Others Receiving Votes

Whitney Cummings on hard

For those of you who follow college sports, you might consider this the “Others Receiving Votes” section of the TVpocalypse Top 25 (hence th snappy name for this post). For those who don’t follow college sports, it’s the section of the poll that features those teams who aren’t quite ready for the full on Top 25. But if one of the teams in the poll happens to slip up….then these teams will be ready to pounce.

Now pardon me, but I have a confession to make. I’ve been watching other shows. And since we’re all friends here, I’ll be honest with you….I’m beginning to like one of them. You might consider this to be a warning to all the shows that are currently in the TVpocalypse Top 25. In fact, you might say that there is one show that is on the  “come”. You might actually call it an “up-and-comer”. Or that it’s “coming on hard”. Or maybe even that it’s “coming up hard from behind.” (It was just too easy. At least I spelled them all with an “o” and not a “u”.)

So now that the suspense is all but gone, let me tell you why I am on board with the new Whitney Cummings show Whitney. Actually, before we go there, let me give you some history here. I had actually made a conscious effort to NOT watch this show. It was heavily promoted (really, really, really, really, really heavily promoted), but for whatever reason, I got the stinking suspicion that every highlight shown in the promo spots would be every highlight ever. And on top of that, the highlights weren’t all that high.

But then I heard Whitney Cummings do an interview on The Howard Stern Show. And she killed. And then I remembered how much I liked her stand-up. So I decided during one of my daily 2 ½ hour, 3 state commutes to work to give her (and the show) a chance. So I watched. And I liked it. And after much consideration, I have finally come to a theory as to why.

A few months ago, I saw Bridesmaids. I hated it. I mean I really, really, really, really hated it. And here’s why. The movie didn’t know what the hell it wanted to be. The ads that got me into the theater made it seem as though this was The Hangover with women. But the movie wasn’t nearly that focused. The writers got caught in the trap of trying to please two disparate audiences — men and women. So while there were moments when the movie was The Female Hangover, (generally only when Melissa McCarthy was on the screen) there were also moments when it was 27 Dresses. And guess what? I don’t want to see 27 Dresses…not even for a moment. If I wanted to see 27 Dresses, I would have gone to see 27 Dresses. And they kept doing it. Look, look, look….we’re Dumb & Dumber….oh, no wait, we’re The Proposal. Now we’re Bachelor Party….nope, we’re Love Actually!

And this is exactly why Whitney was so good. It pretty much does one thing, and it seems to do it well. It’s a group of women who all seem to have a guy sensibility about them. That’s it. In TV terms it’s much more Dream On (how’s that for an archaic reference?) than it is Sex and the City. There’s a whole lot of sexy, tastefully tasteless innuendo, and not much in the way of snuggling and men being forced to apologize for acting like men. I’ve been racking my mind and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything quite like this show. Needless to say, I’m pretty much in.

Now I’m sure there are those of you out there who would say that 25 shows are plenty, and I would agree, but what if one of those shows REALLY sucks (I’m talking to you Fringe) and I would need to replace it? I felt as though I owed it to you, the TVpocalypse readership, to have a few on-deck….just in case. So I’ve been keeping my eyes open. I’ve been reading early season reviews. I’ve even been spot-viewing a show here and there (worked out well with Whitney, not so much with Whitney’s other show Two Broke Chicks). But I am just one man. So I’m asking you, my loyal 11 readers, to throw some suggestions my way. I know a couple of you have done so in the form of comments on other posts or even during conversations in person, but now I making it official. So I am pleased to announce the first-ever TVpocalypse: You Decide What I Watch promotion! Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Post a comment with a show you think I should be watching. Maybe even plead its’ case with a sentence or two.

Step 2: I’ll put up a poll featuring all of your suggestions.

Step 3: You vote for the show you think I should pick up.

Step 4: I drop Fringe like a bad habit

Step 5: I start watching your show.
It’s that easy folks. TVpocalypse — a blog that’s for the people and by the people!

About Scott Cocchiere

I'm the Creative Director at Citizen Relations. I love my daughters, Springsteen, as well as what some would argue to be an unhealthy amount of TV. You can follow me on Twitter: @scocchiere.

Posted on September 28, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Dirty jokes, really? This early on a Wednesday?

  2. I need to figure out what you should watch, but I know it’s not Whitney!!! I vote for that show as the first cancelation of the new season!!!

    • Come on Kristi….Whitney can’t be cancelled as it hasn’t made an appearance on the list yet! It’s definitely going to be there soon though. But for argument’s sake….what should I be watching? Give me a name or two and we can put it up for a vote.

  3. I have a few shows on my list that haven’t aired yet, but I’m adding them to my DVR in the hope that they will be good: American Horror Story (FX), Grimm (NBC), and Homeland (SHO).

    Of the shows I love, I would also add “Walking Dead” and “Raising Hope.” Actually, I’m surprise that neither made it into the top 25. The pilot of “Walking Dead” was like watching a well-made movie—it was brilliant.

    Don’t cut Fringe, yet. Give it a couple of more episodes. I say go ahead and cut “Harry’s Law” instead.

