SideReel New Fall Shows Preview: What's Lookin' Bad

Well, Reelers, in case you haven't gotten to check out the new fall shows yet, we have a little disappointing news for you: nothing looks good.

Almost nothing, anyway. Perhaps the strike hit a little harder than we thought last season, or the promos just aren't doing these new shows justice, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of hope for awesome new shows.

Check out what looks good here:

SideReel New Fall Shows Preview: What's Lookin' Good

Lookin' Bad

My Own Worst Enemy (Premieres 10/13 on NBC)

Really? Christian Slater, I expected more from you. Either the promo people at NBC need to be fired, or this show is really going to be that bad. It's like they're trying to play this up as a drama... but with a silly promo... the promos remind me of a cheesier version of USA's In Plain Sight which is exactly that bit of humor in the drama promised in the promos, but I don't think My Own Worst Enemy is quite the same there. (Preview: Henry/Edward) I feel as if we'll spend the whole season (or whatever episodes make it), waiting for Edward to kill Henry... and that, well, just doesn't sound like it'll be an impressive scene.

Kath and Kim (Premieres 10/9 on NBC)

Well, folks, I want to like the looks of this show because Molly Shannon is one of the funniest funny girls ever, but it just looks corny and awful. Unless they're going for a quirkiness that's not showing through in the promos, I really don't think this one will make it. I say give it a chance to you comedy fans, and hey, maybe it'll be the next My Name Is Earl as Molly Shannon and Selma Blair trash up the suburbs, but I'm not quite convinced.

The Mentalist (Premieres 9/23 on CBS)

The Mentalist previews just don't really do anything for me. Simon Baker as Patrick Jane seems to be a little confusing of a character. It seems one moment he's meant to be the sexy, charming, mysterious genius (psychic) detective, but then he says stuff like in this promo (The Mentalist Preview), like "He irks me. He's irksome." This "wit" and quirkiness... I'm not buying it for this guy. I also find myself getting bored just in his whole killer explanation which I'm sure is meant to be riveting. If we can't be totally fascinated by the main character, I really don't see the whole deal working out.

The rest I'm feeling pretty neutral about, so check out the previews and see what you think!

Gary Unmarried (9/24)

Do Not Disturb (9/10)

Knight Rider (9/24)

Worst Week (9/22)

Easy Money (9/22)

Valentine, Inc. (9/21)

Life on Mars (10/9)

Stylista (10/22)

Want to know when new shows start up and when your favorites return? Check out SideReel's Fall TV Schedule!

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Large jempurple
Aug 29, 2008 1:05AM EDT

The original 'Kath and Kim' show is actually REALLY funny! I think it's Australian, but I don't see it translating well for North American viewers.
Same goes with 'Life on Mars'!!!

Large newrachelimage
Aug 29, 2008 2:25PM EDT

NBC was going crazy with their My Own Worst Enemy advertising during the 10 gazillion hours of Olympic coverage that I watched and I totally did nothing for me.Also, sorry Christian Slater, but you are no longer the draw that you were in the 80s/early 90s. I think the mere fact that he's the star is supposed to make us all go gaga and want to watch the show,

Default avatar cat
Sep 19, 2008 2:39PM EDT

You didn't even mention the Mentalist's scary comprarison with Pshyc. What a rip off.

Default avatar cat
Sep 26, 2008 9:37PM EDT

New HBO show True Blood is by far the best show of this fall! I lovz it! but for all the ones you cited, youre just sadly right!!! too much ado for nothing! or is it just too much shows!!!!

Default avatar cat
Oct 10, 2008 1:29AM EDT

i got 2 check true blood out, wat is it about?

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