New Fall TV First Impressions

With my DVR brimming full of shows to watch, I’ve finally caught up on some of the new fall TV shows that have premiered.  Here’s a list of shows I’ve been able to see and my first impressions of them.

PERSON OF INTEREST

This CBS show, which airs Thursdays at 9pm ET, kind of surprised me.  I had seen a trailer and it looked kind of interesting, plus the involvement of J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan were enough to get me to watch the pilot.  I was worried it would feel too much like a procedural and while it does contain procedural elements, I think the show can, for now, rest upon its premise, the potential of undiscovered conspiracies and its main character, John Reese (Jim Caviezel).  We learn some things about his character pretty quickly but there are still a lot of things about him that remain hidden.  John Reese is a character that I think could replace the void that 24‘s Jack Bauer has left us with as far as a badass, violent and unrelenting hero goes.  John Reese means serious business and anyone standing in his way is going to regret it.  The pilot for Person of Interest is the best premiere I’ve seen so far out of the new fall tv shows.  I really hope they build upon the potential of this show and really create something exciting and involving.  I recommend you check it out.  I will definitely keep this series on my DVR.

RINGER

Anyone who knows me could have easily guessed that Ringer was on the top of my list to watch, I’m an unashamedly huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so catching Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to network television was a no brainer for me.  I like the premise of the show and can see how it could lend to some pretty interesting stories, but sadly, the pilot doesn’t live up to that potential.  Now, I’ve always been of the mindset that you have to watch about three or four episodes of a new show to really make a proper judgement as shows sometimes take a few episodes to find its groove.  I will definitely be continuing to watch this show but I sincerely hope that the characters and writing improve over the next couple episodes.  I have two more episodes of this on my DVR so I think I should know soon whether or not I will want to continue with the show or not.  I hope, for Sarah Michelle Gellar’s sake, that the writing gets better.  Being a Buffy fan, I’m all for supporting the continued careers of all the actors involved in my favorite shows, but even I have a limit.  It may seem I’m really down on the quality of the show, but its not so much that I thought it was terrible, just that it was kind of average.  The show airs on the CW on Tuesday nights at 9pm ET.

CHARLIE’S ANGELS

ABC’s new reiteration of the Charlie’s Angels franchise airs on Thursdays at 8pm ET.  I did not hold high hopes for this show but wanted to check it out regardless.  It’s actually not as bad as I thought it would be, however, it’s also not something that will keep me interested.  I watched it mainly just so I could get a vibe of what a 2011 Charlie’s Angels would be like.  I feel they kind of kept in line with what the franchise has always been, beautiful women kicking ass and writing that is quite flimsy.  It’s not a show full of characterization, it’s fairly shallow hyper-reality action fantasy.  That’s not a cut on the show, there is room in the world for thought provoking entertainment as well as the bubblegum variety.  The new angels aren’t bad and all are attractive in their own ways.  Minka Kelly is beautiful but seems kind of vacant as a character, Annie Ilonzeh seems to be a little more well rounded overall and Rachael Taylor is the standout of the three, in my opinion.  She emits both magnetic sexuality and a sense of personality and is the best reason to watch the show.  I don’t really care for the actor who plays Bosley all that much.  I, personally, would have went for an older guy to play the role or someone that was more socially awkward.  I fell asleep towards the end of the episode so I can’t judge the episode as a whole but I just wanted an impression of the show to begin with.  I’ve gotten it and while I think you can certainly watch worse TV than Charlie’s Angels, it works as a mild distraction.  That being said, I have no plans to continue watching it.  If it is your kind of show, by all means, watch away and enjoy!

UP ALL NIGHT

This half hour comedy airs at 8pm ET Wednesdays on NBC.  My main interest in this show is Will Arnett.  After Arrested Development and the highly underrated (and underwatched) Running Wilde, I was excited to see him exercise his comedic chops once again.  I also like Maya Rudolph and Christina Applegate well enough so the cast was definitely appealing to me.  Sadly, I can’t say I enjoyed the show all that much.  The fault of which lies mainly on the premise of the show, new parents dealing with having a baby.  It’s a premise I don’t connect with and the comedy is mostly situational so it just didn’t click with me.  I’m glad that Arnett gets to play a nice guy for a change but he’s so good at playing a douche bag character!  I think I’m going to pass on the rest of this series.

FREE AGENTS

Based on the British series of the same name, the show follows two people, played by Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn, who work together and find themselves in a sexual relationship despite trying to avoid it due to their lives being in disarray on an emotional level.  I thought the pilot for the show was alright.  I mainly watched it because Anthony Stewart Head (Giles from Buffy) and the hilarious Joe Lo Truglio are in the cast but I just don’t think Azaria and Hahn have all that much chemistry.  They are excellent in supporting roles but I don’t really buy them as leads of a show.  Oddly enough, Anthony Stewart Head is playing the same role he played on the British version of the show.  I will watch a few more episodes but I’m really on the fence with this show.  It airs at 8:30pm ET Wednesdays on NBC.

TERRA NOVA

This FOX show, airing at 8pm ET on Monday nights, is a pretty ambitious show.  For one, it’s sci-fi, which a lot of audiences seem to run from, and the show takes place during the time of the dinosaurs so this is no doubt a costly show to make.  The two-hour premiere was pretty decent but lacked characters I cared for.  I think the premise and the mystery behind Terra Nova could make for some fun television but I hope that the characters become better developed.  I think its a good start but there is definitely room for improvement.  The cost of the show could end up hurting its longevity though as I’m sure that FOX will be watching the ratings closely on this one.  I’ll be tuning in to see how the show progresses.

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2 Comments on “New Fall TV First Impressions”

  1. Ben McBride October 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Ringer can be viewed on the CW’s website more than likely and via iTunes. Person of Interest can be viewed on CBS’s website.

  2. Nancy m October 2, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    I’m behind on the fall line up. I want to catch Ringer and Person of Interest. Can I do that via iTunes or some other venue?

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