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CBS is #1 (in ratings) for a reason

With a couple of weeks under our belt there is a reason CBS has all the top 5 new shows, that reason is the continued use of the older demos and not focusing on the finicky 18-49.

While I am not a fan of S#!& My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, or The Defenders, Hawaii 5-0 is still part of my schedule Monday nights partly because, well, Hawaii, and Blue Bloods is Saturday morning must-watch.

Tonight’s Blue Bloods focuses on a cop killer with guest star Jennifer Esposito, who will be on for at least 4 non-consecutive episodes as Donnie Wahlberg’s partner. The series is getting close to the perfect procedural-personal ratio that The Good Wife does to perfection, but with a touch more family and less cop drama, this could be the best new drama on TV.

Check out a preview below for the episode airing tonight at 10/9c!

Fall TV 2010: My Review of CBS’s Blue Bloods

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.

Fall TV 2010: Thursday Night Battles, Comedies, and Fringe

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!

Fall TV 2010: My Review of CBS’s The Defenders

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.

Fall TV 2010: The Three M’s of CBS Mondays

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, with a rocky year last year, can How I Met Your Mother rebound, and Chuck Lorre do it again on CBS…

What CBS Says about Mike & Molly:

MIKE & MOLLY is a comedy from Chuck Lorre (“Two and a Half Men,” and “The Big Bang Theory”) about a working class Chicago couple who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Officer Mike Biggs (Billy Gardell) is a good-hearted cop who sincerely wants to lose weight. Mike’s partner, Officer Carl McMillan (Reno Wilson), is a thin, fast-talking wise-guy, who despite his teasing encourages Mike on his road to slimness and romance. While speaking at an O.A. meeting, Mike meets Molly Flynn (Melissa McCarthy), an instantly likeable fourth-grade teacher with a healthy sense of humor about her curves. For Molly, focusing on smart choices isn’t easy because she lives with her sexy older sister, Victoria (Katy Mixon), and their mother, Joyce (Swoosie Kurtz), both of whom flaunt their healthy appetites and slender figures. Mike also faces temptation at the diner he and Carl frequent, where they’ve become friends with the Senegalese waiter, Samuel (Nyambi Nyambi), who finds trying to eat less a foreign concept. For Mike and Molly, thanks to their mutual love of pie and the desire to resist it, finding each other may have been worth the “weight.”

Who is the mother? Well, you will be revisiting that question in a big way, if you tune into the sixth season premiere of How I Met Your Mother on CBS this week, and for a viewer like me, that is one question I do care about getting an answer for. The fifth season of the comedy was easily its worst and it lost its vision but after seeing the premiere, I can say with certainly, this year is a big step up. Rachel Bilson returns as the Mother’s roommate, and offers more hints to the identity, as well as a wedding that certainly has a big importance in Ted’s life but to find the details you will just have to tune in on Monday, but CBS is also hopping to get some new eyes to another comedy.

Mike & Molly, is another Chuck Lorre creation, who made The Big Bang Theory and Two and Half Men, which has become the most popular on TV right now, but I doubt this will hit as big. The pilot starring the charming Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell, is just 22 minutes of fat-jokes that border on the annoying. The pilot is not without its dose of charm which certainly helped, plus the wonderful Swossie Kurtz, but if I can get more substance out of a simple love story than I don’t know if I will be able to check back in. Mike and Molly airs at 9:30/8:30c tomorrow on CBS, while Mother kicks of the night at 8/7c.

New Season, New DVD: Big Bang’s Hits Big in Year 3

“Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unravelling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!” How I love when I hear that song, the new season of CBS’s hit The Big  Bang Theory does not begin on its new night until next Thursday at 8/7c but the previous third is now out on DVD.

The new box set includes all 23 episodes plus some fun bonus features.

Of course, the gag reel, and a collection of the cast favorites moments, but the fun begins with set tours with cast members Simon and Kunal. Hilarity ensues.

Catch the DVD in stores today!

New Season, New DVD: The Good Wife is a MUST-watch!

I know I have been reviewing a bunch of DVDs because I want you to catch-up on the shows I love, but if one DVD has came out this fall that I would love for you to check out because of its episodes and features its CBS’s The Good Wife, which releases its Complete First Season today.

The box set includes all 23 wonderful episodes of the series which follows Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), a wife of a disgraced politician (Chris Noth) that goes back to work as an attorney and trying to balance her kids and her work.

I recently re-watched every episode again on the set, with the included commentary on some of the episodes which is fun and insightful, as well as the many deleted scenes that include commentary as well.

Also on the set is an almost documentary-esque feature titled The Education of Alicia Florrick: Making Season One, which gives detailed looks at costume, casting, production, set, and scripts in an hour and a half special.

This is a very smart buy in advanced of season 2 coming Tuesdays at 10/9c to CBS on the 28th and it is available now!