Our home-grown panel of TV critics weighs in

Posted: October 19, 2011

Judy Weightman

Age: 56

Watching TV from: East Falls.

Guilty pleasure: ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

If she could make Barbara Walters any kind of tree, she'd be: "A bonsai, in a teeny pot."

Favorite show of all time: Season 1 of "Murder One."

Still sad they canceled: "Homefront."

From her review of NBC's (now-canceled) "The Playboy Club": "I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to laugh when the naive bunny, struggling with the creepy old guy trying to rape her, kicks him in the neck with a stiletto heel and kills him."

Twitter: @JudyWEdu

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Craig Liggeons

Age: 45

Watching TV from: Rittenhouse Square.

Current guilty pleasures: The CW's "Gossip Girl," MTV's "Teen Mom."

Show he loves but is at least three episodes behind on: FX's "Sons of Anarchy."

From his review of ABC's "Suburgatory": "While the 'fish out of water' theme has been done to death, the snappy, pithy dialogue with just a touch of poignancy reminded me of some vintage 'Gilmore Girls' episodes."

On Web: craigliggeons.com

Twitter: @CraigLiggeons

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Robert Dougherty

Age: 26

Watching TV from: Northeast Philadelphia.

Still sad they canceled: "Arrested Development."

Guilty pleasure: "Glee."

What else he'd want other Daily News readers to know about him: "I have written three self-published books about 'Lost.' "

From his review of CBS' "Person of Interest": [It's] a procedural show, an action thriller and a post-9/11 parable all at once. These elements all yield solid moments and show that this could be a hard-hitting series . . . but don't always come together in the pilot."

On the Web: contributor.yahoo.com/user/150055/robert_dougherty.html

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Chris Monigle

Age: 24

Watching TV from: Roxborough.

Favorite show of all time: "Lost."

Still sad they canceled: "Angel," "Terriers."

Last time he'd watched a network evening newscast: Previous night.

From his review of the CW's "The Secret Circle": "Kevin Williamson's involvement [as executive producer] ensures a daring and unpredictable hour of TV."

On the Web:

tvwiththefoot.blogspot.com.

Twitter: @JacobsFoot

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Andrew Seawell

Age: 51

Watching TV from: Northeast Philadelphia.

Favorite show of all time: "The Prisoner" (the original, not the AMC remake).

Guilty pleasure: ABC's "Castle."

From his review of Fox's "Terra Nova": I was excited by this concept before I watched the pilot, and I'm loath to write this show off. But it seems to demand to be ignored with each new plot twist."

What else he thinks you should know about him: "I publish [the adult-entertainment magazine] Unveiled Philadelphia."

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Janet Brinkman

Age: 49

Watching TV from: South Philadelphia.

Show whose cancellation upset her most: "Deadwood."

Favorite show of all time: "Seinfeld."

Current guilty pleasures: ABC's "Modern Family," Fox's "Glee."

What she'd like Daily News readers to know about her: "The Oscars are my Super Bowl."

From her review of NBC's "Up All Night": "I will give it one more shot before I pull the plug. It's on life support at the moment."

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Denise Calabrese

Age: 43

Watching TV from: Roxborough.

Guilty pleasure: Showtime's "Dexter."

Still sad they canceled: "Rome," "Human Target."

If her TV could only get one channel, she'd choose: Showtime.

Favorite show of all time: Tie between "The Wire" and "The X-Files."

From her review of CBS' "2 Broke Girls": If [this] is a comedy, then I am Lucille Ball (which I can assure you I am not). . . . If [this was] filmed in front of a live audience, they must have been paid to laugh at every word out of Kat Dennings' mouth."

Twitter: @driehl

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Andrew Linton

Age: 24

Watching TV from: Blue Bell.

Shows he loves but is behind on: HBO's "Game of Thrones," History's "Swamp People."

Last time he'd watched a network evening newscast: Three days before we asked him about it.

Still sad they canceled: "Freaks and Geeks."

Favorites of all time: "The Simpsons" and "The Wire."

From his review of NBC's "Whitney": "Made me feel like it was 1995 again. An unfunny comedian (Whitney Cummings) stars in an unfunny sitcom with a laugh track (they claim it was a live studio audience, but I'm not buying it). They even resurrected the wacky, single alcoholic friend (Rhea Seehorn), something that I thought died with 'Will & Grace.' "

What else he thinks you should know about him: "I'm a cancer survivor."

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Don Manigly

Age: 25

Watching TV from: South Philadelphia.

If his TV could only get one channel, he'd choose: Fox 29.

Guilty pleasure: Spike TV's "Deadliest Warrior."

Favorite of all time: "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

From his review of ABC's "Charlie's Angels" reboot: "Three foxy vixens adept at martial arts and gunplay? Check. A smooth-talking, computer-savvy sidekick? Check. Gorgeous Miami locations? Check. Let's see, what's missing? Oh, yes - talented actors, snappy dialogue, and just a hint of originality!"

