Okay, yeah, I admit it. I am having a really unbelievably hard time getting excited about any of the new TV shows starting up this fall. There isn’t a single one I’m enthusiastic about — not of any of the newbies, anyway. (No, not even the Sherlock Holmes one, before you ask.)
But part of this may have to do with the fact summer only JUST STARTED here in Seattle (about 3 weeks ago), and the very last thing I intend to do while it lasts is sit around in the living room with the remote balanced on my knee. I’m trying to fire myself up long enough to set the DVR, though. We’ll see what happens after that.
Last week was sort of the official launch of new TV for the season, but it was all sit-com stuff and I don’t care about sit-com stuff. If you do, you missed Chandler in Go On, plus The New Normal, Guys with Kids, Shark Tank, and something called What Would You Do? (answer: not watch your TV show, apparently).
Hopefully you did NOT, however, also miss the return of Sons of Anarchy. Because I did and, well, OOPS. (No worries — I caught it later in the week, though haven’t watched yet.)
Here’s what’s coming up this week! And, as always, let me know what you’re excited about, rolling your eyes over (J. J. Abrams, anyone?), stunned by (Supenatch is still kickin’? How. . . What. . . LET YOUR PEOPLE GO!), or whatever in the comments. It’s not called the Interactive Web for nuthin’, my peoples.
Monday, September 17
Bones – 9pm (FOX) To be honest, I hardly watched Bones last year. I got really burned out on the characters and their stagnant relationships, and with limited time for TV viewing, this one piled up sky high on the DVR. Then a few weeks ago, I got a killer crazy stomach flu that kept me in bed for about three straight days. With nothing else to do, I begrudgingly started in on the earliest saved episode I had from last season. And then promptly DEVOURED THE REST. This is not a great show — it simply ain’t. It’s not growing enough as it should be and the characters are stuck in these character ruts that are no longer making a whole lot of sense (example: Brennan’s persistent obtuseness of social or cultural norms in particular it wearing gratingly thin for me — I feel the same way about Ziva on NCIS, by the way, who ought to know her slang by now). What it lacks in depth, though, it makes up for in David Boreanaz profile shots (oh, that chin!), making it pretty satisfying watching for me anyway. I’ll keep recording this one, at the very least — good for the upcoming cold and flu season.
The Mob Doctor — 10pm (FOX). This new series is about a “headstrong resident,” Dr. Grace Devlin, who is paying back a debt to the mob by providing them with medical care. Here’s how interested I am in this show: [this space intentionally left blank]. I’ll watch the pilot-plus-one to see if the characters can save the concept, but I won’t be holding my breath — the concept is so boring I’m surprised I’ve actually managed to write this many sentences in a row without nodding off. You know what I. . . zzzzzz. . .
Revolution — 10 pm (NBC). This is the latest series from J. J. Abrams of Lost, and it sounds like it’s going to be yet another in an ever-lengthening line of attempts to replicate that show’s serial mystery structure — for reasons I have yet to understand. You know why all the other attempts have failed, J. J.? Because by the end of Lost, even your most die-hard of fans (me! my mom!) were so frustrated we almost didn’t make it to the finale. And then we HATED THE FINALE. Why you keep going this route, then, dawg? It don’t make no sense!
That said, the premise of this one is intriguing enough to warrant a little initial attention, methinks. It’s set 15 years after some kind of unexplained event knocks out all the power on the Earth. The main character is a young woman who appears to have been modeled after Katniss from The Hunger Games (blonde, wields a bow and arrow, kicks ass), whose father was killed by a crazy militia group that then kidnapped her brother and took off. Desperate to vindicate her dad and save her bro, Katniss (wait, Claire, I think is her actual name), heads to the ruins of Chicago to team up with her crazy uncle Miles. From what I’ve read, the story will focus in semi-equal parts on the trials of everyday survival in a world with no electricity (the societal/cultural impacts of which could be interesting, I think), the mystery of what caused the power outage to begin with (this is the part that makes me wary — it’s the dangerously “J.J. Abrams” element), and the rescue of the brother (for fight scenes, adventure).
Where this needs to go, in my opinion, is along the same sort of path taken by George R. Stewart’s novel Earth Abides, a post-apocalyptic tale that focused on how society would cope and then recreate itself after being almost completely destroyed. I have a feeling, though, that this show isn’t going to manage the more “thoughty” elements of the concept well enough to satisfy me. There’s a lot to dive into here — how well Abrams manages to do just that will be what makes this series sink or swim, I think. WE SHALL SEE.
Wednesday, September 19
Survivor: Philippines – 8pm (CBS) — Y’all know what this one is. (If you don’t, let me be the first human to officially welcome you to Planet Earth — please don’t judge us by our television programming! *earth-shattering kaboom*)
Thursday, September 20
Up All Night – 8:30pm (NBC) — I. LOVE this show. I am not a sit-com person and I never have been, but this series quickly became a favorite of mine last season and it’s one of the few programs I’m eager to start watching again. I could never get my sister into it, which is weird because the main characters are a couple who just had their first kid and are struggling to juggle their relationship, personal lives, work lives, and baby, with hilarious results, and that couple reminds me a lot of my sister and her husband. BUT WHATEVER. Words cannot express my love for Will Arnett, and Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph are two mighty, mighty fine female comics who are perfectly matched here as best and bizarre buds. And then there’s WILL ARNETT. Did I mention Will Arnett? And how much I love Will Arnett? I didn’t? Oh, well, then: WILL ARNETT. There you go.
The Office – 9pm (NBC) — Who hasn’t been the boss yet? Stanley? Let’s make Stanley the boss this year. I’d watch that.
Parks and Recreation – 9:30pm (NBC) — I haven’t actually been watching Parks & Rec, but I’ve seen episodes here and there over the last year or two and found them entertaining enough. To be honest, I have really low Amy Poehler tolerance — her voice is total nails-on-chalkboard to me and her bounciness is simply. . . exhausting. If we could just keep her drunk all the time, I might be able to tune into this more often. But I hear that’s hard on the liver, and the insurance fees, so I guess I’ll stick with simply dipping in for this one every couple of months and keeping the volume turned down super low.
Friday, September 21
Grimm – 9pm (NBC) — I watched the pilot of this one when it first started, and when it became clear it was mostly just going to be a rip-off of Supernatural, only without the handsome, bantery Winchester brothers, I quit paying attention. Now that Supernatural is two years past its expiration date, though, I’m thinking I should dive back in. I’m hoping to rent season 1 this October (good pre-Halloween prep series, I’m thinking), and meanwhile will be recording the new season to jump into when I’m all caught up. My mom likes this one, by the way — you regulars know what to do with THAT information.
Haven – (SyFy) — Don’t know a damn thing about this (returning) series on SyFy. You guys like this one? Should I be paying attention?
Okay, that’s it for this week’s new and returning — tune in next week for the first of the two weeks of serious TV onslaught! AND LET THE CONVERSING IN COMMENTS BEGIN!