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Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« on: September 24, 2011, 06:48:42 PM »
Well, the 2011 season is underway.  Lots of returning 'friends' (e.g. Castle, Fringe), some retired before their time (e.g. Caprica [I was basically indifferent to the first season, but the 10 minute preview for the second season that ended the last episode was the story I tuned in for]), and there's a bunch of new stuff.

I suspect none of us has time to try out everything.  So here's a thread for people to recommend shows that they've watched that seem - so far - to be interesting.  Or, conversely, to advise against a show that one tried and didn't care for.

The ONLY way that this thread could possibly be useful to anyone is if we give a description of the show and why we do or don't care for it.  So simply saying "Whatchamacalit is the best show ever!" or "Tedium Incorporated is the worst show ever!" is absolutely useless to anyone reading this.  If that's all you'd write, you needn't bother.


So I'll start with the only new show I've tried that I have a distinct opinion on so far:

  • 'Ringer' - Tuesdays on The CW - stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters.  One is a recovering drug addict, the other a 'successful' wife and step-mother to a teenage daughter.  The recovering addict escapes police custody and - she hopes - her obligation to testify against a powerful person she saw murder someone.  The 'successful' one has a lousy relationship with her husband and child, apparently being a passive-aggressive manipulator.  The successful one apparently dies during a boat trip with the two of them.  So the recovering addict takes over her life.

    My thoughts?  I don't care for the fact that it appears that there are nothing but lies underpinning everything, and between everyone, in the show.  That, for a start, doesn't appeal to me.  The 'gangster' stuff doesn't appeal to me.  The nasty relationships with spouses doesn't appeal to me.  And the basic premise has been done to death (so to speak).

    So one episode is all I'm giving this show.  It lost me right off the bat.  While nice to see 'Ms. ex-Buffy' again on TV, I have no interest whatsoever in anything that this show appears to have going for it.


Any shows you've made a decision on?  What are they about and what were your reasons for liking or disliking it (or them)?

And if you have any returning shows that you feel might be underappreciated (or 'underwatched') that start their second season this year, feel free to add them.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 08:16:26 PM »
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2011, 05:44:33 AM »
Person of Interest pilot wasn't bad.

Up All Night was kinda funny, but not overly spectacular.  And probably only funny to me because I have kids.

NTSF:SD:SUV:: has been on for a little, but it's pretty funny. And each episode is only 15 min.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2011, 06:03:22 AM »
I liked New Girl, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.  It really all depends on your tolerance for her wackiness, though.

2 Broke Girls is decent too, though as a multi-camera sitcom, your tastes may vary.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2011, 06:59:33 AM »
I liked New Girl, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.  It really all depends on your tolerance for her wackiness, though.


Good night,some gave her a sitcom.  Has she learned to emote yet,I swear the only thing I have ever seen her do is stare wide eyed at a camera and you can't build a sitcom around that.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2011, 08:37:51 AM »
I liked New Girl, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.  It really all depends on your tolerance for her wackiness, though.


Good night,some gave her a sitcom.  Has she learned to emote yet,I swear the only thing I have ever seen her do is stare wide eyed at a camera and you can't build a sitcom around that.

She's a decent actress.  Don't let the performance in The Happening fool you... no one came out well in that film.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2011, 08:56:05 AM »
The season premier of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was amazing! The show has gotten to the point where the characters that the "Alphas" of the Gang, Mac and Dennis, are getting their reality check. The "second act" as Dee called it. I like the role reversal and this looks to be a great season


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2011, 10:59:57 AM »
NBC's Grimm.

And I'm not just saying that just because it's filmed in Portland, set in Portland, and I was a background extra for a day of filming on Episode 5...

It's also got David Greenwalt (Co-Executive Producer of Buffy and co-creator of Angel) on board, and just has a neat premise that fits Portland perfectly:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Kh3rFsv_WSE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Kh3rFsv_WSE</a>

http://nbc.com/grimm



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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2011, 12:20:45 PM »
I liked New Girl, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.  It really all depends on your tolerance for her wackiness, though.

2 Broke Girls is decent too, though as a multi-camera sitcom, your tastes may vary.

Erica and I enjoyed those two, New Girl came off better than 2 Broke Girls though, better more real seeming characters and all that.

Tried watching the first episode of (2.5Men)-Sheen.

Yeah, I don't think losing Charlie will hurt the show's quality, it's just and bland predictable and wretched as it was before.  Also, maybe I missed it when I was cooking at the same time, but is the kid still on that show?  I only saw the one previously established Man and the new Man, where the hell was the half?  I DEMAND HALF A MAN!  The Charlie Sheen Roast was infinitely more entertaining.
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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2011, 02:49:00 PM »
I liked New Girl, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.  It really all depends on your tolerance for her wackiness, though.


Good night,some gave her a sitcom.  Has she learned to emote yet,I swear the only thing I have ever seen her do is stare wide eyed at a camera and you can't build a sitcom around that.

She's a decent actress.  Don't let the performance in The Happening fool you... no one came out well in that film.

