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Fall TV Week Two Part 1: Attack of the “Wait, This Is Still On?”s

September 23, 2013

tvset1Fall TV Week Two is the week of new- and returning-series onslaught, so I’ll be doing two days at a time instead of trying to cram the whole week into a single post.

Just as a quick update about last week’s stuff first, though.  There are two new shows still set to record on my DVR:  Sleepy Hollow and Brooklyn Nine Nine.  (Dads I didn’t last 30 seconds through due to a combination of insufferable inanity and the use of a laugh track.)

Brooklyn is not flawless, but it made me laugh out loud, which is not easy to do if you’re a sit-com.  I’ll keep it around a while at least.

sleepyhollowAs for Sleepy Hollow, I was actually pretty surprised by how much I enjoyed that one.  It’s silly and fun, though I have no idea how they are going to make it last a whole season, let alone multiple, when there’s only one bad guy and he seems to have a pretty limited agenda.

Then again, there was a scene in episode one in which Ichabod picked up a Book of Great Importance and said to the cop lady, “It is prophesied that we will be working together to destroy evil for seven years, because the dude who wrote this line in the script is a super-big optimist when it comes to pilot season ratings.”  So, you know, apparently there’s some kind of plan.

Whatever.  I’m game until I’m not game anymore, whenever that might be.  Here’s what’s coming up today and tomorrow.  WEEK TWO IS GO!

Monday, September 23

how-i-met-your-motherHow I Met Your Mother – 8pm (CBS) — Wait, this is still on? I feel like this has been on for one bajillion years.

The Voice – 8pm (NBC) — This one just won an Emmy last night, I have heard, but I’m still not taking on another singing competition series.  I can only take just so much singing, and even then, only when it’s me and I’m in the car.

2 Broke Girls– 9pm (CBS) — Wait, THIS is still on?  This survived a first AND a second season?  My head hurts.

momMom – 9:30pm (CBS) — This new sitcom is about a single mother who, after going into recovery for alcoholism, moves to a new town and tries to stay sober while raising her two kids and interacting with her passive-aggressive mother.  There’s only one reason to try this series, and that reason is Allison Janney.  And even there, I am dubious.  I don’t know.  I’ll think about it. (Incidentally, whatever you do, don’t Google the phrase “Mom series,” unless you’re a fan of “sexy cougar sex pics.” I regret that Google search with all my heart.)

hostagesHostages – 10pm (CBS) — Toni Collette!  That’s all I need to know!  (Plotwise, this one is about a mom whose family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent who wants her to assassinate the president.  Dylan McDermott is the rogue agent, which means there will be a lot of furious ranting and facial grimacing.  He’s SUPER good at that, though, so count me in.)

blacklistThe Blacklist – 10pm (NBC) — This show has generated a lot of positive buzz in the weeks leading up to tonight’s premiere.  It’s about an ex-government agent (James Spader) who has gone into private practice, brokering deals for criminals around the globe.  There’s an FBI team trying to git ‘im.  And something about a terrorist, because THIS is AMERICA.  I’m not a huge fan of Old Weird James Spader, but I’ll definitely be giving this one a shot.

Castle – 10pm (ABC) — This is still on, and you have Nathan Fillion’s nose to thank for it.  (It says “You’re welcome.”)

Tuesday, September 24

ncisNCIS – 8pm (CBS) — Thankfully, NCIS returns to us this year sans agent Ziva “I Speak Perfect English Except When It’s Funnier If I Don’t” David.  Who will replace her?   You know what would be awesome?  A female version of McGee.  A McGirl.  Or a librarian.  Or me, is what I’m saying.  ME.  I have a feeling that won’t be the direction they go in, but one never knows.

shieldMarvel’s Agents of SHIELD – 8pm (ABC) — You know how last week I said Sleepy Hollow was the only new TV show I was excited about?  I lied!  Because I totally forgot about this one!  This new Joss Whedon series follows Agent Phil Coulson, last seen in the movie The Avengers, as he puts together a select group of other agents and they investigate a bunch of weird stuff.  I don’t know.  I don’t even care.  All I know is that I love Joss Whedon and I love Clark Gregg, and I’m pretty much game for whatever they want to do with this one.  Bring it ON.

NCIS: Los Angeles – 9pm (CBS) — Wait, seriously? I’m being serious now.  THIS IS STILL ON?  Who’s watching this? Cut it out!  This show is terrible!

goldbergsThe Goldbergs – 9pm (ABC) — I don’t need to watch a show about an adorable 80s family, I LIVED IT.

Trophy Wife – 9:30pm (ABC) — Almost as appealing to me as Cougar Town, which is to say: not at all, and for many of the same reasons.

lucky7Lucky 7 – 10pm (ABC) — This drama is about a group of people who win the lottery together and have to deal with the fallout in their personal lives.  You know, just like NBC’s Windfall in 2006, only minus Luke Perry which: good luck, ABC.

Person of Interest – 10pm (CBS) — Wait, this show is still on?  Something-something-Jim-Caviezel-argh.

chicagofireChicago Fire – 10pm (NBC) — Firemen are awesome.  But I didn’t make it through two episodes of this show last year and I’ll tell you why: you just can’t go from Rescue Me to Chicago Fire.  It can’t be done.  Once you go Rescue Me, there’s just no going back.  And there’s not a thing I can do about it, I’m sorry.

Fangasm – 10pm (Syfy) — As a rule, I’m against all things “-gasm” or “-gate,” but beyond that, this show sounds pretty dumb.  It’s a reality program about a bunch of pop culture nerds living in an apartment together and working for Stan Lee.  I don’t know.  You watch it.  I’ll be over here not watching it.  Stan Lee, cut it out, you goob.

Check back Wednesday for more!  And if you have any opinions about any of these or last week’s newbies, hitten zee comments!

MOVIE: Monsters University (2013)

July 18, 2013

Look at this picture of the insanely adorable little-kid version of Mike Wazowski.  Do I really need to say anything else?


I thought not.

Three Roar-Omega-Roaring thumbs up from me, my 7 year old nephew, and my 5 year old niece!  (Also: Nathan Fillion! as a sexy beast!  as usual!)

[Prequeue at Netflix | Watch trailer]

Genre:  Animation, Kids
Cast: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Nathan Fillion, Helen Mirren, Tyler Labine.

Fall TV Update: Monday, Sept 24th

September 24, 2012

This is the BIG WEEK of returns and launches, so I’m going to update you one day at a time instead of doing the whole week in a single post.  I’m going to have a ton to tell you about, my peoples, absolutely none of which will be of any importance whatsoever!  Yep, this is a blog, all right!  Let’s do this thing!

Tonight is mostly just returning stuff, including a ton of sit-coms I do not watch, so, you know, that “ton to tell you about thing” won’t start until tomorrow.  Here’s what is coming back:

How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Mike & Molly (CBS)
Castle (ABC)
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

Of that bunch, the only one I watch is Castle, and even there, I confess I’m already an entire year behind  (oh, poor creaking DVR!) and things are likely to get worse starting tonight.  While I enjoy it when I do tune in, and, of course, I ADORE Nathan Fillion, I got kind of bored with it early last year.   I don’t know why; it seems like it ought to be right up my alley.  But, meh.  I mean, it’s fine.  I just have limited free time and it’s not that exciting somehow.  Maybe it’ll be different this year?  Or, maybe I’LL be different this year.  We’ll see.

The only new thing tonight is Partners on CBS, which is a sit-come, so who the heck cares?  Tra la!

More tomorrow, I promise!

What did you guys think of Revolution last week, by the way?  I watched the whole thing, thought it was pretty ridiculously awful, and would really like an explanation as to why everybody isn’t dead from all the nuclear reactors on the planet melting down 24 hours after the power went out (remember Fukushima after the Japanese tsunami a couple of years ago?).  But, you know, I’m game for episode 2.

Because I’m an idiot.


Fall TV Premieres, Sept 19-25

September 20, 2011

Week two of Fall TV premieres is a big one — below is the schedule, with notes about all the new shows and a few of the returning shows I had something to say about, plus the deets on what else is returning when.

