Back in September, I wrote about the new fall shows I was looking forward to. That was a long time ago, in TV time. Here’s my mid-term report card.
The Playboy Club
Still there, but I’m not watching:
It wasn’t a bad haunted apartment building story, but I kept forgetting to watch.
The show did its best, but it was just too girly for me. I wanted more espionage and less talk about weddings.
The Secret Circle
It’s a teen-skewered show, it’s got witches, and it’s on after The Vampire Diaries, so I was ready to be on board. But this show made me nuts with the badness. The big problem: Bob McKee, in his Story seminar, could explain. Scenes that went on and on with no change in the status of the story question. I only watched two and a half episodes, and nearly every scene was a bunch of people talking about how the girl had to accept her witchy powers or the group wouldn’t be as strong. Get that? Nearly every scene was a bunch of people talking. OMG shut up and be witchy, already!
Choppy and silly. Yeah, we’re police detectives, but we can’t do anything without our consultant who can remember every second of every day of her life except the one where her sister was killed. Bored now.
Still watching, but I wouldn’t be devastated if they were cancelled
American Horror Story
A-List production values and clever mixing of gruesome horror with black comedy. But … there’s just nobody to root for. I’m not even invested in the screwed-up teenager, and believe me, that says a lot. I would like Vivian to get it on with Luke, the security company guy, just because someone should be having sex with Morris Chestnut. But it’s hard to see how they can stretch the storylines out for long.
Why am I still watching? I have no defense.
I don’t watch half-hour comedies very much, so don’t go by me. This is cute, I like the players, the jokes mostly land … but I kind of forget about it from week to week.
Right away, it became soapy and silly. It’s still trashily fun, though I’d like to see Sarah Michelle Gellar in something more substantial.
It looks great. The actors are good. The dinos are cool. But it’s made bland by being too family-friendly. I am shipping the heck out of Taylor, the commander of Terra Nova and Mira, the leader of the rebel Sixes. They need to hook up and make lots of superbutch, superbeautiful babies who can fight dinos with their bare hands.
OMG, I love these shows!
Once Upon a Time
I keep waiting for the spell to break and for me to realize this is pretty cheesy. But it doesn’t. And Jiminy Cricket’s backstory episode? Ruled my world. I think they’ve tapped into what makes fairy tales so compelling and timeless, some dark root metaphor storytelling that appeals to the limbic system or something.
Person of Interest
Sharp writing and directing by Jonathan Nolan, brother of director Christopher and writer of one of the best screenplays ever (Memento), set the tone for this paranoid little show. I’m digging the players, dark and twisted though their redemption paths might be. Can’t wait for the cop (Taraji P. Henson) to be the target so Reese (Jim Caviezel) will have to get close enough to help her save herself.
It really is The Count of Monte Cristo meets Veronica Mars with The O.C. thrown in for soapy gloss. Emily Thorne sets ‘em up and knocks ‘em down, week after week. Best surprise: Nolan! The computer whiz who just wants to serve Emily’s agenda even though she treats him like a bad dog. Though we now have filmed evidence that Nolan is a solid 3 on the Kinsey scale, I still ship him with Emily.
How about you? Are there any great shows I’ve missed?