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Saturday, December 25, 2010

TOP 75 SHOWS, December 2010

TOP 75 TV SHOWS 2010-2011 TV SEASON #2 DECEMBER 2010
1. True Blood (HBO)……LAST TIME WAS #1 (NO CHANGE)
2. Community (NBC)…………………WAS #8 (UP 6 SPOTS)
3. Glee (FOX)…………………………WAS #2 (DOWN 1)
4. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)……..#3 (Down 1)
5. The Middle (ABC)…………………#4 (Down 1)
6. Desperate Housewives (ABC)…..#5 (Down 1)
7. Chuck (NBC)………………………#6 (Down 1)
8. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)…..#7 (Down 1)
9. Modern Family (ABC)…………….#10 (UP 1)
10. Futurama (COMEDY)…………...#15 (UP 5)
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11. The Walking Dead (AMC)NEW SHOW…NEW TO CHART
12. Supernatural (CW)……………….#9 (Down 4)
13. Eureka (SYFY)……………………#18 (Up 5)
14. Rules of Engagement (CBS)……#33 (Up 19) BIG JUMPER!
15. The Office (NBC)……………….#17 (Up 2)
16. Warren The Ape (MTV)……….#14 (Down 2)
17. Better With You (ABC)NEW SHOW…..NEW TO CHART
18. Project Runway (LIFETIME)….#16 (DOWN 2)
19. Survivor (CBS)…………………………NEW TO CHART
20. Cougar Town (ABC)……………#13 (DOWN 7)
21. Smallville (CW)………………….#19 (DOWN 2)
22. Outsourced (NBC)NEW SHOW……NEW TO CHART
23. Two and a Half Men (CBS)…….#23 (NO CHANGE)
24. Raising Hope (FOX)NEW SHOW…..NEW TO CHART
25. Scoundrels (ABC)……………….#30 (UP 5)
26. Persons Unknown (NBC)………#24 (DOWN 2)
27. Saturday Night Live (NBC)…….#20 (DOWN 7)
28. Warehouse 13 (SYFY)…………#28 (NO CHANGE)
29. BLEEP My Dad Says (CBS)NEW SHOW…NEW TO CHART
30. Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)……#21 (DOWN 9)
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31. Parenthood (NBC)………………#22 (DOWN 9)
32. 30 Rock (NBC)………………….#11 (DOWN 19) BIG DROPPER
33. Hot in Cleveland (TVLAND)…...#27 (DOWN 5)
34. Merlin (SYFY)…………………..#31 (DOWN 3)
35. Stargate Universe (SYFY)……#12 (DOWN 23) BIG DROPPER
36. V (ABC)…………………………#26 (DOWN 10) BIG DROPPER
37. Parks & Recreation (NBC)…….#25 (DOWN 12) BIG DROPPER
38. No Ordinary Family (ABC)NEW SHOW….NEW TO CHART
39. America's Got Talent (NBC)……#29 (DOWN 10) BIG DROPPER
40. South Park (COMEDY)…………#35 (DOWN 5)
41. American Idol (FOX)……………..#38 (DOWN 3)
42. Haven (SYFY)……………………#32 (DOWN 10 BIG DROPPER
43. Human Target (FOX)……………….NEW TO CHART
44. Friday Night Lights (NBC)………..#34 (DOWN 10) BIG DROPPER
45. 100 Questions (NBC)……………..#42 (DOWN 3)
46. 90210 (CW)…………………………..NEW TO CHART
47. Venture Bros. (CARTOON)………..NEW TO CHART
48. Ugly Americans (COMEDY)……….#37 (DOWN 11) BIG DROPPER
49. RuPaul's Drag Race (LOGO)……..#36 (DOWN 13) BIG DROPPER
50. Children's Hospital (CARTOON)……NEW TO CHART
51. Mike & Molly (CBS)NEW SHOW…..NEW TO CHART
52. Sanctuary (SYFY)……………………NEW TO CHART
53. Tosh.0 (COMEDY)…………………..#43 (DOWN 10) BIG DROPPER
54. Work of Art (BRAVO)……………….#40 (DOWN 14) BIG DROPPER
55. Fashion Show (BRAVO)……………NEW TO CHART
56. RuPaul Untucked (LOGO)…………#49 (DOWN 7)
57. Last Comic Standing (NBC)……….#44 (DOWN 13) BIG DROPPER
58. Family Guy (FOX)………………….#46 (DOWN 12) BIG DROPPER
59. The Simpsons (FOX)……………..#48 (DOWN 11) BIG DROPPER
60. Blue Mountain State (SPIKE)……….NEW TO CHART
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61. Scream Queens (VH1)……………#45 (DOWN 16) BIG DROPPER
62. The Marriage Ref (NBC)…………#41 (DOWN 21) BIG DROPPER
63. What Would You Do?(ABC)……#51 (DOWN 12) BIG DROPPER
64. Funny or Die Presents (HBO) ….#54 (DOWN 10) BIG DROPPER
65. Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)…….#53 (DOWN 12) BIG DROPPER
66. The Soup (COMEDY)………………………NEW TO CHART
67. Chelsea Lately (E)………………………….NEW TO CHART
68. American Dad (FOX)………………………..#47 (DOWN 21) BIG DROPPER
69 .The Event (NBC)NEW SHOW…………………..NEW TO CHART
70. Blue Bloods (CBS)NEW SHOW………………..NEW TO CHART
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71. Caprica (SYFY)…………………………………..#39 (DOWN 32) HUGE DROPPER
72. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (BRAVO)NEW….NEW TO CHART
73: The Cleveland Show (FOX)………………………#52 (DOWN 21) BIG DROPPER
74.: Nikita (CW)NEW SHOW……………………………..NEW TO CHART
75:Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC)NEW SHOW……..NEW TO CHART

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76. NO: Nick Swardson's Pretend Time (COMEDY)
77. NO: Big Gay Sketch Show (LOGO)
78. NO: Mad (CARTOON)

Fall TV Review: Million Dollar Money Drop

This new CBS primetime game show is just another in a tired genre that, iniitially is exciting, but after a single episode proves so meaningless and a waste of time. In this particular game show, contestants must answer increasingly difficult questions that sees 1 million dollars eventually drop to the floor. It's noted for the infamous Post-It wrong answer in the pilot. C-

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

TOP TEN favorite shows of 2010

TOP FIVE NEW SHOWS 2010

Summer 2010 was the best summer of TV ever, for me. A few new network shows stood out as favorites, along with returning reality shows that kept me glued week to week. Plus, cable once again dominated. The results were an outstanding summertime that actually outdid a crappy fall 2010, insofar as new programming went. Here is a list of my TOP FIVE NEW SHOWS of the year, in which to qualify a show had to premiere anytime between January 1 through December 31 of 2010.

1. THE WALKING DEAD (AMC): This surprise hit came out of left field on Halloween night and soon became the biggest show ever on cable. At only 6 episodes, the first season was way too short. But a 13-ep second season should make up for all of that. Let’s hope there isn’t a sophomore slump, because I know of some zombie’s who will be pretty pissed. Or hungry.

2. Warren The Ape (MTV): One of my all-time favorite ‘Brilliant But Cancelled’ shows was the one-season Fox comedy GREG THE BUNNY. So when MTV aired WARREN THE APE I was at once happy (YAY, Warren lives) and sad (BOO, Greg is a guest star). But after a few eps, this Warren in rehab skewing with Drew Pinsky became one of my shining summer highlights in an awesome summer of new and original programming. I just hope Warren isn’t a one-season wonder, too.

3. Scoundrels (ABC): This barely-seen summer 2010 dramedy could have easily been left off my top ten list and no one would have cared. But I care, because this Virginia Madsen-starrer was one of the freshest shows of the year and deserved a better shot rather being burned off in the summer by ABC. Still, kudos for the network for trying out other new dramas ROOKIE BLUE and THE GATES, both of which sucked (no pun in the case of vampirific GATES).

4. Persons Unknown (NBC): This was an addictive, novel show that had viewers guessing until the end all summer long (too bad there wasn’t the big pay-off promised by NBC in the early promos of the show). I wish PERSONS UNKNOWN had succeeded, for it filled my vacant LOST more than any recent show has, including FLASH FORWARD and THE EVENT.

5. Better With You (ABC): The new comedy on ABC started out a bit stale but has grown increasingly funny in recent weeks, and just barely edges out the fox comedy RAISING HOPE as my favorite new situation comedy of the year. It also doesn’t hurt that REBA fave Joanna Garcia and THAT 70S SHOW fave Debra Jo Rupp co-star.

TOP TEN SHOWS 2010

1. True Blood (HBO): Three seasons in, TRUE BLOOD is still addictive fun, though no longer the water cooler show that it was back the summer it premiered, which was also the last time we saw ample skin from Ryan Kwanten, aka Jason Stackhouse. Even though season 3 was an improvement over a weak season 2, the show seems to be spiraling a bit out of control with too many characters and too many creatures. I think TRUE BLOOD worked best when it was humans vs. vampires, rather than fairies and werewolves and werecats, etc. Still, I love me some TRUE BLOOD, and its still my favorite show (though just barely).


2. Community (NBC): WOW! Ever since last year’s classic paintball episode, COMMUNITY has upped the meta game. No two episodes are alike, and you just never know what to expect…and damn is this show ever funny. The ensemble has gelled, and recent claymation Christmas and a Halloween-zombie-themed episode have further cemented COMMUNITY for me. It was just snubbed for a Golden Globe, but lets hope Emmy shows it some love. And viewers, too.

3. Glee (FOX): GLEE has been on such a creative roll lately, and just about every episode is a smash. My only complaint is that the show may soon prove to be too repetitive of the same thing, which is why when a new character joins the show and sings his heart out (mmmm, that would be the blonde football stud and the new gay Warbler who made history with TEENAGE DREAM). As long as GLEE stays fresh, it will succeed.

4. The Big Bang Theory (CBS): What started out as a geeky Three’s Company (the two nerds Leonard and Sheldon and their nextdoor neighbor Penny) has now evolved into a geeky FRIENDS (thanks to Howard and Raj and Amy Farrah Fowler and Howard’s new girlfriend). A great and FUNNY comedy.

5. The Middle (ABC): If you haven’t checked out ABCs most under-rated series of the last two years, now is the time. THE MIDDLE has a great cast of flawed characters, and is consistently funny. And even though the parents are the stars, it’s the 3 wacky kids who steal the show.

6. Futurama (COMEDY CENTRAL): Its ashame that FUTURAMA never took off the way Matt Groening’s SIMPSONS did, because FUTURAMA is a helluva lot of fun, and the only animated show to ever make my TOP TEN LIST. After being canned by FOX after5 seasons, FUTURAMA was resurrected via a popular DVD push. That success led to a 6th season on COMEDY CENTRAL, YAY!

7. The Walking Dead (AMC): SEE TOP FIVE NEW SHOWS ABOVE.

8. Warren the Ape (MTV): SEE TOP FIVE NEW SHOWS ABOVE
9. Project Runway (LIFETIME): After two lackluster seasons on LIFETIME, RUNWAY got its mojo back in this third season on the female network. HOWEVER, I did not like how Michael Costello was thrown under the bus by the other designers (throughout the season) and the judges (in the 2-part finale). The result? Three finalists that I hated.

10. Scoundrels (ABC): SEE TOP FIVE NEW SHOWS ABOVE

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

OFFICIAL FALL TV ROUND-UP 2010

Here is a listing of all the new shows premiering from Sept 1, 2010 thru Dec 31, 2010, affectionately known as the fall tv season. ALL shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CW will be graded, as well as all scripted shows on the other cable networks - including, but encompassing reality shows.

1. THE EVENT (NBC) A+
2. RAISING HOPE (FOX) A
3. BLEEP MY DAD SAYS (CBS) A-
4. NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC) A-
5. BLUE BLOODS (CBS) A-
6. REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS (Bravo) A-
7. LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (NBC) A-
8. BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) A-
9. BETTER WITH YOU (ABC) B+
10. HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS) B+
HELLCATS (CW) B+
OUTSOURCED (NBC) B
WALKING DEAD (AMC) B
MAD (CARTOON NETWORK): B
LONE STAR (FOX) B
CIRCUS (PBS) B
NIKITA (CW) B-
THE DEFENDERS (CBS) B-
DETROIT 187 (ABC) B-
TERRIERS (FX) B-
NICK SWARDSON'S PRETEND TIME (COMEDY) C+
GLORY DAZE (TBS) C+
RUNNING WILDE (FOX) C+
MY GERNERATION (ABC) C
MIKE & MOLLY (CBS) C-
MILLION DOLLAR MONEY DROP (CBS) C-
UNDERCOVERS (NBC) C-
SKATING WITH THE STARS (ABC) D+
SCHOOL PRIDE (NBC) D+
CHASE (NBC) D+
THE INCREASING POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET (IFC) D
THE WHOLE TRUTH (ABC) D
OUTLAW (NBC) D-
GIGANTIC (TeenNICK) F

Fall TV Review: Skating With The Stars

More of the same, and seen it all before. SKATING makes DANCING WITH THE STARS look down-right good. Though I'm too sick of this cheesy format to even barely get excited about the antics of the 'stars' that ABC has assembled for their first (and hopefully last) stab at a skating competition. D+

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fall TV Review: Glory Daze

In TBS's new hour-long comedy GLORY DAZE, four hottie college students join a fraternity in the year 1986, and unfunny hijinks ensue. The best part about this new "comedy" is that it takes place in 1986 and has a kicking soundtrack. Other than that the jokes are stale and the storyline uninspired. Even Tim Meadows of SNL fame falls flat. Not even a cute guy's upper butt crack can save this one from the shit pile. C+

Friday, November 5, 2010

And then there were five...

