Tuesday, September 29, 2009

TV Tuesday: She's got the creampuffs.

If you're not caught up on your TV: There will be SPOILERS.

Modern Family

First episode was hilarious even though I’d already seen a lot of it in one of those specials they run before the trailers at the movie theater. “She’s got the creampuffs” still makes me giggle.

Grey's Anatomy

I think this would have been much more powerful had I not read the spoilers on what was going to happen and all the behind-the-scenes stuff about why it had to. That was my own fault, but it is what it is. I had a hard time grieving over George when I understood the frustration that led the actor playing him to want to leave the show.

Still, grief in all its varieties was brilliantly written and acted by everyone. I may not feel a personal loss, but I can certainly empathize with characters like Bailey, Izzie, Lexie, Meredith, Callie, and even the girl George saved as they’re struggling to cope. Powerful stuff, which is why I watch the show.

The merging hospital storyline feels forced, but I’ll reserve judgment for now. I’m concerned that some of my favorite characters are going to get even less screen time this season than usual as the show tries to figure out how to ensure that no character or actor is indispensable.

The Mentalist

Not 100% sure about the new character, but I think I’m going to like Jane’s having someone around that he can aggressively antagonize.

Cho continues to grow into one of my favorite characters. To think that I sort of hated him when the show first started.


So far, so good. I’m really nervous about this show because I like who House has become: still troubled, but coping and learning to make connections with people. It’s once again one of my favorite shows because we’re actually seeing some character growth in House. I’d pretty much written that off as impossible and my interest in the show was falling. What I’m afraid of is his regressing to the cranky drug-abuser he was before, but deep down I believe that the show-runners are way smart and won’t settle for the safe, easy, less fascinating choices.


Weird. I haven’t actually liked Rachel before now, even though she’s a major character and I feel like I’m supposed to. After last week’s episode though, I’m actively disliking her. Strange choice the writers are making there.

On the other hand, Quinn has been a villain up to this point and now we’re being given reasons to like her. I don’t really know what the show’s up to and I like that.

I also like that Kurt’s getting even more screen time, because he’s awesome. And how much did you want to hug his dad for turning out to be a good dad? "He's so little" nearly broke my heart.

Glad to see more focus on Tina too. I was starting to think that she was going to be a glorified extra; padding to fill out the club while only two or three members got all the storylines. Apparently that’s not going to be the case and it gives me hope that Artie will eventually become more than the Kid in the Wheelchair.

Oh, and Kristin Chenoweth’s episode is this week. Hoping that turns into more.


Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I too had given up on HOUSE but from the brilliant premier to tonight I am loving it. Forman always bored me as a character and an actor so hopefully the return of House to medicine will see the actor playing Forman taking some risk.

Gonna give modern family a try. Thanks for the information

Glee pissed me off last week because it too got me hating on Rachel. But when I thought about it I loved the show better for provoking that response in me. Nothing is ever black and white especially in High School. Embarassed I forgot that. Glee is my new favorite show.

Michael May said...

Yeah, Foreman has been dull ever since he quit and came back. He's sort of like the guy who keeps hanging around the high school or university after he graduates. He thinks he's somehow inherently better than the people he's hanging out with just because he's been around longer.

And Thirteen was exactly right about how everything Foreman does is a reaction to What Would House Do? I'm glad that she addressed it, because that means that the writers are aware of it. I hope that also means that they're planning to do something about it and make him interesting again too. I liked him in the early seasons before Turning Into House became such a big issue for him.

Still, firing Thirteen was a jerkwad move. I don't even like her that much, but you don't do that to someone you claim to care about. It was disgustingly selfish.

J.R. LeMar said...

Lovin' Mordern Family, so far. I only tuned into the first episode because of Sofia Vergara (aka My Ideal Woman), but it's also actually entertaining, so I plan to stick with it. This will be the only network show that I'm currently watching on a regular basis.

So, with my luck, it will be canceled soon.


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