Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summer Shows 2017

Well, it is finally time that I start doing the reviews of summer shows. As always, I will start with my reviews of new shows before switching to reviews of existing shows whether you have seen these reviews before or not. This may not be the only batch of summer shows that I’m reviewing this time around. You should see the other sets later.

Hooten and the Lady: Show Description- A shady man and a woman seeking artifacts go on strange adventures together. Behind the Scenes- This is a British TV show that is airing here in America for the first time. My Thoughts- It is a fun and good show that seems mostly realistic. It may run the risk of having crazy plots, but it seems pretty good for now. I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This will last on Sky 1 for as long as British people want it. Whether it lasts here on not is unknown at the time. I’d guess that it might not last, although it could. Just know that British shows tend to last shorter than most American shows do. Where to Find- On Thursdays at 9/8 Central on the CW

Live with Kelly and Ryan: Show Description- A continuation of the Live talk show, this has Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest hosting a talk show. Behind the Scenes- I should note that this isn’t really a new show as it is mostly just the continuation of an existing show. After Michael Straham left Live, they needed a new, regular cohost and they have one now with the former (and soon to be current again) host of American Idol. My Thoughts- There’s not really much to add here except that if you liked the version before, than you’ll like the version now. You can check the archives for reviews of previous versions. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This show will keep lasting regardless of the host changes unless they somehow lose both hosts at once. Where to Find- This TV show airs during the daytime hours around 9 in nearly all time zones, to my knowledge

Salvation: Show Description- A meteor is coming to strike the earth and wipe out mankind, but some people are trying to stop it while it seems the government or someone is trying to cover things up to make it seem like it doesn’t exist. Behind the Scenes- There’s not much to add here so I won’t say much more than this. My Thoughts- I’ll admit, this seems unoriginal. But it still seems kind of interesting. I do hope that we see more character development in the future. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This more than likely won’t last as it seems too limited a premise to maintain a multi season show. Where to Find- On Wednesdays at 9/8 Central on CBS

Steve Harvey’s Funderdome: Show Description- Entrepreneurs with similar ideas compete against each other to fund their projects. Behind the Scenes- This is hosted by the talented Steve Harvey who also hosts Family Feud. My Thoughts- This is pretty entertaining. But, it does have some flaws. It seems like ABC has enough of these types of shows already. Plus, the idea that someone could wind up with nothing or someone could cash out and miss out on the prize they would have gotten seem pretty dumb. Still, I give it four out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I’d say that this has a good chance of lasting for now, but I don’t know how long it could stay around. Where to Find- On Sundays at 9/8 Central on ABC

The Gong Show: Show Description- People compete in a talent show where bad acts get the gong and are taken off stage. Behind the Scenes- This is a reboot of a popular former show. My Thoughts- It can be dumb at times as a lot of the acts are hit and miss. Plus, in the current format, only one person has to hit the gong to get someone to stop their performance, which doesn’t seem far when there are three judges. I give it two out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I’d have to guess that this probably won’t last. Where to Find- On Thursdays at 10/9 Central on ABC

Candy Crush: Show Description- Teams of players compete in different versions of this game in order to win money. Behind the Scenes- This is based on the popular Candy Crush app. My Thoughts- It seemed crazy yet kind of good and interesting. The puzzles could use some work on, but I think that it could be good. At least it isn’t another reboot. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I don’t think that this will last. Where to Find- On Sundays at 9/8 Central on CBS

Love Connection: Show Description- In this show, a person goes on a date with three other people and the audience votes in advance of learning about the dates who had the best connection. If they guess right, the person wins money and the date. If they guess wrong, the person has to choose between money and the date. Behind the Scenes- This is yet another reboot. My Thoughts- It seemed kind of lame to me, another in a long string of largely uninteresting reality shows made to exploit people’s desires to be with one another. I give it one of out five stars. Long Term Prospects- I have no idea. It could last; it might not. I have the feeling that it won’t last. Where to Find- On Thursdays at 9/8 Central on FOX

Superhuman: Show Description- Different people who have extraordinary abilities compete against each other for money. Behind the Scenes- This was based off of a one-off special that they did on the network before. Kal Penn, who currently stars in Designated Survivor, is the host of the show. Mike Tyson, who is a controversial wrestler, is one of the three judges. My Thoughts- It seemed pretty cool and interesting to see people show off their strange abilities. I’ll admit that the people seem too perfect as I have yet to see someone fail and their difficult task. I give it three out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- This might last or it might not. It all depends on whether or not the network likes it enough to keep it around longer. Where to Find- On Mondays at 9/8 Central on FOX

