Friday, 13 October 2017

Riverdale Came Back with a Bang!



Nobody saw this coming! Riverdale returned to a series high 0.8 rating on The CW, beating its series debut by .3 of a tenth. The show has become somewhat of an online phenomenon and has accumulated a legion of fans who have rooted for the show since it debut earlier this year. Riverdale also has a lucrative worldwide streaming deal with Netflix and, while Netflix does not officially post its number, due to the heavy promotion the show has received and The CW's continued support, the show must be doing well and despite its low linear ratings, must be turning a profit for Warner Bros.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

HTGAWM Is Back... Where The Hell Were You?

How To Get Away With Murder's fourth season returned after its mediocre third season. The premiere episode was surprisingly good, mostly because of the stellar performances from Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson (any episode guest starring Tyson automatically becomes a favourite of mine). However, the shows ratings declined sharply from its season premiere a year ago (1.0 vs. 1.4) despite having Grey's Anatomy as its lead in. Basically, this is terrible and suggests a large majority of the show's fans have jumped ship! And for a heavily serialised show like HTGAWM, it is almost impossible to win fans back after they've left.

NBC! NBC! Good for you! The peacock had a great Thursday night with the return of its 2 hour comedy block (not named Must See TV this time though :/) Will & Grace heavily promoted return posted a 3.0 rating (I predicted 3.5, but this is still fantastic!) The Good Place scored a 1.4, up a tenth from its double-episode premiere last week, and Superstore remained relatively steady. The only real loser on NBC on Thursday night was Great News, which, blessed with Tina Fey's presence and having Will & Grace as a lead in, only managed to pull a 1.3, which, despite being up a tenth from its season 1 premiere, is less than half of the audience who tuned in for Will & Grace... I wonder how long it will take for NBC to swap The Good Place and Great News?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

What Happened to Empire?

Empire was once a gigantic hit and a major pop culture phenomenon but now, in its fourth season which premiered yesterday (27 September 2017), the show scored a 2.4 18-49 rating down from the 4.2 rating it scored last September. Where have all the viewers gone? Why have so many people given up on Empire? The news wasn't all bad for Lee Daniels and Fox, Star returned up with a 1.8 rating, its highest rating since its premiere (2.2) in which it also had Empire as a lead in.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

This Is Us Makes A Triumphant Return

Last season's breakout hit This Is Us posted a series high 3.9 18-49 rating and over 12 million viewers, making the season 2 premiere a series high! Audiences and critics clearly love the show and the increase from last season shows they are in it for the long run (hopefully). I thought the season 2's premiere was cute - the cast were all on point, the writing was as soppy and melodramatic as it usually is, and the writers managed to set up the mystery of how Jack died perfectly (HTGAWM is shook).

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The 2017-18 TV Season Officially Begins!

The 2017-18 TV season officially launched today (25th September 2017) with the launch of several new series as well as the return of many beloved shows. Some of the new debuts included ABC's new medical drama The Good Doctor which premiered to a 2.2 rating , improving on it's lead in Dancing With The Stars by a tenth. CBS also launched Young Sheldon, the spin off series of The Big Bang Theory which drew a colossal 3.8 rating and 17.2 million viewers! The premiere was the most viewed since the premiere of 2 Broke Girls in 2011 and had the highest 18-49 premiere rating for a comedy since the Robin Williams starer The Crazy Ones  in 2013.

The other new series debuts; Me, Myself and I (CBS, 1.7, 7.4 million viewers) and The Brave (NBC, 1.4, 6.2 million) were fairly disappointing, especially the latter which had The Voice as a lead in. NBC still seems adamant to find the next Blacklist by placing high-budged and high concept serial dramas after the music competition show, all of which have either had a sharp decline after they are moved from the slot or cancelled completely.

Will The Brave's poor performance be an indicator of American audiences not being interested in military themed shows? Perhaps the feel good nature of the two breakout hits The Good Doctor and Young Sheldon are actually what the country wants to watch? 

