Watch This Not That …Fall TV Edition

The Fake Psychic Detective

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A unique comedy staring James Roday and Dule Hill, Psych is the focal point for fake psychic detectives. The two stars play well off each other and many of their lines are ad-libed and hilarious. As a consultant to the Santa Barbara police Shawn and his pal Gus solves many a mystery while spouting pop culture and witty remarks. Embedded within each episode is a find the pineapple search keeps fans on their toes. Psych does comedy and drama well, and its theme shows are the highlights of the series. Haven’t seen the show? Start with Tuesday the 17th and Feet Don’t Kill Me Now.

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The Mentalist

CBS took the idea of Psych, slapped some drama onto it, and called it a new show. Though he has a deep back story, Patrick Jane is neither as charming, nor as cute, as Shawn Spencer. They even recycle some psych plots. I caught an episode where Patrick was using his “psychic” powers at a poker game. Sound like “Poke Her? I Barley Know Her” to anyone else?

The Police Procedural

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Criminal Minds

As Criminal Minds started to move away from what made it great, the quality of the show decreased. But last season it started to get back to its roots: well loved characters, focus on the profiling and mental state of the unsub, and less gore. Viewers started to see the shows that made them love the profile based drama. Season 8 is continuing on that path, delving into the characters and adding a big bad that is hunting down the team. If you left the show when they fired A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster, come on back; you may be surprised.

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NCIS isn’t a bad show. In fact, it’s the epitome of Police Procedurals: murder, interrogate suspect, look at clues, interact with stock character, catch criminal. While this makes for good TV, it makes the show very generic TV. Each character is a walking stereotype, and its spin is that it a Navy police show. While it gives it a niche, it doesn’t have the emotional impact of a show like Criminal Minds. Break out of you’re your comfort zone; try something with more of a twist.

The Animated Comedy

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Bob’s Burgers

The king of character voice actors H. Jon Benjamin brings the title character Bob to life. And, yes, Bob sells burgers. But what makes the show Is Bob trying to balance his family and work life, and he never heard the phrase you don’t mix the two. Bob’s wife and his three children are always getting in some outlandish incident whether it is dinner theater or being stuck the morgue next door. The show takes the pains of growing up and gives it a deep but humorous edge. Tip: Watch for the Burger Special of the Day and prepare to be served a side of humor.

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Family Guy

Once upon a time there was this show on Fox that was really funny. But somewhere along the way it could no longer contain itself. The jokes began to last way past their funniness and the show became ever more inane and low brow. Now, the show no longer understands why it was funny in the first place and has lost the charm that it once held. Those were the days…

The Emmy Nominations (Or how the TV Academy doesn’t really understand quality programming)

It’s Emmy nominations times! Meaning, the TV Academy ranks things in a way that the normal viewer doesn’t understand. Here’s my Average Josie take on the nominations.



Kudos to the voters for seeing the value in Nurse Jackie with Edie Falco and Merritt Weaver both picking up Actress/Supporting Actress nominations though I’m kind of sad Peter Facinelli didn’t get any love.  I was glad to see Homeland’s Claire Danes and Dexter’s Michael C. Hall get Leading Actress/Actor nods, and Martine Freeman nominated for his work as Dr. Watson before he’s shot into American fame by the Hobbit. I looking forward to seeing what the outcome of the Drama Guest Actor, with Michael J. Fox going up against Mad Men’s Ben Feldman (you may know him as Fred the angel from Drop Dead Diva). A high point of the nominations? Seeing Bob’s Burger’s included in Best Animated Show.



The biggest snub had to be for Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead. While TWD was nominated for Prosthetic Make-up and Visual effects, it was left out of the Dramas category as well as all actor/actress nominations. The biggest of these crimes was shutting out Jon Bernthal in the Drama Supporting Actor. He managed to give depth to a character that would have been a flat out villain in any other actor’s hands. The second biggest snub? Charlie Hunam from Sons of Anarchy. While many critics and viewers are outraged by the Katy Sagal snub, Hunam is to me, the most deserving as he balances the complex emotions and morality as the biker’s game vice president. SOA has been constantly forgotten culminating in the non-nomination of Kim Coates in Season 2 for Supporting Actor. I was surprised that Hugh Laurie was left out for his last season of House M.D., and shocked to learned that neither Archer nor H. Jon Benjamin were  included in the nominations. Benjamin had both Archer and Bob’s Burger to his voice acting credits.



The three biggest WTF moments of the year

  1. American      Horror Story as a Miniseries. According to Entertainment Weekly, because      it has a self contained story line in its first 12 episodes, AHS qualifies      for the Miniseries/Movie category even though it has a second season      already lined up. I find this unfair and a way for Ryan Murphy and FX to      get credit knowing that they couldn’t go head to head with Downtown Abbey      or Mad Men.
  2. Multiple      Show Nominations for One Award. Thanks to EW, we know that several      categories have six nominations due to ties, while this doesn’t anger me. The      fact that many of those and other categories have multiple nominations      from the same show. For example: Best Supporting Drama Actor has six nominees      with two being from Breaking Band and two from Downtown Abbey. This shuts      other supporting actors, such as Bernthal, who deserve a shot even if they      aren’t in the two previous shows. I understand how voting works and how      this can happen, but it doesn’t mean its fair.
  3. Psych.      Psych has been forgotten by the Emmy voters since its inception which is      quite sad. It’s a marvelous show and James Roday and Dulé Hill are always      top notch. While Psych was recognized this year, it was for Best      Interactive Experience.


The Academy has plenty of time to decide who will win each category and which of my shows in the Yays section will be underappreciated. Till then I hoping (stupid, I know) that the voters get some taste.

Check out my snubs gallery below