TV Mid-Season New Shows 2011

Here we are at the beginning of a New Year.  My gosh, it’s 2011.  Wow.  This is an interesting mid season in the world of TV.  It’s unlike the past few January’s, as the past few years many of us were excitedly waiting for the return of our favourites, like “LOST” or “24”.  But they are both gone now.  Really there are not many really big shows that are returning during this mid season.

There is “V”, but I’m not sure how many of us are watching this.  I do and find it pretty good.

Of course we have all of those reality type shows returning like “Idol” and “Amazing Race”.  Plus some new ones like “Live to Dance”, which I really don’t really get.  They go, however, fill a spot for the viewers out there.  I am going to be showcasing some of the scripted shows that are new on the networks.  They seem to be starting anytime between January and April of 2011.

Off the Map (ABC/Global TV Wed. Jan 12, 10pm)

Looks like it might be fun.  Kind of like Grey’s Anatomy takes a road trip.  The question is, who will be the McSteamy or McDreamy?  Maybe the Aussie?  This equation works.  Look at the success of Grey’s and Private Practice.  The difference is this one comes with exotic scenery and crazy illnesses and accidents.  See preview below.

Body of Proof (ABC Tuesday March 29, 10pm)

Nothing like a Neurosurgeon turned Medical Examiner who has lost everything.  Bit of chip on her shoulder and a nothing to lose attitude.  Body of Proof looks like it will be interesting.  Dana Delany always adds a little something special to shows that she is a part of.  I’ll probably give this one a chance.

Happy Endings (ABC Wed. April 13, 10pm)

This one has potential.  The supporting cast looks like they will carry this show.  But like a popular show of a few years ago, “Friends”, this show equation has tried to work since the end of that show.  Maybe it will work with this one.  Looks like one that will help the late 20s/early 30s out there know that they are not alone.

Mr. Sunshine (ABC Wed. Feb 9, 9:30pm, CTV Monday Feb 7, 8:30pm)

I love the cast of this show.  Matthew Perry, Allison Janney and James Lesure.  I’m looking forward to this one. It will make sense to the late 30s/early 40s crew out there.  The situation is different from other shows like it.  It’s based in an arena that will host various events and therefore different situations.

The Cape (NBC/CityTV Premiere Sunday Jan 9th, 9pm, regular slot Mondays at 9pm)

Not on the top of my list to watch this season, but who knows I might be surprised.  Keeping an open mind.

Harry’s Law (NBC/CityTV Monday Jan 17, 10pm)

Kathy Bates.  Do I need to say more?  I don’t think so.  She has re-entered the world of scripted TV with her re-occurring role on The Office as the new owner.  She is funny, sarcastic and always fun to watch.  Looking forward to this one.

Perfect Couples (NBC  Thursday Jan 20, 8:30pm)

The title of the show pretty much says it all.  It’s a show about couples who think they are perfect compared to their other “couple” friends.  Really none of them are.  Which is where I assume the comedy will come from.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour (CBS/CTV) – Forest Whitaker is in this show.  I think it will be good just because of that.

Chaos (CBS) – No comment yet.

Mad Love (CBS) – No much to say yet, other than the cast looks pretty good.  A lot of my favourites, especially Judy Greer and Sarah Chalke.  Can’t wait to see when this one will start.

The Chicago Code (Fox/Global TV Monday Feb 7, 9pm)

Another police drama.  Yipee.  This one in Chicago.  A little different.  Interesting cast.  There is potential for this one.  Not sure if I’ll be watching.  Might give it a chance.

Traffic Light (Fox, Tuesday Feb 8, 9:30pm)

I think that I will really like this one.  For any one who likes the movie Love Actually and liked the character Colin Frissell, they will see that he (Kris Marshall) is in this new show.  This one is a nice mix of friends at different points in their lives.  A good variety of situations for us to enjoy each week.

InSecurity (CBC Tuesday Jan. 4 8:30pm)

Just wanted to mention this one, as one of the actors (the one showcased in this video) went to my high school.  All the best Richard Yearwood.

Check out the new shows.  There are a bunch of good shows that are on cable, but I don’t get many of those channels.  If there are other shows that I missed, definitely tell me about them.   Enjoy your TV watching.

New and Old Christmas Specials

Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Christmas TV specials are filling the time slots.  Maybe your favourite show is doing up their “Christmas/Holiday” epsiode or your show is being replaced for a night with a classic or new Christmas special.

All of us have our favourites.  The ones that Christmas wouldn’t be complete with out.  What’s your’s?  I’m sure that Charlie Brown, The Grinch, and Frosty make that list.  But are there others that touch your hearts or make you cringe at the thought of?

I was once made to the watch The Star Wars Christmas Special. That’s a few hours that I will never get back in my life and thoroughly regret watching.  But, if you have a few hours and nothing to do but kill brain cells, definitely click on the link above and check it out.

Back to happier Christmas memories.

What Christmas is complete without Linus explaining to Charlie Brown what the true meaning of Christmas is?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was another special that I looked forward to in December.  It was so unique in it’s animation style.  And who didn’t love the snowman story teller.  That voice of Burl Ives will always make me think of the holidays.  And those misfits.

Thank goodness for Rudolph saving the day or what would have happened?

Frosty the Snowman just had so many catchy songs, a snowman who came alive (after watching this, we all wanted our snowman to come a live) and of course the bad guy whose nasty heart melts in the end.  Thanks Frosty.

This Christmas show summary wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t talk about the mean one, Mr. Grinch.  All the cute and loving Who’s (especially Cindy Lou Who), the Grinch’s ever loyal dog and of course Mr. Grinch and his growing heart.  Got to love it.

