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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 5/24/16

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
8:30 The Real O'Neals
Viewers: 4.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 10.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.6

CBS
8:00 The Price is Right Primetime Special
Viewers: 6.4 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
9:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 5.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 The Voice Recap Special
Viewers: 7.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.4
9:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.2

FOX
8:00 Hotel Hell

Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Coupled
Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5

On Tuesday night, it was finale night for the two big competition franchises but they once again seemed to tear each other down resulting in disappointments for both. On ABC, Dancing with the Stars had a decent 10.5 million viewers but a very old skewing and disappointing 1.6 demo. It had a 2.4 demo for its fall finale (though that did not face the finale of The Voice). Earlier in the night, Fresh Off the Boat was up seven tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo and The Real O'Neals was up nine tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance since its first Tuesday airing on March 8. It was a little better for The Voice, which was at least up from its Monday episode with a 2.2 demo and 10.6 million viewers. Will one of these networks blink first and not pit the finales against each other? On CBS, two episodes of Person of Interest got 0.9 demos following another old skewing Price is Right special. Finally on FOX, Hotel Hell was mostly ignored for its first airing since the summer of 2014 while Coupled was down six tenths in viewers and even in the demo from its weak premiere last week.

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2015-16 Miscellaneous Awards

Today is the final day of the 2015-16 season and that means time for some miscellaneous awards that I always end the season with. The blog will updated but quiet this summer as usual. Have a great summer!

Past Miscellaneous Awards: 2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11

BEST RETURNING COMEDY
New Girl (FOX) - Now two years removed from its horrible third season, New Girl has come all the way back to being the irreverent, hilarious comedy it appeared to be the first two seasons. New Girl hit all the right marks this year with the wonderful arc leading up to Schmidt and Cece's wedding. Zooey Deschanel was gone on maternity leave for several episodes and the show didn't miss a beat. The departure of Damon Wayans Jr. from the cast also was a win for me because I never liked his character. They didn't try to replace him, they just focused on the core five characters and had a fantastic season from top to bottom.

RUNNER-UP: Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)


BEST RETURNING DRAMA
Scandal (ABC) - I had a hard time with this award because I don't think any of the dramas I watch had their best seasons ever. But I ultimately went with Scandal only because its highs were higher than any other returning drama. That's not to say it didn't have its low moments because there were several points in the season where Scandal seemed to be going off the edge. But when it focused on the upcoming election, in particular the primary fights, it seemed like a show moving in a direction with wild twists and turns. As long as the new season continues to follow the election without going too fast through it, I think Scandal still has some life.

RUNNER-UP: Chicago Fire (NBC)


THE "REVENGE" AWARD (BIGGEST SEASON 2 DISAPPOINTMENT)
Gotham (FOX) - There's always a show that can't regain its magic from season one. This year, it was Gotham which just got too bogged down in its own mythology, something it was headed toward in season one. There are just far too many characters in Gotham as they seem to feel the need to head a million directions at once. With no focus or direction, Gotham became even more of a scattered mess. Despite some strong individual performances, I finally gave up on it about halfway through the season.


THE "SECOND CHANCE" AWARD
The Catch (ABC) - ABC gave The Catch a surprise reprieve when it was renewed for a second season. This was a show that I enjoyed but I wasn't attached to it and quickly gave up on it when the ratings came in. Well since it got renewed, I decided to start binging season one and I'm hooked. I love the more lighthearted feel but still with Shondaland elements. Peter Krause and Mirielle Enos are both very strong here and now I find myself excited that there will be a season two!


THE "I'M ALMOST DONE WITH YOU" AWARD
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) - Speaking of Shondaland, this show was close to receiving my "Biggest Disappointment" award but I did watch it for the entire season and couldn't quite tear myself away. But it's close to the chopping block and it's going to have to have a New Girl type revival to avoid being one of the casualties when I find new shows I like in the fall. Season two of How to Get Away with Murder felt like more of the same and going for shock value and edgy storylines just for the sake of being edgy. It's already lost sight of the show it could be.

