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Sunday, July 31, 2011

SUMMER TV ROUND-UP

TORCHWOOD (STARZ) A
THE GLEE PROJECT (OXYGEN) A-
ALPHAS (SYFY) A-
COME FLY WITH ME (BBCAMERICA) A-
LOVE IN THE WILD (NBC) A-
HAPPILY DIVORCED (TVLAND) B+
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (NBC) B+
NTSF: SD: SUV (CARTOON) B
ROSEANNE'S NUTS (LIFETIME) B
LOVE BITES (NBC) B
TEEN WOLF (MTV) B-
PLATINUM HIT (Bravo) B-
EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE (ABC) B-
NY INK (TLC) B-
FALLING SKIES (TNT) C+
AWKWARD (MTV) C+
FRANKLIN & BASH (TNT) C+
101 WAYS TO LEAVE A GAME SHOW (ABC) C+
THE LYING GAME (ABC FAMILY) C+
SWITCHED AT BIRTH (ABC FAMILY) C
AGAINST THE WALL (LIFETIME) C
ROCCOS DINNER PARTY (BRAVO) C
STATE OF GEORGIA (ABCFAMILY) C-
NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING (ABC FAMILY) C-
NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (USA) C-
SUITS (USA) C-
FAMOUS FOOD (VH1) C-
DEATH VALLEY (MTV) D+
STRIKE BACK (CINEMAX) D+
SINGLE LADIES (VH1) D+
EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS (ABC) D+
COMMERCIAL KINGS (IFC) D+
IT'S WORTH WHAT? (NBC) D+
WILFRED (FX) D
KARAOKE BATTLE USA (ABC) D
JON BENJAMIN HAS A VAN (COMEDY) D
OUTCASTS (BBCAMERICA) D
KICKIN IT (DISNEY) D
LEGEND QUEST (SYFY) D
THE PROTECTOR (LIFETIME) D
YOUNG BROKE & BEAUTIFUL (IFC) D-
COMBAT HOSPITAL (ABC)D-
BURIED TREASURE (FOX) D-
IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT (FOX) F
TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN (ABC) F
RIDICULOUSNESS (MTV) F
SAME NAME (CBS) F
WORLD ACCORDING TO PARIS (OXYGEN) F
MILLION DOLLAR DECORATOR (BRAVO) F
FINDING BIGFOOT (ANIMAL PLANET) F

Summer TV Review: Torchwood

Captain Jack is back, only this time the Torchwood team has moved from the BBC over to this side of the pond, via Starz. Based on the pilot, the new Torchwood zipped along and was might intertaining as it introduced the season-long arc of what would happen if no one died, known as Miracle Day. Unfortunately, by episode 3, Torchwood was nearly unwatchable. But since I rate shows based on pilots only, I had to give Torchwood the A that the pilot deserved. A

Summer TV Review: Its Worth What?

This new Cedric the Entertainer game show is grating on the nerves, especially when the last word of the show's title is drawn out as "Wuuuuut?" As for the format, its about as exciting as watching an hour's worth of Price is Right where the only game is price-guessing which item costs more. D+

Summer TV Review: Same Name

This new CBS show is like Wife Swap, where a famous celeb, such as David Hasslehoff (um, i use the word 'famous' very loosely here) switches place with their same-name person. Soooo fake, and soooo not on my DVR any more. F

Summer TV Review: Legend Quest

Much like "Ghost Hunters", this new SyFy 'reality' show wants to 'prove' that certain Legends really do exist...and much like "Ghost Hunters", the word FAKE comes to mind. D

Summer TV Review: NTSF: SD: SUV

A spoof of CSI shows, much like Childrens Hospital was a spoof of ER and medical shows. This is fast-paced, and quite funny. Check it out on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim. B

Summer TV Review: Roseanne's Nuts

This new Lifetime reality show reintroduces Roseanne Barr in reality format as she jokes around her Hawaiian macadamia nut farm, hence the 'nuts'. But its the Star-Spangled Banner episode that solidified this as an interesting show, to me. For once I understood the bum rap that Rosie got for mangling our country's theme song. B

Summer TV Review: Awkward

MTV's latest scripted show is a high school comedy about a so-so popular girl who gets very noticed after a mishap gets mistaken has a suicide attempt. Lot of potential, and future episodes built on the original premise, but i found the pilot to be a bit bland. C+

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer TV Review: Alphas

Though not as tonally fun as Eureka and Warehouse 13, the 90-minute pilot of ALPHAS on SyFy was a solid debut for a show about a group of people with heightened abilities, such as super strength and mind control. At times it reminded me of HEROES season 1, so I hope the show can continue its strong opening promise. A-

