2012 Fall TV Roundup

This post is long overdue. You probably don’t care about fall TV anymore, but I can’t stand leaving things undone. I like to give final commentary on how things flushed out with my fall TV recommendations, so here it is.

In my post, “Barely Getting Ready for Fall TV“, I said I was going to check out 8 new shows this fall. Here is how I am feeling about them now.

Nashville – I watch it every week. I love the tunes. I love Hayden Panetteire. I love the guy who plays Deacon. I still think the writing is really bad and that it is generally not a good show. I am flabbergasted that Connie Britton was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role. So flabbergasted in fact, that is inspired me to write this post. She seems so awkward to me. I just don’t get it, but I do watch every week.

The Mindy Project – I occasionally put this on and it occasionally makes me laugh. I mostly think this is a mediocre show with average comedic value. It is not on my list, so I should not be watching it.

666 Park Ave – cancelled. I watched maybe two episodes, fell behind, and then removed it from my queue once it was cancelled.

Go On – this has accumulated on my TiVo and I have a million better things to do than watch it. I may or may not ever catch up. I should really do about a million other things.

Elementary – I still don’t like procedurals. I find the stories in the show predictable. I have watched a few episodes and have some accumulated on my TiVo. I am curious about the relationship between Holmes and Watson so this might be one of those shows I play while I do other stuff around the house. I don’t like it enough to watch it full out.

Ben & Kate – I still find this hilarious, but sometimes it grates on me a little. I don’t love it as much as New Girl. It is on my official list. I still think the character of Kate is annoying but I read a review that said she was excellent at playing an annoying dork person (or something like that), so maybe she is just an amazing actress?

Last Resort – I never got past two episodes of this and it was cancelled. Done.

Revolution – this is a full fledged ratings hit apparently. Go figure. I just could not muster up interest to give it a far shot after I decided it was horrible.  After the hurricane, I did have some curiosity about a world with no power, but that curiosity did not last more than one episode that I half watched.  I’m done with this one.

In summary, I have added 2 shows to my official list from the new fall season and could live without both of them.

What I could NOT live with out (well, of course I could, but prefer not to) are the many returning shows that I LOVE.

Homeland was amazing this season. Wow! The whole season I kept wondering how they would have a third season with both Carrie and Brody and continue this story. They did it! And I can’t WAIT for season three.

American Horror Story is SO creepy and awesome. I told my sister she was not allowed to watch it with my new baby niece in the house because I don’t want her to absorb any of it in to her subconscious. It is that  creepy. Speaking of creepy, this was my favorite season of The Walking Dead. How about that Governor?  Creepy. How did Andrea get sucked in?

I get a little teary during almost every episode of Parenthood. That is my feel good show, for sure. All I need, is a husband like that Adam Braverman. He is the best.

Scandal is fabulous. I love watching the star crossed relationship between the prez and Olivia Pope, and that woman kicks ass! This show is kind of a procedural, now that I think about it, but it keeps surprising me. That Shonda Rhimes makes good TV!

My fall TV roundup is officially…done.

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My New Favorite Shows

I have been slacking a bit on the TV commentary so I thought I would take a moment to let you know what I am really loving these days:

American Horror Story – This show is creepy and scary and I love it.  Dylan McDermott and Tami Taylor (from Friday Night Lights) move in to a freakishly haunted house with their teenage daughter.  Any normal human being would have moved out half way through the first episode, but in all fairness, they can’t see all of the creepy stuff we see (like this leather wearing ghost dude.) I can’t say more because I don’t want to ruin it for you.  You can check it on Hulu if you missed the first few episodes, and I strongly recommend that you do (unless you don’t like scary creepy stuff, then skip it).

Homeland – as awesome as promised by Entertainment Weekly.  Prisoner of war comes home from Iraq after being held and tortured for 8 years.  Claire Danes, self medicating CIA agent with an undisclosed mood disorder of some kind got intel that an American prisoner of war has been turned, and she is convinced it is this guy.  It’s excellent.  Suspenseful.  Characters are intriguing.  Oh, and did I mention Mandy Patinkin as Claire’s boss?  (Yentl!) Seriously good show.  They are running a marathon tonight of the first few episodes starting at 9pm so you can catch up (if you are reading my blog and have Showtime!)

Prime Suspect – still love it.  Glued to the TV for the whole thing.  Love Maria Bello.  Love watching her interact with the suspects, her squad, and just bopping around in that hat.  She’s awesome and tough.

