Thursday, December 29, 2011

HOMELAND: Chris Colley's Five Stages of Grief

I have canceled all future planned writings about Homeland, as of a couple of days ago.  I realized that I must be going through The Five Stages of Grief as described in the K├╝bler-Ross model.  I'll describe them below, with my reactions.  I hope you enjoy what will likely be the last major writing I do in regards to the series.

Stage 1:

Denial:  They did not end what looked to be a spectacular season that way!  How can that be possible, based on what they were telling us throughout the entire first season??

Stage 2:

Anger:  I am so mad that they ended this season, this way, that I am going to write a huge series of posts containing massive amounts of spoilers to try to figure out where everything went wrong!

Stage 3:

Bargaining:  If I write these posts, I'll be able to explain where it went wrong, and I won't feel like I wasted my time.  I'm doing this to help the makers of the show, because I want it to get on the right track.  If I do this, surely the show will get back on track.

Stage 4:

Depression:  It's been more than a week since the season has wrapped.  I was so motivated to write those "Homeland:  This Is What Happens When You F With The Man" posts.   Now, I am just not motivated, and can't get geared up to write them.  It doesn't really matter what I think anyway...

Stage 5:

Acceptance:  Well, the season didn't end the way I wanted it to, but what seasons ever do?  I'm frequently disappointed by TV, and this show should definitely not be any different.  I'll watch some more episodes, next season, to see what they do, and if I don't like where they go, then I'll stop watching.  They can do what they want, and I can do what I want.  It's no big deal, it's their show, not mine.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Chris Colley's TV Blog*'s 10 Lumps of Scripted TV Coal I Received And Watched In 2011 (Euphemism For 10 Worst, Because Worst Is Too Strong)

I gave you my 10 favorite shows, now it's time for me to tell you about 10 shows I was extremely disappointed in during 2011.  A lot of these shows were canceled, or are going to be canceled.  One will end up on the list just because of how the season ended.  Shame on them for that, and I hope this list doesn't bring back too many terrible flashbacks to those who have tried to forget them.  Being ranked number 1 on this list means I thought you were the worst of the worst.  Being ranked on this list doesn't mean I didn't watch every episode (or even that it was overtly terrible), it's just that I thought the shows could have been done a lot better.  However, some of these shows were overtly terrible, and yet I still couldn't avert my eyes.

1.
Whitney (NBC)

Congratulations, Whitney Cummings, you are the weakest link, goodbye!  This was a show that had some good potential.  Unfortunately for it, it was taken over by Whitney and her gross boyfriend.  Seeing these two pretty unattractive people partake in role playing sex games for the first four episodes was enough to make me tune out forever.  I'm not sure I laughed even once at this show.  I think shows like this are what happens when egos get out of control.  I am sincerely hoping it has terrible ratings in its new time slot, so no one else has to be subjected to what I feel might possibly be the worst sitcom I have ever seen in my life.  Even The Ben Stiller Show (FOX) was better than this.

 2.
Charlie's Angels (ABC)

Seriously, what the hell was that?  If you make a show that is completely devoid of substance, no matter how cool it looks, it has no chance.  This show took a popular bubble gum TV show, with a series of successful movies that followed, and turned it into one of the most unwatchable pieces of crap I have seen in a long time.  ABC seems to be completely clueless when it comes to casting.  With even one compelling cast member, maybe it could have been saved.  Good riddance.

3.
Prime Suspect (NBC)

For a solid month, I kept asking, "Why is this show still on TV?"  When looking at bad TV shows, this is a prime example of how you botch a show.  I think Peter Berg will ultimately lose a few of his golden boy points over at Universal, with this one.  If he had watched the ITV Prime Suspect, and forced the cast to watch that series, maybe it wouldn't have been such a colossal joke.  If they did watch it, then I am even more embarrassed with how this series turned out.  It got it wrong just about everywhere, with procedure being one of the most glaringly common problems.  The casting was brutal on this show, and shows how easy it is to make characters completely unlikable, just by how they're played.  Shame on the people behind this show, for not getting what they were doing wrong, and shame on NBC for not getting rid of it sooner.  This is an easy genre to get right, and these people did it so wrong.  The fact that I turned off a show that I was interested in, from the get go, before it was canceled, shows how wrong it really went.

4.
The Event (NBC)

You didn't think this would get left off the list, did you?  This show was the most must see piece of crap I have ever seen.  Ask anyone who's seen it, and they will tell you they watched it to the end.  If you actually liked the show, however, I feel really really sorry for you.  They also have doctors that can treat the many issues you are likely to have.

5.
State of Georgia (ABC Family) 

It pains me so much to have to write this, because I love me some Raven.  The main characters were cast very well, and even some of the side characters.  However, the vast majority of storylines and writing, in this show, were complete crap.  When Raven can't make your writing leap off the page, your show has no chance to be successful.  The true bright spot of the series was Loretta Devine's brilliant and sick portrayal of Aunt Honey.  The show was worth watching just to see what ridiculous things she would say.

6. 
Law & Order:  Los Angeles (LOLa, NBC)

Congratulations, Dick Wolf!  You managed to destroy the entire Law & Order franchise over the period of less than one year.  This show did such a great disservice to the franchise, and made me long for Criminal Intent to come back on NBC.  I was hoping we would get more of those episodes, but it died a painful death, as well.  NBC re-cast LOLa when it wasn't necessary, and then we were forced to see what could have been, when Skeet Ulrich's character rose from the dead during last summer's burn off.  Had NBC not made bad decisions with this show, in addition to many of the other laughable things about it, this show likely would have seen a second season.  I love watching shows that are shot in L.A., but they never figured out what they wanted the series to be. :(

7.
Hawthorne (TNT)

I was asked by friend Magalie N. to write something up about this show.  My wife was already watching it, and I was pretty aware of what was going on.  Needless to say, this show was Hyperdrama on the fake.  Everything was just so over the top, and overwrought.  However, they had a mastery of how to make you want to watch the next episode, at the end of each previous episode.  For that, it was special.  You couldn't avert your eyes, no matter how much you wanted to.

8.
Body of Proof (ABC)

This show is ending up on the list because it is never going to live up to the potential I saw in it, in the first season.  From teasing us with necessary casting changes, to having to watch all the women in this show wearing the tightest most unprofessional clothes they can find, to seeing goofy love interest type storylines, this show just has never gotten anything right.  If they had made the threatened changes, the show would have been able to move on into something better.  Instead, it's just the same old turd it always was.  For that, its reward, at the end of the season, will be cancellation.

