September 17, 2012
OK guys, it’s mid-September and that means it is time for the new television season. I watch a lot of TV so the new season is like a buffet for me. I always try a whole bunch of shows with the hopes that a few of them will be worth watching the full season. This year, there are a few I’m really excited about, a few that are on the bubble and some that I have no interest in seeing. Here’s my rundown of the new shows this season.Monday
What I want to watch: NBC’s “Revolution” — I’m pretty excited about this one. It’s from J.J. Abrams and the pilot is directed by Jon Favreau. It’s about what happens to civilization when electricity is suddenly taken away. Also some of the pilot was filmed on the new Sugarloaf Parkway extension.
What I might watch: Fox’s “The Mob Doctor” — Jordana Spiro stars as doctor who owes a debt to the Chicago mob and they collect by having her provide medical care for them. I really like Jordana Spiro from “My Boys,” but I already have two cop shows I watch on Monday with “Bones” and “Castle.”
What I’ll skip: CBS’s “Partners” — From the people who brought us “Will & Grace,” this show is about a straight guy and a gay guy who are roommates. I’m sure it will be funny but the best thing about “Will & Grace” was Karen and Jack and I just don’t think Brandon Routh and Sophia Bush who play the significant others are up to that challenge.Tuesday Tuesday is packed with new shows and old shows I watch. I’m going to get my money’s worth out of my DVR on Tuesdays.
What I want to watch: Fox’s “Ben and Kate” — I watched this one on Hulu a few weeks ago and LOVED it. A quirky older brother moves in with his responsible single-mom sister. The characters are great and it is really funny. It’s my pick for best new show of the season.
Fox’s “The Mindy Project” — I watched this one on Hulu, too. I liked it, I didn’t love it. Mindy Kaling stars as Mindy, a young, single OB-GYN looking for love. The Mindy character can be a bit grating and the guys a bit one-note, but there are enough funny scenes to keep me coming back. It has the potential to be really good.
NBC’s “Go On” — This stars Matthew Perry who goes to grief group therapy after losing his wife. I’ve seen the first two episodes and it has potential. But I love Matthew Perry and have watched everything he has been in since “Friends” and I’ll watch this, too. It hasn’t quite found a strong funny voice yet, but I like a lot of the characters so I’ll stick with it.
What I might watch: CBS’s “Vegas” — Dennis Quaid stars as the reluctant sheriff of 1960s Las Vegas overrun with mobsters. Michael Chiklis plays the main mobster. I’m a big fan of Quaid and the glitz and glamour of old Vegas. This one might be a record and watch a whole bunch later show.
NBC’s “The New Normal” — I don’t know. I’ve watched an episode and thought it was just OK. It is about a gay couple who use a surrogate to have a child. The surrogate is a down-on-her-luck Goldie who wants to start a new life with her 8-year-old daughter. Ellen Barkin plays Goldie’s mom and while super politically incorrect, she is the funniest character and the only one I really liked. Maybe I’ll check this one out later on once they have figured out what to do with the other characters.
What I’ll skip: The CW’s “Emily Owens, M.D.” — Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer plays a young intern at a Denver hospital. I don’t think I can take on another hospital show after “Grey’s Anatomy.”Wednesday
What I want to watch: ABC’s “Nashville” — I’m really looking forward to this one. Connie Britton plays an aging country singer forced to go on tour with a young starlet played by Hayden Panettiere. Connie Britton can do no wrong and T Bone Burnett of “O Brother, Where Art Thou” and “Crazy Heart” fame is the executive music producer for the show so you know the music is going to be good.
What I might watch: CW’s “Arrow” — I’m a sucker for superheroes and this one is about modern day Green Arrow. Billionaire Oliver Queen is shipwrecked on an island for five years then returns to his city with fancy archery skills to rid the city of bad guys. I see this as a guilty pleasure.
NBC’s “Animal Practice” — I love animals, Justin Kirk and Tyler Labine but I am still mad at NBC for force-feeding me this show about a vet hospital during the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Sure it wasn’t great but it had potential. Maybe if I get over being mad. Maybe.
What I’ll skip: NBC’s “Chicago Fire” — This one is from “Law & Order’s” Dick Wolfe. It’s about firemen and women in Chicago. I watch a few procedural dramas but I’ll have to see how the reviews are for this one before I try it out.
NBC’s “Guys with Kids” — I watched this one this week and it wasn’t good. The characters are terrible and it isn’t funny.
ABC’s “The Neighbors” — I just can’t get on board with the concept. A family moves to a New Jersey subdivision where all the neighbors turn out to be aliens. No, just no.Thursday
What I’ll watch: ABC’s “Last Resort” — Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman star in this one about a Navy sub that goes rogue after questioning an order to fire its nukes. It’s from Shawn Ryan of “The Shield” and “Terriers” fame, so I think this one might be pretty good.
What I might watch: CBS’s “Elementary” — I love the BBC’s “Sherlock” so much, I don’t know if this take on a modern day Sherlock Holmes with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Watson can live up to the greatness I expect from my Sherlock.
What I’ll skip: CW’s “Beauty and the Beast” — The beast doesn’t look “beastly.” Oh, he has a scar? Come on. And I just don’t think they’ll do better than Disney or Linda Hamilton and Ron Pearlman.
What I’ll skip: CBS’s “Made in Jersey” — This one is about a Jersey girl who works for a New York law firm but keeps her sassy heritage. Yeah, I try to skip most things that come out of New Jersey since Tony Soprano got whacked.Sunday
What I’ll watch: ABC’s “666 Park Avenue” — “Ugly Betty’s” Vanessa Williams and “Lost’s” Terry O’Quinn manage a New York apartment building where some spooky stuff goes on. You had me at Terry O’Quinn.