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, docu-style scripted series are all the rage, but is it too much….
Premiering Thursday, September 23, (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT), ABC’s new scripted drama, “My Generation,” follows the personal stories of nine friends. The promises they thought their futures held, as well as how far they’ve come and just how they got here are all told through the camera of a documentary film crew. “My Generation” stars Michael Stahl David as Steven, Jaime King as Jacqueline, Kelli Garner as Dawn, Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth, Mehcad Brooks as Rolly, Julian Morris as Anders, Daniella Alonso as Brenda, Anne Son as Caroline, Sebastian Sozzi as Falcon and Elizabeth Keener as the filmmaker. Based on a Swedish format entitled “On God’s Highway,” “My Generation” was created and written by Noah Hawley (“The Unusuals,” “Bones”), who is also an executive producer along with Warren Littlefield, Henrik Bastin, Peter Magnusson and Martin Persson. Craig Gillespie directed the pilot. The project is from ABC Studios
My Generation is my new show. It is the one when I watched the pilot one busy afternoon during Upfronts and the start of the summer I could not stop going back to its unique structure, its atmosphere, its real-world world, and its characters. Then after three viewings later I have the same exact thoughts. My Generation uses the ever-popular documentary style of filmmaking but it does not do it just for exposition, it is the show. The show centers around a filmmaker (Elizabeth Keener), who we see interviewing the subjects, who in the year 2000, filmed the lives of high school seniors in Austin, TX. That documentary never made it to air, and now she is going back 10 years later to track the lives and try to make a real compelling movie. The show is shot entirely in this way, things that the crew cant and would never be able to see like affairs or private conversations, the viewer will never see, it does not take shortcuts, it does not become a gimmicky. The show is reality, just in a world, where the scripted is reality.
If you read this great piece from AOLTV, you will see that they make a great comparison to Friday Night Lights, a show I am just starting to watch, and just starting to love. My Generation gives us 10 people, all of which are not where we see them in 2000, some live in DC, in Hawaii, they didn’t all end up with each other, they did not all end up happy. In the pilot, one character is tied to one of the biggest events of the last decade and it never feels forced. I could go forever why this show works, but for me it goes down to one single aspect. It is personal, it makes you think, it makes you relive moments of your own life, and it makes you feel something. That is all that I ask for, and that is what I get, and My Generation is not perfect, and could end up being a dud, but from what I have to go on, it certainly does not look that way.
Watch, Record, Skip: Watch, record, watch again, My Generation is on the wrong night, at the wrong time, with the wrong marketing, and it needs help. It premieres tonight at 8/7c on ABC!