Thursday, September 27, 2007

Premiere Week

Clapping 8

We're halfway through premiere week and there have been some mighty interesting shows. So far: (there might be spoilers--beware!)

I'm not all that sure whether I will be watching this year. I'm kind of afraid this show will go the way of Desperate Housewives for me: get caught up in the hype the first year and get extremely bored within a couple of episodes of the start of the second year. I really didn't come away from Monday's episode with the 'I can't WAIT to see what is going to happen next!' feeling that will keep me tuning in for the rest of the season. I will give it a couple of more weeks and see if I will give it up or not.

The jury is still out on this one. Really, now, hasn't EVERY sci-fi show done the 'go back in time' bit? And there have even been ENTIRE shows with the same premise as this one: Quantum Leap and Early Edition. I found the show to be a bit confusing--I think they were trying to give too much information in too short of a time. The fact that he saw and talked to his 'dead' fiancee when he went back in time was a bit of a twist from all of the other time travel shows. That little fact is enough for me to give it a few more chances before I make up my mind about sticking through the entire season.

Okay, I rather stumbled onto this one. I had no intentions of watching this show. As I have said many times, I 'time-shift' all of my TV watching--the only things I watch in real time are the news (rarely) and time-killer programs (re-runs, junk TV.) So, I had the recorders going for the shows I wanted to see on Monday and happened to have the channel on where Chuck was shown, so I started to watch. All I have to say is this: if the rest of the shows are as funny as the first one, then I. AM. HOOKED! This show is funny and entertaining--and I'm glad I watched it.

What can I say about one of the best shows on TV? I was a bit disappointed in some of last year's story lines--HATED the one with the cop--and I wasn't sure how things would go this year. I just have to say I am so happy I didn't write the show off! If the first episode and the previews for next week are any indication, then this will be a great year. House using a janitor to bounce his thoughts off of (AND the janitor playing at being Dr. Buffer), Wilson kidnapping House's guitar (and him saying--in a slightly gangsterish voice--how a guitar squeals when you tighten the strings too much), and House kidnapping one of Wilson's patients were all great, funny bits to a really good episode. Next week and House beginning his interviews--a six week interview, how great will THAT be--and his having his old team appearing in hallucinations will combine for a very interesting episode. Can't wait!

Oh, my, gosh! HOW BAD WAS THIS SHOW??? It was all 'been there, done that' with a Spanish accent! I came VERY close to not watching the entire episode--and I wish I hadn't. Way too much happened--the head of the family with 6 months to live, him not telling his kids, him giving control of the company to someone that is NOT his own son, the son wanting revenge, a rival family, a killing, AND mix in drugs, illegal aliens, and Cuba, and you have the show. That is one hour of my life I will never get back again. And the previews for the coming episodes were just as bad, if not worse. They certainly made me happy with my decision to not watch any more of this show. Unless this becomes a guilty pleasure for a lot of people, I don't see it lasting too long.

I was quite hesitant about this show. Come on now, a show about a guy whose parents sold his soul to the devil even before he was born? AND it is a comedy? But I figured I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did. I found it quite funny. On his 21st birthday, Sam finds out that his soul belongs to the devil. Of course, his parents didn't come right out and tell him until some weird things started to happen--among them, the devil appearing in the backseat of his car while he was driving. Now this 'devil wanting your soul' storyline has a bit of a twist: the devil doesn't want Sam in hell, he just wants him on earth doing a job. The job? Finding souls that escaped hell and sending them back where they belong. All well and good, right? Maybe, but he also has a couple of friends that want to help, and they aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer! (I still have to laugh over the eyebrows that were drawn on Ben with the Magic Marker after his own were burnt off. It was a very funny sight gag.)

When I watch TV, read a book, listen to music, see a movie, etc, I do it so that I can be entertained. I don't analyze in terms of symbolism or psychological/sociological meanings, or any other ways that 'intellectuals' do. I. JUST. WANT. TO. BE. ENTERTAINED. PERIOD. I don't care if the jokes are old or I have seen them before--if they are funny, then I will laugh. A story line can be one I have seen on another show, but, again, if it is good, I will enjoy it. So far, I seem to have picked entertaining shows to watch. I hope the rest of my picks will be as good.

After I watch Dirty Sexy Money, Life, and Moonlight, I will write my impressions of those shows. I hope at least one of them will be good.


melevision said...

CHUCK and HOUSE are the BEST on the list! Nicely done

See writing about TV can be fun (but hard work sometimes)

kristi noser said...

I only watched House one time before this week. The medical stuff on there borders on bogus, so it kinda bugged me. Watched it last night and it was pretty interesting. The medical stuff is still pretty bogus tho.

cmk said...

meleah: Thank you! I can't wait to see how/if my opinions of some of these shows change by the end of next month! :)

kristi: Most of the medical shows don't seem too medically valid. The medical part is just used to advance the plotline--for House, it is pretty much true. The cases are there to shine a light on his character and all of his faults and weaknesses. AND to show his way of interacting with people. (Or his way of AVOIDING people. :))

Burg said...

There's one that premiered tonight I was thinking I might watch, so I DVR'd it.. "Big Shots" I think?? The new Kelsey Grammar/Patricia Heaton sitcom seems pretty funny, although I can't remember the name right now.

"Psych" is still my favorite, and the season just ended.. It won't be back until January. :(

Burg said...

Oh wait.. "Scrubs".. I love "Scrubs." It will start in October. YEA!

cmk said...

burg: Yeah, I didn't watch Big Shots--just didn't interest me. I watched the Kelsey Grammer one and REALLY didn't like it. I didn't like it so much that I won't even watch any more episodes. I really don't know why I disliked it so much. I never got into Scrubs--OR The Office, for that matter. And both of those SHOULD appeal to my warped sense of humor! Go figure. Psych is DEFINITELY one of my guilty pleasures, too. I enjoyed this last season, as well.

Burg said...

I finally watched Big Shots tonight. I was hopeful because I love Christopher Titus. It won't last.. It's too much like the man version of Desperate Housewives, but with absolutely no real guy appeal.. I'll stay tuned through the second episode, but I'm up in the air after that.. Honestly, if I didn't have a DVR, I'd never remember it existed.. Same with that new Kelsey Grammar show... After watching the second episode, I see that it just doesn't have much to go on. I give it another three episodes before it gets the axe.

So much for my venture into new primetime series.. :P