Of the new fall network shows, the only ones still alive on my DVR are, in order of favoritism:

1. Raising Hope (FOX)
2. Outsourced (NBC)
3. Better With You (ABC)
4. BLEEP My Dad Says (CBS)
5. Mike & Molly (CBS)

Strange how all five of them are comedies, too. I just recenly deleted Nikita from my list, and The Event, No Ordinary Family and Blue Bloods are recent goners.

I can't think of a worse fall in recent years, other than the fall that followed the plagued Writers Strike. Right out of the gate the nets aired tired formulaic shows that were quickly canned (Outlaw, The Whole Truth), a docu-style drama that seemed wholly fake (My Generation), a promising drama about a louse with a heart (Lonestar), and a comedic thriller without much thrills or comedy (Undercovers). It also doesnt look good for The Defenders, Detroit 187 and Chase either.

Fall TV Review: Nick Swardson's Pretend Time

The next great sketch comedy show is...not on Comedy Central. Nick Swardson does a decent enough job in the pilot, but its a bit too vulgar and tasteless, and not nearly funny enough to warrant anything higher than a C+

FALL TV REVIEW: Circus

This new 6-part documentary on PBS is an interesting look into the makings of putting on the greatest show on earth, as seen through the people involved with the Big Apple Circus touring company. The first episode was especially interesting, telling the story of a guy accused of threatening the circus people with bomb threats, none of which could be proven. B

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall TV Review: The Walking Dead

Cable's dominance over Network TV, creatively speaking, continued with the premiere of AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, a zombie tale with graphic violence and a serious approach not seen on TV since...well, I can't recall a horror series about zombies ever airing. Though a tad slow at parts, the pilot did build nicely to an amazing shot of a horde of zombies convering on a mutilated horse in the dilapitated streets of Atlanta. An amazing image to a very promising series...something that just wouldnt work on network TV. And guess what? The ratings were HUGE! Well done. B

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall TV Review: Housewives of Beverly Hills

Bravo's latest HOUSEWIVES show is my first...and its a total guilty pleasure. It was fun seeing Kyle and Kim Richards (of Halloween and Escape to Witch Mountain, respectively), and also to see Camille Grammer (though sad to see Kelsey pre-split). Taylor and Lisa look fun, too. I'm hooked. A-

Fall TV Review: SCHOOL PRIDE

Now that ABC has jettisoned SECRET MILLIONAIRE and BODY OF PROOF to mid-season, SCHOOL PRIDE on NBC becomes the last of the new fall shows to air. And the result isn't very good. Even before ratings came in that the show bombed, I sampled the pilot and was immediately assualted with the stench of a fake show. Now, I DO applaud the producers' efforts to give extreme makeovers to dilapitated public schools...but when the presentation is so obviously phoney and staged (such as when one guy goes to contractors and the cameras capture the stunned looks at having to work for free..then after the commercial break the contractors agree to do the job - cue music - the end result is so obvously manufactured that it took me right out of the moment. Sorry, PRIDE. D+

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall TV Review: Todd Margaret

THE INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET isnt very good... I am finding this year not to be a very good one for Will Arnett, who annoys me yet again (following RUNNING WILDE a few weeks back). Its on IFC, and its about a guy who goes oversees and makes an idiot of himself selling a power drink that falls, er, flat. D

Fall TV Review: Gigantic

This TeenNick dramedy officially becomes the first F of the fall season. It's soooooo bad that, well, I couldnt get past the first 10 minutes without pulling out my hair and screaming at the TV. No WAY was I going to waste an entire hour of my life giving this show any more of my attention. A GIGANTIC F!

And Then There Were Nine...

Of all the new shows that premiered this fall on the Big Five, only 9 remain on my DVR.

Outsourced (NBC)
Raising Hope (FOX)
Better With You (ABC)
Blue Bloods (CBS)
No Ordinary Family (ABC)
The Event (NBC)
BLEEP My Dad Says (CBS)
Mike & Molly (CBS)
Nikita (CW)

And of those 9 I am started to grow increasingly uninterested in The Event, Mike & Molly, BLEEP My Dad Says and Nikita.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FALL TOP FIVE 2010

Here are my five favorite new fall shows:

1. THE EVENT (NBC): In a post-LOST world I couldn't have asked for a better replacement as I'm already jonesing for the planned Terry O Quinn/Michael Emerson dramedy next season on NBC. For now, my fave actor Jason Ritter is doing a bang-up job headlining this trippy mystery thriller. Two weeks in and I am hooked. NBC scores with the number one new fall show (though NBC also has my least favorite new show in OUTLAW with a D-). THE EVENT plays much better than the ill-fated FLASH FORWARD, which never did capture my attention the way THE EVENT has. A+

2. OUTSOURCED (NBC): Comedies far and away were my favorite shows of the fall, and two weeks in I give OUTSOURCED the edge over entries from ABC, CBS and FOX. Ben Rappaport and Pippa Locke are gorgeous, and the comedy of this fish out of water who lands in India improved upon the original. Its a great fit behind the other workplace comedy THE OFFICE. A

3. RAISING HOPE (FOX) Greg Garcia of MY NAME IS EARL scores again, only this show is much more likeable to me. You wouldn't think a comedy about a guy who fathers the baby to a one-night-stand who gets the electric chair in the first five minutes of the pilot would be funny. But with Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman on tap to provide the funny, this one is a riot. A

4. NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC): The uneven pilot is all I've seen so far, but it has a great set-up and central mystery to keep viewers hooked. I also love the tone: family drama, crime procedural and comedy. Hoping this one continues it's promising journey (and ratings). A-

5. BETTER WITH YOU (ABC): This comedy improved on its pilot. It stars a couple faves of mine, Joanna Garcia of REBA and Debra Jo Rupp or THAT 70S SHOW, and is about three couples at different stages of their relationship. Real potential, but isnt quite there yet. A-

RUNNER UP: $#*! MY DAD SAYS (CBS), BLUE BLOODS (CBS) and LAW & ORDER: LA (NBC)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

FALL TV ROUND-UP 2010

Here is a listing of all the new shows premiering from Sept 1, 2010 thru Dec 31, 2010, affectionately known as the fall tv season. ALL shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CW will be graded, as well as all scripted shows on the other cable networks - including, but encompassing reality shows.

1. THE EVENT (NBC) A+
2. RAISING HOPE (FOX) A
3. BLEEP MY DAD SAYS (CBS) A-
4. NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC) A-
5. BLUE BLOODS (CBS) A-
6. REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS (Bravo) A-
7. LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (NBC) A-
8. BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) A-
9. BETTER WITH YOU (ABC) B+
10. HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS) B+
HELLCATS (CW) B+
OUTSOURCED (NBC) B
WALKING DEAD (AMC) B
MAD (CARTOON NETWORK): B
LONE STAR (FOX) B
CIRCUS (PBS) B
NIKITA (CW) B-
RUNNING WILDE (FOX) B-
THE DEFENDERS (CBS) B-
DETROIT 187 (ABC) B-
TERRIERS (FX) B-
NICK SWARDSON'S PRETEND TIME (COMEDY) C+
GLORY DAZE (TBS) C+
RUNNING WILDE (FOX) C+
MY GERNERATION (ABC) C
MIKE & MOLLY (CBS) C-
UNDERCOVERS (NBC) C-
SCHOOL PRIDE (NBC) D+
CHASE (NBC) D+
THE INCREASING POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET (IFC) D
THE WHOLE TRUTH (ABC) D
OUTLAW (NBC) D-
GIGANTIC (TeenNICK) F

Fall TV Review: Blue Bloods

Probably the biggest surprise of the season for me was my enjoying of this Tom Selleck-starring family crime drama of cops and attorneys as they make their way through the trials and tribulations of New York City. Where other crime shows are all about the crime, this particular drama is more about the family and how the justice system affects them. Well done! A-

Fall TV Review: $#*! My Dad Says

I read the Justin Halpren book that this comedy is based on (but I havent read the original blog), but I must say that William Shatner does a good job of capturing the mouthy father of the title. Nicole Sullivan is also a nice add as the daughter-in-law. A-

Fall TV Review: Outsourced

This India-set NBC comedy fits pefectly with THE OFFICE as a rag-tag group of mail-order office drones charm the audience with their quirks. MAYBE a bit offensive in terms of negative stereotypes, its still an enjoyable and well-written comedy with lots of appeal. B

Fall TV Review: Better With You

A near-all-star cast make this ABC comedy better than it should be, it least from the first two episodes. With the highly enjoyable Joanna Garcia of REBA and Debra Jo Rupp of THAT 70S SHOW, BETTER has lots of potential, and I am amused, but it will take better scripts to make this one stick on the red-hot Wednesday night schedule (especially with MR SUNSHINE and PERFECT COUPLES on deck). BETTER WITH YOU is a relationship comedy told through the perspectives a new romance, an 8 year romance and a 35-year marriage. B+

Fall TV Review: Running Wilde

A misfire starring Will Arnett as an obnoxious (isnt he always?) playboy millionaire with the hots for a miscast Kerri Russell. Two eps in and I am bored to tears...this is one of the few comedy mistakes of the season, and will surely be canned before it's troubles bring down the much-better RAISING HOPE that precedes it. C+

Fall TV Review: Law & Order: Los Angeles

I have never been a fan of L&O, but the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life make this new spin-off a hugely entertaining romp through the rich and famous of the West Coast elite. I'm sure future episodes will also probe the uglier sections of LA, as they should, but I see lots of entertainment possibilities with this new Dick Wolf creation. A Must-See. A-

Fall Tv Review: The Defenders

CBS does it again, taking the environs of Las Vegas seen in CSI and tossing in some witty banter between leads Jim Belushi and Jerry O Connell. Still, THE DEFENDERS isnt my cup of tea as a whole, but the pilot was at least well-polished and interesting. Nice job, CBS. B-

Fall TV Review: No Ordinary Family

A great opening and a great closing save this show from being a near-trainwreck at times. The effects are a little bland, and the acting a big stiff, but the tone of this hybrid show that mixes superhero action with some family drama and a big dose of comedy is just the kind of show that HEROES should have been more like instead of an ugly bloody mess that it in fact became. I have high hopes that FAMILY will improve, though it still has some pacing issues to overcome. A-

Fall TV Review: The Whole Truth

This legal ABC show just smells bad from the opening scenes... Rob Morrow terribly overacts, though Maura Tierney does a nice job. But not nice enough to save this bland, by the numbers legal procedural from the graveyard. And judging by its opening week numbers, its going to get there sooner rather than later. D

Fall TV Review: Undercovers

Usually JJ Abrams can do no wrong, but this yawner of a spy series is misfire. It doesnt have the fun tone of CHUCK, the tension of COVERT AFFAIRS, the tease of NIKITA, nor the retro kitsch of HART TO HART. Instead, its a snoozer of a romantic crime thriller. But the two leads sure look yummy (especially the male lead, but then again I am biased for a hot stud). C-

Fall TV Review: My Generation

This is one of those shows that sounded good on paper, but was executed terribly. The now-canned ABC series followed a group of year 2000 high school graduates documentary-style into the present. Unfortunately, the performances sucked! EVERY scene had at least one character turning to glance at the camera, as if being followed around for 10 years wasnt old-hat by now. I didnt need the reminder, I am too intelligent for those constant looksies toward me. So, buh-bye. C

Fall TV Review: Detroit 1-8-7

Kudos to ABC for delivering a gritty cop show ala NYPD BLUE that is filmed entirely in Detroit, thus making the images of the city-on-a-comeback a character all its own. Not so sure I am a fan of Michael Imperiori in this one, but the rest of the cast really delivered quite well. I also agree that ditching the documentary tone of the pilot was a wise move (hear that MY GENERATION?) B-

