Premiere Week: Days Three & Four
Wednesday brought us only Nashville, but Thursday gave us TGIT or, as I like to call it Shonda Rhimes: Anatomy of Scandal & Murder. You’re pretty damn important for one network to give you not one, not two, but THREE hours of programming on a single night. Hey, the woman knows what she’s doing I guess. So without further ado, I give you nights three and four!
Wednesdays are a little on the slow side here at the Remote. Other than shows that I will never reveal as watching, there is only Nashville. And ABC has decided to spice things up for the show’s third season. Shooting in a live setting for the premiere certainly did add a great component to the performances that we’ve come to expect and love. The show picked up the morning after the “big proposal”, and we don’t know whom Rayna Jaymes (Played by the extremely marry-able Connie Britton) is going to pick to be her new husband.
Meanwhile, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is, well, a mess. Having confessed her terrible mistake to boyfriend Avery (Jonathan Jackson), and him not taking it so well, Juliette is now supposed to go on a pretty big movie audition. With Panettiere’s very real life situation now public knowledge, it doesn’t come as a tremendous shock when Juliette is given alarming news at the end of the episode. Scarlett (brilliantly portrayed by Clare Bowen) is still going through with her decision to leave Nashville, but is hijacked by Avery and Gunnar, (Sam Palladio) while Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) and his new wife are dealing with his season ending revelation. Deacon (Charles Estes) is continuing to pursue his solo career regardless of Rayna’s answer.
The way that Nashville balances its storylines with the musical element cannot be underappreciated. They have a successful TV musical that appeals to everyone, regardless of whether or not they like country music. I hope this show sticks around a long time.
Clearly, I will continue to season PASS this gem.
Premiere Week Day 4
Much to the dismay of certain people (The Maestro in particular), I have been a fan of Grey’s Anatomy for pretty much the series whole run. Now, I’m not going to argue that the Emmys have been stupid all these years not handing out awards to the cast and doing televised retrospectives of it, or anything of that nature. But, it happens to be a show that my wife and I can both watch together. In an era where too many husbands and wives lead completely different TV-watching lives, I make it a point of having one or two shows that my missus and I can both enjoy. This way I’m free to watch other shows and not hear that familiar nagging sound coming out of the other room.
So, the season 11opener brings us life at Grey-Sloan Memorial without Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh moved on the end of last season). Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is struggling to adjust to not only missing her “person”, but also fearing her husband Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) move to Washington DC for the job of a lifetime. Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) is having his own issues being the last person left from their original resident class, he’s the one Meredith has to turn to, regardless of what he’s doing (or who!).
This show has always been about the relationships of its characters and the interesting medical cases that come through the hospitals doors. With Meredith as its central character, I guess the writers felt she needed yet another sibling she didn’t know about to work with. The capper is really Dr. Webber’s connection to the whole family dynamic. It amazes me that they have kept the show pretty fresh over the course of a decade.
My wife and I agree it stays as a season PASS
A big part of ABC’S TGIT (Thank God it’s Thursday) campaign is everyone’s favorite lip-quiverer, Kerry Washington as DC super-fixer, Olivia Pope on Scandal. Last season, Olivia decided that she’d had enough of our nations capital and took her dear old dad (Joe Morton in perfect form) up on his offer for a one-way trip to paradise. And paradise is where we find her and Jake (Scott Foley) when season four opens. A letter addressed to Olivia’s new alias is delivered to her on the island and its content is serious enough to inevitably bring her home.
Former series regular Columbus Short’s firing, in effect, caused his character to be the center of the show’s premiere, with Liv trying to recruit the remnants of her team to say goodbye to one of their own. The episode did take on a bit of a somber tone. The White House has seen some changes as well, with Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) wardrobe choices and overall demeanor showing that she isn’t dealing very well with the death of her son. Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) on the other hand, seems to be even more dedicated to his job after securing a second term easily with his family’s tragedy. Cyrus (Jeff Perry) seems to have grown some more hair, (I can’t be the only person who noticed that) David Rosen (Joshua Malina) is up for the job of a lifetime, and we seem to have gotten a new, female version of Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry), when Portia de Rossi shows up with nearly the same haircut and accent talking to Cyrus.
This show is a guilty pleasure. Anyone who watches it and doesn’t agree is simply lying.
Rounding out the TGIT lineup is Academy Award nominee Viola Davis’ (The Help, Doubt) new legal drama series that ABC has been advertising the shit out of, How to Get Away With Murder. Davis plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant, but flawed defense attorney and law professor who enlists her students to help her defend her clients, thus teaching them just how criminal law really works. The students (Or at least the ones that we get to see each week) are mostly very eager to be picked as one of the professor’s select helpers. There is one, Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), who seems unlike the others in that he isn’t full of bravado and seems to have just gotten into law school at the last minute.
The show did move at a good pace. It had an excitement level that was pretty consistent with a good drama. But, I didn’t fully grasp what the direction was. I felt as though the time jumps got a little confusing and that made me feel as if I had missed a segment when I hadn’t. This is a Shonda Rhimes show, so I am inclined to continue watching. But I don’t feel comfortable in giving it a full season’s worth of space on my beloved DVR. So, for now it’s a three-episode maybe.