Go On (NBC) September 11th 9:00PM
Steph: Matthew Perry is back. Again. For the third time since Friends. His character’s personality is off putting and I didn’t like the first half of the show but the second half is better. It’s a tough concept to have a comedy about a grief support group and overall it’s rather dramatic but there are some funny moments. And I’ll give anything a shot that stars Miss Chanandler Bong.
Ripp: Support group comedy? Sure. Sadness = laughs. Also, I know the public desperately wants everyone from that little indie darling Friends to finally make it and get some dough so I’m really rooting for Matthew Perry on this one!
The New Normal (NBC) September 11th 9:30PM
Steph: It has everything you’d expect from a Ryan Murphy show. Gay men, Nene Leakes, a racist/homophobic older woman and a Paltrow cameo. It also has an unrealistic 8 year old who is wise beyond her years. If only real life were like TV where all children who were born to 16 year old mothers are smart and responsible, as opposed to ending up on Teen Mom or Bad Girls Club (airing sometime next year! whatup self promotion).
Ripp: It has the fourth lead from National Treasure so I’m going to watch it.
Vegas (CBS) September 25th 10:00PM
Steph: A western set in 1960s Las Vegas starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis to air on CBS. This is not a Steph show.
Ripp: Three defining qualities of a Steph show. 1. Tormented female character (Alias, Buffy) 2. Something supernatural but set in reality (Vampire Diaries, LOST) 3. Amateur TV critics will not like it as much as Mad Men so Steph will endlessly discuss how everyone is sheep and just blindly follows what everyone else likes (Saved By The Bell, Saved By The Bell: The College Years).
Ben & Kate (Fox) September 11th 8:30PM
Steph: I was so ready to hate this show and write a mean snarky review. And then I forced myself to watch the pilot and it was actually funny. The main guy is an uglier Ed Helms/Seth Meyers combo with jacked up teeth but he and the lead girl were funny. See, I don’t even know the actor’s names! It was perfect for a hate rant. I’ll leave that to Jonathan because he might just go off the previews, which are horrible.
Ripp (Jonathan is me btw): Two white siblings are having a hard time and need each other and may or may not sleep with each other. After watching all of these previews, and this is completely obvious but still, EVERYONE has a lot of problems on TV shows. I know that’s the crux of every story ever written because there’s not a lot of action when things are great but I think we’re starting to scrape the bottom of the “problem” barrel.
Emily Owens M.D. (CW) October 16th 9:00PM
Steph: Hart of Dixie with a less hot and more awkward doctor. It looks meh and the lead is not my favorite, but this show is definitely in my wheelhouse so I’ll give it a shot. I know, my taste is the worst but it’s who I am and it’s too late for me to change so just deal with it!
Ripp: Steph is the Lebron James of CW reviews so there’s no real need to weigh in.
The Mindy Project (Fox) September 25th 9:30PM
Steph: This has two of the three show qualities I look for so as Lebron James would say, it’s a home run. BTW, I’m offended, I prefer to think of myself as the Chauncey Billups of female driven shows. I have no problem with a straightforward premise as long as the show is funny. And I like my characters to have normal problems so I can relate to Mindy being a semi-alcoholic, slutty doctor who makes chubby jokes.
Ripp: Completely serious review…of the trailer. 1. The premise is tired, single/successful girl can’t find love. 2. The voice-over is straight early 90s, “Can she ever…find…love?!?!” 3. Every individual joke is pretty great. 4. Horrible title. 5. Mindy is great so just watch it.
The Family Tools (ABC) 2013
Steph: NO! It took almost two days of shows to review but here we are at the one that looks like the worst thing ever created. Remember when you read last year’s TV preview and as you were catching your breath from laughing so hard you realized how many bad shows there were about being a man with a family, and tools? No? Well, most got canceled immediately, as will this one.
Ripp: What’s unique about this show is that it’s 30 minutes long and offers different situations rooted in comedy. Also, can someone tell me what “unique” means? I have no idea.
Best Returning Show
Ripp: Happy Endings. Yes, they lost their showrunners to Community but it’s the funniest sitcom on TV at this moment.
Stephanie: Happy New Parenthood Girl Endings. Don’t make me choose! New Girl- best show everyone is watching. Happy Endings- it’s amahzing and if you don’t think so go take a whores bath. Parenthood- the best drama that only Friday Night Lights/Gilmore Girls fans are watching.
Wednesday is tomorrow in more ways than one!