Monday, April 16, 2018

Tuesdays in Primetime Version 5

Tuesdays are a competitive night on television. It is also when some of television’s most popular shows are on. The only problem is that the shows are so good, you won’t be able to watch them all. A lot of comedies are on tonight on various networks. What all is good? Well, let’s delve into it.

The Flash: Status- Currently on the CW at 8/7 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- General interest in shows like it. Noteworthiness- This is set in the same world as Arrow. This show is based off of a comic book series. Description- This show is about a person who is struck by lightning and gains the power of super speed. Pros- There’s a lot in here that keeps you coming back. The plots normally always work. Cons- It may seem similar to other superhero TV shows. It is too connected to Arrow and other shows in the universe which can cause problems if you don’t watch all the other shows. It might seem too much like a kid’s show at times due to it teaching lessons. Note to Parents- This show is targeted to teens and is safe for them to watch, although enough of it is bad for younger audiences. Recommendation- I think that this is probably worth watching all the time. Just don’t tune in if you can’t keep up with all of the other Arrowverse shows. My Viewing Habits- I have been a fan of this since the first episode although I have missed a lot of it as it went on for various reasons. Prediction- This will probably last a good while. I haven’t heard problems with ratings so I think it will do well. Reception: positive. Grade: A-.

NCIS: Status- Currently on CBS at 8/7 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- My brother and the rest of my family liked the show and I thought it was good enough to watch all the time. Noteworthiness- It is a spin-off of the show JAG. At least at the beginning, the cases on the show were inspired by real cases. I don’t know if they still are. It has two spin-offs. Description- A team of federal agents solves murders of marines and navy members as well as other crimes relating to them and other people. Notable People- Wilmer Valderama from That 70’s Show, Awake, and Minority Report, is a character on this show. Pros- It stays fresh despite its long time on the air. The humor is quite interesting. Cons- It is running out of steam. It has lost a lot of its cast as it has gone along. Note to Parents- I’ve noticed enough bad stuff in here, but mostly related to violence more than anything else. I watched this as a teen and don’t see why others can’t too. Recommendation- It is one of my favorite shows. I say watch it if you have the chance too and aren’t already. My Viewing Habits- I got into this late originally but have since gotten older seasons on DVD and have seen most episodes. Prediction- It will last a while more. Reception: very positive. Grade: A+.

The Middle: Status- Currently on ABC at 8:30/7:30 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- Survivor was on hiatus (this show used to air on Wednesday) and I heard this was good. Noteworthiness- It is tied with Modern Family as longest running ABC comedy still on the air. It actually started a half hour before Modern Family did, if I have my information right. I don’t know if the return of Roseanne complicates things. Description- The comedy adventures of an ordinary family in Indiana. Notable People- Patricia Heaton, who was Debra from Everybody Loves Raymond, is the mother. Neil Flynn, from Scrubs, is the father of the show. Pros- It is quite funny from time to time. The youngest kid’s quirkiness is humorous. Cons- Some inappropriate stuff comes up sometimes. However, the show is typically always PG so it’s not as bad as it could be. Note to Parents- This is probably more acceptable than a lot of other shows in terms of content, but I’d ultimately watch it for yourself to make a decision. Recommendation- I say that you should watch this show if you can. My Viewing Habits- I have had a hard time keeping up with this show and have seen most of it due to syndicated repeats. I am planning on sticking with it until the end. Prediction- It is officially on its last season right now. Reception: positive. Grade: B+.

Black-ish: Status- Currently on ABC at 9/8 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I had time the one time I tuned in. Noteworthiness- This is based on a true story or might have been at one point in time when it first started out. Description- This sitcom is about a black family. Pros- It is popular with critics. Cons- I thought that this show was terrible. I didn’t find any of it funny nor did I understand the purpose that it had. Note to Parents- Having only seen one episode, I don’t know what to put here. It might be okay for kids, but I really don’t know for sure what to tell people. Recommendation- I wouldn’t watch it, but that’s just me. My Viewing Habits- I don’t watch it. I only saw it once then had no interest in watching it again since it just didn’t click with me. Prediction- This will keep lasting longer. Reception: positive. Grade: D.

Bull: Status- Currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I always watch a CBS show under most circumstances and I thought that this show would be interesting too. Noteworthiness- This is inspired by something Dr. Phil did before he went into television. He also helped create the show. Description- This is about a jury consultant who helps with court cases. Notable People- This stars Michael Weatherly, well known from NCIS, as the main character. Pros- It seems like a pretty interesting show as you normally don’t see courtroom dramas from this perspective. In fact, it makes you wonder why you don’t see shows like this more often. Cons- Michael Weatherly is doing a bad job of separating himself from NCIS as his character on this show is very similar to the one he played on NCIS. Also, it doesn’t seem realistic as no other courtroom drama has this angle on it. Note to Parents- This is the standard amount in terms of what is acceptable for kids or not. Recommendation- I would watch this show if you could. My Viewing Habits- I have watched it since the first episode, but I don’t think that I’ve seen all of it. Prediction- With an NCIS lead-in, it’s unlikely that this fails any time soon. If it ever losses that in the future, then there could be problems. I guess we’ll have to see what happens with it, but it will last for now. Reception: negative. Grade: A.

Black Lightning: Status- Currently on the CW at 9/8 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I try to watch a new CW show at least once if I can. Also, I like most superhero shows and watch them when I can as they are normally good. Noteworthiness- This is adapted from a DC comics character, but is not part of the main franchise of superhero shows on the CW (yet at least). Description- A black superhero comes out of retirement to protect his city from new threats. Pros- This show has more normal humans that can solve problems and even create problems. Thus, it is good that it focuses less on just a super villain of the week. The plot largely works for the most part. Cons- There could be more people that have super powers in this than I’ve seen thus far. Its advantage of not always focusing on people with powers is also a problem. There could be more to it than there is. Note to Parents- Teens should be okay watching this and maybe some preteens would be okay too, but there are some issues that parents might have with this, such as a lesbian character. Recommendation- I see it as largely good, but it needs improvement as it goes along. I suggest watching it. My Viewing Habits- I got into this just a bit later than I was wanting to and have missed a lot, but have watched this since the first season. Prediction- This is renewed for next season. This will probably last and the only problem that could potentially happen is the network’s four superhero shows at a time rule. Reception: positive. Grade: B. New review

Chicago Med: Status- Currently on NBC at 10/9 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- At the time, the only show that I watched in this timeslot, Notorious, had its episode order cut so I started looking for a replacement in the timeslot. I chose this show due to its connection to a show that I watched and its fairly new time on the air. Noteworthiness- This is the third installment of the Chicago franchise that has different groups that focus on different things. Description- Basically, this is a medical drama. Notable People- Dick Wolf, who created the Law and Order franchise, also helped create this show. Pros- One of the characters has autism, so that makes the show more interesting. There’s certainly nothing major wrong with it. Cons- It doesn’t seem to be that notable in any way. It seems like just an ordinary show with nothing major ever happening in it. They could make it more interesting than it is, such as caring about the characters more. Note to Parents- Mostly, it’s just the medical stuff that one would see that I would recommend against letting young kids see. Recommendation- I’m not sure what to say here. It is good enough for me to watch, but not really that outstanding a show. I would suggest watching it only if you don’t care that much about anything else. My Viewing Habits- I started watching into what I believe its second season is and have not stopped watching since. Prediction- I think that this will last for a while. It should be around until syndication at least. Reception: mixed or average. Grade: B-.

