Reviewapalooza! BOB’S BURGERS, SHAMELESS, EPISODES and THE CAPE

BOBS BURGERS
Premieres January 9th at 8:30PM on FOX (Global TV in Canada)
Tired of what FOX has been serving up on Sunday nights? Can’t fathom another helping of Seth MacFarlane? Have we got some good news for you. This Sunday January 9th at 8:30PM FOX is injecting an entirely different flavour to their Animation Domination lineup in the form of BOB’s BURGERS. Of course, like the first time one introduces any new food to the palette, BOB’S BURGERS — which as the title suggest revolves around Bob, his family and the burger shop they run in a nondescript costal town town — may be a slight shock to a system that was raised on steady diet of SIMPSONS and Seth MacFarlene. But, assuming you can get over the completely different tone and energy BOB brings to the table, there’s a very good chance you’ll be asking for seconds courtesy of a winning recipe of clever writing, surprisingly heartfelt moments, and a talented voice cast that includes the captivating Kristen Schaal. Grade: B-


SHAMELESS
Premieres January 9th at 10PM on Showtime (January 10th at 8PM on TMN in Canada)
What’s that you say? After WEEDS, NURSE JACKIE, THE UNITED STATE OF TARA and THE BIG C you have absolutely no room in your life for yet another series about a dark and dysfunctional family? Well, we’ve got two words for you: Make some! Because SHAMELESS, Showtime’s Americanized version of the smash UK series that follows the ups and downs of the Gallagher family is quite possibly the most enjoyable pilot we’ve seen all season. No really. Not only does Emmy Rossum absolutely steal the show as Fiona, the eldest daughter charged with keeping the family together while WIlliam H. Macey’s family patriarch Frank lies virtually comatose on the floor as a result of a drinking problem, the Gallagher siblings — with notable shout outs to eldest brothers Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Ian (Cameron Monaghan) — help contribute to the most endearing collection of brothers and sisters to hit the small screen since ABC premiered MODERN FAMILY. Grade: A

EPISODES
Premieres January 9th at 8:30PM on Showtime (January 10th at 9PM on TMN in Canada)
If your first reaction to discovering that an American Network plans on hiring hiring a BAFTA-winning comedy duo to recreate their UK smash for a US audience is a positive one, EPISODES may not be the show for you. But, if you immediately chortle at the mere notion of any Network executive thinking they can take the easy way out by simply importing a show from across the pond, Showtimes newest comedy has must-see-TV written all over it. Made all the more so thanks to phenomenal performances by the blissfully naive husband and wife writing duo played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, a kooky collection of network executives that we pray-to-god aren’t based on the real thing, and of course Matt LeBlanc, who in playing a heightened version of himself already has us forgiving him for JOEY. Grade: B+

THE CAPE
Premieres January 9th at 9PM on NBC (CityTV in Canada)
Warning: If you’re tuning into THE CAPE with an expectation of seeing a small screen version of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight, or anything even remotely similar, NBC’s newest superhero series that tells the tale of an ex-cop (David Lyons) who takes on a superhero persona after being falsely accused of murder is most certainly not for you. That said, if you still look back fondly at the cheestacular awesomeness that was CBS’ short-lived THE FLASH, can forgive some clunky dialogue coupled with some predictable storytelling, and [most importantly] can make peace with the fact that in essence you’re watching a show about a very powerful clothing accessory, well, welcome to the club! GRADE: C

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  • irish joe

    Watched the first episode of The Cape and the first two of Episodes… I wont be going back to either show…

    Shameless however, I am really looking forward to!

  • Anonymous

    I watched the first episode of Episodes OnDemand this weekend and I wasn’t impressed. I looked forward to the show. It seemed really promising. But it just didn’t deliver IMO. Maybe it’ll get better in future weeks where Matt LeBlanc actually has a role.

  • Alison

    I’ll watch the first episode of all 3, but I’m not expecting much from The Cape. Note to NBC: Could you try making promos that don’t make the show look ridiculous?

  • Alison

    Oops, by all 3 I meant Shameless, Episodes, and The Cape. Bob’s Burger doesn’t seem appealing to me.

  • I think EPISODES big problem will be the perception that it’s a ‘laugh-out-loud’ comedy along the line of FRIENDS. Those going in with that kind of expectation are bound to be disappointed. That said, it’s a smart and funny show that gets better as LeBlanc’s life gets more intertwined with the two leads.

  • Completely agree. Everything about THE CAPE, from the promos to the production stills scream “cheesy.” If NBC were smart, they’d fire whomever was responsible and steal some FOX execs, who know a thing or two about promotion.

  • kevin

    i thought bob’s burger’s was surprisingly funny. i was expecting it to be awful. i liked episodes, but agree it could have gone better. i was really surprised by shameless, which was the one show i had no expectations about going into, as i hadn’t really heard about it before. i skipped the cape, because it just looked laughable. i know networks make awful promos…but wow, it’s like they went out of their way to make it not seem worth the effort.

  • Kelly

    So, I watched The Cape, just cause I obviously like torturing myself. I must say, I was not disappointed. I set out with the expectation that the show would be horrible, with awful dialogue, and clunky actors. I was dead on. 😀

    My only hope is that Summer Glau will quickly come to her senses and find a way to get her character killed off so she can get back to doing something better. Oh, wait, the show will get cancelled before that has a chance to happen…

  • Jason

    I havent watched The Cape yet, planning on watching it tomorrow.

    I tried watching Bob’s Burgers, but it was too ridiculous, too stupid.

  • Anonymous

    So far, I’m loving “The Cape.” It’s captivating story-wise and visually very exciting, the talent involved is excellent, and overall, it’s extremely entertaining and great fun! As a long-time fan of the brilliant James Frain, he’s the reason I initially tuned in, and now I am staying! I hope the network gives this show whatever time and opportunity it might need to fine-tune the fun and build its audience.

  • Anonymous

    So far, I’m loving “The Cape.” It’s captivating story-wise and visually very exciting, the talent involved is excellent, and overall, it’s extremely entertaining and great fun! As a long-time fan of the brilliant James Frain, he’s the reason I initially tuned in, and now I am staying! I hope the network gives this show whatever time and opportunity it might need to fine-tune the fun and build its audience.

  • Anonymous

    The Cape retained over 95% of it’s viewers through both hours Sunday and Monday. A strange phenomena for a show so many trolls say was terrible.

  • Anonymous

    You should watch the second episode online and tune in next Monday.
    I did watch The Cape and I thought it was very well done. The first hour moved at a very good pace. Lots of things needed to be established. The second hour was a bit slower – as expected – and lent itself to developing the major players. I thought the casting was fantastic. A good mix of old and new and I liked the fact the casting included minorities and – don’t laugh – a midget other than Vern Troyer. There was plenty of action, laughs, cars, magic and that fat guy from BORAT even had a role and one of the best lines in the two-hour show

  • Anonymous

    This show isn’t meant to be deep, or melodramatic. It’s FUN. Pure, unadulterated pulp heroic fun. I cried tears at the cheesy angles when they tried to make things look like comic book panels. I love the theme ideas and most importantly, that this guy is doing all this out of a comic book that he reads to his son. It’s a classic reversal.

  • Anonymous

    I actually loved it. I am a big comic fan so maybe I am partial to it, but I liked it very much. I think the script was good and things were explained properly…
    I like the guy and I like the fact that this is not targeting some retarded 15 years old audience…. which seems to be the primary concern to everybody else nowadays…

  • Anonymous

    I actually loved it. I am a big comic fan so maybe I am partial to it, but I liked it very much. I think the script was good and things were explained properly…
    I like the guy and I like the fact that this is not targeting some retarded 15 years old audience…. which seems to be the primary concern to everybody else nowadays…

  • Anonymous

    I liked the show . . . . a lot. Great characters, and lots of them. Was/is it ‘original’? Who cares. It IS entertaining.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed it. There are some problems with it, but I love how it doesn’t pretend to not be a superhero show like most
    post-modern super hero media does. It felt like an homage to the 60s Batman series, mixed with the first Spider-Man movie (which isn’t as bad as that sounds)

  • Anonymous

    I liked it. It has action, comedy, and tragedy. I watched the show open-minded and with no expectations. I like the comic feel to the show. The writing very much contributed to it. It’s not what we’re used to and that’s what I like about the show. It’s different. My favorite scenes: when the guy teaches Vince to hypnotize, and he asks the guy to check under his shirt and he’s wearing a bra. Then he laughs and punches Vince. Vince stops a robbery at a convenient store, walks up to the guy and starts paying for the item he came to get. The midget beats up Vince. And when Peter Fleming was watching a surveillance video of a bunch of circus people robbing banks…and there was an animal carrying a bag of money hahahaha.

  • Anonymous

    This show is great, pulpy fun! I don’t believe it’s meant to be a metaphor, or particularly “high concept.” Rather, it’s a great popcorn show to escape into for an hour.

  • losermind

    out of the 4, i like shameless… its by far the best one. 2nd best, bobs burgers, its kinda raw and rodiculous, but its funny. episode, had a low start… i think its gonna get interesting.. but it just miss the shot… and the cape.. too generic, like no ordinary family… ill ive it an other try.. but im not expectin much…

    what i love about shameless, its that its not abut the father (yet), its about emmilys character… i dont wanna see a drunk old man 1 hr a week… keep showin him lik 5 min per show, and im fine with it

  • Kelly

    Funny, I was just having this same conversation with someone else. The problem, for me at least, is that it doesn’t even do campy well…I know that it tries, and I realize it isn’t designed to be deep, dramatic, or a serious drama, but I am just not finding a whole lot that I do like about it. I’ll admit, there were funny parts, but I didn’t think it was meant to be a comedy, either.