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Fall TV 2009: ABC’s V

I posted this review last month but felt it was necessary to show you again because I really would love for you to tune into this how. V rocks my world, and it should rock yours to. (Also, I saw a finished pilot so this review is tweaked some.)117297_WATER_01r1_preABC Says:

“V” is a re-imagining of the 1980’s miniseries about the world’s first encounter with an alien race. Simultaneously appearing over every major city in the world, the Visitors (or V’s) promote a message of peace. Through their generous offer to share advanced technology, the V’s build a following that may actually hide a more malevolent agenda, one that twists a very deep component of human nature: devotion.

While the world quickly becomes fascinated with the V’s and their link to wonders just beyond the reach of human understanding, FBI Counter Terrorist Agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell) discovers a secret hidden beneath the skin of every V – a secret that may threaten the lives of everyone close to her. Yet for her teenage son, Tyler (Logan Huffman), the V’s are his ticket to something big and hopeful — a new chance for mankind to unite in common goals. To Chad Decker (Scott Wolf), a career-hungry news anchor, his exclusive interview with Anna (Morena Baccarin), the leader of the V’s, is crucial to his dominating the airwaves. Also unsure about the Visitors is Father Jack (Joel Gretsch), a priest questioning his faith in the wake of the Visitors’ arrival. Seeking answers outside the church, Father Jack discovers there are other dissidents who believe the Visitors are not who they say they are, including Ryan Nichols (Morris Chestnut), who is faced with his own life-altering decision when the V’s show up. Never has there been more at stake — it truly is the dawning of a new day.

116242_1985_preThe Good: This to me is the best new show of the fall. It is a spectacular story of visitors and how we deal with them. The acting, the writing, the look are all perfect. You could not get any better than this cast. Come on, Morena Baccarin as Anna is fantastic, and mark my words she will breakout. Her demeanor and presence as the Visitors leader is remarkable. Elizabeth Mitchell (my favorite actress in the world) is again strong especially when she has something to work for like her son. Erica is a powerful women and that is how we like them. The rest of the cast including Joel Gretsch who returns to the sci-fi genre, Morris Chestnut, and little Scott Wolf are all top notch. But what really sets the show apart is the visual aspect and “epic” like feel to the events. It is like a movie to watch the pilot, the special effects are breathtaking with vast shots of giant ships over the world. V rocks my world in every possible way, and it will rock your world too! (More on V in the coming months!)

The pilot you will see tonight had some new scenes added that really spice up the hour. You get more sci-fi and Visitor’s technology that they use. Also, in the original pilot, Chad (Scott Wolf) was sold to be a little bit of snob and one that will do anything, now the character is much kinder and works well with the intensity of the show.

The Not So Good: Are you kidding me? Nothing to think of.

V premieres tomorrow at 8/7c on ABC! “They come in Peace, Always!”

Fall TV 2009: My Review of USA’s White Collar

Fall cable premieres are pretty much coming to a close with a brand new characters do the “character” driven USA lineup, but are they interesting…NUP_135879_1525

What USA Says:

WHITE COLLAR is about the most unlikely of partnerships between a con artist and an FBI agent. The story unfolds after charming criminal mastermind Neal Caffrey (Bomer) is caught by his nemesis, G-Man extraordinaire Peter Burke (DeKay). After escaping from a maximum-security prison to find his long-lost love, Neal is nabbed by Peter once again. Rather than returning to jail for this daring getaway, Neal suggests an alternate plan – providing his expertise to assist the Feds in putting away infamous and elusive criminals in return for his freedom. Thiessen plays Peter’s wife, Elizabeth, an intelligent, high-status event planner with a certain intuition of her own. Garson plays Mozzie, a friend of Caffrey’s with a strong distrust of the Feds and an unyielding belief in conspiracy theories. Diahann Carroll (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Dynasty”) guest stars in the pilot and will star as a dynamic recurring character.

WHITE COLLAR, starring Matt Bomer (“Chuck,” “Tru Calling”), Tim DeKay (“Tell Me You Love Me,” “Carnivle”), Tiffani Thiessen (“What About Brian,” “Fastlane”) and Willie Garson (“Sex and the City,” “John from Cincinnati”). On Friday, October 23 at 10/9c, WHITE COLLAR will debut with a special 90-minute episode followed by 13 one-hour episodes. The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, president, original programming, USA Network and co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions.

