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Growing Up Fisher

A typical family in the middle of a divorce: two kids, mom, dad and guide dog. Oh, and dad’s blind.”

Growing up Fisher airs Tuesdays at 9:30 on NBC. 

I thought this show looked like it had some promise and I’m currently on the hunt for new funny shows since I’m losing both Psych and How I Met Your Mother at the end of the season, so I went into this with high hopes. Also, it’s on right after About a Boy so I figured jackpot! Well, sadly, I wasn’t 100% right about this show. Was it funny? Sometimes. Was it sweet? More often than I’d like. But was I also kind of bored through some of it? Yes. I’m not totally disappointed and I am willing to give it another chance, but really it just didn’t live up to the hopes I had for it. There were a few times I laughed, but on the whole it was more sentimental than funny which isn’t what I personally look for in a sitcom. 

As usual I think you should check it out yourself, but I’m not sure I’ll be sticking with this one. 

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About a Boy

About a Boy airs Tuesdays at 9PM on NBC.

Successful songwriter and bachelor Will Freeman lives a carefree life as the “ultimate man-child”. His perfect world is turned upside down when single mom Fiona and her 11-year-old son Marcus move in next door.”

I’d be lying if I told you I went into this show thinking it was going to be good. The best part about going into something with such low expectations is that you’re not disappointed. I was definitely not disappointed at all with “About a Boy!” This show had a great balance of being sweet/sentimental as well as funny. David Walton was previously on “Perfect Couples” and was hilarious before the show got unfortunately cancelled so I knew he would be funny, but it was the premise I was worried about. So far the show is great. The boy, Marcus, is a sweet kid being raised by a single mom who has been depressed recently, does mediation, and is a vegan - all the opposite of David Walton’s character. This makes for funny opposites attract humor, but also helps Marcus when he’s being bullied at school, wants to try meat, or just needs a friend. 

It sounds sappier than it is. It’s a very funny show and I’ll definitely be checking it out again! 

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Mid-Season Premieres

                       

Below are the mid-season premieres for both new series as well as the returning ones. All of the time slots are Eastern time. 

February

Saturday, February 22
Aboat a Boy — NBC, new series sneak preview; moves to regular 9 PM Tuesday slot Feb. 25 (new)

Sunday, February 23
Growing Up Fisher —  NBC, new series sneak preview; moves to regular 9:30 PM Tuesday slot Feb. 25 (new)
The Amazing Race — 8 on CBS

Monday, February 24
The Voice — 8 on NBC
Late Night With Seth Meyers — 12:35 on NBC 
Dallas — 9 on TNT 

Tuesday, February 25
Glee — 8 on Fox
Rizzoli & Isles — 9 on TNT
Perception — 10 on TNT
Game of Arms — 10 on AMC 
Mind Games — 10 on ABC

Wednesday, February 26
Mixology — 9:30 on ABC (new)
The Americans — 10 on FX
Survivor — 8 on CBS
Legit — 10 on FXX
Ali G: Rezurection — 10:30 on FXX (new)

Thursday, February 27
Grey’s Anatomy — 9 on ABC
Vikings — 10 on History
Portlandia — 10 on IFC 
Scandal — 10 on ABC
The Red Road — 9 on Sundance  

Friday, February 28
Hannibal — 10 on NBC 
Off Their Rockers — 9 on Lifetime 

March

Monday, March 3
Bates Motel — 9 on A&E 

Thursday, March 6
Once Upon a Time In Wonderland — 8 on ABC 
Suits  —  9 on USA
Sirens — 10 on USA (new) 

March 9:
Resurrection — 9 on ABC (new)
Once Upon a Time — 8 on ABC

March 10:
Believe — NBC, new series sneak preview; moves to regular 9 PM Sunday slot March 16 (new)

Tuesday, March 11
Mind Games — 10 on ABC (new)
Chrisley Knows Best — 10 on USA (new)

Monday, March 16
Crisis — 10 on NBC (new)
Total Divas— 10 on E! (new) 

Tuesday, March 17
Dancing With the Stars — 8 on ABC

Thursday, March 19
The 100 — 9 on The CW (new)

Sunday, March 23
American Dream Builders — 8 on The NBC (new)

