April Premieres to Look Forward to!

So it seems like April is becoming quite the month for premieres, whether it be season or series. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this month!

LIP SYNC BATTLE [Spike TV] (Apr. 2nd)

The popular segment featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is now a TV show! LL Cool J hosts, with Chrissy Teigen as co-host/commentator. Each episode will feature two celebs doing their best lip sync on two songs. As evidenced by the preview above, it’ll feature props, costumes, and so much more shenanigans. In summary, it is going to be SO MUCH FUN!

OUTLANDER, Season 1 Part 2 [Starz] (Apr. 4th)

I wasn’t sure what to make of Outlander when it began late last summer. But with each passing episode, I found myself engrossed in the unfolding story, with Claire being stuck in the past, trying to find a way back to her husband, and yet all the while developing relationships in 1743. It’s been a brutal 6 months, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

SALEM Season 2 [WGN America] (Apr. 5th)

It’s a bat-shit crazy show and I love it. Witchcraft, dark magic, possession, and a whole lot of other things that I didn’t think I’d like, and it all works somehow. Season 2 will be a full on witch war, as Lucy Lawless joins the cast!

DAREDEVIL [Netflix] (Apr. 10th)

I don’t know much about Matt Murdock/Daredevil beyond that terrible Ben Affleck movie (but hey, it brought together Ben & Jennifer Garner, so it’s something!), which is a lot more than I can say for pretty much any comic book entity. I am very much intrigued by this first show to come out of the Marvel/Netflix deal, though again that’s par for the course these days.

ORPHAN BLACK Season 3 [BBC America] (Apr. 18th)

It’s Project LEDA vs. Project CASTOR! After the events of the season 2 finale, we were left with the fact that there was a pack of male clones that exists. This season will delve further into that development, with Ari Millen taking on the four male clones that we know of at this point, and how our sestrahood must deal with these unexpected forces. SO excited to spend more time with Clone Club!!

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Hellcats Series Premiere Review

Hellcats, the first new show of the 2010 Fall TV season, premiered last night on the CW. There’s not much to really say about the show in all honesty. The whole premiere episodeĀ  pretty much got summed up in the initial promos. Marti (Aly Michalka) is a pre-law student who’s scholarship is cancelled and is desperate to find another scholarship to pay her tuition fees. Cue the oh-so convenient cheerleader try-outs. One misleading thing from the promos is the idea that Ashley Tisdale’s character, Savannah, is the cheerleader form of her High School Musical character. But really, Savannah is nice and just committed to cheerleading. The bitchy character is Alice (Heather Hemmens); she got injured, thus cheerleading try-outs were held to replace her while she heals. Alice instantly doesn’t like Marti and jealousy fuels the fire as Marti catches the eye of her ex-boyfriend and fellow cheerleader, Lewis (Robbie Jones). Of course, there’s also Marti’s best friend Dan (Matt Barr), who as often the case, has a secret crush on her. [Sidenote: It was nice to see Robbie Jones and Matt Barr, both OTH alums, on the show. And even though I thought about, I didn’t feel compelled to yell out “Psycho Derek” when Matt came on the screen. I’m making progress on disassociating actors to their previous roles.]

The episode set up the love triangles, the relationship between Marti and her mother, plus the Glee-like competition aspect (the Hellcats have to place at Nationals at the end of the year or they get cut). Hellcats isn’t exactly anything new as far as stories go – it just takes it into the world of cheerleading. I’d say it’s a fun, light show to watch when you’re bored or have nothing else to watch. It’s definitely not must-see TV.

One other thing to note, and this has more to do with The CW than the show itself, is how the network is trying different things. I mean when you think of The CW, you think guilty pleasures like Gossip Girl, 90210, Melrose Place (even though it got cancelled). Hellcats seems more like a show for ABC Family. We noticed last season when they premiered Life Unexpected that it really isn’t like the rest of the CW shows; it was like the old WB days with Gilmore Girls and Felicity. But they did make a good move in pairing it up with OTH this season because they do share some similarities. Another new show premiering tonight is Nikita, and again, the look of it is more FOX (they are the ones that have more action type shows) than CW. It is nice to see though that the CW is taking some chances with shows that don’t necessarily fit into their current niche.