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2012-2013 TV Season

24 May

The networks have announced their 2012-2013 TV seasons, at the end of this post is a link to the best overall posting about the upfronts compliments of Television Without Pity.

Here is what I will be making room for on my DVR

NBC

Go On – Mathew Perry plays a sports radio host who is trying to come to terms with the death of his wife, he attends a grief support group. I know the premise sounds lame, but the trailer sold me. And I am a big Mathew Perry fan, I  will always love the Bing.

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Revolution – Do you remember when that special was on last year based on that book, called After Humans, well this show is sort of like this only the humans are still here but all the technology is gone. I don’t know about you but it certainly plays on a big fear we all have today. We have become so dependent on our smartphones and computers.   It’s from Erik Kripke (creator of  Supernatural), one of my all time favorite shows,  J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau so I will check it out, but I am not sure if I will stick it out. As much as I love Billy Burke, I just don’t know about this one.

Chicago Fire – Stars Jesse Spencer (Chase from House) and Taylor Kinney (Mason from The Vampire Diaries), based on the trailer I am tuning in for two things, hot guys and hot special effects. It pretty much looks like every other show about everyone dating and screwing everyone at their place of work, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, take your pick. Like I said I am in it for the scenery.

CBS

Elementary – Modern Day Sherlock Holmes, I know BCC is already doing that with Sherlock staring Benedict Cumberbatch, but hey its too British for American audiences and I am sure we can do it better.  Yeah, we will see about that. What this version lacks in originality it makes up for in casting Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Watson. The trailer pulls you in, so I will be checking it out. I realize I don’t need another murder of the week procedural but maybe this one will surprise me.

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ABC

ABC is offering up a lot of new shows this season but only one looks interesting enough to talk about, Nashville starring Connie Britton.

Britton plays a fading country star, she is pitted against the much younger Hayden Panettiere. It looks like a Country Strong ripoff without the suicide.  Could this be this season’s guilty pleasure, I’m gonna have to tune in to find out. BTW excellent supporting cast Eric Close and Powers Boothe.

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The CW

Arrow – Based on DC comics Green Arrow,(they dropped the Green part from the title ) and not staring Justin Hartley, ( he has another show), this Arrow comes in the form of Stephen Amell as billionaire Oliver Queen back from the dead and ready to fight for the little guy. Katie Cassidy (formerly of Melrose Place) plays his x. The trailer is hot, and looks dark and gritty, I am in.

 

Beauty and The Beast – Ok, I know all I did was complain about Kristin Kreuk when she was on Smallville, she couldn’t act, she was bland, blah blah, and I doubt she has gotten better, but I am curious to see if the rest of the cast (like the Smallville cast, Alison Mack and Michael Rosenbaum ) will be enough to rinse the bad taste from my mouth. The trailer looks good, and The CW knows how to bring the pretty and the epic romance. But it’s lead in is TVD, and the level of epic romance on that show is hard to compete with. Kristn plays a NY cop (big stretch), and the beast isn’t too beastly looking (please look at the picture)  If your beast isn’t ugly, and is easy to  fall in love with doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of the story about loving what’s on the inside.

The Carrie Diaries – Based on the book of the same name, we meet up with high a school agee Carrie Bradshaw, her mother has just died and she is starting an internship in Manhattan where she meets Larissa a writer for Interview magazine and so begins here new life. The show is set in 1984, I can’t wait for the fashions and the music. It is a mid-season replacement, so we will have to wait until January to see how it all began.

Emily Owens, M.D – Stars Mammie Gummer ( Meryl’s daughter) frequent guest star on The Good Wife as a surgeon who is trying to prove herself at a Denver hospital, it also stars Justin Hartley as her love interest.  I know hospital shows are a dime a dozen, but this one seems to have a nice comic tone and is more charm than medical.

and finally Cult – This is also a mid-season replacement, and I will admit I am only on board, because Matthew Davis (Alaric from The Vampire Diaries ) is in it. Here is the premise, a scripted TV show about a cult leader, that people start taking seriously and following as a real cult leader. Alaric’s brother gets caught up in the craziness. It’s a show in a show concept, which may be too hard too follow for the average CW viewer. The couldn’t even keep up with Ringer.

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Fox

nothing caught my eye, I guess fox has seen better days

Here is a link to the full rundown for every network, including Bravo, TNT, USA, SyFy etc, etc

Television Without Pity Upfronts

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3/23 Friday What You Should Watch

23 Mar

Happy Happy Joy Joy Fringe is back!!!

The NCAA tournament continues.

ABC has shark tank, The CW has Nikita and Supernatural and Grimm is a repeat.

Did you hear Grimm has been renewed for season 2, no surprise there, it was one of the few succesful shows NBC has this season.

Top Spot: Fringe

After the heartbreaking cliff hanger of the winter finale I’m not sure I want to watch, but I must. Will Peter get home, will Olivia’s memories continue to fade and what new pearls of wisdom will Walter share.

Fringe

After recent emotional events and shocking revelations, Peter considers his options; a killer targets love
 

Supernatural

Driven to the breaking point by Lucifer, Sam ends up in a mental hospital; Dean’s plea for help leads him to a healer with the face of an old friend.
 
 

3/22 Thursday What You Should Watch

22 Mar

The Vampire Diaries is all new tonight. Also new tonight, Touch the new Kieffer Sutherland series starts its run tonight at 9 on FOX.

Did you see the pilot?  Great premise, Keifer is awesome, but can they sustain it? Lets see.

The NCAA marches on, I picked the Tar Heels in the pool, did I lose yet?

NBC is all new tonight. Are you watching Awake, its pretty damn addictive. I saw a great question on another board. “Do the other people exist and keep living when Britten is in the other reality?

Ashley Judd’s missing is back for week two at 8 on ABC.

Last week on TVD, we finally learned who the serial killer is, and no it’s not one of the vampire, it is my beloved Alaric and his broken ring. Apparently that Gilbert ring has a kink in its mojo.  Speaking of kink, Sage played by Cassidy Freeman who was featured prominently in the 1912 flashbacks is back in Mystics Falls and the previews hint at a 3 way between Damon, Rebekah and Sage.  Oh my, i will be over here on the fainting couch, someone get my smelling salts.

This week

The Vampire Diaries

Damon meets an old acquaintance at the Wickery Bridge restoration ceremony; Abby struggles to adjust to her new life; Elena asks Stefan for help; Damon tells Stefan about a new discovery.

Touch

A widower and his son try to understand how a robbery at a pawn shop triggers a sequence of events that impacts people all over the world.

Awake

Detective Britten runs into Rex’s former baby sitter, Kate, during an investigation into an alleged suicide; while working a case with Bird, Kate appears again, but this time as a suspect.

Missing

As the search for her son continues, Becca makes a questionable agreement with the head of French intelligence (Joaquim de Almeida).

Wednesday 3/14 What You Should Watch, Modern Family, Suburgatory, Happy Endings

14 Mar

The ABC comedy block is all new tonight, Revenge isn’t on but ABC is continuing it’s Revenge for real series with another true crime story.

FOX has Idol, CBS has Survivor, CSI and Criminal Minds. NBC is running new episodes of Whitey and Are You There, Chelsea. Both soon to be cancelled.

Top Spot – Tie between Suburgatory and Happy Endings, tow of the funniest shows on TV. Check them out.

Suburgatory

Tessa gets a job working for Dallas to earn money for a car; when Dallas throws a party celebrating the opening of her new store, her rival sorority sister, Tulsa (Robin Givens), crashes the event.
 

Happy Endings

Episode: Party of Six
After years of bad luck celebrating Penny’s birthday, the gang starts to believe the day is cursed
 

Modern Family

Cameron runs into his estranged ex-clown partner (Bobby Cannavale); another real estate agent (Ellen Barkin) snags a listing that Phil was trying to land; Jay and Gloria are suspicious when Manny makes a new friend.
 

Survivor: One World

A new tribe emerges; a performance by two castaways shakes up their entire tribe.
 

Whitney

Episode: G-Word
Whitney and Alex make a surprise visit to Neal’s apartment and discover that he appears to be on a date; Whitney invites the gang to dinner so Neal can share his news with Lily.
 

Are You There, Chelsea?

Episode: The Foodie
Chelsea meets an attractive and talented chef (Gilles Marini) who starts courting her with rich and sumptuous meals; Olivia tries to help Rick cope when it seems his girlfriend has moved on

Thursday 3/8 What You Should Watch

8 Mar

CBS has new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest and The Mentalist.