Battle of the Network Stars: Show Description- Different celebrities compete in weird games. Behind the Scenes- This is a reboot. Joy. My Thoughts- This didn’t seem to offer much of anything. It seemed about as lame as the average sport game. I give it two out of five stars. Long Term Prospects- I don’t think that this will stick around. Where to Find- On Thursdays at 9/8 Central on ABC

New summer shows I’m reviewing for this blog post: Hooten and the Lady, Live with Kelly and Ryan *, Salvation, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, Superhuman, Candy Crush, Battle of the Network Stars, The Gong Show, Love Connection

Here is where we transfer to the existing shows that air during the summer. Some of these reviews you may have seen before, but others are new or updated reviews to this blog. Any show not starting its first season this summer will be reviewed by me here if I’ve seen it. These reviews are next.

Celebrity Family Feud: Status- Currently on ABC at 8/7 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I was able to catch a rerun. Description- This is basically the same as Family Feud, only the people competing are from famous families and competing for charities instead of themselves. Also, winning people wouldn’t be back on future shows like in the regular game show. Notable People- Steve Harvey, well known comedian and current talk show host who also currently hosts the regular version of Family Feud is the host of this show as well. Pros- Everything that you’d love about the regular Family Feud is in this show as well. Celebrities are competing for charity so it is all for a good cause. Cons- To make this an hour, they cram what are two half hour shows into one episode, which I find strange and unnecessary. A lot of the questions relate, intentionally or otherwise, to sex. Note to Parents- You might have some stuff to worry about for the really young ones, but other than that, it should be fine. Recommendation- I’d say that this is worth watching. My Viewing Habits- I haven’t seen much of it yet, but I might be watching more of it in the future. Prediction- This show comes and goes already so even if it ends, it could come back. I’d imagine that it will probably stay as a long term summer show for a while. Reception: somewhat positive. Grade: B+.

The $100,000 Pyramid: Status- Currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it and didn’t really have anything else to watch at the time. Noteworthiness- This is a reboot of the pyramid game show. Description- People have to get various questions answered by the other contestant. The current format has a regular person paired with a celebrity and they compete against another team like them. Partway through the game, the regular person is then paired with the other celebrity. Notable People- Michael Strahan, who used to cohost the Live talk show and still helps with sports commentary, is the host of this show. There are famous guests who help each show. Pros- The show is fairly entertaining and funny to watch. Cons- It is weird that they always put together two halves of a show into one hour long show instead of just making this one half hour show while finding other things to air. Parts of the format are a bit strange and don’t entirely seem fair in a way. Note to Parents- This is mostly acceptable outside of potential sexual things said. Recommendation- I’d say that people would like and watch this. My Viewing Habits- I don’t always watch but do whenever I can see it. Normally I watch when I can. Prediction- This could last and it might not. Whether it does or it doesn’t, I’m not entirely sure of. If it doesn’t last, it will probably still be revived at some point anyways. Reception: good. Grade: B. New review

Hollywood Game Night: Status- Currently on NBC at 8/7 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I generally like to watch game shows and there was nothing else to watch during the summer when this first started to air on TV. Description- Two regular people compete in a game show of various competitions. Each has a set of three celebrities (six total) that help them with the game. Notable People- Jane Lynch, from Glee, is the host of the show. Sean Hayes from Will and Grace helped create the show and sometimes appears as one of the players. Many of the guest are obviously famous (notice how I do not say all because fame is relative) but since they always change, I would not be able to mention all of them. Pros- It’s fun to watch the show to see the various antics played out by everyone. As usual, the celebrities are competing for charity instead of themselves. There are different games each week to keep things interesting. Cons- Not all of the games seem fair in every way. A lot of the show is redundant by the same games being used over and over. Note to Parents- Some of this is questionable, but most is okay. Recommendation- I’d say that you should probably watch this if you ever have the time to do so. My Viewing Habits- I don’t always watch, but I like to when it works out. Prediction- Right now, it seems like a show that fills any gaps in scheduling. Things typically don’t end well for those shows, even if they do last long and always wind up airing instead of possibly getting cancelled. But I will say that I expect it to stay around for a while, provided that they can keep getting celebrities to do this show. Reception: positive. Grade: A-.