UPDATE (27/09/2017): CBS has picked up Young Sheldon for a FULL SEASON making it the FIRST to receive the back 9. Though I'm not a fan of TBBT I thought Young Sheldon was a great comedy pilot. Despite it being a spin-off of CBS's biggest hit, it doesn't feel "on-brand" for the network, and would probably fare well on ABC (maybe that's why I liked it).

Monday, 14 August 2017

Shonda Rhimes Leaves ABC For Netflix


Another red flag for ABC. Their drama hit maker Shonda Rhimes is officially exiting her deal with ABC Studios and is migrating to Netflix.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Disney to Start New Streaming Service in 2019, Netflix to Lose Content

Here's some good and bad news. Disney will be launching its own Disney-branded streaming service in 2019. 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Fox May Revive 'King of the Hill'


Here we go again! Fox is looking to revive another show from their catalogue, this time another animated show.

Live-Action Mulan Removed From Disney's Slate of Releases


Be afraid. The highly live action remake of the Disney classic Mulan has been removed from their slate of upcoming releases.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Masters of Sex Series Finale - A Sudden Case of Impotence


Last summer I decided to start watching a little show called Masters of Sex.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Jay-Z Pays Tribute to Friends with an All Black Cast!



The world's favourite cheating rapper Jay-Z released a new music video (nobody can watch because, you guessed it, its a Tidal exclusive) which pays tribute to the iconic sitcom Friends.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Middle is Ending...


I kinda saw this coming.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

CBS Cannot Seem to Solve Their Diversity Issues...



The vast majority of the new shows CBS ordered for the upcoming season are headlined by white males, a problem TV's most watched network cannot seem to shake.

The Problem With Apu?



I'm almost certain everybody knows who Apu is. He is one of the most recognisable characters from The Simpsons. When I watched the show growing up I did not realise many people, particularly those from South Asian communities would find the character offensive. However, with a growing consciousness towards 'cultural appropriation', I can now scrutinise the character, who is voiced by Hank Azaria (a white actor) with a more critical eye.

Monday, 31 July 2017

#NoConfederate: HBO's Upcoming Slave Drama Causes a Social Media Storm



A massive social media campaign has begun hoping to cancel the upcoming HBO slave drama Confederate before it enters production.

Friday, 28 July 2017

The Mindy Project FINAL SEASON Tea




The Mindy Project is coming to an end! The sixth and final season is due to premiere on Hulu on September 12th. While we wait for the final serving of episodes, Mindy Kaling spilled some tea on what to expect as we prepare to say goodbye to Mindy Lahiri...

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Matt Groening's New Show Set To Debut in 2018 on Netflix!



Matt Groening, the man who created the most iconic family in American history, The Simpsons and the beloved time travelling comedy Futurama has a new series the works. Netflix has given the green light to a new show called Disenchantment which has been given a 20-episode order and is slated to debut in 2018.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Raven's Home | Review (Disney Channel)

The undisputed queens of Disney Channel Raven Symone and Anneliese Van Der Pol make their return to the mouse house in That's So Raven spin-off series Raven's Home!



That's So Raven is the best show in Disney Channel's history. It's diverse and talented cast, fantastic writing, outrageous shenanigans and genuine humour made it a highlight in millions of homes, including mine, across the world (Wizards of Waverly Place can't relate) .

Bob's Burgers Season 8 Teasers!


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The cast and crew from Bob's Burgers attended the San Diego Comic Con on Friday (July 21) and spilled lots of tea regarding the upcoming season!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Final Thoughts Regarding The Carmichael Show



On June 30 2017, the day the contracts with all Carmichael Show cast members came to end, NBC cancelled the series. The decision was not  surprise as the show never managed to find an audience after being on the network for three seasons.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Andi Mack Had Me SHOOK


The first season of the amazing new Disney Channel show Andi Mack wrapped on Friday June 23 with yet another great episode. The series marks a new, though not entirely new direction for Disney Channel as the freshman series introduced real life topics and problems which have mostly been absent from the network following the end of Good Luck Charlie and were unable to deal with issues of parenthood and family life in such a realistic and mature way.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Hail Wonder Woman!