But, my Christmas show list cannot be complete without my new ultimate favourite.  Lanny and Wayne the Prep and Landing Elves.  This one just came out last year from Disney.  The animation is awesome and the story is great and kind of believable.  I always thought that Santa had some more help on the big night.  These Prep and Landing Elves make things run much smoother.

And for me, Christmas TV moments include the following two movies.

White Christmas is that movie that gets me truly in the holiday spirit.  Finally got it on DVD last year, but can only watch it in December.  Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney (yes, George’s Aunt) and so many more, make this a special movie for me.

And of course, a movie that has nothing to do with Christmas, but we have this need to watch during the holidays, The Sound of Music.  It’s the 45th Anniversary this year of this Academy Awarding winning film.

Enjoy all the great Christmas specials and new Christmas episodes of favourite shows.  Tell me which ones you can’t live without during this holiday season.

TV Season Premiere Season – New Network Shows

To steal a phrase from a classic Christmas carol and the Staples Back to School Commercial – It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Yes, it’s time for the premieres of favourite shows and potential new favourites (and some flops).

Now I’m not in the know or the right circles yet to get the early preview DVDs, so this post is really to summarize what’s coming up, what I’m going to be watching and maybe some initial thoughts.

New Shows:

Mike and Molly (CBS 9:30pm Monday September 20th) – This is from the phenomenal creative team that brought us Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.  They write the stuff that can really make me laugh out loud.  Plus the cast of this show is made up of some favourites like Sookie (Melissa Mccarthy) from The Gilmore Girls (more recently from Samantha Who? with Christina Applegate) and Swoozie Kurtz who has been entertaining us for years in both dramas and comedies.  The rest of the cast looks like they will be able to take the scripts to a whole other level.  This show has everything in place on paper to be a good one.  I really hope so.

Hawaii 5-0 (CBS/Global 10pm Monday September 20th) – A remake of an old classic with an unforgettable theme song.  Even if you were to young to have watched the original, you’ve heard the theme before.  Who wouldn’t like a show that takes place in Hawaii.  A place that many of us dream of going.  This show has got a little something for everyone.  Comedy, drama, action, good looking men and women and beautiful scenery all for the purpose of fighting crime.  With LOST gone we need a little bit of Hawaii, some more time with Daniel Dae Kim , the sarcasm of Scott Caan (loved him in the Ocean’s movies) and I guess that Grace Park and Alex O’Loughlin aren’t too bad either.  Hopefully they all do well by this classic.

The Event (NBC/CityTV 9pm Monday September 20th) – The previews for this one are very intriguing.  What the heck is The Event?  Why doesn’t the President have clearance?  I just have to watch this one because I need to know.  But will I need to invest five+ years to find out what it is?

Running Wilde (Fox 9:30pm Tuesday September 21st) – It’s from the creator of Arrested Development, really do I need to say more.  It should be very smart and entertaining.  Hopefully it’s not canceled before it needs to be like Arrested Development was.  Additionally, you’ve got Will Arnett and Keri Russell (who I loved in Felicity and was very funny in the movie Waitress) who look like an interesting couple.  Let’s see what this one is like.

Better with You (ABC 8:30pm Wednesday September 22nd) – This show looks like it might be fun.  I’m happy to see Debra Jo Rupp back.  We all loved her as Kitty on That 70s Show.  And I admit I do enjoy Joanna Garcia who’s been on a few shows that have ended up being canceled, but was also great in Reba.  So let’s hope that this one has a chance.

The Defenders (CBS/CTV 10pm Wednesday September 22nd) – As a lover of Vegas, there is no better place to stage one of the only shows that looks at the side of law from The Defenders point of view.  People get into a lot of trouble in Vegas.  The team of comic master Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell, I feel will be a enjoyable one and provide some good laughs through some bad situations and silly criminals.

Undercovers (NBC/CityTV 8pm Wednesday September 22nd) – It’s new from J.J. Abrams, so I really have to give it a chance.  Seems a bit Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but playing for the same team.  And they use the tactic of Sexpionage.  Doesn’t that sound interesting.  Need to learn more.  I’ll give the show a try.

$#*! My Dad Says (CBS/CTV 8:30pm Thursday September 23rd) – Now I’m still waiting to get the book at the library, but what I’ve read, while loitering at the book store so far, seems funny.  The question is will it be a good show?  Will William Shatner make it work?  I loved him in Boston Legal, but what will he be like in this one.  I guess we will see soon.

Outsourced (NBC/Global 9:30pm Thursday September 23rd) – For any of use who have called a call centre and ended up in India or for any of us who have worked for companies where our call centres were outsourced, I think we might find this kind of funny (pretty much everyone).  I really want to give this show a chance.  I think that I will get some good laughs out of it and the interesting characters they’ve put together.

Blue Bloods (CBS/CTV 10pm Friday September 24th) – A show about a police/law family headed up by the NYC Police Chief, Tom Selleck, should be a good one.  Plus Donnie Walhberg and Bridget Moynahan add their special talents to this one.  It’s a police show we haven’t seen before.  There are so many families where generation after generation wear the shield and this show will look at it from that point of view.  What’s it like to sit around that dinner table on Sunday nights?  Good or bad for this show is that it’s on Friday nights.  Not a lot up against it, but not a lot of people watching on Friday night (but that’s why we have PVRs/DVRs).  All the best.

I’m sure there will be other shows that I’ll try on for entertainment, plus the mid-season replacements.  But I’ll start with these.  Check out my returning show summary in the next few days.  And check out the fall schedule.