THE "BEST SHOW THAT DOESN'T FIT INTO A CATEGORY" AWARD
Making a Murderer (Netflix) - I couldn't let the whole season go by without mentioning my favorite guilty pleasure of the year. But a documentary isn't really a sitcom or a drama though there was plenty of drama. The story of Steven Avery - at times heartbreaking and at times very confusing, was perfectly fit for a binge TV era. With a cast of characters even the best TV dramas couldn't cook up, it was well deserving of all its hype and attention.

THE DEFINITIVE RANKING OF TV KIDS
From the sitcoms I watch: The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Life in Pieces
Sue Heck (The Middle)
Diane Johnson (Black-ish)
Axl Heck (The Middle)
Haley Dunphy (Modern Family)
Jack Johnson (Black-ish)
Adam Goldberg (The Goldbergs)
Emery Huang (Fresh Off the Boat)
Ericka Goldberg (The Goldbergs)
Sophia Hughes (Life in Pieces)
Evan Huang (Fresh Off the Boat)
Eddie Huang (Fresh Off the Boat)
Brick Heck (The Middle)
Barry Goldberg (The Goldbergs)
Andre Johnson Jr. (Black-ish)
Zoey Johnson (Black-ish)
Alex Dunphy (Modern Family)
Lily Tucker-Pritchett (Modern Family)
Samantha Hughes (Life in Pieces)
Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family)
Joe Pritchett (Modern Family)
Tyler Hughes (Life in Pieces)
Luke Dunphy (Modern Family)

THE RUNDOWN: Wednesday, May 25

The 2015-16 season comes to an official end on Wednesday night with many finales. ABC has the series finale of Nashville, which was abruptly cancelled a couple weeks ago after four seasons. CBS has the third and finale Price is Right special leading into the final two episodes of the season of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. NBC should see a boost with the season finales of Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD. FOX has the season finale of Rosewood leading into the season premiere of last summer's successful drama Wayward Pines.

ABC
8:00 MOVIE: Finding Nemo
10:00 Nashville #86 "Maybe You'll Appreciate Me Someday" (SERIES FINALE)

CBS
8:00 The Price is Right Primetime Special: Amazing Race Edition (SPECIAL)
9:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #12 "El Toro Bravo"
10:00 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders #13 "Paper Orphans" (Season Finale)

NBC
8:00 Heartbeat #10 "What Happens in Vegas... Happens" (SERIES FINALE)
9:00 Law & Order: SVU #389 "Heartfelt Passages" (Season Finale)
10:00 Chicago PD #61 "Start Digging" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 Rosewood #22 "Badges & Bombshells" (Season Finale)
9:00 Wayward Pines #11 "Enemy Lines" (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

RATINGS RECAP: 5/23/16

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
Viewers: 12.3 million, 18-49 demo: 1.9
9:00 The Bachelorette
Viewers: 6.6 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0

CBS
8:00 The Price is Right Primetime Special
Viewers: 6.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3
9:00 The Odd Couple
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:30 The Odd Couple
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9
10:00 Person of Interest
Viewers: 5.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

NBC
8:00 The Voice
Viewers: 10.3 million, 18-49 demo: 2.0
10:00 Blindspot
Viewers; 5.9 million, 18-49 demo: 1.3

FOX
8:00 Gotham
Viewers: 3.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:00 Houdini & Doyle
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6

On Monday night, The Bachelorette got ABC's summer season off to a good start. With a 2.0 demo, it topped the night and beat both performance finales of Dancing with the Stars and The Voice. Like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette is a beast in the demo. Speaking of Dancing, it was up seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo for its best performance since April 11. Meanwhile, The Voice on NBC was up eight tenths in viewers but down a tenth in the demo for a Monday low. Not an encouraging sign for a performance finale. This show needs a boost, maybe Miley Cyrus will provide that. At 10pm, Blindspot was up six tenths in viewers and even in the demo. On CBS, a Price is Right special did OK at 8pm but it seemingly took down The Odd Couple, which crashed to series lows with its final two episodes of the season. At 10pm, Person of Interest was up two tenths in viewers and even in the demo. Finally on FOX, Gotham was down two tenths in viewers and a tenth in the demo for its season finale while Houdini & Doyle was up two tenths in viewers and down a tenth in the demo.