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall TV review: Raising Hope

Trailer trash comedy that I actually like (sorry MY NAME IS EARL). At times HOPE can be cruel, but in the pilot every negative situation ends on a funny, endearing positive. A funny, inspired pilot with lots of growth potential and a very funny cast led by Cloris Leachman. A

Fall TV Review: Mike & Molly

Just like I expected, M&M relied totally on fat jokes in the pilot...and not very funny ones at that. I think the girl who plays Molly is really good, but the male lead doesnt impress me. As pilots go, this one set at an Overeaters Anonymous group is contrived, and the laugh track is way too noticeable. But given Chuck Lorre's track record (TWO AND A HALF MEN and BIG BANG THEORY), I'm willing to see where M&M goes in the next couple weeks to come. C-

Fall TV Review: Lonestar

Here's a drama unlike any show on network TV (which is probably why it was the first new fall show canned). I won't go into the plot because at this point, it just doesnt matter. All I WILL say is that I enjoyed it for the most part, and am totally whetted to see what TNT does with the new DALLAS remake that was just picked up to pilot. B

Fall TV Review: CHASE

YAWN! After a terribly uncomfortable opening where a father is murdered, the mother brutally wounded, and the lucky (?) little girl who saw it all after being popped through the chest with a bullet, CHASE continues the trend in TVLAND of yucky crime procedurals. Damn you, CRIMINAL MINDS! D+

Fall TV Review: Hawaii Five-O

Even though there's much to love about this CBS reboot of the '68 to '80 original, the sum of the parts don't quite live up to the hype. The best parts are the opening (as was true of the original) and Scott Caan as 'Danno' character. I think Alex O Loughlin is yummy eye candy, but he doesnt quite nail what I expected the lead to offer. I also felt Grace Parks' role was underdeveloped. But hey, it's just the pilot, right? And it also says a lot that I will be watching the second episode (something I hardly ever do for a crime procedural). OH, and the visuals are top-notch. Hawaii has never looked so beautiful (sorry, LOST). B+

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fall TV Review: THE EVENT

A for AWESOME! Not since the pilot of LOST have I been so entertained with a first episode. Great production values and an immensely appealing lead in Jason Ritter springboard this new mystery thriller. To be careful though, pilots can never be true triggers to the success or quality of a show, and it will be the next few weeks that will either seal the deal or send this one to the graveyard (ahem, FLASH FORWARD). But rich locales in Hawaii and the Antarctic (?), plus snazzy drama on planes and cruise ships, and perhaps an alien hook? - make THE EVENT a show I will be definitely be tracking. A+

Monday, September 20, 2010

FALL TV REVIEW: BOARDWALK EMPIRE

There is no doubt that Martin Scorsese's new HBO drama is a scrumptious winner that take place during Prohibition, a time period I knew little about before the pilot. The show is well-written, well-acted, well-filmed and, well, might fine! It's like a feature film. But the continuing storyline worries me because I don't know if I will want to return to this time period once a week. I think EMPIRE is one of those shows that will work best taking in 3 or 4 episodes at a time, because if one waits once a week to watch, then you are pulled out of the moment and have to re-charge to get back into it. Still, this show will surely make some noise come awards time. A-

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FAll TV Review: OUTLAWS

Snazzy production values can't save this Jimmy Smits law procedural. Terrible writing and a contrived cast help to create this NBC mess of a show. It's only the third reviewed show of the young fall season, and just may be the one to beat... for worst show of the year. D-

Monday, September 13, 2010

NETWORK TOP FIVE's 2010

ABC:
1. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: After a lack-luster sixth season, DH feels rejuiced as the seventh year on Wisteria Lane nears closer. I am super excited to see Vanessa Williams joining the cast, not to mention Brian Austin Green as some man-candy. I don't know what Sunday nights would be like without these Housewives to entertain.
2. THE MIDDLE: To me, this is the most underrated comedy on TV right now. How did it not get any Emmy love? I am almost always smiling when I see a new Middle pop up on my DVR. It's a smart and funny family sitcom that only gets gooey with sentimentality after someone's been humiated (usually middle daughter Sue).
3. MODERN FAMILY: This one grew on me as last year progressed, and I'm now fully on board to see these three distinct family units bring home the funny. But, alas, I think GLEE was robbed of the comedy Emmy.
4. COUGAR TOWN: Much like The Middle, C.Town is an underdog comedy that's just begging to become a hit, and deservedly so. After ditching the, um, cougar storylines from last year, C.Town developed into quite the ensemble. Busy Phillips as Laurie steals every scene she's in.
5. V: Of ABC's two sci-fi shows that premiered last year, it was FLASH-FORWARD that was supposed to make it to season 2, not V! Well, leapin lizards, look who's back! I am still mixed, though, on the execution so far. Its not nearly as fun as the cheesy original. So here's high hopes for Anna and her crew to reach new scales of excitement come November.

CBS:
1. THE BIG BANG THEORY: So happy to see Jim Parsons win his first Emmy as Sheldon, but where was the Emmy love for Best Comedy? Going into its fourth year, TBBT is one of the best comedies on the air, and CBS has faith in it by relocating it to Thursdays to kick off the night.
2. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: This is one of my all-time favorite shows, and for anyone who loved FRIENDS, they should check out MOTHER. Neil Patrick Harris continues to impress in the role of Barney, the womanizer. I hear that the first episode of the season is supposed to be a game changer. Hopefully it will revolve around the mother of the title.
3. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: One night I got bored last year and I checked out RULES. Then I DVRed it, and next thing I know, I'm enjoying this low-key, but funny sitcom starring the polarizing David Spade. It's not brilliant, but it's also not nearly as bad as it was when it first premiered 4 years ago.
4. TWO AND A HALF MEN: After Charlie Sheen's personal life nearly derailed this long-running sitcom, it will be interesting to see how the public accepts or rejects this snarky, though often times very funny, adult sitcom. I'm most curious to see if son Jake outgrows the top of the TV screen in the intro of the show.
5. SURVIVOR: With the above 4 sitcoms, that left very little for me to like about CBS. I hate their crime procedurals, which eats up 75% of the Eye network's real estate. So this season I am going to give SURVIVOR another shot, something I havent done since the reality show went to Africa.

FOX:
1. GLEE: If anyone asked me a year ago if GLEE would become the sensation it has, let alone survive the initial first 13 episodes, I would have lost bet after bet. No other musical drama has ever succeeded, with FAME coming the closest, and even that was a struggling show that barely made into syndication. GLEE is my favorite new show from last year (sorry MODERN FAMILY and MIDDLE)
2. AMERICAN IDOL: Aside from GLEE, I don't watch any other FOX show on a regular basis. However, last year I did follow IDOL up until Tim Urban was cast off. Sad to see Simon go, glad to see Ellen go, and don't really care either way about the Dawg or the departed Kara. Still, it will be interesting to see how the new crew of judges do their thing. But something tells me that IDOL has lost it's edge for good. Its best days are now well behind it.
3. HUMAN TARGET: Mark Valley is HOT! He alone is going to make me take a second look at this mediocre in the ratings action drama.
4. SIMPSONS: Never count out this long-running animated, dominated sitcom.
5. AMERICAN DAD: Move over FAMILY GUY and CLEVELAND BROWN. Of the three Seth MacFarlane shows, AMERICAD is my favorite.

NBC:
1. CHUCK: I am so proud of CHUCK, one of the most underrated shows on TV. It is consistently funny and exciting all at the same time: a very hard tone to achieve week to week, yet CHUCK does it in spades. Look for Linda Hamilton to now play Chuck's long-lost mom. As for the Buy More store...wahhhhh!
2. COMMUNITY: Fans of COMMUNITY need to be afraid now that BIG BANG is trying to gun it down on Thursdays. I hope NBC stands behind COMMUNITY, though. It was one of the funniest new shows to air last year.
3. PARENTHOOD: Every summer I find one show that aired the previous season and fall in love with it. This year it was all about PARENTHOOD, a warm and fuzzy, yet also dramatically satisfying one-hour pleasure. NBC needs more bright spots like PARENTHOOD on its sked to get it out of 4th place. And judging from ABCs lineup this year, I expect NBC has a good shot at taking third.
4. 30 ROCK: Remember four years ago when Aaron Sorkin's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP was the big show of the fall, and NBCs other show about a sketch-comedy series, 30 ROCK, was only expected to last a month? It's so amazing to still see 30 ROCK on the NBC line-up. I cherish every season its on, especially when I remember only thinking it would be only 13 episodes and then canceled.
5. THE OFFICE: I joined THE OFFICE last year, so it was a late love affair with the show that will boast Steve Carrell in his final year as Michael Scott. I will hate to see him go, but I am also excited to see how THE OFFICE juggles management...just like in the real world.

CW:
1. SMALLVILLE: CW doesn't have the pool of shows that the other nets do. With that said, only two qualify as shows I will watch this fall, and both are on Friday nights (and used to be together on Thursday nights). I'm going to give the edge to SMALLVILLE which, in its final season, is bringing back TONS of past characters in what should amount to a wild, nostalgic final year of the Tom Welling great.
2. SUPERNATURAL: The Winchester brothers are back, and the whole Armageddon is, thank God, finished (no pun intended). Eric Kripke is gone as the showrunner, but don't fret: his replacement promises a new mythology of vampires, werewolves and other creepy creatures.

Friday, September 10, 2010

FALL TV REVIEW: NIKITA

The CW is 2 for 2 in new shows this season as their second newbie premiered after THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on Thursday night. I had mixed feelings about this Maggie Q as a rogue agent series, but the final minutes really got me charged. I also like how the show is giving almost equal attention to Lindsey Forenca's role as Alex, a younger version of Nikita (as well as a character for the CW young female demo to identify with). Still, CHUCK is my spy show to beat, and with UNDERCOVERS and COVERT AFFAIRS on the air, I fear I will grow tired of NIKITA on a weekly basis. B-

FALL TV PREVIEW: My Anticipated TOP TEN

Here are the 10 shows I am most looking forward to seeing this fall:

1. BETTER WITH YOU (ABC) I am a HUGE Joanna Garcia (REBA) fan, and with THAT 70's SHOW's Debra RUffman (Kitty) on board as the mom, that's just icing on the cake. I also think BETTER WITH YOU has a strong shot at being successful, since it is sandwiched between the buzzy THE MIDDLE and MODERN FAMILY on Wednesday nights.

2. THE EVENT (NBC) Again, casting is what initialy drives me to THE EVENT. I love, love LOVE Jason Ritter (THE CLASS and PARENTHOOD). His father would be so proud of Jason's accomplishments, and I know that he will bring a likeability to the lead actor in THE EVENT that Joseph Fiennes failed to bring to FLASH FORWARD last year. With LOST also gone, I am jonesing for another sprawling piece of weekly entertainment. I have high hopes that THE EVENT will deliver.

3. LONE STAR (FOX) This one from FOX was pretty low on my Must-See list until I started reading from critics how GOOD it is. I miss the days of DALLAS (though TNT is working on a revamp..YAY!), and this Texas-based show could provide some really tasty moments of fun. Go Texas!

4. BLEEP MY DAD SAYS (CBS) I read the book, it was funny. But will Shatner translate well as the Dad in the title? He can be polarizing, but with a position following the hot BIG BANG on Thursday nights, BLEEP has every chance to succeed...so long as it is funny.

5. NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC) Do we really need another superhero show? I cant stomach HEROES, sorry. But this one promises to be lighter in tone. That will help.

6. HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS) I'll be watching for the theme song alone. Oh, and the eye candy provided by Alex O Laughlin.

7. RAISING HOPE (FOX) Great early reviews moved this comedy up the line. Cant wait to see what Cloris Leachman brings to the table.

8. MIKE & MOLLY (CBS) If Chuck Lorre's new comedy has a heart like his BIG BANG THEORY, then I will love MIKE and MOLLY. But if the fat jokes are snarky and mean-spirited (as seen in Lorre's TWO AND A HALF MEN), then I will tune this one out.

9. OUTSOURCED (NBC) It'a all in the tone, and so far critics havent been too impressed with OUTSOURCED. Then again, they hated PARKS & RECREATION, too, until Amy Poehler's show found its grooeve.

