Every year, at the start of the TV season, I try to predict the outcome of the new shows — renewal for another season, or cancellation. Let’s see how I did this past year…Of the shows I picked for renewal:
Correct: Great News, Kevin Can Wait, Riverdale
Incorrect: Doubt, Emerald City, Powerless
Still uncertain: 24: Legacy, Chicago Justice, Midnight: Texas, Still Star-Crossed
Which basically means I was 50/50 for the shows I thought would get renewed but didn’t.… Read the rest
As much as I like serialized story-telling, and as much as I do tweet length reviews of episodes, I almost never blog about an individual episode if it’s not a premiere (series or season) or a finale (series). It takes too much time, and while I love the idea of being able to do full recaps and analysis of episodes for maybe a single series, it isn’t in the cards anytime soon.… Read the rest
I gave some shows a try, but it is time to thin the herd.
First on my chopping block is American Housewife. I said initially that I wouldn’t try it, but gave it a go anyway. It was theoretically a comedy. I have no idea as I didn’t last three minutes before I was grinding my teeth.… Read the rest
I knew of Batman (for Gotham), Superman (for Smallville), Green Arrow (for Arrow) and the Flash (for, well, The Flash). But I am not a huge comics fan for either DC or Marvel so lots of the recent spates of shows go beyond my knowledge. DC Legends of Tomorrow is in that category, never having heard of them as a group.… Read the rest
When Supergirl debuted last year, I wasn’t sure it was fully going to work. The “aw, shucks” innocence of Kara was hard to take without more backstory, but it was precisely that missing backstory that probably made it work. There are few “other” Supergirls to contend with…Laura Vandervoort played her on Smallville, and was decent but only amassed about a season’s worth of episodes overall, and often as a secondary character.… Read the rest
Back in the day, I used to love watching Cold Case. The twists, the turns, the realization that something someone said was taken out of context, misinterpreted, and it led cops in one direction that ended up going nowhere. Some twenty years later, they get a new clue, a fresh perspective, something, and it leads them off in a new direction.… Read the rest
I should confess upfront that I didn’t see the movie that prompted this series. I thought, at the time, that it was some schmaltzy homage to fathers and sons, more Field of Dreams than Silence of the Lambs. “If you talk, he will answer” type storyline.Not so though. And apparently the similarities between the two storylines are pretty clear.… Read the rest
Did someone in Greg Berlanti’s organization replace the Green Arrow TV series with a video game? There are at least three sequences in the opening episode of Season 5 where it is basically CGI-like fight scenes, straight out of the latest spy/fight games. Cool looking, but almost looks animated. Very disappointing scenes.… Read the rest
If you follow TVGrimReaper on Twitter, you’ll know that the popular view for ratings is that once a show is renewed for Season 3, they are pretty much guaranteed a Season 4 because S4 is where the syndication money kicks in. My question is more “Is Season 3 good enough to keep pumping money in or will we do S4 on a small budget to eke out every last dime no matter what it does to the show” (Hello, Andromeda, I’m talking to you!).… Read the rest
I really want to hate this show. I do. I really want to. Up front, I watch very few comedies on TV. Frasier, Cheers, Mash, sure. Friends, not so much. Seinfeld at times. With all the TV watching I do, the only one that currently makes my “possible” list is The Big Bang Theory and I have missed lots of episodes.… Read the rest
I confess up front — I’m a complete sucker for time travel shows. Within Star Trek, Quantum Leap, anything really. If time travel is involved, I’m probably watching. What do I want? Time travel! When do I want it? Irrelevant!
So when I saw there was a new time travel show called Timeless, I was good to go before the screen even filled in the first pixel.… Read the rest
Elementary kicked off its fifth season without the detritus of the previous season hanging over it. In previous seasons, there’s often some big kerfuffle to recover from — invasion of privacy, moving out, relapse, beating someone, etc. Some trauma that provoked change at the start of the next season. Now don’t get me wrong — Morland taking over a big criminal enterprise at the end of season 4 wasn’t small, but it wasn’t affecting Sherlock and Watson as directly as previous season finales.… Read the rest
Colony is an interesting premise — aliens have invaded earth, taken over everything partly through more advanced technology, and now life is continuing under occupation.
Episode 1 introduced how many people are coping — some are collaborating and doing just fine. Others are struggling just not to be noticed by the aliens and sent to a factory to work (never to return).… Read the rest
Luke Cage’s story picks up five months after Jessica Jones’ battle with Kilgrave, and he’s hiding out as a fugitive, working as floor sweeper by day and dishwasher by night, all for cash under the table. Staying low, flying under the radar. Hiding.
And mostly he doesn’t want to get involved in people’s troubles.… Read the rest
Quantico had its premiere last weekend, and I was struggling to decide if I want to watch it this season or not. Don’t get me wrong, I think the premise is great. If the 22-episode arc from last season was boiled down to ten episodes, I would think, “Awesome!”. But it isn’t/wasn’t.… Read the rest
I honestly don’t know what to make of the premiere of The Exorcist. Based on the description, I figured it would go maybe 4 episodes and nose dive. I’m not as certain, but that’s still my prediction after watching the premiere.
Now, the Exorcist comes in with a truckload of baggage and name recognition, depending on your view.… Read the rest
As I mentioned in my last post about Blue Bloods, I have a pretty high tolerance for a show with cheese factor, so I wasn’t immediately turned off by the idea of rebooting MacGyver. I figured I would give it one episode to test it out, but I fully expect it to not make it past the mid-season mark.… Read the rest
I’d like to tell you that Blue Bloods is amazing TV. I’d like to tell you about the great plots, wonderful acting, scintillating dialogue. Or the action. Or anything that explains why I continue to watch this cheesy show. With almost only one exception, all of the acting is relatively basic.… Read the rest
Last season, I started watching Rosewood and it kind of grew on me. It had a bit of a Castle feel to it, and I liked the vibe. Plus the always rosey Rosie was a bit of a change from the broody grumpy types that often inhabit procedurals. At the end of the season, the “will they or won’t they” storyline came almost to a climax, with the deed imminent.… Read the rest
I am torn about how to judge this show. On the one hand, it has a strong empowerment vibe. If you have watched any of the American Ninja Warrior show in the last 3 seasons, part of the storyline they promote is that the “girls can do it too, keep up with the guys, etc.”.… Read the rest