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Sunday, April 22, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: April 23-29, 2018

Here's a look at Week #31!

ABC
ABC has a mix of repeats and new episodes this week. Tuesday brings repeats of four of the first five episodes of Roseanne followed by a special airing of Deception. It will be interesting to see how Deception does in a different slot. Wednesday brings two airings of Alex, Inc. with repeat lead-ins and a number similar to last week's 0.6 demo seems likely for this show which is sort of being treated like a burn-off. Thursday is the season premiere of Quantico, which did not do anything to deserve a third season last year and will probably be a big drop off from the already diminished Scandal.

MONDAY
8:00 American Idol
10:00 The Crossing

TUESDAY
8:00 Roseanne (Repeat)
8:30 Roseanne (Repeat)
9:00 Roseanne (Repeat)
9:30 Roseanne (Repeat)
10:00 Deception

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
8:30 Alex, Inc.
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 Alex, Inc.
10:00 Designated Survivor

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Station 19
10:00 Quantico (Season Premiere)

FRIDAY
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 American Idol (Repeat)
10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (Repeat)

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 American Idol
10:00 Deception

CBS
CBS has repeats to start the week but they are new from Wednesday on. Wednesday has the season premiere of Code Black, which has now cheated death twice.

MONDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 Mom (Repeat)
9:30 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
10:00 The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special (Special)

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

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Survivor
9:00 SEAL Team
10:00 Code Black (Season Premiere)

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

FRIDAY
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
10:00 Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom
9:00 NCIS: New Orleans (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours

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

NBC
NBC is mostly new except for the Dick Wolf duo of Law & Order: SVU and Chicago PD on Wednesday and of course, Will & Grace, on Thursday. Why is NBC still airing the Will & Grace repeat/Champions combo on Thursday nights?

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Good Girls

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Rise
10:00 Chicago Med

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Blacklist
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 A.P. Bio
9:00 Will & Grace (Repeat)
9:30 Champions
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 Blindspot
9:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 NHL Hockey Playoffs

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 Genius Junior
10:00 Timeless

FOX
FOX has its regular schedule until Thursday when they air two straight days of NFL Draft coverage, giving competition to ESPN and helping people get used to the NFL on FOX on Thursday nights ahead of the arrival of Thursday Night Football. FOX is back to normal on Sunday.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 The Resident

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 LA to Vegas
9:30 New Girl

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star

THURSDAY
8:00 2018 NFL Draft (Special)

FRIDAY
8:00 2018 NFL Draft (Special)

SATURDAY
8:00 Motorcycle Racing/Boxing

SUNDAY
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Last Man on Earth

CW
The CW is all new all week. Tuesday has the season premiere of The 100, which is getting the latest premiere on the CW this season, but still has a chance to return if it does well. The Friday Dynasty/Life Sentence combo begins this week and that will be pretty ugly.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 iZombie

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

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale
9:00 The Originals

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Dynasty
9:00 Life Sentence

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- ABC has given a series order to the untitled Goldbergs spinoff. After passing on the pilot last year, ABC aired it as a special episode this year and has now decided to give it a go. It will center on supporting Goldbergs characters played by Tim Meadows, Bryan Callen, and AJ Michalka and will be set in the 1990s or the decade after The Goldbergs.

- NBC has yanked Taken off the schedule and it will finish its season 2 run on Saturdays at 8PM starting May 26. NBC will air two hours of Dateline for the time being. Despite the low pressure Friday slot, Taken has posted embarrassingly low numbers. It was a surprise renewal for this year but a season 3 seems even more unlikely.

- Another yanking: CBS has yanked Living Biblically off the schedule in a de facto cancellation. It could return to the schedule at a later date but that's iffy at best. It will be replaced for the time being by repeats of The Big Bang Theory.

- CBS announced renewals for dramas NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, Bull, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, and Madam Secretary as well as reality shows Survivor, The Amazing Race, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Aside from Madam Secretary, these were all pretty expected. Still on the bubble for CBS is Scorpion, Criminal Minds, Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan, Life in Pieces, and Superior Donuts while freshmen 9JKL, Instinct, and the just yanked Living Biblically are unlikely to come back. Code Black and Elementary return to the schedule in the next couple weeks and CBS may not make a decision on those two shows before Upfronts.

- ABC renewed Grey's Anatomy for its 15th season. The long running medical drama is a cornerstone of the ABC lineup and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

SPECIAL COMMENTARY: Scandal - A Cautionary Tale











Scandal ends tonight on ABC after seven seasons and 124 episodes and I have been all over the map with this show.