10. UNDERCOVERS (NBC) JJ Abrams cant go wrong (LOST, ALIAS, FELICITY). Or can he? (SIX DEGREES)

FALL TV REVIEW: HELLCATS

Rah Rah Rah! THE CW kicks the Big Network season into gear with HELLCATS, a one-hour drama that follows a feisty co-ed who has to join the cheerleading squad in order to get a scholarship and stay at fictional Lancer College. Much like GLEE did with musical numbers, HELLCATS has some terrific cheerleading productions. If anything, HELLCATS is a lot like the BRING IT ON movies, and I'm sure the storylines will reflect those themes. I mean, how could they not? As per the pilot, it was fast-paced, if not predictable. But with a show like this on THE CW, did you expect anything less? B+

Thursday, September 9, 2010

FALL TV ROUND-UP 2010

Here is a listing of all the new shows premiering from Sept 1, 2010 thru Dec 31, 2010, affectionately known as the fall tv season. ALL shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CW will be graded, as well as all scripted shows on the other cable networks - including, but encompassing reality shows.

THE EVENT (NBC) A+
RAISING HOPE (FOX) A
NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC) A-
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) A-
HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS) B+
HELLCATS (CW) B+
MAD (CARTOON NETWORK): B
LONE STAR (FOX) B
NIKITA (CW) B-
RUNNING WILDE (FOX) B-
THE DEFENDERS (CBS) B-
DETROIT 187 (ABC) B-
TERRIERS (FX) B-
MY GERNERATION (ABC) C
MIKE & MOLLY (CBS) C-
UNDERCOVERS (NBC) C-
CHASE (NBC) D+
THE WHOLE TRUTH (ABC) D
OUTLAW (NBC) D-

FALL TV REVIEW: MAD

Not to be confused with the defunct FOX late-night sketch show MAD TV, MAD is the new Cartoon Network show inspired by Robot Chicken. In just 11 minutes, the animated sketches fly fast and furious, often with hilarious results. And like MAD TV, if one sketch doesnt wow, another bit is right around the corner. I also really like the shortened length of each episode, much like CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. It makes watching shows like MAD truly HAPPY. B

FALL TV REVIEW: TERRIERS

TERRIERS is one of those quirky crime procedurals that seem to do so well in the ratings for cable during the summer months. But with this new FX series debuting in the weeks leading into the fall tv season premiere week, TERRIERS is going to need to bark up viewers quickly in order to sustain any momentum going into October. As far as pilots go, TERRIERS has two good leads in Donal Logue and the Renee character from Season 1 of TRUE BLOOD. Still, like the better GOOD GUYS on FOX, TERRIERS is the type of show that just doesnt enthrall me enough to keep watching week to week. So, I say sweet attempt and best of luck, pups! B-

Saturday, September 4, 2010

TOP 50 TV SHOWS 2010 #1: SEPTEMBER 2010

1. True Blood (HBO)
2. Glee (FOX)
3. Big Bang Theory (CBS)
4. The Middle (ABC)
5. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
6. Chuck (NBC)
7. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
8. Community (NBC)
9. Supernatural (CW)
10. Modern Family (ABC)
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11. 30 Rock (NBC)
12. Stargate Universe (SYFY)
13. Cougar Town (ABC)
14. Warren the Ape (MTV) NEW SHOW
15. Futurama (Comedy Central)
16. Project Runway (Lifetime)
17. The Office (NBC)
18. Eureka (SYFY)
19. Smallville (CW)
20. Saturday Night Live (NBC)
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21. Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
22. Parenthood (NBC)
23. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
24. Persons Unknown (NBC) NEW SHOW CANCELED
25. Parks & Recreation (NBC)
26. V (ABC)
27. Hot in Cleveland (TVLand) NEW SHOW
28. Warehouse 13 (SYFY)
29. America’s Got Talent (NBC)
30. Scoundrels (ABC) NEW SHOW CANCELED
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31. Merlin (SYFY)
32. Haven (SYFY) NEW SHOW
33. Rules of Engagement (CBS)
34. Friday Night Lights (NBC)
35. South Park (Comedy Central)
36. Rupaul’s Drag Race (LOGO)
37. Ugly Americans (Comedy Central)
38. American Idol (FOX)
39. Caprica (SYFY)
40. Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (Bravo) NEW SHOW
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41. The Marriage Ref (NBC)
42. 100 Questions (NBC) NEW SHOW CANCELED
43. Tosh.O (Comedy Central)
44. Last Comic Standing (NBC)
45. Scream Queens (VH1)
46. Family Guy (FOX)
47. American Dad (Fox)
48. Simpsons (FOX)
49. Rupaul Untucked (LOGO)
50. Big Gay Sketch Show (LOGO)
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51. What Would You Do? (ABC)
52. Cleveland Show (FOX)
53. Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
54. Funny or Die Presents (HBO)
55. America’s Next Top Model (CW)

MY FAVORITES GONE FOR GOOD FROM LAST SEASON:
*LOST (ABC)
*UGLY BETTY (ABC)
*BETTER OFF TED (ABC)
*SCRUBS (ABC)
*NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE (CBS)
*MELROSE PLACE (CW)
*FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS (HBO)
*SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM (COMEDY CENTRAL)

FALL & HOLIDAYMOVIE PREVIEW TOP 20 TO SEE

1. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Nov 19)
2. Burlesque (Nov 24)
3. Gulliver’s Travels (Dec 22)
4. Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Dec 10)
5. Tron Legacy (Dec 17)
6. Unstoppable (Nov 12)
7. Tangled (Nov 24)
8. Due Date (Nov 5)
9. Morning Glory (Nov 12)
10. . The Tempest (Dec 10)
11. Paranormal Activity 2 (Oct 22)
12. You Again (Sept 24)
13. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Sept 24)
14. The Social Network (Oct 1)
15. Skyline (Nov 12)
16. Hereafter (Oct 22)
17. Let Me In (Oct 1)
18. Devil (Sept 17)
19. My Soul to Take (Oct 29)
20. Saw 3D (Oct 29)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

SUMMER TV ROUND-UP 2010: Finale!

I will be reviewing EVERY scripted show during the 2010-2011 TV season on the following networks: NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and the CW. I will also be reviewing most of the unscripted 'reality' shows, too. Also, I will be reviewing as many scripted shows on cable as I can. Exceptions will be to shows that I just don't know about, or are on stations that I don't get (such as SPARTACUS on STARZ channel). Shows eligible premiered from end of May 2010 through early May 2011.

HAVEN (SYFY) A-
PERSONS UNKNOWN (NBC) A-
WARREN THE APE (MTV) A-
WORK OF ART: NEXT GREAT ARTIST (BRAVO) A-
SCOUNDRELS (ABC) B+
THE NEISTAT BROTHERS (HBO) B+
HOT IN CLEVELAND (TVLAND) B
HUGE (ABCFamily) B
100 QUESTIONS (NBC) B
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABCFamily) B
THE GOOD GUYS (FOX) B
MORGAN FREEMAN'S THROUGH THE WORMHOLE (SCIENCE) B
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (CN Adult Swim) B
LOUIE (FX) B-
ON THE ROAD WITH AUSTIN & SANTINO (LIFETIME) B-
COVERT AFFAIRS (USA) B-
RUBICON (AMC) B-
THE JAQUIE BROWN DIARIES (LOGO) B-
18 TO LIFE (CW) B-
THE CHOIR (BBC AMERICA) B-
THE BIG C (Showtime) C+
ARE WE THERE YET? (TBS) C+
SCOOBY DOO! MYSTERIES (CARTOON) C+
RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT) C+
THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER (MTV) C+
DOWNFALL (ABC) C+
THE GATES (ABC) C
MELISSA & JOEY (ABC FAMILY) C
RUPAUL'S DRAG U (LOGO) C-
THE GLADES (A&E) C-
ROOKIE BLUE (ABC) D+
MEMPHIS BEAT (TNT) D+
PLAIN JANE (CW) D+
UNNATURAL HISTORY (Cartoon Network) D+
BIG LAKE (COMEDY CENTRAL) D
DOUBLE EXPOSURE (BRAVO) D
NEIGHBORS FROM HELL (TBS) D-

The above reviews were based on pilot episodes only. After watching my fave new shows throughout the summer, here is my TOP TEN NEW SUMMER SHOWS 2010 list:

1. SCOUNDRELS (ABC)
2. PERSONS UNKNOWN (NBC)
3. WARREN THE APE (MTV)
4. HOT IN CLEVELAND (Lifetime)
5. WORK OF ART: THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST (BRAVO)
6. HAVEN (SYFY)
7. 100 QUESTIONS (NBC)
8. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC FAMILY)
9. HUGE (ABC FAMILY)
10. THE GATES (ABC)

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Rubicon

Here it is, the final summer TV review of the season, AMC's RUBICON. I can't say that RUBE is particularly exciting (though check out that train scene!); in fact, I was somewhat bored with the pilot. The show is a slow-build, obviously; and I'm sure the payoff will be great in that DAMAGES kind of way. But as my DVR gets cleared off ready for the fall shows, I've decided to pass on this promising, though slow-moving, new conspiracy thriller series from AMC. B-

Friday, August 20, 2010

Summer TV Review: Melissa & Joey

ABC FAMILY has had an ambitious summer, what with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, HUGE and now MELISSA & JOEY making waves. Unfortunately not a single series has struck me as something I'd want to commit to, even though all those shows have their merits. With M&J, it has two great leads in Melissa Joan Hart (of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH) and Joey Lawrence (of BLOSSOM) who rise way above the flat material in a WHOS THE BOSS rip-off that does nothing original to the premise. C

Summer TV Review: BIG LAKE

Right from the start you know you're in trouble with BIG LAKE because of the grating laugh track used to mask joke after unfunny joke. The only highlight of the show is SNL vet Chris Parnell. Lead Gethard (yes, that's his last name) is blah, as is a slim Horatio Sanz. Comedy Central's BIG LAKE is about a fired Wall Street genius who is forced to move back in with his parents. Tired premise and tired jokes abound. Have fun! D

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SUMMER TV REVIEW: THE BIG C

Cancer isnt exactly an easy subject to make a series out of, especially one that has comedic overtones. And THE BIG C falls short of something that I would watch weakly, though to no fault of lead Laura Linney. At times THE BIG C feels like its trying too hard to be in the same league as NURSE JACKIE and TARA. Mixed results, for sure. THE BIG C isnt a bad show, but its also not Must C either. C+

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer TV Review: 18 To Life

At first glance, one has to ask: is the CW that I am watching? Well, yes and no. Yes, 18 is on the CW, a network not known for comedy. But it's also a Canadian show that the CeeDub bought outright. The pilot was actually kind of cute, in a JUNO sort of way. B-

Summer TV Review: Scream Queens 2

VH1 has a fun new reality show that reminds me of that nearly-decade-old Faye Dunaway series THE STARLET, only SCREAM QUEENS focuses solely on the horror genre. The winner of this reality show gets to appear in the movie SAW 3D, which comes out in a couple months. What I like about this show is that half the girls are sooo bad that it's fun, all while the other half of girls scream to impress (thus avoiding a total trainwreck of a show). B

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Summer TV Review: The Glades

A&E tries to score with the new show THE GLADES, but I found the lead to be a complete bore. And not even Kiele Sanchez, of LOST, could muster must interest out of me. Further, the pilot was contrived. A waste, for sure. C-

Summer TV Review: Covert Affairs

USA masterfully adds another hit to their line-up, only this one borrows plenty from ALIAS, especially since lead Piper Perabo looks so much like Jennifer Garner. I enjoyed the pilot, though I thought CHUCK handled the comedy elements of this show much better. And with UNDERCOVERS coming this fall, along with NIKITA, will audiences be all spied out? B-

Summer TV Review: On the Road with Austin and Santino

Now that PROJECT RUNWAY has been expanded to 90 minutes and the weaker MODELS OF THE RUNWAY has been canned, LIFETIME opens up this road trip series with RUNWAY fan faves Austin Scarlett (season 1) and Santino Rice (season 2). The result was ho-hum in the pilot, but the leads are a welcome return to the tube. B-

Summer TV Review: Morgan Freeman's Through The Wormhole

This Science Channel original is awesome! If you like hour-long shows that probe the mysteries of the universe, then this is the kind of program you'll love. My only complaints are that the episodes don't reallllly add up to much when you finish them. Many, in fact, left me wanting more explanations. Though to be fair, 95% of the mysteries that exist can't be proven. B

Summer TV Review: Scooby Doo Mysteries!

