‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Results Show Cancelled? Why?!

2012 started out not so well for dance fans, when news hit that FOX had cancelled the results show for the upcoming 9th season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance‘. Executive producer and resident judge, Nigel Lythgoe tweeted the news on Sunday, which came as a shock to fans. FOX has yet to release an official statement on the news.

For many, the news of SYTYCD’s results show being cut is seen as being a step in the right direction for reality competition TV. We’ve all complained at one point or another how other reality shows like ‘American Idol’ and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ have unnecessarily long and drawn-out results shows. ‘American Idol‘ especially, is the biggest culprit of tediously long results shows, when the results of who gets sent home can/is announced in the last 5 minutes of the show. The rest of the hour is all filler with a painful group performance by the contestants, shameless promotion of a Ford vehicle, a guest performance, and the aforementioned drawn out results with countless repeatings of “Dim the lights!” and “We’ll find out…after the break!” This is not to say that ‘Dancing With the Stars‘ is any better, as instead of shameless promotion, they feature increasingly lame “comedic” filler segments, along with the usual guest performances. Both shows could use, at the very least, a cut in the results show length from one hour to a half-hour. Actually, I remember when Idol used to have half-hour results shows and at some point, they decided to increase it to one hour.

Personally, I never had a problem with SYTYCD results shows. They had a formula that worked and it didn’t feel like the results were being dragged on. Show starts with a group performance, cue opening title sequence, we find out the bottom 3 couples, special performance from the dance world, contestants dance for their lives, judges deliberate while musical guest performance takes place, find out who gets sent home – all that in one hour, doesn’t seem so bad. Now with the news that the results show is cancelled, there’s going to be some big changes to accommodate the situation. Sure, results shows aren’t particularly necessary seeing as how shows like ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’, ‘The Sing-Off’ and ‘The Voice’ have all made due with being on once a week. Let’s also not forget that SYTYCD in its first season didn’t have a results show, and because season 6 aired during the fall, the first 3 weeks of competition also didn’t feature a results show, with the judges determining the bottom 3 and who got sent home in the same episode. If SYTYCD adopts a similar format to ABDC, which is sort of what they did for the first few weeks of season 6, then it’s not so bad.

Like I said, I never really had a problem with the SYTYCD results shows. The thing I probably hate most about no results show for SYTYCD is that we probably won’t get the group routine. The group routine was my favourite part of the results shows, and a lot of them have become so memorable. Can you imagine if they never started doing results shows in season 2? We might not have gotten “Ramalama” or “Calle Ocho” in season 5 or “El Fuego” in season 8 – those were damn good group routines. Granted, season 8 started incorporating some more group routines during the performance shows, in lieu of another couple routine, but it’s just not the same. The results show group performance was sort of free of a dance style restriction. Sure, sometimes they did fall under certain styles, but you look at “Calle Ocho” which was a hip-hop/ballroom fusion and “Ramalama” was certainly like nothing else we’d seen on the show and to this day, is arguably the best group routine the show’s ever done.

Yes, the news that the results show is being cancelled comes with lots of pros and cons. My biggest gripe with this news, which not a lot of people are really considering, is that SYTYCD is a SUMMER show. As it is, there aren’t a lot of options as to what to watch during the summer. I don’t see why FOX feels the need to cancel an hour of programming in the form of the SYTYCD results show, when they probably don’t have anything else to air. If they do have something else, it’s probably another reality show of some form. So why cut SYTYCD to one night? If this was the regular TV season, it make sense to cut an hour or a half-hour of a results show, so they have room for other shows, that way long hiatuses aren’t necessary. Yes, I get that Idol has the highest number of viewers of any show. But how fair is it to, say fans of ‘Fringe’ which in its first season was put on hiatus for 2 months because of Idol? No freshman series should ever have that long of a hiatus, seeing as how many are still trying to get viewers (or in the case of Fringe, 4 seasons later, still looking for viewers in order to stay on the air). And yet, ‘Glee’ had to endure a 4-month hiatus in its first season as well, even though it was a hit and already had viewers.

