What the what USA Network?!

USA Network does one thing well. And when I say well I mean REALLY well. Light, fun, frothy summer shows. Noone does them better than USA Network.

White Collar, Royal Pains, Suits, the now defunct Necessary Roughness, Monk and Psych, you get the gist. This is/was USA Network’s bread and butter.

Take pretty people, put them in nice clothes and gorgeous looking locations (with some to die for set design) and presto – you have a hit on your hands.

That’s why I don’t understand what the what they are trying to do with the new slew of shows.

For example – there is Graceland. Which I think was USA Network’s first foray into gritty cop show territory?

I know Graceland got renewed and all but as far as I’m concerned – gritty it ain’t

I watched their latest show Rush? Me thinks they wanted to go for House/Royal Pains hybrid of some sort?

Will Rush is a doctor to the LA’s rich and famous. People do stupid sh*t, people need to think of their image, people call Rush, pay cash and get treated, no questions asked.

The only problem being a) the main character is an arsehole and b) Tom Ellis the guy who plays him? He might be a good actor, but Hugh Laurie he ain’t. It takes serious skill to make me care about an arsehole is all I’m saying.

Satisfaction

Another new show Satisfaction is about a couple who have been married for a while. And then the husband finds out the wife is cheating on him. With an escort. Because she doesn’t feel appreciated enough? Be as it may – this one seems to look promising, but light and frothy it is not (also I *know* I’m a crusty b*sh but it kinda reeks of #firstworldproblems?)

tl; dr

If USA Network is going for edgy, dark and twisty I don’t think these two shows will cut it. They are kinda dark, but not all that deep?

And besides – what is wrong with light and frothy and fun? We all need more of that in our lives (says she after watching the Strain yesterday and dreaming about freaking worms all night (facepalm)

Broad City

Image: Comedy Central

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s been difficult to find comedy shows that I truly love (obvs I have my tried and tested UK comedies, but sometimes you just want something new, you know?) Last year it was Parks and Recreation, then IT Crowd, but that is about it. It is not that all comedy shows are SO bad, it just that they lack that little bit of extra me thinks? And are too formulaic? Does that make sense? If I get a couple of giggles out of any given show, I consider that success.

Then an article about Broad City popped up in my reader. A couple of days later, it happened again. And again. So I was like okay, let’s see what that is about.

Broad City was created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and it was originally produced as a web series. Then Amy Poehler got on board as the executive producer and the series got commissioned by Comedy Central.

Broad City is about two ladies – Illana and Abbi. They are in their 20s, they are best friends and they live in New York. They are kinda broke, they are kinda odd and they are well funny.

Like remember when you were in your twenties and you had a friend who just got you? Like really (REALLY!) got you? And you did silly things just because it seemed like a good idea at the time? Well sorta (hindsight and all that)? Yeah Abbi and Illana are kinda like that. And I love them for it. It took me about two episodes to get into it, but I found myself snorting with laughter episode after episode.

And to get it out of the way – even though the show is about ladies who are friends and who are living and dating and getting by in New York, Sex in the City it ain’t. And it’s all that much better for it. TRUST.

So yes, give Broad City a go, me thinks you will like it. On a side note – second season has already been commissioned.

Of chapped nose and stomach bugs

For illustrative purposes this was me last week.

Dear ladies and gents,

between a stomach bug thing that has been dodging me ever since UK and a god awful cold last week*, I couldn’t muster the strength to do anything but veg out. A few things that kept me sane (stuffed nose and all).

Parks and Recreation

Yes, totes late to the party on Parks and Rec. However better late than never, right? Anyhow. I love Leslie Knope, but she is killing me. I am behind on every single TV show I normally watch (even *shock horror* Supernatural), because I am unable to switch the damn thing off. I tried to cleanse my palate yesterday with the Good Wife, but gave up after 5 minutes and switched Parks and Rec on again. Love Leslie and her gang from Pawnee.

Marian Keyes

Started with This Charming Man and finished off with the Brightest Star in the Sky. Yes, the covers look like chic lit, oh but I assure you the books are anything but. It is impossible to put the damn things down (and I mean this in the nicest way possible).

Mo Hayder

Started with the Birdman and now I’m hooked. And there are 6 books in the series (always a good thing).

