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Sunday, June 17, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: June 18-24, 2018

Here's a look at this week!

ABC
ABC has two series premieres this week: reality dating show The Proposal and lighthearted drama series Take Two. There are also season premieres of game shows The Gong Show and Match Game.

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelorette
10:00 The Proposal (SERIES PREMIERE)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
8:30 The Middle (Repeat)
9:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
10:00 The Last Defense

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 Modern Family (Repeat)
10:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 The Gong Show (Season Premiere)
9:00 Match Game (Season Premiere)
10:00 Take Two (SERIES PREMIERE)

FRIDAY
8:00 Quantico
9:00 What Would You Do?
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
9:00 20/20

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud
9:00 The $100,000 Pyramid
10:00 To Tell the Truth

CBS

MONDAY
8:00 Mom (Repeat)
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
10:00 Elementary

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS

WEDNESDAY
8:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
9:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
10:00 Code Black

THURSDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Undercover Boss
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Instinct
9:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)

NBC

MONDAY
8:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls
9:00 American Ninja Warrior

TUESDAY
8:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 World of Dance

WEDNESDAY
8:00 World of Dance (Repeat)
9:00 World of Dance (Repeat)
10:00 Reverie

THURSDAY
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 Marlon
9:30 Marlon
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Repeat)
10:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 Taken
9:00 Dateline NBC

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
10:00 Shades of Blue

FOX

MONDAY
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
9:00 So You Think You Can Dance (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 Beat Shazam
9:00 Love Connection

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Masterchef
9:00 Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back

THURSDAY
8:00 The Four

FRIDAY
8:00 The Resident (Repeat)
9:00 The Orville (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY
7:00 One Strange Rock
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 Ghosted

CW

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Season Finale)
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
9:00 The 100

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
9:00 The Originals

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
9:00 Black Lightning (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Special - Repeat)
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: June 11-17, 2018

Here's a look at this week!

ABC
ABC had three days slated for the NBA Finals this week but with the sweep by the Golden State Warriors, those won't be needed so they are a little bit in a holding pattern this week. Tuesday has the series premiere of documentary series The Last Defense. That's about it.

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelorette
10:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
8:30 The Middle (Repeat)
9:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
10:00 The Last Defense (SERIES PREMIERE)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
10:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
9:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (Repeat)
10:00 To Tell the Truth (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Quantico
9:00 What Would You Do? (Repeat)
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
9:00 Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story (Special - Repeat)

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud
9:00 The $100,000 Pyramid
10:00 To Tell the Truth

CBS

MONDAY
8:00 Mom (Repeat)
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
10:00 Elementary

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS

WEDNESDAY
8:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
9:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
10:00 Code Black

THURSDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Instinct
9:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)

NBC
NBC has the season premiere of Marlon on Thursday night. It had a decent run last summer and got a renewal for this summer, but it will follow Little Big Shots, which has faded a ton in the last couple years. Sunday has the season premiere of the final season of Shades of Blue.

MONDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior: All Stars Special (Special)
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls

TUESDAY
8:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 World of Dance

WEDNESDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
10:00 Reverie

THURSDAY
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 Marlon (Season Premiere)
9:30 Marlon
10:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Repeat)
10:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 Movie: Jurassic Park

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
10:00 Shades of Blue (Season Premiere)

FOX
FOX has the series premiere of the latest Gordon Ramsay show with 24 Hours to Hell and Back on Wednesday.

MONDAY
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance
9:00 9-1-1 (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 Beat Shazam
9:00 Love Connection

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Masterchef
9:00 Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back (SERIES PREMIERE)

THURSDAY
8:00 The Four: Battle for Stardom

FRIDAY
8:00 The Resident (Repeat)
9:00 The Orville (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY
7:00 One Strange Rock
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 Ghosted

CW
The CW has the series finale of low-rated Life Sentence on Friday night and a few other new episodes this week.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway?
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
9:00 The 100 (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
9:00 The Originals

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
9:00 Black Lightning (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
8:30 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Repeat)
9:00 Life Sentence (SERIES FINALE)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: June 4-10, 2018

Here's a look at this week on TV!

ABC
ABC has two days of NBA Finals mixed in with summer shows and repeats. Sunday night brings back their "fun and games" night with Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, and To Tell the Truth.

