Humorless approach and stiff leading man hamper potentially scary take on fabled monsters
- Critic's Rating C
- Readers' Rating B-
"This is no fairy tale," Portland cop Nick Burkhardt is told when one of his cases appears to involve a monster as the perp. "The stories are real."
Well, of course they're real. Did Nick - the hero of NBC's new thriller "Grimm" (tonight at 9) - not watch Sunday's premiere of "Once Upon a Time" on ABC, this season's other new drama about fairy tales come to life?
Tom tries to hijack Leslie's party, while Ben and Andy wrestle at another one
For the second episode in a row, we get seven stories in one episode
It's amazing they've got this far, but how will the sprint to the finish look?
- Critic's Rating B
- Readers' Rating A-
The scariest holiday of the year brings a welcomingly toned-down episode
I know I said last week I was getting out of the "American Horror Story" business, but I happened to watch tonight's episode on a screener. And while it's still not a show I remotely like, I did feel like "Halloween, Part 1" at least addressed some of the concerns I had with the show, toning down the bat-crazy, everything and the kitchen sink approach Murphy and Falchuk had taken in the first three episodes, actually turned Addie into a character instead of a creepy symbol, and generally did good work with the non-Harmon characters.
Tim Minear wrote next week's episode, so I'll at least be back for that, and maybe I'll keep these talkback posts going for the rest of the season. Since many of you have been enjoying the show a whole lot more than me, what did you think of this one? An improvement, or moving away from what you'd been enjoying?
Have at it.
The gang (other than Brad) gets dressed up for Halloween fun
Earlier today, I interviewed "Happy Endings" producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff about the creative evolution of the show, and talked a bit about tonight's very funny Halloween episode (and, specifically, my love of Max and Penny's costume). A few thoughts on the episode coming up just as soon as I go to my weird gay turkey party...
How has the ABC comedy evolved from its start last spring?
You may recall that when "Happy Endings" debuted last spring, I dismissed it as the last and least of that season's comedies about interconnected friends in their late 20s or early 30s. But I stuck with it for a while, and it grew on me quite a bit, and now it's part of my regular viewing/blogging schedule, and part of what's turned out to be a very strong comedy night for ABC.(*)
Claire Danes/Damian Lewis drama has been fall's best new show
Showtime's "Homeland" has easily been the best new show of the fall season, comedy or drama. The only concern anybody seems to have with it is whether it can sustain its quality and keep its story - which to this point is a cat-and-mouse game between damaged CIA agent Claire Danes and potential terrorist Damian Lewis - going in an interesting, plausible manner for multiple seasons.
"Homeland" producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa insist they have a long-term plan for the series, and we're going to get a chance to see some of it, now that Showtime has renewed "Homeland" for a second season.
The boys haven't changed, but the pop culture world has
- Critic's Rating B+
- Readers' Rating B+
When "Beavis & Butt-Head" hit it big on MTV in the early '90s, it became the latest televisual thing that was going to bring about the end of Western civilization as we knew it. But we're still here, and if you want to argue that we're worse off as a people than we were back in the day, I can give you a whole bunch of more likely culprits. Hint: several of them air on MTV, and are being mocked by the two guys as the series returns tomorrow night at 10, 14 years after the last season aired, now titled "Mike Judge's Beavis & Butt-Head."
The hits on SAMCRO keep coming