Watching Way Too Much TV For You!

Posts tagged ‘Fringe’

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!

DVD Craziness: What to Pickup This Week?

With premiere week here, a bunch of studios are going crazy releasing a bunch of releases on DVD this week or in the past couple of days, check out some highlights below.

Fringe: The Complete Second Season – Some Sci-fi plays it safe, some goes all the way, and in FOX’s Fringe, the second season meant taking the viewer’s expectations of their world, and throwing that across universes. The new season picks up well, and in order to get caught up this DVD set is worth the price, with bunch of commentaries and even a misplaced episode! (Out Now!)

Human Target: The Complete First Season  For most people, I bet, this would be the first time you are hearing about Human Target, a low-key, semi-hit, for FOX over the past year, provide a fun action-season with growing mythology about Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), the first season DVD has all of the 13 produced episodes, out Tuesday.

Castle: The Complete Second Season If one returning show is going to keep growing, it is ABC’s Castle. Now entering its third season, it continually grows in viewers and in quality, season two provided a nice procedural escape which is shown on a DVD with set tours and more. (Out Tuesday)

Modern Family: The Complete First Season This is a MUST-HAVE. The best new show of the last year, has a fun DVD release with making-of specials on the finale and the powerful Hawaii episode, plus fun specials with the cast, and a HI-larious gag reel. Each of the 22 episodes is so great, you must check this out on Tuesday!

Glee: The Complete First Season Are you a Gleek? I was once, and after the long hiatus, it just has worn of me. All the season 1 episodes are included on the set and I really have no need to go back and if you purchased the first half on DVD, most of the bonus features are the same including casting specials and more. (Out Tuesday)

Sad Goodbyes, Touching Returns, and Excitement: FOX’s Fringe Returns Tonight

Fringe science is a prickly beast, and on Fringe it often presents us with a out-of-the-box case that works, but sometimes when a show strays from its grain just a little it can give you something, well, wonderful….

What FOX Says:

Walter flashes back to 1985 while explaining Peter’s otherworldly origins to Olivia. Also, Peter’s mother (guest star Orla Brady) is introduced, and details of the neighboring world reaffirms that there is more than one of everything in the all-new “Peter” episode of FRINGE airing Thursday, April 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Tonight’s first of eight in row episodes of the recently renewed drama is properly named “Peter,” but the funny thing is that the man we have known as Peter Bishop does not appear. At least not in the way we are used to seeing him as played by Joshua Jackson. The hour is almost entirely set in the 1980’s following Walter, and only features some main players like Nina Sharp, and Olivia is there to set the scene of the episode.

In the winter finale, we learned that are suspicions were true and Peter was not from “this” world, however from the alternate universe that includes a blown-up White House, and standing Twin Towers. After watching this episode, I was left reeling. Catching my breath from what I witness, and I witnessed a lot. The main draw was the tremendous acting by John Noble (Walter) and the transformation he went through from old-time Walter. The look, the feel, and the emotion of his journey was just breathtaking, the story created was one of heartbreak, renewed hopes, and happiness. Orla Brady (Shark) plays Peter’s mother who gives a great performance as a woman in a very tough place.

“Peter” is my favorite episode of the series so far, and adds another layer of what Jeff Pinkner and crew are capable of creating. It is one of those hours of television I will remember for a very, very long time, and will forever be engrained in my memory. Fringe airs tonight at 9/8c on FOX.