    • It’s borderline scary how on the same page with shows we are Erin. I am all over American Horror Story and Homeland already….plus, The Walking Dead was already on my radar once it starts up again. Harry’s Law is as good as gone…but Fringe is definitely on life support. I play it out as if I cut it, and I can’t think of a scenario where I say to myself…damn! I wish I had stuck with it.

  4. Totally agree on American Horror Story. I hope it doesn’t end up sucking. For simple, nerdy laughs I enjoy Big Bang Theory. I also got a guilty kick out of Outsourced but I don’t know if that is coming back.

    In the upcoming war of Fairy Tale shows. I think I’m going to try Grimm before Once Upon a Time as it may have a slight X-files feel, but it could also go horribly wrong.

    I want to think Terra Nova will be entertaining but I think it will sit on my DVR with all those Falling Skies and The Event episodes.

    So there are a few to think about.

    • I’ve actually been sent in the direction of Big Bang Theory by some other friends. At this point, the only downside would be that I would need to rally on multiple seasons….is that a must to enjoy it?

      Terra Nova looks like a train wreck…and not in the good, fun way. I wouldn’t touch it.

      • I really don’t think you need to catch up on old episodes to dive in.  Just if you want to catch some earlier laughs.  Here’s the gist:
        Sheldon – Brainiac know-it-all with zero social skills and many idiosyncrasies.
        Leonard – Sheldon’s roommate who, next to Sheldon, is “the cool” one.  After a number of “will they, won’t they” episodes, he landed the hot chick from across the hall, Penny, but now that’s over.
        Raj – Can’t speak to females unless he’s half in the bag.  Many borderline homosexual moments with his friend Howard. (unbeknownst to either of them)
        Howard – Jewish Mama’s boy with comedic fashion sense.  The embarrassment of the group because he has no PHD. Recently read that he was in some episode of Arrested Development, so there’s your link.
        Penny – Hot blonde actress wannabe from Nebraska, works at Cheesecake Factory, lives across the hall.  Still in love with Leonard but not afraid to get drunk and fall into bed with others.
        Blossom – Okay, her name on the show is Anna Farrah Fowler, but she’ll always be Blossom.  She’s Sheldon’s female counterpart and has forced herself in as Penny’s bestie.
        Elevator – Forever broken so the three flights of stairs have become a pseudo cast member.
        I think that covers it.  Now you’re ready.
        I also tried Gifted Man on Friday.  Not sure.  May be a filler, especially since I won’t be watching any of those acronym shows ALDS, ALCS or WS.

      • Wow…a primer and everything. That’s some heavy campaigning.

  5. Without a doubt, Covert Affairs. It’s been a summer series for the past two years, but it’s coming back in October. I can’t wait. I think it might be my favorite show on TV.

    While I on the subject of summer programming, I have to say I’m more enthralled with USA and TNT during the summer than I am with the three major networks during the regular season. You should have plenty to keep you busy next “off season,” and by that I mean, summer adrenaline and fun season. I’m putting CA, Burn Notice, Necessary Roughness, In Plain Sight, Franklin & Bash, Rizzoli & Isles in the queue for next summer.

    Oh, wait…Southland. Damn NBC for pulling that stupid Leno at 10 experiment and banishing this amazing show to TNT. This is the single best show on during the regular season.

    Do any of these count? Probably not. I’ll get back to you about Free Agents after viewing tonight’s episode.

    • I was all over southland on NBC as well. Then when they moved to cable I somehow lost track. I def wouldn’t be opposed to catching up with that show.

  6. You can test the waters on Big Bang in the syndication run. It’s super solid and you can jump in anytime. I too did not like Whitney. The “live studio audience” made me uncomfortable. And the husband seems like a poor imitation of that brother from “New Adventures of Old Christine” (why that got cancelled, I’ll never know — come on Wanda Sykes!!)

    I know you’ll never watch Glee so I’ll refrain from recommending. Raising Hope is a definite. In it’s second season and has that great FOX comedy bent. My new show recommendation is “New Girl”. It might be a tad chick-y for you but that Zooey Deschanel is really cute. Plus it made me laugh out loud 2 weeks in a row (which is more than I can say for Up All Night. Don’t worry — I’m still on board and hopefully will last longer than the 3 episodes of Running Wilde).

    • I’ve heard New Girl a couple of times as well now. I actually like up all night….maybe I’m just that desperate for more GOB. BBT will def be in the upcoming poll….seems like a popular one.

      You gotta be kidding me with Glee.

  7. are you an “Always Sunny” fan? that seems like a show that’d be right up your alley. it can be a little hit or miss at times, but Charlie always brings it.

    “Workaholics?” i don’t want to like that show but i do. they had a whole episode about Juggaloes. i mean come on.

    • I’ve seen It’s Always Sunny a few times, but for whatever reason (my 25 other shows, my job, my kids, it’s obscure network), I never went all in. Good idea though…seems like a few people have brought it up.

      Never heard of Workaholics…which scares me. But agrees, Juggaloes…and how could I not at least consider it?!

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