As you can probably tell from my Weekly TV list, I am not a huge fan of procedurals (a genre of programs in which a problem is introduced, investigated and solved all within the same episode.) What’s cool and different about The Whole Truth is that you are genuinely seeing things from two perspectives AND rooting for both sides. You have you have two awesome leads, one defending (Rob Morrow), one prosecuting (Maura Tierney) and there is no assigned good guy and bad guy. You go back and forth the whole hour wondering who is right and who is wrong. This definitely gave the show a fresh perspective for me. They are also friends (of course) which helps keep the whole thing neutral, but don’t fret, it looks like the obligatory sexual tension will come in to play (of course). What was not so cool was Maura Tierney’s hair so I am really looking forward to it growing back (but probably not as much as she is!) I am very glad she is well and back in my living room and I plan to keep watching and see if this show continues to peak my interest. Entertainment Weekly described it as “not horrible/not great” which is right on. Don’t want to oversell it, but I am not scratching it off the list yet.
This is the last of the new shows I recommended and felt obliged to comment on in my first “Initial Thoughts” series. Now I can just write when I am inspired. Right now, I am REALLY glad my job is not to write about shows all day long. What if you just don’t feel like it? (because you have a pounding sinus headache, and you are hungry, and you can’t wait to catch up on the Sunday night shows on your TiVo???)
I was initially drawn in by the cute robot flash drive (want one!) and was fully engaged until the first commercial break. Nice banter between the (very attractive) stars. Loved Gerald McRaney’s character in his opening scene, laced with sarcasm, my fav. (no, I did not remember his name. I IMDBed him. He was Major Dad and was married to Delta Burke.) I got bored before the next commercial break. Plot: The caterer couple rejoins the CIA (duh) when their friend disappears.
They miraculously remember how to do everything and call each other honey as they fight bad guys. And of course there is some secret reason they were brought back that Major Dad is not telling them. Same old same old spy stuff. Nothing special or different. I gave it a try as I said I would..but JJ Adams did not do it for me this time…another one bites the dust.
Hawaii Five-O – Not for me. If I were the CSI/NCIS lovin type, maybe I would like it. I gave it a try out of respect for the buzz (and my secret desire to go to Hawaii and learn how to surf) but my it was not my bag. Jin will always be Jin to me. The cop from NJ is kind of funny but that is not enough. Sharon the Cyborg (from Battlestar Galactica) playing a hot surfer chick that can kick ass will keep the dirty old CBS watching men happy. I stepped away to write this blog entry before I even finished the premiere.
Running Wilde – Not good. From some reason it made me chuckle when when Will Arnett seemed to be sadly tapping out notes on the piano and then stepped away and it kept playing and he had to go back and turn it off. But I have no idea why. The kids name is Puddle and it is not cute, it is annoying. The show is bad.
I got really nervous today when Entertainment Weekly sent this tweet my way…
EW ‘Lone Star’: Already time to call it quits? http://bit.ly/cMsI9j
…so Lone Star was first the show I tackled on the “Now Playing List” this evening. And the verdict is..
I really liked it! First of all Bob is a cute as a button (and sexy to boot) so I don’t I mind spending an hour with him every week. James Wolk plays Bob beautifully and has me convinced that he is in love with two women and is totally conflicted about his life and that his Dad is an ass who likes pancakes. He was SO happy at his BBQ hanging with his buds and drinking and cooking hot dogs. Then he got all spoofed up with his gorilla keys and his other fancy family and almost got in to big trouble. The suspense is building and I can see myself getting agita every week hoping poor Bob does not get caught! I guess I should be thinking more about his ladies and their feelings, but they seem quite content. At the end of the pilot I was wondering how long this charade can really continue, but I guess he could move to NYC and start all over again.
Net net: If the pilot of Lone Star is hanging out on your DVR, check it out. I don’t want it to get canceled before cute/sexy Bob finds true happiness. (Although this would mean I now have THREE new shows to add to my collection. Sigh.)