Whose Line is it Anyways?: Status- Currently on the CW on Mondays at 9/8 Central. Why I’ve seen it- I liked the original show and am a general fan of improvised comedy. Noteworthiness- It is the remake of an ABC show and retains much of the original cast. Description- A group of comedians make up stuff and make us laugh while competing for meaningless points. Notable People- There are guests from certain shows that are noteworthy, whether they are the fourth member of the group (which changes) or a different special member. Aisha Tyler, who helps currently cohost the Talk, is the current host of this show. Pros- This is more or less the same great show that we all knew and loved when it first aired. Most of the original cast is back. Even though everything is made up, it still manages to be really funny. Cons- There are normally guests on the show that tend to slow things down and take away from the talent of the true part of the show. There tends to be some sexual related things that come up often enough. Note to Parents- Some of the humor is not things you’d want your kids watching, but most of it is okay and shouldn’t cause any problems if they watch it. Recommendation- You should probably watch it. I don’t know why one wouldn’t like this. My Viewing Habits- I try to watch this as often as possible, although I know that I miss it a lot. I watched the original version when it was on too and plan to keep watching it until it ends. Prediction- This should last a very long time, provided that the cast can stay together throughout the run of this show. I’m pretty sure that the cast not being able to stay together is what killed it the first time, although low ratings didn’t help. Reception: positive. Grade: A+.

American Grit: Status- Currently on FOX at 9/8 Central on Sundays. Why I’ve seen it- I was going to watch it when it first aired, but I felt I didn’t have enough time for it then. Now, I’ve decided to watch it some this time around. Description- Four teams of four compete to get a prize by doing various tough competitions. Pros- If you like most reality shows that air on network TV, then you’d probably like this too. Cons- It falls victim to far too many reality clich├ęs (people fighting, self-centered people) and doesn’t seem as tough for people as other reality shows are. Note to Parents- This may be good in some ways but bad in others. You’d have to watch to know for sure. Recommendation- I’d put this at a toss-up right now. My Viewing Habits- I don’t know how much of this I’ll watch, but I could see it more than I have. Prediction- I don’t know if this will last or not and think that it would lean towards cancellation. Reception: good. Grade: C-. New review

Zoo: Status- Currently on CBS at 10/9 Central on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- I always watch a new CBS show once whenever I can. Noteworthiness- This is based off of a book by James Patterson. Description- Animals seek to take over the world. Pros- This show is different by presenting a man versus beast story not typically seen on television. Cons- I didn’t think that there would be much to this show or anything about it that would make it good. Well, it turns out that I was right. This show is pretty terrible and boring. Note to Parents- From the promos and what I remember, I think that this show is pretty gruesome for kids so teens can maybe watch this, but not much younger than that. Recommendation- I’d pass. It isn’t a good show. My Viewing Habits- I watched the pilot and then never saw the show a second time. Prediction- This could last a while longer, but I’m honestly not sure yet if it will or not. I’d say that it’s just as likely to be cancelled as it is to stay around for future seasons. It’s hard to guess. Reception: good. Grade: D-.

Penn and Teller: Fool Us: Status- It airs on the CW at 8/7 on Thursdays. Why I’ve seen it- It being a magic show interested me enough into watching it. Noteworthiness- Originally, this was a foreign series that had lasted a single season and was cancelled. It aired in Britain, but not in America for a while. After it aired in this country, the show was brought back for a second season. Description- Various magicians compete for a chance to be an opening act for Penn and Teller. They get to do a trick for them and get to be the opening act if Penn and Teller can’t explain how the trick was done. Notable People- Penn and Teller, famous magician duo are not the hosts of the show, but they are panelists of a sort who judge the trick and reveal whether or not they were fooled. Pros- With a standalone format, this is the type of show that you don’t have to watch every week. The tricks are entertaining, regardless of if Penn and Teller are fooled. You get to see them perform a trick at the end of the show to keep things interesting. Cons- Whether or not Penn and Teller are fooled, we don’t know what the secret is behind the trick. So, basically, if people don’t fool Penn and Teller, we still don’t know how they aren’t fooled. I will say this, though, the tricks that fool tend to be better. Note to Parents- Anything potentially offensive in this show is relatively minor compared to most other shows. Recommendation- If you can watch it, then you probably should. My Viewing Habits- I haven’t always watched this compared to other shows. I do watch it if there is nothing notable I feel competes with it, which it doesn’t at the time. Prediction- I think that this show will last a while, although it will obviously end if something happens to Penn and/or Teller. Reception: positive. Grade: B-.

