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Fall TV Week Two Part 3: Where’s Burt Reynolds When You Need Him?

September 27, 2013

Week two comes to a close!  We made it!  Only two more new shows launching here at the tail-end of week two, with a few more trailing in next week.  I’m heading out of town for the week next week, so may not get a post up.  You guys talk amongst yourselves, and I’ll be back to comment on stuff when I’m home.

Except! I saw Ironside and it was a massive disappointment.   I tell you what: trying to make a cop who doesn’t give a rip about anybody else’s civil rights the hero of your story is sort of losing its charm for me.  Plus, yawn.  I might try the second episode, but it’s only because I love Brent Sexton.

Friday, September 27

masterchefjunior_goodgodwerelettinghimtalktokidsMasterchef Junior – 8pm – FOX – Hold the phone.  We’re going to let Gordon Ramsay talk to CHILDREN?  Have we lost our minds?!

Undercover Boss – 8pm – CBS – Don’t watch, but it appears to involve a lot of happy crying, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Hawaii Five-0 – 9pm – CBS –  Season FOUR?  It seems like only yesterday this series launched and I only made it through half the pilot!

bluebloodsBlue Bloods – 10pm – CBS – I don’t watch this one, but it’s not for any good reason.  I just didn’t manage to catch on fast enough when it started and now I’m too far behind.  At some point, I will rent season one and jump in.  Double ex-BoTW cast: Donnie Wahlberg and Tom Selleck!

Sunday, September 29

onceuponatimeOnce Upon a Time –  8pm – ABC – I lasted about 7 episodes.  Maybe 8?   And then I found myself letting them pile up on the DVR and not ever having the urge to watch them (same thing with the last two episodes of Under the Dome, incidentally).  It’s not a bad show, it’s just not my thing, I guess.  I love how creative the concept is, though I was surprised to learn they’re already launching a spin-off, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, which I have a feeling is going to end up being one Once Upon a Time too many for most people.  But what do I know?  I know nuthin’, is what.

The Amazing Race – 8pm – CBS – As I’ve said before, this show is really entertaining, and I cannot watch it because it gives me panic attacks.

The Simpsons – 8pm – FOX – This is still on?  Huh. Go figure.

bobsburgersBob’s Burgers – 8:30pm – FOX — Okay, Bob’s Burgers, people!  I had never even heard of this series until last year when a friend on Facebook started raving about it.  After he raved a couple more times, I finally checked out season one (streaming on Netflix), and it is HILARIOUS.  I only watched about 5 episodes and then I was kind of done, but I do plan on going back.  And twice so far, I’ve seen “Bob’s Burgers Live” on the marquee of the theater up the street, which, if I see it again, I will attempt to attend.

The Good Wife – 9pm – CBS – I’ve seen season one on DVD and it was good.  It’s just that it wasn’t quite good enough to get me to rent season two.

homelandHomeland – 9pm – Showtime – As William Faulkner once wrote, “And sure enough, even waiting will end. . . if you can just wait long enough.”  This is what I tell myself as I wait ENDLESSLY for shows like this to come out on DVD.  I’m just too cheap for premium channels, is the thing.  It’s my own damn fault, really.

Revenge – 9pm – ABC – Don’t watch, don’t know.

Family Guy – 9pm -FOX – Don’t watch, not a fan of talking babies of any sort.

American Dad – 9:30pm – FOX – Made by same guy as Family Guy, etc.

mentalistThe Mentalist – 10pm – CBS – Wait, this is still on?  Should I have been watching this? To be honest, I was too busy watching Psych make fun of The Mentalist to actually tune in for The Mentalist.  But maybe I should rethink that?

Betrayal – 10pm – ABC – In theory, this show is already boring me — blah blah blah two ridiculously beautiful people have a torrid extra-marital affair.  But then again, there’s also a murder case involved, and James Cromwell is wandering around in there somewhere too.  I’ll give the pilot a shot.

Eastbound & Down – 10pm – HBO – Eastbound and DOWN, Snowman!  Bandit out!  (Wait, this show isn’t about Smokey and the Bandit?  How is that possible? Somebody get Burt Reynolds on the phone immediately!)

