The Boob Tube Review: October 4, 2011

Well, the second week of the new TV season went pretty darn well. And not just because Arrested Development announced that they plan on coming back for another season before releasing their movie. Most of our favourite shows — Parks & Rec, It's Always Sunny, Community — continued to kick ass. And the most promising new show — Up All Night (with Arrested Development's Will Arnett alongside Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph) — delivered a third great episode, which has us thinking it'll be joining the ranks of our favourites pretty quickly. Here's what else we were watching this week:

Weeds: "Do Her/Don't Do Her"
Season 7, Episode 12, Showtime

Ditching Mexico and hitting the road was the best thing this show ever did. If you told me two years ago this show would still be on the air I probably would have slapped you, but after the past two seasons I believe it can go on for at least one more. A show that always reinvents itself, Weeds is a living animal. A living, breathing, sexy animal at that. If you gave up during the Mexico years I urge you to watch season 6 and 7. It's definitely back to its roots and the quality has never been higher. And, hey, Heylia and Dean are back, too!  - Cody McGraw

True: leaving the Mexico storyline farrrrr behind them was a brilliant idea. And the show has come back to life over the last couple of seasons. But by time we got to the cliff-hanging end of this season's finale, I still found myself longing for those old days in Agrestic. Not to mention that the ending leaves me worrying that mayyyyyybe we haven't finished with all that Mexico stuff for good. - Adam Bunch

Ringer: "If You Ever Want a French Lesson"
Season 1, Episode 3, The CW 

I didn't think I was going to but I'm really, really, really enjoying this new show. With so many twists and turns, Ringer is easily becoming my guiltiest guilty pleasure. Sure, it's not all that innovative but it's a lot of fun and it's nice to not want to smack Sarah Michelle Gellar's bitch face for once. The show has really hit the ground running with a modern Hitchcock-like storyline involving identity theft and murder and I find myself looking forward to what turn it will take next. Well done, Gellar. Well done. - CM

Suburgatory: "Pilot"
Season 1, Episode 1, ABC

So, apparently there's a new show in which actors from great shows can go to die. You've got Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under), Alan Tudyk (Firefly), Rex Lee (Entourage), Ana Gasteyer (SNL) and Allie Grant (Weeds) all fighting to stay on TV and off Celebrity Apprentice. And while this show about a father moving his daughter from Manhattan to the suburbs isn't bad, it's very middle of the range. However, with the aforementioned actors it has a lot of potential for improvement and at least there isn't an annoying live audience like the terrible Whitney. - CM

2 Broke Girls: "Pilot", "And the Break-Up Scene"
Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2, CBS

Speaking of Whitney, that's not the only Whitney Cummings vehicle that got picked up this season. There's also this show. I guess millions of people probably already know about since it debuted right after Two And A Half Men, but since I won't go anywhere near that crap even in the post-Warlock era, I stumbled across 2 Broke Girls online instead. The premise is mildly amusing: the socialite daughter of a Bernie Madoff-type swindler finds herself broke and having to work at a diner for a living, where she befriends a no-nonsense, vaguely punkish Kat Dennings (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist). It's pretty old school and cheesy in a lot of ways — laugh track, three cameras, a horse lives in their backyard — but I still kinda didn't mind the first couple of episodes. I especially don't mind Kat Dennings and the fact that she has some self-respect and an ability to stand up for herself, unlike the shit they're peddling  over on....

New Girl: "Kryptonite"
Season 1, Episode 2, FOX

...this stupid show. I mean I love Zooey Deschanel as much as the next nerdy, ill-at-ease hipster type, but I'm not sure I can stomach much more of this before I give up completely. The vast majority of the jokes suck. Her (supposedly loveable?) guy roommates are all misogynistic dicks. And she's miserably unable to fend  for herself without their help — and not in a way that suggests some kind of clever critique of post-feminism or something. If Tina Fey was dead, she'd be rolling over in her grave. As it is, I imagine she's rolling her eyes. - AB


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