My Shitty 2013 Pilot Reviews

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I'll post some thoughts as I get around to watching new shows. Up first "Brooklyn Nine Nine" starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. Tuesdays 8:30.


It's Andy Samberg, playing the character we've all seen him play before, if you like that, you'll like this. He's the hot shot detective, who is quirky and plays by his own rules. Andre Braugher comes in as the always serious new Chief. Hilarity obviously hilarity ensues. I'll be honest, it's funny, hard to say how it compares to other new shows being the first new show I watched, but I have a feeling it will be close to the top. It will fit well with being the guys companion to New Girl and Mindy. My one issue is that the pilot at least relied on a procedural aspect, which there isn't enough time in a half hour format to really pull it off, hopefully they focus more on the cops than on a weekly case, because they figure this murder out in about three seconds, which was still funny, but not very mysterious.

Airs against NCIS on CBS, Biggest Loser on NBC, and (unfortunately) SHIELD on ABC.
 

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"Reign" starring a bunch of people I've never seen before, except for the curly haired girl from the Narnia movies. Thursdays at 9 on the CW!


Let's be honest, it's Thursdays at 9, you fags will be watching Grey's Anatomy or Glee, so you'll probably never see this. In a nutshell, I'm sure this was pitched as "Gossip Girl" set in 1576! I can imagine the CW execs sitting up in their seats right there as they scratched their chins and begged to hear more. Mary the future queen of Scotland has been living in hiding with a bunch of nuns and playing soccer, but after an attempted poisoning she is sent to live with her fiance, the future king of France. Don't think it's creepy that a fifteen year old is marrying some random guy, they actually know each other, they did get engaged at 9 after all, for what is mostly a peace treaty. So just like Gossip Girl or The OC or any other teen drama, there's horny teens, cheating parents, love triangles, and this one goes the extra distance and adds the constant possible danger to Mary as Brits try to kill her and the best part of all, a moody, twenty something, Nostradamus that looks like he's a Williamsburg hipster (seen at the 50 second spot in the clip above). The best part is the soundtrack seemed to be all Mumford and Sons, and yes that was the best part, music by a band I don't even like all that much.

It actually was well shot and a couple of the girls were kind of cute, but I just didn't care, it doesn't have the cable edge that might interest me, and I don't need a new teen drama where the sexiest thing they wear is an ankle length gown. There was one scene of one of Mary's hotter friends fingering herself until the King caught her and banged her on the stairs, but I still don't know if it's enough to make me ever tune back in.
 

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I'll say they give Reign one season.

and the Andy Sanberg maybe 2 if he doesn't find a movie.
 

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I'll say they give Reign one season.

and the Andy Sanberg maybe 2 if he doesn't find a movie.
Have you seen some of the shows that are still around on the CW? Reign could run a minimum of 7 seasons.

The Samberg show looked ok.
 

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Sooo there is a spinoff of Once Upon a Time about Alice in Wonderland????
 

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Got it. I'll try and watch it later today. And it does look interesting.
If you wanted to accidentally post the pilot somewhere and inadvertently pop the URL up here for us wackbaggers to check it out, I'm sure nobody here would rat anyone out....

shit looks good.
 

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I watched "Almost Human" last night staring Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (stuff for black people). It airs Monday nights at 8pm in the late fall.

The production values on this show are ridiculous. It looks like a movie it's so good. Karl Urban is a cop in the future, who was in an ambush and wound up in a coma for 18 months. Now he's just getting ready to go back on the force. When he wakes up its a rule that every human cop needs a robot cop partner, Karl hates this because he blames the android for the ambush. So Karl takes his robot partner and eventually shoves him out of the car into traffic, so he goes to some scientist and gets a different model robot that acts more human (Michael Ealy), but has some issues, just like in every pilot there's a period of adjustment where these two suss each other out, then finally realize they need each other so they can solve the crime this week. Karl also spends his night at some shady back alley doctor's office where they're trying to pull out his memories of the ambush.