To Tell the Truth: Status- It is currently on ABC at 10/9 Central on Mondays. Why I’ve seen it- I was interested enough in it to watch. Noteworthiness- This is a reboot of the same show by the same name that has been around every so often. Description- Celebrity panelists have to guess who there is really who they say they are and not just pretending. Notable People- Anthony Anderson, who currently stars on Black-ish is the host of this show. Pros- It can be funny at times. Cons- It can seem pointless. There should be more to it in the modern version. Note to Parents- This may be the standard amount of what you’d find objectionable so I’d say that you should watch an episode for yourself to see if you think kids could watch it. Recommendation- If you aren’t watching anything else at the time, you’d like this. My Viewing Habits- I’ll probably watch this when I can. Prediction- This could last a while, but I don’t know for sure if it will or not. It will be on during the fall. Reception: good. Grade: C. New review

Masters of Illusion: Status- It airs on the CW at 8/7 Central on Fridays. Why I’ve seen it- It first aired right after a show that I normally watch. Noteworthiness- Looking up the history of this show, I found out that it has aired off and on various networks in recent history. That means that if it ends, it could be brought back. Description- Simply put, this show has various magicians doing performances for people. Pros- A lot of stuff happens in one episode. Tricks and magicians always change so you know you can expect something different in each episode. The show happens quickly and this isn’t something that you always have to watch as the episodes are always standalones. Cons- Well, some of the pros can also be cons. They seem to focus on putting too much in a single half-hour. A lot of the tricks are things you’ve seen before. Note to Parents- There isn’t too much in here that would be worrisome for kids to see. All one would have to worry about is mild innuendo every now and then. Recommendation- I would say that you should watch it if magic is the type of thing that interests you. My viewing habits- It can be hard to stay into this show although I do watch it at times, but not always. Prediction- I think that this show will last a good while and if it ever ends, it can come back again as it has in the past. Reception: somewhat negative, although, it was hard for me to find a good place that mentioned the reception that the show got. Grade: B.

Big Brother: Status- This CBS show airs in three hours of primetime during the summer and on live internet feeds at The three primetime hours are basically split into the mostly live show where people are voted out, the show where people get nominated to get voted out, and the show where people compete to possibly change the nominations on the show. Basically, you’d have to watch the average week of shows to get the way it airs. The current airing schedule has it on Sundays at 8/7 Central, Wednesdays at 8/7 Central, and Thursdays at 9/8 Central. Why I’ve seen it- A parody of it on the Talk interested me in watching the real thing. Noteworthiness- There are many versions of it in other countries, most of which work very differently than ours. In case you were wondering, we were not the first country to do this show, although we were the first country to use the format that it has in almost no other country’s version of it. Description- A group of people, normally strangers, but sometimes not, are put into a house where they are recorded 24/7 and competing for a money prize. Notable People- Julie Chen, formally of CBS’s the Early Show and current co-host of the Talk, is the host of this show. She has hosted this show longer than any other host in any other country’s version of this show. Pros- While it may seem similar to other reality TV shows, it is very different to the usual. You can see whatever you want to online since CBS has live feeds of what goes on inside the house. Cons- The live internet feed gets cuts a lot making it seem like the people that air the show is hiding something. Tons of controversies have arisen on the show. Note to Parents- I’d say that teenagers can watch this. I wouldn’t go with much younger than that as the typical episode can have enough objectionable things in it. Recommendation- Despite the rather lengthy cons section that I just mentioned, this show is a pretty good show to watch. My viewing habits- I got into this late and for varying reasons don’t know yet if I’ll watch it again. Prediction- It will probably last a long time, although it just as easily might not. Reception: mixed. Grade: B-.

