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TV Shows Premiering September 18 – 24

18 Sep

Continuing our quick rundowns of which shows are returning or premiering in the upcoming week. Check your local listings for times. Note: As more shows premiere week-to-week, I’m not going to attempt to comment on all of them, just the ones I watch, or have something to say about. Others I’ll just note with the season and anything else that’s noteable.

source: The TV Addict

Monday, September 18

Dancing With the Stars (ABC). Season 25 Premiere.

Tuesday, September 19

Jerry Before Seinfeld (Netflix) Special. A Jerry Seinfeld comedy club special featuring never-before-seen material and childhood videos.

Wednesday, September 20

Channel Zero: No-End House (SyFy). Season 2 Premiere. The horror anthology series that isn’t American Horror Story kicks off its second run of six episodes, subtitled “No-End House”. From the SyFy Wire: “When four friends enter the house, they learn that it is more than a haunted mansion. Confronted with strangely personal horrors in each room, they must try to find an escape.” Based on the first season, this is a strong recommend.

The Good Place (NBC). Season 2 Premiere. The off-kilter sitcom featuring Kristen Bell as a venal woman who ends up in the wrong afterlife finished off its first season with a game-changing twist that totally flipped the script. Probably one of the returning series that I’m most looking forward to.

Big Brother (CBS). Season 19 Finale. The winner of Season 19 is crowned.

Thursday, September 21

Gotham (Fox). Season 4 Premiere. The Gotham City before Batman edges closer to Bruce Wayne becoming a vigilante in the Season 4 Dawn of Night sequence.

The Orville (Fox). Timeslot Premiere. After a number of airings on Sunday nights following football, the Seth McFarlane space comedy moves to its regular timeslot. I still haven’t watched it, but my daughter found it funny.

Friday, September 22

Fuller House (Netflix). Season 3 becomes available.

Transparent (Amazon). Season 4 becomes available.

Sunday, September 24

60 Minutes (CBS). Season 50 Premiere. The venerable news magazine starts its 50th season on the air.

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS). Series Premiere. Like last year’s The Good Fight (the well-reviewed spinoff of The Good Wife), the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise debuts on the network’s broadcast channel, only to have its remaining episodes air weekly on its CBS All Access subscription service. So if you watch the premiere and get hooked, it’s gonna cost you to see the rest.

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TV – Shows Premiering September 11-17

10 Sep

Continuing our quick rundowns of which shows are returning or premiering in the upcoming week. Check your local listings for times.

source: The TV Addict

Monday, September 11

Carol Burnett’s Golden Anniversary (MeTV). Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the premiere of The Carol Burnett Show, MeTV will be airing episodes of Carol Burnett and Friends (the show’s half-hour syndication version) featuring iconic characters and/or sketches. Monday features the classic Gone with the Wind sketch, Tuesday an Exorcist parody, Wednesday is Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins, Thursday highlights one of the sketches that eventually spun off into Mama’s Family, and Friday is an homage to Sunset Boulevard. And yes, I remember most of these from their original airings (or reruns during the series’ first run), and yes, I feel old. CBS, the series’ original home, will air a star-studded anniversary special in December. SPECIAL EVENT

Tuesday, September 12

The Mindy Project (Hulu). The Mindy Kaling vehicle airs its final season, its third on Hulu and sixth overall (it started out on Fox). I’ve never watched it, but understand it has quite a fan base. If you’re a member of that base, you probably already know about it. FINAL SEASON 6 PREMIERE

Wednesday, September 13

South Park (Comedy Central). The animated sitcom featuring foul-mouthed kids enters its 21st season. I’ve watched and enjoyed particular episodes, and think the spinoff movie is one of the most brilliant musical parodies ever, but have never been a regular viewer. Again, if you are, you probably don’t need a reminder. SEASON 21 PREMIERE

Broad City (Comedy Central). The much-acclaimed, female-centric sketch show starts its fourth season. Regarding my viewership: lather, rinse, repeat (never watched, heard very good things). SEASON 4 PREMIERE

Thursday, September 14

Better Things (FX). Pamela Adlon’s single-mom sitcom. Second season. Heard good things. Don’t watch. SEASON 2 PREMIERE

Sunday, September 17

The Emmy Awards (CBS). The second holiest day of the year at our house, after Oscar Sunday. The Emmys traditionally mark the start of the new television season. This year’s host is Stephen Colbert, which should keep the evening lively. With Game of Thrones not eligible due to the lengthy break between seasons, the path is open for a number of quality shows including This is Us, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, and Big Little Lies. With the number of A-list movie stars appearing in Big Little Lies alone, the night should be even more star-studded than usual. What most people don’t know is that this will actually be the third night of Emmy presentations, with the first two (called the Creative Arts awards, but including acting awards for voice overs and guest stars) having taken place this weekend. Creative Arts winners are listed at the EW Online links below. SPECIAL EVENT
2017 Creative Arts Emmy Winners Night 1
2017 Creative Arts Emmy Winners Night 2

VICE PRINCIPALS (HBO). The second season of the HBO sitcom starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins. Unlike the shows above, I’ve heard absolutely nothing about this show. Like the shows above, I haven’t watched it. YMMV.  SEASON 2 PREMIERE

TV – Shows Premiering September 4-10

4 Sep

In an effort to post more regularly as the summer television season runs down and the fall season starts, I’m going to try to post quick rundowns of which shows are returning or premiering in the upcoming week. Check your local listings for times.

source: The TV Addict

Tuesday, September 5

American Horror Story: Cult (FX). The latest season of the popular horror series features politics, clowns, and, apparently, bees. As the title suggests, a cult will develop around one of the main characters. AHS is considered an anthology series in the more modern sense, in that each season stands alone, with new characters and storylines, so if you haven’t watched previous seasons, you can surely jump on now. (IMO, more traditional anthology series change from episode to episode…think Twilight Zone or the current Room 104 or Black Mirror). SEASON 7 PREMIERE

Wednesday, September 6

You’re the Worst (FXX). The FXX anti-romantic comedy starts its fourth season a while after the end of the third. The characters are self-involved and rude, but I find the show extremely funny. Previous seasons and episodes have dealt realistically with such topics as depression and PTSD, but don’t let that put you off. Give it a try. SEASON 4 PREMIERE

Friday, September 8

Bojack Horseman (Netflix). An animated comedy which revolves around Bojack, formerly the star of a family-oriented situation comedy, now a depressed and jaded alcoholic, as he attempts to make a comeback. Oh, and he’s a horse. I haven’t tried this series yet, but it’s on my (way-too-long) “too watch” list. SEASON 4 PREMIERE

Sunday, September 10

The Orville (Fox). The latest from Seth McFarland (Family Guy, American Dad) is a live-action science fiction comedy which riffs on the original Star Trek. Early reviews indicate that the show can’t decide whether it’s a spoof or a send-up, but I’ll watch at least a couple of episodes. SERIES PREMIERE

Outlander (Starz). The time-travelling historical romance returns to its faithful fans. I haven’t watched it, but know a number of folks who swear by it. SEASON 3 PREMIERE

The Deuce (HBO). A new series which charts the rise of legalized porn in the 1970s. Early reviews are good for the series and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (Jake’s sister) and James Franco (Dave’s brother). Franco plays twin brothers. The first episode is currently available on HBO’s streaming platforms and on-demand. SERIES PREMIERE

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC). The second half of the third season picks up where the first half left off. If you’re not watching now, this isn’t a particularly good place to start. HALF-SEASON PREMIERE

 

TV: Twin Peaks: The Return

4 Sep

Tonight, Showtime aired the penultimate and final chapters of David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, marking the end of the polarizing twenty-five years later follow-up to the polarizing cult favorite, TWIN PEAKS.

While a number of fans bailed out over the course of the 18 episodes, I stuck with it, figuring that, after all this time, there would be some payoff, some resolution, some reason to keep with it.

And my reaction, upon viewing the whole thing?

Meh. Like the entire “Return” series, these last two episodes contained some good moments and a lot of stuff that seemed to be weird for weird’s sake. And it ended on a pretty good but pretty predictable cliffhanger.

