Waiting to be wowed!

By admin
14 October 2013

Our TV blogger no longer has patience for shows that don’t dazzle from episode one and new series Ironside didn’t impress, despite the presence of the lovely Blair Underwood.

Argh! I hate it when the first episode of a new series that I was looking forward to lets me down (*deep sigh*). And it starred Blair Underwood, so I really, really wanted to like it. I was quite pleased to have him back on TV (Friday nights on M-Net) and I do enjoy a good cop drama so I figured it had the potential to be a good combination.

But 10 minutes into Ironside, in which he plays a paraplegic tough cop called Robert Ironside, and I was bored; it didn’t even seem to be an average crime procedural drama. Fifteen minutes in and I had to rewind because I’d been distracted by thoughts of doing laundry. Ten minutes later I lost focus again while I wondered who the other actors were in the series and turned to my phone to check. Turns out one of the sidekicks is Pablo Schreiber, half-brother of Liev Schreiber, star of the series Ray Donovan. Now I wished I was watching Ray Donovan.

Thirty minutes in I no longer cared about the silly story or how his character ended up in a wheelchair. The one thing that kept me going was the hope there’d be something that would grab me but sadly the only treat was pointless shots of Blair getting all sweaty during a workout while loud music blared. Not even the thought of a weekly dose of Blair is enough reason for me to tune in. It’s just blah.

Before an episode of Ironside had aired in America it already came under fire for not casting a paraplegic actor in the role of a paraplegic cop but it seems the producers wanted to show flashbacks of the character running around before he ended up in a wheelchair. And sadly it’s the flashbacks that were particularly annoying. I hoped having Blair in the role would help but no, he tries hard but he needed a better script. I mean does anyone who watched the first episode remember what the actual investigation was about?

Americans aren’t feeling much love for the show after two episodes and it looks like it will be cancelled. At least it fared better than Glee star Jane Lynch’s animated show, Murder Police, which was cancelled before it even aired!

I’ve also given up on Camp, Rachel Griffiths’ new series which started recently on M-Net Series Showcase. It’s just so silly that I didn’t want them in my lives.

The thing is most of us no longer have time to wait for a TV show to improve. I give a new series one episode to impress me and if it doesn’t I move on. My PVR is almost permanently at 90 per cent as I try to make my way through series that I like and have fallen behind on. I still need to catch up with season two of Once Upon a Time before season three gets here; I’m also behind with Downton Abbey and Sons of Anarchy so I can’t waste recording space on mediocre shows. Occasionally to make space for my shows, I make a point to “accidentally” delete something my husband claims he’s “definitely going to watch one day” and still the PVR hovers at 90 per cent.

Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) and Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) in Hostages.

But I’m liking new series Hostages on M-Net on Tuesday nights and DStv has tons of new shows coming soon so sorry Ironside, I can’t hang about to see if you get better.

-Natalie Cavernelis

Follow Natalie on twitter @NatalieCav

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