With last night’s supercharged season fifteen premiere of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (pictured above), I feel that my reentry into TV viewing – besides “Project Runway,” which is reality TV – is just getting started. Besides my affection for “Lost” and “The Office,” which took up a lot of my time in the last decade, the only shows I have been watching (usually only peripherally because of homework) are “Blue Bloods,” “Grimm” and “Elementary.” In the spirit of wanting to get interested in new TV shows, here are five that I’d be willing to try out, complete with YouTube links to the trailers in the highlighted titles.
“Hello Ladies” (HBO): Stephen Merchant, the excellent co-creator of “The Office,” “Extras” and “Life’s Too Short,” has proven himself as a fine actor and writer. I can’t wait to see him focus his talents into the lead role of this somewhat autobiographical series.
“The Blacklist” (NBC): This Silence of the Lambs-lite drama has gotten some good reviews; surely the unique weirdness of James Spader will be worth watching no matter what turns the script takes. Since the pilot has already aired, I’ll have to catch up pronto.
“The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC): Well, it might turn out OK. I don’t usually like TV comedies unless they’re on HBO – there’s a difference in quality, I guess – but you have to admit that there it’s new and exciting seeing a lead actor (and character) incorporating his life with Parkinson’s disease into a funny, touching real-world setting. Obviously this show isn’t going to be like “Family Ties” or “Spin City,” but then again, Michael J. Fox’s life and acting have evolved and matured. NBC has confidence in the show, having ordered a full season before the show has even debuted, so that’s a good sign.
“Ironside” (NBC): Reboots are a dime a dozen, but Blair Underwood may well prove himself to be a worthy successor to Raymond Burr as disabled detective Robert Ironside. Pablo Schreiber, most recently seen as Olivia Benson’s captor/tormentor in last night’s SVU premiere, plays a fellow detective. As a little bonus, Danny Glover will guest star as Ironside’s father.
“Super Fun Night” (ABC): The recent New York cover story about Rebel Wilson has made me interested in seeing how this comedy will pan out. I like the idea of representing women who are not usually leads on sitcoms. As the article points out, too often female characters complain about being imperfect and awkward but still conform to the common Hollywood standards of thinness and beauty. Here we have a geeky, klutzy character who weighs more than the average TV star but who is defined by more than her size.