On the show, Perfect Harmony, one of the characters exclaims holy crap at one point, and that is what I was thinking too, but for different reasons. Okay, quick premise. Music teacher takes over small-town church choir and gets them to pull together. That’s what I knew before the show started, and while I don’t want to discount the Glee factor, it’s a half-hour comedy show.… Read the rest
The premise for The Unicorn was listed as recent widower re-enters the dating world. Umm…wait a minute, didn’t I see that last year? It was called Single Parents or something? Okay, let’s go with cancellation.
Except I didn’t realize it was Walton Goggins as the widower. I absolutely loved him as Boyd Crowder on Justified.… Read the rest
So the basic premise that I had for Sunnyside was a city councilman finds a new calling or something with a group of immigrants applying for citizenship. It didn’t seem like it would have anywhere to really go, so I predicted cancellation. Now that I have watched the opening episode, cancellation was a generous prediction.… Read the rest
Sigh. I love mystery stories, and series in particular. So when I saw that a new version of Nancy Drew was coming, I thought, “Cool beans.” I’d give it a go. I totally missed that it was on the CW, which would have given me a clue as to the type of show it would be.… Read the rest
Ever since Lost went big, various networks try to come up with the “viral” show that will hold viewers. Alcatraz. Time travellers. Time loops. Plane disappearances and reappearances. So not surprisingly, the networks are trying again this year. I already wrote about one (Series premiere – The I-Land) and why I passed.… Read the rest
The DC Universe on TV burst out with Arrow, added Flash, added DC Legends of Tomorrow, added Supergirl, added Black Lightning, and this season has gone full series for Batwoman. And, while Arrow is ending, a “birds of prey” by another name is set to spin off too. Since I like superhero shows and the tropes they follow, I tend to watch all of them.… Read the rest
I love private investigator stories, pretty much in any form. Give me a PI, lawyer, military investigator, mentalist, profiler, detective, mystery writer, psychic, whatever you want, if they’re investigating crime, I’m willing to give it a go. So ABC has a new PI show called Stumptown, takes place in Portland, and focuses on an ex military intelligence type who might be able to help people who don’t want to go to the police.… Read the rest
The original First Wives Club back in ’96 had a strong revenge motive as its plot. Three divorced women reunite, have each others back, and decide to get back at the husbands who dumped them for younger models. The TV series has some of that same premise in the pilot, with three friends getting together when one has a very public meltdown against her husband and the video goes viral.… Read the rest
There are a lot of profiler shows that have come and gone. Some work, some don’t. They often try for a twist. A woman who grew up not knowing who her father was who suddenly is confronted with the FBI’s most wanted man saying he’ll only speak to her. An agent who investigated a series of murders until it consumed them and now they’re back.… Read the rest
I have almost no idea how to review the Amazon show, Undone. I predicted cancellation, but I’m going to wait a minute to tell you why. Let’s look at the show first.
The premise of the show is a young woman, Alma, whose life is a bit disappointing to her. She lives with her boyfriend, Sam, and she wakes up every morning next to the same man, has a shower, brushes her teeth, eats the same cereal, takes the same commute, and she’s terrified this is all there is for the rest of her life.… Read the rest
Okay, so that show happened. Well. Umm, let’s start with the basics. The show is called Bigger, and the description is about a young woman who is wondering if there is more to life than what she has. A little vague, sure, so I went with predicting cancellation.
The show revolves around Layne, a 30-something woman with a steady boyfriend, a vintage clothing store, and five old friends she hangs out with (3 girls, 2 guys). … Read the rest
When I read about CBS’ new show, All Rise, about a new judge taking the bench, it sounded a bit like Judging Amy back in the day. Then I happened to catch a short trailer that showed her first day on the bench where she is walking to her chair and she face plants.… Read the rest
I am a harsh judge when it comes to sitcoms. Very few catch my interest enough to warrant watching. Sometimes I think it is too much simple serialized joke telling with no plot; other times it is just plainly not funny. But even with my harshness, the new show Bob ♥ Abishola (Bob Hearts Abishola) was better than I expected.… Read the rest
I tripped over a “new” show called Northern Rescue on CBC, and I thought it was a new “Canadian” show, which more often than not translates as “crappy sub-par show” made on a shoestring budget but meeting Canadian-content rules. Okay, a slight exaggeration. But the number of Canadian shows that I like are few and far between.… Read the rest
I have to confess a bias going into watching this mini-series. First, I’m male. That one’s a bit obvious. Second, I’m jaded about rape stories that tell the same tale over and over again without any real nuancing or adding anything new to the narrative. An insight we haven’t seen before, perhaps.… Read the rest
Everytime a new show comes out where something “weird” happens at the beginning with no explanation, everyone tries to compare the show to Lost. Personally, I don’t care if it is better or worse, similar or different, whatever. I just care if the show works. The I-Land premiered this month on NetFlix and was immediately declared a Lost wannabe.… Read the rest
I want to see the words “Jimmy Smits” and “successful show” in the same sentence, and not have it be historical flashback. I really do. I like him. I would love for him to find a show where he is actually fighting for something without seeming like a patronizing, sanctimonious do-gooder.… Read the rest
The various Batman series, film or TV, have rarely given his butler, Alfred Pennyworth much to do. He occasionally has a fun presence, but rarely do you see him in any action role. The series Gotham changed that considerably, with the character helping teach Bruce to fight as well as getting in numerous scraps and fisticuffs himself, building up his backstory of being a former soldier, etc.… Read the rest
It’s time for the new TV season, and so it’s time for my annual fall preview and predictions.
- ADDED: 04: Pennyworth (Showcase) — Backstory for Alfred the butler from Batman. PREDICTION: Cancellation;
- 12: The I-Land (Netflix) — Lost wannabe. PREDICTION: Cancellation;
- 13: Unbelievable (Netflix) — Rape victim recants after repeatedly telling her story.
I knew very little about the Amazon Prime show called The Widow, other than that it starred Kate Beckinsale, and involved her being the widow of someone killed in a plane crash. Based on that premise, even with Beckinsale in it, it sounded like a show ripe for cancellation after Season 1.… Read the rest