Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Season 2 begins with more sweet silliness
Premiere week has got me swamped, but I had time to watch the "Raising Hope" premiere at lunch today and wanted to at least get up a post about it to acknowledge the strong start Greg Garcia and company got off to for the second season. "Prodigy" was just the right mixture of silly and sweet - and, with the 9/11 joke, impressively hovering on tasteless without quite landing there - Garret Dillahunt continues to make me laugh with almost everything he says and does ("I made that boy with my wang!"), baby Hope remains adorable, and the three adult leads continue to work very well together.
I imagine I'll check back in at a later point in the season, but an excellent beginning. With any luck, "New Girl" will be a hit and, in turn, be a more compatible lead-in for "Raising Hope" than "Glee" turned out to be last spring.
What did everybody else think?
What did everybody think of the new FOX sitcom?
I posted my review of FOX's "New Girl" this morning. While some of you had already watched the pilot online, I'm sure others didn't see it until tonight, so now it's your turn. It seemed clear to me that reactions to the show will fall squarely in the area of "love Zooey, love her show" and vice versa, but I'm curious if that was actually the case. Did anyone go into "New Girl" predisposed to liking/hating her and come out feeling the opposite? Was the Douchebag Jar enough to redeem Schmidt? Will you be annoyed when Damon Wayans Jr. is gone next week?
Have at it.
Poppy Montgomery can remember everything, but you likely won't
In "Unforgettable" (10 p.m., CBS), Poppy Montgomery plays Carrie Wells, a woman with an extremely rare condition that allows her to recall ever moment of her life in perfect, vivid detail. The condition, which a handful of Americans have in real life, was the subject of a "60 Minutes" feature last year, in which it was discovered that one of the people who has it is former "Taxi" star Marilu Henner. In a bit of corporate synergy, CBS' entertainment division decided to turn the feature into a weekly drama series - with Henner on board as a consultant - and gave Henner's super power to Carrie, a former Syracuse cop who winds up helping out the NYPD.
Did Ashton Kutcher's intro take too many shots at Charlie Sheen?
CBS kept the "Two and a Half Men" season premiere - the first episode of the series with Ashton Kutcher, and perhaps more importantly, the first without Charlie Sheen - under careful wraps, to heighten anticipation and increase tune-in. (And based on some early morning tweets from CBS execs, it worked.) Fienberg offered his review of the premiere last night, and I have a few thoughts about how this whole affair continues to unfold coming up just as soon as I buy a Zune...
Indie film/music star is adorable, but if you don't like her, you won't like her show
Midway through the premiere episode of the new FOX sitcom "New Girl," the show's heroine Jess (Zooey Deschanel) tries to counsel new roommate Nick (Jake Johnson) about a bad break-up. She tells Nick that living with regret isn't good for anyone, and Nick - who, like his other two roommates, has struggled to adjust to Jess's many quirks since she moved in - retorts, "Or I could pretend to be more like you, Jess, and live on a sparkly rainbow and drive a unicorn around and just sing all the time."
With "New Girl," which debuts tonight at 9, there is no middle ground. You either want to live on a sparkly rainbow and drive a unicorn with Zooey Deschanel, or you find her insufferably twee and cringe every time she starts singing her own theme song or dropping "Lord of the Rings" references.
What did everybody think of the new NBC drama?
I posted my review of "The Playboy Club" earlier today. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of it? If you're a "Mad Men" fan, do you think comparisons are fair or unfair? Did you like the musical numbers? The dramatic stylings of Mr. Eddie Cibrian? Are there any "Firefly" fans among you who are just going to set a season pass for the promise of more Sean Maher? And do you miss David Krumholtz's long hair from the "Numb3rs" days? Is the eye candy enough to ignore the rest? Have at it.
What did everybody think of the new CBS sitcom?
I published my review of "2 Broke Girls" this morning. Now it's your turn. Do you agree with the people who made this the highest-testing CBS pilot of all time? Are you with me and Fienberg that the last scene with the girls and the horse was significantly better than all that came before it? Either way, do you agree on the awesomness of Kat Dennings? Once this settles into the post-"HIMYM" timeslot next week, will you continue watching?
Fire away, folks.
An uneven start to the new season, but some glimmers of comedy hope
"How I Met Your Mother" is back for a new season and I have a review of the first two episodes coming up just as soon as I lick the plane...
Dan and Alan also review 'Charlie's Angels,' 'Whitney,' 'Revenge' and 'Breaking Bad'
Dan and I stayed up late, woke up early and worked overtime to bring you today's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which has us post-morteming the Emmys and last night's "Breaking Bad" and offering our thoughts on a bunch of this season's new shows. The rundown:
Emmy post-mortem -- 00:01:00 - 24:20
"The X Factor" -- 24:25 - 29:10
"Revenge" -- 29:10 - 36:20
"Charlie's Angels" -- 36:20 - 42:45
"Person of Interest" -- 42:50 - 51:20
"Whitney" -- 51:25 - 57:40
"Prime Suspect" -- 57:45 - 01:05:00
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:05:15 - 01:17:12
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Eddie Cibrian leaves much to be desired as the lead, even if you ignore 'Mad Men' comparisons
The producers of NBC's "The Playboy Club" would rather you not compare their drama - about the Bunnies, patrons and other hangers-on at the famous Chicago club in the early '60s - to "Mad Men," even though it's set in the same era, has styled leading man Eddie Cibrian to look very much like Don Draper, has a pilot directed by frequent "Mad Men" contributor Alan Taylor, and has a cast that includes Naturi Naughton playing a "chocolate Bunny" much like the one she played last season on "Mad Men."