The problem used to be: So many should-watch television shows on the air, so little patience to sit through shitty-quality VHS recorded episodes. Like I was still living in 1988. Only, this was the case up until a couple months ago, when I joined those living in 2009 and finally acquired DVR. A truly life-improving experience.
Now, I’ve been able to watch new, interesting shows from their genesis forward. Not all have been worth the DVR memory space (Are they even going to air new episodes of ABC’s The Unusuals? Will I continue watching if they do? Oh shit, I just read that its been cancelled. Case closed.), others addictive and can’t-miss (Fox’s Dollhouse, CBS’ Harpers Island). There’s the one that I fell off of unfortunately, due to timing restraints and the pre-DVR blues, Fox’s Fringe, that I need to catch up with once the first season DVD hits. The best of all, though, being HBO’s guilty pleasurable treat True Blood.
A couple of Fall 2009 pilot trailers leaked online late last week, footage seen at the networks’ annual Upfronts events, where new shows and news seasons are teased and buzz-built. Both look pretty awesome. Both shall enter the DVR regime starting at Episode One. The new shows: ABC’s V, and Fox’s Human Target. [Show trailers after the jump]
Plot description for V seems to fall somewhere between John Carpenter’s They Live! and stone-faced, sci-fi-delivered social commentary. This trailer gives me deja vu of Independence Day overall, and that’s not a bad thing, especially for a TV program. The scope of V looks pretty damn epic, and I’m guessing that Elizabeth Mitchell’s presence confirms that Juliet is a post-toasty thanks to that hydrogen bomb on Lost:
Human Target, based on a DC/Vertigo comic book about a self-employed guy who takes on bodyguard gigs with an ongoing roster of clients. Not only do you get Mr. Cool himself Jackie Earle Haley, but you also get the promise of Mission Impossible-like action and "Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon" heroic charm. I'm there.