Jun 062013
 

New Fall TV Show Crazy Ones

Robin Williams got his start in television and was a huge hit on that medium, and then moved on to the big screen where he became an Academy Award winning star.  Now he is returning to TV in a new fall TV series called The Crazy Ones.  After the success of The Office, this new fall TV show has amazing potential given its similar single-camera camera approach to following a workplace that has some real characters ion it.

Mr. Williams plays a larger-than-life ad man who has an often off-the-wall approach that is close to unbelievable and usually incredibly funny and creative.  As the boss of the ad firm he can take these risks and do these outrageous things with few repercussions.  And given the success of the agency, it is hard for anyone to argue with his incredible methods.  But he does have to answer to someone very important, despite the fact that he is the boss, and that is his daughter as played by another former TV star Sarah Michelle Gellar.  As you might expect, his daughter is his foil, so different in so many ways .  She is meticulous and wants to stay within the lines.  She wishes that she could advance her own name but how to do so when so much energy needs to go into controlling her larger-than-life father?

Led by these two powerful and successful actors, and supported by a great cast, we have high hopes for this particular new fall TV show.  And given how successful its producers have been at capturing TV audiences (David E. Kelley brought us “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” while more recently Jason Winer brought us “Modern Family”) this one seems sure to be a hit.  CBS TV may be following in the footsteps of an NBC hit, but this new fall TV show seems to have enough distinction on its own to develop a unique and perhaps equally large following.

May 222013
 

New Fall TV Series

Michael J Fox has been a hit on TV almost every time he’s starred in a series, though since his Parkinson’s Disease symptoms have been more obvious he’s been relegated to supporting roles. It appears that NBC is realizing that the disease should not prevent them from taking a chance on this incredibly talented actor who tends to attract and keep a large audience.  And what better than a show that can actually make the disease part of the plot line?

As the title of the show hints at, this one is very loosely based on Mr. Fox’s own life.  The title character, however, is names Mike Henry, who was once a popular and well-liked newsman who is now retired and has Parkinson’s.  But this newsman has decided not to stay retired, and instead will go back to work at his local NBC station where he used to work.  The interplay between that decision and his family dynamics and of course his disease make for both heartwarming and funny storylines.  It may be said too often, but this one truly may have something for just about every viewer.

This show has the makings of a hit, though NBC is hedging a little with a less than favorable time slot to start.  As we often see, however, new fall TV shows often get moved around fairly quickly if the gain an audience.  And NBC has ordered a full 22 episodes, so they clearly belive that this new fall show will be at least good enough to stick with for a while.  With a central character that has a history of success, and a strong cast of his family and friends, this one has the potential to be a hit in the new fall TV lineup.  For those who are looking for the best new fall TV comedy, “The MIchael J Fox Show” may be your answer.

May 052013
 

New Fall TV Star Jenny Slate

Recently we’ve seen comedies about single 30 somethings do extremely well.  From “New Girl” to “Whitney” to “Ben and Kate” these types of new TV show have had success and staying power, as well as critical acclaim.  Thus it is not surprise that ABC TV has put together a pilot that stars that demographic, and like the other shows that have done well, this new fall TV show may be a 2013 hit.

Why are we so optimistic about this particular new fall show?  Take a look at the cast of well-liked veterans:

- June Diane Raphael who people absolutely adored in Burning Love, and has even appeared on two of the hits we mention above: Whitney and New Girl

- Kristen Schaal who was a breakout star in 30 Rock after memorable short stints on Modern Family and others.  Those who watched Flight of the Conchords probably loved her as the band’s only fan

- Jenny Slate (pictured above) who has been a featured comedian on SNL and has also been on the popular Parks and Rec.  Before that her comedy was seen all over TV

Like several other shows that have done well, most recently and most significantly perhaps “The Office”, Pulling is based on a successful British show that seems to translate well to the US audience.  The humor may have to be changed a bit – from the dry and sarcastic that is favored (or should we say “favoured”) in the UK to the slightly more silly and obvious that is prefered here.  But like shows before it, this new fall TV show has a great chance to make that transition.

Pulling is certainly one of the new fall TV shows that we are excited about in 2013, and as the season draws closer and more information is available we will be sure to provide it.  For now, we have it on our short list of new shows to follow!