It’s all very ‘meh’ so far

19 Oct

I love the start of the Fall TV season. All the networks are doing their level best to grab my attention with their new shows, some of which will crash and burn shortly after the pilot airs, while others will drag on limping until mid-season replacements put them out of their misery. Even fewer will be bona fide hits, getting full episode orders after only airing a few episodes. It’s the fierce competition and the sheer incompetence of network executives at discerning brilliance from bullshit that draws me in. This year the good news is that there’s plenty of blood in the water. The bad news is that nothing seems to have captured my imagination. It’s all very ‘meh’ to me.

I want Mick St. John  to come back

I want Mick St. John to come back

Some shows are just so horrendous from conception that you have to wonder what utter tripe was passed up in favor of them. Mercy and Three Rivers come to mind. ER got canceled because of declining ratings, so why put on a watered-down, gutless version of it? Alex O’Loughlin is a very very very good looking man and I’ll watch anything he’s in but Three Rivers, a medical drama about organ transplants, makes me want to donate my own heart and brain for transplant immediately. How many stories can you really mine from such a limited premise? You all know how I feel about Jay Leno taking up 5 hours of precious prime time per week. I need his show canceled. I need it like the TV desert needs rain. Jay’s show is a sign that NBC has quit the gym, stopped shaving her legs, bought elastic-waisted pants, and let herself go. Melrose Place just sucks. Need I say more? I’ve already forgotten about The Forgotten. It’s like the worst parts of Cold Case and Without A Trace combined. Eastwick is a tricky one. It’s craptastic, but it could be fun in a Desperate Housewives meets Charmed (before Pru left) kind of way. I’ll watch for a little while.

One show that isn’t too horrible but could use a bit of vitamin B12 is The Vampire Diaries. It’s not True Blood and it never will be since it’s on a network, but it’s not Twilight light and puritan so no sparkly fangless vampires. The lead characters of Stefan and Elena could use more layers, or maybe it’s just the wooden acting of hottie Paul Wesley and pretty Nina Dobrev that has left me cold. Another newbie with potential is Flash Forward starring the non-airline-hostess-shagging Fiennes brother, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Why does Joseph Fiennes always end up with the part of the cuckold, while his brother Ralph is the one you should never leave alone with your wife? If this show does nothing but save John Cho from doing another Harold and Kumar sequel, it will have served its purpose. Haven’t had a chance to check out Community and Modern Family, but from what my friends tell me, they’re worth a look.


Full of 'Glee'

The only thing coming close to awesome for me so far is Glee. I love musicals and the actors are just amazing, even if the writing is a bit tired and soapy. Fake pregnancies, love triangles and evil for the sake of being evil baddies – I expect that sort of thing from Days of Our Lives. My favorite character on that show is Sue Sylvester, played by veteran actress and Veronica Mars alumnus Jane Lynch. She’s insane but sometimes I agree with some of the horrible things she says. I do think that today’s children are being molly-coddled by the school system. However, I don’t agree with Sue’s method of countering this problem. She doesn’t care about being politically correct and there’s just something endearing about that.

I love minorities so much I’m thinking of moving to California to become one.

– Sue Sylvester, Glee

'Your resentment is delicious'

'Your resentment is delicious'

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