Friday, May 31

11 New Shows! 11 New Trailers!

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The CDP Fall TV Preview is still a ways away, but that doesn't mean we can't maniacally obsess about all the new shows that are heading straight for our brainballs several months in advance.

I've combed over every new trailer, preview and synopsis looking for something good to watch come Autumn, and I've narrowed it down to 11 favorites; five comedies and six dramas I'll be programming into my DVR in a few months, or at the very least, giving a puncher's chance to. Click on the show's title for their respective trailer (that's the whole point of this exercise). Let's go.


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#5 - Trophy Wife (ABC)

Official Synopsis - "The series revolves around the life of a reformed party girl who ends up marrying a guy after she meets him at a karaoke bar. In the process, she finds herself dealing with his two ex-wives and their children, along with the chaos she has to deal with when it comes to trying to blend in with this complicated family that she married into."

Thoughts On The Trailer -Yes, the show will probably rely too heavily on Malin Akerman acting sexy in an ex-drunk/slut sort of way, but I think she's funny and cute and it's cool to see her on television. This is one of those shows that I'll probably get sick of early, but I think it has promise to stick around and get renewed (Note: I tend to suck at these predictions).

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#4 - Super Fun Night (ABC)

Official Synopsis - "For the past 13 years, three single ladies have set aside every Friday night as "Friday Fun Night". That is, until one of the women, Kimmie Boubier (played by Rebel Wilson), decides it is time to take this party to the next level after befriending an attorney."

Thoughts On The Trailer -What drew me to Super Fun Night was that Conan O'Brien is serving as Executive Producer, otherwise I can't say I would have added it to my queue. I guess it all depends on where they decide to draw their laughs from.

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#3 - The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)

Official Synopsis - "After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, Mike Henry had to give up his career as a news anchor and focus on his health and his family. Five years later, Mike decides to get back to work and struggles between family and career."

Thoughts On The Trailer -In his first TV show since Mork and Mindy, Robin Williams is another icon returning to the small screen this season with CBS's The Crazy Ones. Where that looks to be annoying beyond words, The Michael J. Fox Show looks to be a bit more expertly and intelligently written. I dig Michael J. Fox, and I like the idea of working his real-world struggle into something that can generate laughs as well as emotion. I'm assuming it will do quite well for NBC.

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#2 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Official Synopsis - "A laid-back New York City detective (Andy Samberg) is told he must grow up and "respect the badge" when his new boss is a strict, by-the-book type."

Thoughts On The Trailer -This was the comedy I was the most looking forward to, and judging by all the other Fall Previews I've read, I'm not alone. They could really mismanage this one, but the trailer was solid enough.

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#1 - The Goldbergs (ABC)

Official Synopsis - "The show is set in the 80's and follows The Goldbergs' family. The single-camera series stars Wendi McLendon-Covey as classic overprotective matriarch mother Beverly, her husband Murray, and three children."

Thoughts On The Trailer - This one snuck up on me. Based on the synopsis alone, The Goldbergs wasn't even on my radar, but really, you should check out the trailer. Set in the 80's and narrated by Patton Oswalt? It looks to take the best of ABC standouts Modern Family and The Middle, and throw in a good helping of nostalgia to boot. Out of all the comedies premiering this season (and most of them are not good), The Goldbergs is the show I'm rooting for the most.


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#6 - Crossbones (NBC)

Official Synopsis - "The series is a fictionalization of the life of the notorious pirate Edward Teach (Blackbeard) in and around the island of New Providence in The Bahamas."

Thoughts On The Trailer -I added this one as #6 because there doesn't seem to be an official trailer out as of the day I wrote this, but hey, John Malkovich as Blackbeard? Yeah, I'll be tuning in.

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#5 - Believe (NBC)

Official Synopsis - "The series follows a young girl who was born with special abilities that even she can not control, and as they start evolving, the people that are protecting her must turn to an outsider. This leads them to a wrongfully convicted inmate who is on death row before they break him out of prison. Although he is reluctant to take on the role as her protector, the two eventually form a bond that will guide them to helping others as well as each other while staying one step ahead of the evil forces that want the girl."

Thoughts On The Trailer -Produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Alfonso Cuaron? I assume that's Hollywood slang for 'Instant greenlight,' but Believe has some promise to it. The story will have to be continually engaging, however, as similar shows have played with this plot to weak avail.

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#4 - Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (ABC)

Official Synopsis - "In Victorian London, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah-smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she's seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this girl must be insane. Her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her — especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever, the handsome and mysterious Cyrus — but deep down she knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts and the irrepressible White Rabbit save her from a doomed fate."

Thoughts On The Trailer -The Missus loves Once Upon A Time, so there's no way I'll be getting out of watching this spinoff from the Lost writing team of Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. I must say, though, what they do with imagery, storyline and soap-esque cliffhangers is really good on the original series, so I have no doubt that Wonderland will shine. I wonder what the production budgets for these shows are; they look extremely expensive for network television.

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#3 - Under The Dome (CBS)

Official Synopsis - "Set in the not too distant future, Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill, Maine, who suddenly find themselves cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, impenetrable barrier that surrounds the town. As the town begins to tear itself apart through panic, a small group of people attempt to maintain peace and order while also trying to uncover the truth behind the barrier and how to escape from it."

