Sunday, October 10, 2010

What's Your Favorite New Show?

by Leann

I love the new TV season. Cliff hangers resolved. Characters survive or are sent packing, either by death or for other reasons and there are plenty of new shows to try out. Some will survive, many will not. I tend to go for the lawyer, cop or detective dramas (what else but mystery?) I was even pleased to discover that unlike the past couple years, even BBC America has a few new mysteries. And Wallander is back on PBS and in the fall! Usually Masterpiece Mystery! airs in the summer here in Houston.

So here's my favorites and the ones I do not care for. Hawaii 5-0 is probably my favorite new/old series. Lots of great banter and action. Glad to see a Lost character didn't have to move from Hawaii! The Event holds my interest and shows promise. Another favorite reminiscent of NYPD Blue and Homicide: Life on the Streets is Detroit 1-8-7. Michael Imperioli is fantastic. Blue Bloods is good, but then who doesn't like Tom Selleck? The Defenders is on the bubble for me. It seems a little silly and The Whole Truth just drags. Writers? You're not doing your job! Biggest surprise is Law and Order: LA. I was miffed when they canceled the old standby Law and Order, but this show is good. I am a fan of moral and legal dilemmas and so far they are doing a good job. But I must say that the BBC America version of Law and Order surpasses the American entry. An added plus is that I am learning the similarities and differences in the US and British legal system.

Returning favorites are bothering me a tad. Like Fringe. Love that show. Not so sure I am liking the direction it is taking (I am trying to avoid spoliers!) Criminal Minds (again, trying to avoid spoilers) had a change that really bothered me. If you watch regularly, you know what I'm talking about. The Good Guys, in danger of being canceled, is just laugh out loud funny to me. But I cannot get too attached. Apparently I am in the minority and there aren't many viewers. Oh, and I want my more lighthearted Simon Baker back on The Mentalist, so CBS, fix that please! :-)

What about you? Has the new TV season grabbed your interest? What are your favorite new and returning shows?


Dru said...

Hawaii Five-O is my favorite new show as well. I like Blue Blood and you're right, The Defenders is a bit silly.

I know what you mean about Criminal Minds, I don't see a reason for it. Another cast change I don't like is the character played by Sela Ward on CSI: NY. She just doesn't fit with the rest of the crew; and the girlfriend for Booth; don't like it at all.

I'm enjoying the return of Parenthood, Castle, and NCI: Los Angeles.

Laurie said...

I love The Good Guys!Definitely laugh out loud funny. It's great entertainment.I've been worried that it hasn't "been discovered" by many viewers yet, but now hearing you say that it's at risk for cancellation... oh, no. :-(

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, Dru, you're right about Booth's girlfriend! HATE THAT. Maybe she'll be a victim. I kinda like Sela Ward, though. She adds some humor, which the show needed. I hope she grows on you and others since they moved the show to Friday--which is known to be the "kiss if death" in the TV world.

Laurie I'm glad someone else is liking the Good Guys. It really cheers me up!

Yvonne said...

My favorite new shows - The Defenders, Boardwalk Empire, Outlaw (although I think this is going to be canceled), Undercovers (I think this is going to be canceled too), Detroit 1-8-7 (another show I read will probably be canceled) and oddly enough S*.$! My Dad Says is kind of funny.

My returning favorites - CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, NCIS LA, NCIS, Fringe, Desperate Housewives, House and Lie to Me. I'm sure there are others I can't think of.

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh no. Detroit 1-8-7 canceled? I LOVE that show. I totally agree with all your returning faves! The Good Wife is sooooo complicated. Adore that.

Carole said...

Love "The Good Guys," "Hawaii 50," even the silly "The Defenders," "The Whole Truth" (anything with Rob Morrow,) "Blue Blood."
As far as returning shows, I would agree with Dru that I don't like Booth's girlfriend, but she could add more of a role for Sweets as he confronts Booth about why he is in a relationship with a woman whose life he saved. I'm willing to give it a little time. I also am not too happy with the "Fringe" storyline now. Bring Olivia home!!
Castle is an hour of just plain fun. Love it! Other returning shows I am enjoying are "CSI Miami," "CSI," "Mad Men," "The Vampire Diaries," "NCIS," "NCIS LA," "House," "The Good Wife," "CSI NY," "Caprica" and "SGU."

