tv talk (part 2)

My last TV Talk post was getting kind of long, so I decided to break it up.  Here are the rest of this season’s new shows I’ve checked out, along with my not-so-humble opinions of them.  Starting with the best one first…

Galavant (ABC) — If you haven’t been watching this one, you are missing something really special.  A musical medieval comedy that is just a hoot & a half.  From the very first note of the opening song, it had me hooked.  The humor is slick, though, so if you’re not paying attention, you can miss some of the funniest stuff.  I recommend doing what I did—watch it more than once. :smiley22

The most disappointing part of this show is that it’s a limited-episode series, set to run for only four weeks.  I’m already hoping it gets a Season 2 (through 20).  Or turn it into a movie.  Or an unlimited-episode series.  Whatever the case, KEEP IT ON THE AIR!

Bad Judge (NBC) — Bleh.  I like a good sitcom & had hopes for this one, but it fell flat.  Worse, it’s kind of stupid & disjointed.  So delete that one from the DVR, post haste.  (Note:  I’ve since heard this one was cancelled, & all I can say is, Good call, NBC.  Probably should have done that after the first episode. :smiley26 )

Benched (USA) — Now this one, I like!  It’s what I’d been hoping for from Bad Judge—meaning, it’s actually FUNNY!  A snarky, smart-ass kind of humor that had me laughing from the very beginning of the pilot episode & kept me laughing to the very end.  Episode 2 wasn’t quite as laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s still amusing & I’m still loving it.  If you haven’t caught it yet, I definitely recommend you check it out. :smiley28

Constantine (NBC) — Oh, yeah, I am liking me some John Constantine! :smiley20  Not only is he cute & irreverent, with an uber-sexy accent, but the paranormal, demon-fighting thing is pretty awesome, too.  Never one to give up beating a dead horse, though, I can’t help wondering how NBC could cancel Dracula because it was “too expensive,” when this one is clearly no cheap magic show, either. :smiley31

(FYI:  Does anyone remember the very short-lived spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspicious Behavior?  If so, you may recognize John Constantine (Matt Ryan) from that show.  I didn’t put two & two together myself until ION started running repeats of CM: SB, but for the record, I like him on both! :smiley29 )

The Librarians (TNT) — Keeping in mind that I’ve never watched any of the Librarian made-for-TV movies, I didn’t know what to expect.  But with Christian Kane in the lineup, there’s no way I was going to miss this one! :smiley9

Well, I’m trying to like it, I really, really am.  The first double episode was hard for me to get through; I’m not a huge Rebecca Romijn fan, & she had me gritting my teeth the entire two hours.  Noah Wylie’s “THE Librarian” character really rubs me the wrong way, too.  Is he this annoying in the movies or just the series? :smiley16  And yet, I like all of the other actors/characters, & CK is awesome, as usual.  (He really should have been the lead, you know.  Take note, TNT—Christian Kane really should have been the lead of this show! :smiley31 )  So I’m sticking it out, & it is getting better.  The Christmas episode (with Bruce Campbell as Santa) was exceptional, & things seem to be coming together more with each episode—the humor, the characters, the acting, the storylines…  Given time, this may end up being a truly wonderful series.  For the time being, though, it’s no Leverage. :smiley7

Z Nation (SyFy) — Not great, but not awful.  There seems to be only one point to the series:  get the guy who may carry a cure for the zombie virus in his blood across the country, from Pennsylvania to California—awfully similar to what’s been going on with The Walking Dead, wouldn’t you say? :smiley16  As is the fact that “everybody’s infected” & turns into a zombie whether they’re bitten or die some other way…) yet nothing much seems to happen in each episode to move them in that direction.  It’s just Let’s go!  Wait, we have to fight zombies & deal with disreputable humans first.  Then, Let’s go!  No, wait…

It’s no The Walking Dead, that’s for sure.  Yet I continue to watch because…well,  , & once in a while there’s something interesting or really gory that pops up.  I’ll probably last about as long with this one as I did with Helix…which is to say, not long.  But it’s zombies, & have I mentioned…

[NOTE:  Well, they lost me with Episode 6.  Not only did they kill off my favorite character, but it was a very manipulated, forced way of doing it, which totally annoys me.  I may keep watching once in a while—again, just for the zombie action—but I certainly don’t care anymore. :smiley21 ]

Speaking of zombies…  Well, sort of…

The Strain (FX) — I don’t know if this one technically counts as “new” because it just wrapped up its first season, but it is new-ish, & in case I haven’t mentioned it before, I have to say how much I really like this show!  It’s like a mini horror movie every week—& y’all know how much I love horror movies—& every dang week, this show both creeps me out & keeps me on the very edge of my seat.  I can’t wait for Season 2 to begin!