Overall it was entertaining, but there's a lack of explanation for a lot of things. It leaves you with a bit of a mystery at the end, but nothing that I'm dying to know, it's just kind of like ehh okay, that happened, cool, I guess? I'll give it a couple more episodes, but this is no home run by any means.
 

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"Rake" midseason Thursday nights at 9pm on Fox.


Imagine if House was a lawyer instead of a doctor, but without the cool production designs of the hospital, and less good looking people. It's not even worth discussing this, the pilot was not good, I watched it with a friend who is a big fan of the Australian version, he just kept muttering how shitty this was compared to the original. Sam Raimi did direct this, continuing his downward spiral since Spiderman 3.
 

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I watched "Almost Human" last night staring Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (stuff for black people). It airs Monday nights at 8pm in the late fall.

The production values on this show are ridiculous. It looks like a movie it's so good. Karl Urban is a cop in the future, who was in an ambush and wound up in a coma for 18 months. Now he's just getting ready to go back on the force. When he wakes up its a rule that every human cop needs a robot cop partner, Karl hates this because he blames the android for the ambush. So Karl takes his robot partner and eventually shoves him out of the car into traffic, so he goes to some scientist and gets a different model robot that acts more human (Michael Ealy), but has some issues, just like in every pilot there's a period of adjustment where these two suss each other out, then finally realize they need each other so they can solve the crime this week. Karl also spends his night at some shady back alley doctor's office where they're trying to pull out his memories of the ambush.

Overall it was entertaining, but there's a lack of explanation for a lot of things. It leaves you with a bit of a mystery at the end, but nothing that I'm dying to know, it's just kind of like ehh okay, that happened, cool, I guess? I'll give it a couple more episodes, but this is no home run by any means.
This looks totally up my alley... I'm curious to see the pilot and see if i agree. Right now I'm inclined to disagree.

Since I think I'll like this, it'll be relegated to Fridays in no time.
 

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I was at the Fox Upfront on monday. A few observations.

dads got some HUGE laugh and so did Brooklyn nine

Surviving jack not so much

Almost Human looked really good.

And not really sure what to make of Sleepy Hollow. It seemed like a hodgepodge of different things.

Gang related had a Shield type feel to it

And I was by a few critics. A few of them said that NBC pilots looked like shit. ( their upfront was a few hours before Fox did theirs )
 

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I was at the Fox Upfront on monday. A few observations.

dads got some HUGE laugh and so did Brooklyn nine

Surviving jack not so much

Almost Human looked really good.

And not really sure what to make of Sleepy Hollow. It seemed like a hodgepodge of different things.

Gang related had a Shield type feel to it

And I was by a few critics. A few of them said that NBC pilots looked like shit. ( their upfront was a few hours before Fox did theirs )
I saw the Sleepy Hollow trailer, but didn't get the pilot yet. I'm interested, it looks like National Treasure with a biblical/supernatural slant. But the sassy black cop has me worried.

I tried to read Gang Related and couldn't get through it. The trailer looked kind of boring, compared to the movies the writer has done, like the Fast And Furious series. It's also just a rip off of The Departed, but with hispanics, huzzah!

I have Surviving Jack and the Fox pilot with Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls chick). Try and watch those this afternoon.
 

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This looks totally up my alley... I'm curious to see the pilot and see if i agree. Right now I'm inclined to disagree.

Since I think I'll like this, it'll be relegated to Fridays in no time.
I could be wrong, I'm going to watch a couple more episodes and hope it becomes something along the lines of Fringe.
 

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I could be wrong, I'm going to watch a couple more episodes and hope it becomes something along the lines of Fringe.
I have to imagine doing a sci-fi pilot, particularly one in the future, is tremendously hard. But I'm definitely looking forward to this one. Before it's cancelled in the middle of its 13 episode run.

And Drag Me To Hell was a step up from Spider-Man 3. Oz was a step down from both of them. (Having recently rewatched it, the flaws in SM3 were a lot more interesting than the relative mediocrity of Oz.)

I haven't been doing as much looking into these shows. Maybe I'll go through the list later.
 

