Can you believe today is the last day of 2013?!?! We at “Save It For the Commercial Break” can’t… our DVR is still at max capacity! We thought we’d give our little review of TV in general so far this season as a way of saying goodbye to ’13. Shows we liked, shows we hated, shows that surprised us. Here are Mark and Lauren with their highs and lows.
MARK J. PARKER: Fall 2013 was overall I sort of “meh” TV season if you ask me. I watched pretty much every new pilot that aired in September or October, and few really hooked me. At first, I had a good amount added to my DVR season pass… but as the weeks went on, I realized many of these shows aren’t really worth watching (sorry guys!)
My new faves – Only a couple official ones here. Not many people seem to be liking “Trophy Wife,” but I think it’s great. It’s a fresher “Modern Family,” and I find everyone in the cast likeable (maybe except the friend Meg, who doesn’t really fit in with the mix of things). I also enjoyed watching some episodes of “The Goldbergs,” which is “Trophy Wife”‘s lead-in, but I’m not calling that a fave – it’s comical, but not something I need to watch every week. The characters have their moments, but I’m not as interested in them as I am with the “Trophy Wife” characters. My two other faves are from HBO, which really knocked it out of the part for me in November/December with “Ja’mie: Private School Girl” and “Getting On.” I, and others, are OBSESSED with “Ja’mie” and his/her sassy one-liners (that will be a separate post sometime in the near future), and like the awkward charm of “Getting On.” Sign me up for more of both!
*** I still need to watch “Sleepy Hollow” (only saw the pilot, but I liked it!), “Generation Cryo” (again, only saw the first episode and was really into it), and “Masters of Sex” … they might be new faves, but I got super behind on these shows, so I can’t say just yet!
The misses – There are many. I had given DVR season passes to “Mom,” “Hostages,” “S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Super Fun Night,” “The Crazy Ones,” and “Dracula,” but ultimately none of these were really worth my DVR space. I admit I didn’t give “Dracula” much of a chance – on a rainy day if there really was no other show to watch, I would catch up on a couple more episodes… but I just find that Jonathan Rhys-Meyers guy so creepy, even without the fangs. “Hostages” was interesting at first, and I liked the pilot, but I don’t know, I guess I’d just rather watch something else. The only thing I liked about “Mom” were the actresses… the jokes were not funny. I was really surprised by how good the pilot was for “The Crazy Ones,” but then other episodes weren’t as enjoyable (maybe Kelly Clarkson should have been a series regular?). And don’t get me started on “Super Fun Night”… I like Rebel Wilson even though she’s becoming obnoxious, but that show is BAD BAD BAD. I could go on, but I need to discuss other shows.
As for shows I regularly watched and kept up with this season, they are “The Walking Dead,” “Homeland” (I’m catching up… 4 episodes left!), “American Horror Story: Coven,” “Parks and Rec,” and “SNL.” Of course there’s also the great reality shows like “Bar Rescue” and the “Real Housewives” shows that are/were must-see TV for me this fall, but we’ll leave them out for now.
“The Walking Dead” was definitely slow, I agree with everyone else out there. It has been slow ever since the second season, sometimes so painfully that I zone out and my contacts dry up. BUT, I found this season (or half of the season, whatever) to actually be really great story-wise. Major events – the virus outbreak in the prison, Rick forcing Carol to leave after what she did, the epic finale between Team Rick and Team Governor at the prison – were really jaw dropping game changers. But yes I do agree, all the scenes in between those events… were… snoozies……. zzz…. Oh well, I’ll still watch.
“Homeland” season 3 isn’t as bad as I had heard. I’m currently 2/3 through, and I’m into it. Yes, Brody isn’t around really, but I’m really interested in this Carrie-Saul power struggle/big con they’re pulling on the CIA. Also, I really want to know – who the fuck blew up the CIA at the end of Season 2?!?! Tell me skinny banker man tell me! PS. I hate Dana so much, and Brody’s son (does anyone actually know his name) needs more of a role.
“AHS: Coven” is fun. Totally fun. However… sorry everyone, I need more scary stuff. A lot of people didn’t like season 2 “Asylum,” but I did because I found it gruesome, horrific, stressful, and messed up. Maybe a little messed up at times, but definitely something unique on TV. Of course Ryan Murphy still can’t put together a super solid show, but I’m passed that and have unfortunately accepted it. “Coven” has a stellar cast and some great dialogue… but where did the horror from the first couple episodes go? Yes we just saw Kathy Bates’ head in a box recently, but that was more comical than “Seven.” I want to see the scary shit I love in the main titles happening in the story! Enough of the sassy humor, it’s been fun, but I want to be on the edge of my seat dammit! Frankenstein Kyle needs to like amp up the scares. Fiona needs to stop the affair with that serial killer guy, it’s boring. Misty Day needs to stop being so… Stevie Nicks! I’m ready for her to switch on us. I don’t know… it’s fun, but I’m getting antsy.
“Parks and Rec” is still great, even though NBC loves to take it off the schedule a lot. I laugh, I get emotional, I want more. Come on NBC. Carrie Underwood and The Voice can take a night off.
“SNL”… funny sometimes, awkward and not funny other times. See Lauren’s comments below for more. Some great comedians on the show, but MANY that are unused and possibly unfunny. The writing needs work. Less “weird funny” and more “actually funny.”