Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sliver Globes Award Winners 2016

Well, I did the nominees for my silver globe awards earlier and I’m not now finally back with the actual winners and the nominees for best show on television. Of course, the winner of the best show on television will be revealed later. Now, to the post!

Best new show: Designated Survivor

Best one season show: BrainDead

Best cancelled or ending show: CSI: Cyber

Most screwed show: CSI: Cyber

Best theme song: Sleepy Hollow

Best idea for a show: Designated Survivor

Best series premiere: Legends of Tomorrow

Best series finale: Limitless

Best cliffhanger ending: iZombie

Best cliffhanger resolution: Person of Interest

Best cast: Undateable

Best writers: Jane the Virgin

Best editing: Jane the Virgin

Most interesting show: Jane the Virgin

Best music in a show: BrainDead

Time well spent award: Castle

Most memorable: Frequency

Most underrated TV show: CSI: Cyber

Best retooling of a show: no nominees

Shouldn’t have been cancelled award: Limitless

Why was it a midseason replacement award: BrainDead

Best comedy-drama: BrainDead

Groundbreaking show: The Good Place

Best comedy: Whose Line is it Anyways?

Best drama: CSI: Cyber

Best PBS special: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Best show on CBS: BrainDead

Best show on ABC: Designated Survivor

Best show on the CW: Legends of Tomorrow

Best show on NBC: Law and Order: SVU

Best show on FOX: The Grinder

Best show on any other network: no nominees

Best syndicated show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Best show on television nominees: BrainDead, Designated Survivor, Legends of Tomorrow, Law and Order: SVU, The Grinder, The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Other Section

Best villain: Whitney Frost from Agent Carter

Best hero: Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS

Best bromance: Paul and Victor from Big Brother 18

Best anti-hero: The lead of Shades of Blue

Best facial expressions: Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live

Best badass: Victor from Big Brother

Best shocking moment: Rose is still alive from Jane the Virgin

The dearly departed award: Morley Safer & Gwen Ifill, tie

Best story arc: The end of Big Brother 18

Best character transformation: Kermit the Frog on The Muppets

Best new character: Paul from Big Brother

Most underrated character: Michele from Survivor: Kaoh Rong

Best finale song: The Wrap up song on BrainDead

Best original song: We Need Brains from Whose Line is it Anyways?

Favorite actor: Jim Parsons

Favorite actress: Kaley Couco

Best season yet award: NCIS: Los Angeles season 8

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Planned Viewing Habits: Summer of 2017

With the main fall TV schedule about to end and the relaxing summertime about to happen, there are still things that are worth watching on TV. I always watch a lot less over the summer and tend to watch just one thing at a time instead of various multiple things. There are different ways the summer schedule could wind up going down and it depends on what is and isn’t coming back. I’m not sure that everything is set in stone for sure now anyways. But, let’s start with the two wildcards.

CBS all access decided to put a season of Big Brother on during the fall, but kept it as an online exclusive for subscribers of their ironically named service. Because of this, I don’t know whether or not I’ll go back to Big Brother this season. I might not watch this upcoming season or any Big Brother season ever again. That’s not to say that I hate the show now. I just don’t like the fact that it aired online. Plus, there are other potentially interesting things to watch on at the same time.

The other wildcard relates to My Network TV. They air different things in different regions. I’ll talk about my region, of course. On Wednesdays, they are currently airing reruns of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I have missed a lot of this show in the past. This means that I could ignore anything else that airs on Wednesdays to watch this show instead. That show is likely to be cancelled so if I don’t like the ending that the show has (provided it is cancelled this season), I might not watch the reruns anyways.

Outside of the wildcards, there are still more shows with unknown fates at the moment. For instance, the show Beyond the Tank hasn’t aired since last spring after filling the gap of the cancellation of the show Of Kings and Prophets. I doubt it would be coming back and I doubt that I would even watch it in the first place. I’m not sure if Mad TV is returning and that seems unlikely right now. That, I would watch if possible. I only saw part of Maya and Marty once, but I’d like to see that if the show returns and the network comes in where I live. The future of BattleBots seems unlikely although I might watch it should it return. Better Late than Never was renewed, but isn’t on the schedule just yet. I’ll get to that later. I’m also not sure if there is a future for Primetime: What Would You Do?

Before I go any further, it is worth noting that there will be some regular season shows that will be spilling over into the summer schedule. For instance, iZombie and the final season of Reign will still be airing in June. I plan to watch them still during the summer. I’m not sure what else might still be airing in the summer as I don’t know the season finale dates for a lot of shows just yet.

If they air any more of Doubt, Time after Time, or Powerless, I should hopefully be able to watch them whenever they air. I just don’t know when they will air and if I’ll be able to catch them. Doubt might be the only one of them to continue to air in the future, although it could wind up only being on CBS all access, which wouldn’t surprise me.

What are all the returning shows that I would want to watch? Well, if NBC actually comes in where I live this year, I might watch The Night Shift. Reception problems are the only reason why I haven’t given it a shot yet. I might watch American Grit this season. I didn’t last season then thought it was cancelled, only it wasn’t actually. There was too much to watch last season when it started. I could wind up seeing To Tell the Truth at some point, although I’m not sure if I will or not. It depends on how long it lasts and if it comes in where I live. If I’m not watching Big Brother, I could wind up seeing Celebrity Family Feud.

Now that I’ve said what old shows I haven’t watched before, I might as well mention the old ones that I do plan on seeing again. Of course, there is a note I’ll get to about that later. The returning summer shows that I will probably watch again are The $100,000 Pyramid, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, SNL Weekend Update Thursday, and Whose Line is it Anyways?

What new summer shows am I planning on getting into? Well, I’m not sure that I can watch all of or any of these considering how some will compete at the same time. One of the shows that I might watch isn’t new but is a reboot instead. It is The Gong Show. I’m not sure that I’m that interested in it though. I also don’t know yet if I care enough about World of Dance, although I am planning on watching it. Since I normally watch the new CBS shows, I am planning on watching Candy Crush and Salvation. I am planning on tuning into Hooten & the Lady once since I’m trying to see any new CW shows if possible. All the other new shows that I might watch are Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Superhuman, & Love Connection. Of course, there is one last thing to add.

