Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Viewers’ Voice: Which TV Review Has Hooked You?

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it is officially the holiday season.  Before we know it, 2013 will be here and we’ll all be left wondering where December went.  With all of the madness expected to surround us these next few weeks, Amber West and I have decided to switch things up again with today’s Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews.

Instead of reviewing the remaining 2012 fall television programs we’ve yet to cover, we’ve decided to ask our viewers to participate in our Viewers’ Voice Special over the next few weeks.

Playing is simple.  Answer the below question and tell us why in the comments.

“Thanks to Amber’s/Tiffany’s (choose one) Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews, I am now hooked on this television series: ______.”

To show everyone how it works, Amber and I are each going to choose one of the others blog posts that applies to this week’s question.  So, here goes….

“Thanks to Amber’s Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews, I am now hooked on the television series: Scandal.

ABC’s Scandal, now it its second season, takes the word “scandal” to an entirely different level.

The series stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a former White House communications director who is now operating her very own private crisis management firm.  The character of Olivia is not completely fictional… she is loosely based on Judy Smith, one of President George H. W. Bush’s former press aides.  In return, Ms. Smith serves the Shonda Rhimes’ production as a consultant and co-executive producer.

But, back to the show…

So, what makes Scandal so scandalous?

Well, first there’s Olivia…

Olivia Pope can “fix” any problem, except maybe for her ongoing love affair with the President of the United States (President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn).  Everyone inside the President’s circle, including his wife (First Lady Mellie Grant, played by Bellamy Young), his Chief of Staff (Cyrus, played by Jeff Perry), and his entire Secret Service staff, knows about Olivia and President Grant.

Looks scandalous to me!

The mere fact that Olivia and the President share a romantic link is scandalous, but it’s not the most shocking twist to the story.  So, what makes this love affair even more outrageous and fun?  That would be the relationship shared between the First Lady and the President’s mistress.

Olivia’s and Mellie’s ability to work together and manipulate the President into doing exactly what they want makes for some of the best chemistry on the show… despite the fact the two women really don’t like each other.  These two, especially when realizing one can benefit from the other, are very scandalous!

Oh, and I should mention that Ms. Washington has stated in television interviews that Judy Smith did NOT have an affair with President Bush.  The writers and creators use Ms. Smith’s professional expertise to tell their stories… not her personal life.  Scandal is fictional television.

So, what else makes Scandal so scandalous?

Not only is Olivia keeping secrets, so is her team.

To complete her firm, Olivia hires a very qualified staff; a staff that successfully fixes the firm’s client’s problems, but that also brings their very own issues to the table: Columbus Short plays Harrison, a lawyer who Olivia helped escape serious jail-time for insider trading while he worked for a very corrupt man; the fabulous Guillermo Diaz plays Huck, the group’s computer expert who is haunted by his past… a past where he worked as a contract killer for the C.I.A.; Darby Stanchfield plays Abby, the team’s investigator and a survivor from an abusive ex who also happens to be from a very well “connected” family; and Katie Lowes plays Quinn (formerly Lindsey), a lawyer who Olivia helped beat a bombing charge that labeled her a domestic terrorist in the eyes of many Americans.

Eavesdropping… Breaking and Entering… Never an issue for Olivia’s team. They do what it takes to “fix” the problem.

See?  Even Olivia’s team’s backgrounds are sordid…

So, what else makes Scandal so scandalous?

Characters can only interest viewers to a certain point; the rest is left up to the writers…

To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with the name Shonda Rhimes until Amber reviewed Scandal last year.  As much TV as I watch, my regular viewing schedule does not include Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice, two of Ms. Rhimes’ most popular creations to date.  But, now, I know who Ms. Rhimes is and what she is capable of.

I don’t want to give too much away about Scandal’s scandalous plot, but I do want to say that each and every episode draws me in, holds me in tight so that I don’t miss a word, and leaves me with my mouth gaping open in awe at the end.  The series is classified as a procedural in that each week Olivia and her team take on a new client and help “make their problems go away.”  But, Scandal can also be classified as a serial drama, or a nighttime soap opera, with an ongoing story that keeps getting better and even more scandalous with each passing week.

Scandal has drama; it has politics; it has love; and it has A LOT of scandalous twists and turns….

Now, it’s your turn: “Thanks to Amber’s/Tiffany’s (choose one) Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews, I am now hooked on this television series: ______.”  Be sure to include why you’re hooked!  We’d love to hear from you! 

Remember to click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see how she filled in the blanks…

Come back next week when Amber and I continue our Viewers’ Voice WatchWed series….  Stay tuned!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

Tele-Tuesday: Television’s Biggest Turkeys

A turkey by definition is a large bird that has brownish plumage and a bare, wattled head and neck; this bird is widely domesticated for food, especially for the North American holiday of Thanksgiving.

Gobble. Gobble. (Photo courtesy of Jonas West Photography)

But, in the slang world, a turkey is also considered to be an inept, undesirable, thoughtless, or annoying person.

Since we celebrate Thanksgiving this week here in the states, I thought I’d share some of the biggest turkeys on the telly today.  While the slang definition sounds a bit harsh, my list in no way indicates that I don’t love these turkeys.  Many of the characters on my list steal the show the moment they walk into a scene.

Let’s look back to the ‘90s for a minute… take Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld for instance.  He’s definitely a turkey!  Not only was he goofy, but most of his brilliant ideas never really panned out.

And, how about Phoebe Buffay from Friends?  She was the least popular of the girls, and well, she was not nearly as accomplished either.  Turkey…

Without a doubt, I enjoyed these two characters very much.  Heck, some have even compared my personality to Phoebe’s on more than one occasion.  Back in college, one friend had Phoebe’s popular coffee shop song “Smelly Cat” set as my personalized ring tone on his cell phone… I loved it!

