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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.

This month the 2010 Fall Season starts late, as the networks vie to see which one can offer the least content with the most advertising, and more and more people bypass the ads entirely using downloads and DVRs. It's impossible to guess what the future of television will be like, but fun to try.

News reports have Republicans ten points ahead of Democrats at the polls, which suggests that the future of America will be an ever-increasing divide between the rich and the poor, with an efficient propaganda machine convincing the poor that the American, Christian thing to do is to vote against their own self-interest. In a recent interview, Bill Gates predicted that American investors will build the new Turbo-Nuke power plants in China. That suggests a future for television in which we watch badly dubbed Chinese movies interspersed with slick commercials showing Tea Party heroes triumph over Moslem, Hispanic, liberal fags to preserve our freedom and our way of life.

On the other hand, the demographics look good for the Hispanics, and it may just turn out to be the case that, beyond a certain point, even American voters will not be willing to give all their money to Wall Street. That suggests a future for television in which we watch heroic Moslem, Hispanic, liberal gays triumph over evil multinational corporations to preserve our freedom and our way of life, interspersed with slick commercials for ever more useless consumer products.

SF on TV in September 2010

Warehouse 13 September 2
Futurama "The Mutants are Revolting," Season Seven Finale (12 of 12)

September 7
Warehouse 13 "Where and When"

September 10
Eureka "I'll Be Seeing You"

Eureka September 14
Warehouse 13 "Buried"

September 21
Warehouse 13 "Reset," Season Two Finale (12 of 12)

September 23
Fringe "Olivia," Season Three Premiere

Fringe September 24
Smallville "Lazarus," Season Ten Premiere
Supernatural "Exile on Main Street," Season Six Premiere

September 28
Stargate Universe "Intervention III," Season Two Premiere
Sanctuary "Kali III," Season Three Premiere

Eureka will return for a fifth season. Darkseid and the New Gods come to Smallville. Caprica returns in January 2011.

Copyright © 2010 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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