I’ve already briefly offered my thoughts on the various schedules. Based on description alone, there aren’t a whole lot of shows I’m dying to see but, since it’s hard to judge from descriptions alone, I decided I owed it to them to check out all the video previews and reassess my opinions.
First, kudos to ABC and NBC whose fall schedules (and previews) are quick and easy to find from the front pages of their websites. Then there’s FOX who does have a link on the front page but it’s going to the wrong page. I’m sure that’s just a screwup on the website programmer’s fault but, still, something that should have been caught – especially this week.
CBS, on the otherhand, makes you search and peck for their link. You only have to go one level down, it’s on their “SHOWS” menu, but I am a little surprised they don’t have it readily available from the main page. As for the CW, as far as I can tell, they don’t have a link anywhere (bad form, CW). I gave up looking after about five minutes and went back to The CW Source where I watched the video previews originally.
Here’re my thoughts on the previews, broken down by network. Shows in bold are the ones I’m interested in watching based on the previews. I will probably check out all of the others but I hope the pilot episodes are better than what we’re getting a glimpse of online.
Note: I’ve only covered shows that actually have preview clips available.
Sam I Am
Ok, the truth is that I love Christina Applegate and probably would have given this a chance just knowing she’s in it. However, and I know I’ve only got 22 seconds to go on here, it actually looks like it’ll be funny.
Oy. Do I have to say more than that? I can’t believe ABC actually has the gall to say, “a hilarious and though-provoking social commentary on race relations in today’s America” in the description of this crap. If America actually responds to this, someone may have to stage an intervention.
Uh. Even the presence Jerry O’Connell, who I’ve had a crush on forever, wasn’t enough to make this look interesting. It’s a comedy and yet nothing about that preview made me laugh. Not a good sign.
Heh. I was already sold but, man, now I can’t wait! I’m really afraid that this show might be too quirky for America but I hope being on ABC means it’ll survive.
I’m in. It seems like everyone else (at least those I’ve spoken to online – everyone I know offline liked it) hated the spin-off episode for this on Grey’s Anatomy but I liked it. If anything, I think it suffered with being combined with GA because it’s obviously going to have a much different tone. Since the tone was what kept me from GA for two years, I think we can see why that doesn’t bother me. Plus, their male cast is enough to keep me tuning for a little while. (What? I’m allowed to be shallow occasionally!)
Dirty Sexy Money
I’m torn. I can’t stand the clip with the bratty, spoiled Darlings but I like the clip with Nick. If the show, as I suspect it will, will have more scenes with a limited number of Darlings interacting with Nick than the whole family gathered together and overwhelming me with their brattiness then I think I will like it.
So, I really wanted to like this one. It’s got Michael Vartan and Dylan McDermott AND Christopher Titus. How the fuck can’t I love it just based on those three? And, yet, this preview didn’t click with me. I kind of like the end of it (heh, they’re “the new women” and the tone of his voice there) but the pilot is going to have toc convince I want to keep watching.
Women’s Murder Club
Based on premise alone, I want to like it. I love mystery shows (surprise, surprise) and I’m a fan of smart chicks but couldn’t they have given us a better preview. Or, perhaps, two previews? This one does a good job to set up the show but it doesn’t show me much of what I might actually like about it. Sadly, I’m not bolding this one just yet.
Liked the look of it but I’m not feeling the chemistry or characters. I wondered why they were keeping this for mid-season and I think I get it now. I’ll check it out but I’m not as excited about it as I was before.
Heh. Oh, yeah, I’ll be watching this one. I had a major Ally McBeal flashback for a moment. I don’t know that they intended that but it worked on me.
Haha, that was funny. Why is this a mid-season replacement and Cavemen on the fall lineup?
The previews are better than I expected but I just don’t know. Since we’re only seeing the pilot and that’s all just setup, I don’t feel like it’s enough to judge the whole show. I reserve the right to change my mind come fall but so far the tone of the show is a little too intense for me. I think that’s the reason it’s not appealing to me like I’d expect it to given the genre and premise.
For some weird reason, the description of this show was not grabbing me. The previws, on the otherhand, have won me over. I dunno if it’ll survive but I’ll definitely be watching.
Look. I’m a sucker for hot chicks who kick ass. It’s been proven time and time again. This one was on my “must watch” list even before the preview. Yes, it’s got something to live up to but, for now, I’m excited about it. Since I basically just lost the last of my strong women shows, I looking forward to this filling in the void.
I love me some Sarah Shahi and these previews aren’t bad. I just can’t figure out what they’re going for there or, rather, if the lead actor can pull it off. Like it seems like they want him to be both tough and funny/quirky (ala Riggs from Lethal Weapon)and I’m not seeing it. I’ll check it out, of couse, but I’m not as interested as I was before.
Was that the song from SaTC that I heard in there? That’s not cool. This show has a better preview than Cashmere Mafia but I’m not feeling it. Both of these shows are inevitably going to be compared to SaTC but this one, no doubt because it’s from Candace Bushnell, feels like it’s a little too much like it only without the people who made SaTC the hit that it was. Eh.
