Dear ladies and gents,
I watched so you don’t have to. Also if you saw something great, do let me know, I hate to miss out!
Hostages is about Dr. Ellen Sanders (played by Toni Collette), a surgeon who is scheduled to operated on the President of the United States. On the eve of the surgery her family gets taken hostage by Duncan Carlisle (played by Dylan McDermott), an FBI agent who wants Ellen to kill the President during the operation.
Ok this show is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and obviously he has plenty of hits under his belt. And while I found it interesting how they started to deconstruct the characters in the first episode, I am a bit baffled what’s the long game here. Obviously these people cannot stay hostages forever. So I think this show might play out as Prison Break type of situation, if that makes any sense.
Watch if you liked Prison Break.
The Blacklist marks the return of James Spader to our screens. In Blacklist he plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, a fugitive off FBI’s Most Wanted list who made his living by brokering deals for criminals. His nickname was “the Concierge of Crime”. He turns himself over to FBI and stipulates he will co-operate only if his liaison is Elizabeth Keen (played by Megan Boone), a rookie FBI profiler. He will help them hunt down terrorists FBI doesn’t even know about (the so-called “super-duper terrorist”*), in return he wants immunity, constant security and Elizabeth as his go-to person.
I thought the Blacklist wasn’t too bad, although there was a predictable moment that made me groan (in short FBI got the information a general’s daughter will get kidnapped. They collect her in order to transfer her to a safe house. Of course there is an oil spill on the road and OF COURSE it is really an ambush by the terrorists. O RLY?! You’d think they’d take that into consideration that any type of diversion on the road might be an ambush. It’s like these people don’t watch TV at.all.) Me think it will be a formulaic show – there probably will be a terrorist of the week story and a season long story arch that pertains to Elizabeth and her connection to Red.
Watch if you like Person of Interest.
The Michael J. Fox Show
To preface this by saying a) I loved Michael J. Fox since I was a kid so I’m biased and willing to let him slide even if the show was horrific. And b) my grandad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s (he was diagnosed much later in life and it was the early stages. He passed due to unrelated complications).
So. The Michael J. Fox Show marks Michael J. Fox’s return to our screens. It’s about news anchor Mike Henry, who after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, quits his job to concentrate on his health and to spend more time with his family. But after 5 years his family is getting a bit restless with his family-orientated ways. Mike decides to return to work to a) get out of the house and out of his family’s hair and b) to show people there is life after such a diagnosis.
I liked the show. It wasn’t super hilarious, but me thinks there is potential there, they just need to find their footing. For the pearl-clutching brigade (and there are bound to be a few of those types around, since the show is about an illness after all) – I didn’t think it was particularly non-PC about what it means to live with Parkinson’s. Yes, it pokes fun out of the disease, but it’s more about how people react to Mike/Michael (all emotional/huggy/whatnot which I’m sure I would do, if our paths ever crossed).
Watch if you like anything with Michael J. Fox.
The Crazy Ones
The Crazy Ones is about a Chicago advertising executive Simon Roberts (played by Robin Williams) and his agency that caters to some huge clients. The partner in the firm is Simon’s daughter Sydney (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar), who, as it turns out, is a complete opposite of her father – he is a bit of a genius and an eccentric, while she (although talented) prefers to plan things out and take the safe route.
Now I love me some Robin Williams. He is probably the only man on TV who can make laugh so hard there might be a chance I’ll pee my pants. And he can do deep/troubled/sad well. But I thought the Crazy Ones were a bit uneven and again, it seems it will take them a few episodes to find their footing. The series was created by David E. Kelley so me thinks it is only a matter of time.
On a side-note – the Crazy Ones did much better in the ratings than the Michael J. Fox Show (15.6 million viewers vs 7.2 million). However they did have the lead in with the Big Bang Theory (18.3 million viewers for the season premiere).
Watch if you like Robin Williams
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I loved Avengers so this is a no-brainer for me. And it seems that’s the case for a lot of people because Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a huge ratings success for ABC (holding its own against NCIS which is the most watched show on television).
It sets up the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe well, there are some interesting characters (hello agent Coulson!) and it does that Avengers thing well – there are plenty of fast talking characters with witty one-liners playing off each other. While I didn’t find it riveting, I thought it was solid enough to see it again in order to see how it will play out.
Watch if you like the Avengers.
Mom stars Anna Faris as Christy, a single mum with two kids. Recently sober Christy works at a restaurant at Napa Valley as a waitress and is attending her AA meetings determined to move forward with her life. However her recovery is put to a test after her estranged mother Bonnie (played by Allison Janney) decides to make amends and get more involved in Christy’s life.
Mom is produced by Chuck Lorre, so obviously CBS is banking on another hit. Again like with other sit-coms on the list, I thought it was a bit uneven, but both Anna Faris and Allison Janney do have some comedic chops, so I’m not giving up until I see a couple of more episodes.
Watch if you like Roseanne (well sort of me thinks, Roseanne was much better obvs).
*Obvs I invented that term.