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Fall TV Week One: Thursday – Getting Away with Murder

September 25, 2014

NCIS_NOUpdates:  Tried watching NCIS:NO last night and made it about 10 minutes in before I realized I wasn’t paying attention at all.  That’s not necessarily a sign it’s terrible — it’s mostly a sign that I was stressed out, which, in fact, I was.  I’ll try again soon and report back if it sticks.

I’ve also heard from a few people now that episode two of Forever was an improvement over episode one, so I’ll be checking that out too/

Here’s what on tonight:

bonesBones – 8pm – FOX — I used to love Bones.  But when they made that sweet little science nerd a serial killer out of the blue, that not only irritated me, but also seemed to result in a revolving door of replacement characters, none of whom managed to stick around for long, and most of whom were tedious.  I got bored, is what happened; it started to feel too much the same all the time. I still tuck into this one occasionally, and it’s all right in those moments, to be sure.  But I’m not a regular viewer any more, and am unlikely to get back to that level of dedication any time soon.  (Incidentally, the novels this series is based on also totally tanked a few years back and are now virtually unreadable. Shame, because they started off really great. I hate it when that happens!)

greysGrey’s Anatomy – 8pm – ABC — Not even the slightest bit embarrassed to admit I still watch this show and enjoy it.  Through all the ridiculousness, I have remained a solid fan.  This is just good clean dumb fun, and everybody needs a little bit of that in their lives, even if they do continue to say dumb things nobody else ever says, like “mocha latte” and “ferry boat.”  (Department of Redundancy Department, please hold!)

Scandal – 9pm – ABC — Still haven’t watch this one, but really, really want to.  I will get around to it, promise.

murderHow to Get Away with Murder – 10pm – ABC – Shonda Rhimes officially owns Thursday night primetime as of tonight (both Grey’s and Scandal are both Rhimes shows as well), so we might as well start referring to it as Rhimetime and give the lady the props she’s due.  She’s certainly earned it. Her newest is this legal thriller, which stars the awesome Viola Davis as a law school professor whose class of ridiculously good-looking students get roped into some kind of murder plot and, presumably, find themselves needing to figure out how to get away with it.  I have no idea what to expect from this one — Rhimes’ shows can veer dramatically from smart to dumb, sometimes in the same episode, and she’s had her fair share of total misses in addition to her hits (remember Off the Map?).  But with Davis at the helm, I’m definitely game to see where she takes this one.

parenthoodParenthood – 10pm – NBC– I was a diehard fan of Parenthood until last season, when I suddenly found myself lacking the motivation needed to set aside the 42 requisite weekly minutes.  No good reason — nothing I could pinpoint.  I simply burned out on it.  I’m ready to go back now, but I’ve missed a whole season so will have to catch up on that first. This is the final year for the show, which has had its ups and downs over the last few seasons, but for the most part has done a very good job.  I’m going to miss Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson the most out of the cast (been a die-hard Bedelia fan since Heart Like a Wheel, by the way — one of my favorite movies as a kid).  Also Dax Shepard, of course, former Boyfriend of the Week. Thoughtful series, and I know some parents of autistic kids who have especially gotten a lot out of watching this one.  Wish you all the best in your final season, Bravermans.  Thanks for the memories.

Fall TV Premieres Are Here! Sept. 12-18, 2011.

September 12, 2011

Hi, everyone!  It’s that time of year again!  The time of year where I tell you what new shows are starting up, which ones (old and new) I’m planning to watch and why, and how much I hate Law & Order: Special Victims Unit even though I KEEP WATCHING IT FOR GOD’S SAKE SOMEONE STOP ME.

Here’s what’s up this week (I’ll try to hit all the new shows, but as for returning series, will only be mentioning ones I watch or ones I want to make fun of — you’re on your own for the rest).  Feel free to hit the comments and tell me/us what you think about the new shows, what you think about the old shows, which new show you’re the most excited about, which new show you think won’t last past its second episode, and how you feel about “reduced-fat Oreos” (personally, I’m against ’em).

Ready, set. . . DVR!

