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Can you ever just be whelmed? I think you can in Europe.

I spent about two hours today investigating my options for television viewing in the fall. Have I mentioned I’m unemployed? Because, yes. That is something one does, when one is unemployed. Spends a lot of time investigating television viewing options.

Then I thought, huh, remember last year I made all kinds of lists of the shows I was super-excited about and such? Just for fun, let’s see how they fared this past season.

Ringer

There wasn’t much sexy about this show. Sorry, CW, but this is false advertising.

CANCELLED.

Meh. Not good; the writing was kind of terrible and soapy; the acting was awful (what’s going on with Sarah Michelle Gellar? Was I only imagining she was good on Buffy? No. A LOT of people liked Buffy. So it wasn’t just Buffy. I guess I have to blame the writing on Ringer.) Also, NOT ENOUGH JASON DOHRING. I’m not done with the season – since my man Dohring’s in it, I of course will finish the season – but if you’ve got someone like Jason Dohring in your cast, you USE him. For more than random “I AM A TEACHER!” scenes. (Which, let’s be honest, he’s wonderful in, but there are so FEW of them.) It’s far from the worst show on television or anything, but I’m not surprised it was cancelled.

Aw, look at my Jason Dohring in his little teachery vesty-vest! SO ADORABLE.

Terra Nova

This makes it look exciting. Lies, I tell you. Lies.

CANCELLED (they *say* they’re shopping it to other networks, but they always say such things, don’t they?)

Again, big fat meh. I watched three episodes of this and just totally gave up. Maybe it got better, I don’t know. Don’t care. A lot of times it was too dark to see anything; the dinosaurs weren’t too bad, but the plot was as boring as hell; and I didn’t have a single character I was rooting for. Life’s too short for bad television. I didn’t want to give it any more episodes. I just didn’t care enough.

Once Upon a Time

NOT cancelled!

I think this did pretty well. At least, from what I can tell from the internet buzz. And it got renewed. I ran out of time to watch it last season so am attempting to catch up on this over the summer so I can watch it next season. I liked it well enough. I didn’t LOVE it, but I liked it well enough. It’s light enough entertainment. And it’s pretty. I like pretty.

Grimm

(surprisingly) NOT cancelled!

I was SURE that since I liked this so much, it would be cancelled. Because it was everything I liked (dark, broody, bloody, intelligent) and that usually means, buh-BYE, show! But no! It apparently did well enough – on a Friday night, no less! – that they’re bringing it back for a second season! For some odd reason, it’s coming back on August 15 (WTF?) so, as I’m WAY behind on it, I have about 3/4 of the season to catch up on in 10 days. I’m going to be immersed in Grimm for the next week and a half. There are worse things to be immersed in. I like it a lot. Also, I’m really digging Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe. A whole damn lot.

Aw, Monroe!

American Horror Story

TATE! So glad they’re bringing Evan Peters back. He’s wonderful.

NOT cancelled!

Whoo-hoo! On to season two! I loved the first season of this show SO MUCH. I can’t imagine season two will be anywhere near as good as season one was – usually shows like this should have thrown in the towel after one season, so they can remain bright and shiny in our minds – but I’ll remain optimistic. Season two is set in a mental institution in the sixties. Well, that already sounds creeptastic, doesn’t it? And some of my favorite actors from season one – Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, SYLAR, will be returning for the season (but in different roles, which is an interesting twist.) I’ll be there, American Horror Story. Don’t you worry. I’ll be there.

In looking at next season…I am underwhelmed, honestly. Not with the returning shows – most of my favorite shows were renewed, if not moved around to different days a little – but with the new shows. It’s a season of very stupid comedies and procedurals. There are one a couple that stood out as a little different, and even those…come on, networks, you can’t do better than this?

The ones I’m most excited about – please note, “excited” is in kind of weak air-quotes, here, because I can’t say that I’m overly excited about any of these:

Revolution

A group of people attempt to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

I don’t know what this even means. No forms of energy? So…aren’t WE kind of forms of energy? Like, we eat food, it turns to energy, yeah? Wouldn’t ALL forms of energy assume WE TOO ARE DEAD? Did I just solve this show? Anyway, I like apocalypse-style dramas, if they’re done well. And J.J. Abrams from Lost and Eric Kripke from Supernatural are involved in this one. So I’ll give it a shot. This energy thing is confusing, though, I have to admit. Like, are their fires? Because those are a form of energy. The internet tells me SOUND is a form of energy. So is the whole show silent? This is going to be like that terrible movie with Toothy McTom Cruise War of the Worlds where all the power stopped except, randomly, one guy’s video camera, right? I’m a little worried, let’s be frank.

Elementary

Another (sigh, yes, yes, I know) Sherlock Holmes reboot.

