I'm not sure where to begin in expressing my dismay over NBC's new "Outsourced" (Thursday at 9:30 p.m.), a new comedy (based on a 2006 indie film) about an American sent to India to manage a Midwestern novelty company's relocated call center.
For this, NBC shelved 'Parks and Rec'?
Twitter feed doesn't translate to sitcom gold with William Shatner
CBS' "$#*! My Dad Says" (which debuts Thursday at 8) is what happens when you try to apply old-media values to new-media material. It's a mess, and if it's not the worst new show of the fall, that's only because it's airing on a night when there are two other prime contenders in ABC's "My Generation" and NBC's "Outsourced."
The show is based on @shitmydadsays, the Twitter feed of writer Justin Halpern. As the title suggests, Halpern simply reproduces the outrageous, usually profane things his Vietnam veteran father says to him. And as isolated, out-of-context 140-character soundbytes, it can often be very funny.
But CBS can't use the real title (instead we get that silly mash-up of punctuation), and very little of the rest translates.
Stephen King delivers a creepy cameo
What did everybody think of the new cop drama?
I didn't exactly review "Detroit 1-8-7," but I did offer some general thoughts on it - specifically, that I missed the documentary format from the original pilot, and that Michael Imperioli was quite good as the lead cop - in the lead-in to my Imperioli interview. There are moments, like Fitch calling his partner from the next desk, or James McDaniel and his partner finding unrelated shell casings at the overpass, that had the flavor of a 21st century "Homicide," but maybe not enough to keep me around long-term.
You're all obviously seeing it without the documentary gimmick, though some elements of it (the chyrons, the random guy with the boom mic at the hostage stand-off) survived to the final version. So as with all the new shows, I'm curious what you all thought of it.
Adam struggles with Sarah as a co-worker, and Jabar has to move
I'll be honest: I want to be able to write a review of tonight's "Parenthood" - if only so I could do some kind of Ray LaMontagne joke for the "just as soon as" - but I am just ridiculously, incredibly slammed with premiere week, and I can't imagine finding time to do it anytime before next week's episode airs at the earliest. So feel free to discuss the Lessings' marital problems, Sarah and Adam carpooling, Julia again bungling an encounter with another mom, etc., and hopefully I'll have more time/energy for next week's episode, which I've also seen (and liked quite a bit).
What did everybody think about the new comedy from the "Arrested Development" team?
I reviewed "Running Wilde" yesterday, and was very disappointed in the reunion of so many "Arrested Development" people. I had hoped that perhaps I was just burned out on hearing the same jokes repeatedly through multiple viewings of multiple versions of the pilot, but then episode two showed up in yesterday's mail and wasn't very funny, either.
What did everybody else think? Did you laugh? If you didn't, do you hold out hope that this can work down the road, given the number of talented people involved?
What did everybody think of Greg Garcia's new comedy?
In lieu of a "Raising Hope" review, I posted my interview with Garret Dillahunt. As I said in the intro, I don't know how much long-term interest I'll have in the show, but I did laugh several times at the pilot, which was unfortunately more than I could say about most of this year's new comedies.
If you watched tonight, what did you think? How high of a tolerance will you have for baby-endangerment humor? And did you like the little "My Name Is Earl" gag in the evening news?
Barbara Kopple captures the ambiguous side of life as a Yankee fan.
I really wish ESPN had scheduled tonight's "30 for 30" entry, Barbara Kopple's "The House of Steinbrenner," for virtually any other week of the baseball season. I have so much to say about this one, and absolutely no time to say it in the midst of Premiere Week hell, so let me see if I can sum up my thoughts quickly, after the jump...
The club auditions new members, and the new football coach causes headaches for Sue and Mr. Schue
In a less cuckoo-bananas week, I might actually do a write-up on the "Glee" season premiere, which introduced a bunch of new characters (I quite liked Dot Jones as the new football coach), set up new stakes/tensions for the characters, had a bunch of songs, and opened with a very meta sequence in which Ryan Murphy essentially used Kurt to dismiss all criticism of the first season. But I have to do some writing triage here, and frankly there are shows I care about a lot more that I'd rather spend the time on something else.
Still, I saw the premiere, and as I've said before, I often find the response to "Glee" more interesting than the show itself, so I'll open up the floor for y'all to discuss what you thought of it, and perhaps when the rest of my schedule slows down within a few weeks, I'll check back in on how the new year is going.
Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow in a mediocre Bruckheimer legal procedural
If it had even a token regular police presence, it would be easy to re-dub ABC's "The Whole Truth" (which debuts Wednesday at 10 p.m.) as "Law & Order: ADD." This is a criminal law show that doesn't have much of an attention span, and one that suspects that you don't, either.