Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ringer - Fall TV Review Part 1

The summer movie season is over so Colleenie’s Couch will be focusing a bit more on the Fall TV season. One of the mistakes I make is reading the Fall TV Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly. Every show sounds intriguing enough to check out. All in all though, I don’t really watch a lot of shows. I usually stay away from the hour long dramas because after working all day, cooking dinner and the occasional homework assistance, I really want to kick back and simply have a laugh or two.

I’ve seen enough medical, cop and law dramas. I will NOT add any of those to my “must see” list. I usually go for something different. I was a big fan of Lost and I loved Reaper before its premature cancellation. Sometimes, I start to watch a show like 24 or Mad Men, but life gets in the way and I miss a few. I feel like those shows need so much of my attention that I have to wait for the DVDs. Then there are shows like Fringe or Supernatural that I never watch because I don’t believe they’ll make it. Then I’m sadly left out of the loop.

So I can’t promise you that I’m going to continue to watch all these new shows, but many of them caught my attention.

Last night I watched Ringer, with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Here she plays identical twin sisters, Bridget and Siobhan. In the premiere we are introduced to Bridget, a woman trying to rebuild her troubled life. She reunites and mends fences with her estranged sister Siobhan, but we quickly see that things are not what they seem.

The first episode had some cleaver twists and turns and I did find myself wanting to tune in next week. They set up hints at enough secrets that they can easily go the whole season solely on everything we saw last night. Historically, I tend to bore quickly with storylines involving secrets. There are only so many skeletons someone can believably have in their closet. This is when I always wish American TV would adapt the Telenova format and not let these shows go on for too long.

Apparently, the ratings weren’t that great for last night’s episode which is another risk factor. Sometimes, they yank the rug so quickly; you never get to find out what was going.

Right now, I plan to watch again next week, but we’ll see how long Ringer can keep me coming back.

Did you check out this show? What did you think?

The next new show on my list is the new comedy, Up All Night. Come on back for the review!


Fogs said...

I got through half of "Ringer", didn't stop because I didnt like it... just had DVR'ed it and needed to go to bed. I'll pick it back up.

I wouldn't worry too much about the low ratings, its the CW. They'll give it a chance to build an audience. Hell, all their shows get low ratings.

Funny you mention lost. Starting Monday I'm running a retrospective. It's going to be "LOST" week. LOL. Fair warning though, I was less than pleased with how it concluded! Hope you swing by.

Mad Men is definitely worth circling back for, BTW.

Colleen said...

I will most certainly stop by Lost week. No worries, I constantly argue with my family because I too was disappointed in the ending!

Karen said...

I watched the first two episodes of Ringer and The Secret Circle. They were meh for me.
Not bad but I can't say I would go out out of my way to watch either of them.