September 17, 2014: So my very first blog post. How exciting! Welcome one and all. So “they” say that you should write about what you know, so let’s be a follower and do just that! Yay!!!! It’s September, and soon we will all be hit with a flock (or should I say flop) of horrible network television shows, with one or two exceptions, which seems to be the standard each and every year. I was watching the Today show at the gym this morning and saw Debra Messing being interviewed by Matt Lauer about her new show called “The Mysteries Of Laura” which premieres tonight on NBC. I try to watch every new show at least once (before it gets canceled). I feel it’s my duty (and my job) to stay current and know who is and was on what. I loved “Will and Grace”, so I’m a Debra Messing fan. However, I wasn’t a fan of her other show “Smash” (I actually had to go to IMDB to look up the name of this show because….well I forgot, and didn’t really care to remember), and by the previews of this gem, I can’t see myself tuning into “Laura” on a regular basis. However, I’ve been wrong (many times) before so anything is possible. I remember hating the pilot for “30 Rock”, as well as “ER” (don’t judge me) and ended up loving both – shows which are bona fide hits. Does “Laura” have the mojo of “30 Rock” or “ER”? Oh, hell no. But I assume Debra Messing has a small following of fans, looking for that “Will and Grace” magic. NBC is smart to air this early. The reviews haven’t been….well, good, and it’s smart to create an early buzz – also what else is really on? (just being honest). Maybe NBC actually has high hopes for “Laura”? After all, they did pick it up, which leads me to my next question: How bad were all of the other NBC pilots this year? Yikes! Okay, I’ll just try and keep an open mind – that’s my job. Debra Messing said her new show was a one hour dramedy, which “hadn’t been done before”. I guess she never saw “Ally McBeal”.
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