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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SEASON IN REVIEW: 2016-17 Miscellaneous Awards

BEST RETURNING COMEDY
Superstore (NBC) - I love many ABC family sitcoms, they are my favorite genre on any network. But the best comedy of the year wasn't one of them, it was NBC's quirky but hysterical workplace comedy Superstore. I don't feel like it's exaggerating to say that Superstore is the true heir to The Office with a group of misfit but lovable employees and a dense, but well-meaning boss. It had many great episodes and wasn't afraid to occasionally mix in some heart. It had a great sophomore season.

RUNNER-UP: The Middle (ABC)


BEST RETURNING DRAMA
Chicago Med (NBC) - I have said for years that Chicago Fire is underrated when it comes to critical acclaim and I stand by that statement, but now I would say the entire Chicago franchise (except for the underwhelming Chicago Justice) maybe fits into that statement after the very strong second season of Chicago Med. My history with medical dramas is that I almost always like them at first but lose interest quickly. So the fact that I'm still very invested in Chicago Med is telling. It has great characters and intense stories that keep me engaged. A particular standout all season and especially end was Oliver Platt.

RUNNER-UP: Chicago Fire (NBC)


THE "REVENGE" AWARD (BIGGEST SEASON TWO DISAPPOINTMENT)
The Catch (ABC) - The Catch has been an odd show for me. I watched the premiere and was underwhelmed and didn't stick with it. Then I binged the first season later on and ended up really liking it. So I was cautiously optimistic about the second season, but it ended up being a big disappointment and I gave up on it after two episodes. I think the retooling into a rom-com did not work for this show and it really just couldn't ever quite figure it all out as far as what it wanted to be. It was a promising idea but ultimately a misfire from Shondaland.

THE "I'M ALMOST DONE WITH YOU" AWARD
Modern Family (ABC) - So I understand why it happened, but I was pretty disappointed to hear that Modern Family had been renewed for two more seasons. Why you ask? Well, because I have felt like its been a chore watching this show recently but because I loved it so much at one point, I feel the urge to see it through. But it has gone from being a brilliant comedy to an inconsistent one to a flat out shell of what it was. It reminds me of the end of The Office. I don't think I laughed once at the show the whole season, the characters have all become caricatures of themselves. And unlike The Office, there was no cast upheaval. It just isn't as good anymore. One more season I may have seen it through, but two? I think I might just choose to be done and check back in for the series finale whenever that is. Last year, How to Get Away with Murder "won" this award and I did in fact give it up, so we'll see what happens.

THE "BIGGEST TEASE" AWARD
Speechless (ABC)
- I was a big fan of Speechless early on. I thought the pilot was brilliant and I enjoyed the early episodes. But about halfway through the season, I found that I was barely paying attention when I was watching it and ultimately, I gave it up and pulled it from my regular viewing rotation. I don't know what happened because I love the premise, but I think I just find the family pretty unlikable and I do not enjoy Minnie Driver in the mother role. I did watch the season finale and decided that maybe I'll give it one more chance next season, but for now it was a tease that didn't blossom into a great show.



RANKING OF THE DICK WOLF SHOWS (THIS SEASON)
1. Chicago Med
2. Chicago Fire
3. Law & Order: SVU
4. Chicago PD
5. Chicago Justice

RANKING OF THE CURRENT DICK WOLF SHOWS (ALL TIME)
1. Chicago Fire
2. Law & Order: SVU
3. Chicago Med
4. Chicago PD
5. Chicago Justice

RANKING OF THE TUES/WEDS ABC FAMILY SITCOMS (THIS SEASON)
1. The Middle
2. Fresh Off the Boat
3. The Goldbergs
4. American Housewife
5. Black-ish
6. Imaginary Mary
7. Speechless
8. Modern Family
9. The Real O'Neals

RANKING OF THE CURRENT TUES/WEDS ABC FAMILY SITCOMS (ALL TIME)
1. The Middle
2. The Goldbergs
3. Modern Family
4. Fresh Off the Boat
5. Black-ish
6. American Housewife
7. Imaginary Mary
8. Speechless
9. The Real O'Neals

SHOWS THAT DID NOT HIT A SERIES LOW IN THE DEMO IN THE 2016-17 SEASON
The Bachelor
Bob's Burgers
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (tied low)
Dancing with the Stars (tied low)
Fresh Off the Boat
The Goldbergs (tied low)
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Hell's Kitchen
New Girl (tied low)
Superstore (tied low)
Undercover Boss (tied low)

SHOWS THAT DID NOT HIT A SERIES LOW IN VIEWERS IN THE 2016-17 SEASON
The Bachelor
The Big Bang Theory
Bob's Burgers (tied low)
Chicago Fire
Chicago PD
Dancing with the Stars
The Goldbergs
The Great Christmas Light Fight
Grey's Anatomy
Hawaii Five-0
Hell's Kitchen
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Originals (tied low)
Shark Tank
Superstore
Undercover Boss
The Voice

MOST PROMISING TRAILERS FOR 2016-17 (BY NETWORK)
ABC: The Good Doctor
CBS: SEAL Team
NBC: Rise
FOX: Ghosted
CW: Life Sentence

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