The 2012 Fall Television Schedule: One Month In

So it’s been a while since I posted here (or, really, anywhere). This is because I thought it would be fun to slice off a bit of my finger a few weeks back with a serrated knife. I had to keep the finger wrapped for a while, which made it very difficult to type.

But, I’m back tonight with a post about the Fall TV season. I’ll post about my diet again soon, which also had to be suspended briefly due to the finger (try taking Vicodin on a semi-empty stomach…not cool). Here’s my thoughts on the new Fall shows I’ve watched thus far.

666 PARK AVENUE
This one isn’t bad, but I’m not entirely sure where they think they’re going with it. Terry O’Quinn is doing a heck of a job balancing the line between being charming, menacing and powerful all at the same time. I’m not sure how many more times they can get Rachel Taylor alone in the laundry room at midnight with that door though; this may be why horror never really works on television (American Horror Story excepted). Don’t get too attached if you’re a fan though: the show drew only 5.1 million last week, which is abysmal for a network program.

ANIMAL PRACTICE
I’ll stick to my previous comments on Twitter regarding this one: I thought Andy Botwin and Annie’s Boobs would be better. Justin Kirk, who played Andy Botwin on Weeds, should have had his choice of shows, and he chose a real stinker. It’s not funny and has poorly written characters. (Incidentally, Annie’s Boobs is the name for Crystal the Monkey on Community).

BEN AND KATE
Really digging the great chemistry between the two primary characters, especially since it’s a brother/sister relationship rather than the typical romantic will-they-or-won’t-they crap you tend to get in half-hour shows. It’s well balanced between funny, heartfelt and silly, which brings a nice blend of comedy and fun.

ELEMENTARY
I like the fresh take on the Sherlock Holmes-Watson relationship. For those who haven’t watched, this incarnation of Homes is a recovering drug addict who has some significant mental illness and social issues brought on from his over-developed and stimulated brain and perception skills. The chemistry between the two is solid and there’s a surprising amount of comedy and light-heartedness. That said, it doesn’t leave much of an impression; I enjoy the shows, but wouldn’t miss them much if they wound up on the scrapheap of television history.

GO ON
Surprisingly good and heartfelt; this is a show with a good heart which is just trying to give people a good time. Matthew Perry is, of course, its greatest asset: his addition is the main draw and he has some pretty good chemistry with each of the characters. My only complaint is Perry’s instinct to ham it up is taking away from the believability of his grief over his wife’s passing. All in all, Go On a solid addition to NBC’s comedy lineup. I fully expect to see this one on Thursday nights once 30 Rock bids adieu in December.

LAST RESORT
Came on and virtually jumped through the screen with surprising depth, interesting characters and a central conspiracy story which gets more complex every episode. Not really sure how long they can keep this going; there’s no way they can stay on that island indefinitely. That’ll keep me coming back though.

NASHVILLE
I’ll be honest: I watched this one with the wife because I thought she would enjoy it. But I really found that I liked it; it’s smart and it’s two leads are well casted. With just the pilot episode out there, it’s hard to judge, but it introduced some interesting themes that go beyond just the soap-opera slant the previews promised. I’ll keep watching.

REVOLUTION
Both a hit and a miss. It’s a hit due to its varied and interesting characters, as well as it’s deep mythology and ever- evolving conspiracy. To those who watch, it’s very clear that (a) the power is being suppressed and (b) it’s all part of a larger conspiracy which has yet to reveal itself. This, if nothing else, will keep me watching every week. It’s a miss due to the woodeness of its two lead actors; Tracy Spiridakos (Charlie) and Billy Burke (Miles). These two have yet to develop any real chemistry or settle into their roles. Spiridakos in particular is a one-trick pony with facial expressions; she generally looks oddly hurt and innocent in each scene. Finally, not real happy with how well-fed, well-clothed and well-made-up everyone looks, given that the power has been off for 15 years and a lot of people starved to death.

VEGAS
Dropped this off my DVR tonight; my biggest disappointment of the fall shows thus far. It’s not that it’s bad, it just lacks imagination. It’s like someone said, “Lets take Hawaii Five-0, combine it with Mad Men and forget about what makes both those shows interesting.” Dennis Quaid has this weird attempt at a gruff voice and sees no situation that he can’t get out of with his fists. He has little chemistry with those around him, and there’s been zero character development. Not bad; just nothing special here.

To wrap up here, what the f*** is up with NBC’s decision to indefinitely delay the premiere of Community?? The show was guaranteed 13 episodes, but has been backed up for at least several weeks with no guarantee of when the show with bow for its season four. Another fail by The Peacock.