Fall TV Week Two: Friday & Sunday — Nothin’ to See Here; Move Along.

tvset1Going to hit you with both tonight AND Sunday’s line-ups today, since there’s nothing new coming to either one, and I’m also going to skip lengthy annotations, because none of these are shows I have much of anything to say about — of the whole list, I only watch CSI and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and what is there to say about either of those that I haven’t said in previous posts?  Nuttin’.

On the other hand, did you guys watch How to Get Away with Murder last night?  I did and I really enjoyed it!  Definitely think this is going to be a sharp one.  I was certainly surprised by the reveal of the victim’s identity, and I really liked a couple of the students (mostly Wes). Looking forward to seeing how this one plays out and hope it keeps a steady footing.

So far, for week two, I’m planning to continue on with that one, Scorpion, and Gotham for sure, and then Mysteries of Laura and Forever tentatively.  What’s your scorecard for the week?

Friday, 9/26

The Amazing Race – 8pm – CBS — As I’ve said before, no can do this show; too stressful. Everybody running around and yelling at each other and eating things no human being should be eating! Wrong! No!

Shark Tank – 8pm – ABC — I have no idea what this is.

Hawaii Five-0 – 9pm – CBS — This is still on? Shoot, should I have been watching this?

Blue Bloods – 10pm – CBS — Not terrible, but not good enough for me to get hooked, either.


Sunday, 9/28

Once Upon a Time – 8pm – ABC — Everybody’s really excited about the chick from Frozen joining the cast. Is this one still fun?  I enjoyed the beginning of season 1 but lost interest by the end of the year.  If it’s good, I’d consider a return, just because the premise was so unique.  What say you?

The Simpsons – 8pm – FOX — HOLY CRAP, YOU GUYS. TWENTY-SIX YEARS!!   How old am I?  Old enough to remember this show getting its start in the late 80s on The Tracey Ullman Show, is how old.  Dang. That’s old.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 8:30pm – FOX — I enjoyed this last year.  Hoping to do so again this year.

Family Guy – 9pm – FOX — Irritating.

Resurrection – 9pm – ABC — Patently astonished this survived.

CSI – 10pm – CBS — Ted Danson single-handedly saved this show from the grave.  Love you, Ted Danson.

Revenge – 10pm – ABC — Click on the link for this one if you want to see Madeline Stowe’s least flattering photograph of all time. Good heavens. Beautiful woman, terrible photograph!


18 Responses to “Fall TV Week Two: Friday & Sunday — Nothin’ to See Here; Move Along.”

  1. briantoohey Says:

    The only show I watch on this list is Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I’ll be continuing with Grimm, which is a better show than Sleepy Hollow for my money, despite not being perfect. And as an ex-comics reader who loved Hellblazer, I’ll be checking out Constantine to see how badly they fucked it up. I’m also on board Hannibal when that returns, in the spring I’m guessing.

    I actually watched all of Resurrection last season, but I won’t be back. I started it for the cast, and got several eps in before I was sure it was taking more of a Christian/faith-based approach than a genre one. At that point, since it was such a short series and I was sure it wouldn’t be coming back, I just went ahead and finished it out. Like you, I’m shocked it’s coming back.

    In terms of shows winding down, The Bridge has been great; The Strain didn’t fix any problems of its problematic source material and isn’t really worth watching, and I feel like Legends has been pretty stale and forgettable, to the point I wonder if I need to re-watch the episodes I was only half-watching to see if I was missing something, or if the show is really that mediocre. You’re the Worst was ok but somewhat amateurish; Married was much better and a keeper for me.

    I realize I’m jumping ahead of your list, but I’ll just continue. The other shows I’m at least planning to check out: Mulaney, Benched, Stalker, and Gracepoint.