Things can change despite what my original plan was for them. Last summer, I was going to watch Penn and Teller: Fool Us, but ultimately didn’t as it aired against Big Brother and I either couldn’t tell that before or it was going to air at a different time originally. I didn’t end up seeing that much of Masters of Illusion either as I decided to watch movies on Fridays instead of all of primetime. I would have watched 20/20 most times to fill the gap and only ended up seeing Primetime: What Would You Do? There were other things that I wanted to watch but wasn’t able to. I may also five less priority to watching shows on Mondays and Tuesdays since I’ll want to watch movies then instead. That doesn’t mean that I won’t watch movies other times, but I will want to keep at least 90 minutes free on those nights if possible. These movies could disappear from those nights.

That’s all that there is to say about this blog post. You’ll see over time new reviews over what summer shows I do wind up seeing. I might even do more than one review of summer shows given new, weird OCD habits that I have with reviewing primetime. I guess you’ll see over time what might happen and change over the summer in terms of how this blog is posted.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A History of Saturday Morning Programming

Saturday morning TV has changed a lot since I was a kid. It seems to change over and over again. Whatever one network is doing at one point isn’t something that they’ll keep doing. Now, I’m largely referring to network TV and what they have done regarding TV shows on Saturday morning. I almost thought that all networks had given up airing any programming for kids on Saturdays, but it turns out that with a bit of research, I was able to find out that it still exists. But it is constantly changing.

A lack of original programming can be commonplace on the network TV channels. Indeed, CBS used to air shows that were on Nickelodeon, then Nick Jr. NBC used to air the shows that were on Discovery Kids. ABC aired mostly Disney channel shows all the time. NBC also aired Qubo.

Now I had originally thought that there was no longer any programming on Saturday mornings for children anymore. After doing some research about it, I learned that I was wrong. It just seems like the constantly changing programming is what throws people off and make you wonder why to even bother watching if what you watch just goes away.

Let’s start with ABC’s history. At the beginning, they were probably everyone’s favorite. They aired One Saturday Morning which was five hours of summer once a week. I liked and watched nearly everything on this for a while. Then it got kind of lame. Then it switched to mostly just reruns of Disney channel sitcoms that still fit with the educational and informational programming standard and other Disney channel shows that aired. What annoyed me about this was it was the same old episodes and they wouldn’t show the later seasons of a lot of these shows. The biggest thing that I cared about here was Power Rangers, which used to air on FOX. I have no idea what they air nowadays since I don’t care about these shows anymore.

I liked it when CBS aired Nickelodeon shows as that meant that I could see Nickelodeon when I otherwise wouldn’t be able to. I wish they kept doing that when Power Rangers moved to that network. After a while, they seemed to downgrade to the younger, Nick Jr. shows which I didn’t care about at my growing age. They aired various children programming for a while after that which was stuff that might have aired on other channels before. I lost track and interest sometime around here.

The WB aired a very popular Kids WB programming schedule for a while. Ultimately, even when the WB network was replaced by the CW, this programming block remained for quite a while. It would change at some point later, but I’ll get to that. It was also aired in the daytime programming hours except for the last year of the WB network’s history.

NBC aired mostly Discovery Kids shows when I first became acquainted with it. I liked these shows a lot, but then they were taken away from me when they aired Qubo in its place. I liked and watched most of that. I got to see some Big Idea things I hadn’t seen before. They controversially cut out the Christian references in the shows like VeggieTales, which I understood and expected even though most others didn’t like this and did it without the approval of the creator himself. There might have been other times that I cared about this after Qubo went away, but I’m not sure what it was or how important I would have briefly cared about it.

FOX had the very popular FOX Kids timeslot. It was the original home of Power Rangers before it moved to Disney then Nickelodeon. FOX Kids was actually lowly rated and they sought to get rid of the programming. They switched to just Saturday instead of all throughout the week as they did before. They also switched to the FOX Box which eventually became 4Kids Entertainment.

It was around this time that it seemed that the FOX network gave up on programming and so it the CW network. It seemed as if all of the remaining FOX shows were dumped on the CW and thus, the CW 4Kids block was started. This lasted a bit before they started something else instead. They went to other programming that I was ever so briefly into. But I stopped caring about pretty much all TV on Saturday mornings at this point as I valued catching up on sleep on those days to be more important instead.

Well, that’s all that I cared about posting in this blog post. I’m not sure what else there is to say. I figured that since this blog was still on Saturdays with updates, I might as well do something that related to that day. I’m not sure how much longer this blog will continue with these Saturday updates. I’ll let you know if something changes regarding that. It might not be for a while, but many things can change as time goes by: just like yesterday, used to be tomorrow.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Midseason Shows: 2017 Part 3

Well, I’m back with a third version of midseason shows from this year. I wasn’t sure if I would do it, but I decided that I ultimately would. This will certainly be the last of the midseason shows reviews this year. I don’t think I’ll be reviewing new shows again until the summer, although I’m not sure how I’ll review them this year. It could be a while before you see them. But, let’s get to reviews.

Imaginary Mary: Show Description- A woman starts dating an unmarried father of three (I’m not sure what happened to these kids’ mother, but I think it was divorce) and her old imaginary friend shows back up in her life. Behind the Scenes- This has Jenna Elfman, who was in Dharma and Greg, Accidently on Purpose, and 1600 Penn, playing the main character. It also has Rachel Dratch from Saturday Night Live playing the voice of the imaginary friend. My Thoughts- I’ll admit, the imaginary friend element to the show seems like more of an afterthought that the show doesn’t use that much and might do better without. Also, the plots for the episodes seem kind of obvious. Outside of that, this show is pretty good as it can be amusing and it has a good take on the fish out of water aspect. Long Term Prospects- This won’t last. Where to Find- This is on ABC at 9:30/8:30 Central on Tuesdays.

The Toy Box: Show Description- Different toy makers have to get passed first a round of toy experts then a round of actual children with their ideas for new toys. Behind the Scenes- Eric Stonestreet, who is a cast member of Modern Family, hosts this show as well. My Thoughts- Maybe there are some aspects of this show that could be worked on. For one, I don’t know why they should keep the fact that kids are the experts in the toy box secret. But I feel that this is mostly interesting, especially if you don’t watch anything else at the time. The toys are interesting. Long Term Prospects- I honestly don’t know, but I’d expect this not to last as nothing tends to premiere this late and stay around. Where to Find- This is on ABC at 8/7 Central on Fridays

48 Hours: NCIS: Show Description- This was a 48 Hours special that related to the real NCIS agency. Behind the Scenes- First off, I have no idea if this even is a real series or if it was just a special, one-off event. They promoted it as a series premiere of sorts so there may be more episodes like this. I just don’t know when/if they’ll air. It could air with the regular 48 Hours episodes at some point. Also, Rocky Carroll from the show NCIS, is the narrator of this show. My Thoughts- There’s not really much to add here. If you like and watch 48 Hours, then you would like this show. If not, then don’t watch it. Long Term Prospects- I have no idea what’s happening with this and might be surprised if it comes back at all. Where to Find- No idea if airing again

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thursdays in Primetime Version 4

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 some popular dramas and an hour of comedies. CBS airs comedies as well and ends with The Amazing Race right now. ABC shows their popular TGIT night which are all dramas by Shonda Rhimes. FOX has a constantly changing lineup that I won’t bother to keep track of. The CW shows Supernatural and Riverdale. 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. 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. It has also been sold into syndication. 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. 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. Others are famous, some from being on the show. If they were famous before the show, then I don’t know who they are unless I just mentioned them. 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. 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 create 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. 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 and I did. Prediction- This could last a long amount of time, but I think that it could potentially end in the near future as well. Reception: somewhat positive. Grade: C+.

Powerless: Status- Currently on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30 Central on NBC. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that I would be interested in it and it seemed like it would fit in my schedule. Noteworthiness- This is in a self contained part of the DC comics universe. Description- This shows more of the human side of the superhero battles as an insurance firm seeks to protect people from the effects of those attacks. Notable People- This stars Vanessa Hudgens who was in the High School Musical series. Alan Tudyk, who was in Firefly, Con Man, Newsreaders, Suburgatory, and other shows and movies, is a character. Danny Pudi, who was on Community, is another character. Ron Funches, most recently from Undateable, is yet another character. Pros- I think that this is quite good and funny. Cons- Part of its problem is being set in a weird universe that’s mostly unknown to the viewers. Note to Parents- I’m not sure if there is much to worry about. If you let them watch Saturday morning cartoons, you’d probably be okay with this. Recommendation- It is worth watching, especially if you were wanting something to see after The Big Bang Theory. My Viewing Habits- I have missed some episodes, but have seen it, more or less, from the first episode. Prediction- This will probably not last as the ratings are too low. Reception: somewhat positive. Grade: B. New review

The Great Indoors: Status- Currently on CBS at 8:30/7:30 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- If I can, I normally watch a CBS show at least once. Description- An outdoorsy person has to get used to a new job inside. Notable People- Joel McHale, who was in Community, is the lead of this show. Pros- It goes for something different and has a potential good romantic storyline with the lead. Cons- It loses points for attacking my generation. The cast seems to be too young and doesn’t exactly work that well. Note to Parents- This might not be bad, honestly, but you’d have to watch it yourself to know for sure if your kids should watch it. Recommendation- Don’t waste your time with this. My Viewing Habits- I watched the first episode and won’t be watching a second. Prediction- Since it airs after The Big Bang Theory, it will last for a while. Don’t expect it to end just yet. Reception: mixed. Grade: D. 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- I think that this is renewed for another season. I don’t know how much longer it might last, but it could be a bit longer. Reception: somewhat favorable. Grade: F.

Riverdale: Status- Currently on the CW at 9/8 Central on Thursdays. 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. Notable People- Cole Sprose, who was one of the leads on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, is a character who 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 and have kept watching it since (although I haven’t seen every episode). Prediction- It is renewed for a second season, but I’m not sure if it will last beyond that. Reception: generally positive. Grade: C+. New review

Chicago Med: Status- Currently on NBC at 9/8 Central on Thursdays. 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. It is created by Dick Wolf, who also created the Law and Order franchise. Description- Basically, this is a medical drama. Notable People- Dick Wolf, who created Law and Order, 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. 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. 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-. New review

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 be back for next season, but I don’t know how much longer it will keep lasting. I say that this could last until syndication, but I don’t know if it will last beyond that. Single camera sitcoms like this tend to do poorly on CBS. But the ratings are good for now that people won’t have to worry about it being cancelled for a while. Reception: generally favorable. Grade: F. New review

The Catch: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it looked interesting. Description- A woman finds out that her fiancĂ© is a criminal that she’s looking for. I’m not entirely sure what the name of the show has to do with what it is about. Notable People- Shonda Rhimes, who helps with TGIT on this network, is a producer of this show, although I’m not sure if she helped create it or not. Peter Krause, who was in Parenthood, is a character in the show. Pros- The show is interesting. Enough of it is worth watching. Cons- It can be unusual. It relies too much on sex and sex appeal. A lot of it is unrealistic and could be improved on. Note to Parents- There’s enough in here that your kids shouldn’t be watching. Recommendation- It is a good show worth watching if you have the time. My Viewing Habits- I have not seen every episode, but I have watched this since it first started airing. Prediction- It could go either way at this point. Reception: positive. Grade: B-. New review

The Amazing Race: Status- Currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Fridays. Why I’ve seen it- It was originally something that my family was into. Description- Teams of two different people race around the world to hopefully win a million dollars. It is a reality show. Pros- There is a different group of people each season, in case you don’t like one. It has some interesting moments and is hard to get out of once you start watching on episode. The critics love it and give it awards. Cons- If you don’t get into it soon enough, it won’t interest you. The problems that happen to the contestants that lead to a commercial break tend to be solved when it returns before a minute has past. It can be hard to stay into the whole season sometimes. Every episode follows the same basic premise and can get predictable. It isn’t as interesting as other shows are. It can be a bore sometimes with the redundancy of what always happens in every episode. There have been times where they hired contestants who have already worked on other reality shows. It can still be seen as a work in progress despite it being on the air a long time. Contestants have regularly gotten screwed in challenges on the show. Note to Parents- This is probably acceptable for your kids to watch, although it is borderline on that front. Recommendation- Take it or leave it. Like most reality shows, you may not like it, you may loathe it like every reality show, or you can’t live without it. My Viewing Habits- I used to watch this all the time, but stopped watching as I felt it couldn’t do anything it hadn’t already done. While I don’t watch this anymore, I still like it. Prediction- I’m not really that sure about what will happen with this anymore. It might be approaching the end of its life on TV. Or it might stay around for longer. Reception: positive then more negative. Grade: C-.

