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About Time (for another post, that is…)

So, I had to travel for work a couple weeks back, and I’ve been swamped this week- plus actually had Outdoor Cat plans twice this week- and it’s amazing how quickly I’ve fallen behind on TV watching! So. Far. Behind. It’s sad really, pathetic, considering TV is one of my best friends (it’s a one-sided relationship, but what can ya do…)

So, some stuff is good, some stuff is bad, some stuff is boring, some stuff is awesome. This Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife looks like it’s going to be awesome, FYI. If you’re into that show. (Which, since I know all four of you readers, I know half of you are!) Other good stuff- Trophy Wife was pretty good this week, if not exactly original. Same for Back in the Game. I guess I don’t care if the plots are particularly original if the story-telling is still good. The Walking Dead ended with a huge “what the damn hell?” that I’m hoping we get some insight into this week. And HIMYM continues to be ridiculous, and not in a fun, zany way, just in a “what the damn hell?” kind of way. Some parts were really good, some parts were… well, were about Marshall. 😦

But really, the two big things I’ve learned this week, are

1) That Bingo really is the most fun game EVER, but is horrible for a depressive like me to play, because I’ll get to close to winning and get so hopeful and then be crushed over and over and over every time I lose. Hope is dumb. Hope is just  a fancy way of saying lying to yourself. 😀

2) The new movie About Time may be one of my favorite movies. Starring Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, and Domnhall Gleeson (son of Brendan Gleeson, who rules, and portrayer of Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies), and written and directed by Richard Curtis (he who brought us Love, Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral), About Time is the story of Tim, who finds out after his 21st birthday that he can travel through time. All the males in his family have this gift, though there are certain rules, mostly that you can only travel back in time (of course, once back in time, you can jump forward back to where you left off, if that makes sense. It does to me!) Mostly simply, you can’t go back to a time before you existed and make changes, like “kill[ing] Hitler or shag[ging] Helen of Troy.” There was also a rule where you can’t jump back to a place you’d never been, but that just means you can’t immediately jump there- like if you’ve never been to Rome, you can’t jump there, but you can jump back to wherever you were last month, and then choose to travel to Rome if you so wish.

Tim decides to use this extraordinary to find love. And after crashing and burning with his sister’s friend, he find love in the form of Rachel McAdams. Why she felt the need to be in yet another time travel romance movie is beyond me, but I *think* it was to make up for The Time Traveler’s Wife, so good for her. They have a great meet-cute in a pitch black restaurant, only for him to undo it to jump back and help his dad’s friend’s play have a better premiere! Luckily, he uses the information he learned about her to orchestrate another meet-cute, and another, and another, until it finally goes right. The previews make it safe for me to tell you that they fall in love and end up getting married and having a baby and all is well and good until he finds out the next rule of time travel- you can’t go back to before your child was born and make changes, because then you’ll end up coming back to a different kid!

The time travel is honestly the least important part of the movie, though. It’s a movie all about love, actually. (Ha, see what I did there?) It’s about finding romantic love, and about the love you have for your friends and family, and the connections you make to people. It’s about appreciating your life, especially in the little moments, about seeing the beauty and appreciating the kindness and reveling in victories and accepting the losses. It’s just one giant, cozy, hug. Unless you’re dead inside, you will get verklempt at least once, but rightfully so.

It’s very British, as is Richard Curtis, and you all know how I love all things Anglo. It’s got great music, though I may be biased because I already had about a third of the songs on my phone. It might be a touch long, but that’s forgivable in the end, and probably preferable. I’d rather it have been too long and gotten more time with these characters and in this world than have felt cheated by too short a movie that rushed along.

I think About Time comes out November 1st.

(A side note for the readers in Omaha (which is all of you- ha!)- The Majestic is a really nice theatre! It used to be the 20 Grand, and had totally started feeling run down, but it’s undergone a change and is now the Marcus Majestic and it’s really nice. It has a very adult-feel to it decor-wise, so I’m hoping it discourages people from bringing their kids! It’s got those recliners for seats, so it’s super comfy! Definitely worth checking out!)


Another New Show Check In (Plus some news!)

News first:

Lucky 7 and We Are Men = cancelled.

Welcome to the Family = on life support (getting less than a 1.0 in the ratings, which is ABYSMAL) cancelled

Ironside = cancelled

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dads, Trophy Wife, and The Goldbergs = more scripts ordered, which means the networks are weighing their options before deciding whether to pick up the shows for a full season or not

Sleepy Hollow = renewed for a second season (this season and next will be 13-episode seasons)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Mom, The Millers, The Crazy Ones, and The Blacklist = full season orders

Brooklyn Nine-Nine= picked up for a full season AND given the post-Super Bowl spot

And where am I at with my 3-strike test?

Sleepy Hollow: DVR pass granted! While the episodes have varied in exciting-ness, Tom Mison has never varied in hotness. Plus he has good chemistry with Nicole Beharie, and even the episodes that start slow or lag a bit in the middle end up being good in the end.

Mom: DVR pass granted! The episodes keep getting better and better, and I think that around mid-season it’ll have really found its footing and voice.

The Blacklist: TBD- while the requisite number of episodes have aired, I have not felt the desire to watch them (which kinda tells you how I feel about the show, but I may eventually run out of things to watch and go ahead and check them out. IF only I could convince to hire me so I could get paid to watch TV!)

Hostages: TBD- See The Blacklist.

Dads: STRIKE OUT! This is a horrible show. Offensive to some, and just not funny overall, which is what I find offensive.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: DVR pass granted! The second episode was a little iffy, but every other episode has been fairly hilarious.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: DVR pass granted- for now! The stories are a bit… dull-ish, if we’re being honest, but I think it’s still finding itself. Frankly, the first few episodes of Buffy were also not the greatest. This one needs a little longer to prove/dis-prove itself.

The Goldbergs: Hulu-follow granted! Not good enough to waste DVR space on, but decent enough that when I’ve run out of other things to watch/listen to, it doesn’t suck. High praise, I know.

Trophy Wife: DVR pass granted! There was little doubt it would end up this way- I like Malin Ackerman, I LOVE Bradley Whitford, I like Michaela Watkins and Marcia Gay Harden, I like the chemistry between all the characters, especially Warren and Bert, and I just think it’s cute. I think it would do better paired with Modern Family, but once Super Fun Night flames out, ABC’ll probably move it over. I think they should ditch Meg, the BFF, because she adds nothing to the show and this last episode focusing on her and Kate was by far the worst, but otherwise it’s a very cute show.

