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
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