Andrew: Hello readers! We know we've been a little slow on posting new reviews, trailers or movie news, and this week will be the return of us doing those things on a regular basis. But we couldn’t go see a movie last night to review because it was a magical day - the return of our favorite television sitcom, How I Met Your Mother! So instead of doing a review, we're going to do something a little different and do a TV Preview and talk about what shows we're looking forward to the most this year, whether it's a returning show or a new one.
Sarah, there are a ton of shows I'm looking forward to this season, some of which I know you have no interest in, and there's definitely some shows you're looking forward to that I have no interest in. Let’s go through them one at a time starting with…
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Sarah: Since this could be the second to last season of our most beloved five friends, this season is very important. We are seeing more people fall in love and could possibly meet "the mother" by the end of this season! Tonight will be like a small holiday for us. I will be interested in seeing who all they bring back as far as love interests for Ted and Barney. But let's be honest, it is all going to rock so hard!!!
A: I'm definitely interested to see where they go with Ted's decision to run away with his former love interest, Victoria. I'm hopeful he realizes the errors of his ways recently, but let's be honest - Josh Radnor's Ted has always been the least likable of the main characters. Neil Patrick Harris' Barney is the one we care about the most and we were very happy with the revelation of who he's going to marry, so I'm most curious about how he gets to THAT point more than I care about Ted meeting the titular mother.
S: It will be interesting, especially since I think we will see Nora again before we get Barney down the aisle. Ahhh it's all so exciting!
Homeland (Showtime) *spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Season 1*
S: Another one we are really excited about is the return of Homeland. With the dramatic season finale this past spring, I am so excited to see where we pick up with Damien Lewis’ Brody and Claire Dane’s Carrie. What will Carrie remember? Is Brody going to change allegiance? So many questions!
A: There are definitely a lot of questions to be answered, because for all intents and purposes they wiped the slate clean with Carrie getting electroshock therapy. And I'm still sort of on the fence about Mandy Patinkin's Saul. We thought he might be involved with Brody's plans last season, and I'm still not completely sure he's not up to something.
It will be tough for Homeland to top last season, especially after they won Emmys last night for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Drama Series and Best Series. That's a lot of expectations to live up to.
S: That is huge, especially since Danes is pregnant this season and they aren't incorporating that into the story, I wonder how that will change the filming? If it will make it too tight on the actors and miss the overall picture, or if it will even be something we notice? I guess we will just have to find out.
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
S: Boardwalk Empire is a show that we have just started to get into now that we have HBO. While season 3 has already started, we still need to get caught up on season two. But I'm still really excited to see where Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson ends up in his quest to rule the Boardwalk.
A: We definitely need to get caught up and finish the second season of Boardwalk Empire. I'm curious to see where the storyline goes since I felt they didn't focus enough on the gangster aspect of Nucky's life in season 1. I like that for season 3 they're using the tagline "You can't be half a gangster," like Jimmy said to Nucky in the pilot episode. I'm hopeful they'll bring it around to that again. I’m also a big fan of how they use real-life gangsters like Al Capone and Lucky Lucciano, so there’s always this feeling of how we’re also watching a prequel to a possible future show for them.
S: I personally love that this show isn't your typical Italian-gangster show, even with those characters in it. The world is filled with enough of those shows. It's a fun show that really glamorizes this time in American history.
Up All Night (NBC)
S: Up All Night has already started for the season, but this hilarious sitcom about three friends and a baby keeps us laughing every episode. The second year of parenthood looks to be just as hilarious as the first.
|Seriously, give it a shot if you haven't seen it before.|
A: This show just has a fantastic cast. Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph all play off each other fantastically. The scripts are fantastic and the leads have such impeccable comedic timing I’m surprised this show doesn’t have a bigger audience.
I'm curious to see where they go with this season because it seems like they're switching up the job dynamic between Applegate’s Reagan and Arnett's Chris, with her having to stay at home now and him going back to work. Plus Rudolph’s Ava doesn't have her show to host anymore, so what is she going to do?