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Ringer (CW) –9pm.  Remember Buffy the Vampire Slayer?  Well, she’s back, only she’s not fighting vamps anymore (more’s the pity. . .).  In this new series, Buffy plays a woman named Bridget who, after witnessing a murder, flees to New York City to hide out at her estranged, wealthy, identical twin sister’s house.  When he sister dies suddenly in a boating accident, Buffy decides, well, if the bad guys are after Bridget, then why don’t I just become Siobhan? (p.s. Bridget and Siobhan? What kind of twin names are those??)  I have a feeling this isn’t going to work out as well as it always did in Sweet Valley High, friends.

I’m looking forward to this one, and not just because of Buffy (I’ve always liked Sarah Michelle Gellar), but also because ex-Boyfriend Ioan Gruffud is in it (I think he’s the rich twin’s husband).  Granted, Ioan can be pretty hit or miss, but overall, I think this show sounds like it could be an action-packed blast.  Fingers crossed for good writers.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up.

Parenthood (NBC) — 10pm — This show isn’t perfect — it’s gotten somewhat repetitive and is often a little on the fakey, plastic side — but I still really enjoy it, and the reason is the cast (namely Lauren Graham, Bonnie Bedelia, Craig T. Nelson, and ex-Boyfriend of the Week Dax Shepard).   I confess by the end of last season, I was getting a little bored, but I read this summer that Jason Ritter may be coming back, as the CRAZY-handsome English teacher madly in love with Lauren Graham’s character, and that would make the series well worth tuning back into for me.  Peter Krause’s character, on the other hand, is starting to annoy the bejesus out of me, and I’ve never liked Monica “Weird Eyes” Potter.  Luckily: Mae Whitman.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Up All Night (NBC) — 10pm — I’m not  a big sit-com watcher, but I’m looking forward to Up All Night, the first of two new comedies on NBC Wednesday nights this fall.   This one stars Christina Applegate as a new mom trying to maintain her self-identity (cool career woman) in the face of every new mom cliché she’s ever heard and loathed.  Will Arnett (from Arrested Development, yay!) plays her husband, a stay-home dad trying to support his wife’s attempts to have it all.  The cast is so great it might just be grand.  But it could all too easily be insipid and unoriginal instead.  Fingers crossed it ain’t.

Free Agents (NBC) — 10:30pm — This comedy is based on a British series that starred Stephen Mangan (currently starring in Showtime’s terrific series Episodes, which I ADORE) and that means one thing and one thing only:  This show is going to suck.  (Name one Brit/US crossover comedy that hasn’t, I double-dog dare you.)  The one thing that sounds good about it is the cast.   Anthony Stewart Head was in the original and will be playing the same part, I gather, in this one (the office boss).  And I also really like Kathryn Hahn, who played the administrative assistant on Crossing Jordan.  Hank Azaria, the star of the series, is a bit more hit or miss for me.  But I’m game for episode one at least.  We’ll see.

Thursday, Sept. 15

The Secret Circle (CW) — 9pm — I don’t know anything about this series, other than the fact it’s based on a Young Adult novel series about witches and, naturally, is set in Washington state, where doom and gloom always look so pretty (just ask fans of Twilight).  The one semi-promising element of this series is that it’s executive produced by Kevin Williamson.  But that’s not promising enough to pique my interest, I’m afraid.  No plans to tune in for this one unless the buzz after several episodes is strong.  Anybody read the books, by the way?

Next week is the big week for returning shows, with a smattering of newbies tossed in for good measure, so check back here next Monday for the week’s schedule!  I’ll be posting these every week until the fall season has fully launched (mid-October), and I’d love to hear what you think of the shows as they start to roll out!  Hit it!

Fall TV 2010: Part 1 (Sept. 13-19)

September 13, 2010

Hello and welcome to this year’s edition of Meg’s Unsolicited Advice About Fall TV!

Next week is the big week of premieres, but we’ve already missed a couple of things that might’ve been worth catching (Nikita — anyone watch it?), and there are a few returning shows this week I’ve been looking forward to as well.