The Blacklist: Status- Currently on NBC at 10/9 Central on Thursdays. 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- 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 say that you should probably watch it. My Viewing Habits- I came in early into the first season (after it started) and have been watching this ever since. 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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fantasy Schedule for the 2017-2018 TV Season

Well, I’m back with my next fantasy schedule for the upcoming season of TV. This is just my idea of what I think will happen and not what certainly will happen. I’m not sure if I’ll do much in terms of predicting the summer schedule or not. I know what a lot of it will be this time around as I’ve waited longer than usual to do this post. In fact, I know some shows that certainly are going to be on the schedule for next season so that will be interesting and fun trying to predict what will happen with them for sure. I hope that you enjoy this and we’ll see which of these end up being right or wrong.

Something different that you may notice about this post is that I actually know real, potential pilots that are happening this time around. I don’t know if the ones that I’m mentioning specifically won’t happen or not, but I thought that they would be worth mentioning for the future. You should be able to tell which ones are the serious predictions and which ones are the usual jokes. Anything new would be written in all caps.

The summer schedule is a bit confusing in my mind. I will be talking about the summer shows this year, yet I’ll still be making predictions about it. At least I’ll know some of what will be on during the summer. Sorry for any potential confusion. Also, I’m posting things in Central Standard Time, in case you are confused in any way.


Sunday- 6:00- America’s Funniest Home Videos, 7:00- Once Upon a Time (final season), 8:00- DOOMED, I TELL YOU, DOOMED!, 9:00- Shark Tank

Monday- 7:00- Dancing with the Stars, 9:00- LOWLY RATED DRAMA

Tuesday- 7:00- The Middle, 7:30- American Housewife, 8:00- Fresh off the Boat, 8:30- NEW COMEDY, 9:00- INHUMANS

Wednesday- 7:00- The Goldbergs, 7:30- Speechless, 8:00- Modern Family, 8:30- NEW COMEDY, 9:00- Designated Survivor

Thursday- 7:00- Grey’s Anatomy, 8:00- Scandal, 9:00- How to Get Away with Murder

Friday- 7:00- Last Man Standing, 7:30- Dr. Ken, 8:00- Black-ish, 8:30- BLACK-ISH SPIN-OFF, 9:00- 20/20

Midseason- The Bachelor, NEW COMEDY, NEW DRAMA, NEW REALITY SHOW, The Catch, The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Great American Baking Show, NEW TGIT SHOW, Match Game

Summer- The Bachelorette, DOWNWARD DOG, BattleBots, The $100,000 Pyramid, Bachelor in Paradise, STILL STAR-CROSSED, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN, Celebrity Family Feud, TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, To Tell the Truth, Primetime: What Would You Do?

Cancelled- Mistresses, Beyond the Tank, Greatest Hits, People’s List, Uncle Buck, People Icons, Big Fan, Notorious, Conviction, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Downward Dog, American Crime, Quantico, The Real O’Neals, Secrets & Lies, Still Star-Crossed, Ten Days in the Valley, Time after Time, Somewhere Between, The Toy Box, Imaginary Mary

Explanations- If I know one thing about ABC, it’s that they have a lot of comedies that get good ratings. Thus, I’m going to be bold and predict that they will open up yet another hour for comedies like they did this season. Maybe it could wind up on Sundays (the extra hour of comedies), but I don’t see them messing with most of that. I think that Once Upon a Time could end due to contract wranglings that are ongoing and could even end it this season. With the ratings and various other things going on, I doubt that there will any major surprises regarding what stays and what doesn’t. If any of my picks for what are cancelled are wrong, that would unlikely in my mind, yet still possible. I guess that we’ll see for sure what happens with any of this later.


Sunday- 6:00- 60 Minutes, 7:00- NCIS: Los Angeles, 8:00- Madam Secretary, 9:00- Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Monday- 7:00- The Big Bang Theory (until Thursday Night football ends), 7:00- Kevin Can Wait (after Thursday Night football ends), 7:30- NEW SHOW, 8:00- Superior Donuts, 8:30- Man with a Plan, 9:00- Scorpion

Tuesday- 7:00- NCIS, 8:00- NCIS: New Orleans, 9:00- Bull

Wednesday- 7:00- Survivor, 8:00- Criminal Minds, 9:00- INSTINCT

Thursday (after Thursday Night football ends)- 7:00- The Big Bang Theory, 7:30- YOUNG SHELDON, 8:00- Life in Pieces, 8:30- The Great Indoors, 9:00- DOOMED SHOW

Friday- 7:00- MacGyver, 8:00- Hawaii Five-0, 9:00- Blue Bloods

Midseason- Hunted, Mom, Code Black, The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, NEW COMEDY, NEW DRAMA, NEW DRAMA, NEW REALITY SHOW

Summer- Big Brother, CANDY CRUSH, SALVATION, Zoo

Cancelled- Zoo, Training Day, Pure Genius, Doubt, Ransom, Elementary, The Odd Couple, 2 Broke Girls, Candy Crush

Explanations- I doubt that this will be right since they tend to have a whole lot of new shows in the fall and I don’t have that predicted here. They tend to shift shows around sometimes, but that wasn’t really something that I predicted here. I do think that Bull and NCIS: New Orleans will flip timeslots as the latter needs a ratings boost in the future. I don’t know if Hunted or The Amazing Race will return for future seasons or not, but I’m a bit optimistic and feel that it is possible for both of them. I have Mom and Code Black at midseason as I feel that is what could happen if a returning comedy and drama become midseason shows as usual. There are some more bolder predictions in some cases, but I feel that most of this is based on things not changing and if I’m right about that, this will be a fairly accurate assessment of this network’s schedule.