For the People: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- It looked good enough to watch in the promos. Description- This is a courtroom drama and it seems that we get both sides of the cases, although I’m not sure if they will be fighting against each other a lot or not. Notable People- This is produced by Shonda Rhimes who has done a lot of notable dramas for this network, such as those that air on Thursdays. It stars Britt Robertson, who starred on Life Unexpected, Under the Dome, The Secret Circle, and various movies. Pros- They can cover a lot in one episode and it works in terms of the plot. Cons- It doesn’t seem that different than other shows like it. Note to Parents- With this being a Shonda Rhimes show, there is a lot of problems with it in terms of sexual content. Other than that, there probably isn’t that much problem with it. Recommendation- I would say that you should watch this while you still can. My Viewing Habits- I missed the first episode, but have watched this when I could since the second. Prediction- This will not last and may already be cancelled as you are reading this review. Reception: somewhat good. Grade: B-. New review


NCIS: New Orleans: Status- Currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Tuesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I watch the original so I figured that I should watch this as well. Noteworthiness- It is a spin-off of NCIS. This show is actually filmed in New Orleans where it is set. Description- This is a show about an NCIS team set in New Orleans. Pros- There are plenty of good things about the show. It is as interesting and good as most dramas are. It keeps the charm of NCIS even with a different cast. The different filming location probably helped it. Cons- Some people have been annoyed by the fake accents of the characters. Plus, it may not be as interesting or good as the original NCIS is. Some of the choices made with the characters are bad decisions on the writer’s part. Note to Parents- This has the standard amount of stuff that you would find it shows. There is more violence in it that is negative for kids than anything else. Recommendation- I think that you should probably watch it. My Viewing Habits- I have watched it since the first episode, although I have not seen all of it. Prediction- I think that it will probably last a while. Reception: mostly positive. Grade: A.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wednesdays in Primetime Version 5

Wednesdays can be good with television, yet can also be lame. This is the day of the week I’m most likely to miss shows on a regular basis whenever church gets in the way. There are some interesting shows and it has some of my favorite shows. ABC shows comedies which are currently Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Alex Inc., and American Housewife before ending with Designated Survivor. NBC shows The Blacklist, Chicago PD, and Law and Order: SVU. The CW shows Riverdale and The Originals. CBS shows Criminal Minds, Survivor, and SEAL Team. FOX is airing Empire and Star.

The Goldbergs: Status- This ABC comedy airs at 8/7 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- The first time was because I was unable to stop recording a tape after a different program stopped airing which recorded a whole episode of this show. I watched more episodes because I thought that it might be good after watching that particular episode. Noteworthiness- It is somewhat based off of true events. Description- It is about a man’s life growing up in the eighties when he was a kid and is based on details that actually happened (although I’m not sure just how much). Pros- It can be pretty good and funny sometimes. Cons- It doesn’t make a lot of sense sometimes and can be a bit odd. Plus, there are normally always errors when setting things in the past. Note to Parents- This is borderline over what is and isn’t acceptable so I suggest you watch for yourself to make your own decision. Recommendation- It is a good show to watch. My Viewing Habits- While I like this show, I normally don’t watch it since too many other things I like air at the same time. I might see more in syndication in the future. Prediction- It will keep lasting like it has already. Reception: mostly mixed. Grade: B-.

Survivor: Status- Currently on CBS at 8/7 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I think that other people in my family liked it and I found it interesting as well and started watching. Noteworthiness- It shows two seasons a year; one in the fall and another in the spring. There has been something new that happens on this show that has never happened in previous seasons. While most reality shows don’t have as good ratings as scripted shows, this has good ratings that show scripted shows could envy. It is also an adaptation of a Swedish reality show, Expedition Robertson. It is considered the first American reality show and is the longest running one on CBS if you don’t count a news related show. Description- Contestants compete against each other to see who will survive 39 days in a wilderness place and win a million dollars. Every week, a contestant is voted out and the last few people face a jury of previously voted out people who vote one of them the winner. Pros- There is a different cast each season so if you don’t like one season, you can stop watching and watch the next season. The contestants are interesting often. Drama is always present. Due to the competition nature of the show, it can’t legally be scripted like a lot of reality shows are. Something new always happens in each season. Cons- The people that you hate can make it far while the people that you like get eliminated first. The basic plots of some seasons can be similar to each other. They like to recycle ideas, locations, and challenges. It can be hard to find a normal season anymore. A lot of controversies have arisen on the show. This show has indirectly made every other reality show. They have a tendency to keep having returning players each season which can be off-putting to those that aren’t already fans of the show. Note to Parents- I watched this as a child, but I’m not sure if your kids should. It is better than the typical show in terms of content that might be deemed inappropriate for kids. Recommendation- Take it or leave it. I like it and think that you should watch it, but not everyone has my opinion of this show. My Viewing Habits- I came in during the second season and have mostly watched since. Now that I have a blog about it, I will probably watch every new episode until the show ends, if it does. Prediction- It will last as long as it has the same host, enough viewers, and enough money. If the host changes, it might leave the airwaves shortly after although another network like the CW might still have faith in it which could lead to a dramatic retooling of the show plus a fight with any other networks that might want it (if any do). Besides, this is the type of show that can be off the air for an extended amount of time and suddenly return with new people. Reception: good, although seasons vary. Grade: A-. I have a blog about it.


Riverdale: Status- Currently on the CW at 8/7 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- From this point forward, I’ll try to watch any new CW show if possible. Noteworthiness- This is inspired by the Archie comic book series. Description- Starting out, it is about a murder at a high school and various other dark plots. At the moment, it is best described as the noir genre. It is hard to tell what the basic plot of it is. Notable People- Cole Sprose, who was one of the leads on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, is a character who also narrates the show. Pros- There is enough potential in it that it might be good. It seems better than just another dumb high school show. Cons- This seems stereotypical in a way. This probably has all the problems you could expect from a CW show. Some of it is unrealistic and doesn’t make sense. Note to Parents- There are enough bad things in here that children shouldn’t be watching. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up. My Viewing Habits- I started watching from the first episode. But I don’t know if I am still interested in it. If I do keep up with it, I’ll watch it later online. Prediction- It is renewed for another season. I don’t know how much longer it will last beyond that just yet. Reception: generally positive. Grade: C+.