NUP_135932_0743The Good: White Collar works for a couple reasons. First of all its leading men in Matt Bomer as the criminal Neal Caffrey and Tim DeKay as Agent Burke. The play of each other so well in the first two episodes that I saw that you just want they to be on your screen for more and more time. Second is the way the production takes advantage of its background in New York City. The show feels big, feels important thanks to its sweeping views especially when a party in the second episode takes place in a great local. Thirdly, for the hilarious Willie Garson who gives a nice comic edge to the show in his ditzy but helpful Mozzie.

White Collar also has some impressive recurring players first in Diahann Carroll as the nice lady Neal befriends so he can live in a nice place and veteran actor James Rebhorn who plays a great old time FBI boss to the leads.

The Not So Good: The only thing that threw me for a loop is why the wonderful Marsha Thomason (Lost) who plays Tim Dekay right hand agent and has a scandlous personal life in the pilot is not mentioned in anything for the show or in the second epsiode where she is semmingly replaced by the still wonderful Natalie Morales. Not a big misstep but one worth mentioned. White Collar is the perfect show to join the likes of Monk, Psych, Royal Pains, and Burn Notice in USA’s run of great dramas. This is one you should be watching.

White Collar airs after the return of Sharona on the final season of Monk at 10/9c tonight on USA Network!

Fall TV 2009: NBC’s 30 Rock

30 Rock puts the winning in Emmy winning having one the best comedy award every year since its existence, will it be worth the award this year….

NUP_111035_0091What NBC says about the first two episodes:

JACK (ALEC BALDWIN) MAKES ADJUSTMENTS TO SAVE MONEY AND STAY RELEVANT DURING THE RECESSION. STEVE BUSCEMI GUEST STARS — Jack (Baldwin) informs Liz (Tina Fey), Tracy (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) that “TGS” needs to make immediate adjustments to become more relatable. In an effort to do their part, Jenna (Krakowski) decides to makeover her image, while Tracy (Morgan) attempts to regain touch with the common man. In the meantime, Jack sends Liz (Fey) and Pete (Scott Adsit) on a mission to scout new “TGS” talent while Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) leads a Page strike. Judah Friedlander and Keith Powell also star.

JACK (ALEC BALDWIN) MAKES ADJUSTMENTS TO SAVE MONEY AND STAY RELEVANT DURING THE RECESSION. STEVE BUSCEMI GUEST STARS — Jack (Baldwin) informs Liz (Tina Fey), Tracy (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) that “TGS” needs to make immediate adjustments to become more relatable. In an effort to do their part, Jenna (Krakowski) decides to makeover her image, while Tracy (Morgan) attempts to regain touch with the common man. In the meantime, Jack sends Liz (Fey) and Pete (Scott Adsit) on a mission to scout new “TGS” talent while Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) leads a Page strike. Judah Friedlander and Keith Powell also star.

NUP_134171_004730 Rock is a funny show. Nobody can argue that and with teh first two episodes of season 4 that I saw it does not make me change my mind. I needed my Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) back and she is back in her quirky way with the premiere focusing on how Jack (Alec Baldwin) wants to hire a new cast member for the show which causes Liz to panic, and then the second episode marks the return of the very great Will Arnett as Jack’s nemisis.

The highlight for the first two episodes though is the supporting cast especially Jenna (Jane Krakoski) and Tracy (Tracy Morgan) who both play great together when news a new cast member is heard. Jenna even goes to Iceland to prove a point. Why? You will have to wait to see because it provides many laughs.

I hope this year that Tina and the crew rely less on the big guest stars they get and more on the wonderful supporting cast. If they can do that, the show will be even stronger. Plus, just give us Alec Baldwin all the time because he is plain awesome.

30 Rock airs after The Office on NBC at 9:30/8:30c.

Fall TV 2009: Syfy’s Stargate Universe

This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, most of the big network premieres are to the side, cable is rolling out some high profile shows starting with a reboot of a classic series, this time Stargate Universe……cast_season1_22
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Fall TV 2009: My Review of the Premiere of ABC’s Castle

117205_D_0034_preNathan Fillion is back on TV and for the first time in a long time on of his shows was not cancelled out the first season and is now getting a second season. Castle on ABC, starts Fillion as Richard Castle a mystery writer who now shadows the NYPD team lead by Detective Beckett (Stana Katic) for a series of novels he is writing.