At the end of the day, none of this really makes sense to me. Results shows may not be completely necessary, but we’re talking the summer TV season, in which case, I will gladly take an extra hour of SYTYCD over a re-run or some other stupid reality show the network tries to get me to watch.

2011 Emmy Nominations (and Snubs)

It was bound to happen, but regardless of who actually did get nominated, I knew I was going to be really upset over the snubs. Let’s just get the biggest snub out of the way first: What do the actors and writers of Fringe have to do to get nominated??!! I know Emmys aren’t very fond of sci-fi shows but COME ON! Fringe is so much more than just a sci-fi show! How do you deny such incredible writing and wonderful acting???!!! HOW????!!!! I’m so not gonna let this one go.

Anyways, moving on to the actual nominees.

BEST COMEDY

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock

Simply put, I am so happy that TBBT got nominated – well deserved. Also happy, even though I haven’t watched it yet, for Parks. As always though, I do wish Community and How I Met Your Mother had been nominated. As much as I love The Office, the past season was kinda meh and I heard 30 Rock wasn’t all that great this season either, so yeah.

BEST DRAMA

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men

As I’ve said before, I don’t tend to watch a lot of drama shows. I tried watching Mad Men, wasn’t for me. Never got around to watching Boardwalk or FNL or Good Wife. I’m slowly catching up on Dexter, but I’m not quite on S5 yet, so I can’t judge it either. Thrones, however, I have watched and I very much enjoyed it. It was a little slow in parts of the first half but by the end, I was definitely hooked. Wish Fringe would’ve been nominated though….(and there I go again)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Louis C.K, Louie
  • Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Happy surprise! Johnny Galecki being nominated alongside Jim Parsons! Also got 2 other newbies (as in different from last year), Louis C.K and Matt LeBlanc in shows I haven’t watched. It’s a nice little variety with old and new, but without a doubt, Joel McHale should’ve been included.

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Can’t say much here, but I swear by the time the actual awards come around I will have finished getting through all the seasons of Dexter and Justified. Wish Peter Krause was nominated for Parenthood though.

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney, The Big C
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
  • Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Surprised and not surprised that Lea Michele wasn’t nominated. Two people who really should’ve been nominated though? Courtney Cox for Cougar Town (again, HOW has she never been nominated for an Emmy? 10 years of Friends and nothing?!) and Kaley Cuoco for The Big Bang Theory.

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
  • Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
  • Mirielle Enos, The Killing
  • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order:SVU
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Hargitay’s nominated again? Really? Okay, not saying anything else because if I keep on typing in this category, I’m gonna go into a big rant asking why Anna Torv was snubbed (WHY???!!!)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Chris Colfer, Glee
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Holy Modern Family domination! That’s just crazy, but so deserved. And Ed O’Neill is included this year too, which is too perfect. Supporting Actor is such a tough category, so I knew lots of actors would get shafted. But how did Neil Patrick Harris, who’s been the main actor from HIMYM to get nominated previous years, including for some not so great seasons, get left out this year for a fantastic season? It just doesn’t make sense. Also Jason Segel got some great material to work with this season as well. Other snubs: Danny Pudi for Community, Nick Offerman for Parks and Recreation

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
  • Josh Charles, The Good Wife
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Walter Goggins, Justified
  • John Slattery, Mad Men

For the time being, seeing as though it’s the only show of the bunch I’ve seen, I’m throwing my support to Dinklage for his role in Thrones. Annndd let’s just not mention John Noble’s snub….

