ABC Premiere Week: hits and misses

September is always a great month with the return of "real" television on the broadcast networks. I can only take so much of the reality shows during the summer. Last week was essentially the main week of premieres with ABC debuting the series The Neighbors, Last Resort and the heavily promoted 666 Park Ave. I had high hopes for liking 666 Park Ave and Last Resort but unfortunately I am one for two, while sitting on the fence for the latter.I'll start with

The Neighbors stars Lenny Venito and Jamie Gertz as a husband and wife who move to suburbia with their children and soon learn that their neighbors are definitely a little more than just plain weird. I honestly didn't have high hopes for this show and actually only ended up watching it because it was on after my personal favorite Modern Family. The premise is sort of boring and unoriginal. A family moves into a suburban neighborhood where all of their neighbors are aliens who are essentially stuck here because they cannot communicate with their home planet. The only funny part of the show is that all of the aliens are named after famous athletes. There was nothing in the premiere that makes me want to watch it again. 

Then there was Last Resort, a show I was actually looking forward to watching. I was a huge Felicity fan back in the day and was looking forward to seeing Scott Speedman on television again. But, I was kind of lost within the first few minutes. I got the gist of what was going on but I felt as though I had missed something that was never shown. The crew of the submarine Colorado receives orders to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan but they disobey after questioning the way they received the orders. Ultimately they end up commandeering a remote island where it appears that their Captain, played by Andre Braugher, has decided that this where their new lives will begin, while others feel that this is just a means to get their names cleared and return to their homes. Does the Captain know more than what he is letting on? And, what's up with Daniel Lissing's character and what is it that he's done that he feels is his fault? I'll definitely tune in one more time, but, I am just hoping this doesn't become one of those dramas where we get a lot of information but never any answers... Something I like to call the "Lost Phenomena."

And finally, my new favorite show of the season 666 Park Avenue. Sunday night on ABC is looking good with Revenge followed by this new drama starring previous ABC actors Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Vanessa L. Williams (Desperate Housewives), David Annable (Brothers and Sisters) and Rachael Taylor (Charlie's Angels). I was hooked within the first few minutes. What do Gavin and Olivia (played by O'Quinn and Williams respectively) have in store for Henry and Jane (Annable and Taylor respectively)? There's a lot going on but you can already see how it's intertwined. When one of the characters wife is seriously injured in an elevator accident after the husband watches a neighbor dressing in a neighboring building you get the idea that somehow the building and Gavin are at work here to grant him his desires. And what about the man who commits murders for Gavin in hopes of saving his dying wife but ultimately fails, how will his disappearance be explained? The show is dark and creepy enough to have you intrigued but not over-the-top as to have you questioning everything that's going on.

Up next in premieres for ABC is Nashville, a show that will hopefully live up to the buzz and promotion it has already received.

 

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