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by Rick Norwood

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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Heroes The only genre tv show I really enjoyed last month was Heroes. The Thanksgiving episode was especially good. I watch V, FlashForward, Smallville, and a few others from time to time, but they do not hold my interest. V is far and away the most popular genre series, with more than twice as many viewers as the runner-up. Outside of genre tv, my favorite show is The Daily Show with John Stewart, who continues to skewer political blowhards by running their own contradictions side by side, as with Glenn Beck's "America has the worst health care system in the world", "America has the best health care system in the world," and Rudy Giuliani's "New York is a safe place to try terrorists," "New York is a dangerous place to try terrorists."

Thanks to Pat Riley for pointing out that in my mid-November column, I confused the old version of V with the new version of V.

Smallville is gone until January. Dollhouse will return on December 4 and end on January 22. Summer Glau joins the cast. If, by some remote chance, a few million more people tuned in, the series might yet survive.

SF on TV in December 2009

Fringe Thursday, December 3
FlashForward "A561984", by Scott M. Gimple and David S. Goyer
Fringe "Snakehead"

Friday, December 4
Dollhouse "The Public Eye" I, by Andrew Chambliss
Dollhouse "The Left Hand" II, by Tracy Bellomo
Stargate Universe "Justice" by Alan McCullough

Saturday, December 5
Legend of the Seeker "Wizard"

FlashForward Thursday, December 10
Fringe "Grey Matters"

Friday, December 11
Dollhouse "Meet Jane Doe", by Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Andrew Chambliss.
Dollhouse "A Love Supreme", by Jenny DeAmitt

Saturday, December 12
Legend of the Seeker "Fury"

Smallville Friday, December 18
Dollhouse "Stop-Lost", by Andrew Chambliss
Dollhouse "The Attic", by Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon and Jed Whedon

Have a Merry Christmas. Coming in January, the return of The Justice Society. Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Stargirl, and Martian Manhunter come out of retirement to join Clark Kent on a two-hour Smallville television movie. Should be worth watching, because the script is by Geoff Johns, author of many excellent comic books, including the current mini-series, Superman Secret Origin.

Copyright © 2009 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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