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer TV Review: Famous Food

VH1 has a new reality show that's a train wreck of 'celebs' who are train wrecks themselves. When the person I most want to win is former escort Ashley Dupree, that speaks volumes of the other 'famous' people, such as Bachelor #14 Jake, Real Housewife Danielle Staub, Big Pussy from the Sopranos, media whore Heidi Montag and the guys from Three 6 Mafia. Move on. C=

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summer TV Review: Necessary Roughness

USA's latest summer series is a departure from crime and lawyer prodecurals. That's the good news. The bad news is that NECESSARY isnt compelling television. The show essentially drags, even though star Callie Thorne does a good job conveying her job as a therapist to a high-profile professional football player for the fictional New York Hawks. I admire that the show isnt your typical USA show, but I just wish it could have been entertaining. Future episodes will explore other clients, with the Hawks player the central ongoing client, keeping the football front and center throughout the show. From the pilot, this is a mixed blessing since its also such a snooze to watch, as well as the dance Callie plays with the coach of the team that she can no longer be intimate with so long as Mehcad is her client. C-

Fall TV Preview: Night By Night

NIGHT BY NIGHT

MONDAYS:
8:00 HOUR: ABC will once again be the network to catch on Monday nights with DANCING WITH THE STARS PERFORMANCE SHOW, though NBC and FOX are certainly going to give the veteran reality show a run for it’s money. Somewhat surprisingly, NBC is offering its own 2-hour reality show, the lukewarm THE SING-OFF, which looks to me like just a holding dock until midseason then THE VOICE takes over this same slot. I don’t see THE SING OFF doing much damage, so if it can attain better ratings than what CHUCK and THE EVENT had been doing, I see this still as a win-win for NBC for the night. CBS returns the again HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER for a 7th season, followed by upstart 2 BROKE GIRLS, which scored the highest testing scores (for comedy OR drama) in CBS’s history. Look for modest results for CBS here. And with CW returning GOSSIP GIRL to its original timeslot at 8, and a long-in-the-tooth fifth season, DANCING’s only real competition will come from the highly-anticipated FOX-Spielberg collaboration TERRA NOVA. No doubt, TERRA will debut strong, but these shows tend to cool quickly. So unless the genre show is out and out spectacular, look for ABC to once again dominate here.
First Place: Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
Second Place: How I Met Your Mother/2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Third Place: Terra Nova (FOX)
Fourth Place: The Sing-Off (NBC)
Fifth Place: Gossip Girl (CW)
9:00 HOUR: DANCING continues along with SING OFF for this hour. A revamped TWO AND A HALF MEN with Ashton Kutcher will also start out very strong. But once curiosity has waned, will Kutcher have the goods to keep MEN a smash? Only time will tell. CBS smartly keeps MIKE & MOLLY at 9:30. M&M is still young and has yet to prove its chops by working solo (witness the so-so ratings this past spring). Ratings for CBS will definitely diminish in the hour compared to years past. Over at FOX, it’s the rumored 8th and final season of HOUSE, which could score some decent ratings with the publicity of it being the final year. The CW tries out a new show starring another doctor, this one the young and beautiful Rachel Bilson. I don’t have high hopes for its success, though.
First Place: Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
Second Place: Two and a Half Men/Mike & Molly (CBS)
Third Place: House (FOX)
Fourth Place: The Sing-Off (NBC)
Fifth Place: Hart of Dixie (CW)
10:00 HOUR: Even though THE PLAYBOY CLUB has the word ‘Playboy’ in the title, don’t expect this new drama to be a power player, especially with the weak SING-OFF as a lead-in. This prestige drama could flame out dramatically for NBC, though it being NBC, it will gladly take a 2.0. The main battle in the hour will be fourth-year CASTLE on ABC, which has the strength of DANCING to guide it, and second year HAWAII FIVE-0, which never broke out for CBS, but is still a decent enough player.
First Place: Castle (ABC)
Second Place: Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Third Place: The Playboy Club (NBC)
SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls (NEW), Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, The Playboy Club (NEW) and Terra Nova (NEW)
TOTAL HOURS: 4

TUESDAYS:
8:00 HOUR: Until the public absolutely tires of the CBS crime procedural assembly line of cookie cutter shows molded to show death and mayhem, its hard to predict anything will overthrow daddy NCIS on CBS in the kick-off hour, at least in term of overall viewers. As for 18 to 49, GLEE on FOX was the break out last year, but that’s also a very fickle demo, and who knows how much GLEE will slip in its junior year. I certainly think the high school musical has peaked, both creatively and with viewers. NBC has more of THE BIGGEST LOSER, which I think should take a break to build interest, and CW moves 90210 into the hour, hardly a power play. The only new programming comes with ABCs comedy block of LAST MAN STANDING starring Tim Allen and MAN UP, which looks to be an early cancel. I also don’t know how I feel about Tim’s new show. I know he had one of the biggest hits of the 90s with HOME IMPROVEMENT, but will audiences still care enough to see him in a traditional sitcom? Overall, this isn’t a very exciting hour.
First Place: NCIS (CBS)
Second Place: Glee (FOX)
Third Place: The Biggest Loser (NBC)
Fourth Place: Last Man Standing/Man Up (ABC)
Fifth Place: 90210 (CW)
9:00 HOUR: DANCING RESULTS SHOW on ABC has the, um, leg up here, though don’t count out NCIS: LA making some solid traction. NBC should still have solid numbers, for NBC standards at least, for the second half of LOSER, though its aging much quicker than DANCING. FOX breaks out a new comedy THE NEW GIRL followed by the second season of RAISING HOPE, which started strong in its freshman year, then faded during the second half of the season. CW has the promising RINGER with Sarah Michelle Gellar, but its also one of those complication serialized shows that, if viewers arent hooked early on, will only show audience erosion as the season progresses.
First Place: DANCING RESULTS (ABC)
Second Place: NCIS: LA (CBS)
Third Place: BIGGEST LOSER (NBC)
Fourth Place: NEW GIRL/RAISING HOPE (FOX)
Fifth Place: RINGER (CW)
10:00 HOUR: Fortunately for CBS, there isn’t much competition to derail its new procedural, UNFORGETTABLE, starring Piper Montgomery. And coming off the NCIS combo, this is on brand for the network as it replaces the weak GOOD WIFE. NBC has had some highs and lows with third year PARENTHOOD, and looks to continue to do so-so numbers. The wild card is the horrible, but modestly rated, BODY OF PROOF, which will probably win the hour due to DANCING, though its going to be a tight race. I’ll still go with UNFORGETTABLE winning though.
FIRST PLACE: UNFORGETTABLE (CBS)
SECOND PLACE: BODY OF PROOF (ABC)
THIRD PLACE: PARENTHOOD (NBC)
SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: 90210, RINGER, GLEE, NEW GIRL, RAISING HOPE, LAST MAN STANDING, MAN UP and PARENTHOOD
TOTAL HOURS: 6

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 HOUR: The only option in the kick-off hour is reality on three networks and comedies on the other two. No doubt, FOX’s X FACTOR will come on strong with the curiosity factor of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. But coming off a summer of AMERICAS GOT TALENT, and a resurgent AMERICAN IDOL and the new hit addition of THE VOICE, not to mention THE SING OFF on Monday nights, will audiences be tired of all this vocal adrenaline? I don’t think FACTOR will nearly be the hit that IDOL is, but will still be huge. CBS’s SURVIVOR is still a reliable performer, and will probably take second place. The other reality option, H8R on CW, isn’t even in the running and will be a very weak fifth place. The comedy alternatives are THE MIDDLE and SUBURGATORY on ABC. Entering its third year, THE MIDDLE has never broken out the way MODERN FAMILY has, and there’s no reason it will next season up against X FACTOR. This could spell disaster for SUBURGATORY if it doesn’t click with viewers, though it should still improve upon BETTER WITH YOU. Challenging ABC’s comedy block is NBC’s very own new comedy block of UP ALL NIGHT from Lorne Michaels and FREE AGENTS with Hank Azaria. Neither jumps out as a hit to me, and will most likely get lost out of the gates.
First Place: THE X FACTOR (FOX)
Second Place: SURVIVOR (CBS)
Third Place: THE MIDDLE/SUBURGATORY (ABC)
Fourth Place: UP ALL NIGHT/FREE AGENTS (NBC)
Fifth Place: H8R (CW)
9:00 HOUR: FOX continues with the final 30 minutes of FACTOR, followed by the promising newcomer I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER. CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS will probably see its numbers dwindle up against the smash MODERN FAMILY on ABC, though the verdict is still out on how good HAPPY ENDING will do following it. I happen to love HAPPY, and hope it finds its audience following a spring tryout where the comedy had to fight for viewers from the 10 to 11 hour. NBC offers up the older skewing HARRYS LAW, which sounds like a mistake in this hour, and CW has the fading AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL.
First Place: X FACTOR/I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (Fox)
Second Place: MODERN FAMILY/HAPPY ENDINGS (ABC)
Third Place: CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
Fourth Place: HARRYS LAW (NBC)
Fifth Place: AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL (CW)
10:00 HOUR: This should be an interesting hour, as we find out just how far CSI has fallen in the hearts of viewers. CBS moves it to this new night, and it will challenge the long-in-the-tooth final LAW AND ORDER franchise on NBC, SVU. Both shows have seen their better days, so its just borrowed time for both as they go up against the new soapy show REVENGE on ABC. ABC has had very little luck in this hour over the years, and I don’t see REVENGE bucking that trend. Look for an early cancellation for REVENGE.
First Place: CSI (CBS)
Second Place: LAW AND ORDER: SVU (NBC)
Third Place: REVENGE (ABC)
SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: X FACTOR, I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER, SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC, THE MIDDLE, SUBURGATORY, MODERN FAMILY, HAPPY ENDINGS, REVENGE, UP ALL NIGHT and FREE AGENTS
HOURS: 6

