For her monologue, Miley sang a song saying goodbye to all the people who made the summer memorable (like Kim Davis, Pizza Rat and the Entourage movie).
The first commercial parody of the season was about mental illness - but basically explaining that that is the only reason any of the Republicans have run for President. Now there’s help, with medication made only for 11 people.
Then there was a sketch where they were all at a 50s school dance and saying Grease-type songs, except for Miley’s character who sang raunchy rap songs.
We got to see our first look at Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, with surprise guest the ACTUAL Hillary Clinton as a bartender who helps her figure things out (while making jabs at herself). Darrel Hammond also showed up as Bill, so our lives are basically complete. Kate McKinnon’s obvious excitement about doing a sketch with the real Hillary was palpable and made the sketch that much better.
Hillary then introduced Miley’s musical segment (which she did very well).
Weekend Update felt particularly strained. Michael Che and Colin Jost have never had great chemistry, but tonight the tensions felt high.
Next up was a show parodying Millennials. Yes, we get it, anyone in their 20s is self absorbed and obsessed with their phones. Ugh.
Then there was a sketch where a group of women were at the deli where Meg Ryan faked her orgasm in When Harry Met Sally, and Leslie Jones does her own version of a fake orgasm which is completely insane compared to the other women’s. It was funny at first but then got old pretty fast.
Next up was probably one of the funnier sketches of the night (and reminiscent of the Beygency sketch), where they pictured a future where everyone has joined Taylor Swift’s squad and there was nobody left in the world.
Then there was a scene about a black woman who hosted a late night show in the 50s in Atlanta. It was okay but the timing was off overall.
Finally, there was a video where Kyle Mooney tries to get out of marrying Miley Cyrus. This one was one of my favourite.
Tune in next week for Amy Schumer and musical guest The Weeknd.
'Code Black' Review
A bunch of fresh-out-of-med-school docs are starting their residency to learn emergency medical care from the best. (Sound familiar?)
Of course each character has their own personal story that will make us sympathize with them. Like our main Doctor, Leanne Rorish (Marcia Gay Harden), who had something ominous bad happen to her that makes her who she is today.
While I adore Grey's, and the idea of a new version of it is appealing, it's almost too similar. I'll give it a few episodes, but it definitely needs to separate itself and make itself unique to keep our attention.
(Okay, but seriously, when Code Black is used in real life - because it's not always - it's used mostly for Bomb Threats. As Grey's Anatomy accurately taught us. Code Black intones a serious emergency, why not choose another fake code to name this show after? This makes zero sense. I thought the show was going to have a lot of bombs. Such a disappointment.)
Code Black airs Wednesdays at 10pm on CBS.
As always, I'll give the show a few episodes before handing down my final judgement, but this one has quite a bit of work today. Number one being stopping with the terrible jokes. Like, maybe, be funny? Just a thought.
But there's promise there. So don't give up yet, Stamos & co.!
Grandfathered airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Fox.
'The Grinder' Review
Fred Savage plays Lowe's brother in the show, and they have good brotherly chemistry. The show still has a lot to build on and needs some improvement, but it was a strong first showing.
We even got a 'literally' out of Rob Lowe, Parks and Rec fans!
Overall, while not a deep or particularly fulfilling show, it is 20 minutes of fun. Especially if they cut some of the cornier jokes.
The Grinder airs Tuesdays at 8.30pm on Fox.
It’s then that she’s told the FBI thinks it’s one of her classmates that has been a terrorist this whole time and they need to figure out, too. And we find out so much more about our main characters.
They’ve set the show up for an interesting season and hopefully future. The commercials and advertising didn’t have me very excited for this one, but the pilot has seriously got me hooked.
While the show has some flaws, overall the writing is pretty solid, and the story good. It has some nice feminist elements, and covers a lot on race and religion.
Quantico airs Sundays at 10pm on ABC.
'Blood & Oil' Review
And of course to open said laundromat, they bought all their laundry machines in their home town, then crash their car and break all their machines. Naturally. They also borrowed all their family’s money to start this dream life of theirs.
So instead Billy needs to do some literal dirty work, for the Briggs company, owned by a family with a son who makes trouble and a rich dad (Don Johnson) who is always disappointed in him.
But don’t worry, Billy doesn’t work there long because he gets fired for trying to diffuse a dangerous situation.
Meanwhile Cody magically gets a job at a pharmacy despite the fact that she never finished school, but it’s convenient since she needs a pregnancy test. And of course she is pregnant, because their situation needed to be more dire.
But within the first 40 minutes they solve all their initial problems.