On the Cartoon Network, kids and nostalgics (Like me) who grew up on the original DOO will take partial delight in this revamped 'toon. Unfortunately, it plays too much for laughs. A passable time-waster, but nowhere near the giddiness I still feel watching the 70s and 80s versions of Scoobs. C+

Summer TV Review: Plain Jane

Just another make-over show that takes ugly ducklings and transforms them into swans. But like so many other shows like it, this 'reality' show is so obviously staged. D+

Summer TV Review: RuPaul's Drag U

DRAG U will come as a disappointment to many who love original competition show DRAG RACE. With DRAG U, fan faves from the past (like Angina, JUJUBEE and my personal fave, PANDORA BOX) teach beauty-challenged women how to dress, strut and perform on a stage. This tired formula wouldnt be so bad if the whole darn mess didnt seem so overly fake. C-

Sunday, July 18, 2010

SUMMER TV REVIEW: ROOKIE BLUE

ABC's ROOKIE BLUE is bad. I mean, the cast is attractive enough (think GREYS ANATOMY for the cop set), but the writing is weak, weak, weak. I cant believe ABC has already ordered up a second season. D+

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Children's Hospital

Originally created for the internet, CH is now part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and the result is.... pretty damn funny. Airing as two 5-minute episodes, I've decided to grade this type of programming a little more leniently since it wasnt originally developed for TV and thus, as a series of vignettes, CH is funny in a twisted SCRUBS-like way. A slew of familiar faces pop in and out as twisted docs and RNs who have NO business whatsoever tending to sick kids. Why? Because the characters are sick themselves, and by that I mean in a LOL good way. B

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Pretty Little Liars

A nice little mystery is set forth in the opener of this new ABC Family series, but it also plays a lot like GOSSIP GIRLS meets I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. What you need to know going in is that 3 girls are covering up for the disappearance to a friend of theirs who went missing during a slumber party. A year later, the girls start receiving cryptic text messages from.....? B

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Rizzoli & Isles

Despite an excellent performance from Angie Harmon, RIZZOLI still falls flat overall, and is just another crime procedural that we've all seen before: only this time with the added graphic violence afforded by TNT. If you like that kind of thing, then advance a grade level, but if you're like me, give this one a C+

Monday, July 12, 2010

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Haven

SyFy has done it once again: HAVEN serves up likable leads Emily Rose and Eric Balfour in a bizarro town called Haven, based on the Stephen King book THE COLORADO KID. There is also a central mystery that will unfold as the show itself pits its leads into crazy encounters ala WAREHOUSE 13 and EUREKA, though notably with less emphasis on comic relief that the two just-mentioned shows excel in. What a nice change! A-

SUMMER TV REVIEW: HUGE

HUGE casts an unlikable Nikki Bronski (Of HAIRSPRAY) in a show that comes across as MEATBALLS on steroids. It's actually kind of winsome and nice to see a cast of weight-challenged kids who don't fit the current skinny bitch stereotypes that populate 90210 and GOSSIP GIRL. By making the characters more accessible to a generation of overweight kids, the show seems to be saying that its okay to be yourself: but that even at a fat camp there can still be mean girls. Not a brilliant show, but the pilot was pretty well-produced. B

Sunday, July 11, 2010

TV ROUND-UP 2010-2011

I will be reviewing EVERY scripted show during the 2010-2011 TV season on the following networks: NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and the CW. I will also be reviewing most of the unscripted 'reality' shows, too. Also, I will be reviewing as many scripted shows on cable as I can. Exceptions will be to shows that I just don't know about, or are on stations that I don't get (such as SPARTACUS on STARZ channel). Shows eligible premiered from end of May 2010 through early May 2011.

HAVEN (SYFY) A-
PERSONS UNKNOWN (NBC) A-
WARREN THE APE (MTV) A-
WORK OF ART: NEXT GREAT ARTIST (BRAVO) A-
SCOUNDRELS (ABC) B+
THE NEISTAT BROTHERS (HBO) B+
HOT IN CLEVELAND (TVLAND) B
HUGE (ABCFamily) B
100 QUESTIONS (NBC) B
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABCFamily) B
THE GOOD GUYS (FOX) B
MORGAN FREEMAN'S THROUGH THE WORMHOLE (SCIENCE) B
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (CN Adult Swim) B
LOUIE (FX) B-
ON THE ROAD WITH AUSTIN & SANTINO (LIFETIME) B-
COVERT AFFAIRS (USA) B-
THE JAQUIE BROWN DIARIES (LOGO) B-
18 TO LIFE (CW) B-
THE CHOIR (BBC AMERICA) B-
THE BIG C (Showtime) C+
ARE WE THERE YET? (TBS) C+
SCOOBY DOO! MYSTERIES (CARTOON) C+
RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT) C+
THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER (MTV) C+
DOWNFALL (ABC) C+
THE GATES (ABC) C
MELISSA & JOEY (ABC FAMILY) C
RUPAUL'S DRAG U (LOGO) C-
THE GLADES (A&E) C-
ROOKIE BLUE (ABC) D+
MEMPHIS BEAT (TNT) D+
PLAIN JANE (CW) D+
UNNATURAL HISTORY (Cartoon Network) D+
BIG LAKE (COMEDY CENTRAL) D
DOUBLE EXPOSURE (BRAVO) D
NEIGHBORS FROM HELL (TBS) D-

SUMMER TV REVIEW: The Choir

I came very close to dropping out of the BBC reality show THE CHOIR halfway through the first episode, but there was just something nagging me to stick with it as the star of the show trains a group of green singers and tries to take them all the way to some sort of singing olympics in China. Seeing the teacher have his ups and downs could still get old, but for now I am still singing the high notes. B-

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Louie

Remember that HBO dud LUCKY LOUIS? I only got past the pilot episode myself, but with FX's new comedy LOUIE, comic Louis C.K. (recently of PARKS & RECREATION) has redeemed himself. The show isn't awesome, but it's funny enough for a summer run. It's basically about a guy down on his luck who can't seem to catch a break. Sounds bleak, but C.K. pulls it off. B-

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Scoundrels

Based on the European show OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, SCOUNDRELS was the sleeper surprise for me this summer. It stars Virginia Madsen as the mother of a clan of convict-type kids who decides to go straight. The pilot was a successful blend of comedy and drama that set up the direction of the show for the episodes to come. I hope SCOUNDRELS can maintain it's unique flair. It will take a miracle to get picked up, so at this point I am just hoping ABC will finish the promised 13 episodes without a sudden cancellation. That would make the network the true scoundrel if in fact that happened. B+

SUMMER TV REVIEW: The Gates

How is it possible for a network to make vampires and werewolves BORRRRRING? Welp, ABC managed to do just that with the pretty awful pilot to THE GATES, a show that tries to cross DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES with TRUE BLOOD to lackluster results. In fact, of the two new scripted shows ABC aired on Sundays (that being THE GATES and SCOUNDRELS), it was THE GATES that I was most looking forward to. But SCOUNDRELS ended up being the surprise new show of the season. Maybe THE GATES will pick up in the coming weeks, but if it doesnt do it soon, I am going to delete the new cheesefest from my DVR. C

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Persons Unknown

NBC promised that by the end of summer, all answers will be revealed to this new mystery show that dumped 7 strangers into a town in the desert that seems impossible to break out from (all while a plethora of cameras are rigged up around the town to catch every character's move). Each episode has trumped the one before it, and its all building nicely to its final 13th episode to air in late August (unless NBC cancels it the way ABC did to EASTWICK by not burning it off). A-

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Double Exposure

Bravo scrapes the bottom of the reality barrel as their cameras follow two exes who are now photographers to the stars. The stars of the show bicker and lash out toward one another, to their subjects, and to their staff. Where's the love and harmony, people? D

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Downfall

Has America gotten so jaded that we now need to see furniture, cars, and people's dreams come crashing down over the side of a huge building? And is it REALLY entertaining to see the people we are rooting for dropped off the same building once their time runs out? NASTY! C+

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Memphis Beat

A by-the-numbers procedural that embarassingly uses too many cliches of the south. Jason Lee of MY NAME IS EARL seems to be a one-note actor as he pretty much portrays the same type of Earl character here. The pilot was lazy and predictable, though it did have some mighty fine production values. Still, zzzzzzzzz. TNT can do better than this, and so can you. D+

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Unnatural History

The best part of this new live action show on the Cartoon Network was the thrilling first five minutes, when a museum/school professor is stalked through a history museum ala YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES via a poison dart that makes him hallucinate that the museum artifacts have come to life. But after the commercial break, things disintegrated with poorly developed teen characters that act and say things that a teen would never act or say. Maybe good entertainment for younger viewers, but certainly nothing natually historic about this new show. D+

SUMMER TV REVIEW: The Hard Times of RJ Berger

A promising pilot that was sort of SQUARE PEGS meets PORKYS for the MTV viewer, I was greatly disappointed in the predictable follow-up episode about hung high school student RJ and his band of misfits as they try to fit in with their peers. Raunchiness aside, HARD TIMES will have a hard time connecting if the scripts don't improve. C+

Friday, June 18, 2010

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Hot in Cleveland

With familiar faces Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White in the cast, HOT IN CLEVELAND is fun comfort television. Actually, the latter two steal the show, and along with Bo Duke/Jonathan Kent himself, JOHN SCHNEIDER, one can overlook the weak pilot script and still enjoy this bit of comedic fluff. The trifecta of Val, Jane and Wendie make an emergency landing in Cleveland en route from LA to Paris. Now big fish in a small pond, they decide to stay. Betty's great timing and delivery are spot-on. B

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Neighbors From Hell

Shoddy animation doesnt mean a cartoon has to be bad (witness SOUTH PARK for proof). But if the writing stinks, and the humor doesnt exist, then the show can't help but suck. NEIGHBORS FROM HELL tries to be like FAMILY GUY and CLEVELAND SHOW, and Fails. Actually, the only thing saving this show from an F is the casting of Molly Shannon as the Mama Hellman. But even she can't save this mess of a show. D-

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SUMMER TV REVIEW: Warren The Ape


WARREN THE APE: OMFG! Warren the puppet lives! To any GREG THE BUNNY fan (that brilliant but cancelled FOX series from the mid-aughts), the return of Warren to MTV is BIG NEWS! I became a fan of GREG THE BUNNY when I bought the DVD of the show, and for a few years I actually felt sad thinking about the puppets being stuck on some shelf in LA gathering mold and dust. To see Warren speak again very nearly brought tears to my eyes (and upcoming previews show Greg the Bunny living on again too..along with Seth Green in a live-action role). To the uninitiated, Warren is a boozy, drug-using womanizer who, in the opener, enlists Drew Pinsky to help him with his addictions. A funny new character in the form of Chauncey the Bear (with the big dick who wins Newcummer of the Year at the AVN show) very nearly steals the show. WARREN THE APE is not as sweet as GREG THE BUNNY, but that's okay. And so far WARREN hasnt hit the comedy highs of the FOX original. But DAMN does it ever feel good to have these puppets back in the mainstream! A-

SUMMER TV REVIEW: The Jaquie Brown Diaries

THE JAQUIE BROWN DIARIES: Not exactly sure why this BBC show is on LOGO based on episode 1, but, as Joy Behar from The View would say: "so what, who cares?" Very British in humor, BROWN is thick-accented, so you may need to sync up the subtitles. The first episode has TV personality Jaquie Brown being pared up with a co-anchor to her talk show segment, someone whom JB see as a threat to her job. The aftermath is roughly 30 minutes of JB making an arse of herself to her co-workers (though they already pretty much think of JB as an arse to begin with). It's not LOL-funny, but it surely has a vibe similar to THE OFFICE that came before it. B+

Friday, June 11, 2010

SUMMER TV REVIEW: WORK OF ART

After a couple of flop attempts to try and replace the magic they'd lost when LIFETIME acquired PROJECT RUNWAY, those being LAUNCH MY LINE and FASHION SHOW, BRAVO rebounds with the art-world reality competition series, WORK OF ART: THE NEXT GREAT ARTISTS. It's amazing to see how fast these selected artistes can whip up something in a challenge, just as I am sure it was true with fashionistas on RUNWAY. But the production values are great, and the appearance of executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker lends the show a bit of gravitas. I am hooked already! A-

Monday, June 7, 2010

INSIDE FALL TV 2010: SUNDAYS

SUNDAYS:

7:00 to 8:00: The usual suspects of FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA on NBC, AMERICAS FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS on ABC and 60 MINUTES on CBS.

8:00 to 9:00: A no-brainer for fall: NBC’s SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL will dominate. And ABC keeps the SAME line-up of EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION, CBS stays with THE AMAZING RACE, and FOX sticks with Animation Domination with THE SIMPSONS and CLEVELAND BROWN. Snooze-fest.
FIRST: FOOTBALL (NBC)
SECOND: AMAZING RACE (CBS)
THIRD: SIMPSONS/CLEVELAND (FOX)
FOURTH: EM: HOME EDITION (ABC)

9:00 to 10:00: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES returns on ABC, UNDERCOVER BOSS makes a play for it on CBS and FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD attract the kids on FOX.
FIRST: FOOTBALL (NBC)
SECOND: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
THIRD: UNDERCOVER BOSS (CBS)
FOURTH: FAMILY GUY/AMERICAN DAD (FOX)

10:00 to 11:00: About the only exciting thing on the night is the relocation of CSI: MIAMI on CBS. Otherwise, its possibly the final season of BROTHERS & SISTERS on ABC and the final hour of football on NBC.
FIRST: FOOTBALL (NBC)
SECOND: CSI: MIAMI (CBS)
THIRD: BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)

BREAKOUT HIT: None. There aren’t any new shows premiering on the night.