Still, would he watch this show again?: "Yes."

What else this former Old City tour guide and Walnut Street Theatre apprentice thinks you should know about him: "I am an actor and filmmaker [but] writing and talking about TV and pop culture is, by far, my favorite hobby."

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Bonnie McGoldrick

Age: 58

Watching TV from: Levittown.

Guilty pleasures: HBO's "True Blood," Showtime's "Dexter."

Still sad they canceled: "Star Trek."

From her review of NBC's "Prime Suspect": "Maria Bello updates the flavor of the main character [from the British original], giving Jane Timoney credible self-assurance that could not have worked in the original program."

What else you should know about her: She plays pool and she's blogging about her yearlong effort to get in shape for next fall's Big Bash Obstacle Dash, a 5K mud run in Quarryville, Pa.

On the Web:

iwannarunagain.wordpress.com

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Anthony Tann Jr.

Age: 32

Watching TV from: West Philadelphia.

Show he loves but is at least three episodes behind on: HBO's "Entourage."

Guilty pleasure: FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Still sad they canceled: "Carnivale."

From his only slightly disturbing review of CBS' "Person of Interest": "Due to my conspiracy-theory knowledge of the machine the series revolves around [I believe] this fictitious plot is deeply rooted in reality. . . . The fast-paced movement, along with the mystery aspect of 'Is this a criminal or a victim?,' makes this a show you don't want to miss a moment of."

Twitter: @EnriquePallazo

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Michael A. Seidman

Age: 69

Watching TV from: Center City.

If he could make Barbara Walters any kind of a tree, she'd be: "A weeping willow."

Guilty pleasures: CBS' "The Good Wife," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."

Show he loves but is behind on: Fox's "Fringe."

Favorite show of all time: "Howdy Doody," "a great influence on my childhood."

From his review of CBS' "A Gifted Man": "A Gifted Man" does not make for a gifted show. . . . This show is nothing more than a mixture of a number of other shows that have aired."

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Ellen Neubaur

Age: 47

Watching TV from: Northeast Philadelphia.

All-time favorites: "Lost" and "America's Got Talent."

Show she loves but is behind on: Fox's "House."

Still sad they canceled: "Picket Fences," "M*A*S*H."

From her review of ABC's "Revenge": "I am glad that I have it on tape so I can rewatch some parts for clarity. I definitely felt overwhelmed with too much information in one hour. . . . I hope this does not become a weekly soap opera with murder."

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Damon Oliver

Age: 42

Watching TV from: West Chester.

Guilty pleasure: Fox's "Glee."

Show he loves but is behind on: ABC's "Modern Family."

Last time he watched a network evening newscast: "Four months ago."

All-time favorite: "Seinfeld."

What else he thinks you should know about him: "Recently moved back [to the Philadelphia area] after living in L.A. for nine months. Met a lot of celebs, and they are actually very nice."

From his review of NBC's "Up All Night": "I want to like the show because of the actors [Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph] but wonder how long a show can go on the 'new baby changing our lives' shtick. If the show focused more on the totality [of the situation] rather than that, I think it would make a solid comedy."

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Sherrye Richardson

Age: 61

Watching TV from: Francisville East.

Guilty pleasure: "Jerry Springer."

All-time favorite: "The Nanny."

Still sad they canceled: "Law & Order: Los Angeles" and "The Wire."

From her review of CBS' "2 Broke Girls": "I did not laugh once during the intro or the first 15 minutes . . . [but stars Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings] actually have good chemistry. . . . Ms. Dennings, with better writing, is worth watching and the enduring talent of Garrett Morris is always first-rate."

What else she thinks you should know about her: "I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan."

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Mario Machi

Age: 30

Watching TV from: Bala Cynwyd.

In last six months, he's watched shows on: Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, online sites like ABC.com or NBC.com and on DVD.

Guilty pleasure: MTV's "Jersey Shore."

Still sad they canceled: "Freaks and Geeks"

Show he loves but is at least three episodes behind on: None. "If I love it, I wouldn't let three episodes lapse!"

All-time favorite: "Friday Night Lights."

From his review of NBC's (already canceled) "Free Agents": "I do appreciate a show that dares to find dark humor in things like death and divorce. However, [stars Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn] have zero chemistry, which makes it tough."

What else he thinks you should know about him: "I'm getting married next June and my fiancée has convinced me that I don't need to sit on the couch and watch TV all night. That's love!"

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Barbara Panzano

Age: 67

Watching TV from: Bridesburg.

No DVR, but sometimes watches online through: Hulu, sites like ABC.com or NBC.com.

Guilty pleasure: Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Favorite show of all time: "The Sopranos."

From her review of NBC's "Free Agents": "There was great chemistry between the two main characters, and their situations are very believable. . . . I hope they wind up together."

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