Back in the Game: DVR pass granted! Again, there was really no doubt about this one. I love Maggie Lawson, I love baseball. I think it’s very cute (even if it’s not very original in the plot-lines).

Super Fun Night: STRIKE OUT! I mean, duh. The horrible accent. The horrible fat jokes (of which there are plenty, despite what the star/show runners say). The only thing is that it was actually pretty cute with the the three boy neighbors- they balance things out, even if they’re also weirdos. It’s like the loser version of Friends with them, and a much better show. I say, to have the show continue, ditch the work/work crush angle and focus on the new friendships between the boy weirdos and our leading ladies. But really, I say do the world  a favor and yank it before Liza Lapira’s reputation gets further tarnished.

The Michael J. Fox Show: STRIKE OUT! While others may be into it, I just don’t find it very humorous.

The Crazy Ones: TBD. See The Blacklist.

How’s the new season stacking up for you, dear four readers?

*edited 5:30 Fri 2013-10-18 due to some late breaking news.

New Show Scorecard

Granted, it’s a little early still for some of the new shows. Four new shows just premiered last night, in fact! But, here’s just a quick look at where the new shows stand so far. (As a reminder, I employ a three strike rule that starts AFTER the pilot episode, since those are often misrepresentations of what the show is going to be like week to week- too much exposition and introducing the characters. The real show, and thus real test, begins Week 2.)


Betrayal- This is one of the few new shows that I’m not even trying out. I know I’ll hate it, and I know I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It has an automatic out based on the trailers/clips alone!


We Are Men– Only the pilot has aired so far, but what a rough pilot it was! You can read my thoughts in detail here, but basically, it’s misogynistic and just not funny! The cast is mostly great, so I hope that it finds a real tone and some humor quickly, but as of now, I’m not looking forward to the three strike test on this one!

Mom– Two episodes so far, including the pilot. For the strike test, it’s 0 for 1- no strikes yet. The second episode was better than the pilot, which is always nice and makes me hope the show will continue improving until it finds the right tone. The characters were a little more likable on the second go, and there’s a lot of potential for story lines.

Sleepy Hollow– Only one episode away from completing the strike test! Much like FOX, who has already ordered a second season (though they’re going to be sticking with 13-episode seasons for this show), I love this show already- 0 for 2 in the strike test. It’s got that Fringe feel to it that I love, mixed with a little bit of Buffy‘s demon-of-the-week storytelling. Abbie and Icha-hottie-with-a-bod-y (Ichabod. Who’s ridiculously hot. Those eyes. Dang. Anyway….) have great chemistry. The third episode was weaker than the previous two, but still far more engaging than most of the dreck on TV right now.

Hostages– I’ve only watched the pilot thus far. To be fair, it’s only had one episode air besides the pilot so far, so it’s not like I’m carzy far behind in judging watching this one. The pilot was okay- fairly intriguing, though a bit ridiculous that every single family member has some kind of major personal crisis happening that the other family members don’t know about just as they’re held hostage. What rotten luck. Anyway, strike test results TBD.

Blacklist– Other people seem to be digging this show. I have still only watched the pilot thus far. I just found the pilot to be so over the top and predictable, I’m having a hard time getting myself jazzed up to watch episode 2. I’ll probably get bored over the weekend and watch it. Strike test results TBD.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.– There was a fun cameo at the end of the second episode (hint: Get this mother-fudging tesseract device off my mother-fudging plane!), and yet it was unnecessary. A nice bonus for Marvel-verse fans, sure, but the episode had held up and satisfied this fan long before that coda. I’ll admit, the first 20 minutes felt more like 40, in a bad way. It kinda dragged on for me, and when I looked and saw there were still 40 minutes left, I thought ‘What the hell, why am I so bored this week?’ Luckily, right around that mark, the show started to pick up steam, and I ended up enjoying the episode. 0 for 1 in the strike test.

The Originals– Ha, yeah right. I’ve watched, like, one episode of The Vampire Diairies, I’m not going to be watching its spin-off. Automatic out.

Dads– I could only make it through two episodes of this show, including the pilot. Listen guys, I genuinely WANT to like it. I actively tried NOT to be offended/annoyed at the offensive/lazily-written jokes. I mean, it’s a Seth MacFarlane show, starring Seth Green who I’ve loved since I was a child, plus Giovanni Ribisi. I want so badly to like it. I just can’t get behind it. Maybe it’ll get better writers, defy expectations and end up turning into one of the best comedies on TV. Or maybe it’ll go away during the World Series and not come back (more likely). I’ll make a deal with Dads– if you survive into 2014, I’ll give you another shot. Until then, you’re outta here. 1 for 1, which becomes an automatic out in their case.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine– I really dug this pilot. I thought it was really funny, and Andy Samberg (or as my mom keeps saying, Adam Sandberg, because she’s confusing him with Adam Sandler- completely understandable!) wasn’t nearly as annoying as I’d expected! I actually watched the pilot again before the second episode was released, because I thought it was really funny. (The inside informant- ha!) There have now been two strike-able episodes, and the count is sitting at 1-1. The next pitch decides the whole game! The second episode was just too mean-spirited and not nearly as funny as the pilot. This week’s episode was much more in line with the pilot. I would get rid of the secretary, because she’s annoying as hell and definitely the weakest link, but the rest of the show was pretty funny.

The Goldbergs– It’s okay. I don’t love it, but I wouldn’t necessarily judge others if they liked it. For me, it’s 1 for 1 in the strike watch, but that’s just me. I just don’t love the 80s…

Trophy Wife0 for 1 folks! Still love it. I think the cast has great chemistry, and it just has an easy, relaxed feel to it. It would be so much better off paired with Modern Family, and would likely be doing much better in the ratings! I’m worried getting attached to this one, but such is the risk I take every fall.

Lucky 7- Based on the ratings, their luck has already run out- it did CW numbers for its second episode. That’s bad, guys. Real bad. The show itself is kinda dull, but not so bad that I actually want to give it a full strike. I mean, you either get a strike or you don’t, so I’m gonna call this  a foul- it got a piece of the ball, but didn’t follow through, so now it’s counted as a strike. I’m not entirely sure it’s going to live long enough to see the end of its strike count, though. 1 for 1.


