Here is a summary of the new television shows that were presented at last week’s Upfronts in NYC, followed by my initial thoughts about whether or not to tune in.
If a show doesn’t grab me from the pilot episode, I will not tune in again. That being said, last year I abandoned 30 Rock, only to rediscover and love it mid-season. Thankfully most shows tend to repeat and are available to view online so I can catch up should I prematurely discard a series.
(4 male execs bond about life, love & work)
I’ll give it one episode to lure me in.
(Desperate Housewives in a car)
(One of the two Sex & the City clones)
I’ll give it two episodes.
(Comedy based on Geico commercial guys)
(Quirky drama about law and spirituality)
Based on the creative team alone, I’m in for the duration.
Dirty Sexy Money
(Rich family relies on attorney to fix their messes)
Has the feel of a modern-day Dynasty with less cheese. I’m in, for the duration.
(Comedy about coming back to work at your high school)
I’m in, if just for Judy Greer.
(The Grey’s Anatomy spinoff)
Because I love Addison’s character and am bored with Grey’s, I’m in.
(Six Feet Under meets Wonderfalls)
I’m so there, for the duration.
Sam I Am
(Woman in coma wakes up with amnesia & finds out she used to be a bitch)
I like the premise, so I’ll watch a few episodes.
Women’s Murder Club
(Team of women use their collective talents to solve crimes)
Horrible title, but I will give it a few episodes.
This Amber Tamblyn vehicle is not on the schedule yet; possibly a mid-season replacement series.
The Big Bang Theory
(Comedy about 2 nerds and a hot girl)
(Drama about rival sugar cane & rum families)
Love the cast. I’m in, for the duration.
(Drama about a guy who got bit by a vampire)
(Spouse-swapping, not dancing)
(British adaptation about man trying to open & run new casino)
Two words: Hugh Jackman. I’m in. Oh yeah, and it’s also a musical. Bring it on!
Aliens in America
(Comedy about teen exchange students in Middle America)
Hidden Palms (summer series; debuts next week)
Good cast, written by Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek). But it looks and sounds like The OC in Palm Springs, so no thanks.
(The OC heads East)
Life is Wild [a.k.a Wild at Heart]
(Vet moves family to South Africa)
(Guy becomes bounty hunter for the Devil)
Directed by Kevin Smith, the preview trailers are quirky. I’m in.
Back to You
(Comedy about famous newscasters)
I’m in, for at least the first few episodes.
(Rebellious female attorney)
I’m in, simply because it stars Julianna Margulies and is produced by Denis Leary.
(Police drama set in New Orleans)
I will give it one episode.
(Immortal detective in NYC)
Only because it is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, I’ll give it one episode.
This Eliza Dushku vehicle is not on the schedule yet; possibly a mid-season replacement series.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles
(Follows Sarah & John Connor after Terminator 2)
I’m curious, so I’ll give it a few episodes.
The Return of Jezebel James
(Estranged sisters reunite)
I’m in, for the duration, for the cast alone.
The Rules for Starting Over
(Group of divorced friends tackle dating again)
Well, if it takes Rashida Jones away from Jim on The Office, I have to watch at least one episode.
This show has disappeared entirely from the schedule and I haven’t seen an update since it was presented earlier last week. No idea if it was outright rejected or slated as a mid-season replacement series.
The Bionic Woman
(Very updated version of the classic show)
I’m there. Looks pretty cool, and nothing like the original.
(If Alias were a comedy)
I’ll give it one episode.
The IT Crowd
(Comedy about the interaction between the nerdy IT guys and corporate)
I am a huge fan of the IT guys at my office, so I’m in.
(Time traveling family man)
I’m giving it one episode.
(Detective released from prison after serving for a crime he didn’t commit)
Looks quirky, good cast. I’m in for at least a few episodes.
(The other Sex & the City clone)
Preview trailer is much better than Cashmere Mafia, with better cast. I’m in.