THURSDAYS:
8:00 HOUR: Mirroring the IDOL template, THE X FACTOR RESULTS SHOW should win the hour, witch CBS continuing to pack in eyeballs with their BIG BANG THEORY and newcomer HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN. The wild card in the hour is the highly anticipated CHARLIES ANGELS on ABC, which could finally give ABC some needed juice in an hour that’s been proven to be quite challenging these last couple of years. NBC has their cult faves COMMUNITY and PARKS & RECREATION, which should score the same numbers they’ve done in the past in their respective slots. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on CW isn’t much of a player anymore, though still has its ardent fan base, too. This is going to be a brutal hour, for sure, and is shaping up to be the most exciting hour, in my opinion.
First Place: X FACTOR RESULTS (Fox)
Second Place: BIG BANG THEORY/ HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN (CBS)
Third Place: CHARLIE’S ANGELS (ABC)
Fourth Place: COMMUNITY/ PARKS & REC (NBC)
Fifth Place: VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW)
9:00 HOUR: Now that Steve Carell is gone from THE OFFICE, how far will it slide? Being paired with the new WHITNEY doesn’t seem to help it’s chances much. Then again, CSI is now gone and has been replaced with the risky entry PERSON OF INTEREST on CBS, all while GREYS ANATOMY continues to age on ABC. Speaking of age, there’s also BONES on FOX, and another newbie, THE SECRET CIRCLE on CW. If ANGELS is a hit, then look for GREYS to get a boost, but overall I don’t think any one network is going to be balls-out a success here. Instead, look for a very tight race between all shows… this is also one hour in particular that I am curious to see where the pieces fall. Its really anyone’s game for a myriad of reasons.
First Place: GREYS ANATOMY (ABC)
Second Place: PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS)
Third Place: BONES (FOX)
Fourth Place: THE OFFICE/WHITNEY (NBC)
Fifth Place: THE SECRET CIRCLE (CW)
10:00 HOUR: THE MENTALIST on CBS doesn’t have much competition here. It will be a split decision between PRIME SUSPECT on NBC, which has the challenge of offering something new to the table with Maria Bello (can she really replace Helen Mirren in the iconic role?). Then there is the aging PRIVATE PRACTICE on ABC, which never has been a strong competitor in four years of existence.
First Place: THE MENTALIST (CBS)
Second Place: PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
Third Place: PRIME SUSPECT (NBC)
SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: THE BIG BANG THEORY, HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, THE X FACTOR, CHARLIES ANGELS, COMMUNITY, PARKS & REC, THE OFFICE, WHITNEY, THE SECRET CIRCLE, PERSON OF INTEREST
HOURS: 7

FRIDAYS
8:00 HOUR: CHUCK finishes out its run on NBC with 13 episodes on this new night. It’s main competition will come in the form of the new CBS drama A GIFTED MAN. From there its anyone’s game as ABC relocates the fading EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION and CW relocates NIKITA. FOX goes for more of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES.
First Place: CHUCK (NBC)
Second Place: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (FOX)
Third Place: EXTREME MAKEOVER (ABC)
Fourth Place: A GIFTED MAN (CBS)
Fifth Place: NIKITA (CW)
9:00 HOUR: It’s looking grim for NBCs GRIMM in this hour as the new thriller goes up against established genre shows FRINGE on FOX and SUPERNATURAL on CW. That leaves CSI NY on CBS and SHARK TANK on ABC. There’s no real reason why CSI won’t again win the hour in total viewers, leaving other eyeballs to check out the other shows, all of which I will be watching.
First Place: CSI NY (CBS)
Second Place: FRINGE (FOX)
Third Place: SHARK TANK (ABC)
Fourth Place: GRIMM (NBC)
Fifth Place: SUPERNATURAL (CW)
10:00 HOUR: CBS will dominate once again with sophomore effort BLUE BLOODS. That leaves newsmags DATELINE and 20/20 to duke it out on NBC and ABC.
First Place: BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
Second Place: 20/20 (ABC) will edge out the similar:
Third Place DATELINE (NBC)
SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: CHUCK, GRIMM, FRINGE, SHARK TANK and SUPERNATURAL
Hours: 5

