Fall TV Week Two, Monday: Gotham, Scorpion, & Forever

tvset1This is the big week for fall TV premieres (hoorayyyyyzzzzzzzz. . .), so I’ll be breaking it down one day at a time for a few days, so as not to overwhelm.   But first, a few thoughts about last week’s n00bs.

First off, I already said I wasn’t going to be able to stomach Red Band Society though I did, in fact, go watch the rest of the pilot. Opinion unchanged. It’s a show tailor-made for 12 year old girls, so if you’re one of those, you should totes watch because the boys are super cute.  Everybody else, on the other hand, is just going to sit there cringing at the waste of a perfectly fine Octavia Spencer. Did you know she was supposed to star in a remake of Murder: She Wrote instead, but it got shelved? Wouldn’t that have been awesome? (Yes, I know I’m old. SO ARE YOU.)

The Mysteries of LauraAs for The Mysteries of Laura, I have mixed feelings about that one.  I surprised myself by kind of enjoying it, though I was irritated pretty frequently, and not just by that extraordinarily ill-fitting Columbo coat on Debra Messing (though, of course: first and foremost the coat).  At the same time, there’s going to be a lot more Josh Lucas in this than I was expecting, which could solve a lot of scripting and characterization crimes for me. We’ll see what happens with this one over the next couple of weeks.

I also saw the first two episodes of Z Nation on FOX, which I liked well enough to want to keep going.  The characters are decent, and the story so far is intriguing, despite not being terribly original (guy immune to zombie virus being protected to the death by ragtag team of survivors trying to get him to California science lab — been there, done that, but I did like the zombie baby — there would be a LOT of zombie babies, after all). Will be sticking with that one too, at least for now.

What did you guys think of these?  Hitten zee comments withen your comments!

And now: what’s up tonight:

The Big Bang Theory – 8pm – CBS – Can’t stand this show, but since I’m pretty much the only person on the planet who feels that way, I wish you all the best.

gothamGotham – 8pm – FOX – One of the most-hyped new series of the year, this one stars Ben McKenzie, formerly of The O.C. and the extremely good cop series Southland.  He plays commissioner Jim Gorden of Batman fame, but back before Batman times, when he was a fresh-faced young detective.  Based on what I’ve read, each season plans to chart the rise of a particular villain from Batman lore, including Catwoman (tween-aged in season one), the Riddler, and the Penguin.  Bruce Wayne is here too, but as an 11 year-old, so don’t expect much in the way of crime fightin’. Even more inspiring a concept, for me anyway, is the fact it co-stars the ever-scruffy and delicious Donal Logue as Gordon’s much-more grizzled partner.  Mighty good Boyfriend material here, in other words.  Could be fun — should at least be put together fairly well. Looking forward to seeing what they do with this idea, though keeping my expectations at a minimum just in case.

The Voice – 8pm – NBC – Never seen it. Not planning on startin’.

scorpionScorpion – 9pm – CBS – This is one of the few new shows this fall I’m actually kind of excited about (it could be super fun as long as it doesn’t totally suck).  It’s (loosely) based on the real-life experiences of Walter O’Brien, infamous genius hacker, and is about a group of nerds who form a Justice League of sorts to solve crimes for the government.  Not incredibly inspired by the cast, I have to say, but the premise is a good one and it might at least tide us over until CSI: Cyber premieres mid-season.  Fingers crossed!

sleepyhollowSleepy Hollow – 9pm – FOX – I really enjoyed this series last year until the last few months it was on.  Then, suddenly, I found myself losing interest, and I still have about 8 unwatched episodes from season one on my DVR. I’m recording the new ones with the plan to try to get back into this one at some point, but who knows what’ll happen there.  Are you guys big fans of Sleepy Hollow?  If so, what do you like about it? Tell me in comments and I bet you’ll get me all revved up to get back on board.

The Blacklist – 10pm – NBC – Frankly astonished this is still on.  I lost patience with this show about 2 episodes in last year. Did it actually end up being good? Did I screw up again? Oh, don’t answer that.

foreverForever – 10pm – ABC – Poor Ioan Gruffudd, trying for a network TV hit again.  Will this one be the one?  I was game to think so until I saw an ad for it the other day and was physically pained by the incredibly cheesy, overacted narration (from Gruffudd). I literally went like this, “Blaaaaaarggghhhh!”  But who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Gruffud plays a medical examiner who is immortal, and I’m certainly intrigued by the fact that every time he dies (which is apparently a lot, weirdly enough), he apparently comes back to life completely naked in a nearby river.  I could get into that.  Co-stars Judd Hirsch, too, and I do loves me some Judd Hirsch. Not exactly excited about this one, but we’ll see.  Incidentally, the pilot is tonight, with a second new episode tomorrow, and then starting next week, I think it moves permanently to Tuesdays.

That’s it for today!  Check back tomorrow for more! IF YOU DARE.

11 Responses to “Fall TV Week Two, Monday: Gotham, Scorpion, & Forever”

  1. briantoohey Says:

    I’m with you on Red Band Society… the trailers looked so trite I won’t be checking it out.

    I also won’t be checking out The Mysterious of Laura, which looks absolutely unbearable. And I kind of like Debra Messing, but that’s not enough to get me to sit through this.

    Thanks for the recommendation on Z Nation– I’ll have to check it out (I’ve read mediocre things about it, so I’ll keep the expectations low).

    Gotham and Scorpion are two of the very few new shows I’m excited about and plan to watch.

