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What to Look Out For This Week

Things are just rolling along, and the new fall season has turned into the story of declining ratings with almost every new series dropping in week two with only a few exception, the returning shows are really what to watch now, and here are some notables for the week:

Lie to Me – 9/8c Monday on FOX

Lone Star out, Lie to Me in. After only a little more than a month of hiatus, Lie to Me is back with season 3 of the sleeper performer about Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) who is a human lie detector. The series was originally set to return in November but things changed rather quickly last week. The premiere of the new season, is very much in line with the solid second season. The episode follows an angry Cal, now split from partnership from the FBI, helping with a thief.  Expect more recurring female cast members this year as well as guest stars like Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn to throw Cal for a loop if that is possible.

Stargate Universe – 9/8c Tuesday on Syfy

How many of you tuned into the second season premiere last week? 2nd season? Does it not feel, or is it just me, that SGU has been chugging along for a while now. If you liked the premiere, which I thought was solid, the second episode is one of the show’s strongest. With great performances by Ming-Na and Robert Carlyle, the show is at heart a human sci-fi drama, and this episode showcases this.

Caprica – 10/9c Tuesday on Syfy
Now another case of a series brought up earlier than expected, Caprica was originally marked as returning in January, almost a full year after the series completed its half-season run, but Syfy decided to pull it up earlier after SGU. I have not seen the new episodes of the series which I thought at its core was great when it went from family drama to hardcore Sci-fi drama and I hope that continues in the second half which will explore in more depth the growing concern and construction of cylons.

The Whole Truth – 10/9c Wednesday on ABC

If you had to bet on a third series cut, The Whole Truth might be your best bet after barely reading on Wednesday nights. ABC is giving the series one last shot, and moved up an episode to showcase its strong legal stories. They were wise to do this, as the episode in question airing this week, guest stars Wire alum Andre Royo, as well as fellow Numb3rs grad Judd Hirsh, as a very corrupt judge that Jimmy (Rob Morrow) defends. The episode is the best one yet and got me more interested in the stories they can tell but the series is not one I would be upset about losing.

FOX Action: Now on DVD and TV

Have you been missing Christopher Chance, really excited about this week’s premiere of Human Target, well, you will have to wait a little longer. Due to Tuesday’s sad cancellation of Lone Star, FOX has opted to pull Lie to Me (which was scheduled to debut November 10th) to Mondays at 9/8c starting next week, and pull Human Target from the death that is Fridays up to Wednesday which means waiting till after baseball on November 17th.

While I should be happy that this means more eyes for a premiere that is wonderfully action-packed, it does mean we have to wait a bit longer. Thankfully, the first season of Human Target, which stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley, as a group of bodyguards that go way above and beyond the call, is now on DVD thanks to the wonderful people over at the WB. The set includes all 13 episodes, plus some commentaries, and behind the scenes features. I was a late adopter to this series, but I am glad I found out about its great action and intrigue. You can purchase the DVD anywhere or here at the WBShop.

But FOX Fridays are not without some action, The Good Guys, continues to air at 9/8c on the night. The Good Guys, premiered this summer to modest numbers, the series stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks, as low-level detectives that get stuck on mundane jobs that seem to always have a bigger story. Created by Matt Nix, the show is more humor than anything, and that over the top stuff sometimes makes me laugh or cringe. In this week’s episode, co-star Jenny Wade gets to step out of the ADA office and gets to do some fun stuff including romance some villains. This may or may not be your cup-of-tea but there really isn’t anything else on to stop you from tuning in, is there?

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 FOX’s Raising Hope and Running Wilde

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, FOX is taking a big stab at comedy and they got big talent, but will it mean big laughs…

What FOX Says about Raising Hope and Running Wilde (right):

RAISING HOPE is a new single-camera family comedy from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (“My Name Is Earl”) that follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their already terribly flawed household. At 23 years old, JIMMY CHANCE (Lucas Neff, “The Beast”) is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his MAW MAW (guest star Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman); his mother, VIRGINIA (Martha Plimpton, “How to Make It in America”); his father, BURT (Garret Dillahunt, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Damages”); and his cousin, MIKE (Skyler Stone, “The Mentalist,” “Dollhouse”). Jimmy’s life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with LUCY (guest star Bijou Phillips, “Choke,” “Almost Famous”) goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he discovers Lucy gave birth to their baby, who he is now charged with raising. At home with his new daughter, Jimmy’s family is less than enthusiastic about a new addition to the household. His parents, who had him when they were 15, never knew anything about raising a child and have no interest in trying again. With very few useful skills but their hearts in the right place, will the Chance family be successful when they step into the unpredictable and immensely challenging world of parenting?

RUNNING WILDE is the new romantic comedy series centering on a spoiled, filthy rich playboy who desperately tries to win the heart of his humanitarian childhood sweetheart by helping raise her 12-year-old daughter. The series stars Will Arnett, Keri Russell, Stefania Owen, Peter Serafinowicz, Robert Michael Morris and Mel Rodriguez.

FOX is the last 5 years has never been a comedy staple (minus animation), remember Til Death, but they are really trying their best this year with three new offerings this season (Mixed Signals comes in the spring).

Raising Hope, comes from Greg Garcia, the creator of My Name is Earl, and Hope seemingly lives in the same world. The pilot of the series about the Chance family, the inherits a new baby, is funny, damn funny, but it also features that same redneck aspects that made me not tune into Earl. When writing this I am very torn about this particularly series but I laughed, and I won’t lie about that but I did not really care for the world of the show. In the end, it’s the humor that comes out on top, and airing after Glee, it certainly will attract an audience and maybe the amazing talent of Martha Plimpton will finally have a hit. Martha FTW!