Monday, Sept. 19

2 Broke Girls (CBS) – 9:30pm – As I’ve said before, I’m not really a big sit-com watcher, so I’m not planning on tuning into this one (I did really enjoy last week’s premiere of Up All Night, though — any show about new parents that features so much curse word bleeping in the pilot alone is A-OK in my book, yo).  But for those of you who do like such fare, this one is about two New York City waitresses in their 20s, Max (Kat Dennings), who was born broke, and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who was born rich but is currently broke.  Hence: title.  They become pals and decide their dream is to open a cupcake shop, but first they’ll have to figure out a way to raise copious amounts of start-up dough.  I haven’t the heart to tell them cupcake shops are SO five years ago and the new big thing is pie.  You tell them for me.  Poor dears. (New)

Castle (ABC) – 10pm – I have a confession to make here — I still have 18 episodes of Castle from last season stored on my DVR, and though initially I was letting them pile up in the hopes I’d get the flu and my consolation would be a week in bed with Nathan Fillion (woo!), it just never happened.  Curses, immune system!  The problem is, now there are too many episodes for me to get caught up on easily, and more are coming starting tonight.  I’m not sure quite what to do about this other than fold my hands and pray for pneumonia.  If there is a God, PLEASE SMITE ME.  Much obliged.  This show’s schtick has gotten a little bit old for me, but I still enjoy the episodes when I get down to watching them.  Hard to resist Nathan Fillion, after all, and that glorious, glorious nose. (Returning)

The Playboy Club (NBC) – 10pm – Sure, it stars Dimples, which ordinarily would be enough to get me to tune in (mrrowl!), but the thing is, I can’t think of a premise for a TV show that could possibly appeal to me less.  And Dimples, while cute, doesn’t inspire confidence it’s going to be terribly thoughty.  Thoughty is the only way a series about Playboy bunnies could work for me.  Without confidence of thoughtiness, I merely have confidence in it inspiring annoyance.  Best to avoid.  I’m plenty annoyed enough these days (hi, Congress!). (New)

Also returning:
Dancing with the Stars (ABC) – 8pm
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) – 8pm
Two and a Half Men (CBS) – 9pm
Hawaii Five-O (CBS) – 10pm

Tuesday, Sept. 20

New Girl (Fox) – 9pm – This new sit-com stars Zooey Deschanel, sister of Emily (star of Bones) and an actress with whom I have kind of a love/hate relationship.  When she’s playing up the incongruity of her big ol’ cutesy doe eyes and super-snarky tongue, she can be fabulous.  But the previews of this show make it look like she might be going the way I hate instead — big ol’ cutesy doe eyes and acting like a dolt.  I have little patience for that character.  But I could be wrong.  Maybe this will be great.  She can be great sometimes.  Rare, but occasional.  You guys watch and let me know.   (New)

Body of Proof (ABC) – 10pm – This series, starring Dana Delaney, had a trial run last spring and obviously did well enough to get picked up for the fall.  Good sign!  I like it enough to want to tune in every week, but I’ll admit I’m frustrated that it’s so exactly like every other female ME series I’ve ever seen.  When you have Dana Delaney as your star, you can push some envelopes, people.  She’s good.  She can take it.  This is too much the usual and not enough China Beach. Here’s hoping the writers have gotten a little more confidence and try to bust out of the box a little this time around. (Returning)

Unforgettable (CBS) – 10pm – This new series follows a former NYC cop, Carrie Wells (played by Poppy Montgomery, one of my least favorite actresses OF ALL TIME, and not just because she’s named “Poppy,” although: that too), who suffers from a condition called hyperthymesia, a rare medical disorder that gives her the ability to remember everything, like it or not.  Though she’s gotten out of the cop business, she gets sucked back in when her boyfriend asks her to consult on a case — and there will also be a long-running subplot about her sister’s murder.  I’ve seen the preview for this series and my guess is it’ll be more forgettable than unforgettable.  Whatever.  I’m game for the pilot, but unless it totally blows me away, I won’t be setting the DVR to “series.” (New)

