Originally Posted by BoilerJim
I kind of like Mob Doctor and hope it sticks around. Two of the shows I looked forward to were Revolution & Last Resort and I can't get into either of them, so if they get booted it will be no big loss for me.
I'm kind of feeling that way about all the new shows.
None of them are making me go "wow, I really can't wait for the next episode". It seems like I feel that way about more shows every season.
Maybe it's because each season, more shows feel "safe". Few of them seem different, including the many attempts at creating that "quirky character that lacks social skills" every procedural has to have now. Add to that none of the shows seem to really explore any new and different storylines - or take any chances with them. They feel like mashups of other stuff.
FX and AMC seem to be the only networks that are willing or able to pull off having shows you really, really want to see.
For example, "American Horror Story" is genuinely creepy and keeps you on edge throughout. The last season really turned the way we think of a series on its head, and the new season seems like it might live up to that precedent.
On the other hand, "666 Park Avenue" feels like "The Haunted Mansion" at Disneyland. It has a few jump scares and some great effects, but there's no sense of fright. You find yourself giggling with your friends as you tumble out the exit door at the end of the ride, talking about how cool the main hall ghost effect still is. In the end, 666 feels like a 70's or 80's horror movie where people get picked off one by one because no one seems to pay any attention. It feels like a mashup between "The Shining", "The Omen" and "Burnt Offerings" - that is, if none of them were scary at all.
"Revolution" feels like a cross between movies like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" with shows like "Terra Nova" and "The Event" mixed in - and seems to take on the worst traits of each.
"Elementary" feels like "House" if he investigated mysteries (making the wrong deduction before settling on the correct one later), was cranky and had a drug prob.....oh, wait...
"Last Resort" seems to try hard and certainly keeps things moving, but it feels unsustainable as a series.
"Beauty and the Beast" feels like another turn at "Grimm", with fewer freaks. It could probably benefit from a little bit of "Dark Angel" (at least season one, anyway) if they're not going to keep the dynamic of the original.
"Vegas" feels like the 60's version of "The Shield" - if Vic Mackey mugged for the camera and said "ma'am" every time he took out a perp with a punch to the head. "Vegas" has the under the table payoffs and the corruption, but could use an injection of "Goodfellas". Each show, it seems like there's an offer you can refuse if you snear hard enough and say something witty while tipping your cowboy hat.
On cable, "Copper" seems to follow the same formula each week with the main character brow beating his way through an investigation with several red herrings which get sorted out by his on call pathologist, all while dealing with Annie's antics, the odd partnership of his two high society friends.
"Arrow" has promise, assuming they skew more toward "Smallville" and less toward "The Cape".
None of the new comedies seem compelling. I've been trying to like Ben and Kate, but I'm giving up on it. They seem to include the daughter less and less, who really added to the show by being the easy going, up for anything character who manages to keep everyone in check.Edited by NetworkTV - 10/20/12 at 8:54am