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I have to imagine doing a sci-fi pilot, particularly one in the future, is tremendously hard. But I'm definitely looking forward to this one. Before it's cancelled in the middle of its 13 episode run.

And Drag Me To Hell was a step up from Spider-Man 3. Oz was a step down from both of them. (Having recently rewatched it, the flaws in SM3 were a lot more interesting than the relative mediocrity of Oz.)

I haven't been doing as much looking into these shows. Maybe I'll go through the list later.
And the way Almost Human makes the tech in the future look is pretty fantastic. The Robot partners are interesting, if not infuriating as they can call out Karl Urban for lying about getting Asian noodles the night before because they couldn't detect any smell of it coming off of him a day later. They also do a lot with Karl trying to remember what exactly happened in his coma educing ambush, by sitting him in a chair and attaching some gizmo to his head, the only problem was the lack of any explanation for any of it, we're just supposed to accept it. I kept thinking how Fringe, cleverly gave explanations for their science and wanting Almost Human to be similar, but maybe I'm just asking too much, but a lot of the script sounded like futuristic science buzz words just being thrown in to sound good, while not actually meaning anything.

And yes Drag Me To Hell was pretty good.
 

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Okay.... Almost Human looks amazing. It looks like it is going to be an underground word of mouth hit like the way 'Heroes' was. Luckily, it is created by Fox and not that joke of a network NBC, so it may be 4 or 5 seasons before it is completely ruined instead of by the second season.

Reminds me of I, Robot, but with a twist. I really enjoyed that movie.
 

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Figured I'd might as well give it a gander based on the Deadline descriptions. I'm not going to go through the midseason stuff.

CBS:

I don't watch anything on CBS, but I think I'm going to marathon How I Met Your Mother this summer (along with Arrow and The Following). I've seen a few episodes, thought it was kind of decent, but never bothered to do the entire show. With the amount it's reaired I'm sure I can DVR the entire run within a month.

I really need to hear really good things about a CBS show for me to consider it. I don't know why I avoid that channel, but I do. And it's not a “I'm too good for CBS and Chuck Lorre” mentality. It's just...I don't know! No other channels are like that! I watch stuff on the CW for God's sake.

NBC

I don't trust a network that bases its schedule around a) a reality show and b) a show that airs on Monday. Monday is too early to pay attention to anything.

About a Boy- probably not.
The Family Guy- I like JK Simmons, but I can't imagine myself caring.
The Michael J. Fox Show- probably not
Sean Saves The World – Sean (Sean P. Hayes, “Will & Grace”) is a divorced gay dad who... no
Undateable- Starring the male from Whitney. So far that's the closest to a maybe, but that's a “DVR it if I have room on my DVR and it doesn't conflict with anything else and maybe, maybe five episodes in if it's gotten decent reviews I might go through them in a bored weekend.”
Welcome to the Family- teen pregnancy. No. I'll still be reeling from the end of Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Believe- Sounds like Touch, and I'll probably need more information before delving into it. Network sci-fi is very hit or miss and I hate children.
The Blacklist- Maybe?
Chicago PD- No
Crisis- Sounds more like a premise for a movie and shows like that rarely make for good shows
Crossbones- Pirates. No. Even if I do like John Malkovich and Neil Cross, an 18th century pirate show just sounds ridiculous, especially on a network.
Dracula- I really need to hear good things about it before even considering it. And did NBC not learn from The Playboy Club about its forays into period dramas? And this is super period dramas.
Ironside- No
The Night Shift- I thought this was a television version of the Henry Winkler/Michael Keaton movie. But it's not. So no.

When did they start calling reality shows “alternative series?”

I also might abandon Revolution, so that's a good thing.

ABC

Betrayal- No. Based on the title alone
Killer Women- No
Lucky 7- Probably not.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD- I am still a bit hesitant about its existence, but I have no but to watch it.
Mind Games- This is the maybe that is closest to a yes for me. I might do it just to see Steve Zahn and Christian Slater together. But I also hate procedurals
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland- I was thinking of checking out OUAT but it slipped my mind during the first season, and I never bothered to go back.
Resurrection- No

Back in the Game- No. Basic rule of thumb- you really need to offer something amazing to counteract the presence of a kid
The Goldbergs- No. Though I do like George Segal and am glad to see he's still doing stuff
Mixology- probably not. Is the entire show taking place in one night in a bar? It's also executive produced by Seacrest.
Super Fun Night- No.
Trophy Wife- No.

