Look, say what you want about Joey from Friends and Joey from NBC: I tuned into Showtime’s Episodes solely because of Matt LeBlanc and it has proved to be an excellent decision. Similarly, my love for Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica got me to turn into 24 when Katee Sackhoff joined up for a season, and her presence on Longmire got me to check out AMC this summer.
Maria Bello is a favorite from ER and several underrated movies, and I loved seeing her pop up on Prime Suspect (apparently I was the only one.) I turned into Psych because I loved the character Charlie on The West Wing, I watched How I Met Your Mother because I loved Willow on Buffy, and no matter how much it sucks, I cannot turn away from Hart of Dixie, thanks to the trifecta of Rachel Bilson (The O.C.!), Scott Porter (SIIIIIX!! on Friday Night Lights), and Cress Williams (FNL! Grey’s Anatomy! That Guy Brandon Tutored on 90210!)
Obviously, it doesn’t take much for me to follow a beloved character or actor from show to show. With that in mind, I’m already setting my DVR for various fall pilots. Here are my most anticipated pilots for 2012, based solely on specific casting information:
- Nashville: Man, I love me some Connie Britton. Or maybe it’s just Tami Taylor, but either way, I’ll be checking out Nashville and renewing my jealousy over Connie Britton’s hair.
- The Following: This is a Kevin Bacon vehicle, but I’ll be tuning in because it’s also Kevin Williamson show, the man who brought you Scream, Dawson’s Creek (what), and The Vampire Diaries (WHAT.)
- Go On: Look, I’ll watch Matthew Perry in anything, Ok? If I could suffer through Mr. Sunshine, I can suffer through a few episodes of whatever this turns out to be.
- Friday Night Dinner: Speaking of Mr. Sunshine: Allison Janney is in this bad boy, and what this show has that Mr. Sunshine didn’t is Greg Daniels behind the script, which gives me hope that this could be worth it.
- The Asset: As long as I’m following The West Wing alums around, might as well make time for a Bradley Whitford show, right? Right.
- American Judy: FINALLY Judy Greer is the lead and not the friend. FINALLY.
- Infamous: This one has got Vicor Garber (Alias!) and Tate Donavon (The. O.C.! Joshua from Friends!), so, sure, I’ll play.
- Arrow: This one I’m tentative about, but we’ve got a grown up Caitlin Cooper here, so it might be worth a watch.
- Cult: I know nothing about this show except that Matt Davis from The Vampire Diaries will be on it, so what the hell.
Tami Taylor and Chandler Bing...I'll follow them anywhere. I couldn't hang with "American Horror Story" or any of Matthew Perry's post-friends shows. But I'll still try everything they do at least once!
misszoot I totally agree. I couldn't hang with AHS and while I've loved almost every guest arc Matthew Perry has had since Friends, I've yet to enjoy a show all about him. Here's hoping Go On is better....
I'm a TV geek and I'm having a hard time getting excited about the upcoming season because there are so many that I'm refusing to watch right off the bat like Next Caller, Friend Me, Guys with Kids, Mistresses, The Neighbors, The New Normal (what show needs NeNe Leakes? NO SHOW. EVER.), Zero Hour, 666 Park Avenue, 1600 Penn, Emily Owens (it's chick Scrubs), et cetera.
But there are others I'll try out, because I want to support the actors I adore, like Matthew Perry in Go On. And some I'll try but I'm less enthused about, like Sarah Chalke (LOVE) in How to Live with Your Parents..., Animal Practice with Joanna Garcia (look, I really loved Privileged), The Goodwin Games (Scott Foley, Becki Newton), and The Mindy Project (could be awesome or stupid).
And a couple I'm kind of excited about because they could be interesting: Friday Night Dinner, The Following, Revolution, and... that's about it.
I love TV. I hope this season doesn't disappoint as much as last year's did.
notperfect1 I have SUPER high hopes for Friday NIght Dinner, actually. So naturally I am sure I will be disappointed. :(
If you love Matthew Perry, you must watch The Good Wife. He's in the second half of season three and, my GOODNESS, is he good in it.
shelikespurple Ooooh, I keep meaning to check out The Good Wife. I have no idea why I've hesitated; Christine Baranski is basically the best thing ever
LizScott Then you will ALL-CAPS LOVE IT. She is awesome and one of my favorite things about the show. Oh! And Scott Porter is in TOO (he plays a shady guy, warning).