Up All Night
Release date: 14 September 2011 (USA)
Summary: Takes an irreverent look at modern parenthood through the point of view of an acerbic working mother, along with her stay-at-home husband and opinionated parents. Christina Applegate stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett). As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What’s more, the endless needs of Reagan’s boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava (Maya Rudolph), threaten to throw Reagan off balance.
My Comments: This show has a great cast which is probably why it got such high ratings after one episode. It’s not as funny as Modern Family, and not as over the top as Arrested Development, but its funny in its own way and I think this show will end up being successful. I will definitely continue to watch the show…until it starts to go downhill.
Release date: 13 September 2011 (USA)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Summary: Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.
My Comments: I was never a fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, or Michelle Gellar, but this show wasn’t so bad. It had it’s cheesy and predictable moments but I wouldn’t mind giving it another shot. But I can see myself discontinuing watching the show after 5 or so episodes.
Release date: 14 September 2011 (USA)
Genre: Reality-TV, Family
Summary: Mario Lopez hosts H8R, in which celebrities who are ready to confront their biggest haters (mostly friends, family members or their fans who have a negative view of their career or lifestyle) and try to convince them that their animosity is misdirected, and hopefully win them over.
MY COMMENTS: You know how they give you a preview of the show just before it begins, well my first impression of the show by just seeing the preview was that it’s all fake. The first so-called celebrity was Snooki…I didn’t know that reality tv people were considered to be celebrities. Anyway, she confronts her “hater” and their chemistry is pretty funny. But the guy is so annoying, he reminded me of those goof balls in high school that used comical bullying as a form of gaining popularity. The second “celebrity” is the guy from the Bachelor, Jake… um OK the girl, aka “the hater” said “like” every 3 seconds and she seemed like she was 18. I don’t think I’ll be watching this show again. Reality TV people or one-hit-wonders confronting their haters is not amusing to me.
The Secret Circle
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Summary: Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny. What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.
MY COMMENTS: We’re seeing a lot of books as the main source of ideas nowadays, whether on the big screen or tv. This show is based on the book with the same name and I’m just glad it’s not another vampire show. It doesn’t go into detail with the first show, but that’s what raises our curiosity and keeps us interested. I’m not too fond of the cast. I didn’t like the “mean girl” of the show not because she was mean, but because she wasn’t good at it, she’s too exaggerated. But I would definitely be watching the next episode (just to feed my curiosity).
Summary: A comedy about the sexual politics of men and women, “New Girl” features a young ensemble cast that takes a fresh look at modern relationships. Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) is an offbeat and “adorkable” woman in her late 20s who, after a bad breakup, moves into a loft with three single guys. Goofy, positive, vulnerable and honest to a fault, Jess has faith in people, even when she shouldn’t. Although she’s quirky and somewhat awkward, Jess is comfortable in her own skin. More prone to friendships with women, she’s not used to hanging with the boys – especially at home. Of her three new male roommates, Nick (Jake Johnson) is the most grounded. He had big plans for life, but somewhere along the way, he stopped caring and became a bartender. Usually the smartest guy in the room, he has an uncanny knack for reading people and uses humor to deflect everyone and everything. Schmidt (Max Greenfield) is a hustling young professional who fancies himself a modern-day Casanova. Though his heart is usually in the right place, he’s always scheming ways to climb the social ladder and is driven by an immature and almost obsessive urge to be on “the scene.” The third roommate, Winston (Lamorne Morris), is an intensely competitive former athlete who has recently come to the realization that he’ll never play pro. He moves back into the loft and must figure out how to live in a world without basketball – a world where not everything is about winning and losing.
My Comments: LOL… this show was funny…Zooey Deschanel is the highlight of the show, she’s so adorable. Her three male roommates were also funny, one of them being Damon Wayans JR, Damon Wayans son! But apparently, he’ll be replaced since his role in Happy Endings will be renewed. I love the Douchebag Jar, it’s a funny touch. The show reminded me of a PG version of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’ll definitely be looking forward to watching this show.
Person Of Interest
Release date: 22 September 2011 (USA)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Summary: “Person of Interest” stars Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson in a crime thriller about a presumed dead former-CIA agent, Reese, who teams up with a mysterious billionaire, Finch, to prevent violent crimes by using their own brand of vigilante justice. Reese’s special training in covert operations appeals to Finch, a software genius who invented a program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. Using state-of-the-art surveillance technology, the two work outside of the law, using Reese’s adept skills and Finch’s unlimited wealth to unravel the mystery of the “person of interest” and stop the crime before it happens. Reese’s actions draw the attention of the NYPD, including homicide detective Carter, and Fusco, a cop whom Reese uses to his advantage. With infinite crimes to investigate, Reese and Finch find that the right person, with the right information, at the right time, can change everything.
MY COMMENTS: Although the preview looks good, you can’t really judge until after watching a couple of episodes. It’s nice to see Jim Caviezel as the starring role, he’s a pretty good actor but going from film to tv series is not always the same. So we’ll have to wait and see how this one goes.