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelorette
10:00 The Crossing

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle (Repeat)
8:30 The Middle (Repeat)
9:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
10:00 Splitting Up Together (Repeat)
10:30 Splitting Up Together (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
8:30 NBA Countdown
9:00 NBA Finals Game 3

THURSDAY
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat)
9:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (Repeat)
10:00 To Tell the Truth (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
8:30 NBA Countdown
9:00 NBA Finals Game 4

SATURDAY
8:00 The Crossing
9:00 The Crossing (Season Finale)
10:00 20/20

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud (Season Premiere)
9:00 The $100,000 Pyramid (Season Premiere)
10:00 To Tell the Truth (Season Premiere)

CBS
CBS has their same summer shows airing along with the return of a burnoff run of Living Biblically. Sunday night has the Tony Awards, which saw record lows last year.

MONDAY
8:00 Mom (Repeat)
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
9:00 Superior Donuts (Repeat)
9:30 Living Biblically
10:00 Elementary

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS

WEDNESDAY
8:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
9:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
10:00 Code Black

THURSDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom
9:00 48 Hours
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 72nd Annual Tony Awards (Special)

NBC
NBC has three days of Stanley Cup Finals (if the series goes that far) plus week two of popular summer offerings America's Got Talent, World of Dance, and American Ninja Warrior.

MONDAY
8:00 Stanley Cup Finals Game 4

TUESDAY
8:00 America's Got Talent
10:00 World of Dance

WEDNESDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior
10:00 Reverie

THURSDAY
8:00 Stanley Cup Finals Game 5

FRIDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Repeat)
10:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 Taken
9:00 Dateline NBC

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Stanley Cup Finals Game 6

FOX
FOX has the season premiere of long time summer show So You Think You Can Dance and the second edition of The Four, which had a decent run last winter. Sunday has the return of Ghosted, which still is officially alive for next season despite not having been since in months.

MONDAY
8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (Season Premiere)
9:00 9-1-1 (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 Beat Shazam
9:00 Love Connection

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Masterchef

THURSDAY
8:00 The Four (2nd Edition Premiere)

FRIDAY
8:00 Phenoms
9:00 Phenoms (Season Finale)

SATURDAY
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY
7:00 One Strange Rock
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Ghosted
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 Ghosted

CW
The CW has the season premiere of Whose Line is it Anyway? mixed in with their regular shows that are still airing new episodes.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 Whose Line is it Anyway? (Season Premiere)
9:30 Whose Line is it Anyway?

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
9:00 The 100

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
9:00 The Originals

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
9:00 Black Lightning (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 My Last Days (Season Finale)
9:00 Life Sentence

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- Of course the biggest news of the week, and not just in the TV world, was ABC's cancellation of Roseanne following star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet towards former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. Just a couple hours later, ABC cancelled TV's top comedy.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: May 28-June 3, 2018

Here's a look at the first full week of the summer season!

ABC
ABC has the return of The Bachelorette on Memorial Day. It often premieres the week before and then has a Memorial Day dip so these results could be disappointing, but things could get better in the weeks ahead. The NBA Finals start for ABC on Thursday.

MONDAY
8:00 The Bachelorette (Season Premiere)
10:00 The Crossing

TUESDAY
8:00 Roseanne (Repeat)
8:30 The Middle (Repeat)
9:00 Black-ish (Repeat)
9:30 Black-ish (Repeat)
10:00 Splitting Up Together (Repeat)
10:30 Splitting Up Together (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
8:30 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
10:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
10:30 American Housewife (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
8:30 NBA Countdown
9:00 NBA Finals Game 1

FRIDAY
8:00 Quantico
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 The Bachelorette (Repeat)
10:00 20/20

SUNDAY
7:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night
7:30 NBA Countdown
8:00 NBA Finals Game 2

CBS
CBS is mostly in repeats except for a few new airings of summer or burnoff shows. Nothing too exciting here!

MONDAY
8:00 Mom (Repeat)
8:30 Man with a Plan (Repeat)
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
10:00 Elementary

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours: NCIS

WEDNESDAY
8:00 SEAL Team (Repeat)
9:00 Code Black
10:00 Code Black

THURSDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Instinct
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)

NBC
NBC has a big middle of the week with the season premiere of summer's top rated show America's Got Talent and the return of last year's hit World of Dance on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, there's the season premiere of American Ninja Warrior and the series premiere of Reverie, which was first announced over a year ago.

MONDAY
8:00 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 1

TUESDAY
8:00 America's Got Talent (Season Premiere)
10:00 World of Dance (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Season Premiere)
10:00 Reverie (SERIES PREMIERE)

THURSDAY
8:00 America's Got Talent (Repeat)
10:00 World of Dance (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior (Repeat)
10:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 Taken
9:00 Dateline NBC

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Movie: Jurassic World

FOX
FOX has two burnoff episodes of Lucifer to start the week off. They were originally intended to be held for next season before Lucifer's cancellation. Tuesday and Wednesday have the returns of summer series Beat Shazam, Love Connection, and Masterchef.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 Lucifer (SERIES FINALE)

TUESDAY
8:00 Beat Shazam (Season Premiere)
9:00 Love Connection (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Masterchef (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY
8:00 Masterchef (Repeat)
9:00 Beat Shazam (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Love Connection (Repeat)
9:00 Phenoms Part 3

SATURDAY
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY
7:00 One Strange Rock (Special)
8:00 The Simpsons (Repeat)
8:30 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
9:00 Family Guy (Repeat)
9:30 Family Guy (Repeat)

CW
The CW has the season finale of iZombie on Monday and new episodes of Supergirl, The Originals, My Last Days, and Life Sentence coupled with repeats.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 iZombie (Season Finale)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
9:00 The 100 (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
9:00 The Originals

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
9:00 Black Lightning (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 My Last Days
9:00 Life Sentence

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- FOX has cancelled freshman LA to Vegas after postponing the decision at upfronts. CBS did the same with Code Black after three seasons. Still awaiting their fate are Ghosted on FOX and Timeless and Champions on NBC.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2017-18 Miscellaneous Awards

As usual, I am ending the season with a few miscellaneous awards. The blog will be quiet this summer but I will continue to do the week ahead posts with broadcast TV news as it happens this summer. Then I'll be back for previews, pilot reviews, and more in the fall!

BEST RETURNING COMEDY
Superstore (NBC) - Superstore was awarded my "Best Returning Comedy" last year, but it only got better in season three. The funniest ensemble on TV took another step forward with some truly hilarious moments (the season premiere, the Golden Globes party, and the Christmas episode to name a few) and some major plot points moving forward. It also has the potential to be surprisingly sentimental at times. I think back to the first year of the show and how I felt like it had so many funny elements but didn't always bring it completely together. Well now it does on a weekly basis and it is one of those shows that just seems to be in the sweet spot of what will hopefully be a long run.

RUNNER-UP: American Housewife (ABC)

BEST RETURNING DRAMA
This is Us (NBC) - This is Us had a lot to live up to after its buzzy first season and in my opinion, it completely lived up to it. The show moved forward with deepening relationships among the characters and we got to see some interesting new eras such as the Big Three in their 20s and even a glimpse into the future. But the season came to a head with its hugely anticipated reveal of Jack's death and the show handled it with grace both in the post-Super Bowl episode and the equally heartbreaking episode that followed, "The Car." We may have seen some major milestones but I'm still excited to see all eras of the Pearsons in season three. And again, SOMEBODY GIVE MANDY MOORE AN EMMY.

RUNNER-UP: Timeless (NBC)


THE "REVENGE" AWARD (BIGGEST SEASON TWO DISAPPOINTMENT)
American Crime Story (FX) - I almost gave this award to Designated Survivor, but that show was already wildly uneven in season one before falling off a cliff. So I'm going with American Crime Story, which followed up its brilliant OJ Simpson in 2015-16 with a new installment that wanted to be as important and just couldn't be. The Assassination of Gianni Versace started strong with a fascinating opening that captured the mood and setting of 1997 Miami. But it went downhill from there with not nearly compelling enough a story to stretch out over a whole season. It would have been better as a movie.

THE "BIGGEST TEASE" AWARD
Rise (NBC) - Rise had everything going for it in my book. It was from the creator of two of the best dramas of all time (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), it was centered on a high school musical theatre program - a topic I love, and it was based on an extremely compelling book. But this drama just couldn't figure it out and could barely avoid being Smash 2.0 as far as a theatre show that just doesn't know what to do with itself. With careening storylines and a very mopey performance from Josh Radnor, the show couldn't figure itself out and didn't earn any of the sweet moments it wanted to create (moments that came so naturally in early Katims shows). This totally seemed like a Katims show and a perfect fit. I just hope he hasn't lost his touch for good.

SHOWS THAT DID NOT HIT A SERIES LOW IN 18-49 DEMO THIS SEASON
The Amazing Race
Bob's Burgers
Chicago Med
Elementary
Hell's Kitchen
Mom
The Originals
Star

Tied low in demo: The 100, The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Code Black, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Fresh Off the Boat, The Good Place, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Quantico

SHOWS THAT DID NOT HIT A SERIES LOW IN TOTAL VIEWERS THIS SEASON
The 100
The Amazing Race
The Bachelor
The Big Bang Theory
The Blacklist
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Bull
Chicago Fire
Code Black
Elementary
The Goldbergs
The Great American Baking Show
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Hell's Kitchen
Mom
NCIS
Riverdale
Star
Superstore
Survivor

Tied low in viewers: Bob's Burgers, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, iZombie, Masterchef Junior, The Originals, Quantico, The Simpsons

MOST PROMISING TRAILER FOR 2017-18 BY NETWORK
ABC: Single Parents
CBS: God Friended Me
NBC: Manifest
FOX: Presumed Innocent (I guess...)
CW: All American

Finally, One Last Thought on Some Departing Shows:
- It is weird to imagine 2018-19 without The Middle, Scandal, New Girl, and Once Upon a Time. Practically since I started this blog, these shows have been standards (The Middle even before the blog started). I didn't stick with Once but I did stick with the other three and while Scandal and New Girl had their flaws, those two along with The Middle have all had times where they were very important or favorite shows in my life. And it's also sad to say goodbye to three iconic characters: Scandal's groundbreaking Olivia Pope, New Girl's ridiculous weirdo Winston, and The Middle's sunny optimist Sue Heck. A TV season without these cornerstones just won't feel the same.




WEEKLY RECAP: May 14-20, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #33. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.6    7th week
2. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.9    23rd week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.6    24th week
    Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.6    17th week
5. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 1.5    22nd week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    24th week
7. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    23rd week
8. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    23rd week
    Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    22nd week
    Star (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    17th week
    American Idol (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.3    11th week
12. Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.2    11th week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.2    22nd week
14. American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.1    16th week
15. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.0    10th week
    Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 1.0    6th week
    Splitting Up Together (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.0    5th week
    Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.0    16th week
    Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.0    16th week
    Station 19 (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.0    5th week
    Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.0    Special Airing

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Life Sentence (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.1    9th week
2. iZombie (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.3    11th week
    The Originals (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.3    5th week
4. The 100 (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.4    4th week
    Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.4    22nd week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.4    22nd week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.4    30th week
8. The Crossing (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.5    3rd week
    Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.5    18th week
    For the People (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.5    5th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.5    22nd week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.5    21st week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5    20th week
    Blindspot (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.5    21st week
15. Elementary (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.6    1st week
    New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.6    6th week
    Designated Survivor (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.6    16th week
    What Would You Do? (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.6    1st week (New Season)
    Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    9th week
    Showtime at the Apollo (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.6    9th week
    Undercover Boss (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    1st week
    Deception (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.6    4th week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.6    21st week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.6    4th week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 12.7 million    23rd week
2. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 10.7 million    7th week
3. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 9.4 million    23rd week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 8.7 million    24th week
5. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 8.4 million    28th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 8.2 million    23rd week
7. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 7.8 million    22nd week
8. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.7 million    12th week
9. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 7.6 million    23rd week
10. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 7.5 million    24th week
    American Idol (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 7.5 million    11th week
12. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 6.6 million    24th week
13. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 6.3 million    7th week
14. Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 6.2 million    8th week
15. SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.1 million    15th week
16. Code Black (CBS, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 6.0 million    1st week
      S.W.A.T. (CBS, Thursday 10:00pm) - 6.0 million    7th week
18. Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 5.6 million    15th week
      Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 5.6 million    Special Airing
20. Man with a Plan (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 5.5 million    8th week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Life Sentence (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5 million    9th week
2. iZombie (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.7 million    11th week
3. The Originals (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.8 million    5th week
4. The 100 (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.1 million    4th week
5. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.3 million    22nd week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.3 million    22nd week
7. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.5 million    18th week
   New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.5 million    6th week
9. Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.6 million    23rd week
    Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.6 million    14th week
    Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.6 million    Special Airing
12. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.8 million    20th week
      Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.8 million    17th week
14. For the People (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.9 million    4th week
    The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.9 million    22nd week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    20th week
17. The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.1 million    8th week
18. Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    15th week
19. Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    19th week
20. What Would You Do? (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 2.6 million    1st week (New Season)
      Showtime at the Apollo (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.6 million    5th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Man with a Plan (CBS)    1st week
Tuesday - Roseanne (ABC)    3rd week
Wednesday - Code Black (CBS)    1st week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    4th week
Friday - Dateline NBC (NBC)    1st week
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Crossing (ABC)    3rd week
Tuesday - For the People (ABC)    3rd week
Wednesday - Law & Order: SVU (NBC)    1st week
Thursday - Gotham (FOX)    4th week
Friday - Once Upon a Time (ABC)    4th week
Sunday - Family Guy (FOX)    1st week

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SPECIAL COMMENTARY: An Appreciation of The Middle














The Middle ends tonight after nine seasons and 215 episodes.