Masters of Sex – 10pm –  Showtime – Another show I can’t watch, and perhaps would not want to anyway.  Even if I did, I could hardly admit it here, where my mom might see it — it has the word SEX in it, you guys! Sheesh!

helloladies_stephenmerchantHello Ladies – 10:30 – HBO – I don’t have any idea what this is about, aside from the bit where it’s a British fish out of water sort of story.  But it has Kevin Weisman in it (wheeee!!!!!) and therefore is already saved to my queue at Netflix.  (See above re: WAITING, ARGH.)

The Good, the Bad, and the Utterly Unwatchable

October 14, 2007

Okay, everybody, I’ve given almost every new show at least two episodes now to hook me or lose me, and I have the final tally for Fall TV hits and misses. You know, in case you’re interested in MY stupid opinions on things like this (fools!).

The UTTERLY AWESOME (which means enjoy it while it lasts because some idiot will surely cancel it soon):

Pushing Daisies — ABC Wednesdays, 9pm. I think this series is absolutely brilliant. In fact, I’m loving it so much I’m actually watching it LIVE instead of just recording it and catching it later. I never do that, people! Never ever ever! But, put simply, this show has everything I love — it’s clever, funny, gorgeous (I keep describing its visuals to people as “Tim Burton-y” and getting lots of nods of agreement), and completely kooky. And, not to jinx it or anything, but it looks like it might even make it, as it won its timeslot the first week, and last week only lost out to Deal Or No Deal. Unfortunately, my Mom says she read last week that they’ve cut the budget (apparently, each episode has been costing them a fortune to put together), and also that the director has been (demoted?) to producer instead. That might be bad — hard to say for sure. Nevertheless, I have hope we might truly have a keeper on our hands. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and my TV tuned to ABC on Wednesday nights at 8. (By the way, if you missed it and are now totally intrigued, you can watch all the episodes that have aired so far for free at ABC.com — go ahead, we’ll wait. . .)

The GOOD (BUT NOT NECESSARILY GREAT):

K-Ville — FOX Mondays, 10pm. I still have some issues with the plots on this series, which often have elements that don’t make much sense. Nevertheless, I’m REALLY enjoying Cole Hauser and Anthony Anderson, and they have good chemistry. I also like the setting (New Orleans) and the guy who plays their boss.

Life — CBS Wednesdays, 10pm. Yes, I hated the pilot (in fact, I never did manage to sit through the whole thing), but it’s time to confess that I enjoyed both of the episodes that followed. Damian Lewis is evening his character out a bit and dropping some of his annoying tics, and there are a few things about the series I find kind of interesting (I like the documentary-esque style of filming at times, and also am pretty engrossed in the mystery of who framed him to begin with as well). It may end up feeling too much like every other crime series out there after a while, but for now, I’m finding it pretty entertaining and unique (and yes, please feel free to say “I TOLD YOU SO” in the comments, you guys, because you were all right about this one and I was wrong, wrong, wrong!)

The BAD BUT STILL HIGHLY WATCHABLE:

Bionic Woman — NBC Wednesdays, 9pm. The heading of this category kind of says it all in regards to this one: bad but still watchable. I like the characters pretty well so far, and I still think it’s got a lot of potential (though it still needs to stop taking itself quite so seriously, in my opinion). Needs work, but so far I’m really enjoying it (and especially Katee Sackhoff IN it, mrrrrrrowl!).

Chuck — NBC Mondays, 8pm. I wasn’t sure I was going to stick with this one after the pilot, but I recorded the second episode and when I finally got around to watching it, I found myself enjoying it quite a bit. It’s kind of dorky and not all that brilliantly written, but I’m like the main character, and who can resist Adam Baldwin as an all-too-serious government agent (a hilarious reversal of character to those of us who primarily know the guy as Jayne from Firefly)? Kinda fun. Might not make it, but should be entertaining while it lasts.

Moonlight — CBS Fridays, 9pm. Wow, yes, it’s REALLY BAD. And, even worse, though I think the lead guy is good looking and has a very lovely smoky voice, there’s something about the clingy shirts he sometimes wears that makes me think “man boobs” every time I see him. That can’t be good. Nevertheless, this show is the sort of bad that really enjoy — it’s good-bad. And also, of course, KEVIN WEISMAN! As a geek! I’m in heaven.

