Saturday 03 Dec 2016

Fall TV2013-2
Matt Seinberg

Now that we’re in week two of the Fall TV season, let’s conclude the reviews for the shows that I finally watched, and those I decided to skip, completely.

On CBS, “We Are Men” is very funny. I didn’t have much hope for it because of the preview reviews I had read, but I really enjoyed the ensemble cast of Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith and Jerry O’Connell. Last season Mr. Penn appeared on “How I Met Your Mother” as semi-regular and further distanced himself from the “Harold and Kumar” movie franchise. Who can forget Mr. Shalhoub as “Monk,” and his many seasons on “Wings?” Fellow Long Islander Chris Smith has appeared in “The Office,” “30 Rock,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Mr. O’Connell has starred in many TV series including one of Fox TV’s first hits, “Sliders,” “Crossing Jordan,” and the dramedy lawyer series with Jim Belushi, “The Defenders.” Will the show last? Hey, it’s got as a good a chance as some of the other dogs on the schedule. I’ll go Borderline on this one.

Rebel Wilson’s new show is “Super Fun Night.” The title, of this show, supposedly is because these three wild and crazy female friends decide to go out and have fun. Duh. I’ll give it one more shot, so it’s Borderline for now.

“The Millers” on CBS can be the winner, if they let Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale and Will Arnett play out their comedic chops. I’ve never been a Will Arnett fan, especially after his Hulu Plus commercials, but, on this show, he’s not as obnoxious as he usually is. Hey, any show that can make farting funny can’t be all-bad. I’ll give this one a Passing grade.

There are still shows that have yet to air. I’ll do an update after these shows air.

Some returning favorites that have just hit it out of the box so far are “Revolution,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “2 Broke Girls,” “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person Of Interest,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Last Man Standing,” “Shark Tank,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and  “Blue Bloods.”

I predict that CBS will be the big winner this year, followed by NBC, ABC, Fox and The CW. Heck, I don’t even watch The CW. Is it really a network, or just pretending to be one?

Matt Seinberg lives on Long Island, a few minutes east of New York City. He looks at everything around him and notices much. Somewhat less cynical than dyed in the wool New Yorkers, Seinberg believes those who don't see what he does like reading about what he sees and what it means to him. Seinberg columns revel in the silly little things of life and laughter as well as much well-directed anger at inept, foolish public officials. Mostly, Seinberg writes for those who laugh easily at their own foibles as well as those of others.

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