Back in the Game– The show that would most appreciate my strike watch and baseball references. Man, I miss playing softball…. Anyway, 0 for 1 in the strike watch. I like it. I love Maggie Lawson and think she’s doing a great job- she makes every scene pop. Seeing The Cannon take the Angles to prison this week to get over their fear of getting hit by a pitch was awesome, and I like the little jokes this show makes, like the pee stains on their uniforms as they’re leaving the prison, or one of the boys letting an inmate keeps his pen, or her son petting the guard dog. It’s these small moments that make the show have the same relaxed, easy feel as Trophy Wife or like last year’s Go On. It just works, even if it’s not a revolutionary show with a gimmicky hook.

Super Fun Night– The only fun thing about this is that I get to judge it even though only one episode has aired! Since it skipped its pilot, I get to jump straight into judging and berating this awful, awful show (SPOILER ALERT: Strike count is 1 for 1). I think the most maddening part is that I can see what they want the show to be, but it’s so far off the mark! First off, as someone with an ear for accents, Rebel Wilson’s “American” accent is bugging the crap out of me. She’s supposed to have been friends with these girls since they were 13 or 14, so that’s why she chose to use an American accent. Because no one ever moves to New York from Australia! It’s the worst. Then there are the fat jokes. I know that the show runners have said they don’t really focus on her weight or use it as a go to joke, but every two minutes there’s a joke about it, whether it’s a Spanx joke, her skirt ripping off her, her running to get jelly donuts and birthday cake, telling her friends not to cancel the consolation pizzas- they were everywhere. And I get awkward humor. I LOVE awkward humor. I utilize it in real life to varying degrees of success. I’m awkward, I get more awkward when I try not to be awkward, so I get it. I also get being a big girl. I also get being “an adult” who feels like a kid most of the time. But I STILL couldn’t relate to Kimmie! She’s not awkward, she’s borderline mentally challenged!

Okay, now for the couple good things about the show, because there were a couple good things: 1) Liza Lapira. I’ve loved her since Traffic Light, I thought she was really funny (and that the other BFF was HORRIBLE- so annoying!). 2) Richard, her crush. While I find it unrealistic they’d behave the way they did in a meeting, they are convincingly in puppy love. I like that their weirdness seems to mesh so far, and that he’s smarter than your average romcom hunk and saw through Kendall’s bitchiness at the piano bar. If I have to sit through two more episodes of this show to complete the strike test, at least I have Richard to look forward to!

Ironside- Automatic out.

(SIDE NOTE: OMG, so many new shows! I’m staring to get carpal tunnel!)


The Millers– Pilot, can’t judge yet. I can see the potential, and I like the majority of the cast, but I didn’t love the pilot.

Welcome to the Family- I’d already watched the pilot, but I enjoyed it when I did, so I’m excited for episode 2. It didn’t do great in the ratings, nor do most of the critics enjoy it. I’m not saying it’s a great comedy, but I liked it. It has heart; I like heart. (Ironic, four readers, since you know I’m dead inside in real life!).

The Crazy Ones- Episode 2 aired last night; haven’t watched it yet. Strike test results TBD.

Sean Saves the World- Pilot aired last night. Wasn’t as awful as I expected. Wasn’t necessarily good, either. Strike test results TBD.

The Michael J. Fox Show- One advantage to last week’s hour long premiere is that it was actually the pilot AND a separate second episode, so I already have two episodes to judge this one on! This is another one where I’m calling foul- it’s not a bad show, I can definitely see why other people might enjoy it, but I don’t think it’s must see for me. It’s a Hulu-the-next-day-or-over-the-weekend-or-be-okay-missing-the-episode-all-together kind of show. Per the rules of baseball, the three-strike test might never stop, because you can’t strike out on a foul ball. So, it’s 2 for 2 in the strike department, but due to fouls, so… yeah. And for someone who recently returned to work, why aren’t we seeing Mike at work more?

Masterchef Junior- Not as fun as the real version, nor as fun as the couple episodes of the Guy vs Rachel Kid Cook Off that just wrapped up on Food Network. This is kind of exempt from a strike test, since it’s a limited run show and reality and it would feel mean to call kids boring…. And if there’s anything you should know about me, dear readers (all four of you), is that I HATE being mean to and/or judging children. (Okay, and you four know that’s a lie….) PS, I think I’m going to start a show for kids aspiring to be chefs and call it The Hungry Games, and the kids will have to face off in physical competitions a la GUTS or Legends of the Hidden Temple or Double Dare. There will be three competitions per episode, and the winners of each competition will get to cook their signature dish for the judges. The winner will get some money, and the two losers will get a cream pie in the face. They’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even care that they’re giant losers!

(Okay, that started as a joke, but now I’m seriously thinking it’d be a fun show and need to know how to contact Rachel Ray or Gordon Ramsay to get them my idea! You can steal it, RR, or GR just hire me as a producer!!!)

Week Two of the Fall Season

Whoo! I need a nap. It’s exhausting trying to watch so much TV. The first couple weeks are always the worst, when I’m checking out almost all the new shows and figuring out which ones I think I’ll be sticking with, and which ones I’ll likely dump after their three-strike period. So much TV. So little time. So little sleep.

How I Met Your Mother is back, and while the season premiere was a typical episode for them nowadays- some funny, some not so funny, some Marshall (which is far below funny, it’s painful)- and as usual, after a lackluster 20 minutes, they throw us 2 minutes that are so wonderful, so amazing, so heartwarming, so sweet, so romantic, that we forgive the previous 20 minutes of drudgery. In this case, it was actually more like 42 minutes of blah and 2 minutes of awesome, since the season kicked off with two back-to-back episodes, but what a great 2 minutes they were. Fans who were afraid we’d meet the mother but get to see none of the wooing can relax, because we got to see the happy couple eat crumbs out of their undergarments, give each other a hard time, and be very much in love. At the same time, those of us who had hoped that the last scene of the show would be Ted meeting the mother can still hold out hope. Cristin Miloti, aka The Mother, had great chemistry with Josh Radnor and Alyson Hannigon, and I’m totally making the somebitches cookies sometime! I’m excited to see The Mother meet Robin, though, because while The Mother was bonding with Lily, I thought- this girl seems to girly to be friends with Robin. I get her being friends with Lily, who is herself more girly than Robin, but I don’t see how The Mother and Robin will click. So that’ll be interesting to see.