WEEKLY RECAP: May 16-22, 2016

Here is my weekly recap for Week #35. Please note this only covers regularly scheduled shows (no sports, specials, repeats, or Saturday shows)

TOP 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 4.1    18th week
2. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.6    20th week
3. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.3    21st week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.1    24th week
    Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.1    22nd week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.1    21st week
7. The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:30pm) - 1.9    17th week
8. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.8    5th week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    22nd week
10. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.7    5th week
     Mike & Molly (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 1.7    1st week
     Chicago Fire (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.7    8th week
     Mom (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.7    5th week

TOP 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 18.0 million    23rd week
2. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 13.3 million    23rd week
3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.6 million    19th week
4. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 10.9 million    18th week
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.5 million    24th week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 9.5 million    13th week
7. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 9.1 million    20th week
8. Mike & Molly (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 8.5 million    1st week
9. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 8.3 million    26th week
10. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 8.2 million    1st week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Crowded (NBC, Sunday 9:30pm) - 0.4    8th week
    Bordertown (FOX, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.4    10th week
3. Coupled (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.5    1st week (NEW SHOW)
    The Carmichael Show (NBC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.5    3rd week
5. Strong (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    5th week
    Game of Silence (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.6    6th week
    American Grit (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.6    6th week
    Dateline: On Assignment (NBC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.6    2nd week
9. Houdini & Doyle (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.7    3rd week
    Heartbeat (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.7    6th week
    Undercover Boss (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7    1st week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.7    4th week

BOTTOM 10 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Bordertown (FOX, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.2 million    12th week
2. Coupled (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.8 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
3. American Grit (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    6th week
4. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.0 million    Special Airing
5. Crowded (NBC, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.1 million    3rd week
6. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 2.2 million    16th week
7. Houdini & Doyle (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    3rd week
8. Strong (NBC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.5 million    3rd week
    The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.5 million    7th week
10. The Carmichael Show (NBC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.6 million    1st week
      Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.6 million    15th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Castle (ABC)    1st week
Tuesday - NCIS (CBS)    7th week
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    7th week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    7th week
Friday - 20/20 (ABC)    4th week
Sunday - None

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Person of Interest (CBS)    1st week
Tuesday - Coupled (FOX)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Wednesday - Modern Family (ABC)    1st week
Thursday - The Catch (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - Undercover Boss (CBS)    2nd week
Sunday - The Carmichael Show (NBC)    2nd week

MY TOP 5 EPISODES OF THE WEEK
1. The Goldbergs #71 "Have a Summer"    16th week
2. The Middle #168 "The Show Must Go On"    11th week
3. Chicago Fire #92 "Superhero"    10th week
4. Chicago Med #18 "Timing"    9th week
5. Law & Order: SVU #388 "Intersecting Lives"    3rd week

RATINGS RECAP: 5/22/16

ABC
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 4.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
8:00 Billboard Music Awards
Viewers: 9.8 million, 18-49 demo: 3.2

CBS
7:00 60 Minutes

Viewers: 8.3 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
8:00 60 Minutes
Viewers: 6.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
9:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 4.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8
10:00 Undercover Boss
Viewers: 3.9 million, 18-49 demo: 0.8

NBC
7:00 Dateline: On Assignment
Viewers: 3.7 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
Viewers: 4.5 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
9:00 The Carmichael Show
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 0.5
9:30 Crowded
Viewers: 2.1 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
10:00 Dateline NBC
Viewers: 3.8 million, 18-49 demo: 0.7

FOX
7:00 Bordertown

Viewers: 1.2 million, 18-49 demo: 0.4
7:30 The Simpsons (Repeat)
Viewers: 1.4 million, 18-49 demo: 0.6
8:00 The Simpsons
Viewers: 2.5 million, 18-49 demo: 1.1
8:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.2 million, 18-49 demo: 1.0
9:00 Family Guy
Viewers: 2.6 million, 18-49 demo: 1.2
9:30 Bob's Burgers
Viewers: 2.0 million, 18-49 demo: 0.9