Sunday- no new programming

Monday- 7:00- Supergirl, 8:00- NEW SHOW

Tuesday- 7:00- The Flash, 8:00- Legends of Tomorrow

Wednesday- 7:00- Arrow, 8:00- Riverdale

Thursday- 7:00- Supernatural, 8:00- NEW SHOW

Friday- 7:00- The Originals (final season), 8:00- Jane the Virgin

Midseason- The 100, iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, NEW SHOW

Summer- Penn and Teller: Fool Us, HOOTEN & THE LADY, Masters of Illusion, Whose Line is it Anyways?

Cancelled- Beauty & the Beast, Hooten & The Lady, Frequency, The Vampire Diaries, No Tomorrow, Reign

Explanations- I’m probably most likely to be wrong about The Originals sticking around for next season. I just don’t see a show and its spin-off ending in the same season. But it probably will be cancelled the same season as The Vampire Diaries and not be around longer as I’m predicting. It can be a bit hard tracking a network known for crazy moves all the time. So I’m mimicking this season as much as possible with some room for improvement this time around. I don’t predict many changes, except for something that I feel would have less of a chance of surviving next season being put on Fridays. We’ll see what changes the Certainly Weird network has planned.


Sunday- 6:00- Reruns/sports overrun, 6:30- Bob’s Burgers, 7:00- The Simpsons, 7:30- The Last Man on Earth, 8:00- Family Guy, 8:30- ORVILLE

Monday- 7:00- Gotham, 8:00- Lucifer

Tuesday- 7:00- Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 7:30- The Mick, 8:00- CONTROVERSY

Wednesday- 7:00- Lethal Weapon, 8:00- Empire

Thursday- 7:00- THE RESIDENT, 8:00- MasterChef Junior

Friday- 7:00- Hell’s Kitchen, 8:00- SHOW FOX DOESN’T CARE ABOUT


Summer- American Grit, SUPERHUMAN, Masterchef, LOVE CONNECTION, Hotel Hell, BEAT SHAZAM, Wayward Pines, THE F WORD, So You Think You Can Dance?

Cancelled- Houdini & Doyle, Coupled, New Girl, Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Making History, Scream Queens, The Exorcist, Pitch, APB, Rosewood, Son of Zorn, Beat Shazam, The F Word, Kicking & Screaming, My Kitchen Rules, You the Jury, Shots Fired

Explanations- I don’t know if this or NBC will be the harder network to predict. I can imagine that this will be somewhere within the realms of possibility, but I don’t know where in it. I don’t think that I’ll get much wrong since I don’t know what to do with their midseason schedule. This is probably the network that changes its schedule the most so I don’t even know what to say with it.


Sunday- ignored until midseason

Monday- 7:00- The Voice, 9:00- NEW SHOW

Tuesday- 7:00- The Voice, 8:00- NEW COMEDY, 8:30- NEW COMEDY, 9:00- Chicago Fire

Wednesday- 7:00- Blindspot, 8:00- Law and Order: SVU, 9:00- Chicago PD

Thursday- 7:00- Superstore, 7:30- NEW SHOW, 8:00- Chicago Med, 9:00- The Blacklist

Friday- 7:00- GONE, 8:00- Caught on Camera, 9:00- Dateline

Midseason- The Good Place, The Celebrity Apprentice, Shades of Blue, This is Us, Chicago Justice, Little Big Shots, NEW COMEDY, NEW DRAMA, NEW DRAMA, NEW COMEDY, NEW REALITY

Summer- American Ninja Warrior, MIDNIGHT, TEXAS, Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, America’s Got Talent, WORLD OF DANCE, The Carmichael Show, MARLON, The Biggest Loser, LITTLE BIG SHOTS: FOREVER YOUNG, The Wall, The Night Shift, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday, Hollywood Game Night, Strong, LAW AND ORDER: TRUE CRIME

Cancelled- Aquarius, The Night Shift, Midnight, Texas, Grimm, Timeless, Emerald City, Powerless, The Blacklist: Redemption, Trial & Error, Taken, Great News, World of Dance, First Dates

Explanations- It is really hard to predict this network. I don’t even know just how much of this I’ll get wrong. In fact, I’m going to predict that this will be the most wrong of any of them. There will probably be a lot more new shows than what I have listed, in the fall at least. I have no idea why NBC gave up on comedies and if they will bring them back long term or not. I also don’t know why their longest running on is isolated to the summer most of the time. It is possible and very likely that The Celebrity Apprentice is going to end soon, but I have no idea if it will for sure. I think that The Biggest Loser might be over in reality, although it could make a surprise return this summer as I have predicted. I don’t know how NBC will juggle the Chicago franchise. They have to be overcompensating for their lack of notable shows having four shows in that franchise at once.

What I think will stay: America’s Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Shark Tank, Dancing with the Stars, The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh off the Boat, Imaginary Mary, The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, Designated Survivor, NCIS: New Orleans, Bull, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Riverdale, Supernatural, The Originals, Jane the Virgin, The 100, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, Survivor, Criminal Minds, Life in Pieces, The Great Indoors, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Hunted, Mom, Code Blac, The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, Big Brother, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Black-ish, 20/20, The Bachelor, The Catch, 60 Minutes, NCIS: Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Big Bang Theory, Kevin Can Wait, Superior Donuts, Man with a Plan, iZombie, Scorpion, NCIS, The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Great American Baking Show, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, The Last Man on Earth, Family Guy, Gotham, Lucifer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick, MasterChef Junior, Hell’s Kitchen, 24: Legacy, MasterChef, Shots Fired, The Voice, Chicago Fire, Blindspot, Law and Order: SVU, America’s Got Talent, Chicago PD, Superstore, Chicago Med, The Blacklist, Caught on Camera, Dateline, The Good Place, The Celebrity Apprentice, Shades of Blue, This is Us, Chicago Justice, Little Big Shots, American Ninja Warrior, Hotel Hell, So You Think You Can Dance?, Lethal Weapon, Empire, Match Game, The Bachelorette, BattleBots, The $100,000 Pyramid, Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, Primetime: What Would You Do?

