I've finally gotten around to watching and/or forming opinions on the new TV shows that peaked my interest during the start of the 2012 fall season. And in order to make reading about my views on the subject a little more entertaining, I've decided to play a game of Marry, Bang, Kill with the nine new shows I thought might be worthy of my time. I even asked The Mister to play along!
The shows we had to rank were: Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Call the Midwife, Elementary, Go On, The Mindy Project, The New Normal, Partners and Revolution.
*Colt never actually watched Beauty and the Beast, but he made me put it in his "Kill" category out of spite.
You can read my initial thoughts on these new shows in the Premiere Week 2012 posts from September, but let me expand a little on why I currently rank them as I do. (I've tried to avoid spoilers.)
ArrowI'm really liking the gritty feel and fast pace of the story lines in this show, and I love the variety of awesome actors in both featured roles and guest spots (i.e., John Barrowman). Oliver confuses me a bit—is Stephen Amell a good actor, a bad one, or a good one pretending to be a bad one? I also fear that the show is running through villains too fast, but I'm not familiar with the comics, so perhaps I'm worried for no reason.
Beauty and the BeastI'm totally going to get crap for ranking this show so high, but I can't help but love it. (I'm such a sucker for bad CW dramas!) I heart Cat and Vincent so much, even if their relationship is filled with seriously unnecessary tension. The constant "We can be together! We can't be together! It's not you, it's me; actually it's you" is ridiculous, and yet ... I got sucked in from the very first episode. I can see this show burning out quickly, but I will enjoy it immensely while it lasts.
Go OnI love the humor and characters in this show. They're all totally crazy—Matthew Perry's Ryan King included—but they work so well together as a group. I love how human their stories are. And I appreciate how funny the show can be without making me feel like I'm laughing at the characters in a mean-spirited way.
ElementaryIn order to enjoy this show, I had to (ignore the Internet and) tell myself that it's not Sherlock, and it's not supposed to be. This is a modernized and Americanized version of a very famous and oft-adapted relationship—and I think this new take works. Johnny Lee Miller does an excellent job of playing a more manic and haunted Holmes, and Lucy Liu is quite entertaining as Watson, although I would like to see her to stand up to him more. We see hints of where this dynamic could lead, and I like their relationship and hope I get to see it grow. Their actual cases are pretty lackluster, however.
The New NormalI think this show is adorable, if a little preachy. I think the relationship between David and Bryan is super sweet, and Shania is a hoot. I can't stand Nana, but she's a good foil at times. And I appreciate that the show isn't afraid to bring up some real issues that—I have to assume, since I am not a gay man—gay men have to deal with when they're starting a family.
Call the MidwifeI watched one episode of this BBC series with the hopes that it would catch my attention like Downton Abbey. It did not—but it did make me extremely thankful that I am a woman now, not back in the 50s. I ended up canceling the recording after a couple of episodes, part due to me hogging the DVR and part because I just wasn't interested.
The Mindy ProjectBefore getting through even one episode, we'd already cancelled this series from our DVR schedule. Mindy Kaling is a funny woman, but the character she plays on her show (at least in the pilot episode) is far from it. Her crude portrayal of a pitiful (in all senses of the word) young doctor made me cringe, not laugh.
PartnersDue to a DVR mishap, we missed taping the first episode of this series, and due to it not being available on demand, we never caught up. I read the other day that it's already been canceled, so I guess we didn't miss much?
RevolutionI really, really wanted to like this new J.J. Abrams-produced show. The pilot, directed by Jon Favreau, was entertaining, if a little slow. By the time we were three episodes in, Colt was calling this show "We're faaa-mily" due to main character Charlie's incessant whining. This show falls into the same category as Flash Forward and The Event —so much potential, and yet, not enough action to keep me watching. (I still would love to know what the reason for the flash forward was, as well as what the ultimate goal of the aliens in The Event was.)
Have y'all watched any of these shows? Do you feel similarly, or am I way off base? Are there any new shows that we didn't start at the beginning of the new season that would be worth catching up on during the (stupid) mid-season hiatus?