Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday nights on TV version 2

Here is an update on TV shows on Mondays. Most of this has been posted before, but a lot of this will be new. I have added a brief section for each show regarding the reception of the show. Unknown means that I haven't bothered to look up what reception it might have. I will post which one of these reviews are new and hopefully you will like this post.

Mondays is actually a pretty uninteresting night on television. NBC doesn't normally show that interesting shows although that has probably changed now that the Blacklist is on the air. ABC airs Dancing with the Stars in the spring and fall, The Bachelor in the winter, and The Bachelorette during the summer. The Bachelor series was voted at www.tvseriesfinale.com at the number one popular series that should be cancelled. Castle ends the ABC schedule during the main year. CBS shows its main comedies and ends with a drama. CW shows Hart of Dixie. FOX has been known for showing their most popular dramas at this time, although this is also a bad night for the FOX timeslot depending on who you talk to. Of the few shows I've seen this night, I will give you my rating for them.


How I Met Your Mother: Status- Currently on at 8/7 Central on CBS on Mondays. It is also in syndication on various networks. This is the last season. Why I've seen it- My brother watches the show and sometimes I did too. I slowly got into it as it progressed. Description- A man tells the story of how he met his wife and the adventures his friends and he had during this time. Notable People- Alyson Hannigan, known for working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is Lily. Jason Segal, known for some movies, is Marshall. Neil Patrick Harris, known for his movies, hosting award shows, and Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog is Barney. Bob Saget, known mostly for his work on Full House, has an uncredited role of the narrator, but he is not the main character. Pros- It is an interesting show that has good plots and a recurring storyline. It has some better planning on what has happened and what will happen on the show, although it messes up sometimes like all shows. It is probably the most well thought out show. They constantly reference the past in case you didn't see it. Cons- Some of the sexual references are weird. If you aren't into the show, it can be hard to stay into it as the show has a recurring storyline which is easy to miss. It can be too drawn out with its story arcs. Recommendation- Watch it if you like it. Prediction- It is officially ending after this season. Reception: positive. Grade: B-.


Almost Human: Status- Currently on FOX on Mondays at 8/7 Central. Why I've seen it- I am generally into science fiction, even on a network notorious for screwing with shows like that (and yet, writers keep selling those shows to them and they keep making them). Description- In the future, cops have to work with robot in order to solve futuristic crimes. Notable People- Michael Irby, who used to work on the Unit (I think), is a character on the show (although I haven't found where he is exactly). Pros- This is a rather interesting drama that isn't just the usual cop show. Cons- The viewers would be confused by the futuristic aspects on the show that appear and make it more confusing considering how many of it has never happened yet. Recommendation- I'd say that you should probably watch it if you aren't doing anything else at that time. Prediction- I'd say that, ratings aside, this show's life on television will be short lived. Reception: unknown. Grade: B. New review


2 Broke Girls: Status- Currently on CBS at 8:30/7:30 Central on Mondays. Why I've seen it- The opportunity to watch it once to see if it was any good and my devotion to the CBS network. Description- This show is about, well, two broke girls. Pros- It has its moments of interest sometimes. Cons- The acting is crap. The characters are weak. The transition music is stupid. The show is otherwise pointless. Recommendation- There is no reason you should watch it. Prediction- It might last because most people who have seen this don't have my opinion of it. Reception: positive. Grade: F.


Hart of Dixie: Status- Currently on the CW on Mondays at 7 Central or 8 Eastern. Why I've seen it- Nothing to watch during the summer and wanting to see it for a while. Description- A female doctor moves to the south to continue her job and the show focuses on the people there in the town she works at. Notable People- Rachel Bilson, from the OC and probably other works as well, plays the main character. Pros- This show is humorous and keeps you interested in it whether you are a regular viewer or not. Cons- They don't focus on the medical aspect of this show as much as some people would want them to. Recommendation- If you have time to watch it, then you probably should tune in, even if it isn't as in focus on the medical aspect as other medical dramas. Prediction- It will probably last a long time, if the ratings don't fall. Reception: unknown. Grade: B. New review


Mike & Molly: Status- Currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Mondays. Why I've seen it- Curious about the show, plus my devotion to CBS. Description- An overweight couple finds romance with each other. Notable People- Chuck Lorre, creator of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, is not the creator, but he is an executive producer and probably helps with a lot of the episodes. Pros- Finally a love story for fat people. The characters that you know are going to be together actually get together. A lot of it is Emmy material. Cons- The acting and writing could use some work. About half of it is complete crap. Recommendation- You can watch it if you want to. It's better than nothing. Prediction- I don't know how long it will last, but it could last a while. Reception: mixed. Grade: C-.