I know. There’s absolutely no need for this. But you know the States – something’s doing well in another country? WE WILL DO IT HERE!  IT WILL BE AWESOME!!!1! I like Sherlock Holmes, I like Jonny Lee Miller, and I’m curious if it’s worthwhile. I’m guessing it won’t be, but it’s worth a shot, at least. (Watson is a LADY. Played by Lucy Liu. But the producers PROMISE Holmes and Watson won’t do any sexual crime-solving. I’ll believe it when I see it.)

666 Park Avenue

A Midwestern couple get hired to manage a swanky New York apartment building, but all the residents have sold their souls to the Devil to get their wishes to come true.

This sounds cheesy, but totally fun. And if it’s done well, it could be good. There’s a lot of opportunity for stories in a high-rise building, and I like devil-things. NO NOT LIKE I’M A DEVIL-WORSHIPPER. If they’re done well (i.e., funny, like in Reaper, or scary/creepy/a little campy, like in Supernatural) I’m totally down with the Devil on my TV. (Or, again, if done well, in movies. The Exorcist? SCARIEST MOVIE EVER. Also, book, which I read way too young, and twisted my little kiddo-brain.  I haven’t seen that movie in…let’s see, probably 15 years? Maybe a couple more? And HAVE NOT WATCHED IT AGAIN SINCE. TOO SCARY.) So, this has potential. Might be ok. Might be silly. We’ll see.

And…um…that’s it? There are a couple that look interesting that are randomly on the TV Guide website but they’re not on the fall schedule. Like something called Cult that has Robert Knepper from Prison Break, and one called The Following about a whole damn CULT of serial killers. Why aren’t they on the schedule? Weird. Wait, I will research. Ah, ok, so Cult is midseason and The Following is a SECRET that I can’t find ANYWHERE even though it’s got freakin’ Kevin BACON in it, what the hell? Why so secretive, Fox?

I like that random smiling kid in the corner. I’ve decided HE’S the serial killer.

There are plenty of returning shows I’m keen on – don’t worry, there will always be more than enough shows for Amy to watch, no worries there, I can ALWAYS find something to watch, I’m a BOSS at rotting my brain – but it is sad that there are only three new shows and two new shows with NO REAL RELEASE DATE that I’m even slightly jazzed about? Hmm. Worrisome, networks. Very worrisome.

Oh, well. If nothing else: we have THIS to look forward to in 2013. SIGH TIMES A BILLION.

Sherlock! Season 3! 2013!!!!

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31 responses to “Can you ever just be whelmed? I think you can in Europe.

  • Cara V. (@fictionalchick)

    Did I just solve this show? Answer: probably… WINNER!

    I am SO stoked that Once and Grimm are coming back… I liked both of them- for different reasons too! I had a friend see 666 Park for some screening and he said he didn’t like it… and he’s really not that picky so now I’m worried… OR HE’S JUST TROLLING ME.

    Kudos for the 10 Things Reference as the post title.

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    • lucysfootball

      Yay 10 Things! Do you know, I only saw that for the first time this past year? I can’t believe I waited so long to watch it!

      We are all going to be SO EMBARRASSED if I actually *did* solve that show.

      I have to catch up on Once and Grimm. I was sure since I liked them both, they’d be cancelled. Everything I like goes away. But why the hell is Grimm coming back on Monday? That’s so weird! And so early! I have to make it through 15 episodes in 6 days, ack! (I was always busy on Friday nights and missed almost the whole season last year!)

      Oh, boo. I was worried that 666 Park Avenue might be terrible. I think that one’s going to go either way – terrible or awesome. Crap.

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  • BFF

    VERY excited for Revolution! The show has to be amazing with J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke. Right? I hope so. I miss Lost and nothing has been able to replace it my life. NOTHING! It sounds like the book “One Second After” where an electromagnetic pulse causes all things electronic to stop working in the U.S and everyone basically has to go back to “Little House on the Prarie” days. Not necesarily the best-written book but it was an interesting take on how modern-day society would deal with having no power.

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  • borkadventures

    1. Excellent title. One of my favorite lines from 10 Things I Hate About You (along with ALL of David Krumholtz’s lines)!
    2. Completely and totally agree on your assessment for this year. I’m eagerly anticipating not-Tate and Jessica Lange on American Horror Story, and I’m only slightly curious about the new shows. I am stoked that horror television has become so popular, although surely some of these will be stinkers.
    3. Have you caught up on Supernatural yet? Last season ended up being really solid!

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    • Charleen

      Speaking of 10 Things, CBS has a new sitcom starring David Krumholtz. If I had TV I’d probably give it a shot, but I don’t know that I want to add another show to my list of things I need to go out of my way to watch.

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      • lucysfootball

        I do like him, but I don’t get along well with sitcoms, usually. I wish they were less stupid and more funny. They’re usually just so idiotic. It makes me sad.

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        • Charleen

          I like sitcoms, as ridiculous as they usually are, because sometimes you just need some happy, ya know? Straight dramas are usually too intense for me, though I do like the ones that can inject some humor (Castle, Psych… though Psych probably leans more toward comedy than drama).

