Monday, June 15, 2015

Pilot Review: Proof

Proof (Tuesdays at 10:00 on TNT; Premieres June 16)

It's nothing new for a procedural show to dabble in the paranormal (see: The X Files). TNT's latest is a medical procedural immersed in death and dying, not aliens or the supernatural, but the earlier series' influence on Proof is obvious and heavy. Also showing hints of TNT's own former dramas Saving Grace and HawthoRNe, Proof is an interesting but wishy-washy approach to a paranormal procedural.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2015 Fall Schedule Changes

UPDATE, JUNE 10: Beyond the Tank and Wicked City will replace Quantico on ABC's Tuesday night schedule.

Upfronts were less than a month ago, but as shows gear up for production in July, some networks are making changes to the schedules they announced a few weeks ago.

ABC has removed Of Kings and Prophets from the fall schedule to "retool" the project, including making cast changes. It's never good news when the word "retooling" is used, especially since making cast changes from pilot to series is relatively commonplace (four other ABC shows are currently recasting roles, including the one replacing Of Kings and Prophets on the schedule), so it's likely a sign of bigger issues with the series as a whole. Not only will the show be recasting at least one role, but the order has been cut from 13 episodes to 10. I wouldn't be surprised if this one goes the way of Fox's Hieroglyph last season (another period blood-and-sand drama) and never sees the light of day. It will be replaced on Sundays at 10:00 by Quantico, which was formerly announced to debut on Tuesdays at 10:00. So ABC's Sunday fall schedule will now be Once Upon a Time at 8:00, Blood & Oil (formerly Oil) at 9:00, and Quantico at 10:00. The Tuesday night schedule will now consist of the previously announced comedies (The Muppets and Fresh Off the Boat) at 8:00, Agents of SHIELD at 9:00, and now the Shark Tank companion series Beyond the Tank for four weeks at 10:00, followed by Wicked City beginning October 27 at 10:00.

Similarly, NBC has pushed Heartbreaker back to midseason. Originally set to air on Tuesdays at 9:00, the Melissa George-led medical drama will be delaying production to accommodate its star's pregnancy, as well as to recast one of its male leads. Instead, NBC will be doing what I wondered why they weren't doing in the first place: airing the newest in the Chicago franchise, Chicago Med, in its timeslot. The Tuesday schedule will now be The Voice at 8:00, Chicago Med at 9:00, and Best Time Ever at 10:00. Come November, Chicago Fire replaces Neil Patrick Harris's variety show, creating a two-hour Chicago block from 9:00-11:00.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pilot Review: The Whispers

The Whispers (Mondays at 10:00 on ABC)

There's not much that can be as creepy as a child. Look at The Shining, The Omen, Poltergeist, Children of the Corn... kids are terrifying, whether they're possessed by a demonic force or talking to themselves. The Whispers creator Soo Hugh (whose past writing credits include the delightfully weird The River and CBS's smash sci-fi series Under the Dome) knows this, and she gives us a host of them in the pilot. But an adorable little girl named Harper, who tries to kill her mother, is only the beginning of this twisted, suspenseful ride.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Pilot Review: Stitchers

Stitchers (Tuesdays at 9:00 on ABC Family; Premieres June 2)

Before sitting down to watch Stitchers, ask yourself a few questions: Am I the type of person who requires a modicum of logic from the shows I watch? Do I tend to enjoy shows with snappy dialogue, dynamic characters, and strong performances? Is there another channel I could be watching on Tuesdays at 9:00?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, take a hard pass on Stitchers.