But, now let’s take a look at a few of today’s TV turkeys…

*****

First, there’s the thoughtless and annoying:

Shawn Spencer – Psych

Seriously, I love Shawn.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t want Gus to slap him on occasion…  Shawn’s always flying off, pretending to do his psychic thing, and dragging Gus into crazy and sometimes dangerous situations.  But like I said, I love him.  Oh, and I do have to admit that Shawn seemed a bit less thoughtless last season…

Schmidt – New Girl

Schmidt is kind of thoughtless and a bit annoying, but oh my gosh, is he funny or what??  He’s also a bit socially inept, considering he thinks everything is about him… while at the same time, I’m not convinced he wouldn’t do anything at the drop of a hat for his roommates.

Noah Werner – Suburgatory

To be honest, I don’t know if I’d like Noah as much as I do if the character wasn’t played by the hilarious Alan Tudyk.  Noah is all about Noah; George is probably his closest friend in the world, yet he still felt the need to dress as George for Halloween, ultimately making fun of his friend’s financial and social status in the very wealthy Chatswin.  But, it was funny…

James Van Der Beek – Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

Oh, James.  He’s all about James.  James.  James.  James.  But, he makes this show.  Without him, I’m not so sure we’d even watch.

Evan Lawson – Royal Pains

What can we say about Evan?  Hmmm…  He whines a lot and his scheming usually causes big trouble… typical little brother, right?

Stefan Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries

Stefan is probably the polar-opposite of thoughtless, yet he’s still not the most popular Salvatore brother.  He’s such a do-gooder that his character may be one of the most annoying on television today.  This girl likes Ripper Stefan way better.

*****

Next, we have the inept and undesirable:

Louis Litt – Suits

Louis may not be professionally inept, but he’s definitely lacking socially.  Poor guy.  All he wants is to be Harvey’s friend… to have Harvey’s approval.  But, with the way he acts, he’s never going to get it.

Garth Fitzgerald IV – Supernatural

Oh, Garth… he means well; really, he does.  He’s just a bit quirky.  He in no way holds a candle to our favorite Winchester boys, socially or sexually, but we love when he stops by and helps with a case just the same.

Jason Stackhouse – True Blood

Now, Jason is definitely NOT undesirable from a sexual standpoint; however, he is a bit dense.  Okay, he’s a lot dense.  But, not only is he nice to look at, Jason might have some of the best “dumb” one-liners on television today… a comedic relief of sorts for an otherwise very serious show.   

“Stiles” Stilinski – Teen Wolf

Stiles, Stiles.  He’s socially inept and the least desirable of the boys at Beacon Hills High.  However, he is one of the best friends a teenage werewolf could ask for… and did I mention funny?

*****

Now, it’s your turn!  What turkeys would you add to this list—past or present? Why?  I’d love to hear from you!

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Is Chicago Fire Red Hot?

Fall Television is officially here!  With all of the new TV programs airing this fall, Amber West and I have a ton of homework to do…  This week, we decided to break the mold and do something we’ve never done before—review the same show!  Will Amber and I agree or disagree after watching NBC’s Chicago Fire?

There’s just something about firefighters… they’re sexy, courageous, generous, and did I mention sexy?  But seriously, can you imagine the pressure our firefighters are under on a daily basis?  Saving lives; risking their lives; protecting everyone, including one another, at all costs; living with some of the highest levels of stress imaginable—they really are heroes.

Created by Dick Wolf (creator of all the Law & Order series), Chicago Fire follows a group of firefighters and paramedics as they serve Chicago and work to maintain and balance their personal lives.  And, as if the job isn’t tough enough, the new drama starts off with these brave men and women losing one of their own.

Now, we all know that every fire starts with an ignition source; and with Chicago Fire, that source would be the sexiness.  Just look at this cast: Jesse Spencer (House) as Lt. Matthew Casey; Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries) as Lt. Kelly Severide;  Eamonn Walker (Oz) as Chief Wallace Boden; Charlie Barnett (Men in Black 3) as Firefighter Peter Mills; and Lauren German (Happy Town and Hawaii Five-0) as Paramedic Leslie Shay.  The series also stars David Eigenberg (Sex and the City) as Firefighter Christopher Herrmann and a few ladies I’m not familiar with (Monica Raymund and Teri Reeves).  Plus, for those Fairly Legal fans (may the show rest in peace), it has been announced that Sarah Shahi will join the cast in the upcoming episodes…

Hello, Shirtless Jesse Spencer!

But, is all of this eye candy enough to keep us coming back for more?

If this new series is anything, it is dramatic.  We watch the firefighters and paramedics deal with addiction, guilt, blame, stress, heartbreak, and injuries.  Every week, the brave men and women rush out to all sorts of emergencies—fires, wrecks, and other life-threatening situations.  By definition, this makes Chicago Fire a procedural drama.  However, the series also has ongoing storylines from week to week, making it a serial as well.  Being that we’re only one month in, I’m not certain how difficult it will be to follow the series if missing an episode… but, I don’t think it will be all that hard to pick right back up where we left off if we do indeed skip a week.

I chatted with a volunteer firefighter about NBC’s new program, and let’s just say he’s not so thrilled with the end result.  He mentioned that the cast and crew spent months following an actual Fire Department (if I remember correctly, I think he even said a Chicago Fire Department), and from what he could tell, the creators took certain liberties with how real firefighters do their job.  Sadly, he said firefighters never undress and strip down to a bare chest in the street after battling a fire.  I say sadly because I know many of us women wouldn’t mind seeing this happen, and thankfully the creators give us this tiny gift on the television screen.

