2011/12 TV Season - New Shows (The Comedies and Reality TV Thread)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by PeterG, Aug 23, 2011.

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Which New Shows Are You Looking Forward To Seeing? (Vote For As Many As You Like)

  1. H8r

    2 vote(s)
    5.6%
  2. Up All Night

    6 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Free Agents

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Two Broke Girls

    15 vote(s)
    41.7%
  5. New Girl

    18 vote(s)
    50.0%
  6. The X Factor

    15 vote(s)
    41.7%
  7. Whitney

    3 vote(s)
    8.3%
  8. Suburgatory

    6 vote(s)
    16.7%
  9. Last Man Standing

    1 vote(s)
    2.8%
  10. Man Up!

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Allen Gregory

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. I Hate My Teenage Daughter

    2 vote(s)
    5.6%
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  1. Jenny

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    Might as well be the same thing. I went to a taping of a sitcom a few years back, and they most definitely instructed the audience when to laugh and have other reactions. Each segment of each scene may be shot several times, so I guess they needed to keep the laughter up even when the audience is hearing a joke for the fourth time. There was a host of sorts to entertain the audience in between takes, and he'd say things like "now remember, when Joe enters the scene, make sure you sound surprised."

    Similarly when I went to live Canadian Idol and Battle of the Blades shows, the stage manager has the audience practice cheering before the show begins, reminds everyone in commercial breaks, and even encourages the audience to boo when they don't like what the judges say. For Canadian Idol, they also had coloured boards and markers so that people could make signs and banners on the way in.
  2. PeterG

    PeterG Argle-Bargle-ist

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    According to the overnight TV ratings, 2 Broke Girls did better than it's lead in, the established "How I Met Your Mother". Good sign!

    Interesting. When I was just a young 'un and travelling around, I saw Golden Girls, Designing Women and Blossom filmed live, and they didn't do that at all that I recall. Maybe a small neon applause sign for when they went to break??
  3. Lara

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    So I'm the only person who expected it to be on at 9:30 like last week? :p :duh: Hopefully OnDemand to the rescue...

    Glad to hear it though!
  4. TygerLily

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    I cringe sometimes when I watch the earlier episodes!

    I just watched the second episode of New Girl, and I definitely liked it better than the first and I didn't dislike the first. I might keep watching (until it's canceled :shuffle: ).

    ETA: Oh nooo. Bad sign for HIMYM. :( (Er, but I only watch it in reruns. It's just a sentimental fave.)
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  5. PeterG

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    Oh...so YOU'RE to blame!! ;)
  6. Cyn

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    I hate to say it, but the second episode of Two Broke Girls was terrible - the jokes were stale, it was ridiculously anvilicious :wall: , and seemed really strained or forced.

    Also, I watched both parts of the season premiere of Two and A Half Men, and while the first part had high hopes, the second part was awful. If this is the direction Chuck Lorre is planning to take with it, they should have just cancelled it rather than it dying a slow, annoying death.
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    :shuffle: Oops.

    The problem was that I liked it right from the beginning but then didn't own a TV for a couple of years and got behind. I liked it so much that I didn't want to skip years in their lives but I don't like it enough (or have enough disposable income) to buy the DVDs... I probably should just suck it up and watch the present-day episodes. I mean, theoretically it's all flashbacks, anyway!
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  8. PeterG

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  9. Artemis@BC

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    Did anyone catch Suburgatory last night? I thought it was clever with good characters (esp. Tessa) ... but not really very funny. Not un-funny, as in they tried jokes that fell flat, but just more of a dramedy I guess. Not what I was expecting, so I found myself fighting expectations for the whole 22 minutes. Anyway, I'll give it one more ep at least as I think there's potential.
  10. oleada

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    I thought the second New Girl episode was great. I wasn't sold on it by the pilot, but I'm definitely want to watch it now.

    (sidenote: wondering what products/styling they used on Zooey's hair in the theme song? I love it. I could do that)
  11. PeterG

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    I'm in the same boat. But maybe two more episodes. :D Definitely a dramedy, so no major chortles or anything. Jeremy Sisto (I almost typed Piven) has never looked better and has never played a more enjoyable character. He is a bit of a dolt, but hopefully the neighbourhood ladies can show him a few things... :grope:

    And it's always a good thing to see Alan Tudyk on the screen. Is there nothing he can't do???
  12. Jenny

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    Watched How to Be a Gentleman last night, blech.
  13. Artemis@BC

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    That was my thought too -- I can't remember ever liking a character he's played before.

