It’s the beginning of August, also known as the time of year that I start to get the shakes in anticipation of the new TV season. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the soapy goings-on in Texas and the reality-based choreography that this summer has brought us but I’m counting down the days until the fall brings us back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Of course, the new TV season also brings with it a host of new shows and the inevitable question: “To watch or not to watch?” So what exactly does it take to get me to add something new to my already crowded viewing schedule?
Hire an actor I love. Would I really be so excited to watch 666 Park Avenue if it didn’t have that sexy cutie Dave Annable or the amazing Terry O’Quinn in it? Probably not.
Have an outstanding show runner. I didn’t know what a genius Shawn Ryan was until I started watching the gone-to-soon The Chicago Code; Last Resort had me at the mere mention of his name.
Great abs. Arrow - I’m looking at you here.
Write a quirky, funny book. I have a bit of a girl-crush on Mindy Kaling and if she can successfully carry the sense of humour and hopeless romanticism she used to write Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) over to The Mindy Project, my faith in her carrying a show won’t seem as misguided as I fear they might be.
Let an actor speak with his true accent. Television has a lot of sexy men who would be even hotter if they were playing characters who spoke in the same rich intonations as they did in real life. Jonny Lee Miller’s British brogue is the number one reason why I will be tuning in to Elementary.
Everyone else is doing it. There’s nothing quite as worrisome to a true TV fan as the idea of missing out on that one show that “everyone is talking about”. I don’t think that I would have given Nashville a second thought if so many people, critics and casual viewers alike, weren’t already telling me how great it’s going to be.
Put one of your main characters in a fedora. Wait a minute Vegas, that is so 2011.
So that answers the question of whether or not I’ll be watching some new shows when the 2012/13 TV season finally rolls around this fall. Now whether or not I’ll still be watching them once the winter winds start blowing is another matter altogether.
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