It’s no secret that I love TV. A lot. And I watch way too much of it.
The nice thing about premiere week is it gives you the opportunity to see what the new season holds for all your returning favorites and which new shows are going to earn a spot in your DVR.
I caught just about all of the premieres that interested me. A couple of these started a week ahead, and there are a few more that will be joining in over the next month or so. But, I’m letting you in on what I watched and what I thought. And if you want to continue on the TV chat past the comment section, head on over to my community to tell us what’s on your DVR.
90210 (CW)–I liked the premiere. This series has come along way since the first season. I’m curious to see how the year is going to play out.
Chuck (NBC)–They were pretty close to not getting a second season. It was pretty surprising when they got a third. And when Chuck was picked up for season 4, I’m pretty sure even the producers fainted from shock. I’m so glad it’s back. Since they know they’re on borrowed time, they’ve got nothing to lose, right? And that means a lot of ridiculous fun for viewers.
The Event (NBC)–Eleven minutes into the first episode, I predicted the fast demise of this new series. It’s supposed to fill the void left by 24 and LOST. Um, unless they’re planning on adding Matthew Fox to the cast next week, they need to just stop comparing themselves to my all-time favorite show. I’m going to keep watching for a few weeks, but I’m not going to let myself fall in love because I’m pretty sure this one’s going the way of Flash Forward, Nine, and Jericho without the lasting appeal of Firefly and Pushing Daisies.
Castle (ABC)–It’s just so much fun to watch Castle and Beckett pretend not to be into each other. I *almost* hope they never get together because the anticipation and angst is way more entertaining.
Hawaii 5-0 (CBS)–I fell in love with this show within the first five minutes. The original, non-modernized theme song, the biting banter between Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, and did I mention Alex O’Loughlin? What’s not to love. Plus, it’s set in Hawaii and I’ll pretty much watch anything that’s set in Hawaii.
One Tree Hill (CW)–I’m not sure I like where this season is headed. Probably a good thing it’s likely the last. I’m not giving up on Tree Hill yet, though.
Glee (Fox)–I think I might be over it. Which makes me more than a little sad. But the music is just too polished, the storylines seem to be thrown together to fit into whatever catalog they’ve been allowed to use for the week, and I seriously hate Rachel’s bangs. For now, Glee is on probation pending further review.
Undercovers (NBC)–I’m pretty sure I liked it. It’s another spy show from JJ Abrams, and I’ve made no secret of my love for JJ. I kind of got distracted and started playing Farmtown folding laundry halfway through, so I missed some of the middle, but I’ll definitely tune in next week. If for no other reason than Boris Kodjoe.
Modern Family (ABC)–There’s a reason this show won the Emmy for Best Comedy, and if the new season keeps up with the first episode, it just might have a shot at a repeat.
Law and Order: SVU (NBC)–I don’t normally watch the show because of the subject matter, but I wanted to watch the premiere because I’m a huge Joan Cusack fan. It was SO good I even forgot to watch Modern Family and had to watch it online. I’m not adding this to my regular line up, but it was a fantastic season premiere.
Community (NBC)–Everything’s funnier when Betty White is involved. I just wish she was going to be around more this season. Señor Chang’s homage to Gollum was a little weird, but there’s some definite comedic potential in that craziness. And Joel McHale’s cute as always.
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)–Loved Sheldon’s first date. Loved that Penny ended up involved in the whole thing and that she tried to force Sheldon and his (not) girlfriend to converse. Did not love the other storyline with Howard and the robot arm. Classic Howard? Yes. Completely lame? Absolutely.
Fringe (Fox)–I really liked it. I’m glad it’s back on and I think this is going to be an awesome season. My one complaint? Not nearly enough Joshua Jackson.
The Office (NBC)–It was a pretty good episode, but I think it’s for the best that this is Michael Scott’s last season. And I have a feeling this is the penultimate season, despite network assurances that the show will live on without the crazy boss man.
$#*! My Dad Says (CBS)–Some really funny one-liners like, “I’m not gay, Dad, but thanks for telling me I’d suck at it.” Or “Son, the house is clean enough. We didn’t accidentally kill a hooker.” And “If it looks like manure and smells like manure, it’s either Wolf Blitzer or manure.” In 22 minutes it went from being just okay to pretty funny.
Blue Bloods (CBS)–I picked this over that completely implausible Jimmy Smits drama about the US Supreme Court judge that quits to go back to being a lawyer. Partly because that show sounded kind of dumb, and partly because this one has Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg. I think I chose wisely. I liked it a lot. Yes, it’s another cop show, but this is about a family of Boston cops and lawyers. It’s like Brothers and Sisters, The Practice, and Homicide all rolled into one.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)–I haven’t loved this show for awhile. But it was Sunday and nothing else was on. I like the fact that celebrities want to get involved, but it really feels like it’s just an advertisement for ABC shows. Love the new houses. Love the deserving families. Think the show is a little full of itself.
Desperate Housewives (ABC)– This is my Real Housewives of Wherever. It’s goofy, cheesy, and I love it. I’m SO excited that Paul Young is back and I think this child swap storyline is going to be kind of cool. Although, I really think it would have been more interesting if Gabby and her daughter were still fighting all the time. Can you imagine? You and your kid don’t ever get along, and then someone comes and tells you that she’s not actually yours? Oh well…When I become Empress of the TV Universe…
Brothers and Sisters (ABC)–I was intrigued when it turned out that Robert didn’t die in the car accident in the finale last year. I kind of think they wrapped it up too fast, which has always been the one thing about B&S that I’ve had trouble with. No matter how mad the Walkers are at each other in the beginning, by the end they’re happy and smiling and ready to face next week’s drama all over again. But it’s always so good that I just can’t stop watching…
And, with that, I turn off my TV and go to bed. It was quite a week. And it’s going to be quite a season.