The rest of the new ones I can kind of take or leave…

  • Person of Interest – not feeling a bond with the crime stopping main characters
  • Up All Night – still feels forced to me.  Not a fan
  • Terra Nova – lost interest
  • Whitney – got less funny and more typical sit-commy but I will keep it on the rotation
  • New Girl – my fav of the ones I can take or leave, if that means anything.  It makes me laugh

I am mildly looking forward to the premiere of  Once Upon a Time tomorrow night.  I don’t have high hopes that it will be quality TV but it might be cute!  I may also check out Grimm (the other fairy tale one that is darker and on Fox ) but I have a feeling it will be a dud, so I should skip it.

I Heart Fall TV!!!

The Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview is here.  I am less obsessive about the Fall TV season than I used to be (I am a recovering TVaholic after all) but I still love it.

I have perused EW and reflected on promos I have been seeing all summer and here are the shows I am most interested in seeing, separated into two categories (** are also EW’s best new shows picks)

1. Shows that I am the most excited to check out that have the best chance of being added to the line up permanently (which will of course be a problem because the line up is full)

  • American Horror Story** – Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights!) and Dylan McDermott (hot!) have a troubled marriage and live in a haunted house with their cranky teenager.  “The jolts and musty room surprises in the pilot never stop and the rapid fire editing is a dizzyind wonder to behold”.  I will love this. (Wed 10/5 – FX 10pm)
  • Terra Nova – its 2149, the world has gone to pot due to global warming, and some brave peeps set out to time travel back to prehistoric earth where resources are abundant.  There will be special effects and dinosaurs. I am quite curious. (Mon 9/26 – Fox 8pm)
  • Homeland** – in this “twisty” Showtime drama, Claire Daines (who I love, as you know)  thinks a US POW returning from Iraq might be a traitor.   She may also be mentally unstable and is supposedly neurotically-obsessive.  Can’t be missed. (Sun 10/2 – Sho 10pm)
  • The Secret Circle – from the creators of the Vampire Diaries and starring the adorable teenage daughter from Life Unexpected, a young orphan finds herself in a town full of cleverly snarky witches.  This is the type of age inappropriate, ridiculous stuff I constantly get sucked in to. (Thu 9/15 – CW 9pm )
  • Person of Interest** – JJ Abrams’ latest staring Lost’s Benjamin Linus and Jesus from Passion of the Christ.  Future NYC is wired with security cameras so you can see when a crime is going to happen, before it happens, and the duo mentioned above chase them down.  EW describes it as a “thinking viewer’s action show.”  Might not be my favorite genre, and JJ let me down last year, but he will always get another chance with me. (Thu 9/22 – CBS 9pm)
  • Once Upon a Time – one of two fairy-tale themed shows this season which is kind of cool.  A group of fairy tale characters are trapped in a Maine town (love Maine) are cursed in to forgetting their identities.  This one claims to have a Lost story telling method where the audience gets pieces of the puzzle and has to put them together. Hmmm… (Sun 10/23 – ABC 8pm)
  • Up All Night** – Christina Applegate and Will Arnett are first time parents in this sitcom with “fizzy topical jokes”.  I think this one might fare better than that horrible one Will Arnett was in last year.  I am very particular about my sitcoms, but if it makes me laugh, I may stick with it. (Wed 9/14 – NBC 8pm)

2. Shows that I am less excited about, but will maybe check out if I let myself go over 10 hours/week:

  • A Gifted ManA rich, handsome neurosurgeon starts to see visions of his dead ex-wife which forces him to pursue questions about healing, faith and why things happen to people.  Could this be the next “Saving Grace” or “Touched by an Angel”? (Fri 9/23 – CBS 8pm)
  • The X FactorSimon Cowell’s new show.  How it is different than Idol?  It has solo acts AND groups, with no upper age limit, and judges that are also coaches (like The Voice that I did not watch).  Since everyone on the planet will watch, I have to check it out, but less interested than I used to be and it is quite time consuming. (Wed 9/21 – Fox 8pm)
  • Ringer – Sarah Michele Gellar (Buffy!) is back and plays one twin pretending to be the other twin, who she thinks has been murdered, to try to find out who did it.  I am not making it sound very good, am I?  it’s Buffy..(Tues 9/13 – CW 9pm)
  • Revenge – the cute patootie Rebecca (Emily VanCamp) from Brothers & Sisters (and Everwood which I adored) plays a bad girl in the Hamptons trying to find out who wronged her father.  Lots of advertising for this one.  Will probably be horrible… (wed 9/21 – ABC 10pm)

Once again, I am in big trouble with my 10 hours/week rule.  We will see how it goes.

(FYI – I have also added the dates my favorites return on the TV list and visit this link to see a full calendar of what returns when on the TV Guide website.)