Hello, Taylor Kinney’s abs…

Heehee.  Sorry, back to being serious…

My fire fighting friend also stated that paramedics never ask anyone involved in a horrible crash to turn their necks, especially not a small child.  He added that the fireman do not use their radio system to talk trash or do anything else that’s unprofessional over the air waves.  All of this may not be true of every single fire house in the world, but these were his thoughts on the program, and he wished the writers would make it a bit more realistic while still making it interesting for the television audience.

All of this said, I realize Chicago Fire is a fictional television program.  I did not let any of the inconsistencies with what firefighters and paramedics actually do sway me away from watching.  But, having watched all four episodes to date, I’m still uncertain of how I feel.  I like Dick Wolf.  I like a few of the actors, particularly Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, and Lauren German.  I like the fresh idea of a series with firefighters and paramedics when most of today’s TV centers around police procedurals, the supernatural, and sitcoms.  But, can I award the drama with anything other than the SSTV rating at this time?  No.  I can’t.  And, if anyone wants to “make” me, I’d downgrade it at this very moment to an NIV rating… and I don’t want to do that—not yet anyway.

I was really looking forward to Chicago Fire and I’m not giving up yet…

Chicago Fire’s firefighters and paramedics work together to save lives…

What do you think?  Have you watched Chicago Fire?  Have you seen anything in the series and asked, “Would that really happen in real life?”  If so, do the writers’ liberties bother you enough to stop watching?   I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see what she thinks about the new NBC fire drama.  Did we agree or disagree?  Trust me; we usually have very different tastes when it comes to our favorite television shows…

Come back next week when Amber and I review something… we’re thinking about changing things up again and trying something else that we’ve never done before.  Stay tuned!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV)Do we really have to explain? Blech

Tele-Tuesday: Scandal-ous Television

It’s been no secret that a few of last year’s freshman television series swept me off my feet… particularly, American Horror Story, Person of Interest, and Revenge.  Today, I’m adding a fourth program to this list—Scandal.

ABC’s Scandal, now it its second season, takes the word “scandal” to an entirely different level.

The series stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a former White House communications director who is now operating her very own private crisis management firm.  The character of Olivia is not completely fictional… she is loosely based on Judy Smith, one of President George H. W. Bush’s former press aides.  In return, Ms. Smith serves the Shonda Rhimes’ production as a consultant and co-executive producer.

But, back to the show…

So, what makes Scandal so scandalous?

Well, first there’s Olivia…

Olivia Pope can “fix” any problem, except maybe for her ongoing love affair with the President of the United States (President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn).  Everyone inside the President’s circle, including his wife (First Lady Mellie Grant, played by Bellamy Young), his Chief of Staff (Cyrus, played by Jeff Perry), and his entire Secret Service staff, knows about Olivia and President Grant.

Looks scandalous to me…

The mere fact that Olivia and the President share a romantic link is scandalous, but it’s not the most shocking twist to the story.  So, what makes this love affair even more outrageous and fun?  That would be the relationship shared between the First Lady and the President’s mistress.

Olivia’s and Mellie’s ability to work together and manipulate the President into doing exactly what they want makes for some of the best chemistry on the show… despite the fact the two women really don’t like each other.  These two, especially when realizing one can benefit from the other, are very scandalous!

Do NOT stand in this First Lady’s way…

Oh, and I should mention that Ms. Washington has stated in television interviews that Judy Smith did NOT have an affair with President Bush.  The writers and creators use Ms. Smith’s professional expertise to tell their stories… not her personal life.  Scandal is fictional television.

So, what else makes Scandal so scandalous?

Not only is Olivia keeping secrets, so is her team.

To complete her firm, Olivia hires a very qualified staff; a staff that successfully fixes the firm’s client’s problems, but that also brings their very own issues to the table: Columbus Short plays Harrison, a lawyer who Olivia helped escape serious jail-time for insider trading while he worked for a very corrupt man; the fabulous Guillermo Diaz plays Huck, the group’s computer expert who is haunted by his past… a past where he worked as a contract killer for the C.I.A.; Darby Stanchfield plays Abby, the team’s investigator and a survivor from an abusive ex who also happens to be from a very well “connected” family; and Katie Lowes plays Quinn (formerly Lindsey), a lawyer who Olivia helped beat a bombing charge that labeled her a domestic terrorist in the eyes of many Americans.

Breaking and Entering is never a concern of Olivia and her team…

See?  Even Olivia’s team’s backgrounds are sordid…

So, what else makes Scandal so scandalous?

Characters can only interest viewers to a certain point; the rest is left up to the writers…

To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with the name Shonda Rhimes until my Wednesday blogging partner, Amber West, reviewed Scandal last year.  As much TV as I watch, my regular viewing schedule does not include Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice, two of Ms. Rhimes’ most popular creations to date.  But, now, I know who Ms. Rhimes is and what she is capable of.

I don’t want to give too much away about Scandal’s scandalous plot, but I do want to say that each and every episode draws me in, holds me in tight so that I don’t miss a word, and leaves me with my mouth gaping open in awe at the end.  The series is classified as a procedural in that each week Olivia and her team take on a new client and help “make their problems go away.”  But, Scandal can also be classified as a serial drama, or a nighttime soap opera, with an ongoing story that keeps getting better and even more scandalous with each passing week.

Scandal has drama; it has politics; it has love; and it has A LOT of scandalous twists and turns….

Oh, and before I go, I have to mention Josh Malina and his portrayal of Assistant U.S. Attorney David Rosen.  Rosen and Olivia have a love/hate relationship… they respect each other’s brilliance, but disagree with each other’s antics.  Before Scandal, I didn’t even know Mr. Malina’s name (although I do remember him from his guest appearance on Psych a few years ago).  However, today, I know him (his name, we’ve never met beyond sharing words on Twitter).  I applaud the writers for giving Rosen what appears to be a larger part in season two AND I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us as it pertains to his investigation into Olivia and his recent romance with Abby!

