Monday, October 17, 2011

Who Says There's Nothing on TV?

By Jessica Penland


We’ve all heard it said before, “There is nothing good on TV to watch,” but whoever said that must not be watching television now because there is plenty to watch this fall.
            With the start of the fall television season, shows that audiences love returned, and they were joined by some new blood. 
            Unique shows that range from comedy to thriller suspense have popped up, and they are guaranteed to entertain you.
            The most common type of new show seems to be the comedy.  Shows like “New Girl,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Up All Night,” are sure to have you laughing.
            The Fox Network’s show “New Girl” stars Zooey Deschannel, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, Jake M. Johnson and Lamorne Morris.  Deschannel’s character Jess has moved in with three men, whom she found on the internet after a break-up with her boyfriend.  So far the show revolves around the four housemates, especially the guys, getting used to the quirks of one another, namely Jess.  The cast has great chemistry, and you can’t help but laugh at the situations that the group find themselves in.  The show comes on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. after “Glee.”
            Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings star in CBS’s new show “2 Broke Girls.”  Behrs and Dennings both play, you guessed it, two broke girls.  Dennings character Max is a waitress/baby sitter with a sharp tongue, which she often uses to make fun of Behrs’ character Caroline.  Caroline is a former heiress, who lost all of her money when her dad was arrested for fraud.  The two characters meet when Caroline begins working at the same restaurant as Max, and shortly after become roommates and business partners.  The pair couldn’t be more different, which is why they make comedy magic.  To catch this hilarious, yet sometimes crude show, tune into CBS on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
            The show, “Up All Night,” from NBC is great because it differs from the previous two comedies.  Instead of focusing on roommate dynamics, this show focuses on being new parents.  The two main characters Chris and Reagan Brinkley, who are played by Will Arnett and Christina Applegate respectively, just had a baby and are trying to find the right balance between family, work and having fun.  They are desperate to not lose their cool edge just because they are parents.  Not only are the actors funny, but their attempts to stay hip are ridiculously entertaining.  The comedic duo is joined by Maya Rudolph, whose self absorbed character Ava only adds to the laughs.  This show is so entertaining, and the best part is that you don’t have to be a parent to appreciate what is going on.  To see what you think of “Up All Night,” watch NBC on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
            If you are looking for something with a little more mystery then the shows “Revenge,” and “American Horror Story,” are for you.
            ABC’s “Revenge,” begins with a bang, literally.  A character is shot within the first five minutes.  Then there is a time jump to three months prior to the shooting.  As the show unfolds the main character Amanda Clarke, who goes by the alias Emily Thorne, takes revenge on the rich elite that ruined her father’s life by framing him.  She is willing to do some pretty bad stuff to exact her father’s revenge, but is she willing to go as far as shooting someone?  The only way to know is to tune in to ABC on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
            The show “American Horror Story,” is unlike anything else on television right now.  As you can guess from the title, this show has horror elements.  A family moves into a house that is haunted and has claimed the lives of the families who came before them.  If weird is not your thing, then this show is not for you because the show is weird from start to end.  Everything is weird, from the characters to the plot.  You will sit there watching the show and have no idea what is going on, or what is supposed to be real or fake.  The show is great for horror or mystery fans, and will definitely put you in the Halloween mood.  Just be forewarned that it is for mature audiences only due to its violence and sexual nature, much like the other shows on FX.  For your chance to get the creeps watch FX on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
            These are just a handful of the new shows on television now that have made an impression.  There are plenty of other new shows that have cropped up.  To learn more about what’s on television, you can visit each network’s website.  

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