    I am holding out hope for this series. How can you not like a show that has a scene beginning with "As we both sat at the breakfast table reading our passive-aggressive self-help books ..." :lol:
  14. PeterG

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    :huh:

    WHY???

    :p
  15. PeterG

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    Only a couple of shows debuting this week:

    Wednesday, October 5

    10:00 South Park (Comedy)
    10:30 Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time (Comedy)
  16. Beefcake

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    Ouch, Community and Parks & Recreation ratings are horrible.

    I understand Community's apparently impending demise, as the two episodes this season continue its last season 2nd half "ain't we clever?" schtick. Chang is living in the school's air vents? M-kay, sure. Last season had some real brilliance, but those were rare gems among a lot of hard to watch crap. The show has become a pretty much an unwatchable mush of inside jokes and waytootightlydrawn characters. But, it's sad to see a fantastic show like P&R also swirl the toilet.

    Will there be a Thursday night comedy line-up to which 30 Rock can return? Well, maybe, but it's no thanks to Community. The Office is doing fine, probably still providing the 19-38 ratings NBC so covets, and Whitney looks like a renewal waiting to happen. Sigh.
  17. chipso1

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    I think "How to Be a Gentleman" actually shows a lot of potential, even if the pilot wasn't super amazing.
  18. Artemis@BC

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    I haven't had a chance to watch the second episode yet, but I concur with your assessment of last season. It seemed that whenever they did a "theme" episoded (like Dungeons & Dragons, or Paintball II), it was brilliant and hilarious, but their "regular" episodes fell completely flat. And you can't really have a theme like that every week.

    There were a few nuggets of cleverness in the season opener, though. Ahbed's quest for a new favourite TV series made me laugh (I particularly liked "Inspector Space-Time" :lol: ), and the opening musical number was pretty funny. I'd also like to see John Goodman's character as a returning role, potential there. But the thought of Jeff and Annie makes me want to hurl.
  19. Beefcake

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    OMG, you're in for a treat. And by "treat" I mean "yikes". Joel McHale tries to pull off a verycloseandpersonal scene with Alison Brie (Annie) that's supposed to be a pivotal moment that sets up the season; but there's a problem -- we really don't know that Jeff is being serious until the scene is almost over. Partly to fault is the curse that "everything is wink wink" with the show these days, but the bigger fault it with McHale ... who, I've now concluded, is NOT a good actor! Love Abed and Troy, and most of their scenes, still.
  20. Artemis@BC

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    Holy cow, you weren't wrong! Even being prepared for it didn't make it any better. That was some spectacluarly bad writing. (And I agree, McHale is not exactly nuanced.)

    Oh well, good timing for me, as Joanna Lumley's Nile starts this Thursday at 8 (on Knowledge Network in BC), so I can now dump Community in favour of that.

    And in other DVR-freeing news ... I tried watching 2 Broke Girls again last night. The slight promise I detected in the 1st episode was completely gone. Nothin' but stereotypes and bad dialogue. So there's another one I can cross off my list now.
  21. Jenny

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    This is one of the best documentary series I've seen in a long time - enjoy :)

    It's quickly become one of my watch if I'm in front of the tv but no biggie if I miss it shows.

    However, I'm keeping an eye out for changes after the first 6 eps or so. I get the feeling the network is behind this one and will want to make it work, so there could be some adjustments coming up based on early feedback.

    The supporting characters and actors have been terrible from ep one for starters - the boyfriend seems to be gone and perhaps Max's city employer was a one shot, but they should still rethink the cook and Garret Morris.

    We've talked about the canned sound of the laughter, so hopefully that will be fixed; the punctuations in the soundtrack are also rather heavy IMO.

    What may only come with time is comic timing - the actress who plays Max is particularly in need of improvement IMO, and the chemistry between the two is not quite there yet.
  22. Artemis@BC

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    I've really enjoyed all the other British-actor-turned-travel-host series I've seen (Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Martin Clunes), but what really makes this one appealing for me is that Egypt is very high on my travel bucket list. So yes, definitely looking forward to it.
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    This is sort of comedy, and sort of reality ... I just happened to catch a trailer for Penn & Teller Tell a Lie, which premiers on Wednesday on Discovery. I'm glad I caught the trailer, coz it's not even listed in my TV guide. Anyway, here's the premise: In each episode, Penn & Teller make up to seven outrageous claims. While most of the wildly unbelievable stories are absolutely, positively true - one of them is a big fat lie. It will be up to viewers to spot the fake and vote live.

