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With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, my favorite new drama of 2009-2010 was one I never expected but will it sustain that magic in the 2nd year…

I missed The Good Wife, I genuinely craved its plot, its creativity, and its world. When Julianna Margulies did not win the Emmy for her outstanding performance as Alicia, I was upset, but when Archie Panjabi, won for her sly performance as Kalinda, I rejoiced. The Good Wife is back on CBS tonight at 10/9c, and the first two episodes show they can certainly change the game.

When we left season 1 (check out the recap above), Lockhart/Gardner was in financial ruin but was saved by an unknown third partner, and Alicia was torn between standing by her husband Peter, who is back in the spotlight, or go through with showing her love for her boss Will. The new season picks up seconds later, and Alicia makes a decision, or the better way of saying it, forced in her decision. At Lockhart/Gardner, a new partner has emerged in Michael Ealy (FlashForward), who puts a dent in the structure of the series will loved by also sheds a new light on the story.

The premiere took a bit of readjustment but with the second episode airing October 5th, the groove is set and rolling. Alan Cumming shines as the new regular, returning as Eli Gold, and Lou Dobbs makes an appearance that puts a dent in Diane (Christine Baranski) political thoughts in relation to the firm, which enjoys new tech upgrades.

The Good Wife still shines, it still shows what a procedural can be without just being a procedural, and I hope the series continues to grow in the creative and in the viewers because it deserves it. The new season begins tonight at 10/9c on CBS.

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, ABC did not have the strongest week, but can their most talked about drama pull in the viewers….

What ABC Says

The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie, and two teenage children, Daphne and JJ. To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they will soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart? “No Ordinary Family” premieres TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

“No Ordinary Family” stars Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell, Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco as George St. Cloud, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell, Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell and Stephen Collins as Dr. Dayton King.

I am a sucker for superpowers and critics are very correct in making comparisons to maybe my favorite Pixar movie The Incredibles, because ABC’s No Ordinary Family, well is the Incredibles. It is a family, with superpowers, that even in the pilot go to a tropical island, but NOF (as I like to call it) is more than that. It focuses more on family then it does powers, which creates a sweet atmosphere for the show to live.
The cast of No Ordinary Family is pretty stellar, Michael Chiklis is playing a much lighter character than Vic Mackey but he is believable as sketch-artist Jim, and the sweet Julie Benz is adorable along with her equally adorable lab tech Autumn Reeser. Where NOF, could lose me, is in the mystery which I have seen three versions of, in three different pilots, but the one that will air this week, intrigues me but I can only hope it can live up to what it presents because if it doesn’t the show might just fall flat.
Watch, Record, Skip: Watch, No Ordinary Family reminds me why Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone, Jack & Bobby, Brothers and Sisters), always needs a show on television, well made, well acted, well written dramas, that have a feel-good nature to them. This is no exception, check it out Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC.


The Event

NBC had a mix bag last week in terms of success stories and I am going to break it down night by night and tell you what looks good coming up.

MONDAY

Chuck was fun, and as always it never makes a ratings impact on Monday nights, the good news is that is sustained last years numbers and creatively, it is still finding ways to change-up the formal (Beckman rocks!). This week, the Old Spice guy is new the Greta, and we see Sarah kick some ass.

The Event was NBC’s big winner last week gaining great demo numbers and over 12 million viewers. Plus with the encore airings, even more eyes saw the plane disappear but I can tell you that is not “The Event.” The next two episodes which I have seen, including tonight’s, are chock full of answers, from who is Sophia, where is the plane, what happened, and where do our characters ly. I must admit, I had my extreme hesitations but this one is one to watch because both the next two hours, are VERY strong. Chase, with guest star Robert Knepper (Prison Break), continues to fit the baddies, and in the ratings did very respectable, nothing to talk about, but if it keeps it up, NBC will have a solid hour.

TUESDAY

The Biggest Loser is the stablest of shows on NBC’s slate but Parenthood, is showing varying signs. First the bad news, the ratings are anything but stellar, but the demos are constant and continue to perform well in the crowed timeslot, but the real test will be against CBS’s The Good Wife this week. Speaking of this week, the episode is a great showcase for Lauren Graham’s Sarah who has great banter with Billy Baldwin.