Wonder Woman is the superhero film I’ve been waiting for! Ever since I became a fan of the animated Justice League series as a child, Wonder Woman became the hero who interested me the most.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Summer '17 Watch List: The Summer of the Third Season?


Friday, 19 May 2017

What Is ABC Doing?




ABC could be heading into one of their most difficult seasons yet. Along with the announcement of the upcoming seventh season of Scandal being the show's last (which was somewhat predictable), one would think ABC would be trying to keep as many of their stable performers on the schedule as possible. This is not the case, as the network recently cancelled their second most watched comedy Last Man Standing after an impressive six season run.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The CW 2017-18 Schedule

THE CW 2017-18 SCHEDULE


Highlights

- NOOOO! Jane The Virgin is moving to Fridays! This is NOT good!
- Military drama Valor will take Jane's Monday night slot.
- Dynasty will launch in October. Black Lightning and Life Sentence will be held for midseason. The latter could air alongside Jane The Virgin once Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ends its limited season. Black Lightning is likely to receive the post-The Flash slot currently held by Legend's of Tomorrow which also produces limited seasons.
- The 100, iZombie and The Originals are also on tap for midseason
- Riverdale will return in the fall.



MONDAY
8 pm Supergirl
9 pm VALOR

TUESDAY
8 pm The Flash
9 pm DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

WEDNESDAY
8 pm Riverdale (new time slot)
9 pm DYNASTY

THURSDAY
8 pm Supernatural
9 pm Arrow (new time slot)

FRIDAY
8 pm Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (new time slot)
9 pm Jane the Virgin (new time slot)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

CBS 2017-18 Schedule

CBS 2017-18 SCHEDULE

HIGHLIGHTS:

- CBS are adding 3 new comedies to their fall schedule, the most of any network.
- 6 out of their 8 new shows are airing in the fall, the most of any network. The network has one comedy By The Book and one drama Instinct on tap for midseason. 
- TBBT spin-off Young Sheldon will be previewed after the mother-ship show (Sept. 25) and begin airing regularly on Thursdays (Nov. 2).




Tuesday, 16 May 2017

ABC 2017-18 Schedule


ABC 2017-18 SCHEDULE 


Highlights

- Scandal will be back for its seventh and FINAL season. TGIT remains in tact.
- Black-ish is moving from its Wednesday, post-Modern Family timeslot (where it has aired for the duration of its tun) to Fresh Off The Boat's current timeslot (Tuesdays @ 9) It will lead into ABC's sole new fall comedy The Mayor.
- Fresh Off The Boat will move to Tuesdays @ 8:30 after The Middle
- American Housewife is probably the biggest winner. It's following in The Goldberg's footsteps by moving from Tuesdays to the coveted Wednesday comedy block.
- Sundays will now be unscripted from 7-10pm. Once Upon A Time is moving from its Sunday night timeslot to Fridays. ABC are likely paving the way for American Idol in midseason.
- Fridays have been revamped to feature genre dramas rather than multi-camera comedies. High profile Marvel show Inhumans will air on Friday nights.
- ABC are adding five new shows to their schedule. The most for any network thus far.
- ABC, Fox and NBC are adding only one new comedy to their Fall schedules: The Mayor (ABC), Ghosted (Fox) and the Will & Grace revival (NBC)
- ABC's midseason shows include: returning dramas Agents of SHIELD and Quantico, new dramas For The People, The Crossing and Deception, and new comedies Alex, Inc., and Splitting Up Together and a reboot of Roseanne.



