It’s December 13, which means that we have reached the mid-point in the 2011-2012 television season. New shows have entered our lives and television sets and some have even bid us an early adieu. (I’m lookin’ at you, The Playboy Club.) I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I was sampling most of what the networks had to offer this Fall, so I thought that it was only fair that I update you on which shows I’ve fallen for and which I’ve weeded out of my weekly schedule.
In the spirit of full disclosure, this is the list of NEW shows that I DVR and watch on the reg – whether I think they’re very good or not.
ABC: Pan Am, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Suburgatory
NBC: Grimm, Up All Night, Whitney, Prime Suspect
CBS: 2 Broke Girls,
Person of Interest
FOX: New Girl, American Horror Story
The CW: Hart of Dixie, Ringer, The Secret Circle
Let’s get to it…
Top 5 Fave Newbies:
Revenge – I think that this is the best new show of the season. I look forward to it every week and am disappointed when I’ve finished watching. The plot lines are compelling, the characters are engaging – and let’s face it – everything is so pretty! I’ve been a fan of Emily VanCamp since Everwood and it’s clear that the girl makes good choices.
New Girl – Molly did a great job of pointing out why you should be watching this show (or stop complaining about it, at least) way back in October. And kids, it’s just gotten better and better. Most notably, the Thanksgiving episode and last week’s “Bad in Bed” are two of the brightest moments in the 2011 television season. It’s no coincidence that those two episodes have featured Justin Long in a guest-starring role – essentially as the boy version of Jess. Young MAN!
(P.S. A lot of comparisons have been made between New Girl and another HIGH-larious sitcom, Happy Endings. Rest assured – just because you like one, it doesn’t mean you have to hate the other. I WILL explore this topic at a later date.)
Once Upon a Time – This is the newest of my favorite shows and frankly, the reason that I’ve been holding out on writing this post. I’ve known for a long time that it would find itself on this list, but how could I write about it when I hadn’t seen it?! We’re still only a handful of episodes in, but I’m completely transfixed with the town of Storybrooke. It really was destined to be good, coming from former LOST writers (so many fun LOST references) and with a cast of TV all-stars (Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parilla.)
When it first debuted, I was a little skeptical that I would enjoy watching the fairy tale portion of each episode – but those flashbacks have proven to be one of the most compelling elements of the series. And in the present day Storybrooke, it’s so fun to try and figure out the who’s who of fairy tale characters. If anything, it’s just refreshing to have such a different kind of show to watch. (Also, RIP Hottie McHuntsman.)
Suburgatory – Love. I wrote about it when it premiered – and like New Girl, it has only improved. Cheryl Hines practically steals the show as Dallas and Allie Grant (Weeds) has had more than a few standout moments as the awkward next-door neighbor and Tessa’s closest friend. I wouldn’t say it nestles comfortably on the schedule between The Middle and Modern Family – perhaps a better fit would be after MF and before the more likely companion, Happy Endings? But if you have room for another sitcom in your schedule, it wouldn’t hurt to add this one. (So many good sitcoms these days, am I right?)
Prime Suspect – If you are the kind of person that likes doing things for others, then this is what you can do for me. WATCH THIS SHOW. It is so very good. And I think it’s about to be canceled. I’m going to play the blame game for a minute and point fingers at all of the television critics/reviewers that saw the pilot episode and immediately dismissed it. First of all, critics. Don’t you know the rules? You have to give a show at least two or three episodes before it finds its groove. Kudos to Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly for offering a mea culpa in his online column for his original review of the show.
Hart of Dixie – it makes no sense why I’m compelled to this show, but for some reason I totally am. Maybe it’s because the town square is the same one used in Gilmore Girls or the fact that there was a Friday Night Lights reference? Sure, I could do without Jaime King’s character (and her incredibly offensive Southern accent) – but as long as The CW has it on the schedule, I’m in.
Shows that I expected better things from:
Up All Night – Let’s all stop pretending we don’t wish this were a funnier show.
Person of Interest – So, so promising. So missing the mark. You would think with the powers of J.J. Abrams, Michael Emerson and Jesus (Jim Caviezel) combined, this would be an excellent show. The dialogue and acting are stiff and the plot is mediocre. I’m hoping that Abrams’ other new show, Alcatraz (premiering in January), will be stronger. (Note: I decided while writing this not to go back and watch the episodes that I’ve missed and to cancel the series recording. Boom.)
2 Broke Girls – Okay, sometimes there are laughs and even some sweet moments. But I need Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King to realize that girls go for smarter comedy than the cheap shots they’re throwing at us.
Shows that I’m in disbelief over their full-season order:
Whitney –I have no idea why I watch this show. I really am the worst. It’s just bad. So bad. Here’s what would make it better: Get rid of her two gal pals and replace them with girls less….man-ish? Then get rid of Whitney. Or just throw the show out altogether and find something great for Chris D’Elia to do. He deserves better.
Do you agree with my Top 5 shows of the new season? Or are you shaking your head in disgust at my picks? Either way, head to the comments and let me know what you think!