Summer was a huge B-movie fest on television.
Pretty Little Lairs made the summer at least somewhat bearable. Though judging by its stunt red herring enders, its World War A/EzrA cliffhanger probably won’t pan out to anything. A dead pig in a trunk anyone?
But PLL and the last season of Dexter were the highlights of the season.
Under the Dome was a cliché schmaltz parade. The Haves and the Haves Not could be the worst well-intentioned crap to hit the airwaves. A guy breathing in another guy’s shirt? Is that supposed to be progressive?
If you got over the torturous fist episode of The Bridge, you’d find more engagement. Only it became so mired in character stories and social relevance, it was a mess. Good performances but ughh on the storylines. Both Mistresses and Devious Maids tried so hard not to be Desperate Housewives that it forgot to put in the fun. And the fake reality shows Siberia and Capture were as cheesy as Robocroc and Sharknado combined.
What–Capture is not fake?
The Private Benjamin/Clueless in Prison descendant, Orange is the New Black was occasionally entertaining
This is what you get when so called artistes invade the tube with loftiness. With the coinage of this era as”The Golden Age of TV” comes a lot of dreck.
But is it still “summer doldrums”?
Ted Wass can’t decide whether he’s shooting a live action cartoon or 3-camera comedy with Bea Arthur. The 2nd episode of Dads squared on actor reactions hoping for additional laughs. Unfortunately Giovanni Ribisi can’t squeeze out more constipated angst than he already is doing. And Seth Green was so engaging in the Scream movies.
Camera: square on Bea Arthur-esque facial expression.
Mom‘s jokes are indeed funny though its plots are thin. The show’s badly in need of a branding expert. Also uneven are Robin Williams’ The Crazy Ones, Ironside, and The Trophy Wife.
The only series with confidence already and deservedly received a year 2 pickup: Sleepy Hollow. However it should avoid the Grimm tedium.
The returning shows finding their hook and Hook are curiously being deserted. Once Upon a Time, Modern Family, and The Good Wife all premiered lower.
But that may be due to one-time only hits such as the Breaking Bad finale and the Ziva factor on NCIS.
Unfortunately with gold, there’s a lot of soot. If this is the Golden Age, you’d think TV programmers would know how to mine for what viewers want.