MONDAY
8 PM — Dancing with the Stars
10 PM — THE GOOD DOCTOR

TUESDAY
8 PM — The Middle
8:30 PM — Fresh Off the Boat (new time period)
9 PM — black-ish (new day and time period)
9:30 PM — THE MAYOR
10 PM — THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN

WEDNESDAY
8 PM — The Goldbergs
8:30 PM — Speechless
9 PM — Modern Family
9:30 PM — American Housewife” (new day and time period)
10 PM — Designated Survivor”

THURSDAY
8  PM — Grey’s Anatomy
9 PM — Scandal
10 PM – How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8 PM — Once Upon a Time (new day and time period)
9 PM — MARVEL’S INHUMANS
10 PM — 20/20

SATURDAY
8 PM — Saturday Night Football

SUNDAY
7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM — To Tell the Truth (new day and time period)
9 PM — Shark Tank (new day and time period)
10 PM — TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY

Monday, 15 May 2017

Fox 2017-18 Schedule



FOX 2017-18 Schedule

Highlights:

- Fox are adding only 3 new shows to their fall schedule: The Gifted, The Orville and Ghosted.
- New Girl's final season will be held for midseason. LA > Vegas, and dramas The Resident9-1-1 and another season of The X-Files are also on hold until midseason.
- Lucifer (based on characters from DC comics) will become the 8pm anchor on Mondays and lead into The Gifted (a Marvel/X-Men offshoot)
- On Tuesdays, comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mick will air in the 9pm hour whilst comedic drama Lethal Weapon will take over 8pm
- Fox has taken a note out of ABC's Shondaland book and have given Lee Daniels Wednesday nights. Empire will move from 9pm to 8pm and will be followed by Star.
- Seth Macfarlane starer The Orville will go head-to-head against NBC's mega-hit This Is Us (both shows are produced and owned by Fox) on Thursdays.
- The Exorcist will keep its Friday night timeslot.
- Sundays remain mostly the same with a mix of live-action and animation. Bob's Burgers continues to have the awful 7:30 slot whilst Fox will try and launch yet another live-action, high-concept comedy Ghosted after The Simpsons at 8:30.
- Scream Queens has been cancelled as previously reported. 24: Legacy is still in limbo


FOX FALL 2017 SCHEDULE

(All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          LUCIFER 

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE GIFTED (new)

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          LETHAL WEAPON

9:00-9:30 PM                          THE MICK

9:30-10:00 PM                        BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          EMPIRE

9:00-10:00 PM                        STAR

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          GOTHAM

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE ORVILLE (new)

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM                          HELL’S KITCHEN

9:00-10:00 PM                        THE EXORCIST

SATURDAY

7:00-10:30 PM                        FOX SPORTS SATURDAY: FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SUNDAY

7:00-7:30 PM                          NFL ON FOX

7:30-8:00 PM                          THE OT / BOB’S BURGERS

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS

8:30-9:00 PM                          GHOSTED (new)

9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY

9:30-10:00 PM                        THE LAST MAN ON EARTH


Sunday, 14 May 2017

New Girl Will Soon Be Gone, Girl: UPDATE


Fox finally reNEWed New Girl for a seventh season although the seventh season is set to be its last. The future was not looking too bright as networks began to announce which shows would be renewed and which ones would be cancelled, news on New Girl was quiet.

NBC 2017-18 Schedule





2017-18 FALL SCHEDULE

Highlights:

- NBC will bring back Must See TV with former staple Will & Grace as the 8pm anchor. Great News (produced by Tina Fey who also produced the former Must See TV sitcom 30 Rock) will also air on Thursdays alongside mega-hit This Is Us, which moves from Tuesdays after the voice to Thursdays.
- The Brave is only regular new addition to the fall schedule (The Menendez Brothers is a limited series)
- There are NO new sitcoms joining the fall schedule - the Will & Grace revival will serve as a lead in for Great News (premiered during midseason in April). Champions and A.P. Bio will presumably premiere during midseason.
- The high profile musical drama Rise is being held for midseason to take advantage of the Winter Olympics as a promotional launch pad.


