Screen Junkies » fall schedule http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Fall TV Tips: Crime Stopper Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-crime-stopper-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-crime-stopper-shows/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 21:26:14 +0000 Skippy http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224077 They are a must every single fall season.

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Every TV season promises us a new slew of crim fighting shows, and this one is no different.  This year, a couple of them have fantastical twists, while the other half are remakes of older shows. There are some name actors and creators behind them, so it’s a tight race.

WATCH IT:

Prime Suspect (NBC), Premieres Thursday, 9/22 at 10 pm (ET)

The original was a great British series starring Helen Mirren, and this version wins out over the rest because it appears to have some legs to it. No, I’m not referring to the legs of Maria Bello, who plays the lead, although her legs are worth watching. The “legs” here is the depth and longevity you want in a series.

Bello is a homicide detective that doesn’t get many breaks because she’s surrounded by male cops. She’s also good at what she does, or so the trailer says. This one does look to have some grittiness to it, as well as some decent acting and well written scenes if you’re into that sort of thing. NBC worked with Peter Berg on the acclaimed Friday Night Lights and he’s working on this show, too, so that’s a bonus.

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Unforgettable (CBS), Premieres Tuesday, 9/20 at 10 pm (ET)

This is a perfect show for CBS. It’s a procedural with dangling backstories, uses edit trickery to hammer the evidence home to the viewer, and has the latest Top 40 ballad pounding during reflective ‘character moments’. Some people love this sort of show, like my grandmother, but I’m not going to bother.

If you are still interested after my hard sell, the series is about a woman with hyperthymesia, which means she remembers every detail of pretty much everything. Except — the big twist! — she can’t remember what happened when her sister was murdered years before. Her ex-partner/lover, played by Dylan Walsh, comes around to ask her to help with cases because she’s got such a crazy brain. And then every episode will be the exact same for all of eternity.

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Person of Interest (CBS), Premieres Thursday, 9/22 at 9 pm (ET)

This show should have been a better competitor for the top spot in this category. It was created by Jonah Nolan, brother of Christopher Nolan and co-writer of the Batman flicks, J.J. Abrams is executive producing, and Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson from Lost are starring. But it just doesn’t blend all of these elements into a great show. This semi-okay show is about a guy that has created a social security number-based system to learn about people that are going to be involved in some sort of crime before it happens, pretty much like Minority Report. And Caviezel teams up with him to stop the badness from happening. Ho hum.

Charlie’s Angels (ABC), Premieres Thursday, 9/22 at 8 pm

Look, I can come up with many reasons to watch this show. Namely Minka Kelly, Rachel Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh. They’re hot, they shoot guns and blow things up. It’s a retooling of the campy, but great 70’s version but isn’t high quality viewing, but I have low TV morals, so I’ll give it at least one viewing.

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Fall TV Tips: Fairy Tale Dramas http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-fairy-tale-dramas/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-fairy-tale-dramas/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 18:21:20 +0000 Skippy http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=223918 Networks are taking a chance on fairy tales this year. Will their wishes for viewers come true?

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We’ve covered guys sitcoms and girls sitcoms, now let’s take a glance at something different. And for TV, this is something quite different. The TV powers must be looking to cash in on the recent wave of fairy tale-related material in production for the big screen, because they have scheduled two such shows to air this fall.

Both shows mix fairy tale shenanigans into a contemporary setting and the result is a world in which every nerd wants to live.

WATCH IT:

Once Upon a Time (ABC), Premieres Sunday, 10/23 at 8 pm (ET)

This show gets the nod for a few reasons. 1) The preview is better 2) Ginnifer Goodwin is in it and we’ve seen her naked on Big Love 3) Jennifer Morrison is the lead and is kinda’ hot; 4) Some of the writers from Lost are behind the show.

The story is about a woman who comes to the small town of Storybrooke and soon finds out that fairy tales and all their magic are actually happening for real and she has a connection to all of it. Seems a little dorky, but the preview promises enough geek thrills — like a horse drawn carriage racing through a creepy forrest — to beg for a watch or two. And who knows, it might shape up to be a guilty pleasure you can record and watch when your girlfriend is at work. Don’t laugh, I’ve done that sort of thing more than once.

