Initial Thoughts: The Crazy Ones

I am not a fan of this show. A lot of people are watching it, but I don’t know why and I wonder how long that will last. There is not a lot of competition in its time slot for adults who don’t want to watch Glee or Gray’s Anatomy (yes, that show is still on). That might explain it. Here are my quick thoughts after two episodes:

  • Robin Williams is just too much. He delivers fast one liners as his complete dialog. He doesn’t have regular conversations. It’s like he is doing a comedy routine in every scene. As I was watching I just wanted to go watch him in Good Will Hunting to remind myself that he can be awesome. Not in this.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar is annoying. Now that I am thinking about it, I am not sure I ever really liked her. I liked Buffy, the show, but I think she has always annoyed me a bit. He hair is horrible. I don’t get the damaged, dyed hair look.
  • James Wolk is awesome. I have loved him in everything I have seen him in (Lone Star, Political Animals, Mad Men). He is as cute as a button, first of all. He pulls off both cute and hot, actually. And apparently, he is funny too! I have never seen him do comedy, but he rocks it. The only scene I really liked of two whole episodes is one in the pilot where Robin Williams and James Wolk improv a sexy McDonald’s song (“Drive Through Lovin”) for Kelly Clarkson. It was hilarious. Worth watching the pilot.
  • Not Hamish Linklater‘s fault, but when I see him, I can only think that he was the guy who got all of my favorite people on The Newsroom in trouble.  So, I don’t like him. Sorry dude.

Like Hostages, this show feels forced to me (btw – “TV By The Numbers” predicts Hostages will get cancelled. Don’t waste your time on it.) The best part, after cute as a button James Wolk, was Kelly Clarkson in the pilot.  LOVE Kelly. She did good!

Fall TV Watchlist

Just under the wire (maybe a tiny bit late), here is what I will be checking out this fall on TV. I am not super excited about any of the new stuff but I like to check it out before I rule it out. I have actually already ruled out many of the new shows. Here is what’s left, in order of interest…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine  (previewed last Tuesday on Fox) – I already watched the first episode and it was really funny, in a very silly way. Stay tuned for a mini review. (EW and TV Guide top pick)

Masters of Sex (Sun 9/29 10pm Showtime) Inspired by Masters & Johnson’s research into human sexuality it is described as Mad Men with gratuitous nudity. Sounds great! (EW and TV Guide top pick)

Hostages (Mon 9/23 10pm CBS) – A serialized white knuckle conspiracy thriller mixed with a complicated family saga starring Tony Colette and Dylan McDermott.  It is only 15 episodes, not a huge commitment, based on an Israeli drama (like In Treatment!) The main reason to check it out is that its exec producer says it is like Downton Abbey meets 24. I have to find out what that could possibly mean. (TV Guide top pick)

The Blacklist  (Mon 9/23 10pm NBC) – International man of secrets (the always creepy James Spader) inexplicably surrenders to the FBI to bust the underworld but will only work with a rookie cop and we don’t know why. Described as an unoriginal, but very entertaining Alias meets Silence of the Lambs (EW and TV Guide top pick)

Retro Fall TV Preview CoverAlmost Human (Mon 11/4 Fox 8pm) – This is our new Fringe (from JJ Abrams)! Cops work with robo-partners to solve crimes. The two leads apparently have great buddy-cop chemistry and the show offers fresh takes on sci-fi archetypes (and there is a mysterious box!) (EW top pick)

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Thu 10/10 10pm ABC) – This is a spin off of Once Upon a Time based on Alice in Wonderland (had you figured that out?). Alice was my fav growing up so I watch all things Alice. I also really like Once Upon a Time. Apparently, I dig fairy tale based fantasies. (nobodies top pick except mine!)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Thu 9/24 8pm ABC) – This is not a show I would normally watch, ever (I have not even see the Avenger’s movie), but it was co-created by Joss Whedon who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I loved. He also created Firefly which I think I would have loved if I had watched it. It is a “smarter superhero drama” with a covert government force that protects mortals from mutants. It sounds like there are a lot of super hero/comic book jokes that will go right over my head, but if you are in to that stuff, this might be TV gold. (EW and TV Guide top pick)

The Crazy Ones (Thu 9/26 9pm CBS)I don’t have a good feeling about this one, but it is created by David E Kelly with Robin Williams (needs no explanation but I will take this opportunity to give a shout out to Good Will Hunting, one of my favorite movies ever) and Sarah Michelle Gellar (the actual Buffy!) What will happen? Well, a kooky genius will run an advertising agency with his levelheaded daughter Sydney. See why I’m not that excited? (TV Guide top pick)

Hello Ladies (Sun 9/29 HBO) – A geeky guy and his friends try to date in L.A. This is not really my thing but EW says it is really funny so I wanted to tell you about it (and I would feel guilty if you missed it and it was awesome!) (EW Top Pick)

If I had more time, I would check out Super Fun Night (created by Conan O’Biran and the hilarious Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids and Almost Perfect fame) and The Originals (a spin off of The Vampire Diaries that I also don’t have time for but kind of miss!) and maybe even Sean Saves the World (because I like Sean Hayes from Will and Grace.) But there is no time.

If you want to know when returning stuff is returning, check out my TV List or TV Guide’s awesome Fall TV Premiere Calendar.

Let the fall TV watching begin!

Disclaimer: Almost everything I have written here is blatant plagiarism from Entertainment Weekly. Thanks EW!