
    My wife loves it. I think the legal part is goofy, but the leads have good chemistry.

    Rizzoli and Isles
    Caught part of one episode. Looks interesting. Same chemistry comment.

    Royal Pains
    Forgot this one. It's on our list too. A light bit of fun.

    Hannibal
    Forgot this one too. Great cast, but it's gotten so dark I feel like watching it by a fire.

    Castle
    I'll own up. This is my guilty pleasure. I have no idea why, but I can't help it.

    Resurrection
    Watched the original. This looks less grim, but too similar to follow.

    Extant
    Watching it, but I'm not sure about it yet.

    Justified and Longmire are my very favorite must see shows.
    I'd put Person of Interest right behind those and Blacklist too, but agreed.

    The Strain is one of the more scary shows that have me jumping around in my seat.
    Just about to watch tonight's episode.
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    Blacklist should also be on my list of must sees. Just the best villain I have seen on TV in a long time.

    I watch Royal Pains (as I did House) to satisfy my "academic doctor" hobby. I am running at about 60% in determining the diagnosis and the McGuyvering fixes used in RP. For House it was about 45% given the esoteric maladies used as plot devices.

    For my 12th birthday and dreams of being a doctor, I got what I wanted: Harrison's Internal Medicine and have replaced it every few years since then with the new editions. My doc gave me access to his Medscape.com account and I have lots of fun competing with him in the guess the internal medicine diagnosis case presentation sections. Over the years he has been winning by a steadily decreasing margin.

    I cut the cable cord two years ago and went strictly over the air with TiVo combined with Amazon Prime, Hulu+, and Netflix. Which reminds me, Hemlock Grove is also on my list.

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    In no particular order, except at some point I'm reading off my list so it will become alphabetical:

    Elementary
    Perception
    Archer
    Doctor Who
    Orphan Black
    The Strain
    True Blood
    The Newsroom
    Grimm
    Homeland
    Hannibal
    Once Upon a Time
    Supernatural
    Castle
    White Collar
    Extant
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Sherlock
    Arrow
    Sleepy Hollow
    Girl Meets World*
    @midnight
    2 Broke Girls
    American Horror Story
    America's Got Talent
    Halt & Catch Fire
    Adventure Time
    Regular Show
    Clarence
    Steven Universe
    Teen Titans Go!
    Gravity Falls
    Fairly Odd Parents
    Bates Motel
    Ben 10
    Brain Games
    Comic Book Men
    Defiance
    Fargo
    Game of Thrones
    Heroes of Cosplay
    House of Lies [not to be confused with House of Cards]

    I have too many to continue on. This is certainly not all of them; not even all the ones that are currently running seasons. I don't even have time to reduce it to that. I'm a little behind on some of my shows.

    Dracula and 666 Park Avenue were both cancelled, AMR. I think Body of Proof was, as well. I watched Dracula.


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    What's 'omni' about it? My granddad used to call it an idiot box....me (and TV) being all growed up, I now tend to agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post
    Dracula and 666 Park Avenue were both cancelled, AMR. I think Body of Proof was, as well. I watched Dracula.
    Yes. At least my TiVo will capture repeats and I can watch the again.

    Sherlock is also on my list. Good TV!
    Just finished binge session of True Blood last month. Will wait for the final season to become available online next year.

    American Horror Story is hit and miss with me. Last season with the witches theme left me unimpressed.

    Could not get into House of Lies after the first season.

    Watched the first two episodes of Defiance and have it on my "maybe" list.

    Dracula...love the song each time he looks longingly at his past love:

    Adagio in D Minor


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    Complaints, admissions, begrudging nods...

    2 Broke Girls...everything crass, objectionable and vacuous about television trends is wrapped nicely in that particular. I watched one episode and part of another. Couldn't believe it was on in what was once the family hour. Just depressing on so many levels.

    So, not a great success as a comedy with me.

    Game of Thrones. recorded a season of that during a trial week leading up to this season. After the murder of the pregnant girl I did my level best to forget I ever invested a minute of time on it.

    The only reality programming I watch is Project Runway, because my wife loves it and I have to admit it's engaging on a creative level.

