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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter TV Round-Up 2012

ALCATRAZ (FOX) A
TOUCH (FOX) A
PROJECT RUNWAY ALL*STARS (LIFETIME) B
MOBBED (FOX) B
WORK IT (ABC) B- CANCELLED!!!!
ROB! (CBS) B-
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP (ABC) B-
ARE YOU THERE CHELSEA (NBC) C+
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (FOX) C+
I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK (MTV) C+
ANGRY BOYS (HBO) C-
THE FINDER (FOX) C-
LOST GIRL (SYFY) C-
THE FIRM (NBC) C-
THE FADES (BBCAMERICA) C-
HOUSE OF LIES (SHOWTIME) D+
JANE BY DESIGN (ABCFAMILY) D+
UNSUPERVISED (FX) D
BETTY WHITE'S OFF THEIR ROCKERS (NBC) D-
LUCK (HBO) D
REMODELED (CW) F

Winter TV Review: I Just Want My Pants Back

MTV also previewed an early-2012 show (this one was back in late August following Awkward's run. I JUST...is the story about a guy who hooks up with a girl and loses his pants in the morning when she wears them. And the bloke just wants those pants back, natch. Its a flimsy set-up, and only marginally entertaining. I have no clue where the show can go from here, and for that reason I am mildly curious to tune in again for episode 2. I just want him to get his pants back, of course. C+

WINTER TV REVIEW: Luck

HBO bet big on sneak-previewing its new horse/race track drama LUCK starring Dustin Hoffman in early December ahead of its 2012 winter run, and I'm glad it did because this is one less show I have to DVR. Hard as I tried, I could only get through the first half before deleting the pilot episode. The pacing is slow, and for a racing drama, that's just good. The 'mane' thing to like about the show is some snazzy production values. Other than that, a D grade.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

FALL TV REVIEW: IMPRACTICAL JOKERS

TRU TV unfolds the latest idiotic show...this one has 4 guys who dare each other to do outrageous stunts, only in the pilot the stunts were pretty tame. I tuned out when the 'punishment' was having the loser pick up dog feces in a bark park. D+

FALL TV REVIEW: Who's Still Standing and You Deseve It

Two new game shows hit the airwaves this holiday season: ABC's YOU DESERVE IT for Thanksgiving and NBC's WHO'S STILL STANDING for Christmas. Both are pretty much standard nighttime game shows. With YOU DESERVE IT, the contestant is playing for someone in need, and it's pretty schmaltzy stuff. STILL STANDING is a little more fun, with contestants dropping through the floor when they guess wrong or are ousted. Both don't really offer up anything new to the format, and for that I give them both a D+

Monday, December 12, 2011

Fall TV Review: The Exes

TVLand rolls out another original situation comedy, following the huge success of HOT IN CLEVELAND and lesser-successes RETIRED AT 35 and HAPPILY DIVORCED. THE EXES, starring TV-faves Kristen Johnson (3rd Rock From The Sun), Donald Faison (Scrubs and Clueless) and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), THE EXES centers around divorce lawyer Kristen as she has funny escapades with her male clients. Two eps in and I'm enjoying it, though the show is a bit tame and predicable. But whereas RETIRED and HAPPILY left me a bit bored, THE EXES shows some spark in the vein of CLEVELAND. B

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fall TV Review: I Hate My Teenage Daughter

FOX kept this comedy on the back-burner for almost the entire fall, and by the look of the pilot, one can see why. It doesnt have the charm of NEW GIRL, nor is it particularly biting enough to make it cult-edgy. The two lead actresses are brilliant in their acting and comedic delivery, but the rest of this sitcome about two high-school-bullied girls who grow up to breed mean girls is just so-so entertainment. Not a total waste, just not particularly worth investing in, either. C

Saturday, December 3, 2011

FALL TV TOP TEN

1. ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC) This whimsical ABC drama was the sleeper hit of the fall, surprising critics and obliterating all predictions that the show would meet a quick death. Instead it became the hottest drama of the fall, and helped pump a little more juice into the pathetic season 8 of Desperate Housewives. I love the two worlds, and love the visuals. Havent had a show like this on the air since Pushing Daisies.

