Friday, August 31, 2012

What DanielleTBD Is Watching on CBS for Fall 2012...

The Amazing Race (Sundays, 8 p.m.) - Though as the seasons have gone on this show has been less about seeing the world and more about the crazy fights the teams get into when asked to do equally crazy things, I'm addicted to it nonetheless. Plus, this season has Chippendales with the same name (though one chooses to spell it ridiculously), and Amy Purdy, who you might know as a professional athlete. She may have an advantage but as a double amputee she also has a fascinating story that I can't wait to watch unfold on-screen. (starting September 30th)

The Good Wife (Sundays, 9 p.m.) - Though I didn't particularly agree with Alicia Florrick's decisions at the end of the last season, I'm thrilled to see the consequences they have when this new season starts. The drama continuously gets stepped up year after year, both in the individual cases the law firm takes on and in the personal situations the characters get themselves in that pull at their attention. Kalinda's husband may not also be as I pictured, but that story still should provide a couple more twists and turns. And of course, the extended guest cast is just getting better and better, too. (starting September 30th)

Hawaii Five-0 (Mondays, 10 p.m.) - McGarrett has been through the ringer, but learning his mother was actually alive at the very end of last season may change everything. He has always been such a tough guy in control, and I can't help but wonder if-- and perhaps hope that-- we will see a softer, more sensitive side to him emerge. Of course, if he folds into a childish state, it may spell doom for his task force, let alone the show itself, but the perspective will provide interesting color to his actions as the season unfolds, even if he just rails harder, hiding his hurt behind strength, nonetheless. (starting September 24th)

The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays, 8 p.m.) - I keep waiting for that moment when something changes on this show. I don't mean majorly changes, because then it would be an entirely new show, but I need something to show growth and development from the characters in order to stay invested in them. Wolowitz' marriage certainly helped that, but then they shot him into space, which seemed to halt his maturity once again. Amy slowly getting under Sheldon's skin is another, and yes, Penny and Leonard trying their relationship again counts, too. The only one left is Raj. This season says they will expand on all of these things (except, again, maybe Raj), so it may have been too long a time coming, but this sitcom might finally be evolving. Last minute growth still counts, as long as it's earned. (starting September 27th)

Person of Interest (Thursdays, 9 p.m.) - The first season was much more procedural heavy than I wanted, but now that we are coming into season two, they should be able to expand the mythology and the darkness behind the machine a bit more. Understanding Reese and Finch's motivations is one thing, but seeing the potentially destructive uses for this type of technology on a larger scale is another. When more and more people learn this technology is out there, these men are at a greater risk of exposure, and those kind of heightened stakes should increase in every new episode. (starting September 27th)

Elementary (Thursdays, 10 p.m.) - Though this is another crime procedural, it's full of quirk and history past being ripped from any headlines. Reimagining Sherlock Holmes in modern day New York allows for this show to explore eccentricities and mental illness in a way that the character actually makes work for him. Though he is self-destructive in a way that calls for him to have a sober companion, shadowing his very real genius by her authority, when he can get his act together and focus his energy, he has a knack for observation that would benefit any line of work. To me, this has shades of Homeland's own Carrie. After all, when she was "in" her mania, it was the only time her mind pushed through the clutter and distractions and saw the truth about Brody. It's a fascinating study and statement, though an internal one. I can't wait to see what Jonny Lee Miller can do with that kind of subtext, adding a deeper layer than any other procedural today can offer. (starting September 27th)


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