Serial crime dramas are becoming more and more popular. This season, in fact, we’ve seen Gracepoint and now Secrets & Lies hit the network schedule. The two shows have plenty in common: dead boys, doggedly determined detectives and some good performances.
As the history of television has taught us, the first episode of a series can often be the worst in retrospect. And when it comes to CBS' update on The Odd Couple, we can only hope that's the case.
Like a huge chunk of the programming on network TV, NBC’s Cold War throwback Allegiance stands in the shadow of a previously established series – in this case, FX’s The Americans – and would have been a better fit for audiences had it premiered when it was first conceived. Still, at least it's not Law & Order: Russian Intelligence.
It's hard to believe that ABC kept Fresh Off The Boat until the midseason. Perhaps, it wasn't ready for a fall premiere but the sitcom is easily one of the strongest new network comedies, on ABC, or otherwise and one they should have used as the showcase of their new lineup, not tucked it away in the second wave of premieres.
I was worried Season 2 might get off to a slow start, but director Steve Boyum’s premiere is quick out of the gate, thrusting straight into gory action and pirate plotting, as well as introducing a brand new villain. This isn’t the series we left behind last spring.
Rainn Wilson will next make his mark on the acerbic detective dramedy Backstrom, and if Fox gives this show a shot, TV might just have its next great angry cop. Or it might just have its next overtly racist, misogynist, disagreeable asshole.
12 Monkeys is one that runs dangerously close to the clutches of audiences that hold Terry Gilliam’s 1996 film in the upper echelon of time travel fiction. Yet this small screen version manages to elude strictly comparative criticisms by overhauling many of the film’s details and only holding tight to
How in the world could Helix executive producer Ronald Moore expect to match the excitement and surprise fans had watching the show’s first season? Well, of course, you take the doctors out of the arctic lab and send them to a creepy as hell island to investigate the outbreak of a mysterious and deadly disease.
Of all of the new series premiering this spring, Man Seeking Woman was high on my most anticipated list and it ended up being love at first sight. Based on Simon Rich's collection of shorts called "The Last Girlfriend on Earth," the FXX comedy starring Jay Baruchel is a much needed fresh take on the stale sitcom format.
Empire has a lot of interesting things happening at once, and essentially functions as a primetime soap opera where you can dance your way through the ham-fisted parts. Plus, it reunites Hustle & Flow stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. This one is staying on my playlist.
It's the absolute perfect time for ABC’s Galavant to saunter onto our televisions, telling a sharp-witted fairy tale that puts a modern spin on the tropes and accompanies them with excellent songs that both broaden the story and provide a good chunk of the silly-as-shit sense of humor. I don’t love musicals, but I love Galavant.
Though things do occasionally get exciting thanks to swords and army battles, Marco Polo is like a string of dialogue-heavy video game cutscenes with all of the interesting gameplay removed.
It's not unreasonable to feel apprehensive about TV specials based on popular movie franchises, as there's always the chance that it won't be very good.
If you're worried that adding Constantine to your schedule will cause some serious superhero fatigue, rest easy. The new NBC series isn't like the other comic-book adaptations on TV. It's got more in common with Angel than it does with the costumed crime-fighting of The Flash or the origin story of Gotham. Of course, being different doesn't mean much if the quality isn't there and Constantine's pilot is 'super' inconsistent.
Thankfully, Big Driver is one of the better Stephen King adaptaitons, with Maria Bello bearing the brunt of this story on her bruised shoulders. Not a movie where you’re meant to keep guessing who the “killer” is, this is one where every road leads to palpable dread.