There was some resolution to what most people would consider the main storylines, Agent Dale Cooper’s return from the Black Lodge and his confrontation with his evil Doppleganger (a.k.a. DoppleCooper). And some of the characters who appeared to be digressive or “weird for weird’s sake” did play their parts, or have their parts revealed, but too much remained unexplained or never tied in to the main narrative.

It wouldn’t surprise me if, in post mortem interview, Lynch fessed up and said “The actual story was only 4 hours long. We just wanted to see how much sh!+ people would sit through.”

I think this series is a good example of both the good and the bad that comes of letting an auteur have free rein. There were some moments of beauty and straight narrative payoff, some moments of challenging, though-provoking imagery, and way too much of the aforementioned weirdness for weirdness’ sake. With a firm hand keeping Lynch coloring within the lines, however Daliesque or Escherian those lines might be, the series might have been transformative or, at least, satisfying. It might have reminded us of the good parts of waiting for each new episode of the first season of the original Twin Peaks. Instead, it reminded us of the frustrations of the second.

I’ll give it 4CB

You, Me, Her

11 Jun

309130-2This review really isn’t fair. I’ll tell you why at the end.

This spring, almost unnoticed, a new comedy debuted called You, Me, Her. The setup was simple: a not-quite-young married couple, Emma (Rachel Blanchard) and Jack (Greg Poehler), are moving up in their professional relationship — he’s in line to become dean at a prestigious private school and her architecture firm is bidding to build a new fine arts building for that same school — but their personal life is in a rut. They’re seeing a marriage counselor for help, but Jack takes the advice of his older brother and makes an appointment with an escort. The escort he finds is Izzie (Priscilla Faia), a college student who’s trying to make her rent money.

Nothing happens (well, nothing much), but when Jack confesses to Emma, she is more curious than mad, to the point of making her own appointment with Izzie, then confessing to Jack that she felt a spark with the younger woman. Eventually, Jack and Emma come to believe that Izzie might be the solution to their problems. They attempt to make a financial agreement with Izzie but soon, as so often happens in these stories, the feels get in the way. The first season (two more have already been ordered) follows the trio as they try to figure out what they mean to each other, what their relationship means to the world around them, and how to balance everything.

The performances of the three main cast members are fantastic. All three are not only able but allowed to convey complex emotions without dialogue. Poehler, the brother of SNL and Parks and Rec standout Amy, gives Jack a somewhat confused air, as though he’s not always quite sure of what’s happening, but is game to go along. Blanchard’s Emma is a bit more worldly than her husband, and generally seems to know what she wants, even if she’s afraid to express it. Faia’s Izzie is at least as complex, walking a thin line between determined and fragile, and out of her depth as she falls for this married couple.

The show isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as a lot of the more mainstream sitcoms; it’s more like an indy romcom compared to a Katherine Heigl chick flick. But I found it touching and endearing.

The reason this review is unfair is manifold: You, Me, Her aired on the Audience Network, which is owned by AT&T. Which means, as far as I can tell, it’s only available on DirecTV and Uverse. In addition, the first season wrapped on May 24, and it’s not showing either on the OnDemand listings or as airing in the next couple of weeks. The good news (such as it is) is that they’ll probably broadcast a marathon of the 10 episodes before Season 2 starts (I recorded 8 of the 10 episodes during a marathon showing). The bad news is, there’s no indication yet of when that will be. I strongly recommend keeping an eye on Netflix and on your local listings, and catching it when it pops up again.

I give You, Me, Her 7 Cheeseburgers

The End of a Bygone Era

11 May

The penultimate episode of Mad Men aired tonight, and the series will wrap up next Sunday.  To prime the pump for the last episode, AMC will be airing every episode of the series’ 7 seasons in one marathon showing, starting this Wednesday (4/13) at 6 pm, 5 Central. Looking at the schedule, it looks like each episode is set for a run time of between 64 to 66 minutes, so be aware that if you plan to tune in here and there, episodes after the first one will likely not be beginning on the hour.

Labor Day Marathons

29 Aug

The folks at TV Tango have provided a list of TV Marathons airing over this long weekend.  Since we’ve got rain predicted in St. Louis, and I’m (amazingly) almost caught up on my television viewing (or at least the stuff I don’t watch with my wife), I may have to look in on some of these.  Check out the list at TV Tango.