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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

QUICK HITS: FOX Midseason Schedule Suggestion

Over the next couple weeks, I will be giving midseason schedule suggestions for all the networks, starting with FOX! Considering the state of most of their nights, FOX has shockingly little on the bench and I think that will make for a rough spring.

MONDAYS
(Jan)
8:00 The X-Files
9:00 9-1-1

(Apr)
8:00 New Girl
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00 9-1-1
I think the general consensus is that The X-Files will pair with The Resident at midseason, but I think that's a bad idea because The Resident looks terrible in my opinion. I would combine it with Ryan Murphy's 9-1-1 and start the lineup in mid January (while taking two weeks off when NBC is airing the Olympics). In late spring, I would burn off the final season of New Girl and what will probably be the final season of the very low rated Brooklyn Nine-Nine too.

TUESDAYS
(Jan)
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 The Mick
9:30 LA to Vegas

(Mar)
8:00 The Four
9:00 Lethal Weapon
I would give LA to Vegas a football preview during the playoffs but I'm not too excited about its prospects so I would slot it in the current Brooklyn Nine-Nine slot. In March, I would try the new singing competition The Four and let Lethal Weapon slide back an hour temporarily.

WEDNESDAYS
(Jan)
8:00 Masterchef Junior
9:00 The Resident

(late March)
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star
Empire and Star are a good pair and will stay together so when they're off in the winter, I would air the always reliable Masterchef Junior into the new The Resident. It still gives Resident a decent slot, but not airing after their biggest midseason prospect (The X-Files).

THURSDAYS
8:00 Gotham
9:00 Lucifer
I would slide Lucifer over to Thursdays once The Orville ends. It was a good pair with Gotham on Mondays and I think it will help keep Thursdays afloat.

FRIDAYS
8:00 Showtime at the Apollo
9:00 Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back
I would let Fridays go unscripted and try Showtime at the Apollo with the latest Gordon Ramsay series. This won't do much but it won't be an epic bomb like The Exorcist.

SUNDAYS
7:00 Encores
7:30 Bob's Burgers
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Ghosted
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Last Man on Earth
I would actually leave Sundays alone. I'd imagine LA to Vegas will go here but I think they're better leaving well enough alone.

ENDING: The Gifted, Hell's Kitchen, The Orville
These three shows have limited episode orders so they won't air all year.

CANCEL: The Exorcist

WEEKLY RECAP: October 9-15, 2017

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #3. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted.

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.9    3rd week
2. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.8    3rd week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.4    3rd week
    The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.4    3rd week
5. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:30pm) - 2.3    2nd week
6. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.1    3rd week
7. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 2.0    3rd week
    Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.0    3rd week
9. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.8    3rd week
    Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.8    3rd week
11. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.7    3rd week
12. The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.5    3rd week
     Star (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.5    3rd week
14. 9JKL (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 1.4    2nd week
    The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    2nd week
    NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    3rd week
    American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.4    3rd week
18. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.3    2nd week
    Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    2nd week
    Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.3    1st week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.2    1st week (New Season)
2. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.3    1st week (NEW SHOW)
    Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 0.3    1st week (NEW SHOW)
    Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.3    1st week (New Season)
5. The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.4    3rd week
    The Toy Box (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.4    3rd week
    Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.4    3rd week
8. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.5    1st week (New Season)
9. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.6    1st week (New Season)
    Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.6    1st week (New Season)
    Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.6    3rd week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.6    3rd week
13. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7    3rd week
    Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.7    1st week (New Season)
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 10:30pm) - 0.7    2nd week
17. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 0.8    1st week (New Season)
    MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    3rd week
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 0.8    3rd week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.6 million    3rd week
2. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:30pm) - 13.4 million    3rd week
3. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 13.1 million    3rd week
4. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.3 million    3rd week
5. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 11.1 million    3rd week
6. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.0 million    3rd week
7. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.9 million    3rd week
8. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 10.7 million    3rd week
9. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 9.5 million    3rd week
10. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.3 million    3rd week
11. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 9.0 million    3rd week
12. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 8.7 million    3rd week
13. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 8.5 million    3rd week
14. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 8.1 million    3rd week
15. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.0 million    3rd week
      SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 8.0 million    3rd week
      Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS, Sunday 8:30pm) - 8.0 million    3rd week
18. 9JKL (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 7.0 million    2nd week
19. Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 6.7 million    3rd week
      MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 6.7 million    1st week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.6 million    1st week (New Season)
2. Jane the Virgin (CW, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7 million    1st week (New Season)
3. Valor (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.2 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
4. Dynasty (CW, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.3 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
5. The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.4 million    3rd week
6. Arrow (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.5 million    1st week (New Season)
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.7 million    3rd week
    DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.7 million    1st week (New Season)
9. Supergirl (CW, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.9 million    1st week (New Season)
10. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.0 million    3rd week
11. Supernatural (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.1 million    1st week (New Season)
12. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.2 million    3rd week
13. Riverdale (CW, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.3 million    1st week (New Season)
    Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.3 million    3rd week
    The Toy Box (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 2.3 million    3rd week
16. Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 2.4 million    2nd week
      Ghosted (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 2.4 million    3rd week
18. Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.5 million    3rd week
19. Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 2.6 million    3rd week
20. Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.7 million    2nd week
      20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 2.7 million    3rd week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Good Doctor (ABC)    2nd week
Tuesday - DC's Legends of Tomorrow (CW)    1st week (New Season)
Wednesday - Riverdale (CW)    1st week (New Season)
Thursday - The Good Place (NBC)    1st week
Friday - Dateline NBC (NBC)    1st week
Sunday - Shark Tank (ABC)    1st week

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Supergirl (CW)    1st week (New Season)
Tuesday - Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)    1st week
Wednesday - Dynasty (CW)    1st week (NEW SHOW)
Thursday - Scandal (ABC)    1st week
Friday - Marvel's Inhumans (CW)    1st week
Sunday - Madam Secretary (CBS)    1st week

Sunday, October 15, 2017

THE WEEK AHEAD: October 16-22, 2017

Here's a look at Week #4!