Reaper — CW Tuesdays at 9pm. I’m still watching this series and still laughing every week, but I’m ready to admit it needs some serious work if it’s going to survive. The mystery plots need to be more of a focus each week instead of just the geek jokes, and that means they need to be a heck of a lot more intriguing. Bring in a few new writers and it might have a chance. Otherwise, I think it’s going straight to TV hell. . . in a toaster.

Women’s Murder Club — ABC Fridays, 9pm. This one just started last night so I’ve only seen the one episode, but while I fully expected to find it awful — why is it that on TV, all professional women must spend half their time whining about their crappy romantic lives? — I ended up kind of enjoying it. Yes, it’s BAD. In fact, it’s the exact level of badness one would expect from a series based on a novel by James Patterson (not exactly William Faulkner, that guy). Yet, Patterson novels sell like hotcakes despite their lack of brilliance for the same reason this show might have a shot — they’re cheesy fun. Hopefully this’ll be a good match with Men in Trees (welcome back, James Tupper!) which also returned last night. And by the way, I hope you all tuned in to that one for sure, because I LOVE MEN IN TREES and if it gets canceled, I’m holding all of YOU directly responsible!

The Erased from My DVR Timer Because I Couldn’t Stay Awake:

Journeyman — NBC Mondays, 10pm. I’ve now seen three episodes, and found all three promising but ultimately boring and predictable as hell. Deleted it from the timer after I dozed off twenty minutes into the third ep. Life’s too short, especially since I figure if it does end up being a smash success (seems doubtful, but you never know), I can always catch it on DVD this summer.

Dirty Sexy Money — ABC Wednesdays, 10pm. I watched the first episode of this and thought it was okay but not really interesting enough to be worth sticking around for (shows like this aren’t typically my thing, though, and I can see why others might be enjoying it). Again, if it ends up being a huge success, there’s always DVD.

Aliens in America — CW Mondays, 8pm. I don’t usually watch sit-coms, but I’d read so many positive reviews about this one I decided to tune in. Watched the pilot and was kinda “meh” about it. A week later, I didn’t even last through the whole episode, and the thing’s only half an hour long. I just really don’t get it — it’s not that funny, it’s not that sweet, and the characters aren’t that adorable or charming. What are the critics seeing in this one?

The Erased from My DVR Timer Because It Pains Me to See the Great Tim Daly In Such Crap:

Private Practice — ABC Wednesdays, 9pm. I cannot believe — CANNOT BELIEVE — this show is doing as well as it’s doing. I cannot believe — CANNOT BELIEVE — that this show is doing way, way better than Tim’s series from a few years ago, the utterly awesome private investigation show Eyes, which was canceled after only about six episodes even though it was one of the smartest and funniest shows ever to grace the small screen. This show is COMPLETE CRAP, people. There is absolutely nothing good about it whatsoever. Not ONE THING. Why are you wasting your time with this stupid, stupid show about stupid, stupid women and the stupid, stupid men who hang around them? This show is doing better than Pushing Daisies! That kind of makes me want to throw up. And then move to Canada. If you are a fan of this show, please do not tell me so in the comments, because you will only send me spiraling into despair. Tim! Please please get a better agent! I’m begging you!! Take Taye Diggs and run, man! RUN!

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By the way, is it just me or does Heroes kinda suck this year?  Discuss.

What Meg’s Watching Tonight (Wednesday)

September 26, 2007

Okay, so, last night, I watched Heroes, which featured some exciting new developments, but overall I found the episode a bit lackluster — too much set-up, and some of the new storylines are ones I feel like I’ve seen 86 bazillion times on other shows already.  Still love it, but was a bit disappointed in the season premiere.

Luckily, I then started up Journeyman, which I LOVED, and right after that turned on Reaper, which I REALLY loved.   So, if you missed either of those latter two, try their network web sites to see if you can watch the first episodes online, because these are the first new shows I’ve seen so far this season that I’m actually really excited about.   Reaper had me laughing out loud practically the entire hour — oh man, it’s really as good as everybody said it would be — and Journeyman, though very pilot-episode-y, was extremely intriguing, especially when we learned the main character might not be the only one hopping around through time.  I’m definitely in for the long haul with both of those.

