Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
What did everybody think of NBC's new fairy tale drama?
David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby in "Grimm."
Okay, I posted my review of NBC's "Grimm" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched both it and "Once Upon a Time," was this better or worse than the ABC show? Did you like the scarier tone? How did you feel about David GIuntoli as the lead? Was Haywire enough to compensate? If you're a Whedon-ite (and I imagine that will be a good percentage of people who tune in tonight), will you be sticking around for a while just out of David Greenwalt loyalty? Or did people genuinely like it?
Have at it.
Carmichael Industries gets off to a bumpy start in the final season premiere
Chuck (Zachary Levi) briefs the team in the season 5 premiere.
"Chuck" has begun its fifth and final season. I offered a review of the first three episodes yesterday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I get a house with a second bowling alley...
An early glimpse at key art for the Showtime dramedy's new season
In its first season, I found Showtime's "Shameless" to be a promising show that didn't quite know what it wanted to be when it grew up. The American remake of the popular British drama, often adapting scripts from the original, straddled a line between comedy and drama, but seemed to be much more successful being serious than funny. Or maybe it was just that I found the scenes without William H. Macy as Frank to work better, whether they were comic or dramatic. Either way, Emmy Rossum was fantastic as Fiona Gallagher, as were most of the young actors in the cast. (And recurring guest star Jane Levy is already doing very well for herself as the star of "Suburgatory.")
We'll see if the new season, which debuts on January 8 (aka Elvis' birthday), has a stronger handle on either tone or Frank Gallagher, but in the meantime, here's the key art for the new season, showing the Gallagher clan figuring out the cheapest way possible to cool off in a typically hot Chicago summer.
The show has evolved into a strong workplace drama, but is anyone watching?
NBC didn't have episode-specific art of last night's "Prime Suspect," so enjoy the gang all posing together.
A review of last night's "Prime Suspect" - and how the show has evolved from its very shaky pilot - coming up just as soon as I call dibs on telling you that a tarp is not a reasonable expectation of privacy...
Humorless approach and stiff leading man hamper potentially scary take on fabled monsters
Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli in "Grimm."
"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
Ben (Adam Scott) does not enjoy the party as much as April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt) on "Parks and Recreation."
A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I quote Mary Pickford(*)...
For the second episode in a row, we get seven stories in one episode
Abed (Danny Pudi) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) in one of seven "Community" Halloween stories.
A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm comforted by your shiny hair and facial symmetry...
It's amazing they've got this far, but how will the sprint to the finish look?
Team "Chuck" at the start of season 5: Morgan (Joshua Gomez), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Casey (Adam Baldwin).
Tomorrow night at 8, NBC premieres the fifth and final season of "Chuck." Think for a minute about how ridiculous that is - or, if you're a fan of the show (which I've been from the start), how awesome that is.
The scariest holiday of the year brings a welcomingly toned-down episode
Dylan McDermott and Denis O'Hare in "American Horror Story."
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
Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert dress up for Halloween on "Happy Endings."
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...