ABC
Week #4 has another week of the regular lineup for ABC except Grey's Anatomy will be preempted for Halloween specials including the seminal "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." While that always does well, the lack of Grey's could bring Scandal to an outright series low after it tied it this past week. It will be interesting once again to see how The Good Doctor performs in its fourth week after narrowly hanging on to an impressive 2.0 demo in week three.

MONDAY
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 The Good Doctor

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat
9:00 Black-ish
9:30 The Mayor
10:00 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs
8:30 Speechless
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 American Housewife
10:00 Designated Survivor

THURSDAY
8:00 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
8:30 Toy Story of Terror
9:00 Scandal
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Marvel's Inhumans
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 College Football

SUNDAY
7:00 The Toy Box
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 20/20

CBS
CBS has its regular lineup all week. The network stabilized as a whole this week, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday and they tend to be steady in general so I would expect a pretty solid week from the Eye network. They have the late NFL game next Sunday, which will boost their Sunday lineup.

MONDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
8:30 9JKL
9:00 Kevin Can Wait
9:30 Me, Myself, & I
10:00 Scorpion

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

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

THURSDAY
8:00 Thursday Night Kickoff
8:30 Thursday Night Football: Kansas City at Oakland

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

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

SUNDAY
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 Wisdom of the Crowd
9:30 NCIS: Los Angeles
10:30 Madam Secretary

NBC
NBC has quietly still not had a series outside of Friday go below a 1.0 demo though The Blacklist and Great News have been coming close. NBC is surely hoping that This is Us and Will & Grace stabilize this week even though they remain well ahead of most of other shows. A rematch of the Super Bowl on Sunday Night Football next week should bring nice ratings.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Brave

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 This is Us
10:00 Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

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

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 The Good Place
9:00 Will & Grace
9:30 Great News
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (Repeat)
9:00 Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8:00 College Football

SUNDAY
7:00 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Atlanta at New England

FOX
FOX has its last normal week before baseball starts to interrupt the schedule, which is why we're seeing early Halloween episodes of some Tuesday and Sunday comedies. With its early start, The Orville is a repeat, which may not be great for it after its shown some signs of stabilizing.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 The Gifted

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 The Mick (Halloween Episode)
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Halloween Episode)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star

THURSDAY
8:00 Gotham
9:00 The Orville (Repeat)

FRIDAY
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 The Exorcist

SATURDAY
8:00 College Football

SUNDAY
7:00 The Mick (Repeat)
7:30 Bob's Burgers (Halloween Episode)
8:00 The Simpsons (Halloween Episode)
8:30 Ghosted
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Last Man on Earth

CW
The biggest ratings story of this past week belonged to Riverdale, which soared to new series highs with its premiere on Wednesday. It will be really interesting to see if that was a pop or if it's the new normal for the sophomore drama. Newbies Valor and Dynasty disappointed with the lowest ratings for the CW outside of Friday (and well below the premiere numbers for last year's flops No Tomorrow and Frequency). A drop this week from either one could make things quite ugly.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl
9:00 Valor

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale
9:00 Dynasty

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural
9:00 Arrow

FRIDAY
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
9:00 Jane the Virgin

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- FOX has ordered five more episodes of Star for this season, bringing its total to 18. This is definitely a vote of confidence for the sophomore drama, which has done decently paired with Empire so far this fall.

- Chicago Med will have its season premiere on Tuesday, November 21 at 10pm and will continue to get the coveted post-This is Us slot after that (replacing Law & Order: True Crime, which will have ended its limited run by then). While it may not be the best fit, Chicago shows are reliable and it will certainly be a lead-in upgrade for the medical drama.

- In a surprise move, CBS has renewed Ransom for a second season. It's a cheap co-production but still, CBS aired it on Saturdays to minuscule ratings. Expect it to return to Saturdays or perhaps be held until summer.

- CBS has given a full season to SEAL Team. The David Boreanez military drama has been steady in its Wednesday night slot and is on brand for CBS so this move is no surprise.

- NBC has cancelled The Night Shift after four seasons. The medical drama had an interesting run as it was a summer burnoff that did surprisingly well in Summer 2014. It got a timeslot upgrade, airing after The Voice, in Spring 2015 but disappointed there and was relegated back to being a summer show for its final two seasons.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PILOT REVIEW: Dynasty

DYNASTY













Starring: Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, James Mackay, Robert Christopher Riley, Sam Adegoke, Rafael de la Fuente, with Alan Dale, and Grant Show

Based on the Television Series Created by Richard & Esther Shapiro
Developed by Sallie Patrick, Josh Schwartz, and Stephanie Savage
Written by Sallie Patrick, Josh Schwartz, & Stephanie Savage, Directed by Brad Silberling

THE PREMISE
Dynasty is a reboot of the hit 1980s primetime soap of the same name. While the original was the poster child for the opulence and greed of the 1980s, the remake comes at a time where dynasties seem about as relevant as ever (Trump, Clinton, Kardashian, you name it...). The plot setup is similar but there are definitely 2017 adjustments to it. Blake Carrington (Grant Show) is the CEO of Carrington Atlantic and newly engaged to Cristal (Nathalie Kelley), which upsets his heiress daughter, Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies) and his distant son, Steven (James Mackay).


THE REVIEW
I have never watched a full episode of the original Dynasty. Although it was a huge hit at the time, it has not aged all that well or become a show in the canon of drama classics. But I think most who watched it at the time would agree that is was fun in a trashy sort of way. This reboot is so obviously trying to be that same type of show, but it all feels a little forced. Even if I hadn't seen it in the trailer, it was so obvious that a cat fight between Cristal and Fallon was coming pretty much from the second they met and sure enough, it happened at barely half an hour in.

The show is also constrained by the network it's airing on and being on network TV in general. If this was on Netflix, I don't think it would look so cheap. For a show that's all about opulence, it's very clear that it's operating on a CW budget and that just doesn't work because if there's one thing a show called Dynasty needs, it's an excessive amount of glitz and glamour. Secondly, being on network TV meant for laughable lines like "you're Blake effing Carrington." Again, on a service like Netflix, that line (uncensored) would pack a lot more of a punch.