I don't remember being super excited about Scandal when it was first announced at the 2011 Upfronts. Despite being a political drama, which I am generally interested in, I wasn't too excited about the idea of a "fixer" (remember, this was well before the Trump presidency when that was an everyday term). When it premiered in April 2012, I gave lots of praise to Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in my pilot review, but I didn't think it was a runaway blockbuster and viewers agreed as it premiered to decent but still modest numbers.

Then came Season 2 and Scandal morphed from a fairly tame show that mostly followed a case of the week to a twist-filled, "OMG" moment drama that became must see TV every Thursday night. The show started a meteoric rise in the ratings and became one of the most talked about shows on TV. There was a time in its second season where I probably would have said Scandal was my favorite show on TV. The breakneck pace of storytelling and the constant ability to surprise was so exciting and the diverse cast was dynamite. I think in the back of my head, I knew it was not sustainable over many seasons but I was going to enjoy the ride while it lasted.

Phase three of Scandal came over the next couple years where Scandal did not maintain the consistently strong storytelling but it was still capable of being one of TV's best. Episodes like "The Lawn Chair" or storylines like the Republican Primary with Mellie Grant, Susan Ross, and Hollis Doyle were as good as anything Scandal ever offered. But it was clear that this show didn't always know where it was going and as stories got convoluted and twisted around, it started to all feel like a lot of "the same." Sometimes I'll think back and realize I don't even remember what happened to certain characters who were major players at one point while other characters like Olivia's mother and father just kept having stories that went in circles. I can remember almost everything about that wild second season but I feel like I can barely remember any details from some of the later seasons even though they happened more recently.

The final, sad phase of Scandal happened this year where it became a show I could care less about. I found it becoming one of those Modern Family-like shows where I'm watching it out of obligation. There's a few other shows ending this year that I'm still watching: I still love The Middle (more on that in a couple weeks) and I still think New Girl has some great moments. But Scandal? It's been an awfully long time since I've enjoyed it though I thought last week gave me a little hope that the series finale might recover a little spark. Scandal was never going to be a show that runs for hundreds of episodes like Law & Order: SVU or its lead-in for its entire run, Grey's Anatomy (remember when Grey's seemed like a show that was on its way out and Scandal was as hot as it comes?) But Scandal burned brighter and burned out quicker than a lot of shows. And why did that happen?

I think more than anything, it became a victim of its own hype. When Scandal first started getting hot, everyone was caught by surprise and I think that even includes Shonda Rhimes and the cast. When they were making the episodes that became so buzzworthy, they were just focused on interesting storytelling. Then came the live tweeting, the magazine covers, the talk show appearances, and the hype. And Scandal started to feel the need to outdo itself. Cast members would add to the hype by talking about their jaws dropping open at the table reads. ABC would hype it to no end with the latest "OMG you will never believe this twist" teases. Shonda and her team of writers seemed to focus far more on plot twists than actual plots and soon enough Scandal became a mess. It was like an alcoholic's life. At first, it was tantalizing and fun. Then it was sometimes fun but sometimes problematic and finally, it was just sad and troubled. Despite the best efforts of the cast this week, there seems to be very little interest in Scandal's series finale. Fans have abandoned ship over the years of weak storytelling and there aren't all that many left.

