Monday, January 25, 2016

Pilot Review: Lucifer

Lucifer (Mondays at 9:00 on Fox; Premieres January 25)

It's a good thing Lucifer has the rebooted X Files miniseries as its lead-in, because this show is going to need all the help it can get to overcome its mediocrity. It's lazy and obvious at every turn, beginning with Cage the Elephant's "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" and a close-up of a vanity license plate reading FALLIN1. Lucifer's first introduction to the audience is through his bribery of a police officer (because he's a bad ass, you see), and everything from there on out is just as expected and unoriginal as you could possibly imagine.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pilot Review: Second Chance

Second Chance (Wednesdays at 9:00 on Fox; Premieres January 13)

With a generic title like Second Chance (formerly The Frankenstein Code and Lookinglass, both of which are much better options), you know you're likely not going to get something groundbreaking. Consider the dialogue which kicks the show off (in voiceover, obviously, because every single series needs a voiceover nowadays): "What would you do with a second chance? Before you answer, let me give you some advice: second chances can be a real monster." Not exactly the most interesting way to start a pilot, and things don't get much better from there.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pilot Review: Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue (Thursdays at 10:00 on NBC)

NBC is betting the horse on Jennifer Lopez. She's a good one to bet on, considering her ability to open terrible movies to big bucks at the box office (The Boy Next Door, most recently). But is Shades of Blue the best vehicle for the Latina superstar? Not necessarily, no.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pilot Review: Bordertown

Bordertown (Sundays at 9:30 on Fox)

It's been five years since Fox successfully introduced a new animated comedy to its lineup, when Bob's Burgers joined the Animation Domination family. Since then, Fox has let go of two long-running animated shows (both by Bordertown executive producer Seth MacFarlane: The Cleveland Show and American Dad!) and introduced three failed newcomers (Allen Gregory, Napoleon Dynamite, and Golan the Insatiable). Bordertown is the best attempt at capturing the magic of stalwarts The Simpsons and Family Guy, but it's not as good or as clever as either of those shows.