WEDNESDAY

I am not going to go to in-depth with Wednesday as look for a feature this week, but Undercovers under-delivered, and SVU continues to get those emotions rocking. How great were Henry Ian Cusiak and Joan Cusack?! This week, Jennifer Love Hewitt guests in a case that also brings Detective Benson to LA, to lead off the premiere of Law and Order: LA. Check back later for more.

THURSDAY

Community, Community, let’s make it happen people. The NBC comedies came in stronger than ever, creatively that is, but in the ratings, this night is no longer must-see TV for a lot of America. 30 Rock did good in its new earlier time-slot, but how funny was that premiere, hilarious, and Community kept its season 1 numbers which I guess is good. The Office delivered a fun episode but is not what is use to be, and America what is wrong with you? Why are you watching Outsourced? Stop, NOW.

FRIDAY

Wasteland! Outlaw did not even make a dent in its regular slot against CBS with the premiere of Blue Bloods, but coming on the 15th the new feel-good reality School Pride, that I am certainly excited for.

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, last year CBS gave us the sleeper hit The Good Wife, and now they could be doing it again with an old staple…

What CBS Says:

BLUE BLOODS is a drama about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the New York Chief of Police and patriarch of the Reagan brood, which he heads as diplomatically as he does the force, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry (Len Cariou), during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a seasoned detective, family man and Iraqi War vet who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases. The sole Reagan woman in the family, Erin (Bridget Moynahan), is a N.Y. Assistant D.A. and newly single parent, who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father. Jamie (Will Estes) is the youngest Reagan, fresh out of Harvard Law and the family’s “golden boy.” However, unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie decided to give up a lucrative future in law and is now a newly minted cop, a career change seemingly supported by his beautiful girlfriend, Sydney Davenport (Dylan Moore), a first year lawyer. Jamie’s life takes an abrupt turn, however, when he’s asked to become part of a clandestine police investigation even his father knows nothing about, and one that could impact the family’s legacy.

As I stated in the intro, The Good Wife was a show I liked but never ever thought it would turn into my favorite new drama, or a well constructed balance of procedural and personal story, CBS’s Blue Bloods, may do that. It is a procedural, down to the opening scene, to the final act, but interlaced through that dark and compelling story, is the personal aspects of the Reagan family. The Reagan’s are powerful in New York, NYPD staples, law-abiding citizens but they also fight, they drink, the fall in love, and they have flaws.

The pilot of the series is that of well, a pilot. It sets up a lot of the characters arc including Jamie’s (Estes) new cop lifestyle which is not to his girlfriends liking, Erin’s (Moynahan) liberal views, Danny’s (Wahlberg) love for the law that goes way to far, and the most surprising is that of Frank (Selleck), I won’t spoil it here but he is not just there for the over-seeing role, it is much more than that.

Watch, Record, Skip: If Blue Bloods was on Tuesday or Thursday, I would say this was a solid DVR staple, but because it is on low-rated Fridays at 10/9c, this is a definite watch, or save for that Saturday morning after a night out.

Thursdays = the biggest night for my DVR and the most night shows get pushed to Hulu and OnDemand. Here are some returning highlights for Thursday premiere night.

The Big Bang Theory – 8/7c on CBS

Thursday nights are here to stay for The Big Bang Theory, now the second most popular comedy on TV, it will no doubt find a large audience and create a brand new comedy night for CBS. The premiere of the geek ensemble is one of the strongest episodes since season one. The half-hour finds Sheldon going on a date with his new friend Amy (Mayim Bialik) but we all know he can’t drive so Penny has to stay for the long haul. Also, Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) gets a big episode when he is stuck in an awkward situation with a robot.

Community – 8/7c on NBC

Unfortunately, the Big Bang Theory‘s growing success is going to hurt NBC’s stellar sophomore comedy Community. With already low ratings, a big comedy powerhouse can’t help but we can only hope new viewers will see the Joel Mchale-led ensemble. The premiere also brings out the big guns, and yes I mean, Betty White. She plays a new professor at Glendale that really gets the gang going. I  really hope you tune in and DVR Big Bang, because we need to give this show all the eyes it can get.