    The Big Bang...there's a lot of trash in the writing but also a great deal of humor. I have to admit it's grown on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post


    Elementary, Longmire, Justified, Percpetion, The Mentalist, Archer, The Blacklist, Doctor Who, Person of Interest, The Strain, Welcome to Sweden.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ask Mr. Religion View Post
    On my TiVo:

    The Strain
    Dominion
    Suits
    Covert Affairs
    Perception
    Rizzoli and Isles
    Royal Pains
    Longmire
    Falling Skies
    The Last Ship
    Haven
    Revolution (season now cancelled)
    Grimm
    Homeland
    Justified

    Other TiVo Season Passes:

    Elementary
    Person of Interest
    The Mentalist
    Hannibal
    The Blacklist
    The Good Wife
    Once Upon a Time
    NCIS
    Blue Bloods
    The Following
    Supernatural
    Dracula
    666 Park Avenue (if it ever returns)
    Bones
    Body of Proof
    Chicago Fire
    Castle
    White Collar
    Rookie Blue
    Motive
    Resurrection
    Crossbones
    Extant
    Crossing Lines
    The Neighbors
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    Hawaii Five-O
    Unforgettable
    Under the Dome
    Masterpiece Mystery
    Arrow
    NCIS: Los Angeles
    Sleepy Hollow
    Chicago PD
    Hell's Kitchen
    Master Chef
    Kitchen Nightmares
    NY Med
    Rawhide
    Perry Mason

    DCI Banks
    Hotel Hell

    Hmm....I've never even heard of any of those except the three in yellow. Guess I'm out of the loop for what I always call the "Idiot Box."

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    Quote Originally Posted by glorydaz View Post
    Hmm....I've never even heard of any of those except the three in yellow. Guess I'm out of the loop for what I always call the "Idiot Box."
    Elementary is a well done reinvention of a modern Sherlock Holmes. It's entertaining.

    Longmire and Justified are modern westerns, essentially, with Justified being funnier and having more action and Longmire being more of a slow character study that resembles the terrain it takes place in. Excellent shows.

    Percpetion...light but enjoyable series about a professor who suffers from mental illness and whose hallucinations help him solve crime. It was already attempted more dramatically by Jeff Goldblum in an abbreviated cop show. This one works. Good cast.

    The Mentalist...long running show with a once fake psychic tracking and eventually catching the man who murdered his family.

    Archer...for adults only animated take on the James Bond bit, with the first season or two being particularly chuckle worthy. But not for the easily offended.

    The Blacklist...worth it to see one of the more likable and complicated villains in a long while, played brilliantly by James Spader.

    Doctor Who...BBC America. The Doctor has been around for ages. Every few years he respawns in another form and the show continues. So you're in luck. The new Doctor is about to start his run. Perfect time to give it a look and no, I can't explain it to you. It's just very good serial science fiction.

    Person of Interest...the fellow who played Christ in The Passion plays a man in search of redemption by helping a scientist protect people in danger with the help of a semi reformed bad cop, a sociopathic femme fatale or two and a computer with its own ideas.

    The Strain...as per my earlier nod, well acted and produced serial/limited run horror/vampire story, sort of.

    Welcome to Sweden...an accountant gives up his job and follows his heart and his girlfriend to Sweden. What could be funnier? I mean other than most of AB's term papers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Heretic View Post
    2 Broke Girls...everything crass, objectionable and vacuous about television trends is wrapped nicely in that particular. I watched one episode and part of another. Couldn't believe it was on in what was once the family hour. Just depressing on so many levels.
    If it weren't for Kat Dennings I would have given up on it long ago. But now Beth Behrs has grown on me.

    Quote Originally Posted by glorydaz View Post
    Hmm....I've never even heard of any of those except the three in yellow. Guess I'm out of the loop for what I always call the "Idiot Box."
    There's a remake of Hawaii Five-O on TV now. Quite different from the original I imagine, though they did a remake of a classic episode while back. I don't watch most cop shows anymore; this is one I quit watching. They're just so formulaic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post
    I don't watch most cop shows anymore; this is one I quit watching. They're just so formulaic.
    Law and Order Criminal Intent was a fine show with the Eames and Goren (the sniffer). Especially the story arc with his female nemesis Nicole Wallace who always referred to him as "Bowbee". He has not done anything memorable afterwards, "Gus" in Crackers notwithstanding.

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    Highly Questionable: Ah, the Easter Egg of ESPN...find it on the schedule and you get something special. If you want a light hearted, odd angled and often very funny review of sports this is the best thing Bristol has going for it. Miami sports writer Dan Le Betard banters with frequent radio guest Bomani Jones and both live in the shadow of Dan's "Papi", a Latin version of Charles Barkley sans anything like a discernible sports background. To watch this odd concoction work is often magic.

    The only real trick is finding it on the schedule. Despite that it posts strong ratings whenever it settles in for a bit. The next new show is slated for Monday.

    Jeeze, come on Disney, someone, give this show a consistent slot. It's more interesting and entertaining than most of what passes through ESPN these days, from Pardon the Interrupted Nap to Numbers Rarely Interest.... The only thing truly questionable is the thinking that has it sidelined so often.
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