Could be great, could be terrible. I’m unlikely to care either way as long as Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem get a lot of screen time.
Check out the link to check out the trailer! FLOOOOOOYD!
http://slate.me/1PFknto (from Slate.com)
Could be great, could be terrible. I’m unlikely to care either way as long as Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem get a lot of screen time.
Check out the link to check out the trailer! FLOOOOOOYD!
http://slate.me/1PFknto (from Slate.com)
In case you missed it, a whole bunch of new shows started up last week. Instead of posting this before they started, I decided to wait until I’d watched them all so I could actually say something useful. If you missed any of the ones that sound good, I’ve noticed almost all of the pilots are available for free on Amazon Instant Video (and/or on the TV stations’ web sites). I’ll update again later this month as more stuff comes out!
Battle Creek – CBS – 10pm. This one was developed by Vince Gilligan (creator of Breaking Bad and its new, utterly delightful spin-off, Better Call Saul) and David Shore (House), and stars Dean Winters, an actor I’ve loved since I first saw him on the HBO series Oz. It’s a little uninspired in terms of premise: cynical, grizzled, no-nonsense detective is partnered up with a polite, manscaped, naive FBI agent (Josh Duhamel) — seen that combo more times than I can count. But it was entertaining and clever enough I’ll definitely be sticking with it for now.
The Last Man on Earth – FOX – 9pm. I almost didn’t watch this one, because it conflicted with something else I was recording and, as you know, I’m not usually a huge sit-com fan. But, man, am I ever glad I tracked it down, because I was thoroughly charmed almost instantly. It’s about the last man alive on Earth after a virus has wiped out the entire world, and the first episode was absolutely delightful (it opens with him about to complete a months-long road trip around the U.S. looking for survivors and for cool stuff to decorate his house with, like paintings from the Met, a couple of Academy Awards, Babe Ruth’s bat — that made me laugh so hard, because it is EXACTLY what I would have done too). Episode two got even better, though, when Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show) shows up. Not the “last woman on Earth” he was hoping for, I’m afraid, and boy, is this one gonna be fun, people.
Secrets and Lies – ABC -9pm. I wanted to like this series, if only because it’s so rare a show featuring a female detective casts a woman actually old enough to be a detective (Juliette Lewis). The problem is, that same actress is so remarkably awful in this, she’s almost laughable. And by “almost,” I mean, “utterly.” It’s about a family man, played by Ryan Phillipe, who is out for a run one morning when he comes across the dead body of the little boy who lived across the street from him — the son of a woman he’d had an affair with years ago. Instantly, he’s a suspect, surprise surprise. This series is a scene-for-scene remake of an Australian show by the same name; I watched the first episode of that one last night and can already tell it’s going to be ten times better (also: surprise surprise). Better acting, especially (though it would’ve been hard to be worse in that regard). Deleted from the DVR and moving over to Netflix for the original instead.
Broadchurch — BBC America — 10pm. Back in September when I was talking to you guys about the new show Gracepoint, a few of you hadn’t seen the original BBC series it had been based on, Broadchurch. I’m hoping you’ve sought it out by now, because it was just worlds above the American version. Season two starts where we left off in season one, which, to be honest, I was a little disappointed by, because, whew, was that ever a bleak, bleak story. I would’ve been okay with a new crime to solve. Nevertheless, this show is so compelling, it’s worth the suffering. Looks like we’re in for some major courtroom drama this round, as Joe Miller takes the stand at his trial and announces his plea: not guilty.
CSI: Cyber — CBS — 1opm. I had a feeling this was going to be terrible, and it lived up pretty perfectly to those expectations. Did you guys know that when hackers insert malware, they make that part of the code RED so it’s super-easy for the FBI’s cyber crimes division to spot it? That seems like kind of a dumb way to go about it to me, but, hey, what do I know? I ain’t no hacker. Patricia Arquette stars, which is the only reason I’m going to go back for a second episode. Well, her and also two ex-Boyfriends of the Week, of course, Peter “The Biscuit” MacNicol, and James “The Dawson” Van Der Beek. I don’t expect this to make it past season 1, but we’ll see if any of these three talents (and yes, I just called Van Der Beek a “talent;” you be quiet) can do anything about how utterly ridiculous it’s been so far.
American Crime — ABC — 10pm. Developed by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), this series is going to examine the impact of a single crime on multiple residents of a “racially divided” California town. The pilot reminded me a lot of the movie Traffic and so far, so good. Definitely will keep going on this one. Costars Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Benito Martinez, and Penelope Ann Miller.
