What I like about the new season (so far)
by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 10th 2009 3:02PM
There are still a couple of new shows that haven't premiered yet, including two I'm really looking forward to, ABC's new version of V and FOX's new version of The Human Target (I know, I'm actually looking forward to two remakes). But they're not going to premiere until November and January, respectively, so here are my picks for the three new shows that I'm truly enjoying so far this new season. And somehow, they're all on ABC.
FlashForward. I bet a lot of people are going to pick this as the best new show, but I was kinda worried about it. I thought it would be too Lost-ish, but would suffer in comparison because it didn't have the strong cast and "gravitas" that Lost has. But it's a great show beyond any comparisons (and Dominic Monaghan hasn't even shown up yet!).
I wish the pilot was two hours instead of one. I wanted to see how the world is affected by the blackout, news reports and all that; seemed the FBI was on top of it rather quickly. But I'm in all the way with this mystery, and every episode has ended with a cool "whoa" moment that has me waiting until the next episode. And I love that they actually have a date for when this is supposed to happen, April 29, 2010, which nicely fits in timing-wise with the season finale.
The Middle. Sure, you can say this is just Malcolm in the Middle with the focus on the mom (they both have "middle" in the title too!), but so what? It's engaging, every single member of the cast is great, and it's genuinely funny, unlike a lot of sitcoms (for example, Hank). And I like the fact that it isn't just all jokes and one-liners. There's a real family story going on here too, which is something that's in common with a lot of the good comedies on TV.
Shark Tank. OK, technically this show started in the summer. Well, not technically, it did start in the summer, but I'm including it here because it is a new show and it started late enough to call it a fall show. I'm not sure why I like this so much since I wasn't too big a fan of American Inventor, a show Shark Tank resembles closely (both have inventors/entrepreneurs pitching ideas to experts, and even the lighting and long hallway are similar).
But I like Shark Tank more. I think it's the experts/investors they have. I'm sure a lot of the tension/arguing/disagreements are for show only, but I sense a lot of real disagreement and battling going on too, and I find it rather engrossing. I'm probably the right audience for this, since I'm into the world of business and advertising and entrepreneurship, and I love seeing the brilliant ideas receive interest from the investors and the bad ideas get shot down (really, a guy who wants to sell three socks in a package?). This is a fun show, and 90x more fun than I thought it could be.
Which new shows are your favorites?