Tuesday, September 10, 2013

From LA Examiner: 'Ironside', 'Welcome to the Family', 'The Mindy Project', & 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Advance Reviews...

"Fall 2013 TV Preview: NBC's Ironside"

The thing I yell at my television the most whenever I watch procedurals and crime dramas is "Shoot him in the leg!" It's a narrow shot, but it will bring pain and bring the perpetrator down so the cops can then step in, cuff him, etc. I am fully aware that when you get your on-the-job firearms training, you are told to aim for the big, fleshy mass to assure even the crappy shots will hit the target and bring down the perpetrator in a pinch. Yet the perpetrators know this, and they shove hostages in front of their chests all of the time to have a shield from the line of fire. I cannot tell you how happy I am to report that there is a moment in NBC's Ironside in which someone within the show actually heard my cries. That was certainly a shining moment for the pilot because honestly, the rest of it was pretty run of the mill and therefore dull... [MORE]

NBC's new blended family comedy Welcome to the Family isn't what you might expect. I fully admit I went into it thinking it would be another "look at how different we are!" comedies that often use what stands out about one to draw the laughs, even if at the expense of that one. Right from the pilot, though, creator Mike Sikowitz proves himself as savvy about such stereotypes simply by refusing to give into them. And what, instead, was born was a very heartfelt, even if still somewhat broad at times story about the things we do for love... [MORE]

"Fall 2013 TV Preview: FOX' The Mindy Project season 2 premiere"

When FOX' The Mindy Project returns for its second season, it's snappier, faster-paced, and more clear-headed than ever before. After spending much of season one working out kinks in characters, cast, and balance between Mindy's (Mindy Kaling) office life and romantic life, the show comes back strong knowing who everyone is, what the show is, and how to best highlight its colorful group and still somewhat out-there scenarios. But you shouldn't take that to mean that Mindy herself, or any of the characters that surround her, have made as much progress on themselves in our time away; they are still the same slightly rag-tag team as ever, and for quite a few of them, things have actually taken a downtrend, proving new avenues for comedy... [MORE] 

It may seem like Andy Samberg is just doing one extended SNL sketch when his new FOX cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine starts. He's a slightly disheveled detective quoting cop movies, cracking jokes, and busting his partner's chops for not being as talented as he is at solving cases. Yeah, his character's a little bit of a cocky kid, and many viewers will instantly love him for that-- and his quick wit-- or be turned off because of it from the jump. But if you stick with it past that potentially polarizing opening scene, you will see that Samberg-- along with everyone in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast-- is a complex and colorful character, not a one-note stereotype. It's a rare thing for a large network comedy to be able to flesh out its ensemble so fully in the pilot alone, especially without being at the expense of the humor, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine does it effortlessly, making it easily climb to the top of the list as one of fall's best new comedies... [MORE]

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