And that is a shame because there were so many good things about Scandal from its progressive storylines to its slick production quality. Most of all, it had a terrific cast led by the incomparable Kerry Washington, the first black female lead in a drama in decades who earned much deserved acclaim for her role and became a fashion icon. Washington's performance is what hooked me on Scandal in the first place and she's probably the main reason I still watch even if they have done some terrible things with her character. So I will watch the final Scandal tonight and hope it gives me some satisfaction for the years I've stuck with it. And maybe someday I'll go back and watch the first couple seasons to remember all this show was and could have been.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WEEKLY RECAP: April 9-15, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #28. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.5    3rd week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.4    20th week
3. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 2.0    19th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.9    19th week
    Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.9    12th week
    Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 1.9    17th week
7. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.7    18th week
8. American Idol (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.6    5th week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.6    19th week
10. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.4    19th week
      Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.4    16th week
12. Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    7th week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    18th week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    20th week
    Star (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    12th week
    American Idol (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.3    6th week
17. Splitting Up Together (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.2    3rd week
      America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.2    3rd week
19. Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.1    13th week
      American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.1    15th week
      Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.1    13th week
      Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 1.1    13th week
      Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 9:30pm) - 1.1    9th week
      60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.1    14th week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. iZombie (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.2    6th week
    Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.2    17th week
3. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.4    16th week
    Champions (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.4    5th week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.4    17th week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.4    16th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:18pm) - 0.4    25th week
    Taken (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.4    11th week
9. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.5    11th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.5    17th week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:18pm) - 0.5    15th week
    Timeless (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.5    4th week
13. Living Biblically (CBS, Monday 9:30pm) - 0.6    4th week
      For the People (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.6    2nd week
      The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 0.6    9th week
     Designated Survivor (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.6    12th week
    A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 0.6    6th week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 9:16pm) - 0.6    15th week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.6    2nd week
    Genius Junior (NBC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.6    3rd week
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 0.6    11th week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.8 million    3rd week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 12.8 million    20th week
3. Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 11.7 million    17th week
4. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 10.6 million    23rd week
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.9 million    19th week
6. Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 8.9 million    16th week
7. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:12pm) - 8.2 million    18th week
8. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.0 million    19th week
9. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 7.8 million    18th week
10. American Idol (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.7 million    5th week
11. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 7.5 million    6th week
      Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:12pm) - 7.5 million    19th week
13. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 7.0 million    18th week
14. Chicago Med (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 6.5 million    13th week
      Life in Pieces (CBS, Thursday 9:30pm) - 6.5 million    11th week
16. MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 6.4 million    16th week
      American Idol (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 6.4 million    6th week
18. SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 6.2 million    12th week
19. America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 6.1 million    1st week
20. Chicago PD (NBC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 5.9 million    11th week
     Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 5.9 million    1st week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6 million    17th week
2. iZombie (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.8 million    6th week
3. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.1 million    17th week
4. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.4 million    16th week
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.4 million    15th week
6. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.5 million    11th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.5 million    18th week
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.5 million    Special Airing
9. Champions (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 1.7 million    3rd week
10. New Girl (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.8 million    1st week (New Season)
     The Flash (CW, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8 million    17th week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:18pm) - 1.8 million    15th week
    Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.8 million    9th week
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.8 million    15th week
15. 20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:18pm) - 1.9 million    18th week
16. A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.0 million    6th week
17. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.2 million    12th week
      Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    16th week
19. The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    6th week
20. Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.4 million    12th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - American Idol (ABC)    1st week
Tuesday - The Middle (ABC)    3rd week
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)    4th week
Thursday - Chicago Fire (NBC)    3rd week
Friday - None
Sunday - America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)    3rd week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Scorpion (CBS)    2nd week
Tuesday - New Girl (FOX)    1st week (New Season)
Wednesday - The Blacklist (NBC)    2nd week
Thursday - Champions (NBC)    2nd week
Friday - Masterchef Junior (FOX)    2nd week
Sunday - Timeless (NBC)    1st week

Sunday, April 15, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: April 16-22, 2018

Here's a look at Week #30!

ABC
ABC has a mostly new week with some repeats on Wednesday. A special airing of Alex, Inc. gets the post-Roseanne slot for the week which should easily help the low-rated Wednesday show get more exposure. Thursday night brings the series finale of Scandal but there seems to be little interest in the once very popular show especially since its 10pm move a few weeks ago. I'll have more thoughts on Scandal on Thursday so check back!

MONDAY
8:00 American Idol
10:00 The Crossing

TUESDAY
8:00 Roseanne
8:30 Alex, Inc.
9:00 Black-ish
9:30 Splitting Up Together
10:00 For the People

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs (Repeat)
8:30 Alex, Inc.
9:00 Modern Family (Repeat)
9:30 American Housewife (Repeat)
10:00 Designated Survivor

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Station 19
10:00 Scandal (SERIES FINALE)

FRIDAY
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10:00 20/20

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

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 American Idol
10:00 Deception

CBS
CBS has an all new week with two season finales: Scorpion on Monday and a two hour Criminal Minds on Wednesday. Neither show is renewed yet. Both are expected to come back, though a surprise cancellation for either one wouldn't be shocking. Blue Bloods is preempted on Friday for a Meghan Markle special.

MONDAY
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
8:30 Man with a Plan
9:00 Superior Donuts
9:30 Living Biblically
10:00 Scorpion (Season Finale)

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS
9:00 Bull
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Survivor
9:00 Criminal Minds (Season Finale)

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

FRIDAY
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
10:00 Meghan Markle: American Princess (Special)

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom
9:00 NCIS (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours

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

NBC
NBC is all new this week with its regular lineup. I don't know why they are keeping Champions on the air, but they are.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Good Girls

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Rise
10:00 Chicago Med

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 A.P. Bio
9:00 Will & Grace (Repeat)
9:30 Champions
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 Blindspot
9:00 Taken
10:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 NHL Hockey Playoffs

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 Genius Junior
10:00 Timeless

FOX
FOX is all new all week too. Not too much to see here!

