I’m both a little surprised that I’m watching as many new shows as I am and that many of them are actually good.
Glee has really surprised. Tracy said we should record an episode to see what it is about. But we’ve gotten hooked. I have a feeling that this one will burn out faster than Ally McBeal, but it’ll be fun until it jumps the shark – maybe before the end of the first season, but definitely before the end of the second.
The debut episode of Modern Family was packed with laughs. I liked Ed O’Neill in the jogging suit being mistaken for a mallwalker. His stepson is adorable with the poems and songs. The bb gun gag was funny. But the funniest bit was when all three families came together to meet the newly adopted Lilly. The hilarity was sublime. One of the new dads doing the Lion King entrance was only topped by the lines “turn it off!” “I can’t, it’s who I am!”. The second episode wasn’t nearly as funny. I sure hope they can recapture that first episode’s clever writing going forward.
Bored To Death was just plain lame. I don’t know, maybe it has an ultra-cool mellow vibe I’m not getting. Maybe you are supposed to be high when you watch. Don’t know, don’t care. Yawn. Jason Schwartzman has done better before and hopefully will again. And Ted Danson was so much better in Damages. I dropped this show from the DVR right away.
The Good Wife could turn into just another legal drama but it started off strong. Julianna Margulies plays a politician’s wife who returns to work as a lawyer when her husband ends up in prison. In the first show, you got a sense for the challenge she is in for – dealing with a mother-in-law, kids, husband in prison, workplace competition, and the normal legal drama challenges of getting to the bottom of a case that needs to go to trial. The show has a great cast including Margulies, Christine Baranski (always a favorite of mine), and Josh Charles (a favorite of mine since Sports Night). Whether each episode can deliver the same impact of the first seems doubtful but I’ll keep watching hoping it will.
I’m feeling a little – no a lot – overwhelmed at Ken Burns’s new National Parks documentary. I like the National Parks and Ken Burns is a talented storyteller. So far, the intro was nice. But 45 minutes in, I feel like the show is just getting underway. At 12-1/2 hours it’s going to take a long time to get through all that.
You know before the show begins that you’re going to have to keep watching a show like Flash Forward to see what happens. Sure, you may find yourself begrudgingly hooked (like on a season of “24”) but you may also find that it turns into a rewarding 42 minutes (like “Lost”). So far, I’m not getting the annoyed sensation that comes with an episode of 24 – more like the sense of “oh, good one!” that comes with an episode of Lost. I loved the fact that security cameras caught one person moving during the “blackout” in the first episode and found a mysterious second guy in the second episode. Sure, it’s contrived that they were able to find the security tape and yes it’s implausible that a web site is able to successfully create a “mosaic”. But any show that employs Sonya Walger, Jack Davenport, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Alan Ruck, John Cho, Seth MacFarlane(!), and Joseph Fiennes is going to get a little leeway to make it’s point. Now if only I could figure out why Charlie was so freaked about Dylan being in the hospital…