NBC Premiere Week! Are the new shows any good?
Hello Fun Blog Readers! I am Abbie - AKA Mrs. Fun Blog, the wife of Mr. Fun Blog. I’m a wife, mom, photographer, scrapbooker, reader and TV addict. My favorite time of the year is the exact moment I receive my Fall TV Preview of Entertainment Weekly. My second favorite time of the year is right after I finish programming my DVR. My birthday, Christmas and New Year’s are cool, too.
I had the opportunity to preview some of the new fall TV shows from NBC (The Lake and TMJ 620 are owned by Journal Broadcasting Company which owns TMJ 4, an NBC affiliate). While some/most people would shrug an, “ok, sure I’ll watch it” at the pretty rainbow colored DVD box, I snatched it out of my husband’s hands and hugged it. No, I didn’t hug my husband. I hugged the DVDs. This was like, possible, one of the most exciting things that happened to me that day.
Here are my thoughts on the shows I previewed. Please keep in mind that I am not paid to like or dislike anything (although donations are gladly accepted) and I am in no way a professional TV critic. I just play one on…oh, forget it…
I previewed the first three episodes. I’ll say this: comedies pilots are tough. The writers have a really hard job to make the audience laugh while simultaneously introducing you to every character on the show. I kept thinking to myself, “what was the Modern Family pilot like? Friends? Seinfeld?”
First, the title is strange - the main character is not named Michael J. Fox but Mike Henry. I wish I could say it took my a while to pick up on that but it didn’t. The name “Mike Henry” was said so many times that I lost count.
Character development and interaction is a little raw. Certain scenes and lines seemed to be cut off, lacking depth. For example, there’s a whole running “joke” with the daughter’s frumpy jacket. Why? I don’t get it. The relationship between the siblings is confusing. They get along, they don’t get along. And WHAT is the aunt doing on the show? Her presence is questionable at best. She hasn’t added anything of value to the show.
My pick for best scene - in Episode 2 when Mike first meets his upstairs neighbor, played by his real-life wife, Tracey Pollan. Her response to seeing him, “Do I know you from somewhere?” made me giggle. The entire episode revolves around him denying to his on-screen wife that he has a crush on their neighbor, who is his real-life wife, by using words such as, “unmemorable” and “unattractive”.
I loved seeing MJF back on TV. I adore Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad alum), who plays his wife and that she happened to be wearing PURPLE in the first scene. I adore the boss (Wendell Pierce). He had some of the best lines of the show. It was a decent show. Somewhat funny. A lot of fans will get behind MJF and support the Parkinson's “cause”.
My guess on if it will last - 50/50. Like I said, comedies are tough.
The cast on this show makes just me smile… former cast members from Desperate Housewives, Private Practice and Glee.
The show seemed very methodical and formulaic in setting up the characters and all their supposed extreme and ironic differences. You’ve got the Hispanic valedictorian with apparently laid back and easy going parents... and the blonde ditzy girl with buttoned up helicopter parents. Hispanic dad is a boxer with tattoos. White dad is a doctor who wished he was a boxer. Daughter gets pregnant, tells boyfriend via text message. (does that REALLY happen? How sad.) They decide to keep the baby, get married and completely change their plans for the future in one single, happy episode. Considering all that just happened, it was way too cheerful.
That being said, my crystal ball says it has potential. I’d give it a 72% chance of success…. Mostly thanks to Kurt’s dad and Gabrielle’s husband.
Not your mother’s conspiracy theory TV show. This program IS as good, compelling and intense and the “official” TV critics say it is. James Spader kicks ass. Go set your DVR right now. I’ll wait here.
P.S. Someone really needs to tell Elizabeth Keen that no amount of scrubbing and stain remover will get that much blood out of white carpeting.
I was glad to see the recap because I forgot where we left off. Honestly, by the end of the season last spring, there were so many changes of alliances that I felt a bit in the dark. (groan.) The show caught us back up -- and then some. Good: lots of action (echem, not just fighting), suspense and surprises. Bad: Lots of fighting. Natch. On a side note, now that I’ve been watching Breaking Bad, I see Gus in a whole new light. He plays one mean, mad badass. This show may verge on corny (and dear lord, I hope very unrealistic!) but nothing will get between me and my post-apocalyptic drama!