As I sit here rooting around in my desk, desperately searching for my license to kill (one must be prepared for this Friday), I find myself again amazed at the sheer quantity of television I consume on Monday nights.
Last night I sat down and watched Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, How I Met Your Mother, Heroes, My Own Worst Enemy, and Boston Legal. Sadly, though it was sitting there waiting for me, I didn't quite make it to Chuck or Top Gear (I'll get there tonight, I promise). I know that I've said it before, but it bears repeating — that's a lot of television.
Of course, scarily, we're about a third of the way into the television season. I don't mean that in terms of time, but rather in the quantity of episodes that will be produced. Sarah Connor aired its eighth episode of the season last night, Boston Legal did the same. Other series haven't done quite as many, but those two, if they were doing 22 episodes this season (a full season order) are already passed the one third mark. And, while Sarah Connor may do 22 episodes, Boston Legal is going to end with its 13th, making that show well past its halfway point.
What does that mean? It means that it's going to be a long December. Though, in terms of television, it is every year. Once we get through the November Sweeps (and we're almost halfway there), we'll probably only get one or two new episodes until some point in January. Of course, then we'll get new episodes through the end of February before we are forced to endure more repeats. Then, May will come, and we'll get new episodes, but only before everything goes back to repeating all summer long.