The TV line-up this fall honestly looks pretty sucky from where we’re standing here at Speakeasy’s entertainment section. It’s full of rehashes, cheap cash-ins and very little original content.
Let’s take a look at the worst of the offenders. Won’t this be fun?
Partners | Sept 24 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS
We’ll admit, “Partners” doesn’t look THAT bad. It’s by the dual-creators of “Will and Grace,” and it’s a sitcom about two best friends—one gay, one straight—who live together in the same apartment. It also stars Michael Urie of “Louis” fame and David Krumholtz from “Joe,” both pretty decent actors.
Where it seems like it’ll fall flat on its face is that, like many other shows on this list, it hardly offers anything new to add onto the whole “buddy sitcom” genre—aside from one of the “buddies” being gay.
This is great, of course, but the fact that it’s postured as the single thing that’ll set the show apart from the rest of the crowd is worrisome, both in terms of what that says about our culture and in terms of the show being a “one-trick pony.”
Emily Owens, M.D. | Oct 16 at 9 p.m. on The CW
“Emily Owens, M.D.” is The CW’s latest offering about a kind-of quirky girl, Mammie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter), who finds out that being a doctor in a hospital is just like being back in high school.
She was bullied in high school, and now she’s nervous because all of the same cliques from her old school life seem to be back in FULL FORCE now that she’s a big-girl doctor!
Hey CW: after 4 years of college and god-knows-how-many years in med school, how/why can anybody even care about high school anymore? No matter how much she hates her old nickname of “Pits” (we’re not making this up), we think she’d probably have gotten over it at some point.
Also, this is yet another “doctor show.” Yawn. There’s already tons of competition from beloved giants like “House” and “Scrubs.”
Guys With Kids | Sept 26 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC
“Guys With Kids” is a comedy from Jimmy Fallon about three 30-something dudes who have kids. Also, it stars Anthony Anderson of “Kangaroo Jack.” (Yep, that crappy movie that had a rapping kangaroo in it.)
So this show’s already got a lot going for it, nevermind the fact that it’s doing barely anything to separate itself out of the myriad of other movies and family sitcoms about doofy dudes trying to take care of their own spawn.
Seriously, why? Stay-at-home dads, single dads and men who enjoy spending large amounts of time with their kids have become a normal, accepted part of society. It is no longer a novel idea to try to attempt to describe a “humorous situation” where three “goofy guys” who are also “dads” try to take care of the “funny things” that happen when their “kids” are being “kids.” PASS.
Made in Jersey | Sept 28 at 9 p.m. on CBS
We only had to read the description for this crap-fest on TV Guide’s website to know to stay as far away from it as possible:
“Move over, Snooki! Martina Garretti (played by Brit Janet Montgomery) is a streetwise Jersey girl attorney trying to make it in a big-time Manhattan law firm. And yes, like Snooki, she sports a bumpit, too — CBS and producers have even had discussions about the height of the ‘do. But we don’t think she has the time to GTL all day long.”
No thanks, CBS.
Animal Practice | Sept 26 at 8 p.m. on NBC
We’ll admit, we were skeptical about this show when we first saw the trailer. Hoo boy, a smart-alecky veterinarian guy who uh… does things, and hangs out with a pet monkey? And who gets with lots of women even though “he has a good heart?”
Oh man, how could this show get any better?
But it took this snippet where the main dude, played by Justin Kirk from the pretty “meh” sitcom“Jack and Jill,” sizes up women based on their dog ownership to get us to realize how bad it really was.
This scene doesn’t really sit right because:
A. it’s not funny at all.
B. it’s humor based on lame, self-invented stereotypes in an attempt to appear “edgy.”
C. it’s filled with dried-up, hackneyed humor devices that have been done billions of times before, much like the entire plot of this show.
Seriously, NBC, we’re going to level with you. Animal humor is never really that funny. And this show is most likely going to suck—regardless of how many cute trained monkeys you throw into it.
Which new fall show makes you want to hurl? Any bets on which one will be canceled first? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think, or tweet us @SpeakeasyENT. While you’re at it, be sure to check out our list of this fall’s best new shows.