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Fall TV Recap 2013

It’s that time again — when the networks bring out their new shows and your old favorites return. The fall season has already had a few casualties: We Are Men and Lucky 7  and Ironside. So what will I be watching, and what should I avoid? Read on…

Brooklyn Nine Nine
A workplace cop comedy… the first since Barney Miller. Andy Samberg and Andre Bauer lead the cast as a hotshot detective and the commanding officer, respectively. I saw the first episode, but was not impressed. More lame than anything to me — the only way to go is up. Grade: C+

Sleepy Hollow
Another new show on Fox. So the headless horseman and Ichibod Crane exist in modern times. Is the headless horseman part of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Will Ichibod adjust to living in modern times? It was just OK to me too. The leads are good, we’ll see if they can keep my interest. Grade: C+

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel’s first foray into series television. Clark Gregg leads the cast as the leader of a rag tag team of special agents that travel around in a plane dealing with supernatural happenings. So far, so fun. Action and humor. Grade: Bmarvels-agents-of-shield

The Goldbergs
Jeff Garlin and Wendi McLendon-Covey lead the cast in this 80’s set sitcom. The pilot was very mean spirited, but above all, it wasn’t funny. The also got the dates wrong on some of their 80’s references. It wants to the “Wonder Years” of the 80’s, but nothing worse than a comedy that doesn’t work. Grade: D

Super Fun Night
Scene stealer Rebel Wilson stars in this new ABC sitcom. For some reason, she is using an American accent. She is a likable actress and a funny woman. You want to like this show… unfortunately, again it isn’t funny. And she deserves better. What happened to “Pitch Perfect 2”? Grade: C

Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green star as friends and video game enterpreneurs who’s lives are turned upside down when their fathers move in with them. Easily the worst show I have seen of the fall season… from the mind of Seth McFarland. I can like raunchy comedy. This is just bad. Grade: D

American Horror Story: Coven
The third season brings a new setting, and a new story. This time the setting is modern day New Orleans and a school for witches. There are connections to a racist slave owner, plus voodoo too. Ryan Murphy brings back Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson & others and adds Kathy Bates and Emma Roberts. I didn’t like seeing the torture of slaves, but overall it seems this will be another fun ride. Grade: B

So what are you watching, or avoiding this fall season? I would love to hear from you.

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Fall TV Season Recap

The fall TV season is upon us. What shows/specials are your tuning into and what are you turning off? Here are some of the shows that interest me:

The X Factor
I was a bit underwhelmed with this show last season. I think Simon hyped it a bit much. The truth is I like a lot of the top 12 acts on here… plus with new energy from Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, it is shaping up to be a good season. “The Voice” is strong early on, and then limps to it’s finish, not so with this show.The X Factor

I am trying to pick up this show. I didn’t watch it at all last season, so I am little confused having seen only 3 episodes so far. But with “Desperate Housewives” gone, I am looking for a Sunday night guilty pleasure.

Grey’s Anatomy
I still enjoy this show. The finale saw the doctors in a plane crash, that already claimed the life of Lexi. And others are written out or leaving soon, like Mark and Teddy. So Shonda Rhimes has a chance to remake her show again. I will be watching.

Modern Family
Last season was great, I have been catching up over the summer. Now with Gloria’s surprise pregnancy, there will be another dynamic to all the family fun. I see that they fast –forwarded Gloria’s pregnancy, so the baby will be born during sweeps I am sure.

Gossip Girl
I was thinking of tuning out this year, but when I heard it was the last season I tuned in to see how they wrap it all up. So far, I am liking “90210” more than this show, it is time for it to go.

As for new shows, I am watching:

666 Park Avenue
Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn headline this new supernatural series set in a haunted apartment building. So far it looks promising, the building has a lot of secrets.

The New Normal
Not sure what to think of this show yet. I watched it because of Ryan Murphy. So far I find it very preachy, and not as funny as it should be. Ryan definitely likes to push issues, but c’mon this is supposedly a comedy, at least it has a good cast.

The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling leads up a new workplace comedy. I like her, and the cast is pretty good. We’ll see if it gets better. She is definitely someone I am rooting for.

Steel Magnolias
OK, so not a series, but a Lifetime TV remake of the Julia Roberts movie from 1989. This one with an all-black cast headlined by Queen Latifah, Jill Scott and Phylicia Rashad. Not as good as the original, but I still found myself crying during the touching moments. Condola Rashad is the weakest part of the cast… but the friendship between the women is what holds this movie together.

Married to Jonas
This show follows Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, as he navigates married life with his wife, Danielle. Plus his in-laws seem to pop in often. I like them together, let’s hope they don’t become another reality TV couple statistic.

So far I am digging this show. Hadyen Panetttiere and Connie Britton star as 2 country music stars, one new, one on the decline. The music is very nice, and this feels more real than the trainwreck that was “Country Strong”. The election subplot is the only sore spot for me.

Let me know what you are watching or not watching this season. Remember the spring TV season is just a few months away.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. The eBook, A View from the Cheap Seats, can be downloaded from LuluAmazon and the iBookstore. It can be read on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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