Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What DanielleTBD Will Be Watching: ABC 2011-2012 Edition...

I feel like I already watch a healthy number of shows on ABC. Well, maybe not healthy; there's no doctor in the world that would prescribe the amount of television I watch, but you know what I mean... But as if my Wednesday night devotion to them wasn't enough, they decided to vie for my affection (and my ratings) in an even more widespread way. I don't yet know on what nights these shows will air, but they have definitely gotten my attention!

Modern Family - Everything Phil Dunphy and Gloria Pritchett say is gold. I would watch a show with just the two of them.

Cougar Town - This show has been a not-so-slow build to awesome, even watching stone cold sober as I do. I am perfecting my Penny Can skills so that come the new season I can play with the best of the cul-de-sac crew! For the record, I do not 'ship Laurie and Travis, but I do agree with Courteney Cox in that I hope Jules and Grayson stay together. I just don't see it being very possible if he really wants kids and she doesn't. That is a defining issue in any relationship, and assuming-- or asking-- one of them will change their mind is just selfish and unrealistic.

Happy Endings - In the vein of "our friends are our family," this is really the most accurate and modern sitcom on television right now. I love the way the friends relate to each other; I love that for once no one on TV feels the need to explain (or hide in the background) an interracial relationship or gay character; I love that they're witty and smart but they still don't quite have it all figured out yet. It makes me feel better about my own life.

The River - Network television's supernatural version of The Killing? Um, yes, please! Okay, I may be the only one making that comparison, but it's what's most intriguing to me about the show. A guy goes missing and is presumed dead in the Amazonian River. Big deal, right? Probably happens all the time when adventurers go out on their own, but the aspect of something unnatural getting him makes it a little less actually scary and more intriguing from a mythology perspective. In that way it seems to be the second-coming of LOST, only told in a mockumentary style to make the audience a character, too.

Suburgatory - A city girl moves to suburbs and learns that life there is what she should have feared. She's like Janis Ian from Mean Girls or as another critic friend pointed out, a live-action Daria. Everything about this screams perfect to me, including and especially the unknown in the lead role. I love getting to meet new talent, and I oh, so often find myself wishing I could just pick up and move to a place like Dillon Texas or even the small town in "The Year We Left Home." This one just speaks to me on a personal level, and those are the shows that stick the hardest in my household.

Pan Am - I'll watch anything about the airline industry, even if this is just a more melodramatic (period) piece than one I was actually pitching around the same time!

Once Upon A Time - I'm not gonna lie: I wasn't really interested in this one until I heard Liz Tigelaar was brought on as a writer. My loyalties run deep. I will now be there every week!

I'm still on the fence about:

(The Bitch In) Apartment 23 - I like Krysten Ritter, though I admit I'm not sure how I feel about her as a lead. Also, this one is about a girl in a big city who's roommate is, for lack of better word, kind of a slut and a bitch (Ritter is said slut and bitch). That can be very one-note, and considering the other, smarter friendship comedies, I'm not sure this one will survive on my schedule. Actually, or even on ABC's.

Good Christian Belles - A reformed mean girl (and quite frankly I'm not even sure that is possible) moves back to her old hometown only to learn that the other women have made her the target of their vicious gossip. Okay, look, I already went through junior high; I don't want to go back to that mentality. I'm so sick of women cutting each other down and being back-stabbing bitches. The title alone kind of annoys me. I mean, I get that it's supposed to be funny and a little bit oxymoronic, but really, it's insulting. Remember what Tina Fey taught us ladies: we shouldn't call each other bitches because then it makes it okay for men to call us bitches. Or in this case, an entire freakin' network.

Also, I feel like the last two pretty much got the pilot greenlight because of the titles. It's Screenwriting 101: grab 'em in the first ten pages has turned into grab 'em on the first page, which apparently now is grab 'em with the title. Many might not even read past that. Clearly the controversial gets the chuckle, and the headlines in the media, but that's not enough.

Revenge - A modern take on the old classic "The Count of Monte Cristo," I admit I never read the book and am simply intrigued by the idea of a woman who wants vengeance so badly for her family she takes matters into her own hands. I like those kinds of sharp and shrewd characters; I like to watch them plan, and if the actor is good enough, I like to watch them think. But this one feels more like a summer show, and a miniseries at at that, so we'll see.

Scandal - I will admit I don't usually like Shonda Rhimes shows. They tend too much toward the sappy, the soapy for my current tastes. This one, thankfully, has absolutely nothing to do with the medical field-- though the protagonist might find herself in the hospital one day for stress symptoms ala Phoebe in "The One That Could Have Been"-- and that is why I am considering it. It follows a "fixer," basically a PR guru who can help clean up any tabloid mess or salacious rumor. I'm kind of a sucker for any and all things Hollywood, after all.

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