Wednesday, August 05, 2009

CBS New Fall Shows Review

For the past couple of years, the new choices of televisions shows have been, shall I say, less than stellar. Except for a few exceptions, many of the new shows have not been of interest to me. I recently had the opportunity to watch a couple of new shows for CBS this fall. They look promising. The two shows are Accidently on Purpose and The Good Wife.

Accidently on Purpose is a comedy starring Jenna Elfman. (I always loved her in Dharma and Greg!) Although the plot is based on a pregnancy after a one night stand, thankfully the show does not revolved around sex. I found the show to be a humorous diversion. I don't know that I will make a point to watch it (I rarely watch comedies these days), but I will might catch it now and then.

The Good Wife is a show I plan to watch. I grew up watching Perry Mason, Murder She Wrote, Quincy, and Matlock. Is is any wonder that my favorite shows (CSI, NCIS, Raising the Bar, etc.) now involve cops, lawyers and judges? I found the characters believable and the plot intriguing. We hear so much about political scandals, but we never hear about the "collateral damage"--namely the families of the disgraced politicians. I think this one will become a favorite.

Below is a video and description of each show. Check them out for yourself.

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE is a comedy starring Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman as Billie, a single woman who finds herself "accidentally" pregnant after a one-night stand with a much younger guy, and decides to keep the baby… and the guy. A newspaper film critic, Billie is barely surviving a humiliating breakup with her charming boss, James (Grant Show), who's still trying to resume their relationship. Suddenly expecting a child with her "boy toy," Zack (Jon Foster), Billie and Zack make an arrangement: to live together platonically. Billie's party girl best friend Olivia (Ashley Jensen), and Abby (Lennon Parham), her conventional, younger married sister, eagerly look forward to the new addition and offer their own brands of advice and encouragement. But when Zack and his freeloading friends, including Davis (Nicolas Wright), start to turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn't sure if she's living with a boyfriend, a roommate, or if she just has another child to raise.

THE GOOD WIFE is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Pushing aside the betrayal and crushing public humiliation caused by her husband Peter (Chris Noth), Alicia Florrick (Margulies) starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney. As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner (Josh Charles), who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom. Alicia is grateful the firm's top litigator, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realizes she's going to need to succeed on her own merit. Alicia's main competition among the firm's 20-something new recruits is Cary (Matt Czuchry), a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but will use any means to ensure that he, not Alicia, secures the one full-time associate position that's available. Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), the firm's tough in-house investigator. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician's scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach (Graham Phillips) and 13-year-old Grace (Makenzie Vega). For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the "good wife" and takes charge of her own destiny. Tony Scott, Ridley Scott, Robert King, Michelle King, Dee Johnson and David Zucker are the executive producers for CBS Television Studios.


Beth in NC said...

Thanks for the heads-up. :o)

Anonymous said...

I saw the preview for the Good Wife. It looks like it could be very good.