Primetime: What Would You Do?: Status- This is an ABC show. It is a spin-off of 20/20. ABC news helps with this show. It airs on Fridays at 9/8 Central. Why I’ve seen it- Commercials made it seem interesting. Cancellation of The Good Guys helped me decide to watch it. Noteworthiness- It is the first hidden camera show I’ve seen that wasn’t out to exploit people for laughs. It is actually very serious. Description- Different situations are set up to see how people react to them. The point is to get people to react to a situation and get them to help people out. Very serious situations are acted out using issues such as coming out, unwanted pregnancy, racial issues, gender issues, and more. Pros- It shows the good side among people and how they actually help sometimes. It is very interesting and could make good teaching material. There are different segments in each episode to keep you interested. It probably is a more realistic version than any scripted show could come up with. Cons- Some segments are better than others because some segments are just pointless. A certain amount of deception is involved with the people. All the shooting locations tend to be in the same locations. The Would You Fall for That? segments are pretty dumb. One can question the legalities of this show. Note to Parents- Some segments might be okay for kids and others are not. I’d say that it depends on your mood to be honest. Recommendation- Everyone should watch this show. This is the best show currently on television. My viewing habits- I haven’t always watched this in the past but always watch it now whenever I have the chance. Prediction- It should be on until they run out of ideas, which is unlikely that they will. Whether it will stay around is for the viewers to decide. I think that it will last a while. Reception: positive. Grade: A++.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Don’t Always Blame Timeslots

You may have seen a previous post of mine that mentioned the idea of cursed timeslots. Well, I’ve followed enough show ratings that I know that timeslots are not always to blame for a show’s failure. Sometimes a show can thrive in a timeslot and another show comes over and fail at the same timeslot. So I thought that I would mention why blaming a timeslot for a show’s cancellation isn’t always going to work out after all.

Maybe it will always be strange and something people aren’t used to when a show airs during the hiatus of another show. But that tends to always lead to low rated shows. The Blacklist: Redemption failed where The Blacklist succeeded. Agent Carter failed where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. succeeded. Those are just two examples and there are probably more.

One of the problems that I notice when it comes to looking up ratings is that I get total viewers in my only source available at the end of the season which is not the more important demographic of a certain age range. You do have to wonder why every show uses the same demographic. Surely a show like The Muppets isn’t for 18-34 year olds, but that doesn’t change anything. It is also worth noting that shows aren’t always cancelled because of low ratings. Just look at The Great Indoors.

To point out my confusion about this, look at The Muppets versus The Real O’Neals. Both shared the same timeslot. In terms of total viewers, The Muppets did better. But it was cancelled at the end of the season while the other show stayed around longer. The same was true about Angel from Hell which was cancelled despite doing better in its timeslot than 2 Broke Girls did.

Another reason not to blame timeslots for a show’s failure is because a show can thrive in any timeslot. Just look at Supernatural. They have probably aired that tons of different times, yet it has never been in danger of cancellation. Even when it aired on Fridays, Bones never was in danger of cancellation. I’ll admit that it is over now, but that was more due to a long hiatus between episodes than it constantly changing timeslots throughout its life. Of course, sometimes a show constantly changing timeslots means that it will end as they are just airing it whenever until it is over. Just look at Nikita or The Good Guys. But the fact remains that these shows all had different timeslots, not one, cursed one.

I don’t know what else to add to this. I guess this was just a response to my previous post on cursed timeslots that I wanted to inform my blog readers that a timeslot isn’t always to blame. At least a whole ton of people read that other post. But I don’t want to create clickbait so here’s a clarification of that previous post about cursed timeslots.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Look Back at my 2016-2017 Fantasy Schedule

When I made up a schedule of how I thought TV would look in the upcoming season of TV, I was sure to make some interesting predictions. Did any of them come true? Well, let’s find out as I look back. I know that I had no idea what all would be changed around, but did I get other predictions right? Let’s look back at them now.

ABC: What I got right- I was right when I thought that Shark Tank would move to Sundays. I was right thinking that a new comedy would air at 8:30 Central. I was right thinking that American Crime, Secrets & Lies, The Real O’Neals, and Imaginary Mary would all get cancelled.

ABC: What I got wrong- I was wrong thinking that anything new would air on Sundays. I was wrong thinking that Last Man Standing or Dr. Ken would get renewed. I was wrong thinking that Ten Days in the Valley would air during the summer. I was wrong thinking that BattleBots would return this summer. I was wrong thinking that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Quantico, and The Toy Box would all get cancelled.

