10-04-2011, 06:13 AM
I thought I did see one guy lighting a cigarette on the plane in the premiere. I believe they cut away before he actually smoked it though.
Originally Posted by Brian Seiler
10-04-2011, 06:58 AM
That may be right. There was definitely some fumbling with ashtrays in one scene. But yeah, a lot of ashtrays around for how nobody's smoking.
Originally Posted by extarbags
The first ep of Pan Am felt very sterile and sound-stagey to me, almost more like Pushing Daisies than Mad Men (though obviously not to that degree).
10-04-2011, 07:10 AM
This is a trend that I've noticed with ABC programming in general. All of their shows seem to take place in a box. It works well for some (Castle) and less well for others (Revenge, Charlie's Angels). Given that significant portions of a show about stewardesses actually DO take place in a box, I'm hopeful that it will work out well for them, but I haven't gotten the second episode yet.
Originally Posted by CLWheeljack
Oh, and as an aside, Charlie's Angels is apparently failing miserably. God bless you for at least getting this one right, American viewing public.
10-04-2011, 10:12 AM
First corpse to wash up on the shore - The Playboy Club. Good riddance to bad rubbish on that one.
Of course, they're planning on replacing it with reruns of Various Idiotic Hats and Scarves - A Detective Story for the time being, so I'm not sure that's much of a step up. I'm tempted to say that I'd rather see Awake, but, honestly, I'm not sure that's a particularly good place for a show that I kind of think might already be doomed to a 13 episode run already.
Also, Up All Night gets a full season order. On the other hand, so does Whitney. I don't get it either, because I'm pretty sure that Whitney is just riding The Office bump.
10-04-2011, 11:00 AM
I'm not sure what annoys me more. That I had to actually look this up to see what the fuck you were talking about or that it didn't actually turn out to be a show called Various Idiotic Hats and Scarves - A Detective Story.
Originally Posted by Brian Seiler
10-04-2011, 11:10 AM
Clicking on the link provides a quicker translation, as it states in the article what's replacing it.
10-04-2011, 11:15 AM
Yes, that would be how I looked it up.
Thanks for the quick refresher on how the internet works?
10-04-2011, 11:24 AM
You made it sound as if it were some agonizing process, as opposed to simply clicking on the link.
Brian Williams' new News Magazine show, "Rock Center" will take the time slot at the end of the month. "Rock Center" is the least likely sounding 60-minutesish show title I've ever heard of.
10-04-2011, 11:27 AM
Would you prefer Cartoonish Hypermisogyny - The Series?
On the plus side, two of the networks with midseason shows I was interested in (ABC with The River and NBC with Awake) appear to have the failingest one hour shows (Angels and Playboy Club), so maybe this means I'll get stuff I actually want faster?
10-04-2011, 11:31 AM
Oddly enough at no point did I honestly believe the show was called Various Idiotic Hats and Scarves - A Detective Story. Yet I wrote something which suggested otherwise! Man is a complex and contradictory animal.
Originally Posted by Athryn
10-04-2011, 02:12 PM
Can you guys get a room or something? Preferably something with Various Idiotic Hats and Scarves.
10-04-2011, 03:24 PM
I chuckled at Brian's Prime Suspect name gag. :)
I'm surprised NBC is yanking Playboy Club off the air that fast. I expected it was too expensive to keep going for long with low ratings, but I assumed, considering the cost, they'd at least run the 5-7 episodes they must already have in the can. I guess they were just taking too much of a bath simply airing it to keep it going.
I hope we at least get a few more weeks out of Free Agents. It's not the most awesome comedy of all time, but I like that the humor feels a little more understated, mature and realistic as opposed to beat-you-over-the-head sitcommy. I look at 2 Broke Girls and I see cliched sitcom characters left and right; I look at Free Agents and Hank Azaria's character and a lot of his dialogue feels like stuff regular people would say, which I find kind of refreshing.
10-04-2011, 03:41 PM
Yeah, it kinda bums me out that Whitney got a full series order and Free Agents is left hanging in the wind. I think it would work a lot better after The Office, even though I found last week's episode to be pretty uneven.
Originally Posted by sluggo
10-04-2011, 09:01 PM
I'm a genius!
Originally Posted by Warning
10-04-2011, 11:26 PM
I hope you're all happy. We could be watching season 2 of Outsourced this year, but now we're stuck with Whitney. Nice going, Internet.
10-05-2011, 09:01 AM
I'm still watching Ringer, mostly because of SMG. It's picked up enough that I'm starting to get interested in where things go, but I don't know how they plan on keeping the premise alive for a full season, let alone multiple seasons. Then again, I thought the same thing about Prison Break.
