Well, we’re finding ourselves about halfway through another television season. In terms of ‘geeky’ new series there have been a few hits (Grimm, American Horror Stories), a few misses (Terra Nova), a few questions (Once Upon a Time – why are you still here?) and a few merciful deaths (Charlie’s Angels – Thank the Gods!)
So, now that we’re at the midpoint, it’s time for the networks to fill in the spaces left by those series that crashed and burned. I don’t usually get excited about television. I don’t watch that much network TV, it has to be something pretty different for me to give a new series a whirl. The last series I think I got excited about was Glee – I’m old enough to remember a show called Cop Rock from 1990 which was the last time a musical themed show was put on a network and it bombed so bad it made the nuclear tests in the Bikini Islands look like a hiccup. At any rate, the concept for Glee was interesting enough for me to take a look and I loved what I saw, for the first half of the first season.
So now it’s 2 years latter and I find myself with the time again in the evening to watch the occasional offering from the boob tube. Luckily with the mid-season replacements coming out soon there looks to be a fresh batch of shows with a ‘geeky’ bent. The question is, if I don’t want to squander my very limited TV Time Budget, which shows should I watch.
Here’s my first round of choices:
COMIC BOOK MEN
Premiers: February 12
Anyone who’s had any interest in comic books knows that film maker/writer Kevin Smith is not only a major comic ‘fanboy’, but also a comic book store owner. Comic Book Men is an unscripted series set in Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Smith’s store located in, where else? Red Bank, New Jersey.
It looks like it could be fun, but I’m a little worried the premise could wear out it’s welcome real fast. And where are the fangirls, hmmmmm?
Premiers: February 6
NBC desperately needs a hit and it looks like it might have one with Smash. Reviewers and critics have been drawing the unenviable comparisons with Fox’s Glee, but from what I’ve seen the only thing these two shows have in common is that people sing. Boasting a powerhouse cast, Smash will definitely be one to watch for fans of musical theater. Katharine McPhee is already getting rave reviews for her performance.
Definitely some soapy goodness going on here.
Premier: March 13
I hesitate to put Missing onto this list. Frankly it seems like a retread of Taken, with Ashley Judd instead of Liam Neeson, and frankly, I’d rather look at Liam Neeson. But then I found out that Sean Bean was going to in the series and I decided to watch. After Sean lost his head in Westeros last season, I was considering taking bets as to whether he would make it through a full television season. Don’t take that bet, he doesn’t make it through the first episode. Turns out his character, Paul Winstone, has been dead for the past 10 years, murdered in front of the now missing son at the age of 8.
Here’s the official trailer, try not to yawn:
For Sean Bean’s sake, I’ll watch two episodes and pray that he finds a series that isn’t intent on killing him off!
Premier: January 12 -> AACK! That’s tonight!
I liked Bones, and when they introduced Walter Sherman last season, I had to admit I was entertained. Now that Bones appears to have jumped the shark, I figure I’ll give The Finder a whirl to see if Hart Hanson has it in him to create another endearing, quirky show. But does Walter and his team have it in them to keep me entertained for more than one episode?
I’m not sure. It’s too bad Saffron Burrows didn’t make it to the series. I thought her character Ike was hilarious, but I also love Micheal Clarke Duncan, so again I’ll give it a couple of episodes to hook me, but I can’t say I’m feeling too optimistic.
Premier: February 7
From what little I’ve seen of this show, The River has me intrigued. Filmed as a documentary, The River follows a the wife and son of a famous television explorer and their team as they search for dear old dad who has gone missing in the Amazon jungle. From what I’m reading online, The River is part Paranormal Activity and part Lost, which I admit, captures my attention. Plus it’s from Steven Spielberg, so what could go wrong….. oh, wait a minute…..
A few thrills, a few chills, a little Can-Con (Bruce Greenwood – nice to see him get some love) to spice things up definitely means I’m in.
Premier: January 12 -> DAMN where’s the TV?
The promo for this made me cry, so of course I’m going to have to watch. Touch follows the journey of a dad (Kiefer Sutherland), who is desperately trying to communicate with his severly autistic son, who neither speaks or allows himself to be touched. Things begin to spiral out of control as the boy begins to act out in strange ways, climbing cell phone towers and tearing apart electronics. It is only when the father realizes that his son is communicating via numbers and mathematics that he begins to forge a connection with his child.
The idea that the world or fate if you will is predicated by mathematics is nothing new. Numb3rs is probably the most recent show to deal with this, but there’s a whole emotional angle to this series that shows promise beyond the premise. Plus the cast is great.
Premier: January 16
1963: Three hundred plus inmates disappear from the notorious Alcatraz prison without a trace.
Present Day: They’re coming back. And they have a purpose.
JJ Abrams? Jorge Garcia? Sam Neill? Am I there? Hellz yes!
Premier: February sometime….
I mentioned earlier that NBC needs a hit and I think they have one if the audience is able to wrap their heads around the premise. Jason Isaacs plays Michael Britten, a police officer that survives a horrible car accident that kills his wife and son. Tragic, yes, but here’s the twist: depending on where he falls asleep, either his wife or child is still alive. In one reality, his wife survived the crash and when he goes to sleep next to her, he wakes up in another reality, only it’s his son who survived the crash. And he has to keep both realities straight, because he isn’t willing to give either of them up.
It actually makes sense once you watch the trailer:
How can you not want to watch this? This is definitely going to be my must watch show of the year. Now if only NBC would let us know when the premier is.
So, which show are you going to watch: