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I diagnose The Good Doctor as very good and The Brave is thrilling!
September 25th, 2017 under ABC, NBC. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight is the official start of the Fall television season, and my favorite new drama debuts on ABC tonight 10p. The Good Doctor is from David Shore, who brought us House. If you loved that drama, then you will adore this medical show where the lead is not a miserable genius.

Dr Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon who was diagnosed with autism and savant syndrome. Dr Aaron Glassman, who is also President of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital, wants his friend to work there, but the board is against it. Glassman is pleading his case as Murphy is traveling to the new job he think he has.

While Murphy is at the airport, a sign crashes into a poster stand sending glass raining down on an 8-year-old boy. A doctor runs to the aid the injured boy, but Murphy tells him he is going to kill him because the procedure he is doing is meant for an adult. Now the two doctors are in rush against time to save the child. Every time they think they succeeded, something else goes wrong. Luckily, Murphy has the brain of a genius to help the patient, but his verbal skills make communicating with other people difficult.

When he finally gets to the hospital, he gets resistance from the other doctors. Will they listen to him because he has life-saving knowledge to share with them or will they ignore the strange man? Also at the hospital, it looks Glassman is losing his case. Will anything change their mind?

The Good Doctor is not like the other medical dramas. It is not soapy like Grey’s Anatomy. It is not busy like Code Black and Chicago Med with way too many characters. It is in the middle and perfect for Monday nights. Plus, Highmore is brilliant as a doctor who is beyond brilliant. You do not need a prescription to watch this show, you just need to tune in to fall in love with it.

Then on NBC at the same time is the first of the many military related dramas this season to debut. The Brave is about America’s elite undercover military unit who saves the lives of innocent people in some of the world’s most dangerous places. While the Defense Intelligence Agency uses advanced technology in DC, an elite team of military experts are out in the field risking their lives to save the life of someone else.

In DC, there is D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts including veterans Cultural Specialist Noah Morgenthau (Tate Ellington) and Mission Coordinator Hannah Archer (Sofia Pernas), and in the field there’s Captain Adam Dalton (Mike Vogel) and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists carry out each mission on the ground. His team is armed with incredible sniper Sgt Jasmine ‘Jaz’ Khan (Natacha Karam), CPO Ezekiel “Preach” Carter (Demetrius Grosse), combat medic Sgt Joseph “McG” McGuire (Noah Mills) and intelligence officer Agent Amir Al-Raisani (Hadi Tabbal).

On tonight’s series premiere, a doctor is kidnapped in an Arabian country and there is no motive for it. As DC tracks her whereabouts, they think they figured it out. They start working on bringing her back, but then she is taken to an area that changes everything. They thought they had weeks to rescue her, but now they are lucky if they even have days. Just as they are getting close, her kidnappers go on the move. The motive is not clear why and when they find out why they find out the team is getting more than they bargained for. Will they be able to rescue her before it is too late?

The Brave is a procedural with a military twist, just when you think you figured it out. You find out you did not. That is what makes it so exciting and addictive from the very first episode.


ABC leaves Little Mermaid under the sea
August 4th, 2017 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

Back in May, ABC announced that they were jumping into the live musical ocean with Little Mermaid, but yesterday the network told Entertainment Weekly they were postponing it for most likely a year, but they “love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful. The project is so unique that we are making best efforts to do it next year and want to give it all the attention it deserves.” That is if they can work there way through the budget constraints. Meaning most likely if they have any money left after American Idol’s failure.


Mark your calendars for ABC’s premiere dates
July 24th, 2017 under ABC. [ Comments: none ]

ABC announced today when your favorite new shows will be back and when you soon-to-be-addictions will premiere. Let me tell you, The Good Doctor will have you so addicted, you will be seeking a good doctor. Therefore, it is a good thing that it is the first scripted show to premiere this year. When it comes to the rest, someone tell me why they are bringing back The Toy Box so early. It was far from a hit. But what do I know I am just a viewer and see ABC in trouble.

Monday, September 18
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars” (Season 25 premiere)

Monday, September 25
10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Good Doctor” (Series premiere)

Wednesday, September 27
8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Goldbergs” (Season 5 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Speechless” (Season 2 premiere)
9:00-9:30 p.m. “Modern Family” (Season 9 premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. “American Housewife” (Season 2 premiere; new day and time)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Designated Survivor” (Season 2 premiere)

Thursday, September 28
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (two-hour Season 14 premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder” (Season 4 premiere)

Friday, September 29
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Inhumans” (two-hour series premiere)

Sunday, October 1
7:00-8:00 p.m. “The Toy Box” (Season 2 premiere; new day and time)
8:00-10:00 p.m. “Shark Tank” (two-hour Season 9 premiere; new day and time)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Ten Days in the Valley” (Series premiere)

Tuesday, October 3
8:00-8:30 p.m. “The Middle” (Season 9 premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (Season 4 premiere; new time)
9:00-9:30 p.m. “black-ish” (Season 4 premiere; new day and time)
9:30-10:00 p.m. “The Mayor” (Series premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (formerly “The Gospel of Kevin”) (Series premiere)

Thursday, October 5
9:00-10:00 p.m. “Scandal” (Season 7 premiere)

Friday, October 6
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” (Season 7 premiere; new day and time)

Sunday, October 8
8:00-9:00 p.m. “To Tell the Truth” (Season 3 premiere; new day and time)

Sunday, November 26
7:00-8:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (Season 28 premiere)


The Gong Show is bananas, Love Connection finds one, The Night Shift is back
June 22nd, 2017 under ABC, Andy Cohen, NBC. [ Comments: none ]

After nearly 30 years of being off of the air, The Gong Show is back on ABC tonight at 10p and just as wacky, wild and bananas.

For those of you who do not know what The Gong Show is, think what if all the rejected acts on America’s Got Talent had a game show of their own. There you go. They are acts you have never seen before and you do not know why you want to see them. Yet you enjoy every one of them, even the women who is dressed as Little Bo Peep and puts a whole living tarantula in her mouth. