Friday, October 16, 2015
What stays and what goes
I haven't gotten a chance to do much reading this week so instead I'm going to talk about da boob tube and...
Here is how our DVR picks are stacking up so far this season.
Life in Pieces - I was really excited for this one. The previews looked funny, a good cast and an interesting perspective on how the story was told. We liked the first one, the second one had me feeling like it was funny but not funny enough to keep on the DVR list and I would give it one more shot before pulling the plug. The third one was so funny, I said "touche sirs, you live another week."
Verdict: On the DVR for now but another so so episode and it'll probably get the plug pulled to make room for the zillion other things we watch.
Dr. Ken - We were really looking forward to this one and I have to say after the first episode, I was kind of on the fence. While it was funny, his timing felt rushed and the editing was weird. It seemed to improve as the episode went on and I was glad they went for some jokes that probably got those with a sensitive "I'm offended" trigger in a twist.
Verdict: We'll keep it on rotation for now and see how it goes.
The Grinder - I wanted to love this because...Fred Savage. But Rob Lowe's character got on my nerves so bad, I could barely watch the whole thing without throwing something. The Mr however liked it.
Verdict: I haven't added it to the DVR and if the Mr pushes, I will but otherwise, he can watch it online.
Limitless- Wow. I mean really. Talk about knocking it out of the park. This show is smart, funny, exciting and is well cast. It's the one show the Mr asks to watch and will watch live if he has to because it's that good.
Verdict: Home run. Because of the suspension of disbelief that has to happen at the beginning, it would have to seriously screw stuff up to jump the shark. Will likely watch it for years to come until the series ends.
Welcome Back! (Our regular shows)
Sleepy Hollow- Many know Sleepy Hollow went sideways on season two and some gave up on it. True Sleepy Heads like myself hung in there as did the Mr...reluctantly. But with episode one of season three, I actually got goosebumps, laughed and yes, even cried a little. Tears of happiness...because Sleepy Hollow is back bitches! Sorry. Everything people loved about season one is back so if you dumped it, time to add it back. Go to Fox.com and catch up and enjoy the supernatural ride! Even the Mr is firmly back on the horse.
The Goldbergs- Well y'all, you knew it would happen soon. That delicious, innocent schmoopy voice of Adam's that we loved has been marred by puberty. Truly, if you thought the "Time to Change" song belted out by a pubescent Peter Brady was bad...nope. Sweet little Adam's voice is now a cracky mess that has the vocal chords wrestling between man and child. Perhaps that's what is so sad because it's that horrible time where you see the littlest one growing up and you know that the days of him playing with He-man, Star Wars and G I Joes are probably going to come to an end. So no more seeing those great vintage toys on the regular. Sigh. So far, the season is off to a fair start and they've addressed the puberty issue because it was undeniable.
Verdict: After a slumpy season two, we find ourselves not as excited about it. I hope the writers find some kind of balance this season. Because some of the Barry stuff was so over the top last season, it was very hard to watch and we don't want to take this off the DVR but Barry's character is maddening.
Criminal Minds - I was glad to see the return of the BAU and I was glad to see the addition of Aisha Tyler. I have always loved her and especially after last season's lackluster showing with Jennifer Love Hewitt, I was ready for new blood. It's so old listening to people gripe about "bring back Padget!" Yes, Prentiss was awesome. Her time on the show has come and gone, if you want to see Padget, tune into another newbie show, Grandfathered...move on. I loved the premiere and the following episode so it kind of feels like they righted the ship.
Verdict: As long as nothing too stupid happens with this season, it'll remain on the DVR for as long as the series is on.
Nashville - I'm not a country music fan, I supported tuning in because of Connie Britton from season 1 of AHS to see how it went. It's one I record for me because the Mr ain't havin' it. It pulled me in, the characters have great chemistry and it keeps me interested.
Verdict: It's not my favorite show ever but it's a good, quality show with good writing. I like it and will likely record it for as long it's on unless it goes sideways somehow.
I don't think so
American Horror Story - I gave the premiere a chance and the Mr and I rolled our eyes in disgust (figuratively and literally). This show has gone sideways too many times for us to waste DVR space on it. Season one was so innovative, built up suspense, showed "horror" in small but effective doses. Every season after has been a shock and blood campaign from the get go and being gory for gore's sake. They string the Mr and I along for a whole season and then drop the ball on the payoff. No thanks. I was really looking forward to seeing Finn Wittrock's role this year (Dandy Mott from last season) but I'm not sure if I care since we wasn't introduced in the first episode. We'll leave it for the people who enjoy bloodbaths.
Shows I'm Still Looking Forward To
Wicked City - Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Taissa Farmiga (AHS), Jeremy Sisto (The Returned) Midseason on ABC
Truth Be Told - Mark Paul Gosselar (Franklin & Bash) Vanessa Lachey Premieres tonight! Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on NBC
What new shows have you given a chance this season? What old favorites are you enjoying? Any disappointing you?
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