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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