While I am definitely interested in 2 Broke Girls, Pan Am and New Girl (as well as finally getting around to Game of Thrones and several others), it was CW's Ringer, however, that I knew I absolutely had to watch from the get go. The idea of our beloved Sarah Michelle Gellar back on a long-form series was something I wanted to be on board with immediately. Having seen the pilot and the second episode, I can say that I am actually a lil bit hooked. It's completely ridiculous and a lot of the enjoyment I have gotten from it is for that very reason rather than anything about craft or acting skill. Gellar is suitably impressive, but I think soon enough she'll truly realise how absurd the whole thing is and be as entertaining as I know she can be. Think season 2 of Melrose Place, when any sense of dramatic realism was thrown out the window for murdering husbands and cheating spouses.
Other than Ringer, I haven't checked out anything new other than X Factor USA for the simple reasoning that Simon Cowell + Paula Abdul + Cheryl bloody Cole was too hard to refuse. Such a shame that Cheryl was canned half way through the debut episode because she was a hoot and the crowd seemed to be liking her, too! While Nicole Scherzingerburger is a rather big downgrade, I will give Ms Hungry Jacks herself one thing and that's her Blanche Devareaux-inspired quip about celebrating her 21st birthday. That was funny and startlingly self-aware. Still, the idea of a woman whose first solo album was apparently so misjudged that it never got released is a judge on a program finding somebody with "the x factor" seems particularly ironic. I just hope that, if I end up watching for of this slickly-produced series ("slick" doesn't even begin to cover it, really; it's impeccably polished) that I don't end up seeing that woman who sang Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" pouring buckets every single time. As good as she was, she seems like the type to do that. Although, it'd be easy to forgive if they just kept cutting to host Steve Jones looking like this, don't you agree?
I also managed to watch the first episode of Glee's third season. I found its highs were exactly as high as before, but it's lows just as low, too. I imagine they're only bothering to give Mr Shuester anything to do like that dreadful glitter bomb thing out of contractual obligation. Maybe that's why they keep giving that actor just terrible material (well, worse than some of the others') because they hope he'll want to leave. Same goes for all the adults, actually, who are all entirely disposable and the show would be greater without them. Just think, all the airtime devoted to Will and that moppet girlfriend of his (whose almost sex scenes are so cringe-worthy they deserve their own peppy "CRINGE!" intro so we know to press mute) could actually be going to Mercedes or Santana+Brittany or... well, anyone. Anyone except Artie. They got rid of Sam who was beginning a potentially interesting relationship with Mercedes, and now they've thrown her in a relationship with some anonymous extra. Sigh. Thankfully there were still some fun musical numbers (hello "Anything Goes"), the ever-growing Rachel/Kurt storyline that is taking some really interesting directions, and a welcome change of pace for Quinn (the actress' name skips my memory, unsurprisingly). Not sure what Finn was doing this episode other than playing drums. What was that about? Did Ryan Murphy finally get fed up with the actors' inability to dance? Hmmm.
And, hey look! You can actually see the dancing. Whatta a shock.
So do pipe up and tell us what you've been watching. Anything good? Anything bad? Anything?