The Blacklist: Status- Currently on NBC at 8/7 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I don’t know why I started watching it, but it was probably because the promos made it look good or something like that. Description- It seems to be about some law enforcement agency going after very dangerous criminals that are on something called the blacklist with the help of a criminal. There’s more to it than that and not every episode features someone on the blacklist. Notable People- James Spader, from movies and other things I’m not familiar with, is a main character on the show. Harry Lennix, who was on Dollhouse and Emily Owens MD, is on this show as well. Pros- This show can be interesting at times. Cons- It can be hard to understand. The show is very violent and bloody. Note to Parents- Don’t let young people watch this. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up right now. My Viewing Habits- I came in early into the first season (after it started) and had been watching this until the current season. I don’t think that it has my interest anymore. Prediction- I think that it will stay a long time since it’s doing better than most NBC veteran shows. Reception: critically acclaimed. Grade: B.

Modern Family: Status- Currently on ABC at 9/8 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- Free time at the time and general interest in the show. Noteworthiness- It is a fake documentary meaning it presents itself as a reality show, when it isn’t (although certain “reality” shows are that way). It is a popular show winning awards as is the longest running comedy on this network along with The Middle. I don’t know if the return of Roseanne complicates things. Description- A look at the people an extended family of “normal” ones and not so normal ones. Notable People- Ed O’Neil from Married with Children is on this show. Pros- This is a funny comedy that attracts all different people like the families that are like this. There are good episodes a lot of the time. Cons- The episodes do not always have enough material in them and move by too quickly. Inappropriate material shows up often. They tend to ignore some of the filming aspects of the show opening it up to serious plot holes such as characters wanting proof of something, only to not consider the people that are filming them. Note to Parents- This is borderline like a bunch of other shows like it. Recommendation- Watch this show if you like it. You probably will. My Viewing Habits- I haven’t always been good with watching the new episodes as they aired and saw far more of it in syndication than live for the first time. But, I tend to watch any and all of the new episodes live when I can, although I miss a lot during December and Lent since I’m not always back home in time at the start of the episode. Prediction- Since it is the most successful comedy on ABC, it will last a long time. I have heard rumors that it might be ending in the future, just not this currently airing season. Reception: mostly positive. Grade: A.

SEAL Team: Status- Currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I normally always watch a new CBS show at least once. Description- This show is about those in a team of Navy seals and their adventures. Notable People- The main male lead from Bones is the star of this show. Pros- It makes the military look good and delves into some of the issues they might face. Cons- It can be hard to follow and we don’t have as much focus on the characters as one would like. Note to Parents- This could be a whole lot worse than it is in terms of content. Still, I wouldn’t let those not in high school watch this. Recommendation- This seems pretty good for the most part. I’d say that it would depend on what you like or already watch. My Viewing Habits- I have seen most of this, but there was a time when I gave it up due to recording issues and lack of interest. Prediction- This will be back next season and will need a ratings boost to survive more. Reception: mixed. Grade: C+. New review

Star: Status- This show airs on FOX at 9/8 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- While I might have had a reason before watching this, I have no idea why I had an interest in this show after I saw it the first time. Description- I’m honestly not sure if I understand the plot of it or not. There might be singing, but it seems to be a racial drama about women who might be in danger and cause danger. Notable People- Queen Latifah, who has mostly done movies, is a character on this show. Pros-It focuses on women for a change. Cons- The show seemed too weird and didn’t make much sense. It can try to tackle serious issues, but I don’t know if that’s the point that gets across or not. It is hard to understand and seemed too serious, in a way. That, and the show was just skanky. Note to Parents- There are too many bad things in here that I’d avoid this as a show for your kids to watch. Recommendation- Don’t watch this. My Viewing Habits- I only watched this once and won’t watch it again as I have no idea why I was even interested in this in the first place. Prediction- This might last some for now. We’ll see what happens with it in the future. Reception: slightly positive. Grade: D-.

Law and Order: Special Victims Units: Status- Currently on NBC at 9/8 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- I forget why I started watching. It might have been me wanting an hour long alternative to Modern Family so I wouldn’t have to watch what aired with it. Noteworthiness- It is the longest running drama spin-off on television as well as the longest running NBC drama. It is also the only primetime drama to premiere last millennium and still be on the air producing new episodes. It is a spin-off of Law and Order. Description- A group of people known as the special victims unit (SVU) investigate sexual crimes and crimes that happen to children as well. Pros- They never show the rapes, even though that’s often what the show is about. The plots are interesting and different. There are always twists that keep you hooked on the show. They use real life cases as an inspiration, but not as what actually is shown. Cons- The show may never end. They regularly switch head writers because it has been on so long. The endings are normally not happy. It has a rather grim subject for a show. Note to Parents- There’s a lot of dark stuff in here and every episode airs with a viewer discretion is advised warning. So keep that in mind when you don’t let your kids watch it. Recommendation- Give it a chance and you might like it. My Viewing Habits- I tend to watch this whenever possible, although I do miss a lot of it during December and Lent. I watch it a lot when it reruns on My Network TV, although it only tends to be when what I normally watch isn’t on or during the summer. Prediction- It will last until people stop watching for some odd reason or it gets too expensive to keep making. Reception: great. Grade: A+.

American Housewife: Status- Currently on ABC at 9:30/8:30 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- It aired with a show that I liked and nothing else that I cared about was on at the time. Description- This is more or less your average sitcom revolving around a family of people. Notable People- This show stars Katy Mixon from Mike and Molly. Pros- This is better than what one might expect. Cons- Some of it is dumb and way to similar to other shows. Note to Parents- There is enough in here that will be bad for kids, although a lot of shows are way worse. Recommendation- Take it or leave it. I like it, but I know that it isn’t for everyone. My Viewing Habits- I started watching it into its first season, but never cared that much about whether or not I tuned in a lot. I’ll see what I can, but won’t care much if I miss it in the future. Prediction- This could last longer. I don’t know how much longer it will last, but will likely stay until next season. Reception: mixed. Grade: B-. New review

Criminal Minds: Status- Currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- It was during summer reruns (I think) that I first saw this. I was interested in seeing it at least once. Noteworthiness- The first main character left over creative differences on this show and the thought that it was too dark. Description- A law enforcement agency solves crimes. Pros- It is similar to other dramas so you know what to expect. Cons- It is too dark. One wonders how it can be allowed on network television. Note to Parents- This show is quite gruesome and graphic with its violence and crime. Don’t let people under the age of 13 watch this. Recommendation- I don’t like it and don’t recommend it. My Viewing Habits- I only watched this once and have no interest in ever seeing it again. Prediction- If it continues getting the good ratings that it has, then it will continue to be on television. I still see it lasting for a while more, but I’m not sure why it is popular or when it will end. Reception: negative. Grade: F.