There were definitely homages to the original (a flashback where a younger Steven was playing the original theme song on piano in the background was a nice touch). And there were valiant attempts to update it for 2017 (more diverse for sure). But ultimately, this would file under the ever growing list of "remakes we don't need." I would rather just see a new show about a new family. Even if it invited comparisons to Dynasty, it would still be more of an original story than this one. If you were a fan of the 1980s version, this is not going to compare. If you weren't, this title means nothing.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Most likely not.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WEEKLY RECAP: October 2-8, 2017

Here is the weekly ratings recap looking back at the week in ratings for Week #2. Please note no repeats, sports, specials, or Saturday airings are counted.

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.2    2nd week
2. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 3.1    2nd week
3. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.6    2nd week
4. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.3    2nd week
5. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 2.2    2nd week
    The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 2.2    1st week
7. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.1    2nd week
8. Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 2.0    2nd week
9. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.9    2nd week
    Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.9    2nd week
11. 9JKL (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 1.6    1st week (NEW SHOW)
     The Middle (ABC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.6    1st week (New Season)
     The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.6    2nd week
     Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.6    2nd week
15. The Gifted (FOX, Monday 9:00pm) - 1.5    1st week (NEW SHOW)
     Black-ish (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.5    1st week (New Season)
17. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.4    1st week
     Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 1.4    1st week (New Season)
     NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.4    2nd week
     American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.4    2nd week
     Star (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.4    2nd week
     Scandal (ABC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.4    1st week (New Season)
     Ghosted (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 1.4    1st week
     Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.4    1st week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.4    2nd week
    The Toy Box (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.4    2nd week
    Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.4    2nd week
4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.7    1st week (New Season)
    Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
    20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.7    2nd week
8. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8    2nd week
    Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.8    1st week (New Season)
11. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.9    2nd week
    Designated Survivor (ABC, Wednesday 10:00pm) - 0.9    1st week
    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 0.9    2nd week
    Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.9    2nd week
    The Orville (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.9    1st week
    Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.9    2nd week
    America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC, Sunday 8:00pm) - 0.9    1st week (New Season)
18. Me, Myself, & I (CBS, Monday 9:30pm) - 1.0    1st week
      Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.0    1st week (NEW SHOW)
      NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.0    2nd week
     The Blacklist (NBC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.0    1st week
     Great News (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 1.0    1st week
     Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 1.0    1st week
     Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.0    2nd week
     Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 1.0    1st week
     NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 1.0    1st week
     The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 1.0    2nd week

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 14.1 million    2nd week
2. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.5 million    2nd week
3. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 11.1 million    2nd week
4. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 11.0 million    2nd week
5. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 10.9 million    2nd week
6. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.8 million    2nd week
7. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 10.4 million    2nd week
8. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:00pm) - 10.2 million    2nd week
9. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 9.5 million    2nd week
10. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 9.2 million    2nd week
11. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 9.1 million    2nd week
12. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 8.5 million    2nd week
      NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 9:00pm) - 8.5 million    2nd week
14. SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 8.4 million    2nd week
15. 9JKL (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 8.2 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
     Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.2 million    2nd week
17. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 8.1 million    2nd week
18. Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS, Sunday 8:00pm) - 7.8 million    2nd week
19. Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 10:00pm) - 7.2 million    1st week (New Season)
20. Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 7.1 million    2nd week

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.4 million    2nd week
2. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 1.7 million    2nd week
3. The Toy Box (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 1.9 million    2nd week
4. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.2 million    2nd week
5. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.4 million    2nd week
6. Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 2.6 million    2nd week
7. Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, Friday 9:00pm) - 2.8 million    2nd week
    Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 2.8 million    2nd week
9. Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.9 million    2nd week
10. 20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 3.1 million    2nd week
      Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 3.1 million    2nd week
12. Once Upon a Time (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.3 million    1st week (New Season)
13. Ghosted (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 3.6 million    2nd week
14. The Orville (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 3.7 million    2nd week
15. Lucifer (FOX, Monday 8:00pm) - 3.9 million    1st week (New Season)
     How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 3.9 million    2nd week
     Great News (NBC, Thursday 9:30pm) - 3.9 million    1st week
18. The Mayor (ABC, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 4.1 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
     Lethal Weapon (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 4.1 million    2nd week
20. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 4.2 million    1st week (NEW SHOW)
      The Good Place (NBC, Thursday 8:30pm) - 4.2 million    1st week

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Good Doctor (ABC)    1st week
Tuesday - Bull (CBS)    1st week
Wednesday - Law & Order: SVU (NBC)    1st week
Thursday - Grey's Anatomy (ABC)     1st week
Friday - Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)    1st week
Sunday - America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)    1st week (New Season)

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Me, Myself, & I (CBS)    1st week
Tuesday - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC)    1st week
Wednesday - Designated Survivor (ABC)    1st week
Thursday - Great News (NBC)    1st week
Friday - The Exorcist (FOX)    2nd week
Sunday - The Toy Box (ABC)    1st week

Monday, October 9, 2017

PILOT REVIEW: Valor

VALOR













Starring: Christina Ochoa, Matt Barr, Charlie Barnett, Nigel Thatch, Corbin Reid, W. Tre Davis, Melissa Roxburgh

Created by Kyle Jarrow
Written by Kyle Jarrow, Directed by Michael M. Robin

THE PREMISE
Valor is the third and final military drama premiering this fall and this one is on a network that is not known for dramas like this, the CW. While there are some steamy and angsty scenes that may remind you this is a CW drama, it still seems more fit for CBS or NBC with its military premise. Captain Leland Gallo (Matt Barr) and Chief Warrant Officer Nora Madani (Christina Ochoa) are the only soldiers who made it home from a rescue mission and they receive the Flying Cross for Valor, but they haven't been completely forthcoming with all the details. Meanwhile, a captive from that mission, Jimmy Kam (W. Tre Davis) is in Somali custody while his anxious wife, Jess (Corbin Reid) waits for news.

THE REVIEW
I'm just so over these military dramas so this was a slog to get through. However, I think this may have been my favorite of the three (a very low bar to clear) because it seemed to be a little more sure of where it was headed and it had a conspiracy angle that made it slightly more compelling. That's not to say it was anything special, it's just that it wasn't as boring as The Brave and SEAL Team in my eyes.