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Grimm (NBC), Premieres Friday, 10/21 at 9 pm (ET)


Grimm debuts two days before Once Upon a Time, but it’s a Friday show and you all know what I think about Friday primetime shows (hint: they suck). The preview is dark and ominous but lacks name actors like its competitor — I forgot to mention that the uber-cool Robert Carlyle is also in Once Upon a Time — and also has a weaker premise. Yes. A weaker fairy tale premise than the other show about fairy tales.

This one’s about a detective that begins to have visions and discovers that he’s one of the last Grimms of the famou Grimm family. All the visions turn out to be true, like the man that morphs into a wolf and goes after the female jogger in the woods that happens to be wearing a red jacket with a hood. Subtle stuff like that. This show will probably do okay with the Buffy crowd because they share the same executive producers and have a similar feel. But I say if you only have time for one fairy tale show this year, this shouldn’t be the one to make time for. Trust me. I’m a friend.

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Fall TV Tips: The Girl Sitcoms http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-girl-sitcoms/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-girl-sitcoms/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 16:52:16 +0000 Skippy http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222979 Who says girls can't be funny? Well, at least some of them.

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Last week, I ran-down this fall’s guy sitcoms, so this time around we’ll take a look at the chick side of things. And for once, the new shows starring the gals look more promising than the offering from the guy-centered sitcoms. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Let’s have a look…

WATCH IT:

The New Girl (FOX), Premieres Tuesday, 9/20 at 9 pm


This may not be the obvious pick since FOX sitcoms are generally not the strongest and NBC has been shoving Whitney down our throats like crazy, but don’t be fooled by the Peacock’s aggressive marketing campaign.

“The New Girl” stars Zooey Deschanel as a woman who splits with her boyfriend and then becomes a roommate with three dudes. Zooey Deschanel is great to watch and the comedy in this mostly comes from the relationship she has with her new roomies. I’m thinking this may be a slow starter — like last season’s Raising Hope — and then shape up to be a pretty decent show.

SKIP IT:

Whitney (NBC), Premieres Thursday, 9/22 at 9:30 pm (ET)


I might soon be eating my words on this one, but I say don’t even bother with this. Sure, Cummings is hot (just insert your own joke at this point), she does have some occasional funny stuff, but must she scream every line at us? To me, this show is going to be like her act — funny for the first few minutes, then it’s just loud repetition.

But if you do want to tune in — the mute button is recommended — you’ll be watching Cummings starring as a chick living with her boyfriend and together they learn to deal with being unmarried, their home life, outside relationships and all that crap. This show will probably make it, but I won’t be watching.

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2 Broke Girls (CBS), Premieres Monday, 9/19 at 9:30 pm


I like Kat Dennings and her “I could give a shit” approach to comedy and acting and this show looks kind of entertaining. It stars Dennings and another chick none of you know as waitresses in a diner. They are polar opposites, but form a buddy comedy-style friendship and decide to go into business together. Nothing ground breaking, but there is a laugh or two to be had.

Suburgatory (ABC), Premieres Wednesday, 9/28 at 8:30 pm


I loved some of the cast, but when they are in a show centered around a teen from the city that makes a move to the suburbs, I probably don’t need to say anything further. I’d rather read a book. And I never read.

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Fall TV Tips: Sitcoms About Guys Trying To Be Men http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-sitcoms-about-guys-trying-to-be-men/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-sitcoms-about-guys-trying-to-be-men/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:06:48 +0000 Skippy http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221998 Get prepared for a whole slew of new television shows.

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Fall TV is right around the corner, and just last year, I’ll provide you with some insight into the new series launching this TV season and throw down some advice on which shows to tune in to and which ones look like stinkers.

Let’s start with the funny — or at least the shows attempting to be funny. Every season networks churn out a batch of new comedy series hoping for the next great sitcom, and this year has so many, we split them into two categories: Guys and Gals. Here are the shows with guys trying to be men.

WATCH IT:

“Man Up” (ABC), Premieres Tuesday, 10/18 at 8:30 pm

Dan Fogler is a poor man’s Jack Black and can provide laughs in the right setting. This seems like a show certainly suited to his brand of humor. Mather Zickel and Teri Polo also star and Polo’s addition to the cast is particularly encouraging because she perfected the ‘straight woman’ role in the Meet the Parents movies, something that should serve her well in this series. The long and short is this show embodies what this whole category is about: guys trying to be men. Specifically, these guys are trying to figure out what it means to be a man while navigating their boring jobs, fatherhood, life in a metrosexual world…and hours spent playing video games.

