The Orville," a spoof of shows like "Star Trek," on Thursdays. It's written by and starring Seth McFarlane, who has had great success with shows like "Family Guy" and the movie "Ted." The first new show to premiere in the Fall, it has done well so far in the ratings. There is also a new "Star Trek" show on CBS called "Star Trek: Discovery." The first episode aired on CBS, and the rest is shown on their streaming service, CBS All-Access. You can view it for $7 a month or watch it commercial free for $10. CBS is hoping it will be a big hit, so that they can launch many new streaming shows and be as successful as Netflix, HULU and Amazon Prime. Video Link
Several new shows are showcasing teens with autism and/or high intelligence. ABC
has the new medical show "The
Good Doctor," about a new intern at a hospital who's not only super smart
but also autistic (starring Freddie Highmore of "Bates Motel"). Video Link There's already
a good comedy on Netflix about an autistic teen, "Atypical."
Bang Theory" spinoff "Young
Sheldon" is airing on CBS. Although many fans have speculated that Sheldon
is on the spectrum, there's no mention here of his being autistic, just very
smart and clueless. In "Young Sheldon," we get to see how he grew up in his
Texas family, narrated by the adult Sheldon (Jim Parsons). It airs on Thursdays. More about the new shows here.
Team" on Wednesdays, starring David Boreanaz ("Bones"). Video Link NBC has "The
Brave" Mondays, about a Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover
specialists (starring Anne Heche). Also on Mondays is "Valor"
on The CW, a serialized military drama/thriller starring Matt Barr. Not many
military-themed series have survived for very long on TV, aside from NCIS and
its spinoffs. Trump's presidency, and the working-class male audience that voted for him, may be the reason for these shows.
on The CW attempts to remake the successful 1980's ABC Primetime soap opera. "Will
& Grace" reunites the original cast of the NBC sitcom that ran 1998-2006. "S.W.A.T."
starring Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds") is a reboot of a 70's cop show that
also spawned a 2003 film. “Roseanne”
will be returning soon on ABC with the same cast. Video Link TV veteran John Larroquette
was one of the stars of "Me,
Myself & I," while Mark Feuerstein ("Royal Pains") stars with two 70's
actors Elliot Gould and Linda Lavin in "9JKL"
on CBS. If the reboots are successful, then you can expect more of them. Using familiar actors and rebooting popular shows is something that networks love to do.
(Probably) Saves the World" has a strange title, but it’s a fun,
heartwarming show. Video Link A lovable loser gets help from an angel to fulfill his
destiny. FOX has a new Marvel show, "The
Gifted," about a family whose children are mutants. It’s really excellent.
The show's creator also did the wonderful spy drama, "Burn Notice," on USA
Network. “The Gifted” stars Stephen Moyer ("True Blood") and Amy Acker ("Person
Streaming and cable shows continue to be dark and depressing (but mostly well-written). “Damnation”
is a type of western drama on USA Network, set in the 1930’s, in a battle
between rich and poor. “Ghost
Wars” on Syfy is about a small Alaskan town under attack by paranormal
forces. Another Syfy show, “Happy”
is about a former cop, turned hitman, who sees a little blue flying unicorn. Video Link “The
Punisher” is another violent Marvel comics series on Netflix about a
vigilante that kills criminals (formerly seen as the villain in “Daredevil,”
season 2.). “Alias
Grace” is a murder mystery set in the 1800’s about a cleaning woman who may
or may not have murdered her employers. “The
End of the F***ing World” has two teenagers in pain, who get into trouble
with the law. These shows are interesting, but they’re very dark and sometimes hard to
watch. This trend has been going on for quite a while now, sadly, and it's gotten much worse in the past decade.
Minds” and “Mr.
Mercedes” on DirecTV, we can add the new shows “Mindhunter”
on Netflix, and “The
Alienist” on TNT. These are very good, compelling shows, if you don’t mind
serial killer stories (which can be very gruesome). Video Link
TV always has trends. There used to be a lot of westerns in the early days of
TV. Then there were many variety shows. Later, we saw lots of shows about
vampires. Trends come and go. As a TV fan, it's always interesting to see what the latest trend is. Here's a peek at last year's programming trends.
Usually the trend starts with one very successful TV show, and then
everyone else rushes to copy it. It works...until the next trend comes
along to replace it.Video Link
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
My name is Suzanne. This is my new blog for my video analyses class. Be sure to visit my personal blog! I try to write in it every day, and I post it once a week.
I apologize in advance for the length of this post...I tend to write a lot when it's about something I have a great deal of interest in or knowledge about.
Sometimes those shows that I have to review are on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Crackle, or some other website/service, so then I will watch it on there (I have subscriptions to them all; none of them cost much, but they sure do add up). I have a ROKU connected to my TV, so I will usually watch these streaming sites through that. That way I can see them on my TV set screen. I would rather not watch on my laptop because I usually like to work on the laptop while I'm watching (can't do both at once), and because the TV has a larger screen.
