Fall 2012 TV Round-Up: Mondays!

I haven’t done a Fall TV round-up in a couple of years, but I was sitting around watching TV and reading . . . something, and then I had an urge for list-making, and we all know how that turns out. The urge for list-making is so powerful it even trumps my other top two urges these days, which are eating and doing nothing, in that order. And, as always, TV can be relied upon to fulfill a purposeless existence entertain and . . . stuff. Not to get all weird and personal on you or anything. P.S. Homemade spaghetti sauce? Always delicious. Especially if you chase it down with an unholy amount of freshly made cookie dough. Which I have just done.

But enough about me and my horrible adult life. Let’s talk about Monday night TV!

Some stuff you should know: 1) I’m splitting these posts up by days of the week, first new shows, then old ones; 2) I don’t watch nearly as much TV as I used to, ever since I dropped a whole bunch of shows from my roster when I took my Master’s Exams, and then decided it would be a good idea to get a 9-5 office job to suck out my soul a piece at a time; 3) The new crop of shows is horribly bereft of promise, but as always I promise to try and be optimistic; 4) The shows I do not currently watch will be listed at the bottom with a brief summary and the premiere date, for your pleasure and convenience; and 5) As always, I don’t give a shit about reality TV.

And hey, guess what? IT’S SEASON PREMIERE SEASON.

PILOT WATCH

Revolution
NBC, 10/9 Central

I think a little piece of me now dies every time J.J. Abrams attaches his name to a new show, especially if it actually looks like something I’d be interested in. But for every Fringe or Lost, there’s an Alcatraz just waiting to tease you and then go creep off to a corner somewhere to splutter and die. It almost makes me not want to watch, if it’s just going to be cancelled. But who are we kidding? I’m going to watch. Intriguing premise — all the electricity on Earth stopped working all at once fifteen years ago. Promising cast — Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, my lady crush Elizabeth Mitchell. Big names behind the scenes — Abrams (duh), Jon Favreau, and Eric Kripke (the guy who created Supernatural). I haven’t seen this one yet, even though the whole pilot has been online for a couple of weeks now, but I’ve heard some good things. (I’ve also heard some other things, but I’m going to ignore them for now, because every new show deserves time to grow into its own thing.) (Premieres 9/17/12)

Other Shows:

  • Partners, CBS 8:30/7:30 Central — Gay guy and straight guy are, gasp!, best friends, brought to you by the guys who created Will & Grace. Honestly, the only reason I’ll be checking this one out is because Brandon Routh is in it. Probably won’t be watching it past the pilot. (Premieres 9/17/12)
  • The Mob Doctor, FOX 9/8 Central — Jordana Spiro is a doctor who, wait for it, works for the mob. I’ve had it up to my ears with medical shows, and I can’t stand mob stories. I couldn’t be less interested in this show if I tried. (Premieres 9/24/12)

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RETURNING SHOWS

Bones
FOX, 8/7 Central

Bones fell way, way down my list of priorities last season, and it felt like it did the same for Hart Hanson and Co. as well. (Unrelatedly, you’ll notice that these “Season Eight” promo photos are the exact same ones released last year for season seven.) Even though something that should theoretically have made me SO SO HAPPY (Brennan having Booth’s baby) actually HAPPENED, it felt like the magic was gone, but not because B&B were together. More like because almost everything about the shortened season felt half-hearted. The season-ender was pretty great, though, with Brennan accused of murder and stuff, and then going on the run with the baby. No doubt tonight’s “The Future in the Past” will be a great hour of TV (or if not great, then at least super watchable), but I worry for the rest of the season. I want that magic back. And if I don’t get it, well, I won’t stop watching. I’ll just be really unhappy about it. (Premieres 9/17/12)

Castle
ABC, 10/9 Central

Castle is pretty much on fire right now, and I’m hearing great things about the post-coital (BAHAHAH!) relationship between our two, finally-boinking leads. I’m not really worried about Castle losing its magic, for several reasons. First, because this show only seems to be getting better with age. I wasn’t a huge fan during seasons one and two, but by the end of season three, it was giving me that so-excited-I-could-vomit-but-I-won’t feeling. Second, my favorite thing about this show has never been the yearning — it’s the atmosphere, the goofy cases (and the sometimes SUPER INTENSE cases), and the relationships between the characters, and not just between Fillion and Katic. I love Castle’s family, and the familial relationship between Beckett and her co-workers. It’s the same feeling Bones used to give me, but I feel like it’ll still be around for a while in Castle because the show is still so young. Also, just look at those faces ↑ How cute are they?! (Premieres 9/24/12)

Other shows:

  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS 8/7 Central — I am constantly one season behind in this show, but apparently some shiz went down last season with a wedding? But we still don’t know who the mother is? COME ON. (Premieres 9/24/12)
  • 90210, CW 8/7 Central — I couldn’t care less, not even enough for a quick Google search. (Premieres 10/8/12)
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS 9/8 Central — I hung in with this all last season, but not even the adorableness of Kat Dennings can keep me watching this mess. I might check in every now and then if something big happens, but for now I’m done. (Premieres 9/24/12)
  • Mike & Molly, CBS 8:30/9:30 Central — Apparently M&M are married now and thinking about babies. I wish Melissa McCarthy had a better place to show off her talent. (Premieres 9/24/12)
  • Gossip Girl, CW 8/9 Central — I gave up on this one a couple of seasons ago, but this is the old girl’s final season, and apparently the exact same things are still happening. I’m tired just thinking about it. Anyway, this is Josh Schwartz’s longest running show ever, so let’s all give him a round of applause. (Premieres 10/8/12)
  • Hawaii 5-0, CBS 10/9 Central — Cops and surfing? (Premieres 9/24/12)

Tomorrow: Mindy Kaling jumps ship from The Office to take over my TV. Also, other comedies in what I’m going to call The Comedy Clusterfuck.

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10 Responses to “Fall 2012 TV Round-Up: Mondays!”
  1. PREMIERE SEASON WOOOOOO!
    I am going to give Revolution a chance. We’ll see what happens. Otherwise, my only Monday show is HIMYM.

  2. Abigail says:

    Yaaaaaaaay! Most excited for HIMYM and Castle and fingers crossed for Bones. Last season, man. Zzzz. I don’t even remember this finale of which you speak so I guess I have an extra project for tonight.

  3. I watched Revolution and I didn’t care for it. I’m tired of JJ Abrams toying with my heart.

    • Ashley says:

      I thought it was okay. I really liked the uncle a lot, and the dude who used to work for Google, but I was pretty much neutral on the rest of it. They skipped over all the really interesting and scary stuff, like how everyone learned to survive without electricity, plus also Elizabeth Mitchell’s character is dead? I’m hoping she’s only fake dead.

      I’m going to keep watching though, so we’ll see.

      I think a big problem is that because ole J.J. has attached his name there are certain expectations, but Fringe was really the last series he was fully engaged in, and even then he let Pinkner and Wyman and Orci, etc take over from there. The reality is that other people are more responsible for “his shows” even though he gets all the blame/credit. Revolution is Eric Kripke’s show. At this point I think “J.J. Abrams” is just a way to sell a show to a network — he has the ideas, somebody else takes over from there.

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