Brooklyn Nine-Nine Tuesday | 8:30 pm (E) | FOX A cop show is a tough sell for me, but one as a goofy sitcom intrigued me. How do you handle crimes like murder while still being Andy Samberg-style funny? The answer appears to be mostly… misdirection? And old lady gunk.
The first new show of the season invariably fills my heart with glee, regardless of the actual quality. So, with that in mind, I found Sleepy Hollow absolutely delightful…spooky, quirky, and a new mashed-up mythology featuring the Revolutionary War, the Biblical apocalypse, and some witchcrafty bits. Plus decapitation!
I’m glad I waited a second week to post a review of Emily Owens, M.D. The first episode had me cringing on more occasions than actually enjoying it, but as is the CW’s way, the show grew on me like a teen soapy fungus until I was pretty much enamored by the end of episode two.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like Beauty and the Beast. While it’s one of my favorite Disney films, I was skeptical about this particular version. Kristin Kreuk’s wooden acting was one of my strongest memories from my love/hate Smallville days, and I’ve really had my fill of cop dramas besides. I’m not saying that I particularly loved the pilot, but it at least surprised me by being enjoyable in some parts.
The CW has pretty much been my spirit animal since its creation in 2006; I’ve devotedly watched pretty much everything they’ve had to offer. Each year has its good and bad (take 2009: it brought us The Vampire Diaries and TBL: The Beautiful Life) and I was expecting Arrow to be one of the more promising offerings this year. Depending on where your expectation level is, I think I was right, probably?
It feels like I have been anxiously awaiting Nashville longer than almost any other pilot. Tami Taylor has long been been one of my fictional role models, and I’m too much of a scaredy-cat to watch American Horror Story, so it’s been a long time since I had enough Connie Britton in my life. Additionally, Nashville was frequently described as Country Strong for television, and I have watched the crap out of that movie. It’s an odd thing, since I’ve long stated that I hate country music, but in films I find it ridiculously appealing. I imagine if the show finds a wide audience, the music will explode on iTunes just like Glee did in 2009.
I had big expectations for 666 Park Avenue, simply given its time slot behind two of ABC’s most successful shows last fall. I was hoping that the show would be some combo of the fun fantasy aspects of Once Upon a Time and the frothy evil of Revenge. It falls short of those expectations, not in a terrible way, just kind of in a blah way. It’s easy to see how it could be deemed American Horror Story Lite instead.