2. REVENGE (ABC) ABC also re-invented the nighttime sudser with this smart drama about a woman scorned, and the lengths she'd go to to exact revenge on those who'd done her daddy wrong. Each episode gets more and more delicious, and the cast is stunning to watch - especially the actor who plays the soon-to-get-shot Daniel Graystone.

3. ENLIGHTENED (HBO) I had no clue that this new HBO dramedy would be so damn great! It has an indie-movie feel to it, but the writing and acting are top-notch, and I swear I've shed a tear or have been moved with each and every episode. The highlight of the season so far is when the two leads take a canoe trip and having a bonding experience.

4. AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX) After the successes of vampires (True Blood) and zombies (Walking Dead) on cable, ghosts got their chance to scare up audiences in Ryan Murphy's new kinky thriller drama haunted house story. After a questionable start, the show has really found its groove and has totally drawn me in. Here's hoping new tenants move in next season, though. Oh, and Dylan McDermott's ass is HOT. I also kinda got turned on when the cheating half of the gay couple got his pants and underwear torn down his butt by Rubber Man.

5. NEW GIRL (FOX) Zooey Deschanel earns her paycheck every week as the adorable star of this new sitcom. The 3 male roomies are strictly background noise at this point. Hard to imagine the show would work without its female lead.

6. THE SECRET CIRCLE (CW) This Kevin Williamson teen show about intergenerational covens of witches started strong, but has weakened in recent weeks. Its becoming a bit too convoluted and needs to ease up on the angst a bit.

7. RINGER (CW) Soapy, but not nearly as fun as ABC's Revenge. Sarah Michelle Gellar is good as the twins Siobhan and Bridget. It's less-filling trash, but still kinda satisfying if you get into it. And I did.

8. GRIMM (NBC) Great pilot, but the acting and writing are juvenile. I still have faith that this show will find the right tone. Comedy is good, but lame procedural drama isn't.

9. UP ALL NIGHT (NBC) A tri-fecta of comedy experts (Married With Children's Christina Applegate, Arrested Development's Will Arnett, and SNL's Maya Rudolph) joined forces in this baby-rearing comedy that also incorporated a funny workplace com complete with America's Got Talent's Nick Cannon. The results were ALMOST-hilarious, just not laugh-out-loud. With some tweaking, this has the potential to become great, or is it a one-note comedy centering around that baby Ava? Less baby, more Maya!

10. THE EXES (TVLAND) Great cast, needs better writing. 'Nuff said.

RUNNER-UPS:


11. 2 BROKE GIRLS (CBS) It was hard for me to like this show at first, but it has slowly grown on me. The tragic part of the show is the lame supporting cast that backs up the diner where our waitresses work. I also think Kat Dennings is a bit too snarky. Oh, and whats up with that horse in their back yard? Winter is coming...

12. TERRA NOVA (FOX) This and CHARLIES ANGELS were two shows that I was most looking forward to. Sucks that TERRA NOVA became a schmaltzy Spielberg family drama. So much potential wasted...

13. THE X FACTOR (FOX) THis first year of the singing competition has some kinks to work out, such as ditching host Steve Jones, axing Nicole, and even possibly the annoying LA Reid. Keep Simon and Paula and bring in a current recording artist (THE VOICE masters this with Adam, CeeLo, Xtina and Blake) and a Nick Cannon-like host to keep things funny. Also, the first year had some less-than-inspiring finalists.

14. CHARLIE'S ANGELS (ABC) This one should have been a hit, if only the casting had been better. Oh, and why was it so serious? People expect escapism out of their ANGELS, not this current CSI-like procedural crap.

15. WHITNEY (NBC) Should have been funnier...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fall TV Review: For Better or Worse

Tyler Perry's new, umm, comedy (?) on TBS fails spectacuraly both as a, well, comedy, and also as a drama. I'm not sure what tone the show was aiming for, and therefor found the opening 10 minutes to be a total trainwreck. But WOOF to the lead actor....I had to pause my DVR when he stepped out of the shower. F