On Sunday night, ABC had the Billboard Music Awards which were down but still dominated among broadcast networks (though they lost to HBO's Game of Thrones). Earlier in the night, the season finale of America's Funniest Home Videos was down seven tenths in viewers and two tenths in the demo. CBS had 0.8 demos across the board with a double dose of 60 Minutes and a double dose of Undercover Boss. NBC's comedies crashed with another repeat lead-in. The Carmichael Show was down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. A 0.5 demo and it got renewed? Yikes. The series finale of the cancelled Crowded was also down a million viewers and three tenths in the demo. Comparatively, the season finale night of FOX's lineup held up better with The Simpsons and Family Guy each dropping a tenth in the demo and two episodes of Bob's Burgers on par with last week.

WINNER OF THE NIGHT: None
LOSER OF THE NIGHT: The Carmichael Show (NBC)

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2015-16 New Dramas

Here is my recap of the new dramas of the 2015-16 season! Tomorrow, check back for my final season in review post with some miscellaneous awards!

Past Years: 2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11


BEST NEW DRAMA
American Crime Story (FX) - I don't usually include cable shows on here because I don't usually watch cable shows. But I watched this one and it's more than deserving of the "Best New Drama" title. It'll be hard to top the gripping first season of this show, focused on OJ Simpson and the "Trial of the Century." Painstakingly detailed and evocative of its mid 1990s setting, this show had brilliant performances from top to bottom. Even though everyone knew how this story ended, it didn't make it any less gripping or fascinating with its very balanced yet very pointed look at the biggest news story in a generation.

RUNNER-UP: Chicago Med (NBC) - I am not even going to apologize for liking the Chicago shows. I know they are not critical darlings but all three are well acted and have good stories. Chicago Med was a great addition to that list, it's probably better than PD but not as good as Fire.

Worth Mentioning: The Catch (ABC)/Code Black (CBS)


BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A NEW DRAMA
Courtney B. Vance, American Crime Story (FX) - As Johnnie Cochran, Courtney B. Vance gave a very layered performance. At one moment, he was the villain using every trick in the book to turn the OJ trial in a circus. At the next moment, he was a sympathetic character because of the larger race issues he was so passionate about and trying to address. Vance was so dynamic and so perfectly cast in the larger than life role.

RUNNER-UP: Ray Liotta, Shades of Blue (NBC) - Liotta is no stranger to playing corrupt characters and he did so with bravado in Shades of Blue. I didn't watch this show through the whole first season but he was the most interesting part of what I did watch.

Worth Mentioning: Nick Gehlfuss, Chicago Med (CBS)/Cuba Gooding Jr., American Crime Story (FX)


BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A NEW DRAMA
Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story (FX) - As Marcia Clark, Sarah Paulson gave what should be an Emmy award winning performance. Among the many great actors in this show, Paulson stood above the rest. She played Clark sympathetically but never as a victim. She gave her hard edges but ultimately enough warmth to make Clark a very complicated person. At various points, it was easy to feel sorry for her. At other points, you wanted to scream "what are you doing?!"

RUNNER-UP: Marcia Gay Harden, Code Black (CBS) - Marcia Gay Harden brought class and strength to what otherwise could have been a routine medical drama. She had authority and an emotional depth.

Worth Mentioning: Melissa Benoist, Supergirl (CBS)/Torrey DeVitto, Chicago Med (NBC)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A NEW DRAMA
Oliver Platt, Chicago Med (NBC) - As chief of the psychiatry department, Dr. Charles, Oliver Platt has turned in a great performance this year in Chicago Med. He has such a relaxed approach to his role where you feel at ease watching him deal with the patients because he exudes a authoritative yet calm demeanor. With a developing backstory & personal life too, he's becoming one of the most interesting characters in the show.

RUNNER-UP: Sterling K. Brown, American Crime Story (FX) - As Christopher Darden, Sterling K. Brown plays perhaps the most sympathetic character in the entire OJ saga. He seems like the good guy getting a raw deal and plays it in heartbreaking fashion.

