TV weekly recap – ‘Brooklyn 99’ ‘New Girl’ impress, ‘Dads’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’ disappoint

Posted: September 19, 2013 in Television

The fall television season officially kicked off this week and this is the first fall I can remember where there are so many new shows with established actors premiering.  Let’s examine some of this week’s new shows:


Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX Tuesdays 8:30pm) – ONE THUMB UP

Starring: Andy Samberg, Jade Ealy, Terry Crews

Mark’s Take: The pilot episode for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, in my opinion, was pretty good.  While there were moments of corny jokes, no one carries corny jokes better than Andy Samberg.  Samberg’s energy as a pretty bang-up detective that’s a tad (!) immature brings back a Parks & Rec vibe, but in a police department setting.  Ealy’s deadpan demeanor fits in perfectly with Samberg’s upbeat wry style, and that’s something to focus on in later episodes to see if it continues to be a positive for the show.  The supporting cast is also one of the bright spots on the show with several different personality types.  I’ll continue to watch.


New Girl (FOX Tuesdays 9:00pm) – TWO THUMBS UP

Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris, Hannah Simone

Mark’s Take: After two seasons of playing will-they/won’t-they, season three of New Girl finally establishes Nick and Jess’ characters as a couple and while that may take away some of the chemistry the two actors have with each other, it gives the show a lot more material to work with.  Greenfield’s character Schmidt is once again caught up in his love for Simone’s character Cece while also being in love with another woman.  Morris’ character Winston may be the best character of the quartet as the standoff-ish loner, sensible one.  Season three opened with a bang with the group going to Mexico.  The show’s third season looks to pick up right where they left off.


Sleepy Hollow (FOX Mondays 8:00pm) – One Thumb Down

Starring: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie

Mark’s Take: Sleepy Hollow is FOX’s new Monday night drama they’re hoping brings in the former True Blood and Breaking Bad audiences considering those people are going to need favorite TV show.  However, the premise of Sleepy Hollow resurrects Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) in the modern day with a headless horseman running about killing people.  A local detective (Nicole Beharie) is on the case and begins to work with Crane to solve and capture the horseman.  There’s no telling how good or bad the show will get but I wasn’t exactly impressed with the pilot episode.  If you’ve got nothing better to do with your Monday night a combination of Sleepy Hollow and Bones might suffice, but here’s hoping the former gets better.


Dads (FOX Tuesdays 8:00pm) – Two Thumbs Down

Starring: Seth Green, Giovanni Ribisi, Peter Riegert, Martin Mull, Brenda Song

Mark’s Take: Dads is quite possibly the most disappointing new television show starring established funny actors I’ve seen in quite some time.  You would think that a comedy starring Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi (a long time underrated actor) would actually be funny, but unfortunately it’s nothing to laugh at.  It’s almost cringe worthy bad in fact.  There were times during the 20 minutes of actual show time that I found myself wanting to turn the channel but couldn’t because I wanted to see just how bad it would get.  As a show that FOX is/was banking on to be their staple on Tuesdays nights (along with New Girl and The Mindy Project) this one might end up getting cancelled.   To top it off, FOX has had to answer questions about the show’s open racially charged jokes – which I have to admit, there were a lot.   While we’re at it, the show is called “Dads” but the two actors playing the title roles as “dads” couldn’t be any more unmotivated and unfunny even if they tried.  It will be a miracle if this lasts past October.


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