Posts tagged ‘Happy Endings’

August 15, 2011

My Epic TV Guide: Fall 2011

Amidst my big move to Tulsa and my upcoming preparations for teaching, I haven’t lost myself completely.  More specifically, I haven’t lost my love for good Prime Time TV.  Here’s what my initial TV schedule will look like for the Fall.  New shows are in bold and are described below the schedule.  I give new shows the three episode test (this is enough episodes to truly get a feel for if you like or can pass on a show), so those may not be keepers long term.  I don’t think I could adopt all 8 anyway just based on how busy I will be this year.  Shows in a color block conflict with each other, but my DVR and back up bedroom TV should be able to tackle that okay ; )

Notes: Cougar Town is not on here because it doesn’t return until mid-season (I think November?).  I also am not including The Sing-Off because I got very bored with the show last season ::Yawn::

Kelly’s Fall 2011 TV Schedule

Fall 2011 TV Premieres

All the following summaries are from TVGuide.com.  You can see all new TV show summaries at their website here.

Charlie’s Angels: Hello, Angels! This frothy, Miami-set reboot stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the latest incarnation of the crime-fighting trio — but it doesn’t start out that way. Eve (Kelly), a rogue street racer, joins the group after her childhood friend/original Angel Gloria is murdered. Something tells us she’ll fit in just fine. Fun fact: The series will premiere on the same day the original show debuted 35 years ago.

Grimm: Better brush up on your German. Grimm’s Fairy Tales gets a procedural twist with Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), a detective who discovers his destiny is to protect humans from the storybook baddies that have invaded our real world.

Hart of Dixie: Rachel Bilson reunites with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz for this medical drama, playing big-city doc Zoe Hart, who heads to tiny Bluebell, Ala., when she inherits a practice. Expect culture clashes galore and Zoe to stay put after coming through in a medical emergency and discovering an old secret.

Once Upon a Time: Do you think fairy tales are real? They are in Storybrooke, Maine, a town frozen in time with fairy tale figures who have no recollection of their real identities. Leave it to 10-year-old Henry (Jared Gilmore) to try to set things right when he tracks down his birth mom, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), a bail bonds collector who is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Joshua Dallas). The fantastical drama, which will tell dual stories set in present-day Storybrooke and in fairy tale land, comes from Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for lots of references to time travel and polar bears.

Pan Am: Come fly with them! Set in the ’60s, the drama centers on the loves and lives of stewardesses (led by Christina Ricci) of the iconic titular airline. Although lauded as symbols of sleek, Jet Age glamour, their personal lives are full of turbulence. Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse round out the Barbie doll-like crew, who are as adept at coffee service as they are at… oh wait, we can’t ruin that twist.

Ringer: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s back! And this time, there’s two of her! Gellar plays twins Bridget and Siobhan — both decidedly un-Buffy-like — in this mystery thriller that was originally developed for CBS. Bridget, a recovering alcoholic, is on the run from some baddies and decides to hide out by taking the identity of her wealthy twin sis, who is thought to be dead. Turns out taking on Siobhan’s persona puts Bridget in a very different kind of danger. Lost alum Nestor Carbonell co-stars, but don’t expect any sci-fi stuff, à la Lost and Buffy, on Ringer. “No hatch! No island!” Gellar says.

The Secret Circle: Something wicked this way comes from Kevin Williamson once again. The man who gave us Vampire Diaries has now adapted L.J. Smith’s other supernatural book series. Britt Robertson is Cassie Blake, a California teen who moves to Chance Harbor, Wash., where she discovers she’s a witch and joins a secret coven that includes Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin and Shelley Hennig. But don’t think you will know what’s coming if you’ve read the novels. Why? (Spoiler alert!) The show kills off someone who survived the whole book series in the opening minutes of the pilot.

Terra Nova: At long last, the Steven Spielberg-produced dino drama — about the Shannon family (led by Jason O’Mara) who travels back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race — will hit our TV sets with dinosaurs of every friendly and not-so-friendly variety. “You’re going to see some pretty cool dino-on-man action,” co-executive producer Jose Molina says.

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May 18, 2011

And the Axe Falls Down

When I was at JFK on Friday, I was eagerly skimming Twitter and Facebook posts I had gone without for about 5 days (in social media time, this can be forever).  To be fair, after the first day, I actually enjoyed not looking at my phone all the time.  It allowed me to focus on the people and places around me and really take everything in.  But now that I’m back, I’ve mostly returned to my usual iPhone habits ::sigh::

Anyway, the biggest news I accumulated in my first hour was the following:

*Ashton Kutcher is replacing Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men?  I have never seen an episode of the show, could care less about Charlie Sheen, and only moderately care about Ashton Kutcher, but wow.  I think it’s good Kutcher is returning to TV since his movies are at best okay to see once.

*Casey Anthony is still news.  Really?  Over it.

*OMG ALL MY SHOWS GOT CANCELLED.

That last one was a big deal.  I pride myself on handpicking new shows to start watching to replace the ones retiring (this year, both Smallville and Life Unexpected ended for me).  I picked up a LOT of new shows this year in particular, but nearly ALL of them got cancelled.

Cancelled List: Better With You, Perfect Couples, Off the Map, Mr. Sunshine, No Ordinary Family, Hellcats, The Event

Renewed List: Happy Endings

ABC's Better With You

Yeah, Happy Endings.  That one I’ve only seen about three of the aired episodes and just decided I’d keep watching.  All the other ones I have seen all the episodes for.  Some I’m okay with going, like The Event and Mr. Sunshine.  I could go with or without them.  I was most disappointed about Better With You because I think it really is a great show that people didn’t bother to try.  Some of the others, like Hellcats and No Ordinary Family, had their highs and lows for me, but I’m still disappointed they weren’t given a 2nd chance to impress.  Boo.

I’ll try to keep a glass half full view, though.  Supernatural and Chuck could have easily been goners, but both were renewed for the Fall.  I think Supernatural staying on another year will ease my Smallville pain (not my favorite show, but have watched every episode live (or near to live) since it began when I was 13).  I missed the last two episodes of Smallville when I was in Russia, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch them yet.

If you want to check out a full list of all the major networks’ renewed and cancelled shows, click here.