This unassuming comedy premiered just one week after the heralded debut of Modern Family and as part of ABC's heavily hyped entirely new comedy block that also included Cougar Town and the quickly cancelled Kelsey Grammar comedy Hank. All eyes were on Modern Family at first and for many years with its five straight Emmy wins (at least two of those were very deserving) and huge popularity. But I firmly believe it is The Middle that had the better run. While Family's best days are years ago and it is a shell of what it was once, The Middle has continued in quality with remarkable consistency since day one and its ratings reflect that. It never reached the highs of a show like Modern Family but also didn't suffer a huge erosion of audience over the years comparatively.

What is the reason for that? First of all, the show managed what very few family sitcoms in history have been able to do. The kids actually aged well. Axl, Sue, and Brick are just as enjoyable as they were in season one it not moreso. That feat is something that even classics like Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, The Cosby Show, and The Brady Bunch struggled to do. It is a testament to the writing and the performances of Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer. They grew up in a way that real families do: the relationships evolved, but the personalities didn't dramatically change. Axl may have gone from barely out of middle school to out of college, but he's still cocky, still sarcastic, and still a softie deep down. Brick is the same lovable weirdo as a high schooler as he was as in elementary school. And Sue, perhaps the show's MVP, has always been a sunny optimist who sees the best in everything even when almost anyone else wouldn't. The kids have been through relationships, school troubles, triumphs, and failures, but they have always remained true to their well defined characters.

The kids are just part of the equation though. As parents Frankie and Mike, Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn brought their sitcom expertise to a new level. Patricia Heaton played frazzled well on Everybody Loves Raymond, but she brought it to a new level as Frankie Heck, a mom who always had the best intentions but frequently didn't know how to reach her goals. She was funny and provided a great narration throughout the entire series (I don't always like that used in a sitcom, but it worked great here). As dad Mike Heck, Neil Flynn offered some of the show's sweetest moments because he was so often buttoned up and unwilling or unable to show much emotion. But when he did, it really packed a punch. The relationship between Mike and Frankie was very authentic and felt natural.

Perhaps that's one of the greatest strengths of the show as a whole: everything felt so real. Even with Brick's eccentricities or some supporting characters (Brad, Edie & Ginny, Reverend Tim Tom, Rita Glossner, Weird Ashley, the think alike cheerleaders Courtney and Debbie to name a few) that seemed straight out of a modern day Mayberry, the show amazingly never lost its authenticity. There has been a lot of talk about how shows like Roseanne and Last Man Standing are appealing to middle America but The Middle is really a love letter to the midwest, to small towns everywhere, and to the middle class. I don't know that I could name 10 singular episodes off the top of my head right now because it just felt like we were watching life and not plots. That was the beauty of The Middle. Maybe it never soared as high as certain shows, but it certainly didn't sink as low as some of those same shows. It just sweetly plugged along for nine seasons always sure of itself and always entertaining. It's rather fitting that a show called The Middle was one of my favorite middle of the road comfort shows since 2009. And it sure is sad to see The Middle reach the end. As tonight's episode implies, it's been one Heck of a ride.

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2017-18 New Dramas

Here is my recap of this year's new dramas! Check back later for a tribute to The Middle and check back tomorrow for my final post of the 2017-18 season with some other awards!

BEST NEW DRAMA
9-1-1 (FOX) - Since this was a Ryan Murphy show, I was pretty skeptical of 9-1-1 despite the stellar cast. Aside from The People vs. OJ Simpson, I typically find Murphy's stuff over the top. Well, 9-1-1 was over the top but in the best way possible. It was a procedural drama but with the Murphy flairs and it shockingly worked extremely well. The superstar cast helped things a great deal but the cases, based on true stories, were gripping even if they were incredibly creepy or disturbing at times. The home lives of the characters were interesting too without getting too sappy or soapy. This was a show I found myself really excited to watch every week.

RUNNER-UP: Deception (ABC) - I don't think Deception was a great show by any means, but I really loved it and I was sad to see it cancelled. Maybe it's a guilty pleasure because I like magic and I like crime solving shows. So I was the target audience. Clearly there's not enough people like me out there.

Worth Mentioning: The Good Doctor (ABC)/Rise (NBC)


BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A NEW DRAMA
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor (ABC) - The Good Doctor would be just another medical show on TV if it wasn't for Freddie Highmore. As Dr. Shaun Murphy, a brilliant doctor on the autism spectrum, Highmore gives a fascinating performance. Coming from someone who has worked with children on the spectrum, he really had the mannerisms, inflections, and anxieties down. The show became so much more than a procedural medical drama because it had this fascinating character to center things around. Also, coming off of Norman Bates, it was nice to see Highmore playing a better person.

