Saturday, October 06, 2007

New Fall TV Shows

I admittedly love the beginning of the Fall TV season. Part of it is just my TV junkie side, part of it my college education (broadcast journalism, media communication, and history of movies and entertainment courses). I love not just watching TV shows for their entertainment value, but also following the ratings, network lineups, critics and commercial value. This fall has not disappointed with interesting new story line, commercial values and lineups.
No one is going to bother reading everything I could possibly say on the subject. So I'll just give a few short wrap ups on some of my new favorite shows.

Gossip Girl -on the CW network. It's a little too "OC." But if you like watching high drama tv shows about spoiled rich kids in really expensive clothes, it may not disappoint. I give it a 2.9 out of 5.

Pushing Daisies - I read about this show in a few different magazines before actually catching the pilot. All the critics promised something new, unique and colorful, and they were right. The premise is a shy, quiet, pie maker (Hello, he calls his store the Pie Hole, and for that, you should love this show.) who has the ability to raise the dead- but only as long as he only touches them once. When he touches the newly undead twice, they go back to being dead. If the undead stays alive for more than a minute, someone else dies. While this sounds like it would/could be a gruesome show, instead they do it in a fun, colorful and unique voice. The show has so much potential that you can just feel yourself holding your breath hoping they didn't use up all their creativity on the first show. If this show stays as clever as the pilot was it has potential for being one of the most unique shows ever on television. WATCH IT!!! 5 out of 5.

Dirty Sexy Money- Don't be turned off (or on) by the name. This is another show with a unique premise. A lawyer for a rich family. Nothing interesting except that the lawyer thinks a family member murdered his father. And the whole show is mocking the rich family, which is more or less loosely based on the Hiltons, Bushes, and the Kennedys. It has potential, if it doesn't turn too dark. 4 out of 5.

Private Practice- the Grey's Anatomy spinoff. I don't know. It's just a little too much like Grey's so far. But the reviews promise that this will be lighter and funnier. If that is true, than I'll keep watching. But as for now I'm only giving it 2 more episodes before I stop watching. I'll give it credit for making me cry more in the last 10 minutes of the pilot than I have ever cried at a TV show. 3 out 5.

Cane- The Cuban Floridian family drama about a sugar cane dynasty. It has more plot lines in just 2 episodes than any other show I've ever seen. The acting and scenery is beautiful. Jimmy Smits is going to be legendary for the role. But it has the potential for being too much of a soap opera for my taste. Nonetheless, 5 out of 5.

Chuck- I love this show. An action comedy on TV!! I am so happy! This show is so fun and cute already. The premise is a computer nerd who unwittingly sees/learns all of the government secrets. It's sort of James Bond meets Revenge of the Nerds meets Clueless.

Shows that are not new-
Grey's Anatomy- I keep watching it in spite of myself. I like the new Lexie character. It's like they know they've got too many freaks and brought in a normal person to balance it out. If I could quit the habit I would. 2.9 out of 5.

House- I was unsure about them losing the supporting cast. But I'm already loving the new possible supporting cast. Especially the possibility of a regular Mormon character. Not just because I love seeing the Mormon church in the mainstream, or because I love the way the character is written and played so far. But mostly because I think a Mormon vs. House set up promises for some great story lines. 5 out of 5

The Office-
still one of the best shows ever. I love Pam and Jim. And Ryan. I just wish they would focus less on Michael. Especially as my real life begins to resemble the Office more and more each day. Sooner or later, something is going to show up in jello.

Heroes- also still one of the best superhero shows ever. I can't wait for Kristen Bell to show up! (I want her to kick butt on this show just to stick it to the stupid CW for canceling Veronica Mars.)

Bones- The House/Bones combo on Tuesday nights makes me very very happy.

I admit I watch a few more shows than this (let's hear it for Tivo!), but on the grounds that it makes me look really stupid (we all knew i have no life), I won't be sharing how many shows I manage to watch in a week. Especially since there's a few more shows I still need to catch- Bionic Woman, Life, and Reaper.

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