Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
What did everybody think of the new CW drama?
The "Arrow" producers know what the CW audience wants to see from leading man Stephen Amell.
I posted my review of the CW's "Arrow" yesterday. Now it's your turn. Whether or not you're a fan of the Green Arrow comics, what did you think of the show? Did Stephen Amell seem suitably superheroic for you? Does anyone want to try his workout regimen? Was the character too Batman-esque, or is that the best way to approach the character in live-action? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
Lots of pretty firefighters and paramedics, but not many compelling characters
Taylor Kinney's torso is on display in "Chicago Fire."
Practically since the dawn of television, there's been a Holy Trinity of acceptable professions: cops, doctors, and lawyers. (For a while, there were also cowboys, but most of them were essentially cops with bigger hats.) If your main characters have one of those three jobs, you will not lack for storylines, nor, most of the time, for interested viewers.
It's a night for thirtysomethings to hang with twentysomethings
On "The Mindy Project," Amar'e Stoudemire hangs with Mindy Kaling.
It's morning round-up time, with quick reviews of last night's episodes of "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project," coming up just as soon as I spend $49.95 on a subscription to an inaccurate, real-time actuarial service...
Adam and Kristina begin letting the rest of the family in on their secret
Craig T. Nelson and Sam Jaeger in "Parenthood."
A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I retire with a .147 batting average...
Stephen Amell has good presence as TV's Green Arrow
Stephen Amell in "Arrow."
began his superheroic life as a blatant copy of his corporate sibling Batman. Batman was a millionaire playboy who fought crime with the help of specialized weapons; Green Arrow (aka Oliver Queen) did the same with a bow and arrow. Batman had a teenage sidekick who wasn't a blood relation; Green Arrow adopted a teen sidekick named Speedy. Batman had the Batmobile; Green Arrow had the Arrowcar. Batcave; Arrowcave.
Joss Whedon miniseries, produced during the writers strike, finally airs on TV
Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."
"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," the web musical that Joss Whedon and friends made while the more established branches of show biz were shut down by the Writers Guild of America strike back in late '07/early '08, is finally making its way to television. The CW will air all three installments of "Dr. Horrible" — which stars Neil Patrick Harris as a lovelorn aspiring supervillain, Nathan Fillion as his vapid superhero nemesis Captain Hammer and Felicia Day as the woman caught between them (at least, as far as Dr. Horrible is concerned) — tonight at 9. (And if you're feeling nostalgic, you can go back and read my brief reviews of each installment at the old blog.)
Emmy-winning comedy will return to FX in spring 2014
Louis C.K. will be taking an extended break before "Louie" season 4 premieres.
For the second day in a row, the return of a critically-adored comedy has been delayed. But where NBC decided to shelve "Community" for now, Louis C.K. was the man who decided that "Louie" won't be returning until the spring of 2014, rather than the summer 2013 schedule we all assumed.
C.K. has always made "Louie" his own way. He takes a much smaller production budget than an average cable scripted half-hour, and in exchange, FX mostly leaves him alone to make the exact show he wants to make. And he's decided that, in order to keep making exactly what he wants, he needs some extra time to do it.
Lily and Marshall need childcare help, Barney falls off the wagon and Ted and Robin compete
Chris Elliott and Alyson Hannigan in "How I Met Your Mother."
A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I spend 7 grand on merch...
They loved the first three seasons, want to keep pleasing the fans
The new "Community" producers were big fans of the show's first paintball episode.
If NBC's fall schedule had worked out as planned, "Community" fans would be 10 days away from seeing what the NBC comedy looks and sounds like without its creator, Dan Harmon, running things. Instead, on Monday, NBC opted to delay the fourth season, run by veteran sitcom producers Moses Port and David Guarascio, indefinitely.
Friday sitcom bloc won't debut as planned on October 19
Don't high-five Annie's Boobs just yet, Alison Brie! NBC has delayed the "Community" premiere.
Good news, "Community" fans: your show may not have to air on Fridays, after all.
Bad news, "Community" fans: your show won't be returning 11 days from now.
NBC has decided to hold the October 19 premieres of both "Community" and "Whitney." I'm told the goal is to give both of them more proper support, but it's unclear if that means keeping them on Fridays but delaying them long enough to do a better marketing campaign, or if one or both of the shows will be sent in to replace a sitcom that's struggling earlier in the week (like, for instance, "Up All Night").
NBC has had successes with its Monday and Tuesday lineups, thanks to "The Voice" and the shows that immediately follow it, but the Wednesday and Thursday lineups have been a mess. "Community" or "Whitney" could be sent there, or NBC may just not have the resources to launch a fourth sitcom bloc right now, and the two will be paired together later in the season.
Sing it with me: Troy and Abed on hiaaaaaaatus!
UPDATE: NBC has now issued a statement:
“Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 – we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold COMMUNITY and WHITNEY from their previously announced premieres of October 19th. Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week -- plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of WHITNEY and COMMUNITY. “