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Sunday, October 7, 2007

FALL TV REVIEWS: Cane, Pushing Daisies,, Carpoolers

FALL TV REVIEW: CANE
Hottest. Cast. On. Television.
Now I just wish the show itself would get a little more exciting. It plays like an updated DALLAS (which also had a slow start and didnt become a runaway hit until someone up and shot JR; and DYNASTY didnt take off until Alexis made her first courtroom appearance in season 2). So I am optimistic that CANE will eventually get just as soaped up as it's earlier influences. CANE is certainly refreshing in it's portrayal of a successful Cuban family and their exploits in the sugar/rum business in South Florida. Just about any male lead in the cast is do-able. HELL, that goes for the females, too. YUMMY!
B-
MY PREDICTION: Again, the show starts slow, which may hurt repeat business for Episode 2. I am not sure Number 1 CBS will show much patience for any new show that doesnt hit ratings gold, especially with most of their crime procedurals delivering lower ratings that normal this season. CANE will need to show some stability in the weeks to come. If it continues to lose audiences each week, it will be gone by 2008.
NEW FALL SHOWS REMAINING FOR ME TO REVIEW: LIFE IS WILD (The CW), SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC), WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB (ABC) and VIVA LAUGHLIN (CBS).


FALL TV REVIEW: PUSHING DAISIES
Ahhh..BLISS! PUSHING DAISIES was the show I was most looking forward to seeing all summer long. And after seeing the pilot, it is my favorite new show of the fall. In fact, PUSHING DAISIES might just possibly be my favorite show on network television (including all the returning shows, too). The series is blissfully romantic, funny, charming...a fairy tale of a show. Nothing quite like it has ever aired, and I hope DAISIES is the future - bold and daring, yet enjoyable and highly entertaining. I am sure you have all heard the premise by now, so I won't bore you. Instead, I just urge you to watch PUSHING DAISIES and breathe in the freshest new show on TV.
A+++
MY PREDICTION: Considering creator Bryan Fuller's last quirky TV Masterpieces (DEAD LIKE ME and WONDERFALLS: two of my all-time favorite shows) barely found an audience until after cancellation (whereupon they are both cult faves), PUSHING DAISIES has the chance to become one of those 'Brilliant But Cancelled' sad-stories. But I imagine that if people tune into this Big-Buzzed Show, they will come back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths..and hopefully, eventually, at least four years of syndicated-bound treasures).
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FALL TV REVIEW: Carpoolers
Compared to CAVEMEN, CARPOOLERS is hilarious. But then again, I didnt laugh once during CAVEMEN. And on it's own, CARPOOLERS is just barely interesting. What killed the show for me was the looped footage of the car in the carpooler lane - i counted during one scene and the same yellow-front semi appeared SIX times. Ugh.
C-
MY PREDICTION: CARPOOLERS is weak on its own, but made even weaker by CAVEMEN. ABC has a number of great mid-season shows on tap, and I predict SAMANTHA WHO? and MISS/GUIDED will eventually occupy this time slot (bye bye CAVEMEN and CARPOOLERS) once DANCING WITH THE STARS winds down.

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