9.
The Big C (Showtime)

I didn't think it was possible to screw up such a great show.  However, it happened.  Season 1 was almost a masterpiece, for this series (minus the Jenny Bicks episodes), but season 2 was nearly an unmitigated disaster.  Everyone began to focus on nothing they should have, and the whole show just spiraled into total mediocrity.  Now that poor a-hole kid of Cathy's will have to deal with losing both parents next year.  I don't understand how they can feel good about where they've taken the show.  Season 1 frequently had me in tears, but season 2 only got me at the end, because of how much they bombarded us with in the final episode of the season.  It was predictable, but the final episode was handled in a touching way (only thanks to Darlene Hunt's amazing character writing skills), that gives me hope that next season will be worth watching.

10.
Homeland (Showtime)

I also put this show on my 10 favorite shows of 2011.  You will see my rage vented over the next couple of weeks about this series.  The season had one of the most underwhelming endings I've ever seen for a TV show.  There were so many better directions they could have gone, but they took the easiest.  With the real death of Tom Walker, now we probably won't ever know what ticks behind our resident terrorists on the show.  It's rare something makes me as angry as this, but this did it.  I was happier with how Hawthorne ended, and it was equally ridiculous.  The makers of this show will never get the benefit of my doubt, again. They can't be trusted, but that doesn't mean I won't continue watching the show.  Even though I know this series will be nominated for numerous awards, I hope it doesn't win a single one of them.  In all honesty, it doesn't deserve to win anything, now that the writers completely sold out where the show could have gone.  Shame on the writers, and shame on Showtime.

There you have the "other" list of 10 shows, the one you don't really want to be on.  I hope it was enjoyable.  Thanks for reading.

Chris Colley's TV Blog*'s Ten Favorite Shows of 2011

Everyone loves doing best of lists at the end of the year.  In the case of this list, it's not a best of, it's just my 10 favorite shows of 2011.  It might include canceled shows, because, like the writers of Homeland, I'll just be making this up as I go along.

1. 
Person of Interest (CBS)

This is my favorite "leave your brain at the door" show I've seen in a long time. 

2. 
Parks and Recreation (NBC)

This series, outside of Rob Lowe, almost never disappoints.  Watch it.

3.   
Psych (USA)

I'm a latecomer to this show, but it is one of the most consistently entertaining shows I have ever seen.

4.   
Rizzoli & Isles (TNT)

I avoided this show like the plague because of Angie Harmon, but finally gave it a shot last summer.  It is an amazing show, with an exceptional cast.  You should be watching this show.

5.   
Burn Notice (USA)

If this were solely based on the summer season, this would be number 4 on the list, but the fall season was much lower in quality than we're used to.  Only because of that do I put it at number 5.

6.   
Franklin & Bash (TNT)

Wow, another show I never would have watched, if it weren't for this blog, ends up on the list.  Snarky, sarcastic, and ultimately always fun, this is must watch TV, if you are into that sort of thing.

7.   
Human Target (FOX)

Throughout its run, Human Target got a lot of stuff wrong, but it was always one of the most entertaining shows on television.  I loved it and still miss it, especially because of what a turd Terra Nova is.

8.   
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Showtime is often guilty of trying too hard with their shows.  This is the one show where that is not the case.  I'm pretty sure any directives of edginess are based on Showtime wanting other shows to have more of the spirit this show has.  If you like House, you have no excuse for not watching this show.

9.   
Alphas (Syfy)

I could easy have this show swap places with Human Target, because I think it's good enough to be ranked higher.  It's consistently fun, and I love every single character, on the show.  I am also looking forward to where it goes.  You gotta love any show where the crime solving "crew" is transported around in a minivan.

10.   
Homeland (Showtime)

Unfortunately, I have to put Homeland on my favorites, because it was, for at least five episodes of the season. However, with the cop out ending of the season, it's going to also end up on another list I'm creating.  It would be on any "best of" list I would create, but I will always put it at the bottom, because it left me so unsatisfied, based on where the series had apparently been heading.

Those were my 10 favorite shows of 2011.  There are so many that are honorable mentions, but the list was only 10.  If it had been my 5 favorite shows, I could have dropped Homeland.  Oh well, I guess I shouldn't have been thinking so shortsighted.  Thanks for reading.

My Network TV Scripted Mid-Season Thoughts On New TV Series Only (And Mostly Just Ones I Watch)

David S. inspired me to write this post, by something completely unrelated to what I'm about to write about.  I've decided to go and re-visit the things I wrote about this fall's new TV shows, for each of the networks to see how accurate (or inaccurate I have been).  It should be an interesting little journey, and I'll give my thoughts about how I think anything I'm watching is doing.

ABC (since looking at what I wrote about ABC's new shows was the inspiration for this blog post, I will do them first, thanks David S.!):

I wasn't jazzed about any new shows on ABC's fall schedule, so I just wrote some comedic quotes about most of them.  Some of the shows haven't aired, and some might not ever air.  However, it's relevant to re-visit them now.  I'll analyze each quote after I place it to let you know what I'm thinking now.  If you want to read the whole wrap up of ABC's last season, you can find it here:  2010-2011 TV SEASON WRAP UP: ABC, Like Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives) Sort Of Said, "You Got Work To Do" 

The ABC 2011-2012 New Shows:

 Apartment 23 (Not aired, no word on whether it will)

What I wrote last June:  So funny, I forgot to laugh. 

What I'm saying now:  Evidently, ABC has also forgotten to laugh, because it's still not on their mid-season schedule. 

 Charlie's Angels (Canceled)

What I wrote last June:  "They stopped giving me money for sequels, so I decided to make a TV show, of a TV show that was movies, and stuff."-Drew Barrymore

What I'm saying now:   Now they've stopped giving Drew money to do TV shows, because this one was canceled not soon enough after consistently disastrous ratings.  I hope we can now officially make this franchise die.

 Combat Hospital  (Probably canceled)

What I wrote last June:  We re-lived the 70s with Charlie's Angels, why not re-live the 80s with Combat Hospital.

What I'm saying now:  This was a summer show, so its ratings standards aren't supposed to be very high.  However, Prime Suspect reruns almost beat this show's season 1 finale.  Don't expect it to return.

 Good Christian Belles (Airing Sunday nights at 10pm ET, beginning March 4, 2012)

What I wrote last June:  I'm sure if we got a halfway decent dialect coach, our show would be hu-lair-eee-yuss.

What I'm saying now:  This show is on the mid-season schedule (in Pan Am's slot), under the title GCB.  Based on the trailer, I thought this show was going to be a half-hour sitcom.  It's an hour long dramedy?  Awwww helllllll nawwwwww!  We'll see if the audience agrees.  My initial prediction, from what I watched, is that this is DOA.  Let's see how I do.