Legends (TNT) — Another one that recently wrapped up its first season.  I don’t know if I’m head over heels for it, but I do love me some Sean Bean…especially when he’s playing a good guy instead of a bad one. :smiley25  This show actually puts me a little in mind of the short-lived Missing; not because they’re similar, but because Missing also starred Sean Bean & I’m still annoyed it was cancelled. :smiley31  So let’s see if this one fares a bit better.  It is quick-paced, sometimes intense, & I not only care about the main character, but I’m darn well worried about him.

So how about you—what brand new (or at least “newer”) shows have you added to your Gonna Check It Out/Must See Lists?  And what do you think of them so far? :smiley24


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  1. Mary Kirkland says:

    Constantine and The Strain are the only ones that I watch. I tried to watch Galavant and just could not sit though that. I’m not into comedies at all.

    I really don’t like zombies or zombie shows so Z Nation is out. lol

    But the two shows that I do watch, I am loving.

    • Heidi says:

      Well, you’ve got good taste if you’re watching Constantine & The Strain. I like both a lot! :smiley15

      I love comedies…anything that can make me laugh gets two thumbs up…but if you don’t like them, then you’re not going to enjoy Galavant or Benched, etc. I get that.

      And even if you were into zombies, Z Nation would be a waste of time. We’ll all be happier if we stick with The Walking Dead. :smiley32

  2. Joy Lewis says:

    I LOVE Castle and my obsession is a cooking show…The Pioneer Woman..I have about a 100 shows on my dvr…

    • Heidi says:

      LOL My poor DVR is overburdened, too.

      I actually gave up on Castle a season or two ago; for me, it was amusing at first, but just got annoying. I don’t like Nathan’s character…but that may be because I am constantly comparing everything the Firefly cast does to their days on Firefly. *sigh* :smiley21

  3. Kathleen O says:

    I love all the CSI themed TV Shows, like NCIS, Las Angles and New Orleans. And I love Blue Bloods.. Castle,The Good Wife and Big Bang Theory. But my fav new show is Madame Secretary. I have PVR’d Gallivant, but have not watched any episodes yet. Thank God for my PVR.. :smiley25

    • Heidi says:

      Oh, I like crime dramas, too. The only one I’ll studiously be avoiding is the new CSI: Cyber because I cannot stand Patricia Arquette. Anybody else in the lead & I’d be on it like flies on manure. :smiley2

  4. Brooke C says:

    I haven’t been watching anything new, just desperately waiting for the last season of Parks and Rec :smiley12
    Although now I’m going to have to watch Galavant. You had me hooked with musical medieval comedy! That sounds right up my alley! :smiley15 And I might have to check out Benched too. I’m a sucker for a good comedy, and this one comes highly recommended :smiley4

    • Heidi says:

      I know what it’s like to wait for a new season of your favorite show to return. (Me waiting for The Walking Dead to start again = :smiley7 )

      I honestly would not have expected Galavant to work…& it didn’t look like much from the previews…but oh, my gosh, is it good! Funny & catchy, with a really cute lead. :smiley20

      FYI, if you end up liking it as much as I do, you might be interested in knowing that the tunes from Galavant *are* available on iTunes. I was so happy when I went looking & found them! :smiley34

      I like Benched a lot, too. It’s not perfect & not always as sharply funny as it could be (imo), but there are times when it’s *exceptionally* witty. And the lead’s snarky lines & sense of humor really appeal to me. :smiley6

  5. Minna says:

    It’s always nice to know what we’ll be seeing here in Finland sooner or later. My new favourite is Scorpion. A TV series can’t be too bad if it has some nerds in it! In the first episode there was even one familiar face from Numb3rs.

  6. Holly says:

    I love Constantine and Galavant has been giving me some good chuckles on a Sunday evening.

    • Heidi says:

      Such good taste, Holly! :smiley28

      I’m still watching Grimm & such, too—which I think is a great lead-in to Constantine. Altho I notice on this week’s schedule that Constantine is on first, then Grimm. I prefer it the other way, personally, but whatever. :smiley24

  7. Dee says:

    I actually have not watched any of these. I love my crime shows like I said in the last TV post and I really hope ABC brings back Motive. It’s one of those that has a different approach and makes it more unique.

  8. Anne says:

    Bad news, I read that Constantine was cancelled and they’re just burning through the episodes. Since I don’t have cable,

    I’ve only seen The Librarian movies and they are a weak version of Indiana Jones and Noah Wylie, in my opinion, is better as a secondary character than a lead. I did see The Librarians pilot which was shown on regular tv and thoght it looked like mild, fun entertainment, not a must see, but if I’m bored and tired of reading (it happens) tv.

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