New Shows Fall 2011: New Girl, Ringer, Up All Night. Revenge, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle

So the new fall season has already started and many new shows are airing on TV. We are trying to get to watch at least the pilots of as many new shows as we can so we can share with you our comments (and hopefully you’ll share your opinions as well).

Here are our reviews on some new show we have already watched… many more to come (we need to find time to watch more tv)…

New Girl (FOX) – Tuesdays at 9/8c

Zooey Deschanel joins big sis Emily on Fox as Jess, a socially awkward gal who moves in with three bachelors (Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., whose part has been recast since Happy Endings was renewed) after getting dumped by her boyfriend. The guys only take in her blubbering, Dirty Dancing-watching mess because her BFF is a model (Hannah Simone). But they soon come to appreciate Jess’ quirkiness (Zooey’s quirky? You don’t say!) and try to snap her out of her funk to help her re-enter the dating scene. So yes, you’ll have to suspend disbelief that Zooey Deschanel has trouble attracting guys. Source

Comment: We watched this pilot last week and we really enjoyed it. It has an interesting set up and promising characters, as well as some funny moments. But most importantly it has a lot of heart, is nice to see characters that take care of each other. Our only concern is that Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess can seem a little annoying at times but if they manage to keep her true to her awkwardness and makes us still care and root for her they will be here for the long run. Besides they had really good ratings and demo, so it seems that FOX has found in New Girl its next hit comedy. Is it just me or somehow New Girl reminds me of The Big Bang Theory, anyone?

 

Ringer (CW) – Tuesdays at 9/8c

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s back! And this time, there’s two of her! Gellar plays twins Bridget and Siobhan — both decidedly un-Buffy-like — in this mystery thriller that was originally developed for CBS. Bridget, a recovering alcoholic, is on the run from some baddies and decides to hide out by taking the identity of her wealthy twin sis, who is thought to be dead. Turns out taking on Siobhan’s persona puts Bridget in a very different kind of danger. Lost alum Nestor Carbonell co-stars, but don’t expect any sci-fi stuff, à la Lost and Buffy, on Ringer. “No hatch! No island!” Gellar says. Source

Comment: We watched this show mainly because we grew up watching Buffy, The Vampire Slayer and we were super happy to see Sarah Michelle Gellar back on TV. We discover in Ringer a show full of mystery. The cast is great and the pilot sets up for some interesting relationships and storylines. Everyone has a secret…

 

Up All Night – Wednesdays 10/9c

Featuring one of the more high-profile new casts, the Emily Spivey (Parks and Recreation) comedy stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett as Reagan and Chris, new parents juggling work (Maya Rudolph is Applegate’s boss and BFF), romance and, oh yeah, that baby, who has put a little damper on their social life. That doesn’t stop Reagan and Chris from partying it, uh, up all night, only to be hungover when their daughter needs a new diaper the next morning. See, the title works on so many levels! Source

Comment: What I enjoyed the most about this pilot was the performances. The premise is somehow sweet. I just hope they can keep up with the funny moments the show had in the pilot all through the series. It was a good pilot, looking forward for more new episodes.

 

Revenge (ABC) – Wednesday 10/9c

The drama stars Emily VanCamp as Emily Thorne, a mysterious woman who heads to the Hamptons under the guise of wooing Daniel (Joshua Bowman), the son of Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe). But she’s actually there to exact revenge on the people (ahem, Victoria) who destroyed her family. It’s a contemporary re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo, but Emily Thorne makes for a much prettier little liar than Edmond Dantes. Source

Comment: A contemporary re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo, a story about Revenge. We were pleasantly surprise with this show. The pilot was intriguing and makes you want to watch more. It starts with an “event” and then goes back in time to tell you how everyone got there. Watch the pilot, you’ll see what we mean about wanting to watch more…

 

Hart of Dixie (CW) – Mondays at 9/8c

Call it Southern Exposure. Rachel Bilson reunites with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz for this medical drama, playing big-city doc Zoe Hart, who heads to tiny Bluebell, Ala., when she inherits a practice. Expect culture clashes galore and Zoe to stay put after coming through in a medical emergency and discovering an old secret. Having Scott Porter play your potential beau doesn’t hurt either. Source

Comment: Big city girl in the country. Just watched it last night, I am not sure how I feel about this show, at moments I am sad to say but I got distracted (and that’s not good). Is it just me but this show reminds me of Everwood in a way…

 

The Secret Circle (CW) – Thursdays at 9/8c

Something wicked this way comes from Kevin Williamson once again. The man who gave us Vampire Diaries has now adapted L.J. Smith’s other supernatural book series. Britt Robertson is Cassie Blake, a California teen who moves to Chance Harbor, Wash., where she discovers she’s a witch and joins a secret coven that includes Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin and Shelley Hennig. But don’t think you will know what’s coming if you’ve read the novels. Why? (Spoiler alert!) The show kills off someone who survived the whole book series in the opening minutes of the pilot. Source

Comment: I haven’t read the novels so I was totally new to The Secret Circle when I watch it. The target audiences of this show are young adults and teenagers. If you are a fan of shows like Vampire Diaries you might want to give this show a try. I enjoyed the pilot however it didn’t catch my attention as much as other new shows have. I’ll give it a try and watch a few more episodes but I am not sure I’ll keep watching each week, hopefully I’ll change my mind because the premise is interesting.

 

So what do you think about these new shows? Which ones will you keep watching? Have you found a new TV Show that might become your favorite?

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