Sleepy Hollow is 0 for 1 in the strike count. The second episode wasn’t quite as great as the pilot, but gave me a better feel for what the show will look like week to week, and I still super dig it. I still really like the chemistry between Ichabod and Abbie, and can’t wait for Abby’s sister to join the team (which should be tonight’s episode!). It still feels a lot like Fringe, particularly early Fringe seasons, which I loved.

Mom has a great cast. I really hope at some point they figure out how to use them correctly. I didn’t really feel for either Christy (Anna Faris) or her mom (Alison Janney)- one is a single mom knowingly having an affair with a married man, the other a pathetic adult-child who sleeps with men half her age, and often, and doesn’t accept an responsibility for the choices she’s made in her life and the damage those choices caused those around her. Which actually can be said for Christy too. For two recovering alcoholics who are supposedly 12-stepping it, they both seem to be failing the accept responsibility/make amends step.

The Blacklist  confuses me. Not because of its plotline- oh God no. I got that thing down pat. (Sample of things I said to the TV: You know you’re assisting in the kidnapping, right? You know there’s not really a chemical spill and the little girl is about to get kidnapped, right? You know you’re just ripping off lines from Taken, right?). It confuses me because the “twists” were SO predictable, I’m thinking maybe they were meant to be predictable? That this is the kind of show that want the viewer to feel smart, so they broadcast the plot turns in such a blatant fashion, people like me can sit there saying, “Oh I’m so smart, I knew that was coming.” And that’s a nice ego stroke and all, but makes for a super boring show.

The Hostages is equally predictable, but a little darker in tone. The problem here is that every single character is unlikable, and I am of the mindset that there’s gotta be at least one person I can root for. Everyone is hiding a major secret from their family, to varying degrees, and most of them are cliche ones- pregnant teen girl! teen boy involved in drugs! cheating husband!- so hopefully they lay some nuance up in here eventually. Also, little nitpicky, but I hated how Dylan McDermott Mulroney called his daughter “Soy Soy.” Her name is Sawyer, so I get it, but it’s incredibly annoying. Wouldn’t something like “Soy sauce” or “Soy toy” or “Soy bean” seem like a more realistic and less annoying nickname than Soy Soy?! Maybe you’ve got to hear him say it to be properly annoyed. I don’t think I’m conveying how annoying it was. It was incredibly annoying.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was everything I expected it to be- witty, adventurous, action-y. There were great one-liners, a little bit of Cobie Smulders, and some flying Lola! I like how there were things that if you’re familiar with the recent Marvel movies, or the Marvel lore in general, you’d get a little more excited about than if you were new to this world, but at the same time, not knowing them didn’t detract from the experience at all. I didn’t notice a few of the references at first, and then read them in a recap and went, “Oh yeah, oh that’s cool.” It was definitely a fun watch.

The Goldbergs– ugh, I don’t wanna talk about that one again. It did better in the ratings than I expected, but it was also episode one. We’ll see what happens. The three-strike test begins this week (if I can make it through!). Maybe it’ll prove my initial reaction of “Stop yelling at each other and being selfish dillholes” wrong!

Trophy Wifestill dug it. This week should be the first episode with the new daughter- the daughter was recast after the pilot with a slightly younger actress because they think it opens up the kind of stories they can tell. I’m worried, because I enjoyed the pilot so much. We’ll see.

Lucky 7 was okay.  A little boring, which honestly was how I felt about a lot of the new shows this year. It’s not horrible, but it wasn’t great either.  I can’t quite place my finger on why I didn’t care for it… And one qualm I have is that there’s only one employee at the gas station who didn’t participate, and he used to, but stopped awhile back to put the money aside as a rainy day fund instead. Are you really telling me that these people, who seem to genuinely care for each other and support each other, wouldn’t do something more for him than consider buying him a car? They could easily give up a million each without even noticing it with the kind of money they won. I like to think if my department won that kind of money, we’d take care of each other. Or at least, that I would, because if you can’t help the people in your life with that kind of money, what’s the point?

I liked the season opener for Law & Order: SVUbut I didn’t love it. It was AS good or AS creepy as I think they could’ve made it, considering how creepy William Lewis was in the finale last year. I almost would’ve liked to see Liv get tortured a little more- I know that sounds wrong, but I think they shied away from the really dark, really psychologically intriguing stuff. Unless we’ll get more glimpses of it as time goes on and she tries to heal.

I watched Nashville and remembered why I had stopped watching it last year. Again, it’s not a bad show, it’s just not a great show. It’s too busy. They need to cut some of the extraneous cast members- like, get rid of Gunnar and his roommate, and either ditch Avery or really step up his story and make him a real character instead of such a background player. And stop introducing even more people- that’s the last thing this show needs! I liked Deacon’s anger- it was hot, and hilarious at times. I liked Juliette’s conniving way of using Rayna’s coma to get attention for herself and her album. But overall, it just fell flat.

Parks and Recreation started out awesome- an impromptu (but unsurprising based on an interview with the show’s creator I read over the summer) wedding for Ron Swanson and his newly knocked up sweetie, Diane. I like them and their low key, low drama relationship, so I welcome their utilitarian approach to their wedding. And Leslie literally frozen in shock was awesome. The rest of the episode felt a little off, as did many of the later episodes of last season. Maybe it’s intentional, though- Leslie’s dream came true but the reality of it isn’t living up to her expectations, so she’s a little off, so maybe that’s why the show has felt a little off? I dunno. The ending conversation between her and Ben about seeing the world a bit more left me intrigued. What exactly are they setting up?

I can describe The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show in the same paragraph- that’s exciting (just know the first bracket will refer to Crazy and the second to Fox.) (Yes, that over there <– in the last parantheses was intentional. I’m clever that way.) This show is fine. It’s not horrible. Some people may even come to love it. Based on the first impression, I won’t be one of them. It feels a little dated, and the chemistry between the various actors is a bit lacking at times. While there are some standouts, particularly <Amanda Setton as the receptionist><Wendell Pierce as Mike’s former producer>, the big draw name left me wanting more. I think the show relies too heavily on <Robin Williams’ hyperactive ADD shtick><Fox’s Parkinsons>. Not the worst TV ever created, not the best.