Designated Survivor: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Wednesdays. Why I’ve seen it- It looked really good and interesting. Plus, it might have been under my obligation to watch one of the new fall shows on each network. Noteworthiness- The initial situation is based on something that can actually happen based on the idea of someone in the line of succession to the president is taken to a secure location in case a bad situation takes out the president and all others in the line of succession. Description- A cabinet member in the line of succession is taken to a secure place during the state of the union address to ensure that there would be a president if something bad were to happen. Something bad does happen and the designated survivor does become president. But there’s a lot more to the show than just that. Notable People- Keifer Sutherland, who was on 24 and Touch, is the main character, the new president. Kal Penn, who was on House, had roles on other TV shows, and even worked for the administration of a real president, is another character. Maggie Q, who was on Nikita, Stalker, and other things, is another character. The actress who played Brody on NCIS: New Orleans is on this show now. Pros- It has an interesting and gripping story. Cons- This show may be too complicated for its own good. It may also change too much and be too different as it goes along. Note to Parents- There is enough in here that is bad for some kids, but it isn’t as bad as it could be. Recommendation- I say that this is good and that people should watch it. My Viewing Habits- I have started watching from the beginning, but have missed a lot of it as it goes on. Prediction- Toss-up. It could stay longer, but might not. Reception: generally favorable. Grade: A. New review

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Thursdays in Primetime Version 5

Thursdays are the most competitive nights on television. All the networks put all their best shows on the same night. It is impossible to watch everything good at this time, unless, of course, you record some things to watch later or watch what you can’t see online. NBC airs comedies and a drama. CBS airs comedies as well and ends with S.W.A.T. right now. ABC shows their popular TGIT night which are all dramas produced by Shonda Rhimes. FOX has a constantly changing lineup that I won’t bother to keep track of, but will review from time to time. The CW shows Supernatural and Arrow. There are no losers and every network seems to win in their own right. The reason this night is the most competitive is the high demand of advertisers for the movies that will come out the next day. I have seen a lot of these shows so here’s my views on them:

Superstore: Status- Currently on NBC at 8/7 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- My mother was originally interested in it, so I recorded it for her and watched it myself. Noteworthiness- Despite its short time on the air, it is the longest running comedy on NBC. I don’t know if the return of Will and Grace complicates things. Description- This is a comedy about people who work in a store and the adventures that ensue. Notable People- America Ferria from Ugly Betty is in the cast. She might have also created the show too. Pros- This show is interesting and different. Cons- There really isn’t much that this show offers. It can be weird. Note to Parents- This is probably the standard amount of what you’d expect in terms of what is acceptable or not for your kids to watch. Recommendation- It isn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t watch it again. My Viewing Habits- I only watched this once. Prediction- I say that it might last, but only given NBC’s general lack of comedies that they have to rely on. They need something, right? Reception: mixed/average. Grade: D.

The Big Bang Theory: Status- Currently on CBS at 8/7 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- General interest in the show from the moment it first aired and a bit before. Noteworthiness- Of all the live action comedies on television to still be in production, this one has been on the longest. I don’t know if the return of shows like Roseanne or Will and Grace complicate things. Description- This show is about the adventures of nerds, a female neighbor, and other people in their lives. Reruns can be different than how the show is currently portrayed. Notable People- Chuck Lorre, who created Two and a Half Men, also created this show. He has created other shows as well, but I’m not sure they are worth mentioning. Kayley Cuoco from 8 Simple Rules and Charmed is Penny. Pros- This is a really funny comedy. Everyone loves Sheldon, the Obsessive-Compulsive roommate. Some people can watch reruns over and over again and still find it just as funny as they did the first time. Cons- Sex and other bad stuff can be present a lot. It isn’t always as good as you would like and there can be issues with negative portrayal of religion. Note to Parents- There are a lot of objectionable things in here so you would have to watch it to see if it is something you let your kids see. If they are in high school, I see no problem with letting them watch this.  Recommendation- I say that you should watch it if you like it. Most people do like this show. If you don’t laugh after watching an episode, then it isn’t for you. But, it is one of my favorite shows and I highly recommend it. My Viewing Habits- While I have not seen every episode, I’ve watched this since it has first started. Prediction- This show is renewed for more seasons right now, but there are rumors that it could be ending after them. Reception: mixed then positive. Grade: A-.

Grey’s Anatomy: Status- Currently on Thursdays at 8/7 Central on ABC. Why I’ve seen it-Desire to find a medical drama to watch all the time on a regular basis. When I realized that I liked medical dramas, I also realized that they always cancel the ones that I like, so I figured that I should watch this since it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Noteworthiness- It is the longest running drama on ABC to still be in production. Description- A medical drama featuring a large cast of doctors of both genders solves medical problems that sometimes relates to their own team. I’m not really sure how to describe it that well so you might understand it better if you watch an episode yourself. Notable People- Shonda Rhimes, who went on to help produce Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and now dominates most of Thursday nights on ABC with shows that she helped make, created this show. Pros- This show is pretty interesting and humorous. Most of the large cast is focused upon most of the time. The medical aspect is well-done. It isn’t always about the same characters all the time. The acting is great. Cons- The show can be quite complicated and hard to understand and follow, especially if you don’t watch every week. If you don’t like soap operas, then this show probably isn’t for you because of the format it uses. There’s too much sex in the show as well and most people wouldn’t like the morals present. There are too many characters to keep track of on a regular basis and sometimes a lot of the cast isn’t in a certain episode. The main character, in particular, isn’t there that much. Note to Parents- I would avoid letting your kids watch that. Recommendation- Take it or leave it. If you don’t like it now, you never will. My Viewing Habits- There was a long time when I didn’t watch this for one reason or another, but I finally decided to start watching it. I plan to stick with it until the end. Prediction- This will probably last longer in the future. I don’t see it ending soon. Reception: somewhat positive. Grade: C+.

Gotham: Status- Currently on FOX at 8/7 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it and it worked out well for me to watch it. Noteworthiness- The show can best be described as a Batman origins story, even though he’s not in it as much as he could be as Jim Gordon is the main character and Bruce Wayne is a child and supporting character. This also might be the longest running of the current FOX dramas. Description- A story set in the world of Batman that largely focuses on Jim Gordon helping fight crime back when the characters were much younger. Notable People- Bruno Heller, the creator of the Mentalist, helped develop this show. Ben Mackenzie, who was in Southland and the OC, is the main character, Jim Gordon. Morena Baccarin, who was on Firefly, V, Homeland, among other things, is also a character on the show. Pros- I like this show for the most part. It is pretty interesting. It can probably keep you interested even if you aren’t that big a Batman fan. Cons- It seems more police procedural than actually about the Batman characters we know and love. Some of those characters aren’t as recognizable as others. Batman is not being as big as he probably should be in this show. For better or worse, they have advanced the series more than some might think is needed. Note to Parents- This show typically airs with a content advisory so it isn’t for younger viewers. Recommendation- I’d say that this show is good, even if Batman is more of a side character. My Viewing Habits- I haven’t seen every episode of this, but I did start watching from the very first episode. Prediction- I’d put this at a toss-up right now. Reception: positive. Grade: A.