I also get some of the TV shows ahead of time from the networks to review. They used to send me DVD's for that (called "screeners"), but now most of them are online. I get screeners from NBC, Syfy, PBS, Freeform, Netflix, A&E, History, Lifetime, TNT, TBS, and some other cable channels. I also do receive some DVD sets to review from PBS, CBS, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, et al. In short, I have way too much to watch! I always have a stack of DVD's, an almost-full DVR, and a long list of shows to watch. Forget about streaming... I need to have shows beamed directly into my brain, preferably without commercials and in double-time fast motion.
If I miss an episode of a broadcast or cable TV show for some reason, then I will either watch it On Demand on my TV, or I'll try to find it online. I've been online since 1994, and I used to work for a search engine, so I'm very good at finding things.
I get most of my TV through DISH Network, which I love. We used to get Comcast cable, back in the earlier part of the century, and it was terrible. There were intermittent reception problems that they couldn't ever fix, and a lot of outages, and they kept raising our bill. Worse, when I called up to find out why they were raising it, I could never get a straight answer. That's when we switched to DISH and never looked back. They're cheaper than DirecTV, too. We rarely have any problems with DISH, and they don't raise our rates. We use Suddenlink for our internet and Verizon for our cell phones.
Anyway, DISH now has Netflix as well. However, for whatever reason, it doesn't work terrible well when I try to watch it via DISH. I'm not sure why, but it freezes up, and I can't get it to unfreeze. It usually works pretty well on the ROKU, or on my laptop. It might have something to do with our internet. I know that Arkansas has some of the slowest internet speeds in the country. It can't be just that, though, or else it wouldn't work well on my laptop, either. Maybe DISH still hasn't gotten the bugs worked out on it yet.
I know that people love to binge-watch, but I'm not really a big fan of that. I'd rather record shows on my DVR and then get around to watching them, one episode at a time, at my convenience. It's just too much. I feel like the shows are pressuring me to watch them if they're all available right now. I'm sure that part of that feeling comes from being old. They didn't have binge-watching when I was growing up. They didn't even have the internet!
BACK TO TV, VIDEOTAPES AND DVD's
After I moved out on my own, I usually either had a TV or access to one. Back then you couldn't record one show and watch another, so you could only watch what was on the major networks, unless you had cable. There weren't nearly as many cable stations available then, either. In the late 80's, after my husband graduated from grad school, we finally did get cable. In the meantime, I got hooked on the soaps in the mid-80's while I was in college. They had a TV in the student union that was always tuned to the ABC soaps.
I bought a VCR in the late 80's, so I could record soaps and some other shows. I have a large collection of videotapes in the garage, but I rarely watch them. I was an early adopter of DVRs when they first became available, as well as DVD recorders. I love DVR's and don't know how we ever lived without them. It's great to be able to record shows with the press of a button, as well as fast-forward through commercials, and pause/rewind a live show. With videotapes, you had to have a tape handy and pop it in there, and make sure you have enough room left on the tape (I still have nightmares about running out of room on my videotape to record a soap!). DVD recorders are only slightly better. Really, the only problem with DVRs is that they have more limited space. Also, they do break down eventually, since they're just computers. You can't really back anything up, so once your DVR dies, you lose all of your shows. I've had that happen quite a few times, so let me tell you that it's absolutely heartbreaking (especially if you lose hundreds of hours of shows).
The DISH DVRs do allow you to move your shows to an external hard drive, but you can't actually copy them, only move them. Also, it's very slow, and if your internet or electricity goes out in the middle of moving them, you lose them. The same thing happens if you try to move too many shows at once. Mine holds about 2,000 shows, so good luck ever watching them, anyway. Somehow, no matter how many hours my DVR has, I manage to fill it up.
Even though I have many DVDs in my collection, they, too, are going out of fashion. Not nearly as many people buy them as used to. I'm sure by 2050, they will be gone and fully replaced by streaming/digital, just as VHS and other media before them were replaced.
I have a really good smart phone, the Samsung Galaxy 8, but I hate watching TV or movies on such a small screen (even though it's big for a phone, it's still way too small). We have a tablet, so once in a while I will use that, if I have to. Again, it's not nearly as big as our TV (and we don't even that big of a TV).
I have many friends and family members who are into them now, though, and some of them play online, on their PCs or phones, constantly. I admit that video games are fun, but one can only have so many hobbies that take up time, and I already have too many of those. I was recently interested in the new Star Wars virtual reality game (just because it seemed really cool and a lot of fun), but it's $200. Also, I read that it works off your cell phone, but it won't work yet with mine. Also, it got some mixed reviews on Amazon for how well it works. I think I'll wait until they get the bugs out of that one, the price comes down and it will work for my cell. Virtual reality definitely sounds fun, especially if it ever gets as real as the Star Trek holodeck.