Full disclosure: I am not a fan of this show's first season. Despite early promise, in the end I found the pacing dull and the characters thinly drawn, clichéd and difficult to care about. I thought the show made New Orleans look like a ridiculous cartoon of a place. And the music, which I normally enjoy whenever I'm actually in New Orleans, was so aggressively pushed as an additional character that after 13 episodes of non-stop blaring I now can't even look at a trumpet without bursting into tears. So now that the show's second season has premiered, has anything changed? The answer is sort of, but not really.
Everyone knows Chuck is a spy series, but it's just as much a comedy series and a key element of that comedy is Chuck's best friend and sidekick, Morgan Grimes. With the new season kicking off this week, and Morgan recently integrated into the CIA's Team Bartoswki, we were happy to sit in on a conference call with actor Josh Gomez and executive producer Chris Fedak to debrief us on how the season will start and where it will end up.
So NBC has announced its new fall schedule, telling us when America's favorite shows -- including Heroes, The Office and 30 Rock -- will return, and when the new shows (Talking Car 2.0, Christian Slater vs. Evil Christian Slater) will debut. But my attention is zeroed in on one date: October 3. That's the night I get my Life back. I loved the first (short) season of the show, in which Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) returned to the police force after 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and can't wait to see how he applies his Zen philosophy to a full second season. Got 8 hours? Watch the first season, starting with the first episode, after the jump.
I have a confession to make, one that could potentially threaten my standing as an editor at Television Without Pity. Before last night's season premiere, I had never seen an episode of American Idol. I know, I know, how could I be a TV writer and not watch the most popular TV show in America? Well, there are three perfectly good reasons: 1) I hate most modern mainstream music, especially ballads, R&B and country. 2) As a former singer myself, I hate bad singing, and the show seems to showcase a lot of it during the auditions. 3) Until last year, I worked at a magazine about action figures, and watching a show like AI could have threatened my geek status. (If there had been American Idol action figures, though, I would have been all over it. ...Hey, why aren't there American Idol action figures?) But I put aside my prejudices for one night last night, and was pleasantly surprised to see all of my preconceived notions of the show blown out of the water, making me a convert. Possibly for life.