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          • lucysfootball

            Yeah, I get that – I do have some comedies I watch (usually the snarkier ones, The Office, Community, Parks and Rec, those types.) You’re right, sometimes you have to turn your brain off. You totally do.

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    • lucysfootball

      Yay! I’m glad people got the 10 Things reference. It made me smile that people were referring to it on sj’s last post, because I had this one all written and ready to go! :)

      I am happy that horror and suspense and sci-fi seem to be getting more mainstream play, since they’re my favorites. I hope that doesn’t mean people will get burned out on them, though.

      I am still behind on Supernatural! I’m about halfway through the last season. Hoping to get caught up this month before the new season starts! I love that show SO MUCH. It’s sincerely one of my favorite things on television and has been since it started. It’s the perfect blend of campy, intelligent, and tear-jerking.

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      • borkadventures

        It’s just sooo good! Who would’ve guessed the CW could put out such quality TV?! FYI, I believe that it will be on Wednesday nights from now on. I’m gonna try to be better this year about watching it the night it airs, rather than playing catch up.

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    There isn’t much good television nowadays, this is true.

    Sorry, I wanted to say some more, but I’ve had rather a bad day and I’m a bit unfocussed. I’ll come back later.

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    • lucysfootball

      This is the first year I’ve been excited about so few new shows! It’s amazing to me! But it’s good, overall, because that’s less shows I have to deal with recording/catching up on, I suppose.

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  • blogginglily

    I watched two or three episodes of Grimm and was underwhelmed. I’m okay without it on the schedule. I’m actually looking forward to Revolution, but i’m currently reading a mediocre genre novel about. . . the loss of electricity and guns (somehow. . . nobody quite knows how) world wide. Apocalypse! Woohooo! Love ’em.

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    • lucysfootball

      Grimm IS still on the schedule! I like it a lot. But yeah, a lot of people I know were underwhelmed, so that’s why I was surprised it came back. (And happy, since I like it so much.)

      I like that the guns disappeared in your book. Where’d they go? Gun-wormhole?

      I have a weird thing for apocalypse fiction myself. I find it fascinating (well, when done well, at least.)

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      • blogginglily

        gunpowder just doesn’t work as well. They go “pfft” and the bullets don’t develop the velocity needed to kill. They have to fall back on arrows, etc.

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        • lucysfootball

          Ah, I see. So there ARE guns, they’re just useless. Makes sense.

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          • blogginglily

            no. . . it makes NO sense, which, right now, is a big part of why this book isn’t spectacular. Oh. . . flash of light and now the laws of physics are just. . . different? Okay!

            Maybe some later development will explain it to my satisfaction, but so help me if this is a big fucking dream sequence. . . MURDER!!!!

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  • surroundedbyimbeciles

    Will 666 Park Avenue have a little dude yelling, “Da cab! Da cab!”

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  • sj

    I think I’ll need to watch 666 Park Avenue. That sounds like it might be fun.

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m going to give it a shot – I’ll at least give it a few episodes to see if it’s worthwhile. There are so few new shows that look interesting I feel like it deserves a chance!

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  • Blogdramedy

    We don’t have cable…only satellite Internet so while I can read all about these television shows, I can’t actually WATCH any of them. However, even given our short acquaintance, I trust you.

    Especially on the dark, broody, bloody, intelligent bits.

    I know I can buy a lot of these shows on DVD but that’s just a little too much commitment without a taste of what I’m getting. For example, I bought “Haven.” I now have to take out a hit on the writers, hope the actors win the lottery so they don’t have to act ever again and threaten the producers with gross bodily injury if they ever go near Karl Urban with an offer of a part in their next production. That’s “Haven.” H-A-V-E-N.

    It’s really bad.

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    • lucysfootball

      You’re going to mistrust my taste now. But I kind of like Haven.

      Yes, it’s cheesy, and the acting’s not always the best. But I really like Eric Balfour, and I like the monster-of-the-week stories (well, sometimes I like them more in theory than in practice, but I do like them.)

      Mostly I’m watching for Eric Balfour, though. And the cop guy’s ok, too. I don’t know who Karl Urban is. I looked him up but the internet isn’t being helpful about who he was in Haven so I can’t judge.

      Sometimes I like shows that I know aren’t very good. It’s a problem I have.

      I just really, really, REALLY like Eric Balfour.

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  • lahikmajoe

    I wanted to say something more here, but I didn’t get the reference to the movie the title of this post came from and I don’t know any of these shows. And even though this is yesterday’s post, I agree with Andreas’ comment.

    Everyday can’t be great, eh?

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    • lucysfootball

      Nope. Many days cannot be great. It is a sadly true fact.

      Today was more great. Well, blog-wise. There are many references to your favorite Lucy’s Football character. Try that out instead. You can talk about your city.

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