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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ern's Five Favorite New Shows

Leeard needs a little more time to decide (three episodes instead of one or two), but Ern is pretty sure that these are the five shows worthy of viewing, if the genre is your taste, of course. Neither Leeard nor Ern really have genre biases. We like guy shows, girl shows, sci-fi, history, fantasy, teen stuff, soapy stuff, mysteries, violence, medical shows, legal shows, satire, comedies, and more. Here is Ern's list pulled from all the new shows that are still on air. Lone Star would have made the list, but the network drones took it off after two episodes.

1. Boardwalk Empire - This should come as no surprise, due to the quality, acting, history, characters, and story. It makes us feel like we've been watching this show for years. It plopped us right into Chicago mobster history with style, a little family drama, humor, and brutality. It's unpretentious for an HBO show and easy to watch, but it's not stupid.

2. Blue Bloods - Ern doesn't usually flock to cop shows, but this one pulled her in immediately. There is family drama, a secret organization of cops who act more like vigilantes, a "dirty" cop who you kind of root for, an overarching murder mystery, and, so far, interesting cases. There's really nothing else on Friday nights, so there's really no reason to skip this cop drama. Plus, it has Len Cariou in it. He's the really old guy with white hair. Broadway nerds will remember that Len Cariou was the original Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury. His voice is so great that when we watch the Johnny Depp Sweeney Todd, we watch it with Len Cariou on our ipods and mute the TV during the songs. Just hear for yourself: He's the guy who talks first and sings second (the one who doesn't sound like a creepy old man) We love that this talented old-timer is still kickin and making shows.

3) No Ordinary Family- This show was surprisingly fun, and it's good for the whole family to watch. The pacing made it easy to stick with, but it wasn't infantilizing. We hope this one can find an audience and stick around.

4) The Event- So far, this show is one of the best because we don't want to stop watching it. It's exciting, we think it's going to start focusing more on character development, and we like a high-concept show. It could get bad, like Flashforward did. But for now, it's one of the most promising new shows.

5) The Defenders- This is sort of the best by default because Ern wasn't impressed by most of the new shows. But it's a perfectly solid and fun legal drama for people who like to see laughs and twists in the courtroom.

Honorable mention: The Big C. This show is more of a comedy than Ern's other favorites, and it didn't make the top five, because it really started in the late summer. It's hard to call it "a new fun show," but it's too good not to mention it. It's light and breezy, yet respectful and true to the pain a cancer diagnosis can bring. We love the crazy main character, her precocious student (played by Precious' Gabourey Sidibe), and the main character's voluntarily homeless brother.

One to give more time to: We think that if it gets off of its "sex sells" gimmick and starts giving us smarter stories, Nikita could someday be a good show. For now, it's not as exciting or cohesive as it needs to be, but it's one Ern is keeping an eye on.

Ern's bottom five: My Generation, Chase, Detroit 1-8-7, Undercovers, Hellcats (just rent Bring It On, people; it's way better)


  1. I hated Boardwalk Mepire. It was slow and confusing to me, and none of the people on that show are attractive

  2. You know, historical shows aren't for everyone. If you are confused, you can read recaps here or on other sites. We would say give it another try, but we doubt the people are going to get hotter, haha.

  3. I like your choices, Ern. I'm glad you liked Blue Bloods, too. I'm always SHOCKED when I like a CBS show. I think the grand tally on CBS shows that I'm into now is 3 (Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, and HIMYM). This is a weird, lackluster season, but then again, last year had a lot of goodness to offer, so we'll call this a rebuilding year!

  4. Thanks. :) Yeah, CBS is slacking, but there is hope since they made Blue Bloods and had the sense to offer it competition-free on Friday nights. Everyone knows the party nights are Thursday and Saturday. Friday should be for TV.

  5. Thanks for liking the old geezer I'm married to -although I have to tell you, he his MUCH more vital than you may imagine. And remember, he is playing "up," as they say, so he can be believed as Tom Selleck's father. By the way, I'd peg "really old" at around 85 or 90. Len is a spry 71. That just makes him old(er). Again, thanks for being a fan.

    Heather Cariou

  6. Dude, if you are really married to Len Cariou, that's awesome! Sorry for the "old timer" remarks, but we're in our early 20s, so any age beyond 60 just boggles our minds. We are total fans. He rules.