I’m a little backed up on my viewing, and my DVR is getting kind of full.
Smash: I’ve seen about 4-5 episodes and I really enjoy it. It’s made of cheeeese. Yummy good cheese. A famous Broadway musical-writing duo (Debra Messing and Christian Borle, who looks like somebody but isn’t) are putting together a musical about Marilyn Monroe. Anjelica Huston is financing, and everyone has drama. The two contenders for Marilyn (one of whom eventually becomes a member of the chorus while the other gets the lead) are Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katherine McPhee). The weak link is McPhee–I can’t imagine anyone wanting her as Marilyn; she lacks the energy, the oomph, and the physicality. She’s a lovely singer but Hilty blows her out of the water, and her wholesome family back home is dull. The rest of the show is a lot more fun and I’m definitely NOT cleaning it off my DVR.
Comic Book Men: Is more or less exactly what you’d expect from a show about Kevin Smith’s comic book store. It’s funny and nerdy and awkward and a little obnoxious. In the episode I saw, I was surprised that the video really only illustrated the podcast. Seriously, we watch them record the podcast. That’s not fun. But otherwise it’s fine if you love that sort of thing. Cleaned it off the DVR anyway, though.
Alcatraz: It’s a mysterious time-travel supernatural weird premise blended with a present day cop procedural. The procedural is the weak link. The lead actor (Sarah Jones) is okay, but the supporting cast (Jorge Garcia! Sam Neil! Parminda Nagra! Leon Rippey!) is great. I saw and enjoyed 2 or 3 episodes, then my DVR went crazy and I missed two, and now I’ve got the rest saved. It’s worth revisiting, I like it.
So, anyone seen any of these? Thoughts?