With premiere week over I’ve compiled a list of the week’s top premieres from each night. The winner of each night is based upon the quality of the writing, the shows entertainment value and if it’s a new series, the shows sustainability. This year had some extremely heavy hitters and some of the best performances we have seen on the small screen. So without further ado, here are the winners of the FSR Fall 2010 Watch List (please note that this list only applies to shows that started before or during the week of September 19th).
Sunday: Boardwalk Empire
In what should come as no surprise, Boardwalk Empire was top dog on Sunday. I’m not big into period pieces which is why I really never got into Mad Men, but Scorsese has made me fall in love with the 20’s and Atlantic City. Steve Buscemi is a great lead and a guy I can’t wait to watch every week. If only Scorsese could direct every episode and not just the pilot.
Monday: Hawaii 5-0
Monday had some great contenders in the form of House, Chuck, Lone Star and Chase. But where Hawaii 5-0 surpassed the competition is in it’s quality. Hawaii 5-0 was so good that I would of had no trouble believing that this was something off the silver screen. Kurtzman and Orci clearly had a plan going in, and with such a great ensemble of characters, it’s clear their plan succeeded.
If you had told me three weeks ago that Glee wasn’t going to be the clear winner of the night, I would’ve had you committed. But unfortunately Glee did not deliver, and all the charm that we’ve come to know and love from the last season was absent. However, Parenthood took everything it built up last season, and incorporated it into deeper stories involving the families that didn’t get the spotlight last year. Manly the story lines involving Crosby and Julia. The last two episode were very sweet and left me near the edge of tears when they were over.
Wednesday: Law & Order: SVU
In what was probably the most emotionally compelling premiere of the week, SVU returned with a bang, literally. Stephen Tobolowsky went boom. Something else SVU did that’s uncommon for the show, they had a story line that went beyond a single episode. It centered around LOST alum Henry Ian Cusick,and by the end you’re left in tears at the true reveal of his character. It was classic SVU, but at the same time a side of the show we’ve rarely seen.
This show has delivered three weeks in a row now on some amazing character development. Most notably coming from Lyndsy Fonseca’s Alex character. As I’ve stated before, Alex is the back bone of the series. But that doesn’t mean Nikita isn’t involved. Maggie Q has spent the last three weeks kicking a whole lotta ass, and I don’t see here going soft any time soon.
Friday: The Good Guys
The Good Guys are back in business and have lost non of their charm. The opening scene involving Stark chasing down a purse snatcher and getting pepper sprayed left me in painful, muscle cramp inducing laughter. I also enjoyed that this episode was a little toned down as compared to what was the shows norm over the summer. Sure there was some gun play and fist fights, but nothing went boom.
The Surprise Hit: My Generation
A show that didn’t make my original watch list because I misinterpreted its trailers, My Generation might just be the most ambitious show of the season. Done in a legit mockumentary style, My Generation focuses on a set of high school graduates ten years after they left high school to start their lives. None of them ended up where they planned and we’re just along for the ride. However, I don’t know how sustainable this concept is as a TV series.
The Failure: Outsourced
Originally this award was going to Running Wilde, but this might just be the most racist and offensive show I’ve ever seen. Do the writers think making fun of Indian customs is funny? But beyond that, the characters are boring. I could care less that Todd Dempsy was forced to move to India or get fired. And what makes Diedrich Bader think he’s earned the right to play a douche bag in every role he takes now?
And that wraps premiere week for the 2010-2011 TV season. But don’t get comfy just yet, there’s still more ahead in the coming month. And more after that come mid season. So be sure to check back here at FSR for out on going TV coverage. And in case you missed them, here are the lists for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.