2012 Fall TV Roundup

This post is long overdue. You probably don’t care about fall TV anymore, but I can’t stand leaving things undone. I like to give final commentary on how things flushed out with my fall TV recommendations, so here it is.

In my post, “Barely Getting Ready for Fall TV“, I said I was going to check out 8 new shows this fall. Here is how I am feeling about them now.

Nashville – I watch it every week. I love the tunes. I love Hayden Panetteire. I love the guy who plays Deacon. I still think the writing is really bad and that it is generally not a good show. I am flabbergasted that Connie Britton was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role. So flabbergasted in fact, that is inspired me to write this post. She seems so awkward to me. I just don’t get it, but I do watch every week.

The Mindy Project – I occasionally put this on and it occasionally makes me laugh. I mostly think this is a mediocre show with average comedic value. It is not on my list, so I should not be watching it.

666 Park Ave – cancelled. I watched maybe two episodes, fell behind, and then removed it from my queue once it was cancelled.

Go On – this has accumulated on my TiVo and I have a million better things to do than watch it. I may or may not ever catch up. I should really do about a million other things.

Elementary – I still don’t like procedurals. I find the stories in the show predictable. I have watched a few episodes and have some accumulated on my TiVo. I am curious about the relationship between Holmes and Watson so this might be one of those shows I play while I do other stuff around the house. I don’t like it enough to watch it full out.

Ben & Kate – I still find this hilarious, but sometimes it grates on me a little. I don’t love it as much as New Girl. It is on my official list. I still think the character of Kate is annoying but I read a review that said she was excellent at playing an annoying dork person (or something like that), so maybe she is just an amazing actress?

Last Resort – I never got past two episodes of this and it was cancelled. Done.

Revolution – this is a full fledged ratings hit apparently. Go figure. I just could not muster up interest to give it a far shot after I decided it was horrible.  After the hurricane, I did have some curiosity about a world with no power, but that curiosity did not last more than one episode that I half watched.  I’m done with this one.

In summary, I have added 2 shows to my official list from the new fall season and could live without both of them.

What I could NOT live with out (well, of course I could, but prefer not to) are the many returning shows that I LOVE.

Homeland was amazing this season. Wow! The whole season I kept wondering how they would have a third season with both Carrie and Brody and continue this story. They did it! And I can’t WAIT for season three.

American Horror Story is SO creepy and awesome. I told my sister she was not allowed to watch it with my new baby niece in the house because I don’t want her to absorb any of it in to her subconscious. It is that  creepy. Speaking of creepy, this was my favorite season of The Walking Dead. How about that Governor?  Creepy. How did Andrea get sucked in?

I get a little teary during almost every episode of Parenthood. That is my feel good show, for sure. All I need, is a husband like that Adam Braverman. He is the best.

Scandal is fabulous. I love watching the star crossed relationship between the prez and Olivia Pope, and that woman kicks ass! This show is kind of a procedural, now that I think about it, but it keeps surprising me. That Shonda Rhimes makes good TV!

My fall TV roundup is officially…done.

TVaholic Is Good At Picking Shows

The self-imposed “one week with no TV” ended yesterday.  I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas morning when I realized not only could I have coffee (the #1 reason to get out of bed in the morning) but I could also, finally watch TV!!!!

Most of the day it was just on in the background while I checked e-mail, created a photo DVD, wrapped presents, and posted some stuff on eBay to sell.  In the evening I spent some dedicated time to catch up on In Treatment, The Walking Dead, and Dexter.

Quick commentary: The “Sunil” wrap-up of In Treatment was amazing, the rest I could live without.  Walking Dead ended on a perfect note.   Can not wait until next season.  Dexter continues to be awesome.  Love that he has a little serial killer buddy who is also a good person.  Crazy!  Two of them!