SUNDAYS
8:00 HOUR: For obvious reasons, NBC is going to win this night due to the presence of SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL - assuming there’s even going to BE football in the fall. At this point, we have to assume there will be and rank the night accordingly. For non-sports fans, the shows in this hour vying for attention are animation domination on FOX with THE SIMPSONS and the new ALLEN GREGORY. Look for a solid 18 to 49 demo win here. ABC has a new show, too, ONCE UPON A TIME, which is will probably flame out spectacularly if it isn’t, well, spectacular. That leaves THE AMAZING RACE on CBS…and never count out THE RACE.
First Place: SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC)
Second Place: THE AMAZING RACE (CBS)
Third Place: THE SIMPSONS/ALLEN GREGORY (FOX)
Fourth Place: ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
9:00 HOUR: It’s a battle for second place with the fading DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES on ABC and the relocated THE GOOD WIFE on CBS. This will be a key battle come fall. FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD air on FOX.
First Place: SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC)
Second Place: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
Third Place: THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
Fourth Place: FAMILY GUY/AMERICAN DAD (FOX)
10:00 HOUR: There’s high hopes that the new PAN AM will be glorious for ABC, and I’m certainly rooting for it. But it will have some stiff (hehe) competition from CSI MIAMI on CBS.
First Place: SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (NBC)
Second Place: CSI MIAMI (CBS)
Third Place: PAN AM (ABC)
SHOWS I WILL BE WATCHING: ONCE UPON A TIME, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, PAN AM, ALLEN GREGORY
HOURS: 3.5

Fall TV Preview: The CW

THE CW
MONDAYS: GOSSIP GIRL returns to the hour that it started, 8 pm. It leads into the new HART OF DIXIE starring Rachel Bilson and created by the same GOSSIP GIRL producers.
WHAT I WILL WATCH: Nothing
HOURS: 0
GRADE: B-

TUESDAYS: I became a fan of 90210 in its third season, but for its fourth year, the show moves to Tuesdays and leads into Sarah Michelle Gellar’s promising CBS cast-off RINGER
WHAT I WILL WATCH: 90210 and RINGER
HOURS: 2.00
GRADE: A-

WEDNESDAYS: Reality show H8R leads into an all-star edition of AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL.
WHAT I WILL WATCH: Nothing
HOURS: 0
GRADE: C-

THURSDAYS: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES leads into Kevin Williamson’s new THE SECRET CIRCLE with Britt Robertston. This is a great pairing and has good flow from hour to hour.
WHAT I WILL WATCH: SECRET CIRCLE
HOURS: 1.00
GRADE: A-

FRIDAYS: NIKITA moves to a new night, followed by SUPERNATURAL at 9.
WHAT I WILL WATCH: SUPERNATURAL
HOURS: 1.00
GRADE: C+

OVERALL CW FALL SCORE: B-

TOP CW NEW FALL SHOWS:
Secret Circle
Ringer
Hart of Dixie
H8R

Fall TV Preview: CBS

CBS
MONDAYS: Comedy reigns supreme again, with HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER leading into the new 2 BROKE GIRLS. A revamped TWO AND A HALF MEN with Ashton Kutcher anchors the night with returning MIKE & MOLLY following. HAWAII FIVE-0 sticks around for stability at 10.
What I Will Watch: HIMYM, 2 BROKE GIRLS, 2.5 MEN and MIKE & MOLLY
HOURS: 2.00
GRADE: A-

TUESDAYS: Two hours of NCIS and NCIS: LA stay where they are, with the new UNFORGETTABLE at 10 pm.
What I Will Watch: Nothing
HOURS: 0
GRADE: C+

WEDNESDAYS: SURVIVOR: SOUTH PACIFIC kicks off the night with another Redemption Island in the mix. Then its CRIMINAL MINDS at 9 followed by a relocated CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION.
What I Will Watch: SURVIVOR
HOURS: 1.00
GRADE: C+

THURSDAYS: THE BIG BANG THEORY leads off the night followed by HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN. Then it’s the new PERSON OF INTEREST getting the plum 9 pm slot, followed by THE MENTALIST
What I Will Watch: BIG BANG, HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, PERSON OF INTEREST
HOURS: 2.00
GRADE: A-

FRIDAYS: A GIFTED MAN is new at 8, followed by CSI: NY and then BLUE BLOODS.
What I Will Watch: Nothing
HOURS: 0
GRADE: B+ (It’s great to see CBS continuing to program scripted shows on Fridays)

SATURDAYS: Kudos to CBS for scheduling a scripted show on this night, even though its just one: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT at 8 pm. Still, I give the network credit for doing so. Personally, though, if any of the other comedies tank, RULES will be quickly yanked from this spot and plugged in to fill that hole.
What I Will Watch: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
HOURS: 0.5
GRADE: B (for the sole reason that the net did what no other network has done in years: programmed something other than reality on the night)

SUNDAYS: Mostly the same: 60 MINUTES, THE AMAZING RACE, then a relocated THE GOOD WIFE, followed by CSI: MIAMI
What I Will Watch: Nothing
HOURS: 0
GRADE: C

OVERALL FALL CBS GRADE: B

TOP RANKING FALL CBS NEW SHOWS:
2 Broke Girls
How To Be A Gentleman
Person of Interest
A Gifted Man
Unforgettable