    The Big Bang Theory… saw a couple of episodes when it first started and thought it was okay for “dumb mainstream” comedy. Couldn’t get excited enough to continue with it, but made a mental note to go back and watch it from the beginning if I ever had the time. That time has not come, and likely never will with better shows in existence, and y’know… life.

    The Voice– loved the first few seasons of it, but am over it. It’s too frustrating watching the talented people get voted off by America who prefer the untalented better-looking contestants. Usually the audition rounds are interesting and fun, and then once the rest of the show starts up, it gets depressing.

    Sleepy Hollow- thought the first season was terrible and I won’t be returning.

    The Blacklist– was one of my favorite new shows last season, and it’s one of the few shows I’m excited to see return. It fills my Alias craving. And I imagine people who liked that show will like this one, and people who nitpicked about that show would nitpick about this one and not enjoy it.

    Forever– I might check this out for an episode or two, but it definitely feels like they’ve made a clone of Sleepy Hollow and shows similar to that, and I didn’t like Sleepy Hollow. Plus, it looks like it could be super cheesy.

    • megwood Says:

      Well, I loved Alias, but I was SUPER annoyed by the main lady character on Blacklist and had trouble getting into it primarily because of her. It sounds like it might be worth trying again, though? I trust you, Toohey! Plus, it looks like there isn’t going to be much to hang onto this fall, so I might as well go digging in the DVD bin! (I also just started The Good Wife season 1 again this weekend and am now hooked, by the way. So, that’ll help fill the evening hours when all these new shows inevitably die as well!)

      By the way, if you’re looking forward to Scorpion, that makes me want to ask if you caught Silicon Valley on HBO this summer? I enjoyed it — definitely worth looking for if you missed it!

      • briantoohey Says:

        Yeah, it looks like a pretty meager fall season. Which makes things easy, and gives me time to catch up on backlogs of really well-reviewed cable stuff.

        I actually really like the female lead on The Blacklist, she’s one of my favorite parts of the show… so keep that in mind. I probably wouldn’t watch a show where I couldn’t stand the main character/actor either. But the plots and overall story structure and some of the big moments are kind of Alias-like.

        I did watch Silicon Valley, and loved it! 🙂 I wish it was more than 6 eps, and you could really feel how Chris Evan Welch dying in real life a few eps into filming affected the storyline. I think they scrambled admirably, but there’s no denying it hurt the show. I hope they can recover for Season 2, because how they handle him not being around will significantly affect how good the show can be.

        And yeah… usually of the new shows I like, about half of them end up quickly cancelled because they’re too smart for general audiences or don’t initially grab huge momentum. So my short list of shows will undoubtedly grow shorter. Though if there’s a smaller offering this season, maybe less shows will be canceled.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    (Liz)
    I’m surprised that you liked Z NATION. I didn’t think it was too bad, but that “misrepresentation” I was complaining to you about made me not record the 2nd ep, so I think I’m going to leave it alone. And I thought the zombie baby was stupid – predictable, and not funny.

    I’ve never seen the BIG BANG show, or THE VOICE.

    My husband and I fell in love with SLEEPY HOLLOW. He especially can’t wait to see it again. We also liked BLACKLIST pretty well, though it was confusing to me.

    I’m not interested in SCORPION, and I wasn’t particularly interested in GOTHAM (overexposure), but that one my husband wants to see. I do like Donal Logue, though.

    I watched that trailer for FOREVER, and I think they’re trying to go for a lighter feel – more like CASTLE. It seemed more like comic acting than over-acting.

    It’s always interesting to see which shows”click,” and which ones don’t.

    • megwood Says:

      I couldn’t figure out what you meant by “misrepresentation,” Liz — can you explain? The baby was DEFINITELY stupid in terms of how it played out — I hear ya, lady! I just appreciated that they had the balls to go there, because we almost never see child-aged zombies in these things, and you know they would be EVERYWHERE. All the infants would zombie out at some point when their parents died! And most of the little ones too.

      I also really liked the nerdy NSA guy and the interesting/integral role he’s going to play in the whole story. (Plus, I love that actor, though I can’t remember his name right now.)

      Forever definitely had a comedic feel to me too, which may be its downfall, frankly. Laura is doing the same thing, and not to great effect, if you ask me. But we’ll see!!

  3. Nicole Says:

    I started watching Blacklist on Netflix last Monday and as of Sunday, I was on ep 18. I totally got sucked in, though there are parts that could be done better. It does remind me of Alias and 24 a bit. Put it somewhere on your list of things to watch.

    You might also want to check out Happy Valley – streaming on Netflix, only 6 episodes. BBC crime drama and very well done.

    • megwood Says:

      I already raved about Happy Valley in a previous post — SO GREAT! Will definitely give Blacklist a try, now that two people have made the Alias connection. Glad to hear it’s on Netflix — makes it easy!

      • Nicole Says:

        AHA! I knew I read a recommendation of Happy Valley somewhere, and now I remember that it came from you!! I’ve been recommending it to lots of people, so nevermind me!

  4. RogerBW Says:

    I watched the opening sequence of Laura and it didn’t grab me, and these days that’s all the time a new show gets. It’s not as if I don’t have lots of other stuff to catch up on. Might give Scorpion and Forever a go. I agree that Sleepy Hollow went downhill a bit after an excellent start, but I watched to the end of the season and still found it enjoyable. Blacklist just annoyed me; I didn’t get far enough into it for nitpicking to kick in, I just didn’t find any of the characters interesting.

  5. Haidee Sell Says:

    Meg, if you like zombie babies, check out Sars Wars. it’s a Thai movie, subtitles. Hysterically funny http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470402/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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