Fringe – 9/8c on FOX

I. Love. Fringe. It never has been the must-see TV on Thursday, it should be but it is now. After seeing both of this season’s premiere, yes there is too, it showed it can be a new force in science fiction, and delivered two of the best hours of the series. The first premiere takes place “Over There,” where our original Olivia Dunham was stuck in the season finale, played by Emmy-contender Anna Torv, she is stuck and Waternate (John Noble) has no interested in helping her out. The premiere showcases Torv’s versatility, especially when you see her alternate version next week in an equal strong episode. This one you should be watching, stat.

Outsourced – 9:30/8:30c on NBC

New show, comedy, set in India, could not be that bad right in NBC’s workplace comedy block? Well, you would be very, very wrong, in my book Outsourced takes the cake by a landslide for this season’s worst new show. It is offense, un-fanny, and childish, it takes Indian stereotypes to an unnecessary extreme that should not even be on TV. Do yourself a favor, and tune way out. Sorry but lets bring back Parks and Recreation!

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, According to Jim is dead, but Jim Belushi is still very much on TV, and now in a whole new light on CBS….

What CBS Says:

THE DEFENDERS stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell in a comedic drama about two colorfulLas Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Nick and Pete are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot. Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli (Belushi), an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case, and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek (O’Connell), whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollett), an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Sophie (Tanya Fischer), a spunky and sweet ingenue who is eager to please her bosses. As Lady Luck shines on their legal careers, the partners have their hands full when it comes to their personal lives. While Pete is busy cruising the Vegas Strip for his latest romantic conquest, Nick is focused on repairing his fractured marriage to his estranged wife, Jessica (Gillian Vigman), while remaining present in the life of their young son. No matter the offense, Nick and Pete aim to prove that when the stakes are high they’re willing to bet the house on the clients they defend in Sin City.

Tune In/Out: According to Jim star Jim Belushi in a legal drama for CBS, can’t be good right? Well, this almost makes up for the eight years of painful comedy, when Belushi gives us something to be happy about. The Defenders is a show your grandparents will die for, and is nothing to laugh at. It is witty, smartly written, and uses Vegas as a character that it is. Belushi along with Jerry O’Connell along with the Tanya Fisher and Jurnee Smollett, take nothing seriously except for their clients in the pilot, and it lends itself to the location well. In the pilot, look for a special appearance by a Vegas legend, and for a great performance by Stephen Root as the judge.

Watch, Record, Skip: If you asked me in May if I would ever recommend a show with Belushi and O’Connell, I would have said no way, but this pilot is fun, engaging, and worth a look in the new Wednesday at 10/9c lineup. The Defenders starts tonight on CBS.

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, after a tough battle with cancer, Maura Tierney is back on television with a new hairdo, and drama….

What ABC Says:

“The Whole Truth” employs a unique alternating narrative structure that chronicles the way a case is built from the perspectives of both the defense and the prosecution. Portraying each side equally keeps the audience guessing – shifting allegiances and opinions on guilt or innocence until the final scene.

Creating two different stories from the same set of facts, this up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the legal process mirrors the excitement of a great championship match. Ultimately, it becomes evident that innocence and guilt have nothing to do with the truth – the only thing that matters at the end of every trial is what the jury believes.

“The Whole Truth” stars Rob Morrow as Jimmy Brogan, Maura Tierney as Kathryn Peale, Eamonn Walker as Sr. ADA Terrence “Edge” Edgecomb, Anthony Ruivivar as Alejo Salazar, Christine Adams as Lena Boudreaux and Sean Wing as Chad Griffin.

Tune In/Out: The Whole Truth has gone through a rocky life before it even aired. The pilot produced by Jerry Bruckeheimer originally casted Joely Richardson as the lead Kathryn Peale, moved production to New York to accommodate, when she dropped out due to losses in the family, but then they picked up the girl they wanted to start with. Maura Tierney joined the pilot in June, and now after seeing the first two episodes, she is so welcomed back on TV. The Whole Truth is touted as a new kind of legal drama (Justice on FOX anyone?) but it is your common place legal drama, however in the vein of Castle, it gives us extensive looks into both the lives of Kathryn (Tierney, and Jimmy (Morrow), and their extensive relationship.

The first two episodes are played to give us hard-hitting case with less personal stories but I hope in later episodes that balance begins to shift as the best moments come when the two leads play off each other both out and inside of court.

Watch, Record, Skip: The Whole Truth is certainly not perfect but the talent and draw of the two leads will have me back for more, put this one on the DVR, and see for yourself Wednesday at 10/9c on ABC.