Fall Shows Do’s and Don’ts
By: Ashley Weigel
This season’s new batch of TV shows certainly adds a new definition to “variety.” Everything from a show about a unique veterinary clinic to a gay couple in search of a surrogate and submarine missile showdowns, the new premieres have been rolling in since the beginning of September.
As with any new season of shows, some hit the bull’s-eye and others seemed to be shooting in the wrong direction. Some hits include “The New Normal,” “Animal Practice,” “Go On,” “Last Resort” and “Guys with Kids.” Here is a recap of the hits so far this season.
“The New Normal”
“The New Normal” takes the story of a gay couple that wants to have a child via a surrogate mother. They choose a woman with a 9-year-old daughter and a grandmother who couldn’t be more racist. This new comedy is a pleasant mix of laughs and addressing serious social issues of today.
“Animal Practice” is about a vet clinic filled with eccentric veterinarians, including one who seems to be a mix of Dr. House from “House” and Sheldon Cooper of “The Big Bang Theory.” The real star of the show is a monkey named “Dr.” Rizzo, who also gives good shoulder massages? This show is a fun twist on another show with actors in lab coats with the addition of animals. You immediately fall in love with this one.
Starring Matthew Perry (Friends), is about a sportscaster who after losing his wife joins a support group full of odd characters. Perry is always a wonderful addition to any cast, and this show is fun and amusing.
Last Resort is a more action-filled show that has premiered this fall. A submarine crew defies orders to launch a nuclear missile attack and as a result goes on the run to avoid being punished by their own. The fight for freedom ends up getting themselves caught in a small-scale nuclear war. This new show is intriguing as well as exciting and a breath of fresh air in our reality show/comedy TV world.
”Guys with Kids”
This is a fun new show about, well guys with kids. Three friends live in the same apartment building together going through life with their wives (or in one case, ex-wife) and kids. This show is definitely entertaining, although a bit predictable.
And as warned, there were also some new shows this season that missed their mark, so you might want to miss them too. Some of these include “Malibu Country,” “The Neighbors,” “Stars Earn Stripes” and “Vegas.”
All I can really say about “Malibu Country” is it has not premiered yet and I’m already predicting that it will fail. They keep trying to bring Reba McEntire (Reba) back, and it’s not going to happen. The premise of this new show is where “Reba” left off, except now she’s moving to Malibu to start over. Personally, I have no interest in this show, it’s not the same as it was in 2001 and it’s going to lack in comparison to the other new shows already getting praise this season.
“The Neighbors” is about a family who moves into a neighborhood filled with aliens. The concept is just the opposite of the show “3rd Rock from the Sun”; so it’s not even a new concept.
“Stars Earn Stripes” is just another reality show with celebrities who are desperately trying to get their name back out there, and “Vegas”, although it features the amazing Dennis Quaid, doesn’t hold as much interest as a Western show should.
There are still some previews to come, such as “Nashville”, “Emily Owens, M.D.”, “Chicago Fire”, “Arrow” and “Beauty and the Beast”, most of which sound like something worth checking out. I’d say so far the season preview of Fall 2012 is off to a good start!