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Things I didn’t bother with this year

So one of the big things I clearly didn’t bother with this year was to keep on top of my reviews and actually post me review of the television year before the new seasons all began. I was trying to finish some things off before posting the summaries because otherwise it was a surprisingly short list of shows. There were however a few shows that I just didn’t bother with this year, and thought it would be a good idea to bundle them all together so they didn’t pollute the others.

Criminal Minds: Season 12 – when did this show get so poor? I realise that after a couple of hundred episodes the writers may start to struggle and the actors may get a bit bored, but this season feels like some kind of step change in quality. I mean it’s just bad. The dialogue from the writers and delivery from the actors are just amateur, like everyone is phoning it in, it’s full of cliché’s utterly lacking in subtlety and painful to listen to. I know they’ve had a lot of change in the cast, but I don’t think it’s because Morgan and Hotch left, or Alvez joined. Tara has never really come out as a character, and Prentis isn’t working in her new role as leader, she’s just too wooden (I think Paget Brewster is better suited to comedy and struggles to carry the weight of the drama necessary for the leader of the team). Reid is more of a caricature than ever and the only point of life is Garcia who just cannot do it all by herself. Time to retire this one I think.

Fargo: Season 3– I really enjoyed the first two seasons, but I didn’t even last half hour of this one before I lost interest. Having the same actor playing brothers just feels like a completely unnecessary gimmick. It’s not the Ewan McGregor couldn’t play either role, but I just didn’t want to spend my time trying to suspend my brain from continually working out how they edited scenes together. Nothing else jumped out as interesting, so I gave up.

Code Black and The Night Shift – both haave the same problem. The first seasons were enjoyable tosh, but I just couldn’t be bothered to continue watching. A few characters I liked disappeared, the melodrama ramped up and it just felt too artificial for any real engagement. Life’s too short.

Bull: Season 1– I managed about three quarters of the season and I kept thinking that as I was so close to the end I should just stick with it. But I once again realised that life’s too short to watch mediocre television. Particularly when it’s just making me sad to see a talented cast wasted on utterly mediocre ideas and writing. It was so formulaic and derivative that I can’t believe anyone involved was really putting any effort in or cared about the output. The idea of the show was just too narrow to really support a full 20 odd episode season, particularly given they decided to have almost no arc stories at all, each episode was completely standalone with no plots or character development spanning multiple episodes. A waste.

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 12 – Season 12 finished in a place that I was incredibly unhappy with. I’ve always like the character that Alex grew into, starting out as an obnoxious arsehole and gradually showing where he came from and allowing the other characters to influence him into a better person. Then the writers had him beat the crap out of someone because he was jealous. I thought I’d let a few episodes of the new season build up to see where they went with that, and reading the spoilers I liked the direction even less, as it seemed to be verging dangerously into victim blaming. So I decided not to watch. I kept reading spoilers, and there really wasn’t anything in there that made me want to watch again. It wasn’t just Alex, other characters were frustrating too (ugh – Amelia) and I just didn’t want to watch. So I didn’t bother. That makes me sad, because I adore this show. I’ve read similar frustrations from reviewers online, but they seem to be a bit more positive about the new season, so maybe I’ll just pretend this season never happened.

The Good Fight: Season 1 – I adored the early seasons of The Good Wife, but I lost interest to the extent that I didn’t even get through the final season. I felt the writers rushed things a bit and characters went in directions I either didn’t believe or didn’t want to believe they’d go. I tried The Good Fight because, well, Christine Baranski. But I never really felt like watching more. It sat on my Sky box for months waiting for me to get to it before I finally gave up and deleted it. It may have been great, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

The Defenders: Season 1: I loved Jessica Jones, liked Luke Cage and even sat through Iron Fist just so that I could be more up to speed for The Defenders, but I haven’t yet made it beyond episode 2. I was bored. Even though I’d watched 3 out of 4 of the components, I didn’t remember enough of the plots to really pull everything together and there was absolutely zero help from the writers to elegantly remind you. I’d even have been happy with an inelegant “previously on…” few minutes at the start. I didn’t engage at all, but I will give it another try.


The Upfronts: CBS

What’s Out
Carnage again at CBS with seven cancellations, largely amongst stuff I’ve never seen. Numb3rs, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Gary Unmarried and The New Adventures of Old Christine have all been around for a few years, but never really made much of an impact on my psyche. Miami Medical and Accidentally on Purpose were new this year, neither impressed me with their pilots and neither apparently made any impact on the ratings.

What’s Back
CBS: All CSI, All the time! Lead by the original CSI (returning for season 11) are a flotilla of procedurals – CSI:NY, CSI:Miami, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, The Mentalistand Medium. The Good Wife is one of the biggest critical successes amongst the 2009-10 class so is also renewed unsurprisingly. Half-hour comedies are represented by How I Met Your Monther, Rules of Engagement, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.

What’s New

  • Hawaii Five-O: The ‘classic’ cop show reimagined. It’s got an impressive cast, gorgeous locations and the ever popular combination of girls and guns. From the clips though it also looks like it might have a willingness to poke fun at itself and the spark that is missing from many other trailers out there.
  • Blue Bloods: Tom Selleck and his moustache are back. The writers of the Sopranos take on the other side of the law with a family of New York law enforcers, an interesting idea but the trailer didn’t have the aforementioned spark, it felt like it was trying too hard.
  • Defenders: Yet another show about lawyers. Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell are great names, and it might be an interesting twist to have budget lawyers in crappy suits rather than the ultra polished ones that tend to be on screen and not hugely sympathetic. If the chemistry is all they play it up to be, this might be a lot of fun.
  • Mike & Molly: A couple meat at Overeaters Anonymous and fall in love. Fat jokes ensue. Melissa McCarthy and the world in general deserve better.
  • $#*! My Dad Says: This one’s going to be a headline maker. For a start it’s based on a twitter feed. For a second, no one quite knows what to do with the show’s name when you can’t say ‘shit’ on network TV. For a third it’s got possibly the most perfect piece of casting there is, with William Shatner playing the cantankerous eponymous Dad. I’ll admit, I follow the twitter account and I laughed at the trailer.
  • Criminal Minds Spinoff: I’ve made my thoughts on this one pretty clear. It’s not coming in until mid-season so maybe they’ll find someone to fill the charisma hole and convince me this is more than a completely shameless lack of creativity, but I’m not holding my breath.

Links: Watch with Kristin, TV Squad, The TV Addict