Well I was also thinking of her in Hellboy and Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy,I swear she did not blink once in any of those movies.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2011, 03:53:23 PM »
I'll definitely give Terra Nova a shot. Sort of an Avatar type deal. It even has the jarhead from Avatar in it as some sort of eco-jarhead.

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There's also The Nerdist which premiered last night which is apparently a talk show hosted by Chris Hardwick.

I'm already behind on new shows. I've got Person of Interest DVR'd and have high hopes for it. Although k1's "wasn't bad" isn't exactly a ringing endorsement.  ;D

I caught Free Agents. Decent chemistry between the leads but overall pretty generic.

My tolerance for bush baby lady is very low so I think I'll be skipping New Girl. I'll give 2 Broke Girls a shot, if only because of Kat Dennings.  ;)

I think I'll pass on Pan Am (Mad Men at 30,000 Feet) and The Playboy Club (Mad Men with Rabbit Ears.)

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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2011, 04:50:49 PM »
I don't like to base much of an opinion on pilots since more serious shows spend a good chunk of time setting up back story. I wasn bored by it and I think it's worth watching so far.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2011, 05:03:00 PM »
I liked New Girl, the comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.  It really all depends on your tolerance for her wackiness, though.


Good night,some gave her a sitcom.  Has she learned to emote yet,I swear the only thing I have ever seen her do is stare wide eyed at a camera and you can't build a sitcom around that.

She's a decent actress.  Don't let the performance in The Happening fool you... no one came out well in that film.

Well I was also thinking of her in Hellboy and Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy,I swear she did not blink once in any of those movies.

She's not in Hellboy.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2011, 05:12:43 PM »
Well I was also thinking of her in Hellboy and Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy,I swear she did not blink once in any of those movies.

She's not in Hellboy.

...which means that by default, he's right about her not blinking in Hellboy. :D

I didn't hate the Ringer pilot, but it seemed pretty...directionless, I guess? I didn't get the sense that they actually knew where the story was going. And, as The Soup pointed out, the chroma key on the boating scenes was awful, which is odd considering the Gellar-cloning effects weren't bad.

The only other new pilot I saw was "Secret Circle", the entirely original and groundbreaking show about a group of supernatural teenagers in a small town in Washington, including romantic leads who stare longingly at each other in the woods while something sparkles.


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Re: Anything New This Season That Warrants Viewing?
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2011, 07:19:14 PM »
I don't like to base much of an opinion on pilots since more serious shows spend a good chunk of time setting up back story. I wasn bored by it and I think it's worth watching so far.

That's true.  Most shows do take some time to get 'up to speed'.  And, usually, I'll give a show a good 4-6 episodes before I make a decision on it.  In actuality, because it was borderline on what I might watch, I originally gave Fringe 14 episodes before I decided I liked it enough to guarantee I'd keep coming back, and currently it is one of the only shows I watch [prior to that 14th episode, where a much larger concept showed up, I'd described it to people as "basically a horror version of CSI"].

But, for instance, with 'Ringer', there was nothing at all that was of interest to me, and it seemed that everything that showed up was - actually - things I actively dislike viewing.  So I figured that was a safe bet to not bother with my usual 4-6 episodes.


Personally, I have not seen a sitcom that made me even smile pretty much since 'Home Improvement' (and that was freshly after my first head injury... so that might have been why I found it funny  ::)  [Watching it did, however, help re-teach me to read, as I would watch it in re-runs every day with the closed-captioning on, so I could hear what I was seeing.  I was not having trouble with hearing comprehension, but with the interpretation of certain visual input as being language.  {That's the best simple summary I can manage at present, basically it was a functional scotoma from the brain injury that ONLY affected written language and that I had to teach my brain to compensate for.}]).

NBC's Grimm.

And I'm not just saying that just because it's filmed in Portland, set in Portland, and I was a background extra for a day of filming on Episode 5...

It's also got David Greenwalt (Co-Executive Producer of Buffy and co-creator of Angel) on board, and just has a neat premise that fits Portland perfectly: http://nbc.com/grimm

Thanks!  I hadn't heard about 'Grimm'.  This is one I'll probably check out.  Hopefully it's more 'Buffy/Angel-like' horror (and with occasional humor) than it is police drama, just like the preview suggests.  Who (what? ;) ) are you in episode 5, so we can look for you?

I'd also planned on checking out 'Terra Nova', and probably will look at 'Once Upon A Time' as well [starts 10/23, ABC], though I wonder if the latter will be like DC Comics' 'Fables' (which I could never get into).  k1's mention of 'Person of Interest' reminded me: it sounds a bit like 'Majority Report', but potentially with less Tom Cruise-y acting ;) .  So I think I'll check it out as well.


Hopefully others are getting worthwhile ideas in this thread for things to add to their possible viewing, and hopefully it'll continue, as more of the Fall season gets underway.  [And once everything's been on for a while, hopefully this thread will get resurrected for mid-season replacements and any new Summer shows, and again for future year's new shows.]
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