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First Impressions: hello world and the 2012 Upfronts

How great is it that the time I decide to make this little thing is around the same time as the network upfronts. So, here’s to first impressions yes?

The Newsroom (HBO)

Two words: Aaron Sorkin.

I have absolutely no doubt as to how amazing this show will be: the same way everything else Aaron Sorkin has done was (yes, even the short-lived Studio 60). The only negative: it’s another show within a show? He’s done this 2/3 times already (now 3/4)

But to be honest if anything, that excites me the most. We all know that what Sorkin does, he does BEST.

Let’s face it, there is no denying the Sorkin genius.

Go On (NBC)

TV hasn’t been great for Matthew Perry in a while. I personally loved everything else he’s done since¬†Friends, but NBC is just a little too quick to cancel a show. I am actually quite disappointed with the way NBC has been the past few years. They have had promising shows before but the cowards over at NBC just can’t handle a little dip in the ratings.

To think it was the network that brought in the likes of The West Wing and Friends.

First impression: I’m a little biased over Matthew Perry but it does seem pretty promising. ¬† I always enjoy shows that could mix up the comedy and the heartfelt-iness. This kind of “damaged” in Matthew Perry feels quite refreshing for some reason.

So long as NBC doesn’t screw this one up, I think this show has a long journey ahead.

The Mindy Project (FOX)

ohmaghaohmaghaohmagha ryaaaaan!

When I heard about this project, I was excited. I mean come on, all the Kelly Kapoor goodness in one show.

Then I saw the trailer. I was disappointed to realize that I don’t think I can handle that much Kelly (Mindy) in one show. It’s been great on The Office because her moments were always quite random but now, to think a full 20-minute show of ohmaghaaaohmaghaaa.

I might give this a chance (til the Pilot) but I don’t think I can go any further than that. It doesn’t help either that it’s about a single woman doctor and all her trials and tribulations as a single woman with her own whatever issues. It’s all a little too familar.

The Goodwin Games (FOX)

After seeing the upcoming comedies for the 2012 – 2013 season, I think it’s somewhat safe to say that this one will be sticking around fairly longer….amidst a community of alien neighbors and grown men drinking in bars with their babies.

Seems to me like a genuine kind of show where one could easily connect with the characters and feel the sympathy and all those mushy mushy things that makes us all tingly inside.

Mistresses (ABC)

Strategically included in the new season fresh out of Desperate Housewives, Mistresses is probably hoping to grab the loyal Housewives fans this fall. I predict failure.

I can’t even begin to describe how much this is pushing it a little bit too much. 4 attractive 30/40ish women and their sex and romantic lives….as mistresses. Unless they surprise us with some sort of a twist that makes this show about something more than what it looks in the trailers, it will end fast the way Desperate Housewives was slow.


Well, I think I’m done trying to critique shows at first glance but I would have to say that this coming season, it seems I will be sticking to a lot of the shows I’m already watching.

Let’s just say that last season I had a list of 15 pilots to check out. This season: about 5.

Then again, with the old shows I only got into recently: Psych, Castle, Happy Endings, etc. I think I would gladly not waste my time with shows that are so lackluster and so missed the mark on originality. 2012-2013 doesn’t look good for television.


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