 Last Man Standing (Airing, doing fine)

What I wrote last June:  "You finally gave up on your movie career, Tim?  Welcome back! Do you have Pam's number?"-Anonymous ABC Executive

What I'm saying now:  No word on whether that exec got Pam's number, but this looks like it will be picked up for a second season.  Tim Allen, once again, proves that half-hour sitcoms are where he should go when no one will put him in movies anymore, or when he needs to make some solid dolares.  I still chuckle when I think of Tim Allen, as Buzz Lightyear, in the Toy Story movies.  The fact that he had that part shows you how much fame he once had, because he never would have been cast in that part, today (Clooney probably would have been cast, today).

 Man Up! (Canceled)

What I wrote last June:  "Hey, remember when we did that show about the Geico cavemen?  I think we can really do better than that, by doing a show like those funny beer commercials."-Fired ABC Executive

What I'm saying now:  This show aired, and has been canceled (all 13 episodes got in the can, but it got yanked after 8 or 9 episodes).  It never was rated strong, though I heard it wasn't nearly as bad as it should have been.  No word on whether the executive was fired.

 Missing (Airing Thursday nights at 8pm ET, beginning March 15, 2012)

What I wrote last June:  A TV version of Liam Neeson's Taken, except it's the mom that's really driven!

What I'm saying now:  It will be on my DVR, but putting it in that slot might end up causing disaster for the show. 

Once Upon a Time (Airing, once great ratings taking a major dive over the last month)

What I wrote last June:  "Hey, you guys remember when that show Grimm came to pitch us?  That show looks good, maybe we made a mistake."-Fired ABC Executive

What I'm saying now:  I had no plans to watch this show, but I heard enough positive buzz to check it out.  It premiered to extraordinary ratings, but it has been settling down to earth for quite awhile.  We still have no idea where it will land.  As long as it stays above a 2.2 in the 18-49 demo (it's at a 2.9 right now), I expect it to get another season.  It's a decent show, nothing more, nothing less.  Grimm is looking like a sure bet to get picked up for a second season, and I like it a lot better than this one.  As long as this show's ratings don't keep falling, my quote will probably not be 100 percent accurate (if any of it is, anyway).

 Pan Am (Canceled)

What I wrote last June:  "Hey, you guys remember when that show The Playboy Club came to pitch us?  That show looks good, maybe we made a mistake."-Fired ABC Executive

What I'm saying now:  The ratings for this show started out in the stratosphere, but soon crashed and burned.  There was barely enough time for an in-flight meal, and you always had to keep your seat belt fastened.  The audience has spoken, for the last time.  Do not make serialized period dramas...period.

 Revenge (Airing, doing fine)

What I wrote last June:  "I am so glad we didn't pass on Revenge, after passing on those other two.  This has got to be our new Dynasty."-ABC Executive on suspension

What I'm saying now:  BOO-YA!  TWO PAIR!

 The River (Airing Tuesday nights at 9pm ET, beginning February 7, 2012)

What I wrote last June:  We are gonna find the next Lost, even if it kills us!

What I'm saying now:  Only you can prevent Lost clones, only you.

 Scandal (Not aired, no word whether it will)

What I wrote last June:  "Every once in awhile, you gotta take a chance with a show that has no chance of making it, just in case it does."-Future fired ABC Executive

What I'm saying now:  "Why take a chance?"-Dr. Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 Suburgatory (Airing, doing fine)

What I wrote last June:  "Whose idea was it to cast Jeremy Sisto as a lead in a situational comedy?  That person deserves a promotion!  This will surely be this year's Parker Lewis Can't Lose, I just know it."-ABC Executive

What I'm saying now:  A quote that was written in jest may end up being quasi-accurate.  To that, I say, "LOL"...LOL.
  
 Work It (Airing Tuesday nights at 8:30pm ET, beginning January 3, 2012)

What I wrote last June:  Bosom Buddies if it wasn't funny.  Bosom Buddies wasn't that funny.

What I'm saying now:  I predict this show will be off the air before the Super Bowl in February.  Good luck with that.  It will need it.

 Expedition Impossible (Aired last summer, who knows what will happen with it?)

What I wrote last June:  Let's take the two most popular reality shows on CBS, and put them together!

What I'm saying now:  And get one third the ratings!

NBC:

We all know that last season for NBC was a disaster.  Well, guess what?  This season's been pretty much a disaster for them, as well.  I'm available for work, if NBC wants my help.  My slate will begin by canceling all reality TV, to bring this network back to the once great place it was.  I'm cheaper than you think, but worth more than you'll ever know. ;)  I didn't write quotes like I did for ABC, so I'll just try to pull out a relevant quote for each new show.  If you want to read the whole wrap up of NBC's last season, you can read it here:  2010-2011 TV SEASON WRAP UP: NBC, Now By Comcast

The NBC 2011-2012 New Shows (Only shows I decided to watch):

Up All Night (Airing, mediocre ratings, moves to Thursday nights at 9:30pm ET beginning January 12, 2012)

What I wrote last June:  I'm very lukewarm about Up All Night, as Will Arnett seems to drag every sitcom he's in into cancellation.  The preview also didn't look that funny, but I'm willing to give it one shot, to see if it's any good.

What I'm saying now:  I'm still very lukewarm about this show, and I'm curious to see how it will be rated when airing after The Office.  The bar is not very high for renewal, and it's about time they finally moved it.  It's not a good show, but it's gotten better very s-l-o-w-l-y, and Arnett has comfortably settled into playing the straight man, for the most part.

Free Agents (Canceled)

What I wrote last June:  I am very enthused about Free Agents.

What I'm saying now:  This show never lived up to expectations, and just wasn't very good.  I watched it until the short bitter end.

Whitney (Airing, moving to Wednesday nights at 8pm ET, beginning January 11, 2012)

What I wrote last June:  The Whitney show looks fairly funny, but many of the scenes from the preview had less than stellar comedic timing.  So, I think I might not like it, though I will give it one shot to impress me enough to stick around for a second viewing.

What I'm saying now:  The series had potential, but this is literally one of the worst sitcoms I have ever seen in my lifetime.  If you like this show, I am very disturbed by your tastes.  I think I got through four episodes that showed absolutely zero improvement potential, before not being able to take it anymore.  If you want a better Whitney show, watch 2 Broke Girls.  It doesn't make me laugh very often, but I do kind of enjoy it.  Whitney getting moved to Wednesday nights will likely spell disaster for it.  I think NBC is trying to bury it, which is probably a pretty good move.  It should be interesting to see those first new night ratings.

Prime Suspect (Canceled)

What I wrote last June:  I like the idea of Prime Suspect, but I don't really like Maria Bello, so the show will probably have to grow on me.  I will see if it does.

