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Well, you're poor!

And premiere week continues apace...

Cane is just... boring as all get out. It's soapy and predictable and cliched and not one of the characters cracked a smile the entire episode. Basically it's Falcon Crest with Cubans, which turns out to be no more interesting than Falcon Crest with white people was. Fail.

Dirty Sexy Money, on the other hand, is a total win. Dark and amusing and quirky and fascinating. Like some kind delicious middle ground between Arrested Development and The Royal Tenenbaums, with a dash of Agatha Christie-style murder mystery thrown in for good measure. The genius of this pilot is that despite the huge cast, each of the Darling siblings are so well-characterized and brilliantly introduced that you never have trouble keeping them straight. I'll definitely be studying this script for technique when I start working on my spec pilot.

Reaper, which I saw at Comic-con and realize now I never posted about, is also tons of fun, and has a cherished place in my Season Pass list until the CW cancels it because no one watches the CW.

The second episode of K-Ville was slightly better than the pilot so I'm hanging with it for a little longer to see how it goes. Still pretty standard fare, and they need to come up with an A story other than exposing corporate corruption in the rebuilding efforts, but the cinematography is pretty.

Private Practice seemed a little improved from the spring pilot. No talking elevators and no idiotic "I'm going to kiss you with tongue" monologues definitely makes for a less embarrassing hour of television. I'm not at all impressed with Audra McDonald as Merrin Dungey's replacement, but I'm kinda sorta besotted with Cooper and Violet so it evens out. And Kate Walsh's dancing at the beginning of the ep was so hilariously bad that I'm going to keep watching just to see if she does it every week.

So, for those who are keeping track, here's my official tally of the season so far--

Definitely worth watching:

Pushing Daisies
Chuck
Reaper
Life
Dirty Sexy Money

Definitely NOT worth watching:

Cane
The Big Bang Theory

Hovering somewhere in between:

Bionic Woman
Journeyman
K-Ville
Gossip Girl
Private Practice

Frankly, it's turning out to be a pretty impressive slate this season. The big question is how many of my must-watch shows will make it past Christmas.

Comments

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kelbelle
Sep. 27th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Cooper/Violet=FTW.

Seriously, they are SO interesting to me. Because they're both clearly emotionally stunted and/or retarded. So, basically, I'm in.
hannasus
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I love what messes they both are in their own personal lives, and how sweet their friendship is.
mikijean
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Argh! I switched at the last second to watch Life instead of Dirty Sexy Money. But it's on your "definitely worth watching" list, too. What's a girl to do?

And I'm so sad to hear that Audra McDonald isn't fitting the part well, as I feel about her the way other people feel about Kristen Chenoweth (actually, I feel that way about Kristen Chenoweth, too, but you get the idea).
bgirlla
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
I can drop Dirty Sexy Money to DVD for you, since it looks like abc.com isn't putting it up on their site.

And Audra was fine in the part, her role just isn't that interesting. Amy and Paul's characters are not only interesting, there is actual chemistry between the actors. I'm not feeling any chemistry between Kate and Tim's characters.
mikijean
Oct. 1st, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
It looks like NBC--in a rare move of genius--may be playing almost all of their drama content on their "family" of networks, which would allow me to grab Dirty Sexy Money on Wednesdays and Life later in the week on USA or Bravo. Same thing for Friday Night Lights and Moonlight, etc.

I'd love to know what that means for them ratings-wise, money-wise, etc., because I think it's brilliant. We shall see, I guess. Do you actually get more viewers for your "family" this way, or are you ceding the weeknights to the other broadcast networks because people like me layer their schedule around your rebroadcast on cable nets?
bgirlla
Oct. 1st, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I know that Nielsen is now allowing them to count an encore showing of the same episode in the same week in the ratings for the show (so if NBC shows "Heroes" on Monday at nine and the same episode Friday at nine, they get to count the Friday audience in the ratings somehow), but I'm not sure if it will also count on sister channels.

I suspect on the rebroadcast they are actually figuring that most people will not be doing what you are, i.e. dropping the NBC show to pick something else up and then catching the NBC show later in the week, but that folks who had already decided they were watching another net will pick up their shows on cable, hopefully get more attached to the NBC show and then come back and start watching the NBC show on the net broadcast, so ultimately picking up viewers instead of losing them.
hannasus
Sep. 27th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Obviously a girl needs to get a dual tuner TiVo. Or else a splitter so you can watch one live while the other records. I think I like Dirty Sexy Money better than Life, though.

I feel about Merrin Dungey the way you do about Audra McDonald, so maybe she was fine and I was just prejudiced. It's not a particularly interesting or likable role, but I just felt like Dungey did more with it in the pilot than McDonald seemed able to do.
bgirlla
Sep. 27th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
I ended up putting Dirty Sexy Money on my Tivo just because I can (I'm loving having the dual tuner tivo/single tuner tivo situation going on) although I haven't watched it yet. That used to be "The Darlings" though, yes? If so, I should have at least some version of the pilot script floating around, let me know when you need it.

And yeah, Private Practice was...eh...but I think Paul Edelstein and Amy Brenneman may just make me watch it anyway, they are both just so good (and also very lovely people.) Although I want to be as successful as Shonda Rhimes, so that the studio and network will let me get away with such a piece of shoe opening as to literally stand there and give the exposition on each character again. Because really, that's so much easier than trying to weave the exposition into the show in an interesting way.

I haven't rewatched Reaper yet, but I think they just recast the chick, they didn't make any changes. Same with Bionic Woman.

And can I just say how glad I am I didn't get that gig on The Big Bang Theory? Because yeah, not funny. The only reason I might keep it on the bedroom Tivo for now is I read they are getting Sarah Gilbert to come on and do some episodes and I'd like to see her.
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