I guess it might be time to cancel Hulu

I haven’t done a “What I’m Watching Next Season” post, because I haven’t even finished my “What I Watched Last Season” series, but with five of the shows I was looking forward to (and one I was resigned to watching) being on The CW, this news has me thinking it might be time to drop Hulu and reconsider cable/DVR (or perhaps buying seasons from Amazon).

In short: Next season, The CW is ending its deal with Hulu for next-day streaming of the most recent five episodes of series and instead will make the whole series available on Netflix about two weeks after seasons end, instead of 3-4 months.

Apparently, you still can do next-day streaming through the CW site and apps, but my experience with those in the past have been really glitchy and awful.

I might make a list of everything I want to watch, do the math, and see if it’s actually cheaper to just buy seasons outright from Amazon. I hesitate to do that, because it makes me less likely to then buy the DVDs, so I miss commentary and other features, but honestly, I think I’m done buying physical TV seasons for things that are still airing. Teen Wolf and Castle really burned me in that regard with some severe quality drops.

And my quick mental estimate is that I could get all the shows I want to watch for the year and avoid the temptation of getting lost in hours and hours of HGTV, DIY and Food Network shows for the same cost as less than six months of cable. And to think, I was seriously considering upgrading to ad-free Hulu in the fall.

So, big loser here, Hulu; big winner, Amazon? We’ll see.

My finales did dumb things, how about yours?

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that about 10 minutes after expressing my general approval of the Grimm season 3 finale (despite a development that I will not be in favor of, if it results in a certain somebody dying), I realized something.

All the finales and penultimate episodes I’ve seen over the past few weeks have shared two common threads: Somebody did something stupid, and something bad happened. Not necessarily in that order. And while that doesn’t always result in a bad episode, it’s my least favorite way for stories to progress.

Let’s break it down by show. Spoilers, obviously:

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Fall TV: Here we go again…

UPDATED: Adds premiere dates, Scorpion.

Last year I did this post much closer to the start of the fall TV season, but I’m trying to do a weekly post, and the other two posts I’ve got could use some time to simmer.  So here’s all the stuff that caught my interest from the network upfronts last week. Again, like last year, I’m sure it won’t all stick, but there are fewer shows I feel that way about.  All times are central time.
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Two peas in a very sad pod

I’ve been watching a lot of Arrow lately, and I just got to the episodes where Colton Haynes’ character Roy Harper is introduced. Now, I don’t really know anything about the Green Arrow mythology beyond what Smallville told me in its later seasons, so I don’t know if Roy is a canon comics character or a creation of this show. So consider this post to be entirely centered on what I’ve seen of season one and know about season two of Arrow, the CW TV series. And MTV’s Teen Wolf, because why not?
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Like most cults, the appeal of ‘Cult’ seems fleeting

I’ve really slacked off on updating, I know. It’s because I tend to write pretty big, and sometimes I have all these things to say, but…I just don’t want to sit down and write them up just now. It happens, and it’s okay. So, while I nibble away at my thoughts on season three of Smallville and pretend like I’ll actually get around to the Eureka Long Haul in the near future (I will, I promise!), I’ve got a few short posts planned for the next few days. Here’s one of them on the new show Cult.

I barely knew anything about it — just that it was CW show within a show — and wasn’t even aware it had started yet, when my sister told me it was interesting and she spied Tom Amandes in it. Tom Amandes, as some might remember, was the acerbic Dr. Abbott on Everwood, back when CW was WB. And I generally make a habit of giving the new shows of alums from old shows I like a try. So this week I watched the first two episodes on Hulu.


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