A new season of TV is upon us and with it comes new television series. I've actually watched a bunch of pilots this season so why not blog about it? Here is my analysis of the pilots I saw and my predictions on how well the series will perform.
Prediction: As the season unfolds there will be ridiculous plot twists, giant conspiracies, Reddington's omnipotence will reach ludicrous levels, viewers will get impatient about not getting answers so they'll be served unsatisfying, plot-hole-filled half answers and the whole show will become a parody of itself. But it's NBC and they still believe themselves to be a television network. They need SOMETHING to show so The Blacklist will get at least two seasons.
Prediction: I think this show will have some amusing episodes and some bad ones. But it just doesn't feel like Brooklyn Nine-Nine will make it past one season.
I know this is a sitcom and Mad Men is a drama but I'm perfectly serious when I say I've seen many Mad Men episodes that were funnier than this pilot.
The whole show seemed lost from the start. It wasn't even sure what it wanted to be. The Crazy Ones had to just rely on the humor of Robin Williams and that's no place you want to end up. He wasn't funny and trying to sell his jokes by having other characters laugh just reflected poorly on those characters.
Oh, and having your pilot feature the agency in peril and possibly losing its biggest client is putting the cart before the horse. I just started watching this show. I'm not invested in anything that's going on. Why should I care if this ad agency goes under?
Prediction: I would say this show wouldn't even get a mid-season pickup but this is CBS so maybe it'll get boffo ratings because, as Teebore would say, old people don't know how to change the channel after "The Wheel."
This is a show about a woman and her child having to move in with her crass, drunken, ex-minor league baseball player\manager father. Her child isn't very athletic and doesn't make the little league baseball team so the mom, a softball player in her own right, decides to start a new Bad News Bears-esque team and ends up, reluctantly, accepting the help of her father.
This show has some promise and I did laugh a few times so I'll give it a chance. However, I couldn't help but feel I was watching a watered down version of Eastbound and Down.
Prediction: I think this show will find a groove and be reliable entertainment a third of the way into its first season. However, it'll probably be too tame for the premium channel/FX sitcom show crowd but not tame enough for the more family orientated crowds. The end result will be a respectable sitcom that gets cancelled after one season. (Pretty much another Go On.)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Probably the most anticipated premier of the season; Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a mixed bag. The scuttlebutt is that there's a lot of cooks in this show's proverbial kitchen. If that's the case it shows.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. felt pulled in many different directions. Can a show be about S.H.I.E.L.D. helping people with special powers, the mysteries of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself (Coulson's revival, presumably other government secrets), the ethics of an all powerful government organization and the affects a world filled with super powered humans and aliens capable of leveling cities has on average citizens? I guess we'll find out.
Prediction: I think the show will start out very episodic. Every episode will focus on a human that needs S.H.I.E.L.D.'s help. Halfway though the first season one of the seemingly one-off episodes will end with a twist that brings a plot arc lasting the rest of the season. After that, being more serialized will be the norm for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Essentially, Person of Interest's evolution.) I think a lot of people will be very forgiving of this show and keep watching. Beyond that, the Marvel movies will keep Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. relevant so I see Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting at least three years. Probably more.
Prediction: This series will go on for 3 to 5 seasons. There will be a few fans and critics talking about how great it is. There will be more people who nod and smile along acting like they're in the know but actually don't watch this series. Then there will be even more of people who, when the show is mentioned, say "I heard about that show and have been meaning to check it out but haven't gotten around to it." They will never get around to it. The rest of the people are disgusted by its premise and the fact they show bare boobs on TV. They will then go back to watching kids getting molested and murdered on CSI or Criminal Minds or something.
Prediction: I think this show will go three seasons based on Michael J. Fox's name value. The feel good story of him simply being on TV will be a boon. Whether it'll actually deserves to be renewed twice is a different story.
My point is this show is 10 times more insane than I expected and I expected it to be pretty insane. But it's awesomely insane. This show jumped straight into the deep end into a zany world steeped in Christian mythology and doesn't apologize. I appreciate a show that just goes for it. Now, if we can get the actors to start calling the final book in the Bible "Revelation" instead of "Revelations" then we'll really be in business.
Prediction: I think this show will get crazier and crazier and will ultimately collapse under the sheer weight of its own insanity. It will be awesome. I'm not sure enough people will appreciate the awesomeness, though. I think it's cancelled after one season.
Prediction: Unless people are watching this based on the antiquated "shock" value of racist/sexist jokes then this show won't last 4 episodes.