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 The Resident

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 LA to Vegas
9:30 New Girl

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star

THURSDAY
8:00 Gotham
9:00 Showtime at the Apollo

FRIDAY
8:00 Masterchef Junior

SATURDAY
8:00 NASCAR Racing

SUNDAY
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Last Man on Earth

CW
The CW has season finales of Black Lightning and Jane the Virgin this week. Both will be back next season. The season premiere of the final season of The Originals is Wednesday.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 iZombie

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash
9:00 Black Lightning (Season Finale)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale
9:00 The Originals (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Dynasty
9:00 Jane the Virgin (Season Finale)

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- CBS has renewed Mom for a sixth season. Airing after hit freshman Young Sheldon has helped Mom quite a bit as it is one of the few shows that is up in the ratings from last season. Mom joins The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, S.W.A.T., and SEAL Team on the early renewal list for CBS.

- Later in the week, CBS also announced a renewal for veteran drama NCIS for its 16th (!) season. Series star Mark Harmon signed a deal to continue with the show, which paved a way for a renewal that was never in doubt.

- NBC announced that new sci-fi drama Reverie will premiere May 30 at 10pm while Marlon will begin its second season with a double batch of episodes on June 14 at 9pm.

- The CW announced that summer dramas The Outpost and Burden of Truth will premiere on consecutive nights in July: July 10 and 11 at 8pm. Additionally, returning unscripted summer shows Whose Line is it Anyway, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and Masters of Illusion all have June premiere dates.

- Among the season finale date announcement by ABC were the announcements of series finales for two long running shows. Once Upon a Time will come to an end on May 18 at 8pm while the one hour series finale of The Middle airs on May 22 at 8:30pm.

- NBC announced the second season of comedy Trial & Error will begin on July 19 with back to back episodes at 9pm. This season will feature Kristin Chenoweth as the accused and is subtitled Lady Killer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WEEKLY RECAP: April 2-8, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #28. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 3.9    2nd week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.4    19th week
3. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 2.2    18th week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.9    18th week
    Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 1.9    16th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    17th week
    Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.8    11th week
8. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    18th week
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.7    17th week
10. Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.5    6th week
    Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    18th week
    American Idol (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.5    5th week
    60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.5    13th week
14. American Idol (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.4    4th week
    Splitting Up Together (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.4    2nd week
    The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    19th week
17. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    19th week
      Star (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    11th week
      Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.3    15th week
20. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.2    10th week
      American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.2    14th week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Life Sentence (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.1    5th week
2. Dynasty (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.2    18th week
    Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.2    16th week
4. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.3    16th week
5. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.4    15th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.4    16th week
    Taken (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.4    10th week
8. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.5    10th week
    Champions (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.5    4th week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.5    15th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.5    24th week
12. Designated Survivor (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.6    11th week
    A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 0.6    5th week
    Showtime at the Apollo (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.6    6th week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6    14th week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.6    17th week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.6    1st week
    Timeless (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.6    3rd week
19. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.7    8th week
    The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7    18th week
    Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.7    7th week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7    14th week
    Deception (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    Genius Junior (NBC, Sunday 9:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 0.7    10th week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 15.4 million    2nd week
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 13.0 million    19th week
3. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 12.2 million    19th week
4. Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 11.7 million    16th week
5. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.0 million    19th week
    60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 11.0 million    22nd week
7. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.0 million    18th week
8. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 9.4 million    17th week
9. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 8.7 million    17th week
10. The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:30pm) - 8.4 million    5th week
    NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 8.4 million    19th week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.4 million    18th week
13. Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 8.3 million    15th week
14. Instinct (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 8.1 million    3rd week
      NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 8.1 million    17th week
16. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 8.0 million    18th week
17. American Idol (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.2 million    4th week
     American Idol (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 7.2 million    5th week
19. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 6.8 million    17th week
20. MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 6.7 million    15th week
      Little Big Shots (NBC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 6.7 million    3rd week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Life Sentence (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.4 million    5th week
2. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5 million    16th week
3. Dynasty (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7 million    18th week
4. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.9 million    16th week
5. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.2 million    15th week
6. Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.4 million    17th week
7. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.5 million    10th week
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.5 million    14th week
9. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.7 million    8th week
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.7 million    14th week
11. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.8 million    20th week
12. Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    13th week
13. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.0 million    11th week
     Champions (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 2.0 million    2nd week
15. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.1 million    14th week
16. A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.2 million    5th week
      Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    15th week
      The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.2 million    5th week
19. 20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 2.3 million    17th week
20. Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.5 million    11th week
      Timeless (NBC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 2.5 million    3rd week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Voice (NBC)    4th week
Tuesday - Roseanne (ABC)    2nd week
Wednesday - Survivor (CBS)    4th week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)    3rd week
Friday - None
Sunday - NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)    2nd week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Crossing (ABC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Tuesday - For the People (ABC)    2nd week
Wednesday - Designated Survivor (ABC)    4th week
Thursday - Arrow (CW)    3rd week
Friday - Jane the Virgin (CW)    1st week
Sunday - Deception (ABC)    2nd week

