Monthly Archives: September 2011

REVIEW: Free Agents – NBC (Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.)

“Free Agents” is a crooked workplace/romantic new comedy from creator John Enbom (“Party Down”) and Emmy Award-winning director Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”) based on the cult U.K. series of the same name that explores the trials and tribulations … Continue reading

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REVIEW: ‘Revenge’ – ABC (Wednesday, 10:00 p.m.)

We were a little nervous about Revenge for a variety of reasons. One, because as good Catholics who actually did pay attention in class, the glorification of revenge itself is unseemly on its face. Second, we just weren’t sure if it were possible for the cute girl-next-door, Emily Van Camp to effectively pull off this type of character and third, the premise of the “evil wealthy people” has been overplayed since the Greek tragedies. Well, we are glad to say that we have tossed all of those fears out the window… and that was after one episode. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Whitney – NBC (Thursday, 9:30 p.m.)

There was literally nothing funny that happened at all during the pilot. We wanted to stop it ten minutes but knew we had a duty to our readers to stick it out. The only reason that live studio audience was laughing was because they were just happy to see the filming of a new show and, again, like the $#*! My Dad Says audience there is no question they were held at gunpoint. Continue reading

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REVIEW: The X Factor – FOX (Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 p.m.)

Yes, that’s right, Simon Cowell’s new reality singing competition, ‘The X Factor’ is absolutely fantastic and before you even say it (because we know you’re thinking it), this is NOT the Fall version of American Idol. Think of The X Factor as the far more refined, polished and mature version of American Idol. It’s American Idol if American Idol went to finishing school. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Unforgettable – CBS (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m.)

Unforgettable is just your typical, cookie-cutter, vanilla, bland police procedural where someone dies in the beginning, the detectives investigate, there’s a couple of suspects along the way and a twist about 45 minutes into it, with a little misdirection and then the real suspect is exposed and in true “CSI”/”Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” fashion, the real culprit (sans attorney) admits everything and the then laments how they could have gotten away with it. It’s well cast, the performances are fine, it’s shot well, the storytelling is OK (if not entirely original) and the pace is decent, but then again, it’s hard to screw up a show when your playing Police Procedural Mad Libs (and no, it’s no coincidence that the creator of Mad Libs was the late Leonard Stern, well known television writer and producer). Continue reading

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REVIEW: Up All Night – NBC (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.)

We had high hopes for Up All Night based on the cast on the excellent trailer we saw and for the most part it hasn’t disappointed. We think that the series will hit home especially for our generation of parents and it’s one of those shows where either you get it and relate to it or you don’t… and therein lies the problem. Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Playboy Club – NBC (Monday, 10:00 p.m.)

Dull, boring, clichéd, slow, vanilla and… oh, yes… propagandist, as well. These are the first words that popped into our heads when we sat down and watched the pilot for The Playboy Club. There literally is nothing exciting about this show and the extended trailer is beyond misleading. We really thought that this could be a great series based on the hype. It now has no chance of happening and to make it worse, they inundated us with ads for the mess-waiting-to-happen on Thursday night, Whitney, throughout the entire episode when we watched it online. Continue reading

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