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Hi, I'm Jenna and I'm addicted to great television. I'm on a mission to share with you what I think are the best of the best when it comes to shows and mini-series. Long format visual storytelling is my entertainment of choice. I've got a lot to say, so stay tuned..... P.S. I am under some sort of invisible legal obligation to state that I do not own any of the photos posted herein unless otherwise specified and if you see any of your images and would like me to credit you or take it down (‘cus you’re just a meanie), please contact me

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Initial Impressions - New Fall Dramas

I'm no expert, I just know what I like. Take it or leave it. 

"666 Park Avenue" - ABC is now full on in the supernatural genre. It's a little soapy. It's a little thriller. It's a little devil at the crossroads. The biggest draw for me was Terry O'Quinn. His guest spots on "Hawaii Five-0" haven't satisfied my withdrawal from "Lost" and John Locke. Glad to see him in a killer role he can sink his teeth into. In my opinion, O'Quinn always raises the bar. Hope everyone else can meet him there. That being said, still not sure about this one yet. Obviously I've got a crush on Terry and Dave Annable's not too shabby, but I haven't decided on the female lead yet. Not loving her. There's a fine line with shows like this. They can be either really engaging or over the top. Please refer to "Supernatural" as an example of the former. ABC - Sundays at 10/9c

"Elementary" - I almost didn't give it a try. Masterpiece's "Sherlock" is an all-time favorite. How could I possibly love anyone else as much as Benedict Cumberbatch in this legendary role (even though I heart Jonny Lee Miller)? And Watson as a woman? I consider myself a bit of a feminist, but when they cast Lucy Liu, I was a bit put off. Never been a huge fan. Guess what. It works. I actually enjoyed the first episode. Sherlock is a tattoo covered addict living off of Daddy's money and Watson is his sober companion. Decent way to update the story. I guess it's the character that's hooked me. It's definitely got potential and I think it'll fit in on The Eye. Are you Sherlocked?
CBS - Thursdays at 10/9c

"Last Resort" - Shawn Ryan has won my heart back. Haven't been a fan of his shows since "The Shield" but I have very high hopes for this one. Even though it's no where near the same genre, I had that Lost feeling. Maybe it was the tropical setting or maybe.... just maybe, ABC's got something golden here.  I love shows that really make you think about morality and ethics. Shows like this ask the questions that hopefully we'd never have to answer in our own lives, but it's eye opening to discuss (in a safe place, like crowded around the water cooler). In the opening ep, a submarine crew must decide whether or not to follow orders to fire a nuclear missile. Andre Braugher is perfectly cast as leader, giving a very powerful performance. Slightly reminiscent of President Palmer. Two thumbs way up.  ABC - Thursdays at 8/7c

"Revolution" - Survival stories make great drama. Whether there is a worldwide black out, a plague, or zombies, it's fascinating to watch what people will do to stay alive. I'm crossing my fingers on this one. I love nearly everything J.J. Abrams touches and Eric Kripke is the creator of "Supernatural" which if you couldn't tell, I'm a giant fan of. Unfortunately, recent Emmy winner Giancarlo Esposito is the only cast member I like....and he's the bad guy! I'll keep trying, but this one might have to up the ante to win me over.
NBC - Mondays at 10/9c

 "Vegas" - Michael Chiklis! Michael Chiklis! Michael Chiklis! Ok, I got that out of my system. Soooo Michael Chiklis is in this show. So is Dennis Quaid. Baby Vegas is the backdrop for this true story of lawman vs. mobster. I'm not sure yet. Obviously I want to like this show, but it's very CBS at least as of the first episode. Seems like my mom would like it, which means it's got a G rating compared to the television I usually watch. There's definitely potential. The early days of Sin City could provide some very seedy storylines if CBS is willing to go there. My general feeling is that they tend to hold back. To not offend their core demographic. I can imagine what HBO or even FX would do with this story. It's oooozing drama. I may not be your core demographic, CBS, but please offend me. CBS - Tuesdays at 10/9c

I'm a gritty drama fan. More "Sons of Anarchy" than "Law & Order". The majority of the television I watch is on cable and premium channels, but these could be some good network additions. What do you think? Early favorites?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Initial Impressions - New Fall Comedies

 I'm no expert, I just know what I like. Take it or leave it.

"Animal Practice" - Wackiness ensues in a ridiculously huge animal hospital in New York City. Justin Kirk and Joanna Garcia Swisher lead the cast as exes who now have to work together. Their quirky co-workers (including a monkey) and rowdy patients keep things lively. I wasn't going to give this one a chance, but I got bored one day and said what the hell. The first two episodes weren't terrible. I can't say this will be a staple in my TV schedule, but I've always loved Joanna Garcia and let's face it, monkeys are funny. I'll give it a few more eps. If it falls into all the cliches as it easily could, I'll have to put it to sleep.  NBC - Wednesdays at 8/7c

"Ben and Kate" - Fox has been on a roll with comedies in the last couple of years. The latest addition to their Tuesday night line up follows Ben as he moves in with sister Kate to raise her five year old daughter Maddie, who incidentally steals the show. The pilot was funny and endearing, yet so-so. It has potential. That kid is spectacular and I really liked the supporting cast. This could be a great pairing for "Raising Hope".
FOX - Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c

"Go On" - Yet another sitcom attempt by Matthew Perry. I watched the double ep premiere and wasn't impressed. I planned on giving it one more try, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I don't care for Matthew Perry being the same character for the eighteenth time since "Friends". I wish he would try something else like "Studio 60 on the Sunset Stip". Something that isn't a straight up sitcom. He was really great in that. This just makes me sad.
NBC - Tuesdays at 9/8c

"Guys with Kids" - Three straight men and their babies. I know, by the posters, you thought this was another Hangover sequel, but it's half of NBC's attempt at representing the post-modern American family. I love all three of these guys and Vanessa Huxtable is back! Well, Tempestt Bledsoe is anyway as Anthony Anderson's working wife. I'm not sure about this one. I want to like it, but the laugh track/live studio audience makes it reeeeaaaallly hard. Why won't the networks let go of that format? Move on, we're passed it.
NBC - Wednesdays 8:30/7:30c

"The Mindy Project" - Totally stood up to my expectations! I've loved Mindy Kaling's work on "The Office" for years, not to mention her tweets. She's got a fresh voice reminiscent of "New Girl" creator Liz Meriwether but with her own spin on being a young professional trying to find her way. "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" are two peas in an awesome pod that make me count down the days until Tuesday night. Check. It. Out. NOW.
FOX - Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c

"The Neighbors" - This sitcom about a family that moves into a gated community of aliens is too stupid to even try. If you watched even five minutes of it, I just lost respect for you.

If you haven't, I'm not going to tell you what time it's on. You've got better things to do.

"The New Normal" - The other half of NBC's post-modern American family experiment is the one that you probably heard about on the news before the pilot aired. David and Bryan are a successful (and attractive) gay couple living in Los Angeles that decide to they want a baby. Enter Goldie. A young woman who's trying to make a better life for her nine year old daughter after getting knocked up as a teenager. Ellen Barkin is Goldie's loud mouth, republican GRANDmother who whole-heartedly disapproves of what Goldie's chosen to do with her womb. Maybe middle America will ruin it, but I think this could be a hit. So far, I'm really enjoying it. Give it try.
NBC - Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c

"Partners" - This is CBS' so-called gamble comedy. Gay characters on CBS! Oh no! Doesn't seem all that risky to me, but props to The Eye for finally going there. It's based on the friendship and professional partnership of the "Will & Grace" creators. I like the premise. I love Michael Urie and David Krumholtz. I even like the opening titles. I can't stand Sophia Bush, the cardboard Brandon Routh or the laugh track. This one could be a struggle. I want to like it, but there is so much working against it for my taste. I'll give it a few weeks and see how it goes, but I can't promise I'll be all that tolerable. Die, laugh track, die!

I don't usually like to predict because I hate being wrong, but I'm going to go ahead and call it. "The Neighbors" will be cancelled before the fifth episode airs. I think I'm being quite generous without having seen it.

What do you guys think?