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Series debuts Sept. 23: $#*! My Dad Says, Outsourced, My Generation

In television on 09/23/2010 at 7:43 am

Series name
$#*! My Dad Says / Bleep My Dad Says

Debuts
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS (following Sunday at 8 on CTV)

Regularly airs
Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS and Sundays at 8 p.m. on CTV

Premise
Writer is broke. Wants to move back in with cranky dad.

Buzz
This is the show inspired by a Twitter feed started when the writer moved back home and decided to share his father’s hilarious, grumpy declarations with the world. The Twitter feed is called @shitmydadsays.

Primary cast and crew

William Shatner (Boston Legal, T.J. Hooker, Star Trek) is dad, Ed. He says grumpy, funny stuff.

Jonathan Sadowski (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is Henry, the unemployed writer son. (He replaced the original Henry, Ryan Devlin.)

Nicole Sullivan (Scrubs, King of Queens, MADtv) is married to Henry’s brother, Vince, and together they sell real estate. Really hard sells. (CBS’s site calls her Bonnie and CTV calls her Kathleen.)

Will Sasso (MADtv) is Vince, Henry’s brother. Kinda hen-pecked.

After having seen the early pre-Sadowski pilot I predict…
All I’ve heard is that William Shatner is absolutely wrong for the role. But people like William Shatner for a reason. The lines are funny and, yes, maybe he puts a little too much self-consciousness into the delivery, but based on the early version of the pilot, I think regular viewers will accept it much more than professional critics. Funny how that divide is often quite wide.

Other reviews
Metacritic has six reviews with an average of, ouch, 23 out of 100. The most withering, from Hollywood Reporter: “Let’s put it this way: $#*! makes ABC’s ill-fated appropriation of the Geico cavemen in 2007 look like sheer genius.”

Series name
Outsourced

Debuts
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Global

Regularly airs
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC and Global

Premise
Young lad returns from management training seminar to find the call centre he was to manage has been moved to India and if he wants the job, he has to move there too!

Primary cast and crew

Ben Rappaport as Todd Dempsy

Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) is Charlie Davies, xenophone.

Pippa Black as Tonya

Rizwan Manji as Rajiv Gidwani

Sacha Dhawan as Manmeet

Rebecca Hazlewood as Asha

Parvesh Cheena as Gupta

Anisha Nagarajan as Madhuri

After having seen the pilot I predict…
There were a couple of the fish-out-of-water jokes that I liked, though many were cheap. The diarrhea jokes? Hilarious. The one-trick-pony-ness of explaining North American consumerism through novelty gags? Aging quickly.

Real reviews
Five reviews are gathered at Metacritic.com with an average rating of 55 out of 100.

This last one’s an “unreview”, which means I haven’t seen a preview of the pilot, but am undeterred from passing judgment. I figure if millionaire network execs can base whole careers on crossed-fingers guesswork about what shows people will like – and then routinely kill off most of their new schedule by the end of the first season – I might as well give it a try.

Series name
My Generation

Debuts
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC

Regularly airs
Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC

Premise
When a documentary crew revisits a group first followed 10 years earlier, when they were preparing for high-school graduation, the group members are not where they thought they’d be, not that that’s a bad thing.

Primary cast and crew

Michael Stahl-David as Steven
Jaime King as Jacqueline
Kelli Garner as Dawn
Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth
Mehcad Brooks as Rolly
Julian Morris as Anders
Daniella Alonso as Brenda
Anne Son as Caroline
Sebastian Sozzi as Falcon
Elizabeth Keener as The filmmaker

The unreview: After NOT having seen the pilot I predict…
Yawn.

Real reviews
Metacritic has three reviews and the average is … in the high 20s. Sheesh.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2010 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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