Arts, Entertainment, Living
The Television Critics Association 2010 summer press tour begins today with set visits (“Desperate Housewives,” “Parenthood,” “Undercovers,” etc.) so I’ll be without wifi for the day, but coverage begins in full tomorrow.
I’ve watched all the fall pilots and my overall feeling is it’s not as ambitious a year as last fall. There’s no “Modern Family” or “Glee” that jumps out at me. There are a few comedies I liked and I’m eager to see more of (namely ABC’s “Better With You” and for midseason “Happy Endings” and “Mr. Sunshine”) and there were a couple of dramas I liked a lot (Fox’s “Lone Star,” NBC’s “The Event”) and one well-made procedural (ABC’s “The Whole Truth”).
But there’s also a lot of junk, and at the top of that list there’s “Outlaw,” a ridiculous drama about the most conservative member of the Supreme Court (Jimmy Smits) who quits to defend a death row inmate. On what planet is this series set? CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” is pretty generic and solidifies my impression that Alex O’Loughlin will not be the next Simon Baker. And ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” – “The Incredibles” done as live-action – was a complete bore.
On cable, HBO may have another winner in “Boardwalk Empire” about the mob in Atlantic City during prohibition in the 1920s. Many “Sopranos” comparisons will be made but this series doesn’t have the psychological component of ‘The Sopranos,” so it could just as easily be compared to fellow mob period piece “Goodfellas.” I’ve watched two “Boardwalk” episodes so far – it looks fantastic and star Steve Buscemi is great – and I’m eager to see more.
Check back tomorrow and continuing through Aug. 7 for for updated press tour posts throughout each day of the tour. And if you have questions for TV producers or actors, send them now to TV Q&A and I'll do my best to get answers.