Don’t trust the bitch in Apartment 23

New, good TV? 2011’s most promising Shows.

So far, I’m not very impressed with the TV shows that will premiere this fall on US network TV: Lots and lots of sitcoms, priviledged white people, bitchy and shrill female idiots and domestic, cookie-cutter premises.

Here are 8 shows that look solid and a little bit more interesting.

Scroll down to see my favourite, NBC’s Awake!


1) The New Girl, FOX:

‎’Dirty Dancing’, an overdependence on guys, male attention and romance and LOTS of traits of a stereotypical ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’… but still: Zooey Dechanel’s fluffy new series ‘THE NEW GIRL’ looks like a fun way to spend 30 minutes:

Bonus: Feminist Frequency’s awesome video about ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girls’:


2) Terra Nova, FOX:

Why do we have 8 shows about crime scene investigators, but only ONE show about people running from evil dinosaurs? Steven Spielberg’s “TERRA NOVA” looks a lot like Steven Spielberg’s “Earth 2” and Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”… but when it comes to dinosaur action, I’ll take what I can get:


3) Scandal, ABC:

Shonda Rhimes, the black, feminist producer of ‘GREYS ANATOMY’ does a TV show about a Washington, DC PR firm with a competent, black, intelligent female protagonist. ABC’s ‘SCANDAL’ could still be a pretty conservative / sensationalistic show… but I’m happy that this concept garnered enough mainstream attention for a TV show


4) Alcatraz, FOX:

I’m not very interested in J.J. Abram’s new FOX mystery thriller about time-travelling criminals – but it’ll be fun to see ‘LOST’s Jorge Garcia play a (serious) San Francisco detective:


5) Apartment 23, ABC:

Evil, sex-crazed, bitter people, ‘Californication’– and Bret-Easton-Ellis-style: “DON’T TRUST THE BITCH IN APARTMENT 23” has two crazy, feuding women… and James Van Der Beek (‘Dawson’s Creek’) playing a jackass version of himself.


6) Free Agents, NBC:

Neurotic, middle-aged accountants and ad execs, too clueless for romance? NBC’s ‘FREE AGENTS’ looks silly… but with excellent actors and an interesting tone. (Ah: It’s the remake of a British show. That explains the tone!)


7) RINGER, the CW

Here’s Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy”) playing criminal twin sisters in a ‘Damages’-like psychological thriller on the CW, ‘RINGER’.


My favourite trailer? A drama about a mourning detective living in two different, parallel realities, NBC’s “AWAKE”. Story sounds clichèd… but the acting, writing and editing look mature and intelligent:


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