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
  • Jane Lynch, Glee
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

As much as I love Jane Lynch and Glee, it’s totally going to one of the Modern Family ladies. It would’ve been a lot better however, if Busy Phillips was nominated for Cougar Town or Alison Brie for Community, but that’s just me.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Michelle Forbes, The Killing
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
  • Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
  • Margo Martindale, Justified
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

I’m pretty sure these were all expected nominations, so good for them! đŸ™‚

BEST REALITY-SHOW COMPETITION

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Idol
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef

Oh. My. God. Did SYTYCD really get nominated for the first time??!!! YESSSS!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love TAR, I’m on good terms with DWTS, I wasn’t so fond of Idol, and I don’t watch Runway or Top Chef, BUT SYTYCD completely deserved this nomination after a great season 7. Hell, they deserve to win!

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
  • Jeff Probst, Survivor
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

I CAN STOP COMPLAINING!!! CAT DEELEY IS FINALLY FRICKIN’ NOMINATED!!!!!! One thing I love from this set of nominations? Tom Bergeron tweeting this gem: “I’m honored to be nominated for the Jeff Probst Award. I hope Cat Deeley kicks his ass!!” Couldn’t agree with him more.

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Mark Ballas, DWTS – Jive: “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”/Viennese Waltz: “Hedwig’s Theme”/Slow Waltz: “My Love”
  • Mia Michaels, SYTYCD – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”/”This Bitter Earth”/”When We Dance”
  • Stacey Tookey, SYTYCD – “Mad World”/”Sundrenched World”/”Heaven Is A Place on Earth”
  • Travis Wall, SYTYCD – “Collide”/”How It Ends”/”Fix You”
  • Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo, SYTYCD – “Scars”/”Fallin'”/”Outta Your Mind”
  • Mandy Moore, SYTYCD – “Oh Yeah”/”Boogie Shoes”/”I Surrender”

So happy for Mark’s and Travis’ nominations! And I totally called it – NappyTabs nominated for “Outta Your Mind!” Hip hop usually doesn’t win, but I so hope they do this year because those 3 routines were simply outstanding, not to mention, the other great routines they did last season. I would’ve thought that Derek Hough might’ve been nominated for the routines he did with Jennifer Grey in Season 11 but I guess not (it could’ve easily just been my love for Derek making that assumption ahaha)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC & LYRICS

  • Family Guy, “Christmastime is Killing Us”
  • Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced, “An American Prayer – Hymn II?”
  • SNL, “I Just Had Sex”
  • SNL, “Justin Timberlake Monologue”
  • SNL, “Jack Sparrow”
  • SNL, “3 Way (The Golden Rule)”

Let’s see, how can Andy Samberg or Justin Timberlake lose? Beyond my obvious bias, I think Justin’s monologue is gonna take it.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Idris Elba, The Big C
  • Nathan Lane, Modern Family
  • Zach Galifianakis, SNL
  • Justin Timberlake, SNL
  • Matt Damon, 30 Rock
  • Will Arnett, 30 Rock

Because I would really ever vote against Justin.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Kristin Chenoweth, Glee
  • Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee
  • Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope
  • Tina Fey, SNL
  • Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock

I knew Paltrow was gonna get nominated! There was no way all that hoopla surrounding her singing and whatnot was going unnoticed. She’s totally gonna win, sorry Tina Fey.

For a complete list of all the nominees, check out Emmys.com

2011 Golden Globe Awards

I love award shows. Between all the fashion and the actual presentation of awards, I’m a sucker for the big award shows. The Golden Globes are one of the biggies, and really, one of the most fun award shows to watch. There’s a certain lightness to the proceedings – it doesn’t feel like it has to be serious all the time, but it also doesn’t feel like it’s trying too hard to be cool or relevant. With that being said, the Globes this year were fun as always, and now that it’s actually over, I kind of wish I made proper predictions beforehand (as in an actual posting) because I guessed pretty well who was going to win. Oh well, on to the winners.

Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Social Network – It was the best movie of the year, hands down. I mean, out of the 5 movies nominated here (which included Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, and The King’s Speech), there was only one movie which I have yet to see. But obviously of the ones I did see, The Social Network was just so deserving of the award.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech – Colin Firth has had so much buzz around his role in this movie, that really this (and all subsequent awards) are his to lose.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Natalie Portman, Black Swan: Natalie Portman was un-frickin-believable in Black Swan. I have watched the movie twice already, and I am just amazed by her performance in the movie. Just incredible.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical:The Kids Are All Right – Because there was a chance that any of the other movies could have won. It was a no brainer.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version – I’m afraid this was the one category I can’t really say much about. I think I was just amused by the fact that Johnny Depp was up against himself for this award.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right – I know Annette Bening’s been getting all the award buzz this season for her role in the movie, so it was kind of obvious that she was going to win here. Personally, I thought Julianne Moore’s performance was better than Bening’s in the movie, but regardless, Bening’s award was well-deserved.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christian Bale, The Fighter – I had just watched The Fighter before the Globes and I really have to give kudos to Christian Bale for such a great performance. Bale has really always been an actor who transforms into his characters, regardless of the role. His role as Dicky Ecklund was no exception.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Melissa Leo, The Fighter – Another great performance. Really, if Melissa Leo didn’t win then it would’ve been Amy Adams. The performances by the central cast of The Fighter was just top notch.

Best Director – Motion Picture: David Fincher, The Social Network – Personally, I think this was a no brainer. Fincher did some amazing work with the movie. But again, all the directors nominated (including Aronofsky, Hooper, Nolan, Russell) brought some fresh and amazing visuals to the screen in the past year.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network The Social Network was as great as it was because of Sorkin’s script. Sure, there’s stuff talked about how the facts were somewhat fictionalized, but it’s a movie! Yes, this is based on the true story of the creation of Facebook, but the people have been characterized and the story has been put through the Hollywood ringer. But you can’t deny the words that Sorkin gave the cast to work with.

Best Original Song – Motion Picture: You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me (Diane Warren), Burlesque – People can joke all they want about Burlesque, but it’s a Golden Globe winner now. Granted, it’s for music, but still, it’s a winner.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Social Network – Such a tough category, especially with Hans Zimmer’s score for Inception also being nominated. But I absolutely loved Reznor and Ross’ score for Social Network. Chalk it up to my Music in Film class last year for opening my ears a little more to movie scores, but you can’t deny the music was very well placed.

Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3 – Seeing all the nominees made me realize how great a year it was for animated features in 2010. However, as is typically the case, you can’t touch Pixar.

Best Foreign Language Film: In A Better World (Denmark) – I really wish I could say something about the movie, but I don’t really know anything about it.

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical: Glee – I make no denials over the fact that I love Glee. However, I honestly thought that Modern Family might’ve won or even The Big Bang Theory. Granted, after the wins that the cast got, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. Nonetheless, I am extremely happy for the cast and crew of Glee.

Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory – Yay Jim Parsons! I just knew he was going to win (and that’s with me not being entirely biased ahaha)

Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical: Laura Linney, The Big C – I’ve caught on in recent years that the HFPA like to award new shows, so it really wasn’t a surprise that Linney won.

Best Television Series – Drama: Boardwalk Empire – And they said Mad Men was gonna take it again. Again, new show so it was kind of obvious. I mean it was either this or The Walking Dead.

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire – Same as above. People thought Jon Hamm was going to win for Mad Men’s incredible (so I’ve heard) fourth season, but I knew Buscemi was going to take it.

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy – Thanks to E!Online and EW, I’ve read countless times how amazing Sagal is in the show. So when they were announcing the nominees, I had a good instinct that Sagal was going to win.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television: Chris Colfer, Glee – What a happy surprise. I thought Eric Stonestreet was going to win for Modern Family, but Chris Colfer winning was just so incredible. He totally deserved it, and his acceptance speech was just so sweet!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television: Jane Lynch, Glee – I totally knew Jane Lynch was going to win. I was sort of secretly hoping that Sofia Vergara would win because I absolutely love her character on Modern Family. But let’s be real, there is no one else on television right now that’s like Sue Sylvester.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Carlos – I never really heard of it, but congratulations to them.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack – I guessed Pacino would win since he won the Emmy for it.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Claire Danes, Temple Grandin – I still haven’t watched this movie yet, even though I said I would after the Emmys. But same thing as with Pacino, I don’t think it really could have been anyone else.

