It seems impossible to imagine a kind of murder that hasnít been tackled by a CSI or Law & Order episode, and so the murder itself must be surrounded by equally important and engaging characters and settings. And while I wasnít ready to allow myself to admit it at first, Fox is home to a potential masterpiece in the startlingly realized Gracepoint. At least, for people who haven't watched Broadchurch.
Thankfully, it isnít jarring to see dramatic actress Kate Walsh getting raunchy for NBCís new comedy Bad Judge, but it makes one wish that creator Anne Heche and executive producers Will Farrell and Adam McKay shot for the prestige of Walshís other series this year, FXís Fargo.
Itís getting tougher and tougher to put together a half-hour sitcom premise that will work for the networks. Most of the time, writers and producers canít simply pitch ďfamily comedy with strong female leadĒ or ďromantic comedy with witty dialogue and two oddball characters.Ē There often needs to be a gimmick, and ABCís latest, Manhattan Love Story, offers a big one.
In order to capitalize on the reboot and/or reimagining craze that is hitting televisions this fall, ABC has turned to the classics, adapting George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion" into a sitcom. Okay, it's probably influenced more by the Lerner and Lowe musical (and Cukor film) My Fair Lady than Shaw's play. Don't worry, Selfie doesn't live up to any of them. The reimagining is not very good, but, to be fair, it's still not nearly as bad as its terrible title suggests.
There arenít enough black families on television, much less primetime, network television. Because of this absolute failure by the networks to represent reality, a show like ABCís black-ish should be a welcome addition to the sitcom world. So far, it has garnered a lot of comparisons to another family-oriented African American TV franchise, The Cosby Show. Yet, Anthony Anderson isnít Bill Cosby. And the Hollywood-based Johnsons are nothing like the Huxtable family.
How To Get Away With Murder is more youthful than either Greyís Anatomy or Scandal, but especially the latter. Itís a good thing, as ABCís new drama should have the capability to pull in both younger and older audiences, with a pulsing soundtrack and earnest young students holding the attention of the former and a madcap, emotive performance from Viola Davis earning viewers in the latter category.
These days, the goal of most television shows is to give the viewer a compelling enough reason to come back. Through cliffhangers, pieces of personal life drama or unresolved issues, these programs try to create long-term storylines that are too intriguing to abandon.
Dr. Henry Morgan has been around for 200 years, unable to die with permanence, and his job as a medical examiner puts him in with the police to help solve difficult cases, and itís all tied together with a creepy antagonist and a gingerly morbid sense of humor. Luckily, this intriguing premise goes deeper than the surface and pushes Forever into the upper echelon of ABCís drama pilots.
Fox is one of several networks entering the small-screen superhero fray this fall but their comic-book adaptation stands apart from the rest by shifting the focus onto the supporting cast. Bruce Wayne's tragic beginning is only the catalyst for Gotham to show how the DC Comics' city known for criminality got its start. As for the show's beginnings, the series premiere is a lot like Two-Face; it's half-good and half-bad.
As I get older, there are fewer and fewer times when Iím on the list of ďsmartest guys in the room,Ē and Iím okay with that. I donít chew tables and I donít try to walk with both feet going forward at the same time, so I do all right. In CBSí revved-up new drama Scorpion, viewers enter the world of someone who is always the smartest guy within thousands of square miles of the room. His name is Walter O'Brien.
Madam Secretary brings Tťa Leoni back to television as a strong-willed woman appointed to Secretary of State in the midst of a tragedy. It reads on the outset like a non-bipolar Homeland, but itís not really like that show at all, and thatís a good thing.
It's that time of year again, when all the networks unveil their hopeful new series and viewers have to wade through a ton of terrible TV in order to find the few hidden gems worthy of the always-shrinking room left on their DVRs. To help with this endeavor, let me offer some advice with this review.
Taking a cue from The Fault in our Stars, Red Band Society is a hip, hopeful and knowing drama about sick teens living in a hospital ward. Fox gets the tone right with its new series, creating characters that are multi-faceted enough to pique anyoneís interest.
There was a time when a TV seriesí final season meant that the showís worth had finally petered out to the point that it wasnít feasible to keep producing episodes. But itís an entirely different age of television, and the only thing petering out on FXís Sons of Anarchy is everyoneís patience for everyone else, and things are going to end very badly for most people involved.
What if disease wasnít something that was solely spread by germs and personal contact? What if it could be spread through the Internet and viral videos? (Get it? Viral?) That seems to be the basic gist of whatever the hell is going on in the dramatic quasi-thriller Hysteria, one of Amazon Studiosí entries in their third Pilot Season.