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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall TV thoughts (so far)

It's early, very early, as the fall TV season gets underway, but a few thoughts:

- The season 2 premiere of "Hawaii Five-O" (Mondays, 10 p.m., WOIO) was awesome. When we last saw the Five-O team, McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) was heading to prison for the murder of the governor of Hawaii, while the rest of the gang was dealing with their assortment of problems. I won't spoil the premiere, but trust me when I say you won't be disappointed, especially the ending. Other bonuses: the underrated villainous Wo Fat is great and we begin the story arch with McGarrett's former Army boss, played by Terry O'Quinn (Lost). Monday's premiere was explosive, action-packed and had a great cliffhanger. It makes for a promising season 2.

Onto the less promising new TV shows:

- I could take about 30 minutes of "Ringer" (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., CW) starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as twins before turning it off. The "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" star's return to  TV just didn't pull me in. "Ringer" is touted as a suspense. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't my kind of show. My viewing time is precious, and "Ringer" doesn't seem worth it.

- I was looking forward to NBC's "The Playboy Club" (Mondays, 10 p.m.), but vowed to never watch another episode after the pilot. "Playboy" is an obvious rip-off of the 60s genre craze started by "Mad Men" and it's a huge letdown. The storylines are ridiculous, the acting over the top and there's even a cheesy voiceover for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner that just doesn't work. Worst of all, it fails to deliver that sense of the 1960s. I would be surprised if this show lasted the entire season.

- Other new fall shows I'm interested in (and hoping I won't be disappointed in): ABC's "PanAm" and "Charlie's Angels," Fox's "Terra Nova," CBS' "Person of Interest" and FX's "American Horror Story."

- Mark Podolski | | Twitter: @mpodo


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