RUNNER-UP: Jack Cutmore-Scott, Deception (ABC) - Playing both famed magician Cameron Black and his twin brother, Jonathan, Jack Cutmore-Scott was very entertaining with the right mix of arrogance and humor. Though I liked his Cameron portrayal more than Jonathan, both were entertaining and I'm once again lamenting the quick demise of Deception.

Worth Mentioning: Peter Krause, 9-1-1 (ABC)/Alan Cumming, Instinct (CBS)

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A NEW DRAMA
Angela Bassett, 9-1-1 (FOX) - In only her second network TV show, Angela Bassett brought a level of gravitas to the drama. As LAPD Patrol Sergeant Athena Grant, Bassett was at times hilariously sarcastic and at other times very vulnerable. Whether dealing with a crazed criminal or dealing with the grief over her husband coming out of the closet and her marriage dissolving, Bassett was believable in everything. Even with a stellar cast across the board, I found myself almost always enjoying Bassett's storylines the most.

RUNNER-UP: Retta, Good Girls (NBC) - I didn't love Good Girls, but the trio of actresses at the center of it kept me watching season one. It was a close call, but my favorite of the three was Retta, who delivered the most comedy in a show that was tonally uneven at times.

Worth Mentioning: Christina Hendricks, Good Girls (NBC)/Lucy Hale, Life Sentence (CW)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A NEW DRAMA
Oliver Stark, 9-1-1 (FOX) - Everything about Oliver Stark's character "Buck" in 9-1-1 should be something I hate. As an overgrown man-child, he seems like a character that audiences would love to hate. But due to Stark's performance and probably the writing as well, he came across as a much more layered character than he would be in other similar dramas. In particular, his relationship with Connie Britton's Abby Clark was surprisingly touching. Stark took a type and turned him into a full fledged character.

RUNNER-UP: Joe Tippett, Rise (NBC) - As football coach Sam Strickland, Joe Tippett was supposed to be somewhat of an antagonist in Rise. But Tippett gave a great performance that he actually seemed more endearing at times than the mopey Josh Radnor in the lead role. Not that I would ever advocate for sports to take precedence over drama!

Worth Mentioning: Richard Schiff, The Good Doctor (ABC)/Kenneth Choi, 9-1-1 (FOX)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A NEW DRAMA
Rosie Perez, Rise (NBC) - Rise was a very flawed show in many ways, but the absolute best part of it (besides the source material) was Rosie Perez as assistant director Tracey Wolfe. The perfect foil for Josh Radnor's Lou Mazzuchelli, Perez was by far more endearing. Even though she was supposed to sometimes be in the wrong, I was pretty much almost rooting for her. That might be partly the fault of the other performances and writing, but it's also a testament to the very natural and strong performance from Perez.

RUNNER-UP: Connie Britton, 9-1-1 (FOX) - Joining the drama for only one year in a somewhat isolated role, I am always happy to see Connie Britton on my TV and this was no exception. With a strong performance as both 9-1-1 operator Abby Clark and a grieving daughter with an ailing mother, Britton brought her usual flair and strength.

Worth Mentioning: Britt Robertson, For the People (ABC)/Aisha Hinds, 9-1-1 (FOX)

WORST NEW DRAMA
Marvel's Inhumans (ABC) - Even if it was brilliant, this was never going to be a show for me. I'm not a Marvel fan or a fan of shows like this. But that being said, most Marvel fans didn't even like this one. It was laughably bad as far as CGI graphics, the acting was one dimensional, and the writing was confusing and silly. I couldn't even make it through the two hour premiere, I had to give up after one hour and I never looked back. It's clear from how ABC scheduled this show that they had a dud on their hands. I doubt it will, but if it means less Marvel shows on TV, I'm totally fine with that.

RUNNER-UP: The Orville (FOX) - Seth MacFarlane's vanity project struggled with its tone in the series premiere. Was it a spoof or a serious sci-fi show? I never gave it another chance and even if it was better, it was never going to be a show I was interested in.

Worth Mentioning: The Brave (NBC)/Dynasty (CW)

Monday, May 21, 2018

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2017-18 New Comedies

For the final three days of the season, I will be looking back at the season that was. Today will be a look at the freshmen comedies, tomorrow ill be the freshmen dramas, and Wednesday will have some miscellaneous awards! Also, tomorrow I will have a special post about the finale of The Middle. Enjoy!