Young Sheldon: Status- Currently on CBS at 8:30/7:30 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I watch the show it span off from so it made sense to watch this too. Noteworthiness- This is a prequel to the show The Big Bang Theory. Description- A spin-off of The Big Bang Theory, it features Sheldon Cooper at a younger age. Notable People- Jim Parsons, who plays adult Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, is the narrator of this show. Pros- The show works and is pretty good. It doesn’t have some of the problems that the main show has, like focusing on sex, due to all the characters being young. Cons- It doesn’t seem to have the same type of appeal that The Big Bang Theory does. It doesn’t seem as funny as one would want it to be. Note to Parents- This is pretty acceptable most of the time. There have been some issues now and then, but not too many. Recommendation- I would suggest watching this. You don’t even have to like The Big Bang Theory to enjoy this, although there are links between them. My Viewing Habits- I have not seen every episode, but I have watched this since it first started. Prediction- This will probably keep lasting for a while. It is renewed for next season. I see no reason why it wouldn’t last. Reception: generally favorable. Grade: A. New review

Mom: Status- Currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- If you didn’t know already, I like to watch every CBS TV show, even if it is just once. Description- A woman deals with the issues of single motherhood and various family problems. Notable People- Alison Janey and Anna Farris, both known for movies, are two main characters on the show. Chuck Lorre, who created Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and helps with Mike and Molly, helps with this show, although I’m not sure if he created it, which he might have. Pros- People like it, based on comments I’ve seen online. Cons- All the show is about is a bunch of immoral people and I don’t know why we should care about something like this. Also, it is far from being funny. Note to Parents- This has so much smut in it that I wouldn’t let anyone you take care of watch it. Recommendation- Don’t watch it. It’s terrible. The fact that people like it completely baffles me. My Viewing Habits- I watched the first episode and would rather watch 30 straight minutes of commercials before I’d tune into this again. Prediction- This will keep lasting for a while unless something weird happens. Reception: somewhat favorable. Grade: F.

Station Thirteen: Status- Currently on ABC at 9/8 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I watch the original show so figured that I might as well watch this as well. Noteworthiness- This is a spin-off of the show Grey’s Anatomy featuring firefighters. It even has one of the same characters. Description- We see the drama behind a team of firefighters. Pros- This is interesting. Cons- This could have the same problems that Grey’s does such as making it more about who is sleeping with who instead of better forms of entertainment. Note to Parents- Most ages shouldn’t watch this, although if your kids are in high school, then this won’t contain things they won’t know. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up. If I stopped watching, it would probably be because this is about firefighting and not anything else about the show. My Viewing Habits- I have watched this since the beginning and might stick around or might not. Prediction- This is likely to stay around for now. Reception: mixed. Grade: B-. New review

Arrow: Status- Currently on the CW at 9/8 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I wanted to watch a CW show that was new at the time. Noteworthiness- This is based off of a DC comics series. It has also created what’s known as the Arrowverse full of other shows on the CW that all share the universe and have related events. Description- This CW drama is about the comic book character Green Arrow. I don’t know if it is accurate or not to the source material. Pros- It seems interesting enough to keep potential viewers coming back and watching it again. Cons- It seems like every other superhero drama. The links to the other shows can be quite a bother. It is not as good as the rest of the franchise. Note to Parents- This can be a bit gruesome at times so preteens and younger shouldn’t watch. Recommendation- Take it or leave it. If you have time to watch it, then you should. If you aren’t interested, then you aren’t really missing out on anything. If you watch other shows in the franchise, then you should watch this or you will be confused by everything. My Viewing Habits- I started watching some in the first season and then lost interest for a while. Around the fourth season, due to its connections with The Flash, I started online watching it and can now keep up with it better again since it no longer competes with Survivor. I try to watch every new episode now. Prediction- It will stay around for quite some time as the universe is quite popular. Reception: positive. Grade: B.

Life in Pieces: Status- Currently on CBS at 9:30/8:30 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- Blah, blah, blah, watching a CBS show once, blah, blah, blah. Description- It’s hard to describe the plot of the show. It is basically about a family and their adventures all mixed into one story. Notable People- This show has Colin Hanks, from Fargo and The Good Guys, who is also the son of Tom Hanks. Pros- It’s different from most other shows. Cons- It is very stupid and pointless. It focuses far too much on sex. Note to Parents- Don’t let your kids watch this. Recommendation- This isn’t any good so don’t watch it. My Viewing Habits- I have seen only the first episode of this then never watched it again. Prediction- It will keep lasting for now. Reception: generally favorable. Grade: F.

Scandal: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- It crossovered with a show that I watch, so I decided to keep watching this. Description- I’m not entirely sure about all of what the plot is. I do know that it relates to a fixer of some sort or did at one point. Notable People- Shona Rhimes, who created Grey’s Anatomy, also created or helped produce this show. Pros- There are a lot of complicated characters to keep people interested in this. Cons- The show is confusing, doesn’t always make sense, and can be hard to follow. Note to Parents- There is tons in here that is not right for kids to watch. Teens can watch, but other than that, it isn’t for young people. Recommendation- I’m not sure what to say here myself. I have the feeling that this might have been better in the past. My Viewing Habits- When I learned that a crossover between this and a show that I already watched would happen, I thought that I would get into it when it would work out well. After the crossover, I thought that I might as well stay with it since it would be ending soon. Prediction- This is on its final season and will be ending in the near future. Reception: generally favorable. Grade: B. New review


S.W.A.T.: Status- Currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I always watch a CBS show once under most circumstances. Noteworthiness- This is a remake of a show with the same name. Description- This is about a team of people who try to help others in different situations. Just insert standard CBS drama into the plot line here. Notable People- It stars Shamar Moore, who used to star in Criminal Minds. Pros- The show works and has interesting plots. Cons- It doesn’t seem that different from other shows. Note to Parents- This has the standard amount of material that you would find wrong with a show. It has more violence in it than sex, but there is a bit of the second one on occasion. Still, there are worse shows in terms of violent content. Recommendation- I think that it is good to watch, unless you have better things to do with life. My Viewing Habits- I missed the first episode due to issues with the recording of it, but stayed with it from the second one onward. Prediction- This is renewed for the next season so we’ll see if it lasts beyond that in the future or not. I think that it will last. Reception: mixed. Grade: A. New review 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sundays in Primetime Version 5

Each network has a different style of shows on Sundays. Sunday is the only time you’ll see primetime from 6-7 Central. Except ABC, all of the major four networks show football for the first half of the season. This causes problems on CBS where most of the shows get delayed which is really annoying. FOX just preempts the first hour as needed which causes very rare delays sometimes. NBC doesn’t even show non-sports until midseason. In terms of consistency, this day of the week has the most, except for possibly Friday. ABC and CBS show mostly the same thing in theory in terms of dramas. In fact, it’s creepy how similar they are. FOX shows comedies, a lot of them adult animated comedies. When NBC show shows after football season ends, it is normally just various limited run series. Here’s my view of the shows that I have seen, some of them, watch regularly. The CW doesn’t show anything on this night yet, but it will next season.