CBS: What I got right- I was right thinking that Instinct would be picked up as a series. I was right thinking that a new comedy would air at 7:30 on Mondays. I was right thinking that Young Sheldon would air after The Big Bang Theory on Thursdays. I was also right thinking that it would be picked up as a series. I was right thinking that The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, and Code Black would all air at midseason. I was right thinking that 2 Broke Girls, Ransom, and The Odd Couple would all be cancelled.

CBS: What I got wrong- I was wrong thinking that Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Great Indoors, and Hunted would all get renewed. I was wrong thinking that NCIS: New Orleans and Bull would switch timeslots. I was wrong thinking that Mom would air at midseason. I was wrong thinking that Man with a Plan would air during the fall as usual. I was wrong thinking that Elementary would get cancelled.

CW: What I got right- I was right thinking that Jane the Virgin would move to Fridays. I was right thinking that Riverdale would move to Wednesdays. I was right thinking that Legends of Tomorrow would air after The Flash on Tuesdays. I was right thinking that a new show would air after Supergirl on Mondays. I was right thinking that The 100, iZombie, and at least one new show would air at midseason.

CW: What I got wrong- I was wrong thinking that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend would air at midseason. I was wrong thinking that The Originals would air during the fall. I was wrong thinking that a new show would air on Thursdays during the fall.

FOX: What I got right- I was right thinking that The Resident would get picked up as a series. I was right thinking that Sleepy Hollow, Making History, Scream Queens, Pitch, APB, Rosewood, Son of Zorn, Kicking & Screaming, You the Jury, and Shots Fired would all get cancelled.

FOX: What I got wrong- I was wrong thinking that 24: Legacy, Prison Break, and Wayward Pines would get renewed. I was wrong thinking that Controversy would get picked up as a series. I think that The Orville is an hour long show where I had it as a half-hour show. I was wrong thinking that Star would air at midseason. I was wrong thinking that The Resident would air during the fall. I was wrong thinking that New Girl and The Exorcist would get cancelled.

NBC: What I got right- I was right thinking that a new show would air after The Voice. I was right thinking that Shades of Blue and Little Big Shots would air at midseason. I was right thinking that The Blacklist: Redemption, Emerald City, Powerless, and First Dates would all get cancelled.

NBC: What I got wrong- I was wrong thinking that Trial & Error, Taken, and Great News would all get cancelled. I was wrong thinking that Law & Order: True Crime would air at some point during the summer. I was wrong thinking that The Biggest Loser, The Celebrity Apprentice, and Chicago Justice would return for future seasons.

Well, that’s all for this blog post. There is a lot more that I could have mentioned regarding the previous post that I haven’t mentioned in this post as I felt that it wasn’t relevant in one way or another. Be sure to check the archive if you care to know more about what I did then.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Best and Worst Show 2016 & Award Update

This is probably the shortest post that I do every year. I don’t really put that much effort into it outside of simply shortening the list of nominees for best show on television from the Silver Globe Awards and the worst show on television from seven nominees to just one. The nominees were mentioned previously when I mentioned the winners in those respective categories.

Before I get to that, I’ll have to mention a retroactive change in the post that you saw previously relating to the worst of TV. It is my policy to take out a show if someone still working on it died. Well, that happened with Elementary and I found out about it after I had posted the award. Making matters worse, these two awards were given to the character this actor played. I liked the actor as I normally don’t want to make a business of hating any actors since I don’t know them and shouldn’t care (but there are still some celebrities that I don’t care for).

Thus, the winners for the underdeveloped character award and most worthless death (of the unimportant character, not the actor) are hereby revoked and will not be replaced retroactively (in this post, at least). Hopefully this sort of thing doesn’t happen again and if it does, I’ll mention it at some point like the next year’s nominees about the change if I’m not able to sooner. As an extra precaution, I will not be using those two categories at least next year or possibly ever again.

Best show on television 2016: Designated Survivor

Worst show on television for the 2016-2017 season: 2 Broke Girls

And as quickly as this post began, it is over. These were my thoughts on the best show on television from the previous year and the worst show from the previous TV season. I have no idea if you agree or not, but those were my thoughts. And if you have a TV blog, please let me know.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Golden Huckleberry Award Winners 2016-2017

Well, I’m back here with the winners (well, losers technically) of the Golden Huckleberry Awards for the worst of television this previous season. I’m also including the worst show on television nominees and I’ll mention what that is later. If you want to know what categories Training Day would have been nominated for if I decided that it wasn’t ineligible, then let me know and I’ll comment on this post with the options. For now, let’s get to the awards!

