Do what you want, MTV, but I still miss Road Rules more than any of these shows.
Looks like everyone's renewing their contracts this month.
American Horror Story scores another returning champion.
This show was created as a spinoff of Bones, and they did a backdoor pilot during the course of the last season (which was awkward and terrible, like those things usually are). But the official premiere episode of The Finder didn't really have much in common with Bones at all: there was no quirky science, little in the way of gross corpses and no FBI agents. Instead, we got a former military man who has a special gift (not a learned one, like Brennan), a reluctant U.S. Marshal who helps him out on occasion, a big beefy partner and an insufferable juvenile delinquent serving probation at his bar for no real reason. The best and most original thing going for the show is the cute little maze in the title logo. In fact, this procedural "drama" feels more like a USA Network program than the spinoff of a once-clever Fox medical cop show.
This book and movie came out so long ago that I was still in college. So you know that it is old, but while this series is set a decade later, Mitch McDeere is still finding himself in a whole heap of trouble. You'd really think he'd have learned by now. There were elements of NBC's The Firm that I enjoyed, but those happened mostly at the bookends of the pilot while the stuff in the middle just wasn't enticing enough to convince me that this will be my next new legal addiction. I've already got The Good Wife to occupy my Sundays, and if I want more shady law firm drama, I'll just wait until Suits returns.
Brenchel continues their quest to dominate reality TV, one CBS show at a time.
Something I am especially enjoying about Modern Family this season is that we're actually seeing some real character development. This week's episode showcased Jay and Phil's growing relationship, Alex's budding confidence and Claire's newly-found self-awareness really well. It had some of the funniest moments of Season 3 thus far, too. But in spite of these things, "After the Fire" was overall a fairly boring and unmemorable episode. The premise was weak, and it mostly just felt like a mash-up of Modern Family ideas crammed in to one episode. "What would you save from a fire?" is such a conventional trope that there's nothing really interesting to say about it anymore... luckily, there were strong B, C and D plots that moved the story forward and made it watchable. Still, in the spirit of convention, let's look at what every family member claimed they'd grab before fleeing a fire, and what they probably should try to salvage instead.
The amazing Stan Lee is everywhere these days.
So this network upfront actually broke some news, albeit unsurprising news that no one really cared about, but news nonetheless. Towards the end of the very lengthy two hour presentation, Donald Trump came out to announce that he was going to continue making money on The Celebrity Apprentice and not take a run at the presidency. He made it sound like he was doing us a favor, but I cover entertainment television, so having him stick around on reality TV isn't really helping me at all.
Aside from that, the rest of the presentation was fairly typical, and filled with all the NBC executives reminding us as frequently as possible that The Voice is a big success. I tried keeping count of how often they mentioned the show's name, but they worked it in so seamlessly to nearly every segment that it was almost impossible. And just when I thought they couldn't mention it one more time, they had Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo come out at the end of the presentation to sing. Fortunately, I was already heading out the door at that point.
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