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This Fall in Television – Update

The Fall TV season is in full swing now and I’m afraid I may have made some mistakes in my previous Fall TV post. Whether this is true or not, I refuse to admit any fallacy on my part. My recommendations will never steer you wrong. That said, here are some updates to those recommendations:

  • The Forgotten – I forgot to add this one to my list. Coincidence? I think not. Tues. 10pm ABC
  • Glee – I figured out why I was on the fence with this show. Most of the song and dance numbers do nothing to further the plot. Each episode is nothing more than an excuse to sell music on iTunes. That said, any scene with Jane Lynch (the cheerleading coach) is golden. Wed. 9pm FOX
  • Modern Family – I was too hard on this show. I judged it before giving it a chance. That said, the premise is ridiculous, and that’s what makes it so good. This is the best sit-com on TV right now. Watch it to get the bubble gum taste of Glee out of your mouth. Wed. 9pm ABC
  • Community – This show has really reached its stride. The skits after the credits alone are enough to make it worth your time. Comedy gold. Catch up on Hulu if you haven’t seen it. Thurs. 8:30pm NBC
  • Southland – NBC cancelled it before ever airing an episode because they didn’t want to take the risk. Here’s some Schadenfreude for you though, Jay Leno is the worst rated show in its time slot every night of the week. A Spongebob special on Nickelodeon beat it last week. I will continue my boycott of this show until Leno’s 2 year contract ends. Who’s with me? TNT picked up the episodes already filmed. To be aired in January.
  • V – I was skeptical of this show in the beginning. None of the ideas are new, they’ve all been done in some Sci-Fi story at some point, but it’s well done and intriguing enough. Plus, there’s nothing else worth watching on Tuesday nights. Tues. 8pm ABC

So there you have it, ABC is now watchable, and NBC is not unless it’s Thursday. Adjust your TV schedules accordingly.

  • Are you buying the glee music? For me, the autotune madness just takes the show from “ridiculous” to “sublime.”

    How much of a chance to I need to give Modern Family? The more I watch, the more it seems like a traditional family sitcom – the “Father is having trouble with the first day of school” episode stunk!

  • DrChocolate

    Totally disagree with your Glee assessment, more often then not the songs are used to illustrate the characters inner monologue/feelings. Artie and Dancing with Myself. Mercedes with Hate on Me. Quinn and No Air. Kurt and Defying Gravity. Yeah there's some that are just for fun/single sales if you will – the mash-up episode. But typically I think the songs are used to illuminate the characters. Kind of like how they use the songs that play over the credits of Mad Men episodes.

  • Facebook User

    Yeah, that was sort of a lame episode. It gets a little sappy every now and then, it is after all on a Disney-owned network, but for me the good outweighs the bad. I'd give it a few more episodes.

  • Facebook User

    Maybe, except that we already know what they're feeling before the singing starts 9 times out of ten. It's lazy writing as a vehicle for quick and easy cash.

  • Facebook User

    Yeah, that was sort of a lame episode. It gets a little sappy every now and then, it is after all on a Disney-owned network, but for me the good outweighs the bad. I'd give it a few more episodes.

  • Facebook User

    Maybe, except that we already know what they're feeling before the singing starts 9 times out of ten. It's lazy writing as a vehicle for quick and easy cash.