FOX

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Probably. I like Andy Samberg. Fuck you.
Dads- No.
Enlisted- No.

Almost Human- Yes.
Sleepy Hollow- Maybe

Is that it for FOX?

CW
The Originals- Don't watch Vampire Diaries
Reign- No
The Tomorrow People- A greater possibility than most on the list.

Top 5 in No Particular Order

FOX's Almost Human
CW's The Tomorrow People
FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
ABC's Agents of SHIELD
ABC's Mind Games
 

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Sooo Nooo to the Ironside reboot?:
(not gonna lie, I got angry at this!!!)
Dracula?:Miichael J. Fox Show?:
The Tomorrow People looks like it is a reboot of a reboot that both aired in the US on Nickelodeon when I was a kid and I loved the 70's original BBC version. I hope they stay true to the first series, with the talking supercomputer, little belt loop hooks to enable them to "jaunt" more than a few feet/yards until they learn to use their powers more...
 

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Mixology ABC midseason, I think?


Ten people in a bar over one night. Yeah I don't know how it sustains an entire season either, or where it goes in season 2. First off, ugly red headed guy might make East Side Dave kill himself, minimum this guy is making twenty five grand an episode for this shit.

So one guy just got dumped by his fiance, he's a weakling who needs to toughen up. There's a tough female lawyer for pro athletes, who's too tough. There's no back story on red headed guy or his black friend. There's a chick there along with her sister, who is there to meet a guy she met online, he shows up and proceeds to puke in her purse, cause he's drunk because his stock broker lost all his money that day by some screw up. It's mildly entertaining, but not as entertaining as Happy Endings or Bitch in Apartment 23, were. I can't see this show really lasting, it's just kind of there, like how can they really sustain this show set entirely in a bar? There are flashbacks to these bar patron's lives, but that's it, unless they really just give up this entire idea half way through the season, I can't see it working. There's been other similar ideas tried, like one called Singles Table, about six people at the singles table at a wedding, NBC filmed six episodes and never even aired them.
 

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Us and Them Fox. Midseason I think?


I think this is based on a British show called "Gavin and Stacey" maybe someone's seen that? The characters are called Gavin and Stacey.

Two words, Alexis Bledel. Maybe it's years of the girlfriend watching Gilmore Girls reruns, but I find something adorable about her. It's an entertaining little show, Alexis lives in PA about 200 miles away from NYC, Jason Ritter lives in the big city. They met because their companies do some work together, but they've never met in person. They finally decide to meet for the first time. She brings along her fat friend (oh yeah like half the sitcoms this year have fat chicks, thanks a lot Bridesmaids) Jason Ritter has his own fat roommate. Of course everything goes wrong, but then gets fixed by the end. You'll recognize everyone in the cast, except for the fat friends.

I liked the show, but the direction seemed weak, some of the shots were odd, and nothing about it popped all that much, but I'd still check out a couple more episodes to see where it goes.
 

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Surviving Jack Fox midseason


Hey imagine if they remade The Wonder Years, set it in 1991, made the dad way more cartoony, and instead of the lead kid looking like an innocent 15 year old, he looked like a 6'2'' twenty four year old abercrombie model.

Some entertaining parts, kid trying to watch scambled porn on cable, stealing porn mags from homeless guys in the woods, the dad reading Jurassic Park and complaining about all of it, but I still can't get over the lead kid.

Why can't anything have heart like the wonder years did? Instead of Kevin Arnold wearing a Jets varsity jacket, we have this doofus wearing hyper colors.
 

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Looks like there are two or three shows set in the 80's coming in the fall. One has a blind guy and a dog. yeah...ummm yeah..
Crossbones might be good, it has Malkovich in it.

This looks interesting as well: