Airs: Thursdays on The CW at 9:00 EST
Timeslot Competition: The Crazy Ones/Two and a Half Men (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Glee (FOX), Sean Saves the World/The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Premise: The CW takes on the genre of historical drama with this new show about the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Pre-show Thoughts: The preview clips really didn’t catch my interest but I do have a weakness for highly dramatic teen fiction (I did watch all 6 seasons of Gossip Girl) so there is a possibility that I will enjoy the show more than I enjoyed the clips. It probably also works in my favor that I don’t know anything about Mary, Queen of Scots so accuracy won’t be a large concern of mine.
Post-show Thoughts: I found the first 10 minutes incredibly boring but it picked up a lot once Mary got to court. I actually really enjoyed this episode. I like Mary so far and while I’m disappointed that it doesn’t look like we are going to get more of her friendship with her handmaidens, I enjoyed what we did get to see in this first episode.
Sebastian is a much more interesting character than Francis, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of him and his relationship with Mary.
I think I’ll like Catherine’s plotting against Mary in order to save her son. It should be interesting to watch if nothing else. It’s not too unlike Gossip Girl just set in a different time period.
Despite my initial reservations about the show, I found myself really enjoying it. I may wait to see how the second week of ratings look before deciding whether to watch it live or just wait until the season is over before watching it all at once but I’ll definitely be tuning in at some point.