Fall TV Preview: ABC

ABC
MONDAY: Nothing to get excited about here. It’s business as usual with DANCING WITH THE STARS performance show followed by the fourth season of CASTLE.
What I Will Watch: Nothing
Hours: 0
GRADE: C-

TUESDAYS: Two new comedies will start out the night, both manly shows: LAST MAN STANDING and MAN UP. Then its on to the results show of DANCING followed by second year drama BODY OF PROOF.
What I Will Watch: LAST MAN STANDING and MAN UP
Hours: 1.00
GRADE: C+

WEDNESDAYS: A revamped comedy line-up starts out with THE MIDDLE followed by the promising SUBURGATORY. MODERN FAMILY anchors the 9 pm hour followed by the really funny HAPPY ENDINGS. Rounding out the night is REVENGE.
What I Will Watch: THE MIDDLE, SUBURGATORY, MODERN FAMILY, HAPPY ENDINGS, REVENGE
HOURS: 3.00
GRADE: A+

THURSDAYS: The much-anticipated CHARLIES ANGELS reboot kicks off the night, followed by GREYS ANATOMY and then PRIVATE PRACTICE.
What I Will Watch: CHARLIES ANGELS
HOURS: 1.00
GRADE: B

FRIDAYS: EXTREME MAKEOVER moves from Sundays to kick off Fridays, leading in to SHARK TANK, followed by newsmag 20/20.
What I Will Watch: SHARK TANK
HOURS: 1.00
GRADE: C

SUNDAYS: ABC goes all-out drama in the most aggressive new Sunday lineup since Desperate Housewives first premiered. Its AMERICAS FUNNIEST VIDEOS first, then ONCE UPON A TIME, then the HOUSEWIVES, and then soap PAN AM
What I Will Watch: ONCE UPON A TIME, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and PAN AM
HOURS: 3.00
GRADE: A

MID SEASON: THE RIVER, MISSING, GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES, SCANDAL, APARTMENT 23, WORK IT, and COUGAR TOWN

OVERALL FALL GRADE: B

TOP NEW SHOW RANKINGS:
Charlies Angels
Good Christian Belles
Once Upon A Time
The River
Pan Am
Work It
Revenge
Suburgatory
Apartment 23
Last Man Standing
Man Up
Scandal

Fall TV Preview: FOX

FOX

MONDAYS: The most highly anticipated new show of the fall, TERRA NOVA, kicks off Monday nights at 8, followed by what is expected to be the final season of HOUSE at 9.
What I Will Watch: TERRA NOVA. How can you beat the combo of Steven Spielberg and dinosaurs???
Hours: 1.00
GRADE: A

TUESDAYS: GLEE returns for season three, followed by another comedy block similar to last year, this time being the new NEW GIRL followed by returnee RAISING HOPE.
What I Will Watch: GLEE, NEW GIRL and RAISING HOPE. I’ll admit that I am growing bored with GLEE, so this will be an interesting year for me to see if my interest continues with it. As for NEW GIRL, looks good with Zooey Deschanel, and I am still a fan of baby HOPE.
HOURS: 2.00
GRADE: B+

WEDNESDAYS: Look out, Idol, its Simon Cowell’s long-anticipated X FACTOR performance show for the first 90 minutes, followed by new comedy I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER.
What I Will Watch: X FACTOR and I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER. After IDOL annoyed me to tears with its unfair voting system (I feel it should only be one vote allowed per caller and one per IP address), which ousted Pia Toscano and James Durbin in favor of snoooooze Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. So my interest in this IDOL will be replaced with nasty Simon’s biting and honest remarks. Good to see Paula Abdul back, too.
HOURS: 2.00
GRADE: A

THURSDAYS: X FACTOR results show leads into the veteran show BONES.
What I Will Watch: Gotta see the results show, but I don’t have to stick around for Bones.
HOURS: 1.00
GRADE: C+

FRIDAYS: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES leads into the fourth and presumably final season of FRINGE.
What I Will Watch: FRINGE
HOURS: 1.00
GRADE: C+

SUNDAYS: SIMPSONS, then new show ALLEN GREGORY, followed by FAMILY GUY make for a night of continued Animation Domination.
What I Will Watch: ALLEN GREGORY
HOURS: 0.5
GRADE: B-

MIDSEASON: ALCATRAZ, THE FINDER, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and TOUCH, along with a couple more unannounced comedies.

OVERALL FALL GRADE: B

FALL TV PREVIEW: NBC

NBC

MONDAYS: The biggest change on Mondays is that, for the first time in five years, CHUCK is no longer occupying the 8 pm hour. Instead, NBC has called up THE SING-OFF to use up the first two hours of the night, followed by the new drama THE PLAYBOY CLUB. In mid-season, THE VOICE will take over the first two hours, which is actually a smart move - assuming THE SING-OFF doesn’t tank or get lost amid the arrival THE X FACTOR. If SING-OFF fails, there won’t be a strong lead-in to THE PLAYBOY CLUB.
What I Will Watch: I wasn’t a fan of THE SING OFF, so I will be passing on it, but THE PLAYBOY CLUB is one of the shows I am most looking forward to in the fall, so you bet I will be there to watch sexy Eddie Cibrian and the bunnies.
HOURS of NBC I will watch: 1.00 (PLAYBOY CLUB)
GRADE: B- (I am excited to see NBC try something new for the night, though 2 hours of reality probably wont do the trick.)

TUESDAYS: Nothing new on this night. THE BIGGEST LOSER from 8 to 10, followed by the third season of PARENTHOOD.
What I Will Watch: I don’t like LOSER, but I do tend to catch up on PARENTOOD over the summer, which I did last summer and I will do again this summer. That said, PARENTHOOD is not on the top of my priority list.
HOURS of NBC I Will watch: 1.00 (PARENTHOOD)
GRADE: C- (Even though this is a proven night for LOSER, I was hoping NBC would have held off on it. I think it’s ratings have slipped, and will only continue to do so in the fall. It’s hard to get excited about this night, at least for me.)

WEDNESDAYS: For the first time in YEARS, NBC is adding another night of comedies outside of Thursdays. Kicking off the night are newcomers UP ALL NIGHT starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett and FREE AGENTS starring Hank Azaria. HARRYS LAW moves from Monday nights to the 9 pm hour, followed by long-running LAW & ORDER SVU.
What I Will Watch: UP ALL NIGHT and FREE AGENTS. Of course, for how long depends on their quality. I am not a huge fan of Arnett or Azaria, so it might be hard on me to stick with them.
HOURS: 1.00 (Up All Night and Free Agents)
GRADE: C+ (Launching two new comedies is a risk in the hour, but what drags the night down are the low-rated Harry’s Law and the long-in-tooth SVU. There isn’t a synergistic flow from hour to hour. It feels like something for everyone…or no one.)

THURSDAYS: It’s comedy as usual for the first two hours, with COMMUNITY kicking things off, PARKS N REC returning to its original timeslot, THE OFFICE back in its usual slot, and multi-camera newcomer WHITNEY taking over the old OUTSOURCED slot. 30 ROCK won’t be back til midseason to accommodate Tina Fey’s pregnancy. Maria Bello’s PRIME SUSPECT scores the plum 10 pm slot.
What I Will Watch: COMMUNITY, PARKS, THE OFFICE, WHITNEY
HOURS: 2.00
GRADE: A- (This is a return to Must See TV, with the first 3 shows all highly acclaimed. Let’s hope WHITNEY is of the same caliber. And PRIME SUSPECT is a return to solid drama in the 10 pm hour)

FRIDAYS: CHUCK moves to Friday, something I thought would happen to the low-rated spy show for the last couple of years. This leads into the new fairy-tale drama GRIMM, followed by DATELINE.
What I Will Watch: CHUCK is one of my top ten favorite shows, so I will be there to support it in it’s final season of 13 episodes. I am also looking forward to seeing what the genre show GRIMM is all about.
HOURS: 2.00
GRADE: A- (NBC hasn’t aggressively aired scripted shows on this night for years, so it’s great to see them do so. Let’s hope the other nets do as well.)

SUNDAYS: FOOTBALL
What I Will Watch: Not NBC
GRADE: A (Even though I don’t like football, it’s still a great platform to keep NBC in the ratings gold area, and to launch the rest of their sked)

MID-SEASON: SMASH, AWAKE, BENT, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER and ARE YOU THERE VODKA ITS ME CHELSEA are the newcomers, with SMASH and VODKA two of the network’s shows I am most looking forward to. With THE VOICE, CELEBRITY APPRENTICE and 30 ROCK all returning mid-season, I am more excited about the winter than I am the fall for NBC.

OVERALL FALL GRADE: B

NBC RANKINGS, based on preview clips
1. SMASH (A+)
2. THE PLAYBOY CLUB (A)
3. ARE YOU THERE VODKA, ITS ME CHELSEA (A-)
4. GRIMM (A-)
5. WHITNEY (B)
6. AWAKE (B)
7. BENT (B-)
8. UP ALL NIGHT (B-)
9. FREE AGENTS (B-)
10. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (C+)
11. PRIME SUSPECT - C
12. THE FIRM (Preview Not Available)