10-05-2011, 09:05 AM
Ringer's latest episode was much improved, largely because I don't remember reflexively trying to choke one of my cats when some random piece of tweeny crap rock blared out over my speakers.
As for multiple seasons....it's not really performing spectacularly right now. I don't imagine it'll get canceled in mid-season, but it might need to improve to get another order.
10-05-2011, 10:01 AM
I've completely dropped Ringer from my DVR and probably won't watch it again unless the season has a masive turnaround and I end up watching it on DVD or something.
Unforgettable has settled in as a (no pun intended) fairly forgettable procedural, which is what I thought it would be at the start. I don't think it's bad, and I think there are a few things with her ability that I could see people taking issue with, but overall I think it's a competent, watchable show that's not must-see by any stretch, but CBS will be happy to leave in that Tuesday slot for a while.
New Girl is, without a doubt, going to be the most polarizing new show of the year. Heck, I feel conflicted just watching it. Some jokes connect for me, some don't, but the entire time I feel like both Jess and Schmidt are skirting that edge of being just too annoying to watch. I'll keep with it for the time being, tho.
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10-05-2011, 10:07 AM
Tonight: the premiere of American Horror Story (FX). Also, what hopefully won't be the last episode of Free Agents, and the second episode of Suburgatory.
10-05-2011, 10:11 AM
Okay. So. This is a Rad Bryan Murphalchucky joint, so my understanding is that you need to look at Glee and Nip/Tuck to get an idea of what it will be like. Specifically, it will not be subtle. At all. I'm hopeful that it will still be good, but I just figured I'd get that out there in advance.
Originally Posted by sluggo
10-05-2011, 07:01 PM
Ugh. I watched the second episode of Person of Interest. The creators are the only reason I dove back into a Network procedural drama. It is just too predictable and tidy.
After watching, i searched out Homeland and watched the first episode. Excellent. The premise and set up in that first episode was nicely done and hooked me. Claire Danes is stupid good and I have been pretty apathetic about her in other roles.
I love Damian Lewis and Patankin. Plus hot V chick. Series Record executed.
All over American Horror Story tonight and LUTHER!
10-05-2011, 07:37 PM
Wait, Damien Lewis?!? I LOVE him! Life is a favorite show if mine. Totally gonna snag Homeland now. Thanks!
10-05-2011, 07:56 PM
I thought the second episode of Suburgatory was excellent. Laughed most of the way through.
10-05-2011, 08:23 PM
HOLY CRAP! American Horror Story was creepy. There was way more of everything than I expected. FX really pushes the envelope.
Better digest before I ramble. Jessica Lange = Great.
10-06-2011, 12:37 AM
American Horror Story: Whoa. WTF. This gets the award hands-down for the craziest, most f'd up pilot of the year. Which in this case I consider a compliment.
10-06-2011, 02:21 AM
I don't like Enrico Colantoni's shtick (hangdog expression, constantly grumpy) and I don't particularly want to watch a younger Enrico Colantoni with hair. Can we replace Jake Johnson with someone else? Easily explainable, he decided to go hang out with Coach.
Originally Posted by sluggo
10-06-2011, 05:13 AM
Well okay. Homeland was quite alright. We also have the producers on record that we're going to find out whether Damian Lewis is evil or not by the end of the season, so hopefully no Killing issues. Also, nice to finally know what Morena Baccarin's tits look like, though I think she might have benefited from another month or two to grow out her hair after V. It's fine, but I think it might have helped put a few more years on her.
One thing I was legitimately puzzled about, and I'm really almost afraid to ask, because I suspect I might not actually want to know the answer, but was I supposed to read anything into Claire Danes washing her crotch in her first changing scene?
10-06-2011, 05:39 AM
She goes out and picks up guys at bars and sleeps with them. So she was coming home from a night of that and having to hurry to get to work.
10-06-2011, 08:30 AM
That is what I thought then I doubted it, but once she agonized over going out in a later scene and then it was clear what she was doing, that pretty much confirmed that she buries her stress in meaningless sex.
Spoilers? Do we need to do these in this thread? I am not sure if these qualify.
Again, American Horror Story was awesomely nutty. I still don't get how they will stretch it out for a full season and why they would not just get the fuck out after the craziness ramps up. Plus, that poor daughter. Crazy stuff happens and no one talks to her about it afterwards. Having a ten year old that is about to, ya know, get into a lot of the teenage stuff, it is hard for me to watch kids go through shit.
Maybe there will be a different family each season that moves in.
10-06-2011, 08:34 AM
Also, any of you that watch The League...it premieres tonight.