What I'm saying now:  It grew on me, all right, like something that would eventually cause your leg to need to get amputated.  This was one of the worst police procedurals I have ever seen.  It's even more of a shame when you factor in how good the series was that it was based on.  The original series first aired over 20 years ago.  It would be like going back 20 years, taking the mind sets of how things were back then, and applying those same things to today.  It just wasn't believable, and the procedure was terrible.  If you want to watch a great, fun, police procedural, watch The Closer (much more similar in tone, minus the humor, to the original Prime Suspect) or Rizzoli & Isles.  This was crap. 

Grimm (Airing, doing fine)

What I wrote last June:  When I read the premise for Grimm, I wasn't impressed.  When I saw the preview, I was impressed.  I can't believe NBC put this on Friday nights, especially since it looks quite expensive, and the storyline, from the preview, actually makes the show look like it could be really good.  There's also a strong possibility it's bad, because it was put on Friday night.  Networks don't put shows they think will be winners on Friday night.  That's where you send shows to die.  Chuck's final season will air in the slot right before Grimm, if you are looking for a practical example.

What I'm saying now:  I was right on the money, here.  I really enjoy this show, and it's looking very good for renewal.  I spent a lot of time harping on this show being on Fridays, but I think that might be the best place for it, as of right now.  With its numbers, on Fridays, it has a nearly 100 percent chance of being picked up for a second season.  On other nights, I'm not so sure it would get the numbers needed to stick around.


CBS:

It's no surprise that CBS has ratings that stay on top.  When you don't make your programming freely available after the original air date, people will decide to watch it live, or always make sure it's never in conflict on the DVR.  2 Broke Girls has caused a lot of TV watching drama during the football season, for me, so I can speak from experience.  This will follow the same idea of the NBC version, because I only wrote about shows I was going to watch.  If you want to read the whole wrap up of CBS's last season, you can read it here:  2010-2011 TV SEASON WRAP UP: CBS, I'll Be Seeing You Next Year 

The CBS 2011-2012 New Shows (Only shows I decided to watch):

What I wrote last June:  After watching all five of the show previews, I am going to try Unforgettable, Person of Interest, and possibly How to Be a Gentleman.  I'm lukewarm about How to Be a Gentleman, but there are enough good comedic casting choices that I'm willing to check it out, at least once.  The same goes for the other two, I think they look pretty good, but I'm not super jazzed about either of them.  If they're weak, with little potential, coming out of the gate, I'll just skip them after watching the first episode.

What I'm saying now:  As you can see, I ended up condensing all of the new shows I was planning on watching into one little area.  Unforgettable is just a standard "super cop" police procedural.  It's pretty good, but not great.  It's a million times better than Prime Suspect, which shared a lot of characteristics with Unforgettable.  It appears to be headed toward cancellation, and if it is canceled, I'm pretty sure it will be a long time before we see another "super cop" police procedural on network TV.  In this post, you will see that I said this genre is pretty much dead (outside of maybe The Closer, which is in its last season).  The best example of turning that particular genre of police procedural on its head is Rizzoli & Isles.  The reason Rizzoli & Isles works is because that's more of a relationship police procedural, as opposed to a super cop police procedural, even though it shares many of the characteristics of that genre.

As for Person of Interest, if you know me, you know I love this show.  It's my favorite new show of the TV season, and it's not close.  F-U Homeland!  If you're not watching this show, you're missing out on some of the most fun television I've seen in awhile.  It's a serious show that does not take itself seriously, and that's probably what makes it so great.  It will probably uniformly be passed over for awards season, but I think it shouldn't be.  It's a show people are going to look back on and wonder why they weren't watching it in the first season.  Now if they could just work on Caviezel's whispering problem...

How to Be a Gentleman was the funniest new sitcom you never saw, this season.  The spirit behind it was fun, but it couldn't find an audience.  It was canceled faster than you can type How to Be a Gentleman.  If it were on any other network, outside of FOX, it likely would have been a hit.  I bet the guy who starred in the show will get another shot (for writing/creating) somewhere else, because it hit a lot of great notes.  RIP to a pretty good sitcom that had more in common with the classics than what you see today.

I'll also get in a little word about 2 Broke Girls, here.  I hemmed and hawed, but ultimately watch the show.  It's got more dirty jokes than those two comedians who rolled around in mud, and ended up talking about it incessantly in their Vaudeville routines.  Sometimes it makes me laugh, most of the time it doesn't.  In most good sitcoms, you don't laugh all the time, though it helps.  I'm interested enough in the storyline, and this is the number 1 new sitcom, this season, if not the number 1 new scripted TV show, this season.  I don't think it's cast or acted particularly well, but it does a good enough job to stay on my DVR.


FOX:

Can I just take a moment to say, "AHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"  Wait a second, "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"  Okay, I'm done.  If you want to read the whole wrap up of FOX's last season, you can read it here:  2010-2011 TV SEASON WRAP UP: FOX, You Fail!

There were only two new shows I wrote about last June, and they were Terra Nova and Alcatraz.  I didn't say anything about how I thought they would be, or what I thought they would do.  Terra Nova is among the blandest of the bland TV shows for that genre.  The ratings have been terrible (for a show of this magnitude and promotion), and there is no way this series should see a second season.  They may wait until January, to see how Alcatraz premieres, before officially showing Terra Nova the portal (the only way it is saved is if both Alcatraz and Touch bomb).  Still, if you liked this show, I feel sorry for you.  It was just good enough to watch, and not bad enough to not watch.  The words "Terra Nova" should be in the dictionary next to the word failure.  I hope Alcatraz is a lot better than this series was (is?).

For next year's version of the wrap ups, I'll try to remember to write something about every new show on each of the four major networks, so I can break it down like I did ABC.  This post suffered a little bit, due to me not doing that.  In the immortal words of Maxwell Smart, "Uhhhh, sorry about that."  Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

HOMELAND Episode 1: This Is What Happens When You F With The Man

Do you remember that great scene with the Corvette outside the house in The Big Lebowski?  Well, if you do, and even if you don't, that scene is my inspiration for what I'm going to do in this post about Homeland.  I had originally planned to do scene by scene dissections of the series, but after Sunday's season 1 finale, I was so disappointed that I just don't have the willpower to do them.  The good news for you (or not) is that this riled me up so bad that I'm going to go through and point out every suspicious activity, character motivation, and plot hole I can think of as it relates to what happened at the end of the season.

With that said, I think it's pretty obvious that I'm going to be giving away massive spoilers here.  If you have a problem with that, go somewhere else, some place where people love what they did with the finale.  You won't find love here for how the season ended.  To me, it was one giant cop out, and if these 12 posts go well, you will clearly see why.  Hopefully there will be a lot of humor, and a lot of knowledge dropped.  One thing's for sure, spoilers will be dropped.  Just like what I said about Falling Skies, you were warned.

Here's how this is going to work.  For each episode I'm going to compile a list of what I feel are the most significant parts of the series, so far.  I haven't decided what all that will be, but it will probably be a lot.  This will be numbered, and relatively short (in Chris Colley terms).  Each episode will have a post written in similar fashion.  It will probably take a couple of weeks to do, but I should have the first two episodes up fairly quickly, since I can just go through my two episode dissections for the information.  I hope you will enjoy them, even though I am writing these more out of rage than love.  Spoilers?  Don't like them?  Leave now...

Episode 1-The Goods

1.  CHARACTER:  CIA Case Officer Carrie Mathison disobeys a direct order from David Estes, her boss, while in Iraq.  Carrie, throughout the season, will do whatever it takes to get what she wants.  She's a loose cannon, and has no respect for authority.

2.  PLOT:  An imprisoned terrorist whispers something in Carrie's ear after she promises to protect his family if he gives up information.  What he whispered was that an American POW had been turned.  The cat and mouse game "begins" when we first find out that Sgt. Nicholas Brody, a missing POW, gets rescued.  We later find out that Tom Walker, who had appeared to be killed by Brody, is also out there and is a turned terrorist.  The informant didn't lie, an American POW was turned, it was just two of them.

3.  CHARACTER:  In Carrie's home office, we see a large timeline of events, on her wall.  These documents are classified.  She is reckless with classified and sensitive information over and over in this season.  We also see that she has been out all night, as she does rudimentary hygiene techniques.  She is probably a low grade substance abuser, and is definitely into one night stands, as she will almost have one at the end of this episode, and has one with the terrorist Brody in the back of a car.

4.  PLOT:  Sgt. Nicholas Brody was found and rescued by a Delta Force mission.  He had been MIA and presumed dead since 2003.  He is treated as a hero, but that darn Brody is a terrorist, even though he doesn't really think he is.

5.  CHARACTER:  Carrie is always late, and ain't worth the wait.  However, she knows everything she's supposed to, because that's how she rolls.

6.  CHARACTER/PLOT:  Carrie meets with Saul Berenson, who is her babysitter in the CIA, because of her causing an international incident in Iraq, when she bribed a guard to talk to a terrorist that was not being held by the USA.  Saul is also her mentor, and she will routinely confide in him.  Throughout the season, lots of clues were sent out to the audience that Saul might be some kind of double agent.  None of this was paid off.  Saul will also alternate between thinking Carrie is crazy, being angry with her, being disgusted by her, wanting to put her in prison, and he ultimately mostly believes what she says.  He hates her methods, but she does get the job done, in his opinion.  He does sell her out pretty bad in the season finale, when she calls to tell him that Brody is going to blow up the bunker.  Saul thinks she is crazy, tells her he'll take care of it, and then asks that she is contained.  Saul is a troubled man, who spends way too much time on the job.  It is his flaw.  Carrie is also his flaw.  As for the plot aspect, Carrie tells Saul that an American POW has been turned.  He finds this pretty unbelievable, but she is right.  In fact, two POWs have been turned, Brody and Corporal Tom Walker.  Carrie has no interest in telling her boss, Estes, about this, (Saul certainly doesn't have any interest in this either) and this is my first major problem with the series.  She wouldn't have to tell Estes that she suspects Brody, but she should have told him what she was told about an American POW being turned.  He could then draw his own conclusions (and ignore them, as he ignores nearly every important piece of information he is given).  Still, he's a smart man.

7.  PLOT:  Carrie asks Saul to authorize surveillance on the terrorist Brody.  We know this is a good idea, because Brody is a terrorist, but Saul says that will never happen, that Estes would never approve it.  So, Carrie gets angry and decides to fund an illegal surveillance operation, that breaks approximately 12 Federal Laws, herself.  Again, she does not take no for answer.  She does what she does.

8.  PLOT:  Brody, the terrorist, is going to be the government's poster boy for the War On Terror.  Ha ha ha, get it?  They thought he would help get out the word that the terrorists are still out there.  He would have, if he hadn't been such a chicken loving his daughter and stuff.  After all, his plan was to do his thang, with something he wore on his chest, with the VP and a whole bunch of important Defense Department people.  Yeah, it didn't happen.  So, for now, Brody will be the "positive" face for the War On Terror, as opposed to the terror they are warring on, which is what he really is.

9.  PLOT:  Captain Mike Faber (the terrorist Brody's best friend) is sleeping (this is a euphemism for boinking) with Brody's wife, Jessica, when Brody calls to tell her he is alive.  Awkward.  Love triangle ensues, and things do not go well.

10.  CHARACTER:  Jessica goes home to tell the Brody kids (daughter and son) the news.  One is a bit younger than the other.  The older one, Dana, is a problem child, and is smoking a bong when Jessica arrives home.  The son, Chris, tells his mom that he tried to get Dana to stop, but we all know he is really more interested in video games and ka-ra-te than anything else.  Oh yeah, Jessica hasn't told the kids about "Uncle Mike" being in a relationship with her.  Dana's smarter than that, and knows what's up.  Chris, well he seems kind of dumb and into video games a little too much.  Jessica has about as good a poker face as Madeleine Stowe on Revenge.

11.  PLOT:  On the flight home from Germany, Brody learns his life is about to be turned into a media circus.

12.  PLOT:  While everyone is out to meet Brody, Carrie's team ($1000 a day is bare bones), sets up the illegal surveillance package inside Brody's house.  We also learn that Carrie isn't good at dealing with the people she has taking enormous risks to help her out.  Carrie hates the people above her, and hates the people below her.  The good news is she loves her some her.

13.  SUSPICIOUS:  Major General Trujillo is on the phone with Estes, and calls him by his first name, denoting familiarity.  Estes uses the words "like a hero", not "hero".  You could make the case that he knows Brody is a terrorist, but doesn't really care, since the VP is all about some Brody.  The VP is very lucky he didn't end up all over Brody, if you get what I'm sayin'...ha ha ha.

14.  CHARACTER:  As Jessica prepares to re-introduce herself to Brody, we find her "acting" in a mirror.  She has no idea how to talk to her own husband, so she has to practice.  Acting is a pretty big theme with her early on in Brody's return.  Dana is really the mama in the household, as she has to get everyone in line.  She's a mama with a drug problem, but she's still the "mama", because Jessica's always busy getting busy with "Uncle Mike".

15.  SUSPICIOUS:  The family gets to see Brody for a minute, in an awkward interaction.  Then the terrorist hating, Brody loving VP (wait, what?) shows up to tell the terrorist Brody what an honor it is to meet him (since I guess he had always wanted to meet a hero terrorist).  Brody has a hard time making eye contact with him, because he thinks the VP is the devil for killing a young boy (among many other kids with a drone strike) that Brody had bonded with in Abu Nazir's (the big terrorist) compound.  The VP, among others, is Brody's ultimate target in the season finale.  He came strapped, but he couldn't pull the trigger, he couldn't pull the trigger.

