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The Michael J. Fox Show Review: Worth A Watch, Even With The Single-Camera Format
If youíve caught NBCís lengthy trailer for The Michael J. Fox Show, you should already have a good idea regarding the showís premise. Mike, a news anchor, has spent some time at home after his Parkinsonís disease got the best of him while he was on the air one day. Heís been trying to play Suzie Homemaker since, but heís terrible at it--frightfully, painfully terrible.
Trophy Wife Review: ABC's New Comedy Has Potential And A Great Cast
ABC seems intent on building on its family-focused comedy slate, and given the success of Modern Family, that's no surprise. Joining fellow newcomer comedy The Goldbergs on Tuesday night is Trophy Wife, a single camera comedy starring Malin Akerman as the third wife of Bradley Whitford character Pete, a man who comes with two ex-wives and three children from his previous marriages.
Back In The Game Review: Baseball, Family And Funny Collide In ABC's New Comedy
Joining ABC's family-focused lineup of comedies this Wednesday night is Back in the Game, a single-camera comedy that merges baseball and family with a Bad News Bears-like twist, as series star Maggie Lawson plays a single mom who finds herself coaching a ragtag team of little leaguers, while also faced with the challenge of living with her estranged father, played by James Caan.
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Series Premiere Review
If a pilotís job is to both establish the world that a show exists in and make audiences excited for episode two, then itís hard to find anything to complain about in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With an awesome ensemble of characters, some great action, and strong ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will make fanboys everywhere smile, itís hard not to be psyched for what they have in store for us next.
Fangasm Review: Fanboys And Fangirls Work And Play Together In Syfy's New Reality Show
In 2009, SallyAnn Salsano put a group of self-proclaimed guidos and guidettes in a house on the beach for the summer and the rest is what they call history... Bizarre, overly-tanned pop culture history. I am, of course, referring to Jersey Shore, MTV's popular reality TV series, which wrapped up for good last year. If there's a vacancy to be filled in Jersey Shore's absence, Fangasm probably isn't going to get the job done.
Lucky 7 Review: Gas Station Employees Hit The Jackpot In ABC's New Drama
Who hasn't daydreamed about winning the lotto? But there's something particularly special about a workplace lotto pool, as it merges the dreams of a group of coworkers into a common goal: to win millions of dollars and probably quit as soon as possible. ABC's new drama Lucky 7 plays with that concept as a group of gas station employees hit the jackpot when their numbers finally come up.
The Goldbergs Review: An 80s-Set Family Comedy With Humor And Heart
In 1988, following the broadcast of the Super Bowl, ABC aired the first episode of The Wonder Years. While adults watched on with find nostalgia, I watched 12-year-old Kevin Arnold living the life of a typical American kid in 1968. At ten years old, I was a bit less appreciative in the show's depiction of the turbulent backdrop on which this story was set as I was in seeing if Kevin -- played by the dreamy Fred Savage -- would end up with Winnie Cooper.
The Blacklist Review: The Mystery And Intrigue Hinges On James Spader
Psychological thrillers are common to television, but NBCís new drama The Blacklist has a secret weapon in James Spader. The man spent the last year at the network playing manipulative boss Robert California on The Office, but heís done the dramatic thing more than once in the past and heís perfect for the role in The Blacklist. Or perhaps, rather the role is perfect for him.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Premiere Review: A Cop Comedy With A Progressive, Absurdist Edge
Even if Brooklyn Nine-Nine doesn't revolutionize the cop show format, it shakes up the formula enough with its cast of characters to offer something worth watching-- seeing Andre Braugher back in stern cop mode is itself enough to recommend it. As a Brooklynite, I'm eager to see my borough, and even the actual exterior of my local police precinct, get the Law & Order precinct. As a fan of the many different kinds of network TV comedy these days, I'm eager to see yet another new niche get carved out
Dads Review: Seth MacFarlane's Latest Has Potential But Needs A Retool
Somewhere inside Dads is a heartfelt, clever and occasionally even subtle show about two men with disappointing fathers who want to get past the anger theyíve internalized over the years. It would probably air on Showtime without a laugh track and routinely be listed among the yearís Emmy snubs.
Sleepy Hollow Review: Fox's Suspenseful New Drama Is Anything But Sleepy
While Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have worked together on numerous TV projects over the years, they haven't teamed with Underworld director Len Wiseman since Hawaii Five-0. That turned out to be a winning combination for CBS, and based on the first episode of Sleepy Hollow, it looks like it may be again, except this time around it's for Fox. Co-created by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman and Phillip Iscove, Sleepy Hollow throws a modern-day twist onto Washington Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
Sons Of Anarchy Season 6 Review: Violence And Tension Abound As SAMCRO Roars Back To FX
With each new season of Sons of Anarchy comes a new set of challenges, often set atop at least a few unresolved challenges from the previous season. Season 5 left SAMCRO fractured and injured, perhaps beyond repair. While outside threats have made some dents in the motorcycle club's armor, it's the in-house strife that's done the worst damage. But SAMCRO is strong. The club has fallen on hard times before and managed to survive...
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Season 9 Review: New Channel, Same Brilliance
The main characters on Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia are amateur critics. They interact with and enthusiastically judge every single object, human being, beer, restaurant or philosophical idea they come across. During the early seasons, watching that aggressive scheming and unrelentingly selfish behavior was a bit jarring for many viewers. Now, itís almost comforting in a way.
The League Review: Season 5 Offers Hilarity And A Destination Wedding
The League is moving to a new network this month, but the guys and gal in the series are up to the same sort of hijinks, which include plenty of off-color jokes, a destination draft, and guest appearances from some of footballís best and brightest. At itís heart, The League is still about coming together to mercilessly tease and trample upon anyone who might stand in the way of the ultimate goal of winning the Shiva trophy and being declared league winner. If thatís not the perfect excuse for a comedy, Iím not sure what is.
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Jim Rash Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of Breaking Bad In The First Episode Of The Writers' Room
Airing on The Sundance Channel, The Writers' Room features Community star Jim Rash as the host of a panel show that him talking to the writing staffs behind some of the greatest drama and comedy series on television today. Right out of the gate the show highlights one of the greatest pieces of television in history: Breaking Bad.