Leslie Cook

TV 2012: What’s on TV?

In Television on September 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

This week is the “official” start of the Fall Season. How can I tell? It’s getting increasingly hard to figure out these days.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project is about a single OB/GYN who loves RomComs (Romantic Comedies) and has a social life that’s a train wreck.

Frankly, I didn’t have high hopes for this show. I’ve never really been a follower of Mindy Kaling. I’ve seen her a few times on The Office and heard one interview with her on someone’s podcast. She’s funny, but in my world, she kind of flew below the radar. Last night I watched The Mindy Project. I loved it! It was funny and quirky and featured a women who was competent and funny and scattered. I love that her social life is out of control, yet she still manages to be a competent professional (most of the time). I even love that she’s a few pounds overweight, which next to the sticks they call women normally on TV, makes her look like a normal person. Overall, it was a very refreshing show. We’ll see if they can keep it up. I’ll be watching!

Ben and Kate

Ben and Kate is about a brother and sister raised by wolves. Not really. Apparently their parents ignored them. The result? Ben can’t stay in one place for more than a day; Kate an ultra-responsible mother of a 5 year old.

I’d never heard of this show until it came on after New Girl. I’m assuming I missed a multitude of promos as my husband fast-forwarded though the commercials. I came to this show with fresh eyes and no expectations. Initially, I wasn’t sure if I’d watch a second show. The first 10 minutes just didn’t pull me in at all. But somewhere in the middle as the story unfolded, I started giggling and liking the cast. I’m sure I’ve seen these personalities on other shows. There’s the all-knowing, sexy best friend; the male friend who will do anything for the main character; the ultra-smart kid. One of the things I did like about the show is that the characters are all so lovingly snarky. I’m not quite sure if I’ll continue watching the show, but I’ll at least watch one more episode to see if the writing holds up.

Partners

Partners is a sitcom about two best friends that go into a business partnership together. One is straight; one is gay.

I was looking forward to this show, not only because I like the actors portraying the main characters (David Krumholtz and Michael Urie), but because I like David Kohan. David wrote The Wonder Years and The Dennis Miller Show (back when Dennis Miller was funny). He was also the co-creator and producer of Will and Grace. I expected great things. Unfortunately, I didn’t get great. I didn’t even get good. The title “Partners,” Joe and Louis, have no rapport. The writing is trite. The audience laughs are annoying. The characters are cliché.

I really wanted to like this show….really! And I’ll watch one more episode to make sure that the writing in the Pilot wasn’t just a bad dream. But I suspect that this will disappear from my DVR play list very quickly.

Revolution

What happens if all electricity somehow goes out all at once, all over the world? That is the premise of Revolution, a one hour dystopian drama, kind of like the Hunger Games with less teen murder.

I like the idea of this show, but I’m still not sure I’m willing to commit to an hour a week. I’m finding that the primis a bit hard to buy and am not sure I’ll be able to suspend my disbelief long enough to enjoy the show. We’ll see.

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