There it is again… more scandal for Scandal!

Will Rosen get what he needs to expose Olivia?

In case anyone is having difficulty understanding the underlying message I am trying to portray in this blog post, it is that Scandal is very scandalous AND definitely worthy of a watch!

What do you think?  Do you watch Scandal?  Who’s your favorite character (mine is Huck!)?   I’d love to hear from you!       

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Keeping Up with The Neighbors

Fall Television is officially here!  With all of the new TV programs airing this fall, Amber West and I have a ton of homework to do…  This week, we tuned in and watched two of the most recent additions to the comedy lineups for our Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews—NBC’s Guys with Kids and ABC’s The Neighbors.

Welcome to Hidden Hills, a gated community in the suburbs of New Jersey complete with its own golf course… sounds peaceful, right?  Not when the entire neighborhood consists of aliens…

The new ABC comedy follows the experiences of the Weaver family, the first human family to move into Hidden Hills in the ten years its current residents (aliens from the planet Zabvron) have been waiting for instructions to return home.  At first, the Weavers believe their new neighbors are just weird (they dress alike AND they are all named after famous athletes), but do weird neighbors really cry out a nasty goo from their ears when upset?  No… that would be aliens.

The series stars Lenny Venito (one of Sipowicz’s snitches from NYPD Blue) and Jami Gertz (one of my favorite ‘80s actresses from movies like Sixteen Candles, Lost Boys, and Less Than Zero) as Marty and Debbie Weaver.  The Weavers have waited for years to get their family of five (Amber, the typical cranky teenager; Max, the take it or leave it preteen boy; and Abby, the youngest and typically adorable daughter) out of their crammed New Jersey apartment, and when the first unit in Hidden Hills opens up they snatch it.

The Weaver family’s reaction to the news that their neighbors are aliens…

Immediately welcoming the Weavers are the neighbors, a group of identically dressed adults all holding pies, led by the “supreme leader” Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) and his wife, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye).  The Weavers notice that the Joyner-Kersee-Bird family is a bit of an oddity, but accept an invitation to dinner anyway—being neighborly and all…

While at dinner, the strangeness continues… at the dinner table, the Weavers enjoy the food that the Joyner-Kersee-Birds prepared for them, while the JKBs read books—that’s how they nourish their bodies.  After their respective meals, Jackie Joyner-Kersee confesses to Debbie that she wishes Larry Bird would treat her with more respect and talk to her the same way Marty does with Debbie, instead of ordering her around all the time.  Jackie further explains that she allows this treatment solely because Larry Bird gave birth to their children (a teenager, Reggie Jackson, and his younger brother, Dick Butkus)—a feat she will never understand and always appreciate.

Wait a minute… did Jackie Joyner-Kersee just imply that the men get pregnant and carry the babies in Hidden Hills?  Weird… oh, wait; they’re all aliens… okay.

But, perhaps my favorite part was when Jackie Joyner-Kersee was washing dishes… well, not so much washing as throwing them out the window.  Now, that’s my kind of lady!  Haven’t we all been there before?  Wishing we could just toss the nastiness instead of soaking and scrubbing plates?

Anyway, it’s not until after dinner that all the craziness breaks out.

Trying to impress his new friends, Dick Butkus shows Max and Abby exactly what makes him special—with the clap of his hands, he immediately transforms into a little green alien, thrusting green goo all over the Weaver children.  Needless to say, the Weaver children run screaming from the house, leaving the parents wondering what in the world had just transpired upstairs.  And of course, Marty and Debbie don’t believe Max and Abby… not until the entire Joyner-Kersee-Bird family shows up at the Weaver house and lets their true forms shine.

The “real” Joyner-Kersee-Bird Family…

The first episode opened with a lot of promise; I even laughed out loud on a few different occasions.  But, the subsequent episodes haven’t nearly been as funny…  Honestly, I thought “the neighbors are aliens” secret would last a little longer; but they were “outed” before the end of the first episode.  The remaining episodes, while cute, have focused on the Weavers “teaching” the Joyner-Kersee-Birds all about life here on earth, while simultaneously learning about their very own family issues within.

Usually when I review a new television program, I can’t help but award it with the SSTV rating; but I’m breaking away from the norm today.  That’s right—I’m awarding The Neighbors with the NIV rating.  I know what some of our readers are thinking… I must not like ABC’s new comedy if I’m only willing to watch it while I’m dozing off.  That’s not true; I do like it, but it’s not something I’m dying to watch as soon as Wednesday night rolls around.

It’s simply okay; not bad, but not great either… but, definitely appropriate for viewers of all ages—a real family show.  There really aren’t many honest-to-goodness family programs on TV today… and this is one reason why I keep tuning in to The Neighbors.  The sitcom tackles very important topics like the first day of school in a new neighborhood (or world for that matter), how to respond to bullying, the meaning of family holiday celebrations, and the patience to understand that we’re not all the same.

Aliens on an escalator for the first time… too funny!

I may not watch The Neighbors until I’m crawling into bed to go to sleep, but I do watch it—it remains a weekly recording on my DVR queue… for now.

What do you think?  Have you watched The Neighbors?   I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see what she thinks about Jimmy Fallon’s new creation, Guys With Kids.

Come back next week when Amber and I return with an installment of Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday unlike any other… we’re reviewing the same show for the very first time!  Will we agree or disagree after watching Chicago Fire?

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV)Do we really have to explain? Blech

Tele-Tuesday: A Halloween Special – Growing Up a Munster

This past Friday, NBC aired a Mockingbird Lane Halloween special…

What is Mockingbird Lane?  Does this ring any bells?

