Too much TV will rot your brain. There are academic studies proving this. Google it. Do I care? Hell to the no!
You see, I am a TV addict. From the time I was young I have had a distinctive relationship with TV. I remember being babysat by a 17 inch Samsung, mounted high on a wall in a basement playroom, while my “real” babysitter was taking care of my baby brother. When I was old enough – 8 I believe – I inherited my sister’s old television, a starter TV at barely 10 inches. It sat at the end of my single bed and after lights out I would sneak it on and stay up late to catch Seinfeld, Frasier… and my favourite Married, With Children.
On a hot summer’s day in 1994 my mom and dad took me to the mall so I could buy my first, a glorious 21 incher. Little did I know the trip to the mall was just a distraction for my mother – to get her out of the house – so a big surprise party was getting underway at our house for her milestone birthday (Your age is safe with me, mom!). After everyone yelled “SURPRISE!” I expected the attention to be brought back to me and my brand new TV, since I needed someone to set it up for me, but nobody gave a damn. I remember being very pissed off.
By the time I was 12, my family had come to notice a glazed-over, slack-jawed look on my face every time I zoned out in front of the boob tube. They called it… Amber’s TV Face. Clearly, I come from a witty and creative brood.
What I’m getting at people is I have always loved television and this time of year is one of my FAVES. It’s when all my favourite returning shows come back on the air from summer break and I get to pick which new series I want to add into my already packed schedule.
Today I sat down with this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly and reviewed their Fall TV Preview and have concluded what pilot episodes I will be watching.
My picks are as follows:
Lone Star – Fox – Monday at 9pm. I will definitely be watching this pilot as it promises to be like Dallas without the cheese. Totally not pretending I watched Dallas, but I am aware of the frenzy it caused when some dude named JR was shot by a mysterious, unknown gunman. Plus, Adrienne Palicki from Friday Night Lights is c0-starring and she has to redeem herself for starring in the movie “Legion.” (Sept 20)
Hawaii Five O – CBS – Monday at 10pm. This looks promising, even though it’s a remake of a show that first premiered back in the – gasp! – 1960’s. As you can tell it’s set in Hawaii, so keep an eye out for special guest appearances by Dog the “You’re Going With Christ” Bounty Hunter. (Sept 20)
No Ordinary Family – ABC – Tuesday at 8pm. A family suddenly develops superpowers! Sick! Ok, that sounds kind of lame, but it stars Michael Chiklis who is uh-mazing in The Shield and of course the always wonderful Julie Benz aka Darla aka Rita. (Sept 28)
Raising Hope – Fox – Tuesday at 9pm. MARTHA PLIMPTON ALERT! (Sept 21)
Running Wilde – Fox – Tuesday at 9:30pm. Keri Russell and Will Arnett star in this comedy from co-creator Mitch Hurwitz (who also helped create Arrested Development). Keri Russell can do no wrong, IMHO. Except for that one time she cut off all her hair which is solely to blame for Felicity being cancelled. Doops. (Sept 21)
Undercovers – NBC – Wednesday at 8pm. Does from the mind of “J. J. Abrams” mean ANYTHING to you? (Sept 22)
Nikita – The CW – Thursdays at 9pm. The pilot for this already aired and I’m already a big fan. Maggie Q (Fun Fact – Q is short for Quigley – no wonder she shortened it) is intriguing as the femme fatale and as this show is filmed in Toronto I have a lot of fun picking out landmarks I know. (Currently airing)
Boardwalk Empire – HBO – Sundays at 9pm. Martin Scorcese directs the pilot. Steve Buscemi stars. It’s set in prohibition era NYC, so you know there will be a lof booze, sex and violence. How can you resist? (Sept 19)
The Walking Dead – AMC – Sundays at 10pm. Zombies haunt the majority of my nightmares so why not watch a drama about a band of strangers trying to survive in a zombie-infested world right before bedtime on Sunday night? Makes sense. (OCT 31st)
If you’ve actually read this very lengthy post, I commend you! I also want to know 1) Do you think my parents created a monster and 2) What shows will you be watching?
Til next time.