Sunday, April 8, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: April 9-15, 2018

Here's a look at Week #29!

ABC
ABC has its regular lineup all week except for Sunday night where the first interview with James Comey ahead of his book release will air instead of Deception and could draw a decent audience. Roseanne was down for week two but still easily TV's #1 show. It will be interesting to see how things go in week three. It will of course go down some more but probably less of a percentage drop than week one to week two.

MONDAY
8:00 American Idol
10:00 The Crossing

TUESDAY
8:00 Roseanne
8:30 The Middle
9:00 Black-ish
9:30 Splitting Up Together
10:00 For the People

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs
8:30 Alex, Inc.
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 American Housewife
10:00 Designated Survivor

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Station 19
10:00 Scandal

FRIDAY
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 The Crossing (Repeat)
9:00 Station 19 (Repeat)
10:00 20/20

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 American Idol
10:00 A Higher Loyalty: The Comey/Stephanopoulos Interview (Special)

CBS
CBS has its regular lineup except for Tuesday and Sunday. Tuesday has an Elton John Grammy special, which should do OK. Sunday has the Academy of Country Music Awards, which has gotten a lot of promotion and is hosted by Reba McEntire.

MONDAY
8:00 Kevin Can Wait
8:30 Man with a Plan
9:00 Superior Donuts
9:30 Living Biblically
10:00 Scorpion

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS (Repeat)
9:00 Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute (Special)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Survivor
9:00 SEAL Team
10:00 Criminal Minds

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

FRIDAY
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
10:00 Blue Bloods

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

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (Special)

NBC
NBC has its regular lineup all week including Thursday when they are planning to air repeats of Will & Grace in the 9pm slot for the rest of the season. They are giving Chicago Fire terrible lead-ins. They should cancel Champions, move Chicago Fire to 9pm for the rest of the season, and air repeats or Dateline at 10pm. That would be a little kinder to Fire and could hurt ABC's Station 19.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Good Girls

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Rise
10:00 Chicago Med

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Blacklist
9:00 Law & Order: SVU
10:00 Chicago PD

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 A.P. Bio
9:00 Will & Grace (Repeat)
9:30 Champions
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 Taken
9:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 NHL Hockey Playoffs

SUNDAY
7:00 Little Big Shots (Repeat)
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 Genius Junior
10:00 Timeless

FOX
FOX is in repeats on Monday but new the rest of the week including a double pump of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Sunday. Tuesday night has the season premiere of the final season of New Girl. It has gotten a lot of promotion but it's in a tough slot and so far past its prime, hence it being its final season.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
9:00 The Resident (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 LA to Vegas
9:30 New Girl (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star

THURSDAY
8:00 Gotham
9:00 Showtime at the Apollo

FRIDAY
8:00 Masterchef Junior

SATURDAY
8:00 UFC Fight Night

SUNDAY
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:30 The Last Man on Earth

CW
The CW has some specials and repeats mixed into its regular lineup. Monday has the season finale of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

MONDAY
8:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Season Finale)
9:00 iZombie

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash
9:00 Black Lightning

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Special)
9:30 Masters of Illusion (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day (Repeat - Special)
9:00 Jane the Virgin

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- The CW has renewed 11 series for next year. This includes no brainers like The Flash, Arrow, Supernatural (for its 14th season!), Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, and the new Black Lightning. It also includes critically acclaimed but low rated Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It will be Crazy's final season and could be Jane's as well. The biggest surprise renewal happened for Dynasty, but this is clearly a decision based on factors other than ratings since it got a 0.1 demo already this year. No decision has been made yet on Valor, Life Sentence, iZombie, or the yet to premiere The 100 though it seems like Valor and Life Sentence are as good as dead.

