Monday, February 25, 2013

Pilot Review: Golden Boy

Golden Boy (Fridays at 9:00 on CBS; Premieres Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00)

Welcome to the schedule, Golden Boy, yet another police procedural from CBS. It's an example of the tried-and-true formula CBS has perfected over the years: a show about a policeman solving a crime each week, with a slight twist in the design. Blue Bloods has the family dynamic, Elementary has Holmes's deductive skills, The Mentalist has the "psychic" (or whatever) angle, Criminal Minds focuses on the profiling rather than the crime itself, and the list goes on. Golden Boy's angle is that the lead is the youngest member of the homicide squad, and via flash forwards, we know that he eventually becomes the youngest police commissioner as well. The pilot is about as one-note as that description makes it sound.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pilot Review: Cult

Cult (Tuesdays at 9:00 on The CW; Premieres February 19)

Even though Cult is better in concept than in execution, it's the kind of show you can't help but root for. It's so self-aware, so meta, so clever that you have to appreciate it just as much as (or more than) you enjoy it; Cult is the kind of show that should be done all the time on television, and I applaud the CW for taking the risk of putting it on the air. Whether or not is is entirely successful is another story, but it's such a valiant effort to do something new and different that I love Cult regardless.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pilot Review: Zero Hour

Zero Hour (Thursdays at 8:00 on ABC; Premieres February 14)

Zero Hour is the latest attempt by one of the broadcast networks to create a deeply mythologized, supernatural hyper-serialized series a la Lost. The more they try, the more convinced I become that Lost was a success that never should have been, because all the subsequent attempts at capturing its lighting in a bottle have been lackluster at best. Zero Hour has a bit more promise, but it has a long way to go to fulfill that promise.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pilot Review: Immortalized

Immortalized (Thursdays at 10:00 on AMC; Premieres February 14)

I honestly can't even explain how silly Immortalized is. One of the taglines from the opening monologue by host Zach Selwyn, whose incredible achievements include the modern classics Punkin Chunkin and the recently debuted Guinness World Records Gone Wild, is, "Get ready to watch art and animals collide." And it's delivered with a straight face while a string quartet crescendos in the background. Did no one tell the creators that they were making a comedy? Or is this actually supposed to be taken seriously?