Monday, October 15, 2007

Rating the new shows. Part 3. And final.

I know you've all been waiting for my third and final installment of the riveting series: Rating the New Shows. Without further ado, here are three shows I didn't like and one that I loved. For anyone keeping score, I have reviewed a total of 9 new shows (plus Dexter, which doesn't count as a new show) and have given an unqualified thumbs up to a total of 2. That, my friends, is a failing grade for the new fall line-up.


Starring: Bill English, Nick Kroll, Dash Mihok
Premise: Three cavemen living in modern-day San Diego, just trying to fit in.
Mini-Review: Thpp.
PVR: Will not record.
Final Words: This is based on characters from the Geico commercial. Not a book, or a play, or a really funny idea. A TV commercial. Good concept for a commercial. Dumb, dumb show. For me, it’s just not clear WHY they are still cavemen. Perhaps I’m over-thinking it, but it just didn’t seem well-developed enough to be really funny.


Starring: Bret Harrison, Ray Wise
Premise: On his 21st birthday, Sam learns that his parents sold his soul to the devil before birth. Now he must be a bounty hunter for the devil until he dies.
Mini-Review: Okay.
PVR: Will not record.
Final Words: I really wanted to like it. So many people said I would LOVE it. But, I didn’t. It was just okay. Kind of silly. Kind of shallow. My guess is that I’m not in the target market for this show, age-wise.


Starring: Jerry O’Connell, Faith Ford, Tim Peper
Premise: Four guys who carpool to work together.
Mini-Review: Not funny.
PVR: Will not record.
Final Words: I know I’m hard on comedies. They have to make me laugh out loud to make the cut. This just didn’t. I’m sure I AM in this target market and it just didn’t resonate with me. The guys are pathetic. Their wives are pathetic. Not a likable one in the bunch.

Pushing Daisies

Starring: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride
Premise: Ned is a pie-maker with the power to bring people back to life with just one touch, but they only stay alive until his next touch. He revives his childhood sweetheart, but can never touch her again.
Mini-Review: LOVED IT!!
PVR: Set to record the series.
Final Words: This is so different and quirky. It’s very “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in the way the story is told and the way it is shot. The characters are brilliant, and likeable and flawed. So, so good.


Making the cut

My husband likes fill up the PVR with looooong documentaries about the war and science and other boring things, so I need to rationalize my series recordings. Here’s what has made the cut:

Pushing Daisies
Prison Break
Rachael Ray (only one episode gets saved, and it’s just because I’m trying to be a better cook. Enough already.)
Dirty Sexy Money
America’s Next Top Model (I don’t know why, it makes no sense to me either)


Laural Dawn said...

Your PVR sounds like ours - loaded up with boring war and science stuff.
I'm soooo with you on America's Next Top Model. I love that show and I can't help it.
I haven't tried the rest, but I'm going to check out Pushing Daisies.

Misty said...

I am with Laural. The only show I ever watch is re-runs of Reba and Scrubs. Pushing Daisies sounds like something both my husband and I would both like.

ali said...

pushing daisies is GREAT!

Flibberty said...

I'll have to check out Pushing Daisies after your review! And as for Ms. Ray . . . she drives me crazy, and yet if I'm ever home when her shows are on, I'm magnetically drawn to them. I don't get it?

Tessie said...

Cavemen. Yes. THANK YOU. I watched it ONCE and I was thinking that it was just another show about dudes, which had nothing to do with them being cavemen at all. Weird. Definitely a dud.

I will admit that I like Rachael Ray's recipes, even though I strongly disapprove of her personality.

Sara said...

I wanted to like Carpoolers and Cavemen so badly.....Blech,

I couldn't get in to Pushing Daisies either.

I really like Dirty Sexy Money, and the eye candy in Big Shots.

bananafana said...

finally watched pushing daisies last night and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. very awesome. I don't think we even considered any of the other three so I'm glad I'm not missing out

Nowheymama said...

I wanted to like Reaper, too. Guess I'm just sticking with Heroes. And Chuck, which we are both enjoying as a Heroes lead in. (Oh, and Pushing Daisies!)

Kristen said...

Man, I wish I hadn't cut off the cable before seeing Journeyman, I think I would like it. I have to say pushing daisies freaked me out a little though-I only watched a few minutes, maybe I should have watched the whole show:)

Stephanie said...

What about Gossip Girl? Oh boy, I hope you love Gossip Girl as much as I do! I was a little too excited when I found out it had been signed for an entire season. I might've shrieked.

LoriD said...

Kristen - You c-c-c-ut your c-c-c-able? We once had a tree fall on our cable line, but it still worked. We didn't call the cable company until after the weekend, just in case we had to be without cable for awhile.

Stephanie - I have not heard of Gossip Girl, but I will definitely look it up if it is shriek-worthy!