Trailer Talk: Up All Night

The Fall is coming! The Fall is coming! And it’s about time I start writing about some of these upcoming series. So for the next couple weeks until premieres actually start, you’ll see me writing some early impressions based on two things: description and trailer. You can decide on your own what you think of a series, but I’ll give you my impressions first.

Up All Night
Series Preview: Wednesday, September 14, at 10/9c on NBC*

Christina Applegate (“Samantha Who?”) stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett, “Arrested Development”). As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What’s more, the endless needs of Reagan’s boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava (Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”), threaten to throw Reagan off balance.

My Thoughts: I’m so excited about this show! I know, I know. You would normally think I wouldn’t be. I’m not a fan of Will Arnett. I never have been (and before you ask, no, I never really watched Arrested Development; I hear that’s where everyone loves him from). I’m also not the biggest fan of Maya Rudolph. Nothing against her. I could take her or leave her.

But I am a fan of Christina Applegate, and it looks like a really cute premise. Plus, Will Arnett isn’t being over-the-top and, well, orangey-tan, so that’s helping it out. The commercials have been appealing, but it’s the promo below that really turned me on to the show. It’s hilarious. The one-liners are great (“Honey, worry. I can’t totally do this.”), and it just feels like a relatable show. Ok, well, I assume so. I mean, I don’t have kids, so I can’t say for sure, but I imagine a lot of the stuff they say are things that would come out of my mouth in that situation. That’s great.

The weakest part about the show is really Maya Rudolph, at least if we’re taking it only from what you see in the promo. There’s just not all that unique about her character from what I see. But I’ll give her a chance.

Ultimately, it just looks like a good show. Surprise, surprise, NBC, you might’ve gotten yourself a good one.

*Now, let’s just discuss one more thing. A preview on the 14th at 9/8c, only to move the show to its actual timeslot the following week at 8/7c. Can’t you just train your viewers right from the start when the show will be? Also, does this show not feel like it’s perfect for Thursday? Uggh. If you kill this just because of timeslot scheduling, I will kill you.

Your thoughts?

Trailer Talk: Ringer

The Fall is coming! The Fall is coming! And it’s about time I start writing about some of these upcoming series. So for the next couple weeks until premieres actually start, you’ll see me writing some early impressions based on two things: description and trailer. You can decide on your own what you think of a series, but I’ll give you my impressions first.

Ringer
Series Premiere: Tuesday, September 13, at 9/8c on the CW

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.

My Thoughts: OMG. We’re less than a week away. Every time I watch the promo I get goosebumps. Is it because Sarah Michelle Gellar is back on TV? Maybe. Is it because this because that haunting phone ringing gets me every time, even though I know that Siobhan is going to answer? Definitely.

Ok, so I have some reservations. First, I can’t stand it when someone takes over another identity or loses their memory, then finds out that there’s a lover in the picture and the guy goes, “We’ve slept together a thousand times.” It just feels forced. Figure out another way to do it.

Second, is this show sustainable? I mean, how long can you really go with the mystery? Eventually, Siobhan is going to have to make an appearance, right? How annoying would she be just sitting in her Parisian flat answering the phone? And once she makes an appearance, then how much is left? And I’m not the only one who thinks that way.

Third, it’s on the wrong network. Sorry, CW, but I just don’t think your audience matches this show. Originally, it had been pitched to CBS. While CBS always reminds me of procedurals when I think drama, do I do think the audience would have matched a little better.

All that being said, I’m so excited. Just thrilled. I mean, the cast is great. While I don’t know Siobhan’s husband, we’ve got Sarah Michelle Gellar (of course, a fan), Kristoffer Polaha of LUX fame, and Nestor Carbonell. Huzzah! And really, it just looks interesting. The twins have a good backstory (which is lacking on a lot of twin shows), and I’m just looking forward to seeing where it goes.

So I’ll be watching with fingers crossed. Will you?

Trailer Talk: New Girl

The Fall is coming! The Fall is coming! And it’s about time I start writing about some of these upcoming series. So for the next couple weeks until premieres actually start, you’ll see me writing some early impressions based on two things: description and trailer. You can decide on your own what you think of a series, but I’ll give you my impressions first.

New Girl
Series Premiere: September 20, 9/8c on FOX

Jess Day is an offbeat and “adorkable” woman in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves into a loft with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s quirky and somewhat awkward, Jess is comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys — especially at home.

My Thoughts: I’ve seen a variety of promos for this show, and while there’s still a little blurriness about what it actually is (beyond just a girl living with guys), it looks adorable. I’ve been a fan of Zooey Deschanel for a while now (so much so, that I’ve desperately tried to cast her in my imaginary version of Pushing Daisies, only to find out I was wrong when I watched the pilot), and really, she’s perfect for this role. “Adorkable” is right on the money, and I’m sure I’ll watch regularly and wish I looked as adorable as her in every outfit I see her in and every way she wears her hair. Sigh.

Ok, let’s move away from the girl factor for a moment. My only disappointment is that Damon Wayans Jr. is no longer in the show. He was originally cast and had to give it up when Happy Endings was renewed (not that I’m complaining), so now there’s a guy who I really don’t know and I don’t know if I’ll like as much. But I’ll give him a chance. Because, why not? The rest of the show looks great. Plus, apparently we still get Wayans in the first episode.

Ultimately, it sounds like a winning combination, and I look forward to checking it out. Can FOX handle two Deschanels in one season? I hope so. Because I like it!

Promo below (well, one of them). Your thoughts?

In other news, why would you ever have this horrible voice advertise your upcoming series? This seriously made me not even want to watch the promo! Anyway, if you want to watch another, check it out right here. It’s the original, featuring Wayans.

Update: It looks like you can download the first episode of New Girl for FREE on iTunes! Check it out. Looks like I don’t have to wait too long to see if my predictions were correct.

Have Your ‘Revenge’ — on Your Kindle

Right about now is the time that I’m thrilled that I have a Kindle. Thanks to The Futon Critic, I was just able to download the pilot script for ABC’s upcoming series Revenge for FREE. That’s right. From now until the premiere on September 21, you too can download Revenge‘s pilot script. Just check it out here.

Now, the biggest dilemma here is to go ahead and read it and then write my thoughts or to watch some more promos, write up some impressions (like I did for Hart of Dixie) and then antsily grab up my Kindle for some good beach reading. This will be tough. After all, the full script does sound tempting.

Will it ruin my watching the first episode? Probably not. Reading a script and seeing live action are two entirely different things. But man, kudos to ABC. This is one series I’ve been hearing a lot about, and now I have it in my hands.

Muah-ah-ah-ah!

Yes. That deserves and evil laugh, don’t you think?

Trailer Talk: Hart of Dixie

The Fall is coming! The Fall is coming! And it’s about time I start writing about some of these upcoming series. So for the next couple weeks until premieres actually start, you’ll see me writing some early impressions based on two things: description and trailer. You can decide on your own what you think of a series, but I’ll give you my impressions first.

Hart of Dixie
Series Premiere: September 26, 9/8c on the CW

Fast-talking New Yorker and brand new doctor Zoe Hart has it all figured out — after graduating top of her class from medical school, she’ll follow in her father’s footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will. She quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn’t always so hospitable – the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than pleased to be sharing the practice with this young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, is a Southern belle whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe. Zoe’s only allies are the mayor, former football star Lavon Hayes, her bad-boy neighbor Wade Kinsella, and handsome lawyer George Tucker – who just happens to be Lemon’s fiance. Zoe is out of her element and ready to pack her bags, but a surprise visit by her snobby New York mother leads to Zoe’s decision to stay in Bluebell for a while, discovering small-town life and a side of herself she hadn’t known was there.

My Thoughts: I never watched The O.C. It’s not that I didn’t like it; I just never watched it. So nothing in me is super excited to see Rachel Bilson back on TV (well, since her stint on How I Met Your Mother), and from what I can tell, it’s those fans that they’re really hoping to grab with this show.

It’s not that it doesn’t look good. Perhaps I’m just skeptical of anything that depicts the South. I grew up in South Carolina, and while I don’t have a Southern accent (very often), I don’t exactly love seeing the South depicted on the small — or large — screen. For example, did you see the end of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? I’m pretty sure everyone thinks that brides in the South wear big fu-fu dresses at backyard weddings like she did. Ok, so some people might, but it’s making a statement for the whole region. (And by the way, that Pants  bride just happens to be the person working the desk at the medical office, Nancy Travis.) And apparently, in Alabama, they wear hoop skirts and dance around a field. It just makes me hesitant.

That being said, Bilson looks adorable in this trailer. Ok, so slightly rude, but also, kinda adorable. And the premise is cute enough. But I’m not as thrilled about the mystery mother connection (you’ll need to watch to the end of the promo to see this). I feel like that’s a storyline that’s way overdone. Why’d they have to incorporate it into this series?

Will I watch it? Well, I might try the first episode. Nothing here is really making me want to check it out, but I’d rather watch something original than another 1970s TV show remake, and it could be cute.

Check out the promo below. Your thoughts?

Just a little taste…of Vampire Diaries season 2

Mmm, yummy.

Last week I saw a lame-o 20-second video promoting the return of Vampire Diaries. It was a lot of clips cut together so fast that you couldn’t really see what was happening. That was probably purposeful, but ew. I didn’t want that. I wanted the real stuff.

Enter: The real stuff.

Take a look at this tasty promo for the new season of Vampire Diaries. Personally, I can’t wait.

Thanks to The TV Addict for bring it to my attention. What I love best? Well, do you knwo what happens to our characters that were in peril? I certainly don’t. And while I’m a little back and forth about Katherine’s presence in the upcoming series, it looks like it could be more than just a little fun.

So what do you think? Is your mouth watering?

Thursday Open Thread: Favorite Fall Show

It’s been a tough week for television. Honestly, with the World Series running amuck, it’s been a sea of reruns and baseball. Plus, with traveling guest writers, the shows that were aired may have a delay in a review post. Whew! What a week.

But a week like this has gotten me to thinking about what I’m missing. What did I watch, and what do I miss? So here’s the question for this Thursday Open Thread:

What is your favorite show this fall?

This can be a veteran series or a freshman, but it must be on the air this fall. I’m a little surprised at my choices. Community is, of course, up there. And White Collar has really grabbed me (and no, not just because of Matt Bomer). But the one that I’m really surprised at is The Vampire Diaries. I might be addicted. After all, I even watched a rerun last night!

But then there are veteran series, which are harder to choose. Sure, I watch One Tree Hill every week, but can I call it a fave? New cast members. Different storylines. I don’t know. And I make sure to tune into The Office but it’s so hit or miss! Now, if Leverage were still on and not on a hiatus, I’d have an easy answer. And of course, I’d be remiss to not mention Dollhouse…but is it my favorite?

So what’s yours? Let me know–and discuss what you think of my thoughts and others’–in the comments.

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