TV Tuesday: pleasant surprises

Sep 27, 2011

It seems that all I’ve blogged about lately is TV. All I can say in my defense is “‘Tis the season!”

(I’ll make an effort to branch out soon.)

The season premieres of Fringe and The Good Wife were great fun — and I’d love to discuss them in the comments — but for this entry I’m focusing on pleasant surprises:

A Gifted Man — Hadn’t intended on watching this one, but ultimately couldn’t resist the appeal of Jennifer Ehle. Actually, the whole cast is pretty dang good. This is the best I’ve seen from Patrick Wilson since Little Children, and we also get recent Emmy winner Margo Martindale as his secretary (?), Dexter’s Julie Benz as his sister, and The Wire‘s Pablo Schreiber as the medium/psychic dude (please let his role be recurring!). The story is predictably schmoopy, but the performances won me over. And you guys, there’s a GHOST! I’m gonna keep watching.

New Girl — I was intrigued by the promos, but wasn’t sure Steve would find this show appealing. Turns out that the trio of male roomates make the perfect foil for Zooey D’s offbeat persona. We laughed outloud several times and definitely will tune in again.

Terra Nova — I expected to be “meh” about this, but aside from some clunky exposition dialogue (especially toward the end), I found it pretty gripping. Not sure the show can sustain this pace, but so far so good. (Oh, and I’ve liked Jason O’Mara since he played Fergal on Monarch of the Glen — he’s the main reason I tuned in.) TN writers — please give us more head-chomping dinosaurs! And don’t overdose us on teen angst. Thanx. (Oh, I hope there’s an interesting story behind the Shannons’ third child.)

How about you — found any new shows yet? Any pleasant surprises of your own?

[Cross-posted from Livejournal]

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