    And I’ll continue with The Walking Dead, even though I’m not as enamored with it at this point as some. But the recent Z Nation really shines a light on what makes The Walking Dead work. I’ve seen two eps of Z Nation, and am on the fence about whether or not to continue with it for even one more episode. It’s not very good, and the main reason I’d originally tuned in is now gone. The acting is really spotty. Some, like Tom Everett Scott, are pretty good, but others in the cast are straight out of community theatre. And the writing is equally terrible. Compared to this, The Walking Dead looks like Shakespeare. And after the really disappointing Helix last spring, I’m wondering if I should just give up on SyFy shows forever. Have they ever made anything genuinely good?

    I hear The Amazing Race is actually a pretty great show, but I just don’t do reality TV any more. I watched The Real World, Survivor, and The Voice all for the first couple of seasons when they were all relevant, and then watched them all become corrupted versions of themselves. And in general, I just can’t stand what reality television represents or how it’s transformed the television landscape and our society in general. So I stay as far away as I can. Sorry you’re a casualty of war, Amazing Race.

    As for CSI, at some point I’ll return to it, but I stopped watching it before William Petersen left, so I’ve got mucho catching up to do.

    • megwood Says:

      I’ve been enjoying The Strain on TV a lot more than I enjoyed it on paper, though I honestly don’t see what the plan for a second season is going to be. I may not bother finding out. I couldn’t get into The Bridge.

      Did you see Broadchurch? That plus Entertainment Weekly’s panning of Gracepoint are why I’m not planning on bothering with the latter. It won’t be better than the original — few things translated into Dumb American TV are — and since it’s starring the same guy as the same exact main character, and intends to have the same exact plot, I don’t see the point. if you didn’t see the original, I could see tuning in for this. But at the same time, if you didn’t see the original, I’d strongly encourage you to look for it instead! Really great, utterly heart breaking. American TV version is going to be so hammy and overdone. I don’t think I can stand it.

      • briantoohey Says:

        Yeah, I didn’t see Broadchurch. What channel did it air on? Probably some cable network I didn’t get when it was on. I’ll put it on my to-watch list, but I’ll probably check out Gracepoint first anyway.

        The Strain is a series of 3 novels, so there’s plenty of source material, and they’ve already added a lot of stuff to pad it out even further. I think they’re planning on running for 3-5 seasons. They are changing stuff from the books– last episode they actually killed off a character who was in the books until near the end, and whose presence in them was interminable. I can’t tell you how much better it bodes for the show that they got rid of her early on. I almost stopped reading the books because of her and other similar derailings the books took. Still, I felt like overall the books started with a lot of promise, and just got worse and worse as they went along. I was halfway into the first book and thought it was the best contemporary vampire book since probably The Stand, but by the end of the series it just felt like a waste of time. I was hoping del Toro would be able to fix what didn’t work in the books for TV, but he hasn’t really. Likely because he’s not that involved, which I guess means the onus falls on Carlton Cuse. It’s probably unlikely I’ll continue with it beyond this season’s finale.

        I’m shocked you didn’t get into The Bridge… such a great show. Although, also an adaptation of a Finnish show called The Bridge, which is also supposed to be good. Not sure which is supposed to be better, but the American Bridge is a critical darling at this point, I believe. The Bridge did take most of its first season to slowly ramp up, so maybe that was why. But Season 2 has one episode left, and at this point its one of my favorite shows.

        • megwood Says:

          Broadchurch would’ve been BBC America, probably. You should really try to track that down — you’ll never want to after you see Gracepoint and I have no doubt GP is going to suck.

          I never read on past book one in The Strain series — book one was torture enough! Thought the writing was just unbearable in that, and the story wasn’t strong enough to make it worth wading through.

          I started The Bridge, but I was bored by it. For a show based on a Danish series — land of seriously twisted suspense TV and film — it was just dragging along for me. I also found Diane Kruger really inconsistent to the point of becoming annoying. Maybe she evened out with time? I think I lasted about 4 or 5 episodes. Can I skip ahead to season 2 or would I be hopelessly lost?

          • briantoohey Says:

            Yeah, I thought Diane Kruger was a little inconsistent in the beginning as well, and she evened out. I like her a lot on the show now. In fact, I never liked her much as an actor until this.

