For three seasons, whenever I’ve tried to watch an episode of The Big Bang Theory [CBS, Mondays, 8/7C], I’ve found it predictable and remarkably unfunny. I’ve even tried episodes that guest-starred the inimitable Christine Baranski. Nothing.
Funny thing… When I received the first look screener of $#*! My Dad Says [CBS, Thursdays, 8:30/7:30C], I laughed. A lot. Then CBS recast the role of Ed Goodson’s [William Shatner] son, Henry, with Jonathan Sadowski. Now? Not so much with the funny. Weird but true.
The Defenders [CBS, Wednesdays, 10/9C] turns out not to be a re-imagining of a 1961 legal series about a couple of lawyers who didn’t always win [which was groundbreaking stuff in 1961]. Instead, it’s a fictionalization of a couple of Vegas lawyers with a reputation for trying anything to win, and partying like it’s 1999 when they’re not actively working.
Hawaii Five-0 [CBS, Mondays, 10/9C] features characters whose names are familiar, and the setting that comes with the title, but it is not your father’s/grandfather’s Hawaii Five-0. It is a fast-paced, well written, fresh take on cop shows that has energy to burn and charisma to spare.
CBS’ new multi-camera sitcom, Mike and Molly [Mondays, 9:30/8:30/C], could easily be The Courtship of Roseanne – and frankly, though it is sporadically funny, it is weird in that most of the best jokes come from the two overweight leads: Melissa McCarthy [Molly] and Billy Gardell [Mike]. The rest come from an acerbic waiter named Samuel [Nyambi Nyambi], who is so good that he could probably carry a show himself.
Wow! There is a lot going on in the sixth season premiere of How I Met Your Mother [CBS, Mondays, 8/7C]. Marshall [Jason Segal] and Lily [Alyson Hannigan] have decided to try to have a baby; Robin has devolved into a formless inhaler of Cheetos over losing Don; Ted [Josh Radnor] is fixated on a cute girl at the bar, and Barney [Neil Patrick Harris] is both wowed by the girl at the bar and moved to pronounce Robin’s ability to entice gone forever. And that’s not the half of it.
With the fall 2010 TV season just around the proverbial corner, there are a lot of premieres coming up between the beginning of September and the beginning of November. So, to help you out, a complete list of the premieres for new and returning shows follows the jump. Feel free to print out the list and tape to your TV.
While attending Comic-Con 2010 on behalf of his new CBS series, Hawaii Five-0, Daniel Dae Kim kept a video diary. Take a look:
Stop by the CBS Booth to get your Hawaii Five-0 Swag!
The news that CBS, long the most stable of networks for programming, had axed seven shows – including some that were doing well in their timeslots [Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, Cold Case] – came as a shock to fans of those shows. Now CBS is presenting a new schedule designed to give their five new fall shows the best possible situations, ratings-wise.
The five new series [three dramas, two comedies] premiering in the fall are: the reboot of Hawaii Five-0, The Defenders, Blue Bloods, $#*! My Dad Says and Mike & Molly. The Criminal Minds Spin-off is a mid-season show. Show descriptions and the full CBS fall schedule follow the jump.
Photo: Mario Perez/CBS (C)2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Jesse Stone: No Remorse [9/8C] is the sixth entry in the CBS series of TV-movies based on the characters created by the late Robert B. Parker – and the first to not be based, in any way, on a Parker novel. It also continues to be an old-fashioned TV-movie franchise in the way if takes its time to get to where its going.