Netflix has a show called The Politician, and based on the description, it apparently is about a young man’s self-chosen destiny to be the President of the United States. In order to get there, Payton has six other elections to win, and the apparent intent of the show is that each season will deal with each of the elections. Up first? The election to become president of his high school. Based on the description, I was estimating something between Jack and Bobby and the West Wing, but likely closer to Jack and Bobby. And I predicted cancellation.
What I didn’t see mentioned in any of the short materials announcing the show was the note that the show is, more or less, a COMEDY. If I’d known that, I would have predicted cancellation much more rapidly. Now that I’ve seen it, I can only say it is not like any other show I’ve ever seen. » Read the rest
Fox has a new animated show called Bless the Harts, and all I had on it was that it was animated, about a Southern Family, and umm, well, Jesus was one of the characters. Okaaaay. I predicted CANCELLATION.
Now that I’ve seen the pilot, let me address the elephant in the room…yes, Jesus is sort of a character. His picture is on the diner wall where the main character works, and from time to time, she imagines him coming down from the wall and talking to her. So sort of a character. Also a bit of a flake, but I digress.
Anyway, the main character is a waitress at a diner, married with a young daughter, a husband who is not the biological father, and living with her mother. This is the lucky-scratch-card crowd, a cross between Married…with Children and the old show, Alice, who worked at Mel’s Diner. The opening episode combines the debt-ridden broke world of Married…with Children with a bit of the get-rich schemes of Bart Simpson. » Read the rest
Maybe it’s because I know a few people who have gone to med school, or that I know one in particular who went to med school later in life, but I kind of had a bit of hopefulness in watching the new CBS show, Carol’s Second Act. The short exposition dumped early in the episode is that Carol taught high school science, had some kids, etc., and then her marriage fell apart and she went to med school. Now she’s the oldest intern. Sounds like the show, The Rookie, except instead of cops, it’s medicine, and female instead of male. I would say also it’s supposed to be a comedy instead of a drama, but that’s highly debatable.
The show stars Patricia Heaton, and for many, that’s apparently a bonus. Sure, people liked her long-suffering role on Everybody Loves Raymond, and the audience applauds as soon as she appears in the episode. » Read the rest
CBS has a new show called Evil and my quick summary of the premise was an investigatory team looking into supernatural occurences and deciding if they are caused by supernatural or psychological forces. A little bit X-Files-ish, a little bit like Proof (2015-16 series about whether there is life after death). Or maybe just The Exorcist by another name. It didn’t sound like a winner to me so I went with cancellation as my prediction.
The first episode was a bit different than I expected. The lighting and camera work was softer than I expected, odder angles, so it gives you a bit of an off-balance look to the scenes, which was interesting. And the mystery unfolds in an interesting way. The main character is a forensic psychologist, Kristen Bouchard, and in the pilot, she’s investigating a defendant accused of killing three families. She interviews him, finds him to be lying, deems him fit for trial, her job is done. » Read the rest
To understand the TV series Treadstone’s premise, you need to know a bit more about where the Treadstone idea orginated.
Robert Ludlum introduced the world to Jason Bourne through his novels, starting with The Bourne Identity in 1980. Two more sequels followed in 1986 and 1990, and after Ludlum’s death, Eric Lustbader added to the series with another DOZEN stories from 2004 to 2019. The initial book focused on Bourne as an undercover agent trying to capture the terrorist Carlos the Jackal by posing as a rival but fictitious assassin named Cain. Unfortunately, Bourne almost gets killed, develops amnesia, and can’t complete his mission, and while he is recuperating, the host agency running his operation thinks he’s turned traitor. That organization is called Treadstone.
When the new movies came out in 2002 with Jason Bourne played by Matt Damon, they altered the plot to create a series of Treadstone agents who volunteered to become super agents with advanced training, drugs, and psycho treatments aka brainwashing. » Read the rest