- NBC has decided that the upcoming Season 3 will be the last for Shades of Blue. The Jennifer Lopez cop drama will have its final season premiere on June 17 at 10pm.

- The CW has picked up the Canadian Kristen Kreuk drama Burden of Truth for a run this summer.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

PILOT REVIEW: The Crossing

THE CROSSING













Starring: Steve Zahn, Natalie Martinez, Sandrine Holt, Tommy Bastow, Rob Campbell, Rick Gomez, Marcuis W. Harris, Grant Harvey, Jay Karnes, Simone Kessell, Kelley Missal, Luc Roderique, Bailey Skodje

Created by Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie
Written by Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie, Directed by Rob Bowman

THE PREMISE
The Crossing is a new sci-fi drama about a small Oregon town that is upended when refugees start showing up, fleeing a war. The sci-fi element to this is the refugees are escaping the United States from 180 years in the future and coming back to the "gold old days" of America, a.k.a. present day. At the center is local Sheriff Jude Ellis (Steve Zahn) who is clashing with Federal Agent Emma Ren (Sandrine Holt) while also working with one of the refugees who showed up later, Reece (Natalie Martinez). Rounding out the rest of the cast are agents and refugees, including some who may have special powers and others who may have been around a lot longer than the ones who just arrived.

THE REVIEW
Lost was an iconic show on ABC but it premiered in 2004. Here we are nearly 14 years later and networks, especially ABC, are still trying to find the next one. In fact, the announcer said right before The Crossing premiered it was "from the network that brought you Lost." So while there were definitely intriguing elements of The Crossing and I'll get to that, there is no part of me that thinks it is going to have a different fate than shows like Invasion, The Event, Resurrection, Believe, Last Resort, The River, etc. And that is to say, it has a cool hook for a premise, but it seems likely it will open a lot of doors and will either struggle to answer things
and/or get cancelled before it has a chance to.

Of course, as is so often the case with these shows, it is a good premise. I like the idea of a time travel show but where present day America is trying to figure out future America, not to mention being seen as the "good old days." I know it's not the first time travel show to deal with the future, but it does feel a little bit different especially after the onslaught of time travel shows last season that all went to various times in history. The opening was bizarre and although the premise is interesting, it was a slow burn. The show struggled to immediately have a "moment" which is important in pilots for shows like this.

The cast is solid though I feel like I have seen a lot of them on failed ABC shows over the years. I liked Steve Zahn as the sheriff even if he's playing the common type of authoritative small town leader clashing with the feds. Sandrine Holt and Natalie Martinez are always solid and I feel like I've seen them in a lot of shows. They've actually always reminded me of each other so I don't know how good it is that they're in the same show and playing very different types of characters. So I liked some elements of the pilot, I just know where this is going to go and I don't mean the exact story, I mean the general trajectory. Maybe someday we'll truly have the next Lost, but I don't think it will be a show that's so transparently trying to replicate that lightning in a bottle.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Against my better judgement, I'll probably watch one more.

