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Archive for March, 2006

So many new shows, so little time

Well, I'm rather behind on reviewing the newest shows, so in the interests of my laziness, I have a mini-review of Free Ride and just grades for the rest of the new shows I've watched.

Free Ride
(Sunday at 9:30 on FOX)

Nate (Josh Dean) has just graduated college in California and is heading home to Missouri. Dissatisfied with his degree’s career path, he thinks spending some time at home will help him find direction. Back home he runs into someone from high school, Amber (Erin Cahill) and is smitten but finds out she’s engaged. Luckily (or unluckily) he runs into Mark Dove (Dave Sheridan), someone who wishes he still was in high school, who makes it his personal mission to see that Nate parties hearty. Throw in his parents who are in therapy and didn’t expect him to return and make him live in the garage, and you have the makings of a quarter-life crisis.

This show, like Sons and Daughters, has some of the dialogue improvised, whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is another matter altogether. For the most part though, it is pretty funny, with Dove providing most of the laughs.

Grade: B-

ABC

Sons and Daughters
(Tuesday at 9:00 and 9:30)

Partially improvised, Cameron and Sharon are funny, but the kids often steal the show.

Grade: B+

CBS

The Unit
(Tuesdays at 10:00)

Haven't watched yet… 3 (4?) episodes on the DVR waiting

Grade: INC

The New Adventures of Old Christine
(Monday at 9:30)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is very funny, unfortunately, most of the supporting cast does very little supporting.

Grade: B

NBC

Heist
(Wednesdays at 10:00)

Even though it's very Ocean's Eleven-ish, interesting nonetheless

Grade: B

Conviction
(Fridays at 10:00)

Not watched yet. May be canceled from favorites.

Grade: INC

Teachers
(Tuesdays at 9:30)

Stars Sarah Alexander (Coupling – Original BBC version), and a bunch of other people whom the only other I recognize is Kali Rocha (Halfreck; Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Seems OK for the one episode I've seen.

Grade: C+

WB

Modern Men
(Fridays at 9:30)

3 dudes with woman woes jointly seek the advice of a life coach. Blah.

Grade: D+

Watched log for Thursday

Sons and Daughters: Hospital Visit, Surprise Party

Smallville: Hypnotic

The O.C.: The Secrets and Lies

The Loop: Trouble in the Saddle

My Name Is Earl: Boogeyman

The Office: Michael's Birthday

Watched log for Wednesday

Lost: Lockdown

Lockdown = Locke down… it's a double meaning…

Veronica Mars: The Rapes of Graff

ROFL… the Lamb re-election campaign poster "18 – It's Legal!" Veronica's sob story at the wig shop…

As for the MotW… decent. Too bad I can't really remember what episode Troy was in before. Now I really need to buy and rewatch the season 1 DVDs.

Almost forgot… the cameos by Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat (George Michael and Maebe on Arrested Development) were awesome.

Out of Practice: Hot Water

Courting Alex: Big Client

Watched log for Tuesday

Scrubs: My Bright Idea

Teachers: Substitute

The New Adventures of New Christine: One Toe Over the Line, Sweet Jesus

Watched log for Monday

Monty Python's Personal Best: Terry Jones' Personal Best

Everwood: Ghosts, Lost and Found

24: Day 5: 9:00PM-10:00PM

American Hot Rod: '54 Corvette and '55 Chevy Part 3

Watched log for Sunday

Monk: Mr. Monk and the Astronaut, Mr. Monk Goes to the Dentist

What I Like About You: Finally

Series Finale.

Modern Men: The Breakup

Related: The Cape, The Move

The Surreal Life: Making the Video

Hogan Knows Best: Kids Get a Reality Check

Heist: Pilot

The Simpsons: Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife

Desperate Housewives: Could I Ever Leave You?

Malcolm in the Middle: Hal's Dentist

Family Guy: Sibling Rivalry

Free Ride: Procrastin-Nating

Watched log for Saturday

Related: Sisters Are Forever, His Name Is Ruth

American Inventor: Episode 1, Episode 2

Mini Review: This is American Idol but for people with crazy inventions. Which makes sense because it's produced by Simon Cowell. I like the inventions and the pitch part of the program but there is so much of the emotional aspect of the show that kind of annoys me. It's pretty good though. I'm interested to see where these invention go, and how many of these will end up on an infomercial.

Grade: A-

The Surreal Life: Movin' On In

Houseguests: Sherman Hemsley, Tawny Kitaen, C.C. Deville, Steve Harwell, Andrea Lowell and Alexis Arquette. Florence Henderson is the On-Call therapist.

Number 1 Single: Stay

Malcolm in the Middle: Lois Strikes Back