Every September we're baffled at the amount of new shows that are just downright terrible. We're talking about programs that have no business being on TV in the first place (think Cavemen or Viva Laughlin) but yet get a big push from their respective networks, luring in unsuspecting souls with a catchy one-liner and a flashy star who reminds viewers of a more pleasant series. As a public service, we've identified the new fall 2010 series that really should've come with warning signs. Avoid these at all costs.
10. Law & Order: Los Angeles
Dick Wolf knows how to make Law & Order shows... except when occasionally he doesn't. The thing that makes us worried about this new one isn't so much that Wolf can't make a SoCal-based series but that the show is set to debut in a few short weeks and they just started production. That's either a sign that this show is such a clone that they can just crank one out, or an indicator that it was an afterthought that was slapped together to fill the Leno void. Either way, we're wary.
Jimmy Smits has a certain appeal and he's definitely working the charm on this show, but one former Supreme Court Justice does not a show make. They've surrounded him with a host of truly unlikeable characters who don't really add anything to the show so the entire pilot ends up being a predictable courtroom drama... and we've already got more than our share of those.
8. The Defenders
You might like legal shows. You might like Vegas. You might like Jerry O'Connell. You might even like Jim Belushi. Together? It's just the most bland combination you could imagine.
You remember Trauma from last year? No? Well, basically it had a lot of action and was low on plot. This show kind of reminds us a lot of that. The annoying girl from Past Life is starring in this female (and dumbed-down) version of Justified and frankly, there's really only a need for one U.S. Marshal show on TV. We call for a shootout, Wild West-style!
It is a sad day here at the TWoP offices when we feel pity for Ashley Tisdale, of all people. Seriously, the former High School Musical star (she played the grating Sharpay) is saddled as a head cheerleader with little personality in this Bring It On rip-off. It's lamer than any Disney Channel show and Alyson Michalka has to be one of the worst actresses to ever star in a network show. Seriously, she makes Eliza Dushku look Emmy worthy.
5. Better With You
If we had any expectations for this at all, it would have been higher on our list because it really is unbearable. It's just a formulaic and standard sitcom without a shred of originality or creativity... which probably means it will run until the end of time.
4. Running Wilde
This one breaks our little Arrested Development-loving hearts. It seems to have so much going for it, with Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett, David Cross and Keri Russell all involved. On paper. the quirky plot (rich guy tries to find redemption by proving himself to the do-gooder love of his life) sounds like something Arnett could pull off in his sleep, but it really just doesn't come together -- and it really isn't funny. We're secretly hoping that this finds a way to improve, so we don't have to put it on all of worst of the year list.
3. Raising Hope
After watching the first couple of seasons of My Name Is Earl, our hopes were raised for this new Greg Garcia project, but aside from an Earl reference and some funny lines from Martha Plimpton, there wasn't a lot to love about this show about a teen saddled with his baby. It takes a shockingly dark turn at the beginning... and then tries for a sweet moment at the end, causing a very uneven debut.
This show is why we have to wait until next spring to see more Ron Swanson? This terribly offensive, sexist, racist comedy is the reason that our beloved Parks & Recreation is on hiatus? As Amy Poehler would say, "Really? Really?" Yeah, we can't believe it's actually going to make it to air.
1. S#*! My Dad Says
Let's all take this as a valuable lesson: while making a movie about a social network's creation might be a good idea, making a movie based on one guy's 140-character posts on Twitter is not. Even if William Shatner is involved. Are we clear? What's funny as a one-liner makes us cringe when it's fleshed out and watered down to a point where it is totally unrecognizable. #epicfail
Watch TWoP's editors discuss this fall's worst TV shows in this segment airing on the New York Nonstop cable news channel:
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