Fall 2009 TV Round Up: Wednesday!
Since I spent Tuesday’s post complaining about its distinct lack of television — and, as a warning, will be spending tomorrow complaining about Thursday’s overabundance of television — I feel it’s only fair that I commend Wednesday for its perfect balance of TV programming. It’s the Baby Bear of television (of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” fame, obviously): just right. Now if you’ll excuse me for a moment, my cat is about to kill my dog. The growling is intense, and that’s just the cat.
FOX, 9/8 Central
I have now watched and listened to the Glee rendition of “Don’t Stop Believing” (click it, I dare you) approximately 1,000 times, and it never gets old. It’s just so . . . Glee-ful. And that’s how I feel about the show. Sure it has its flaws. Its satirical nature lends it to being both blunter and faster than other shows set in high school, and I’m really not sure — other than that he must be the nicest man in the world — why Will Schuester is married to his wife, but under that satire of abysmal stereotypes is joy. It’s fresh and funny and it’s got tunes. Honestly, even if the story sucked balls I would still be glued to the TV in anticipation of those fabulous tunes (there’s a reason two separate soundtracks are being released for season one alone . . . also, I heard that in the first thirteen episodes, there are sixty-seven songs!) And oh! There are so many emotions! In my house, Wednesday night is now Glee night. We even sucked my roommate Alison in, and she hates almost everything I like. (I caught her watching “Don’t Stop Believing” when she thought I wasn’t looking. Twice.) (Premiered 9/09/09)
ABC, 9/8 Central
It was probably one of the proudest moments of my life — for no good reason, really, but I can’t help how I feel — when I got an email saying that I was being given the chance to watch a free screener of the pilot for this show. Frankly, I would have been ecstatic even if it would have been some dumb show like Hank or The Beautiful Life, but it was like BONUS when I found out it was Modern Family, a show I’d been planning on checking out anyway. And believe me when I say that you should check it out, too, especially if you’re a fan of Office-type humor. Modern Family — a mockumentary following a somewhat dysfunctional family in the midwest — had me hooked within the first three minutes. The characters are lovable, the jokes are fresh, and the view this show has on the American Family is honest and hilarious. But really, any show that can give me a real make-you-cry-from-laughing belly laugh, not once but TWICE in twenty-two minutes (and in the Pilot, no less), is a show to celebrate. Seriously, put this on your list. (Premieres 9/23/09)
- Mercy — Three nurses, one back from Iraq with “issues”, one who used to be Harriet the Spy/Dawn Summers/Georgina Sparks, and another one that I’ve never seen before, mixed in with Anne Heche’s current love puppy. The critics are calling it unnecessary, but you know what they say about reverse psychology. (NBC, 8/7 Central)
- Cougar Town — I’m only watching this out of loyalty to Bill Lawrence and the former glory of Scrubs. It actually looks kind of grating, but I’ll give it a shot. (ABC, 9:30/8:30 Central)
- Eastwick — Although it sounds mildly intriguing (I haven’t read the book or seen the film), I’m basically watching it because of Jaime Ray Newman, who has had bit parts in a ton of things I like (Veronica Mars, Stargate Atlantis, Bones, Eureka), and who is always charming. She is cute as a button. (ABC, 10/9 Central)
I Don’t Watch These, But You Might: The Middle, The New Adventures of Old Christine, America’s Next Top Model, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, CSI: New York.
Stay Away From: Hank, Gary Unmarried, The Beautiful Life.