Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What's new on TV? Part 2

The sequel to my well received What's New on TV post.

Undercovers [NBC, Wednesday @ 8/7c]

An action spy television series created by J.J. Abrams and Josh Reims for NBC. Described as a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world's most dangerous partnership. Outwardly, Steven Bloom [Boris Kodjoe] and his wife, Samantha [Gugu Mbatha-Raw] are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles. Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and friend Leo Nash [Carter MacIntyre], goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw [Gerald McRaney] to locate and rescue Nash. With assistance from resourceful CIA field agent Bill Hoyt [Ben Schwartz], whose professional admiration for Steven isn't hard to miss, the pair is thrust back into the world of espionage, disguises and hand-to-hand combat. Following leads that take them to cities spanning the globe, Steven and Samantha quickly realize that perhaps this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides exactly the kind of excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.

The Colonel says: Oh dear, no this has nothing on Alias or Fringe in the intriguing story department. When you see J.J.'s name attached you have a certain "expectation" but this is little more than a harmless 21st century Hart to Hart. I can't believe there's nothing more to it then that so I'll watch some more to see if J.J. will work his magic again.

Colonel Creedon Rating: *1/2

Blue Bloods [CBS, Friday @ 10/9c][Starts on RTE this Fall]

Blue Bloods, a police procedural television series by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess of The Sopranos, is a drama about a multi-generational family of NYC cops. Frank Reagan [Tom Sellek] is the NYPD Commissioner and heads both the police force and the Reagan brood. He runs his department as diplomatically as he runs his family, even when dealing with the politics that plagued his unapologetically bold father, Henry [Len Cariou], during his stint as Chief. A source of pride and concern for Frank is his eldest son Danny [Donnie Wahlberg], a seasoned detective, family man, and Iraqi War vet who on occasion uses dubious tactics to solve cases. The sole Reagan woman in the family, Erin [Bridget Moynahan], is a N.Y. Assistant D.A. and newly single parent, who also serves as the legal compass for her siblings and father. Jamie is the youngest Reagan, fresh out of Harvard Law and the family's "golden boy;" however, unable to deny the family tradition, Jamie [Will Estes] has given up law and is now a newly minted cop. Jamie's life takes an abrupt turn when he's asked to become part of a clandestine police investigation even his father knows nothing about, and one that could impact the family's legacy.

The Colonel Says: I thought this was just going to be a bog-standard cop show until Donnie Wahlberg starts smashing a suspects face against a toilet seat and waterboards him with the flush. Then two federal agents ask the youngest Regan what he knows about "The Blue Templars", a secret society of cops within the NYPD for generations - how fucking cool is that?

Colonel Creedon Rating: ****1/2

$#*! My Dad Says [CBS, Thursday @ 8.30ET/7.30C]

I'm not very "open" to comedy shows, there usually has to be an impressive hook to get me to watch, I count Red Dwarf, Major Dad and Father Ted as true classics. Currently Fox's animated comedies and NBC's offering of 30 Rock and The Office are really the only comedy shows peaking my interest but I said I'd give $#*! My Dad Says a go solely on the grounds it has William Shatner! The series was born from a 29 year old Blogger/Tweeter whatever, who created a phenomenon by writing down and posting all the crazy stuff his dad said to him. Unlike some of the morons who get book-deals and TV shows from nonsense they've put on the net, this guy deserves it because the shit his dad says is so funny.

The sitcom itself stars Shatner as the crusty old curmudgeon Edison Milford "Ed" Goodson III, a is a very opinionated 72-year-old ex-Navy physician who has been divorced three times. His two adult sons, Henry and Vince, are accustomed to his unsolicited and often politically incorrect rants. When Henry, [Jonathan Die Hard 4.0 Sadowski]a struggling writer and blogger, can no longer afford his rent, he is forced to move back in with Ed, which creates new issues in their tricky father-son relationship.

The Colonel says: They're are better and worse sitcoms out there, if it wasn't for The Shat, I'd not be interested in this at all.

Colonel Creedon Rating: ***

1 comment:

Constance said...

I wasn't sure how they were going to port the tweeting to a tv show... They tidbits he tweets are hilarious.