Thursday, September 18, 2014

Selfie, A to Z & Red Band Society Pilot Reviews

Today I watched several pilots. It wasn't my intention but I recorded one as it aired Wednesday and the other two don't air until next week but I was able to watch them On Demand at TWC. Anyways let's start with my least favorite of the bunch.

"Selfie" ABC, Social Media superstar Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But after a workplace mishap goes viral, she quickly realizes that being "instafamous" isn't all it's cracked up to be and being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She enlists co-worker and marketing guru, Henry (John Cho), to 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world.

I'm a fan of Karen Gillan and to be honest it's the only reason I am watching this pilot. After watching I have to say it was cute, both Gillan and Cho's characters are hard to like but that's the point of the series to watch as they change but I don't know if it's worth adding to my list of shows to watch. I'm currently watching a ton of TV and at the moment I have the time but when I get a job and time becomes more precious then I'll have to start dropping shows. 

The other half hour comedy that I watched is called "A to Z" NBC, The series will follow the lives of Andrew (Ben Feldman), an employee at an internet dating site who dreams of meeting the girl of his dreams, and Zelda (Cristin Milioti), a no-nonsense lawyer who was raised by a hippie mother and carries a rebellious streak. By an accidental chance of fate, Zelda meets Andrew to resolve a mismatch dating dispute and these two single people suddenly find themselves falling for each other. From there, the series chronicles their relationship timeline "from A to Z"

I wanted to see this series as I'm a huge fan of Cristin Milioti since she was the "mom" on How I Met Your Mother. There is something about her that makes her so adorable. And I have to say this pilot did not disappoint. The male lead Ben is a romantic at heart and I see myself in him and as I mentioned the female lead Zelda is just so darn cute. This is a series that I will continue to watch. It's been added to my list of things to watch this fall.

And the final pilot that I watched was "Red Band Society" on Fox and I LOVED IT!!! So much so that I watched it two more times in a row. If you haven't heard of it here is a descriptions of the characters.

Twelve-year-old narrator Charlie is in a coma and introduces us to this band of unlikely friends, including the “new kid,” Jordi, a 16-year-old who comes to California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital. What Jordi soon discovers is that it's not his illness that's going to change his life, but his new friends. Also at Ocean Park is Leo, the 16-year-old, charming and independent “leader” of the group. Leo's best friend is Dash, a 16-year-old “rebel” with a big personality, who is determined not to let his cystic fibrosis stop him from living his life. Also on the ward is 15-year-old “know-it-all” Emma, Leo's on-again-off-again girlfriend who is coping with an eating disorder. Rounding out this group of patients is Kara, a “mean girl” cheerleader who shares a room with Charlie. Although her heart is failing, she is realizing for the first time that she actually has one and begins opening it up to her new friends.

The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson, a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. Little do they know that she puts her own life second, and her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary. Overseeing much of their treatment is Dr. McAndrew, the country's top pediatric surgeon.

Nurse Jackson
This series was on my radar because of Octavia Spencer who plays Nurse Jackson. I've been a HUGE fan of Octavia since The Help and I loved her bit on CBS's Mom. So I figured I'd give this series a chance and I'm so glad I did. To me this pilot episode felt like The Breakfast Club in a hospital. I connected instantly with each and every character. You start off with Octavia character who seems like a hard nose, no nonsense kind of nurse but you know she had a heart of gold. Then we meet "mean girl" Kara who is absolutely the worst person on the planet.. she is horrible and when she finds out that she has a bad heart it was tough to feel any sympathy for her, but I suspect her character will change the most over the season.

Next was Charlie "coma boy" who is actually narrating the series. Don't know alot about him yet but look forward to finding out more of his background as the series progresses. We then meet Leo, he lost a leg to cancer and is still fighting it... he's starting to turn inward and folks are worried about him so they team him up with new patient Jordi, a kid who is completely alone in this world and also has bone cancer in his leg and is about to lose it. These guys strike up a budding friendship after a rocky start.

Then there is Dash who I have to say is my least favorite character. He's a wanna be player/gangster and I just didn't feel anything for his character, at least not like the other characters. And finally the last of the main kids.. we have Emma who is the "girls next door" type of character with an eating disorder. She had a relationship with Leo but looks to like Jordi now.. should be interesting to see how things play out.

Dr. McAndrew
Besides Nurse Jackson, we also have a few more adults like naive Nurse Brittany, rich hypochondriac Ruben and of course the very cute Dr. McAndrew, we don't know alot about him but we do know that he loves his patients.

 I found this pilot funny, sweet, sad (I cried several times), heartwarming, informative and entertaining. This is defiantly going on the top of my "must see" TV list. I can't wait for the next episode. And until then I'm sure I'll be watching the pilot episode a few more times.

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