A Trailer A Day: “Person of Interest”

From “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams, “Person of Interest” stars Jim Caviezel as an ex-CIA agent who teams up with a billionaire (“Lost” star Michael Emerson), with the help of a mysterious machine that can predict crimes. In honor of the key art being released yesterday, here’s a trailer for “Person of Interest,” premiering on Thursday, September 22 at 9pm:

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The TV Talk’s Shows I Can’t Get Into

For better or worse, I’m pretty much addicted to television. So for me to give up a TV show is almost unheard of, which I showed in my list of shows I really should quit watching but still have not. but it happens. For 3 seasons people would tell me how great “Fringe” was. I’d watched the pilot and a few of the mythology episodes, but I didn’t like the Case of the Week episodes. This summer, however, I gave in and started watching, only to get hooked and watch every one.  So, in honor of my new-found love of “Fringe,” I thought I would talk about several other shows I simply can’t get into, no matter how great people say they are:

“Supernatural” – This is a show that just wasn’t on my radar for the first few years it was on, although I’m not sure that would have made a difference. I am not a big fan of shows with extremely small casts, let alone shows with only very few characters and no consistent love interests (i.e. the 1st season of “Human Target”). Over the years, it developed from a “monsters procedural” to something with great stakes and beloved characters. While I’m well aware that the show has a rabid fan base, it seems like the opportunity to get into it has unfortunately passed.

Every CBS procedural – Save for a brief obsession with Spike TV reruns of the original “CSI” several years ago, I am not a fan of plot over character. So for the most part, murder-of-the-week shows don’t do anything for me, and that is CBS’s specialty. Obviously these shows are huge with viewers, namely older ones, hence CBS’s huge total ratings for shows like “NCIS.” But I need more development between the characters, which I can get from “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Bones,” and “House” (although that wasn’t the case when that show began). I get why they’re popular, I get why I don’t like them, and I have no problem saying “No thank you.”

“The Simpsons” – Slightly different situation from “Supernatural,” I feel as if I missed the prime years of “The Simpsons.” A few years ago, I decided that if I liked “Family Guy,” the rest of the Animation Domination Sunday Line-Up could be for me. I watched nearly an entire season of “The Simpsons” before I realized it didn’t do anything for me. It wasn’t necessarily bad or anything, but it also didn’t really make me laugh or make me feel something in a way that “Family Guy” can.  And while the merits of both shows can be debated, it seems “Simpsons” fans pretty much agree that the show isn’t what it used to be. The social satire of older seasons wouldn’t have the same bite now, so it seems like a lost cause.

“Breaking Bad” – This is one that is probably the biggest surprise for someone who loves TV so much, but I can only take so many of critical darlings. Simply put, this isn’t a show for me, which is why I never made it past season 2. I don’t love slow-burn shows, which is why I never made it past the pilots of “Rubicon,” “The Wire” or “Boardwalk Empire.” All of these shows fit a certain niche that isn’t for me, which is a group of  incredibly dark shows that move at their own pace. The only true exception to this rule for me is “Mad Men,” which mixes in humor and dark melodrama in a way that keeps me intrigued. Now that an end has been set, maybe I’ll catch up at some point.

“Private Practice” – This is a special exception, because I actually watch this show every week for some reason. But I must admit that I DVR every episode and fast forward through all of the medical cases and only watch the character interactions. I mean, every episode is exactly the same: at least 2 of them get some kind of insanely sketchy medical case and then they all gather in a room and argue about it for 5 minutes, which doesn’t seem like good patient-doctor privilege. They even addressed this in the most recent season finale, when they were super upset that people were questioning them, even though they gossip about their patients constantly. But Shonda Rhimes does good relationship drama, so I stick around.

Which shows can’t keep you watching? Leave your answer in the comments.


A Trailer A Day: “Unforgettable”

CBS loves its crime procedurals, and “Unforgettable”” is certainly on brand. But it isn’t completely without intrigue. It stars Poppy Montgomery (“Without A Trace”) as a homicide detective who can remember everything… except the day of her sister’s unsolved murder. Also starring “Nip/Tuck”‘s Dylan Walsh, the show premieres Tuesday, September 19 at 10pm. Take a look:


The TV Round-Up: Development Edition

The fall TV season hasn’t even begun yet, and the networks are already plotting their next moves. See what’s in development for next season and beyond:

The Could-Be-Good news: CBS is interested in a remake of “Bewitched.” The Could-Be-Better news: it’s from the producers of the critical failure that was the 2005 film starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. [The Hollywood Reporter]

HBO orders a script for a show called “Valentine” that could star Kevin Bacon as the titular character, an downtrodden guy who gets a job in talk radio. [Digital Spy]

Roseanne Barr is developing a new series that sounds incredibly similar to “Roseanne.” [NY Mag]

Tyler Perry could be working with Lionsgate to create his own television network. [AOL TV]

It seems The CW is serious about comedy: the network is reworking its hourlong musical drama pilot “Acting Out” into a workplace comedy series. [Deadline]


A Trailer A Day: “2 Broke Girls”

“2 Broke Girls” is a new comedy series that follows Kat Dennings and newcomber Beth Behrs as very different women struggling to make it in New York City. The show is set to premiere on Monday, September 19 with a special post-“Two and A Half Men” episode before settling into its usual 8:30 time slot the following week. Take a look:


The TCA Breakdown: CBS

Here are a few tidbits from CBS‘s Television Critics Association session:

See who Ashton Kutcher will be playing on “Two and a Half Men” (hint: there’s a “Social Network” connection). [TVLine]

Ted Danson’s “CSI” character is a family man, Marg Helgenberger will leave the show this season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

See a sneak peek of Danson’s character, DB Russell, here. [Inside TV]

“Lost” star Terry O’Quinn’s arc as McGarrett’s former mentor on “Hawaii Five-0” will last 6 episodes. [The Futon Critic]

“A Gifted Man” boss addresses cast and plot shake-ups. [Deadline]

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The TV Round-Up: Weekend Edition

With so much Comic Con and other TV news this weekend, here’s a second edition of The TV Round-Up this weekend:

Finn, Rachel, and Kurt not leaving “Glee” after season 3, but Chord Overstreet will not return after all. [TVLine]

Unbelievably good news for ABC‘s returning “Happy Endings,” Megan Mullally will play mama to Casey Wilson‘s Penny Hearts! [Zap2It]

“The Wire” star is the “Community” study group’s scary new Biology teacher. [Vulture]

Jack Coleman (“Heroes,” “The Office”) will guest on “The Vampire Diaries.” [TVGuide]

The great Lily Tomlin will appear on “NCIS.” [AOL TV]

“Entourage” star joins CBS‘s “A Gifted Man” as a “medical MacGyver.” [TVLine]