So Wednesday was supposed to be the big night for new shows. There was even two damn articles about the hotly contested 9 o’clock hour in the NY Times and in the WSJ. As the NY Times pointed out, “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Bionic Woman,” and “Private Practice” were the first, second and third most anticipated shows (not necessarily in that order). I can’t speak to “Kitchen” because I just would never watch that crap (as distinguished, of course, from all the crap that I do watch). But “Woman” and “Practice” were, well, not good. Frankly, my TV is now set to THE CW at 9pm.
Private Practice was bad. Bad bad bad. Like unwatchable bad. (Not that it stopped me.) I had high hopes that they had fixed the problems from the teaser episode, cause I really want good things for Kate Walsh, but no. I blame Amy Brenneman. Like in her last show, the truly awful “Judging Amy,” everyone is just so angry and unhappy. Jesus. It stresses me out. A lot of people, as reader Wendy pointed out, would say the same thing about “Grey’s Anatomy,” that Meredith is needlessly unhappy all the time. Yes, and that is why I hate Meredith. But this is like a whole show of Merediths. (Except Tim Daly, who I heart and who seems to be actually enjoying himself). I also love, and agree with, what the EW TV watcher said about it:
The biggest problem this show will have to overcome is the fact that every character is dumb. And I don’t mean that flippantly; I literally mean they’re stupid. A man comes to Oceanside Wellness with his young daughter, who’s about to give birth. He’s angry that she hid her pregnancy from him, but only when she goes into congestive heart failure during the birth does he mention that her mother died in childbirth. Dumb! Then there’s Violet, the psychiatrist, who encounters her patient having a psychotic break in a shopping mall, and says aloud, ”What the hell happened to her?” Dumb!
But Addison gets the prize. This woman left Seattle and moved to California without realizing she wouldn’t have a staff or a hospital room for her births? And she’s an ob-gyn who doesn’t know the word midwifery?
Anwhos, this show’s season pass is revoked until I hear that it has stopped sucking.
Bionic Woman, which I have been most excited about since forever, was sooo slooow and daaaarrk. And that was before she was in a life-threatening accident. One of my main problems with it was a volume issue. The dialogue was so hushed (and depressing) (and sloooow) so we had to jack the volume way up to hear what they were talking about (most of which didn’t make sense) and then, all of a sudden, KABLAMMY, something explodes and my inner ear ruptures. And who was the guy in the prison and how did he get out of prison and why did he look 40 years older after he got out of prison and why were they on top of a mountain. This wasn’t “Heroes” or Lost-type confusion, like hey, I don’t know who that guy is and what he is doing with that button, but I know he is somehow related to X? It was like why am I even watching this confusion. Finally, what was up with that from out of nowhere sex scene? First, she hates him for, ya know, making her into a machine, and then they are banging? Wha? So a disappointing premiere, but I will stick with this one for a few more episodes. I mean, it’s got all that buzz! And it did get progressively better as the show went along.
God, this is a long entry and I haven’t even gotten to the two shows that I liked. First, “Dirty Sexy Money” is a watcher if only to watch Peter Krause’s facial expressions. I have loved him every since Sports Night. He can do more with a knowing smirks than most men can get with [insert something vaguely NSFW here]. Plus, it’s got the whole obsession with the lifestyles of the rich, famous and f-ed up thing that Gossip Girl has going for it. Thumbs up.
And “Life,” which has gotten decidedly mixed reviews, was actually quite good. I could do without all the scarily random Zen philosophy, but otherwise, it’s intriguing. Somehow, this guy who just spent 12 years in prison for crimes he did not commit is not nearly as “dark and twisty” (or as boooorrring) as the ladies in above shows. I mean, he clearly has issues, but he evidences them in funways. Lesson for you, Ms. Brenneman. The fruit thing, which a lot of reviewers harp on, makes total sense to me. Dude’s been in prison. He looked a little scurvy-eqsue in those prison scenes. Of course he craves some Vitamin C. One question, are they going to actually have the wonderfully droll Adam Arkin actually do something in the show?