9:00 pm: Modern Family (ABC; 10/26) The show is getting more hit or miss as it ages. The characters who were breakouts – Phil (Ty Burrell) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) are now becoming overwhelming. Also, the way the writers make the two wives – Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Claire (Julie Bowen) – increasingly shrill is borderline sexist.
10:00 pm: Nashville (ABC; 10/10) My most anticipated new show this season. Why? Connie Britton. After her performance as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights, I would watch any show that she starred in. Speaking of which…
10:00 pm: American Horror Story (FX; 10/17) I watched the first few episodes because it starred the aforementioned Britton but it was just too silly. Then I heard all the buzz after the Halloween episode aired and came back. I don’t regret watching it but if I had missed it, I think I would have been okay with that. I’m actually curious how this will work with some returning actors playing different characters in a different story.
10:30 pm: Key & Peele (COM; 10/26) I’m hoping the consistency of the skits improve in season two. The funny skits are hilarious and stayed with me. The bad skits, however, have this insular quality like you can tell they are the only two people who would find this funny.
Worst of the Week:The Office (Episode: “Scott’s Tots”) – Now this was a perfectly good episode in the vein of many of the comically tragic episodes in the series’ run but this was just a painful viewing experience. I would rather watch someone get a fingernail pulled out, then see how this played out. It made me think about this blog piece I read.
The Power Rankings: (may contain mild spoilers)
10. Gossip Girl (Episode: “Treasure Of Serena Madre”) – This is the closest Gossip Girl has been to greatness that was season one.
9. Dollhouse (Episode: “The Public Eye”) – I did NOT see the twist with Senator Perrin coming. I should have known that his wife being a doll was too simple.
8. Jersey Shore (Episode: “The Tanned Triangle”) – The first reality series to ever make it on the Power Rankings. Snooki? The Situation? This show is tragically amazing.