The series which started last season did pretty well coming out of Dancing with the Stars and garnered a new season. I enjoyed the series very much last year thanks to the chemistry between the leads Beckett and Castle. Also,the show shows Castle’s personal lives with his mother (Susan Sullivan) and daughter (Molly Quinn) who are both very funny but grounded.

117524_0773_preThe season premiere is strong thanks to some great humor from Castle and a wacky case of the week. Also, Beckett has a hot awesome scene in the last 10 minutes which offers some great start to the season’s overarching story.

The strength of Castle is the mixture of humor and drama. All of the scenes seem to be dramatic but always take a comedic turn when needed. Plus, tonight’s episode brings back the writers poker table with some very famous authors playing themselves. Look for that.

I highly recommended you check out Castle tonight at 10/9c on ABC. You can jump right in and I think you will really enjoy it!

Check out this preview for tonight’s premiere.

Fall TV 2009: CBS’s Season Premiere of How I Met Your Mother

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHERCBS is arguably the king and queen of comedy on TV right now and that is partly in thanks to How I Met Your Mother, the sitcom about a group of friends told by one in the future showing how he met his kids’ mom. The show is now entering its 5th season and is better than ever.

The season premiere picks off where we left off last year with Ted becoming a professor at Columbia and the mother is in his class. Who is it? You will have to wait to see but the season premiere is the example of a perfect episode. It has chram and funny with multiple characters and multiple storylines. The supporting cast makes the show with Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal, Colbie Smulders, and Alyson Hannigan.  The premiere follows Barney and Robin (Harris and Smulders) telling the group about their secret relationships.

The premiere is solid and this season I suspect will lead to some very big answers. Check it out at its new time Mondays 8/7c at CBS.

Fall TV 2009: ABC’s Cougar Town

This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, Courtney Cox’s Monica on Friends is forever a classic sitcom character but can she create a new one in the Bill Lawrence created Cougar Town….

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Courteney Cox stars as Jules, a recently divorced single mother exploring the honest truths about dating and aging in our beauty and youth obsessed culture, on “Cougar Town,” premiering WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. While most women in their twenties go through life experiencing the challenges and often humorous pitfalls of meeting men, Jules took on the responsibilities of marriage and raising a son. Now in her forties, she embarks on a journey to self-discovery whilst surrounded by fellow divorcees and singletons eager to live or re-live a time gone by.

Along for the journey are her friends and family: Laurie (Busy Philipps), the younger, feisty co-worker who encourages her to get out there and have some fun; Ellie (Christa Miller), the sarcastic, unapologetic confidante content with her life and marriage to her average, but loveable husband, Andy (Ian Gomez); ex-husband Bobby (Brian Van Holt), a classic under-achiever who’ll test her patience as they attempt to raise their teenage son, Travis (Dan Byrd); and newly divorced neighbor Grayson (Josh Hopkins), who proves to be a catalyst of sorts for Jules.

“Cougar Town” stars Courteney Cox as Jules, Busy Philipps as Laurie, Dan Byrd as Travis, Christa Miller as Ellie, Josh Hopkins as Grayson, Ian Gomez as Andy and Brian Van Holt as Bobby.

The Good: Cougar Town might be one of the weirdest and worst show titles in a long time but the show’s quality is anything but. It is a strong sitcom, that delivers laughs which is what I ask for in a comedy. Courtney Cox is perfect in the role as Jules Cobb and handles the young men both the ones she sleeps with and her neighbor, ex, and son. The real strong scenes though are with the overly worked-on Christa Miller and Busy Phillips who are really hilarious as her two best friends that hate each other.

The Not So Good: Cougar Town is not means a revelation in sitcoms like its lead-in Modern Family is but is a great way to end the night of half-hour comedies especially with a group of girls who will also enjoy ABC’s Eastwick that airs at 10. Overall, worth checking out because it is a fun, sexy new comedy with an old favorite.

Cougar Town ends the sitcoms on ABC Wednesdays starting September 23rd at 9:30/8:30c going into Eastwick.