Handy Guide to 2011 Fall TV

Once again, here is my guide to the ins and outs of 30 new shows premiering in the fall of 2011.

  • SYNOPSIS – A description of the series premise.
  • /tv/ CRED – What aspects of the series might be of interest to you?
  • THE BUZZ – What critics and bloggers who have seen the series are saying.
  • THE /tv/ EQUATION – My mathematical formula for best explaining the series.
  • /tv/ COMPATIBILITY RATING – How likely the series is to appeal to viewers from /tv/. Not a judgment of series quality.

Fall 2010 Pilot Reviews (Updated!)

After creating my Handy Guide to Fall 2010 TV chart, I thought it would be only fitting to actually watch all the premieres and weigh in with my thoughts.  This post will be updated as new shows air.

  • Better With You – 3/10 – I didn’t crack a single smile. I guess it has a familiar charm, but I will never purposely watch it again. The jokes fell flat, the plot is cliché, and most of the actors are either miscast or untalented.
  • Blue Bloods – 3.5/10 – The most cliche-filled script of premiere season. Nearly every other line of dialog was pure exposition, and the way all 4 generations in the family are dragged into the case is preposterous. The fact that coincidences and shoddy plotting are so present right out the gate is troubling for the future of this series. I’ll pass.
  • Boardwalk Empire – 8.5/10 – Beautifully shot with a breezy script and an intriguing premise, this show is delightful and has that extra HBO umph we’ve come to expect. I can’t wait to see where this show is going. I’m not yet convinced Buscemi can carry a series on his own, but with such a stellar supporting cast, he doesn’t need to.

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Handy Guide to 2010 Fall TV

Here is my guide to the ins and outs of the 26 new shows premiering in autumn, 2010.

  • >SYNOPSIS – A description of the series premise.
  • /tv/ CRED – What aspects of the series might be of interest to you?
  • THE BUZZ – What critics and bloggers who have seen the series are saying (the only shows I’ve actually watch so far are The Big C and No Ordinary Family).
  • THE /tv/ EQUATION – My mathematical formula for best explaining the series.
  • /tv/ COMPATIBILITY RATING – How likely the series is to appeal to viewers. Not a judgment of series quality.

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The Social Network – Movie Review

There’s a moral ambivalence to The Social Network that’s refreshing. Who is right? Who is wrong? Who is good? Who is evil. The movie doesn’t tell you and it doesn’t seem to care. All it’s saying is these are the events and this is how they happened (or is it?). Nothing is defined, nothing is spelled out, nothing is spoon fed to the audience. It’s refreshing.

But it’s also a little irritating. Let me elaborate. But first–

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Gravity & Buried – Script Reviews

Just quickly chiming in with my initial thoughts on the scripts for Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming space adventure Gravity and the coffin-escape thriller Buried starring Ryan Reynolds.  I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum.

GRAVITY

The Bottom Line: Good script and it could make a great film if done right (and with some re-writes).

First things first – there’s no way this movie is being made as one single continuous shot, not without major re-writes. Not only are there a number of moments were we are shown things from a completely different location than the protagonist is in, but it is not completely real time and there are a few quick time jumps.  It could work in real time, there’s just have to be some changes made. It will likely be made with a very limited number of takes and a few select extremely long takes. I remember reading that the first 20 minutes would be one shot, and I can definitely see that happening.

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Five MUST Watch TV Shows

No, these aren’t the “crown jewel” TV shows that most people think of when discussing God-tier television (shows like Lost, The Wire, M*A*S*H,  Breaking Bad, Arrested Development).  But these shows are just as good and deserve to be recognized for their divine qualities.

1. The West Wing

A political drama that is the only show in history to win the Best Drama Emmy for 4 years in a row. Mixes great characters, witty banter, and high stakes drama surrounding the fictional President of the United States and his staff to great effect. The first 3 seasons are some of the best television that has ever been produced. Period.

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