Thursday, September 8, 2011

21 Hours of TV 2011 Fall Preview (Thursday)

Thursday remains all about NBC making me laugh.  Community is a weekly tour de force and Parks and Rec has caught such fire that I'd now rank it above The Office.  Speaking of which, I think Spader is an interesting choice to join the cast and am excited for what he could bring.  But here's the thing I don't hear anyone talking about; no one is replacing Steve Carell! Spader is Kathy Bate's replacement as the CEO of the company and will probably be in about half the episodes.  This means they will be promoting within to fill that slot, a choice that though risky, could pay off greatly since these are the characters we already know and love.  The new dynamics will hopefully re-energize a cast that seemingly has been coasting for a couple seasons.  The new kid on the must see block is Whitney, who looks primed to fit right into the lol factory.

I'm also excited to see if JJ Abrams can deliver with "Person of Interest" especially since the abysmal "Undercovers" had his name on it last year and absolutely tanked.

There are also times I wish I still watched "Bones" and had maybe given "Big Bang Theory" a try.  But they both have a strike against them that I find hard to look past, one is a basic crime procedural and the other has a laugh track. I just got a giggle thinking that maybe Bones was the show with a laugh track and Big Bang Theory was the procedural. Sorry, I'm a simple man.

CBS

MUST:  Community, Person of Interest

The color coded breakdown:

Green = Will be programmed on my DVR
Blue = Not for me, but feel free. 
Red
 = Move along, nothing to see here.

8PM

ABC - Charlie's Angels
CBS - Big Bang Theory
CW - Vampire Diaries
Fox - X Factor Results
NBC - Community

8:30PM

CBS - How to Be A Gentleman
NBC - Parks and Recreation

9PM

ABC - Grey's Anatomy
CBS - Person of Interest
CW - The Secret Circle
Fox - Bones
NBC - The Office

9:30PM

NBC - Whitney

10PM

ABC - Private Practice
CBS - The Mentalist
NBC - Prime Suspect

Thursday's Total: One 1 hour drama, Four half hour comedies, one 1 hour reality, 4 hours

Overall Total: 5 hours drama, 5 hours comedy, 7 hours Reality  = 17 hours