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CJ’s Fall Predictions

Posted by CJ Cregg on September 3, 2009

I don’t usually watch a lot of new shows.  I find several shows that I really like and watch them for their entire run.  I’m loyal to a fault to the shows that grab me their first season.  For example, I watched all 4 seasons of the OC even after it got bad.  Nonetheless, I’m going to try a few new things this fall, but on balance, these new shows don’t excite me all that much.  I’d give most of them a hearty ‘meh.’  In fact, there was nothing this year that made me think, ‘I can’t WAIT to see that show!’  I will use Feeny’s format and bring you my initial thoughts on the show followed by my predictions.

Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) — Empowering or desperate?  I say desperate.  This show is already one of my least favorite coming up this fall.  Also, none of the jokes in the trailer were funny.  At all.

The Beautiful Life (CW) — I will watch this show.  It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a good show, but it’s tailored to the CW’s demographic perfectly.  This is the perfect kind of ‘awesomely-bad-guilty-pleasure’ that I (and lots of other people) go for.  Also, being after America’s Next Top Model will help this show out.  It’ll get a good amount of viewers this year, and with such a great timeslot, I think it’ll stick around.

Bored to Death (HBO) — I don’t think this is going anywhere.  Not enough funny here.  I think the Sunday night lineup will make it too difficult for it to capture a viewership.

Brothers (FOX) — Shows on Friday night rarely last.  This one is not good enough to make the cut.

The Cleveland Show (FOX) –None of the other Sunday night shows will grab this demographic, but I really think this show is going to be horribly bad.

Community (NBC) — I’m excited about the cast on this show.  (I’ve been a secret Chevy Chase fan ever since I saw the Three Amigos in junior high, and he is legit funny in this trailer.)  Community will attract a different viewer than the others on Thursday evenings, and I think it looks funny.  I wish I could say I think this show will take off, and I will watch it and most likely enjoy it, but it seems a bit too off-beat to really catch on.

Cougar Town (ABC) — There’s no way this show will take off.  But perhaps I’m just too young to be anything but grossed out by the trailer.  I never want to get old, much less watch a TV show about it.

Eastwick (ABC) — I’m so over the vampire/witch craze (except for the ORIGINAL, Buffy, of course).  However, as some of our readers have pointed out, it’s important to think about the public at large.  But there is little else of interest on at this time period, so there might be some viewership here.  Not enough to make this a major success though.

Flash Forward (ABC) — I’m actually mildly intrigued by this show.  But it has stiff competition for the time slot, so I’m not sure it’ll catch on.  Of course, shows like this make it difficult to watch one episode, so I suspect that those that begin watching this will continue.  But not enough to make a difference.

The Forgotten (ABC) — I’ve already forgotten this show amidst the other new ones.  Not exciting at all.  Although its a timeslot waiting to be captured, this show isn’t going to be it.  There’s not enough NEW here.

Glee (FOX) — This show was not as good as I thought it would be when it premiered last spring, but it definitely already has quite the following (namely among my theatre friends from NU).  But the public loves musicals, so this show is going to stick around.  I’ll be watching.

The Good Wife

The Good Wife

The Good Wife (CBS) — This is one show that I’m actually excited about.  I like shows about politics, and while I don’t love Julianna Marguiles, the rest of the cast is pretty awesome.  With little competition for the timeslot, I think this show could be the Tuesday 9:00 show.  I hope it’s funnier than the trailer made it look, though.  Shows like this need some comedy.

Hank (ABC) — No way is this show going to succeed.  Hits a little too close to home in the financial crisis.  Much primetime TV is about escapism, so I really don’t think anyone is going to want to watch this.

The Jay Leno Show (NBC) — I guess it’s comedy, but doesn’t seem that appealing to me.  I agree with Feeny that NBC is going to try really hard to make this one last, but I’m not optimistic.

Melrose Place (CW) — Why?  Why?  Why?  Why must the CW continue to redo old shows in a mediocre way?  Why?  Sadly, I have to agree with Feeny that this show definitely fits the demographic for the CW, and with last year’s success of 90210, this one has a good chance to stick around as well.

Mercy (NBC) — I disagree with Feeny about this one.  Despite my dislike of Michelle Trachtenberg (I hope she gets out of Buffy soon), I think the creative team on this one is just too good for this show to be horrible.  I don’t think Hank and The Middle will put up much of a fight for viewers, so I’m a bit more optimistic here.  Not saying I’ll watch it, but people certainly will.  And because I like most of the creative team, I’ll give it a shot for a week or two.

The Middle (ABC) — Absolutely not.  So played out.  I found the trailer so horrible that I didn’t even want to watch the whole thing.  There is nothing new here and the mom voiceover was insufferable.

The Modern Family (ABC) — The trailer was mildly amusing.  I’m a bit intrigued.  I’ll ignore the fact that

The Modern Family

The Modern Family

they used the phrase “very unique” in the trailer.  (Consult Toby Ziegler in the West Wing for why that is a no-no.  In short, unique is a binary.)  The dad doing the High School Musical dance was funny, but this is a competitive timeslot, so I don’t think this show is going to have a wide following.

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) — As long as this one sticks with the formula, it will probably succeed.  They’ve all done pretty well.

Three Rivers (CBS) — A show about organ donation?  Really?  Don’t think this one is going to be interesting enough to hold an audience.  The trailer was boring.  On Sunday night I’ll take Brothers and Sisters or Desperate Housewives any day.

Trauma (NBC) — A show called Trauma?  I think Feeny’s right, people want some funny.  This is too intense.  The reason The Unusuals was so good is that it really focused on relationships.  For this show to succeed, it would have to as well.  But these characters seem too intense and not nearly funny enough.  I’m thinking no.

V (ABC) — No thanks.  There are much better action/drama shows on this fall.  Human extinction is for movies, not TV.

The Vampire Diaries (CW) — Wow, the writing was so terrible and over-the-top that I just wanted to turn off the trailer.  Of course, this is on the CW, and vampires are really popular.  I’ll give it one season with a moderate viewership.

White Collar (USA) — I thought the trailer for this was exciting.  I’ll watch it.  But 9 PM on Friday is a death knell for a show.  So, I think it’ll get renewed, but it won’t have the massive following, and it won’t be the show everyone in the office is talking about the day after it airs.

Here’s what I think the season will hold:

The Successes: Glee, Melrose Place, NCIS: Los Angeles
The Renewals: The Cleveland Show, Community, The Good Wife, The Jay Leno Show, The Beautiful Life, Mercy, White Collar
The Oners: Bored to Death, Brothers, Flash Forward, The Forgotten, Trauma, The Vampire Diaries, The Modern Family
The Flops: Accidentally on Purpose, Cougar Town, Eastwick, Hank, The Middle, Three Rivers, V

5 Responses to “CJ’s Fall Predictions”

  1. Mr. Feeny said

    Three Amigos is on right now. And I’m loving it all over again.

    • CJ Cregg said

      SHUSH! Speak no more of Three Amigos for despite its awesomeness, it is a MOVIE and this blog is about TELEVISION. Silly Feeny.

  2. Malcolm said

    The thing about WHITE COLLAR is that all of USA’s original programming airs on Friday night. This show is jumping into a slot formerly occupied by MONK…hardly a death knell…

    • Mr. Feeny said

      It’s acually Psych’s slot, but that’s also a popular show.

      Also…just to pile on CJ…”it won’t be the show everyone in the office is talking about the day after it airs.” This is true. Very few people go into the office on Saturday.

      • Malcolm said

        I’m talking about the ACTUAL television schedule, i.e. East Coast/West Coast time (Monk at 9pm/Psych at 10pm).

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