October 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm #231603
Now that the first cancellations are coming in… The Playboy Club… lets start discussing the shows that are waiting for midseason debuts.
We can also compile a list of all the shows looking for spots.
Are You There Vodka?
Good Christian Belles
I think we may never see Vodka. I imagine at midseason they will move Whitney to Wednesdays after Up All Night to make room for 30 Rock. If we do see Vodka it will be in the summer via Love Bites and that Ryan Hansen show.October 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm #231605
That Ryan Hansen show wasn’t THAT terrible. And had tons of hot girls.October 7, 2011 at 9:45 am #231606
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea not only has an unnecessarily long name (works for a book title, but not here), but its trailer makes it look extremely unfunny. Not coincidentally, Chelsea Handler’s role as the older sister got the only smiles (did I laugh? I don’t remember) from me while watching it. Why couldn’t the show be more of her and less of an actress playing her? I wish it a quick yet painful death.
NBC, for all of its hiccups and pratfalls, could really strike oil with their mid-season dramas, though. For starters, Smash looks great, and what I’ve seen of the pilot looks sleek and cinematic. Add that to the fact that they got themselves a great cast — many of whom are Broadway stars — and this thing could have a killer showing for its freshman season at the Emmys. I’m calling it right now: Directing and Actress, at the very least.
Meanwhile, Awake has a trailer that gets me excited and anxious and a little bit teary-eyed. Sure, the concept (like Killen’s Lone Star) seems fit for film, but I’m actually glad that NBC took a chance on a show like this by picking up the pilot. Again, David Slade’s directorial work is getting raves across the board, and that could show at the Emmys. I really hope people tune in, and don’t have that attitude of “Why bother? It’ll just get cancelled.” In an ironic twist, it will be the people who don’t tune in for fear of it getting cancelled that will actually attribute the most to the very cancellation that they fear is coming. For anyone who feels like broadcast networks don’t take enough risks, this series (or at least the pilot) should be obligated viewing.
Alcatraz, like Person of Interest, has an odd premise that seems validated only by the producers’ names who are in the opening credits. I wish it the best, if only because Jorge Garcia seems to be geniunely loved by everyone he’s worked with.
At the same time, though, ABC is also busy taking risks with their The River. Even more so than Awake, I have no idea how this series will fuel 22 episodes. But perhaps the magic hinted at in the pilot will reveal an entire mythology that keeps its audience guessing. Right now, the trailer seems to involve a lost patriarch, a boat full of camera crew and family members, and a smoke monster/demon. I’m curious what they’ll do to keep this show interesting without stretching out boring romantic flings and familial debacles.
I’m more excited for the mid-season shows than I was for any of the shows that will or have premiered so far this part of the season.October 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm #231607
I cannot WAIT to see Smash. I absolutely love everybody in the cast.
I would not be surprised if it pulls a Boardwalk Empire and sweeps the technical categoires. It will most likely become the Mad Men/Hairstyling of the original song category.October 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm #231608
I am very excited for Alcatrez, Smash, Vodka and Apartment 23 (I love Krysten Ritter!)
If I am correct I believe Smash is the only one with a guaranteed spot (Mondays in Chucks spot)
Are there any other shows that have been given timeslots yet?October 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm #231609
Awake is probably my most anticipated new show of the year (fall or mideseason). I loved Lone Star and love Jason Issacs. I will also be checking out Alcatraz and The River.
I think Smash is going to be a major contender at the Emmys. I wouldn’t be surprised if it pulled off a Best Drama Series nomination.October 7, 2011 at 7:36 pm #231610
Awake is the one I’m excited for. That was one great, intriguing trailer.
Luck is another one I really want to watch, based on the people involved.
And finally, I have a feeling Apartment 23 can be some great mean fun.
Not really interested in the rest (although Smash shows some promise).October 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm #231611
I am guessing that ABC has premiered its two man-themed comedies (Last Man Standing and Man Up) as space fillers so they can premiere their two women-themed comedies (Cougar Town and Apartment 23) at mid-season. But Man Up may be good. The advertisers liked it.October 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm #231612
I am very interested to see Awake. The idea sounds cool. Though, true, I’m not sure there is a series there. But, I love Jason Isaacs. Pretty excited for it.October 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm #231613
I’m very curious if, assuming that Awake stays on the air long enough to reach this point, Killen has considered how he will explain his main character’s predicament. Will it become science fiction, with him being the subject of an experiment? Or will it be faith-based, with him being dead and his soul jumping between two alternate realities? I’m not sure I like either option, but its intriguing all the same.
Not sure what to make of Man Up quite yet. Looks like it could be a lot of fun, but I’ll be interested to see if it can keep itself from feeling like just another “grown men w/ kiddish mentality” comedy.October 9, 2011 at 8:26 am #231614
I’m interested to see how “Missing” (ABC’s series starring Ashley Judd) will play out as a serires, could be a good popcorn show.
I’m also really excited for “Touch” — though with Tim Kring’s track record it could either be a decent (Crossing Jordan) or a series which burns too bright its first season (Heroes) then crashes. Guess we’ll see.
Lastly, excited for “The Firm” mainly because of the cast involved: Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis. If they give her the right material Lewis could be a serious contender at the Emmy’s.