Grey’s Anatomy once again spoiled itself in promos, since we saw Mousy hit her head, and those in the know knew Tina Majorino is going to be on a TNT show so she was leaving Grey’s. And we all know how Shonda likes to kill off the actors who dare to leave her web (bye, George! Miss you!). Though, I did think for a second we were being faked out, because the intern Leah mentioned being tired and all this kind of stuff early on in the episode, so I thought she’d drop dead of an aneurysm or something! I do like how Mousy’s death is causing this batch of interns to become each other’s people like the original interns were. PS: I hope Jackson stays firm and doesn’t get back with April, and that Matthew trusts his gut and realizes she’s just not that into him, because she’s THE WORST, and I hope Owen and Cristina seriously stay broken up this time, because that’s played out.

I think I love Parenthood. I saw I think, because when I think about the show, I get really annoyed. I don’t like Sarah, so I don’t like when the focus on her, and I don’t like when they bring in super annoying love interests for her, and then keep them around way too long (yeah, looking at you, Ray Romano!). I don’t like Adam and Kristina too much, though the cancer storyline was well done. But as people (granted fictional people, but people nonetheless), I don’t like them. They’re yuppy, and self-centered, and kinda bad parents. Their kids are very spoiled and rude. So, I don’t love focusing on them too much. I don’t care for Julia much. I like Joel, just not Julia. I find her to be yuppy, self-centered and kinda a bad parent. So I don’t love focusing on Julia too much. I do like Crosby and Jasmine, I love Zeek and Camille and think they’ve been woefully underused as of late, and I love, love, love Amber, especially since meeting Ryan. I think she’s the most adult of everyone on the show. I’m just worried, based on the premiere, that this season is going to focus too much on the characters I don’t like, and too little on the ones I do.

The Good Wife was amazing, as usual. That show- for me, I wasn’t too into it to begin with, but it’s a show that gets stronger and stronger each season. The writing is just amazing, and the performances- a simple look shows 1,000 emotions all at once. Seriously. Great show.

Homeland -glad to see Dana Brody is still making sound decisions. Ha! Abstractly, the premiere was good, because Quinn accidentally killing that kid that he’d intentionally avoided killing earlier set up a pretty good arc/theme to the season, I think. Hopefully. If it plays out that way I’d like it too. BTW, my theory on the CIA bombing from last season: I think the bomb we saw Quinn putting together at the start of the episode wasn’t the bomb he used later on in the episode; I think it was the bomb behind the CIA bombing, and that it was actually a flashback. We’ll see, I could easily be wrong, but I think that’d be pretty cool. But the premiere was a little too slow and a little confusing, honestly. I think I would’ve liked more to see the immediate aftermath of the bombing rather than two months removed. Eh.

Seriously. So much TV. So. Much. TV.

Two More Previews

I watched two more pilots last week, but haven’t yet had a chance to tell you four readers about them. Let’s get to it, shall we, before they premiere and it all becomes pointless.

First up: We Are Men. Starring Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, and newcomer Chris Smith, We Are Men is the story of four men bromancing each other at a short-term apartment complex known for it’s divorced male population (yet with a surprising number of bikini clad women wandering about- I think they mention it’s because it’s only a few exits from Hollywood, so lots of wannabe-actresses stay there too.)

Tony Shalhoub is Frank, a successful dude whose thrice been married, and subsequently thrice divorced. He basically has the same idea on women as Matthew McConaughey’s Wooderson in Dazed & Confused: “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Except replace “high school” with 26-year-olds. It’s a little gross, honestly, especially when we then meet his daughter, who is around the same age as the women he’s bedding. Who, of course, is the potential love interest for Chris Smith’s character.

Jerry O’Connell plays Stuart, a guy who evidently hates wearing a shirt, and has been twice married: once to a divorce lawyer who was VERY good at her job, and then to a free-spirited hippie who overnight turned into a materialistic wench who used his ex-wife as her divorce lawyer. So he’s living in the apartment complex while trying to hide his assets. Besides taking his shirt off a lot, there’s not really a whole lot to his character so far.

Then there’s my boyfriend Kal Penn, who plays Gil- a married man who is struggling to connect with his wife in the boudoir, so he has the world’s worst affair, and of course, his wife finds out. I’m hoping, for as long as this show is on, that we get to his wife a bit, because she was played by Aya Cash, aka Callie from Traffic Light (a way under-appreciated, much-too-quickly-cancelled show) and more recently Shelly, the OWS non-leader, on The Newsroom. I really like her and her muppet-y voice, so I’m hoping we get to see Gil try to woo his wife back, because of course, even though it’s been over a year, he still thinks there’s a chance they’ll work it out. Though he’s not opposed to dating his daughter’s friend’s mom with the big cans.

Finally, there’s Chris Smith as Carter, who gets dumped at the altar in a scene very reminiscent of Happy Endings’s opening scene, minus the roller blades  Seriously, I re-watched the pilot to see how similar they were, and while not as exact as I thought, it’s pretty damn close. Whatever. Didn’t work too well for Happy Endings, and I’m pretty sure it’s not gonna work too well for We Are Men! Anyway, Carter gets dumped at the altar, moves in, and is the baby bird the other characters take under their wing. They’re trying to re-teach him how to be a man, since he’s been with his ex-fiancee since college, and she’s the only woman he’s been with in the biblical way, ifyaknowwhatI’msaying!!

So the pilot is basically all about trying to help Carter get over his ex and find himself. After all, all men lose themselves and their identifying characteristics when they enter a relationship and become purse-holding, friend-ditching, emasculated sad sacks who convince themselves that farmer’s markets are fun and that giving up interest in a sport you’ve played since childhood and were good enough to play in college is a completely okay thing. Okey doke. That’s not offensive to women at all, making us seem like dream squashers and fun killers.

I’m pretty sure the creators/writers of this show had to be coming off a bad breakup of their own, and had deep emotional issues that meant just getting over it wasn’t a valid option for them, because it’s just ridiculous. I love the cast, I really do, and hopefully the next three episodes will redeem it, but it should be really glad I don’t count pilots because it’d already have its first strike. While there were a few chuckles, overall it fell flat. If you’re going to insult my sex, at least be funny about it and not a giant cliche.

Check out the pilot for yourself hereWe Are Men airs on CBS Mondays at 8:30/7:30c and premieres September 30th.

Next up: a show about two people dedicated to finding out what makes us, especially women, tick in the bedroom, ifyaknowwhatI’msaying!! Masters of Sex is about William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the two sex scientists. Masters was an obstetrician who wanted to study how the body behaves during sex, and Johnson was his assistant, brought on to help provide insight into female behaviors- for example, the pilot focuses heavily on the question of why a woman would fake it. Clearly, if you’re squeamish about sex, this isn’t a show for you. There are definitely a few graphic scenes and has explicit conversations about sex acts.

It’s a period drama set in the late 1950s. Masters had been conducting studies previously, soliciting prostitutes to observe in the act, but wanted t set up a proper laboratory in which to conduct his experiments. The head of the university/hospital knew the board wouldn’t okay it though, so Masters started conducting the experiments in secret. Of course, it focuses on their personal lives as well: Masters and his wife, Lizzy, were having trouble conceiving; Virginia had some children and an ex of the African-American variety; Masters’ apprentice, Ethan Haas, is romantically linked to Virginia and believes himself to be in love with her- it’s all very dramatic.

Overall, I don’t know if I would necessarily recommend the show. The acting is good- Michael Sheen gives William Masters a slightly autistic feel because he’s-a-scientist-no-need-for-emotion; Lizzy Caplan is very good as Virginia Masters and is stepping outside her usual snark/dark tone, which is refreshing; Nicholas D’Agosto (Omaha FTW, and P.S. my sister lurves him) is great as the lovelorn apprentice, and the rest of the supporting cast, particularly Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges, are very good too. (My dad pointed out to me that MM and BB also play the parents on The Millers, which I find hilarious!)

But, even though the acting is good, the show didn’t really draw me in. I didn’t really connect with anyone in particular; I know from history that the experiments are successful and they start their own institute and while there is some derision from the scientific community, overall they’re considered quite successful. I even know that Masters and Johnson become Masters and Masters for a while, so it’s not like that’s a suspenseful thing. While it’s not a bad show, per se, I’m not sure it’s a show worth my time. As always, I’ll be giving it the three strike treatment starting after the pilot, so maybe it’ll wow me later on. First impression, though, is meh.

You can watch the pilot hereMasters of Sex airs on Showtime Sundays at 10/9c and premieres this coming Sunday, September 29th.


Week One of Fall TV

So, the first week is nearly over. How do you feel? A little dizzy? Need to sit down? Go ahead, it’s okay. There were a lot of emotions this week- between Bones processing Booth calling off their engagement to actually finding Andy Samberg funny and tolerable to losing your head for Sleepy Hollow‘s Tom Mison and his ridiculous hotness- it’s a lot to get through. Thankfully for you, I’m here to help.

So, hopefully you either don’t care about these shows or have actually watched them, because I’m here (a day early, technically, since The Neighbors and other shows I don’t really care about come back tonight, but oh well) to discuss what went well this week, and what didn’t so much.

Bones kicked off the new season of fall TV, and what a kick it was- a kick to the heart! Bones, having finally felt a human emotion, proposed to Booth at the end of last season (after rejecting many of his proposals, btw). However, thanks to the Big Bad of last season, serial-killer/expert hacker/basic psychopath Pelant, Booth quickly called off the engagement without explaining the why of it all to Bones (lest Pelant kill 5 random people). So, Bones is over in this corner, not understanding what happened, just feeling hurt; Booth is over in that corner, feeling guilty for hurting Bones, wanting to tell her the truth but not wanting any more lives on his hands, purposely distancing himself because it’s too hard for him to be around her and not tell her the truth, and in between the two are all their friends/co-workers, sticking their noses in, taking sides, trying to get Booth to explain why he called off the engagement. But in the end, thanks to Booth’s buddy, and ex-priest, Bones sees the light and realizes that even if she can’t know why right now, Booth must have a good reason, and gives him the benefit of the doubt. Heartstrings are pulled; we are the audience are glad they’re sticking together, and just as they kiss…

The clock on their microwave flashes, letting us know that Pelant is still out there, and is keeping his digital eyes/ears on the couple! Gulp. Can’t wait for this guy to be caught. Seriously. If you think about someone like him existing in real life, it’s terrifying.

But you know what’s worse than a cyber-terrorist who can edit video to make it look like you murdered someone, and then spies on your every waking moment? Death. Specifically death brought about by getting your dang head lobbed off! Or so Sleepy Hollow would have us think. Of course, I was too busy getting lost in Tom Mison’s (aka Ichabod Crane) eyes to notice that creepy headless dude with the creepy white horse with the creepy red eyes (the horse has the creepy red eyes, not the horseman, since the horseman is, as I mentioned previously, headless). If you liked Fringe, odds are good you’ll dig Sleepy Hollow.  It’s got the same tone, similar music, similar shooting styles. Heck, the pilot even has one person getting another person out of a loony bin. Fun times. And that ending- whoa. I won’t go into detail in case one of you four readers hasn’t watched yet, but dang. Talk about creepshows. That thing is nightmare material.

Thankfully I only had to have bad dreams for one night, because FOX’s Tuesday comedy lineup knocked the scared right out of me. First Dads attempted to offend me, but really just bored me. It wasn’t AS horrible as all the critics made it sound, so that was nice, but I didn’t laugh or chuckle a single time- except for a preview for next week’s episode. Giovanni Ribisi is in the fridge, because he’s high, and Seth Green opens the door, and GR says “Nooooooo” in a really funny way. (I think you had to be there…) I may give it another shot, just to see if the writing improves, but I doubt it. Seth MacFarlane writers only know certain styles of jokes, and they’ve gotten fairly lazy about them on all their shows, so I don’t expect Dads to be different. (Yes, I’m saying Family Guy isn’t as funny as it used to be. Deal with it.)

Luckily, Brooklyn Nine-Nine exceeded my expectations. Besides some niggles with the supporting cast (for someone who’s supposed to be super negative, Diaz sure is about to laugh and/or smiling all the time, and Linetti’s voice is very grating), I was actually very pleased! I though Andy Samberg was funny, Andre Braugher was, as always, the bomb, Melissa Fumero (Santiago) has good chemistry with Samberg, and Terry Crews was hilarious. I hope it stays strong and passes my three-strike test!

