I’ll be doing reviews for Blogcritics of some of the new fall shows. First one up is The Big Bang Theory, which I didn’t like very much, but think might be successful and even has some potential to be not head-explodingly bad (that’s a long preview below so you can sort of judge for yourself).
- TV Review: The Big Bang Theory
“It didn’t quite make my head go bang, but it’s a shaky start to a likely success.”
I like this show and will be watching it. I saw the pilot and laughed a lot. It is very, very funny. I am definitely looking forward to it.
I liked this show, too. I thought it was hilarious. Definitely on my watch list. By the way, The Wall Street Journal had an article this morning saying this is the most buzzed about show among media buyers. They think it is most likely for a success. See here :
Questions for… Lee Doyle
And the Losers,
In the Fall Lineup
By SUZANNE VRANICA
Wall Street Journal
September 5, 2007; Page B3A
In coming weeks many families will begin their annual armchair exercise: critiquing the new fall television line-up. As the networks roll out their shows starting in September, millions of viewers will form opinions about what they will watch through the winter.
A similar process is under way on Madison Avenue, where media buyers must decide which shows should be supported by their clients, deep-pocketed marketers. During the next 10 months, advertisers will spend billions of dollars on the star-studded — and not-so-star-studded — programming.
To prepare, many media buyers have foregone fun in the sun in the past few weeks to analyze the networks’ new schedules. Lee Doyle, the CEO of WPP Group’s MediaedgeCIA North America, talks below about which shows are likely to be successful and which programs will likely to have short life-spans.
The Wall Street Journal: What shows are advertisers most buzzed about?
Mr. Doyle: “The Big Bang Theory,” a show about two computers geeks and a girl on CBS. It’s sort of a no-brainer for advertisers because it’s in an easy hammock position [between “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men” on Monday nights]. Monday nights on CBS has become what Thursday night on NBC used to be; a good solid night of comedy. …It’s not a unique concept but it’s got such a great slot that it’s probably one of the more likely to succeed geek shows. Also, “The Reaper,” a show about a kid whose parents sell his soul to the devil. It has got a lot of advertiser buzz. About half of our advertisers were excited about “Big Shots,” predominantly the female half. “Big Shots” is four guys doing “Sex and the City” on ABC. The girls are excited about it.
Though the advertisers, you’ll notice, don’t necessarily think it’s a good show. They like it because it’s got a cushy time slot.
I personally have to scratch my head at how anyone could have found any redeeming qualities in this show. Perhaps I’m just not the audience (I don’t like any of the CBS Sitcoms) but I found the acting over the top, the characters overly simplistic and clichéd, and the plot…well…there wasn’t any to speak of.
Perhaps after the initial plot setup of “I’m a geek” and “I’m a dumb blond” they’ll be able to make a funny show, but if the start is any indication, this will be an abysmal failure.
It was okay, mostly because of the guy who plays Sheldon. I can’t see this show going that far – the girl isn’t hot enough.
This was the worst 1/2 hour of television I possibly have ever viewed. It was a complete and total waste of my time; I would rather have been watching OJ Simpson’s white bronco.