Monday, September 27, 2010

The New TV Season

In the past week, most of the broadcast networks started their 2010-11 television seasons.  Frankly, there aren't a whole lot of new shows that grabbed my attention.  Here are some quick thoughts about the ones I watched.

Hawaii Five-0: I enjoyed the pilot.  Lots of big, fun action.  The relationship between the two leads was fun.  Scott Caan deserves all the praise he's getting.  I'll keep recording this to watch later in the week, but I'm going to say with Castle on Mondays at 10pm.

Mike & Molly: Ended up watching this little comedy to kill 30 minutes before Castle came on.  It wasn't bad.  I laughed out loud a couple times.  If they focus on the love story angle, this could be a nice show.  If they just make it a string of fat jokes, it's not worth your time.  Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell does a good job as the male lead.  If you haven't seen any of his standup, you should.

Terriers: OK, this premiered a few weeks ago, but I haven't mentioned it yet.  Good show.  New spin on the PI genre.  Lots of people mention Rockford when talking about this show.  I haven't seen Rockford, but I've been meaning to.  The chemistry between the two leads is great.  The stories are great and the characters seem more fleshed out that most tv shows.  Unfortunately, ratings don't seem to be too good.  I urge everyone to give it a shot and tell their friends about it if you like it.

Blue Bloods: I like the cast (Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan) and they treat the New York setting differently than most other shows I've seen.  The story of a family who has devoted several generations to service in the NYPD.  Wahlberg was great as Detective Joel Stevens in the canceled-too-soon Boomtown, so it's good to see him put on a badge again.  The pilot was a little to quick.  They didn't spend too much time with any one character and the plot of the week (a kidnapped girl) was too throwaway.  I can see some potential, though.  I'll watch another episode or two before making my decision, but I wasn't wowed by it.

No Ordinary Family: premieres tomorrow night on ABC.  I'll probably record this and watch later in the week.  The premise is an ordinary family goes on vacation, has an accident, and they all gain super powers.  This has potential to be good and potential to suck.  I wasn't wowed by the promos I saw, but since I'm a comic book nerd and Michael Chiklis is in it, it's worth a shot.

Anybody care to share their thoughts? Any new shows you liked that I didn't mention?

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