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Fall TV Part 3: Sept 27-Oct 3 – PACE YOURSELVES

September 27, 2010

Luckily, this week gives us a chance to catch our breath after last week, which was, quite frankly, a little bit bananas.  All the new stuff has to start in the SAME WEEK?  You can’t space it out a little?  Make it last?  Whatever, networks.  Band-Aid rippers, clearly.

There are only a few new shows this week, but before I get to them, let me give you the quick skinny on what I’m giving a second chance and what I’ve already booted from my schedule.

Gets a Take-Two:

Hawaii Five-0 — First episode almost killed me with its cheese. That final scene where the camera slo-mo’d Grace Park smiling and twirling in her cute li’l outfit?  Puke-aroo.  But it wasn’t terrible and I like the actors (though, Alex O’Loughlin is not terribly impressive thus far — smack them acting chops into shape, Alex, I’ve seen you do a lot better than this).  And, what’s more, I like the setting.  It’s sunny and warm there.  That’s not worth nothing when you’re heading towards winter in Seattle.

Detroit 1-8-7 — MAJOR issues with this one already, like, for example, the new homicide detective who pukes at his first dead body scene, despite the fact he’d clearly been a beat cop for years and surely had seen much worse than that.  Really?  Please to not believe your audience is so dumb thanks.  Also, what gives with the fairly solid beginning and, as a friend called it, the “Jerry Bruckheimer” ending?  Pick one, guys.  Preferably this week.

The Whole Truth — It’s not great, but it didn’t suck, either.  I watched the whole thing, unoriginal as it was.  I like Maura Tierney and her new hairdo, and while Rob Morrow seemed a little unsure of how much to play up the New York/New Jersey thing, he might settle in, mellow out.  It’s nice to see him be a bit of a goof for a change, at the very least.  But it’s going to need better storylines if it’s going to hold my attention.

Outlaw — SURPRISE!  I’ve seen the first two episodes of this one and I’m really enjoying it.  Jimmy Smits is doing a good job in his role as an ex-Supreme Court justice who has returned to the lawyer side of the bench.  And the Arizona cop vs. racially-profiled Hispanic case was timely without having the feeling of a “ripped from the headlines because we’re out of our own ideas already!” thing.  I also thought the writing was pretty sharp — good banter.   So far, best new legal show of the year, in my opinion — though admittedly, that is not saying much.

Dumped:

Blue Bloods — I watched the whole episode, and a mere three days later, I couldn’t tell you a damn thing about it.  Not a good sign.
Lone Star
— Still waiting on my DVR, which is also not a good sign.  Can’t muster requisite enthusiasm for this one’s story.
The Event
— Did not go there.
Chase
— Bored in under 8 minutes.
The Defenders
— Also bored in under 8 minutes, though I hear it got better after that so I might try again.

And now, coming up this week:

Tuesday, September 28

Returning:
The Good Wife – CBS, 9pm
Stargate Universe – SyFy, 9pm

New:
No Ordinary Family – ABC – 8pm — You know I love Michael Chiklis.  The problem is, I’m burned out on superheroes after the whole Heroes debacle.  What a disappointment.  If it ends up being the hit show of the year, though, I’ll be in for a DVD catch-up this summer.

Wednesday, September 29

New:
Law & Order: Los Angeles – NBC – 10pm — I was going to be all, “No way in hell” when it came to this one.  We need another Law & Order?  No.  No, sir, I’m pretty sure we don’t, in fact.   But then I ran into three problems:  Skeet Ulrich, Alfred Molina, and Terrence Howard.  Well, hell, NBC, if you’re gonna go all Terrence HOWARD on me . . . Damn.

Friday, October 1

Returning: Human Target – Fox – 8pm

Sunday, October 3

Returning:
American Dad
– Fox – 9:30pm
CSI:Miami – CBS, 10pm

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!

Fall TV Boyfriend Alert!