Sherlock

Teaser trailer dropped this weekend. #sherlocklives. Duh. A date would be nice *cough* BBC! If I had to take a guess it will either be Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Tom Hiddleston dancing

I swear if you need an instant cheer me up, there is nothing better than Tom Hiddleston dancing. No, seriously. I laughed so hard I almost choked. It’s all kinds of wrong, but I’d totes go dancing with this guy. Also – Loki made Thor 2 so (SO!) much better.

* FYI – if you turn into Rudolph the Reindeer when you have a cold like I do, I cannot recommend this stuff enough. No, it’s not an affiliate link or a sponsored post (although Boots is one of my happy places). It is the only thing that will make your chapped nose feel better. And yes, I know it says it’s ointment for baby’s bottoms, just ignore that. It works.

I watched so you don’t have to (Part 2)

Dear ladies and gents,

here are a few new series I watched so you don’t have to.

The Goldbergs

The Goldbergs is based on the childhood of the series creator Adam F. Goldberg. Adam videotaped his family while growing up and the show is based on those videos. Obvs this might be mandatory watching for anyone else who grew up during the 80s. Predictably enough I thought it was funny. It wasn’t hilarious, but funny enough for me to catch the next episode.

The Millers

The Millers is about Nathan Miller (played by Will Arnett), a TV reporter who recently got divorced. Upon hearing the news, his father Tom (played by Beau Bridges) decides to leave his wife of 43 years and move in with Nathan’s sister. Meanwhile Nathan’s mum Carol (played by Margo Martindale) decides to move in with Nathan. Now the Millers were super funny in my opinion. I know, I know, I’m the idiot who laughs at the fart jokes, but who can resist a show that does a super creepy Dirty Dancing scene?

Hello Ladies

Hello Ladies is produced by HBO and stars Stephen Merchant (who you might remember from the Extras) as Stuart, an English web designer living in Los Angeles. Stuart considers himself a bit of a ladies man and well… nothing can be further from the truth. Stuart attempts to chat up the ladies are omgpleasestopyouareembarrassingyourself, but you know at least I can give the guy the credit for trying. And then again that’s what makes it funny. I’m sure this will get better as it goes along.

Sean Saves the World

Sean Saves the World is about a divorced gay dad whose teenage daughter moves in with him after her mum accepts a new job somewhere (that bit wasn’t explained in great detail, but then again I only watched one episode). Anyhow, Sean has a demanding job and wants to be there for his daughter, but obviously things are off to a bit of a rough start. If you are fan of Sean Hayes, you might want to give this one a watch. It is a bit confusing NOT seeing him do his Just Jack routine, but Sean Hayes is made for sitcoms, so me thinks this one will get better as it goes along.

Ironside

Ironside is produced by NBC and a remake of a 1960s series of the same name. It’s about a tough NYC detective Robert Ironside (played by Blair Underwood) who got injured in the line of duty and is in a wheelchair now. I like Blair Underwood (I thought he was great in In Treatment), however I’ll be honest with you – I switched this one off after about 15 minutes. Harsh, but true. It seems I am not the only one as it is the lowest rated drama to debut this fall. I think if you are into police procedurals there are better offerings available at the moment.

The Originals

See I didn’t know that the Originals was a spin-off from the Vampire Diaries (if it is not obvious, I haven’t watched a single episode of the Vampire Diaries). Anyhow the story is about the original vampires the Mikaelson siblings and they are in New Orleans and some shit with witches happens and whathaveyou. Again, I gave up after 15 minutes. Sorry, not all that into vampire anymore.

Super Fun Night

Super Fun Night is written by and stars Rebel Wilson. She plays Kimmie Boubier, an attorney who keeps a video diary of somesort. Anyhow, Kimmie has a long standing tradition with her 2 friends – each Friday night is Friday Fun Night when they get together and well… have fun. After Kimmie gets a big promotion at work, she decides they need to get out of their rut and try new things. I found Super Fun Night a bit well… flat (this coming from someone who laughs at fart jokes). Rebel Wilson is talented, I’m sure she can do better than this. Also – the singing? I am not a fan of musicals so the musical numbers were a bit what the what? It’s just a tad bit too whimsical for my taste.