Also returning:
Glee (Fox) – 8pm
Raising Hope (Fox) – 9:30pm
NCIS and NCIS:LA (CBS) – 8, 9pm

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Modern Family (ABC) – 9pm – Oh my god, I love this show.  This is one of the few sit-coms I not only watch, but I watch IMMEDIATELY every single week.  LOVE!  LOVE!  LOVE!  It’s SO funny and SO sweet and it just doesn’t have a mean bone in its body.  This is probably the returning series I’m most looking forward to this week.  Cannot WAIT to hang out with the fam for another year.  YAY! YAY!  YAY! (Returning)

Revenge (ABC) – 10pm – This new series is supposedly an “adaptation” of Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo.  It’s about a young woman named Emily Thorne (played by Emily VanCamp from Everwood) who arrives in the Hamptons looking like the usual rich brat there to soak up society, but who instead has a big fat secret — she’s actually there to seek revenge on the people she holds responsible for the death of her father and resultant destruction of her family.  I’m not planning on tuning in for this one — for one thing, I’m not a big Madeline Stowe fan — but if it gets picked up and the buzz is good, I might try to catch up on it later. (New)

Also returning:
Harry’s Law (NBC) – 9pm
CSI (CBS) – 9pm – Now with 100% more Ted Danson!
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) – 10pm
Criminal Minds (CBS) – 9pm

Thursday, Sept. 22

Charlie’s Angels (ABC) – 8pm – When I was in grade school, Charlie’s Angels was one of my favorite shows.  It was about a group of smart women who solved mysteries and had really, really pretty hair — what’s not to love for an 8 year-old?  But I have no interest whatsoever in this reboot, which looks like the hair is going to be the primary focus rather than the smarts.  The original is on DVD — why mess?


Whitney (NBC) – 9:30pm – Another sit-com.  This one’s about “modern love” (gak) starring a “happily unmarried couple” (ugh) with a bunch of buddies who think they ought to get hitched (yawn).  Blahbbidy blah blah blah.


Prime Suspect (NBC) – 9pm – I desperately want to pretend this show does not exist, but I’ve convinced myself I have to at least watch the pilot before I can officially hate it, so I will.  Have you seen the ads?  They took a classy, smart, emotionally complex woman (Helen Mirren in the original) and turned her into the usual sour, bitchy, gum-cracking, stupid-hat-wearing American female cop character.  The one who can’t keep a boyfriend because she’s just too smart and independent!  The one who abuses her male coworkers to prove she’s as tough as they are!  The one who, and I believe I mentioned this earlier, WEARS A STUPID HAT AND CHEWS GUM WITH HER MOUTH OPEN.  I kind of want to cry, America.  And you thought it was the government making us look like schmucks to the world. . . HELEN GODDAMN MIRREN, people.  This is one British series that should not have been touched by our scummy misogynist hands.

Person of Interest (CBS) – 9pm – Brace yourselves, it’s another J. J. Abrams series!  But, to be honest, I’m kind of looking forward to this one, though I’m also trying not to get my hopes up.  For one thing, it looks like this isn’t going to be a Lost-type thing, with a long, long story arc that fills up with too many clues and not enough explanation.  It looks like there may be an element of that, sure, but that each episode will also have a stand-alone plot.  More like Alias, perhaps.  And the premise sounds kind of fun too — it’s about a presumed-dead CIA agent (played by Jesus) who partners up with a rich dude (played by creepy Michael Emerson) to fight crime.  A little Human Target, but perhaps less playful, which could be good or could be miserably drab.  We can but wait and see.  It ought to at least have some cool gadgets and some decent special effects.  Fingers crossed this one is thoughtful, fun, and intriguing.  Oh, my hopes.  TOO UP!  Stop that!

