What did everybody think of the new Tom Selleck drama?
As I've said at various points this week, the shows I've elected not to review for time reasons haven't necessarily been the ones I hated, but the ones I had little to say about. "Blue Bloods" was definitely one of those. Cast with a bunch of actors I like (Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, even Nick Turturro as an NYPD cop again), solidly-executed, promise of some larger arc in addition to whatever cases Donnie and company work, etc. Nothing really wrong with it, but also nothing that really excited me, either. (The case in particular was both manipulative and dull.)
There's been some showrunner turnover, so maybe I'll check back on it in a few weeks to see what kind of show it's become, but in the meantime, what did everybody else think?
A solid return after a weak season six
Season five gets off to a promising start
Anna Torv shines as Olivia is trapped in the alternate universe
At the end of season two of "Fringe," I wrote that while the show had improved markedly from its early growing pains, I was dropping it from the blogging rotation because I simply didn't feel the passion for it that many of its fans did. Then I watched the season three premiere, "Olivia" (with our Olivia stuck in the parallel universe) and next week's episode (with Faux-livia undercover on our world), and I think I'm sucked back in. A few thoughts on why coming up just as soon as you get my nanite wraps...
What did everybody think of the new sitcom?
And to pre-empt the question I get most often: "Outsourced" failing quickly wouldn't automatically get "Parks and Rec" back on the air quickly, as NBC has several other mid-season comedies, and they're ones developed by the current head of the network, where "Parks and Rec" is a survivor of the Ben Silverman era. So while I'd like to think Angela Bromstad will go with quality over advancing her own stuff, that's not always the way this works.
What did everybody think of the Twitter feed-turned-sitcom?
What did everybody think of the new drama?
Yesterday, I reviewed ABC's "My Generation" and found it very wanting. Now it's your turn. For those who watched, what did you think? Did you like the documentary format? Did you find any of the actors convincing in the high school flashbacks? Did all the dramatic irony start to feel silly after a while? And are you going to be trying it again next week?
Betty White helps out in the funny season two premiere
"Community" is back, boys and girls, and if you missed any of my cast and crew interviews over the summer, I talked with Donald Glover and Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Dan Harmon, the Russo brothers and Yvette Nicole Brown. (And I have one more to go after next week's episode airs.) As for the premiere itself, a review coming up just as soon as I put on my Spider-Man jammies...
Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 38: 'My Generation,' 'Outsourced,' '$#*! My Dad Says' and more new shows
A day later than expected, Dan and Alan conclude their fall preview
The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast fall preview concludes, a day later than planned (thanks to Internet problems on my end; sorry, folks), with Dan and I taking a belated look at last night's premieres, yesterday's "American Idol" news and some early ratings before looking ahead to the four new shows debuting tonight and tomorrow.
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The season two premiere leans a bit too heavily on formula