MONDAY
8 pm The Voice
10 pm THE BRAVE

TUESDAY
8 pm The Voice
9 pm Superstore (new time slot)
9: 30 pm The Good Place (new time slot)
10 pm Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8 pm The Blacklist (new time slot)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY
8 pm  WILL & GRACE
8:30 Great News (new time slot)
9 pm This Is Us (new time slot)
10 pm LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS

FRIDAY
8 pm Blindspot (new time slot)
9 pm Taken (new time slot)
10 pm Dateline

SATURDAY
8 pm Dateline Mysteries
10 pm Saturday Night Live (encores)

SUNDAY
7 pm Football Night in America
8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

Saturday, 13 May 2017

In Memoriam: 2 Broke Girls



Wow. Another surprise cancellation I totally did not see coming. Though I stopped watching 2 Broke Girls regularly around a year and a half ago, it was still on my radar... I wanted to see Max and Caroline become 2 Rich Bitches but due to CBS's bad decision, we will never see this happen. 2 Broke Girls has a special place in my non-existent TV watch list archives because it effectively reignited my interest and love for the sitcom genre and television as a whole. The stellar performances by the fantastic leads: Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs and the supporting cast led to some of the most raunchy, shocking and hilarious moments I've seen in a sitcom since I started watching old episodes of Married... With Children. It's a shame the show's life was cut short, but I'm sure the legacy for Max and Caroline will live on in the world of syndication and non-stop repeats! And of course, in a decade's time, when the 2 Broke Boys reboot (starring the sons of Max and Caroline) is announced, we'll take a moment to remember the show that started it all.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

In Memoriam: American Crime



The tragic announcement was made today. After the third season concluded two weeks ago to extremely low ratings, ABC pulled the plug on the critically acclaimed anthology series. The series finale drew just a 0.4 in the adults 18-49 demo.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Downward Dog | Review (ABC)

ABC's new talking dog comedy is a creative triumph 




Almost a year has passed since ABC ordered their talking dog sitcom Downward Dog, based on the webseries of the same name. However, this month audiences will now have the chance to revel in this show's adorable weirdness whilst they still have the chance...

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The CW 2017-18 Season: News & Updates

Gregory's Thoughts:

Well... The CW has had an interesting season.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

NBC 2017-18 Season: News & Updates


Gregory's Thoughts

Congratulations NBC! After many years of trying you finally found a hit show with This Is Us!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Fox 2017-18 Season: News & Updates


Fox continues to decline and now that Empire has cooled off significantly and American Idol is no longer on the schedule, it is easier to see how much Fox needs more hits to bolster the network's ratings average and their place in the television pop culture landscape. Apart from Empire, occasional reboots of old series and their ageing animated comedies, has all but diminished completely. 




UPDATE 1 (4/05/2017): Fox has cancelled Scream Queens and Pitch.

UPDATE 2 (9/05/2017): Fox has cancelled Rosewood and Sleepy Hollow. X-Men drama The Gifted will bring mutants to Fox next season! This makes Fox the only network to have DC and Marvel properties.

UPDATE 3 (10/05/2017): Fox has picked up two new comedies: Ghosted and LA to Vegas. Medical drama The Resident has also been picked up.





















UPDATE 4 (11/05/2017): After only one season each, Son of Zorn, Making History and APB will not be returning next season.

UPDATE 5 (12/05/2017): Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been renewed! According to reports New Girl, which was a likely renewal is now on the bubble and could go either way...

UPDATE 6 (14/05/2017) As I predicted, New Girl has been renewed for a seventh and final season!

Gregory's Thoughts:

Empire's ratings have continued to decline (-31% season to season) but it remains a key part of Fox's schedule (it is their only hit show) Star will return next season but it's low ratings must remain stable. Despite it's tone being similar to Empire, Star failed to come within an inch of the highs of the the former.

Since its debut as a mid-season show last season, Lucifer has been surprisingly stable and has performed well alongside fellow DC-comics series Gotham. Fox should have never taken both shows off the air for the low rated flops 24: Legacy and APB, the latter which is highly unlikely to return and the former, the buzzed about 24 spin-off which received the  post-Super Bowl slot has failed to live up to expectations. According to insiders, The Exorcist still has a chance at being renewed despite its poor ratings. Pitch, Sleepy Hollow, Scream Queens and Rosewood have pitiful ratings and are unlikely to return.

