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Before I forget, I need to send out happy birthday wishes to em_meredith and to ja_is_my_muse. Hope both of ya'll are having a great day!

I was out of town this weekend, so I'm a bit behind on my TV watching. I did manage to watch Moonlight before we left. Well, I should say I tried to watch Moonlight before we left. Whoa, is that show bad. I'd read the script earlier in the year and wasn't overly impressed, but I thought maybe with the re-vamping (get it? heh) that they've been doing it might have gotten better. Um, no, they actually made it worse. And oh, Jason Dohring, what are you doing? The dude is awful. Really, reeeeeally, awful. I was so embarrassed for him I had to turn the TV off after 15 minutes.

Aliens in America, on the other hand, is delightful. It wasn't packed with lots of laughs, but I enjoyed the premise and the way they handled it enough that I didn't mind. Scott Patterson's only okay, but the two teenage leads are really endearing. Definitely keeping the season pass for this one.

So here's my updated ranking of the new shows--

Definitely worth watching:

Pushing Daisies
Chuck
Reaper
Life
Dirty Sexy Money
Aliens in America

Definitely NOT worth watching:

Cane
The Big Bang Theory
Big Shots
Moonlight

Hovering somewhere in between:

Bionic Woman
Journeyman
K-Ville
Gossip Girl
Private Practice

Comments

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bgirlla
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
Wait, Scott Patterson's on "Aliens in America?" How did I not know that? And why, oh why do they have to film it in Canada? Two of the "Still Standing" writers are working on that, if it was here I could totally go to set and fondle...I mean, meet Scott Patterson! I'll have to see if I have anything on the bedroom Tivo when it's on and try and catch a few episodes.
hannasus
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Probably because he was a recast after they shot the original pilot. I think the original dad was a lot goofier and they decided to go with a gruff dad instead.
mikijean
Oct. 6th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
They actually showed the pilot of Aliens in America on--wait for it--Spike TV last night, so we were able to catch it. And now I'm very sad it's languishing with another quality, sweet family show (Everybody Hates Chris) opposite Chuck, because it was adorable and I'd love to see more of it. Also--Clarence Weidman!
austin360
Oct. 3rd, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Why don't I have a dual-tuner Tivo?! Why do I suck so much?

So was the second episode of Gossip Girl better than the pilot?
em_meredith
Oct. 3rd, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Big LOts has them on sale for free, after rebate. Details here.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Sus!
hannasus
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched the second ep of GG yet. I probably will later this week, though. I didn't hate the pilot, I just didn't think it was anything special. Certainly it was far better than Big Shots.
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hannasus
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yay Pushing Daisies!
kiss_me_cassie
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
I have to say I was sort of entranced by Moonlight, but mainly because I was having fun picking out all the ways they were trying so hard NOT to be Angel and to debunk all the Whedonverse presumptions about vampires.
hannasus
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
When I read the script I did enjoy how hard they were trying to distinguish themselves from Angel, despite the fact that they were totally copying its formula. I may try to finish watching the episode this week, but I doubt it's going to become regular viewing for me.
kiss_me_cassie
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Eh, it's on Fridays so it may be be good 'in the background' fodder for Saturday cleaning sprees. We'll see. I may just get so lost in the not-Angel similarities that it will start to really bug me after another ep or two and get completely dropped from my radar. Or it will get canceled. ;)
mikijean
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
I am unsuccessfully trying to wrap my head around what Sophia Myles was thinking, because Moonlight is *not* good. I'm trying to give it a chance, figuring that it has a deeper hole to dig out of than most pilots due to all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans, but...it's not good.

That having been said, Dohring's later scenes (scene?) were much better and suggested some promise for the relationship between the two main male characters. And I say that as someone who was embarrassed for him during the first scene.
hannasus
Oct. 3rd, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
Okay, so maybe I will finish watching the episode. I have to say, as I was reading the original script, I was pretty unimpressed until I got to a particular scene at the end, which I actually found kind of touching and interesting enough to make me want to watch the show. I suspect that scene didn't actually make it to the screen, but it's nice to hear that the pilot at least gets better as it goes on, rather than worse.
mikijean
Oct. 3rd, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'll be very curious to hear what that scene was and if it did actually make the final cut. There was Evanescence involved near the end, which was nearly the final straw for me, so...we shall see.

I'd say the pilot showed spotty and widely-spaced moments of promise, but I'm not yet convinced those moments of promise will coalesce into a watchable show. I do think it's possible, however, that the relationship between the lead and Dohring's character could be the bright spot, if they hit it right.
austin360
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
There was Evanescence involved near the end, which was nearly the final straw for me

It was the final straw for me.

And I finally watched Big Shots. Jesus CHRIST, it was badbadbadbadbadbad. Bad writing, BAD acting, terrible and completely unrelatable and unlikeable characters, bad directing, bad premise. You're right, mikijean -- it was so bad that it was offensive. *weeps for television again*
(Anonymous)
Oct. 6th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
"Hey bro, let's suck some blood!"
- Jason Dohring (paraphrpased, except for the bro part)
mikijean
Oct. 6th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
When, as Creed Bratton could have told him, he clearly should have said "bra."
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