That’s right!  NBC put together an all-star cast in a reboot of the 1960s classic The Munsters.  I’ve been waiting on the promotions for this show since Jerry O’Connell first announced his new role as Herman Munster on Live with Kelly.  I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and finally saw the first trailer for the Halloween special earlier this month.

Halloween special?  What happened to Mockingbird Lane being a new series?

Unfortunately, and not really all that surprising, the network swooped in and dropped on ax on the ten million dollar project before it aired one single episode.  However, in a move unlike most networks that have just killed an expensive project before even allowing the public to chime in by watching, NBC decided to air one episode Friday, October 26th before the Halloween episode of Grimm.  Rumors swirled after the announcement, speculating that the special’s ratings would determine whether or not the network gives Mockingbird Lane another chance at a weekly series in 2013.  Like most rumors, we’ll all just have to wait and see…

Regardless, this news crushed me; but, at least the network gave the reboot a chance.  While I’m not sure what kind of numbers NBC was hoping for, it has been reported that Mockingbird Lane pulled in 5.4 million viewers on Friday night.  This number is just barely shy of the channel’s hit Friday night fairy tale drama, Grimm.

So, let’s talk Mockingbird Lane

First, let’s clarify that this rendition of The Munsters is not a situational comedy—it is a drama with comedic elements—a dramedy, if you will.

Now that we’ve cleared that up,  let’s meet the Munsters: Grandpa, or “D” (short for Dracula), played by Eddie Izzard, the over-bearing grandparent who sees nothing wrong with his family heritage; Herman, played by Jerry O’Connell, a former human created into a “munster” by Grandpa; Lily, played by Portia de Rossi DeGeneres, the family matriarch and vampire (but we’ll talk more about this shortly);  Marilyn, played by Charity Wakefield, the “normal” Munster, as in human; and Eddie, played by Mason Cook, the wanna be normal adolescent boy who learns he’s not so normal… he’s a werewolf.

These Munsters are not quite the same as the ‘60s family…

Instead of being sarcastic and goofy, Grandpa comes across as very blunt (although humans think he’s joking) and serious.  While he does have a laboratory underneath the staircase, viewers don’t really see the “fun” side of Grandpa as he cooks up his spells that we loved in the old series.  Like most vampires, Grandpa has a fixation on feeding and making humans his toys in this one-hour special.  To Grandpa, humans serve one purpose—they are a food source for his family and a salvage yard for Herman… and he makes no apologies for this.

Marilyn and Grandpa on a stroll to meet the new neighbors…

Instead of being a childish buffoon with extreme strength, today’s Herman is very parental, loving, and gentle.  This Grandpa-made Frankenstein monster does not have the classic Herman bolts in his neck, but instead has visual reminders of his surgical transformations with scars and zippers all over his neck, chest, and arms (loved the Herman introduction though, with Jerry O’Connell standing in front of a lamp post with the fixture creating a silhouette of the Herman bolts—nice touch).  Unfortunately for this Herman, he “loves too hard,” showcased by his need for a new “ticker,” or heart.

Instead of donning the classic white streak through her hair, Mockingbird Lane’s Lily has beautiful, one-toned brown hair (or maybe it’s black; I watched it without my contacts in).  She shows no signs of being fiery… and her vampirism is not mentioned once.  Actually, if one didn’t know any better, one might assume this Lily was also a werewolf like her son—she even mentions at one point that she’ll be careful not to hurt any humans in twenty-nine days, or at the next full moon.  I know Lily is supposed to be a vampire, but I feel the series could have focused less on her special effects (bugs dressing her and smoke enveloping her as she moved) and more on her character.

But, unlike the differences in Grandpa, Herman, and Lily, the remaining two Munsters were very close to their counterparts—Marilyn and Eddie…

Marilyn is human… a gorgeous, blonde human who has recently enrolled in community college.  While she is not a monster, she loves her family all the same and understands their lifestyle and needs.  Eddie wants nothing more than to be like his cousin Marilyn—a human; but, he’s not…he’s a werewolf.  He insists on being a vegetarian and refuses to eat meat, so his parents bring home a dragon to help Eddie control his urges.  Yes, a dragon instead of the usual family pet dog.

Today’s Herman and Lily explaining to Eddie exactly what he is…

Despite the differences between the original and rebooted characters, I did enjoy the one-hour Halloween special.  The visual effects were amazing, especially for television.  The story was a creative twist on the original; after all, it was a Bryan Fuller development… remember Pushing Daisies?

However, the special one-hour program lacked a bit for me.  Perhaps it’s because what we saw Friday night was supposed to be the pilot episode for a returning program and NOT a one-hour Halloween special.  To me, a special should start cleanly, which Mockingbird Lane did with the character introductions and explanation for the family’s moving.  A one-hour special should also wrap up nicely, which Mockingbird Lane did as well.  But here’s what it was missing… the middle.  A special’s body should follow a complete cycle of particular storyline in-between the opening and closing.  In my opinion, the story of Herman and Lily telling Eddie he was a werewolf was just too choppy and forced to wrap early.

Trust me; I wanted to LOVE Mockingbird Lane… and I’m still not opposed to the series returning on a weekly basis.  But, if the rumors were true and the ratings were high enough, I expect more from the subsequent episodes.

Did you watch Mockingbird Lane’s Halloween Special?  What did you think?  Would you like to see this Munster reboot made into a new television series?  Why or why not?  What did you think about the revamped characters?  I’d love to hear from you!

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Struck by Arrow

Fall Television is officially here!  With all of the new TV programs airing this fall, Amber West and I have a ton of homework to do…  This week, we tuned in and watched two of the CW’s newest dramas for our Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews—Beauty and the Beast and Arrow.