What I think will go: Beyond the Tank, Greatest Hits, People’s List, People Icons, Big Fans, Notorious, Conviction, Hooten & The Lady, Frequency, Reign, The Vampire Diaries, No Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Prison Break, New Girl, Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Scream Queens, Rosewood, Son of Zorn, Beat Shazam, The F Word, Kicking & Screaming, My Kitchen Rules, You the Jury, The Exorcist, Pitch, APB, Making History, American Crime, Quantico, The Real O’Neals, Secrets & Lies, Still Star-Crossed, Ten Days in the Valley, Time after Time, Somewhere Between, Zoo, Midnight, Texas, Grimm, Timeless, Emerald City, Powerless, The Blacklist: Redemption, Trial & Error, Taken, Great News, World of Dance, First Dates, Training Day, Pure Genius, Doubt, Ransom, Elementary, The Odd Couple, 2 Broke Girls, Candy Crush, The Toy Box

No decision: Any show not mentioned, most summer shows, American Grit, Salvation, Wayward Pines, The Biggest Loser, Hollywood Game Night, Strong, Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, Law and Order: True Crime, Whose Line is it Anyways?

Well, that’s about it for this post. We’ll see if any of my predictions end up being right. I wonder if I’ll be close to right with any or if some of these are just so laughably wrong that you’d have to wonder why I would even mention them in the first place. I have no idea what to do with some of these predictions, but we’ll see if any of these end up happening or not.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mondays in Primetime Version 4

Mondays is actually a pretty uninteresting night on television. NBC shows the Voice and Taken right now. ABC airs Dancing with the Stars in the spring and fall, The Bachelor in the winter, and The Bachelorette during the summer. It airs other things throughout the year. Quantico is the current end of their schedule. CBS shows various comedies right now at this time before ending with Scorpion. FOX is currently airing APB and 24: Legacy, a reboot of their popular 24. The CW airs Supergirl now and Jane the Virgin.

Kevin Can Wait: Status- Currently on CBS at 8/7 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I almost always watch a CBS show at least once. Description- It seems to be about a man who just retired, or wanted to, at least, but it could be about any number of things that could evolve over time. Notable People- Kevin James, who was on King of Queens before starring in many movies, is the main character of this show. Gary Valentine, also from King of Queens, is another character. Pros- It isn’t bad. Enough about it is quality entertainment. It is funny a lot of the time. Cons- A lot of the plots are weaker than they should be. There are too many people in the cast. It can be rather dumb at times. Note to Parents- Considering all the smut that you might be used to, this is actually much more acceptable for most ages. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up myself. You may like it and if you don’t, it’s not like there’s that much of a long story that people care about. My Viewing Habits- I might have missed some episodes here and there, but I have more or less watched this from the very beginning. Prediction- It is renewed for a second season. I don’t know if it will last much longer than that or not. Reception: generally negative. Grade: B-. New review

Supergirl: Status- Currently on the CW at 8/7 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it looked good and I watch every show on CBS at least once, which is the network it used to air on before it switched. Noteworthiness- This is adapted from DC comics. It has links to the same world as The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow. It was on CBS for the first season before moving to the CW for the future where it is likely to stay. Description- Superman’s cousin, a female, becomes a superhero herself fighting various alien outlaws and other supernatural creatures. Pros- This show is quite good and interesting, seeing a previously unknown superhero get her own story. Cons- There could be potential flaws with trying to appeal to feminists and being politically correct. Some of the subplots can seem like a waste. Note to Parents- From what I’ve seen thus far, this show is pretty acceptable to a younger audience, although there still might be more violence than they would need. There is also a gay main character, if that affects anything in your mind. Recommendation- I think that this is a good show and worth watching. My Viewing Habits- I might have only missed one episode of this since it started airing thus far and plan to keep watching until the very end. Prediction- It has good ratings and is part of a large, connected universe so it would probably last a good while. It is already renewed for a 3rd season. Reception: highly positive. Grade: A-.

Man with a Plan: Status- Currently on CBS at 8:30/7:30 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- This is the usual courtesy watch that I give most CBS shows. Description- A man’s wife goes back to work leaving him to take over more as a househusband. Notable People- Matt LeBlanc, who was in Friends, is the main character on this show. Pros- It seems to be a bit different than a lot of other shows based on the main gender switch in the plot. Cons- This show was overall dull and pointless. There wasn’t too it in terms of quality. Note to Parents- I’m not sure what I can tell you based on just one episode, except that there was a lot of language, although nothing that had to be censored. Recommendation- I wouldn’t watch this because it was too dumb in my mind. My Viewing Habits- I saw the first episode and won’t be watching this again. Prediction- It is renewed for a second season and we’ll see if it lasts longer than that or not. Reception: generally negative. Grade: D. New review

Superior Donuts: Status- Currently on CBS at 9/8 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- As usual, it was because this is on CBS. Noteworthiness- This is based on a play of the same name. Description- This is a comedy show about people in a donut shop. Notable People- This show features Katey Sagel from Married… with Children, 8 Simple Rules, Futurama, A to Z, and Sons of Anarchy. Pros- This might be liked my fans of 2 Broke Girls. Cons- The show was really lame and uncreative. It didn’t really offer much. Note to Parents- I honestly don’t think there’s much to worry about this except for possibly offensive stereotypes. Recommendation- Don’t watch this. My Viewing Habits- I saw this once and won’t be seeing it a second time. Prediction- It was renewed for a second season, but I don’t know if it will last much longer than that. Reception: mixed. Grade: D. New review

Jane the Virgin: Status- This show is on the CW at 9/8 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- A dream of mine implied that I should watch it. Description- Based off of a Spanish telenovela, a woman named Jane, who’s a virgin, is accidently artificially inseminated and becomes pregnant. There are others in the cast that make this interesting. Pros- If you actually watch the show, you’ll probably find something very interesting and worthwhile. Cons- It’s hard to tell what to make of this show. I mean, the premise itself seems kind of strange and the promos make it look more than weird. Also, the recurring storylines can drag on throughout the show. Note to Parents- This has some serious topics in it that could be useful discussing with teenagers. I’d say that young kids shouldn’t watch this, but preteens and teens can watch this. Recommendation- I would say that you should watch it, but only if you can see it all the time. My Viewing Habits- I missed some of the earlier episodes, but have more or less watched this since sometime in the first season. Prediction- It is renewed for a fourth season for next season, but might not last longer than that if it continues getting bad ratings in the future. Reception: critically acclaimed. Grade: B+.

