They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can certainly judge a new TV show based on buzz and premise alone. Patrick, Tyrell and myself have picked two shows each that we think will be the first casualties for the 2012-2013 television season. Check out our choices and see if you agree with our predictions. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Premieres: Wednesday, September 26 at 8/7c
The New Normal isn’t NBC’s only new show inciting a boycott. Peta is encouraging its supporters to skip this animal version of House. Justin Kirk portrays a veterinarian who much prefers the company of four-legged creatures than humans. Though Kirk gets top billing, it’s Crystal the Monkey who’s the biggest star. You might recognize the primate from The Hangover: Part II. Even if the monkey turns in a performance rivaling Marcel’s from Friends, I predict this show will be a frontrunner for cancellation.
Premieres: Friday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c
From The Real Housewives of New Jersey to Jerseylicious to Jersey Shore, everything Jersey-related these days is hot. It only makes sense that CBS wants to capitalize on this. If Snooki and Elle Woods from Legally Blonde had a child with a sprinkle of Ally McBeal, Martina Garetti (played by Brit Janet Montgomery) would be it. The show could either be really bad or really adorable. That said, I think it won’t appeal to CBS’ older-skewing demographics. The one positive going for the show is that it airs on Friday nights. Networks usually have lowered expectations for programs on this day.
Honorable Mentions: Initially I was going to pick Reba McEntire’s comeback, Malibu Country, as one of my picks. Since it doesn’t premiere until November 2, I opted to pick something else. I’m sure by that time, two programs will already have been axed. The Mob Doctor was another option, but since it’s already aired, I didn’t want to seem like I was cheating given we already know it’s faltered in the ratings.
Premiered On: Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 9:30/8:30c
As much as it pains me to say this, I think one of my picks for favorite new show is going to get the boot sooner than later. Despite the fact that the show is being boycotted by a few religious groups (*cough* One Million Moms *cough*), I personally am I little disappointed with its performance so far. I know we are only 3 episodes in but I’m failing to find it’s connection with its audience. While NeNe Leakes is hilarious and the script is mildly entertaining, I don’t think that NBC will give it much of a chance if the ratings slip. Remember The Playboy Club? Exactly.
Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c
I literally have no desire to see this show whatsoever. There is nothing about the previews or even the big stars in the series that have me the slightest bit interested. Period dramas haven’t proved to be very long-lasting on the major networks. Both The Playboy Club and Pan-Am tried to capitalize on the popularity of Mad Men but failed to hit the mark when it came to its script and character development. I don’t think I’m wrong to assume that this show will fall into that same category and disappear.
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8:30/7:30c
In Guys With Kids, Jesse Bradford, Anthony Anderson and Zach Cregger play three friends that all live in the same apartment building and are learning the ropes of parenting together. Although the show hasn’t even premiered yet, I have no desire to watch it because the idea of it reminds me of shows like Man Up or Work It that were canceled last before anyone could even set a series recording (not that they would have). I could be completely wrong, but it just seems like the type of show where the jokes are going to get old really fast. No big stars luring people in either so it’s going to have a tough time surviving in my opinion.
Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC
This show is about a family that moves into a new neighborhood only to find that their neighbors are a little strange…they’re actually aliens in human bodies. This concept has worked before with 3rd Rock From The Sun and Alf, but this one looks awful and I don’t know how they would expect to have a whole series out of it the way it has been made. Like The Neighbors, the jokes will get old really fast and people will have no reason to want to watch this show. I don’t expect this one to make it far into the season at all.