Cecil B. DeMille Award: Robert De Niro

I know there’s been lots of controversy over Ricky Gervais’ jokes during the award show, but here’s my two cents. Gervais is a comedian, first and foremost. He tells jokes. Sure, a couple of the jokes were kind of pushing it and a little rude, but otherwise, everyone should’ve had a good sense of humour about everything. The man did his job. That is all.

Glee Season 2 (So Far…)

We’re only 5 episodes into season 2, but a lot has been said about Glee. With the huge success that it has had and the guarantee that the show will last at least until the end of season 3, Glee and its writers could potentially do whatever they want. But, as has been said to death, great power comes great responsibility. Sometimes it feels as though it’s all a little too much. At the same time though, I look forward to watching Glee every week because it’s fun to watch. And there goes the main issue when watching the show and reading other people’s comments: it seems Glee can never get it JUST right.

Take for example, the Britney Spears episode. Some people loved it, while some people hated it because the episode had no real storyline and the music created the episode as opposed to the other way around. Personally, I loved it, mostly because of all the Britney songs, but as a whole, thought it didn’t flow well. I could’ve done without the whole “Britney Spears sex riot” thing at the pep rally too, but otherwise, it was a fun episode. And with all the seriousness in a multitude of other shows, who doesn’t want some mindless fun for an hour? Now take a look at the “Grilled Cheesus” episode. Some people loved it because they thought it was well acted amongst the cast, very emotional, and had a good balance in terms of discussing issues of faith, beliefs and religion, with a bit humour. At the same time, a lot of people hated it because they thought it was too preachy or it was too serious. With those two episodes, it certainly seems as though the show does split its audience and the idea that they can’t get it just right.

Here’s my thoughts, and I’m gonna try to be as objective as possible. Yes, the show has to develop the characters more and not just give us these archetypes. We’ve connected to these characters on some level and now we want to see them grow. We know Rachel’s a bit insecure and neurotic, but the writers seem to fall back on that. Where’s the confident Rachel Berry, who’s not so insecure and neurotic? And now that Quinn is a Cheerio again, she’s back to being bitchy? What happened to all that character development last season?

One-off tribute or “spectacle” episodes should also be kept to a minimum, not that we’ve had that many to begin with, but I much more prefer episodes like “Duets” or referencing season 1, “Throwdown.” I think I just like it more when their performances are in the choir room and they’re just singing, having fun. It’s probably because it feels more rooted in reality when they’re singing to or with each other in the choir room, as opposed to these big productions. Actually, come to think of it, I loved the scene in “Throwdown” where they’re all jamming to “Ride Wit Me” and actually singing it, not lipsynching to a recording – we need more moments like that. Another thing that should be kept to a minimum are the guest stars. I’ve loved a lot of the guest stars who’ve come on the show, but whenever they come on, it takes the focus away from the group. And a lot of the cast members to begin with, don’t get a lot of screen time.

Now about the music. Let’s be real, MTV got it totally right with their story about how Glee is a great money making machine for the music industry. There’s no doubt about it. That’s one of the great things about Glee, taking old songs and making them new. Heck they take some recent songs and make them better too sometimes. But what happened to Ryan Murphy’s claim that there were gonna be less songs per episode? Now I know I’m gonna be hypocritical for a moment here but even though the music is my favourite part of the show, and one of the main reasons I watch the show, I do think that an episode doesn’t need to be overloaded with songs or full songs at least. For episodes like “Duets” where the episode calls for a lot of songs because that’s their “assignment” for the week, that’s fine. But like in “Grilled Cheesus” where we got a lot of songs, performed in full, it seems a little choppy (that’s not even the right way to describe it). What I’m trying to get at is that sometimes it takes up too much of the episode, and it compromises the story of the week.

