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Sarah Michelle Gellar should thank her lucky stars for Buffy, because she will never have another hit like that. The pilot briefly held my interest, but by Episode 2, I was so bored by Gellar's dreadful attempt to play a Manhattan socialite that I tuned out. And yes, I know that her character is not supposed to be a Manhattan socialite, but she was no better at playing the real Siobhan Martin than she was at playing Bridget pretending to be Siobhan. And OMG her French is terrible. It's not all her fault, though. In spite of the Manhattan backdrops, the show looks cheap as shit -- neither the sets nor the costumes, not even the hairdos come close to looking like the real thing. The producers need to go rent A Perfect Murder to get an idea of what that lifestyle looks like. I laughed out loud when the Martins' new loft was being styled with "exposed brick," which was already bourgeois in the 1980s. However, fans of the terrifically fun British series Hustle may want to tune in to see that gorgeous brunette who played Stacy on TV again.

The Secret Circle
This is the kind of show that makes me long to be a teenager, but only if I could be an unwitting sorceress in a small seaside town that's full of occult intrigue, ridiculously fashionable high-schoolers and all kinds of out-of-the-way places for rituals. This is like Twin Peaks meets The Craft meets Pretty Little Liars. I LOVE IT.

Pan Am
All the glamour of "The Jet Age" presented with the plasticine gloss of Barbie's Malibu Dream House. Although the writers desperately (almost hilariously) try to inject some "serious" topics (The Cold War! The Bay of Pigs! Women's Lib!) into the show, it's really just a soap opera that happens to be set in some incredibly sparkly rendition of the early 1960s. I did like seeing the marvelous Pan Am terminal at JFK Airport brought back to life -- the real one fell into dereliction and was, sadly, demolished last summer. I still remember this terminal from the very first time I ever went to an airport, when I was about six years old, and they did an excellent job of recreating it (oh, those sweeping double staircases!). I also enjoyed seeing the words PAN AM back on what, to this day, I call "the Pan Am Building," as does every superannuated New Yorker such as myself. These bits of nostalgia aside, it was just silly. How silly? Two of the stewardesses are recruited by MI6 (or the CIA?) to spy on Russkies. It's that silly.

Terra Nova
Something about this show really reminded me of '70s and early '80s television -- in a good way. Remember how back then, before anyone had conceived of the horrors of "reality television," they used to make all those expensive miniseries that everyone would watch? Stuff like The Thorn Birds? That's what this felt like: a really expensive miniseries circa 1980. Even the SFX are just slightly on the cheesy side, which doesn't make them any less fun. The characters are all pure stock: the rebellious son, the brainiac daughter, the cute little kid, the sassy girlfriend, etc. I think it's trying to be Lost but it's more like Land of the Lost...or maybe Lost in Space. Which is not at all a bad thing. At any rate, it's been about 85 million years since there was anything to watch on Monday night, so I'll be back for more. And THANK GOD they explained that whole "time stream" business, because up until then I was sitting there yelling "But what about the butterfly effect!?" Seriously, if they hadn't explained that, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy the show as much as I did.

The Walking Dead
Does not premiere until October 16th, but it's never too early to get excited. The posters alone give me goosebumps!!

Date: 2011-09-28 02:05 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] claudia603.livejournal.com
Out of all these, The Secret Circle looks most fun! Will have to check that out!

Date: 2011-09-28 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sixth-queen.livejournal.com
I agree! I still carry some interest in the pagan way of life. And it sounds like a break from all the silly vampires. But I simply can't watch much on TV these days, so maybe I'll wait to see if it's good and then buy the DVD's.

The spots for Terra Nova reminded me of Avatar more than anything else, with some Jurassic Park mixed in.

Date: 2011-09-29 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
! I still carry some interest in the pagan way of life.

Well, I don't think Secret Circle is exactly meant to be representative of the pagan way of life.

Date: 2011-09-29 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
It's been really fun so far, but then it's only two episodes in.

Date: 2011-09-28 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mangokulfi.livejournal.com
Of all of these, Ringer is the only one I have watched so far and I agree...SMG is a terrible actress.

Maybe I will give The Secret Circle a shot -- PLL and The Lying Game are to of my most fave guilty pleasures.

I have TN on dvr and have been considering downloading Pan Am and the Playboy one 'cuz Eddie Cyprian used to be total hottie back in the day.

Now that I am completely out of love with SPN, I am spending a whole lot less time with the fandom and I am amazed at how much free time I suddenly have. I had no idea how much of my time I devoted to that ridiculous show. I think I am going to have to ask Jensen for several years of my life back.

Date: 2011-09-28 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kinkthatwinked.livejournal.com
Now that I am completely out of love with SPN ...

I know you weren't talking to me, but I gotta ask: are you saying you're done with the fan aspect or done with the show?

Either way, I can't say I blame you. The show has gotten downright painful, though I know I'll stick with it till the bitter, ugly end.

Fandom, on the other hand, is one beast I've never poked with a stick. Just the hearsay on how far some folks can take things turned me off. What did you see out there?

Date: 2011-09-28 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mangokulfi.livejournal.com
I just mean that I spend a lot less time discussing the show and reading the fanfic, etc. because it all kind of bores me now. I tend to only spend my hard-earned free time on things that interest me. :)

Date: 2011-09-29 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
I am spending a whole lot less time with the fandom and I am amazed at how much free time I suddenly have.