Sleepy Hollow: Status- Currently on FOX at 9/8 Central on Mondays. It has already been renewed for another season. Why I've seen it- Promise to watch a new FOX drama this season and general interest in the premise of the show, despite not likely the original story I'm not even sure that I've read. Description- A British man from the American Revolution era is brought back to life in the present day and teams up with modern day cops to fight against supernatural creatures like a headless horseman. It mixes police procedural with supernatural drama. Pros- This is a pretty good drama. It is much better than the original story (unless you liked it, in which case, it is still better). Cons- It might only exist because of the fairy tale dramas (or whatever kind of story it is) that have been common on TV lately. It is hard to tell what it is about yet and one wonders how they can come up with enough episodes. Some of it is a bit ridiculous. Recommendation- I'd have to say that most people would probably like it and want to watch it all the time. Prediction- It will stay for a long while. Reception: positive. Grade: A. New review


Mom: Status- Currently on CBS at 9:30/8:30 Central on CBS. This show replaces Partners and Rules of Engagement and it has a full season order. Why I've seen it- If you didn't know already, I like to watch every CBS TV show I like. 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. Recommendation- Don't watch it. The fact that people like it completely baffles me. Prediction- It will not last that long, unless the viewership gets higher. Reception: positive. Grade: F. New review


The Blacklist: Status- Currently on NBC at 10/9 Central on Mondays. 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- Okay, I don't really understand what this show is about yet. It's intriguing enough that if you can't tell what it is, you still might want to watch it to figure it out. Apparently it is about some law enforcement agency going after very dangerous criminals that are on something called the blacklist. Notable People- James Spader, from movies and other things I'm not familiar with, is a main character on the show. Pros- This show is very interesting and keeps you coming back time and time again. Cons- The promos for it make it look dumb (there's no way they face the most dangerous criminal in the world every week). It can be hard to understand. I'm not sure what the plot is. Recommendation- I'd say that you should probably watch it. Prediction- I think that it will stay a long time since it's doing better than most NBC veteran shows. Reception: mixed. Grade: B. New review


Hostages: Status- Currently on CBS on Mondays at 10/9 Central. This show replaced Vegas. Why I've seen it- I thought that it might be good. Noteworthiness- It is based on an Israeli show. Description- This show is about a family being held hostage while the captors try to get the mother of the captive family who's a doctor to kill the president. Pros- The show is complex and interesting. The drama keeps you watching week after week. Cons- A problem I can tell you right now is that if you haven't started watching now, the longer you don't watch, the harder it will be to understand what has happened so far. It is hard to tell the motives of characters and it is uncertain as to who the good guys are, if there are any. It is confusing and probably not realistic. Recommendation- While some people don't like it, I think that it's a good show and think that you should watch it. Prediction- Since this is already called a limited run series (which means a limited number of episodes a season and never a full season of 22-24 episodes) and it is the lowest rated CBS show, it won't last that long and I'd be surprised if it gets a second season. Reception: negative. Grade: B+. New review


Castle: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Mondays. Why I've seen it- Recommended by my brother and not that great a devotion to any other show at the time. Noteworthiness- Tie-in novels under a character's name that are referenced on the show have been published in real life. Description- A writer of novels assists the police in solving murders and other crimes in New York City. It is also about the love of the two main characters who work together and will stop at nothing to solve any case. Notable People- Nathan Fillion, known for his work on Firefly, and other shows, is the title character, Richard Castle. Pros- It is a semi-unique drama with good comedy and recurring storylines. Cons- It can take a while for some plots to be returned to in the storyline. Basic plots get repeated constantly. Recommendation- Watch this show. It is very good. Prediction- The network would be a fool to ever get rid of this show so let's hope that they are not foolish. I see it lasting for a good time and think that another network would love the show on its network if ABC is, in fact, foolish enough to cancel it. Reception: positive. Grade: A.

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