SHOWS I WILL WATCH: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. For ONE hour of TV.

NOTES:
*This schedule, for all the nets except for CSI: MIAMI on CBS, is pretty much boring and the same ole, same ole. I don’t think FOOTBALL will lose any viewers with the weakened lineup.

INSIDE FALL TV 2010: FRIDAYS

FRIDAYS:

8:00 to 9:00: CBS decided to bring back only ONE of their scripted shows from the night, and that was the NBC-transplanted MEDIUM instead of GHOST WHISPERER. There really isn’t too much competition in the hour, though the final season of SMALLVILLE could pose a threat. I don’t see bubble show HUMAN TARGET doing much damage, either. Reality on NBC (WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE) and ABC (SECRET MILLIONAIRE) are the alternatives. ABC may actually pick up GHOST WHISPERER for a sixth season, and this could be where they place it if they do.
FIRST: MEDIUM (CBS)
SECOND: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE (NBC)
THIRD: SMALLVILLE (CW)
FOURTH: SECRET MILLIONAIRE (ABC)
FIFTH: HUMAN TARGET (FOX)

9:00 to 10:00: This hour gets more interesting, especially since CBS moved CSI:NY to the night and hour. SUPERNATURAL on CW is also a winner, though the CW doesn’t attract a mass audience, and Fridays look to only weaken it’s numbers. That leaves DATELINE NBC on NBC and BODY OF PROOF on ABC with Dana Delaney. No competition at all coming from THE GOOD GUYS, which premiered terribly a week ago. Unless it picks up over the summer, I highly doubt FOX will keep THE GOOD GUYS on the air come September.
FIRST: CSI: NY (CBS)
SECOND: BODY OF PROOF (ABC)
THIRD: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE (NBC)
FOURTH: SUPERNATURAL (CW)
FIFTH: THE GOOD GUYS (FOX)

10:00 to 11:00: Two new shows…on a FRIDAY NIGHT, no less. Jimmy Smits headlines OUTLAW on NBC and Tom Selleck headlines BLUE BLOODS on CBS. ABC throws in the towel with 20/20. Look for BLOODS to win the hour solely on the CSI lead-in.
FIRST: BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
SECOND: OUTLAWS (NBC)
THIRD: 20/20 (ABC)

SHOWS I WILL WATCH: SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL. For a total of TWO hours.

BREAKOUT SHOW: If there is such a thing on Fridays, I say BLUE BLOODS
RUNNER-UP: Scratch

NOTES:
*All the networks were more aggressive on this night, but even so, all the new shows look like duds. As for the returning shows, MEDIUM and CSI: NY make the most sense. But don’t count out Superman and the Winchester boys.

*It’s nice to see SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL (former Thursday night soulmates) back together again on the CW.

INSIDE FALL TV 2010: THURSDAYS

THURSDAYS:

8:00 to 9:00: It’s been over 40 years since CBS programmed comedies on the night with GILLIGAN’S ISLAND and MY THREE SONS. Next fall they unleash BIG BANG THEORY with the compatible SHIT MY DAD SAYS (the link being Sheldon loves Star Trek, and SHIT stars Captain Kirk, William Shatner). That can only mean curtains for the struggling COMMUNITY, and maybe even 30 ROCK in its fifth year. Complicating matters are the red-hot VAMPIRE DIARIES for the kids, and the female-centric MY GENERATION on ABC and BONES on FOX. BONES is in danger here, as age has to factor in. As for MY GENERATION, its going to have to make its mark out of the gate, otherwise its serialized story will get lost on ever hoping to get new viewers. This could ALL be good news for COMMUNITY, but I worry BIG TIME about BIG BANG. Both comedies are in my top ten favorite shows. Also, I have a strong feeling OFF THE MAP will be replacing MY GENERATION by November.
FIRST: BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
SECOND: BONES (FOX)
THIRD: COMMUNITY/30 ROCK (NBC)
FOURTH: VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW)
FIFTH: MY GENERATION (ABC)

9:00 to 10:00: Not much changing here. CBS keeps CSI in place, ABC does the same with GREYS ANATOMY, and even FOX decides to pit FRINGE in the unenviable position of also having to compete with THE OFFICE and the new OUTSOURCED on NBC. The only real new addition is CWs NIKITA, which might be a surprise hit, at least in terms of the CeeDub’s audience base. NIKITA also has one thing going in its favor: all the other shows (save for OUTSOURCED and maybe FRINGE) are aging big time. It could be the right time for a new hit show to start to emerge. I’m sure CBS will look at CSI’s ratings early on. If they are bad, look for a permanent switch between that show and lead-out THE MENTALIST.
FIRST: GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
SECOND: CSI (CBS)
THIRD: THE OFFICE/OUTSOURCED (NBC)
FOURTH: FRINGE (FOX)
FIFTH: NIKITA (CW)

10:00 to 11:00: NBC’s new LOVE BITES will be competing for female eyeballs with ABCs PRIVATE PRACTICE. Both shows have compatible lead-ins: LOVE BITES is a comedy following NBCs 2-hour Must See TV comedy block. And PRACTICE is an extension of GREY’S. Unfortunately, CBS’s MENTALIST will eat both shows alive. And LOVE BITES is an anthology, which hasn’t worked on TV since the days of HOTEL and LOVE BOAT.
FIRST: THE MENTALIST (CBS)
SECOND: PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
THIRD: LOVE BITES (NBC)

SHOWS I WILL WATCH: BIG BANG THEORY, SHIT MY DAD SAYS, COMMUNITY, 30 ROCK, THE OFFICE, OUTSOURCED, LOVE BITES, MY GENERATION, FRINGE and NIKITA. For a total of a whopping SEVEN hours.

BREAKOUT HIT: SHIT MY DAD SAYS
RUNNER-UP: OUTSOURCED

NEW SHOW CLASHES: SHIT MY DAD SAYS competes with MY GENERATION, and OUTSOURCED competes with NIKITA.

NOTES:
*CBS could spell BIG PROBLEMS for NBC with BIG BANG THEORY on the night. But I wonder if SHIT will be too mean-spirited and something of a drag over time. Look for COMMUNITY to cede to a new NBC comedy if it can’t make the grade. Then again, would ANY new NBC show have much luck against BIG BANG in the timeslot? Perhaps FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS could do some damage, what with that FRIENDS word in the title. This is also TERRIBLE news for MY GENERATION, which will be an early casualty of the season.

*With CSI MIAMI and NY moving to new nights, its something of a surprise that CBS kept the original CSI at 9. But that wont last long if the ratings continue to drop for it. MENTALIST makes more sense in the hour, and will probably move into the primo real estate by January.

*With FRINGE doing bad this current season, don’t look for a miracle in season 3. Yet FOX will probably keep the show alive for one more year to please JJ Abrams. Not to mention a fourth season of the show would be great for syndication. I just think FRINGE would have done better on Wednesdays following LIE TO ME.

*If OFF THE MAP replaces MY GENERATION there will be a 3-hour block of Shonda Rhimes-created TV on the night for ABC.

*With CHUCK and UNDERCOVERS showing us spies in love, is there any audience left for the CWs spy show NIKITA? Hell, is there any audience left for CW at all? (I jest, lol)

INSIDE FALL TV 2010: WEDNESDAYS

WEDNESDAYS:

8:00 to 9:00: Once the dust settled from the upfronts, this once-weak hour has suddenly become one of the most competitive hours going into the fall. The question now becomes: Who is going to survive SURVIVOR? Now that CBS has relocated its still-hot reality show to the night (competing directly with the elimation show AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL on CW), it will be up to ABC (who bolstered its comedy hour with BETTER TOGETHER leading out of THE MIDDLE) and NBC (with the much-hyped JJ Abrams drama UNDERCOVERS) to battle it out for second place. It will definitely be a close race all-around. The loser in all of this? Bubble show LIE TO ME on FOX, which hasn’t set the world on fire, and certainly doesn’t look to come fall.
FIRST: SURVIVOR (CBS)
SECOND: UNDERCOVERS (NBC)
THIRD: THE MIDDLE/BETTER TOGETHER (ABC)
FOURTH: LIE TO ME (FOX)
FIFTH: AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL (CW)

9:00 to 10:00: Once again, look for CRIMINAL MINDS to take total viewers for CBS. Though the show is aging, which means it could also be time for America to reclaim comedy on the night, now that ABC is sticking with MODERN FAMILY. But bringing down the averages for the hour will be COUGAR TOWN. A stronger lead-out for FAMILY probably would have sealed the deal. HOWEVER, the wild card is the relocated LAW & ORDER: SVU on NBC. It didn’t fair well in the hour when it preceded LENO, but now that LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES is its leadout, that changes thing dramatically. Still, what if the cancellation of the original flagship L&O spooks viewers away from both SVU and the LA version? ALSO, competition from CRIMINAL MINDS for procedural eyeballs could factor into comedy being king for ABC for the night. That leaves two HELL shows for competition: HELLS KITCHEN on FOX and HELLCATS on CW. HELLCATS could be a sleeper hit; then again, it could be the next TBL: THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE. All in all, it’s an hour up for grabs, much like the hour before it.
FIRST: CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
SECOND: MODERN FAMILY/COUGAR TOWN (ABC)
THIRD: L&O: SVU (NBC)
FOURTH: HELLS KITCHEN (FOX)
FIFTH: HELLCATS (CW)

10:00 to 11:00: Three NEW shows all battle it out, and they ALL involve courtrooms: L&O: LA on NBC; THE WHOLE TRUTH on ABC and THE DEFENDERS on CBS. Since LOLA is branded, it emerges the winner. The other two depend on their pilots, but I think DEFENDERS has the better fit of a lead-in with CRIMINAL MINDS. I don’t think WHOLE TRUTH makes much sense following ABCs comedy block.
FIRST: LOLA (NBC)
SECOND: DEFENDER (CBS)
THIRD: THE WHOLE TRUTH (ABC)

SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: UNDERCOVERS, THE MIDDLE, BETTER TOGETHER, MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN, and HELLCATS. For a total of FOUR hours.

BREAKOUT HIT: UNDERCOVERS (NBC)
RUNNER-UP: BETTER TOGETHER (ABC)

NEW SHOW CLASHES: The BIG clash is at 10 pm where all three networks have scheduled something new: LOLA on NBC, THE WHOLE TRUTH on ABC and THE DEFENDERS on CBS. It’s really anyone’s game to win at this point.

NOTES:
*See NEW SHOW CLASHES above.

*After failing with HANK last year, ABC doubled up on THE MIDDLE or MODERN FAMILY for the rest of the season (why didn’t they give BETTER OFF TED a shot?). Anyway, that looks to be reversed next season with BETTER TOGETHER. The one snag? It’s multi camera while the other 3 are all single camera. And why do I bring this up? Because HANK was multi-camera, too. I’m just saying….

*SURVIVOR is either going to reinvent Wednesdays for CBS, or really bite them in the ass. The aging show won’t ever return to it’s original glory, but its just the kinda juice that has to leave UNDERCOVERS and ABCs comedies sweating a little bit. Smart move, Eye network!

