Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thoughts on last night's TV (Glee, Top Chef, Modern Family, Cougar Town) and tonight's DVR overload
Wow - my Wednesday night TV schedule is filling up quickly! Wednesday has traditionally been my television night devoted to LOST, but until LOST returns in 2010, I'm happy to say that I have plenty of other Wednesday night goodness to look forward to.
First and foremost, Glee. I loved the pilot so much that I really feared I was setting myself up for disappointment when it came back on the air. But week after week I have been blown away by how consistently good this show is! Last night's episode focused on Kurt's struggles with coming out and his new role as kicker of the football team. The use of Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' was fantastic (and props to the folks over at FOX for getting the rights to use all of these awesome songs on the show!!) and it was really nice to see some of the peripheral characters (Kurt, Tina, Puck) get much more face time. Now if only I can get an episode with lots of love for Artie! My biggest complaint about last night's episode was the lack of big singing numbers - but the preview for next week showed double treats: Kristen Chenoweth and Queen's 'Somebody to Love'. Another minor complaint from last night is the ridiculousness of the, now, two pregnancy storylines. I am all for taking dramatic and creative liberties with reality but I find it hard to believe that Will and Finn are stupid enough to be strung along by their leading ladies for much longer. Also, did anyone else feel some serious Friday Night Lights undertones (head cheerleader cheats on football QB boyfriend with rebel best friend receiver)? Not that I'm complaining!
As for last night's Top Chef - Let me just say these two things: 1) Kevin is the only person I find myself rooting for on a consistent basis. Everyone else just annoys me or is terrible. 2) I thought we were past the show being Top Scallops, but apparently not?
And who saw Modern Family!? - Alert the Presses, because we've got a real winner on our hands!! I don't think I've laughed out loud that much during a 30 minute comedy in awhile! The pilot of this new ABC comedy was witty, light-hearted and well-written but still gave the (many) characters depth. I'm really excited to see how this show moves forward, but for now it's definitely on my Wednesday night list.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Cougar Town. It was definitely amusing at times, and it was nice to see Courtney Cox back on broadcast tv in a humorous role, but there were just too many 'icky' moments for me. Her relationship with her son is sweet, but I worry that there will be too many more 'icky' moments with him walking in on her, and I'm just not sure I can handle that. Whether this remains on my Wednesday night list is TBD.
Tonight's jam-packed TV schedule includes the premieres of Grey's Anatomy and Flash Forward. Also on my DVR list are Survivor, The Office, Community, Parks and Rec, and Project Runway. Honestly, guys, I'm not sure I can keep that much TV up on Thursday nights (plus 30 Rock and Private Practice when they return)! Luckily, though, I have AT&T U-verse so I can record up to 4 shows at one. Still, that's an incredibly ambitious night so we'll see if all these shows make the cut past this week!