Sunday, November 28, 2010

‘The Walking Dead’ saves fall TV season

AMC’s zombie apocalypse series “The Walking Dead” is easily the best new show of the year.
It depicts the end of the world through the stories of a group of survivors. The characters are interesting and the stories are exciting and scary. And because it’s on cable, it doesn’t pull any punches with gore and violence.
The first season is only six episodes, but the series has been renewed for a 13-episode second season.
Two other new shows I’m watching are “The Event” and “No Ordinary Family.” Neither of them is must-see TV.
NBC’s “The Event” has been picked up for a full season, but its prospects for a second season are shaky. The science-fiction/government conspiracy show has been steadily losing viewers. Serialized television shows have to keep the plot moving swiftly or viewers will flee. (Example: AMC’s “Rubicon,” which was canceled after one season.)
ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” would be a better show if it weren’t so Disneyfied. The show about an ordinary family that gets superpowers is best when it takes a darker turn. The show can be sappy when dealing with family or teenage problems.
Two returning shows I like are still top-notch entertainment – “Supernatural” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
I had my doubts about whether the CW’s “Supernatural” could go on after last season’s war between heaven and hell, but I’m glad I was proven wrong. Season six shows that there are still good stories left to tell about demon hunters Sam and Dean Winchester.
CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” isn’t showing any sophomore slump. It keeps the plot twists coming.

Photos: “The Walking Dead” cast (top) and “The Event” cast (bottom)

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