Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Neglect

My apologies for completely neglecting this blog in the past couple of months. I've been regularly updating my So You Think You Can Dance blog, however, which you can find here.

Aside from that, there hasn't been much going on in the TV world. Summers are notoriously slow as shows go on hiatus and networks gear up to launch new shows in the fall. NBC's promotional push is in full swing with the Olympics; they will use the games as a platform to showcase two of their new sitcoms in special "preview" airings: Go On, the new comedy starring Matthew Perry, will air at 11:04 PM on August 8 without commercial interruption. The episode will then be available for viewing online and across other digital platforms until the actual premiere date on September 11. Animal Practice will receive similar treatment with an airdate on August 12 at 10:38 PM, before being available online.

Also, all of NBC's other new shows (comedies The New Normal and Guys with Kids, dramas Revolution and Chicago Fire) will be available for online streaming two weeks before their premiere dates.

And since I haven't blogged any pilot reviews in a while, I'll just share some new shows I'm enjoying this summer and others to stay away from.

Watch

Perception (Mondays at 10:00 on TNT): I've always loved Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), including his failed previous TNT drama Trust Me from 2010, and this is a step up in the television world for him. His character, the brilliant but mentally unstable neurotscientist Dr. Daniel Pierce, is a hoot, and he has wonderful chemistry with Rachael Leigh Cook. The plots are involving and complicated enough that you don't feel smarter than the writers; each episode is like a mini Dan Brown novel, only with more humor thanks to McCormack and his zany approach to Pierce.

All the Right Moves (Tuesdays at 9:00 on Oxygen): Emmy nominee Travis Wall, choreographer and season two runner-up on So You Think You Can Dance, gets his own show as he forms a dance company with his friends, including season one winner Nick Lazzarini. The drama isn't manufactured and the dancing is beautiful.

Avoid

Dallas (Wednesdays at 9:00 on TNT): If you haven't seen the original series, you will be lost and bored. Despite how interesting J.R. was twenty-five years ago, he's just not intimidating when he has one foot in the grave; and the young actors playing the new generation of Ewings are uniteresting.

The Glass House (Mondays at 10:00 on ABC): You've heard the controversies, and they're all somewhat true. Yes, it's a rip-off of Big Brother. No, it is nowhere near as interesting. The people are annoying, the concept is second-rate.