Tommy (CBS - Edie Falco) Season Thread *spoilers*

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  1. Feb 7, 2020 #1 of 25

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003
    Tommy, a new CBS procedural starring Edie Falco, premiered last night, Thursday Feb 6. Per the CBS web site...

    Edie Falco stars in Tommy as a former high-ranking NYPD officer who becomes the first female chief of police for Los Angeles. A true blue New Yorker, Abigail "Tommy" Thomas uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to keep social, political, and national security issues from hindering effective law enforcement in the Southland. Equal parts political, procedural, and family drama, Tommy comes from Paul Attanasio, the creator of Bull and Homicide: Life on the Street.

    So what did everyone think? It sounds like a hundred other CBS procedurals, but with Edie Falco, I'll try it. Surround her with strong writers and a decent cast, and she is fantastic. She can take over your screen (Nurse Jackie!). But I'm not sure this falls into those categories. The writing is more cliche than fresh, and the cast matches the writing.

    Her castmates in the past have always felt organic, like they belong where they are in her life, right from the first episode. This felt more like check boxes:

    Hard-nosed assistant who's survived 42 previous administrations, and knows every skeleton: Check.
    Daughter who hates her: Check.
    Mayor with hidden agendas: Check
    Bodyguard who's hot, street-savvy and ethnic: Check
    Speech Writer who tells it like it is: Check (why does she have a speech writer?)

    I guess what I'm saying is, it's a typical CBS procedural :rolleyes:. It wasn't bad, I had just hoped for something better, fresher, different, for Falco's immense talents. Maybe it will develop. I'll give it a couple more.
  2. Feb 7, 2020 #2 of 25

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I really wanted this to be something to watch. I probably will watch it again, but may forget to do so . . . .
  3. Feb 7, 2020 #3 of 25

    rharmelink Active Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    Meh. Nothing really appealed to me.
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  4. Feb 7, 2020 #4 of 25

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Wasn't there any more PC crap they could have crammed in to it?

    I'm out...

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  5. Feb 7, 2020 #5 of 25
    Mike Lang

    Mike Lang Administrator Staff Member Administrator TCF Club

    Nov 17, 1999
    There are very few shows left that aren’t over the top distractingly PC & preachy.
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  6. Feb 8, 2020 #6 of 25

    tiellv Pluviophile

    Nov 11, 2002
    I didn’t even last 5 minutes. I took a look at it just because of Edie Falco but nothing about it grabbed me.
  7. Feb 8, 2020 #7 of 25

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    The commercials seemed very Network like and turned me off right away.
  8. Feb 8, 2020 #8 of 25

    mooseAndSquirrel Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    Whatsamatta U
    Wow, couldn’t make it through the pilot. Was every trope combined with laughably bad acting. For a while I tried to pretend it was supposed to be a campy send-up, but that didn’t work. Gave up about 3/4’s through.
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  9. Feb 8, 2020 #9 of 25

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Wow. I forgot it was on. I was excited about it. Now...I don't know.
  10. stellie93

    stellie93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    Yeah, if you want to watch network TV you have to just zoom on past this stuff. And that's been the case for a long time. :(
  11. Pokemon_Dad

    Pokemon_Dad Ruler of Unown UI

    Jan 19, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I agree with the above comments. The first episode was formulaic, poorly cast, and awkward overall. At least "Deputy" has interesting lighting and camera work. But I'll give "Tommy" one more episode of my time.
  12. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    I didn't even make it that far. And I like most CBS stuff, even the laughably campy and bad.
  13. Snappa77

    Snappa77 RUDEBWOY

    Feb 14, 2004
    Ugh.... Teenage angst and parental issues from her 30+ year old daughter.

    Hope they kill that character off.
  14. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Yeah, I don't really get the daughter character, and see almost zero chemistry between her and Tommy--they almost seem like total strangers.

    Apart from that, I thought that this week's episode was improved over last week's (but that might just be my imagination). But the writing still is somewhat lacking for me (it probably doesn't help that I tend to watch the show in TiVo QuickMode).
  15. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

    Jun 20, 2002
    South Florida
    Isn't that exactly the point?
  16. MauriAnne

    MauriAnne Mostly lurking

    Sep 20, 2002
    I really like Edie Falco so I'm sticking with it for now. I thought the 2nd episode was much better than the first.
  17. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

    Mar 20, 2001
    I like Deputy way more than Tommy, but sucker for police procedurals, so I’m sticking for now. Wouldn’t it be fun if they were in the same universe?
  18. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    given her performances in the sopranos and nurse jackie, edie falco could star in a series of toothpaste commercials, and i'd watch the first season - it'll have to get a lot worse for me to dump this series anytime soon, especially taking into consideration so many of the latest offerings falling flat (deputy is ok...for now...).
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  19. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    I dunno if it was Edie Falco or not, but I liked it. I like HER.
  20. Mike Lang

    Mike Lang Administrator Staff Member Administrator TCF Club

    Nov 17, 1999
    The daughter is super annoying. Worse than Jack Bauer's daughter on 24.

    OMG! My mom, a lifelong cop & now chief has a gun? Why wasn't I told? I'm triggered! :rolleyes:

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