NBC is all new tonight with 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Office and Awake.

Did you watch the premiere of Awake. I really liked it, it has a lot of potential, lets hope NBC doesn’t screw it up.

I strongly recommend this show.

Awake

In one world Michael tries to reconnect with his son, while in the other he tries to understand his wife’s grief; a clue in a case in one life crosses over to a case in the other, confusing Bird.
 

The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon plans a video game marathon with the guys instead of attending a birthday party for Amy’s aunt.
 

Person of Interest

Episode: Baby Blue
Reese and Finch are puzzled when the machine names a 6-month-old baby as the latest person of interest; Detective Carter questions her allegiances when Elias resurfaces.
 

The Mentalist

When Agent Susan Darcy asks Jane for help with an investigation, he suspects her motives; the team handles the murder of a woman who was killed after meeting someone in a chat room.
 
 

Is Smash smushed

1 Mar

I know the title is cheesy, but I can’t get seem to get a handle on this show. I don’t know if it wants to be a show about the making of a broadway musical with song and dance numbers or a show about the personal lives of the people who are making a broadway musical with song and dance numbers.

The characters are stock, not an original in the bunch. The wide eyed (sort of) fresh off the bus girl from Iowa who is learning just how tough it can be to make it in show business. The seasoned vet, who isn’t going to let anyone stand in the way of her big moment. But not so seasoned, that she doesn’t realize the director is just using her. Speaking of , the swarmy director, complete with his casting couch. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

I will say this Megan Hilty, who plays Ivy Lynn is extremely talented, more so than Katherine McPhee, but the original songs are just horrible.  When writing a musical you want to give the audience a melody that sticks in their head, a melodic thru line that they hum or whistle. It gets them to download the soundtrack, to recommend the show to their friends.  So far I couldn’t hum, whistle or even name one of the songs we have heard for “Marilyn”.  I am really surprised that the score sucks, they have some heavy hitters working on this stuff. But I guess not everyone is a Sondheim, there’s an idea, get Sondheim or another great B’way composer to work on  the music.

Smash like Glee has covered some popular songs, this past Monday Katherine McPhee covered Adele’s “Rumor Has It”, that was unfortunate. Because Miss McPhee is no Adele.

 I think Smash would work better if it focused more on the creative process that goes into making a broadway show, and less on the personal drama.  There are plenty of shows about relationships, and getting set up on dates and having to work with the guy you had an affair with.  Show me the personal drama of not getting the staging right, of arguing over a line of dialogue or the right note of music.

And Smash what is up with changing the sexuality of one of your characters after three episodes, Ellis was so gay in the first two episodes and now all of a sudden he has a girlfriend?!

I worked in theatre for years and let me tell you that the drama of rehearsal and production meetings was always way more interesting than our personal lives.  I worked on a show where the director was fired during dress rehearsal and the lead actress quit in protest. She didn’t have an understudy, so the assistant stage manager had to learn all her lines and do the show with only three days to prepare.  Talk about drama.

Or how about the show I did where the director made the lighting designer so mad he refocused all the lights so everyone was in shadow for an entire performance. The crew had to refocus as many lights as possible during the intermission. Did I mention the director and the designer were brother in-laws.

 I will watch the rest of the season, and yes it will be back next year but not for a full season. I think NBC will give it 15 more episodes and a major overhaul.

Thursday 3/1 What You Should Watch

1 Mar

NBC is premiering a new show tonight at 10pm, its called Awake it stars one of my favorite actors Jason Isaacs.

The basic premise, is after a car accident kills his wife and son a police detective creates two realities in which each one survives. I saw the pilot and let me tell you this is engrossing TV.  Highly recommend it, check it out.

NBC Thursday comedy block is all new.

American Idol chooses the finalists tonight.

Awake

Episode: Pilot
After a car accident, Detective Michael Britten experiences two dueling realities, one where his wife was killed and another in which his son’s life was claimed.
 

30 Rock

In hope of hiding his relationship with Lynn (Susan Sarandon), Frank tries to convince his mother (Patti LuPone) that he is dating Liz; Jenna and Tracy try to determine what happened to Pete’s missing whisky.
 