Lisa D said...

I love Hawaii Five O, Blue Bloods and I really enjoyed Haven (Syfy).

I agree with Dru, Booth's girlfriend just does not work. My favorite returning shows are Castle and The Good Wife.

Booklady said...

For new shows I really like Blue Bloods, Hawaii 5-0, No Ordinary Family and S*.#! My Dad Says. I was surprised by the new Law and Order, but I don't know if I'll stick with it. Not enough time. For returning favorites, I love Criminal Minds, but not happy about the change. And I like CSI and CSI Miami and Law & Order SVU. I'm really having to DVR a lot this season.

Lover of Books said...

No new shows, keep recording Undercovers but have not watched it yet.

I Love NCIS and bones. Though I agree the whole girlfriend thing on BONES just feels odd. I hope she's a victim too though that sounds so horrible. lol


Mandy said...

For the new shows, I really like Hawaii Five-O! Law & Order LA is good and I finally got to watch Undercovers, and now it's set to record so I won't miss any new ones. My favorite returns are Castle, Bones and NCIS (both) although I haven't got to watch either...they're waiting for me on the DVR. As always, Law & Order SVU gets me every time and I stay away from Criminal just freaks me out!

Leann Sweeney said...

We seem to all be in agreement on many of these shows, Hawaii 5-0 seems to be the big winner though. Just love the dialogue.

Vickie said...

New shows: Hawaii Five-O is definitely the hellah cool new kid on the block.
Hawaii Five-O
Tuesday (waiting for Warehouse 13 to come)
not much, but will watch Bones reruns on TNT
Bones (get rid of the girlfriend, Booth!)
Big Bang Theory
Haven (got picked up for season 2!)

Haven't seen anything of the new shows, other than Hawaii Five-O, that do much for me. Would like to see Detroit 1-8-7, but keep forgetting to set DVR to catch it.

Linda McDonald said...

I did not know anything about the new tv shows! I'm really behind in my tv viewing. The last one I started to watch on a regular basis was Desperate Housewives in its first season, and I think I only got through season two. Wow...Tom Selleck is back on tv? I may have to check that show out. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Tom Selleck is a favorite of mine and I like him in this show. Friday nights on CBS!

Linda McDonald said...

Thanks Leann! I will check it out this Friday evening. Tom has always been a favoirte of mine too. Tom and Hawaii....great combo!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Is anyone noticing that Hawaii Five O is a lot of people's favorite new show while Castle is on their list for returning shows? This could cause quite a ratings disaster with the two shows in the same time slot. Sure we all DVR or whatever and watch them both, but the networks go by the real time ratings.

Leann Sweeney said...

It could be a problem, but if they both have good market share, it may work out.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on Criminal Minds. It just won't be the same. Loved that character. It is my FAVORITE show. Hope it stays that way even with the change! (Jamie)

Jamie said...

I also love Hawaii 50 and Castle!! (Seems a lot of us do!!)

Leann Sweeney said...

I love Criminal Minds, too. Did you know the actress was let go to cut the budget? Maybe if enough people complain, she'll come back. At least they didn't kill her off. :-)

Anonymous said...

My favorite returning show is Castle. Castle's new book just came out, Naked Heat. What a great tie in to have the star Nathan be the author. I wonder who really wrote it??? I asked Michael Connolley at Bouchercon last year if he knew who wrote it. He just said "a writer on the show." He did autograph it for me as appearing on the show. I've picked the book up but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Shirley in Baltimore

Leann Sweeney said...

I heard that the writer is a magazine journalist, maybe award winning? I heard the name but now cannot remember it.

Maggie Sefton said...

Leann----you and I like some of the same new shows. Detroit 1-8-7 & Blue Bloods & The Event, which is holding my interest so far. Also waiting to see if The Whole Truth gets better, looking kind of boring with poor writing now, Defenders looked like it had promise but haven't seen it demonstrate yet. And---I didn't discover Fringe until last summer and really, really like it, but worried about this new direction. I'm taping everything while I'm gone traveling.