Amazing! I am a little dizzy from the time travel but it kept me on my toes and I was not bored for a minute! Awesome twists I did not see coming….
An emotional high octane conspiracy thriller…yeah it was!
And now I have another reason to never go on a cruise and additional confirmation that talking to strangers and consuming too much alcohol can be dangerous. How cool was it when Blair Underwood said “I am the President of the United States. I need to know”. Just slightly cooler than when Carrie Weaver ended the episode with “I haven’t told you everything.” If it is on your DVR and you are not sure you have time..make time.
Two new shows watched, two new shows added to the schedule…oh boy.
I was not expecting to like Boardwalk Empire, but I did! I was not a huge Sopranos fan. I watched it because everyone else did. I like the people dynamics but I could never follow the mob stuff. I
managed to hold my old during the Boardwalk Empire premiere until the very end when I got a little bit confused about why those particular people were getting killed and who ordered it.
I definitely got the whole thing about Nucky being a bad guy who is also a little good. (like Tony Soprano I guess, but Nucky seems more good, kinda). I loved the twist (spoiler) that Jimmy is going to play both sides by pretending to help the FBI but really helping Nucky. That was unexpected and pretty brilliant in my opinion. I was assuming and dreading that he would be all conflicted and sappy. The set looked more cheesy than real to me, but I did like how the store fronts played so much in to understanding the characters. That less than three pound baby place was creepy though. They lock them up in cabinets? Is is possible that really existed? The show is based on a non-fiction novel so there is some truth to all of this….
Entertainment Weekly says the pilot was the “weakest (showiest and slowest)” of the episodes the review had seen, so it must get even better! Bring it on. I am in for the long haul. Since I booted Life Expected from the “10 hour must see” list last week, I have room for one more…
I have 21 minutes until the official “premiere week” officially kicks off. My computer is relatively stable at the moment so here it goes! I am grateful that there are not many shows that appeal to me this season since I have this 10 hour rule. Maybe as I have gotten older, my tastes have gotten more refined? Hmm… I do still watch ever episode of Big Brother. Well, whatever the reason, it bodes well for my plan. I read all of the TV Squad reviews and poured over Entertainment Weekly, and used my new show prediction radar and the show I am MOST excited about is….
The Event – Mysteries, political intrigue and flashing forward and backward to tell the story. Sounds perfect. I miss Flash Forward so I am hoping this is something similar..but better!
Runners up include:
Lone Star – I was feeling obliged to watch this because it got great reviews, but I saw a preview on TiVo and I might actually like it…
The Whole Truth – I love Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow. I hope I like this..but the jury is out (that was a pun about this legal drama. Get it?:)
No Ordinary Family – Family develops super powers when their plane crashes on vacation. Seems like a cool premise..OK, I am kind of excited about this one
Running Wilde – I was a huge Arrested Development fan and loved Felicity. If this is anything like Arrested Development, I will love it. Reviews are not great but they supposedly did some rework.
Undercovers – I might be over this spy couple stuff but it is JJ Abrams..so I have to give it a try.
So those are my top picks for shows that might added to the rotation. I am giving myself a little slack this week to check out new shows AND catch my old returning favs (like Fringe!!!!!!!!!) but I do find I have less patience with hours and hours of television so I might get bored and actually want to go out and see real human beings before I get through my list. I am a recovering TVaholic after all! We will see what happens….
I started formulating a post mid week called “Mad Men vs Life Unexpected” and had grand plans to do it justice on Friday, my day off. Sadly, I was derailed by computer issues. (Various unexplained errors preventing Internet Explorer and Firefox from starting up) After visiting a crazy allergist in mid town yesterday, I spent three hours in the office (on my day off!) with my IT guy trying to remedy the situation. In the end, he installed Google Chrome to help me limp along until my new super small laptop arrives. I ordered the “highly portable” laptop so I can stop lugging 6lbs around NYC with either my embarrassing back pack or my even more embarrassing rolling old lady computer bag. (sidenote: already scoping out new shoulder bags to celebrate my new work commute style makeover)
I have digressed. I am now traveling on an Amtrak train to visit my brother upstate and thought I might experiment with crafting a post from my iPhone using the WordPress app.
