FALL TELEVISION PREVIEW 2011 – is out, the kids are back in school, the summer buzz has slowed to a simmer, and then cooled, and now I’m pulling my snuggy and my slippers out, warming up some hot chocolate, forcing my doggy to cuddle on the couch with me for hours on end, while I watch the new fall prime time lineup from one network to the next, in search of my new diamonds in the rough to review for you! This year is no exception and I have a feeling it’s going to be a great season, even though pilot season was almost at a dead stop this year, I still have mxl tv!
10) The X Factor (FOX) – Simon Cowell is back with a brand new American Idol, basically. This show has a new panel of judges, well, sorta. Paula Abdul, not so new, but LA Reid and Nicole Scherzinger are new to the game. It’s just a British talent show. I hate to admit that I am looking forward to this show, but it’s a must watch, because you know that everyone and their momma is going to be curious to see if the show is better or worse than Cowell’s first creation and after all, we do live for the hype. I don’t see this show being original, so it barely makes the list at ten. I think that the show will be exactly like Idol, Dance, Top Model and we will watch it like zombies and it will get huge ratings because it’s just more of what America wants to see.
9) Terra Nova (FOX) – Never mind the weird name, it’s brought to you by Steven Speilberg, which usually speaks for itself, but after seeing SUPER 8 this last month, I do not assume that everything that the Berg makes is a monster hit. Obviously sci-fi, the show centers an ordinary family that lives on a dying earth in the year 2149. They sign up for project Terra Nova. The project transports them back 85 million years to prehistoric earth to join a colony of humans with a second chance to build a better civilization. Think, Dr. Mereau meets Land of the Lost and it has earned #9 on my list of shows to watch Fall 2011.
8) Ringer – (The CW) This show stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, and I love her, so I have hopes for this one. It’s about a young woman on the run from the mob, and she poses as her wealthy twin sister to evade them, but she soon finds out that her sister has a price on her head as well. I’m a sucker for mob stories.
7) Charlie’s Angels – (ABC) This show pretty much speaks for itself. It’s a cool remake of the 70’s classic, and the producers are on auto pilot as long as they follow the simple script that is already laid out for them. A monkey could make this show. We all know exactly how it goes, and there’s not much mystery. Unlike Wonder Woman, there was no fancy suit or get up involved so the show was green lit without incident.
6) Icon News – (Bravo) This show is my sleeper and I already see a lot of eyebrows raising, but this looks like a very good show. Lew Marklin interviews celebrities from their living room, recording studio, on set or wherever they have a bubble cam, via skype about positive issues, etc. My interest in the show is its host, Lew Marklin. Many of you do not know that name yet, but in 2007, he hosted a show called ADHDtv, that was completely independent, came out of nowhere and ranked on the Neilsen charts next to Larry King and other major names. It was completely unheard of and though the show was somewhat odd, it caused ripples in TV land. Now Marklin has moved up the food chain to a larger network and I got a hunch, he’s figured it out.
5) Person of Interest – (CBS) More hitmen and action! This show is about an ex CIA hitman and a Scientist who team up to stop crimes before they happen, sorta like the Minority Report. I like the concept and I think this will be a good action drama.
4) Prime Suspect – (NBC) I’m usually not big on adapted shows from Britain or elsewhere, but this show looks to be a good one. Female cop breaking sexist stereotypes. She’s a tough female detective who has to prove herself in a male dominated New York City precinct. Sorta reminds me of last years premiere of Chase on NBC. A show that I also liked.
3) H8R – (The CW) Now don’t H8 on me for saying that I grew up on Saved by the Bell, but for some reason Mario Lopez, who always shows up hosting some TV show, just when you though he and his dimples were retired, never completely flops, but never completely hits either. I like the concept though, and think that the show will be interesting and funny, and one of those reality shows that you can watch out of synch or miss a few times and not have to go back and catch up on what you missed.
2) Once Upon a Time – (ABC) I’m a girl, duh. Need I say more? What girl does not want to wake up in a fairytale, to find out that she really is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Besides, I liked The Tutors and it seems right up that line historically speaking.
1) AWAKE – (NBC) I love a good mind warp and a challenge. This show is a trip. Two different realities and you get to experience it all with the main character who suffers a traumattic car crash the servers his reality. He, his wife and son were all in the car, but only two people survive the crash. Only problem is that he comes out of crash experiencing two completely different realities, one in which his son has died and the other in which the wife died, and he, and the viewer have to take the ride, in order to figure out which reality is true! I love it!!