The TVpocalypse Queue Poll

Texas forever...or at least until they move on to their next show.

The readers have spoken….or written I guess. And now, as promised, here is the first edition of the TVpocalypse Queue Poll, (there is an actual poll at the bottom of this post…I promise), where the community will decide what shows will rise up and replace those shows that will inevitably fall off the TVpocalypse Top 25.

The response was better than expected and we actually have 12 shows in the running. And while I have a feeling there will be a few spots opening up soon for a myriad of reasons (e.g. seasons ending, network cancellations, general suckyness), there sure won’t be 12 spots opening…and so we vote.

And while I have used this blog to pour my TV heart and soul out into the abyss that is the blogosphere, I understand that a lot of you might not have a complete grasp on my TV viewing sensibility just yet. So with that in mind, I figured I would offer a quick snippet with my first impression of each of the nominees (or as quick as my stream of consciousness, run-on sentence writing will allow).

American Horror Story (FX)
I was already ALL over this one. Three good things here. First, FX has a near flawless track record for great shows. Second, a horror TV show is an anomaly…you have to think this could be really, really original. And third, Tammy Taylor. For those of you who don’t know, Tammy Taylor was the mother character on one of the greatest shows ever, Friday Night Lights (if you have not seen it, go now…you can come back later, I’ll still be here). FNL is one of those pantheon shows for me, where if any of the major players go on to another show I feel obligated to at least give it a try. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.

Grimm (NBC)
I have to be honest, I don’t know that this is in my wheelhouse. This is based on books and I don’t read. And when I say I don’t read books, I mean I REALLY don’t read books. At all. It’s pretty safe to say that I have not read a book in AT LEAST 4 years…and that’s conservative. To my defense, I watch 25+ TV shows and there’s only so much time in the day.

Homeland (SHO)
Another pantheon show playing here. Band of Brothers. Damian Lewis, or Col. Winters as I’ll always remember him, stars in this show. It looks like the type of show that could attempt to fill the whole in my heart that was created when Jack Bauer decided that there was no more terrorism to stop. This show was also already on my radar.

Walking Dead (AMC)
Speaking of shows that were already on my radar. I have just heard too many good things from too many people to not believe this show is great. Of course, if I take this on I’ll need to do two things. One, I’ll need to rally on season one within 2  weeks (suddenly, I think I know what I’ll be watching this weekend). And two, I’ll need to get over my anger/beef with AMC for the debacle that was The Killing. Let’s just say it’s a good thing Mad Men isn’t on right now because AMC and I still aren’t speaking.

Raising Hope (FOX)
This show took a similar path to Happy Endings for me last season (which I watched last night…and loved it). I liked the looks of it. I had DVR’d a bunch of them. And yet, for whatever reason, I never got around to watching it. It’s not that I have anything against it, maybe it’s just another one that fell through the cracks (I’m but one man…I can only watch so much TV).

Big Bang Theory (CBS)
I was harassed by multiple friends on this one in the past. Too many people probably…which of course means I played stubborn and decided NOT to watch it just to be a pain in the ass (to know me is to truly love me…or so I like to think). This show does look extremely watchable. And even though I’ve been assured that I don’t need to rally on its’ history, the fact that it has been on for multiple seasons (and I haven’t seen any of it) does concern me slightly.

Terra Nova (FOX)
This show looks like an unmitigated disaster and I actually actively decided to NOT watch this. I’ve been burned too many times by these all budget/no writing titles in the past. Yep, that’s right The Event…Flash Forward…Heroes…I’m talking to you!

Covert Affairs (USA)
This is an interesting pick. I know that a lot of the summer shows on cable are really good, but for some reason I view them as minor league-ish. They’re on in the summer. They’re on lesser networks. I know, I know…very snobbish…but that’s how I feel. But with that being said, I wouldn’t be entirely opposed.

Southland (TNT)
As I mentioned in the comments, I loved this show when it was on NBC. And then I tried to follow it when it went to TNT, but I was one of the many who got lost in the move. For whatever reason, I forgot to DVR it, or I couldn’t find it, or who knows why. But, I do have a history with these characters, so it would not be a huge undertaking to jump back into this.

New Girl (FOX)
One problem here…I don’t really like Zoe Deschanel. I think it’s the whole hipster thing. Plus, from the promos I’ve seen for this show, it seems like it’s trying REALLY hard.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX)
I’ve seen this show a couple of times, and I always like it. I think I haven’t locked into a season pass for this because I almost view it as one of those shows I could stop at whenever I want to and mindlessly enjoy in a pinch…like during the summer (sorry again Covert Affairs) or even some late night when the DVR is empty (hey, it happens once in a while). I don’t really have any other explanation for not being a dedicated Always Sunny viewer, because it really does seem to play in my dark comedic wheelhouse.

Workaholics (COM)
Kudos to Cat for actually finding a show I’ve never heard of. If I were to take on this show, I would be taking it on completely cold. Of course, since I am a TV whore, this would not be a problem for me.

So there you have it folks. 909 words sure seems snippet-ish to me. I’m looking forward to seeing what shows rise to the top. Thanks for all the great feedback….keep it coming!

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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 30, 2011, in TVpocalypse Queue Poll and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. thought of another one last night: “Louie.” again, seems like one you’d already be watching. plus, their season just ended. but dang, that has to be the best show i’ve seen in a while. it manages to be hilarious and inappropriate and disgusting while also being poignant and sweet. and Louis CK himself is a great character. he does all the editing, has cameos from comedians old and new. like Seinfeld (but sans laugh track) it goes back and forth between his stand-up and a story line. the recent episode they did about him on a USO tour had me crying. like, for real crying, not crying laughing. might be disqualified because it’ll likely be in re-runs now since their season ended, but if you haven’t seen it, try to catch it.

    also, the music is great. makes me think of “Curb” and “Always Sunny” and how they use music so well.

    • I’m actually anti-Louie. And it actually has nothing to do with the current show, but the HBO version of the show that was on about 5 years ago. From what I can tell it seems like much the same premise, but the HBO version was unwatchable. I know the new one is supposed to be good, but the taste left in my mouth from the last one was actually that bad.

  2. ooo, i never saw that one. now i’m glad i didn’t.

  3. Love Raising Hope. Very funny. I like that they have toned down Cloris Leachman’s character as she was too over the top and annoying last year.

  4. I voted for “The Walking Dead” (probably not a big surprise to you), but my daughter is made that she couldn’t vote for “Raising Hope,” so take the opinion of an eleven year-old however strongly you wish.

    I agree with your assessment of all of the shows, and I’ll say that I really like “Southland,” and I can see why it may have fallen off the queue in your DVR. I think I had to record it after midnight due to it being up against two other shows. I have no idea if/when it’s coming back on.

    I’m going to throw one other show into the mix: “Suburgatory” (ABC). This was an Entertainment Weekly (via my daughter) recommendation, so I put it on my queue. I was actually kind of stunned by the humor and quality of the show. Google it and see what you think of the description. It’s got the bi-polar/mentall unstable brother from “Six Feet Under” in it as the father (a pleasant surprise).

  5. Although I was giving you background on Big Bang Theory, I voted for American Horror Story. Two reasons: 1. I totally agree that if you haven’t watched it yet, there’s a good reason which puts you at a bias right from the get go.
    2. American Horror should make for better blog fodder. If it’s good, then we can chat about how/why it is freaking you out and making you sleep with the lights on. If it’s bad, well that just opens up another entertaining world entirely.

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