16.  ISSUES:  Brody has some PTSD stuff going on.  Bright lights bug him, and they comfort him.  What is the deal, man?  Make up your mind.  I guess they tortured him with bright lights, but then he was converted by the bright sunlight to Islam.  We see this PTSD motif as Brody is walking to a podium at his welcome ceremony.

17.  CHARACTER:  Brody seems pretty comfortable in these type of situations, and appears to know how to work a crowd.  We also get to see that both "Uncle Mike" and Jessica are unhappy with Brody's return, and show a lot of shame.  By the end of the season, the love triangle is a real let down.  We were forced to watch it stew over and over for around 6 episodes, and then it just disappears into thin air, because Brody gave a beat down to "Uncle Mike", and Jessica wants to have a real life with the terrorist Brody, who doesn't have much planned in life, but dying, and soon.  If only he had pulled the trigger...if...

18.  ISSUES:  We find out that Carrie is taking some kind of mysterious blue pill that is hidden in her aspirin bottle.  There's no mystery anymore, it's Clozapine, an anti-psychotic drug used as a last resort for schizophrenic and bipolar patients, due to its tremendously bad side effects.  Claire Danes has said she is playing it bipolar, because she probably didn't want to play it schizophrenic.  At any rate, we now know that Carrie has mental illness, and she's lying about it to the CIA.  This will play an important part, as everyone thinks she is crazy, when she tries to tell them Brody is a terrorist.  She's what I will call the insane truth teller.

19.  SUSPICIOUS:  Captain Mike Faber is in Military Intelligence.  Brody seems surprised that Faber stayed in the military.  When telling Brody he is in Military Intelligence, he says "me of all people".  That intimates that he wasn't down with Military Intelligence, when Brody knew him, but has somehow become a part of it.  This was never mentioned again, although Faber is considered Brody's commanding officer.  Faber tells Brody the meeting is for business, as the CIA wants to do a follow up de-brief with him.

20.  PLOT:  While Carrie watches Brody's return home on TV, while waiting for the surveillance to be put online, she calls Saul and tells him to get her into Brody's de-brief.  They argue about it, and Saul asks if she will behave herself.  While this is going on, there is audible feedback on Carrie's end from the surveillance system going online.  Saul makes Carrie promise to behave herself in the de-brief.  We all know this won't happen, and I'm pretty sure Saul knows it won't happen either.  It's probably his half-hearted way of telling her to shake things up.  Saul apparently does notice the feedback, and knows that Carrie is up to something.  He will shortly discover her surveillance.

21.  WEIRD:  Carrie becomes engrossed in mundane surveillance.  Eventually the Brodys want to have sex, and Carrie decides to watch.  This is highly inappropriate, and you will learn, by the end of the season, that Carrie somehow has managed to fall in love with the terrorist Brody (in the immortal words of Mos Def, "Wowwwww").  I guess she likes the way he basically rapes his wife or something.  Brody is not adjusted, and cannot show intimacy with his wife.  Prior to this scene, while Brody was in the shower, we saw Jessica practicing what she would do.  That's the second time we've seen that.

22.  SUSPICIOUS:  Jessica wants Brody to have some wine.  Brody is having a hard time accepting it.  Devout Muslims don't drink alcohol, so we can get the idea that Brody is now a Muslim.  He is, he is!

23.  BORING:  Love triangle is obviously part of the problem here.

24.  SUSPICIOUS:  During Carrie's surveillance the phone rings twice.  Both times Jessica answers.  Both times the caller hangs up.  They milk this, but I'm fresh out of cows.  It was Brody's sniper partner, Tom Walker's (other terrorist), wife.  She claimed to be uncomfortable talking to Jessica, because Jessica made her feel bad about moving on from Walker, and marrying someone else.  Vot ah heepocreet she ees, ay?

25.  PLOT:  Carrie oversleeps and is late for the de-brief.  She re-iterates how important it is to make sure they're there for first contact.  Virgil (surveillance guy) assures her that they will be there.  We see Carrie take another blue pill, and head off to work.

26.  SUSPICIOUS:  Carrie does not play nice with Brody in the de-brief.  When Brody mentions a particular name (Zayyadi sp?), both Carrie and Estes seem surprised.  Carrie proceeds to show him a picture of Abu Nazir, asking if that is the man, and Brody says it is not.  She asks if Brody has met Nazir.  He tells her no, because he is a liar.  He has met Nazir, and is involved in an active terror plot with him.  We also find out that a prisoner of war loses value after 72 hours, and Carrie wants to know why Brody retained value.  We will soon find out that Brody retained value because he turned, and "killed" the unkillable Tom Walker (who he killed again at the end of season 1).  All this appears to have happened pretty early in Brody's captivity.

27.  PLOT HOLE:  Why did Brody and Walker turn so quickly?  They could have spent the whole season letting us know what built them into the terrorists they became, to give us the payoff we received in the finale.  Brody thinks he killed Walker very early in his captivity, but it hasn't even been hinted at why he was willing to do this, and especially so early in his captivity.  Instead, we are led to believe that Brody's whole reason for becoming a terrorist is because of the bonding he had with Nazir's son, and the subsequent U.S. cover up of the attack that killed him.  There would be a whole lot more to it than this, kids.  It also wouldn't even begin to scratch the surface of why Tom Walker did what he did.

28.  CHARACTER:  Brody is a pathological, and convincing, liar.  I won't ruin all of his moments, as we will see them soon enough in this post.  At any rate, you almost can't believe a single word he says, and probably should look at every important thing he says as if it is a lie.  When Dana talks him down from blowing up the bunker, his preference was to not answer at all, as opposed to lying.  When he doesn't want to tell a lie, he typically will evade the question, or change the subject.

29.  CHARACTER:  Jessica and Dana have another fight about Dana's attendance at a barbecue.  Jessica tells her that they need to make it work between them, because things are different now.  Again, Jessica is acting, as opposed to living.

30.  CHARACTER:  Brody lies, and tells Jessica that he is still at Langley, when he is in a limousine.  This is his second overt lie.  He is going to a meeting with Walker's wife, even though the tension built in the scene is that he's going to meet a potential terrorism contact.

31.  CHARACTER BACKSTORY:  In a Saul and Estes walk and talk, we learn that Estes has a real problem with Carrie's temperament, and steamroller approach to doing her job.  He says that he knows she can do the job, but he hates her methods (she is on probation after nearly being kicked out of the CIA).  Saul feels the same way, but enables her.  Estes is the non-enabling version of Saul.  We also learn that Saul has a blind spot for Carrie, and we learn that Estes used to have one for her, as well, one that resulted in his divorce.  We are also told that this will end badly for both Carrie and Saul.  So far, it's ended badly for Carrie (even though she unknowingly prevented Brody's attack), but it hasn't ended badly for Saul.  I guess his dark days are still coming.