On the comedy side, The Mick is the closest thing to a hit comedy Fox has had in years and managed to remain mostly stable leading out of New Girl which continues to plummet and has yet to be renewed. Fox should bring the show back for a short final season to tie up the character's story lines. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will probably be renewed as Fox's utility player but the show has never been the ratings, critical or pop culture stand-out it should and could have been. Last Man On Earth has failed to become the pop culture phenomenon it was probably pitched to be, like the low rated Son of Zorn and Making History. At least one will return due to all three coming from Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers (which has already been renewed for next season) will likely be on the network's schedules for many years to come to to their stable ratings. 

Next Season...

Over the years Fox has slowly lost its identity both in the drama and comedy field. One reason for this is due to years of poor decisions including the network's inability to schedule and air good shows (Surviving Jack and Enlisted say hi). Their comedies are either too broad to attract audiences each week, especially when there are dozens of other options on other networks and streaming services, or too niche (like Last Man on Earth, Son of Zorn etc.) which are good at accumulating a small dedicated fan base that do not reflect in the show's ratings. 

The best thing for Fox to do would be to clean house and re-develop their comedy brand. Fox used to be seen as the "cool" "youthful" network, an image it can get back if it develops, orders and schedules the right shows. It's not a matter of Fox not being able to find and develop good comedies; their sister studio 20th Century Fox produces some of the most popular and critically acclaimed comedies and dramas... for other networks including the likes of ABC's Modern Family, Fresh Off The Boat and Speechless, NBC's This Is Us, CBS's Life In Pieces. Just listing these shows reveal a common theme: family, which Fox has all nut reject from their shows apart from the animated ones (which perform well!) Fox should stop trying to reboot Friends and The Office with their tepid 20-something ensembles and unfunny work place comedies and rejuvenate their comedy brand.

Remember my point about poor scheduling? Fox needs more consistent scheduling in order to ensure the continued success of its series. Meaning no more mid-season hiatuses.

Find an identity - Fox is now the only network without an identity or a clear brand. ABC has its family sitcoms and soaps, The CW has comic book fare, NBC has Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise and This Is Us, and CBS is known for its old-skewing old school multi-camera sitcoms and procedural dramas. What does Fox have?  It's long running animated sitcoms The Simpsons and Family Guy, despite having good ratings for the network, are not provoking enough conversation in the political sphere as they once did and Bob's Burgers has always been an underrated critically acclaimed underdog. 

Pilot Previews:

Thin Ice: This pilot hails from Liz Meriwether the brains behind the network's former hit comedy New Girl. Good Luck Charlie star Bridget Mendler plays a woman who starts a new job in Antarctica. The script has its funny moments and the emotional beats play out like an indie movie (think  Two Lovers and a Bear) and the setting will mean set designers will have to push their creativity to the limit in order to make this show work (especially if production remains in LA if its picked up to series). One of my main concerns is how will this show survive in the long run? It seems as though you can only have a limited number of stories with such a complex setting. Hopefully Fox gives us the chance to find out...

Ghosted: A fairly standard high-concept / not very funny comedy pilot combo right here. Though Son of Zorn, Making History and Last Man on Earth failed to grasp viewers, Fox continues to invest in the same type of science fiction/fantasy comedies which fail to truly grasp their concept or to be funny beyond the show's central gimmick. In this pilot, the gimmick is the supernatural. The description sounds like a testosterone fuelled parody of The X-Files


"A cynical sceptic and a genius "true believer" in the paranormal are recruited by the Bureau Underground to look into the rampant "unexplained" activity in Los Angeles - all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race..."

Linda From HR: This pilot is apparently a lock for a pick-up and I can see why. The workplace setting allows for dozens of story lines and it has a cast of familiar faces. Without giving too much away, the pilot reminded me of ABC's Selfie pilot from three years ago. A "disastrous" event in a public setting changes the life of the central character forever...

