Reviewing The New Shows

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Now that I’ve spent all last week basically doing nothing but watching shows I think its time to throw out some grades. These are all based on my opinion and you have to know that I am a TV and Movie snob. I have to say that I was very excited about a few of the shows that ended up being very disappointing, while others turned out as interesting surprises. Best thing about this “mission” is that with the new TV I was downloading everything in HD. It was glorious! Let’s break it down shall we.

The Must See:

In this past week I watched 15 new show pilots and there were only two that deserve being in this category. By far the best new show this year is the excellent Boardwalk Empire directed by Martin Scorsese. You could tell he directed it from the set detail, to the camera shots. The music was just right, and the blood was flowing. The cast in this show is top-notch and the first episode introduced them well enough to get me completely hooked. Plus showing how the New York/Chicago conflict starts from the first episodes sets up the rest of the season perfectly. Basically if you had to pick one new show to follow don’t hesitate to pick this one.

The only other show that was worth following is the new show by Greg Garcia, Raising Hope. Garcia is the creator of My Name is Earl and you could tell that by watching this show. It’s really funny from the get go and it keeps you laughing through out. Cast is mostly no name, but they put in a great first episode. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

One More Episode Just to Make Sure:

These next four shows need another episode or two to properly judge if they have potential. They aren’t wow, but they aren’t stinkers either. I will definitely give Running Wilde a shot just because it’s a descendant of Arrested Development and the characters are insane. Will Arnet and his Arab neighbor are hilarious together, however Keri Russel isn’t funny. She doesn’t fit in my opinion.

My Generation was a good experience in that it really brought back the year 2000 vividly. A show about a group of friends 10 years after high school graduation and how their life is shaping up. I liked the cast and the documentary style directing. Recommended.

Another documentary style show that surprised me is Detroit 1-8-7. It was the lowest on the radar when it came to all the new Cop/Detective shows I had listed to watch. Micheal Imperioli carries the show, and the rest of the cast plays well of off him. They give you just enough of his background to let you know why he is the way he is to keep you interested.

Finally in this section Terriers is maybe worth giving a shot. The problem with this show is that it doesn’t know if it’s a comedy or not. It stars Donal Logue so it should capitalize on his sense of humor, but it kept trying being serious at the same time. I want this show to be good for some reason and so I will give it another few episodes, if it lasts that long.

Don’t Bother:

Here I will go quick fire review for the remaining shows:

  • The Event: Cast terrible. Acting Horrible. Surprise at end intriguing but not enough to keep watching. Disappointing!
  • Undercovers: Cheesy! Painful.
  • Hawaii Five-0: I really wanted this to at least be fun.No chemistry between the leading men. Main character (Alex O’Loughlin) is stiff as a rock and has zero charisma.
  • Chase: Couldn’t get past 10 minutes. We actually were laughing when we weren’t supposed to.
  • Hellcats: Oh so bad. Alyson Michalka is taking herself way too seriously in this role. It really was awful.
  • No ordinary Family: The got the formula so wrong. It should have been a comedy, but they went serious and ended up being lame.
  • Blue Bloods: It could be good, but at its best it’s another CSI/Law and Order in terms of quality. Not better.

Well I hope this saves you all a lot of time and effort. Enjoy!

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Fall TV Viewing Guide

So tonight is the official start to the Fall TV schedule and I’m getting very excited. On top of the return of our favorite shows (Dexter, Modern Family, HIMYM, and many more); this year brings with it a crazy amount of newcomers. A lot of these shows seem intriguing enough for at least a two episode trial period. After doing my research here is a rundown of the shows I will be checking out and giving a try.

I will be updating this list next week to see which ones will stick and what shows will not be touched again. Oh and if you haven’t been watching Mad Men this year you have seriously been missing out!  The writing on it is outstanding and it has seriously set the bar really high for everything else I watch nowadays.

The show I’m most anticipating is Martin ScorseseBoardwalk Empire. It’s a show about prohibition-era Atlantic City and has one of the main writers and director of The Sporanos, Terrance Winter, is heavily involved. Its starts Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson who was Atlantic City’s main gangster of the time trying to navigate the waters of an America that had tried to go dry. Lots of the era’s bad boys will be represented in this series from Lucky Luciano, to an up and coming Al Capone. But I have to say a big reason I’m intrigued is because one of my favorite characters (Omar) from The Wire will be in the series. This looks like the pick of the lot for sure.

There are a lot of other shows that I’ll be checking out so I’m going to list them in no particular order and give a one sentence description of each.

  • UndercoversJJ Abrams gives us Losties something new
  • The Event – Aliens kept secret from the president till a bunch of crazy shit happens
  • ChaseBruckheimer production about US Marshals. Expect explosions!!
  • Hawaii Five-0 – I mean it’s Hawaii Five-0, how can I not?
  • No Ordinary Family – Think Incredibles live action
  • Raising Hope – From the guy who brought you My Name is Earl
  • Running Wilde – From the guy who brought you Arrested development, and Staring Will Arnett
  • Hellcats – Think Glee
  • The Whole Truth – More Bruckheimer, so explosive court cases?
  • Terriers – ex-cop who partners with his best friend to launch a P.I. business
  • Detroit 1-8-7 – Michael Imperioli stars in a detective show shot like a documentary
  • Blue Bloods – It stars Tom Selleck, that’s all we need to know really, but also has a Sopranos writer too
  • Nikita – Maggie Q might be the only reason I watch
  • My Generation – Show that flashes between a group of late 20 year olds and their senior year of high school

I think that’s a good start for the fall, no counting the existing shows we are watching. Gonna be busy.

Must See TV

Now that Mad Men season three is over I must bow down to that show. What a spectacular work of art this season was. They tied it up so nicely to end the season and give us so much to look forward to. God bless you Mr. Weiner. Everything about the show is so well thought out and planned. The writing and directing always impeccable.

Now that it’s over I’m going to need to find myself other things to watch. Here is a quick run down of whats out there that I do recommend.

Bored to Death is a very funny show. It has a very well assembled cast that fit perfectly with the writing of the show. It is based in Brooklyn which has a special place in my heart since my bebe lives there. The season is over as well so it’ll give you guys a chance to watch it in one go 😉
Obviously 30 Rock needs no introduction from me. Tina Fey is a genius who somehow has written an even funnier season than the last three. It is the only show that I really laugh out loud every time I watch it.
Our lovable serial killer Dexter is back. He is still going strong and is very unpredictable, however the writers do not know how to write romance! Plus we really don’t need these side love stories. I was slightly getting annoyed with the show till last weeks episode when the surprised us yet again. So they have my full attention.
I dunno about Californication this year. The main guy is even more obnoxious than ever. I’ve only seen the first two episodes. I’ll watch them all later when the season completes. Doubt I’m missing much.
I started V , the remake of the 80’s classic, and I’m not ready to recommend it yet. We’ll see in a few weeks.
Finally, I just saw the pilot of The Prisoner. I am Interested for sure. Still gauging how interested though. Has potential.

Well thats it from me.

Update: I forgot to mention Modern Family. Hilarious!

Rambles

Hey all I thought I needed to write something just so I could get back into the habit of writing. I’ve been neglecting my poor blog lately, for no apparent reason might I add, so I’ve decided to force myself to write today.

  • I’ve changed the look and feel of the blog. I just found this new layout and decided to go with it. Though I don’t like the fact that I can only put my widgets on the top (which as you can see ends up cutting them off prematurely). If anyone knows how to properly use html and wants to hook me up with a solution please contact me. Oh, and let me know if you like this format or the old one.
  • There are a couple of seminar’s coming up to discuss the way in which Kuwait is losing all its freedoms, and its progression to the extreme right. Tonight‘s seminar is titled  Censorship Protects Ignorance. Tomorrow’s will be talking about the new Fatwa from the Awqaf Ministry on the Veil (head scarf) and what the Parliamentary committee deems appropriate behavior for our nation. Like I’ve said many times before we are the only democracy that reduces freedoms instead of increasing them!
  • In my gang there has been a big debate lately about how to move forward in the very important issue of FIFA 10 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2010. It’s a tough question since both games have their positive and their negatives. Game play, graphics, league set up and many more is being discussed. Now normally you would say let each person pick what ever game they like. However, when you need to play against each other there needs to be consensus for such issue. I’m still not sure which way to go as I havent played either yet. So stay tuned for the important update regarding this pressing issue.
  • There is a new show on HBO that is a lot of fun to watch: Bored to Death. It is very funny. I think we can all relate to wanting something exciting in our mundane lives.
  • Mad Men is amazing!

Well thanks for tuning in. Hope you enjoyed my ramblings today.