October 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm #231720
This is the thread to talk about shows that don’t have threads yet. If you or somebody else creates a thread for a show previously mentioned here, post the link to that thread here.
Go crazy.October 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm #231722
Shows that could use threads:
That’s all I can think of actually.October 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm #231723
And the criminally underrated Bored to DeathOctober 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm #231724
Does anyone here watch The Vampire Diaries ? the last episode was one of the best of the series and it’s sad that show is on CW, deserves so much more attention =/October 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm #231725
CBS, 9th Season
OUT Charlie Sheen, the show’s star, after the most public flame-out in TV history.
IN Ashton Kutcher as a childish Internet billionaire who buys the house formerly owned by Mr. Sheen’s character.
It remains to be seen whether Mr. Sheen was right about the impact his departure would have on the show’s ratings, though the trend is striking: through the first five episodes of the season “Two and a Half Men” has dropped more than a million viewers each week. But there’s no doubt about the artistic effect. Jon Cryer and Conchata Ferrell are working as hard as they can, but Ashton Kutcher’s personality-free, painfully unfunny performance is exposing just how tired the writing is.
GRADE D.October 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm #231726
Fox, 8th Season
OUT Two important members of the ensemble — Lisa Edelstein, who would not accept a reduced salary, and Olivia Wilde, whose movie commitments became too time consuming.
IN Charlyne Yi and Odette Annable as new doctors on House’s team.
The wackiest network series in prime time has gone all in on cast changes before, most notably in the Season 4 bake-off in which seven new actors were added and three remained as regulars. But the losses of Ms. Edelstein’s Cuddy and Ms. Wilde’s Thirteen (who made a valedictory appearance on this week’s episode) are major blows. They were two of the show’s most entertaining characters, and they both had complex, push-pull relationships with Hugh Laurie’s Dr. House. Also missing in the early going this season are Jesse Spencer (Chase) and the always funny Peter Jacobson (Taub), and Mr. Laurie has shown the strain of carrying the show by himself.
Neither Ms. Annable (the hot-doctor replacement for Ms. Wilde) nor Ms. Yi has made much of an impression through the season’s first three episodes, though Ms. Yi’s monotone, affectless performance has the virtue of being not quite like anything else on the broadcast networks; the closest match is probably the slightly catatonic daughter, Louise, on Fox’s animated “Bob’s Burgers.” This being “House,” though, nothing is forever. Chase and Taub are scheduled to rejoin the team on Nov. 7.
NBC, 13th Season
OUT Christopher Meloni, who for more than 270 episodes played Detective Elliott Stabler, one of the show’s two central performers from the beginning; he did not reach a contract agreement after Season 12.
IN Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish as new detectives.
Ms. Giddish and Mr. Pino aren’t bad, but they’ll never be a match for Mr. Meloni at his best. (Mr. Pino, in particular, feels a little lightweight in the intense surroundings of “SVU.”) Mr. Meloni hadn’t been at his best for a few seasons, however; the writers kept pounding out stories about Stabler’s suffocating anger and his portrayal froze in place. The show, under the new executive producer Warren Leight, has actually felt looser and more watchable this fall without Stabler around to suck up all the oxygen. But it hasn’t been that much more than routine, and there are a lot of detectives in the squad room now fighting for screen time. With the tenure of the show’s other founding star, Mariska Hargitay, in question, someone is going to have to step up and take charge. It’s not clear yet that there’s anyone around capable of pulling it off.
GRADE B–.December 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm #231727
Premiere of I Hate My Teenage Daughter…that sucked.December 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm #231728
I think we had had very funny moments in the last few episodes of House, but thoooose episodes like Broken/house’s head/wilson’s heart/three stories are missing, that brilliance that the writing used to have, and the acting is not helping, I mean, Hugh Laurie is always fantastic but the problem is, he can’t have 40 minutes of screentime.December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm #231729
I like Jesse Spencer. Could be the accent thoughFebruary 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm #231730
Giving up on Two and a Half Men this season.February 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm #231731
Two and a half men lost it, the season is a disaster, Ashton Kutcher is one of the worst comedy actors I have ever seen and they had so many choices to replace Sheen, the only reason I’m not giving up on the show right now is called Mr. Cryer, otherwise I’d also been gone a long time ago.
Grade for the season so far: DMarch 1, 2012 at 12:45 am #231732
Ressurecting this thread to say one thing.
The season finale of “White Collar” on Tuesday night was really good. Not just good for “White Collar”. But, really good! The finale created a lot of possible directions for the show to go. Being that it is on USA, I am sure it will revert back to its standard formula at some point early next season. But, with the way this season ended, the show at least put the idea out there that it could be a totally different kind of show. Considering how formulaic USA’s shows are, I was really impressed. I greatly appreciated the character-based tension in this finale.