New season report card 2013: the newbies
As we did last year, it's time to take a look back at all the new shows that have debuted so far in 2013 - or, at least, as many of them as I've seen. I'm sure there are a few I haven't gotten to.
We'll take a look at all the returning shows next week, but for now, here are my grades for the shows which are new this year. Post your thoughts, and tell me if you agree with my estimations, in the comments section below.
666 Park Avenue (TV2) | Grade: D-
A few nice pieces in place, but expectations - and the need to pander to a broader audience because it was made by ABC, not The CW - probably sank this one before it even made it to air.
The Blue Rose (TV3) | Grade: B
The local crime drama has been a heart-breaking disappointment - but why? It's not perfect by any stretch, but it's nowhere near as bad as the ratings would indicate. An interesting ongoing story arc, great performances from Matt Minto and Antonia Prebble, and a slick musical and production style make this a show that people should be watching.
Bunheads (TV2) | Grade: B+
My biggest surprise of the season, Bunheads is great! Amy Sherman-Palladino's show about a Vegas showgirl who ends up in a town called Paradise (not the one from Top Of The Lake), living with a fiery ballet teacher, is entertaining, fun, and gave us two brilliant endings in the first two episodes. I'm hooked.
Citizen Khan (One) | Grade: F
Horrible. Just horrible. What was the logic behind making this show? "See, people will find it funny because they're all racist bigots"? Citizen Khan was an atrocity, and I hope it never returns to our screens.
Go On (TV3) | Grade: A
The best new comedy series of the season? I think so. Go On achieves that rare feat of being both side-splittingly hilarious and heart string-tuggingly emotional, and pulling off both. A fantastic cast, too.
House Husbands (One) | Grade: F
Doesn't it seem like all Australian comedy-dramas abandon their premise after an episode or two, and turn into a bland Packed To The Rafterswannabe? It happened to Winners & Losers, and it happened here. Also, why, oh WHY, is father-as-primary-caregiver a good excuse for a comedy series? Did I accidentally time travel back to 1953?!
Oh Sit! (TV2) | Grade: F
If you want to know what it's like to watch Oh Sit, just imagine a collection of all the worst parts from Wipeout while someone repeatedly punches you in the face and plays you a Nicki Minaj song on repeat.
The Radio (TV3) | Grade: F
The less said about The Radio, the better. Move on. Nothing (good) to see here.
Seven Sharp (One) | Grade: B
I was mean to Seven Sharp after it started - and I stand by those comments; that's how I felt at the time I wrote them. But the show has improved dramatically since those first few weeks. I'm now tuning in most nights, usually online. It's not great every night, but it is certainly getting good on a consistent basis.
The Syndicate (UKTV) | Grade: A-
Kay Mellor's drama about five co-workers sharing a first division win is a master-class on writing multiple characters, intertwining their storylines, and delivering a rewarding finish.
What are your favourite new shows of 2013 so far? And do you agree with my grades?