SUMMER TV ROUND-UP

THE GLEE PROJECT (OXYGEN) A-
ALPHAS (SYFY) A-
COME FLY WITH ME (BBCAMERICA) A-
LOVE IN THE WILD (NBC) A-
HAPPILY DIVORCED (TVLAND) B+
LOVE BITES (NBC) B
TEEN WOLF (MTV) B-
PLATINUM HIT (Bravo) B-
EXPEDITION IMPOSSIBLE (ABC) B-
NY INK (TLC) B-
FALLING SKIES (TNT) C+
FRANKLIN & BASH (TNT) C+
101 WAYS TO LEAVE A GAME SHOW (ABC) C+
SWITCHED AT BIRTH (ABC FAMILY) C
ROCCOS DINNER PARTY (BRAVO) C
STATE OF GEORGIA (ABCFAMILY) C-
NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING (ABC FAMILY) C-
NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (USA) C-
SUITS (USA) C-
FAMOUS FOOD (VH1) C-
SINGLE LADIES (VH1) D+
EXTREME MAKEOVER: WEIGHT LOSS (ABC) D+
COMMERCIAL KINGS (IFC) D+
WILFRED (FX) D
JON BENJAMIN HAS A VAN (COMEDY) D
OUTCASTS (BBCAMERICA) D
KICKIN IT (DISNEY) D
THE PROTECTOR (LIFETIME) D
YOUNG BROKE & BEAUTIFUL (IFC) D-
COMBAT HOSPITAL (ABC)D-
WORLD ACCORDING TO PARIS (OXYGEN) F
MILLION DOLLAR DECORATOR (BRAVO) F
FINDING BIGFOOT (ANIMAL PLANET) F

Summer TV Review: State of Georgia

This new ABC Family comedy is on brand for the network for teenage girls, but there isnt really anything fresh or exciting to Raven Symone's new comedy that pits her as an actress trying to make it in New York City, whereupon she has recently moved to from the great state of Georgia, hence the title. Raven is quite good at what she does, but the pilot episode had a miscast talent agent going googoo gaga over Raven's obvious attempt to be a seductress. It's that kind of writing and performing that cause me to tune a show like this out. And I have. C-

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer TV Review: Rocco's Dinner Party

Bravo continues its run of fake-reality shows, though this one does score points for a competition format and hottie Rocco Spirito moving things along. I'm bored and don't even feel like explaining how it all goes down, but basically three chefs start out, and in the end the top two compete to win a dinner party via taste of food, ambience and select other criteria. C

Summer TV Review: Yound, Broke and Beautiful

Gag me! This travelogue on the IFC is a complete waste as it explores the seedier side of select cities. D-

Summer TV Review: WILFRED

The promising commercials for this FX 'comedy?' had me jonesing for this show with Elijah Wood who, upon trying to commit suicide, starts seeing his neighbors dog as a man in a fluffy costume. Elijah is actually really good, but the guy in the dog suit is so utterly charmless that it renders WILFRED a complete waste of time. This one's a dog. D

Summer TV Review: Suits

This new USA law procedural makes the inane FRANKLIN & BASH look like Emmy material. Sorry, but after F&B and HARRYS LAW, I am getting just a wee bit tired of this kind of show. Its been done before, and so much better. Pass on SUITS. C-

Summer TV Review: Commercial Kings

IFC reality show about two guys that make wacky tv commercials. The only fun part is the payoff at the end when we get the reveal of the commercial. The rest of the show you will need smelling salt to keep you awake. D+

Summer TV Review: Combat Hospital

ABC does it again...YET ANOTHER FUCKING GREYS ANATOMY knock-off in the long tradition of other failed knockoffs such as Defying Gravity (Greys in space), The Deep End (Greys as lawyers), Off The Map (Greys in the wild), Rookie Blue (Greys as cops) and the upcoming Scandal (Greys with politicians). Now comes this realllllly bad Greys in combat clone. D-

Summer TV Review: Expedition Impossible

Similar to THE AMAZING RACE, this ABC knock-off is less frenetic as it follows 13 teams of 3 across the Morroccan terrain. Its a good summer show if you like this sort of thing. But I'd rather be swimming in the pool. B-

Summer TV Review: 101 Ways to Leave A Game Show

ABC's newest game show is an idiotic one. Contestants vie to answers correctly, and when they miss, they get ejected from the show in horrific ways. Are we as a people really turned on by this kind of WIPEOUT idiocy now? Oh, and the host is completely awful. C+

Summer TV Review: Falling Skies

This TNT show from Steven Spielberg was the most highly-anticipated new show of the summer for me, and thus became the most disappointing in execution. It's way too talky and has that post-apocolyptic feel to it that worked better for THE WALKING DEAD. The alien shots are too few and far between, and the filler in the middle was a bore for two hours. I keep waiting for something exciting to happen, and so far that just hasnt happend yet. There's a war going on, and I'm in the dark. C+

Summer TV Review: Love in the Wild

Maybe I shouldnt like this show as much as I do, but I think its a perfect summer reality show. Its basically a mix of Temptation Island, Survivor, The Amazing Race and Bachelor Pad where 20 men and women are thrown together in the wilds in hopes of finding true love (cue Shrek music). A-