Dig — USA — 1opm. I was really surprised by how much I liked this one. For a USA series, it’s surprisingly NOT totally goofy. It’s set in Jerusalem and has been described as a murder mystery with a Da Vinci Code-style conspiracy subplot, which sounds pretty fun to me. Jason Isaacs stars as an FBI agent stationed in Israel whose investigation into the murder of a young female archeologist will reveal a complex conspiracy that goes back thousands of years. Costars Anne Heche and Richard E. Grant, and is actually filmed in Israel, too — apparently it was supposed to start last fall, but war there delayed completion. Kind of fascinating. Is USA finally growing up? Let’s find out.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix. This is the new Tina Fey project we’ve been hearing about for the last few months. Stars Ellie Kemper as a woman trying to rebuild her life after spending 15 years in a bomb shelter as part of a cult that believed the world had ended. Utterly charming, and a few truly hilarious moments so far (we’ve only watched the first two, but laughed out loud more than once — Rich Mom throwing the unopened bottle of water in the trash made us laugh so hard we had to pause for a second. So perfect!). It’s not perfect, but it’s fun, and I have a feeling it will improve with time.
More coming soon!
Winding down now, with just a few stragglers plodding in here at the finish line. Here’s what’s up this week, and next week should be my last installment for Fall 2014 (with final tricklings-in, plus a recap of what I kept and what I dumped).
WE MADE IT (assuming we make it!)!
Jane the Virgin – 9pm – CW – I’m not planning to watch this, but it’s gotten some of the best reviews of the fall, so if it sounds like your kinda thing, you should definitely tune in. Gina Rodriguez stars as a young woman named Jane, a virgin who discovers she has been accidentally artificially inseminated by her gynecologist. I’m not sure how you manage to “accidentally” inseminate someone, but I don’t feel a huge pull to find out, to be honest. Still, it’s been described as a witty, charming telenovela-style dramedy, and it’s the second in this fall’s new series to feature a predominantly Hispanic cast — that’s pretty great. Oh crap. I guess I’ll tune in after all. What’s the worst that could happen? I get knocked up accidentally? Go for it, Universe.
Marry Me – 9pm – NBC – From Wikipedia, this description: “Faced with proposals gone awry and a string of other unfortunate coincidences, Annie and Jake find themselves destined to be together whether they can get it together or not.” Are you guys still awake? Yeah, me neither.
About a Boy – 9:30pm – NBC –It’s about a boy. I hear. (THIS JOKE NEVER GETS OLD!)
Hi, everyone! Sorry for missing the first few days this week — I was out of town Monday and Tuesday for a work-related thing and then my brain was fried Wednesday night. But you haven’t missed much, as I’m sure you’re already aware. I’m not gonna proofread this one, so I can get it the hell up already, so if it’s riddled with errors and uses the word “actually” 9,000 times blame Autocorrect. (Because why not.)
Here’s what’s happened this week already, and what’s coming up at the end of it (hint: braaaaaaains!).
The Originals – 8pm – CW — I have no idea what this is! It’s something about some originals of some kind!
The Flash — 8pm — CW. I actually meant to record this one, but I blew it. And that’s probably for the best, because I have a feeling I’m going to be all superheroed out just keeping up with Gotham (already behind on that one). This is a spin-off of the CW’s series Arrow, about, you know: A REALLY FAST DUDE! The part that intrigues me about this is that The Flash is apparently a forensic investigator, who uses his superhuman speed to. . . analyze DNA? I don’t really know. I might try to catch the pilot this weekend if it’s on Amazon or something. Did anybody watch this? Was it fun?
SupeNatch – 9pm – CW — Good heavens, this show is still on? I gave up when the whole angel thing really got hot and heavy — just found that incredibly boring for some reason. Angels schmangels; I want Ghost Facers! Is it still focused on all the heavenly stuff? If not, I might give it a shot again. I do miss those boys and their wacky antics.
Arrow – 8pm – CW — Never seen it. I’m the worst TV reviewer on the planet. Why are you still here?
Kingdom – 9pm – DirecTV – I am a DirecTV subscriber, so theoretically I could watch this show, which I think is their first original series. Which, by the way — must EVERYBODY make their own TV shows these days? I mean, what’s next — Coming soon to ABC: Safeway’s newest courtroom drama, “Clean Up in Aisle Five”? This show has gotten really strong reviews, though, so despite the fact it’s “set in the bruised and bloody world of mixed martial arts” (TV Guide), which is not exactly my world, I might see if I can figure out where I go to watch it.
American Horror Story: Freak Show — 10pm — FX. I didn’t bother with the last round of this series, Coven, because my interest in witches is nil, and because this show, even when it’s interesting, can get draw nigh to the Line of Insufferability fairly often for me. But I just watched a documentary about freak shows/side shows (Bound by Flesh), and man, what a fascinating world that is/was/whatever. I’ll definitely be giving this year’s story a shot, if only to get a chance to see what Kathy Bates looks like with a beard.