Viva Laughlin (preview found here)
Yeah…. I dunno about this one. Quite frankly, I can’t see the American public embracing this. I’m quirky and I love musicals and I also love Hugh Jackman and the preview is doing nothing for me. Maybe I’m wrong, though, and it’ll be a surprise hit?
The Big Bang Theory
Holy Stereotypes, Batman! I’m almost ashamed to admit it but I did laugh. Not surprisingly for a sitcom, the characters a little two-dimensional for my tastes but I can’t deny I found some parts funny. I predict it’ll be another sitcom that I occasionally check out and do find funny but not enough to tune in every week.
I can’t deny that this preview looks good. I’m just not a fan of mob type stories and it may be taking place in FL and be about the families that control sugar cane but it still has a very mob-like feel. I know I’ll check it out but, much like Las Vegas, I don’t think it’ll be my type of show.
Umm. This show makes me a little uncomfortable. I won’t be watching but it’ll be interesting to see who does.
Look, I know there are those hate that this show gets dismissed by those who are still bitter about Angel‘s cancellation and I get that. But I dare anyone who loved Angel to watch this preview and NOT compare the two. I don’t even know if it’s possible, the similarities are too glaringly obvious. And, for those who did love Angel, I think this show has a huge uphill climb to get us past the constant comparisons. It’s not that I won’t like it — I like stories that involve vampires and the supernatural — but I don’t know that I’ll be able to ever watch it without thinking it’s the inferior product. So, yeah, I’ll check it out but it has a long way to go to keep me interested. The real question, though, is… Is America any more willing to invite a broody vampire PI into their living rooms than they were eight years ago? I just don’t know that they are.
Really? No… really? I’m a little shocked that CBS actually picked this up. Errr, not because I’m a prude (although maybe I am because I find the concept of swinging somewhat repulsive which means I definitely won’t be watching) but because it seems like a bold move for one of the major networks. Are we entering into a new age of shock and awe?
Back To You
Does anyone else suffer from not being able to picture any one other than Frasier when you see Kelsey Grammer in a show? It’s a double-edged sword I suppose. But, for me, it’s making it hard to see this show as something new and original. Surprising since he story of two news co-anchors not being able to stand each other but having great onscreen chemstiry has never been done before! This one could end up being a hit for FOX but it’s not for me.
This one looks good but not for me. I know y’all hear me talk about Boston Legal all the time but legal dramas aren’t really my thing. I’m passing on it but I think it has the potential to attract an audience.
This one also looks really good. Will it be too early for a post-Katrina story? I’m not sure. I suspect that may actually be a draw for them. It has the potential to actually make it.
Now, see, this is an unique twist to an age-old story (look, ma, a pun!). I like it and I seriously wish it were on any network but FOX because I know that it’s going to draw me and FOX is going to cancel it.
The Return of Jezebel James
I thought this was the show I’d be anxious to see. It’s ASP, it’s Parker Posey, it’s Lauren freaking Ambrose… It seemed like perfect marriage of things I like. Yeah. Not so much. It does have a very GG feel to it but I hope the actual episodes are better than the clips we’re seeing.
The Rules for Starting Over
Errmmm. This seems like your run-of-the-mill sitcom. There were parts that were funny and parts where they seemed to be trying too hard. I like Rashinda Jones and Craig Bierko but I don’t think they’ll be enough to draw me in week to week.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Another one bites the dust! My feelings on this one might change but, for now, the previews have killed my interest a bit. Good thing, I guess, since it won’t be on the schedule into ’08 anyway.
This show was the one show I was really interested on the CW. Until I saw the clips, that is, and suddenly I’m not. The Gossip Girl books are a hit so I’m guessing the show will likely be one as well. I just can’t seem to get into or relate to these characters and, for now at least, Kristen as Gossip Girl is a bit weird. Maybe the pilot will do a better job of setting up and drawing me into the story.
So, these previews are a mixed bag. The one with Satan in the car gave me a bit of a headache but the others were funny enough to make me want to watch. I still think it’d be better paired with Supernatural but maybe I’ll change my mind once I see a full episode.
Life is Wild
This one’s your typical family drama. It’s not good or bad, it’s just typical. The whole family gets moved to South Africa and rediscovers nature idea is as cliche and overused as the fighting news anchors idea (there’s a smiliar show airing on BBC America right now). Still, there are so many different versions of it for a reason… people like them every time. I’m guessing it’ll be the family hit that the CW is hoping for but I don’t agree with those who keep comparing it to Everwood. Apart from the father and son wo don’t get along part (something that hasn’t been unique since it was used in the Bible), this isn’t even on the same plane of existance as EW. The CW isn’t trying to get the people who loved EW back, it’s the one who loved 7th Heaven they want.
Aliens in America
Yeah…. no. Not only is the concept somewhat offense to me (you’ll remember I’m the one who loathes Borat and doesn’t see the humor in it at all) but I can’t even say I found any part of those clips amusing. I’m sure someone will find this funny… but it won’t be me.
And, that’s it! Of course, seeing as these are preliminary judgments based on very short clips, feel free to mock me in the Fall when I’m suddenly raving about shows that I panned here.