Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Monday, 14 September 2015
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Friday, 11 September 2015
UPDATE: The show now goes by the name Second Chance.
Thursday, 10 September 2015
UPDATE: Lucifer has been renewed for a second season!
Firstly, I have nver seen – or heard of – Minority Report before the television project was bought by FOX late last year.
The new series is yet another spin-off from NBC’s hit drama Chicago PD which is itself a spin-off of Chicago Fire. Despite NBC failing to find hit shows as of late, the Chicago franchise from one of televisions biggest procedural producers has proved to keep a healthy number of viewers entertained each week.
Chicago Med is described as “an emotional ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctos that holds it together”. It is no surprise that the characters from Chicago Med will also be interwined with characters from Chicago Fire and Chicago PD.
Chicago Med does not bring anything new to the table of medical dramas. We all know the doctors are going to stuggle to keep their emotional, romantic and professional relationships in check all while trying to reattach an arm and a leg to the victim of the week. However, based on Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, which aren’t bad shows, Chicago Med may offer the same level (albeit predictable) thrills each week.
Created by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne, the ABC drama follows a young couple, Billy and Cody LeFever (played by Chace Crawford and Rebecca Rittenhouse) who move to Williston, North Dakota, after the biggest oil discovery in American history. The series features a large ensemble cast headed by Don Johnson as oil tycoon Hap Briggs.
In the past few seasons after many mishaps in the drama department including the quickly cancelled Mind Games and Killer Women, ABC has found their niche of soapy dramas with lots of infedility, drama, lust and violence which their audiences respond too, Blood and Oil is no exception.
Blood and Oil also stars Amber Valletta as the socialite wife Carla, Scott Michael Foster plays Hap Briggs’ vilanous son who will probably try to kill his father by seasons end. Miranda Rae Mayo plays Hap Briggs’ illegitimate mixed race daughter Lacey who (you guessed it) is also having an affair with Hap’s personal driver).
As you can see, the set up of the series is for Billy LeFever is Hap’s ideal son and the conflicts his’adopted’ and biological sons have.
Unfortunately, Blood and Oil has been subjected to the Sunday 9pm slot following Once Upon a Time. The timeslot was previously occupied by Revenge which never had large ratings. A drama like Nashville seems like a more suitable pair rather than new drama Quantico which may also experience the same viewership problems as Blood & Oil.
Blood and Oil will have to engage its audiences from the get go and maintain the fast paced, thrilling and soapy storytelling to keep viewers interested in the characters. As long as oil remains a backdrop while sex, lies, deceit and secrets continue to be at the forefront, I'm sure Blood & Oil will become a must see Sunday night appointment.
By Gregory Robinson
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
STUDIO: Universal TV/Will Packer Productions
TEAM: DJ Nash (w, ep), Will Packer (ep), Pam Fryman (d)
LOGLINE: A comedy examining sex, race and everything else your parents told you never to talk about.
CAST: Tone Bell, Bresha Webb, Brooke Ishibashi, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
This fall, NBC are adding only one new sitcom to their anaemic line up. It is no secret that NBC has struggled to find new comedy hits after many failed attempts. Even the much loved cult comedies like Community and Parks & Recreation were not big ratings winners and only survived due to their small, but dedicated fan base.
NBC's scheduling doesn't suggest they have much faith in their new comedies or comedy at all. There is only an hour long comedy block in the graveyard Friday 8-9pm death slot.
Truth Be Told is not nearly as progressive or controversial as it thinks it is. Nor is it as funny as the actors or writers think the show is. Tone Bell seems to be just as obnoxious as his character while Gosselaar deserves a much better project than this.
The show is simply a ensemble comedy which follows the relationship between two couples. One couple is Black, the other are mixed race (Caucasian/Hispanic). With a few race jokes, and a sprinkle of raunchy nanny jokes only Ben Affleck would find humorous makes up a recipe of a pretty boring, mostly predictable, stale and dated comedy.
I predict this to be the first new Fall show to be cancelled. NBC have far more interesting shows on the bench (Superstore, Hot & Bothered). Truth Be Told really shows how tragic NBC comedy development team are. To think last season they shunted Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (not the most originally or funny comedy, but very ambitious) to mid-season while shows like Undateable and Truth Be Told snatch fall slots is quite saddening for the state of comedy on network television. Let's hope NBC dumps this show and finds a new comedy hit ASAP!
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Format: Single-cam comedy
EP/ W: Danny Chun
EPs: John Stamos (star), Dan Fogelman
D: Chris Koch
Judging by the pilot's logline, you may be forgiven for recognising some aspects of the plot. Josh Peck (Drake and Josh) stars as Gerald, a young father who reunites with his longlost bachelor father Jimmy played by John Stamos (Full House). I don't think Grandfathered is anything special nor is the plot unique or 'noisey' enough to entice viewers to check out multiple episodes. For instance, last season FOX introduced Last Man on Earth and has dramedy Scream Queens which are far more provocative and interesting than Grandfathred. Therefore, the freshman sitcom will have to carve out its own unique voice and character dynamics beyond the grandfather-father aspect of the show if it hopes to stand out among an ever growing television landscape including it's 8:30 Tuesday rival Fresh off the Boat which is by far more unique and funny.
One aspect of the pilot which is especially successful is it's ability to set the foundations of the future relationships of the main characters. although these relationships may be a little too obvious, such as Gerald and Vanessa, Jimmy and Sara (Gerald's mother). But, the romantic elements of the Grandfathered may eventually become its strongpoints once the focus on Jimmy's shock of being not only a father but a grandfather wears off. For example, the recently cancelled The Mindy Project became a much stronger sitcom when it stopped focusing on Mindy and her numerous boyfriends but focused on her blossoming romantic relationship with Danny. So, don't be surprised to see episodes exploring the obvious romantic reunion and classic sitcom break-up between Jimmy and Sara etc.
The nostalgia effect may have an impact on Uncle Jesse fans but I doubt that will be enough for the show to survive. On the other hand, it has been years since Stamos had a regular starring role on a network sitcom and if Girl Meets World's success has taught us anything, is that people love nostalgia. Similarly, Josh Peck has also been absent from television since his starring in the beloved Nickelodeon sitcom Drake and Josh. Peck and Stamos not only share the fact they starred on beloved sitcoms and are now making their return to television, they both resemble and compliment each other on screen and their father-son dynamic will be key to Grandfathered's success.
Grandfathered is by no means a bad family sitcom, its just that there is now such a huge range of shows for viewers to choose from especially more provocative, unique family comedies like the previously mentioned Fresh Off The Boat. Eventually, the grandfather-father dynamic will wear thin and the strength of the ensemble cast and their romantic and work relationships will have to sustain the show for the future.