I Was Confused (About the Television Set) – Part Three

16 Sep

It wasn’t until this week when I realized that these premieres are just around the corner! Some already debuted last week! Arg!! Here is another segment of the Fall Show Preview!!

Fall Television Schedule – 2009/2010 Season – Wednesday Nights

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ABCABC’s Wednesday line-up is all brand new, starting off on a bad note (in my opinion) with the debut of Hank. Kelsey Grammar stars as Hank Pryor who is a legendary entrepreneur who loses his CEO job and is forced to move out of New York City and back to the sticks with his family. ABC is definitely playing off of today’s economy with the story line and I’m guessing that if you like Kelsey Grammar, you might like Hank.

I, on the other hand, do not. I find Grammar to be the epitome of annoying. In fact, I can’t even believe that he’s on yet another show. But hell, Two and a Half Men is in it’s seventh season this year, so maybe there is something to this washed-up annoying actor casting thing?

Following my own personal hell on earth Hank, The Middle debuts, starring Patricia Heaton and Chris Kattan.

It’s almost like ABC is trying to get me to watch another station on Wednesday. Speaking of annoying actors, Patricia Heaton definitely falls in to that category for me. I loved her in Everybody Loves Raymond, but something about those commercials she was always in or all the horrible television shows she’s attempted since, I am not looking forward to this show, which features her as a “loving wife and mother of three, she’s middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age.” Yawn.

After the snooze-fest of the 8 o’clock hour, ABC finally will attempt to redeem themselves with Modern Family. From the commercials, this show looks hilarious. It features three different couples (all related somehow, I believe) and stars Al Bundy himself (Ed O’Neill) as Jay and Julie Bowen as Claire. Here is a rundown of the couples (from the ABC website):

“Jay recently married Gloria. Now Jay is trying hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter Colombian wife, along with her passionate pre-teen son, Manny. Claire is having a hard time raising her own family. Her husband Phil is great, except that he thinks he’s “down” with their three kids, much to all their embarrassment. And, Mitchell and his enthusiastic partner Cameron have just made a major life change by adopting a Vietnamese baby named Lily.”

I’m hoping that this show lives up to it’s funny promos. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

I think most of us by now have heard of Courtney Cox’s new show, Cougar Town. Cox plays a recent divorcee who must enter in to the meat-market-esque world of dating at the ripe age of 40, well, something. The promos and commercials look funny, but this is a show that I worry might not live up to the hype.

Last on ABC’s Wednesday line-up, because God forbid anything old NOT be remade, is a modern rendition of “The Witches of Eastwick” or simply Eastwick. For the four of you that haven’t ever seen the original movie, this show will focus on three very different, but strangely similar women who live in the hamlet of Eastwick. Despite their differences, they become friends and begin to discover some very “unusual” talents. Enter a strange, dark and handsome new man to town with talents of his own, and wacky hijinks and mystery ensue.

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CBSCBS starts it’s Wednesday night with another season of New Adventures of Old Christine. It originally took me a while to watch Christine and while it’s not high on the To-Record priority list, it definitely gets a Season Pass and a Thumbs Up from me. I lurv Julia Louise-Dreyfus, who plays a divorcee raising her son Richie with the help of her ex-husband (who is in a relationship with a NEW woman named Christine, hence the “Old Christine” title), her brother, Matthew, (who is HI-larious and darn cute, too) and her best friend, Barb (played by Wanda Sykes).

NAOOC is cute, light-hearted and just what a girl wants to watch midweek. And did I mention how cute Matthew is? (Sooooo cute).

So, I’ve never actually watched Gary Unmarried because I kind of can’t stand Jay Mohr most of the time. Reading up on the premise of the show, it seems like the focus is on Gary and his ex-wife bitching at each other about their lives and children. Needless to say, I’m not too sold on watching this. And honestly, we all know I don’t need ANOTHER show to add to the Season Pass list. This one is DEFINITELY not on it.

After avoiding Gary Unmarried, I quickly will switch back to CBS to watch Criminal Minds. This show, which follows a group of FBI Behavior Analysts (profilers), is one of my all time favorites. This was originally my dream job and it rocks my socks off every week.

Finally, we have the return of the red-headed stepbrother of CSI and CSI: Miami, CSI: NY. Since every single CSI is the same (i.e. horrible writing and line delivery), I’ve never really had an inclination to sit through an entire episode of CSI: NY. But at least it doesn’t have the annoying David Caruso sunglass-removal scene. That’s one plus for NY.

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What does CW stand for, anyway?The CW, America’s trashy teen channel, hits us hard on Wednesdays with America’s Next Top Model, the catty, hair-pulling, drama-filled and ultimately super-fantastic modeling competition, and The Beautiful Life: TBL.

From what I can tell, The Beautiful Life (colon) TBL (redundant, anyone?) is the fictional drama version of ANTM. Cut-throat models plus secret pasts plus some hot Iowa farmboy = certain drama and scandal. CW has ordered 13 episodes; I’ll be amazed if three make it to air.

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FoxyFOX’s Wednesday line-up actually debuted last week (alert! Set your TiVos now!!) SYTYCD, everyone’s favorite, followed up by Glee. I haven’t watched the season opener of SYTYCD yet, but I did sit down for Glee and was inspired to write a post focusing just on Glee.

Long post made short: Glee is fucking awesome. Like super duper crazy love it and want to marry it (and the actor that plays the Glee Club teacher because YUM!!).

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peaCOCKMercy begins the Wednesday line-up on NBC and one can only assume that it is yet another response to the lack of E.R. (see Trauma as well). Mercy is a drama focusing on three nurses, one of which is a rookie and another has just returned from duty in Iraq. Looks like it has some possibility of not sucking, but we’ll see, I guess.

Moving to Wednesdays at 9 o’clock is an oldie, but a goodie: Law & Order: SVU. I’ll be honest, I don’t know who is hotter, Christopher Meloni or Mariska Hargitay? Let’s be real, they’re both on the laminated card, am I right?

After last season’s crazy ending (the cute yet annoying as shit medical examiner going bat shit crazy and killing people), I can’t wait to see where this season goes! Definitely Season Pass worthy.

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The Final Wednesday Night Rundown

New Shows This Season:
The Middle
Modern Family
Cougar Town
The Beautiful Life: TBL

Thumbs Up:
New Adventures of Old Christine
Criminal Minds
America’s Next Top Model
So You Think You Can Dance
Law & Order: SVU

Thumbs Down:
Gary Unmarried

Song title: I Was Confused (About The Television Set) by Ten Hands

One Response to “I Was Confused (About the Television Set) – Part Three”

  1. Shannon September 16, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    For me, Wednesday nights will be all about FOX.

    SYTYCD and Glee on the same night?! Am. In. Heaven.

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