We all know how much of a success Smallville was; heck, it lasted ten seasons on the CW.  Fighting crime alongside Clark (aka The Blur; aka Superman, played by Tom Welling) in the later seasons of Smallville was Oliver Queen (aka the Green Arrow, played by Justin Hartley).  Personally, I loved Oliver and was thrilled to hear the CW was launching a Green Arrow show; but I’d be remiss to not mention that I was just a tad bit disappointed when I learned Mr. Hartley would not be reprising his role.

Instead, in the new series Arrow, the role of the “billionaire playboy” Oliver Queen is played by the very attractive Stephen Amell.  I’ll try to let the re-casting slide for this very reason… he really is cute.

Hello, Mr. Amell. Nice to meet you.

Following an accident at sea, Oliver Queen was presumed dead.  After being discovered alive on an island five years later, Oliver finally returns home… but the accident changed him.  While his closest friends and family welcome him back with open arms, Oliver wants more—he needs more—so he decides to reconcile his past, starting with his ex-girlfriend (Laurel Lance, played by Catie Cassidy from Harper’s Island and the short-lived reboot of Melrose Place).  But he doesn’t stop there; Oliver also wants to restore his city from the “ills of society.”

Before Oliver and his father set out to sea, the young Queen thought it somehow appropriate to invite his girlfriend Laurel’s sister along with him for a getaway.  Not only did Oliver not care that he was cheating in the worst possible way, he watched Laurel’s sister wash away with the yacht.  Once inside the lifeboat with his father, the elder Queen made some confessions to his son, revealing that he wasn’t the man Oliver thought he was.  Along with a list of other men, Oliver’s father purposely destroyed their city for one reason—greed.  Oliver’s father begged him to make things right on his behalf before taking his own life; and with that, Oliver’s new persona was born—a green-hoodie-wearing vigilante, Arrow.

He is really good with a bow and arrow…

Of course, I’m not quite sure how Oliver went from a spoiled, rich boy to the crime fighting stud that he is today…  I have many questions about his five years on that island.  Not only can he leap like Spiderman without the web from spot to spot, but he also has mad bow and arrow skills.  But at least we do know how he keeps up that beautiful physique, and ladies this one is for you—the way he moves up that ladder by only hanging onto that metal bar as he swings his body up rung by rung… oh, my!

Ollie… oh, my!

The series also stars many familiar faces: Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files and The River) as Detective Quentin Lance, Laurel’s father—needless to say, he’s quite angry with Oliver for taking his other daughter out to sea with him which ultimately led to her death;  David Ramsey (Dexter) as John Diggle, Oliver’s driver and bodyguard—this guy is fun—he’s almost as stealthy as Oliver; Willa Holland (the O.C.) as Thea, Oliver’s sister—this poor girl has issues; losing her father and her brother in the boating accident led to her snorting and swallowing anything that can help take the edge off; Colin Donnell (Pan Am) as Tommy, Oliver’s best friend—my guy is convinced Tommy is going to be a bad guy… me not so much, but I guess we’ll see; Susanna Thompson (Once and Again) as Moira, Oliver’s mother—just remember, things aren’t always as they seem…; and Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) as Robert, Oliver’s father.

Paul Blackthorne… I love this guy!

Usually when I review a new television program, I can’t help but award it with the SSTV rating; but I’m breaking away from the norm today!  That’s right—I’m awarding Arrow with the JFTV rating!  Like the Lay’s potato chip slogan, “Betcha can’t eat just one,” Arrow piqued my interest just enough to make me bite again.  It may not be the best new show airing today, but it has sucked me in.  Here’s to hoping it doesn’t disappoint and get downgraded deeper into the season… because for now, it definitely tastes good.

What do you think?  Have you watched Arrow?  What do you think about Mr. Amell replacing the Oliver from Smallville?  How do you think Oliver learned everything he did on the island?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s new & improved blog and see what she thinks about Beauty and the Beast.  I like it, but does she?

Come back next week when Amber and I return with a few of television’s most recent comedies, NBC’s Guys with Kids and ABC’s The Neighbors.

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

Tele-Tuesday: Who’s Behind the Gossip?

This month marked the beginning of the end for one of the CW’s most popular series, Gossip Girl.  After six seasons of witnessing the lives of the very privileged Upper East Side teens (and a few Brooklyn-based teens) at Constance progress from high school to college and now to young professionals, loyal viewers sit on pins and needles to see who the mastermind is behind the “Gossip Girl” email and text blasts.

“XOXO, Gossip Girl.”

And, if the other fans of Gossip Girl are like me, these last few years have been a bit trying… watching every single character silently walk away from college and suddenly find themselves handed the golden spoon to a promising and successful career… waiting to see if any of the characters’ shenanigans would stop or if the same vicious cycle would repeat itself yet again… and needing to know who in the world has been torturing the characters from day one by revealing all of their dirty little secrets.

Who said what about whom?

Based on the young adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, Gossip Girl follows five young characters in New York City: Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), also known as “S” and the “It Girl”; Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), also known as B or the “Queen B”; Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), also known as the “Bad Boy” of the Upper East Side; Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford), also known as the “Golden Boy” of the Upper East Side; and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), also known as “Lonely Boy” or the lone Brooklynite of the group.  They’re all friends, sort of, and they all have oodles of conflict surrounding them.  Trust me, it never stops.

Queen B’s fashion… remember the headbands?