All this was in regards to the first 4 episodes of this season, but then yesterday’s episode aired. “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” was wonderfully balanced. It was a theme episode that worked. Granted, how they set up the episode also made it easier to work with. Will, in an attempt to win Emma back, decides to put on a production of Rocky Horror as the school musical. The songs came out as the club rehearsing them. The story line focused more on the adults and also the double standard when it comes to the objectification of guys (which is kind of funny considering the Glee GQ controversy.) The episode flowed so well and it was quite seamless in its transitions between story and music. Again, a lot of it has to do with the set-up of the episode, but if the show can continue putting out balanced episodes like this, they can at least shut the haters up.

I still love Glee, but I’m not that naive and think that every episode is AMAZING. Glee, like everything else, has its flaws and those flaws need to be acknowledged/pointed out so the writers can figure out how to make the show better. If everyone went around saying that the show is always awesome, and it can do no wrong, the show could get more repetitive even faster. And the thought of losing a unique show like Glee in a TV world full of cop and law shows/procedurals is just sad.

2010 Fall TV Season – Week 1 Roundup

Although some TV shows (namely CW shows and a few here and there) had premiered since early on in the month, this past week (beginning Sept. 20) was truly the official start of the fall TV season. In lieu of posting every day for the past week, this is going to be just one big megapost on the first full week of the new season. [Note: this may just end up being my thoughts on the shows than the particular episode that aired]

MONDAY

  • Dancing With The Stars: The 11th season started…and I don’t really care. I think it has a lot to do with the cast this season, which sure, got a lot of people talking but I’m not that excited to be watching it every week. If it wasn’t for the fact that we watch this sort of as a family over dinner, then I’d probably just watch it later and watch my other Monday shows in their actual time.
  • Chuck: It’s so nice to have Chuck back! So at the end of last season, Chuck promised Ellie that he was quitting the spy game for good, but that was before he was sent on a mission from his dad to search for his mom. With this first episode, it really set the story of the season. The Buy More has been rebuilt and is now CIA-operated. Chuck and Morgan are on the search for Chuck’s mom. Sarah and Casey are now on missions without Chuck, but of course, it didn’t take long for Team Bartowski to be reunited. While the quality of some shows suffer as they continue, Chuck just keeps getting better. Constant fear of cancellation assures that the writers are always on their A-game?
  • How I Met Your Mother: We’re back to actually looking for the mother! It’s an interesting dynamic to consider that the show’s about looking for the “mother” and logically speaking, when we meet the mother and Ted gets married for real, the show will be over. We want to know who the mother is, but we don’t want the show to end. With shows like this, I almost feel like they should set an end date (like Lost did), so we know it’s coming and the writers can work on getting to that end point.
  • The Event: I wanted to watch this new NBC show because of the overlying mystery surrounding it. I love watching mystery thrillers. That’s why I watched FlashForward last season…and then it got increasingly worse and eventually cancelled. It’s hard to explain the show, because the show is about finding out “What is the Event?” The style of the show is slightly different as well, in that they show what is happening in the present, and then they jump the story back to show something that led to what is happening now. With a lot of characters and individual stories, jumping back for all of them seemed like overkill. It could take some getting used to. Plus I don’t feel much for the characters. The only one that’s connected is Jason Ritter’s character, Sean. Everyone else is more like caricatures or just structures of characters; there’s no sense of character development. I’ll continue watching for a couple weeks to see if it hits its stride, but if it doesn’t pick it up and make us care, I’m gonna have to leave by the wayside.
  • Hawaii Five-O: There’s action and it’s a lot of fun to watch. I don’t watch a lot of the other CBS cop shows, so I can’t really judge them fairly. But the look and tone of the other shows seem so serious. With this show, maybe it’s the fact that it’s located in Hawaii so it gives it a more vibe-y, less serious feel, but there’s a natural humour/lightness with the chemistry of its stars, which makes the show fun to watch.
  • Gossip Girl/90210: It’s kinda hard to believe that already, in their 4th and 3rd seasons, these shows are now shows I watch out of habit. I think the thing that’s getting me to come back right now are the guest stars – Katie Cassidy on GG, Kyle Riabko on 90210.

