Although the cold weather and Halloween decorations are sure signs that the seasons are changing, one thing and one thing only tells me that fall is here: A string of new TV shows. Let’s be honest, show success are based on whether we like the product, and the television goes through great trouble to make sure we like what they put out.
This year’s lineup was promising. Although the jury is still out on shows like “Terra Nova” and “Revenge,” here is a look at a few shows that have stood out from the rest, both good and bad.
“The New Girl”: Zooey Deschanel has captured the heart of America. Through the entire show, I find myself feeling awkward and embarrassed for her — a sign that her acting is real and good. Although it did throw me off that creators switched roommates in the second episode (better late then never), the show is quirky and funny, and really draws from real life.
When to watch: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on FOX
“Pan Am”: There is definitely a lot going on in this show. One of the coolest things is the creator’s attention to detail — everything in the show is really close to accurate for the 1960s. The cast is relatively unknown, with the exception of Christina Ricci, but all of them are attractive and good actors. Either way, the cast is strong, there are plenty of story lines to keep you entangled in the drama, and the show does a great job encasing most of those story lines in the tin frame of a Pan Am flight.
When to watch: Sundays at 9 p.m. on ABC
“Up All Night”: At first, I wasn’t sold on the sitcom. But the more I watched, the more I enjoyed it. Although Christina Applegate doesn’t hit some of her comedic marks, the show stands up to the others on the fall card. Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph are both hysterical, and but the show takes a look at the new family dynamic and does it in a light-hearted way.
When to watch: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on NBC
“2 Broke Girls”: Anyone who has ever started out on their own can identify with the premise to this show — two girls living in New York City who can barely make ends meet but have big dreams. The show is funny, and Kat Dennings is really funny throughout it all. Although her co-stars seem to blend into the background, Dennings and the show should take off this fall.
When to watch: Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on CBS
“Charlies Angels” — I am going to be honest here. The only reason the “Charlie’s Angels” movies were so successful is because the lead actors were heavyweights. The three women they chose for the television series just don’t cut it. Instead of pulling us in with a back story and great acting, creators went with the Reader’s Digest version of the story and jumped in to an incredibly cheesy plot. Something tells me that week after week of semi-cool gadgets and horrible acting won’t be worth it in the end.
“Free Agents”: Don’t get me wrong, I love Hank Azaria, but he is just misplaced in this role. He has absolutely no chemistry with love interest Kathryn Hahn. The show is cute all together, but I am not attached and I doubt many will be either.
“The Playboy Club” — I had high hopes for this show. Instead, I was kind of let down. The show was slow, and even though I was excited to see Jenna Dewan land a good role with the chance for growth, there wasn’t a lot to it. On top of that, even though the show is based on a risque club in the 1960s, it’s not even as sexy as “Pan Am.” Out of all of the “misses” I listed in this column, this is the one I hope can turn itself around.
“Whitney”: Whitney Cummings is producing two shows this fall — “2 Broke Girls” and her self-titled show “Whitney”. Fortunately, she seems to have a hit with one. Her sitcom is awkward, and honestly I think she is a little too loud to be a lead in a series. Although some parts made me chuckle, it wasn’t what I expected and I think a lot of people found that out the hard way.
Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652.