Meanwhile, Blood & Oil (which has already had its episode order cut down) is a no-go. They tried to fit so much into every episode, it was nearly impossible to keep up. They were trying to be Dallas, but maybe we don't need another Dallas.
Monday has a ton of new shows. The ones that I've given up on weren't necessarily bad, and if you like procedural shows, then you'll enjoy these. Blindspot and The Minority Report were both entertaining, if not a bit mind-numbing, but they weren't for me in the end.
The comedies of Monday night really hit it off for me, Life in Pieces is Modern Family-esque, but a bit more out there and funnier. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a weird, quirky musical comedy that I'm pretty into, despite the title and the emphasis on the fact that only girls can be crazy.
Supergirl is probably the one I'm the most surprised at. I really wasn't expecting to like it, and in general I'm not a huge super hero TV show fan, but this one blew me away. Maybe because my expectations were so low, but it's really fantastic to have such a female positive show, and to have it be well written and acted.
The most new shows came on Tuesday night, including my favourite new one of the year, Scream Queens. It's everything I hoped it would be and more. If you're into campy horror, or if you wanted something that was a mix of Glee and American Horror Story, you've found it (with way, WAY less singing, thankfully).
The comedies, Grandfathered and The Grinder are both slightly above mediocre. Rob Lowe is for sure a standout, playing a character that reminds us of Lowe's Chris Treager character on Parks and Rec. The Muppets is so not for me, but that's just because I truly do not understand their appeal, and find them nearly offensive at times.
Best Time Ever is the creepiest show on TV hands down. Neil Patrick Harris basically infiltrates people's lives secretly, then lets them know that he's been following them for weeks on live TV. It's uncomfortable to watch and I am still unsure of what the actual premise of the show is.
I tried to watch an episode of The Bastard Executioner and couldn't even get through one.
Wicked City I think I need more time with to discern my feelings on it. It's not looking good for it, with a pretty weak plotline, but Ed Westwick is enough to keep me coming back for at least a couple more. Limitless is fun and better than I thought it would be, but I dropped it after a few episodes because it was already getting too repetitive.
On Wednesdays we have Rosewood and Code Black, both of which have some promise. Rosewood was fun, and had a Dexter feel to it, but I wasn't fully invested so I gave up after a few episodes. I'm still with Code Black, mostly because I love medical dramas, but it's a waste of Marcia Gay Harden's talents, and the stories are already feeling tired. Plus they give the whole show a very dark feel to it, which isn't good for keeping audiences on board.
Thursdays was the biggest bust of the year, with Heroes Reborn and The Player both falling flat on their faces. It was a struggle to try to get through even a couple episodes of them. Heroes Reborn was way too much happening, with way too many characters to keep track of and not enough time to get invested in any of them. Meanwhile The Player didn't seem to know what it's own plot was, and is probably the most poorly written show of the fall season.
Finally on Fridays we have two new comedies with Dr. Ken and Truth Be Told. Dr. Ken comes off as offensive and terribly written comedy. With Ken Jeong's character (himself) being a self-centered asshole, it's hard to watch because he's just so easy to dislike. Truth Be Told is a decent family comedy and does what it set out to do well. It's not my style, but I definitely could see it lasting, especially in its Friday night slot.
So there are my thoughts on the new fall season. Let me know in the comments what you thought of the new shows. Are there any I missed that I should be watching?
“Dad has left…and now we have a stepdad. And he’s black”.
Trevor Noah decided to explain how he got the job. It was offered to Americans and women and since they rejected it, it is now covered by an immigrant. Just like all other American jobs.
He discussed the Pope, John Boehner and water being found on Mars. Topical.
He focused quite a bit on taking over from Jon Stewart, but as long as this is the only time they do it this hard, I think it worked well.
His report with the audience and his confidence on camera is proving that he is adequate to take over from Jon Stewart. Considering they’ve kept many of the same writers, the tone of the show remains and he delivers it as well as he possibly could. I’m impressed, and looking forward to more.
Of course this was all filmed, and it aired tonight on HBO.
It was surprisingly sentimental, as the whole point was to raise money (one million dollars, to be exact), for his good friend's charity, Cancer for College. This money will go to scholarships for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, so that they can have a future.
The program was entertaining to watch, and Ferrell just being himself is funny and charming, and something you can't help but enjoy watching.
He was also surprisingly not terrible playing on the major league level (especially for a 47-year-old). If you have 50 minutes to spare and have HBO, I highly recommend checking it out.
For one, they still don’t know what these things are. Plus, we get to see normal life in this world for a little bit, which is so weird to see, but also refreshing.
The show revolves around one family in LA, the daughter in high school, the son a drug junkie, who opens up the episode by finding his girlfriend eating someone else’s face (women, amirite?), the dad is a divorced teacher and has a kid from another marriage, while the mom works as a counsellor at the same school, where a child tries to tell her about the oncoming apocalypse.
The girlfriend from the first two minutes of the show is actually only one of three zombies we see in the whole episode. The second showing up in a video of someone getting shot over and over and not dying, and the third being a drug dealer that the son shoots and obviously also does not die.
Overall, the episode was a little dull, for what it’s supposed to be, and definitely a setup episode. I was still entertained, and the characters and family are interesting enough that I want to know what happens to them and how it will turn up. The end is just beginning, and it’s off to a slow start, but I’ll keep watching, that’s for sure.
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