WEEKLY RECAP: March 26-April 1, 2018

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #27. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 5.2    1st week (NEW SHOW)
2. Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.6    5th week
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.5    18th week
4. Splitting Up Together (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.1    1st week (NEW SHOW)
5. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.0    17th week
    Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.0    10th week
    Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.0    15th week
8. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.8    16th week
9. American Idol (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.7    3rd week
    The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 1.7    18th week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    16th week
    Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    17th week
13. American Idol (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.6    4th week
14. Star (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.5    10th week
15. The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    18th week
    Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.4    17th week
    Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.4    14th week
18. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    18th week
      The Voice (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.3    Special Airing
20. Station 19 (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.2    2nd week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Life Sentence (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.1    4th week
2. iZombie (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.2    5th week
    Dynasty (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.2    17th week
    Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.2    15th week
5. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.3    17th week
    Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.3    9th week
7. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.4    14th week
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.4    15th week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.4    23rd week
10. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.5    9th week
    Champions (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 0.5    3rd week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.5    14th week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5    13th week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.5    16th week
15. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.6    7th week
    A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 0.6    4th week
    Showtime at the Apollo (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.6    5th week
    Blindspot (NBC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6    16th week
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.6    13th week
    Instinct (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 0.6    1st week
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Friday 9:30pm) - 0.6    9th week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Roseanne (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 18.4 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
2. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Thursday 8:00pm) - 13.3 million    18th week
3. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 11.9 million    18th week
    Young Sheldon (CBS, Thursday 8:30pm) - 11.9 million    15th week
5. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.6 million    18th week
6. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.5 million    17th week
7. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 9.5 million    18th week
8. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 9.0 million    16th week
9. Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 8.6 million    1st week
    Mom (CBS, Thursday 9:00pm) - 8.6 million    14th week
11. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 8.5 million    18th week
12. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 8.4 million    16th week
13. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 8.3 million    21st week
14. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.2 million    17th week
15. American Idol (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 7.8 million    3rd week
      Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 7.8 million    17th week
17. American Idol (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 7.5 million    4th week
18. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 7.1 million    16th week
      NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 7.1 million    16th week
20. Splitting Up Together (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 7.0 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Life Sentence (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.4 million    4th week
2. iZombie (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.7 million    5th week
    Dynasty (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7 million    17th week
4. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.8 million    15th week
5. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.0 million    17th week
6. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.1 million    15th week
7. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.3 million    14th week
8. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.4 million    13th week
9. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 1.5 million    7th week
10. Black Lightning (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.6 million    9th week
11. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.8 million    19th week
      Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.8 million    13th week
13. Champions (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 1.9 million    1st week
    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.9 million    13th week
15. LA to Vegas (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.0 million    10th week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.0 million    16th week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.0 million    14th week
    Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.0 million    12th week
19. A.P. Bio (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 2.1 million    4th week
      Taken (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.1 million    7th week
      The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.1 million    4th week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Good Doctor (ABC)    5th week
Tuesday - Roseanne (ABC)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Wednesday - Criminal Minds (CBS)    1st week
Thursday - Supernatural (CW)    2nd week
Friday - Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)    5th week
Sunday - American Idol (ABC)    2nd week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Kevin Can Wait (CBS)    1st week
Tuesday - Rise (NBC)    1st week
Wednesday - Life Sentence (CW)    3rd week
Thursday - Scandal (ABC)    2nd week
Friday - Taken (NBC)    4th week
Sunday - Instinct (CBS)    1st week

Sunday, April 1, 2018

THE WEEK AHEAD: April 2-8, 2018

Here's a look at Week #28!

ABC
ABC was extremely busy with premieres in March and they have one more for April, The Crossing, which premieres Monday night at 10pm. With little buzz and airing against the NCAA Championship Game, it will certainly be no The Good Doctor, but I think it may even struggle to hit a 1.0 demo. Roseanne had a mammoth premiere and even if it drops half of its audience, it will still be huge. I'm guessing somewhere around a 3.0 demo and maybe 12-14 million viewers. It should help The Middle get a nice boost for its beginning of the final run of episodes. It will also be interesting to see how the next episodes of Splitting Up Together, Alex, Inc., and Station 19 fare.

MONDAY
8:00 American Idol
10:00 The Crossing (SERIES PREMIERE)

TUESDAY
8:00 Roseanne
8:30 The Middle
9:00 Black-ish
9:30 Splitting Up Together
10:00 For the People

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs
8:30 Alex, Inc.
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 American Housewife
10:00 Designated Survivor

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Station 19
10:00 Scandal

FRIDAY
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City at Houston

SUNDAY
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat)
8:00 American Idol
10:00 Deception

CBS
CBS has some repeats sprinkled in this week but is mostly new. Saturday has the season premiere of Ransom, which is cheap to produce but still got a surprising renewal.

MONDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
8:30 Young Sheldon (Repeat)
9:00 The Big Bang Theory (Repeat)
9:30 Living Biblically
10:00 NCIS (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 NCIS
9:00 Bull
10:00 NCIS: New Orleans

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Survivor
9:00 NCIS (Repeat)
10:00 Criminal Minds

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

FRIDAY
8:00 MacGyver
9:00 Hawaii Five-0
10:00 Blue Bloods

SATURDAY
8:00 Ransom (Season Premiere)
9:00 NCIS
10:00 48 Hours

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

NBC
NBC is coming off a really rough week but maybe things will stabilize a bit for them this week. It will be interesting to see how the Tuesday lineup fares after it got crushed by Roseanne-led ABC this week. Thursday has the season finale of Will & Grace after its not been too impressive lately.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 Good Girls

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 Rise
10:00 Chicago Med

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Blacklist
9:00 Law & Order: SVU (Repeat)
10:00 Chicago PD (Repeat)

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 A.P. Bio
9:00 Will & Grace (Season Finale)
9:30 Champions
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 Taken
9:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 Will & Grace (Repeat)
8:30 Superstore (Repeat)
9:00 Dateline NBC
10:00 Saturday Night Live (Repeat)