Check back every Monday through October for what’s coming up in the next seven days, and then post in comments after you’ve seen a show and have an opinion on it yourself!  Team effort, people.  TEAM.  There’s a ME in TEAM, so don’t let me down.

Monday, September 13

Tonight brings us two returning shows I have zero interest in.  Do with this information what you will.  I’ll be watching the latest season of Dexter on DVD, myself.

90210 – The CW – 8pm
Gossip Girl – The CW – 9pm

Tuesday, September 14

Sons of Anarchy – FX – 10pm —  Sons of Anarchy actually returned LAST week on FX and it was one HELL of an opener so I hope you caught it.  If not, definitely try to catch it online or in reruns if you can.  And if you aren’t watching this fantastic series yet (it stars BotW Charlie Hunnam), you are really missing out.  It’s gotten better with every passing year in my opinion, and last season totally blew my mind (SoA Mom Katey Segal, in particular).  Great characters, interesting social dynamics, and, as an added bonus, a frequently-topless Charlie Hunnan.  Mrrrrowl!

One Tree Hill – The CW – 8pm — This is still on?  Aren’t those kids, like, FORTY by now?

Life Unexpected – The CW – 9pm — Never watched this; unlikely to start now.

Parenthood – NBC – 10pm — I really enjoyed the first season of this series, so much so I made Dax Shepard the Boyfriend of the entire summer (ahem, well, okay, that might also have had something to do with laziness as well).  Hoping they can keep the fun going for a second season without getting too silly — it’ll be a fine line, I’m afraid.  What I found sort of refreshingly goofy in S1 has the potential to become insufferably lame in S2.  I’m staying hopeful, though.  It’s my way.

Wednesday, September 15

Returning are two reality shows that probably should have stopped returning long before now:  Survivor Nicaragua (CBS, 8pm) and America’s Next Top Model (actually returned last week, The CW, 8pm).

New is:

Hellcats – The CW – 9pm (also started last week, oops) — This one’s about a recent high school grad whose college scholarship falls through at the last minute.  Determined to get another scholarship, she joins the college’s cheerleading squad, which comes with a shot at a tuition waiver.   This is not really my thing either, I’m afraid, but if you watched and loved it, let me know!

Thursday, September 16

The Vampire Diaries – The CW – 8pm (started last week) — Skipped this one last year, and will continue to skip it this year.  Vampire overload.

Nikita – The CW – 9pm (started last week) — I was thinking about watching this show, as I’m a fan of the original film, Le Femme Nikita (Luc Besson, 1990).  I never watched the other series they did based on it, but it’s an idea that appeals to me in theory.  Missed the pilot last week myself; did you watch?  How was it?  Worth trying?

The Apprentice – NBC – 9pm.  People still want to work for Donald Trump?  The mind boggles.

Friday, September 17

Outlaw – NBC – 10pm (then moves to Wednesdays, I think).  I’m giving this series a shot ONLY because it stars ex-Boyfriend Jimmy Smits.  I’m incredibly bored with sexy lawyer law shows, though, and the web site’s description of the two female stars in this one made me want to puke (one’s “hopelessly romantic,” the other uses her sexuality to “get information” from men.  Is that what they’re calling it these days?  “Information”?  Bah dum-dum!).

I’ll give it two episodes to blow me away — if it fails, it gets the boot. The story focuses on a Supreme Court judge (Smits) who decides to quit his gig and return to private practice, finding the resultant transition a bit bumpy.   Wouldn’t it be cool if this show actually focused on the complexities of criminal law instead of on which lawyer’s shtupping whom?  Meh, I won’t hold my breath.  But I might cross my fingers.  Just a little bit.

Sunday, September 19

Boardwalk Empire – HBO – 9pm — Damn, I wish I had HBO:  Steve Buscemi in a series that kind of looks like The Sopranos set in the 1930s, brought to us by both Terrence Winter AND Martin Scorsese?  Why, that sounds positively grand.  Thank god for DVD, is all I’ve got to say.

Huge tumbling crazy avalanche worth of Fall TV coming next Monday!  Stay tuned!