There were some eye rolling moments though. Particularly, I thought the sequence with Nora being in such a rage that she just had to go to her drumset was a little laughable. And the show seems to be content with making the characters' back stories pretty standard (drug user! womanizer!) I do think the show at times aims to be a little bit more forward thinking with Christina Ochoa's character and they even hit on that a little bit in the pilot.

I remember when this show was in pilot season, we just kept hearing about how this was off brand for the CW but they absolutely loved it. And while it's not terrible, it's hard to see what was so special about this show that it made the CW really want to go off brand by picking it up. It seems like just a so-so show, not a genre busting or brilliant military drama. And I don't think the CW audience is going to be too excited about this when they would rather watch superheroes or sudsy soaps. We'll see.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
No. I am done with the military dramas at least until the next one gets picked up.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

THE WEEK AHEAD: October 9-15, 2017

Here is a look at Week #3!

ABC
Definitely the biggest success story of Week 2 on any network was the performance of The Good Doctor on Monday night, completely holding its premiere audience. The second episode seemed to be pretty well received by fans so it'll be interesting to see how it does in Week 3. I thought the Tuesday lineup slightly underwhelmed and I think Kevin (Probably) Saves the World could have a sizable drop. Scandal also got off to a slow start and TGIT is looking pretty tired except for the show that won't quit, Grey's Anatomy.

MONDAY
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 The Good Doctor

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat
9:00 Black-ish
9:30 The Mayor
10:00 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs
8:30 Speechless
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 American Housewife
10:00 Designated Survivor

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Scandal
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8:00 Once Upon a Time
9:00 Marvel's Inhumans
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 College Football

SUNDAY
7:00 The Toy Box
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 Ten Days in the Valley

CBS
CBS saw drops on every night except Thursday football in Week #2. Most pronounced was Monday night where 9JKL is no Young Sheldon and the 9pm hour collapsed. I don't feel great about its chances in Week 3 but I think the other nights could mostly stabilize.

MONDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
8:30 9JKL
9:00 Kevin Can Wait
9:30 Me, Myself, & I
10:00 Scorpion

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

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

THURSDAY
8:00 Thursday Night Football: Philadelphia at Carolina

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

SATURDAY
8:00 Wisdom of the Crowd (Repeat)
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (Repeat)
10:00 48 Hours

SUNDAY
7:00 NFL Overrun
7:30 60 Minutes
8:30 Wisdom of the Crowd
9:30 NCIS: Los Angeles
10:30 Madam Secretary

NBC
NBC is having some problems with its new dramas as The Brave and Law & Order True Crime have been underwhelming. Another drop in Week 3 could put them in fractional numbers despite their big lead-ins and that's no good. Will & Grace also had a big week two drop so it'll be interesting to see if the drops are going to keep coming of if it will start to level off.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Brave

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 This is Us
10:00 Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

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

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 The Good Place
9:00 Will & Grace
9:30 Great News
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 The Brave (Repeat)
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 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: NY Giants at Denver

FOX
FOX had a solid start this week from The Gifted, but those types of shows can often have big week two drops so we'll have to see how its second week goes. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are awfully low for FOX but that's nothing new.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer
9:00 The Gifted

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 The Mick
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star

THURSDAY
8:00 Gotham
9:00 The Orville

FRIDAY
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 The Exorcist

SATURDAY
8:00 Premier Boxing Championship

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

CW
After a couple weeks of still being in summer mode, the CW is back in full force this week with season or series premieres across the board. I'm not feeling too confident about the numbers for the two new dramas especially Valor. Tuesday should easily be the best night for the CW.

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Season Premiere)
9:00 Valor (SERIES PREMIERE)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Season Premiere)
9:00 DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Riverdale (Season Premiere)
9:00 Dynasty (SERIES PREMIERE)

THURSDAY
8:00 Supernatural (Season Premiere)
9:00 Arrow (Season Premiere)

FRIDAY
8:00 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season Premiere)
9:00 Jane the Virgin (Season Premiere)

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- After two big results in the ratings, ABC has quickly given The Good Doctor a full season order. The show seems to, for now, have been a fix for ABC's Monday 10pm problem.

- Pauley Perrette will be leaving NCIS this spring after 15 seasons. Her departure will leave just Mark Harmon and David McCallum as series regulars since the very beginning in 2003.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

PILOT REVIEW: Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD













Starring: Jason Ritter, Joanna Garcia Swisher, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, India De Beaufort, J. August Richards, Chloe East, Dustin Ybarra

Created by
Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters
Written by Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Directed by Paul McGuigan

THE PREMISE
Maybe the oddest entry of the fall season (and with the worst title), Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is a quasi-religious dramedy. Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) has recently attempted suicide and as a result, has moved in with his sister, Amy (Joanna Garcia Swisher) and her daughter, Reese (Chloe East). After a meteorite hits in front of the house, Kevin has a strange encounter with a celestial being named Yvette (Kimberly Hebert Gregory) who has tasked Kevin with saving the world with her guidance.

THE REVIEW
Argh. Jason Ritter. I really like him as an actor. I thought he was very solid in the troubled but still entertaining The Event. And I loved his recurring role on Parenthood. I was very hopeful when he was in a Jason Katims pilot called County, but that never got picked up to series. So again I was hopeful here. But unfortunately, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is just not a good show or vehicle for his talents, even though the show completely centers on Ritter.

Aside from the dumb title, Kevin is just a complete mess. I have no idea what kind of show this is trying to be but it is weirdly blending a lot of genres from family drama to supernatural show to a show that tries to balance being both comedic and very earnest and heartwarming. After Ritter, the rest of the cast is mostly forgettable. Whereas I seem to like Ritter in anything, I have also seen Joanna Garcia Swisher in a lot of shows and I'm always a little underwhelmed by her. And I hate to say it, but I liked Cristela Alonzo in the trailer for this show more than Kimberly Hebert Gregory, who replaced Alonzo after the show went to series. Gregory has a chance to be a great character here but she doesn't bring a whole lot to it.

