laura tv headerAs Seen on TV :: Pilot Watch :: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Every new Fall season I try to watch all of the new pilots to see what they are, how they are, and if I am at all interested in adding them to my “to watch” list. Part of this comes from my profession, working in the Media side of advertising makes knowing what’s popular and on-air (and on the charts) important, but a bigger part of this is because I’m a sucker for pop culture and storytelling in all its forms.

You can think of these “Pilot Season” posts as a “I watch so you don’t have to” and maybe you’ll find one that seems in your wheelhouse and you’ll check it out, too (or, you know, spare yourself the really bad ones).

So, in this installment of “As Seen On TV” I will give a three-sentence review of the pilots for The Mysteries of Laura and The Red Band Society. This feature will include SPOILERS, so read at your own risk and consider yourself warned.

Please share your thoughts in the comments to the shows I mini-review – I welcome all reactions, debate and discussions, and, as always, bring on the TV show recommendations, old and new.

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A disappointing mess of a story and a waste of Debra Messing and my name :: The Mysteries of LauraPilot

My thoughts in three sentences:

Okay, I’ll admit it, I wanted to like this show because of my name inclusion in the title, and in the title character, even if she is a “homicide” detective, fully proving my point that all fictional or musically mentioned Laura’s are associated with death – I really did want to like it – but, I really did not like it, no, not at all. The ads and early buzz boasted this story to be about a woman who was strong and successful and struggled with being a Mom and dealing with adult relationships, but what the ads didn’t talk about was how self-loathing she would be, how flimsy her characterization would be, and how the story falls back into the idea that you can’t do both well – career and parenthood – as well as show another example of women having to be both homemaker and provider, yet the male character is allowed to do little to nothing, but come out as the hero in the end – YUCK – oh, and yes, they had to have some negative body image comment in there, too, which they would never write in for a straight male character. On top of that, the “procedural” portion was disjointed and ended with a plot device to bring Laura’s estranged husband in as her boss at the precinct, something that would NOT HAPPEN unless there was some crazy shortage of employable police – police and fire departments do not allow marrieds or dating couples to work together in such a high risk job.

Rating (out of 5): 1.5

Will I watch again: Doubtful.

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 John Hughes meets John Green in this emotional-trigger of a teen dramedy on Red Band Society’s “Pilot”

My thoughts in three sentencesI was drawn to this show, and excited to watch the pilot, because a) Wilson Cruz (of My So-Called Life’s Rickie Vasquez) is in it, and b) I’m a sucker for teen stories. Though it had a bit too much network TV gloss to it, there were some emotional moments that got to me and there are some characters that seem well-conceived and introduced, especially Leo, Kara and Jordi, and the coma-patient narrator, Charlie (who I admittedly keep picturing as a younger version of Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower for some reason). This show is destined to be a “make me cry every episode” kind of series.

Rating (out of 5): 4

Will I watch again: Yes, even if it will make me an emotional wreck sometimes.

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4 thoughts on “As Seen On TV :: Pilot Season :: The Mysteries of Laura and The Red Band Society

  1. I’m skipping down to the rating so I don’t spoil but the first one does seem crappy based off your rating, that is loooow & the I’m curious about Red Band Society.
    “Okay, I’ll admit it, I wanted to like this show because of my name inclusion in the title, and in the title character” haha, adorable!

  2. Eh, The Mysteries of Laura does sound bad. She seems a bit too cartoonish in the trailer too. I almost want to suffer through it to see how totally dumb it really is but only if its free on hulu or something.

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