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.

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Thoughts on Fall TV So Far

I watched a voluminous amount of television this week.  I had a last minute emergency business trip to cover for a sick employee, so I was in a hotel with no TiVo and working long hours to do both of our jobs.  Some of those hours were in front of the TV where I “half watched” quite a few shows that I was not even planning to check out!  The bad news, is that I liked a few of them..

Here is a summary of what I checked out and my thoughts (in order of best to worst):

Up All Night –  Funny.  Will Arnett and Christina Applegate have a baby.  She goes back to work, he stays home.  Mostly very funny.  Something about it is a tiny bit off.  Not crazy about the boss lady (Maya Rudolph) and Christina is not quite as funny as Will Arnett so seems a tiny bit awkward, but it is just getting started and they when they settle in more and build chemistry this should all evaporate (and I might be making it up in my head). Definitely worth watching.

Whitneyrandomly turned on this sitcom about a couple who have been together for a few years but she does not want to get married and they have some friends.  Smart, dry humor.  Right up my alley.  A sitcom, so some dumb stuff, of course, but  I think I laughed out loud at one point.  I think I am adding this one to the list.

New Girl –   This is the new Zooey Daschanel sitcom where she is this wacky girl who moves in with three guys.  I have to watch it again (and pay full attention) to get the full drift of this, but the dynamic was unique.  Three buddies living together and this chick moves in that they don’t all want to sleep with but they feel for her and take care of her.  I was only half watching but there was something about it that seemed sweet.  Probably because at the end they all show up at this restaurant to support her on her first date post break up instead of going to this cool party and sing to her from Dirty Dancing (which she has been watching non stop post break up).  It was also kind of funny I think…I am going to check it out again.

The Playboy Clubthis shockingly sucked me in.  Eddie Cibrain is easy on the eyes, and it is interesting getting a view in to this weird bunny world.  I have no idea if it is at all true to life but its not horrible TV.  Not top of my list, but it might get another look.

Two Broke Girls – EW rated this sitcom one of the top 5 new shows but I had dismissed it. Dejected rich girl rooms with broke girl and they waitress together.  Sounded stupid.  It wasn’t bad.  I liked the other ones better though so I am wondering why this got top pick… Does that mean I have to watch it again?

Unforgettable  – Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) literally can’t forget anything. This detail remembering makes her awesome at solving crimes.  It is an interesting premise and they show these flashbacks of her remembering things where she is there and not there…if you love procedural (and or Poppy Montgomery) you might like it.   (Dad)

Secret CircleI was happy to learn this week that I can’t watch ANOTHER show about a bunch of teenagers.  The Vampire Diaries, Secret Life of the American Teenager is enough for me.  If I were a teenager (or maybe still in my 30s, I might watch)

Revenge – woman returns to the Hamptons to avenge the wrongs done to her and her father when she was a young child.  Miraculously, no one recognizes her.  Pretty bad premise and not super well done.  Madeline Stowe looks very strange.  She must have done something to her face.  I don’t think this is worth my time.

The X Factor – What I saw was annoying.  I am pretty much not interested.  How many of these shows can there be?  I might pop in on it now and again, but this will not  be a regular thing.

That’s it so far on new shows. I have some on my TiVo to catch up on this evening but first, I have to get my self out for a run.

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.)