Fall TV View Reviewed

So far this year, “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” have been standout hits on my list of new shows. Both have interesting/different concepts, excellent character development, and unpredictable story lines that are keeping me interested.
“Veronica Mars” is a bit odd and not perfectly developed, but it’s interesting enough that I’ll probably keep watching. The story lines are somewhat unbelievable, and there’s too much exposition. I feel like I’m supposed to be invested in some characters where I don’t have enough to go on to be on their side. But the concept is different, and the main character is cute.
“Jack and Bobby” is a huge disappointment. I thought it was an interesting concept; what childhood experiences shape a person who goes on to become a great leader? But it’s execution is seriously flawed. The character of the single mother/college professor who’s son will go on to be president is completely over the top and not believable at all, and I really dislike the tone of the politics, too. Sadly, I don’t think this will stay on my schedule.
“Survivor: Vanuatu” isn’t really grabbing me, either. I was definitely put off by the sexist opening premise where men were given special treatment in some sort of native ceremony, and I think the “guys vs. girls” was bothersome the first time they did it. It seems very predictable, at this point, and aside from Scout, there’s no one there that I’m really rooting for.
As far as returning shows, “Gilmore Girls” has been snappy and well-done, and I LOVE the Lorelei/Luke relationship that I’ve been rooting for since season one. This has always been one of my favorites, and it looks like it will stay that way.
“Joan of Arcadia” is wonderful, as always. Viva la Joan.
“CSI: Wherever” The return of the original Vegas version is great. NY – not so much. Dunno why, exactly, but it seems very copy-cat and formulaic. I HATED that one of the story lines of the show was about the rats in New York and how many of them there are and blah blah blah blah blah. Geez, I don’t need that much local color, folks. I know a lot about New York already.
“Joey” Hmmm. It’s not totally stupid. I like Drea Matteo. I’ll watch.

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