The early years were great—the latter years not so much.   So why do I keep tuning in for more?  Maybe it’s because I’m a glutton for punishment; maybe it’s because I hate to quit anything, even television shows; or maybe it’s because I can’t give up without knowing certain outcomes after investing six television seasons of my life into the show…

  • Will Chuck and Blair end up together?  They need to.  They deserve each other…
  • Will Dan walk away from the nonsense he has put up with all of these years from Serena, Blair, and Chuck and start a new life?  Please, even if it takes Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) helping him come to his senses…
  • Will Nate ever walk away from all of the drama?  He is always the first to help a friend out of a jam, but his character seems so much more grounded than the rest of them.  He deserves more…
  • Will anyone slap Serena?  Anyone?  One time?  Multiple times?  Please?  She is so whiny and self-centered…
“Bad Boy” Chuck… he’s always been my favorite.

But, trust me; it hasn’t always been frustrating and it’s not all bad.  There are quite a few aspects of the show that I won’t complain about.  And, despite my annoyances, Gossip Girl reminds me of some of my favorite television programs of all time.

The fashion.  While so many outfits are a bit over-the-top and most of us could never afford to dress like these kids, the fashion keeps us all up-to-date on what’s hot and what’s not.  Gossip Girl reminds me of Sex and the City in this way.  Women may have loved Carrie’s and the other girls’ outfits, but deep down knew that we’d never own any of it ourselves.  Not at those prices anyway.

S & B – BFFs 4-Ever… just look at how cute these outfits are! Gotta love the hats…

The music.  Gossip Girl kind of reminds me of the “real” 90210 in a way when it comes to music.  Aaron Spelling’s popular teen drama always included the generation’s best music.  At the end of each episode, he would announce the name and artist of the featured songs.  GG does the same, and I’ve learned of numerous artists I may not have known otherwise if not for this (I don’t really listen to the radio anymore).

Poor “Lonely Boy” – he’s never been able to walk away from his love for Serena… not matter how she treats him.

But the real question is—will we learn who “Gossip Girl” really is?  We know Georgina filled in for the gossip columnist for a while, as did Serena and Nate.  But who is the REAL mastermind?  Will the show introduce a new character played by Kristen Bell?  After all, she’s the voice behind the mischief.  Or will it be someone we’ve known all along?  Jenny (Taylor Momsen)?  She’s been MIA for a few years now…  Vanessa (Jessica Szohr)?  Where did she disappear to?  Eric (Connor Paolo)?  He’s been mistreated so many times that we all know he’d have motive.  Or, let’s go out on a limb here… is it one of the adults?  Serena’s mom, Lily (Kelly Rutherford)?  Dan’s dad, Rufus (Matthew Settle)?  Blair’s housekeeper, Dorota (Zuzanna Szadkowski)?  Chuck’s uncle, Jack (Desmond Harrington)?  Wouldn’t that be a nice twist if GG was actually one of the elders?!

Nate… always there when his friends need him.

Bottom line, Gossip Girl, you’ve hooked me.  I must know the answers to my questions, and I will tune in to the final episodes and cross my fingers that we learn the true identity of the face behind the blasts come December when the series ends.  When it’s all said and done, I will wish all of the characters the best moving forward… except maybe Serena.  I don’t know why, but I just can’t bring myself to like the character.

Chuck and Blair… they belong together.

Here’s to hoping the ending doesn’t disappoint.

What do you think?  Are you a Gossip Girl fan?  Who do you think GG is?  Are there any television shows you’ve stuck with from beginning to end simply because you’d already invested so much time into them, but probably shouldn’t have?  I’d love to hear from you!

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Made in Jersey and Staying There

Fall Television is officially here!  With all of the new TV programs airing this fall, Amber West and I have a ton of homework to do.  This week, we tuned in and watched two brand new shows with female leads for our Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday reviews—ABC’s Nashville and CBS’s Made in Jersey.

What do you get when you cross a high-powered New York law firm with street-smarts from New Jersey?  The perfect attorney for the job—Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery, from Human Target and Entourage).

Of course, that doesn’t mean the other members of her firm won’t doubt Ms. Garretti’s abilities—after all, most of her colleagues have Ivy League educations.  Plus, with a traditional Italian family back at home, we can expect Martina to be pulled in many different directions.  Despite all of the naysayers and interruptions, will she successfully balance her family life with a high-powered legal career?

The series also stars: Kyle Maclachlan (Twin Peaks, Desperate Housewives) as firm founder, Donovan Stark; Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer) as Nolan Adams; Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU) and a few other familiar faces.

A few weeks ago, I previewed Made in Jersey on my Tele-Tuesday series.  Granted, I wasn’t very excited about this new show.  Heck, I even rated it at the bottom along with Mob Doctor when I ranked the week’s previews in order of which ones I was most excited about.  But, I still watched it…

I went in with very low expectations, but the series fell in-between two of my Friday favorites—CSI: New York and Blue Bloods—so I gave it a whirl.  First, the lead character (Ms. Garretti) is very likable; viewers can’t help but yell for her as she works with some really snooty people who think she’s many rungs in the social and educational ladders beneath them.  While she may appear confident on the outside, she’s still a tiny bit insecure and her job and co-workers make her very nervous.  But, Ms. Garretti has worked hard to get where she is and she’s not going to let anyone stand in her way of upholding the law, of defending her clients, or of her future.

I won’t lie; I was pleasantly surprised with Made in Jersey.

After watching the first episode, I hung in there for the second.   It appears that the series will feature a new legal procedural each week and not an ongoing in-depth storyline that we all have to work hard to follow.  In other words, if we miss an episode, we can pick right back up where we left off without worrying too much about what we’ve missed.  After all, Friday night is a tough night for watching television…

Usually when I review a new television program, I can’t help but award it with the SSTV rating; but not today.  That’s right—I’m not awarding Made in Jersey with any rating!  Why?  Because CBS has already cancelled the show and removed it from the television schedule.  Made in Jersey is the first to suffer the axe so far this season.