To be honest, the batch of guy comedies this year are pretty weak. Man Up may not be destined to be an all-time classic, but it has enough laughs and potential to keep us from turning to our Carrot Top DVD collection for entertainment. Seeing these guys may also make you feel better about your own life. Except their wives and girlfriends are way hotter than yours, so probably not.

SKIP IT:

“Last Man Standing” (ABC), Premieres Tuesday, 10/11 at 8 pm (ET)

Oh, Tim Allen. We barely liked this show back when it was called Home Improvement, and we’re not going to like it now. I guess at least this time he mixed it up by giving himself daughters (those kids in Home Improvement were boys, right?). This show is Tim Allen doing what he does, except the big spin here is…wait for it…his world is dominated by women and all things female.

Hector Elizondo is on the show and he’s always good, and Nancy Travis is pleasant to watch, but pleasant doesn’t make funny and Tim Allen certainly doesn’t make funny, either. This is TV rehashing at its finest/worst. Avoid it.

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“How to be a Gentleman” (CBS), Premieres Thursday, 9/29 at 8:30 pm

Kevin Dillon goes from playing Johnny Drama on “Entourage” to playing Johnny Drama on this show. Well, his character isn’t named Johnny Drama, but that’s essentially the character he’s playing. Rhys Darby and Dave Foley are in the cast, too, and always funny. CBS has struck gold with this sitcom formula before, and while it’s not my cup of tea, there’s a chance this one will last a season or two.

“Free Agents” (NBC), Premieres Wednesday, 9/14 at 10:30 pm

I’m big fan of Hank Azaria, but when he is carrying a project as the leading man, it never seems to work (i.e., the disaster that was “Huff”). This is a remake of a British show set in a talent agency and centers around Azaria and Kathryn Hahn as they try and maintain a working relationship after a one-night stand. Seriously. That’s the brilliant set up behind this future cancellation.

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Fall TV Tips: The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sci-fi/fantasy-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sci-fi/fantasy-shows/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The new fall TV season is upon us. If you’ve been following my sage advice for fall TV viewing of the new shows, you’ve probably been eagerly anticipating my last installment in the series. Well anticipate no more. Here it is. I saved the sci-fi/supernatural/fantasy shows for last because...it was the last category I picked out of the hat. Regardless, it’s an important segment of your TV viewing and one show deserves your attention. Another show does not. Whether you are a science fiction/comic book fan or not, these shows will be one of your choices this fall. Read on... WATCH IT: “No Ordinary Family” (ABC), Tuesdays at 8 pm (ET)

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The new fall TV season is upon us. If you’ve been following my sage advice for fall TV viewing of the new shows, you’ve probably been eagerly anticipating my last installment in the series. Well anticipate no more. Here it is. I saved the sci-fi/supernatural/fantasy shows for last because…it was the last category I picked out of the hat. Regardless, it’s an important segment of your TV viewing and one show deserves your attention. Another show does not.

Whether you are a science fiction/comic book fan or not, these shows will be one of your choices this fall. Read on…

WATCH IT: “No Ordinary Family” (ABC), Tuesdays at 8 pm (ET)

This could be the new “Heroes." Michael Chiklis is the father of a family that gains super powers after an accident. He isn’t the tough-as-nails cop we all know from “The Shield," but he is a cop in this show — and more importantly, he is paired with Julie Benz (“Dexter”), and she is crazy hot. ABC isn’t known for producing great previews for their shows — and I blame the voice over department — but this one looks like popcorn fun TV.

It promises to not be as serious as “Heroes," but will provide the fans of that show with the supernatural drug they so desire. Aside from all that, it’s about a family just trying to make it in this crazy world. And make it they will.

SKIP IT: “The Cape” (NBC), Midseason (ET)

Vinnie Jones is badass, but he isn’t the lead in this piece of crap. David Lyons is the lead, who I also like, but he made a bad choice by agreeing that this would be his follow-up to his stint on “ER." I always like a good comic book-ish caper, but this looks like a watered down version of one of those failed mid-90’s versions of a Marvel comic.