New Girl, on the other hand, is lucky I don’t have a three-strike test for returning shows. The premiere was not great. It was definitely not as good as the season 2 premiere where Jess brags that she didn’t laugh at Vaj Rejuv’s name once in the two months she was teaching him in summer school! No, the premiere focused on Nick and Jess running away to Mexico, Schmidt trying to balance CeCe and Elizabeth, and Winston trying to do a puzzle and being weird about it. However, they didn’t really tell any of these stories that well. It all felt very rushed, and while there were a few great one-liners or entire bits, overall the episode fell flat. Still, a bad episode of New Girl is better than most of the crapfest that is TV right now.

Speaking of crapfests, The Mindy Project’s premiere wasn’t one! Shocking, I know. I know I’ve written about this before, but I was pleasantly surprised at how tolerable the premiere was. Mindy wasn’t nearly as annoying as usual; Morgan was annoying the majority of the time, as always, but had a great bit at the end where he impersonated Bane from The Dark Knight Rises; there was a nurse I don’t remember who wasn’t very funny but called Mindy “Splodge” or something like that, which I found entertaining. Danny was, as always, adorable in his crankiness. It was cute enough- not enough to make me want to give the show another chance, but good enough.

Hopefully The Neighbors starts off strong; and then next week is the big’n! So many shows. HIMYM, Law & Order: SVU, Castle, Trophy Wife and Back in the Game (I know I’ve already watched the pilots, but I’m excited to see the ratings the next day), Parks and Rec, Glee, Parenthood, Masterchef Junior and more! Big week. Busy week. So much TVs. So. Much. TVs.

Today is the day…

The kick off of the fall season. A slow kick off- only a handful of shows premiere this week (FOX Mondays- Bones and newbie Sleepy Hollow; Dancing with the Stars on ABC; the FOX Tuesday lineup- newbies Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, plus New Girl and The Mindy Project; over on CBS on Wednesday is Survivor: Blood vs. Water, and then most of ABC Fridays- Last Man Standing, The Neighbors, and Shark Tank.)

But still, with today being the day life gets more enjoyable (I REALLY like tv!), I thought I’d talk about which returning shows I’m most looking forward to…

The first is one of the few good comedies from last year to actually get a second season, The Neighbors. Now, originally… well, rather than recap what I originally thought, let me just show you…

The Neighbors

Episodes Watched: 1
Snap Judgment: Call me crazy (don’t call me crazy, that’s mean!), but The Neighbors was actually better than I expected. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still bad; I just expected it to be a lot worse. It’s a cute enough idea, and there were a couple humorous moments in the pilot. It just seems like this show is better fitted for ABC Family than ABC. The humor is weak. If the show lasts, it would be wise to embrace the zaniness of living in an alien community. It really just has a bland feel behind it, though.
Grade: C

Well, over the season, that grade went up to an A. Embrace the zaniness they did, and I’ve come to love those green little men and women hiding in average suburban human bodies with their athlete names. I’ve even come around to loving Amber, who for the longest time annoyed the crap out of me, but her softening a little at the end of last season made her more likable. I want to see her and Reggie Jackson make it work, I want to see Larry Bird interact with more humans, and I want to see little Mike Ditka be ridiculously horrible at sports some more. I hope Jackie Joyner-Kersee gets to blindside a few more kids and have more fun with American accents, and I would like to the Weavers get schooled in something by the Zavbronians rather than it always being the other way around. I hope for another awesome Halloween-ween (aka Halloween-one-ween) episode, though it’ll be hard to top last year’s.

Point being, watch this show if you like zany and heartfelt. Also, watch this show because it was moved to Friday nights, and admit it, you don’t have anything else going on, so you might as well watch it- you can put off starting a Netflix binge until afterwards!

Next up: How I Met Your Mother. I’m also somewhat leery about this, because the last few seasons really haven’t been that great, save for an episode here and there. And I predict the same for this season, because stretching out a long weekend to fill an entire season seems… well, dumb. But I have faith in Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, so I’m sure it’ll be mostly hilarious. Plus, I do like their way of letting us get to know the mother before Ted meets the mother, because there’s always been the debate about whether Ted meeting her would be the final scene of the show or whether he’d meet her and we’d get to see them date a little, so I think letting the audience meet her and get to know her before she and Ted meet is a nice compromise.

Also in the comedy realm- New Girl. I’m glad Nick and Jess are going to make a go of it, because even if it ends disastrously, it will be crazy hilarious along the way! Plus, it’ll be fun having Damon Wayans Jr. on for a few episodes and seeing him shake up the dynamic of the roommates. And supposedly Winston will actually have some real story lines this season, which is great, because I think Lamorne Morris has been woefully underutilized. I’m also hoping Merrit Weaver can stay on, but somehow CeCe and Schmidt get back together, because I love them together, but Merrit Weaver is awesome. Can’t she become BFFs with Jess and CeCe, even if CeCe is dating Big Guy?

As for dramas, I’m really looking forward to Parenthood. It’s been a consistently good show, and since I imagine this will be the last season, I bet it will be better than ever. I like that they’ve had the more immature characters grow up a little, and that some of the more annoying characters won’t be on quite as much. I’m excited to see what happens between Amber and Ryan (I hope they do make it down the aisle, because I love Ryan); I hope that Joel and Julia don’t actually cheat on each other and just deal with some temptations, and I hope that even though they’re bringing back Ray Romano, we don’t focus on Hank and Sarah as much as last year. Let’s focus on Hank’s mentorship of Max only, k? Thanks.

I’m also looking forward to American Horror Story: Coven. This is hilarious for me to say, because I thought last season was a ridiculous mess, and the first season was just ridiculous. They use gore and overt sexuality  for the sake of edginess versus actually telling a story, which is lame and makes it feel cheap, honestly. But, despite the messiness of last season- ghosts, aliens, monsters, psychopaths, more psychopaths, Nazis, and Jessica Lange singing the Name Game, which was actually awesome- it was entertaining (which I can’t say for the first season). And given the once again awesome cast for this season- Jessica Lange again, Sarah Paulson again, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Dennis O’Hare again, Mare Winningham, and more- I’m actually looking forward to this season and hope that it focuses on being sinister and scary versus over the top and edgy. Trying to get edgier and edgier is what ruined Nip/Tuck, Ryan Murphy. Don’t make the same mistakes over and over. It’s the definition of insanity.

