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The First New Fall Shows are Here -- And So Is TVWW's Annual Fall Preview!
September 8, 2010  | By David Bianculli

The first new show of the 2010 fall TV season, CW's Hellcats, shows up tonight. On cable, so does FX's Terriers. And accompanying them both, for the third straight year, is TV WORTH WATCHING's annual Fall TV Preview...

If you've been a regular at this site for a while, you know the drill. (And drill, this year, is especially apt, since the first series on list is a show about college cheerleaders.) If not , here it is: Click on the Fall TV Preview banner, and get transported to our show-by-show scouting report -- brief capsules, written by our TVWW editors and correspondents.

Take Hellcats, for example, premiering tonight (Wednesday) at 9 ET. A CW series about cheerleading? It's got to be a candidate for instant and fervent ridicule and outright dismissal, right? Not necessarily.

On the Fall Preview page, I call it "Not nearly as bad as I expected."

Diane Werts advises, "Don't hate them because they're beautiful. Don't hate them at all."

Bill Brioux, more pragmatically, says, "You knew Glee had to inspire some kind of spinoff."

And Eric Gould, the curmudgeon in this particular example, welcomes it with a cheer, but with a derisive one: "2-4-6-8, this-is-one-we-really-hate!!"


Then there's Terriers, and more than 20 other new fall shows -- all listed in order of premiere dates, and described by as many TVWW writers as want to weigh in... both before and after the premieres. As subsequent episodes become available, we here at TV WORTH WATCHING, like members of Congress, reserve the right to revise and extend our remarks.

Well, to extend them, anyway...

So for today, click HERE at take it away. And for later visits, just click on the home-page Fall Preview banner, which will remain in place until the last show premieres in October.

Please let us know what you think -- of the Fall Preview, and of the shows themselves, and which ones, through our descriptions and evaluations or the on-air ads, pique your interest...




Eileen said:

Favorite Comment: Tom B's "You'll think cutting the grass looks better."

Thank you all for the heads-up. I had a feeling "Hawaii Five-0" and "The Defenders" would be awful, and you've confirmed that fact.

No matter what anyone thinks of the Dick Wolf L&O franchise, they are still the best written one hour non-cable shows on tv. Amazing guest stars and always interesting plots. I have many friends who watch rerun after rerun of these shows on cable, and never tire of them. I'm hoping L&O LA is as good as its NYC relatives.

I'm giving "Raising Hope" and "Running Wilde" a chance because of the casts; the premises are totally crazy, but who knows...

I'm still furious with CBS for canning "New Adventures of Old Christine"; Tom B. will agree with me that this was one of the best cast comedies in the past few years. Julia Louis Dreyfus and Wanda Sykes were spot-on perfect foils, but apparently CBS would rather go with a junky replacement than give this show a pardon. We'll see how that goes.

Thanks again. Once the shows begin and have had a little time to shake out, it would be great to have you all give a second glance at who is succeeding, and who is being yanked.

Comment posted on September 8, 2010 10:11 AM

Marlark said:

Are you kidding me? "Boardwalk Empire" I was looking forward to, but of all the new shows, what does it say that the only thing that has any appeal for me is dunh-dunh L&O LA?

Shouldn't cable-fear drive networks to create more original programming?

Shouldn't the plethora of reality programming yield a bumper crop of available, talented writers for the few scripted shows produced?

Guess I'll have more time to stream NetFlix programming while I wait for "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Or, horrors, go outside for a walk.

Thanks for round up of reviews. Seems like more channels equals more trashy emptiness. Thank goodness for the few, lush oases uncovered by TVWW.

Comment posted on September 8, 2010 1:49 PM

ceolaf said:

Can we get a summary?

Like, is there a consensus on these from your crew?

Honestly, it's too much to take in in the current format. I just read through it and remember almost nothing. It's a LOT of shows, with a lot of comments.

I know score cards suck, but how about a score card, with links to the blurbs.

[This page, as we said, is a work in progress. The next level of progress is to move it to three columns, where we'll have room for summaries -- so before long, that part of your wish will be granted. As for the grades, or a consensus? Nah. What fun would it be if we all agreed? -- David B.]

Comment posted on September 8, 2010 2:33 PM

Christina Williams said:

I've been following the TVWW Fall Preview since its inception, and this year's selection of new shows is by far the most dismal. 24 shows reviewed so far, and only one looks remotely promising, Boardwalk Empire. The rest seem to be, well, swill. I know there are more reviews to come, but I'm not holding my breath.

If it weren't for a few returning favorites, the promise of good drama on HBO and Showtime, and the now daily Friday Night Lights reruns, I'd cancel my cable service.

[Now you know how WE feel... Well, SOME of us, anyway. -- David B.]

Comment posted on September 8, 2010 3:14 PM

Robert D said:

I have agree with the previous posters that the Fall premieres previewed so far don't ensure a lot of enthusiasm. I won't be throwing out my TV yet though. There are still many shows that I have heard great things about either from TWW or friends that I haven't had time to see.

I am looking forward to a Fall of curling up with DVDs of Breaking Bad, Modern Family and maybe Glee. The TiVO will be glad to have a little vacation.

Comment posted on September 9, 2010 9:47 AM
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