Only three new shows over the next two days, so I’m combining to save everybody time. Anybody planning to tune into any of these?
Tuesday, September 30
Selfie — 8pm — ABC. I’m predisposed to loathe this show, simply because A) sit-com and B) named Selfie. At the same time, it looks like it’s going to be a bit of an exploration of the impact of social media on interpersonal skills and self-esteem, and that’s a new, and fairly overdue, story theme. I recently attended a conference about just that kind of thing and it was fascinating. Plus: John Cho. However: sit-com. Named Selfie. I don’t know what to do. I’m paralyzed with indecision and fear. I guess one episode can’t hurt, right?
Manhattan Love Story — 8:30pm — ABC. This one was described by TV Guide as “using the power of voiceover to broadcast the internal monologues of a New York City dude and a Midwestern transplant chick as they navigate an awkward first date and subsequent budding romance.” I actually find the concept appealing, minus the word “chick,” but unfortunately, TV Guide then went on to say, “What you’ll learn early on from the voices in their heads is that guys like sex and women like purses. . .” Annnnnnnd, cut.
Wednesday, October 1 (holy crap, it’s October!)
Criminal Minds — 9pm — CBS. In a comment on yesterday’s post, reader Roger BW said he’s mostly still watching Castle out of “inertia,” which is exactly what I’ve been doing with Criminal Minds. I don’t like this show, but I keep watching it because, well. . . because I always have. I think this is finally the year I quit, though. After however-many-years of constant episodes about the torture of women, I started to feel like I couldn’t take much more of it last season, and I’m not feeling any pull to tune in at all this year. I recognize this isn’t really a fair criticism — so much violent crime IS directed at women, and it’s perfectly legit for crime shows, then, to have a lot of episodes focused on just that thing. But, man, I feel like suddenly the real world is excruciating enough; I can’t take quite so much of it in my escapism too.
Stalker — 10pm — CBS. This is the new Kevin Williamson series, which means it’s likely to be extremely violent and also probably more than a little cliché. Even worse is that it focuses on a division of the LAPD that deals with stalkers, voyeurs, and other assailants who hurt women — giving us back-to-back lady-torture shows from CBS tonight. It co-stars Dylan McDermott, who is a former Boyfriend of the Week mostly because I was young and dumb back then. He’s not much of an actor, and he’s also super into playing “righteously indignant” characters with righteous indignation so over-the-top it feels less “indignant” and more “indulgent.” I’ll give it a try, but to be honest, I’m pretty squicked out by CBS’s “Wednesday Night is Hatin’-the-Ladies Night” line-up here. Maybe this show will be better than that, though? Maybe it’ll have something useful to contribute to the conversation? I ain’t holdin’ my breath, but I’ll give it a chance.