Thursday, March 27
Surviving Jack — 8:30 on FOX (new)

Monday, March 31
Friends With Better Lives — CBS, series premiere; regular slot debut at  8:30 PM Monday, April 7 (new)

April

Sunday, April 6
Turn — 9 on AMC 

Sunday, April 13
Mad Men — 10 on AMC
Nurse Jackie — 10 on Showtime
Californication — 9:30 on Showtime

Saturday, April 19
Orphan Black  — 10 on BBC America

Thursday, April 24
Black Box  — 10 on ABC (new)

May

Monday, May 5
24: Live Another Day  — FOX (new)

Sunday, May 11
Penny Dreadful  — 10 on Showtime (new)

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Deception

               

Deception airs Mondays at 10PM on NBC.

A female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend.”

I really thought that I wouldn’t like this show. I was wrong. It may not be the best show on TV write now, but I liked it. The only problem I see is that it may be a little predictable. I hope the writers have some surprises and twists in store or else this will be a show that you can figure out rather quickly. The acting and character chemistry was very good, as well as the writing. I love Victor Garber, so that definitely helps the show gain some points with me. As long as there are some twists thrown in here I think it could be a really great show. Right now I’m sort of in the middle about whether I’ll keep watching, so I’m going to give it another episode. I’d suggest checking out the pilot episode for yourself, especially if you like mysteries. 

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1600 Penn

        

1600 Penn premieres January 10th and airs Thursdays at 9:30PM on NBC.

The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues, like a grown kid who’s forced to move back home, teenagers who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom (Jenna Elfman) desperately trying to win over the kids. They’re loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everyone else - with one exception: they live in a very special house. The White House!”

I can’t even tell you how bummed out that I don’t like this show. I was really excited for this show because I’ve been so disappointed with the new comedies. Sadly, this one let me down too. It’s filled with celebrities that I really like, but I literally laughed twice throughout the whole show. I feel like they set up a lot of good jokes, but never really followed through to the punchline well enough. Of course they have that added spark of a family coming together, which gave it a few extra points from me. I feel like this show could do so well, but they need to tighten up their jokes and story lines a little bit. It isn’t as impressive as I had hoped. Maybe that will change, but I don’t think I’ll be watching to find out.

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Chicago Fire

                         

The story of firefighters in Chicago.”

Chicago Fire airs Wednesdays at 10PM on NBC.

While the new comedies as a whole have left me disappointed, the dramas have been pretty impressive. Chicago Fire is no exception. While the show doesn’t fall into a category I usually watch, it’s still a very well done show. There’s good writing and a great cast of actors that I’ve seen and loved in other shows. Chicago Fire isn’t just about the firefighters though; they also show the lives of the EMTs that work with the firefighters. On a whole, the show talks a lot about the dynamics between people that live the lives that these people do. There’s a lot of focus on friendships and relationships within the people who work together and how their very stressful jobs have an impact on the others in their lives, such as wives, girlfriends, and friends.  What makes this different than other workplace dramas is that in Chicago Fire they have to deal with the loss of people they work with. While characters on other workplace dramas may have to deal with someone dying of an illness or something, in Chicago Fire they have to go to work everyday knowing that they can lose any of the people that they call their friends.  This element definitely adds a bit of intensity that the other new dramas don’t have. I haven’t decided whether I’ll keep watching or not, but I definitely suggest checking it out.

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Revolution

                   

Revolution airs Mondays at 10PM on NBC.

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? One day the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution. A young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously had something to do with the blackout. This encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring journey to find answers.”

I was so unbelievably excited for Revolution that I thought there was no way that it would live up to my expectations. Sadly, I was right. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great show; just not what I thought it was going to be. Revolution, I’ve been told, has caused a lot of people anxiety that one day this blackout could really happen. The concept is a chilling one, but I’m unsure that the execution of the show causes the same anxieties as the thought behind it. Being a fan of both Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams’s previous TV shows, I know that Revolution will still turn out to be a great show, whether or not it’s what I expected.  At the end of the pilot the audience was left with an array of story lines and questions that I’m sure we’ll get to follow. Characters were introduced that could definitely be filled out and turn out to have fascinating stories behind them. This is the one thing that I really hope we get to see. There were a few flashbacks that showed what the blackout was like moments after, but only for 2 characters. I would love to see how we get from the blackout to where the characters are now. As long as it’s done as brilliantly as Abrams and Kripke’s past works, I know the show will work.  Revolution has a lot of potential, there’s good characters, a good plot, a lot of interesting side stories, and great writers and producers behind it. What more could a show need? 


