I spent the weekend tackling my paper clutter–overflowing files, junk mail, miscellaneous pages ripped from magazines on things I will most likely never cook/wear/buy/do–and everything is now recycled, tossed and organized. I’m an organizational junkie with procrastination problems; I like everything alphabetized and in its place, but I have a hard time getting it all there in a timely manner. Every time I move I throw it all in a bag and vow to deal with it when I arrive at my new destination, only to not look at it again until six months in, if that. (This time it was almost nine months–a new record for me.) It’s amazing how much clearer I can think once I do get around to cleaning it out–just being able to see a clean surface lifts five layers of stress. Let’s hope I can keep this up until at least November.
All this cleaning means I’ve earned another week of guilt-free, non-stop TV watching. Aside from Trevor Noah taking over the Daily Show tonight on Comedy Central (11/10c), there are no other premieres tonight. Which is good, because my DVR is already working over time and the shows just keep coming the rest of this week and next. So far, here’s what I’m loving and what I can easily give up:
Minority Report – Pass. If a movie’s been done well, it feels a little stale to tackle it in a television series (and vice versa sometimes). Nothing stands out for me with this show, and even the “cool gadgets” were underwhelming.
Life in Pieces – Keep…for now. This was funnier than I expected, but I have a hard time watching comedy consistently, especially with traditional family sitcoms. Colin Hanks is great, as per usual.
Blindspot- Keep. I have to admit that this wasn’t nearly as cool as the promos suggested it would be, and some of it even felt like it was copying The Blacklist, but I’m going to stick with it and see if it improves.
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris – Pass. I love NPH, but not this format–this is way too chaotic for me.
Scream Queens – Keep! I loved the pilot–this show lived up to the hype and then some. So many quotable moments and “omg!” scenes.
The Muppets – Pass. I didn’t laugh once.
The Bastard Executioner – Pass…for now. This is a little too dark for me and I think I can really only handle one GOT-type show in my life. Once you’ve seen one knife through the head, you’ve seen ’em all.
Limitless – Keep…for now. Again, the movie version of this was show was great, but Jake McDorman is a star in the making and he adds a lot to this procedural. I want to see where this one goes when it’s not just solving the crime of the week.
Rosewood – Pass. Even charming Morris Chestnut can’t save this one. Way too much medical jargon being mumbled and the whole thing was pretty forgettable.
Moonbeam City – Pass! Yeah…no.
The Player- Keep. This was a big surprise for me! I came into this expecting to be bored, but I was really intrigued by the concept and I thought it was a lot of fun. I think this will be a great combo on Thursdays with The Blacklist.
Heroes Reborn – Pass. This feels like it lost something magical from the original series. It felt chaotic, jumping between places and people every two minutes, and the new cast (with the exception of Zachary Levi) doesn’t have the same sparkle that the first season characters had. It didn’t pull me in enough to pick back up with this story.
Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe – Pass. The pilot felt like low-budget public television. I was expecting more fashion and fun.
Indian Summers – Keep. Stunning scenery-this show is all luscious greens and vibrant reds! I feel like this would’ve been a better fit in the lazy days of summer, though–it doesn’t feel like “fall TV” to me.
Blood & Oil – Keep…for now. It’s refreshing to have a show not set in the typical locations, and this looks like soapy fun. It’s pure fluff, so it may be the last thing I get to on the DVR each week.
Quantico – Keep! This was as good as I hoped it would be and everything you want in a pilot–characters you already want to know more about and a plot to keep you hooked for next week. I can’t wait to see where this one goes.
Phew! It’s a lot to keep up with already. Now it’s your turn…what show are you loving so far? What did you hate? Spill…