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.


The Calendar of Fall TV 2011 Premieres – Broadcast Edition

Here is an updated list of premiere dates for your favorite returning series and your soon-to be favorite fall TV shows.

Below are links to the networks and the sites for their shows, many of which will feature trailers and descriptions of each upcoming series:

Tuesday 9/13
8 90210 (CW)
9 Ringer (CW)
10 Parenthood (NBC)

Wednesday 9/14
8 H8R (CW)/ Survivor: South Pacific (CBS)
9 America’s Next Top Model (CW)
10 Up All Night (Special Time, NBC)
10:30 Free Agents (Special Time, NBC)

Thursday 9/15
8 The Vampire Diaries (CW)
9 The Secret Circle (CW)

Monday 9/19
8 Dancing with the Stars (2 Hours, ABC)/ How I Met Your Mother (1-Hour Premiere, CBS)/ The Sing-Off (2 Hours, NBC)
9 Two and a Half Men (CBS)
9:30 2 Broke Girls (Special Time, CBS)
10 Castle (ABC)/ Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)/ The Playboy Club (NBC)

Tuesday 9/20
8 The Biggest Loser (2 Hours, NBC)/ Glee (FOX)/ NCIS (CBS)
9 Dancing with the Stars (ABC)/ NCIS: LA (CBS)/ New Girl (FOX)
9:30 Raising Hope (FOX)
10 Body of Proof (ABC)/ Unforgettable (CBS)

Wednesday 9/21
8 The Middle (1-Hour Premiere, ABC)/ The X Factor (2 Hours, FOX)/ Up All Night (Time-Period Premiere, NBC)
8:30 Free Agents (Time-Period Premiere, NBC)
9 Criminal Minds (CBS)/ Harry’s Law (NBC)/ Modern Family (1-Hour Premiere, ABC)
10 CSI (CBS)/ Law & Order: SVU/ Revenge (ABC)

Thursday 9/22
8 The Big Bang Theory(1-Hour Premiere, CBS)/ Charlie’s Angels (ABC)/ Community (NBC)/ The X Factor (2 Hours, FOX)
8:30 Parks & Recreation (NBC)
9 Grey’s Anatomy (2-Hour Premiere, ABC)/ The Office (NBC)/ Person of Interest (CBS)
9:30 Whitney (NBC)
10 The Mentalist (CBS)/ Prime Suspect (NBC)

Friday 9/23
8 A Gifted Man (CBS)/ Kitchen Nightmares (FOX)/ Nikita (CW)
9 CSI: NY (CBS)/ Fringe (FOX)/ Supernatural (CW)
10 Blue Bloods(CBS)

Sunday 9/25
7 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2-Hour Premiere)
8 The Amazing Race (CBS)/ The Simpsons (FOX)
8:30 The Cleveland Show (FOX)
9 Desperate Housewives (ABC)/ Family Guy (FOX)/ The Good Wife (CBS)
9:30 American Dad (FOX)
10 CSI: Miami (CBS)/ Pan Am (ABC)

Monday 9/26
8 Gossip Girl (CW)/ Terra Nova (2-Hour Premiere, FOX)
8:30 2 Broke Girls (Time-Period Premiere, CBS)
9 Hart of Dixie (CW)

Wednesday 9/28
8:30 Suburgatory (ABC)
9:30 Happy Endings (ABC)

Thursday 9/29
8:30 How to Be A Gentleman (CBS)
9:30 Mike & Molly (CBS)
10 Private Practice (ABC)

Sunday 10/2
7 America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Monday 10/3
9 House (FOX)

Saturday 10/8
8 Rules of Engagement (CBS)

Tuesday 10/11
8 Last Man Standing (1-Hour Premiere, ABC)

Tuesday 10/18
8:30 Man Up! (ABC)

Friday 10/21
8 Chuck (NBC)/ Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Time-Period Premiere, 2 Hours, ABC)
9 Grimm (NBC)

Sunday 10/23
8 Once Upon A Time (ABC)

Sunday 10/30
7:30 The Cleveland Show (Time Period Premiere, FOX)/ 8:30 Allen Gregory (FOX)

Thursday 11/3
9 Bones (FOX)

Wednesday 11/23
9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter (FOX)

[Update: The premiere of “Rules of Engagement” has been pushed back from 9/24 to 10/8.]

Sources: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW

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:

Wedding Jitters: The creators of the recently cancelled “Detroit 1-8-7” are now working on a new project about a woman on her wedding day wondering if she should get married or not and follows her on both paths.  [Deadline]

Puppet Pals: Production company Bunim/Murray is developing a satirical take on history using puppets and shopping it to networks like VH1 and History. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Going Viral: Comedy Central is producing a pilot centered around the Gregory brothers, best known for their “Auto-tune the News” videos. [The Futon Critic]

Ranger Danger: The animated pilot “Brickleberry,” produced by Daniel Tosh (“Tosh.0”), has been picked up for 10 episodes to air in 2012 on Comedy Central. The series follows forest rangers facing a park shutdown. [Critics Choice]

Animation Domination: Adam Carolla is developing a new series for FOX about a cynical woodshop teacher. [TVGuide]

A Trailer A Day: “The Secret Circle”

From the creator of “The Vampire Diaries,” the CW’s new series “The Secret Circle” stars Britt Robertson (“Life Unexpected”) as a teenage girl who moves to a small town, only to discover that she descends from a line of witches. The show premieres on Thursday, September 15, and you can check out the trailer here:

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:

“Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller is taking a second stab at a remake of “The Munsters” for NBC. [TVGuide]

Cinemax must really be trying to change their image. Alan Ball, creator of “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under,” is developing a series for the network about Amish Country. [Deadline]

The writer of “Goodfellas” is working on a new CBS series about Ralph Lamb, the real-life former sheriff in Las Vegas who tangled with Hell’s Angels and the Mafia. [Hollywood Reporter]

Shawn Ryan, who created the recently cancelled “The Chicago Code” in addition to the landmark series “The Shield,” is also working on a new CBS series about a man who uses his recently discovered “psychopath gene” to catch killers. [Inside TV]

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Jeff Garlin is developing a new ABC comedy series. [Digital Spy]


The Friday Primetime Line-Up

With so many shows on TV, it’s hard to keep track. Here’s what’s on tonight, with Saturday’s programming as a ”bonus”:

8 Flashpoint (CBS)
Friends with Benefits (NBC) – Two new episodes will air back-to-back.
NFL Preseason Tampa Bay @ Kansas City (FOX)
Whale Wars: The Battle Unfolds (1-Hour Special, Animal Planet) – Animal Planet kicks off a night full of “Whale Wars” with this special.
WWE Smackdown (USA)

8:30 A.N.T. Farm (Disney)
Thundercats (Cartoon Network)

9 Karaoke Battle USA (2-Hour Series Premiere, ABC) – The 6-episode summer series, hosted by N*Syncer Joey Fatone, will focus on the best karaoke singers across the nation.
Man vs. Wild (Time Slot Premiere, Discovery)
Whale Wars (Season Finale, Animal Planet)

10 Extraordinary Acts of Courage (OWN)
Four Weddings (TLC)
Haven (Syfy)
The Soup (E!)
Strike Back (Series Premiere, Cinemax) – The pay channel, known for its NCIS-17-style programming, expands its brand with a new sex-and-action series, starring Phillip Winchester (“Fringe”).
Surviving the Cut (Time Slot Premiere, Discovery)
Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz)
Whale Wars: Reunion (1-Hour Special, Animal Planet)

10:30 Fashion Police (E!)

Saturday, August 6
8 Curb Appeal: The Block (HGTV)
iCarly (Nickelodeon) – Guest star alert! Jim Parsons, better known as Sheldon on CBS’s comedy juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory,” guest stars as a patient at the mental hospital who claims he is from the future.

9 Doomsday Prophecy (TV Movie, Syfy)
Honeymoon for One (TV Movie, Hallmark) – Nicollette Sheridan stars as a woman who decides to go on her honeymoon to Ireland alone after breaking up with her fiance.