So far in the new television season, here’s my impressions of the shows I’ve attempted to watch:
Heroes (NBC) – I was a bit unsure what to expect from a superhero show. So far, so good. And, NBC must like it too; it got picked up for a full season.
The Class (CBS) – This comedy is still a bit uneven. I do enjoy Lizzy Caplan as set dressing, but if they don’t do more funny soon, it’s getting dropped from the DVR.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC) – I’m pretty impressed by Matthew Perry’s dramatic skill, although I really don’t buy Amanda Peet as “tough executive.” I last saw Timothy Busfield as the bumbling brother on “Ed” and he’s been one of the bright stars of this one, along with Evan Handler and DL Hughley.
Help Me Help You (ABC) – Ted Danson just isn’t doing it for me on this one. It’s just not giving the funny.
30 Rock (NBC) – Named after 30 Rockefeller Center, where SNL is filmed. The first episode left virtually no impression on me whatsoever.
Jericho (CBS) – Although it’s been picked up for a full season, making it and Heroes the only true “hits” from the new season so far, I’m not 100% sold on it. The sense of impending danger that you’d expect from a post-apocalypse show is just not there. The teenagers don’t seem to understand there are any hazards at all; they’re all wrapped up in some weird 90210 vibe. Spooky guy is definitely driving my interest, and not the “star,” Skeet Ulrich.
Twenty Good Years (NBC) – OK, it’s only one episode, but they need more funny. I have really enjoyed both of the main actors in previous work (John Lithgow and Jeffory Tambor), but the pilot was a lot of scenery-chewing and not many jokes.
Ugly Betty (ABC) – This show stars Ana Ortiz’s ass and Vanessa Williams’s breasts. There’s some mysterious plot about a suspicious death and something or other, but if Williams wasn’t in it, there’d be no show. The vignettes with Salma Hayek in tiny outfits are good too; tonight was a bikini.
Men in Trees (ABC) – I had never thought of Anne Heche as attractive before, but this character is growing on me. The gorgeous Saleka Mathew is a nice feature too. Oh, and the “fish out of water” plot has a lot of potential, I think. Hopefully they can milk it longer than Ed or Northern Exposure.
Brothers and Sisters (ABC) – I don’t buy Calista Flockhart as a right-winger, and I wish Tom Skerritt has stuck around past the pilot; I like him. I don’t think this one will stick around long, but I may be wrong.