32.  PLOT:  During the conversation with Saul, Estes wants to know if Carrie's up to something.  Saul tells him that he's not aware of anything.  Yes, Carrie's up to something, doing illegal surveillance on Brody.  Estes is a wise man, who never follows through on his wisdom if we are to believe what happened in season 1.

33.  PLOT:  Brody meets with Helen Walker, Tom Walker's wife, in the meeting Carrie wanted to be at, hoping it was Brody's contact.  She asks what happened to Walker, and Brody, after trying to deflect her away from an answer, tells her that he was beaten to death.  She asks if he was there when Walker was killed.  Brody tells her no, even though we will later find out that Brody "killed" Walker.  This is again, a lie.  Brody is on a roll, three lies in three scenes is a big deal.

34.  PLOT:  Virgil confronts Carrie about the blue pill (Clozapine), and wants to know if he's risking everything for a crazy person.  She is theoretically insane, but she's also a truth teller, as she was right about Brody all along, even after second guessing herself, eventually.  Realizing that Virgil might want out, Carrie basically blackmails him saying that he can't stop now, because he's in it up to his neck.  She's telling him that if she goes down, he goes down too.  So, Virgil continues surveillance with her.

35.  PLOT:  Carrie returns home to find Saul sitting in front of her surveillance.  After some harsh words, and sarcasm, we find out that Carrie just doesn't want us to get hit again, that she can't let that happen.  Saul asks her if she has anything suggesting Brody is what she thinks he is.  She tells him she doesn't, and Saul tells her to make sure she brings her lawyer down in the morning, because she's going to need one.  Saul also tells her he understands why she did it, but that he doesn't think a Grand Jury will.  At this point, Carrie tries to seduce Saul in hopes of getting him to back off to let her continue.  Saul says, "What the f*** are you doing?", with a shocked look on his face, Carrie backs away, ashamed, and Saul leaves.  The implication is that Saul is one big softie toward Carrie.  If he really wanted her to back off, he would have taken her in right then and there.  Instead, he manages to give her one more night full of time.  Good thing for her, she will find something that convinces him to let her continue.

36.  CHARACTER:  The scene above demonstrates more of Carrie's use them up and spit them out mentality.  The only person who can be "trusted" with what she says no longer can stomach the idea of being around her.  She lied to him about what she was doing, and then she tried to bribe him to keep it quiet.  Losing Saul as a confidant would put Carrie completely on an island inside the CIA.  The good news for her is that Saul really likes her, and may be keeping her close to learn what she knows. 

37.  PLOT:  Carrie does not take what's going to happen well.  We see her take another Clozapine pill, the first time we have seen her take two in one day (against recommendation?  I don't feel like doing any research).  She goes to a bowl on her dresser, and takes out a "wedding" ring and puts it on.  We saw her deposit this ring into the bowl in her character introduction.  She then tries on a bunch of different party clothes, and leaves.  If she's going to jail tomorrow, she's gonna have fun tonight.  This behavior is likely not out of the ordinary for her, like it's some kind of compulsion, I'm willing to guess.  She likes drankin' and she likes casual sex, even though her life is filled with paranoia about terrorism.  She won't even take slight risks in regards to whether someone could be a terrorist, but she takes life threatening risks with her own body.

38.  BORING:  The barbecue love triangle with Brody, Jessica, and "Uncle Mike" pops up.  That dumb Chris basically tells his father that "Uncle Mike" has been around a lot.  Brody isn't stupid, and sort of puts two and two together.  This is probably the third or fourth time he has been a little suspicious that Mike is having a relationship with his wife, and is the second time dumb Chris has said something that makes Brody suspicious (when Brody first arrives home, noticing the paint job changed, Chris happily reveals that "Uncle Mike's" brother painted it for them).  I know he's just a kid, but he really should be smarter than this.

39.  CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:  Carrie goes to a jazz bar, and we see what she does at night.  She's flirting with some random guy, and sees Brody on a TV screen, in a news recap of the welcome ceremony.

40.  SUBTLE PLOT DROP:  The guy Carrie is talking to says that someone out there is probably looking at Brody thinking he would have political prospects.  Yes, this is true.  Elizabeth Gaines, a power broker, who was assassinated by Tom Walker in the finale does see gold in Brody.  The VP also sees this gold, and helps convince Brody to run for Representative (another Representative is disgraced in a sex scandal, and they want Brody to replace him) later in the series.  The people in Brody's district can't get a break, I'd hate to be represented by either of those guys.  Is this what they will put as his identifier, on TV programs if he is elected?:

Sgt. Nicholas Brody (D-Terrorist, Virginia)

41.  PLOT:  After being asked if she wants to get a table by her suitor, Carrie starts watching the jazz band play.  She notices the fingers of all the players.  Then, she magically looks back at the TV, and notices that Brody is rhythmically moving his fingers, in what she thinks might be a code.  Later, after Carrie and Brody's sex and alcohol fueled weekend (wait, what?), Brody tells her that he was moving his fingers counting his prayer beads.  Is this true?  It's plausible, but Brody is a pathological liar, so I wouldn't believe anything he says, or at least not take it at face value.  This finger code is the evidence she wants to present to Saul that Brody is up to something.

42.  CHARACTER:  Remember what I said about Carrie's reckless behavior.  She drinks and drives over to Saul's house.  This will not be the only time she does this in season 1.

43.  PLOT:  Carrie goes and wakes Saul up, in the middle of the night.  Saul is very unhappy to see her, and is basically just indulging her, to get her to go away.  After finally convincing Saul that there may be something here, she asks him if she's still going to jail.  He tells her "not just yet".  She still hasn't gone to jail at the end of the first season (well, not for more than a few hours).  Good ol' Carrie never really gets legally punished (even though everyone in the series beats her down, mentally, causing her to want to go for Electroconvulsive Therapy at the end of the season finale) for her many illegal and bad actions.  The tapes were sent to a Crypto team, and they couldn't find anything in the hand movements.  There is no code, it's most likely that Brody was doing prayer bead behavior.

44.  PLOT:  At the end of the episode, we find Brody out on a hard jog in the morning.  We get to see his lies revealed, and find out that he was the one beating Walker, with Abu Nazir encouraging him to hit Walker harder.  After the beating is over, Brody collapses into Nazir's arms, crying.  We then see Brody stop jogging, and he turns and faces the Capitol Building.  This is his target, in more ways than one.  Brody is a terrorist, even though, all season, they will try to make you second guess what is really obvious, even from the first episode.