Past New Comedies posts: 2016-17   2015-16   2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11


BEST NEW COMEDY
Young Sheldon (CBS) - I am not a fan of The Big Bang Theory and on the few occasions I have watched it, Sheldon Cooper has annoyed me more than amused me. But Young Sheldon is an entirely different story. With a very "ABC family comedy" feel, it was funny and also heartwarming. Young Sheldon Cooper was funny but the entire family made this show what it is (more on them below). It's a testament to the creators of the show that a non-Big Bang fan is interested in watching a prequel every single week. But it hasn't made me anymore interested in Big Bang.

RUNNER-UP: LA to Vegas (FOX) - This ensemble airline comedy was uneven in its first year but there were times, particularly towards the end of the season, where I felt like it could be come another great workplace comedy in the vein of Superstore. We'll see if it gets the chance as its fate is still undecided.

Worth Mentioning: Alex, Inc. (ABC)/Me, Myself, & I (CBS)


BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A NEW COMEDY
Dylan McDermott, LA to Vegas (FOX) - Dylan McDermott went against type in a big way as Captain Dave Pratman on LA to Vegas. The mess of a captain was supremely confident yet also kind of pathetic but it was played in such a hilarious way by McDermott who seemed to relish getting to play such a broad character after years of being a dramatic actor. The show also did a good job of showing a slightly more vulnerable side of Captain Dave at times to make him a little more human. Bonus points for playing on an internet joke and bringing on Dermot Mulroney as Captain Dave's rival!

RUNNER-UP: Zach Braff, Alex Inc. (ABC) - Alex, Inc. was a wildly uneven show and it won't get a chance to figure it out, but I really liked Zach Braff in the lead role. I didn't think the workplace stuff worked great but the home life and Braff's chemistry with Tiya Sircar was really promising.

Worth Mentioning: Iain Armitage, Young Sheldon (CBS)/Bobby Moynihan, Me, Myself, & I (CBS)


BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A NEW COMEDY
Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish (Freeform) - The Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish never made it to ABC, but I gave it a chance on Freeform and while it was a little too young for me, I was quite impressed with Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson. She never stood out much to me on Black-ish but when given her own chance to shine, she didn't disappoint. She portrayed a college freshmen going through the ups and downs of a first year in a very believable way. At times she was sure of herself, at other times she was conflicted about everything in her life. Shahidi's performance and strong voice in narration helped elevate the show to being better than it should have been.

RUNNER-UP: Zoe Perry, Young Sheldon (CBS) - As Sheldon Cooper's mom, Mary, Zoe Perry was the heart of Young Sheldon. She had a lot of personalities to manage in the family, but her relationship with Sheldon as his constant defender was the sweetest.

Worth Mentioning: Tiya Sircar, Alex, Inc. (ABC)/Kim Matula, LA to Vegas (FOX)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A NEW COMEDY
Lance Barber, Young Sheldon (CBS) - This is not the strongest category but Lance Barber playing Sheldon Cooper's dad, George Sr., is the most deserving. I thought Barber did a great job playing the role of the old school father trying to deal with his brilliant and quirky son. I just found myself wishing that the show did more to build up the relationship between Sheldon and his dad especially because we know thanks to The Big Bang Theory that this character dies at some point in the future. Barber is more than up to the job of taking on a bigger role in season two.

RUNNER-UP: Nathan Lee Graham, LA to Vegas (FOX) - As the flamboyant flight attendant Bernard Jasser, Nathan Lee Graham got off a couple funny one-liners and snappy comebacks. He also had a nice relationship and chemistry with his buddy and fellow flight attendant, Ronnie (Kim Matula).

Worth Mentioning: Christopher Paul Richards, Me, Myself, & I (CBS)/Montana Jordan, Young Sheldon (CBS)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A NEW COMEDY
Raegan Revord, Young Sheldon (CBS) - This is a the third year in a row I have awarded the Supporting Actress Comedy award to a firecracker young girl but Raegan Revord is just as deserving as recent winners Julia Butters and Giselle Eisenberg. As Sheldon Cooper's sister, Missy, Revord was hilarious but also not given enough to do in my opinion. She is everything that Sheldon isn't and I would love to see her biting sarcasm and funny delivery be used on a far more consistent basis in season two. I want to see this show become every more of an ensemble comedy.

RUNNER-UP: Olivia Macklin, LA to Vegas (FOX) - As stripper Nichole, Olivia Macklin had some great moments in LA to Vegas. Often a ditzy stripper, one of her funniest episodes was when her straight laced mom came to visit and she had to hide her true identity.