    I find Penn & Teller very entertaining -- in small doses -- but the premise intrigues me so I'll check it out. 10:00 Eastern, 7:00 Pacific (no repeats currently scheduled).
  24. Lara

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    Have to agree that 2 Broke Girls isn't living up to the pilot's promise. :( New Girl otoh was much improved last week - will have to see if that continues tonight.
  25. Cloudy_Gumdrops

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    I'm also ready to drop 2 Broke Girls from my viewing schedule.

    It's so annoying the way they seem to be telegraphing the jokes and you can totally see the actors waiting for the laugh. It just doesn't flow well. It just takes you out of the scene. To be a little fair, I don't really notice it with the Caroline, but with Max's actress it's pretty blatant.
  26. Artemis@BC

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    Ok, New Girl is getting dangerously close to being dropped from my lineup after this week's episode. Dull and stupid sitcom clichés thoughout. However there were a few good bits -- the "alternate usher" kid's battle with not-Daman Wayans was pretty funny, and they did kind of save it in the end. (The whole gang doing the chicken dance in slomo to "Groovy Kind of Love" was pretty funny too.)

    I also watched Penn & Teller Tell a Lie ... and was not overly impressed. Too much schtick, and the "amazing and unbelievable" truths weren't exactly mindblowing.
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    Too bad ... but not too surprising.

    Gee, I bet Hank Azaria is hoping the dispute with The Simpsons gets worked out soon!
  29. PeterG

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    While I've decided to abandon 2 Broke Girls, I am really enjoying New Girl. I think the cast are really gelling and there is a sweetness between them that I really like. I wouldn't use dull or stupid to describe this show at all! And I liked the parts you mentioned, and basically anything Zooey does. :respec: :D
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    Just one show debuting this week (no older shows starting their next season this week):

    Tuesday, October 11

    8:00 Last Man Standing (ABC)
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    Lovely, it's Home Improvement, but with girls instead of boys. :scream:

    Another men-are-stupid comedy - oh joy! Doesn't ABC know that "men are in trouble"? No, seriously, this show is at least a decade out of date.
  33. AliasJohnDoe

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    Quote from this article:
    "Comedies featuring stars of past hits seem to be in vogue this year".
    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsideth...y-comeback-downwardly-mobile-goes-to-nbc.html

    Some of the stars with past hit shows, with new shows in developement:
    Besides Tim Allen. There's Roseanne Barr, Sean Hayes, Kirstie Alley and Jim Belushi.
  34. PeterG

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    So you are or you are not looking forward to this one? ;)

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  35. Beefcake

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    :lol: Belushi. He'll be 90 by the time his next mundane, somehow-renewed-multiple-toimes sitcom goes off the air.

    Maybe they'll really mix it up, get inventive, and call his next vehicle "According to Bill"?
  36. PeterG

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    One new show this week (in bold) and one returning show:

    Tuesday, October 18

    8:30 Man Up! (ABC)


    Sunday, October 23

    11:45 Robot Chicken (Adult Swim)
  37. AliasJohnDoe

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    I love "Robot Chicken"!!!! :rofl:
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    One of my guilty pleasures is home voyeurism. Yes, yes, I'll admit it--in the dead of night, I watch *sob* real estate porn on that house harlot channel, HGTV. So you can imagine my devestation upon watching Selling LA, their counterpoint to my favorite porn show, Selling New York.

    Selling LA makes me want to grab a French peasant mob and torch some really rich people. Viva la revolution! It also makes me want to ban all plastic surgery forever. Put down the Botox. It is not your friend. :yikes:
  39. Buzz

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    I guess my tastes are very different from everyone else's becaue I am very much still enjoying 2 Broke Girls and Person of Interest. Pan Am is also still on my list of "must haves" but I have honestly not kept up with any other of the new shows.
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    I know its not technically a new show, but a shout out to Happy Endings for the funniest Halloween episode in recent memory....yes, better than last year's Modern Family. :cheer: