The ones I love:
Revenge: I wasn’t originally planning to watch this, but it got a good review in Entertainment Weekly so I put it on the DVR. I’m really enjoying it–it’s fun and soapy but the storylines are pretty complex and they’re setting up a well thought-out mythology. Plus, the two female leads are killing it, always making us wonder if we should sympathize with them or hate them. Love this one. (On a more shallow note, I think we’re supposed to be digging on Daniel and/or Jack, but I like geeky Nolan. Except when he wears cravats.)
Suburgatory: Funny stuff. This show could have turned out pretty average, but the actors save it. The girls who play Tessa and Lisa are hilarious, and Cheryl Hines has taken a role that could have been a caricature and given her depth. Plus, Alan Tudyk’s orangey spray tan makes me giggle every time he’s on screen.
The ones that are on the bubble for me:
2 Broke Girls: When it’s funny, it’s really, really funny. But sometimes the crass jokes are more crass than joke. The two lead actresses are both good, so I’m hoping the writers find a better rhythm.
The New Girl: Funny so far, but it’s too soon to tell if it’s more than a one-trick pony. Zooey Deschanel’s character could become insufferable if they’re not careful.
Ringer: Gah. I so wanted this to be awesome. I gave it three episodes only because of my goodwill toward SMG (or at least toward Buffy), and just when that ran out, they brought on Jason Dohring (Logan from Veronica Mars). So I’m going to give it a few more eps. But this show could be so much better than it is–it’s just really, realllllly sloooooow. Especially given the premise. I think they’re trying to go for a spooky/creepy/mysterious mood, but it’s just coming off as slow.
Pan Am: Split personality. It’s part fun-retro-cool, part spy drama, and part soap. They need to pick one. Or two. Also, there are so many characters that I don’t find myself caring that much about any of them. They need to pick three or four, focus in on them, and then give us more on the others later. I gave it four eps and then took it off the DVR.
Terra Nova: Another one that I wanted to be awesome, but I never got around to watching any of it. The mister watched the pilot and his reaction was “eh” so I didn’t bother.
Person of Interest: Has anyone else watched this one? I DVR’d a couple of episodes, but never felt compelled to watch them.
The Secret Circle: I watched the pilot and liked it well enough, but it’s on at the same time as something else. I could watch online, but I guess I didn’t like the show enough to bother.
Jury’s still out on Once Upon a Time and Grimm, but I’m going to give those a try. The pilot of Once seemed good.
How about you? What new shows are you liking this season?
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