Thoughts On The Trailer -Based on a Stephen King story? Good so far. Developed and Executive Produced by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man/Lost)? Holy shit! While this is technically a Summer series, I'm looking forward to Under The Dome in a big way, provided it doesn't fizzle out the same way Jericho did years earlier.

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#2 - Resurrection (ABC)

Official Synopsis - "The series follows the residents of Arcadia, Missouri, whose lives are about to take a surprising turn when their loved ones suddenly return from the dead after an 8 year old boy who had drowned 30 years earlier is found alive in China. This sudden surprise causes the local sheriff, whose wife drowned in that same pond trying to rescue the boy and his daughter, to find out the truth behind the mystery."

Thoughts On The Trailer -Watch the trailer. Either this is going to stink, or it might be the most brilliantly executed drama of the season. There's going to be absolutely no middle ground with Resurrection. That's exciting.

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#1 - Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Official Synopsis - "Agent Phil Coulson puts together a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases."

Thoughts On The Trailer - Here's the deal, kids; I don't really like Joss Whedon. I'm not a fanboy, I don't give a shit about Buffy and I think he's extremely overrated in nearly everything he gets his hands on. However, I'd be a fool to miss out on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.- This is clearly the most intriguing, buzzworthy and original new series to premiere this Fall, and I'm genuinely excited to see how it plays out.

What are your thoughts? What did you think of the trailers? What are you most looking forward to watching this season? Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your weekend.

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Tuesday, May 28

The LaCrosse Incident (Redux).

(Time to dust off a classic CDP mystery. The following is a transcribed conversation on my Facebook wall on the night of April 16, 2011. I was alone in a hotel room in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, when this took place.)

April 16 at 8:39am - Ryan wrote:
Question Of The Day: Can somebody tell me what this is a picture of?

April 16 at 8:46am - Dawn wrote:
Well, its measuring megahertz or radio frequency...and decibels or strength of sound. I'm guessing its testing a ham radio's receptivity. it on a TV?

April 16 at 8:47am - Ben wrote:
Is it a VU meter?

April 16 at 9:01am - Ryan wrote:
So can anyone tell me why it was on my hotel's television last night? I ran into it at about midnight, on a channel that wasn't part of the guide. You obviously can't see it in the photograph, but the graph and all of the numbers were spinning around like crazy. Creeped me out.

April 16 at 9:20am - Ben wrote:
VU meter wasn't what I was looking for, but it looks like a meter that monitors the image being broadcast by a television signal. I'm not sure what it's called. that might explain why it was on the television.

April 16 at 9:25am - Ryan wrote:
Okay. The graph was moving around for the time that I watched it (about 5 minutes), but it's weird that it randomly showed up in my guide. Why does it need its own channel, specifically one that I (a random d-bag) can see? And why have I never seen it before in my life?

April 16 at 9:36am - Ben wrote:
It might have been a mistake and it was accidentally being broadcast. Weird.

April 16 at 9:44am - Ryan wrote:
Okay, I just checked my TV and it's not there anymore. I had my own personal 'Wyoming Incident' last night, apparently.

April 16 at 12:02pm - Ryan wrote:
In a moment of paranoia, I actually wandered around the room and jumped around and made noise just to make sure it wasn't reacting to me. You can never tell in these hotel rooms.

April 16 at 2:43pm - Caitlin wrote:
Is it something to do with the Dharma Initiative?

April 16 at 2:52pm - Ryan wrote:
I kind of hope so.

April 16 at 3:32pm - Aaron wrote:
Is it a network analyzer?

April 16 at 3:35pm - Ryan wrote:
Would a network analyzer be something that normally appears on a (supposedly) blank TV station in the middle of the night?

April 16 at 3:40pm - Aaron wrote:

April 16 at 3:56pm - Ryan wrote:
Yeesh. This is officially the 9th weirdest thing that has ever happened to me at a hotel.

April 16 at 11:53pm - Ryan wrote:
11:50pm, and the mysterious broadcast is BACK. Most of the numbers and patterns are identical to last night. I'm going to keep an eye on it, because I literally have nothing better to do.

April 17 at 12:09am - Ryan wrote:
Okay, check this out -

This is a picture someone else took of the same station at a DIFFERENT hotel in the La Crosse area...almost two years ago to the day. This city is beginning to freak me out.

April 17 at 12:19am - Ryan wrote:
Here's a clip someone shot; yes, it's exactly this creepy: -

According to a weird message board I found, this channel is analog, so you can't see it unless you remove the box and hook the coax directly to the TV (like at this hotel). Basically, it's supposed to be hidden, and you can only see it if you hook up the TV wrong. That may explain why the only other photo I found was in another La Crosse hotel; maybe they were all installed wrong by the same people?

April 17 at 12:28am - Ryan wrote:
Here's a similar photo -

...In San Juan, Puerto Rico. These are literally the only photos I can find. I...yeah. I don't know what the deal is.

April 17 at 12:37am - Ryan wrote:
That's enough for one night. I guess the mystery isn't so much what it is, but what the magic circumstances are (time, location, hookup) that allows someone to actually SEE it. What a bizarre thing.

La Crosse gives me the creeps. That same weekend, I saw someone at their mall that looked so much like my sister that I stopped walking and almost said hello. Then this woman, this freaking doppelganger of my sister if I ever saw one, started slowing down and walking towards me in the same fashion, like SHE recognized ME. We got about three feet away from each other before we both realized that we didn't know each other. It was like double mistaken identity. Unbelievable.

Any information you can shed would be helpful as to why this showed up on my TV. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day.