Main awards

Worst season premiere: NCIS: New Orleans

Worst title: The Mick

Worst ending to a TV series: Son of Zorn

Worst acting: 2 Broke Girls

Worst writing: Mom

Worst plot: Scream Queens

The good riddance award: Last Man Standing

Why do people care award: The Real O’Neals

Worst idea for a show: Mistresses

Biggest waste of time: Last Man Standing

Most forgettable: American Gothic

Bonehead decision of the season: The Great Indoors

Worst pilot: Star

Worst drama show: Scream Queens

Worst comedy show: Dr. Ken

Worst new show: The Mick

Why is it still on award: America’s “Funniest” Home Videos

Most overrated show: 2 Broke Girls

Weakest Characters: The Real O’Neals

Worst reason to cancel a good show: The Great Indoors

Why was it created award: 2 Broke Girls

What were they thinking award: Scream Queens

Why do people like it award: 2 Broke Girls

Worst retooling of a show: NCIS: New Orleans

Jumped the shark award: Family Guy

Most obvious cancellation: The Odd Couple

What’s it about award: Scream Queens

Time to stop watching award: no nominees

They’ve stopped caring award: The 100

Most average show award: Superior Donuts

That’s actually a show award: Scream Queens

Not worth a second viewing award: The Real O’Neals

Weirdest show: Scream Queens

Worst show on FOX: Scream Queens

Worst show on ABC: The Real O’Neals

Worst show on CBS: 2 Broke Girls

Worst show on NBC: Late Night with Seth Meyers

Worst show on the CW: The Vampire Diaries

Worst show on every other network: Nancy Grace

Worst syndicated show: The Jerry Springer Show

Worst show on television nominees: Scream Queens, The Real O’Neals, 2 Broke Girls, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Vampire Diaries, Nancy Grace, The Jerry Springer Show

Other awards

Worst story arc: The irrelevant baby on The Big Bang Theory

Worst plot twist: Ichabod selling his soul on Sleepy Hollow

Worst new character: Paulie from Big Brother

Biggest moron: Paulie from Big Brother

Most hated character: Paulie from Big Brother

Worst character transformation: Pride the revenge seeker from NCIS: New Orleans

Most overrated character: no nominees

Most obvious twist: Reynold turns on the heroes on Grimm

The underdeveloped character award: Shinwell from Elementary

Why are they still alive award: Fish Mooney from Gotham

Most worthless death: Shinwell from Elementary

Most accepted death: no nominees

WTF death: Michael from Jane the Virgin

Most useless character: Taylor from Survivor

Worst Villain: Malcolm from Sleepy Hollow

Dumbest scheduling choice: CBS putting Ransom on Saturday

Worst episode yet: The Tinder episode from Family Guy

Worst episode this season: All Hail Son of Zorn from Son of Zorn

Episode not worth a rewatch award: All Hail Son of Zorn from Son of Zorn

Dumbest character departure: Meredith Brody on NCIS: New Orleans

Weirdest plot choice: Trapping Gail in an elevator on The Last Man on Earth

Worst romance: Nick and Adeline from Grimm

Worst commercial: Shake and Steak’s Happy Hour

Worst season yet: NCIS: New Orleans season 3

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Notes on the Upcoming CW Schedule: 2017 Version

Last year, the change of Supergirl from the CBS network to the CW network prompted me to create a blog post on the upcoming CW schedule in addition to the one on CBS. Well, I’m back again this year with another look at the schedule and how it is changing this time around.

Before the main season ended last year, the shows of Frequency and No Tomorrow were already gone from the schedule. The Vampire Diaries had left the airwaves too and Legends of Tomorrow was done with its season. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had a shorter season too. I don’t think that there were any major changes that I can remember off hand.

There are only two new fall shows on the CW this season. One is Dynasty which is replacing The 100, only that show will return at some point this season. The other show is Valor which is replacing the finally cancelled Reign.

In terms of what returning shows are that are coming back in the fall, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is replacing The Originals, only The Originals will return at some point. The show iZombie will be gone and replaced by Legends of Tomorrow.

All the midseason changes that you’ll see in the future are the eventual return of The 100 and The Originals. You’ll also see the new shows of Life Sentence and Black Lightning. I doubt that there will be any other known changes besides that in the future, although it could happen.

