It's a strange time to call it the return of TV when there have been new shows beginning and ending in the time since we last saw a new episode of Grey's Anatomy or The Office. The summer shows are picking up steam for a lot of people, some continuing into the fall so there's not a lot of time between new episodes of TV. However, now there's an infusion of lots of great TV, so I thought I'd give you all my thoughts a few weeks into this season.
For returning shows, nothing has done a terrific job of jumping back into it, but nearly all have delivered solid returns. Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, Parenthood, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, Castle, and Private Practice have all been just fine - good, even.
There are a few shows that are in their new seasons and have bumped it up a notch. Cougar Town started off last season as an odd concept that would lose it's appeal quickly. I think in an attempt to ride the pop culture use of the term "cougar" this show was put on the air without anyone actually knowing much about it. It's easily one of the funniest shows on TV and I laugh out loud nearly every episode. The season opener with Jennifer Aniston playing Courtney Cox's insane therapist was terrific. The entire supporting cast keeps the funny going - especially her son, Dan Byrd (recently in Easy A) and her neighbor's husband - Ian Gomez, with his man-crush on Cox's ex-husband. See, even describing it, you're more than a little curious, aren't you?
There are a few shows that I've watched in the past that I think I'm giving up on, particularly Fringe. They figured out the second dimension issue, but it's strayed too far from the original crazy stories of Fringe science and crazy episodes - they need more standalone episodes.
Of the new series I've seen this year, none of the ones I was looking forward to made much of an impression. Hawaii Five-O, Detroit 1-8-7, The Undercovers, Running Wilde (with Keri Russell and Will Arnett) were all fine, but I don't think I'll keep watching any of them.
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