Parks and Recreation

Leslie’s opponent, Bobby Newport, hires a powerful campaign manager (Kathryn Hahn); Ron is forced to interview replacements for Leslie; an unlikely employee discovers a solution to a challenging problem.
 

The Office

Dwight tries to impress Nellie with a theatrical presentation at the Sabre store opening; Andy suffers from an embarrassing injury.
 

American Idol

America’s votes reveal the first set of finalists; the remaining hopefuls perform for the judges in hope of being chosen as a finalist.
 
 
 
 

Thursday 1/26 What You Should Watch

26 Jan

We are gearing up for February sweeps, so new shows are hit or miss.

Big Bang is new tonight, The CW is running a movie called the Covenant so no Vampire Diaries or Secret Circle. Fox has American Idol and the Bone time slot warmer The Finder.  NBC has 2 new episodes of 30 Rock, this show is past it’s prime, I don’t think it will be renewed next season.

The Big Bang Theory

Penny and Leonard experiment with their new relationship; Raj forms a bond with his phone’s virtual assistant.

Rob

Episode: The Pillow
When Rob and Maggie have a disagreement over a pillow, Fernando and Rosa try to teach them about the signifigance of their first fight; Hector must get a job.

The Finder

A NASA scientist asks Walter for help finding a woman he met at a bar, using the red stiletto she left behind as the first clue; Willa exposes Leo’s family secret.

30 Rock

Tracy leads a protest defending idiots everywhere; Jack finds time to face off with Devin Banks (Will Arnett) and meddle in Liz’s relationship by issuing Criss (James Marsden) an ultimatum.

30 Rock

Liz and Jack face off over her contract; Kenneth changes his page assignment; Tracy and Jenna get a job entertaining at a bar mitzvah.

1/11 Wednesday What You Should Watch

11 Jan

Alright, Chelsea Handler‘s new sit-com premieres on NBC tonight at 8:30.  Interesting time slot, I would have thought she was more like a 9 or 9:30 girl. But I can understand NBC not wanting to put her up against Modern Family.  NBC is having a really bad season so far, I think The CW has even beat them a few times this year.  When 90210 is kicking your ass, you know you are in trouble.

The People’s Choice Awards are on tonight, at 9pm on CBS, the chick from The Big Bang Theory is hosting, no not Jim Parson’s the other chick, Kaley Cuoco.

ABC is all new tonight, it will be interesting to see how Modern Family and Revenge do against People’s choice.

Are You There, Chelsea?

Episode: Pilot
After getting a DUI, Chelsea and her best friend find a third roommate and an apartment closer to the bar where she works; Chelsea’s pregnant sister worries that she can’t count on her.
 

Suburgatory

Tessa is asked to show a new guy, Josh (Dan Byrd), around school; Lisa develops an infatuation; George re-examines his relationship with Dallas.
 

Modern Family

Episode: Egg Drop
Claire and Jay’s competitive streaks lead them to take over their kids’ school projects; Phil asks Haley and Gloria to help him with a presentation; Mitch and Cam meet with prospective birth mothers
 

Revenge

Episode: Infamy
Emily targets an author with ties to the Graysons and the Clarkes; Conrad shows how dirty he is willing to get in the divorce; Jack lets his guard down with Amanda; a shocking revelation becomes a game changer.

1/8 Sunday What You Should Watch

8 Jan

More new episodes, Once Upon A Time, The Good Wife, The Firm premieres tonight on NBC and the second season of Downton Abbey premieres on Masterpiece Classic at 9. Check your local PBS station.

9:00 – 11:00 PMNBC

 Based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, “The Firm” is a new drama series that continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere who, as a young associate 10 years earlier, had brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which had been operating as a front for the Chicago mob. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection Program, McDeere and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future — only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere. Written by NBC Publicity  

Once Upon a Time

Emma runs for public office, leading Regina and Mr. Gold to indulge in dirty politics; Rumpelstiltskin searches for a power source to help his son avoid war.
 

The Good Wife

A couple whose divorce was handled by Lockhart/Gardner accuses the firm of influencing them for financial gain.
 

Masterpiece Classic

Episode: Downton Abbey
Matthew and others go off to war, while some try to avoid it.
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