Fall 2012: New Series

Obviously not all of the new tv shows part of the 2012-13 network TV season have premiered, with some scheduled as late as Midseason, but I’m going to update the list as they come out so keep checking back. 

1. Revolution

NBC’s post-apocalyptic/sci-fi drama, created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and produced by J.J. Abrams (Felicity, Lost, Alcatraz), premiered on September 17. An unknown and unexplainable phenomenon robs the whole world of electricity and anything depended on it. 15 years after the global black out people have adapted to a world without any kind of modern technology. The show focuses on the Matheson family, who have a drive that may contain important and extremely valuable secrets: how the black out happened and how to reverse it. As it is, many dangerous people, including some vicious militias, want it.

The pilot, directed by Jon Favreau, was awesome! Gorgeous visuals, great effects. The world they envisioned is both terrifying and beautiful. The show along with its characters definitely reminds me of Jericho (2006-2008). Hopefully it will be more succesful than that.

Even if Revolution defies physics and mechanics, it IS a fun, interesting and cool new show. Any inconsistencies the pilot might have provided us with, there’s still time to address them in future episodes. If you were a fan of either Jericho or Jeremiah, you should definitely give the pilot a chance!

Cast: David Lyons, Graham Rogers, Tim Guinee, Maria Howell, Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Elizabeth Mitchell, Zak Orth.

2. The Mob Doctor

Grace Devlin lives a double life. In one, she’s a respectable surgical resident at Chicago’s biggest hospital, has a steady boyfriend and an overbearing, cliché, mom. In the other, she’s playing doctor for the Mob. Wait fooor it..not one, but for two Mob bosses! Yeah!

In trying to save her brothers life, picking up his debts for the Mob, she agrees to act as a doctor for lowlifes working for a Mob boss named Moretti. In the same time, she’s up close and personal, friends, with an ex big name on the Mob scene, Constantine. Obviously, her irrational, illegal moonlighting gets her in trouble and creates difficulties for her job as a resident at the hospital.

I’ve been there, done that. I’ve seen Grey’s Anatomy, where everyone hooked up with everyone else, whilst using smart, medical jargon in abundance. I’ve seen House and loved his sarcastic, rule breaker attitude. The pilot was..irksome.

Grace is not a likeable character, in my opinion. She’s a resident who runs late for her own surgery, mouths off to all her superiors, puts her boyfriends career at risk because “it’s the right thing to do”, lies to the parents of a minor about a procedure. She does one stupid thing after another, so really, there’s no surprise she’s involved with the Mob too.

The acting is mediocre at best, the execution overall lacks a lot. It’s boring and mark my words, it won’t last. But hey, if you think you might be interested, give it a shot.

The series premiered on September 17, on Fox.

Cast: Jordana Spiro, Zeljko Ivanek, William Forsythe, James Carpinello, Zach Gilford, Floriana Lima.

3. Animal Practice

No. Just no. I’m not sure if they were trying to pull a ‘House at the Zoo’ kind of thing, but Animal Practice  is painfully unfunny. It centers around a veterinarian who loves animals, but hates people in general. He’s rude, sarcastic and obnoxious. All of this (slowly) changes when an old girlfriend shows up and she turns out to be his new boss at the clinic.

I didn’t laugh once. Not a grin, not a smirk, not a chuckle, nada! Neither the condescending main character, nor the flimsy girlfriend are likeable. Don’t even get me started on the stereotypes and clichés that are the other characters. Horrible, horrible idea. Bad execution. Crappy acting. Stupid dialogue. Put this show to rest.

IF you are going to watch, then do it for the monkey. Wicked awesome and cute, that monkey. The highlight of the show.

NBC showed a sneak preview on August 12, but the official premiere date is set for September 26.

Cast: Justin Kirk, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Bobby Lee, Tyler Labine.

4.  Go On

Matthew Perry stars in this other NBC comedy/drama that premiered on September 11. Let me just tell you, he does a great job! He plays a sportscaster whose wife dies in a car accident. With a load of pent-up rage and grief, he’s instructed by his boss to go to group therapy sessions and finds out, surprisingly, that, even though all of the people there are nut jobs, the sessions help.

This is excellent! Perry does a fantastic job, he’s hilarious and likeable, as all the other characters are. This is so good, I’m willing to say it’s even better than Sheen’s Anger Management.

