With so much of my (Lauren’s) personality constructed by Television, from PBS shows of my childhood to everything Joss Whedon that influenced my sense of humor and sarcasm, it’s no surprise that every year I get pretty excited for the pilots making their attempt to gain viewers. Not only that, but sometimes I go crazy fanatic for those shows I have come to love for seasons and seasons. Chuck is only a half season!? Community is getting shelved!? NNNOOO!!!! Good thing there are some great new shows that helped these irritated wounds sting a little less. [Read more...]
Community – “Pilot” (Thurs. @ 9:30/8:30c – NBC)
Community follows a group of people who, for various reasons, find themselves at a community college. Though I have to wonder what different situations they can go through from episode to episode, I doubt this is going to be the main concern. Instead, like The Office, as random as the plots will probably be to liven up these semi-boring settings, this is going to be a character driven comedy more than anything else. As it is said in the opening speech: “What is community college? Well, you’ve heard all kinds of things. You’ve heard it’s loser college, or remedial teens, 20 something dropouts, middle age divorcees, and old people, keeping their minds active as they circle the drain of eternity…” These are just a few of the characters presented in this first episode, and though most fill a stereotypical role of the many students found in this learning setting, their representation is anything but boring in this show. [Read more...]
Just got done watching the series premiere of ABC’s new mockumentary family comedy and I was very impressed. Focusing on a family with just about everything, the Dad has just married young and she is a fiery Latino with a young romantic son, a gay couple that just adopted a baby girl from Vietnam, and a more traditional family with three kids and a “cool” dad.
The jokes are edgy, the pacing is quick, and the writing is super sharp. The show has a little bit of something for everyone and can appeal to a diverse demographic range. All the actors are also quite good, including the kids, with Julie Bowen and Ed O’Neill being the most recognizable leads.
I really hope this makes it, as it is as funny as Glee and even easier to relate with; even if it is a tad over the top. Let’s hope ABC keeps their heads on straight and gives it a chance, it is going head to head with the biggest hit of the year so far the fore mentioned Glee, and doesn’t cancel it early like they did to the exceptional Sons & Daughters which is of the same ilk.
Check out the official site here, which should link you to full episodes later today.