*NBC’s idea of a crime night is a smart move, but there’s just so much crime and punishment on TV these days. And after canceling the original L&O just shy of the history books, are audiences really that invested in ANOTHER one? Then again, it IS Los Angeles

INSIDE FALL TV 2010: TUESDAYS

TUESDAYS:

8:00 to 9:00: CBS keeps the lights on for NCIS to open the hour. This show has done great with total viewers, but not so hot with the 18 to 49 target audience. Leave that to GLEE, which moves into the hour and starts up a live-action comedy night for FOX. Not to be outdone is NBCs aging THE BIGGEST LOSER. I don’t see bubble show ONE TREE HILL making much of a dent for CW, seeing as how it WAS a bubble show, after all. That leave wild card NO ORDINARY FAMILY on ABC. This Michael Chiklis show has the buzz, but is it a one-trick pony? And are viewers over the whole superhero thing (ahem, HEROES). Still, FAMILY has a family hook, similar to THE INCREDIBLES. If the tone stays light, NO ORDINARY FAMILY could be DY-NO-MITE!
FIRST PLACE (TOTAL VIEWERS): NCIS (CBS)
SECOND PLACE: GLEE (FOX)
THIRD: BIGGEST LOSER (NBC)
FOURTH: NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC)
FIFTH: ONE TREE HILL (ABC)

9:00 to 10:00: NCIS: LA shouldn’t have a problem winning the hour for CBS. That leaves DWTS results show and the second hour of THE BIGGEST LOSER to duke it out. RESULTS usually don’t do so hot, so I give the edge to LOSER. RAISING HOPE and RUNNING WILDE are two comedies on FOX, who hasn’t had a live-action hit since THAT 70’S SHOW. But I think RAISING HOPE stands a chance. As for RUNNING WILDE? The cancellation clock is ticking. Oh, and that goes for you, too, LIFE UNEXPECTED.
FIRST: NCIS: LA (CBS)
SECOND: DWTS: RESULTS (ABC)
THIRD: BIGGEST LOSER (NBC)
FOURTH: RAISING HOPE/RUNNING WILDE (FOX)
FIFTH: LIFE UNEXPECTED (CW)

10:00 to 11:00: PARENTHOOD on NBC and THE GOOD WIFE on CBS are back to duke it out with newcomer DETROIT 1-8-7 on ABC (V doesn’t return until midseason). So expect more of the same, with PARENTHOOD gaining viewers, THE GOOD WIFE losing viewers, and DETROIT just kinda holding the fort until V returns.
FIRST: THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
SECOND: PARENTHOOD (NBC)
THIRD: DETROIT 187 (ABC)

SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: NO ORDINARY FAMILY, PARENTHOOD, GLEE, RAISING HOPE and RUNNING WILDE. For a total of FOUR hours.

BREAKOUT HIT: NO ORDINARY FAMILY
RUNNER-UP: scratch (The next closest hit would be RAISING HOPE, but I won’t hold my breath)

NEW SHOW CLASHES: None. There aren’t any new shows competing against each other on this night.

NOTES:
*THE CW is giving up on the night, if you ask me. Why program TWO bubble shows as your only offering? Do they REALLY think ONE TREE HILL has a chance against GLEE? Not to mention NO ORDINARY FAMLY will be getting the teen males.

*NO ORDINARY FAMILY looked good in the preview, but now I am wondering if another superhero show is what people are looking forward to? I, myself, am burnt out from HEROES, SMALLVILLE, IRON MAN 2, BATMAN, SPIDER-MAN, etc. I worry FAMILY will be this season’s FLASHFORWARD: starts out huge, then slides week to week to weak.

*Kudos to FOX for pairing two live-action comedies, and if any show can bring eyeballs to them, its GLEE. But couldn’t they have found BETTER comedies? What happened to AB FAB or something like that? Keep it campy and fun, just like GLEE. Not kinda depressing and snarky like, respectively, RAISING HOPE and RUNNING WILDE. Indeed, HOPE is about a father raising a baby with the mother on death row; and WILDE is about an asshole who likes to destroy the planet for commerce. Doesn’t exactly sound inspiring and uplifting to me.

INSIDE FALL TV 2010: MONDAYS

MONDAYS

Heading into the fall of 2010, perennially brutal Monday nights look to remain, well, brutal. There are FIVE new shows debuting on the night, with probably THE most-buzzed-about show of the development season, HAWAII FIVE-0, looking to make mince-meat out of its competition. CBS keeps it’s comedy block, while the CW tries for a East Coast/West Coast teen mash-up. Here is the night, hour by hour:

8:00 to 9:00: ABC keeps its DANCING WITH THE STARS franchise intact for the first two hours, and much of the show’s success will depend on the casting directors and who they are able to schmooze into the line-up. Would Jon Gosselin have the balls to try it out? This show was most popular with overall viewers this current season, even beating out AMERICAN IDOL for the first time…ever. So it would be unjust to bet against DWTS until the line-up is at least revealed. There is still some hoofing juice yet in this long-running alternative show. FOX has HOUSE, and though the Hugh Laurie drama slipped this year in the percentages, HOUSE still should be DWTS’s biggest competition. But don’t count out CBS’ comedies! HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is still huge, but it’s lead-out, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, is a good utility player, at best. Ratings will be good, but not great. That leaves NBC’s CHUCK, which has a huge fan following, but not the ratings to back it up to anything other than a 4th place finish again. Don’t get me wrong, CHUCK is one of my fave shows, and I am so glad it has survived yet again, but I really feel like next fall will be the show’s last. I’m just so happy that it got to live for 4 seasons, which is so important for syndication. Go, CHUCKIE! Then there is the CW, with newly-relocated 90210. This show has it’s tween girl fans, and not much else going for it. Still, it should do decent enough for CW since the bar is so low for that network anyway.
PREDICTIONS, TOTAL VIEWERS:
FIRST PLACE: DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
SECOND PLACE: HOUSE (FOX)
THIRD PLACE: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER/RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS)
FOURTH PLACE: CHUCK (NBC)
FIFTH PLACE: 90210 (CW)

9:00 to 10:00: DWTS will continue to win the hour for ABC, and CBS will do mighty fine, too, especially now that Charlie Sheen is back on TWO AND A HALF MEN for two more years (though what if he goes to jail?). The cute MIKE & MOLLY shouldn’t have any problems finding viewers as the lead-out to men. I loved the preview CBS provided, and if it has a heart, viewers will seek it out, especially since a lot of America is overweight and can relate. I mean, really, who doesn’t love an underdog story? After that , things get more interesting. I don’t think GOSSIP GIRL poses much a threat at the 9 hour, but two newbies, THE EVENT on NBC and LONESTAR on FOX, will be duking it out for third place. Both shows look good, with THE EVENT actually having me on the edge of my seat with it’s trailer. And if LONESTAR can recapture the glory days of DALLAS, it could just become a sleeper hit. With HOUSE as a lead-in, I give LONESTAR the edge over THE EVENT.
FIRST: DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
SECOND: TWO AND A HALF MEN/MIKE & MOLLY (CBS)
THIRD: LONESTAR (FOX)
FOURTH: THE EVENT (NBC)
FIFTH: GOSSIP GIRL (CW)

10:00 to 11:00: No contest: HAWAII FIVE-0 wins the hour replacing the fading (and sliding to Sundays) CSI: MIAMI. Both hours have that sunny-vibe, so expect HAWAII to fit right it. I also love that the tone of FIVE-0 is lighter, which should mesh with the comedy block preceding it much better than CSI: MIAMI did. CASTLE has gained a lot of fans this current season, but will it continue to grow, or start to slow? I say the latter considering the competition. NBC brings on Jerry Bruckheimer’s THE CHASE. To me, it’s a little too generic sounding, but I would never want to count a show like it out. With a huge platform of FOOTBALL on NBC the night before to promote it, CHASE could be the dark-horse for second place. Then again, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on ESPN is also it’s competition.
FIRST: HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
SECOND: CASTLE (ABC)
THIRD: THE CHASE (NBC)

SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: CHUCK, THE EVENT, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, TWO AND A HALF MEN, MIKE & MOLLY, HAWAII FIVE-0 and LONESTAR. For a total of SIX hours.

BREAKOUT NEW SHOW: HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
RUNNER-UP: MIKE & MOLLY (CBS)

NEW SHOW CLASHES: Three new shows duke it out in the 9 pm hour: THE EVENT on NBC, LONESTAR on FOX and MIKE & MOLLY on CBS. Then at 10 pm, CHASE competes against HAWAII FIVE-0.

NOTES:
*I admire NBC for ditching HEROES and LAW & ORDER, though I am sad to see no record broken with the latter. I’m a bit less admiring CHUCK staying where it’s been for the last 3 years. I would have relaunched CHUCK on a less-competitive night/hour. But going into its fourth year, realistically how many new viewers is CHUCK going to pick up? At best, it can end its four years in the same spot where it started.

*I like how CW paired up the East Coast brats (GOSSIP GIRL) with the West Coast brats (90210). Now let them all battle it out to the death….and by death, I mean cancellation.

*CBS worked aggressively…they removed two hits from the night (BIG BANG and CSI: MIAMI). RULES OF ENGAGEMENT had it contractually written that it COULD NOT come back at midseason, therefore it appears on the fall sked for the first time in years. And I like how CBS is keeping the 9 pm hour a Chuck Lorre hour (BIG BANG is a Lorre show, too).

SUMMER TV REVIEW: THE NEISTAT BROTHERS

Going into this HBO show, I had no idea of who the Neistat brothers were; and after 5 minutes, I didn't care. Using video footage of the two bros growing up, I found the show to be something of a vanity project for these guys. No doubt they are talented, but I just didn't see the point to the show, other than it being two guys using their creative minds to create short films using their vast library of personal photos and video shot over the years. But then mid-way through something AMAZING happened: I got emotional! When the older brother sets up a camera and meets his biological father for the first time, I 'got it'. And when the younger brother presents a card where his 8 year old-ish son writes how he wants to be just like dad when he grows up and makes movies, I lost it. In a way, this is gonzo TV that seduces the viewer into the amazingly talented and creative minds of the Neistat brothers. It might not be something for everyone, and might just be kinda painful at times, but I look forward to the next 7 installments to air this summer. B+

SUMMER TV REVIEW: ARE WE THERE YET?

ARE WE THERE YET is the kind of comedy that would have worked brilliantly in the 80s or 90s, but compared to the sophistication of family-themed comedies in the last decade (THE MIDDLE, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE), AWTY falls into the generic-humor category. On TBS, the show is a fine fit, though, and the execution pretty much matched my expectation. In fact, by the second episode, I felt the cast was clicking more. I also found the supporting cast to be quite funny, with Keesha Sharp pretty much stealing the show as Gigi. I am also a fan of daddy Terry Crews. He is HOT. My only quips are with the casting of Essence Atkins as the Mom and Christian Finnigan as Nick's white friend Martin. C+

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

TV ROUND-UP 2010-2011

I will be reviewing EVERY scripted show during the 2010-2011 TV season on the following networks: NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and the CW. I will also be reviewing most of the unscripted 'reality' shows, too. Also, I will be reviewing as many scripted shows on cable as I can. Exceptions will be to shows that I just don't know about, or are on stations that I don't get (such as SPARTACUS on STARZ channel). Shows eligible premiered from end of May 2010 through early May 2011.

WARREN THE APE (MTV) A-
WORK OF ART: NEXT GREAT ARTIST (BRAVO) A-
THE NEISTAT BROTHERS (HBO) B+
HOT IN CLEVELAND (TVLAND) B
100 QUESTIONS (NBC) B
THE GOOD GUYS (FOX) B
THE JAQUIE BROWN DIARIES (LOGO) B-
ARE WE THERE YET? (TBS) C+
THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER (MTV) C+
DOWNFALL (ABC) C+
MEMPHIS BEAT (TNT) D+
UNNATURAL HISTORY (Cartoon Network) D+
DOUBLE EXPOSURE (BRAVO) D
NEIGHBORS FROM HELL (TBS) D-

SUMMER TV REVIEW: The Good Guys

In it's FOX preview, THE GOOD GUYS didnt perform good at all. That's not good, considering how the show is also part of FOX's FALL lineup on Friday nights. That could all change if ratings don't improve. Which is too bad because THE GOOD GUYS, as these kind of shows go, actually was entertaining. It was more of a comedy than a typical procedural. Maybe it would be better off on cable. Still, I am notorious for not following shows of this nature, which makes me something of one of the bad guys as I grade THE GOOD GUYS with a solid B.

TV REWIND: TV ROUND-UP 2009-2010

NEW TV ROUND UP 2009-2010 TV SEASON

Here is a run-down of all the new shows that have premiered since May 2009, excluding SPARTACUS and GRAVITY, since I don't get Starz channel. Please note that the rating is based on the PILOT episode only and does not reflect how I felt about subsequent episodes of each individual series.