Tonight, we have:

9pm CBSCriminal Minds.  Can’t say I was that devastated to hear Mandy Patinkin was leaving — his character wasn’t the one I was tuning into watch (Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, and Matthew Gubler, on the other hand. . .).  But I will say I’m not too sure how I feel about Joe Mantegna replacing him either.  We’ll see how that goes.

9pm ABCPrivate Practice.  I’ll be watching this one on the ABC web site instead of on regular TV, because I’m fairly certain I’ll hate it, based on what I saw from last year’s preview Grey’s Anatomy episode, and I don’t want to give up somethng else to make room for it in my schedule.  Tim Daly really needs a better agent, is all I’m sayin’.  But maybe they will have successfully retooled it this summer?  I’ll find out when I give it a try on the laptop this weekend.

9pm NBCBionic Woman — I’ve already seen the pilot for this one and, well, to be honest, it’s pretty bad.  Bad dialogue, clumsy acting, and the actress playing Jamie Sommers (Michelle Ryan, see above photo) is pretty blah so far.  That said, the premise was intriguing and very Alias-esque, and who can resist Katee Sackhoff as the EVIL Bionic Woman?  That was a truly inspired choice (though, no surprise since it’s produced by David Eick from Battlestar Galactica — watch for Petty Officer Tyrol to make an appearance as well, BG fans). 

So, I would suggest you tune in tonight, but be warned that there were whooooole sections that had me roaring with laughter — and not because they were actually meant to be funny (best part: when Katee Sackhoff stops mid-fight to light a cigarette — and then remarks, puff puff, that, puff puff, the coolest thing, puff puff, about being bionic, puff puff, is that they can SMOKE, puff puff.   At this point, my husband looked at me to see if my eyes were rolling (yes).  Then Jamie says, “Who ARE you?” and Katee’s character replies, “Not to be all melodramatic about it. . .” and the next thing you know, both me and the spouse are battling a fit of giggles more deadly than Katee Sackhoff’s robot biceps).

Additionally, I’d like to offer these words of wisdom to the writers:  “serious and stuffy” is not the same thing as “having depth.”  Try throwing in some nerdy comic relief characters and see if that helps. And hey, I think Kevin Weisman is even available these days, so there you go!

10pm ABCDirty Sexy Money.  I’ve heard this might be the big guilty-pleasure show of the season, featuring Peter Krause as a lawyer who is sort of forced to start working for one of the city’s wealthiest, sexiest, and dirtiest morality-wise families (headed by Donald Sutherland, who is kind of hit-or-miss for me these days, but we’ll see).  Krause is a great actor and if the show is written brilliantly, it could be really fun.  But this won’t be one I stick with if the pilot disappoints, so it’d better be getting it right the first time or else!

10pm NBCLife.   This is one I strongly urge you not to bother with, despite the fact I know you and I both adore Damian Lewis.   I saw the pilot for this one the other night too, and I didn’t last fifteen minutes (alas, not long enough to see Robin Weigart, who will always be Calamity Jane to me, god bless her, but I hear she’s totally wasted in this anyway). 

I’d love to say the problem with Life, which is about a homicide detective wrongfully imprisoned for murder who is finally exonerated and gets his job back, is bad writing, bad premise, plot holes, and ridiculously convenient plot devices.  And, actually, those too.  But to be honest, the reason I couldn’t sit through it was Damian Lewis himself.  I love that man, but he is just ridiculously awful in this. Have you seen him in Dreamcatcher?  You know when he gets possessed by the alien and starts tipping his head and pinching his lips a lot to look weird and foreign and confused about what it’s like to be living in a human body?  That’s him in this show too.  Really, really bad.  Bad acting, bad plot, bad everything.  What a waste of some fine talents and a relatively decent concept, frankly.  If Raines couldn’t survive, my guess is this one won’t last three weeks.  Which might actually be good, as it’ll free Damian and Robin up for what might end up being something better down the line.

I’m shuttin’ up now.  Did you watch Journeyman and Reaper?  Did you love them?  What up, my peeps??