2 Broke Girls: Status- Currently on CBS at 9:30/8:30 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I had the opportunity to watch it once to see if it was any good and my devotion to the CBS network is another reason why I watched it. 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. Note to Parents- I would not recommend this for kids due to offensive stereotypes and other problems Recommendation- There is no reason you should watch it. My Viewing Habits- I only watched this once and won’t see it again. Prediction- It seems likely that this show will get cancelled this season. Reception: mixed to negative. Grade: F.

Scorpion: Status- It is currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that I might like it. Noteworthiness- This is inspired by the real life of Walter O’Brian. How much of it is fictionalized is unknown, but guessed to be a lot. Description- This show is about Walter O’Brian and a team of geniuses that he leads. Notable People- Robert Patrick from the Unit is on this show. Pros- It’s a pretty interesting drama and it not being the typical drama makes it better. Cons- The show has a predictable format. It can be overdramatized. Some of it is hard to believe. Note to Parents- This probably isn’t full of objectionable material that you’d typically see in a primetime drama. Sex is usually not present and violence in it is typically at a minimum. Recommendation- I like it and suggest that other people watch it. My Viewing Habits- I’m not sure if I’ve seen all of this, but I have been watching this since its first episode. Prediction- I think that this show will last a while. Reception: mixed. Grade: A.

Taken- Status- Currently on NBC at 10/9 Central. Why I’ve seen it- I liked the movie and thought that the plot would be interesting. Noteworthiness- See the next section. Description- This is a prequel to the Liam Neeson movie Taken. Notable People- Michael Irby, who was on The Unit and Almost Human, is on this show as well. Pros- It has everything in it that a good show needs. Cons- For some reason, this show just didn’t click with me. The show didn’t really stand out in any way. Note to Parents- I think that this is probably pretty typical in terms of what kids in this should watch or not. Recommendation- I’d pass on this. My Viewing Habits- I only watched it once. I might give it a second chance, but am not sure that I will just yet. Prediction- At the moment, it looks likely to survive into next season. We’ll see if it lasts beyond that in the future. Reception: mixed. Grade: D. New review

Quantico: Status- Currently on ABC on Mondays at 10/9 Central. Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it looked good. Description- It is a spy drama about government operatives working to stop various bad guys. Pros- It is pretty interesting and worth watching. The show is quite gripping and intriguing. Cons- This show has too much sex in it. There might also be more violence than it needs. Note to Parents- Like most shows, I’d say that your teens can watch it, but not much younger than that. Recommendation- I’d say that you should watch it if you can. My Viewing Habits- I have missed some episodes, but have more or less watched this from the very beginning. Prediction- It seems likely to end after this current season. Reception: positive. Grade: A.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Delaying Show: New Television Endeavor

I’ve heard about this great new thing that television is doing. You may hear me constantly talk about tape delay and how it affects TV. But it looks like television is finally admitting as such and making changes. What do I mean? Well, take a look at this story:

For the next season of TV, we will be airing a new show on CBS called the Delaying Show. It’s a late night show to air following your local news. You are constantly annoyed by our tape delay, but we now figured out a way to fix it. This show is scheduled to finish tape delay and cause the schedule to go back to normal. Basically, we will let a guy say whatever crap he wants to until the delay is resolved. It won’t be a talk show like Craig Ferguson had, but it will certainly fill out whatever time will be needed. Other networks look to follow suit in the event that they start tape delay as well. Sadly we won’t be able to fix the problem of tape delay for primetime, but we will get things back on schedule sooner.

Can you believe this? No? You don’t? Well, this was a lame attempt by me at an April Fool’s Day Joke. Did you buy it for a moment? Did you wonder why I would even try to sell this? If I ever do an April Fool’s joke again, I’ll probably come up with something better than this.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sundays in Primetime Version 4

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. The CW doesn’t show any primetime shows on Sundays anymore. 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.

America’s Funniest Home Videos: Status- Currently on ABC on Sundays at 7/6 Central and in syndication on various networks. 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 from viewers. Description- Viewer submitted home videos are viewed as the audience determines which one is the best. It is shown in Los Angeles. I used to watch it all the time with its original host, Bob Saget. He is no longer the host. 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. 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. Could be like the PBS news hour with commercials. 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, a segment is continued in a later segment. Pros- Unique news stories could keep you hooked until commercials. 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. 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. 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 started watching this. 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, considering how it is renewed already for future seasons. Reception: mixed then positive. Grade: B+.

The Simpsons: Status- Currently on FOX on Sundays at 8/7 Central and in syndication on various networks. Why I’ve seen it- I typically watched reruns when I was a child. It’s probably not something that a young person should be watching, depending on the episode. Not sure why we were into it, but we typically watched it during supper and right before bed. Noteworthiness- It has lasted more seasons than any other scripted primetime show. The original cast is still working on the show. There tends to be a famous guest voice in most episodes. It was originally a spin-off of The Tracy Ullman Show. Over 500 episodes have been made. FOX considered creating a channel for reruns of just this show. Description- This is an animated comedy on a strange family in Springfield. 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 and might be better than when the show originally started. Cons- Inappropriate humor is used a lot. Because of its length on the air, the head writer changes every so often. 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. One wonders why it is still on air when they don’t have good ideas anymore and even air show’s too short segments, which are probably as ridiculous as they sound to you. Religion is typically represented poorly in the show. 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-.

Once Upon a Time: Status- Currently on ABC at 8/7 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- General interest in the whole fairy tale genre. Description- The world of fairy tales are trapped in our world (a world of “pure horror”). Well, the show has evolved since then, but that was the original purpose at least. Notable People- The creators of Lost also created this show. Pros- A captivating drama, it keeps you interested with the writers’ take on fairy tales. It is hard to stop watching. Cons- One can wonder if they’ll have enough material for a long series. One could wonder instead if the show moves fast enough. Due to the frequent use of flashbacks, one could wonder also if they can keep their stories straight and avoid continuity errors. Plus, it could be too much like a soap opera for those of you who don’t like that genre. Its biggest problem is being too confusing. Note to Parents- It’s borderline wondering whether or not younger people can watch this show. There’s enough in there that you might find objectionable, but most of it might be considered okay to watch with your family. Recommendation- It is a good show, if you don’t mind the other shows at the same time. You should watch it sometime. My Viewing Habits- While I do miss episodes frequently due to poorer reception of this network in my area, I have more or less watched this since the very first episode. Prediction- This show is a hit and the network needs more of those so it will stay around for quite some time. However, if they start messing with the cast like the rumors say they are, then it could wind up ending soon. Reception: positive. Grade: A.

