Tag Archives: Ryan Murphy

Tuesday September 11th – What You Should Watch

11 Sep

Finally – Premieres Begin Tonight.

NBC is first out of the gate with Go On, The New Normal and Parenthood.

Did you catch the pilot of  “Go On” this summer during the Olympics? As I said I give all new shows three episodes, this one has 2 more and its a goner.  I love Mathew Perry, but this show isn’t really that funny and the premise wore thin by the end of the pilot.

I watched the pilot for “The New Normal” on Hulu last week, it has it’s moments, but somehow it just feels like on big PSA for gay couples and their right to have babies. Which isn’t surprising since it is from Ryan Murphy, the same man that turned Glee into one long PSA last season.  2 more and its a goner. Ellen Barkin is the Sue Sylvester of this Murphy production.

Parenthood, loved the movie, can’t get into the show, but I am setting the DVR and giving it another chance.

The Voice continues tonight on NBC at 8, and the top 4 perform on So You Think You Can Dance on FOX at 8.

Go On

Ryan struggles to keep the group separate from his personal life; Steven awkwardly tries to help Ryan overcome his loss

The New Normal

A waitress and single mother from the Midwest agrees to be a surrogate mother for Los Angeles couple Bryan and David.

Parenthood

As Haddie prepares to head off to college, the Bravermans gather for a family portrait; Joel and Julia worry about the behavior of their newly adopted son; Sarah tries to impress a photographer (Ray Romano) with her skills as an assistant.
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February Sweeps Highs and Lows

23 Feb

As February 2012 sweeps draws to a close, lets take a moment to reflect on the highs and lows.

Strictly by the numbers, the Super Bowl with 113 million viewers was the big winner.  It was a pretty great game, the halftime show was ok and the commercials didn’t live up to the hype.  But the game was great.

Highs

Revenge: Who got shot? The big reveal was good, the build up was really good. The episode answered one question  and set up a whole host of others. I am really looking forward to the rest of this season.

 

 

Fringe:  Olivia remembers everything, and so is everyone else!!  Maybe Peter doesn’t have to go home, maybe they are all coming to him.

NCIS: Hello Jamie Lee Curtis.  

The Good Wife: Will’s grand jury trial and suspension, Alicia and Klinda reunited and it feels so good.

 

 

House: Chases arc, House under review, now that is how you do a final season. Well done.

Downton Abbey: Grand drama as only the Brits can do it. If you missed it check it on iTunes or Netflix.

Lows

Smash: I had high hopes the pilot was strong, but the follow up episodes are tedious and Katherine McPhee can’t act. 

Glee: What have they done to this show, it used to be fun, with the singing and the dancing. Not its teen marriage, suicides and car accidents. Really Quinn gets back on the cherios only to become paralyzed in a car accident. Is Ryan Murphy, the genius who brough us Nip/Tick and American Horror story even checking in on this mess anymore. The creativity is gone, the show is done.

Hart of Dixie: Big deal everyone found out Lemon found her mother, Zoe found out about Lemon and Lavon. Big Yawn Fest. Stick a fork in this on its not getting renewed.

 

 

 

Castle: This show has definitely lost its way. The season started strong with Beckett’s shooting and recovery, but its lost its way. The Noir episode was dull and the big two part Castle event with Jennifer Beals felt like it was missing something.

What did you think of sweeps what were your highs and lows.

TV Season Half Way Thru – Let’s Discuss

12 Dec

We are halfway thru the 2011-2012 TV season, so I thought now would be a good time to share our thoughts on where we are so far.  Did the shows you were psyched for let you down? What shows looked like they were going to fail but totally surprised you? 

Shows that lived up to my expectations

2 Broke Girls – I had high hopes for this show,a sassy chick comedy. It took a few episodes but I am sold. The jokes are pretty raunchy, and the premise is pretty thin, but Kat Dennings and Beth Behers make it work.  What still isn’t working for me is Oleg, the cook. I wish he was a little more Mel from Alice and a lot less pervy.

American Horror Story – A big fan of Ryan Murphy‘s Nip/Tuck days (until the Carver), I had high hope for this show, not to mention the strength of a cast including Connie Britton and Jessica Lange and Mr. Murphy delivered. This is by far the most creative and daring show on basic cable. 

