Drool on the Frog

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

2007 TV Fall Season Premiers Part 1

Monday through Friday we watch television for only one hour a day, during dinner time. We don't tape shows anymore and we don't pay for TiVo. The Network web sites (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and CW) provide full episodes of our favorite shows so we can watch them on-line when it is convenient for us. We love this system!

Of course, cable networks don't do this. We'd ditch cable all together if we could. What a racket.

The fall season is off to an o.k. start. Lots of new stuff out there. I thought I'd go ahead and give a quick review of the ones I've seen so far.

Back to You * * * *
Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. EST, FOX
How can you go wrong with Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton? You can't. The writers from Frasier are contributors so this show will run a long time. I don't like the storyline of the love child but let's see what they do with it.

Beauty and the Geek * * *
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. EST, CW
This is the only reality show left on my list. (My favorite reality shows, Project Runway and Top Chef, are on Bravo, a cable network. The cable company turned off that channel at the beginning of the summer. Blah, blah, blah. Long story. Yes, I'm bitter.) BatG has a lot of potential. But I think they've made a big mistake by brining in a single female geek paired with a male beauty to compete along side 9 geek males and 9 female beauties. On camera and, most likely, behind the scenes, the geek girl is going to come out on the short end of this.

Chuck * * *
Monday, 8:00 p.m. EST, NBC
This show has a lot of interesting things going for it. The hero is another geek. He's very witty and likable. There are some interesting short film segments that remind me of YouTube videos. And it has Adam Baldwin who played Jayne in Firefly.

The Big Bang Theory * * * *
Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST, CBS
I laughed out loud a lot during this. I have high hopes in this being a fun sitcom. It's a very geeky season.

Heroes * *
Monday, 9:00 p.m. EST, NBC
I was a huge fan of Heroes last season. As ValetBoy said, "I was a wee bit saddened by the lack of zip and umphhh." I sure hope it picks up.

Monday, 10:00 p.m. EST, NBC
I only watched about 15 minutes of this but I was generally unimpressed and bored. I also don't think it was cast very well. The lead seems more like a tough guy in a spy story instead of a family guy/reporter. The actress playing his wife is even worse. She'd be better cast on a law drama. It only works if you like the characters.