Where ratings fall like leaves

Well, the new fall TV season is upon us. I’ve gone through this week’s Fall Preview TV Guide and set up Tivo season passes for a few of the more intriguing new shows. And so I present to you the first installment of Erdmania’s Fall TV Review.

Today I watched the pilot of Fox’s “Reunion,” the story of 6 attractive friends, one of whom is brutally murdered. Which one? We don’t know yet. By whom? Dunno. But we’re going to visit a different year every week to find out. For the pilot, we went back to 1986, the year they graduated from high school. Already there should be some kind of drinking game set up for whenever you hear the heavy-handed use of a song from the era; today we heard, among others, “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister, “Take On Me” (complete with video excerpt) by A-ha, “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, plus a conversation about how Wham will be the next Beatles. Yeah! The 80’s! Catch the fever!

So the whole show is framed by the present-day funeral and ongoing police investigation of this murder, and every week we go to a later year. Next week is 1987, and here is my prediction of songs used in that episode:

“Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles
“Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship
“I Just Died in Your Arms” by Cutting Crew

Please feel free to offer your predictions. Choose up to 3 songs and post them in the comments; the winner will get a poem written about them. And yes, it will rhyme.

Now, I know that pilots are always a little tough to get through; a lot of exposition and all that. I think this show is probably terrible, but I have every intention to keep watching. As long as the pleasure outweighs the guilt by at least 5%, I’m game.

Stay tuned for more Erdmania reviews, and possibly contests. We’ll see what happens.

  •  Mr. Snickers

    1987 song predictions:

    With or Without You by U2
    Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle
    Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was)

  • http://www.wordfarmerdoodles.comrel=nofollow sue salvi

    Cheeseburger predicts:

    1.never going to give you up – Rick Astly

    2.Summer of ’69- Bryan Adams

    3.Time After Time- Cyndi Lauper

    4.Take on me- AHA

    5.Hold me now – Thompson Twins

    I wish this show was on TNT. It sounds fantastic.

  • BIGE

    EmilyE says

    1. come on eileen

    2. I think we’re alone now

    3. in the longest time- Billy Joel

    I’m not sure of the artists or that I have the year right, but what the hell, I was seven in 87. it’s worth a shot. ps- I’m a big fan of your work, especially your earlier stuff. This is news eight, welcome to news eight!