New Year’s Resolutions: TV 2012

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. If you really want to do something, why wait for the new year to decide to do it? But when it comes to TV, making some resolutions (and maybe predictions) makes sense. With a bunch of new shows premiering and some old favorites waiting in the wings, New Years is a perfect time to decide which shows to tune in and which to tune out. Of the debuts, here’s what I plan on (voluntarily) watching in 2012:

Potential New Favorites

Luck. If you read my review of the pilot, you know that I’m basically already in love with this show.

Justified. This isn’t a debut, but I’m a little late to the Harlan County party. I’ve been catching up, and sometimes there’s nothing better than breaking into a new show knowing you have several seasons of uninterrupted viewing ahead.

Smash. I liked Glee for about 30 seconds. I really did. But after about two episodes the narrative voice of the show started to crack, and up sprouted the weed garden of inconsistencies. Smash, you are my new musical-on-TV fix.

On The Fence

Alcatraz. Reviews for JJ Abrams latest creation are mixed. Dull plots and obvious twists seem to be the biggest offenders, but for you, Sam Neill, I’ll give it a shot.

Awake. This show has a really intriguing premise – a police officer wakes up after a car crash to find himself living in two realities, one in which his wife survived the crash but his son did not, and the other in which his son survived but his wife is dead – and a great leading man, Jason Isaacs. So why am I on the fence about it? Two reasons: 1) The conceit of the show is based around the theory of quantum immortality, and I’m a total geek so that’s music to my ears, but incredibly difficult to pull off. 2) It’s on NBC.

So Bad It Demands One Viewing

Work It. If you haven’t heard about this show, just Google it. I’m not going to even summarize the premise. It doesn’t deserve that.


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5 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions: TV 2012

  1. Luck and Justified are also both at the top of my ‘Want to Watch’ list, both in terms of preference and premiere date; January is looking to be a good month indeed. If only we could somehow combine the two into one super show; A modern take on the Western written by David Milch. Now surely that would sell, surely they could get enough of an audience to support that through a decent sized run. Surely…

  2. January is definitely going to be a busy TV watching month, and I wish it included a Milchian western. I would definitely watch that. HBO did just option all of Faulkner’s works for Milch to play with, the results of which are certainly going to be interesting.

  3. I’m of the opinion that Milch should write, well, everything and wish for a day where that becomes a reality (It must be happening in one of the universes, surely); but even there Milch adapting Faulkner would be something special. Cannot wait to see what becomes of that, though hopefully nothing at Lucks’s expense.

  4. I think whatever Milch may produce based on Faulkner’s works is a bit of a ways off, so hopefully Luck will have a decent shot at a long run. I’m excited to see how the rest of the season develops!

    Also, the idea of an alternate dimension where Milch controls the airwaves is simultaneously a great and terrifying thought.

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