            I don’t know if you’d be hopelessly lost starting with Season 2, because the major storyline changes, but there’s a lot of character stuff and and side story lines carrying over that would result in the show not meaning as much to you. I’d probably suggest going back to where you left off, or re-starting it. Though if it’s a choice between The Bridge and Justified, Justified is better.

            I’ve never owned a cable package that had BBC America on it, so I’ll have to just track down the eps, probably on findtv.net. Though I’m actually excited for a lot of the actors on Gracepoint, so I’m still tempted to try that first and then watch the better Broadchurch later.

      • Anonymous Says:

        I’m really enjoying THE STRAIN, and was wondering if you were, too. Most of the changes they’ve been making have been okay with me, because TV is a different medium from books, but a few made me wonder what they were trying to accomplish. Case in point: why that “Show-down” scene in the convenience store? It was well done, but I kept being afraid they were dumbing down the plot for the poor “pedestrian” TV viewers!

        I like the casting quite well, too. I kept wanting Book I to be scarier, but I thought the other books improved. However, when I looked them over again (which I hardly ever do), I couldn’t remember why I thought they were better. The TV adaptation isn’t perfect, but I think it works better.

        I ALMOST started watching THE BRIDGE, but ultimately decided it was one too many shows. I liked THE LAST SHIP, too … although I sort of had to bully Lee into watching it. I bet I would have like BROADCHURCH, but didn’t understand what it was until it seemed too late to get into it. GRACEPOINT sounds like a total waste of time to me.

  2. RogerBW Says:

    I gave up on Hawaii Five-0 some time around the end of season 1. It just didn’t seem to have anything to say to me.

    Still watching CSI occasionally, largely for Ted Danson who really did pull it out of a terminal dive.

    I’ll probably give Constantine a look, but my rule these days is: the pilot should have it easy, because it’s got lots of money. If the pilot doesn’t grab me straight away, I’m out. And if the first non-pilot episode isn’t at least fairly engaging, I’ll drop it right there.

    Meg, were you watching The Last Ship? I’m still waaay behind, but I’ve enjoyed the first half much more than I expected to.

    • megwood Says:

      I’m behind on Last Ship myself, but I enjoyed the first half as well, more than I was expecting to, too, given the cast. That’s a really good point about pilots too — I usually try not to judge a show too harshly on its pilot, because it typically has to waste a good chunk of its time doing all the story and character set-up. Then again, it’s the episode that should be getting all the attention from the writers, right? It is true that some shows have had shitty pilots and then gone on to be pretty good (I can’t think of the name of it now, but remember that show with Damian Lewis as the weird cop? I hated that pilot and didn’t watch after seeing it until my mom talked me into trying again — then ended up really liking that show a lot).

      Tough call. I usually ditch a show if the pilot is totally unbearable (Red Band Society), but if it’s merely meh, I’ll often try at least one more.

      • briantoohey Says:

        I’m sort of shocked you liked The Last Ship. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it about a 4. Whereas The Bridge, for me, is probably a 9. But we’ve all got our own opinions! 🙂

        I think the Damian Lewis show you’re talking about is Life (and not Homeland). I’ve been meaning to check out Life at some point… I remember it getting pretty decent reviews.

        • megwood Says:

          Oh, I’d give Last Ship about a 4 or 5 myself — it’s fun, not brilliant! And yes, Life! Though that’s one of those shows about geniuses who are also nuts. I really liked Lewis in it a lot, however. Are you a Homeland fan? I watched the first two seasons and then never went back for more — loved season one, but got irritated with the main lady in season two.

          • briantoohey Says:

            Nope, Homeland is one of those shows I still intend to watch but haven’t started yet. But it’s on my “short list” of about 10-20 shows, so I may actually get to it this year, particularly with the meager network tv season offerings.

