Fall TV Pilot Guide

Grandfathered

The Breakdown:
John Stamos is a legitimate television star and having him as the lead in a (hopefully) successful show just feels right. He’s funny, he’s good, and he brings a certain gravitas to every scene that other actors just don’t possess. And Grandfathered is a show completely worthy of his talents. The pilot episode was tightly written, the production value is pretty high, and Stamos hits every note the writers ask him to. It’s a comedy with a huge heart and some decent comedic chops.

Should You Jump on the Bandwagon:
Yes!

Rating:
9/10

Scream Queens

The Breakdown:
Ryan Murphy wants you to turn off the functions in your brain that tell you that things like “character” and “story” are important components of a television program. The critics that view the show as all style over substance are only partially right. Murphy wants you to truly believe that the style is the substance. It’s easy to see this show as a simple melding of his two previous successful shows: Glee + American Horror Story = Scream Queens, but isn’t there a little dose of (don’t hate me) Edgar Wright in there as well? Horror comedy isn’t exactly new, but Murphy’s show is legitimately funny. With a killer (haha) young cast and Jamie Lee Curtis there to anchor, it’s a well-made, ridiculously enjoyable hour of television.

Should You Jump on the Bandwagon?
You know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. It’s funny and it never ceases to be entertaining, but don’t go looking for high class television over here.

Rating:
7/10

Blindspot

The Breakdown:
There’s a possibility that once this show reveals more and more about its central mystery that it begins to take a twist into absurdity. Also, don’t get too dismayed when you get halfway through the episode and you realize that it’s another procedural show, because of course it is. But, caveats aside, Blindspot is really good. NBC’s clearly invested in this show. The production value is high and Jaimie Alexander is one of the best actresses on TV. The central mystery is as far fetched as it looks in the trailers, but it’s also intriguing and, at least in the pilot, it doles out the information well.

Should You Jump on the Bandwagon:
For now! There’s a good chance the show quickly exhausts the premise and runs up against a wall but, at the moment, this show is a must watch. Proceed with caution, though.

Rating:
7.5/10

Heroes Reborn

The Breakdown:

Don’t worry, everyone! The show that intrigued people for one season, then quickly lost its way and all its viewers, is back with more of the same! NBC felt like there was unfinished business with the original series but, at the risk of sounding all hyperbolic and whatnot, it just feels like the world has long moved beyond the original show. Sure, the first season of Heroes generated a certain level of buzz, but that was a pre-Dark Knight/Avengers world. At its best, the original show felt like a treat; watching it was getting a tiny small screen lens into a future where we’re inundated with superheroes. Now, it feels ludicrously out of time and the flaws (you know, things like terrible acting and absurd plot points) are just as glaring. Like, at one point in the first episode, a lady pulls a samurai sword out of its sheath and teleports to a video game…??? The show jumped the shark in the pilot. What’s not to love? Oh, and by the way the show could afford Zachary Levi (who deserves wayyy better) but not Zachary Quinto? Checking his IMDB…oh, he’s actually doing a lot of movies. Does nobody else know that he’s not a very good actor?

Should You Jump on the Bandwagon:

Ugh, sure, whatever.

Rating:

5/10

The Grinder

The Breakdown:

You can almost imagine the meeting Rob Lowe had with his agent way back in 2010. We need to reinvent your career one last time. Go, cut your teeth on this cute little comedy show as part of the ensemble and prove that you can be funny. I promise we’ll get you your own show in a few years. And Lowe’s charming (if not particularly versatile) performance as Chris Traeger did indeed prove that he could be funny. He and Adam Scott came in and breathed life into an already good show and helped take it to a new level. But his easy confidence in Parks is replaced here with a straining urge to lift a show that’s resting entirely on his shoulders. Lowe is funny and likable and self-parodying as TV star Dean Sanderson, but there isn’t much else going on here. Watching the pilot, you pretty much get the impression that you’ve seen the whole show already. And maybe they switch up the formula, and maybe they get the chemistry just right after struggling for a while (much like Parks), but it’s more likely that Lowe pulls a late-2000s Lebron and carries the show as far as he can before it gets cancelled. We can only hope he realizes he needs to join the Heat. Which in this case is a metaphor for a show with better writing and a better cast.

Should You Jump on the Bandwagon:

Nah

Rating:

6.5/10

The Muppets

The Breakdown:

THIS IS THE FUNNIEST SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN IT’S A PERFECT MIX OF UNDERSTATED HUMOR WITH JUST A DASH OF ACTUALLY WELL-WRITTEN DRAMA IF YOU DON’T LIKE THIS SHOW YOU DON’T DESERVE TO OWN A TV

Should You Jump on the Bandwagon:

YES

Rating:

10/10, 5 STARS, WOULD RECOMMEND

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2 thoughts on “Fall TV Pilot Guide

  1. Not taking this article seriously because you failed to review the hottest new drama on ABC, Quantico. Call me when you decide to recognize what is clearly television gold.

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