About Last Night: PARKS AND RECREATION, SOUTHLAND, HARPER'S ISLAND - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote


April 10, 2009 by  

It was a night of premieres last night. NBC touted out Amy Poehler’s new comedy PARKS AND RECREATION as well SOUTHLAND starring The OC’s Benjamin McKenzie. Over at CBS it was the premiere of the new mystery HARPER’S ISLAND.

Last week I shared my thoughts on PARKS AND RECREATION, but now that you’ve all seen it I’d love to know what you think.

UPDATE: Team GMMR’s Erik will be covering PARKS AND RECREATION for us this season.  So click here to read Erik’s take on last night’s episodes and let him know what YOU think.

Many of you watched the early premiere of SOUTHLAND right here on GMMR. And the comments were quote positive. I watched the show for the first time this morning and I was surprised at how intrigued I was. I’m not usually one for a procedural but the diversity of the characters had me adding this as a season pass to the TiVo by the end of the episode. I didn’t realize just how much I missed Ryan Atwood until Ben McKenzie was on my screen last night.  This isn’t the OC, bitch, but I’m digging it all the same.  (And did anyone catch the cameo by crazy Oliver?!)

I thought HARPER’S ISLAND was actually a lot of fun. You know me, I’m not into all the scary stuff so there were a few times I chose to fast forward, but in general I like what CBS is doing with this show. There’s almost a hint of the reality genre to HARPER’S ISLAND. With someone new getting killed off every week, will you be able to guess the killer? It’s got a lot of competition on Thursday nights at 10pm, but it’s CBS so I would be surprised if it wasn’t the ratings winner. I’m going to stick with it. Are you?

Three big premieres. Which ones did you watch? Which ones will you be watching again?  The forum is open…talk to me.



  1. Alyson on April 10th, 2009 8:55 am

    I really enjoyed Parks and Rec. I think Amy’s going to do wonderful things with Leslie Knope, and I have to say I kind of loved that Paul Schneider’s character was the one to make her pit committee a reality. Also funny — the anti-government boss.

    I also watched Harper’s Island, because I’ve just been so intrigued. I’m not usually into the spooky, but I think I can handle it in 1-hour increments.
    I was really surprised that Uncle Marty went so quickly; I thought Harry Hamlin would be around longer than that.

  2. SB on April 10th, 2009 10:01 am

    Parks and Rec got off to a slow start for me, but by the end I was laughing like an idiot. I think drunk Leslie is what’s going to really do it for me–we’re sort of two drunk peas in a pod with the antics. 🙂 It was also really fun for me as a native Hoosier (that’s person from Indiana, for those not in the know) to see all the little background things, like the state flag, state seal, the boyfriend’s t-shirt, the autographed picture of Larry Bird, and the hero worship of Bobby Knight. I also liked the omnipresent pigeons. I don’t know if that’s everywhere, but they’re all over the place in Indiana.

    I forgot to watch Harper’s Island but it sounds good. I’m going to try to find it online.

  3. Sarah on April 10th, 2009 10:16 am

    I too forgot how much I missed Ben McKenzie until I watched Southland last night. I thought the show was pretty solid and intriguing. Although cop shows aren’t really my thing (huge exception for Dexter), I might stick around for Ben.

  4. Annie in NYC on April 10th, 2009 11:06 am

    I thought Southland was great. I am definitely sticking around for Ben…but the rest of the cast is a diverse and talented group. I am looking forward to each coming into their own character.

    The ER-esqe approach works great for a show like this. I am interested to see what the next few episodes are like. It will only get stronger as the show finds its voice and the actors find their characters.

  5. Annie in NYC on April 10th, 2009 11:07 am

    Also…loved the appearance of Crazy Oliver! 🙂

  6. Patty on April 10th, 2009 4:15 pm

    Southland is on the list for this weekend. I noticed that both it and Harper’s Ismand are available on demand. Good for me.

    I really liked HI, much to my suprise. It felt like a big reunion show of shows with peeps from Supernatural and VM and wasn’t the groom the guy from Popular? I think it will be fun to guess who will die each week ala Survivor.

  7. J.R. on April 11th, 2009 12:31 am

    Parks and Recreation was really enjoyable. I love Amy and am eager to see how this show finds its legs.

    Southland was wicked. I didn’t expect it to have so many characters that I would like.

    Not crazy about Harper’s Island. I liked seeing familar faces. I kept going, Is that Jake 2.0? Carl from Desperate!? Bobby?!?! When did you leave Supernatural. The horror never made me tense and none of the characters are all that likable yet. Who in this show was from VM?

  8. Nicole on April 11th, 2009 5:56 pm

    I really liked Harper’s Island – especially the fact that they’re doing it in a nice, neat 13 episodes. Love Christoper Gorham (yep, Patty – he’s Harrison from Popular which I LOVED!), and Jim Beaver (Bobby!). I too was shocked that Harry Hamlin was offed right away, but it was a pretty awesome reveal. (He is the VM alum, J.R. – he played Logan’s dad. I think he’s the only VM castmember on the show, but I could be wrong.) Didn’t even recognize Katie Cassidy at first with the brown hair. And who is the local fisherman/friend of the Sheriff’s daughter?? He’s delectable. And did anyone else find themselves constantly thinking of Parker Posey whenever the Sheriff’s daughter was onscreen? They look a lot alike.

  9. Patty on April 12th, 2009 1:00 am

    I think I might be the only one who didn’t like Southland or Parks and Rec. Watched both last night and…nothing.