Now that we are moving out of the summer months, we are being greeted with a barrage of new shows. As usual, some of these shows are pretty good, some are decent, and some were atrocious. This is pretty much par for the course when it comes to new shows. These pilot episodes are very important to the overall success of the shows. If they start off with interesting episodes, then we are more likely to come back and watch that show. A show that starts off with a bad first episode could be the death of a show, as we don’t want to come back and watch crap again. Here is a look at 5 new shows the recently premiered.
Outsourced is another show in the vein of The Office and Parks and Recreation. It is essentially a comedy about an American who has been put in charge of a call station in India. The comedy is based off of cultural misunderstandings and one-liners, and for the most part it is actually pretty entertaining. The jokes were actually funny, the cast was likeable, and the show can go in some interesting directions. Outsourced wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to bring me back for more.
Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi make their returns to television in the legal drama The Defenders. They are surprisingly believable as Las Vegas lawyers who actually care about their clients. The Defenders did a great job of grabbing my attention with the case, a man accused of murder who was just trying to defend his brother from being beaten by four guys. The unorthodox way that Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell handled the case was interesting, and, as a whole, The Defenders shows a lot of promise for the future.
$#*! My Dad Says
$#*! My Dad Says is one of the worst shows I have seen in a long time. First off, it should be Shit My Dad Says, like the Twitter account the show is based off of. The harsh language is part of the entertainment, losing that in the show is not good. William Shatner is not very good as a gruff old man, and the cast just kind of seems to be there, periodically whipping out half-assed one-liners. This show was not good, and doesn’t appear to have much potential to get better.
Mike & Molly
Do you like fat jokes? Do you love fat jokes? Do you go absolutely bat shit insane with joy over fat jokes? If you answered yes to that last question, you will love Mike & Molly, as it really is all fat jokes. And about fat people being in love, as fat people are only fit for other fat people, while making self deprecating remarks. The first fat jokes make you giggle, but after 5 minutes it gets old. Mike & Molly is definitely not a keeper.
Will Arnett plays dumb guys very well, and Running Wilde plays off of that strength. Arnett plays a rich and stupid man who is selfish, but overall a good guy. He is just out of touch with the world. He is also in love with Kerri Russell, who is all about humanitarian works, so he has his goofy antics to try and impress her. Arnett is definitely the heart of the show, but his household servants were surprisingly entertaining on their own as well. I hate the name of the show, Running Wilde just sounds stupid, but I will be watching this one.