With the exception of football games, which I love watching, television programming has been relatively boring lately, so I am ready for the new lineups that will come out this fall.
I confess to having followed a few reality shows in the past but don’t feel so inclined this season. A little of those can go a long way.
To my children’s horror, I admit I have followed Bethenny Frankel for quite some time.
For those of you unfamiliar with Frankel, she gained celebrity as a cast member on “The Real Housewives of New York” but became so popular that a reality show called “Bethenny Getting Married,” later renamed “Bethenny Ever After,” followed.
Even though I couldn’t sit through “The Real Housewives of New York,” I did follow her marriage and subsequent divorce on the later shows.
Frankel is obsessed with being healthy, and she invented a drink called the Skinnygirl Margarita, which she reportedly sold to Beam Global for $120 million.
I read that she has a new talk show that debuted last week, but I doubt I will watch it. I have been so disappointed in Katie Couric’s show and just can’t imagine Frankel would have much to offer.
The summer has, however, given us “The Newsroom,” a well-written Aaron Sorkin political drama about broadcast journalists that my husband, Tommy, and I obsess over on a regular basis.
We have taped all the episodes and often have to re-watch them because the dialogue is so fast-paced and quick moving.
It’s fun to watch drama about the news when you know what the results are going to be, especially when stars like Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer have such good chemistry. And it’s a treat when matriarchal boss Jane Fonda makes an appearance.
“Selling New York” is a diversion I enjoy because I am familiar with neighborhoods and all of the Manhattan locations.
This show follows several successful real estate brokers as they do their job, and it’s interesting to see homes in a city that houses eight million people and the average selling price is $2 million.
Then, there is the ever-popular “Homeland.” If you can watch this without sitting on the edge of your seat, I would be surprised.
“Homeland” is a thriller about a U.S. Marine Corps prisoner of war who was held captive by Al-Qaida and a CIA agent who tries to assess his loyalty to the U.S. It is fast paced, very adult, very intelligent and very scary.
I recommended this program to my friend Gail Lane, who called me last week to say that she and her husband finally started watching it and by the second season, they were obsessed.
In the same vein, I enjoy “Scandal,” another fast-paced thriller that portrays Kerry Washington as a former White house employee living in Washington, D.C., who runs a crisis management firm. The writing is clever and the casting is spot on. I look forward to watching the third season.
Then, there is “Castle,” “Long Island Medium” and “The Good Wife,” just to name a few more.
I just hope the DVR can stay up to the task.
‘Til next week.