Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
What did everybody think of the new CBS mystery?
Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller are Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes in "Elementary."
I posted my review of CBS' "Elementary" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Was it too easy to compare it to either "Sherlock" or "The Mentalist" (or any other CBS procedural) to enjoy, or were Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu interesting enough to make it work? If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, did this feel like a fair take on the character? Did you figure out where the story was going before Holmes and Dr. Watson did? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
Leslie plays the role of Mike Bloomberg, Andy gets in shape, and Ben tries to be cool
Chris Pratt and Rob Lowe on "Parks and Recreation."
A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I lecture you on consistent font use...
What did everybody think of the new ABC military thriller?
Scott Speedman in "Last Resort."
I posted my review of ABC's "Last Resort" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the show? Did the writers make good use of Andre Braugher's gift of gab? Did you think Scott Speedman was up to working opposite him? Did the story flow well, or do you feel like there was too much of a rush to get the sub to the island? Too many characters? Not enough? Once we got to Hawaii, did you start waiting for Smokey to start clicking away? Did you like how they called it "Captain" instead of "Pilot" because of the setting? And will you watch again next week?
Have at it.
Dan and Alan also review 'Made in Jersey' and '666 Park Avenue'
The TV season is (still) here! The TV season is (still) here! Premiere week's not over yet, which means it's time for more reviews of new shows, plus thoughts on a couple of notable Showtime dramas — one coming off an Emmy-winning season nearly everyone liked, and one coming off a season almost nobody liked.
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What now for Carrie, Brody, Saul and company?
Damian Lewis as Nick Brody in "Homeland."
was the best new show of 2011, and one of the best shows on TV, period, that year. (And was named the best drama on television by Emmy voters on Sunday night.) Now the show's lead producers Alex Gansa
and Howard Gordon
have to follow up on that high-wire act. I'll have a review of the start of the season later today or tomorrow (hint: I was pleased), but I spoke with Gansa and Gordon last month about the transition from one season to the next, and how they intend to deal with what happened at the end of last year. Note that I cut a few spoiler-y passages out of the interview and will run them after the season premiere airs on Sunday night.
What did everybody think of the new ABC comedy?
"The Neighbors" is one of this fall's new shows I didn't have the time (or heart) to review, though Fienberg and I discussed it at length on Monday's podcast. But I'm curious what those of you who tuned in tonight thought. Did the "aliens name themselves after famous athletes" running gag get old, or is "Dick Butkus" just inherently, eternally hilarious? Did you love the way the communication device's name has "poop" in it? Did you prefer the alien characters, the humans, or neither? And will you watch again, especially once it moves to 8:30?
Have at it.
Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu play well together as 21st century Holmes and Watson
Lucy Liu and Johnny Lee Miller in "Elementary."
From the moment CBS ordered "Elementary,"
a new Sherlock Holmes series set in the present, fans of the character have indignantly pointed out that there's already an ongoing Sherlock Holmes series set in the present: the BBC's award-winning "Sherlock," which airs in America on PBS. And "Sherlock" producer hasn't helped the new show by explaining that before CBS ordered "Elementary," the network first approached him about remaking "Sherlock."
Andre Braugher plus Shawn Ryan plus nukes equals thrills
Daisy Betts and Andre Braugher in "Last Resort."
In the first episode of ABC's exciting new drama series "Last Resort,"
Navy submarine captain Marcus Chaplin refuses a sketchy order to nuke Pakistan, evades an attack by his own countryman, and takes over an island in French Polynesia, threatening America and the rest of the world with his boat's nuclear arsenal if they don't leave him alone.
Pope makes an unforgiving demand of Jax in a pivotal episode
Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) and Opie (Ryan Hurst) in a scene from last night's "Sons of Anarchy."
I'm out of the weekly "Sons of Anarchy" reviewing game, and you can read Geoff Berkshire's longer, thoughtful take on last night's episode right here. But I did say I would check in from time to time, and one event in last night's episode made this one of those times. A few very spoiler-y thoughts coming up just as soon as I bring in a specialist from out of town...
What did everybody think of the new CBS drama?
I posted my review of CBS' "Vegas" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Were you happy to see Dennis Quaid on the small screen? To have Michael Chiklis in pure villain mode? For those who aren't into the CBS procedural vibe, were there enough ongoing elements introduced to keep you happy as Quaid and his guys solved the case?