The show was obviously trying to tug at the heart strings especially towards the end of the episode, but it left me cold. I just thought during the entire episode that this is weird. The comedic moments weren't funny and the sweet moments weren't touching. I am mildly curious to see what this show would be like on a weekly basis, because I am interested to see if it is a "save this person this week" type of show or more of an ongoing narrative. But I probably won't take the time to actually find out. And again, that title.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Probably not. I don't actively root for shows to fail but I wouldn't be sad to see this one not last so Ritter can find a better vehicle.

PILOT REVIEW: The Mayor

THE MAYOR











Starring: Brandon Michael Hall, Lea Michele, Marcel Spears, Bernard David Jones, and Yvette Nicole Brown

Created by Jeremy Bronson
Written by Jeremy Bronson, Directed by James Griffiths

THE PREMISE
In a story that feels quite relevant for our world today, Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall) is a talented but struggling rapper who decides to run for mayor in his hometown of Fort Gray, CA for a publicity stunt. Of course things go awry when he actually wins and has to become mayor. He is teamed with a Type A political manager, Val Barella (Lea Michele), who clashes with his buddies that he also adds to his staff, Jermaine and TK (Bernard David Jones and Marcel Spears). Rounding out the main cast is Courtney's mother, Dina (Yvette Nicole Brown).

THE REVIEW
This really felt like a fresh show in a way that no other fall series has so far. Aside from paralleling to the real life situation of having someone run for office in what seems like a publicity stunt only to have it become a reality, it isn't something that we've seen on TV and especially not with a rapper as the main character. I think the show made a wise choice in not wasting anytime getting past the election and not only because I didn't need to see a lot of David Spade. This is a show that's about Courtney Rose being mayor, not about an election, so I'm glad we got to see what this show is going to be like on a weekly basis from episode one.

Brandon Michael Hall is very strong in the lead role. He is charismatic, engaging, and funny. He is definitely a character to root for. I have never been a huge Lea Michele fan, but this is a good role for her and she's a good balance to Hall. Yvette Nicole Brown is also strong as Hall's on screen mother. I could see the two friends getting annoying but hopefully they develop their characters a little more in future episodes.

One question I have about this show is what will it look like a year from now? They can't make the premise each week that Courtney doesn't really understand what's going on and finds his big dreams running into small city government bureaucracy. That will work for awhile but it's not going to work for a multi-season run. So I'm curious/interested to see how Courtney evolves as a character. But I trust a show that seems sure enough of itself in the pilot and smart enough to turn into a smart sitcom with a strong point of view.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I could see this being added to my regular lineup of shows.

WEEKLY RECAP: September 25-October 1, 2017

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

TOP 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 4.1
2. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 3.9
3. Young Sheldon (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 3.8
4. Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 3.0
5. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 2.7
6. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 2.6
7. Empire (FOX, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 2.4
8. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 2.3
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.3
10. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 2.2
11. Modern Family (ABC, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 2.1
12. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:30pm) - 2.1
13. The Goldbergs (ABC, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.8
      Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 1.8
      Star (FOX, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.8
16. Me, Myself, & I (CBS, Monday 9:30pm) - 1.6
     NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 1.6
     Law & Order True Crime (NBC, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.6
     American Housewife (ABC, Wednesday 9:30pm) - 1.6
20. SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 1.5
      Chicago Fire (NBC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 1.5

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (18-49 DEMO)
1. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.2
    Whose Line is it Anyway? (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 0.2
3. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.4
    The Toy Box (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 0.4
5. So You Think You Can Dance (FOX, Monday 8:00pm) - 0.5
    The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.5
    Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 0.5
8. 20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 0.6
9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 0.7
10. MacGyver (CBS, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.8
11. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 0.9
    Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 0.9
    Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.9
    Dateline NBC (NBC, Friday 9:00pm) - 0.9
    Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 8:00pm) - 0.9
    The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 0.9
17. Scorpion (CBS, Monday 10:00pm) - 1.0
    NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 1.0
    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 1.0
    Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.0

TOP 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Monday 8:00pm) - 17.7 million
2. Young Sheldon (CBS, Monday 8:30pm) - 17.2 million
3. NCIS (CBS, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 13.3 million
4. This is Us (NBC, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 12.9 million
5. 60 Minutes (CBS, Sunday 7:30pm) - 12.5 million
6. The Good Doctor (ABC, Monday 10:00pm) - 11.2 million
7. The Voice (NBC, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 10.9 million
8. The Voice (NBC, Monday 8:00pm) - 10.6 million
9. Kevin Can Wait (CBS, Monday 9:00pm) - 10.3 million
10. Will & Grace (NBC, Thursday 9:00pm) - 10.2 million
11. Bull (CBS, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 10.1 million
12. Blue Bloods (CBS, Friday 10:00pm) - 10.0 million
13. SEAL Team (CBS, Wednesday 9:00pm) - 9.9 million
14. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Sunday 9:30pm) - 9.0 million
15. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Tuesday 10:00pm) - 8.8 million
      Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS, Sunday 8:30pm) - 8.8 million
17. Dancing with the Stars (ABC, Monday 8:00pm) - 8.7 million
18. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, Friday 9:00pm) - 8.6 million
19. Survivor (CBS, Wednesday 8:00pm) - 8.3 million
20. Grey's Anatomy (ABC, Thursday 8:00pm) - 8.1 million

BOTTOM 20 SHOWS (TOTAL VIEWERS)
1. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW, Monday 9:00pm) - 0.9 million
2. Whose Line is it Anyway? (CW, Thursday 9:00pm) - 1.0 million
3. The Exorcist (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 1.6 million
4. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW, Thursday 8:00pm) - 1.7 million
5. So You Think You Can Dance (FOX, Monday 8:00pm) - 1.9 million
6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Tuesday 9:30pm) - 2.0 million
7. The Toy Box (ABC, Sunday 7:00pm) - 2.2 million
8. The Last Man on Earth (FOX, Sunday 9:30pm) - 2.3 million
9. The Mick (FOX, Tuesday 9:00pm) - 2.7 million
10. Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00pm) - 2.8 million
11. Gotham (FOX, Thursday 8:00pm) - 2.9 million
      Bob's Burgers (FOX, Sunday 7:30pm) - 2.9 million
12. 20/20 (ABC, Friday 10:00pm) - 3.0 million
     Hell's Kitchen (FOX, Friday 9:00pm) - 3.0 million
14. The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00pm) - 3.3 million
15. Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sunday 10:00pm) - 3.4 million
16. Ghosted (FOX, Sunday 8:30pm) - 3.6 million
17. The Orville (FOX, Thursday 9:00pm) - 3.7 million
18. Marvel's Inhumans (ABC, Friday 8:00pm) - 3.8 million
19. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Thursday 10:00pm) - 4.0 million
20. Lethal Weapon (FOX, Tuesday 8:00pm) - 4.4 million

WINNERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - Young Sheldon (CBS)
Tuesday - This is Us (NBC)
Wednesday - Empire (FOX)
Thursday - Will & Grace (NBC)
Friday - Blue Bloods (CBS)
Sunday - Ghosted (FOX)

LOSERS OF THE NIGHT
Monday - The Brave (NBC)
Tuesday - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Wednesday - Speechless (ABC)
Thursday - How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Friday - The Exorcist (FOX)
Sunday - Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)

Monday, October 2, 2017

PILOT REVIEW: The Gifted

THE GIFTED















Starring: Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Coby Bell, Jamie Chung, Blair Redford, Emma Dumont

Based on the Marvel Comics Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Created by Matt Nix
Written by Matt Nix, Directed by Bryan Singer

THE PREMISE
The Gifted is another new Marvel show, this one set in the X-Men Universe, but it has a less comic-book driven premise. Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) is a district attorney specializing in prosecuting mutants. He lives with his wife, Caitlin (Amy Acker) and children Lauren and Andy (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White). His whole world is upended when his children turn out to be mutants. They try to flee with the help of Marcos Diaz/Eclipse (Sean Teale) who is in charge of a mutant underground in exchange for Reed's help with jailed mutant Lorna Dane/Polaris (Emma Dumont).


THE REVIEW
As I've mentioned before, I gave some serious thought to ending the blog this summer. One reason was how unenthusiastic I was about the fall crop of new shows and the glut of military and sci-fi dramas, two genres that I'm generally uninterested in. Most of the fall shows have matched my low expectations but I would say The Gifted is the first to pleasantly surprise me. I don't know if I will stick with it as it delves further into the X-Men world, but I was intrigued by the concept in general and I thought the pilot was well executed.

What I liked about it was I didn't feel like I had to be "in the know" as I have felt with other comic book shows. I felt like coming in as someone who has never seen an X-Men film, I could still appreciate this show and follow the story well because they grounded it with the story of the two new mutant teenagers. I thought the cast was strong though it was a little odd to see Amy Acker in the suburban housewife role after he dark turn in Person of Interest. And although the show got a little heavy handed at time (Reed saying he would do anything for his family), the performances were pretty grounded in reality even in a fantastical world.

What I want to know and am curious to see is what this show will look like on a weekly basis. The previews at the end of the episode seems like its heading in more of a sci-fi direction. I'd imagine that's promising and encouraging for many, but it makes me less enthusiastic about this show. I would rather see a family on the run and trying to deal with their mutant children because I was pretty meh on any scene that had to do with the mutant underground. But I realize what this show is going to be and the audience it's intended for.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I will definitely watch episode two but we'll see after that. Unlike Inhumans, I think this is a good Marvel show. I'm just not sure it's for me.

PILOT REVIEW: 9JKL

9JKL













Starring: Mark Feuerstein, David Walton, Liza Lapira, Matt Murray, Albert Tsai, with Linda Lavin, and Elliot Gould

Created by Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein
Written by Dana Klein & Mark Feuerstein, Directed by Pamela Fryman

THE PREMISE
In a premise that was pretty obviously stated in the first minute of the episode, Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein) is a divorced actor who has to move back to the apartment complex where his family lives. He is in apartment 9K while his overbearing parents, Harry and Judy (Elliot Gould and Linda Lavin) live in 9J and his brother, Andrew (David Walton) live in 9L with his wife, Eve (Liza Lapira) and newborn baby. Rounding out the main cast is apartment doorman Nick (Matt Murray) and precocious child in the apartment complex, Ian (Albert Tsai).

THE REVIEW
Isn't it interesting how a show with the logline "a sportswriter and his family live across the street from his overbearing parents and brother" and that show turns into the classic Everybody Loves Raymond while another show can have the logline "an actor lives in an apartment next door to his overbearing parents and brother" and that turns into this very lame show, 9JKL? And isn't it interesting that a show can employ TV legends Elliot Gould and Linda Lavin along with sitcom vets David Walton and Albert Tsai and yet not be funny?

It all comes down to writing and it's just not there with 9JKL. Although similar to Raymond, it's an appealing concept. And of course there are so many people I like in this show. But yikes, it's just not funny in the least. There were so many cringe worthy moments that set up obvious jokes. I could have paused this episode at numerous times and predicted the joke that was about to happen and I'm not a comedy writer.

And what in the world went wrong with this cast? I'm starting to think Elliot Gould just enjoys being a caricature of better characters he used to be (most notably for me, Jack Geller in Friends). Linda Lavin can of course be funny, but she has now signed on to two stinkers in a row playing a similar character (the previous one being Sean Saves the World). I can't even count the number of shows I have seen David Walton in since I started this blog. And Albert Tsai. I don't know about him anymore. I feel like he caught everyone off guard by seeing him being so cute and precocious and funny in Trophy Wife and now he's trying to make a career out of it and not aging well for those types of roles. Actually, perhaps the least annoying cast member was Mark Feuerstein himself. But I blame him for all of this mess because he's the co-creator/writer.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
No. CBS felt the need to keep Young Sheldon off the air for a month for this? I may check in in a few weeks to see what it looks like but I doubt it'll be much better.