I felt kind of displaced on Friday night and all day Saturday because I kept waiting to find people talking about the premiere and they just weren't there. I think a lot of people have bailed like you. People aren't even bothering to complain anymore.

Date: 2011-09-29 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mangokulfi.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think people have realized that there is no point complaining as long as Gamble is in charge. Her utter lack of interest in anyone but Sam coupled with her incredibly poor PR skills, have convinced many Jensen and Dean fans that there's not much point hanging on. That boy better be praying for the ratings to continue sinking so that he can get off this show with his dignity still in tact because even some of his hardest-core fans like me are giving up on his career. And I frikkin' watched Devour, Smallville and Dawson's Creek for him, but the idea of another season of Dean doormatting for Sam while Sam special snowflakes all over the place with his worst PTSD ever, makes roll my eyes so hard that I keep passing out whenever I think about watching the show.

Date: 2011-09-28 02:52 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sistermagpie.livejournal.com
I love the spy story on Pan Am. Because if I was going to do a show about stewardesses in that time period that's totally what I would want in it! Because it's not like I can really fool myself into thinking being a stewardess is glamorous at my time of life.

I saw a clip of Ringer on The Soup that was hilarious. Two SMG's against the fakest greenscreen water you've ever seen.

Date: 2011-09-29 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
You know, back in the '70s, when I was really young, I think there was still this lingering impression that it was glamorous to be a stewardess, so I can imagine that at the peak of "the jet age" it was considered even more so. But I remember on my first transatlantic flight (in 1973), seeing the stewardesses being treated horribly and having to put up with all kinds of harassment from male passengers and I doubt they're going to show any of that on the show.

I've heard it suggested that the appallingly fake ocean on Ringer was some sort of homage to Hitchcock movies, but I'm not buying it.

Date: 2011-09-28 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mulder200.livejournal.com
LOL! Poor SMG! I like her and all but she will never find another Buffy in her career.

And The Secret Circle so gives me flashbacks of The Craft.

Date: 2011-09-29 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
I love The Craft!

Date: 2011-09-28 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morganslady.livejournal.com
I saw Pan Am. And believe it or not according to stewardesses that were around during that time, there were rumors that some of them were undercover operatives.

TerraNova- I'll give it some time but the pain in the ass son was plucking my last nerve. And the commander of the site was manic,one minute he's nice and the next he's in your face.

Date: 2011-09-29 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
I wonder if they were operatives first who were planted as stewardesses, or stewardesses who were recruited to be operatives. The latter seems kind of implausible.

There was a lot of bad shit on Terra Nova. I laughed out loud when tough-guy dad said, "Gimme a gun and a badge and let me do my job!"

Date: 2011-09-28 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kinkthatwinked.livejournal.com
I was curious about Circle, mainly because I liked The Craft. With your rec, I may have to check that out.

So Ringer really is just as dull as it looked in the commercials. Okay.

Let me mark Oct. 16 on my calendar, because I can't wait for more traumatized Zombie Apocalypse survivors!

Date: 2011-09-29 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
Oh, if The Walking Dead lives up to its promos, this season is gonna kick some ass.

Date: 2011-09-28 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ann-tara.livejournal.com
I had this huge long list of new TV to try out this season - being a TVophile and all. ;) So far I've only added three to return to, and that includes The Secret Circle. I think The Vampire Diaries is better, but I've stuck with Circle for two weeks and haven't given up on it yet.

I gave up on Ringer after last week, though according to several tweeters, last night's episode was supposed to be pretty good. I don't know, I didn't even bother to dvr it. Maybe I should have, but honestly I wouldn't have bothered in the first place without the SMG factor, most likely.

I thought Pan Am was gorgeous to look at, they got the feel of the time period down pat, and it had a very high-quality series air about it. That being said, I was also bored the entire hour - and the spy angle was just silly.

The Spousal Unit and I stuck it out through the two-hour premiere of Terra Nova, but OMG, we thought it was pretty dreadful. ;) Too bad because we had high hopes going in - but, OTOH, we should have know given Brannon Braga's involvement with it. Ah, well, I would like to hear from folks who do keep up what the real secret is behind the building of Terra Nova.

Date: 2011-09-29 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oselle.livejournal.com
I thought Pan Am was gorgeous to look at, they got the feel of the time period down pat, and it had a very high-quality series air about it.

I think they got the look of the period down, but everything looked so shiny and new, and therefore fake. When I watch Mad Men I feel like I'm really seeing that era as it was, smoky haze and all. I heard that ABC won't allow anyone to be shown smoking on Pan Am, and I think that's part of the reason why it rang so false. I kept wondering what was missing.

Date: 2011-09-29 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dodger-sister.livejournal.com
I am quite enjoying The Secret Circle. How much you ask? I put my Nintendo DS down during tonight's episode so I could actually watch it. Only one other show that I watch gets that kind of attention.

We Tivoed Terra Nova. I made a last second decision to try it out because I really feel like I need to be trying more new shows, since I think I am about to break up with a few of current shows. Then upon seeing that I had Tivoed it, the roomies both got excited to try it. We will probably watch tomorrow night.

The Walking Dead!! Can't come soon enough.

Date: 2011-09-30 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ramalama.livejournal.com
Exactly the same with Ringer. Gave it a shot, but no. Besides, casting Ioan Gruffud as a cuckold? I don't think so.

I've recorded Terra Nova but haven't watched yet. I think it'll be fun as long as no one takes it too seriously.

I am all anticipation for The Walking Dead too, but as I am a sad clown with no cable, I won't be able to see it till DVD.


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