SCORECARD:

Brody lies:  3
Jessica acting:  3
Carrie takes Clozapine:  3
Carrie disobeys direct orders:  3
Carrie engaging in reckless behaviors:  at least 3
Open plot holes:  1
Potentially suspicious behaviors by characters that can be taken at more than face value:  4

I'll end this piece with a screwed up version of a famous quote from the TV series, House.  Thanks for reading.

EVERY BRODY LIES

Monday, December 19, 2011

HOMELAND Dissections: Encouragement Needed

After last night's season finale of Homeland (Showtime, check On Demand listings), I was left with a pretty sour taste in my mouth about this series.  I am right back to where I was when the plot twist happened in episode 7.  The season finale was an extremely well done episode, for the most part, but the payoff was lacking.  We were basically told that everything is pretty much straightforward with what we're seeing.  That doesn't mean this is really the case, but, based on that episode, I think it's much safer to assume that what we're seeing is what we get.  The only thing you can really speculate about now is who the bad guys are inside of the government. 

Over the last couple of weeks, the show was must watch TV, but this ending made me wonder why I'm watching the show (just like how I felt at the end of episode 7).  What's amazing to me is that the episode was exceptionally well done, in most of it, but having it end up where it did just fell flat, for me.  My guess is that most people's thoughts about this show will be based on what side of the aisle they're on.  This show, as of right now, just appears to be being used for propaganda purposes, against ending the War On Terror, and that's the worst place this show could have ever gone.  I'll tune into a couple of episodes next season, to see what they do, but, as of this writing, I'm not excited about the show anymore.  I certainly will never give it the benefit of the doubt, again.  Based on what I heard about what they're planning for season 2 (they have no idea what they're doing, yet), I am not confident they are not just making it up as they go along.  The only potential positive that could come out of my dissections is if the writers read them, and decide to begin plugging the gaping plot holes, or use them to look for other twists.

President Obama has listed this as one of the shows he watches.  I wonder what he thinks about what the show is telling him.  Regardless, the show is practically a farce anyway, due to the suspension of disbelief we are forced to use every week, in regards to Carrie, and how things operate in regards to the CIA.

Unless I get at least 10 likes (I'm negotiable), below, I am canceling writing my dissections of Homeland, because of how the season ended.  It will likely take me 120 hours total to write those, and I don't want to expend that amount of time writing dissections for a series that we were just shown should be taken at a relatively face value, unless I receive a lot of encouragement.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Evidently, A Lot Of Other People Hate Her Teenage Daughter, Too...

This is just a quick post to let you know that I Hate My Teenage Daughter (FOX, Wednesdays, 9:30pm ET) is very likely to get canceled, and probably pretty soon.  A few weeks ago, I wrote that the series didn't premiere strongly, and that I would be keeping a close watch on the ratings.  To me, the verdict is in.  This show is done.  It might last awhile longer, but it won't be back next season.  You can write "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" on a piece of paper, take it to the bank, hand it to a teller, and social services will be showing up to arrest you soon, since no one appears to know or care about the FOX series I Hate My Teenage Daughter

A bloodbath should be coming soon at FOX.  Terra Nova's ratings are terrible, and it is my understanding that the season (series?) finale is next week.  For any of the 7 or 8 Terra Nova fans out there, you better strongly hope both Alcatraz and Touch are not successful.  If either of those series do even remotely better than Terra Nova, there is zero chance Terra Nova will be on the schedule next season.  What makes me saddest about Terra Nova is that Human Target and Lie To Me were canceled, so this series could be made.  Both those shows (which were among the most entertaining I watched on a weekly basis), at the end of their runs, had higher ratings than Terra Nova does now.  If FOX wants to hire me as an exec, I'd be happy to work there.  My first official change would be moving competition shows to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.  Make it happen, people, even if you don't want to hire me. 

I Hate My Teenage Daughter Premiere ratings:

6.80 million Overall Viewers
2.8/7 in the 18-49 Demo

People Hate Her Teenage Daughter show's most recent ratings:

5.06 million Overall Viewers
1.8/5 in the 18-49 Demo

Stick a fork in it.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Message To Those Who Are Interested In My Homeland Episode Dissections

I just wanted to let those of you who care know that I have not forgotten about these.  My plan is to continue writing them once the first season ends next week.  That will give me plenty of time to do them, before season 2 rolls around.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fall 2011-2012 Canceled Scripted TV Shows List (Big 4 Networks Only)

Here's where I'll put all of the scripted TV shows that have been canceled, or effectively canceled, on network TV for the Fall 2011-2012 TV Season.  I hope it proves useful.  This may eventually turn into the place where I will also place official renewals, but that's a long way away, and not particularly interesting to me (except for the shows I watch).

Canceled Or Effectively Canceled Scripted TV Shows in Fall 2011-2012 TV Season:

1.  The Playboy Club (NBC)
2.  Free Agents (NBC)
3.  Charlie's Angels (ABC)
4.  How To Be A Gentleman (CBS)
5.  Prime Suspect (NBC)
6.  Pan Am (ABC)
7.  Man Up! (ABC)
8.  Allen Gregory (FOX)
9.  Work It (ABC)-This was updated 1/2/2012.  I know it hasn't aired yet, but I just can't help myself. ::Giggle::
10. The Firm (NBC)
11. Terra Nova (FOX)
12. I Hate My Teenage Daughter (FOX)-Effectively canceled by being moved to the summer.
13. Bent (NBC)-This was updated 3/22/2012, shortly after the ratings for the first episodes came out.  It's getting canceled, no doubt about it.
14. Breaking In (FOX)-Pulled from planned schedule, effective immediately, 4/12/2012.
15. Best Friends Forever (NBC)
16. Alcatraz (FOX)
17. The Finder (FOX)
18. Cougar Town (ABC) **PICKED UP BY TBS FOR A FOURTH SEASON**
19. A Gifted Man (CBS)
20. Awake (NBC)
21. Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC)
22. Harry's Law (NBC)
23. GCB (ABC)
24. Missing (ABC)
25. The River (ABC)
26. CSI: Miami (CBS)
27. Unforgettable (CBS)
28. NYC 22 (CBS)
29. Rob (CBS)
30. Napoleon Dynamite (FOX)

Animation is not on my radar, so I don't do official reports on that kind of programming.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Wednesday November 30, 2011 Premiere Ratings Note

Last night, I Hate My Teenage Daughter premiered on FOX.  The episode had what I would call mediocre ratings.  It had a 2.8 in the 18-49 demo, and only 6.84 million overall viewers.  It lost a lot of viewers off of its The X Factor lead in.  The 2.8 is a relatively solid number, but, in a night of reruns, and as a premiere, it's not a good sign.  I'll keep an eye on the ratings for next week's episode, but if you see it drop below a 2.2, I'll flag it as being ready to go into the cancellation bin.  Thanks for reading.
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