This is upsetting… not because Made in Jersey was my new favorite show, but because of how, in essence, the network treated this series.

Back to my Friday night comment above…

Friday night is our night to unwind from the week’s events.  Friday night is the start to our weekend.  Friday night is not typically a night we’re sitting in front of the television just waiting for our shows.  Therefore, on more than one occasion, Friday night has proven fatal to many TV programs.

So why is it that the networks are so quick to judge?  Knowing that Friday nights can be fatal for television shows, why schedule a new series on the toughest night of the week?  Even when sandwiched between two network favorites and Friday night success stories, a freshman series can still struggle, so why not give it a chance?  Why not air more than two episodes, or move it to another night or time slot?  Or why not at least air the episodes already “in the can” instead of hastily removing it from the TV schedule?

Networks, please stop playing with viewers.  Give us a chance to fall in love with new shows.  Dropping a bomb on a freshman series like this does not make us, particularly me, want to give the new shows on your network a chance until they’ve established themselves… and by then, it could be too late.

Did you watch Made in Jersey?  Are you surprised with the early cancellation?  Do you think the networks should give the new shows more of a chance or just cut ‘em when they’re not working?  I’d love to hear from you!

Now click over to Amber’s blog and see what she thinks about ABC’s Nashville.

Come back next week when Amber and I take on the CW and review Arrow and Beauty and the Beast!

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech

Tele-Tuesday: Just a Few More New Shows to Talk About This 2012 Fall Season

Just when someone might think there can’t possibly be even more new shows to talk about… there are!

After all, it is that time of year again.  The fall television schedule is here and the networks have a lineup of many new programs to accompany our returning favorites.  Of course, the networks have also spread out the debut of all of these new programs—some of which premiere this week and one that doesn’t air until November.

Some of the series have promise, while others may flop—but, regardless, we’ll tune in to check them out!  And pay special attention—one of these shows needs higher ratings than usual… keep reading to find out how.

Today, we’re focusing on television’s newest shows coming later this month and into November…

*****

What happens when our adult life is just as awkward as high school?  We’re about to find out…

Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer, daughter of Academy Award Winning Actress Meryl Streep) is excited to start her internship at Denver Memorial Hospital.  Her future looks bright when she learns one of her former crushes also works at the hospital… but then things get a bit awkward when she realizes her high school nemesis also works there.

Just like high school, Emily learns that the hospital’s staff has also formed cliques—the staff has its own version of jocks, mean girls, and rebels.  Will Emily survive high school again?  I mean, will she survive her medical internship?

The series also stars: Justin Hartley (from the CW’s Smallville) as Will Collins, another intern and Emily’s former crush; Michael Rady (from the CW’s Melrose Place reboot) as Micah Barnes, the manager in charge of the interns; Necar Zadegan (24) as Dr. Gina Bandari, the doctor who intimidates all; Aja Naomi King as Cassandra Kopelson, Emily’s high school nemesis; and Kelly McCreary as Tyra Dupre, the chief resident’s daughter and Emily’s new friend.

I have a feeling that for those who love Hart of Dixie, this show might be just right for your viewing pleasure.

Emily Owens, MD premieres tonight (October 16th) on the CW.

*****

What is Mockingbird Lane?  Does this ring any bells?

That’s right!  NBC has put together an all-star cast in a reboot of the 1960s classic The Munsters.  I’ve been waiting for this show since Jerry O’Connell first announced his new role as Herman Munster on Live with Kelly.  I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and finally saw the first trailer for the Halloween special this weekend.

Halloween special?  What happened to Mockingbird Lane being a new series?

Well, NBC has decided to air an episode on Friday, October 26th before the Halloween episode of Grimm.  Let me reiterate—NBC has decided to air one episode.  Depending on whether the special picks up high ratings will directly affect the network’s decision to give Mockingbird Lane a chance at a weekly series in 2013.

This news crushed me, but at least the reboot is getting a chance.  So, if you’d like to see Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia Rossi DeGeneres as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, be sure and tune in!  Friday night is a death trap for television series, so Mockingbird Lane will need all the help it can get.  Here’s to hoping all of the Grimm-fanatics turn on their TV an hour early later this month…

Oh, and it’s a Bryan Fuller development… remember Pushing Daisies?

Mockingbird Lane airs its Halloween special Friday, October 26th on NBC.  Remember—depending on how many watch it, we may get to see a complete reboot of The Munster series next year.  So watch!

*****

She’s baaack….

Reba McEntire is back in the new ABC sitcom Malibu Country.

After Reba Gallagher (played by country music superstar Reba McEntire) discovers her husband’s infidelity and leaves him, she uproots her family from Nashville all the way to California.  With the move, she hopes to reboot her music career and give her family the fresh start she feels they deserve.  But will this Tennessee family fit in or will they want to make their way back home?   No one ever said life is an easy road… but life’s experiences sure make for some great country music, don’t they?

The comedy also stars: Lily Tomlin (yes, THE Lily Tomlin) as Lillie Mae, Reba’s mama; Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect) as Kim, Reba’s neighbor; and Jeffrey Nordling (Once and Again) as Bobby, Reba’s ex-husband.

Malibu Country premieres November 2nd on ABC.

*****

If I had to rank these in order of which one I’m most looking forward to, I’d put Mockingbird Lane at number one—even though it’s just a Halloween special, I’m hoping this Munsters reboot gets what it needs to come back next year!  And because I’m also a big CW fan, Emily Owens, MD probably comes in second with Malibu Country falling into last place. But, don’t worry, MC—someone always has to come in last, but that doesn’t mean we won’t give it a chance here on Tele-Tuesday.

What do you think?  Will you tune in to watch any of these new shows?  Which one most interests you?  I’d love to hear from you!