LAX ---> Vegas: Don't let the cool stylised title fool you, this show is not new or original. Yet again we have Fox going after the same demographic for their comedies (young males) even though they clearly are not responding to their current slate of shows. This pilot is no different. It is somewhat similar to Ghosted in the sense that it has a central gimmick: the episodes are set on the weekend flight from LAX to Vegas (hence the title) and deals with all the exploits of the central characters, their successes and failures, their relationships and breakdowns etc. etc. Think ABC's Mixology.

Behind Enemy Lines:  Military dramas are all the range this pilot season. According to Deadline.com this is because networks want their shows to appeal to "middle-America" - the blue-collar Trump supporters basically. Behind Enemy Lines is based on the film of the same name and is an interesting pilot. The pilot was written to feel like a show on a very large scale which should make the themes of espionage and patriotism thrilling for the target audience. Military dramas (and films) have never interested me but what did interest me about this pilot was the soapy drama. The complex relationships between the characters, the conflicts between the different groups, the serialised plot and all the action in between.

Controversy: Fox is trying once again to emulate the critical success of ABC's anthology series American Crime (which just aired what could be its last episode EVER.) This season Fox premiered Shots Fired which follows the fallout of what happens when a black cop shoots a white teenager (see what they did there ;)) and though the show is solid, it does not hit the same creative feats as American Crime. The plot for Controversy reads as follows: 

"The junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois university must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football plays of sexual assault."

For the few of you who have seen American Crime, you will know the second instalment of the show dealt with a very similar theme almost perfectly. Controversy is not as sophisticated or raw as American Crime. That does not mean it is a bad show (I do not know whether its good or bad yet) but what I do know is it does nor live up to its potential.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Imaginary Mary | Review (ABC)


Don't be fooled by Imaginary Mary's incredibly cute CGI character, the show is a generic mess.

CBS 2017-18 Season: News & Updates

Gregory's Thoughts

Overall, CBS has had quite a good season.

Monday, 10 April 2017

ABC 2017-18 Season: News & Updates



Wow. ABC seemed to be off to a strong start at the beginning of the season but things have taken a downturn.

UPDATE (09/05/2017) ABC has officially picked up American Idol for next season! What a surprise (no sarcasm intended) the show will probably return in January (mid-season) and is likely to air on Mondays alongside ABC's other reality juggernauts (The Bachelor, Dancing With The Stars) or even Sundays.


UPDATE (10/05/2017) SHOCKER!!!! ABC HAS CANCELLED LAST MAN STANDING! Modern Family has received a two-season pick up (season 9 & season 10)



UPDATE (11/05/2017) More fantastic albeit surprising news! The Goldbergs has also been renewed for two additional seasons (Season 5 & 6) one season was obvious, but two additional seasons are more than deserved for this little 80s show which has managed to blossom despite an ok ratings start in 2013. Both The Goldbergs and Modern Family are produced by outside studios (Sony & 20th Century Fox) as the TV landscape changes with SVOD rights and ownership becoming more lucrative and important, it will make it harder for outside studios to keep their shows on networks as well as score series orders on their pilots. The double renewal for both shows ensures ABC does not have to engage in difficult license fee/ownership negotiations until two years from now and also keeps two of their most stable shows on the schedule until (almost) the end of the decade.

Tragic news: AMERICAN CRIME HAS BEEN CANCELLED! Although the news was to be expected after the current season delivered abysmal ratings, the show was one of the most proactive and well made shoes on television today. 

Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, The Catch, The Real O'Neals, and Secrets & Lies have also been cancelled. American Housewife, Designated Survivor, Black-ish and somehow Once Upon A Time and Agents of Shield have been renewed...

UPDATE (12/05/2017) ABC has finally renewed Fresh Off The Boat and Speechless!!!

Gregory's Thoughs:

ABC's Tuesday and Wednesday comedy blocks consisting of some of the strongest sitcoms on network television (bar CBS of course) Fresh Off The Boat, The Middle, Modern Family, Black-Ish and The Goldbergs have remained fairly strong for the duration of the season with new additions American Housewife and Speechless performing well. However, The Real O'Neals has failed to catch on, Imaginary Mary has not done much better and Downward Dog has been relegated to the summer. Last Man Standing  has been going from strength to strength whilst Dr. Ken could be doing better even though it airs on Fridays. Most of the comedies will be coming back with The Real O'Neals and Imaginary Mary being the obvious cancellations.

Sundays have continued to be a troublesome day for the network to schedule. Once Upon A Time's ratings have plummeted further and the show probably won't survive past the 2017-18 season. Secrets & Lies returned after an 18 month break to dire ratings and Quantico failed to build upon the hype from the first season. The critically acclaimed anthology drama American Crime and one of the many time travel themed shows Time After Time have posted disastrous ratings and will probably have the same fate as Conviction.

Shondaland returned albeit with less clout. Grey's Anatomy continues to surprise everyone with its stability after 13 years whilst Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder slowly bleed viewers. The Catch will likely be cancelled and the quickly cancelled Notorious will be forgotten.

ABC needs to pull the plug on Agents of Shield. 

Next Season...

ABC should keep their comedy blocks mostly intact and replace the ones dragging the night's averages down (The Real O'Neals, Imaginary Mary, possibly Dr. Ken). With over a dozen comedy pilots on tap it won't be hard for Channing Dungey to find replacements.

TGIT does not seem to be as strong as it was a few seasons ago. Though most shows are bleeding live viewers, TGIT is still relatively stable and should stick around for the next season or two. However, ABC should start preparing for Scandal and HTGAWM's inevitable departure.

FIX SUNDAYS! I don't know how but something needs to be done about ABC's Sunday lineup. ABC has had dramas on Sundays for many years now but maybe next season is the time for ABC to revolutionise Sunday night programming. ABC could try reality/game-show based shows or possibly more comedies however comedies on Sundays are very rare (apart from Fox) but this could work in ABC's favour.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Power Rangers (2017) | Review



“Aaaah! After 10,000 years I’m free!!” are the iconic first words from Rita Repulsa after she is freed from a dumpster on the moon. It feels like Power Rangers fans have waited 10,000 years to see one of the world’s most successful, long running and profitable franchises of all time back on the big screen. In a world in which we are constantly introduced to new superheroes as well as reboots of old TV shows and movies, it was only a matter of time before Power Rangers received the reboot treatment.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Trial & Error | Review (NBC)



Murder in the real world is never funny however, for one reason or another, audiences are intrigued by murder. One of the ways in which audiences express their strange interest in murder and murder trials is through the success of real crime documentaries. As a regular viewer of true crime documentaries and television programmes, I was instantly intrigued in NBC's new mokumentary series titled Trial & Error which aims to satirises true crime documentaries and television shows, such as Making A Murderer which never seem to be unpopular.  

American Crime Returns With Its Most Politcally Topical Season To Date



The third instalment of John Ridley's anthology drama series American Crime returned on Sunday (12 March 2017) with its most politically topical season thus far.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Shondaland Renewed for Next Season: UPDATE



ABC has announced Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder will return for another season! Grey's will return for a whopping fourteenth season, Scandal for a seventh season and HTGAWM for a fourth season!!!

UPDATE: 



Scandal's seventh season will be its last. The (sad) news was confirmed today (16 May 2017) at ABC's Upfronts presentation in New York City. 

Series star Kerry Washington said: "We are extraordinarily proud of what we created with ‘Scandal’ on ABC. We are exploring the darker side of politics, relationship, race and power."

Scandal will leave behind a legacy when it leaves the airwaves. Washington became the first African American woman to star as the lead in an American broadcast drama in 37 years.  The success of the show opened the door for How To Get Away With Murder and Empire.

Though I am sad to hear Scandal will soon be over, I respect series creator Shonda Rhimes and ABC Entertainment Chief Channing Dungey for ending the show whilst it is still entertaining. The worst possible scenario for an avid viewer of a TV show (other than the show getting cancelled before it has a chance to wrap its story lines) is for said show to be dragged out beyond its natural conclusion. Rhimes said she plans on going "all out" for the seventh and final season and I, like millions of other viewers across the globe, are surely in for a thrilling final ride!