If you’ve missed seeing the Friends  actor in a good comedy show, take a chance with Go On. It premiered on September 11 and there are 3 episodes aired so far.

Cast: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Suzy Nakamura, Brett Gelman, Julie White, John Cho.

EDIT No. 1 !

5. Elementary

I won’t lie, I was intrigued when I first read CBS was going to turn Watson into a hot, asian chick, played by Lucy Liu. But, as I suspected, for me, the show is a fail. The premise is nothing new, the british show Sherlock  already presenting us with a modern day interpretation. The only difference is CBS’s Sherlock lives in NYC.

Jonny Lee Miller does not deliver or stand up to my idea of the famous detective. I found both his character and the case in the pilot, to be very dull. Ten minutes into the show and I was utterly bored. I’ll be amazed if Elementary gets picked up for another season. Unless some magic happens and they really step it up.

The pilot episode premiered on CBS, on Sep. 27.

Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

6. Last Resort

This was the most convoluted pilot I’ve ever seen. Layin’ it on thick, there. A USA submarine receives orders to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. As the order sounds bogus, not coming through the proper channel, the captain of the sub refuses. As consequence of his refusal, the submarine is fired upon by a US ship and they’re declared dead, then rogues. All the while, the whole thing is being played off as a direct attack coming from Pakistan. Conspiracies inside conspiracies upon conspiracies. They find refuge on an island ( ? ) and the end of the pilot hints at them forming a new society on said gorgeous, remote island.

It was confusing. It was too much for only one episode.  Plus, I’m not yet sold on all the science/tech/military knowledge. Then again, I know next to nothing about submarines, what a missile looks like when it’s being fired and military jargon.

The acting was good, really, but the script was all over the place. It did have some sweet effects and preeeetty scenery. Also, just puttin’ that out there, but Scott Speedman is adorable!

Not a horrible pilot, interesting premise, and I will watch the second episode, if only to figure out the mystery. Hopefully, it’ll get better, script-wise.

Show premiered on Sep. 27, on ABC.

Cast: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Camille De Pazzis, Autumn Reeser, Dichen Lachman.

7.  666 Park Avenue

Welcome to the Drake building, owned by Gavin Doran and his wife Olivia. For people living in the Drake, wishes come true, but at a cost. The show follows the residents and owners of the building, focusing on the new managers, couple Jane and Henry.

If you’ve seen The Devil’s Advocate and/or Rosemary’s Baby, you’ll find this show instantly familiar. You’ve got the innocent, sweet blonde, whom no one believes; the hot-shot young lawyer, intent of making it big in the city; the mysterious Gavin Doran, played by Terry O’Quinn this time, rather than Al Pacino 😉 and the strange, creepy neighbors. Any of that ring the bell?  If you see the similarities between the show and the aforementioned movies, then you’ll definitely have a feel of the general direction this series will take.

I’m willing to give it a chance and let it surprise me, hopefully. I wasn’t actually scared during the pilot, at any point, but it is interesting and the acting is okay. Curious where they’re going to take it.

It premiered on 30 Sep. on ABC.

Cast: Dave Annable, Terry O’Quinn, Rachel Taylor, Robert Buckley, Vanessa Williams.

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4 thoughts on “Fall 2012: New Series

    • Thanks. 🙂
      It really is, I find it hilarious. Then again, I am easily amused so..
      I’m still waiting on others to premiere, but from what I’ve seen from trailers and previews..dear God, why?
      Have you seen Beauty and the Beast? It’s like a bad joke waiting to be said. Lol.

  1. Ma uit doar la Elementary. Nu pot spune ca am fost impresionata de primele doua episoade, dar mi-au placut atat cat sa ma faca sa continui sa-l urmaresc. Principala problema e ca nu pot sa nu il compar cu Sherlock sau chiar cu cartile. Personajele din acest serial nu au aproape nicio legatura cu Holmes sau Watson…
    Am vazut trailerul pentru Revolution si mi s-a parut destul de interesant. Poate o sa vad primul episod, cu toate ca deja urmaresc o gramada de seriale.

    • Complet de acord!
      Nu am rezistat sa ma uit decat la pilot. Actorul e ok, Lucy Liu este…mai putin decat geniala, iar per total mi s-a parut relativ plictisitor.
      Nu exista termen de comparatie intre Elementary si Sherlock. 🙂
      Last Resort e destul de interesant si e cu tipul din Felicity. 😀

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