Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Comedy Shows

I watched three new comedies since Tuesday: Ben & Kate (FOX), The Mindy Project (FOX), and The Neighbors (ABC)

I can describe both Ben & Kate and The Neighbors as weird, quirky, and hopeful! I really like the premise of Ben & Kate - with them as siblings and not a couple. Ben is a weird character but I like how Kate interacts with him; and the daughter (Maddie, played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones) brings the adorable factor! The writing is quirky and I loved how at the end Kate runs into the drums after putting her daughter to sleep; Friends would have said "come on" and Grey's Anatomy, "seriously" - I liked how these writers kept their voice unique with the interaction between Ben & Kate! That's also why I find this series hopeful... it should fit right in on a Tuesday night with New Girl and Raising Hope.

The Neighbors is more weird than quirky; the whole premise is not normal. A family moves into a community to find that all their neighbors are aliens with pro-athlete names. I'm not sure if this show will fit on Wednesday nights with The Middle and Modern Family - I like Happy Endings a whole lot better. One saving grace of this show may be the chemistry between Jami Gertz (from Still Standing) and Toks Olagundoye (who plays Jackie Joyner-Kersee) - they should build more off of their friendship.

My least favorite of these new comedies, though, is The Mindy Project - I can appreciate the humor and can understand the audience it's going after (Bridesmaids anyone?). But I think they need more supporting players rather than the randomness of the work friends and girlfriend. They just come and go and Mindy has to be in the room in order for them to be on the screen -- not sure if that will last long. Even though it's on FOX and may find an audience, I think some things need a little tweak before hitting their stride.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday's Review

Fall TV is back!!!

Thank goodness! TV Nerd is happy again!

Even though The Voice won the night, I was watching CBS. Here are my thoughts:

How I Met Your Mother, CBS - I've heard that this may be the last season so I'll probably watch it more! I watched this series when it first premiered, and watched Season 1... Since then I've been keeping up with it even if I don't watch it on a weekly basis. I love all the characters and writing is good. Not always consistent, but good. Viewers will most likely learn identity of Mother this season - which is why I started watching eight years!! Hopefully it'll be a good season!

Partners, CBS - new show, same concept as Will & Grace. I love Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), and he has great chemistry with Sophia Bush... but I'm not sure if this show will last. The writing was fast - not sure if they're trying to be like Aaron Sorkin -- at times it seemed too fast; but something wasn't clicking. It'll be interesting to see if this show lasts, or gets replaced with Big Bang Theory reruns.

2 Broke Girls, CBS - no second season slumps here. This isn't one of my favorites... but their voice is consistent (raunchy/heartfelt), chemistry between Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs is obvious (the two went on a summer Europe trip together!) and story-line keeps things interesting. Not sure if I'll watch weekly, but will definitely keep up with it.

On the DVR - Revolution, NBC - have to wait to watch with the husband. But I enjoyed last week's series premiere; and I'll pretty much watch anything J.J. Abrams creates!