Also returning:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 9pm
Parks and Recreation (NBC) – 8:30pm
The Office (NBC) – 9pm
Big Bang Theory (CBS) – 8pm
The Mentalist (CBS) – 10pm

Friday, Sept. 23

A Gifted Man (CBS) – 8pm – CBS canceled the series Medium last year because, apparently, a show about a woman who could see dead people wasn’t getting them high enough ratings.  To replace it, they’ve developed. . . a show about a MAN who can see dead people.  Hmm.  Hokay.  This one stars Patrick Wilson (last seen in the great horror flick Insidious) as a selfish doctor whose wife (played by Jennifer Ehle, yay!) suddenly disappears, causing him to question his place in the world.  Should he stop being a jerk and try to be more like her?  Oh, probably.  I don’t quite understand what the point of this show is going to be — just a feel-good thing about a guy who decides to be nicer to people?  Or will the primary focus be on solving the mystery of his wife’s disappearance?  If the latter, I’m game.  If the former, I’m going to start rooting for Insidious 2 instead.  We’ll see.

Also returning:
Supernatural (CW) – 9pm
Fringe (Fox) – 9pm
CSI: NY (CBS) – 9pm
Blue Bloods (CBS) – 10pm

Sunday, Sept. 25

Pan Am (ABC) – 10pm – I have a feeling a fairly high percentage of people loathe flying on airplanes just as much as I do.  So whose bright idea was it to make a television show about flying on airplanes?   To me, this looks like a soap opera set a few miles above land, which sounds even more staggeringly boring than a cross-country flight.  My neck hurts just thinking about it.  Somebody get me a cocktail and some peanuts.  PASS!

Also returning:
Desperate Housewives (ABC) – 9pm – Final season
CSI: Miami (CBS) – 10pm
The Good Wife (CBS) – 9pm

That’s it for this week!  What are you exciting to try out?  What are you gakking on in theory?  What did you think of last week’s new stuff?  TELL ME EVERYTHING!

New Boyfriend of the Week!

July 16, 2011

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!  The new Boyfriend of the Week is up!  Hurrah, hurrah!  (Whew.)

And man, if you thought Nathan Fillion had a great nose, just take a look at this guy!  Lick, slurp, mmm!


Fall TV Week Three: AVALANCHE!

September 21, 2009

Brace yourselves — the crushing onslaught of returning shows begins NOW.  Because there are so many shows to announce this week, I’m going to do tonight and tomorrow night first, and then will post again Wednesday with the next batch.

Monday, 9/21

Heroes (NBC) – 8pm.  It’s too bad this show sucks so much, because it was super fun the first season.  Alas, it just sucks SO MUCH.  I’m not going to bother at all this year.  I didn’t bother last year either.  Sorry, Greg Grunberg.  I still love you.

houseHouse (F0x) – 8pm (two hour premiere).  I quit watching House a few seasons ago, but sort of got re-roped into it last season and wasn’t all that sorry about it.  I’ll tune in, see how things go.  Assess the sitchuayshon.   I’m willing to put up with a lot for Hugh Laurie because he knows Stephen Fry and Stephen Fry is my hero.  Then again, last year’s finale ended with House being institutionalized for serious, serious mental illness; if this season starts with him immediately returning to work like he’s been magically cured, I may have to arch an eyebrow in this show’s general direction.

Dancing with the Pseudo-Stars (ABC) – 8pm.  I don’t understand the appeal of this show.  And people who love this show don’t seem to understand the appeal of So You Think You Can Dance.  Someday, I hope we can all be friends.

castleCastle (ABC) – 10pm.  This show is incredibly ridiculous, thanks to Nathan Fillion, who probably ought to tame it down a little bit but won’t, which is why I love him so incredibly much.  Castle, in my opinion, fills a necessary void in the crime-show line-up — it’s not intense, it’s not gory, it’s not dark, it’s not complicated.  It’s just a cute little cozy in television format, with a highly lickable nose front and center.  I’m extremely fond of it, so keep your snark to yourselves.

