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Friday, May 17, 2013

Fall TV Preview: Super Fun Night with Dracula and The Goldbergs

The five major networks revealed their 2013-14 schedules this week, and once again I am quite underwhelmed with most of the new shows that they're hoping will become big hits. Last month I posted a list of 13 TV pilots that were being considered, but only six of them were picked up - ABC's The Goldbergs and Super Fun Night, NBC's Family Guide and Sean Saves the World, CBS's Mom and an untitled HBO gay dramedy starring Jonathan Groff (unfortunately, two of these shows I've already changed my mind about). I'm also disappointed that ABC passed on the Annie Potts dramedy, Murder in Manhattan, and the Jennifer Beals soap opera, Westside (especially after watching some of the yawn-inducing promos of the shows that were selected).

And I must admit that I was most excited this week by the news that Broadway legend Patti LuPone is joining the cast of FX's American Horror Story: Coven, which begins its third season in October. I can't wait to see what creator Ryan Murphy has in store for her and the rest of his amazing cast, which includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett.

So below you can check out six new series that I will be tuning in - for at least their pilot episodes - as well as 12 shows that I will NOT be watching next season (all times are Central Standard). You can see a complete list of shows and trailers at The Futon Critic:


Two new series that I will NOT be watching:
Mom (8:30-9 PM on CBS) - I adore Allison Janney, but it's painful to watch her in this "comedy" from executive producer Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men).

Hostages (9-10 PM on CBS) - what the hell is Toni Collette doing in this dumb suspense drama? And I don't see how this show's hostage storyline can continue for more than one season. Hopefully we won't ever have to find out - and the wonderful Ms. Collette will be able to move on to something more worthy of her talents.


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
The Mindy Project (8:30-9 PM on Fox) - last May this show's promo didn't do much for me, but since I like Mindy Kaling and her handsome co-star Chris Messina, I decided to tune in - and its amusing quirkiness slowly turned me into a fan. So the moral of this story is that just because I don't like a show today doesn't mean I won't fall in love with it next season.

New series that I will be watching:
The Goldbergs (8-8:30 PM on ABC) - This sitcom reminds me of a 1980s version of The Wonder Years - and it has a great cast, including Jeff Garlin, George Segal and the fabulous Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 911!) as an overprotective mother.

WORST new series dishonorable mention:
Dads (7-7:30 PM on Fox) - this "comedy" from Seth MacFarlane reminds me of last year's short-lived CBS flop, Partners, except without any gay characters. And it's sad to see Martin Mull and Peter Riegert appearing in such a lame show.


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
Modern Family (8-8:30 PM on ABC) and Nashville (9-10 PM on ABC) - I'm so happy that Nashville, my favorite new network series of this season, was renewed. It's a deliciously soapy drama with excellent performances and some country-western music that even a classic rock/show tune enthusiast like myself enjoys.

New series that I will be watching:
Super Fun Night (8:30-9 PM on ABC) - this is the only new sitcom that made me laugh out loud, and I think actress Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is a hoot.

New series that I will NOT be watching:
Ironside (9-10 PM on NBC) - Blair Underwood is an attractive guy, but he's no Raymond Burr. And does this mean we'll soon be seeing remakes of Cannon, Mannix and Barnaby Jones? I certainly hope not.


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
Parks and Recreation (7-7:30 PM on NBC) and Glee (8-9 PM on Fox) - the latter will take a midseason break and then return in late spring and run into summer.

New series that I will be watching:
Sean Saves the World (8-8:30 PM on NBC) - I wish the promo was funnier, but I'm willing to give this sitcom about a gay single father (played by Sean Hayes) a chance. And I LOVE Linda Lavin, who plays Sean's mother.

WORST new series of the season:
The Millers (7:30-8 PM on CBS) - I do not need to see Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges discuss masturbating in the shower. Nope, no way, I'm staying far away from this dismal show.

Three new series that I will NOT be watching:
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (7-8 PM on ABC) - this spinoff from Once Upon a Time looks boring, and I'm hoping there won't be very many crossovers between the two shows.

The Crazy Ones (8-8:30 PM on CBS) - Robin Williams is his usual spastic self (which was funny back in 1978), and Sarah Michelle Gellar plays his daughter (now if Rebel Wilson had been cast in the role, then this odd, unamusing sitcom might have been worth watching). The cast also includes the gorgeous James Wolk - but he's not enough to make me tune in.

The Michael J. Fox Show (8:30-9 PM on NBC) - it's nice to see the actor in a sitcom again, but the promo just isn't very funny.


New series that I will be watching:
Dracula (9-10 PM on NBC) - I don't think I've watched a Friday night show in over a decade, but the appealing combination of vampires and actors Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr Selfridge) makes me want to tune in.


Returning series that I will continue to watch:
Once Upon A Time (7-8 PM on ABC) and Revenge (8-9 PM on ABC) - hopefully the latter, which suffered a severe sophomore season slump, will get its must-see mojo back.

New series that I will NOT be watching:
Betrayal (9-10 PM on ABC) - Zzzzzzzz...sorry, I must have fallen asleep while watching the promo for this deadly dull soap (I still wish ABC would bring back GCB - especially since Annie Potts now is available).

Midseason TV

Returning series that I will continue to watch:
Suburgatory (ABC) - this show amuses me most of the time.

WORST new series runner-up:
Mixology (ABC) - this "comedy" looks downright nasty (and not in a good way).

Two new series that I will be watching:
Us & Them (Fox) - Jason Ritter and Gilmore Girls' Alexis Bledel make a cute couple, and I like actress Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!), so I'll give this show a chance.

Wayward Pines (Fox) - this 10-episode drama starring Matt Dillon is supposedly "evocative" of the classic cult series, Twin Peaks. Okay, I'll watch it.

Two new series that I will NOT be watching:
The Family Guide (8:30-9 PM on Tuesdays on NBC) - the only reason I was going to tune in to this family sitcom was to see actress Parker Posey as the mother, but she quickly left the series after it was picked up.

Rake (8-9 PM on Thursdays on Fox) - Greg Kinnear stars in this legal drama that will replace Glee on Fox's schedule. I like the actor, but the promo does nothing for me.


Anonymous said...

Will people PLEASE stop giving Jonathan Rhys Meyers work? The man couldn't act his way out of a wet paper bag with a machete in his hand.

Marc said...

You are certainly entitled to your opinion, Anonymous, but I think Mr. Rhys Meyers could be very good as Dracula.