NOTE: BOLD means the show was cancelled

SPECIAL MENTION: THE PACIFIC (HBO) A+ (limited-run miniseries)
1. Glee (FOX) A BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR
2. The Middle (ABC) A
3. V (ABC) A
4. The Wrong Door (IFC) A
5. Vampire Diaries (CW) A
6. Trauma (NBC) A
7. Human Target (Fox) A-
8. Eastwick (ABC) A-
9. Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) A-
10. FlashForward (ABC) A-


11. Parenthood (NBC) B+
12. Stargate Universe (SyFy) B+
13. Justified (FX) B+
14. Life Unexpected (CW) B+
15. TBL: The Beautiful Life (CW) B+
16. Community (NBC) B
17. Cougar Town (ABC) B
18. Caprica (SyFy) B
19. Happy Town (ABC) B
20. Funny or Die Presents (HBO) B

21. Blue Mountain State (Spike) B
22. Modern Family (ABC) B-
23. Sons of Tucson (Fox) B-
24. Melrose Place (CW) B-
25. Good Luck, Charlie (Disney) B-
26. How To Make It In America (HBO) B-
27. The Cleveland Show (FOX) B-
28. Ugly Americans (Comedy Central) B-
29. Archer (FX) B-
30. White Collar (USA) B-

31. Men of a Certain Age (TNT) B-
32. Treme (HBO) B-
33. Bored to Death (HBO) C+
34. Undercover Boss (CBS) C+
35. Sherri (LIfetime) C+
36. The Jeff Dunham Show (Comedy Central) C+
37. Romantically Challenged (ABC) C

38. Minute To Win It (NBC) C
39. the forgotten (ABC) C
40. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) C

41. RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (Logo) C
42. The Marriage Ref (NBC) C-
43. The Good Wife (CBS) C-
44. Brothers (FOX) C-
45. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC) C-
46. Demons (BBCAmerica) C-
47. LaLaLand (SHowtime) C-
48. The League (FX) C-
49. The Inbetweeners (BBCAmerica) C-
50. Past Life (FOX) C-

51. The Deep End (ABC) D+
52. Mercy (NBC) D+
53. Miami Medical (CBS) D+

54. Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) D+
55. Three Rivers (CBS) D
56. Victorious! (Nickelodeon) D
57. Outer Space Astronauts (SyFy) D
58. Hank (ABC) D-
59. Players (Spike) D-

60. The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO) F

61. Launch My Line (Bravo) F
62. Fly Girls (CW) F
63. High Society (CW) F-
WORST SHOW OF THE YEAR!

SUMMER TV REVIEW: 100 QUESTIONS

This comedy is something of a throwback to the days of NBC's FRIENDS, but without the engaging cast of that landmark series. It's shot multi-camera, and one can see why it just didn't fit in with NBC's crop of single-camera comedies on Thursday nights this past season. So NBC decided to burn it off this summer, and judging from the horrible ratings, they were wise to do it. Still, I didn't find 100 QUESTIONS horrible. It was better than ROMANTICALLY CHALLENGED, but nowhere near COUGAR TOWN. NBC has FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS and PERFECT COUPLES premiering in the fall, so don't expect 100 QUESTIONS to live past it's already-filmed 6 questions. leaving 94 or so unanswered questions still out there..... B

Thursday, May 20, 2010

TV UPFRONTS 2010-11: THE CW

MONDAYS: 90210 relocates to Mondays, which then leads into GOSSIP GIRL. This seems like a good fit of East Coast brats VS. West Coast brats.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

TUESDAYS: Two bubble shows both return, one after the other: ONE TREE HILL, then LIFE UNEXPECTED. Not sure what CW was thinking here. Neither show set the world on fire alone, let alone together? Must have been a TERRIBLE development year.
UPFRONT GRADE: D-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

WEDNESDAYS: AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL leads into cheerleading show HELLCATS, produced by Tom Welling and starring Ashley Tisdale. Could be fantastic..or could be this years THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE.
UPFRONT GRADE: B-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: HELLCATS
HOURS: 1.00

THURSDAYS: Buzzy VAMPIRE DIARIES leads into buzzy NIKITA.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: NIKITA
HOURS: 1.00

FRIDAYS: It's the tenth and final season of SMALLVILLE, leading into 6th-season SUPERNATURAL. These two shows worked so well together on Thursdays. It's nice to see them back together, even if for one final season.
UPFRONT GRADE: A
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL
HOURS: 2.00

OVERALL UPFRONT GRADE: C+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: HELLCATS, NIKITA, SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL
HOURS: 4.00

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

FALL TV UPFRONTS 2010-11: CBS

MONDAYS: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER kicks things off again, with RULES OF ENGAGEMENT following. RULES was contractually obligated to start the season rather than go midseason, so this makes sense. TWO AND A HALF MEN stays at 9, with that show's creator, Chuck Lorre, getting the prime real estate after for MIKE & MOLLY. To top off the night, it's the highly anticipated HAWAII FIVE-O.
UPFRONT GRADE: A+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: MOTHER, RULES, MEN, MIKE & MOLLY, and HAWAII FIVE-0. In other words, ALL OF THEM! AWESOME NIGHT! CBS gets points for changing things up, moving BIG BANG and CSI MIAMI from their slots.
HOURS: 3.00

TUESDAYS: After premiering two new shows on this night last year, CBS wisely sticks with familiarity here so that NCIS: LA and THE GOOD WIFE can gain traction in their sophomore years following the original NCIS at 8.
UPFRONT GRADE: B+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

WEDNESDAYS: Another big move, CBS relocates SURVIVOR here, which it has shown to perform well on when CBS had basketball pre-empt the show on Thursdays. CRIMINAL MINDS and the new DEFENDERS follow.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

THURSDAYS: Another HUGE move: BIG BANG THEORY kicks off the comedy block, which is CBS's highest-rated sitcom. For once, CBS has a chance to have another successful comedy hour, what with the new and buzzy BLEEP MY DAD SAYS following it. Its business as usual after that: the original CSI and then THE MENTALIST.
UPFRONT GRADE: A-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: BIG BANG, BLEEP MY DAD SAYS
HOURS: 1.00

FRIDAYS: WOW! Three scripted shows: MEDIUM, then CSI: NY, and then the new BLUE BLOODS with Tom Selleck. This is another bold move by CBS, and with the other nets also programming scripted shows on this night, Fridays could one again be contenders. Thank you, CBS!
UPFRONT GRADE: A
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

SATURDAYS: Repeats of their CRIMETIME SATURDAYS for the first two hours, then 48 HOURS MYSTERY
UPFRONT: C-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

SUNDAYS: 60 MINUTES, THE AMAZING RACE, UNDERCOVER BOSS and the relocated CSI: MIAMI. Looking good!
UPFRONT: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

OVERALL UPFRONT GRADE: A. After canning many of their long-running shows (COLD CASE, NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, NUMBERS, and THE GHOST WHISPERER), CBS has moved some other long-runners around in a very competitive effort to mix things up. The result is the most ambitiious CBS slate I have seen in a LONG TIME!
SHOWS: HIMYM, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, TWO AND A HALF MEN, MIKE & MOLLY, HAWAII FIVE-0, BIG BANG THEORY, and BLEEP MY DAD SAYS
HOURS: 5.00

FALL TV PREVIEW 2010-11: Anticipating ABC

Based on the trailers alone, here are the ABC shows, in order:


No Ordinary Family........................8
Better Together...........................8
Happy Endings...................... .....8
My Generation............................8
Mr. Sunshine..............................8
Off The Map................................7
Body of Proof..............................7
Detroit 1-8-7...............................6
The Whole Truth.........................5

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FALL TV PREVIEW 2010-11: FOX Anticipation

Based on the trailers ONLY, here are my rankings of the new shows coming to FOX in the 2010-2011 season:

RAISING HOPE....................8
LONESTAR........................8
RUNNING WILDE...................7
RIDE-ALONG......................6
BOB'S BURGERS...................6
MIXED SIGNALS...................5

[No trailer yet for TERRA NOVA]

FALL TV UPFRONTS 2010-11: ABC

MONDAYS: The usual: DANCING WITH THE STARS for 2 hours leading into junior year bubbly show CASTLE, which could break out wide next fall. It's certainly been on a roll this year thanks to the resurgent DANCING. Better hope the casting people of DANCING choose wisely again, since their choices this last season reinvigorated the aging reality competition.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS I WILL WATCH: None

TUESDAYS: The buzzy NO ORDINARY FAMILY will kick things off. Its about a family who's plane crashes in the Amazon, and then the family discovers they have certain superpowers. Looks really fun! But then so did PUSHING DAISIES, and you saw what ABC did to that one. The DWTS RESULTS show follows, and then the documentary-style police drama DETROIT 1-8-7 wraps the night.
UPRFRONT GRADE: A-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: NO ORDINARY FAMILY. DETROIT looks kinda interesting, but i will most likely not watch it.
HOURS: 1.00

WEDNESDAYS: Comedy is king again for ABC. THE MIDDLE will kick it off, followed by newcomer BETTER TOGETHER starring one of my favorite actresses (REBA's JoAnna Garcia). MODERN FAMILY and COUGAR TOWN keep the comfort flowing. Then THE WHOLE TRUTH finishes the night.
UPFRONT GRADE: A
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: MIDDLE, BETTER TOGETHER, MODERN FAMILY, and COUGAR TOWN
HOURS: 2.00

THURSDAYS: MY GENERATION starts the night out and follows high school students from graduation to 10 years later. Shonda Rimes' GREYS ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE stay put. Yawn.
UPFRONT GRADE: C+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: MY GENERATION
HOURS: 1.00

FRIDAYS: Reality SECRET MILLIONAIRE starts the night; Dana Delaney's new show BODY OF PROOF gets the ugly 9 pm birth; and 20/20 closes out.
UPFRONT: B-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOUR: None

SATURDAYS: College Football

SUNDAYS:
Nothing new here, unfortunately. AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL, EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and BROTHERS & SISTERS. ABC really dropped the ball here. If they wanted to save HOUSEWIVES, they should have been more aggressive. EXTREME has been sucky for two years now, and isnt it time to test out a NEW show following HOUSEWIVES? I'm afraid CBS is going to win this night now.
UPFRONT: D+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
HOURS: 1.00

OVERALL UPFRONT GRADE: C
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: NO ORDINARY FAMILY, MIDDLE, BETTER TOGETHER, MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN, MY GENERATION, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
TOTAL HOURS: 5.00

MIDSEASON: HAPPY ENDINGS, MR SUNSHINE, V, and OFF THE PATH

Monday, May 17, 2010

FALL TV PREVIEW 2010-11: NBC anticipation!

Based on the TRAILERS alone, here is how I rank NBC's new fall/midseason shows:

THE EVENT.........................9
LOVE BITES.........................8
PERFECT COUPLES............8
OUTSOURCED.....................8
PAUL REISER SHOW............8
THE CAPE............................7
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS.....7
UNDERCOVERS...................6
CHASE................................6
HARRY'S LAW......................5
OUTLAW..............................2

[No trailer yet for LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES]

UPFRONTS 2010-2011: FOX

MONDAYS: HOUSE kicks things off at 8, no surprise there. That leads into the new drama series LONESTAR, which sounds intriguing. Could this have tinges of DALLAS to it, or it will it be more like JUSTIFIED? I havent a clue, which is always exciting. The show sounds original enough, and I look forward to sampling it.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: LONESTAR
HOURS: 1.00

TUESDAYS: GLEE goes to 8, which is great as a platform to lead into the live-action comedies RAISING HOPE and RUNNING WILDE, two newbies that I will be sure to sample. But given FOXs track record with LIVE ACTION, I won't hold my breath (ahem, BROTHERS, TIL DEATH and SONS OF TUCSON).
UPFRONT GRADE: A-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: GLEE, RAISING HOPE, and RUNNING WILDE. My kinda night!
HOURS: 2.00

WEDNESDAYS: LIE TO ME makes a surprising 3rd season return, followed by reality HELL'S KITCHEN. Not a fan of either, so don't look for me to watch FOX on this night until AMERICAN IDOL returns mid-season.
UPFRONT GRADE: C-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: NONE
HOURS: NONE

THURSDAYS: BONES is back, though not with me. I never did jump on the BONES bandwagon. As for FRINGE, it all depends if I screen seasons 1 and 2 on DVD before-hand, which I plan to do over the summer. I don't want to miss out on another season of FRINGE, which I hear is great.
UPFRONT GRADE: B-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: FRINGE
HOURS: 1.00

FRIDAYS: AWESOME NEWS! Fox is going with scripted again, though I worry that HUMAN TARGET won't find an audience here. But I am also intrigued with GOOD GUYS being on the sked, seeing as how that show hasnt even previewed yet for summer. FOX must have faith in it. I am looking forward to it. Both actually. Only saw HUMAN TARGET a couple times this season and liked what I saw.
UPFRONT GRADE: For a Friday, I give this an A
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: maybe HUMAN TARGET, maybe GOOD GUYS. Just not gonna commit at this time to either one.
HOURS: None

SATURDAY: COPS, more COPS, then AMERICAS MOST WANTED
UPFRONT: For a Saturday, a B- (Hey, at least its original programming!)
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS: None

SUNDAY: Animation Domination continues: SIMPSONS, CLEVELAND SHOW, FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: SIMPSONS and AMERICAN DAD
HOURS: 1.00

OVERALL GRADE: B-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: LONESTAR, GLEE, RAISING HOPE, RUNNING WILDE, FRINGE, SIMPSONS and AMERICAN DAD
TOTAL HOURS: 5.00

MIDSEASON: RIDE-ALONG, AMERICAN IDOL, MIXED SIGNALS, and BOB'S BURGERS. Yay to all!