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Monday, September 17, 2012

New Fall Shows I’ll Be Watching (and You Should Avoid)


          With the new fall season beginning, I thought I’d provide a public service and mention the new shows I plan to watch. These are shows viewers should not bother getting interested in watching. In recent years, almost every new show I watch ends up cancelled in record time.

          Remember how much ABC hyped up V? It barely made it to the second half of its first season according to reports, and was cancelled after the second season. How about Ashley Judd in Missing? Bagged after one season complete with a cliffhanger ending.

          There are too many shows to remember them all, but The Event fell pretty quickly. Studio 60, one season. No Ordinary Family, no shot. My canceling abilities go back years. Anyone remember Hack, about a crime-solving cabbie? OK, even I knew the premise was stupid, but once you got passed that problem it actually wasn’t bad. Two seasons.

          Last year was actually a raging success for the one new show I watched, Last Man Standing. It ran for the entire season with just one short respite, but, unfortunately, Tim Allen and crew have been bumped to Friday night this year and, I think, one of the daughters was re-cast. Let’s just say I’m not looking for a Christmas episode this year.

          I mostly tried a new tactic last year – latching onto already successful shows. So far, only The Mentalist seems doomed, banished to Sunday nights. Thank the techy gods for the DVR, although with football always running late on CBS recording could be an issue. As far as I know Blue Bloods, NCIS Los Angeles, and the original CSI, have survived. But can they really be all that secure with me watching?

          Here’s the few new shows I’m looking forward to this fall:

·       Vegas: Michael Chiklis is back playing a bad ass. The first few seasons of The Shield were the best episodes of TV I ever watched, and I’m hoping putting Chiklis in a similar role works again. (Somehow his FX show avoided my jinx.) Dennis Quaid plays the good guy sheriff, apparently Chiklis’ adversary in this show about the early days of Las Vegas.

·       Last Resort: I guess I have a mini theme going because this one is produced by Shawn Ryan, who produced The Shield. I don’t even think this will last, because I can’t figure out where it goes. The crew of a submarine capable of launching a nuclear weapon refuses orders to fire and, based on what I’ve read, takes over a remote island. But Andre Braugher just doesn’t seem to take bad roles, so I’m hoping for the best.

·       Revolution: This looks like a classic overhyped NBC show that they pull the plug on before Thanksgiving. Yet, I’m a sucker for sci-fi, start-civilization-over stories. In this one, the power goes out. Everywhere. Forever. Yeah, I know. It’s even on Monday night, so I’ll be DVR-ing (as I watch football), but what the hell. It might work.

You’ve been warned.

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