Fall 2009 TV Round Up: Wednesday!

ashleySince 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)

Modern Family
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)

Pilot Watch:

  • 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.

8 Responses to “Fall 2009 TV Round Up: Wednesday!”
  1. heatherannehogan says:

    I think I am going to try Modern Family AND Cougar Town. I need a whole other DVR.

  2. myoctober says:

    So I finally just watched Showmance from last week. Oh em gee. I think I’m about to get obsessed. There is just so much goodness!

  3. Abigail says:

    I hadn’t even heard about Modern Family. I will check it out. The promos for Mercy had me interested, so I’ll watch that too. But my DVR is already booked for Wednesday nights, so I’ll have to use the miracle of the internet.

    Haven’t decided yet if I can commit to ANTM. You know, what with grad school AND SYTYCD happening at the same time.

  4. myoctober says:

    Sooooo. I’m about half way through the Mercy pilot and I PRETTY MUCH wish I was writing for this blog because I’d probably rip this thing to shreds.

    I watched the Nurse Jackie pilot. Neither are insanely conducive to the real world of nursing. I make this point because I really liked the Nurse Jackie pilot regardless. The Mercy pilot (so far) is just a jumbled mess of an hour of television. I realize it’s the pilot, so I won’t complain about the one-dimensional characters YET. But, the plot is just everywhere- there’s about ten different stories going on at once and while it’s not difficult to focus on them, it just annoying to have such SHALLOW and spread storytelling. The writing is horrible, with obnoxious dialogue that tries SO HARD to be Grey’s Anatomy. Sorry kids. This is NO Shonda Rhymes show. Okay, now I need to complain about the nursing thing. Dawn Summers plays a new nurse (with her masters, what?) who just babbles along like an idiot- but NO ONE is helping her. The other nurses don’t really seem to be on a specific unit- sometimes in the ER, sometimes the floor, sometimes the ICU. One patient who was “spiraling the drain” was sitting up in bed being bitchy with make up and her HAIR DONE when she should have been way too sedated to do any persnickety like throw food at Dawn. Speaking of Dawn, her first assignment was the unplug the ventilator as Hot Nurse called time of death. Both of these things are, um, OUT OF OUR SCOPE OF PRACTICE. Next, residents are frickin’ scared of the old hat nurses and don’t know enough shit to NOT order the heparin. Also, what was that crap about the resident not doing anything when this kid was totally going to die?

    Okay, so I have more nursing complaints than I did about Jackie.

    Even still. Poor writing and a lack of research into what nurses REALLY do make a really bad show. But, I’ll probably watch it next week, because I’m getting DVR. And it’s kind of fun to laugh at it.

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