Fox went with a ripped from — or imagined from — the headlines premise for the show Almost Family, and added a twist. The premise is, “What if a fertility doctor used his own sperm to fertilize the eggs of the women/couples he helped?”. The twist is that the focus is on the aftermath for the potential multiple babies involved. The show even creates a hashtag of #BechleyBabies after the name of the doctor, Leon Bechley. It didn’t seem like it had anywhere to go, so I predicted cancellation.
But when I started watching the show, I was surprised. First of all, the show introduces you to three women…First up is Brittany Snow as Julia Bechley, his sole child, or so she thinks. Daughter, worker in the clinic, she’s devoted her life to the guy. Even put off med school. But her life is a bit of a mess. She’s always on her bike as she never learned to drive, but it’s constantly giving her problems (rain, forgetting things, almost getting hit by other cyclists, etc.). » Read the rest
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