2011 Fall TV Preview – Episode Two


Terra Nova

(Premieres Sept 26

@ 8pm – FOX)

Starring: Jason O’Mara, Christine Adams, Stephen Lang

This cool looking show from the Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Rene Echevarria (Castle) and Brannon Braga is about an ordinary family, participating in a daring experiment, journeys back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth. It’s the year 2149 and Earth as we know it is dying. The only choice left to humanity is to start over in the past where scientists are able to find a portal that allows time travel, and perhaps the opportunity to start anew and actually get it right this time.

Terra Nova stars Jason O’Mara as the patriarch of the Shannon family, Shelley Conn as his wife, Landon Liboiron (Degrassi!) as their son and Naomi Scott as the daughter. As with any drama, paradise re-imagined needs a villain or two and those that oppose them. As the season plays out, we’ll find out the real mission behind Terra Nova and those who seek to destroy it.

Why I’ll watch: I want to see dinosaurs chase people down and devour them.


Community / Parks and Recreation (Premieres Sept 22 @ 8pm & 8:30pm – NBC)

Community – Starring: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown and Chevy Chase – A smarmy lawyer whose education is deemed void by the bar is forced to attend a local community college with an extremely eclectic staff and student body.

Parks and Recreation – Starring: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott – The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Why I keep watching: There are so many comedies on the air right now and so many of them have the same comedic formula, working within cubic phrases just to create the perfect punch line. It’s boring. But there are a few comedies that continue to push the envelope. Smart and witty comedies. The easy way to categorize them all? Any comedy without a laugh track. Those are what you should be watching.

Community never gets the respect it deserves. The episodes are so off the wall, dripping with nerd references, interwoven with other episodes, there is just so much effort and passion poured into each half hour and most people don’t even realize it.

Parks and Recreation is much the same. The comedic genius of Amy Poehler has never been better and the characters are so well developed and down to earth, it gives that same feel the Office did when it first came out; a relatable work environment with coworkers you wish you shared a cubicle with. Addictive comedy you can’t live without.

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