Worth Mentioning: Kenneth Choi, American Crime Story (FX)/David Schwimmer, American Crime Story (FX)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A NEW DRAMA
S. Epatha Merkerson, Chicago Med (NBC) - As Dr. Goodwin, the chief administrator at Chicago Med, S. Epatha Merkerson brought authority and humor to the important boss role. She was someone you wish was in charge of your local hospital: always looking out for the best for everyone and not afraid to call people out when they make mistakes. Like Oliver Platt, she has an interesting developing personal story too.

RUNNER-UP: Rachel DiPillo, Chicago Med (NBC) - As the young medical student, Rachel DiPillo is one of the most underrated (and so far underused) characters on the show. I hope her character goes somewhere because she seems to have the acting chops for it.

Worth Mentioning: Calista Flockhart, Supergirl (CBS)/Charity Wakefield, The Player (NBC)


WORST NEW DRAMA
Blood & Oil (ABC) - I'm not sure if this was actually the worst new drama but it was easily the most disappointing. What could have been a soapy new Dallas like show was an absolute snooze with cookie cutter characters, no real drama, and actors like Don Johnson sleepwalking through the part. ABC wanted this to be a steamy new drama and instead they got a whole lot of nothing. I'm glad they didn't pick up the pilot this year that sounded exactly like Blood & Oil.

RUNNER-UP: Of Kings and Prophets (ABC) - This was an odd show that I didn't even finish the pilot of. Seemingly trying to mix the Bible with Game of Thrones, it seemed like a retread of what many other shows, even NBC's A.D. did better.

Worth Mentioning: Second Chance (FOX)/The Family (ABC)

THE RUNDOWN: Tuesday, May 24

You can tell summer is near with regular shows winding down and the first glimpses of summer shows. ABC and NBC both have finales of their reality show franchises from 9-11pm which will probably mean neither one can go quite as high as it could by itself. Leading in on ABC are season finales of their comedies. CBS has night two of Price is Right specials plus two episodes of Person of Interest. FOX has the premiere of summer series Hotel Hell followed by week two of Coupled, which was a dud last week.

ABC
8:00 Fresh Off the Boat #37 "Bring the Pain" (Season Finale)
8:30 The Real O'Neals #13 "The Real Prom" (Season Finale)
9:00 Dancing with the Stars (22nd Edition Finale)

CBS
8:00 The Price is Right Primetime Special: Big Brother Edition (SPECIAL)
9:00 Person of Interest #97 "QSO"
10:00 Person of Interest #98 "Reassortment"

NBC
8:00 The Voice Recap (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Voice (10th Edition Finale)

FOX
8:00 Hotel Hell (Season Premiere)

9:00 Coupled

Monday, May 23, 2016

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2015-16 New Comedies

To close out the 2015-16 season, here is the first of three days of recaps... first, a look at the new comedies of the year!

Past Years: 2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11

BEST NEW COMEDY
Superstore (NBC) - NBC's comedy department got a pulse again with the arrival of Superstore, a fresh workplace sitcom that has all the ingredients to be a classic in the making. It has great performances, hilarious characters, ample opportunities for funny moments with extras, and even some heartfelt moments. While it is reminiscent of The Office, it has a sweeter edge to it. It didn't hit its mark in every episode of its freshman season but all the tools are there and I have a feeling this could be a show that gets even better in season two.

RUNNER-UP: Grandfathered (FOX) - I enjoyed Grandfathered but I'm also not mourning its demise. I watched the full season and enjoyed it but I could take or leave it. It had a very strong cast and that helped make it more enjoyable than it probably should have been.

Worth Mentioning: Life in Pieces (CBS)/The Grinder (FOX)

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A NEW COMEDY
John Stamos, Grandfathered (FOX) - John Stamos returned to TV in a role that was tailor made for him. But just because he was playing into his type doesn't mean he didn't do a good job. As Jimmy Martino, he was charming but also self-deprecating. The show and Stamos did a nice job of finding a way to make fun of the "John Stamos type" while still making the character believable and one you found yourself rooting for.

RUNNER-UP: Fred Savage, The Grinder (FOX) - It seemed as though The Grinder was all about Rob Lowe at first but it was Fred Savage in his return to acting who made the show as a very funny straight man with great timing to Lowe's antics.