TUESDAY

  • Glee: I’ll write more on Glee later when I discuss the Britney episode, but I’m happy it’s back. New music every week. Ryan Murphy did say that this season will go back to learning more about the characters and I really hope that’s true. But at least in the first episode back, they had a sense of humour and poked fun at themselves by addressing what others have critiqued them on (i.e. Mr. Schue’s rapping).
  • One Tree Hill: Only in the world of OTH do two people get shot, don’t get discovered for 2 days and still survive. It’s one of those things that fans of the show have come to love about it – the sometimes ridiculousness that comes with a lot of heart. Speaking of the heart of the show, the theme song’s back! I honestly forgot how much I missed hearing Gavin Degraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be” during the opening credits. And now as much as it pains me to say it, I kind of hope this season’s the last one. I love OTH, I really do, but I sort of feel like it’s time to move on. I’ll still watch if it continues obviously, but the thought of it getting a nice send-off lingers in the back of my brain.
  • Life Unexpected: The thing that gets me watching this show are the relationships. Said it before when it first premiered, but it’s like a throwback to the old WB days with shows like Felicity and Gilmore Girls. You don’t get those types of shows that often anymore. It also helps a little that Shaun Sipos is a recurring guest star this season. Melrose Place might have been predictable at times, writing decent at best, but it was a guilty pleasure.
  • Running Wilde: Will Arnett + Keri Russell + the creator of Arrested Development = comedy gold? It wasn’t as funny as I hoped it would be, but I’m willing to stick it out for a while and see if it gets better. Community was hit and miss for the first half of its freshman season, and then it hit its stride and was so consistently funny for the rest of the season. I’m holding out hope.
  • No Ordinary Family: So it didn’t premiere until last night but I look forward to watching more of it. The big thing with this show is how they find the right balance between family drama and superhero concept. And we’ve got more O.C. people back on TV; this time, Autumn Reeser aka Taylor Townsend!
  • Parenthood: Great writing, great acting, great to see it come back for a second season. Tuesday’s really become a night for some great family dramas.

WEDNESDAY

  • Survivor: It’s gonna be hard for this season to beat the Heroes vs. Villains season, but they’re trying. 2 weeks, and 2 people who got sent packing because they dug their own grave by not shutting up. Self-destruction, bad for the person, great for the game.
  • Undercovers: It’s like Mr. and Mrs. Smith but with more humour. Well, this is JJ Abrams, so let’s rephrase that. It’s like the next chapter of Sydney & Vaughn. The pilot was a little all over the place, but it’ll get better hopefully.
  • Better With You: New ABC comedy starring Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan. I want to like the show, honestly, because of the actors involved. And again, I hope it gets better because judging by the pilot alone, for one thing, they overdo the laugh track. It’s really noticeable. The writing is pretty standard relationship comedy; there’s nothing really new to it.
  • Modern Family: So full of laughter and heart, with amazing writing and acting. I mean seriously, the show completely deserved the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy. Gloria the protective Colombian mother. Mitchell, the not-so-handy man. Cameron reading celebrity gossip to Lily because he’s tired of reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Too funny.
  • Cougar Town: A show that has become something more than what it started out to be. One-two punch of Modern Family and Cougar Town is so perfect for Wednesday night. There’s just nothing else to really say about it.
  • Hellcats: I talked about the premiere and now I can honestly say, I’ve really enjoyed watching it so far. After seeing so many high school shows, it is sort of nice to have a show set in college, and to give it a different depth, set in the world of cheerleading. I think that’s what makes college-set shows stand out a little because there’s so many options as to what the back ground can be. Like Greek is settled in the world of frats and sororities, along with the usual relationships and what not. So yeah, Hellcats, will definitely keep watching.

