11 shows not on the AOL Fall TV Scorecard
Not too long ago, our corporate buddies at AOL Television posted a fall TV scorecard featuring their grades for new and returning shows. While the list featured such shows as House, Reaper, Desperate Housewives, Pushing Daises and Ugly Betty, it missed a number of fan favorites (and non-favorites) that we talk about constantly over here at TV Squad.
How to rectify this? Well, we could all go over to the AOL Television offices and beat the staff until they agree to add the missing shows. Or, in order to keep our jobs and avoid prison time, we could just list the missing shows over here, grade them, and give you a chance to rate them as well. Since I wouldn't last more than five minutes in jail I think we'll just list the missing shows over here.
You can find the list of eleven shows, graded by myself, Joel, Keith, Brett and Brad, after the jump.
Rich says: Bones has really hit its stride this season with some solid stories, strong characterization and great humor. The introduction of The Widow's Son serial killer and the secondary story of Jack and Angela's search for her husband have just enhanced what was already a good show.
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Rich says: Seeing that I receive nothing but positive comments about this show in my reviews I'm surprised Life didn't make the AOL TV list. While a criminal procedural the show is also a great character drama that explores both the good and bad sides of detectives Charlie Crews and Dani Reese. In addition to that, there's a on-going understory about the conspiracy that put Charlie in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit. While quietly chugging along now Life could explode in popularity any minute now.
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The Simpsons: B-
Rich says: If I didn't need to include 'Treehouse of Horror XVIII' in my rating this season of The Simpsons would have probably received a 'B' or 'B+' since they've been handling the storylines pretty well for a show close to two decades old. However, due to the disappointing performance of 'Treehouse' I needed to give the show a 'B-'. Hopefully the rest of the season can shake off this grade.
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Family Guy: B-
Rich says: Like The Simpsons this grade would have been at least a 'B' if not for the 100th episode event where Stewie 'killed' Lois. Other than that she show has stayed the course in its sixth season and was even elevated in status a bit with the premiere episode that parodied Star Wars.
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Rich says: Now that older sibling SG-1 has been put to pasture (until the direct-to-DVD movies come out, that is) Atlantis has stepped up to the plate and given us some strong episodes. The two-part season premiere was action-packed, full of tension, and a great way to introduce Colonel Samantha Carter as the new city administrator. In addition, there have been enough stand-alone stories mixed in with the continuing Replicator/Wraith arc to really let the main characters (and even the secondary characters) shine.
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Samantha Who?: B+
Rich says: I could be only me, but I think a 35-year-old Christina Applegate is cuter than a 18-year-old Christina Applegate. Anyway, the Christina Applegate of now does a good job on Samantha Who? as a woman who is starting fresh after contracting amnesia. Not only is she funny, but she has a nice supporting cast of television veterans to help her along. I'm just afraid that this show will get lost along the way.
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Joel says: We're not that far into Scrubs' abbreviated final season, and most of the episodes have been decent-to-mediocre. None have been Scrubs classics. Still, it's a step up from most of the awkward episodes from last year, not including "My Musical" and a few others from the second half of the year. It seems like Bill Lawrence and company are really making an effort to reign in the silliness front he last few years and make the show more like it was during its earlier, more restrained years. But after making J.D. into a real manchild and establishing that he and Elliot are a disaster as a couple, is it a case of too little, too late?
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Keith says: What's holding me back from giving this show a solid 'A'? For me it's because I find the season too predictable too early. Last season the Ice Truck Killer's identity was too easy to guess way too soon, even if you didn't read the books (which I hadn't). I'm going out on a limb here and will say that it's pretty obvious how season two is going to play out, though I will give the show an 'A'-grade if they throw us for a 180 and surprise the heck out of me. I realize this show's not all about being surprised, but I'd like it not to be so predictable either. That said, I'm still calling this a don't-miss show on television.
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Brett says: Kripke and his team finished off season two with a bang, letting the boys finally take out the yellow eyed demon. That brought a two year arc to an end, while opening up a bunch of new doors. With a third of season three already in the rear view of the black Impala, things are moving along at a fantastic pace. The balance between monster of the
week stories, the ongoing arc, adventure, and comedy has been excellent. Dean and Sam continue to struggle with 'the deal', have a host of newly released demons to deal with, and there are some new recurring characters along for the ride. The grade is definitely improved by the expanded role of Bobby (Jim Beaver). The new character of Ruby (Katie Cassidy) is also a plus. I knock it down to an A- only because of Bela (Lauren Cohan). The character has had her moments, but the jury is still out on where she will ultimately be ranked. Overall though, my favorite returning series of this season.
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Las Vegas: B
Brett says: There were big changes afoot when business picked back up at the Montecito this fall. The murder of Mary's father sent Mary, Ed, and Jillian into hiding as Nikki Cox, James Caan, and Cheryl Ladd left the series. Tom Selleck was brought in as the new owner of the casino, Cooper. It's been a fairly successful transition. I'd hesitate to say that Selleck has replaced Caan, because he was such a big part of the series. And it is somewhat disappointing to not have the best Angel of them all on our TVs every week. Points have been gained with the removal of Mary though. By the end of last season, I was more than ready for her to go. The time looks to be running out on the series, as this will likely be its last season, but they are going out on a good note.
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South Park: A-
Brad says: South Park still proves itself to be one of the smartest shows on television by combining crude humor, attitude and a simple honesty. With the exception of a few hiccups during episodes here and there, the season has been outstanding from Stan's father using the "N" word on a game show to the "Imaginationland" trilogy. The high quality is probably due to the fact that the creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are still thoroughly invested in the production of every episode and each episode is usually cranked out in less than a week, leading to a "ripped from the headlines" freshness that not even CSI can match.
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