Friday, September 24, 2010

Premier Week

This week is the big premier week for most networks, and I am so excited to see scripted TV show making a comeback this season! Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trashy reality TV. But, being a writer, it’s always a little scary when you realize half the shows on TV no longer require writers. Not so this season! Not only are new scripted show popping up on every network, but most of them are crime dramas! I’m in heaven. I haven’t yet had a chance to preview them all (though my DVR is loaded and just waiting for Baby T to take a nap so I can dig in…), but so far there a couple new ones I’m digging:

Hawaii Five-O

I was all set to hate this one. I cannot think of one remake show that I’ve liked as much as the original. However, I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised. Tons of action, but cool action not cheese-ball stuff. Enough of a plot to make me care about the action. And a cast of characters that are actually somewhat unique for TV. The personal drama was a little high for me in the first episode, but I’m gonna let that slide being as it was the pilot. I have high hopes that future episodes will be more plot heavy. Oh, and my fav part of the show? The way they spent the entire episode building up a way to believably work the phrase “Book ‘em, Danno” into the dialogue. Too cool.

The Defenders
LOVED it! Jim Belushi is perfect as sorts cool/sorta shcmucky/totally clever attorney, and Jerry O’Connell makes a great sidekick. The plot was clever, the setting sexy (Vegas, baby!), and the writing pretty impressive. I will definitely be watching this one again.

Law & Order: Los Angeles
Since this one was on at the same time as The Defenders (oh, the dilemma!) I have it DVR’ed. But I have to say this was the one show I was looking forward to the most, having been a L&O loyal for years. Criminal Intent was my absolute fav show on TV for years, so I’m hoping some of that vibes plays out in L.A. too. Anyone else see it yet? Like it? love it?

The Good Guys
Okay, this one isn’t totally new this week, since it was around all summer, but it has to be my absolute favorite new show. It is so funny! Honestly, it’s like someone took one of Christi’s books and put it on TV. The characters are totally wacky, the situations crazy, and the dialogue perfect. I also love that the show follows a skewed timeline, starting with an explosion or bank robbery or some great action, then flashing back to hours earlier to explain what happened. It keeps me on my toes.

Anyone else have reviews of new shows to report in on? What great new gems am I missing that I should be setting to high priority on my DVR?

~Trigger Happy Halliday


krisgils33 said...

I don't watch TV. The closest I get is sitting with my daughter while she watches TV (and I'm usually reading...which should make all my fave authors happy that all my down time is allocated to reading!!). But in seeing blogs and FB friends' posts, it almost makes me want to check out the new shows.

Christie Craig said...


Thanks for the update. These are great. I've been so busy, I haven't watched all the shows yet, but soon, very very soon.


Zita said...

I'm really liking Lost Girl. Urban fantasy, fairies, trolls, goblins, vampires. What's not to love?

Gemma Halliday said...

Ooo, that one sounds cool, Zita!

I juat have to add that I saw some of the new comedies last night, too. (As I was willing Baby T to PLEASE sleep!) Loved it: Outsourced. Very timely, unique concept, unique characters, and really pretty well written.
Hated it: ^$*%& My Dad Says. I really wanted to love this one – I love William Shatner, love Nichole Sullivan and Will Sasso – but all the jokes just fell flat.


Tori Lennox said...

I didn't even know L&O: LA was out yet! But I love the new Hawaii Five-O!