August 10, 2010

McMagnumy

It’ll be a few more weeks before I get serious about Fall TV, but since I skipped summer TV altogether (current favorite, by the way, is Louie on FX), I thought I’d at least send out a teaser about some exciting coming attractions.  Namely, a whole heap of new shows slated to start in a month or two that feature ex-Boyfriends of the Week!

Head’s up, people!  There’s some serious cute coming your way this fall!  Detailed descriptions of all these shows coming soon when I dive into the Fall TV swimming pool for reals.

McVampirey

Monday nights, for example, will be bringing us Lone Star, starring ex-Older-Boyfriend David Keith, as well as the Hawaii 5-0 remake featuring Alex O’Loughlin.

Tuesdays will have No Ordinary Family with Michael Chiklis, though I will confess I saw an ad for this show recently and it looks like an ABC Family version of Heroes — meh, will likely skip this one.  Thinking ’bout it.

McBrowdery

Wednesdays include The Defenders with Jerry O’Connell, who I hope has eaten a few cheeseburgers since I last saw him without his shirt off on Crossing Jordan (yeesh, Skeletor!).  And I absolutely cannot WAIT for Hellcats as it will star the delightful Ben Browder (dang — see comments for correction of this). Then we’ll have Undercover (the new J.J. Abrams series) with Gerald McRaney (ooh rah!), or (good lord), yet ANOTHER Law & Order, this time in LA, featuring Skeet Ulrich (yippie!).  All in all, Wednesdays look pretty delicious.

Nada much on Thursdays in the way of ex-Boyfriends, but Friday’s got three old beaus:  Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, and Outlaw with Jimmy Smits.

McCrinkly

Also, just in case you were wondering who’d try to snag him next, James Tupper of the crazy-gorgeous eye crinkles, will be doing a few-episode arc on Grey’s Anatomy.  Here’s hoping McCrinkly gets a season pass — he’s had some practice now with the medical jargon, after all.

Are you ready?  Man, I am SO READY.

TV on DVD: Dexter, Season Three (2009)

October 1, 2009

dexterOkay, let’s get right to it.  I’m a super-duper big fan of this series.  Season one completely blew my mind, season two was an absolute blast, and I’ve been looking forward to season three for months now.

Unfortunately, as it turned out, I found season three pretty disappointing.  For several reasons, but the primary one, and I’ll just say it flat-out right here so you have time to shake off the shock as you go, was JIMMY SMITS.

Now, Jimmy is an ex-Boyfriend of the Week, so when I heard he was joining the cast this season, I was naturally athrob with anticipation.  But no, no.  No, it simply did not work.   Not workage.  Workage of not.  NON!

As the season opens, Dexter is on the prowl for his next victim, a drug dealer and all-’round bad guy named Freebo.  He gets to Freebo’s house intending to kidnap and then kill him, as per usual, but finds someone else already there trying to do his job for him.  That guy immediately attacks Dexter, and in the process of brawling, Dexter kills HIM.

The next day, he learns the man he’d killed was the brother of District Attorney  Miguel Prado (Jimmy Smits).  Covering his tracks, Dexter casts blame on Freebo, and is then forced to cover THOSE tracks by killing Freebo as well.  But, oh no!  Prado catches him in the act!   Which scares Dexter half to death — until he realizes that Miguel is grateful he’s taken out the man he thought killed his brother.  For a while, the two become friends, but then Prado becomes obsessed with using Dexter to take out other bad people the system is failing to take proper care of.  As that spirals out of control during the season, Dexter is forced to distance himself from Prado.  In what way, I’ll leave for you to discover.

The problem I had with this storyline was that I never really believed Prado’s character’s nonchalance about murder.  Why he might want Freebo dead, I get.  But for him to want some of the other people he puts on Dexter’s hit list taken out implies that he too is a sociopath, really (or at least an acute psychopath — dude, what, like I’m a psychologist?), and that just didn’t feel right or make sense to me.   I sort of blame Jimmy’s acting skills for that, too.  Though I can’t tell you specifically what it was that struck me as off about it.

Of course, Dexter’s sense of relief at finally meeting someone who seems to understand him only furthered my theory that he’s not a real sociopath — that he thinks he is, that he was raised to believe he was, but that he is actually not.  (For more on this theory, see reviews of Season One and Season Two, both of which are now available for Watch Now at Netflix, by the way.)  Because, tell me this, would a real sociopath care about being  understood?  Feel a sense of relief upon finding someone who gets him?  Hell, I’m not even a sociopath myself and half the time I don’t give a good goddamn.

Anyway, I’m a little uneasy about the introduction of a BABY to all this as well (no offense to babies, but: blah).  And though I love Jennifer Carpenter’s character (Dexter’s sister), they’re not using her correctly either.   Unless this series truly is headed in the direction of uncovering a much more complex psychology for Dexter, it’s just not going to work for me much longer.  It’s too easy.  It’s chicken (no offense to chicken, but: bwak! bwak!).  No, sir, no good.

[Netflix me (if you insist) | Buy me (what are you, mad?  I said no good!)]

Genre:  Drama
Cast:  Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Carpenter

What Meg’s Watching Tonight (Tuesday)

September 25, 2007

So, I saw last night’s Chuck, and think it has promise, though it could use some polishing up.  I also watched last night’s K-Ville, and darned if it’s plot wasn’t just as hole-ridden and badly thought-out as the pilot’s, so now I’m a bit concerned it’s going to take a dive soon.  That’ll be too bad, because the premise has real promise, and I like the characters a lot too (plus Cole Hauser is totally sex-ay, I’m not ashamed to admit it).   While I was at it, by the way, I also watched the pilots of Damian Lewis’s new show Life, as well as Bionic Woman (both were available on our Dish On Demand thing), but I’ll tell you about those tomorrow since they don’t start until tomorrow night.

Tonight, I’ll be watching the rest of last night’s shows (Heroes and Journeyman), as well as the following which start up this evening:

8pm CBS – NCIS is back!  I needs me some Michael Weatherly and I needs it STAT.

8pm FOX – Bones is back!  I needs me some David Boreanaz and I needs it STAT.

9pm CW – Reaper.  This new show is one of the few that’s getting really excited critical response.  It’s about a young guy who finds out his parents sold his soul to the devil, and the devil has decided it’s time to collect.  Ensue hilarity, right?  Yeah, I’m not sure I get it either.  I’ve listened to Robert Johnson — I know what happens when you sell your soul to the devil.  But hey, whatever!  I’m willing to go along with it since it sounds like it could be the funniest new show this year, based on what I’ve read — plus, I’m glad to see Tyler Labine getting work.  His character (the scatterbrained blogging brother) on Invasion was one of my favorite parts of that series.  Cute AND funny.  And also, fuzzy.  A good combination. 

By the way, I hope you’re impressed that I’ve just managed to describe Reaper without once making the seemingly-mandatory Blue Oyster Cult reference, though I will confess I get the Gus version of that song (from the movie Scream) in my head whenever I think about it.

9pm BBC America — Ultimate Force.  I may not stick with this show, depending on what else shows up in this time slot on regular ‘Merkin television later on, but I figured I’d give it a shot since it stars Mohinder from Heroes (Sendhil Ramamurthy).  It’s about a group of counter-terrorists in England, and looks like it might be pretty action-packed and intelligent.  At the very least, lots of cute guys, and that’s really all it takes to get me to tune in. 

10pm NBC – Law & Order: SVU is back!  I needs me some depravity (and Christopher Meloni) and I needs it STAT!

Before you ask, “What about Cane with ex-Boyfriend Jimmy Smits?” I wanted to say I’m not really all that interested in that one so I’m not planning on tuning in.  From what I’ve read, it’s not very good — I believe “boring” is the word I’ve most frequently seen associated with it.  I don’t really do “boring.”  But if you watch tonight and you think it was great, please post in comments to let the rest of us know?