The new television season isn’t exactly going well.
Two shows have already been yanked (ABC’s Lucky 7 and CBS’
We Are Men, respectively) and only one new show (FOX’s Sleepy Hollow) has
received any sort of sustained love.
I think most people agree that the new season looked like it
was going to be pretty bad when the shows were announced in the fall. Once the
shows hit the airwaves, though, things only got worse.
A few weeks in to the new season, there are a few highlights
Sleepy Hollow: I wasn’t sure I was going to like this show.
I like programs with a lot of mythology, but the networks tend to shy away from
them because the audience fades over time. What FOX is doing right is making
this a limited run show and not padding it out to 22 episodes. Both leads are charismatic and entertaining. That being said,
if Sleepy Hollow isn’t careful, they could implode upon themselves under the weight of their own mythology.
Back In the Game: I know some people don’t like this, but
this is one of the few new comedies this season that doesn’t make me want to
wretch. James Caan and Maggie Lawson are a winning combination – and I think
the show has a chance to grow into itself if the ratings hold up. The humor isn’t
for everybody, but I have laughed out loud a couple of times.
Once Upon a Time: After a sophomore slump, ABC’s magical
drama came back with a bang and immediately fixed a couple of season two
mistakes. Unfortunately, the second episode was a little slower than the first episode.
Still, Charming’s possible death (no one believes he’s actually going to die)
and Emma’s realistic anger at her parents for putting her in a magical wardrobe
and abandoning her (reflected in her own guilt over abandoning Henry) mean this
season could finally tackle some of the issues fans have been interested in
from the beginning.
Too Soon to Tell
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: How ABC and Joss Whedon
managed to screw up a show that
should have been a home run out of the gate is
beyond me. The biggest problem, though, is the casting. While Clark Gregg and
Ming-Na Wen are solid actors – the rest of the cast is bland pretty girls and
boys that have absolutely no charisma. I expected more from Whedon, quite
frankly. While ABC isn't declaring this a disaster (yet) it looks like some alarms are starting to be raised.
Super Fun Night: I know a lot of people don’t like her
humor, but I like Rebel Wilson. After only one episode, I can’t say whether I
will like the show or not – but I find Wilson to be likeable and engaging.
The Millers: I like the cast – and the first episode had a
few good moments – but it could go low brow in future installments and lose my
interest pretty quickly.
The Black-List: This has been doing OK – but that’s nothing
to crow about. James Spader is a charismatic performer, but this show isn’t
The Michael J. Fox Show: I don’t know about anyone else, but
I feel like a bad person laughing at Fox’s real life malady. While the show had
some funny moments in regards to the news media and how they would play a “feel
good story” like Fox’s character – but if the show wants to be ground-breaking
they’re not going far enough. It’s just weak.
The Crazy Ones: Robin Williams is funny – sometimes and tiresome the rest of the time. Sarah
Michelle Gellar is never endearing and often forced. What had a chance to be a winning
combination is just painful to watch at this point.
Sean Saves the World: This is pretty much one cliché after
Hostages: I like the idea of limited run series –
essentially expanded miniseries experiences – but is so erratic and
unfocused that it’s not a good test project. The cast is great in this – the writing
Betrayal: The talent isn’t very good, the script is pretty
bad and the melodrama is over the top. Who thought this was a good idea?
Lucky 7: This never had a chance, which begs the question:
Who greenlit this?
What do you think? Have you been surprised by anything this