Archive for September 2011

Good News/Bad News -- ABC's "Suburgatory"

Good News/Bad News -- ABC's "Suburgatory"
Suburgatory airs on Wednesday at 7:30 PM on ABC Let’s start with the… Bad News: That title.  Did people learn nothing from Cougar Town?  (Side note, I have developed an unhealthy obsession with wanting to see Cougar Town do a very special Cougarton Abbey episode.) Good News: This show is like if Elton from Clueless... Read more »

FOX's "Terra Nova" Wants To Be TV's Next "Lost"

FOX's "Terra Nova" Wants To Be TV's Next "Lost"
TERRA NOVA Genre: Hour-long sci-fi action mystery Airs: Mondays at 7pm central on Fox Premise: A ragtag group of humans escape a bleak, desolate future by transporting 85 million years back to prehistoric times in an effort to reboot Earth and save mankind.  Easier said than done given the constant threat of death by dinosaur.... Read more »

Good News/Bad News About the CW's 'Hart of Dixie'

Good News/Bad News About the CW's 'Hart of Dixie'
Hart of Dixie airs Monday nights at 8:00 PM on the CW. Good News: Two, count ‘em TWO 90210: Original Spice regulars.  Those gentlemen would be Cress Williams (AKA the basketball player who Brandon was asked to tutor by the professor whose wife he was banging) and Nicholas Pryor (AKA Chancellor Arnold AKA Claire’s father... Read more »
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Good News/Bad News - ABC's "Pan Am"

Good News/Bad News - ABC's "Pan Am"
Pan Am (Sunday, 9:00 PM on ABC) Good News: It’s like Grey’s Anatomy in an airplane! Bad News: It’s like Grey’s Anatomy in an airplane. Good News: And it’s kind of like Lost with all the flashbacks. Bad News: It’s also kind of like a Michael Bay movie with all the overwrought music and flying... Read more »

Questions About Breaking Bad - "Crawl Space"

Questions About Breaking Bad - "Crawl Space"
1. You’re back? I never left.  However, with traveling and all the new TV shows (and, you know, sleep), I wasn’t able to catch up on Breaking Bad until yesterday afternoon.  But, boy howdy, was I glad that didn’t watch “Salud” until about five hours before “Crawl Space’s” air time.  Less time to fret about... Read more »

CBS' "A Gifted Man" Isn't Gifted Where It Counts

CBS' "A Gifted Man" Isn't Gifted Where It Counts
Genre: Hour-long medical/inspirational drama Premise: Talented, emotionally detached doctor starts to (in the words of Haley Joel Osment) “see dead people.”  Make that just one dead person – a past lady love who tries to help him become a better person in his practice of medicine. Behind-the-Scenes: Creator Susannah Grant wrote Erin Brockovich. The Good:... Read more »
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NBC's "Prime Suspect" Is Like Anchorman But With Less Ron Burgundy

NBC's "Prime Suspect" Is Like Anchorman But With Less Ron Burgundy
Genre: Hour-long police procedural Premise: Tough detective Jane Timoney (Maria Bello) deals with sexism at work and even worse things on the streets while busting perps. Behind-the-Scenes: This is a “re-imagining” of the PBS series that starred Helen Mirren.  Bello previously occupied the NBC Thursday 10pm slot when she was guest-starring on ER.  Peter Berg... Read more »

ABC's "Charlie's Angels" Proves One Remake Too Many

ABC's "Charlie's Angels" Proves One Remake Too Many
CHARLIE’S ANGELS (airs Thursdays at 7:00 p.m CST on ABC) Genre: Campy action drama Premise: Three pretty ladies (Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Annie Ilonzeh) fight crime and solve mysteries while working for the rich, mysterious Charlie Townsend. Behind-The-Scenes: This is a remake of the hit ABC show that originally started airing in 1976.  Drew Barrymore... Read more »

Good News/Bad News - CBS's "Person of Interest"

Good News/Bad News - CBS's "Person of Interest"
Person of Interest (CBS, Thursdays at 8:00 PM) Good News: J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan’s brother were/are involved! Bad News: This is, at its essence, really just another CBS procedural. Good News: Ben Linus! Bad News: Jim Caviezel.  How can I type that name to make it look more boring?  I don’t know if any... Read more »
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Good News/Bad News - NBC's "Whitney"

Good News/Bad News - NBC's "Whitney"
Whitney is holding down the fort in 30 Rock‘s 8:30 PM slot on Thursdays. The Good: Whitney is another female-led new comedy, a la 2 Broke Girls (co-created by Whitney Cummings of Whitney fame) and The New Girl. The Bad: Its premise seems to be, “Hi, I’m Whitney. I don’t want to get married, so... Read more »