America’s Funniest Home Videos: Status- Currently on ABC on Sundays at 8/7 Central. Why I’ve seen it- I can’t remember for sure, but back when it had its original host, I watched all the time with my family. I guess we just liked the concept. One of the few memories I have of my father (who is dead) relates to this show. Noteworthiness- It has been on a long time. I don’t know for how long and it did take a break in new episodes at one point. Everything that you see on the show is submitted from viewers of it. Description- Viewer submitted home videos are viewed as the audience determines which one is the best. Pros- If you like the Three Stooges, you’ll like this show. It can be funny sometimes. Cons- Most of the laughs comes from people getting hurt. It can get boring quickly. Some of what is shown is far from being funny. Note to Parents- I watched this a lot as a kid. I don’t know how much the show has changed over the years, but I’d have to say that this show is probably acceptable for kids, but it may teach them to laugh at other people’s pain, which is not a good lesson. Recommendation- Do not watch this show. It is not worth your time. My Viewing Habits- I used to watch this show, if only because I didn’t like watching football at the time instead. I can’t stand this show anymore and refuse to tune into it as it isn’t any good. Prediction- This show will be on until people stop watching it, submitting videos to it, or the network finally realizes how bad it really is. A new host could spill its demise as a new host for virtually any show like this could. Plus, even if it ends for a while, it could return as it has in the past. Reception: mixed to positive. Grade: D-.

60 Minutes: Status- Currently on Sunday nights on CBS at 7/6 Central unless delayed due to sports. Why I’ve seen it- Typically, there’s nothing good on other networks when I started, but a general interest in current events is why I typically watch as much as I do. Noteworthiness- Some consider it to be the longest show in primetime. That is probably correct. Description- It is an in-depth news show of current and interesting events. Normally three stories are shown with the first relating to current events and the last relating to culture. Normally, the last story is a profile on some notable celebrity. Sometimes, they do a story in multiple segments. Pros- Unique news stories could keep you hooked until commercials. There is very little wrong with it. Cons- Nothing keeps you into it if you want to watch something else and the segment you were watching ends. Controversies have arisen more from this show than any other show on CBS. The segments tend to last a very long time which can irate you. Note to Parents- This is a news show and the news can be gruesome. While some segments may work for certain ages, most would not unless the kid is a teen. Recommendation- You should watch this if you have the chance. Maybe you’ll learn something interesting. If you have no interest in news shows, then this isn’t for you. My Viewing Habits- I tend to watch this most of the time this isn’t on delay. If it is on delay, I normally watch other shows instead. While I like it, it isn’t something that I always watch. As it is older than me, I started watching this much later than I could have otherwise. Prediction- This show will be on until the end of the world. Even then, it might continue. Reception: positive. Grade: A-.

Bob’s Burgers: Status- Currently on Sundays on FOX at 7:30/6:30 Central. Why I’ve seen it- I guess I just typically like watching these types of shows for some odd reason. Plus, there might have been a gap in my schedule with nothing else to watch at the time. To put it simply, I don’t know why I watched this in the first place. Description- Part of animation domination, we see the misadventures of a family who works in, owns, and (more or less) lives in a restaurant. Pros- It is funny, using a humor not typically seen on television. Cons- There may be worse things than this, but there are a lot of better things as well. It can be hard to stay into it and watch it all the time. It may take you a while to realize that it is good. Note to Parents- This is one that is probably best avoided among kids less than the teenage years. Recommendation- It is pretty good so watch if you can. My Viewing Habits- Sometimes I watch and sometimes I don’t. It depends on when it airs, what else is airing at the same time, if that thing is on delay or not, and various other things like that. Prediction- This will last for a while, unless the network decides that they want something else instead. Reception: mixed then positive. Grade: B+.

The Simpsons: Status- Currently on FOX on Sundays at 8/7 Central. Why I’ve seen it- I typically watched reruns when I was a child. It’s probably not something that a young person should have been watching, although the newer episodes that air now are more adult themed than the older ones were that I mainly grew up with. Noteworthiness- It has lasted more seasons than any other scripted primetime show. It was originally a spin-off of The Tracy Ullman Show. Over 500 episodes have been made. Description- This is an animated comedy on a strange family. They have different, unrelated stories in each episode. Notable People- Matt Groening is the creator of this show and he has done different comic book series as well as Futurama. Pros- Funny episodes are shown all the time. There is never any ongoing storylines so you don’t have to be devoted to the show. Despite the fact that it has been on a long time, they still manage to come up with great, new episodes from time to time. Cons- Inappropriate humor is used a lot. There is absolutely no continuity between episodes. The show jumped the shark a long time ago, yet remains on the air simply because of great ratings. Religion is typically represented poorly in the show. The head writer has changed a lot. Note to Parents- While I watched this a lot as a kid and it even won polls for favorite kids show, I don’t think that most young ones should watch this. A preteen or older can handle the show without asking any serious questions. Recommendation- You should watch it if you like it (and only if you like it) and have the time. It can be quite entertaining. Although, since they don’t have the best ideas anymore, then it may not be worth your time. My Viewing Habits- While I have waning interest in the show, I typically watch it when I can. There was a time I didn’t watch it and if it aired with a show I didn’t like, I wouldn’t watch it for as long as they are paired together. Prediction- This show will last forever, unless the death of a cast member causes a retooling of the show or otherwise abrupt ending. One can wonder what the death of Matt Groening, who still supervises the show, would cause. It could end at some point, but it seems generally unlikely to most people. Reception: generally positive then somewhat negative. Grade: B-.

American Idol: Status- Currently on ABC at 8/7 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- My family liked it when it first came out. Noteworthiness- This is a reboot of the FOX show that aired for a long time. I do not know if this newer version is any different or not because I haven’t watched the newer version of it. Description- Various people compete in a singing competition. Notable People- The judges of this show are famous singers, although I haven’t looked up who they are. Ryan Seacrest, who also co-hosts the show Live and has done a radio show among other things, is the host of this show. Pros- You can see some good talent on here from time to time. Cons- The voting method where one can vote as often as possible is seriously flawed. A lot of the winners are never heard from again. Some of the episodes seen earlier in the season seem to focus on bad singers intentionally. Note to Parents- When it gets to the main live shows where people can vote, the show tends to be best for people to watch. The parts of the season that air sooner have more objectionable content. Recommendation- I’d pass on this. My Viewing Habits- I mainly watched the second and third season, but didn’t like the results and never really cared much for it again. Prediction- I have no idea if this will last or not, having been revived after it was over previously. I’d say that it might not last unless there is pressure to replace the host who was accused of sexual harassment. Whether or not he makes the show and people would watch it without him, would remain to be seen. Reception: mixed then positive. Grade: F.