THURSDAY

  • The Vampire Diaries: Definitely keeping things interesting with not only the return of Katherine but Caroline’s now a vampire too. Plus the werewolf storyline.
  • Nikita: I love the show for the fact that we’ve got Maggie Q kicking ass every week. My only concern is the style of the episodes. For 3 consecutive episodes, it seems like the episodes are very procedural-like. Alex finds out the mission for the week, feeds it to Nikita, Nikita attempts to beat Division to the punch, some sort of altercation between Nikita and Michael, and end. There’s bits here and there of development, but I’m hoping they get further along in the storytelling.
  • Fringe: Fringe is back and soooo good. The first episode back was set “Over There” with our Olivia trying get back to our world. Our Olivia has been dosed with the memories of Other Olivia, so now she’s not entirely sure who she is. The ending minutes showed our world with Peter kissing the Alt-Olivia, so obviously he has no idea that she’s not the right Olivia. Oh Fringe, and all you’re mind-twisting and alternate universes. Just awesome.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Continuing the nerdiness of Thursdays, Big Bang is back and still funny. The awkward “date” between Sheldon and Amy Farrah Fowler, with Penny ‘chaperoning.’ Wolowitz’s robot arm used for something that it shouldn’t be used for, which resulted in a slightly overdone but still funny sight gag. The one thing I enjoy most about BBT is the slight references to things that have been mentioned in the past (i.e. the Check Engine light in Penny’s car).
  • Community: I kind of hate that Community and Big Bang are on at the same time, but thinking positively, maybe that’ll make writers of both shows stay on their A-game to see who can be funnier. Which is really hard to determine because BBT is funny for all its nerdiness and Community is funny for all its snarkiness and constant pop culture references. The premiere featured Betty White as the anthropology professor (who by the way, would also make a fantastic memaw for Sheldon) and again the ending bit during the closing credits just is so funny on so many levels.
  • The Office: It’s Steve Carrell’s last season but you couldn’t tell by the premiere that that was happening. Same old Office shenanigans with new pranks by Jim and Pam. Like OTH, I kind of hope Office ends this season. Because again, as much as I love it, it has sort of run its course. And whoever ends up replacing Michael Scott, it just won’t be the same.

SUNDAY

  • The Amazing Race: Still entertaining because you never know what’s gonna happen to these racers. First of all, producers, you gave them SMART cars to race out of Boston?! Seriously?! LOL. SMART cars are not a very smart choice for RACING. Just no. Second of all, did you see that girl get hit by the watermelon? And then she picked right up and finished the task. Crazy awesome. If the rest of the season is as good as this leg of the race, we’re in for a very fun ride.
  • Brothers and Sisters: Back to the drama of the Walker clan. Still watch this show out of habit but it was a return to form with the first episode back. We jumped forward a year after last season’s car accident and everyone’s lives has changed. And you know it had been a rough year full of change when Nora’s house had not a single bottle of wine. Walkers with no alcohol? As Justin pointed out, they were not the same Walkers. I don’t know how this season will hold up, but it was kinda nice to see the whole Walker clan back on my TV.

Other notes:

  • I forgot to watch Blue Bloods on Friday. Seriously, new show, on a Friday? That’s hard man.
  • Didn’t watch Lonestar. Didn’t intend to. Reviews were good. Ratings were weak. First cancellation of the season.
  • On the other hand, $#*! My Dad Says got good ratings, which is a little hard to believe. I guess the return of Shatner does wonders for a show that doesn’t look all that good?
  • After passing on the majority of last season, Desperate Housewives might be able to pull me back in, what with Vanessa Williams moving onto Wisteria Lane, plus Brian Austin Green romancing Marcia Cross (original 90210/Melrose Place, what what? ahaha).