Cristela – 8:30pm – ABC – Another sit-com centered around a comedian — this seems to be the thing this year (Mulaney, e.g., which I haven’t seen yet). The one interesting element to this is that it’s about a Mexican-American family; that’s kind of nice to see. I have no intention of watching this show, but hey, way to be diverse, ABC.
The Walking Dead – 9pm – AMC. I’m still watching this! I DO NOT KNOW WHY! SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME! Clearly the zombies have eaten my braaaaaaains!
TO RECAP: Questions: Did you watch The Flash and was it fun? Are the SuperNachos still hanging with flying dudes from above? And WOULD you, in fact, watch a courtroom drama titled, Clean Up in Aisle Five?
I’m about to head out of town for work for two days, so may or may not get this week’s TV stuff up tomorrow — if not tomorrow, then Tuesday, for sure! If not Tuesday, than certainly Wednesday! But here’s what’s up tonight, anyway.
Bob’s Burgers — 7:30pm — FOX. I only discovered this show last year and I hardly ever watch it, yet I ADORE it. I really ought to do something about that; that don’t make no sense. This is a really clever cartoon series about a family that owns a burger shop. It’s very, very smart and funny. Previous seasons are all on Netflix Streaming, so check it out! And maybe I’ll get Ebola soon and have enough time to get all the way caught up to a current season. (Too soon with the Ebola humor? Yeah, okay. Fair enough, sorry.)
Homeland — 9pm — Showtime. I watched seasons 1 and 2 of this and then never went on from there. What season are they up to? I don’t even know. I liked season 1 a lot, but not as much season 2, when the lady character went all bananas. And then I heard the dude dies anyway, so, what is this show still up to? Maybe I’ll find out some day. BUT NOT TODAY.
Mulaney — 9:30pm — FOX. I don’t know much about John Mulaney, but apparently he’s funny enough to warrant his own show. I’ve read this show is a little too Seinfeld-y for some people’s tastes, but I liked Seinfeld well enough, and besides this show has Elliott Gould in it as a “wacky neighbor.” I can think of few things Gould could do better than that. Also: Martin Short, though he can be a bit hit or miss for me, depending on the intensity of his mania. Going to check this one out just to see if it sticks. You?
Before I begin: a quick, exciting reminder (well, I’m excited about it anyway!): there’s a new Boyfriend of the Week up! Check it out at http://megwood.com!
Meanwhile, back on the tube of boob, it’s only the middle of week three and I’m already behind on watching new stuff. After hearing from a few people here and on Facebook, by the way, I’m definitely planning to give Selfie a try, but will not be bothering with Manhattan Love Whatever The Heck That Was.
Also still digging Scorpion, incidentally. It’s not brilliant, but it’s fun, and there’s a lot to be said for fun when you’re me. Thought episode 2 of Forever was much better than episode 1, and am hoping to feel the same way about episode 3, which I’ll probably watch tonight. It is also not brilliant, but man, I do love me some Ioan Gruffud, and I’m really enjoying Judd Hirsch in it as well. Might be a keeper. We’ll see how the next few weeks go.
Here’s what’s up tonight:
The Vampire Diaries — 8pm — CW. Never seen this; vampires are my least favorites of all the monsters, and 20-something vampires I tend to find utterly insufferable, especially but not limited to when they are “sparkly.” I did enjoy The Strain this summer, while we’re on the subject of vamps, though I could definitely pick some bones with it. Much better than the novel, anyway (my review of the novel is here if you’re interested). I never read the other two in the series, but will definitely stay tuned for more of the show. Corey Stoll is almost certainly going to show up as a Boyfriend of the Week at some point, too. I’ve been seeing a lot of him lately and I dig.
Bad Judge — 9pm — NBC. This appears to be yet another tired, tired show about a successful professional woman who can’t keep her personal life in order. Because, as it’s been well-established by network television, women can only achieve one type of success in their lives — professional or personal — NOT BOTH. Pardon me while I barf up my breakfast. This one stars Kate Walsh, for better or for worse (depending on how you feel about Kate Walsh; I flip-flop) as a highly respected criminal court judge who “sleeps around” in her off-hours. As network TV would like to remind us, women who sleep with a lot of men are BAD. Men who sleep with a lot of women, on the other hand, are, you know: successful in both their private and personal lives. Pardon me while I barf up my mid-morning snack. Bad Judge: the most perfectly crafted sitcom title of all time (assuming the goal was endless ridicule).