NCIS: Los Angeles: Status- It is currently on CBS at 8/7 Central on Sundays. 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. There are probably others I’m forgetting about. 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. 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, although it should last until next season. Reception: mixed. Grade: B.

Making History: Status- Currently on FOX at 8:30/7:30 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I normally watch whatever FOX comedies air on Sundays at least once. Description- A man carelessly travels through time and messes up history so he tries to help fix it with his friend. Notable People- This show stars Adam Paley who was in The Mindy Project. Pros- The show is pretty decent and works overall as a whole. Cons- This could be considered among the stupid genre of comedies. It could be improved upon in some places. Note to Parents- This contains some of the immaturity that I remember from high school so that’s all you need to know about that. Recommendation- It is worth watching more than once. My Viewing Habits- I plan on watching this as long as it lasts. Prediction- This will probably not last as the ratings are too low. Reception: generally favorable. Grade: C-. New review

Family Guy: Status- Currently on FOX at 9/8 Central on Sundays and in syndication on various affiliates. 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- To my knowledge, it is the only show in television history that has been cancelled twice yet still manages to produce new episodes. Actually, that might not be true, but few other shows have done that. Description- The animated adventures of a family including their dog and baby who can talk and behave like normal people. Notable People- Seth MacFarlane created the show as well as voices several characters. 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 like Black Swan, 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. At least two episodes were controversial enough to not be aired (although they reversed the decision of one of them later). 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. Prediction- It will last a long time because the people who hate it are a minority and could always bring it back another time by buying all the seasons on DVD for themselves. Reception: positive yet controversial. Grade: C.

Time after Time: Status- Currently on ABC at 9/8 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I like most time travel shows and watch them whenever possible. Noteworthiness- I might have mentioned that this was original. I was wrong about that. It is based off of a book and a movie of the same name. Description- H. G. Wells follows Jack the Ripper from the past into the present with his time machine and he works to prevent future murders and fix what has changed with time while working with various people. Pros- This show is gripping, intriguing, and just keeps getting better. It goes in unexpected places and seems to have various plots to keep you interested in it. Cons- The show can be a bit gruesome. It has typical time travel flaws that can cause headaches. Note to Parents- There is the typical violence and sex that is likely worrisome for parents. Unless your kids are in high school, don’t let them watch this. Recommendation- I would highly recommend this for everyone. My Viewing Habits- I plan on watching this until it ends. Prediction- Sadly, this is not likely to last considering how low the ratings are for it. I hate it when that happens with great shows like this. Reception: mixed. Grade: A. New review

Madam Secretary: Status- Currently on CBS at 9/8 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. Some think that this is made to get Hillary Clinton elected president. Those people are morons. 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. 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. 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. Or it could become a misnomer if it continues too long. Just remember that it has to have a Madam Secretary at some point to stay true to its name. While they could keep her in office for a while, I’ll probably let the writers do their magic instead of worrying about what they would probably have to do as time goes by. Reception: positive. 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. 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. 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. 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- I do not expect this show to last very long given its high concept as a show. Also, its ratings aren’t all that good so it will probably end. Reception:  generally positive. Grade: B.

American Crime: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it and it fit in my schedule at the time. Description- I believe that this show changes what it is like from season to season so I’m not entirely sure what the description of it is right now. Be warned that this review may be more like what it was like in the second season, the only season of it I’ve seen. Notable People- Sandra Oh, who was in Grey’s Anatomy, is a main character now according to promos. Pros- The show tackles serious issues. Cons- The show moves far too slowly and isn’t as interesting as one would like. Note to Parents- I think that even the promos air this with a content advisory warning so that’s all you need to know regarding this. Recommendation- I wouldn’t watch it again as I found it to be far too boring. My Viewing Habits- I have only seen one episode of this and won’t watch it again since I didn’t like it. Prediction- Its ratings are low, but not bad enough to warrant cancellation. I guess that we’ll see what happens with it later for sure. Reception: critically acclaimed. Grade: F. New review

Elementary: Status- This CBS drama airs at 10/9 Central on Sundays unless delayed due to sports. Why I’ve seen it- I generally like mystery shows, even if I’m not that familiar with this famous detective. Noteworthiness- This is another look at the Sherlock Holmes franchise set in modern day New York City. Description- Sherlock Holmes helps the police solve crimes in the present time. Pros- It can appeal to those that aren’t already fans of Sherlock Holmes. It is a bigger hit than most people would think. The show is pretty interesting. Cons- Not everyone would like the new interpretation of it such as Watson being female for some odd reason, it being set in the modern day, or it being in New York City instead of London. It can also be described as Americanizing a British hit (which almost never works out for anyone). Recommendation- Hopefully, it will work in the end and last a long time as I wouldn’t mind watching it every week. My Viewing Habits- While I’ve missed episodes here and there, I’ve watched it since the very beginning and will watch it until it ends because of the blog I now have about it which you will see in the link. Prediction- It looks like the end is coming soon for this show due to its terrible timeslot it now has. Reception: positive. Grade: A.

Shades of Blue: Status- Currently on NBC at 10/9 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it for reasons I don’t remember. Description- This is about dirty cops and the possibly corrupt feds investigating them. Notable People- Jennifer Lopez, who was in American Idol, among other things, is the main character of the show. There are other notable people as well. Pros- It is a nice take on the recent feelings on police. I’d say that it is pretty good in the end, for now at least. Cons- It can be hard to tell where they are going with this show or who the good guys are (if there are any at all). It can be gruesome and negative. Note to Parents- There’s enough in here that’s bad plus it runs the risk of causing distrust of the police, a message you probably won’t want spread to your kids. You might want to watch this if you are not sure. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up. There’s enough in here that’s wrong with it even if it is good enough. My Viewing Habits- I’m not sure if I’ve seen all of this, but I’ve watched this since the beginning. Prediction- Believe it or not, it is already renewed for a third season, based on a source that I’ve read. It could keep lasting longer, but I’m not sure how long it could wind up lasting. Reception: mixed. Grade: C+. New review