Tune In / Tune Out: Week of Sept. 22, 2013

When we met up last night to discuss the first full week of the Fall 2013 TV season, we found ourselves a tad overwhelmed. So many new shows premiered this week that we found ourselves trying to remember exactly what we’d watched and what we’d thought. But this week’s Tune In / Tune Out represents what we found most memorable, for better or worse.

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Sleepy Hollow: The dynamic between Lt. Mills and Crane was enjoyable, and the feel of them being partners is evident. It was a good second episode, and I’m glad John Cho is back, even with his deformed neck. The last five minutes of the show was what stood out to me the most. I hope Abbie continues to see the sheriff, and I can’t wait to see where the show goes with her sister being involved. – Becca

The Blacklist: James Spader did not disappoint. I enjoyed his role on the show, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. I’m still getting a he-could-be-Keen’s-father vibe from the show, and hope there is another reason why he is so interested in her. Keen, herself, was good, and I particularly enjoyed that what appeared to be a happy, normal life was, in fact, not. I know that may sound wrong, but I enjoyed the twist with her husband, and I can’t wait to see why he married her. – Becca

How I Met Your Mother: The first half of the hour-long season premiere was lackluster, but the second half (“Coming Back”) made up for it. Between Marshall’s storyline with Sherri Shepherd, Barney coming to terms with his brother’s bad news, and a long-awaited glimpse into Ted’s future with The Mother, this episode brought the heart and the laughs that we remember from seasons past. – Kerry

And the audience goes ‘awwww.’

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The show had its ups and downs, but the ups outweigh the downs. Knowing Joss Whedon’s other works, this is only the beginning of something promising. The problem is it is too hard to have background, a story, and a real depth into the introduction of characters in one hour. – Becca

Person of Interest: After a sophomore season spent relying on the major female characters to play girlfriends or be satisfied with lackluster romance b-plots, the third season opened with impressive performances from Taraji P. Henson, Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker, whose characters each had meaty storylines that almost outshone the Number of the Week. And if The Machine does have a female consciousness, the third season may be POI’s Season of the HBIC. Fingers crossed. – Moff

“It’s ‘Root’ if you’re nice. ‘The Right Hand of God’ if you’re nasty.”

Parks and Recreation: The sixth season opener, “London,” started with an impromptu wedding between Ron Swanson and his girlfriend, Diane, which is probably one of the best weddings we’ve seen on television.

We hear ya, Leslie.

Leslie, meanwhile, was grappling with the reality of her recall election while she visited London to receive an award, and the bitterness that comes with a thankless job. Between speeches from Ron and April to cheer her up, along with exciting news from Ann and Chris, Leslie seemed to break out of her funk. We were also delighted to see Peter Serafinowicz appear as Lord Covington, as well as Henry Winkler as Jean-Ralphio’s father, Dr. Sapperstein. The highlight of the episode was Ron’s tour of the Lagavulin distillery, which Leslie had sent him on as a surprise. – Kerry

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NCIS: LA: It’s funny. While NCIS managed to start off its 11th season with an interesting, if not earth-shaking premiere, its younger sibling started off its fifth season with a less than impressive outing. Maybe it’s that I can’t quite accept Christopher Lambert as a villain when I keep expecting him to whip out a katana and battle to the death. Maybe it’s how played out the Janvier storyline feels at this point, especially as we seem to know no more about him than we did at his introduction. Or maybe I just don’t like seeing Eric Christian Olsen looking so defeated. Tsk, tsk, show. Tsk tsk. – Moff

Come back to Greendale, Vaughn. It’s safe now, we swear. Jeff graduated.

The Michael J. Fox Show (second episode): The story was predictable, and while it had a few good lines, it was nowhere as good as the pilot. The plot of Mike hitting on his neighbor, and belittling his co-worker, Harris, was off-putting even after his explanation. – Becca

Moms: Like Dads, it feels as if everyone is too good for this show. The tagline could be ‘history keeps repeating itself,’ with the three generations of women having close to the same storylines. A good Chuck Lorre show would be Dharma and Greg, not this. The only way it would become interesting is if it was Salem, from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, doing the daily affirmations at the beginning of the show because he was slowly trying to take over the world. – Becca

Talk about unlucky black cats.


Tune In / Tune Out: Week of Sept. 15, 2013

As the first week of the Fall 2013 TV season draws to a close, and we here at WWFTP continue ironing out our plans for this blog, we found ourselves talking last night about what we’d loved this week – and what we absolutely loathed.

That brings us to this post, the first of what we expect to become a weekly feature of our blog: Tune In / Tune Out, where we offer our opinion on the best and worst of the week. As always, we welcome your thoughts, suggestions and responses to our picks, but, please, keep it civil. And now, on with the list!

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Sleepy Hollow: Hipster time-traveler aside, the score for the pilot episode, composed by Brian Tyler, may have sounded familiar to Marvel MCU fans, as he also scored Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. – Becca

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The half-hour police sitcom was surprisingly funny, with Andy Samberg turning in a remarkably genuine performance as Detective Jake Peralta.


Comedy: It’s all a matter of timing.

Andre Braugher also brought the laughs as the precinct’s new, openly gay captain, but the best element of the show is the eccentric ensemble surrounding them. It definitely had a Parks and Rec vibe to it. – Kerry

Bones: The season 9 premiere offered up a solid murder-of-the-week; a surprisingly heart-wrenching performance from Emily Deschanel’s normally stoic Dr. Brennan; and the introduction of Danny Beck, a former army buddy of Booth’s and current CIA operative, played by the inimitable Freddie Prinze Jr. (Be still my She’s All That-loving heart.) – Moff

Freddie Prinze Jr. in the “Bones” season 9 premiere.

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Bones: Yet, the season opener also set out technologically inclined sociopath Christopher Pelant as the villain – as he was last season and for at least two-thirds the season before that. It’s time for a final throwdown with the hacker/killer/creep. – Moff

Dads: Everyone on this show is too good for this show. There were needlessly crass “jokes,” a grating laugh track, and a long, awkward scene where Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi compared their awful fathers. To add insult to injury, the two women of color on the show are treated as punchlines. Who would’ve thought Brenda Song would play a more well-rounded character on the Suite Life series than she does on network television. For shame, Dads. For shame. – Kerry

Suits: It went out with a whimper instead of a bang. Let’s hope for more in the winter episodes! – Kerry