The election is over! At least the one for president. In a handful of states, US Senate races still have outcomes to be decided. While news channels cover this story on a daily basis, it should be some time before anything is final.
On the other hand, regular television has come back with a vengeance. Typically speaking, most shows plan to air a set number of repeats during the course of a TV season (September to May). This makes sense. If series didn't alter the number of episodes produced, a September premiere and no repeat episodes means that a complete season would finish about February. Every so often, networks opt to not just air repeats, but rather to air "special" programming in their place. Award nights and athletic events come to mind as some examples of this sort of programming.
Considering the holidays are close, most television hits are serving big episodes before specials and parades throw everything out of balance. With any luck, ratings increase with these big episodes and viewers have plenty to chew on (not to mention talk about) before fresh episodes return in January.
House, for example, has seen the House/Cuddy kiss, although nothing beyond that has occurred between the two. Yet. There are still things to come on this show though all the way into December. Fringe, a breakout hit this season, has viewers glued to the screen with intricate stories and slow character development. Agent Scott (Mark Valley) is part of every script, just like the Observer. However, writers suggest the 'traitorous' FBI agent just might not be so traitorous. I agree, but nothing so far tells me he's among the living. Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) moved on slightly with Lucas (Billy Burke), an old friend from her military days recently. Now, where is Nina Sharp (Blair Brown)? The redheaded dynamo of Massive Dynamics does her best work when she is seen onscreen.
Two shows I love watching are Chuck and 30 Rock. Zachary Levi plays Chuck Bartowski with charm and sensitivity. Clark Kent normalcy with Geek Squad brains, what could be better? I have to admit, though, seeing Adam Baldwin as John "Mr. Icy" Casey has me returning each week just to see him blow his top. I also must give props to the women. Sarah Lancaster has her hands full with Ellie's wedding to Captain Awesome (Ryan McPartlin). Yvonne Strahovski plays Sarah, whose job can reek havoc with everyone's emotions. Things changed after Jill (Jordana Brewster) came on the scene. She gave up Chuck for Bryce Larkin (Matthew Bomer), causing much pain. The chemistry's a bit better with Sarah. In casting news, Matthew Bomer has a show on USA coming in 2009 (I think fall), but I wouldn't mind Bryce seeing again this season (hint hint).