Better With You was one show for the Fall season that I saw a lot of potential in — despite its multicamera, laugh-track formula. I'd hoped that the combo of good writing plus charming stars JoAnna Garcia and Jennifer Finnegan would make the format a nonissue, but unfortunately, the first couple of episodes have suffered from sitcom conventions: lame plots and cheesy jokes. Also, the relatable relationship issues that were in the pilot became patronizing by the second episode. That said, it's still early in the season, so the series has time to prove itself as cute and funny. What do you think of the new comedy? Has it found a home in your Wednesday night lineup?
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The balloon that is Fall TV is already deflating; first Lone Star was canceled, then late last week, My Generation got the axe too. Though the rest of the freshman series are still standing (as of right now), ratings have not been stellar for any new show.Could it be that marketing wasn't robust enough for the new programs, or are the shows themselves not that strong? For instance, you guys didn't think that NBC's Outsourced was earning its keep, and some of the more hyped shows like The Event and Hawaii Five-0 don't seem to be knocking anyone's socks off quite yet. Contrast that with last Fall when it seemed like people couldn't get enough of Glee and Modern Family. What do you think — is it just a weak season?
Not every character's plight is equally thrilling, and I'm not sure how I feel about the aliens-among-us theme as the central conceit, but my interest is still here for now. Now it's your turn: If you're watching The Event, let me know how you're finding it, and if you're hooked yet — or why you won't continue watching.
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Now that all the new Fall TV shows have premiered (with one already canceled), I thought I'd check in on some of the freshman series to find out if you've been watching. Today, I'm looking at CW drama Hellcats.
The college-set cheerleading soap has had a few strong episodes since its pilot. Ashley Tisdale has proved she can be more than just a mean girl, while Aly Michalka is pretty charismatic in the lead. The relationships are starting to form (one of my favorite storylines has been the flirtation of Dan and Savannah) and as I noted in my first impression, I love watching the choreographed cheerleading routines (not to mention the recent street dance battle!). I'm going to continue to watch and see if I get hooked, but I'm more interested in your take; have you been watching this new series? What do you think?
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The show was one I was looking forward to most this Fall, but it couldn't bring in high enough numbers for its network. I'm sad to see such a promising series cut short after such a brief amount of time, but hopefully this won't be the last we'll see of its crushworthy star James Wolk.
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Tonight, the Emmy-nominated CBS series The Good Wife premieres the first episode of its sophomore season. Interestingly, rather than focusing on their awards love for their first season, the promo for tonight focuses on the budding relationship between Alicia and Will . . . and the budding love triangle, since things aren't exactly over with politician husband Peter.
It seems like a smart move to play up the romance rather than the procedural angle, especially for viewers who were interested in watching the show after the Emmys aired and looking for another reason to tune in. Speaking of that, I'd like to hear from current fans of The Good Wife why you watch and like the show, and why new viewers should make it part of their weekly viewing digest!
Congratulations! You survived last week's onslaught of TV, as nearly every beloved show debuted a new season. Exhausted? Me, too (as is my DVR). But now that you've had the chance to take a little breather, let's take a look back at all of the premieres. I want to know which lived up to your expectations and which fell short.For me, the Modern Family premiere gets high marks with its cute car trip, as well as Community, which benefited from guest star Betty White. As for the most dramatic episode, 90210 really raised the stakes between the death and earthquake that went down in its opener. I still can't believe that the writers killed off Javier so quickly!
Which series premiere satisfied you most? Did you love watching Matt Damon flirt with Liz Lemon on 30 Rock? Still singing "Billionaire" from the Glee premiere? Sound off on your favorite in the comments!
Consider this my plea to you: you should really watch Lone Star. I'd hate to see it get pulled when the show has so much potential, so here are four reasons why I think you should tune in:
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