            Oh, and regarding your other post about Scorpion, I do agree that Waitress invited Main Guy (look out… he’s MAIN GUY!) to the BBQ for interaction with her son, and not so much with her. I also agree with you that Engineer Lady and Hat Guy have their issues… I just don’t think they’re so bad that they require Kat McPhee: Nerd Wrangler. They’re more in line with normal fucked-up people who just need a regular therapist. And I’d say they’re probably functional enough to be the liaison for Main Guy and Fat Computer-Head when required.

            My initial interest in Scorpion was because I thought, “Oh, finally, a show about smart people that will actually be engaging and not dumb-tv!” The problem is that it’s turning out to be dumb-tv with supposedly smart characters and not-very-smart scripts or writing. I wanted it to be a show that would be smart enough it would stay a step or two ahead of me, but that’s not anywhere near happening. As I said before, a show like this is a real balancing act to do well. It has to be very smart in its own right, and it has to walk a real tightrope between making the characters brilliant to the point of being borderline not-understandable, and their conditions borderline-annoying because they’re so borderline-asperger’s. Ironically, the best explanations about his mental/emotional state have come from Main Guy himself, and he was so functional in episode 2 that a lot of the hook of the show didn’t really make much sense any more. I’d rather the show be more like early episodes of House where House was so brilliant it wasn’t always easy to keep up with why he was doing what he was doing. That show also handled the medical lingo very well, and I was hoping this show would have the characters be a little more walled-in by their own tech-speak. I’ll give it another episode or two, but I think it’s pretty evident this isn’t the “smart” version of the show I was hoping it would be.

          • megwood Says:

            I know what you mean about Scorpion being disappointingly unsmart — I feel that way too. I’m still game to keep with it, because I like a couple of the characters (“Kat McPhee: Nerd Wrangler” keeps making me laugh, by the way!), but it really is a shame when shows that COULD be really really nerdy with science and math don’t hire writers smart enough to make it that way. Why not give a couple of MIT grad students something fun to do, you know? Unfortunate.

    • briantoohey Says:

      Pilots to me are huge wild cards that often have little to do with the series. They may have more money when they shoot them, but they’re also often shot on strange time constraints, and they have way too many cooks in the kitchen trying to decide what will work or won’t work, what they should or shouldn’t shoehorn in, and what decisions need to be made for series-Bible type stuff. I usually look at the pilot episode as its own think, and then watch the next episode or two to find out what the show is actually going to be like once it was picked up and starting shooting on a regular schedule (sometimes even with cast and story changes). You can have great pilots that result in crappy shows, because the A-list director they got to shoot it isn’t working on the series; or shows that had a shaky pilot that found its voice once it got picked up and went into regular production, and the failings of the show were addressed and worked out and the show found its rhythm.

      • RogerBW Says:

        Yes, I’m generally in the same camp. A pilot can put me off a show if its basic premise is one I don’t get on with, but unless it’s really dull (sorry, Revenge) I’ll generally at least try the second episode too.

        • Anonymous Says:

          “Huge wild cards” is a perfect description. Sometimes you can get an instant conception of a show, and know if you’re going to like it or not. It’s the ones where you go “Hmmm – not really sure about this” that are tricky. I also TRY to get past an “iffy” pilot to give it one more chance, because sometimes there have been many changes between the pilot and the rest of the series.

          I love how you guys have those funny names for the SCORPION characters. I’m not watching that show, but I am entertained by your comments about it. Did you guys watch ALPHAS, on the SyFy channel? Sounds similar; I liked that show, but maybe it was more in the X-MEN style. It does seem that there always has to be someone who has some form of autism/Asperger’s. Do savants/geniuses HAVE to have that kind of disorder?

          • RogerBW Says:

            Liz, yeah, that’s the problem I have with a lot of shows: anyone who is significantly smarter than a Regular Guy has to have some huge disadvantage to go with it, to show that overall they’re no better off. You see this in a minor way on Bones, and in a major way on Alphas and Scorpion and Criminal Minds and Elementary (and Sherlock, it’s not just an American thing).

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