Jenna Kim Jones: 2012 fall TV preview: the good, the bad and the last resort

Published: Thursday, Sept. 6 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

Tracy Spiridakos and Graham Rogers in "Revolution."


Being an expert in television viewing (I have been watching for a while) and having studied television at New York University (pin a rose on my nose), I feel it’s my duty and honor to share my opinion on this fall’s new prime-time television lineup.

While I’m only covering new shows on the major networks, I will confess that I have set my DVR to record "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," "Married to Jonas" and "Conjoined Twins: Abby and Brittany." That’s all I can allow myself to admit (OK, "Dance Moms," too).

Fine, you discovered my one flaw. I’m a television junkie. I love TV, so while we might disagree on some of my reviews, at least you know I care.

This fan's opinion is based on seeing a few pilot episodes and lots of previews available online.

Ratings scale:

Must watch — I can’t wait to see this.

Meh — I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. Meh, I’ll probably watch it.

Booooo — Not into it.

Uh-uh — No.


"666 Park Avenue" — ABC, Sept. 30, 10 p.m., Uh-uh. If this show is ABC’s idea of keeping the Sabbath Day holy, then we go to very different churches. Not far from my old apartment in New York City, 666 Park Ave. would be near Hunter College on the upper east side if it existed. And to destroy the illusion of this seductive show even more, the exterior shots of the hotel are the Ansonia Hotel on Broadway and 74th St. on the upper west side. Based on the book with the same name, evil hotel owners are out to do the devil’s work through a young, naïve couple looking for cheap rent. It’s said the show is "Rosemary’s Baby" meets "The Shining" meets ABC, so don’t plan on a good night’s rest.


"Partners" — CBS, Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m., Meh. In this show, a straight guy and a gay guy are life-long best friends who are way too involved in each other’s lives. The story is based on the real life of the two men who created "Will & Grace." And there is a very cute basset hound in the cast if that counts for anything.

"The Mob Doctor" — Fox, Sept. 17, 9 p.m., Meh. Jordana Spiro ("My Boys") is back on TV and starring in a show about a young doctor in Chicago who, because of family drama, is forever in debt to the Mafia. Yay! Actually, it’s terrifying. In the preview, she pulled a screwdriver out of a man’s head. I’m not sure if I can handle that.

"Revolution" — NBC, Sept. 17, 10 p.m., Must watch. J.J. Abrams has done it again. In this show, technology disappears. Electricity, cellphones, Internet, everything. And it wipes out the world. Fifteen years later, “the militia” is still trying to figure out where the power went. I'm really hoping the power doesn’t go out while I’m watching it.


"Vegas" — CBS, Sept. 25, 10 p.m., Meh. Oh cool, another show about Vegas. (Boring.) That’s what I thought until I read that the show is actually based on the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lambs, who tried to stop corruption in Sin City back in the 1960s. Now that’s more interesting.

"Ben and Kate" — Fox, Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m., Must watch. I laughed out loud not once, not twice, but three times in this preview, and I do not LOL as carelessly as a teenage girl flirting on gchat. Ben and Kate are brother and sister trying to get their lives straightened out, and I really hope this show is as funny as the preview made it out to be.

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