Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pilot Review: Wicked City

Wicked City (Tuesdays at 10:00 on ABC)

The latest in a long line of serialized cop shows is more jarring than most that have come before it, but not for the reason you'd expect. ABC's Wicked City isn't gorier or grittier or gloomier than its predecessors. It's not more graphic or more gruesome. Wicked City is jarring because it's relatively tame in comparison to the shows it tries to emulate, like True Detective, Bosch, The Killing, and The Bridge, sometimes to its own detriment.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pilot Review: Supergirl

Supergirl (Mondays at 8:00 on CBS; Premieres October 26)

It can be hard to separate the show Supergirl is from the show Supergirl represents, but luckily both are more positive than negative. It's heavy with cultural significance, and not just because it represents a new kind of show for its network, the traditionally old-skewing CBS. No, Supergirl is arriving at a moment when our popular culture is inundated with superheroes, from the small screen to the big screen and everywhere in between. The catch? The heroes are almost exclusively male, despite a growing trend of female viewers and consumers. So Supergirl has a lot on her shoulders, being the only live-action female superhero to currently carry her own brand. More than just a move toward the future for CBS, Supergirl is a step forward for all heroic adaptations with a clear message: Girls can kick ass too, and quality doesn't have to suffer for it.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pilot Review: Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told (Fridays at 8:30 on NBC)

Truth Be Told would have been a really edgy comedy in the 1980s, when TV's most successful sitcoms were The Cosby Show, Who's the Boss, Family Ties, and The Facts of Life. But in a television landscape that has recently tackled issues of race, gender, sexuality, and the political intersection of all these cocnepts to great success (black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Modern Family, Jane the Virgin), Truth Be Told feels forced and dated.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

State of the Union: Fall 2015

The networks have started making moves three weeks into the new season. This list will be updated continuously as new shows receive script orders, episode orders, or cancellation notices. * Updated December 11 (NBC)

Unless otherwise noted, full season orders are for an additional 9 episodes, bringing the season total to 22 episodes. Additionally, script orders do not always guarantee an order for more episodes. They are a way for networks to gauge the direction a show will take beyond the episodes originally ordered into production.


Full Season Ordered: Dr. Ken, The Muppets, Quantico

Canceled: Blood & Oil, Wicked City

*The back order for The Muppets is for 3 episodes, bringing its season total to 16 episodes.

Also of note, ABC ordered an additional 9 episodes of comedy Fresh Off the Boat, bringing its second season total to 22 episodes.


Full Season Ordered: Code Black*, Life in Pieces, Limitless, Supergirl

* Code Black received a backorder of 5 episodes, bringing its season total to 18 episodes. Supergirl received a backorder of 7 episodes, bringing its season total to 20 episodes.

The CW

Full Season Ordered: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend*

* Crazy Ex-Girlfriend received a backorder of 5 episodes, bringing its season total to 18 episodes. Additionally, sophomore iZombie received an order for 6 more episodes, bringing its season total to 19 episodes.


Full Season Ordered: Grandfathered, The Grinder, Rosewood

Canceled: Minority Report

Midseason drama Second Chance (formerly Lookinglass & The Frankenstein Code) has had its episode order reduced from 13 to 11 episodes.


Full Season Ordered: Blindspot, Chicago Med*

Canceled: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, The Player, Truth Be Told

*Chicago Med received a backorder of 5 episodes, bringing its season total to 18 episodes.

Also of note, NBC cut the episode orders for two midseason comedies: Telenovela and Superstore will each be 10 episodes now rather than 13. Back in August, they also canceled the planned midseason reboot of Coach after shooting just a pilot. Additionally, sophomore drama The Mysteries of Laura received an order for 3 more episodes, bringing its season total to 16.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pilot Review: Code Black

I always think that it must be so hard to be original on broadcast television whenever I watch a show like Code Black. It must be nearly impossible to come up with a new idea, a new way of saying something familiar, or a new way of presenting old tropes and stories, especially when there's clearly an audience for these tried-and-true procedural shows. And it seems even more difficult considering how middling and undistinguished most of these shows turn out to be.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Pilot Reviews: Grandfathered & The Grinder

It's two-for-one night on Fox Tuesdays with 1980s heartthrobs!