So what was I going to say about Mad Men and Life Unexpected? Earlier this week, I watched two episodes of Mad Men and the season premiere of Life Unexpected. The differences between the two are stunning. Every episode of Mad Men is like a movie. I don’t want to miss minute and I am fully engaged in the show. These two back to back episodes were beautiful. Watching Peggy and Don hang out at work to avoid their personal lives (boy can I relate to that) and seeing Don hit his all time low with vomit on his shirt asking for another drink. I love their relationship and am thrilled they did not even dabble in the idea of them hooking up. She is his best friend and I hope he knows it.
The following week we see Don shaping up and thank god, because I almost felt hungover myself watching the previous episode. I am sure the swimming had some symbolic association with a baptism/rebirth. He has downgraded to beer (cool refreshing bud) with minor slips to the brown stuff. He finally managed to get a real respectable date with an age appropriate smart woman who he could potentially have a real relationship with (which reminds me of the woman from an earlier season I wish he ended up with, the one who ran the department stores. She reminded me of Dagny Taggert. Why hasn’t he called her?) Betty is a mess. I feel so bad for her because no one really knows how to help her. It appears as though everyone was less self actualized in the 60’s, but this is a TV show centered around character flaws, and people are just as much of a mess today, they just wait until after work to start drinking.
I made the mistake of immediately following “Don’s rebirth” episode with the season premier of Life Unexpected. I loved this show last year, but after the first episode of this season, I have no idea why. The issues are the same. The characters seem one dimensional. Surprise! Irresponsible Bayze’s bar burned down after a one night stand! Kate’s voice is grating. I am bored with Lux’s hats (she needs a new look) and this relationship with her teacher is ridiculous. Seriously, how could you spend an entire evening with a 16 year old and have her maturity level not give her away. She is unusually mature and wise (because she has writers that are older than 16) but I am not buying it. And I am supposed to all of a sudden believe that Ryan is anything less than a perfect guy just so we can leave the door open for Bayze and Kate to get together? All very contrived. The show’s premise really had no where to go and I predict this will be the last season for Life Unexpected.
So those are my rambling thoughts less the hour of obsessive editing and searching for illustrative photos. ( Blogging is very time consuming!) please excuse any errors. There is only so much I can do from my phone. (UPDATE: I later obsessively added photos. )
Tomorrow, I plan to let you in on what I am most looking forward to during the big premiere week!!!
Vampire Diaries is back and better than ever. Katherine is shaking things up with the Salvatore brothers who are always on the verge of some immortal crisis. This is a town that has more hotties than possibly any other show in TV and in rolls another one, Taylor’s uncle who has the same mysterious “curse” that he does. Can’t wait to find out what it is! I was on the edge of my seat when Damon “killed” Jeremy and did not see the magic ring twist coming. (I should have, my bad. Jeremy is of course not dead and not a vampire). A couple of things that make no sense to me. (1) I have no idea why anyone would pick Stefan over Damon. Damon is not only super sexy but also hilarious. He appears to be an ass, but deep down, we know he is a good guy. Women love that. But those crazy women, who happen to look exactly alike, both rejected him one after another. Poor Damon. Come to NYC!!! We can hang! (2) On True Blood, vampires love their makers and would do anything for them and makers would do anything for the ones they make. On Vampire Dairies, this bond does not seem to exist. Crazy vampires. Who knows what to believe? What I do know, is that Vampire Diaries is staying on my “must see” list and that Ian Somerhalder (aka Damon) definitely deserved to win Entertainment Weekly’s Sexy Beast contest. (and yes, he was on Lost)