Worth Mentioning: Ally Walker, Ghosted (FOX)/Kelen Coleman, Me, Myself, & I (CBS)


WORST NEW COMEDY
9JKL (CBS) - Horribly unfunny in every way, 9JKL had an Everybody Loves Raymond-like premise but it was nothing like that classic show when it came to quality. With a terrible misuse of Linda Lavin, Elliot Gould, and David Walton, I watched one episode of 9JKL and part of another but that was about all I could stomach. I have lamented many times how too many new multi-camera sitcoms make that particular method seem dated and that's unfortunate. Some of the best written sitcoms in television history were multi-camera with a live audience. Every 9JKL that comes along sets the style back even further.

RUNNER-UP: Living Biblically (CBS) - The show that replaced 9JKL on Monday nights on CBS was almost as bad. With an outlandish concept of a man trying to live literally according to the Bible, it was only not named the worst by virtue of just slightly more believable performances.

Worth Mentioning: Champions (NBC)/A.P. Bio (NBC)

Sunday, May 20, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: May 21-27, 2018

Here is a look at Week #35! The final week of the 2017-18 season. It ends on Wednesday and the summer season officially begins on Thursday.

ABC
ABC has finales of Monday and Tuesday with a pair of reality finales - the abbreviated season of Dancing with the Stars and the end of season 1 of the ABC era of American Idol. Tuesday brings the season finale of the smash return of Roseanne followed by the series finale of ABC tentpole The Middle. I will have more thoughts on The Middle on Tuesday. Later in the night are the season finales of Splitting Up Together and For the People. The rest of the week is in summer mode with burnoffs of Quantico, now banished to Fridays, and the two hour series finale of the cancelled Deception on Sunday.

MONDAYS
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (26th Edition Finale)
9:00 American Idol (Season Finale)

TUESDAYS
8:00 Roseanne (Season Finale)
8:30 The Middle (SERIES FINALE)
9:30 Splitting Up Together (Season Finale)
10:00 For the People (Season Finale)

WEDNESDAYS
8:00 Movie: Toy Story 3
10:00 20/20: Lights, Camera, Summer! (Special)

THURSDAYS
8:00 The Last Days of Michael Jackson (Special)
10:00 What Would You Do?

FRIDAYS
8:00 Quantico
9:00 Shark Tank (Repeat)
10:00 20/20

SATURDAYS
8:00 American Idol (Repeat)
10:00 20/20

SUNDAYS
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
9:00 Deception (SERIES FINALE)

CBS
Most of the CBS shows have already ended their season, but a few have finales this week: Man with a Plan (the only surviving Monday show), NCIS, and the usual end of the season Survivor finale. The rest of the week is mostly repeats and their summer shows.

MONDAYS
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Man with a Plan (Season Finale)
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
9:30 Mom (Repeat)
10:00 Elementary

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS (Season Finale)
9:00 Bull (Repeat)
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Survivor (36th Edition Finale)
10:00 Survivor Live Reunion Show (Special)

THURSDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
9:30 Life in Pieces (Repeat)
10:00 S.W.A.T. (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition
9:00 Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat)
10:00 Blue Bloods (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom
9:00 TBA
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Instinct
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
10:00 Madam Secretary (Repeat)

NBC
This week has finales for The Voice and Law & Order: SVU to end the season. The rest of the week has some specials and burnoffs, including the final two episodes of the season for Champions. Despite looking in full burnoff mode and terrible ratings all season, it actually hasn't had its fate decided yet.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Running Wild with Bear Grylls

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice Recap Special
9:00 The Voice (14th Edition Finale)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Season Finale)

THURSDAY
8:00 American Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day (Special)
9:00 Hollywood Game Night Red Nose Day Special (Special)
10:00 Red Nose Day (Special)

FRIDAY
8:00 Champions
8:30 Champions (Season Finale)
9:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 Taken
9:00 Dateline NBC

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World (Special)

FOX
FOX has already ended its season for Mondays and Tuesdays but they are weirdly back in session for one night only on Wednesdays with the season finales of Empire and Star. That could be a little rocky for the two dramas that have had a strong spring,

MONDAY
8:00 2018 Miss USA (Special)

TUESDAY
8:00 Movie: Hancock

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire (Season Finale)
9:00 Star (Season Finale)

THURSDAY
8:00 Terrence Howard's Fight Club (Special)
9:00 Showtime at the Apollo (Season Finale)

FRIDAY
8:00 Phenoms Part 1 (Special)
9:00 Phenoms Part 2 (Special)

SATURDAY
8:00 MLB Baseball

SUNDAY
7:00 NASCAR Racing

CW
The CW is fully new on Monday and Tuesday with only one season finale (The Flash) because the other shows will air into summer to varying degrees.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 iZombie

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Season Finale)
9:00 The 100

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
9:00 The Originals (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural (Repeat)
9:00 Black Lightning (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 My Last Days (Season Premiere)
9:00 Life Sentence