So far, I’m not very impressed with the TV shows that will premiere this fall on US network TV: Lots and lots of sitcoms, priviledged white people, bitchy and shrill female idiots and domestic, cookie-cutter premises.
Here are 8 shows that look solid and a little bit more interesting.
Scroll down to see my favourite, NBC’s Awake!
1) The New Girl, FOX:
’Dirty Dancing’, an overdependence on guys, male attention and romance and LOTS of traits of a stereotypical ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’… but still: Zooey Dechanel’s fluffy new series ‘THE NEW GIRL’ looks like a fun way to spend 30 minutes:
Bonus: Feminist Frequency’s awesome video about ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girls’:
2) Terra Nova, FOX:
Why do we have 8 shows about crime scene investigators, but only ONE show about people running from evil dinosaurs? Steven Spielberg’s “TERRA NOVA” looks a lot like Steven Spielberg’s “Earth 2” and Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”… but when it comes to dinosaur action, I’ll take what I can get:
3) Scandal, ABC:
Shonda Rhimes, the black, feminist producer of ‘GREYS ANATOMY’ does a TV show about a Washington, DC PR firm with a competent, black, intelligent female protagonist. ABC’s ‘SCANDAL’ could still be a pretty conservative / sensationalistic show… but I’m happy that this concept garnered enough mainstream attention for a TV show
4) Alcatraz, FOX:
5) Apartment 23, ABC:
Evil, sex-crazed, bitter people, ‘Californication’– and Bret-Easton-Ellis-style: “DON’T TRUST THE BITCH IN APARTMENT 23” has two crazy, feuding women… and James Van Der Beek (‘Dawson’s Creek’) playing a jackass version of himself.
6) Free Agents, NBC:
Neurotic, middle-aged accountants and ad execs, too clueless for romance? NBC’s ‘FREE AGENTS’ looks silly… but with excellent actors and an interesting tone. (Ah: It’s the remake of a British show. That explains the tone!)
7) RINGER, the CW
My favourite trailer? A drama about a mourning detective living in two different, parallel realities, NBC’s “AWAKE”. Story sounds clichèd… but the acting, writing and editing look mature and intelligent: