2011 Fall Television Preview

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2 Broke Girls yellow rate 2011 Fall Television Preview

 

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Premieres: Monday, September 19 @8:30pm

Plot: A comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max (Kat Dennings) works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline (Beth Behrs) is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money. While they save their tips, they’ll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break.

Mini Review: While there are some genuinely funny moments in 2 Broke Girls, the overall execution of the pilot presents an extremely rough look at the series’ possible potential. That being said, even if the poorly executed dialogue and awkward storylines were fixed, the actual premise of the series (which is revealed at the end of the pilot) feels both pointless and ridiculous.

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A Gifted Man yellow rate 2011 Fall Television Preview

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Premieres: Friday, September 23 @8pm

Plot: A brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the “hereafter.” Michael Holt is an exceptional doctor who lives a materialistic life of luxury thanks to his work-obsessed career and powerful and wealthy patients; however, Michael’s ordered world is rocked when his ex-wife, Anna, an idealistic free-clinic doctor and the love of his life, mysteriously appears to him. In an attempt to go back to his “normal” life, Michael visits Anton, a carpenter who moonlights as a Shaman to try and extract Anna’s spirit from his body, but when Anna reappears and asks Michael to go to her clinic to help keep it running, he realizes she needs him more now then ever. Curious about Michael’s sudden change in behavior is his efficient assistant, Rita, who works tirelessly to facilitate his schedule in order to accommodate his added responsibilities at the clinic. Touched by those in need and accepting of Anna’s compassionate “presence,” Michael’s attitude toward serving the rich and poor is turned upside down, and he begins to see that there’s room in his life for everyone. 

Mini Review: Even though the plot may appear to be tired and familiar, A Gifted Man provides an interesting take on the typical “spirit series.” Unfortunately, with a single story-arc serving as the foundation of an entire series, it’s hard to see what long-term plans are set in place to progress the story while also answering the few questions the premise presents.

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How To Be A Gentleman red rate 2011 Fall Television Preview

 

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Premieres: Thursday, September 29 @8:30pm

Plot: Inspired by the book of the same name, How to be a Gentleman is a comedy about the unlikely friendship between a traditional, refined writer and an unrefined personal trainer. Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) is an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has lead to a life detached from modern society. Infectiously optimistic, Bert Lansing (Kevin Dillon) is a reformed “bad boy” from Andrew’s past who inherited a fitness center, but can still be rude, loud and sloppy. When Andrew’s editor, Jerry (Dave Foley), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less “gentle man” and more “real man.” Andrew’s mom, Diane (Nancy Lenehan), and his bossy sister, Janet (Mary Lynn Rajskub), support the plan, as would Janet’s husband, Mike (Rhys Darby), if he was allowed to have an opinion. Though Andrew and Bert’s views may be centuries apart, they may find they’re each other’s missing link. 

Mini Review: With Kevin Dillon delivering a performance that’s all too similar to Johnny “Drama” from Entourage, and an annoying definition of what a “gentleman” is supposed to be, the only laughs to be had are those of disbelief.

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Person of Interest green rate 2011 Fall Television Preview

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Premieres: Thursday, September 22 @9pm

Plot: A crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s (James Caviezel) special training in covert operations appeals to Finch (Michael Emerson), a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the person of interest and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions catch the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter (Taraji P. Henson), and Fusco (Kevin Chapman), a cop who Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.

Mini Review: Despite the plot’s basis in a fantastical element that presents many questions to those watching (a la Lost), the execution of the series – from the actions scenes to the storylines – surpasses any and all exceptions of what a team-up of Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) and Jesus Christ (James Caviezel), headed up by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), could be.

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Unforgettable red rate 2011 Fall Television Preview

 

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Premieres: Tuesday, September 20 @10pm

Plot: An enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It’s not just that she doesn’t forget anything – she can’t; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister’s long-ago murder. Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she’s unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case. His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al’s right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop. Being back on the job after a break feels surprisingly right for Carrie. Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides – most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister. All she needs to do is remember.

Mini Review: While the overall premise sounds intriguing, the execution is anything but. Take a generic police drama, mix in awkward flashbacks driven by a poor use of the core premise and what you have is, unlike the show title may suggest, an extremely forgettable television series.

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  1. How was Alan Tudyk in Suburgatory? He’s to only reason I’m gonna give it a chance.

    • If you’re going to give Suburgatory a chance because of Alan Tudyk, perhaps you should skip the first episode. He’s only in it for like 2min… and he’s not very funny.

  2. Terra Nova is the show I’m most interested in seeing.

    And who is Marry Poppins (from the New Girl Mini Review)? :-D

  3. Sad to see you give shows like Once Upon a Time a Revenge a watch. Those shows sound horrible and look horrible. Not even worth the time it takes to DVR let alone sit down and watch.

    • Also a basic Sit Com like The New Girl being declared the best new show of the season? Seriously ? It’s not even worth watching just another crummy sitcom that just happens to have medium name talent attached.

      • Dude have you even seen it? you’re going to sit there and bag it out for what reason exactly? In response to your comment, here’s mine. THE NEW GIRL looks amazing! So refreshing to hear good things about a show that doesn’t involve mobsters, politicians or housewives. BUT…………..Just like you, i have yet to see it so i will hold my final judgement till i do.

        Seriously mate, how about giving things a go instead of labelling everything outside of your obviously warped comfort zone a failure?

        I’m just saying……

        • The sad part is that Damon Wayans Jr. won’t be in it because of his commitment to Happy Endings (which is a hilarious show too)

        • How is my comfort zone obviously warped because I don’t like plain old everyday sitcoms? seriously that makes it warped? Liking smart well written shows with great acting is warped? My bad.

          I like action, comedy, drama and scifi.While I like comedy I simply don’t like basic sitcom comedy like The New Girl or Two broke Girls. They are not fresh, original or creative in anyway what so ever. Nothing about them stands out in a special way other than some attractive actresses. Had I seen The New Girl when I made that comment? No but I’d seen the crapy ads for it and I knew what it was from the first ad. Have I seen it now? Ten minutes of it and then I changed it. It was just as dull as I expected.

          There you go I gave it a chance.

          Why not give it a chance though if I hadn’t? Because people only have so much time. So why waste it on unoriginal , uninteresting garbage like a sitcom?

    • I don’t understand how Revenge would even work as a series. Sure, it could work as a mini-series but an entire show about a girl getting revenge on the elite of The Hamptons? I just don’t see that lasting an entire season, let alone seasons.

      • Agreed it seems more like a Lifetime movie than a tv series.

        Have you seen it? Wow it’s so awful I decided that maybe I was wrong (won’t make that mistake again) and nope it turns out I was right. It was even worse than I expected it was about as poorly written and poorly acted as a lifetime movie. It’s so laughable. It’s almost worth a watch for how bad it is. It’s rare to see a show that bad with that good of production value.

  4. Dissapointed in the low grade for I Hate my Teenage Daughter. I loved Jaime Pressley My Name is Earl and was hoping the show would be great and she could be a success.

  5. I REALLLY wanna watch “Terra Nova”, andnow, I’m excited for “Person of Interest”

  6. Pretty pathetic on the whole but “Person of Interest” might be worth a look…thanks for the previews…

  7. Out of all of them I can only see myself watching Terra Nova

  8. I’m looking forward to Pan Am. There’s always been something sexy about Pan Am so I will give it a try! The rest I don’t care about!

  9. I’ll be watching 2 broke girls for the busty and beautiful Kat Dennings. I really could care less if a COMEDY show’s premise is ridiculous. Most comedy shows have a ridiculous premise.

  10. Anthony, I was totally buying everything you were suggesting. Until you said NEW GIRL was worth watching. I have seen the premiere episode and it was a very bland and trying attempt at comedy. (IMO) Unfortunately with your supporting that new series, my faith in your opinions on the other shows has been seriously undermined.

  11. So looking forward to terra nova

  12. This really isn’t a fall television preview since you only cover the big networks. It’s a network television preview. I would have liked to hear something about American Horror Story on FX, and didn’t you forget about the teenie-bopper shows on the CW. HBO, Showtime, Starz, although premium cable channels, have new shows this fall, too. And don’t forget that MTV is reviving Beavis and Butthead and has the animated show with a pretty nice cast, Good Vibes. I was hoping to hear more about cable shows, since I’m not sure if SyFy, USA, AMC, or TBS has any new fall shows. For a network preview, it will suffice and helped me to decide not to DVR Charlies Angels.

    • And I’m not being an a-hole…your graphic is misleading.

    • B-list I wish there would of been coverage of cable and premium shows as well.

      Just an FYI though American Horror story isn’t my kind of thing, but it’s getting good buzz. Some people in the test audience reports say were incredibly disturbed by it even. From everything I’ve heard on it it seems if your in to disturbing and twisted horror you’ll like it.

  13. Albeit, I was only 1 of 5 million viewers for last night’s premiere of The Playboy Club; I thoroughly enjoyed it! I hope it survives

  14. Terra Nova is the only one that looks good. The rest will suck! This is why I don’t have cable or satellite. Not paying for crap!

    • Terra Nova looks good, but not only is it not the only good one this year it’s not even the best.

  15. Terra Nova?
    REALLY

  16. Once Upon A Time, Terra Nova, and Grimm are the shows I’ll be watching. I might watch a few more (like The Secret Circle which is alright so far) if I hear they get better.

  17. Also, I watched the New Girl pilot, and it’s pretty bad. I mean, Zooey is fine in her role, but the supporting cast is weak, and it just feels really tired and contrived.

    And, I never see any news for this show on this site, but, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has actually become a pretty good show. I mean, the first season was hit and miss (because the people behind it were trying to find their ground) and it has a cartoonish art style, but, it’s gotten a lot better.

  18. For all those interested in TERRA NOVA……..

    It will be PREMIERING on Monday, Sept 26th at 8-10pm

    the Sat. listing will be an encore presentation.

    • Thanks.

  19. The only one (of the shows that have aired) that I really disagree with is Free Agents. Something about that show feels like it is trying too hard and while it has a few funny moments here and there, I just wasn’t very impressed.

  20. Terra Nova

    What a convoluted weakly written 80’s style Saturday morning Sid & Marty Kroff dramatic /Sci-Fi program. Seeing the first episode leads me to believe the program directors at fox don’t know a winner like Firefly or Threshold from a superficial problematic predictable farce as is Tara-Nova. Why not just bring back Lost in space? There too no science just plastic aliens adults without a clue, kids in trouble and a doctor. Here Terra Nova trumps this by having a CGI dinosaur attack randomly while dudes and dudetts from the sixers side of the valley throw a Wild West type show-down in the pilot, Wow! Cretaceous Cops-n’ robbers, and nobody gets shot?
    Disobedient rebellious youths who, though growing up in a carcinogenic atmosphere unable to exercise and most likely to have major mussels groups atrophied from being indoors all their life, can out run dinosaurs that are masters of their world in speed and lethality, boy-oh-boy. What will these super-hero kids do in weeks to come? What tripe! Power Packs and the bad guys do what? Persecuted and or prosecuted for siphoning off power and medical supplies? Give me a break, 2149 AD. Any expeditions would have these challenges overcome day-one with portable fusion reactors and replacing doctors and hospitals and all of their inferences with Auto-Medics that not only could treat all known diseases but analyze the environment and formulate vaccines and treatment for all new encounters, grow new skin, mussel, bone and organs if needed. Also a global satellite system for communications and location would be the first thing deployed. I know I would, so I could locate food, water and mineral resources, and then too I would like to know where the dangerous animals, geothermic, and meteorological events lurked.

    When planning a hunting expedition I think of the game environment, the dangers, survival, and then the game, and then I pack accordingly. The writers of this show should’ve done the same thing. Unless… Oh yeah! they were writing for the twelve to thirteen-year old, or double digit I.Q. demographic.
    As presented if a time-hole was found you can be sure that the powerful few ultra-wealthy, the superrich, would establish a resort society there and keep it a secret as they made it, and they alone would escape to it leaving the rest of humanity behind to suffer final extinction. Be ironic if that’s what is really happening.
    Tara nova is long on dialogue and drama, with action scenes inserted to keep us awake, if not interested. With the teens taking over from the adult leads, this could be another 90210 where the adults just fade away or in this setting get eaten, captured, or both. And then with the kids on their own, we saw how they did in week one, it’s who is liking who and who will explore their hang-ups, this week? Or who will almost get eaten? My bets on the small fry who don’t get it at all. She will wander out get lost and almost get eaten but will be saved by the rival sixers, or fall down a hole. Remember this kid an’t very bright or normal, in the first hour she’s hand feeding leaves to the largest land creatures ever!! Having never seen wild or even domestic animals in her life. I’ve seen kids 5 and 6 years old raised around animals, shrink back, cry, and burry their heads in their momma’s legs when a elephant at a petting zoo got close to them.
    Then there’s the head honcho commander Nathanial Taylor (great great great great grandson of sheriff Andy Taylor or great grandson of commander Taylor (Charlton Hesston) who went ahead in time to fine the “Planet Of The Apes” Maybe he’ll see Rod Taylor wiz by in his TIMEMACHINE. Never the less it is obvious we have an actor whose part is obviously only one dimensional as he continues his role resurrected, or lifted, from the film “AVATAR” with only a name change, he remains a self proclaimed ‘Man-In-Charge’ of the new ‘old” world.

    Just where does Nate Taylor derive his Autocratic authority, his gun? There is no mention of colonial law, or any reprehensive government.
    This is one show where I can only hope week by week one of the main characters starting with the kids gets eaten by a CGI-asaur, that is before the audience gets wise to all the soporific gimmicks and tunes out and TN is canceled without closure as FOX tends to do.
    Though Terra Nova, as it is so weak and wordy, it will probably last season after boring season. With strange forbidden zones with suspicious glyphs and a rival tribe, there’s years of ‘LOST’ type non-science fictional intriguing material to make up as they go along.
    FOX would better spend it’s money on developing graphic-novels for the small screen. Then even if dropped, the audience would have a place to go for closure or continuation, if they liked it.
    I really do like FOXs innovational attempts at Sci-Fi programs. It is the only network that does any reaching out to this audience. However they are weak in commitment. Especially to quality series, FRINGE being the exception, I’m leery of getting too interested in any good quality FOX sci-fi for fear the network will cancel it before closure i.e. SPACE above and beyond, John Doe, Threshold, and Firefly, But Terra Nova is a formulated show not in the same class as these, for it has lots of cool guns, shootouts, goodies and baddies, mysterious rock face drawings, a struggling family, teen trouble, teen love, adorable children, a stressed Doctor a reformed hot tempered cop, dinosaurs, and transversing continuums. So we have Kojac, ER, Starsky&Hutch, 90210, Father Knows Best, Jurassic Park, X-Files, The Big Valley, and the Time Tunnel all in one program. The Fox program directors probably said something like “How can it Miss? not one demographic was missed” I give it one, maybe two seasons at most.

  21. revenge is good. last man standing is bad. man up is bad. playboy club is bad as is pan am. new girl is iffy. once upon a time is rife with bad dialogue and incredibly bad acting. terra nova is a mix of lost/jurassic park and stargate.

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