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28 September 2009 @ 12:43 pm
Thoughts on some new shows ....  
So I sampled a batch of new shows and here's what I'm sticking with, dropping and still iffy about.

Keepers, baby!

- Community: Very, very funny, very, very likable characters. I loved this, plain and simple.

- Cougar Town: This is one I wasn't going to watch even though I love Bill Lawrence's Scrubs. The premise just did not appeal at all, but harper47 raved, so I watched the Pilot on Hulu and I should have trusted my Bill Lawrence-love. This was hysterical, with lots of heart, great characters, great acting: Busy Phillips and Christa Miller? GOLDEN!

- Eastwick: I'm really surprised about this one. I'm not particularly fond of any of the actresses involved, but I LOVED the intro and found the rest of the Pilot enjoyable. I'm not sure how it will evolve, but I'm definitely willing to give it a chance. I quite, quite liked this. And, woohoo! Sara Rue (playing a character named Penny!)

- FlashForward: I don't know which was better, this or The Good Wife. They were both so good, but FF stands out because of the supernatural-ooh! of it all, while TGW is just good drama. Either way, I love both. This one was so well-paced; I liked all of the characters, and I'm quite curious to see where it all leads. I just really, really, REALLY hope it can keep up the quality. If so, this one could go down in the books.

- The Good Wife: This was so, so good. I'm not the world's biggest Julianna Marguiles fan, but I was surprised to enjoy her in Canterbury's Law a few seasons back and was disappointed when it was canceled. Well, I like her even more in this show, as well as all of the other characters and actors. The writing and directing is top-notch, the characters are real and by the end of the Pilot, I was already rooting for them, feeling for them. Excellent, excellent show. I hope it can keep up the quality.

I'm thinking, I'm thinking ...

- NCIS: Los Angeles: I liked the backdoor pilot well enough, but watching the official first episode, I had a lot of questions like --
    1. Why are they in such a darkly-lit environment?
    2. Who is the "Gibbs," the boss? It was the blonde woman in the backdoor pilot, but she's gone and it seems like Callan is in charge, but he's been out for the last four months due to the shooting, so who was in charge then?
    3. The LA unit of NCIS provides clothing for their agents?
I shouldn't be asking questions like this. And, overall, it doesn't *feel* like NCIS. I like Chris O'Donnell in the role, LL Cool J is fabulous, but the show feels more like any other cop/procedural show that I don't watch (such as CSI, non-homeship L&O, Numbers, etc.). It's not NCIS. So, if it stays feeling like this and not like NCIS? I'm going to stop watching. I'll give it some more episodes, but I'm iffy.

It's a goner!

- The Forgotten: I wanted to like this because I like Christian Slater and the premise, but the execution didn't fit the premise. Basically, it was a cop show without (mostly) the cops. None of the characters were that interesting; some of the dialogue was atrocious. The idea of having the victim narrate was nifty, but they went overkill by having her randomly appear to members throughout the episode. So yeah, just no.

- Modern Family: I heard nothing but FANTASTIC things about this. Did nothing for me. It was just trying too hard to be arch, edgy, put a spin on comedy, etc. Not for me. I stopped watching after fifteen minutes. (Although, I was linked to the closing Lion King gag and it was hysterical, but one moment is not enough to make up for the complete lack of anything enjoyable for me in what I did watch.)

- The Vampire Diaries: I had no intention of even trying this one, but a few critics highlighted it as one of the shows to check out, so I did. I kept waiting for the originality, the wit, the sex appeal, etc. that said critics talked about. So wasn't there. I didn't even finish the episode; I turned it off with ten minutes left; it was that much of a waste of time.
 
 
 
Jude: JMo *ggs*danceonstardust on September 28th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about NCIS: LA
I kept on saying "I IZ SO CONFUSED!" during it. It's not NCIS. But it sure has it's pretty boys. XD

The Vampire Diaries, I only seen the Pilot episode. The couple in the show is bland for me. I do love Ian in it because he's so hot. He also plays the Bad boy with a good heart which always ALWAYS gets to me.

The constant editing in the pop songs was so fucking annoying. I think I tweeted about HOW ANNOYING IT WAS. FIRST "Oh awesome Onerepublic!!" Then the Fray, then all kinds of other pop songs. Katy Perry's Thinking of you. GOD, I thought CW was good at being indie. WTF!? Also, the scenes with the edits. It's like the girl comes in with the guy and the song is on the radio. *headdesk*

I haven't seen any of the keepers yet. I wanted to see Eastwick because the movie after it is one of my all time favs. Flash Forward is highly recommended my tons of my friends so I'll watch that. Plus, Joseph Fiennes = YUM. I'll catch Cougar Town and Community as well.
Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on September 28th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, NCIS: LA just did NOT feel like NCIS; it was so carbon-copy of non-NCIS procedural shows. But I'll give it a few more eps.

TVD, just no. I like Joseph Fiennes, but I'm still having issues with 'but, but, but, RALPH is so much better.' I just need to tell myself that his brother is, no doubt, quite happy for little bro, LOL~

CT and Comm were hysterical.
Jude: Sheldondanceonstardust on September 28th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, NCIS: LA just did NOT feel like NCIS; it was so carbon-copy of non-NCIS procedural shows. But I'll give it a few more eps.
Same here. I loved the one with the blond chick in it. *sigh* Plus, they had this other guy in it too as an agent. It kind of fit the whole NCIS idea but now. ... Okay?

I like Joseph Fiennes, but I'm still having issues with 'but, but, but, RALPH is so much better.' I just need to tell myself that his brother is, no doubt, quite happy for little bro, LOL~
Ooh I know you love Ralph. I had a crush on Joseph since "Shakespeare in love." I bet Ralph is proud of him. My mom and I talked how they are such good actors the other day.

CT and Comm were hysterical.
I'm watching Comm right now. But, I'm falling asleep during it due to lack of sleep. BUT HILARIOUS. I'll watch the rest later. ;D

Barbara: Community - Abedhtbthomas on September 28th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
I've watched 3 of your 4 keepers (all but TGW), and agree. ♥ I should give TGW a try I guess? :)
Arabian: Abed - Pencilarabian on September 28th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, definitely give TGW a try. It was very, very good. I quite loved it.
Sarahpie_is_good on September 28th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
With all of the raving about FF, I seriously feel like I watched a completely different show from the rest of the world. I have no idea what I saw, haha. Definitely didn't like it.

I LOVED The Good Wife, and Community is AMAZING. So funny. I honestly think it's the show I'm looking forward to the most next week! Just awesome.

Didn't watch any of the other shows.
Arabian: Abed - Pencilarabian on September 28th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I feel that way about Modern Family (and Lost actually).

TGW = awesome, and Community is fabulous -- if you're interested, you should check out our comm devoted to it: community_tv
theyellow_daisy on September 28th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks to you, I'm hooked on Community! Very simple, and charming and the characters on fantastic.

I was thinking about giving Modern Family a try. That's too bad it isn't working out for you. But just by watching some of the previews, and reading about it, I can see what you mean when you said it's just trying too hard.
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on September 28th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
It is just a sweet, simple show isn't it? Did you check out and join the lj comm I linked to above?

But just by watching some of the previews, and reading about it, I can see what you mean when you said it's just trying too hard.

Yeah.
harper47harper47 on September 28th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I am so in love with Cougar Town and Flash Forward. I have The Good wife on DVR. But Community is just not going to be for me.

Hee - we had the exact same thoughts on Modern Family. It was just too much. Like you're not a member of the cool kids if you don't rave about it. Well, I'm cool with not being a cool kid.

I was bored with Vampire diaries after 15 minutes but then I kind of knew I would be since I was also bored with Twilight. I need more snark in my vampires.
Arabian: Abed - Pencilarabian on September 28th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Did you ever try and watch the whole episode of Community? Because I recall seeing that you had just watched clips here and there. That alone could have been the issue. If you have watched the whole thing, then never mind.
harper47harper47 on September 28th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
I did watch the episode. I think my problem is I'm not a Joel McHale fan and I think you have to be to enjoy this. It was funny, it's just not for me.
Arabian: Sheldon Cooper01arabian on September 28th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay, yeah, if you have an issue with McHale, the show is not for you.
Sylvikefishsanwitt on September 29th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
I agree with you about 'The Vampire Diaries' - such a wasste of time. And I *wanted* to like it!

We're watching 'Lie to Me', 'Castle', 'Glee', 'Supernaturral' and 'Smallville'. Jim is watching 'Heroes' and 'House' on his own.

We're also intrigued with 'Fast Forward'.

And, that's it for us!
But you can call me Bowie: ncis: ducky & abbyisiscaughey on September 29th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Word on NCIS: LA. I'm giving it 6 more episodes to shape up- if it doesn't feel more like NCIS by then, I'm just going to stick with the original.

But Sam and G are very amusing.
Beckbeck_liz on October 2nd, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
re: Cougartown
Oh, good, I'm not the only one. I wasn't going to touch it with a 10 foot pole, but I was bored and it was available and it was surprisingly good. Shocking. Haven't seen this week's episode yet to see if the trend continues.

I liked Eastwick, too, but I actually do like the actresses plus Paul Gross basically bowled me over.

I also liked Flash Forward and The Good Wife, too.

The only reason at this point that I can see to keep watching NCIS LA is the slashy relationship between Chris O'Donnell's character and LL Cool J's character. This... may have the NCIS name on it, but feels not a bit like NCIS. Meh. (I like OriginalFlavor!NCIS so much, and NCIS LA does not fare well in comparison.)

Never even heard of the next two shows you mention. The Vampire Diaries I tried for 3 episodes until Flash Forward began airing opposite it and then ditched it. *shrug* I found myself fast-forwarding through the 3rd episode, which I don't take to be a good sign.
Azmiri Sultana Mridulmridul777 on November 12th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
The Vampire Diaries: I had no intention of even trying this one, but a few critics highlighted it as one of the shows to check out, so I did. I kept waiting for the originality, the wit, the sex appeal, etc. that said critics talked about. So wasn't there. I didn't even finish the episode; I turned it off with ten minutes left; it was that much of a waste of time.

LoL..... :D

Oh! The irony!

Who knew right?...

that someone who wrote THIS, as a reaction for a show and tagged it as It's a goner!, would one day be so helplessly, fiercely and head over heels in love with the SAME show. As well as have a wonderful community which is ALL about loving this show, characters, actors and creators.

Destiny..... It's a tricky li'l thing.. ;)

ETA: I kept waiting for the originality, the wit, the sex appeal, etc. that said critics talked about. So wasn't there.

I guess the "Said critics" were talking about Damon Salvatore.

I didn't even finish the episode; I turned it off with ten minutes left; it was that much of a waste of time.

And that's how you missed the "wit, the sex appeal, etc."aka Damon Salvatore.... Heeee :D