TV Gal Tries to Tidy Up for Fall
I'm not sure if I've ever confessed to you guys that I, by nature, am messy. My name is Amy and I am so not tidy. Ask anyone who knows me and they will confirm this with glee. I don't even know where this came from since my mother, my father and my sister are super neat. It's quite annoying.
That makes this time of the year the most challenging for me. Every day packages arrive full of new DVDs, press releases and knickknacks like a
After all these years of writing about TV, I still haven't figured out a sure-fire way to remain organized. I'm telling you, you would be horrified if you saw my office.
So, as I make my way through the piles and the revised pilots continue to pour in, let's take a look at my picks for the best and worst of each network. Once I've seen the revised pilots, I'll have full reviews as the shows premiere. Consider this your cheat sheet until then.
You already know that I'm not in love with "Pushing Daisies." The pilot was too cute and too "aren't we so clever" for me. But I do commend ABC for continuing to take risks with their programming and putting something a little different on television.
Best: It's no secret that ABC needs a good
Worst: "Caveman" wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but it was still bad.
Verdict Still Out: As I'm writing this column, the pilot of "Private Practice," the
We all know that I'm kind of in a fight with the CW -- they never picked up "Everwood," they cancelled "Veronica Mars," they never treated "7th Heaven" shabbily and they kind of had a disastrous premiere season. But, darn it all, if I'm not proud of them this season. They don't have that many new shows but their shows are among my favorites.
Best: Ray Wise is positively delightful as the devil in
Worst: You know I have concerns about the over-the-top, pretty people in pain nature of "Gossip Girl," but I'm not ready to make it the worst new show on The CW. In fact, I'm going to say the CW doesn't have a worst show this year.
Verdict Still Out: I think "Life Is Wild," about a family that relocates to South Africa, has the potential to be the network's new "7th Heaven," but both the parents have been recast (Stephanie Niznik on "Everwood" plays the mom -- Yay!). I need to see how these casting changes have affected the series before I decide.
I don't know what to say about FOX. I'm exhausted by how quickly the network pulls new series ("Anchorwoman" was gone before you even knew it was on).
Best: I don't love any of FOX's new shows but "K-ville," about cops in a post-
Verdict Still Out: "Back to You" is a kind of traditional sitcom. I didn't find the pilot uproarious but with
I think we should start off by commending CBS for not going their traditional crime dramas route. The network is really trying to do new things but, alas, it didn't work out so well for them.
Best: Best is a relative term here.
Worst:When I watched "Viva Laughlin," where the actors sing quite horribly over existing tracks, I really thought that what I was watching couldn't possibly be what they actually planned on airing. Imagine my horror when I went to LA and realized it was intentional. I've decided to pretend like DB Woodside, one of my favorite actors, isn't in the series.
Verdict Still Out: On the plus side, Jason Dohring stars in
Let's go ahead and give the peacock network an "A" for effort. They are really trying to move out of fourth place.
Best: You've already heard so much buzz about "Chuck," which I liked and really benefits from executive producer Josh Schwartz clever writing. And I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed "Journeyman," about a man who time travels.
Worst and Verdict Still Out: I really hated the "Bionic Woman" pilot. It was more like the "Boring Woman," but there have been cast changes and plot changes since then not to mention the casting of Isaiah
What shows are you looking forward to this fall? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
Quotes of the Week
"This is worse than a couple's party, this is a family party," Brendan to Mike and Kenny on "My Boys."
"She spends all day on the Internet talking into her webcam. It's like living with lonelygirl15," Jen K about her roommate on "Greek." Of course Jen K is played by Jessica Rose, aka lonelygirl15. Thanks to Suzi and Matt who were the first ones to send in the most popular quote of the week.
"This is like being at a slumber party with Jack Bauer," Cappie to Rebecca on "Greek." I've decided Cappie is the new Seth Cohen. All his quotes are great.
"Wow you look different," Heidi to Jen on
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Michael Landes is Evan, the cute botanist PJ met on "My Boys." He played Jimmy Olsen the first season of "Lois & Clark: The New
Joel Murray is the ad man who let Peggy write the copy on "
Highlights of the Week Ahead
All times listed are Eastern Time for Sept. 10 to 16
Before we can say hello to the new shows, we have to say goodbye to some summer favorites. Three of the best summer series come to a close Monday night.
And "My Boys" comes to a close far too quickly with back to back episodes Monday at 10 p.m. on TBS. The season ends on a terrific cliffhanger.
I don't have anything nice to say about the season finale of
"It's Always Sunny in
Okay, I'm going to tell you something but you have to promise not to tell anyone. I'm not going to be able to watch the Emmys live on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on FOX. My friend is getting married that same night. Kind of selfish, don't you think? I was in such denial about this that it literally only occurred to me two weeks ago that the wedding and the Emmys were the same night. And the wedding is out of town so I won't even be able to watch them on
That's all for today. I'm back next week with a look at the third season of