S: Oh I can see several meltdowns in her future. I also see her finding love again. I look forward to Reagan and Ava try on the "housewife" title and all the hijinks that will ensue.
The Office (NBC)
A: Just like Up All Night, I'm looking forward to this season of The Office. It's the final season for the show (sadly, one season too late) and they're losing Mindy Kaling to her new Fox sitcom and B.J. Novak will only be appearing sporadically. John Krasinski and Ed Helms are both filming movies soon, so they'll be around less. And Rainn Wilson has his new Dwight Schrute spin-off coming so he'll probably leave at some point.
Basically I'm curious to how they'll pull off a whole season when losing everyone, or having them in smaller capacities. I know they're adding some new people such as Clark Duke (Sex Drive) who should be a bright spot, but dang. I have no idea what direction they're going to take it.
S: Yeah, I've never been a huge fan of this show but I do think that it just went downhill after Steve Carrell left. When you lose your star, it's hard to bounce back from that.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
S: A show that I am really looking forward to is Grey's Anatomy. I know, I know! This show hasn't been good since…like… my freshman year in college (Editor’s note: that would be 2007), but it is such a train wreck that just keeps me coming back for more! And I really just want to know how it ends. You can only kill off so many of your main characters before the show just curls up and dies. It HAS to end soon! At least that's what I'm hoping.
A: I'm amazed it's lasted the last few years, too. I don't have much to say about Grey's Anatomy other than I understand what you mean by needing to see how it ends. That's how I feel about The Office.
Dexter (Showtime)/The Walking Dead (AMC)/American Horror Story (FX)
A: I'm going to combine my next three shows I'm looking forward to that I know you're not, because they fall under the same kind of genre. Dexter, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story are all absolutely in my top 10 favorite current shows because horror is my fav genre and they all very much fall under that umbrella.
Michael C. Hall is brilliant as Dexter Morgan and it's a damn shame he's never won an Emmy. Jennifer Carpenter has bugged me from time to time as Dexter's sister, Debra, but I'm excited for what last season's plot development will bring for her role. I'm excited for Ray Stevenson (Thor) to play a Russian crime lord this season, as well as Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) playing a mysterious woman in Dexter's life. This should be a good season.
Then The Walking Dead and American Horror Story are just plain, old-fashioned ensemble shows that hit that horror nerve for me. They're not particularly scary as a whole, but when they hit their marks they're damn good. Very excited for David Morrisey's (The Other Boleyn Girl) Governor in The Walking Dead, along with seeing Andrew Lincoln's Rick growing as a hardened leader. And then I like the idea they've taken with AHS in making each season a new tale. Holding this season in a Massachusetts mental asylum should make for a good setting and plenty of macabre stuff to go down.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo)
S: The last one that I will talk about is my total guilty pleasure and that is The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I know I will probably lose some fans from some of our more prestigious followers but I don't care. This is a show that I don't need to wait for Andrew to watch with me. It makes me laugh because these women are so ridiculous. Rich women behaving badly is one thing that makes this country great (enter sarcasm here). Excited!
A: Fun fact, my mother used to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she worked at a bar owned by Adrianne Maloof's family. She says she hasn't changed a bit, from what she sees on TV.
Last Resort (ABC)/666 Park Avenue (ABC)
A: I'll end this relatively long post with the only two new shows I'm looking forward to this season, and they're both ABC dramas: Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue. It's fairly simple why I'm looking forward to these. I like the concept behind Last Resort - a nuclear sub that doesn't follow orders to fire a nuke at Pakistan and becomes an enemy of the state. That Andre Braugher is the lead actor doesn't hurt.
And 666 Park Avenue stars Terry O'Quinn, who played the awesome John Locke on Lost, but is also from Michigan like we are and attended Central Michigan University like we did. A personal fave, I'll watch anything he's in.
S: There are probably more shows we enjoy that we’re forgetting to add or just running out of room to talk about here. But needless to say, it's going to be a season that fills our DVR box every week! Love it!