Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Cough Cough Cougar Town Cough Cough

Having a tough time finding any new TV series to get really excited about this fall...I mean, is it just me or does this Alphabet offering look sooooooooooooooo lame?

Look, I don't expect everything I watch to be of the Mad Men or True Blood or Breaking Bad variety and quality, but still....geeeeeezzzz!!

So maybe I'm not the target audience...fair enough, Eastwick perhaps?


Could be a long cold new show-free fall if ABC is any indicator.


Christina said...

The problem with Cougar Town is that it's already kind of been done with the Samantha character in Sex and the City. Also, the NBC show The New Adventures of Old Christine and somewhat with Starter Wife. So they're a little behind.

The show is real enough - I'm 40 and the only guys that ask me out are between 28-32 years old. I'm so sick of it. I just want to date someone who is around my age, +/- 5 years - not watch another TV show about it. I'd rather pop in DVDs of The Wire.

jimhenshaw said...

Dix, you've put your finger on one of the most interesting experiments of the new season.

ABC has been going after female viewers hard lately and this is the only night in their sked that doesn't have "Dancing With The Stars", the Shonda Rhimes jugernauts or "Ugly Betty" to serve that demographic.

But it'll be interesting to see if "Cougars" want to watch "themselves" or are more attracted to "Glee" and "Beautiful Life" and sampling hotter, younger stars. Will they opt for entertainment also meant to appeal to them or what appears to be a pretty shallow exploration of their issues?

"Eastwick" may fare better against "CSI: NY" and "Leno", but frankly, I'm not seeing much in these promos that suggests either series has been conceived much beyond what might be a more interesting one of.

wcdixon said...

Good point also has a Desperate Housewives kinda vibe to show as well, so yeah, nothing groundbreaking. And yeah, I don't know who's watching these shows either Jim, and agree that I don't think cougars are watching themselves or want to watch who's the target audience?! Young females? Or much older females??

Christina said...

I don't know who the audience is for the show. It will be interesting to see what happens with the ratings. There's so much well written, sophisticated TV on right now (esp. HBO/Showtime) that I can't see something like this surviving very long.

Now that I think about it, there was a similar show last year - Lipstick Jungle? Three career women nearing 40, and one of them was dating a guy in his 20's. The show was pretty well done but was cancelled mid-season.

deborah Nathan said...

Personally, I don't think Cougars will appeal to any audience, male or female. Must have been from the imagination of men who think women will watch what they think women are about. They should have taken a lesson from Lifetime who can't get another series up and running to save themselves. Second-guessing what women want.

On network TV I'd hazard they want hunky guys, good stories and smart dialogue. Oh yeah, and big entertainment value.