The CW is a network that isn’t really my demographic. It is usually aimed at teenage girls, but I seem to find myself watching a lot of shows on it anyway. Most of the shows are guilty pleasures, even among the critics that regularly watch the shows. This year though, they seemed to be genuinely excited about these two new shows. I’m going to be checking both out.
I was wary about Gotham when I heard about it, but critics were won over by the pilot and what they heard from producers at the upfronts done this past summer. The rest of the shows are either retreads or trying to figure themselves out. They could be ones to check back in on later to see if they have improved, which isn’t what networks are going for in a new fall season.
At first look, I thought all the NBC shows sounded like they were up my alley, but the one I have the highest hopes for is Marry Me. I am going to try out to see if I like Constantine and The Mysteries of Laura. I was quite disappointed by the trailers for the other three shows since I thought I might like them. If I hear good things about them later, I might have to go back to check them out. For now, I plan on skipping them.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Directed: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ray Winstone, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen
Synopsis: The third sequel in the series almost twenty years after the last one where they smartly have Indiana Jones age about twenty years in the process too.
My Take: I wasn’t sure when I first heard they were making a fourth movie, but it actually looks good.
RT Score: 79%
RT Consensus: Though the plot elements are certainly familiar, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull still delivers the thrills and Harrison Ford’s return in the title role is more than welcome.
If you are a fan of cooking shows and food looking fabulous, this movie could be right up your alley. Jon Favreau obviously did a lot of research into his role as Chef Carl who is the executive chef at a fancy restaurant that quits his job after being forced to cook from what he considers a stale menu instead of the food he wants to create. He goes off and finds his cooking passion again and starts cooking out of a food truck. He also reconnects with his kid that he has ignored since his divorce. Those are things that this movie does well, but it also meanders a lot, forgets about characters halfway through it and just has an odd tacked-on ending.
CBS is a big fan of procedurals and multi-camera sitcoms. I am fan of some of those shows, but none of these new shows make me want to watch them. They are making Madam Secretary sound like something revolutionary when it isn’t. Scorpion has an interesting premise, but I feel like it has been shoved into the procedural role so much that it makes it less interesting. Both of those shows I could check back in on to see if they are better than their trailers and start watching later. Even though I gave up on NCIS years ago, I was intrigued by the version set in New Orleans, but that trailer did not make me want to watch it. Stalker seems to involve everything that I disliked about The Following. Then there is The McCarthys that has so many dated, stereotypical jokes that I’m amazed these shows still get greenlit to be made. Continue on to watch the trailers yourself and see if you want to watch any of these shows on CBS this fall.
ABC has six new shows for the fall season. I’m really excited about the new Shonda Rhimes show starring Viola Davis called How to Get Away With Murder. Anthony Anderon’s show black-ish also looks like a funny, family sitcom, unlike Cristela that has a bad laugh track following bad jokes. I will check out Selfie because of Karen Gillan. She’s so likeable even if she’s supposed to be this horrible person. Forever has my interest because it reminds me of New Amsterdam and Castle. I do like my procedural shows. Manhattan Love Story has the gimmick where you hear everyone’s thoughts. That could work if their thoughts weren’t so stereotypical.
I’m not a fan of romantic comedies. I should clarify and say that I do enjoy a good love story and adore comedies, but the way Hollywood puts them together in the romantic comedy genre is insulting to men, women, love and basic common sense. I also have been fond of parody movies, but more in the genre of Airplane, The Naked Gun, and Top Secret than any of the recent Scary Movie versions and other movies that have really bland names that don’t really get what makes a parody movie good. That is why I was thrilled when I learned that David Wain had made this parody of romantic comedies starring the fabulous Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. David Wain used to be on The State and has shown he knows how to do a parody well with the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer.
Summer used to be filled with reruns, then that morphed into a bunch of mindless reality shows. Those are still out there, but more and more shows that were typically saved for the fall are debuting in the summer. I meant to post this in May before Penny Dreadful and Halt and Catch Fire started, but it didn’t happen. Below are the what looks like the best of the television shows debuting this summer. This is my opinion after watching the trailers for the shows. My view could change after I actually start watching them. Do they look good to you? What will you watch?
I have updated My Bookshelf for the books that I’m currently reading in June.
The Husband’s Secret
I mostly wanted to read this story to learn about the secret. I had to know. As I went along in the book, it became less important about the actual secret. I wanted to know how the three main women and how all the people in their lives would deal with the news of the secret. I was surprised I hadn’t been spoiled about the secret before I had a chance to read the book, but I think the reason was that isn’t the main point of the book. It is really about how this secret has shaped the lives of these people and how learning about it affects other people. It really shatters reality for some people and reading about how they deal with it is what kept me reading.