Lyons is a cop that is framed for murder and has to fight to clear his name while simultaneousl fighting crime with — wait for it — a cape. It’s apparently made of spider silk and some dudes way back when used their robes as weapons. The cape is stronger than kevlar, the trailer claims.

Seriously? This is what one of the Big Four of TV has to offer us? Apparently so. Avoid this and make a stand, so something like this never gets greenlit again.

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Fall TV Tips: The Sitcoms About Offices http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sitcoms-about-offices/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sitcoms-about-offices/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Last week’s breakdown of the new fall TV shows focused on sitcoms about couples. This week I’m sticking with the funny shows, but looking at the ones that are set in the workplace. There are surprisingly few of these -- two to be exact -- but one is worth checking out. While the other you might want to call in sick for. WATCH IT: “Mr. Sunshine” (ABC), Midseason

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Last week’s breakdown of the new fall TV shows focused on sitcoms about couples. This week I’m sticking with the funny shows, but looking at the ones that are set in the workplace. There are surprisingly few of these — two to be exact — but one is worth checking out. While the other you might want to call in sick for.

WATCH IT: “Mr. Sunshine” (ABC), Midseason

Matthew Perry is back after “Studio 60” was cancelled with just one season on the air. Well, this show is kinda sorta “Studio 60 Volume II." Perry stars, writes and produces this single-camera comedy about the manager of a San Diego arena and all the hijinks that go on inside — and outside — of it. This is so “Studio 60”-ish because of the people Perry put in to place to work the show. Former co-stars on the show, Allison Janney and Nate Torrence are in “Mr. Sunshine” and Thomas Schlamme, who directed much of “Studio 60," directed the pilot.

For those of you that missed “Studio 60," do yourself a favor and rent it. It was great TV and too smart for much of the viewing public. Which is why it is no longer on the air. “Mr. Sunshine” has the same feel but infuses a bit more of Matthew Perry’s style of humor which is why this one is a show to watch…and one that looks like it will make it more than one season.

SKIP IT: “Outsourced” (NBC), Thursdays at 9:30 pm (ET)

Seriously, I want to like this one. I have long been a fan of at least two shows on NBC’s must see TV Thursday nights. I’m talking, all the way back to early “Seinfeld” days. I’m down with NBC’s current lineup on Thursdays, but everything I have seen, read, or heard about “Outsourced” has had me actually checking the schedule to see what else I could be watching instead (I decided I would TiVo “The Office” and “Nikita” at 9pm and watch “Fringe live on FOX).

“Outsourced” is a one-joke sitcom — critics’ words, not mine — about an American office manager assigned to a call center in Mumbai, India. It’s a culture clash, been-there-done-that comedy that seems to lack comedy. The previews have certainly shown that. Not once have I laughed or even considered recording it. And although I don’t always agree with critics, they are bashing the hell out of this crapfest. Avoid it and cross your fingers that “Parks & Recreation” continues building on its strong finish when it returns midseason.

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Fall TV Tips: The Sitcoms About Couples http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sitcoms-about-couples/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sitcoms-about-couples/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Here’s my latest brilliant assessment of the new fall TV shows. This week it’s time to scrutinize sitcoms about couples. While these sitcoms can sometimes be confused with sitcoms about family -- which I have already broken down for you -- these shows focus on the daily shenanigans of a particular couple, or couples. Let’s take a look... WATCH IT: “Perfect Couples” (NBC), Midseason

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Here’s my latest brilliant assessment of the new fall TV shows. This week it’s time to scrutinize sitcoms about couples. While these sitcoms can sometimes be confused with sitcoms about family — which I have already broken down for you — these shows focus on the daily shenanigans of a particular couple, or couples.

Let’s take a look…

WATCH IT: “Perfect Couples” (NBC), Midseason

This comedy initially sounded like it was going to be majorly lame. The description smacked of “Friends” except with three engaged couples. Then the more I got exposed to the show and saw some clips, the more I couldn’t help but want to see it. It’s got a dude from “30 Rock” and one from “Friends” as executive producers and Andy Ackerman (“Seinfeld”) directed the pilot. Guys like that behind it is usually a good sign. Plus, it has Olivia Munn in it and in case you haven’t noticed, she’s pretty hot.

The series won’t be on until midseason — which used to be a bad sign for a show — but lately a lot of shows have been able to rock it after being placed on the schedule for midseason. My opinion is “Perfect Couples” will be a good replacement for “Outsourced”, which looks like crap.

SKIP IT: “Mike & Molly” (CBS), Mondays at 9:30 pm (ET)

A sitcom about a couple that is large. As in fat. They fall in love and are trying to be not as flabby. In every clip I have watched, the jokes are stale and you can see them coming a mile away. The show is from Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory”), so you can see where the humor will lie. Legendary TV director James Burrows is also involved, but he’s been involved in as much bad TV as he has good TV. And I’d much rather see Katy Mixon on “Eastbound & Down” than in a sitcom about overeaters.

The show does have the boring, but ratings-giant “Two and a Half Men” lead-in, so it’ll probably last. But I won’t be watching.

 

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“Running Wilde” (FOX), Tuesdays at 9:30 pm (ET)

I’m not sure what to think about this one. The previews have not been mind-blowingly funny, but the guys from “Arrested Development” are behind it and that was one of the greatest comedies ever. Will Arnett and Keri Russell are the stars and Arnett is always great in supporting roles, so it will be interesting to see if he can carry his own series. He plays an immature rich kid trying to get back with his childhood love.

And did I mention David Cross is also in this? I want it to be good. I really do.

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Fall TV Tips: The Spy/Conspiracy Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-spy/conspiracy-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-spy/conspiracy-shows/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Settle in. It’s time for another installment of my fall TV show tips. This week I’m looking at the new spy/conspiracy-type shows that promise a heavy dose of gratuitous action. “Alias” went off the air a few seasons ago and “24” is now gone. “Human Target” is back in October, but after that, most of the espionage/government agent entries are freshman series. A couple of them seem to be packing enough intrigue to keep auds hanging around, while another isn’t really blowing my skirt up. WATCH IT: “Nikita” (CW), Thursdays at 9 pm (ET)

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Settle in. It’s time for another installment of my fall TV show tips. This week I’m looking at the new spy/conspiracy-type shows that promise a heavy dose of gratuitous action.

“Alias” went off the air a few seasons ago and “24” is now gone. “Human Target” is back in October, but after that, most of the espionage/government agent entries are freshman series. A couple of them seem to be packing enough intrigue to keep auds hanging around, while another isn’t really blowing my skirt up.

WATCH IT: “Nikita” (CW), Thursdays at 9 pm (ET)

You may sa I am picking this as a ‘must watch’ because Maggie Q is smoking hot and there will be a lot of her being scantily clad and partaking in slow motion gunplay. Well, you’re not completely wrong about that, but Maggie Q also said this version of “Nikita” is a thinker…if you’re into that sort of thing. She recently said that "It’s a smart show. I want to make people think. I mean, if I’m not, what am I doing, right? So hopefully people will like that challenge." She’s so hot when she says stuff.

I agree that I certainly would have thought a lot more in school had my teacher looked like Maggie Q and dressed like she does in this show. The producers have also promised that this show is not a remake and is a new take on the series. It’s supposed to be darker and have some new side stories — which is something that made “Alias” sustain. I’ll be watching. And thinking, of course.

SKIP IT: “The Event” (NBC), Mondays at 9 pm (ET)

This show is being promoted like crazy and there has been some loose references to “24” except claims that it has more mystery and intrigue. It has a large cast, but also looks to have a few to many moving parts. NBC is hoping this epic could fill the void left by “24” and shows like “Lost”. Unfortunately, this beast looks too convoluted and all too ready to drop the “We are the last line of defense!” brand of dialogue in every episode.

While we all wish for that global conspiracy adventure we could look forward to every week, this looks like yet another expensive failure for NBC. How many more times are they going to drop millions on overblown fare that audiences grow tired of midway through the first episode? Let’s hope they prove me wrong.

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“Undercovers” (NBC), Wednesdays at 8 pm (ET)

I haven’t been blown away by the early previews of this show and it is in an early time slot (meaning watered-down action), but the fact that the name J.J. Abrams is on it does gives me hope. He also seems to have loosened up a little on the seriousness and has infused a little more fun with this one. It looks like it will be a Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets “Alias” meets The Long Kiss Goodnight. And if J.J. pulls that all together in a nice neat package, this show will be pretty damn cool. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Fall TV Tips: The Sitcoms About Family http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sitcoms-about-family/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-sitcoms-about-family/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Here’s the third installment of your guide to the new fall TV shows and this time I dish out wisdom about the sitcoms centered around a family. Please don't confuse these shows with 'family sitcoms' -- the shows like "Full House" and the one with Urkel that were ‘kid safe’ and painfully lacking in humor. These are sitcoms that are made for adults and just happen to be about a family. There aren't many of these debuting this fall, but there is one you definitely want to tune in to. WATCH IT: “$#*! My Dad Says” (CBS), Thursdays at 8:30 pm (ET) 

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Here’s the third installment of your guide to the new fall TV shows and this time I dish out wisdom about the sitcoms centered around a family. Please don’t confuse these shows with ‘family sitcoms’ — the shows like "Full House" and the one with Urkel that were ‘kid safe’ and painfully lacking in humor. These are sitcoms that are made for adults and just happen to be about a family. There aren’t many of these debuting this fall, but there is one you definitely want to tune in to.

WATCH IT: “$#*! My Dad Says” (CBS), Thursdays at 8:30 pm (ET) 

It has been about a year since former HolyTaco managing editor Justin Halpern started tweeting his dad’s wise and wonderfully crass rants. Now the TV show has been picked up for the season with William Shatner playing the dad in the title and Halpern writing and producing with ex-ScreenJunkies managing editor Patrick Schumacker. Shatner — regardless of what you think about his acting abilities — has proven to be TV gold and the idea of him spouting off to his sitcom son is going to be a good way to spend a Thursday evening.

I know what you may be thinking. That we selected this show for the WATCH list because of the connection to the Break family. But this certainly isn’t the case. They don’t return our calls, texts, emails, or well-crafted ransom notes anymore. We just know they’re funny dudes and the show is guaranteed to make you laugh.

SKIP IT: “Better With You” (ABC), Wednesdays at 8:30 pm (ET) 

This is one of those shows that slips through and gets picked up because it will ‘fill a slot’ until something better comes along. It’s not offensive to most people, it isn’t pretending to be high brow, and it has a couple of recognizable faces that middle-aged women will tune in to see. All this adds up to a boring thirty minutes where the only entertainment you’ll get is the occasional Geico commercial.
 
Just watch the preview for the proof of dreadfulness. I haven’t heard a misuse of a laugh track like that since, well, never.

 

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“Raising Hope” (FOX), Tuesdays at 9 pm (ET)

A dark comedy about a crazy family pitching in and helping the son raise a daughter from a one night stand he had after the girl’s mom gets sentenced to death row. It’s got "My Name is Earl" peeps behind it and it did nab a decent time slot given its audience won’t have many other options that night. The preview doesn’t blow me away — Cloris Leachman aside — so this one might be disappear soon.

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Fall TV Tips: The Cop Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-cop-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-cop-shows/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In my continued break down of the new fall TV shows where I tell you what to watch and what to skip, after debating lawyer shows last week, I am now taking a peek under the hood of the cop shows. Never does a season go by on network television where a new cop show or two fails to debut. In fact, the cop show is the most popular TV longform genre in the history of da’ tube and this season is keeping the streak alive with a handful of police entries. Don’t get too excited, though. Only a couple of them are worth a glance. WATCH IT: “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS),  Mondays at 10 pm (ET)

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In my continue break down of the new fall TV shows where I tell you what to watch and what to skip, after debating lawyer shows last week I am now taking a peek under the hood of the cop shows.

Never does a season go by on network television where a new cop show or two fails to debut. In fact, the cop show is the most popular TV longform genre in the history of da’ tube and this season is keeping the streak alive with a handful of police entries. Don’t get too excited, though. Only a couple of them are worth a glance.

WATCH IT: “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS),  Mondays at 10 pm (ET)

Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin — hoping his 14th series is the charm — star as McGarrett and Dano in the reboot of the uber-cool “Hawaii Five-0." Jin from “Lost” is also on board as Chin Ho Kelly and so is Grace Park as a female Kona. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are the executive producers, which is a great sign for fun to come. They wrote the Transformers flicks, the recent Star Trek movie, Mission: Impossible III, and lots of other guilty pleasure goodness.

While this show may not have award-winning dramatic performances or contain the highest of artistic substance, it does have sh*t blowing up, hot chicks in bikinis, and the original badass theme song. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what TV is all about?

SKIP IT:Detroit 1-8-7” (ABC), Tuesdays at 10 pm (ET)

This show had a lot of early buzz and great potential. It promised to mix occasional real life footage with a “Homicide: Life on the Streets” dramatic sensibility — all shot documentary style. Sadly, it has completely fallen apart. The show stars Michael Imperioli and a host of no name actors, and the pilot — while not brilliant — gave hope to what could be coming in future episodes. Instead, the producers did reshoots and dropped the documentary style under the pressure of ABC executives and have done a general dumbing down of the whole premise.

The biggest blow to the show, which is shot in Detroit, was when the mayor banned ride-alongs with the local cops. This killed some of the show’s gritty realness and would have cost the production extra cash in order to replicate the feel with the fake stuff. All of this adds up to a piece of crap that smells worse than a squater in an abandoned auto factory. Even if the show somehow turns out to be watchable after all, it is likely going to be cancelled after a few episodes and leave you pissed that you invested time with no payoff.

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“Law & Order: Los Angeles” (NBC), Wednesdays at 10 pm (ET)

Just when you think the “Law & Order” versions and spinoffs were dying out, another chapter begins. This volume is set in Los Angeles (in case you didn’t get that from the show’s title) and stars Alfred Molina, Skeet Ulrich, and Terrence Howard. If you were a fan of the sometimes boring original, you’ll probably be satisfied with this series.

“Blue Bloods” (CBS), Fridays at 10 pm (ET)

It’s a Friday night show, so you probably won’t be watching it anyway. If you do check it out, it stars Donnie Wahlberg (playing his 37th different television cop), Bridget Moynahan, Andrea Roth of “Rescue Me”, and TV dinosaur Tom Selleck. They’re cops and they do cop stuff that’s tame enough for a Friday night audience.

“Body of Proof” (ABC), Fridays at 9 pm (ET)

Dana Delany is a medical examiner who solves crimes by…sorry, I’ve already lost interest in whatever it was I was going to write.

“Chase” (NBC), Mondays at 10 pm (ET)

Cole Hauser is okay to watch and the lead chick (Kelli Giddish) is kinda’ hot. This show — also starring Jesse Metcalfe — is about US Marshals doing their thang across the country. It can be edgy at times, so this could warrant a checking out.

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Fall TV Tips: The Lawyer Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-lawyer-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fall-tv-tips-the-lawyer-shows/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Over the next few weeks I'll be breaking down the new fall TV shows, telling you what to watch and what to skip altogether. It's your choice if you want to listen to me, but before you make a decision, you should know that I own several television sets, so I'm somewhat of an expert on this subject. Today we tackle the lawyer shows. Attorneys and law-types have long been fascinating subject matter for TV, from your grandparents’ love of “Perry Mason” to your ex-girlfriend’s obsession with “Ally McBeal.” Well now a new cycle of law shows are hitting the small screen this fall. And as is usually the dillio, some are worthy of your dedication, while others make jury duty seem more appealing. WATCH IT: “The Defenders” (CBS), Wednesdays at 10pm (ET)

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Over the next few weeks I’ll be breaking down the new fall TV shows, telling you what to watch and what to skip altogether. It’s your choice if you want to listen to me, but before you make a decision, you should know that I own several television sets, so I’m somewhat of an expert on this subject.

Today we tackle the lawyer shows. Attorneys and law-types have long been fascinating subject matter for TV, from your grandparents’ love of “Perry Mason” to your ex-girlfriend’s obsession with “Ally McBeal.” Well now a new cycle of law shows are hitting the small screen this fall. And as is usually the dillio, some are worthy of your dedication, while others make jury duty seem more appealing.

WATCH IT: “The Defenders” (CBS), Wednesdays at 10pm (ET)

Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell play Vegas defense lawyers that have balls and like to take Vegas-style chances. They don’t mind partaking in the sin Sin City has to offer — especially if it helps them win a case for their clients. Their new associate at the firm is a former stripper and their personal lives are in shambles, leading to many nights on the town drinking and chasing women.

Don’t be scared, because this is not the normal CBS procedural. Belushi and O”Connell both can be great fun to watch when cast in the right role — and those roles are quite rare — and both of them together might add up to something worth checking out. Not to mention it’s Vegas, so there will be lots of chicks that have loose morals. Oh yeah, and there are some cool court cases sandwiched in there, too.

SKIP IT: “Outlaw” (NBC), Fridays at 10pm (ET)

Jimmy Smits is a US Supreme Court Justice who decides to quit and go back into private practice. If that isn’t sexy enough for you, Jesse Bradford is in it and Gina Gershon left after shooting the pilot as the main love interest. The only thing that might be of interest here is that Conan O’Brien is one of the Executive Producers. Except it’s not a comedy, so that makes it not very interesting at all.

Nothing about this show has even hinted at a must watch. Jimmy Smits was commanding on “Dexter,” but looks nothing like that loco lawman on this show. “Outlaw” smacks of the same tired dramas NBC has been cranking out in an effort to replace its great dramas of the past.

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“The Whole Truth” (ABC), Wednesdays at 10pm (ET)

It has Rob Morrow, Maura Tierney (who replaced Joely Richardson) and a snappy preview. There could be worse shows out there.

“Harry’s Law” (NBC), TBA

David E. Kelley does the ‘unconventional’ attorney thing again where he writes dialogue that preaches at us undereducated simpletons. It stars Kathy Bates, so there might be some hope. Then again, she did appear in Fred Clause.

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UPDATE: CBS Fall Line-Up Makes Grandpa Smile http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/update-cbs-fall-line-up-makes-grandpa-smile/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/update-cbs-fall-line-up-makes-grandpa-smile/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 That sandwich doesn't stand a chance with Belushi hanging around. UPDATE: I've added clips of the new shows after the jump. CBS announced its new schedule of shows that you will avoid but still discuss awkwardly with someone's grandparents today. As previously announced, the Twitter phenom that stole our sweet Patrick away, "S#*! My Dad Says" will go up against "30 Rock" in the Thursday at 8:30 slot. "The Big Bang Theory" is its solid lead-in in a bid to grab every Trekkie for a solid hour. Tom Selleck and Jim Belushi return to TV with "Blue Bloods" and "The Defenders" respectively. And Grace Park in a bikini will change your granddad's opinion of Koreans with a rebooted "Hawaii Five-O." CHECK OUT THE FULL SCHEDULE WITH NEW SHOWS AND NEW TIMESLOTS AND NEW CLIPS AFTER THE JUMP...

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That sandwich doesn’t stand a chance with Belushi hanging around.

UPDATE: I’ve added clips of the new shows after the jump.

CBS announced its new schedule of shows that you will avoid but still discuss awkwardly with someone’s grandparents today. As previously announced, the Twitter phenom that stole our sweet Patrick away, "S#*! My Dad Says" will go up against "30 Rock" in the Thursday at 8:30 slot. "The Big Bang Theory" is its solid lead-in in a bid to grab every Trekkie for a solid hour. Tom Selleck and Jim Belushi return to TV with "Blue Bloods" and "The Defenders" respectively. And Grace Park in a bikini will change your granddad’s opinion of Koreans with a rebooted "Hawaii Five-O."

CHECK OUT THE FULL SCHEDULE WITH NEW SHOWS AND NEW TIMESLOTS AND NEW CLIPS AFTER THE JUMP…

 

MONDAY
8:00 — How I Met Your Mother
8:30 — Rules of Engagement
9:00 — Two and a Half Men
9:30 — Mike & Molly
10:00 — Hawaii Five-0

TUESDAY
8:00 — NCIS
9:00 — NCIS: LA
10:00 — The Good Wife

WEDNESDAY
8:00 — Survivor
9:00 — Criminal Minds
10:00 — The Defenders

THURSDAY
8:00 — The Big Bang Theory
8:30 — S#*! My Dad Says
9:00 — CSI
10:00 — The Mentalist

FRIDAY
8:00 — Medium
9:00 — CSI: NY
10:00 — Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8:00 — Crimetime Saturday
9:00 — Crimetime Saturday
10:00 — 48 Hours Mystery

SUNDAY
7:00 — 60 Minutes
8:00 — Amazing Race
9:00 — Undercover Boss
10:00 — CSI: Miami

MIDSEASON

Criminals Minds spin-off

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