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Guys with Kids

                         

Guys with Kids returns with a second episode on September 26th and airs Wednesdays at 8:30PM on NBC.

30-something dads struggle as parents because they are still children at heart.”

I’m convinced that NBC is trying to represent the underrepresented with their new fall line-up. Between Guys with Kids and The New Normal there are already a list character types that haven’t been seen on TV as much as they should be.  Guys with Kids represent a type of guy that can be seen anywhere: a dad who still wants to be a kid. In the pilot we were shown two of the dads getting overly excited about a Wii console being in their friends apartment. While this may seem a little much, I don’t doubt that there are dads who get just as, if not more, excited than their children about video games. Guys with Kids is a funny show that not only displays the tough part about being a dad, but also the great parts.  The best part is that there isn’t just one type of family in the show. There’s the divorced couple who has to balance their relationship, dating, and their baby. There’s the couple who only has two kids and is pretty normal. There’s also the couple that has four kids and prays for just one moment alone.  Each different family is relatable and fun to watch. I haven’t decided if this show will stay in my weekly round up, but I’ll definitely be checking out the second episode!

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The New Normal

                       

The New Normal airs Tuesdays at 9:30PM on NBC.

A single mother becomes a surrogate for a gay couple.”

My feelings about this show perfectly exemplifies my feelings towards the new fall season as a whole: hoping that it’s good but being nervous that it will let you down. Luckily for me, The New Normal didn’t let me down at all. While there are a few things that I would change, because there’s no such thing as the perfect show, this is definitely one of the new shows that will get added into my weekly schedule. My favorite part of the show is the characters. Each person is so different than the next, but when you put them all together it not only works but also creates this wonderful and hilarious family that is underrepresented in television and the media as a whole. There’s a character here that everybody is going to relate to, know somebody like, love, or love to hate. I was nervous that as much as I wanted this show to work, it was going to come across cheesy or that it was trying too hard, but it’s neither of those things. Although it’s a comedy, it deals with the more serious aspects of life too.  Whether it’s someone not fitting in at school, being discriminated against, or dealing with a family falling apart The New Normal deals with it in a heartwarming way and then makes sure that you laugh afterwards.  Hopefully this show continues to keep people laughing, I know I’ll be watching.

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NBC Fall Schedule

                             

Here is a schedule for Fall 2012-2013 on NBC.  Descriptions of new shows are at the end.

MONDAY

8PM The Voice
10PM Revolution (NEW)

TUESDAY

8PM The Voice
9PM Go On (NEW) 
9:30PM The New Normal (NEW) 
10PM Parenthood

WEDNESDAY

8PM Animal Practice (NEW)
8:30PM Guys with Kids (NEW) 
9PM Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10PM Chicago Fire (NEW)

THURSDAY

8PM 30 Rock
8:30PM Up All Night
9PM The Office
9:30PM Parks and Recreation 
10PM Rock Center with Brian Williams

FRIDAY
8PM Whitney
8:30PM Community
9PM Grimm
10-11PM Dateline NBC

SATURDAY

Encore programming

SUNDAY

7PM Football Night in America
8:15PM NBC Sunday Night Football

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)

7PM Dateline NBC
8PM Fashion Star
9PM Celebrity Apprentice
10PM Do No Harm (New)

NEW SHOWS

Revolution Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Unlikely companions set off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.

Go On - An offbeat comedy about a cocky sportscaster dealing with his issues.

The New Normal - Two gay dads and a baby mama create a totally new kind of family comedy.

Animal Practice - A veterinarian’s office comedy with plenty of horsing around.

Guys with Kids - Focuses on men in their thirties who are trying to adjust to life as parents.

Chicago Fire - America’s everyday heroes face life and death in this thrilling drama about firefighters.

Do No Harm - A neurosurgeon deals with his dangerous alter ego in this two-sided drama; a “Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde”-inspired medical drama.


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