PILOT REVIEW: Ten Days in the Valley

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY












Starring: Kyra Sedgwick, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Erika Christensen, Kick Gurry, Josh Randall, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Abigail Pniowsky, Francois Battiste

Created by Tassie Cameron
Written by Tassie Cameron, Directed by Carl Franklin

THE PREMISE
Ten Days in the Valley is a limited series kidnapping mystery that brings Kyra Sedgwick back to TV after her long run on TNT's The Closer. Sedgwick plays Jane Sadler, a writer for a TV crime drama. Her daughter, Lake (Abigail Pniowsky), goes missing in the middle of the night while Sadler is writing in her nearby shed. No one seems completely innocent to Detective John Bird (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) including Sadler herself, her ex-husband and Lake's father, Pete (Kick Gurry), her sister, Ali (Erika Christensen), a fellow writer, Matt (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), and many more.

THE REVIEW
I don't think Ten Days in the Valley is a perfect show, but it has two things going for it in my book. First of all, it actually kept me interested for the full hour, something that has been few and far between with this fall's offerings. Second, it is a limited series which means there will hopefully be closure in the near future and the red herrings will be kept to a minimum despite the many possible suspects introduced in the pilot.

Kyra Sedgwick does a great job here, which is no surprise. She is a very solid actress and believable as a complicated character who gives you reasons to feel sorry for her one moment and reasons to suspect something is up with her the next. The rest of the cast is solid too including the young but compelling Abigail Pniowsky. It's also always good to see TV veterans like Malcolm-Jamal Warner (not given too much to do in the pilot) and Erika Christensen (playing a role that seems to be allowing her to channel her Parenthood character, Julia).

Ultimately, this is a show that has basically set itself up like a mini-movie. I certainly hope that means it is confident in where it is going and won't lead us down too many rabbit holes that are irrelevant. I was concerned about the flashbacks used in the pilot because at first glance, they don't seem to have to do with anything in the current story. And when it's a limited series, I am pretty uninterested in the characters' back story unless they pertain to the case. Maybe Ten Days thinks these flashbacks do, but I'm skeptical of that. I just hope this show decides to tell a compelling story with a beginning, middle, and end. It did the beginning pretty well.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I've thought before I could stick with limited crime mystery shows like Gracepoint and Secrets and Lies but I didn't. However, I think this is a cut above those shows so unless the next episode or two bore me, I'm probably in for it all.

PILOT REVIEW: Ghosted

GHOSTED











Starring: Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Ally Walker, Adeel Akhtar, Amber Stevens West

Created by Tom Gormican
Written by Tom Gormican & Kevin Etten, Directed by Jonathan Krisel

THE PREMISE
Ghosted is a comedic spoof of paranormal shows, most obviously The X-Files. A "true believer" in the paranormal, Max Jennifer (Adam Scott), is kidnapped along with a skeptical former LAPD cop, Leroy Wright, to help solve paranormal mysteries for a secret organization called The Bureau Underground, led by Captain Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker). Rounding out the main cast is Barry Shaw (Adeel Akhtar), a scientist at the bureau, and Annie Carver (Amber Stevens West), a tech specialist.


THE REVIEW
Despite not liking the trailer, I was hopeful about this show going in because I like Adam Scott and Craig Robinson and they seem like a strong odd couple pairing. I still think this show could get there but it certainly did not get there in the pilot, which was honestly somewhat of a mess. I thought the initial setup with Scott in the bookstore and Robinson in the mall worked and their first interaction in the van showed the potential chemistry between the two leads, but it was downhill from there. The rest of the episode had a too silly story with a lot of running and screaming and cheesy sci-fi stuff.

Scott and Robinson are a decent pair but I also felt like as the episode went on, they seemed more aware of how funny they thought they were acting as "opposites." I read an interview with the two of them in Entertainment Weekly that I thought was a little bit annoying and I hate to say that I felt like I saw that in the pilot too. On paper, this seems like a great pairing when you think about the type of actors they are from past triumphs like The Office (Robinson) and Parks and Recreation (Scott). But it just didn't gel as much as I thought it would. Maybe it will. After all, sitcoms almost always take a little bit to get settled and maybe Scott and Robinson were just trying too hard in the pilot.

I am not an X-Files watcher but I do think that show is ripe for parody. I think this is a clever idea and could be a very funny series. It had a lot of exposition to get through in the pilot and maybe that's what led to an underwhelming story of the week. I'll be curious to see if Scott and Robinson can settle into their roles and if this show can transition from a goofy spoof to a smarter satire, assuming that's what they want it to be, which I think they do.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I will probably give this a couple episodes to see if it can get its footing.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

PILOT REVIEW: Wisdom of the Crowd

WISDOM OF THE CROWD











Starring: Jeremy Piven, Richard T. Jones, Natalia Tena, Blake Lee, Jake Matthews, and Monica Potter

Developed by Ted Humphrey
Teleplay by Ted Humphrey, Directed by Adam Davidson

THE PREMISE
In a premise that sounds similar to last year's Pure Genius and APB, Wisdom of the Crowd is about a tech billionaire who uses a new technology in an old profession. In this case, Jeffrey Tanner (Jeremy Piven) has developed a crowdsourcing app (Sophie) to help solve crimes. As you might already be able to guess without any more knowledge, this is personal for Tanner because his daughter was killed a year earlier and he thinks the cops got the wrong guy. Tanner teams with law enforcement officer Detective Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones). Rounding out the main cast is Tanner's team (Natalia Tena, Blake, Lee, Jake Matthews), and his ex-wife, Alex Hale (Monica Potter).

THE REVIEW
I think this one of the most CBS things CBS has ever done. That's not necessarily a slam, just an observation. It is an intriguing premise but honestly, it would have been a more intriguing premise before Pure Genius and APB. This is one of those shows that requires the audience to really take a leap of faith in terms of crime-solving. Yes, of course this could be a possible app. But there would be so many things that would go wrong with it and far more dangerous things than even what happened in the pilot. So, if you're willing to take that leap in plausibility and you like CBS procedurals, this might be a show for you.

As far as the cast goes, Jeremy Piven is fine in the lead role but he's not as magnetic as the leads from Pure Genius and APB, and they weren't enough to make their respective shows all that good. So I'm not convinced Piven is up to the task. I enjoyed Richard T. Jones more but he's basically playing the traditional cop role. I'm most annoyed though with the complete lack of use of Monica Potter, who was so brilliant in Parenthood. We know she has a lot to offer but she was barely in the pilot and given so little to do in the few scenes she was in. She seems more like a recurring character than a lead given her distance from the main thrust of the show.