Gracepoint — 9pm — FOX. This is the American remake of the incredibly good BBC series Broadchurch, which I think aired on BBC America last spring. David Tennant starred in the original as a sad-sack detective investigating the murder of a little boy, and he’s playing the same role here as well. This leads me to suspect this will mostly be a fairly straight-forward remake, without much in the way of additional content or perspective, which leads me to my next suggestion: Don’t bother; go straight to the original without passing GO! Reviews of this one have been pretty humdrum, and I’m not planning on tuning in at all (not just because of the reviews, but also because the original was utterly heartbreaking and I don’t think I can go through it again). You can stream the original on Amazon for $1.99 an episode (there are 8 total) — and it’s well worth doing. Pay for it, please, don’t steal it; I believe in supporting good content with dollars.
Reign — 9pm — CW. I have no idea what this is and cannot presently be bothered to go find out. Enjoy!
A to Z — 9:30pm — NBC. This sitcom is apparently a romantic comedy modeled a bit after the movie 500 Days of Summer. Stars Ben Feldman (Mad Men) as Andrew (of the A in the title), dating a woman named Zelda (of the Z), and will chronicle their relationship from start to finish. It actually seems like it could be kind of fun, but I’ll wait to try it until I see if it lasts or not. Reviews for this one have described it as a bit clumsy but overall fairly charming — I’ll be curious to hear what you guys think if any of you tune in!
That’s it for Thursday! Friday only sees the return of Last Man Standing (8pm ABC), by the way, so no post tomorrow!
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?
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.
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.
Not much to report on this morning. I missed Madam Secretary AGAIN, but will try to catch up this week and report in. I was too busy this past weekend for much TV watching of any variety, though I did see the How to Get Away with Murder pilot a second time, this time with Mom, and we both liked it, so I stick to my “thumbs up” on that on (also, Entertainment Weekly gave it an A, so there, Brian Toohey!) (I tease because I love, by the way.)
Here’s what’s coming up tonight, which is not very much:
Mom — 8:30pm — CBS. I haven’t seen this one, though I do adore Allison Janney, and she just won an Emmy for her role in Mom a few months ago too. If it comes to Netflix streaming at some point, I’ll definitely give it a shot.
Castle — 10pm — ABC. I’m at least 2 seasons behind on Castle because it records in my bedroom and isn’t watchable anywhere else (I really need to upgrade DVRs). Planning on skipping my flu shot this year, though, so I have a chance at catching up at last. This show is fun but I burned out on it in terms of regular, weekly viewing somewhere around season 3. On the other hand, it is absolutely perfect “I gotta fever” TV. I’ll start breathing deeply whenever someone’s coughing or sneezing on the bus and see what happens.
NCIS: LA — 1opm — CBS. I’d do a lot for a little time with Linda Hunt. BUT I WILL NOT DO THIS.
Going to hit you with both tonight AND Sunday’s line-ups today, since there’s nothing new coming to either one, and I’m also going to skip lengthy annotations, because none of these are shows I have much of anything to say about — of the whole list, I only watch CSI and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and what is there to say about either of those that I haven’t said in previous posts? Nuttin’.
On the other hand, did you guys watch How to Get Away with Murder last night? I did and I really enjoyed it! Definitely think this is going to be a sharp one. I was certainly surprised by the reveal of the victim’s identity, and I really liked a couple of the students (mostly Wes). Looking forward to seeing how this one plays out and hope it keeps a steady footing.
So far, for week two, I’m planning to continue on with that one, Scorpion, and Gotham for sure, and then Mysteries of Laura and Forever tentatively. What’s your scorecard for the week?
The Amazing Race – 8pm – CBS — As I’ve said before, no can do this show; too stressful. Everybody running around and yelling at each other and eating things no human being should be eating! Wrong! No!
Shark Tank – 8pm – ABC — I have no idea what this is.
Hawaii Five-0 – 9pm – CBS — This is still on? Shoot, should I have been watching this?
Blue Bloods – 10pm – CBS — Not terrible, but not good enough for me to get hooked, either.
Once Upon a Time – 8pm – ABC — Everybody’s really excited about the chick from Frozen joining the cast. Is this one still fun? I enjoyed the beginning of season 1 but lost interest by the end of the year. If it’s good, I’d consider a return, just because the premise was so unique. What say you?
The Simpsons – 8pm – FOX — HOLY CRAP, YOU GUYS. TWENTY-SIX YEARS!! How old am I? Old enough to remember this show getting its start in the late 80s on The Tracey Ullman Show, is how old. Dang. That’s old.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 8:30pm – FOX — I enjoyed this last year. Hoping to do so again this year.
Family Guy – 9pm – FOX — Irritating.
Resurrection – 9pm – ABC — Patently astonished this survived.
CSI – 10pm – CBS — Ted Danson single-handedly saved this show from the grave. Love you, Ted Danson.
Revenge – 10pm – ABC — Click on the link for this one if you want to see Madeline Stowe’s least flattering photograph of all time. Good heavens. Beautiful woman, terrible photograph!
Updates: 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:
Bones – 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!)
Grey’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.
How 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.
Parenthood – 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.