Fall TV Preview 2011 Part 1

Parenthood Premieres September 15th

I tend to watch a lot of television. And even the shows I don’t watch, I tend to be at least aware of. I’ve been told I know more about the TV and movie industry than anyone should who isn’t in the TV and movie industry. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment or not.

So here are the shows premiering this week and next week and what I think of them.

Sept. 6

The Rachel Zoe Project (Bravo):  I’m not entirely sure I would know this show from any of the other big-ego-no-talent-hey-look-at-me-and-how-I-spend-my-time/money reality shows on Bravo. Needless to say, I won’t be watching.

Sons of Anarchy (FX): Strangely, I have never seen an episode of this show. Bikers never interested me, but I’ve heard good things and will likely check it out on DVD sometime. As such I won’t be watching it this Fall. I’m too much of a completionist to start in the middle.

Sept. 13

90210 (CW): I didn’t watch the original. I won’t be watching this one. ‘Nuff said.

Ringer (CW): It’s Sarah Michelle Gellar playing a dark and damaged girl pretending to be her twin sister. Written by one of the writers of Supernatural. This will likely be very average. So I’ll probably watch something else.

Parenthood (NBC): There are a dozen reasons why this show should suck, but it doesn’t. It’s actually fun to watch and I like the cast of characters they’ve put together. Granted, I’ve been watching anything with Peter Krause since Sports Night, but really, this is a well acted and well written show that doesn’t assume a certain stupidity on the viewers part. I’ve seen every episode and I’m looking forward to this season.

Sept. 14

H8R (CW): A show with text-speak for a title with a first episode that has Snooki on it. The fact that this was even given a green light is more proof that the CW really isn’t a very good network.

Survivor: South Pacific (CBS): If this show is going to continue being interesting, they need to do a ‘from the ground up’ rebuild of it. Since they’re not going to do that, I’m not going to watch, but here’s my suggestion. Have three tribes. Two do what they’ve always done and vote one at a time off. The third tribe is a group of 3-5 ‘pirates’ who try to make the other tribes so miserable that they quit by taking their supplies and wrecking their shelters and whatnot. If the third tribe can get all of the others to join them or quit, then the pirates share in the million dollar prize.

America’s Next Top Model (CW): This show seems to have so many seasons that apparently being ‘top model’ is something that lasts about four months. Like most reality shows, I won’t be watching this one either.

Up All Night (NBC):  A sitcom with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett about the ‘joys’ of being new parents. I’ve got news for you. Assuming new parents have been able to get the kid to sleep, the last thing they want to do is watch a show about trying to get the kid to sleep. Don’t expect a season two.

 Free Agents (NBC): With the massive success of adapting The Office from British television, I suppose it’s to be expected that they’d continue to try to adapt more shows. This one is an office comedy with Hank Azaria in it. I love Hank Azaria. So I might watch an episode or two.

Sept. 15

The Vampire Diaries (CW):  I could be wrong, but I think the vampire thing is over. I mean except for True Blood, I don’t know anyone fanatical about vampires anymore.

The Secret Circle (CW): I was just thinking how the CW doesn’t have enough supernatural teen angst shows….luckily this showed up. I’m clearly not their demographic and that’s fine. I’m sure there’s someone who might want to watch cheap cgi mixed with melodrama.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FX): This is one of those shows I should watch but I don’t. It’s my kind of humor. It’s got a good cast. And I just never get around to watching it. Maybe I can fix that.

Archer (FX): Again, my fault. This is something I might like, but I’m simply not a fan of animation in general these days.

– Jack Cameron

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One response to “Fall TV Preview 2011 Part 1

  1. Gotta say, I agree totally about Parenthood. The sibling dynamic is so overplayed, but it works because of the great acting and writing. But I expect no less from Howard and Grazer.
    What do you think about the wave of 50’s era dramas? Playboy Club, Pan Am? Trying to catch the Mad Men crowd, maybe?

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