Homeland looks like it’s going to be amazing this year. It’ll be the first time I’m watching week to week; I binged season one and two with my sister, so I’m not sure how it’s going to feel having to wait a week between each episode and try to avoid spoilers. Actually, I know exactly how hard it’s going to be, because it’ll be like every year with The Walking Dead (which I’m also, as always, crazy excited for). It’s hard with shows like these, where they actually are unpredictable and don’t wait for the finale to pull punches- where there’s an actual sense that anything that could happen. I want to know the spoilers because I want to know what’s coming, but I also try to avoid them like a zombie plague, because I want to be able to be taken by surprise. Shane’s death was in fact diminished since it was spoiled a week or two ahead of time with the DVD description “including Shane’s last episode.” With these, suspense is everything. It was weird watching the first couple seasons of Homeland having known some of the twists, but not all (that damn bomb jacket- woo boy, that was exciting, because I knew how it ended, and was like “WHAAAA?” when it didn’t happen how I figured it had!)

And finally, I’m excited for Castle, simply because I want to find out if Kate says yes or no to his proposal. It’s already been spoiled she takes the job in D.C., so I’m trying to figure out how the supporting cast stays relevant, and does it mean there will be two COWs per episode, or switch back and forth between a D.C. case one week and a NYC case the next? It’ll be interesting to see how the dynamic shifts with her in a new job. And will it last, or will she miss NYC and her old partners and come back? I’m also intrigued to see how the dynamic shifts on Parks and Recreation with Ann and Chris leaving mid-season. I love Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, so I really don’t want them to leave, and I can’t imagine Leslie without her BFF, but imagine it’ll be emotional and hilarious and entertaining to watch her freak out over Ann leaving (especially since I assume Ann will be pregnant).

There ya go, four readers. What returning shows are you psyched for?

If this doesn’t change our minds about Super Fun Night…

Then we’re intelligent people with good taste.

The cast of Super Fun Night created a music video for the song “Don’t Stop Me Now,” by Queen. I like to think that if a trailer doesn’t look funny, but subsequent videos do, I should give the show a chance. But when the videos they release are just as awful as the trailer, it makes me really, really, really not want to watch the show at all. So, whoopsies, SFN, I already didn’t want to watch your show, and I my open mindedness has closed off just that much more.

To see the utter (not-fun-not-funny) ridiculousness of the Super Fun Night cast, go here.

Then, to cleanse your brains and see the best use of “Don’t Stop Me Now” ever, go here.


As I mentioned yesterday, NBC has released a couple pilots early- Ironside and Welcome to the Family.

I’ve now had the chance to view Ironside, and am here to share my thoughts with you.

Where to start… not because I have so much to say, I have so very little to say about Ironside.

It’s not that it’s a bad show, per se. It’s just also not a good show.

Recap of what Ironside is about: Robert Ironside (played by Blair Underwood) is a detective who gets shot and ends up paralyzed from the waist down. That doesn’t stop him from continuing to work as a detective, though, thanks to a lawsuit he filed against the department demanding they let him keep working cases.

Thing is, the pilot shows us how he got shot in the first place, and I have to say it doesn’t seem like he was a great detective beforehand, and he’s still not. He’s one of those “the rules don’t apply to me, screw Miranda rights” kind of cop, plus we’re supposed to think he’s just great because he notices things the other cops don’t, but really it makes me think less that he’s awesome and more that the other cops are even worse.

The COW (case of the week) wasn’t very interesting for a pilot. Blah.

Again, it’s not an awful show, but it’s not a good show. I can see where some people will end up liking it, some people will use it as background noise, and some people will ignore it altogether because I’ve already got enough to watch Wednesdays at 10/9c (The League, American Horror Story: Coven, Nashville, and catching up on the DVR.)

Welcome to the Family

Three posts in a single day!!!! Suck it, other bloggers. (Really, I’m just making up for my many, many months of silence.)

So, earlier today I told you that The Mindy Project‘s season premiere was up on Hulu; also on Hulu today are the premieres of Welcome to the Family and Ironside.

I’ve watched the premiere of Welcome to the Family, and I gotta tell ya, it might not be spectacular, but I like it.

Quick recap: It’s the story of boy knocking up girl and their two families coming together because of the baby.

A bit of a deeper background: It’s graduation day for Molly and Junior. Molly’s parents, Dan and Caroline (Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack), are ecstatic Molly actually graduated- a bit of a ditz/dimwit, it could’ve gone either way for Molly. They’re psyched she made it through high school and even got accepted into ASU, even if it is a party school. Junior’s parents, Chuey and Lisette (Ricardo Chavira and Justina Machado) on the other hand, are ecstatic that their mathlete, model U.N. son is valedictorian. As Junior steps up to give his speech, he gets a message from his girlfriend Molly- she’s pregnant.

Before Molly tells her parents, they’re looking forward to a child-free life, taking about getting in shape, getting down a little more often, etc. Dan even decides to use a coupon for a free introductory session at a boxing gym. The gym owner, though, it a complete dick to him, talking about how he sees yuppies like Dan come in all the time, they get their free session and then never come back again. The owner doesn’t want to waste his time, so Dan, pissed off, leaves.

Why is this important? Because Chuey is the gym dick, of course! So of course they’re not only upset that their children have an unplanned pregnancy, and that Junior is deferring his acceptance to Stanford to go to UCLA, and that Molly is deferring her acceptance to ASU in order to work at a local body piercing shop, but also that they each think the other is big ol’ dickhead. The women, though also disappointed, are at least trying to get along and make their men act like men instead of whiny little boys.

There’s a fun, though predictable, complication at the end of the pilot that I think will add a few layers to the story rather than just focusing on these two families coming together for their children and grandchild. I’m wondering if the writers are a fan of one of my favorite movies, because the sequel used the same twist and if they are, I’m expecting a lot of sighing, collar loosening, and grocery store freak outs from O’Malley. (Though technically the epic grocery store freak out is from the first movie, not the sequel, but still…)

There’s heart for sure; I love Mary  McCormack, Ricardo Chavira and Mike O’Malley, and I’m excited to get to know their characters, and the other characters, more. McCormack and O’Malley have good chemistry, and the little we saw of Chavira and Justina Machado was enticing as well. There’s good rapport between all of them, and you can tell that these families will eventually learn to love each other, even if they never truly like each other.

Check out the pilot for yourself below, or on Hulu.

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