Instinct: Status- Currently on CBS at 8/7 Central on Sundays unless delayed due to sports. Why I’ve seen it- I normally always watch a CBS show at least once. Noteworthiness- This is adapted from a James Patterson book. Description- It is hard to tell for sure that much about it right off the bat, but it seems to be about a professor and author who is starting to work with the police to solve crimes. Notable People- This has Alan Cumming who is known for being on Broadway and formerly starring in The Good Wife. Pros- It seems pretty interesting in some places. Cons- It can seem too similar to the show Castle in some ways. It doesn’t seem entirely original just yet. Note to Parents- This has the same sort of things wrong with it that you’d find in most shows. Recommendation- I think that it is good to watch if you like the average murder mystery. My Viewing Habits- I plan to keep watching this until the very end and have watched since the first episode. Prediction- If history continues to repeat itself, it won’t last beyond this first season. But I don’t know just yet how it could be fairing among the other shows. I’ll know more later. Reception: mixed. Grade: B-. New review

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Status- Currently on FOX at 8:30/7:30 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- The critics like it and I thought that it might be good. Description- It is a comedy-drama (mostly comedy) that has cops solving crimes in a humorous way. Notable people- This show has Andy Sandberg (formerly from Saturday Night Live), Terry Crews (known from Everybody Hates Chris), as well as other famous people I don’t know that well or what they are from. Pros- I’d have to say that it’s pretty good how it takes stuff that could be put in a drama and has a funny spin on it. Cons- The usual bad morals are present and a lot of the humor is hit and miss. Note to Parents- I’m not sure if this has ever aired with a viewer discretion is advised warning, but there’s enough in here that’s bad for younger than teenagers. Recommendation- This show is pretty good and I recommend it. It’s nice to see a cop comedy instead of the typical cop drama. My Viewing Habits- While I have liked this since the first episode, I have not always watched it, although I do whenever it works out in my schedule. I have an on again off again relationship with this show. Prediction- It might be closer to ending in the near future. Reception: positive. Grade: A-.

Family Guy: Status- Currently on FOX at 9/8 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I’m not sure why I was interested in it, but it might have been my usual interest in animated comedies. Noteworthiness- It was cancelled twice and brought back twice for a much longer time. Description- The animated adventures of a family including their dog and baby who can talk and behave like largely like normal people. Notable People- Seth MacFarlane, who has created other shows like The Orville and American Dad, does this show as well. Seth Green, known for his work on Robot Chicken and some movies is Chris. Mila Kunis, who was in That 70’s Show and some notable movies is Meg. Pros- The show manages to stay fresh while poking fun at somewhat recent events. Insides jokes come up all the time. Funny episodes are common. The themes that show up are less an approval of them but more a comment on them and how other people can sometimes think. Cons- Bad episodes pop up just as often as good ones. If it weren’t animated, it couldn’t be shown on network television due to sex, violence, and language. It can be too random at points leaving you with no clue as to what is going on. You’ll probably hate as much as you like. Note to Parents- This show has always aired with a content advisory warning so that alone should be enough for you to make a judgment on it. Your teens would probably love it, but don’t yet young ones watch it. Recommendation- Take it or leave it. It’s not for everyone, although I like it sometimes. My Viewing Habits- I got into this late and don’t always watch or care about it. But I am still into it despite its declining quality. If it aired with something that I didn’t like, I might not watch it as a result. Prediction- It will last a long time. Reception: positive yet controversial. Grade: C.

NCIS: Los Angeles: Status- It is currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Sundays unless delayed due to sports. Why I’ve seen it- I watch NCIS so I figured that this would be good as well. Noteworthiness- It is a spin-off of the popular NCIS. The agency it is based off of (office of special projects) does not really exist in real life (although the information I have on that could be wrong). Description- The office of special projects of NCIS which is located in Los Angeles investigates different crimes. Notable People- Chris O’Donnell, known for different movies, is the lead agent G Callen. LL Cool J, a rapper and also known for different movies is Sam Hanna. Linda Hunt, known for different movies as well, is Hetty. Pros- This is different from NCIS, but still good enough to keep you watching. The undercover assignments are funny and interesting. Cons- It is not as good as NCIS and unrealistic at points. It seems like some unethical methods are used at times to catch the perps. Note to Parents- I’d say this has the usual amount of what you would expect from a primetime drama. I’d say that you could let high schoolers watch this, but probably not younger than that. Recommendation- I say that you should watch this show if you like it, but not if you aren’t already into NCIS or military dramas like that. Although, some people may like this without having to associate with the rest of the franchise as the shows are largely unrelated to each other most of the time. My Viewing Habits- While I have not seen every episode, I’ve been watching this since the very first episode. Prediction- It might get cancelled before NCIS ends. I’m not sure if it will. The ratings have been bad lately so it might not last that much longer. It could end without warning. Reception: mixed. Grade: B.

The Last Man on Earth: Status- Currently on FOX on Sundays at 9:30/8:30 Central. Why I’ve seen it- It looked interesting and it fit in with my schedule. Description- After a virus decimates the human population, only a handful of people remain. Believe it or not, it’s a comedy. Notable People- Will Forte, who was once on Saturday Night Live, is the main character. Kristin Schaal, from Bob’s Burgers, is another character. January Jones, from Mad Men, is a character. Mary Steenbergen, who did movies, is another character. Pros- I think that it is pretty good. It is unique and interesting. It actually works as a comedy. Cons- It is strange. It doesn’t always make sense. Some of it is dumb. The writing choices can be questionable at times. Note to Parents- Sometimes it airs with a content adversary warning. I’d have to say that this probably is something that teens can watch, but not any younger than that. It is hard for me to tell sometimes why it would have that warning. Recommendation- I’d say that you should watch it if it fits in with your schedule. My Viewing Habits- While I may miss episodes from time to time, I have pretty much seen this since the first episode. Prediction- This could last, but it is in danger of being axed. It seems more likely to stay right now than go. Reception:  generally positive. Grade: B.

Madam Secretary: Status- Currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Sundays unless delayed due to sports. Why I’ve seen it- I almost always watch a CBS show at least once. Description- This show is about a woman who becomes secretary of state and all the drama that unfolds with it. It is best thought of as a political drama. Pros- This show is pretty good. The characters are interesting. It is an interesting drama with enough mystery going on to make people interested in it. The show is also pretty realistic, to an extent. Cons- I don’t know if it runs the risk of getting too political based on the undisclosed parties the people are part of. Plus, like other shows, it is in the strange situation of being in a reality that is both real and made up instead of a completely made up reality which would probably be better for it. Also, the number of crisis that the country faces each episode, even though they are relatively minor, can be a bit much, even if it’s needed for the plot of the show. Note to Parents- I’d have to say that this be a decision that goes either way with your views on what kids should watch. Preteens might be okay watching it, but I think that the really young kids should be avoiding this. With as late as it can wind up airing on a school night, you might be better off not letting them watch it. Recommendation- I ultimately think that it is worth the watch. My Viewing Habits- I have seen this since the very first episode and keep watching to blog about every episode in the future as you’ll see in the link below. I don’t know if I have seen every episode, though, but I plan on staying with this until the very end. Prediction- This show being on Sunday may be a bit of a risk for this show. Plus, keeping it realistic might be hard as years pass, meaning that it might have to be short term to stay realistic in some way. But, I think that this show will probably last for a while. Reception: positive. Grade: B.