Even with all of that awesomeness, I felt kind of blah and useless at the end of the day.  I was also a little hungover, again, from trying to be social two nights in a row (which required alcohol, of course), and night two was much less fun.  Not sure I can completely blame the TV watching for the blah, but it needs to be considered as a factor.  More scientific research would be required.

I did feel slightly redeemed today when I saw the American Film Institute’s Top 10 TV shows of 2010 because most of them are on my Top “10” list!!  At least I watch mostly good TV.  Here is the list:
‘The Big C’ (Showtime)
‘Boardwalk Empire’ (HBO)
‘Breaking Bad’ (AMC)
‘Glee’ (Fox)
‘Mad Men’ (AMC)
‘Modern Family’ (ABC)
‘The Pacific’ (HBO)
‘Temple Grandin’ (HBO)
’30 Rock’ (NBC)
‘The Walking Dead’ (AMC)

I don’t watch, The Big C, but I did write a post (A Night in the White Room) about my friend who decorated a room inspired by the Big C for the “Showtime House” project.  So I feel like I have seen it!

The Pacific is just not my thing.  It’s about war.

I just started recording Breaking Bad because they started showing all of the episodes from the beginning last week on AMC.  I tried the show once and did not love it, but I should clearly give it another shot.

Also, note that Temple Grandin was a made-for-TV movie that I LOVED and talked about in my post The Emmy’s Rocked.

Finally, it is abundantly clear that 30 Rock needs to be promoted back up to “must-see” status from “when I have extra time” status.  It did annoy me for a while, but it is back and better than ever.  Alec Baldwin is the man.

Off to catch up on Fringe….not on the list, but awesome because I say so, and I pick mostly good shows.

The Walking Dead and In Treatment

The only thing these two shows have in common is that they have both been added to my TV watching repertoire.  I have actually lost interest in a lot of shows and I fell way behind on vacation.  This is all good news for my TVaholic recovery.  But, now I have two new shows that I like, so lets discuss.

Paul (The Therapist)

In Treatment is an old favorite, now in season three.  I have been in therapy myself forever and I am super interested in how people feel and what they think, so this show is right up my alley.  It is not realistic of course. (My therapist hates it.)  In reality it takes years and years to get to the stuff they get to in 30 minutes but that would be REALLY boring to watch.  I find Paul, the therapist, annoying, but that is realistic. It’s impossible not to find your therapist annoying because all they want to talk about is the stuff you don’t want to deal with.  This season I am hanging out with Paul (even though his is annoying), Sunil (a sad man who had to leave India after his wife died and move in with his son and American/bitch daughter-in-law), Frances (Debra Winger playing an actress who’s dying sister who used to be Paul’s patient), Jesse (a gay adopted promiscuous teenager with a variety of issues), and Paul’s new awesome super smart therapist Adele.  They are quite a messed up bunch and by week two I was fully committed to sticking around to see how they all end up.

So after a couple of hours being inside a bunch of sad people’s brains, I am ready for The Walking Dead.  This show is fun.  It is creepy and suspenseful and requires pretty much no thought.  There are a lot of unanswered questions though. Like how did most of the world turn in to zombies while the lead character (“Officer Friendly”) was in a coma.  And what the heck is a zombie?  They are dead but constantly walking around and desperately want to eat people and animals.  If I were dead, I am pretty sure would want to just chill.   I like my Sci Fi, but I need SOME explanation.  Fringe always has some made up scientific mumbo jumbo that I can buy in to.  No Ordinary Family fell in some magical water in Brazil, good enough for me!  The people on The Event came from outer space, so of course they have special powers.  Just give me some explanation, I will buy it.  Clearly, leaving us hanging is part of the plan and they are keeping us well entertained while we wait.  This week we got to see Officer Friendly and his new little side kick cover themselves in zombie guts to walk among the zombies undetected to find transportation.  Now, how is Officer Friendly smart enough to think of that disgusting plan but NOT be aware that his wife was (and still is) sleeping with his partner?  He is going to need a couple of sessions with Paul when he finds out about those two!