Airing after Hope, is a comedy by some pretty awesome people. Will Arnett, the Arrested Development crew + Keri Russell, nothing could go wrong, right? Well unfortunately, the pilot suffers from a major identity crisis with no discernible tone for Russell and Arnett to play for. The pilot was extensively recast, with the addition of the funny David Cross who certainly ups the program but I still very concerned if the comedy can get any better. This is one show, we will just have to watch and see, and it airs tonight at 9:30/8:30c on FOX.

Fall TV 2010: My Review of the 2nd Season Premiere of Glee!

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, the hype is high, the hate is high, but can the premiere of the smash Glee, making everyone happy….

What FOX Says:

After a tough loss at Regionals, the glee club is back as the underdogs of McKinley High. When the school is faced with even more budget cuts, Mr. Schuester pushes the kids to help recruit new members for the club. Rachel and Finn disagree on new recruits, and aren’t sure they will be able to come together in perfectharmonyin the “Audition” season premiere episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GLE-201) (TV-14 D, L, S)

Cast: Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester; Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri Schuester; Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester; Lea Michele as Rachel Berry; Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson; Jayma Mays as Emma Pillsbury; Dianna Agron as Quinn; Chris Colfer as Kurt; Kevin McHale as Artie; Amber Riley as Mercedes; Mark Salling as Puck; Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina; Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez; Heather Morris as Brittany; Mike O’Malley as Burt Hummel

Guest Cast: Harry Shum as Mike Chang; Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins; Josh Sussman as Jacob Ben Israel; Charice as Sunshine Corazon; Dot Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste; Chord Overstreet as Sam Evans; Lauren Potter as Becky Johnson

I dislike Glee, if you look back a year ago this week, I was praising this creative, inspiring, and all around fun series on FOX, then it gave us a great first 13, then took 4 months off and then something happen. Over-casting, over-hype, and over-exposure, paired with no continuity in the stories and lack of focus, got me uninterested. That is the attitude I went into watching the premiere a couple of days ago, needless to say, things changed.

Glee’s second season premiere is fun, that is what I wanted, and I was pleasantly surprised that we got back to our favorites while smartly introducing three newcomers, Sunshine (Charice), a new Rachel adversary, Sam (Chord Overstreet), a Finn prodigy, and Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones), competition of sorts for Will and Sue. The songs featured in the premiere which I won’t spoil here, are new, and I mean playing on the radio 24/7 new, and Sue is on top of her game, while Jane Lynch is. However….

The biggest problems are still there although in a smaller way. There is still too much fluff, and too little character development while we force some of the numbers of down our throats. I can only hope in episode two, they address what happens in episode two. I can only hope this season of Glee features more character exposition, less song-led story, and more story-led songs, plus lots of Kurt and his dad (newly upped Mike O’Malley). Time will tell if Glee, can not suffer from a sophomore slumps, but it does premiere tonight at 8/7c on FOX!

Lies, Guys, Comics, and Unknowns: June 7th, 2010 TV Highlights

Lie to Me

New, new, and new….Not what you would expect right now.

Lie to Me – 8/7c on FOX Oh, Lie to Me, what a crazy run you have had. Premiering in late January of last year, doing so-so and coming back after House only to be pulled in December and saved until June, but at the same time getting picked up for another year. Kind of strange, but there is now denying that Lie to Me has quality and Tim Roth and Kelli Williams sure make the most of their interesting characters. I quite enjoyed the next two installments from The Shield‘s Shawn Ryan who show-ran this season, including a great guest turn by Jason Dohring (Moonlight) seen to the left. Good quality scripted summer fare for sure.

The Good Guys

The Good Guys – 9/8c on FOX I just giggle at the thought of The Good Guys. I don’t know how much creator Matt Nix wanted us to think of it as a comedy but he sure pulls it off. I really love this humorous buddy cop drama especially the interplay between Bradley Whitford’s Dan, his mustache, and Colin Hank’s Jack. I have seen tonight’s premiere installment and it may be better than the preview that aired a couple week’s back and features a great Lauren Stamile and a fun romp for the cops.

Persons Unknown – 10/9c on NBC Another summer, another summer of international imports to air on American television. Persons Unknown was an international co-produce drama picked up by NBC a long time ago and is finally seeing the light of day. Unknown is about a group of strangers pulled from their lives and dropped in a house they cannot escape from and stars Jason Wiles and Alan Ruck. I am intrigued a will be tuning in and see if it can become more than a one-note mystery.

Last Comic Standing – 8/7c on NBC How is this back? Can someone answer that question for me because I am puzzled on how a summer reality show on NBC was cancelled twice then resurrect again thinking that it would be a success. Sorry NBC but I doubt even the funny man Craig Robinson can salvage this reality competition about comics.

Upfront Frenzy: FOX’s 2010-11 Plans!

Cast of FOX's Lonestar

The week is starting and so are the Upfront presentations to advertisers in New York City, it is FOX turn today (along with NBC) and this morning they released their new schedule for the coming season.

The schedule itself is very strong which includes new dramas after House, new comedies after Glee on Tuesdays, a solid Thursday and come 2011, shortened Idol, the epic Terra Nova, and more.

The one thing I do not care for however is the decision to air Glee after the Super Bowl, I like Glee but I want something new and interesting and it is a little early to make that choice I think.

Go below for the full release and check back later after the presentation for clips… (more…)