Timeless: Status- Currently on NBC at 10/9 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it and I wanted to watch a new fall NBC show at the time. Noteworthiness- This was once cancelled for three days before being brought back. Rumor has it that it was due to fan revolt, but that’s not true. It was due to a Sony deal. Description- Three people seek to prevent an evil company from changing history. Pros- The show has interesting plots that keep you into it. Cons- The show can be confusing at times. Note to Parents- There is enough in here that younger people shouldn’t be watching. Most of it is okay, though, but it has problems with sex and violence, like you might expect. Recommendation- I’d watch this and think that you should too. My Viewing Habits- I had planned to watch this from the start, but due to reception problems, had to wait until later episodes in the first season. I plan to keep seeing this until the very end. Prediction- I have no idea what could wind up happening with it. It could last some more or it might end for real this time. Reception: generally positive. Grade: B. New review

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Midseason Shows 2018 Part 2

I don’t know how much I’ll be able to blog and talk about regarding the new shows that I have seen and will want to see in the future. This basically means that you could see some of what has already started as of this post in future posts that I’ll get to of other midseason shows. So enjoy the next part of these reviews and know that you’ll probably see more in the future. I just hope that you don’t get tired of reviews in the future because you’ll be seeing a lot of them for quite a while.

Instinct: Show Description- It is hard to tell for sure that much about it right off the bat, but it seems to be about a professor and author who is starting to work with the police to solve crimes. Behind the Scenes- This has Alan Cumming who is known for being on Broadway and formerly starring in The Good Wife. This is also adapted from a James Patterson book. It also replaces the probably cancelled Wisdom of the Crowd. My Thoughts- It can seem too similar to the show Castle in some ways. Other than that, it seems pretty interesting in some places. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- If history continues to repeat itself, it won’t last beyond this first season. But I don’t know just yet how it could be fairing among the other shows. I’ll know more later. Where to Find- On Sundays at 8/7 Central on CBS unless delayed for some reason

For the People: Show Description- This is a courtroom drama and it seems that we get both sides of the cases, although I’m not sure if they will be fighting against each other a lot or not. Behind the Scenes- This is produced by Shonda Rhimes who has done a lot of notable dramas for this network, such as the show Grey’s Anatomy. It stars Britt Robertson, who starred on Life Unexpected, Under the Dome, The Secret Circle, and various movies. My Thoughts- It seemed pretty good, although it doesn’t yet seem much different than other shows like it. I give this three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This does not seem likely to last. Where to Find- On Tuesdays at 10/9 Central on ABC


Station Thirteen: Show Description- We see the drama behind a team of firefighters. Behind the Scenes- This is a spin-off of the show Grey’s Anatomy and even includes one of the characters from that show. My Thoughts- This could have the same problems that Grey’s does such as making it more about who is sleeping with who instead of better forms of entertainment. Still, the rest of it is interesting. I give this three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This might last or it might not. It is hard to tell for sure right now. Where to Find- On Thursdays at 9/8 Central on ABC

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Midseason Comedy Dud: A Strange, Annual Tradition

I just don’t get it. I just really don’t get it. What don’t I get? You see, it seems that there is some sort of agreement between the major four networks of TV that every new TV season, one of them will air a comedy show that just looks downright terrible according to the promos. I don’t know if this is always the case. And while I may hate these shows without even seeing them a lot of the time, some of these shows keep lasting for at least one other season, if not many more. What’s going on here?

The most notorious example I can think of regarding this is a show called Work It. It suffered from nearly universal hatred from critics. The plot of it relates to men cross dressing as women due to a belief that people aren’t interested in hiring men. It sounds so bad that one can be surprised that it went from a person’s mind who thought it was a good idea to get green light by the network who thought that it was a good idea, and actually made it to air on television. Like many duds, it aired only two episodes before it wound up cancelled. I’m still surprised it aired the second one.

Sometimes these shows last and are not just outright cancelled like Work It was. The Real O’Neals, for instance, got renewed for a second season despite getting worse overall ratings than The Muppets which aired in the same timeslot. I could tell from the first promos for The Real O’Neals that the show would suck. When the World Series preempted Bull, I tuned into The Real O’Neals and then knew for sure that I was right about the show being as terrible as it was.

Why does this keep happening? Why is there always a terrible show on one of the networks that starts at midseason? Is there some sort of conspiracy or rule that states that such a thing might happen? I mean, we have had terrible shows like Bad Teacher, The Mick, Significant Mother, and now AP Bio all start sometime in midseason. Was there a time this hasn’t happen in recent memory? There’s always at least one new comedy that never starts in the fall that is or at least looks downright terrible. What’s up with that? Why do this to people? And why do people watch these shows?


I don’t really have any answers in this post. I think that I don’t really have much else to say or do in this post. I’m just wondering why this always happens and I doubt that I will ever get an answer. In fact, there are probably people who disagree with me. Maybe they thought a show like Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 was somehow a good show. Maybe they don’t see this trend that I do. But if you want to create a blog about TV to say things like I do, by all means, go ahead and do something like that. I’d love to see someone besides me blog about TV in general. If one exists, I don’t know about it.

Friday, March 16, 2018

A Brief Thought on a Recurring Oscars Problem

There have been three years in a row now where I’ve noticed a problem that happens with the Oscars are on. I feel that it is a big enough problem to have its own post in this blog. Why? It affects TV. And you may notice that when I do my post on what I thought was the good of TV that I do an award called the dearly departed award which I give to a notable person who passed away.

What’s the problem? If you remember the death of Joan Rivers, you’d remember that the Oscars got flak for not including her in the in memoriam segment. Now the problem seems to affect tons of stars known for television and not movies. Just look back at the Silver Globe Award nominees that I did this year. Not one of the people that I mentioned was in the Oscars in memoriam segment. Is this really fair to these people?

Of course, you may criticize me for not including notable movie stars in my dearly departed award. I feel that since the awards relate to TV only, they shouldn’t have to have notable movie stars with them. But you might wonder if the Oscars should use the same reasoning. I disagree. One reason is that my awards aren’t really real. Another relates to the Emmys.

You see, the Emmys always include tons of notable people who died regardless of their status as a TV star, movie star, music star, Broadway star, sports star, or anything like that. If the Emmys don’t exclude the movie stars like the Oscars do to TV stars, then should the Oscars still keep excluding those notable people? It doesn’t seem to work or make sense in my mind. People are only going to get more upset and mad over the events. Joan Rivers will just be the tip of the iceberg.


There is no reason why the Oscars should keep leaving out the TV stars in their in memoriam segment. The Emmys don’t leave out movie stars in their in memoriam segment. Surely this can’t be some sort of oversight on behalf of whoever does this. Surely they would know that they aren’t including these people and using their status as TV stars as an excuse. Otherwise, why would they keep doing this? How could they not know that all these important people died? They give tons of obscure people a segment in their memory dedication. Why not notable people who worked on TV?