SUNDAY
7:00 Dateline NBC
8:00 Little Big Shots
9:00 Genius Junior
10:00 Timeless

FOX
FOX is taking off Monday and Lethal Weapon continues its hiatus (why didn't FOX give it 22 episodes?). The rest of the week is pretty normal including the season and possibly series finale of The Mick on Tuesday.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer (Repeat)
9:00 The Resident (Repeat)

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon (Repeat)
9:00 LA to Vegas
9:30 The Mick (Season Finale)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star

THURSDAY
8:00 Gotham
9:00 Showtime at the Apollo

FRIDAY
8:00 Masterchef Junior
9:00 The Resident (Repeat)

SATURDAY
8:00 Masterchef Junior (Repeat)
9:00 Showtime at the Apollo (Repeat)

SUNDAY
7:00 Bob's Burgers (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Last Man on Earth

CW
The CW is mostly new except for repeats of The Flash and Riverdale and a Penn & Teller special on Monday. Life Sentence has its final Wednesday airing before its banished to Fridays.

MONDAY
8:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00 Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day (Special)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
9:00 Black Lightning

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale (Repeat)
9:00 Life Sentence

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Dynasty
9:00 Jane the Virgin

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- CBS renewed freshman dramas SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. for a second season. Neither one was a huge surprise despite middling ratings because SEAL Team has been a big priority for CBS and S.W.A.T. has arguably over-performed in its Thursday timeslot. I think S.W.A.T. deserved the renewal but I may have cut ties with SEAL Team if I was in charge. It was completely set up for success and hasn't done much with its good timeslot. The two freshman dramas join The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon on the CBS renewal list for next year.

- After posting a 0.1 demo in just its fourth episode, the CW will be benching Life Sentence to Fridays after one more Wednesday airing. In its place will be the fifth and final season of The Originals, which was originally planned for Fridays. It will premiere on April 18 while Life Sentence will begin its Friday run on April 27.

- After its mammoth premiere this week, ABC moved quickly and renewed Roseanne on Friday for 2018-19. It will be the second season of the revival and 11th overall for the comedy. Season 2 will be for 13 episodes, which is up from the 9 they will air this season.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

PILOT REVIEW: Alex, Inc.

ALEX, INC.













Starring: Zach Braff, Tiya Sircar, Hillary Anne Matthews, Elisha Hening, Audyssie James, and Michael Imperioli

Created by Matt Tarses
From the Podcast "Start Up" by Gimlet Media, Inc.
Written by Matt Tarses, Directed by Zach Braff

THE PREMISE
Alex, Inc. is the newest family sitcom to join the ABC lineup. This one is centered on Alex Schuman (Zach Braff), a radio host who quits his job abruptly and decides to start his own podcast company with cousin Eddie (Michael Imperioli) and assistant Deirdre (Hillary Anne Matthews). This sudden life change also requires some understanding from his wife, Rooni (Tiya Sircar) and kids Ben and Soraya (Elisha Hening and Audyssie James).

THE REVIEW
This pilot was sort of a tale of two shows and the direction they go in from here will go a long way to determining if it joins my long list of ABC sitcoms on my watch list. There were two distinct plots going on in the pilot. One was centered on the family and the other on the workplace and they really only integrated a little bit. Although Zach Braff is strong all the way through the pilot (and he directed it as well!), there was definitely a storyline I was much more invested in.

What I liked what was the family. There's a refreshing mixed race marriage at the center of it and a very easy chemistry between Zach Braff and Tiya Sircar. They had some funny interactions with each other and I like where their relationship is headed. And in contrast to Splitting Up Together yesterday, the kids seem very promising, especially the quirky Elisha Hening as the magic-obsessed Ben. The scene at the school with the magic act was predictable but surprisingly endearing. There's a general sweetness with the whole family but it was also funny and a little bit sarcastic.

Not nearly as interesting was the workplace story. Aside from a podcast company not being a very interesting setting, I didn't care for those scenes despite Braff continuing to be strong. Michael Imperioli did not make much of an impact here, I don't think he does comedy all that well. And Hillary Anne Matthews' character barely seemed real and was much closer to a caricature, not to mention annoying. I know the podcast is part of the main plot of this show but I think they would be wise to focus much more on the family. If they're going to do podcast storylines, they'll need some good guest roles to keep it afloat I think.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I'm half hopeful about this show. Maybe half plus a little more thanks to Zach Braff.