Worth Mentioning: Ben Feldman, Superstore (NBC)/Rob Lowe, The Grinder (FOX)


BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A NEW COMEDY
America Ferrera, Superstore (NBC) - Often playing the straight woman to the wacky cast of characters around her, America Ferrera returned to TV as the heart of Superstore. Shows with an ensemble like Superstore's only work if there's a stable center of the show and Ferrera as Amy Dubanowski provided that. On top of that, she had funny line delivery and great chemistry with Ben Feldman.

RUNNER-UP: Paget Brewster, Grandfathered (FOX) - Paget Brewster, long known as Prentiss on Criminal Minds, returned to comedy many years after her memorable Friends arc and she was a perfect foil to John Stamos on the show.

Worth Mentioning: Maggie Lawson, Angel From Hell (CBS)/Jenna Fischer, You Me and the Apocalypse (NBC)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A NEW COMEDY
Mark McKinney, Superstore (NBC) - As the awkward boss of Cloud 9, Glenn Sturgis, Mark McKinney was often a scene stealer in Superstore. Though he has no idea how to interact with people, he truly strives to be a good boss and encourage others. He's like a more awkward and less socially aware Michael Scott, if that's even possible to imagine. Coupled with his high pitched voice, he is the most memorable of a strong cast of characters in Superstore.

RUNNER-UP: Josh Peck, Grandfathered (FOX) - Josh Peck was another in the strong group of cast members of Grandfathered. Always earnest and well-meaning, he played the wide-eyed and innocent part quite well.

Worth Mentioning: Thomas Sadoski, Life in Pieces (CBS)/William Devane, The Grinder (FOX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A NEW COMEDY
Giselle Eisenberg, Life in Pieces (CBS) - The precocious youngest child is something of a stereotype in family sitcoms but that doesn't mean it can't be done very well and Giselle Eisenberg accomplished that as a wise beyond her years Sophia Hughes. Showing more comedic timing than many of her much older fellow actors, Eisenberg stole every scene she was in with a sarcastic quip here or there. I hope they give her more to do next season.

RUNNER-UP: Nichole Bloom, Superstore (NBC) - As I've mentioned already, Superstore had a fantastic cast of characters. Nichole Bloom played the ditzy pregnant teen very well. I hope they give her character more depth in the future but she had a funny arc this year.

Worth Mentioning: Mary Elizabeth Ellis, The Grinder (FOX)/Lauren Ash, Superstore (NBC)


WORST NEW COMEDY
Dr. Ken (ABC) - The most cringe-worthy new show of the season was Dr. Ken. I admit I didn't watch anything beyond the pilot so maybe it got better but the pilot was just horrible with Ken Jeong horribly overacting and mugging in every single scene. What was an OK premise and decent supporting cast was intolerable because of Jeong. Since it got renewed maybe I'll see if it got any better but it had a long, long way to go from my perspective.

RUNNER-UP: Telenovela (NBC) - I just didn't get this soap opera parody at all. Maybe you have to be a soap fan to appreciate what they were trying to do here but I have the feeling it was just an ill-conceived, poorly acted show.

Worth Mentioning: Truth Be Told (NBC)/Crowded (NBC)

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, May 23

Monday night has the performance finale nights of both Dancing with the Stars and The Voice. As usual, the Dancing finale leads into the season premiere of perennial summer show The Bachelorette while NBC has the season finale of Blindspot. Meanwhile, CBS has the first of three primetime specials of The Price is Right using reality TV stars followed by the final two episodes of the season of The Odd Couple. FOX has the season finale of Gotham.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 The Bachelorette (Season Premiere)

CBS
8:00 The Price is Right Primetime Special: Survivor Edition (SPECIAL)
9:00 The Odd Couple #24 "All the Residents' Men"
9:30 The Odd Couple #25 "The Ex-Factor" (Season Finale)
10:00 Person of Interest #96 "A More Perfect Union"

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Blindspot #23 "Why Await Life's End" (Season Finale)

FOX
8:00 Gotham #44 "Transference" (Season Finale)
9:00 Houdini & Doyle #4 "Spring-Heel'd Jack"