Well, that’s all for this blog post. I need to buckle down and write many other posts for the future and we still don’t know what changes could occur in this blog over time. Right now, you are seeing Saturday updates and random other days. Things could change and I’ll point out more about that when it does, although I’ll try to let you know in advance.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Planned Viewing Habits: Fall of 2017

Well, summer is here and I unwind by watching a lot less TV than I normally do. But I also await the fall TV season and all that it holds for the future. We’ll see what happens when shows air what I will be able to watch and when. Be sure to look out for different reviews in the future. But what fall shows am I planning on watching? Well, I might as well tell you.

I have no idea what might change when the schedule for the new season actually starts. NBC has already changed its schedule once and it is likely that there will be other changes in advance of the season starting to air. I don’t know if I will be able to keep watching all of what I do now. Plus, I can probably only watch three things at once even though I once had four things that I could watch at once. The second VCR that I have sadly no longer seems to be an option considering how it tried to eat a tape and especially because it isn’t able to be hooked up so that it can record shows anymore. Besides, the biggest thing to note is that these are plans and plans can wind up changing.

First, you might wonder what shows that I like won’t even be on until midseason. I’ll mention what returning shows I care about that are not yet returning. Those include Code Black, Elementary, iZombie, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Quantico, New Girl, Timeless, and Chicago Med, although that last one will be back in the late fall, if my understand is correct.

Now, let’s get to all the returning shows that I might care about. There is going to be confusion now that Riverdale and The Blacklist will compete with Survivor meaning that I’ll have to watch both of them online. But this means that I’ll be able to watch Arrow and Blindspot the way I would normally watch other shows that air at the same time as others.

I know that I will care about the ABC shows of The Middle, Fresh off the Boat, Modern Family, American Housewife, Designated Survivor, Grey’s Anatomy, and Once Upon a Time. There might be times I’ll watch To Tell the Truth, Shark Tank, and 20/20. I’ll still be watching the CBS shows of The Big Bang Theory, Kevin Can Wait, Scorpion, NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Madam Secretary. I know that I will watch 60 Minutes a lot as well. I’ll continue watching the CW shows of Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Jane the Virgin. I’ll keep watching the FOX shows of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Gotham, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The Last Man on Earth. I’ll tune into Bob’s Burgers at times. I’m still watching the NBC shows of The Good Place, Law & Order: SVU, and Chicago Med when it returns early into the fall. These are in addition to the shows that I mentioned before.

In addition to those returning shows that I’ve watched and like, there are some other ones that I might see for the first time. Since CBS won’t be airing anything interesting on Thursdays for a while due to football airing there instead, I might watch either or both of Chicago Fire or How to Get Away with Murder. I also might see Great News at one point as I was going to see that this year until too much was airing at the same time. I also might care enough to watch Will and Grace, although I’ve never seen that much of it in the first place. Given my new interest in the CW network as a whole, I reserve the right to get into Supernatural in the future, but I don’t know if I’d want to get into it if I hadn’t seen it before and it has been on as long as it has. I also might watch The Mick since it is paired with a comedy that I like, even though that show looks terrible and I will avoid watching it as long as I can.

There are a lot of shows that I want to watch that are new. I’ll get to the only two maybes later. As usual, I’ll be planning to watch all the CBS shows once. They are Wisdom of the Crowd, Me, Myself, and I, 9JKL (which is actually written as 9JKL, but I won’t call it that), SEAL Team, Young Sheldon, and S.W.A.T. I’ll probably watch the CW show of Valor. The only new NBC show that airs at the fall that I’m interested in is The Brave. I’m planning on checking out the FOX shows on Ghosted, The Gifted, and The Orville. I’ll be tuning into the ABC shows of The Good Doctor and Inhumans. I might watch ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, but I’m just not sure if I will since I’d rather not have conflicts with Madam Secretary since it would be easier for that blog. I also don’t know if I’ll watch the CW’s Dynasty, although I will check it out if SEAL Team doesn’t last or is something I don’t like. Too many shows I already care about will air against Dynasty, although I don’t think I care enough about it anyways.

Well, that’s it for this blog post. I don’t have much else to add or say except for this random tag at the end. Plans can change and you’ll see in the blog what new shows I do wind up reviewing in the future. I guess that you’ll have to stay tuned for what happens next.