Sitcoms:  How I Met Your Mother (CBS) – 8pm; Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) – 8:30pm; Two and a Half Men (CBS) – 9pm; The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – 9:30pm.   I know that HIMYM and Big Bang Theory are hilarious; everybody tells me this constantly.  Some day, I’m sure I will rent them on DVD and kick myself for not having gotten into them sooner.  But that won’t be today. Two and a Half Men just won an Emmy, if you care.  Which I don’t.  And Accidentally on Purpose is a new one starring Jenna Elfman, who just annoys the ever-living beheysoos out of me.  Like I need THAT today, CBS.  Really.

CSI: Miami (CBS) – 10pm.  My Dad does the best impersonation of David Caruso of all time.  Imitation is not always the highest form of flattery, trust me.

Tuesday, 9/22

ncisNCIS (CBS), 8pm.  Still love it.  Of all the cop shows on right now, this is the one that is the most consistently engaging, funny, and intelligent.  A total winner.  Plus, TWO ex-Boyfriends in ONE SERIES (Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly)!  It’s like heaven on earth.

Bonus Round:  tonight’s season premiere of NCIS is followed immediately by the series premiere of its spin-off:  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 9pm).  I confess I’m a little wary of this one, despite the fact I LOVE L. L. Cool J. and Chris O’Donnell.  Love them, love them, love them.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that this won’t be the CSI:Miami of NCIS.  Please, please don’t be the CSI:Miami of NCIS.  I’m begging you.  Please don’t.  Just don’t.

The Good Wife (CBS) – 10pm.  I thought for a while I might give this one a try, but to be honest, I think I’ve bailed before it’s even begun.  I’ve never been a big Margulies fan, and though it co-stars Chris Noth, hubba hubba, to me it sounds too much like Judging Amy, only without the Tyne Daly.  Working-mother shows are always the same, lawyer shows are always the same, shows without Tyne Daly are ALWAYS THE SAME.  I’ve got better things to watch (I hope).  If you tune in and love it, though, definitely let me know and I’ll go back and check it out later on.

slaterThe Forgotten (ABC) – 10pm.  I am going to try this one, I think, mostly because I really enjoyed Christian Slater in last year’s My Own Worst Enemy and I’d like to see him give this TV thing a second go.  That said, I’m fairly certain this show is going to stink.  It also sounds too much the same as every other show on right now — I’m getting as burned out on specialty-detective shows as I am on lawyer ones (this one is about a group of dicks who focus on identifying previously-unidentified dead people, by the way).  Plus, also no Tyne Daly!  Again with that!   I shrug and throw my hands in the air.  We’ll see what happens.

Check back Wednesday for the update on Wed-Sun’s returning shows!

Quick Update on Nathan Fillion’s series Castle

May 12, 2009

nathanLooks like a second season of Nathan Fillion’s extremely entertaining mystery series Castle may actually happen — it’s a xi niu miracle! (For those of you who weren’t Firefly fans, xi niu means “cow sucking” in Chinese — don’t ask.)

Love the show myself, even though it’s weird how the two main characters are always wearing scarves, and never the same scarf twice.  Who does that?  I could see the rich mystery writer having a scarf for every day of the year, but the police detective?  Funky.  Cold Medina, even.

Read more on this development, plus an interview with Nathan here (and I should be back in a day or two with some movie reviews — still jet lagged and also wicked busy!):

Castle debuts tonight on ABC!

March 9, 2009

castle1I’ve been seeing mixed reviews of Castle, Nathan Fillion’s newest TV series, which premieres tonight on ABC (10pm).  Some say it’s cheese-o-rama.  Some say it’s lame but fun.  Some say episode two is WAY better than the pilot so hang in there.  Some say get out before it sucks all the air out of your head and your brain implodes (I paraphrase).

Not a single one has said what I want to say, though, which is that I don’t give a rat’s hiney if this show is any GOOD.  I just want to see Nathan Fillion and his thoroughly lickable nose back on my TV set once a week.  Cheesy?  Lame?  Murder She Wrote with a dude?  Man, whatever!  Give him some snarky dialogue and throw in a scene now and again where he’s changing his shirt, and you’ll have a fan in me for LIFE.

I’ll let you know what I think after I see the pilot (which may not happen tonight, I should warn you).  Feel free to post your own comments after you see the show below!

[ABC’s official site]