The show is very overdramatic (and not in the fun way), and they already had 2 car crashes in the first episode, meaning their creative well is already pretty dry.
The story itself was uninteresting and the characters are all self absorbed, so it doesn’t make you actually want to root for any of them. I’m sure it’ll pick up a generous audience, because it panders oh so well to the American dream, but it won’t be winning any awards.
Blood & Oil airs Sundays at 9pm on ABC.
'Heroes Reborn' Review
The explosion was one year ago, and they briefly show different EVOs across the world, until they all meet in the basement of a church AA style in Chicago.
It’s in this church that Zachary Levi, who plays Luke, kills the EVOs (except for a boy who runs away) because his son were killed in the explosion. Now him and his wife are out to get revenge.
The show continues to jump around to different locations where we meet various EVOs, so you better keep your eyes on the screen because the new location just briefly appears, you may also just completely miss a new character being introduced.
One guy wanted to use his powers for good and began using a mask to hide his face while he fought crimes, but he got stabbed and passed the mask on.
The worst part of the show was when a Japanese girl gets turned into a video game character to avenge her father’s death. Just, why? The EVO part of the show is unrealistic but somewhat plausible. Also, she’s a badass, but can apparently only be a badass if she’s not actually real? Ugh. This part was just too out there.
There is way too much happening in this show. Of course it needed a two hour premiere, it took practically that whole time just to INTRODUCE all the characters. That’s not ok. They need to trim the fat and run the ship a bit tighter if they want this to continue. Other than that, I could see how it would be an entertaining show, with a decent plot line. They’re just trying to do a bit much right now.
Heroes Reborn airs Thursdays at 8pm on NBC.
'The Player' Review
There’s a mystery woman, Cassandra (Charity Wakefield), who helped him escape the cops and bring him to Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes). Turns out they run an organization that predicts crime, and they want him to join their services.
Everything about it is crazy over the top. The acting isn’t very good and I don’t know if the writing will hold up past one episode. The story was all over the place, and you can’t tell who is on what side or what anybody’s motives are. It’s slightly insane.
It barely kept me interested for 40 minutes so I doubt it will make it long term.
The Player airs Thursdays at 10pm on NBC.
Spoilers ahead! Only read ahead if you have watched the season two premiere of How to Get Away With Murder.
Well that was a roller coaster.
We started the episode off 10 days after the murder of Rebecca, and everyone is trying to figure out who did it.
Class and cases continue on as normal (well, normal except for when Wes stands up to Annalise). They take on a trial of 2 adopted kids (ahem, adults), who allegedly killed their adoptive parents, and it looks like this case is far from over.
Annalise reaches out to an old friend (whom we will find out was actually her lover) and death row attorney, to represent Nate, but she denies. This didn’t stop the spark between her and Annalise rekindling.
Annalise eventually figures out that Bonnie is the one who killed Rebecca, and naturally is none too pleased about that.
And so she takes her group of students to a night club to dance it out (classic Shondaland dancing it off).
Then, we jump forward two months, with a voiceover of Annalise discussing the statistics that you’re most likely to be murdered by someone you know - perhaps your lover. While this is happening we see the mansion where those adopted kids murdered their parents. And we hear a gun shot. Then we see Wes running across the lawn. And we flash quickly to Annalise on the ground in the mansion, covered in blood and struggling for air.
So let’s back it up. In two months time, Annalise and Wes are likely, maybe, probably lovers? And then he potentially murders her (or attempts to, she’s an Emmy winner now, they’re not gonna kill her off)? And in the house of their clients?
We clearly have a lot to figure out, and it looks like it will follow the same structure as the first season, of jumping back and forth between time frames. This has worked for them before, so hopefully it does this season as well.
They definitely know how to hook you, and I am in for the ride. Let’s go.
Spoilers ahead! Only read ahead if you have watched the season five premiere of Scandal.
Well, Fitz and Olivia are finally together. They still have to keep it on the dl (wink wink), but they’ve done it. They also need to work through the kinks of how their jobs will put them at odds with each other before they’re put into the spotlight.
He even asks Mellie for a divorce! Oh happy day! (But poor Mellie).
Meanwhile they’re getting visited by royalty. At least until the Princess is murdered. Murdered! It was jarring in how similar it was to Princess Diana’s death. I definitely screamed at my TV a bit.
Olivia and associates work with the Queen to figure out who did it but it turns out it’s the Queen herself, because the Princess was having an affair with her bodyguard and was pregnant. Because happily ever after is a lie (clearly going to be a theme of the season).
The episode ended with Sally Langston revealing pictures of Fitz and Olivia together - meaning the secret is officially out!
But let’s be real, obviously Liv will handle it.