Once Upon A Time – I don’t know why, I mean it is a pretty silly sounding premise, but I knew this would be good. From the writing, to the acting to the outstanding production values this show has delivered as expected.  Robert Carlyle and Lana Parilla would be nominated for Emmy’s if it wasn’t such a political mess.

Ringer – I expected a good noir thriller, with many twists and turns and that is what I got. What makes Ringer more successful in my eyes is, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and they move the plot along at a quick clip.

Shows that surprised me

A Gifted Man – I have to admit the premise sounded pretty cheesy. Egotistical doctor gets schooled by the ghost of his saintly x-wife, but Patrick Wilson makes it work and the show is watchable. I hope it gets a second season there is a lot of potential, and a lot of room to grow these characters and the storylines.

Hart of Dixie – I was on board from the beginning, but I am genuinely surprised at how much I am loving this show.  The writers have come a long way since the pilot, and are giving as much time and attention to fleshing out the supporting characters and relationships as their leads.  More George and Wade, more Lavon and Zoe friendship, and for the love of god give Lemon a few more layers. Shrill,, shriller, shrillest is not depth.

Homeland – Actually I would say this show completely blew me away. (No Pun intended).  Claire Danes is flat-out amazing, I hope she is recognized later this week at the SAG Award nominations and next fall at the Emmy’s.  Since this comes from the creators of 24, I would not put it past them to blow up Sgt. Brody in the finale.  Just like Jack Bauer Carrie can have a new foe every season.

Revenge – I thought this would be fun, a return to the days of Dallas and Dynasty. But this is far more advanced, and polished.  Thank you for the best guilty pleasure since, birthday cake and ice cream.

Suburgatory – The premise, a basic fish out of water story. What makes this one different, the cast, Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy are great as our fish. But Cheryl Hines and Carly Chaikin as mother and daughter Dallas and Dalia steal the show.

Shows that disappointed, and I wouldn’t miss if the got cancelled

Grimm – Sorry, it isn’t settling, the characters, the stories, it just doesn’t work.

Secret Circle – nothing to say, please go away now.

Wednesday – What you should watch.

9 Nov

It’s Wednesday, hump day, usually a day of joy for Revenge is usually gracing my TV screen. But not tonight.

Revenge is not on tonight!!!  BOOOOO!!! Stupid Country Music Awards

Actually all of ABC’s Wednesday night line up is wiped out. I can’t wait to see if the ratings the CMA’s pull down compare to what ABC has been pulling down with it’s comedy block plus Revenge over the past few weeks.

This is your chance to check out the truly creepy, and brilliant American Horror Story

American Horror Story

Episode: Piggy Piggy
Constance gets Violet’s assistance with Tate; Ben helps a new patient confront his fears.
 
 

Wednesday 10/26 Tons to watch

25 Oct

Feast or Famine, Tuesday was famine, Wednesday is a feast.

Thanks Zap2it for the Listings

This week the Top Spot goes to American Horror Story, I tuned in because it was Ryan Murphy the genius behind Nip/Tuck and Glee.

I stayed because this is one heck of a creepy, weird show with a great cast. Dylan McDermott, the totally awesome Connie Britton, Frances Conroy and Jessica Lange.  Come on, a show called American Horror Story has an episode Titled Halloween, the week of Halloween. love the kitsch.

 Check it out I am not wrong about this one. Preview and a Sneak Peak Below

My love affair with Revenge continues, I think I may have a breakdown when it goes on hiatus after November Sweeps.

The Rest

Suburgatory

Episode: Halloween
Tessa’s costume reminds the kids at school of a recently departed neighbor; George tries to convince Dallas that Halloween is fun; Dallas’ husband returns from a business trip
 

Modern Family

Episode: Halloween
 Claire prepares to make the Dunphy house spooky for Halloween; Cameron does not like the holiday because of a traumatic childhood experience; Jay and Manny tease Gloria about her accent.
 

Happy Endings

While Brad and Jane are house-sitting in the suburbs, the rest of the gang attends a warehouse party.
 

Ringer

 Bridget, as Siobhan, heads to the Hamptons with Andrew, Henry and Gemma; Henry intends to rekindle his affair with Siobhan; Gemma receives unsettling news
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