Out of Sync with TV Gal

October 11, 2006

If you’ve never read TV Gal who writes for Zap2It, you should.  I’ve been reading her for years and 90% of the time I am completely in sync with her.  It’s not just on the good shows that we agree but even on the “bad bad” and the “good bad” shows.  As embarrassed as I am to admit it, we even share a love of All My Children (which I was introduced to while in the womb back in 1970) from way back when.

This is why I was so upset reading her column this week.  It’s like I don’t know her at all.    Take this part:

I need to understand why you’re not watching “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (Monday, NBC, 10 p.m.). Oh, don’t lie to me. I know you’re not watching and I want to know why. The gets better with every episode — it’s funny, sharp and who knew Sarah Paulson was this talented?

Is she watching the same show I’m watching?  I so want to love this show as a die hard Aaron Sorkin fan but I’m finding each week seems to get worse and worse.  This week’s episode had some promise finally with a story about plagarism, only to cop out with an ending that wrapped up way too tidily.  I also find Sarah Paulson’s character to be grating and don’t care about her story with Matthew Perry.  They have no chemistry, please move on from this story.  They are no Donna and Josh or Casey and Dana. 

TV Gal follows up with:

So, as “Prison Break” headed off for its baseball hiatus, it seems to have lost its mind. Really, is it necessary to kill off everyone? The Sara story line is the only interesting thing the show has going on right now (seriously, I can’t believe they are digging a hole again), so why kill off her dad? I’m also tired of the President not being seen when we all know it’s because Patricia Wettig is over on “Brothers & Sisters.” And was anyone clamoring to see Haywire again? Anyone? That whole story line screams time filler.

I agree with her about the Haywire story but I finally thought over the last couple of episodes that the show picked up a lot of the momentum it lost since the escape.  The way she feels about the main storyline is kind of how I feel about the Sara storyline – it’s uninteresting to me.

On the topic of Grey’s Anatomy she writes:

Is anyone picking up what “Grey’s Anatomy” (Thursday, ABC, 9 p.m.) is putting down? That these two seemingly rational men would put up with Meredith’s shenanigans? It occurred to me last week that I’m beginning to feel the way about “Grey’s Anatomy” the way I felt about “Ally McBeal.” I can understand why it’s so popular, I just don’t particularly enjoy watching the show every week. That might be because I want to throttle Meredith and McDreamy. I’d watch a spin-off with the rest of the characters, especially Christina and Addison.

What’s funny is that I’m in complete agreement with her about the Meredith storyline but somehow I’ve been able to block her out every time she’s on screen and enjoy everything else that’s great about the show. 

Finally about Brothers and Sisters she writes:

So my mom was so right about “Brothers & Sisters” (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.). The show is so growing on me.

I have high hopes for this show with its Everwood pedigree but there’s nothing about this show that is keeping me engaged.  It’s on life support on my PVR.

TV Gal, I don’t think this is it between us.  I know that as the season progresses we will get back in sync.  I’m only writing because I care.  I look forward to your column next Monday as I have every Monday the past few years. 


Capsule Reviews

October 6, 2006

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – Episodes 2 & 3

Let me start by saying I still like this show and will continue to watch but the cracks are starting to show. There’s a lot to like on the show. Most of the cast are great and I’d like to give a special shout out to Stephen Weber who is playing such a different role from his Wings character and subtly steals every scene he is in. I still like the Sorkin dialogue despite it being pretentious. I also think there is room for the behind the scenes at SNL concept to grow – especially from the guy who created Sports Night.

Here’s the but. I generally hate the Sarah Paulson character. I get it she’s religious but does she have to bring it into every conversation. I know lots of religious people and their religion isn’t the basis of every conversation they have. I’m indifferent to Amanda Peet’s character – I don’t really like her but I don’t really hate her either. I do definitely dislike her storyline. I mean does anyone actually care about the DUI of a network executive or even more want to read a tell all book about one. People who are generally behind the scenes of TV shows are not celebrities to the majority of people. The sketches are horrible and unfunny. I could go on about this but here’s a link to an article that already has that covered. Finally and here’s the big one. The show doesn’t have enough of a narrative to keep it moving along week to week. I never once felt like West Wing was the political crisis of the week but this show is turning into a weekly procedural about the behind scenes crisis in making a television show. If you’ve read any of my other blog postings, you know how much I hate procedurals.

All this being said, I’m still in for the forseeable future. Aaron, it’s only because I care that I’m so critical. If I didn’t care, this show and didn’t think that there is a lot of promise in this show, it would already be on my cancelled list.

Avi’s episodes rating: B-

Vanished – Episodes 1-7

I don’t really like this show. The acting is generally poor (although I rather like Ming Na and the actor who plays the Senator). The characters are one dimensional and I could care less what happens to Sara Collins or the conspiracy behind her disappearance. Still, I keep watching and I don’t know why. It’s not on the top of my list, I generally don’t end up watching the show until I’ve caught up on almost every other show on my PVR. There’s something about it keeps bringing me back. Fox’s move of starting the show in August probably helped. If it came on now when I have so many other options it would have already been dropped. I keep telling myself only one more episode then it was only until baseball. Now after this week’s episode which killed off the main character, Agent Kelton, who I truly didn’t like and replaced with Eddie Cibrian, (Third Watch, Young & the Restless, Tilt and Invasion) who I actually do like, I might have to watch after baseball. But only for one episode.

Avi’s series to date rating – C+ but bumped to a B for reasons I don’t understand myself.


Tomorrow’s Reviews

October 5, 2006

I’m slowly catching up on the shows I’m behind on and will be back tomorrow with reviews of Lost (liked it but didn’t love it), Studio 60 (still like it but there’s something lacking that wasn’t in Sports Night or West Wing’s early years), Vanished (does it stay on my list after baseball) and whatever else I have time to watch.


Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – Season 1, Episode 1

September 20, 2006

There isn’t much I can say about this show that hasn’t been said already. It’s my favourite new show of the season. Aaron Sorkin is truly a master at creating interesting, memorable characters that are at the same time idealistic and flawed.

Rather than tell you how much I loved this show and how you should watch it every week, I’m going to link to Aint it Cool News which has summarized the professional reviewers:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/30099

All I have to say is that I concur.

Avi’s episode rating: A