This show can try to do the overarching murder mystery with Tanner's daughter, but it is not going to be that kind of show. This is going to be a procedural and they sure do love explaining their app and what it does. The app itself, Sophie, was pretty annoying with a distracting alarm clock sounding sound. I don't think this is a terrible show by any means, but like the other CBS drama effort we've seen this fall (SEAL Team), it is just exactly what it is and nothing more.

WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
I don't know. I may tune in from time to time like I do with Bull if the story sounds interesting. But I'm definitely not going to watch it on a weekly basis.

THE WEEK AHEAD: October 2-8, 2017

Here is a look at Week #2!

ABC
ABC has the premiere of their entire Tuesday lineup this week including the final season of The Middle and series premieres of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World and the acclaimed The Mayor. ABC also has the season premieres of the final season of Scandal on Thursday, the rebooted Once Upon a Time on Friday, and the long-running America's Funniest Home Videos in a new timeslot on Sunday. Among week two performances, all eyes will be on The Good Doctor after its potent debut (and impressive L+3 gains). I think Good Doctor will hold up well but it won't be so pretty for other 10pm dramas this week including the new Kevin and the second week of the season for Designated Survivor and How to Get Away with Murder, both of which had underwhelming numbers in Premiere Week.

MONDAY
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 The Good Doctor

TUESDAY
8:00 The Middle (Season Premiere)
8:30 Fresh Off the Boat (Season Premiere)
9:00 Black-ish (Season Premiere)
9:30 The Mayor (SERIES PREMIERE)
10:00 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (SERIES PREMIERE)

WEDNESDAY
8:00 The Goldbergs
8:30 Speechless
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 American Housewife
10:00 Designated Survivor

THURSDAY
8:00 Grey's Anatomy
9:00 Scandal (Season Premiere)
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8:00 Once Upon a Time (Season Premiere)
9:00 Marvel's Inhumans
10:00 20/20

SATURDAY
8:00 College Football

SUNDAY
7:00 The Toy Box
8:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (Season Premiere)
9:00 Shark Tank
10:00 Ten Days in the Valley

CBS
CBS had a huge premiere for Young Sheldon last week, but they are following through on their plan to hold it until midseason. They may regret that when 9JKL premieres and can't hold nearly as much of the Big Bang Theory audience as Sheldon did. The only other premiere on CBS this week is Madam Secretary on Sundays. CBS tends to have decent second weeks because a lot of their shows don't pop for premieres like ones on other networks do. So I wouldn't expect huge drops anywhere outside of possibly the Monday 9pm hour, which had Sheldon inflated numbers.

MONDAY
8:00 The Big Bang Theory
8:30 9JKL (SERIES PREMIERE)
9:00 Kevin Can Wait
9:30 Me, Myself, & I
10:00 Scorpion

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

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

THURSDAY
8:00 Thursday Night Football: New England at Tampa Bay

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

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

SUNDAY
7:00 60 Minutes
8:00 Wisdom of the Crowd
9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles
10:00 Madam Secretary (Season Premiere)

NBC
NBC was the only network to air all of its series premieres in premiere week but for The Brave and Law & Order True Crime, it was pretty underwhelming and they both could see steep drops. However, NBC got huge numbers from This is Us and Will & Grace. It will be interesting to see what happens this week after their heavily hyped premieres. Obviously they'll still be among the top shows on TV, but a drop seems inevitable.

MONDAY
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Brave

TUESDAY
8:00 The Voice
9:00 This is Us
10:00 Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders

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

THURSDAY
8:00 Superstore
8:30 The Good Place
9:00 Will & Grace
9:30 Great News
10:00 Chicago Fire

FRIDAY
8:00 The Brave (Repeat)
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 Football Night in America
8:30 Sunday Night Football: Kansas City at Houston

FOX
FOX has the premiere of its Monday lineup of Lucifer and the new The Gifted, which has gotten a decent amount of promotion. Still, the only night working for FOX is Wednesday and I don't see Monday ultimately joining that list. FOX's Sunday lineup will probably top tonight's Premiere Week numbers since it will have a direct NFL lead-in.

MONDAY
8:00 Lucifer (Season Premiere)
9:00 The Gifted (SERIES PREMIERE)

TUESDAY
8:00 Lethal Weapon
9:00 The Mick
9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

WEDNESDAY
8:00 Empire
9:00 Star

THURSDAY
8:00 Gotham
9:00 The Orville

FRIDAY
8:00 Hell's Kitchen
9:00 The Exorcist

SATURDAY
8:00 College Football

SUNDAY
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT
8:00 The Simpsons
8:30 Ghosted
9:00 Family Guy
9:30 The Last Man on Earth

CW
The CW remains in summer mode for one more week. We'll have more to talk about for the littlest network next week!

MONDAY
8:00 Supergirl (Repeat)
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Season Finale)

TUESDAY
8:00 The Flash (Repeat)
9:00 Machinima's Chasing the Cup: Injustice 2

WEDNESDAY
8:00 iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1

THURSDAY
8:00 iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2

FRIDAY
8:00 Masters of Illusion (Repeat)
8:30 Masters of Illusion (Repeat)
9:00 Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Repeat)

TV NEWS & THOUGHTS
- After just one episodes, albeit a hugely rated one, CBS has picked up Young Sheldon for the season. But they are sticking with their plan to not air episode two until November 2 which seems like a mistake after the momentum it has from its big premiere.

- Rent Live will not air on FOX until January 27, 2019

- NBC renewed Marlon for a second season, which is surprising given its quiet summer run. I'd imagine it won't be back until Summer 2018 though I guess it could air in the spring.

- Madam Secretary will start airing repeats on WE-TV in 2018 while continuing to stream on Netflix along with the new CBS episodes.

- American Idol has added Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie as judges alongside Katy Perry for the ABC reboot. Am I the only one who thinks this is going to be a huge disappointment in the ratings?