THE GOOD: DIRTY SEXY MONEY
By arresting Letitia Darling for the murder of Nick’s father Dutchie, last night’s fantastic season opener of DIRTY SEXY MONEY managed to do what very few television shows have the ability to do anymore — surprise. No really. Amidst the hilarity that was Brian holding his baby mama and Brian Jr. captive in New York, the ridiculousness that was Jeremy Darling and the crazy one-two combo of Patrick Darling and his now permanently-ex-wife Ellen, this TV Addict was far too busy grinning from ear to ear to see Letitia’s arrest coming. Which was great news, because until those surprising final moments, this TV Addict was slightly concerned that the show had jettisoned last season’s murder mystery entirely in an effort to start the season anew. Now all that’s left is for someone to explain where on earth Juliet is? I mean is a throw-away line that she’s “studying abroad” really too much to ask?
THE BAD: Amy Brenneman
You know how ABC incessantly ran ads all week long promoting the fact that the new season of PRIVATE PRACTICE would bring fans the Addison “you loved from GREY’S ANATOMY.” Well, maybe next week, creator Shonda Rhimes will bring fans back the Amy Brenneman we loved from JUDGING AMY. Because right now, her character, Dr. Violet Turner is single handedly managing to bring down what was actually a fairly entertaining and emotionally charged season premiere.
THE UGLY: PUSHING DAISIES
Now I know what you’re thinking. Television’s most visually stunning show, ugly? Has the TV Addict lost it? Has the insanity that is the new fall season finally gotten to him? But before you jump to conclusions by paging Dr. Walter Bishop, hear me out. While last night’s PUSHING DAISIES premiere certainly had its high points. Most of which involved the brilliant and adorably high pitched Kristen Chenowith in a nun outfit. The first half of the episode was a confusing mess as showrunner Bryan Fuller tried to cram an entire season’s worth of ‘previously on…’ into twenty minutes. A mess which wasn’t helped out by an unnecessarily confusing mystery of the week involving Kentucky Fitz and Betty’s Bees that left my head, well buzzing. In other words, not the stellar and coherent season opener this TV Addict would have chosen to get potential new fans hooked on a show that so richly deserves more fans.