Premiere Grades Are In…

…let’s see how everyone did, shall we?  Some definite surprises.



The Good Wife:  A- I really thought this worked.  Julianna Margulies was great and the writing was good, it’s the best hour long drama I’ve seen in a long time (maybe since season 1 of Damages?…which was really more of a thriller).  It’s also nice to see a lawyer show that isn’t quite a procedural and a drama that isn’t just a drama…so far it’s a nice blend of the two.  I’m optimistic.

FlashForward:  B+ This was interesting.  I’m still totally into the concept, and I think the execution was mostly good.  Some really great clues were presented to a fascinating larger picture and the acting was pretty solid.  I do have some complaints (of course I do!) the biggest of which is the unreality of which this epic (and global) situation was presented and yet within a few hours everyone has cell service (no way), everyone seems to have power (also no way), and despite some looting shown and viewers being told that half the country is under ‘martial law’ we really see non of that reflected in the quiet eyes of our main characters who are pretty much just going about their daily lives as if everything is just fine.

One of the main characters – Dr. Olivia is actually calmly sipping a fancy coffee and questioning her friend (another doctor) about where he was the previous day in a completely peaceful hospital setting.  I’m sorry, that place would be a shitstorm.  There would be no coffee…there would be only chaos.

Does anyone not remember Hurricane Katrina?  That was ONE city destroyed and it took a months for people to get basic things like medical care, food, and evacuation.  And still today, YEARS later that city and many of its people are still suffering greatly.  I know that they want to move this plot along and so they can only spend a small amount of time on this, but it really took a huge logical leap for me to come along with them that this is the reality in Los Angeles less than 24 hours after a global event of these proportions.  Hopefully the show won’t ask me for anymore logical stretches anytime soon as I think I’ve used up all my mental leaps for this show.

Community:  B+ This is the surprise hit of the list.  I laughed out loud…probably half a dozen times and the cast felt like they’d been together for years, rather than a pilot episode, which often has a lot of rough edges. I’m not sure where they’re going to go from here but it was definitely good enough to hook me into a few new more episodes.

Bored To Death:  B+ In addition to having the “best opening sequence ever!” I thought this was a good start.  A little slow, likely because the premise and character were nicely laid out, leaving little room for “the action!”, but I love all three main characters already.  Ted Danson delivered a hilarious performance that looks like it will only get better.  Zach Galifianakis was great as the best friend and I personally really liked Jason Schwartzman’s understated performance, but I’m a fan in general.  I think the only thing I’m worried about so far is that women seem to be a bit underrepresented and even stereotyped a little…but 1. It’s only a first episode and 2. As I’m sure Adam would say, “not EVERYTHING is about women, Kelly,” and he’s right…but it wouldn’t hurt to have a solid female lead or supporting character in there.  Hint. Hint.

Curb Your Enthusiasm:  B+ A welcome addition back into my line up.  I’m not great with uncomfortable comedy (The Office was hard for me at first) and Larry David is the MOST uncomfortable comedy guy of all time…but I love this show anyway.  The improv, the great guest stars, the “Seinfeldian story lines”…it’s all good.

Modern Family: B- Funny, but not as funny as the ads had led me to believe.  I’ll give it another chance, maybe two, but it isn’t working on all the levels the way Community is yet.  There were some moments of pure comedy genius though (the BB gun and the Lion King theme song being two that stuck out).  Because the three families in question are related (a father and his two grown children and their respective families) it keeps the cast a little white, which I find a little uninteresting.  They are obviously trying to get away from that and be more diverse – two gay men and a Vietnamese baby, and Dad’s new Latina wife and son…but when you count it up you still end up with seven white folks and three non-white (one of whom is a baby and probably will be for the foreseeable future).  But it’s only the first episode and maybe they will find a way to work in even more MODERN diversity, which is part of what I think I expect because of the title.

The New Adventures of Old Christine:  C This left me wanting.  There were a few funny bits, but not enough to carry it.  The chemistry between the cast is great, they all feel like old neurotic friends, but Wanda Sykes was by far the funniest and most watchable.  Everyone else seemed a bit pale in comparison (no pun intended).



The Office:  A- A really solid opener.  Laugh out loud funny.  I always forget how great this show is when I’m away from it for a while.  It gets docked because Michael seemed to have regressed a little from his growth last year.

30 Rock:  n/a Please come back 30 Rock…I miss you!



Top Chef:  A- Top Chef is a good show, what can I say.  Padma and Colicchio are great hosts, the show creates solid incredibly difficult challenges, and because there are two challenges per episode (quick fire and elimination) the show moves at a breakneck pace.  It’s just really good reality television.

Project Runway:  C- Tim Gunn is still the savior of the show, and I honestly don’t even mind it being in LA this season (Adam does…a lot) but the designers aren’t as interesting and possibly aren’t as talented, although it’s hard to tell because the challenges have been fairly ho-hum so far.  The show is also seriously hurting from the lack of Michael Kors and Nina Garcia.  Lastly, I HATE watching Lifetime’s commercials.  I really can’t watch this show unless it’s Tivo’d because the commercials for the other Lifetime shows make me want to vomit.



Flipping Out:  A- My friend Jason is in trouble for getting me addicted to this show.  Jeff Lewis, who constantly seems like the biggest dick of all time (and sometimes genuinely is) is actually one of the funniest driest people in the entire world.  He’s that guy that says something super sarcastic and cruel and while you’re waiting for him to cut it with a smile or a laugh, he just moves on.  But he was joking…he WAS totally joking.  But you’ll always be wondering.  Jeff Lewis is one in a million and I’ve ended up totally loving him despite his dickishness.  Also, Zoila for the freaking win.

The Rachel Zoe Project:  B+ Yeah, I’m one of those people that likes Rachel Zoe.  She has her faults sure, but compared to the divas I usually see on reality TV (I’m looking at you, you worthless housewives) she seems shockingly down to earth.  I don’t know, I just think she’s trying her best.  I find Taylor pretty annoying (and I would never hire her – she should be careful if she does leave Zoe) but when she takes the gigantic stick out of her ass she’s pretty funny.  Brad is so easy to watch it’s like eating cookie dough….if he doesn’t come out of this with his own show (or something) I’d be shocked.

House Hunters: B; House Hunters International: A- Explaining my addiction to these shows is difficult, but in HH Regular edition’s case I think it mostly comes down to a desire to no longer be a renter.  I want to own something rather than flushing my money down the toilet each month to a landlord (and I live in Manhattan – so it’s usually more than your average mortgage payment that I flush).  In HH International’s case it comes down (I think) to an intense desire to travel and be more worldly.



Accidentally on Purpose: Jenna Elfman, you had your chance, it was called Dharma and Greg.  It sucked and yet it stayed on the air FOREVER.  Let it go.  Give someone else a chance. I do love Ashley Jensen though, she was one of the best things about Extras.  Also, why are these characters ALL white.  I’m so sick of white people (myself included).

Gary Unmarried:  Didn’t Jay Mohr used to be funny?  What happened?



How I Met Your Mother: Despite my deep deep love of Jason Segel, and my affection for Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan (Willow 4Eva!) I just don’t get what people love about this show.  I’ve tried many times over the years to “get it” but I just don’t.  It’s not like I think it’s the worst show on television…it’s not bad…I guess I just thought our standards would be higher for “best show ever!” which is what I always hear from the die hard HIMYM fans.  I watched the premiere and I didn’t laugh out loud (maybe once) and at the end I was all, “Eh.”

Also, at the risk of getting yelled at by millions of HIMYM fans, Josh Radnor is totally the weak link in that cast…yet he’s sort of the “star”.  This annoys me.  Lastly, since I said it for Elfman’s new show, I think I have to say it here as well…this cast of characters are REALLY white.  I’m so bored of all white all straight characters…no matter how pretty they are.


  1. kfugrip’s avatar

    Great post. A couple of comments, I am glad you liked The Good Wife so much. Hopefully America did too and they will tune in tomorrow night with big ratings.

    I’m in complete agreement with you on Flash Forward. Interesting concept, with a capable cast. The fact that the infrastructure in LA was crumbing with power lines down, burning skyscrapers, etc… should have been a palpable state of chaos hovering over every (EVERY) scene thereafter. Instead we jumped to relative calm too quickly, and it was a problem for me. The more I think about it, the worse it becomes. I will have to embrace cognitive dissonance on this one and hope, like you, there isn’t anything similar in future episodes.

    HIMYM is the best show ever! Just kidding, I’ve never seen it.

  2. TK42ONE’s avatar

    Look at you with your fancy pictures. I’m just too damn lazy to put them on mine. Oh well.

    FlashForward – Yeah, the whole cell network thing niggled at my mind too.

    Community – I’m trying to catch this on Hulu when I can.

    How I Met Your Mother – You know, despite sharing my first name with Neil Patrick Harris, people used to say I looked like him too. And I’ve been a fan when I see him but never went out of my way to catch this show. But now that I see Willow is in it, I may change my mind (yes, I have a bit of a crush on Willow – so sue me).

    The rest of your schedule, meh, nothing really there for me. But I did check out the first episode of Cougar Town and was mildly impressed. Not as funny as Community, but a decent attempt. It’s another I’ll try out on Hulu before I commit it to my DVR.

  3. DennisVega’s avatar

    I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case, great info…I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

  4. Tnelson’s avatar

    Hey, I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog!…..I”ll be checking in on a regularly now….Keep up the good work! :)

  5. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    Adam: Looks like America tuned into The Good Wife again – good news!

    TK42ONE: Yeah, I’m a picture whore. I’m pretty much incapable of doing a post without images.

    I can’t believe you didn’t know Willow (Hannigan) was on HIMYM! What rock have you been hiding under? I kid, I kid. Lily (that’s Hannigan’s name on HIMYM) is okay, but she’s no Willow…so bring your hopes WAY down.

    By the way, who doesn’t have a crush on Willow?

  6. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    DennisVega & Tnelson – Thanks so much for the compliments…no better compliment than saying you’ll be coming back. I hope to hear more from you in the future! Thanks again.

  7. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    tk3248: Um…and your point would be? It’s great that Neil Patrick Harris is gay…and I personally am really happy that he’s also publicly out, but that doesn’t make any of the CHARACTERS on HIMYM gay. Which was my point.

    I mean, I’m assuming that’s what your link means…please correct me if I’m wrong.

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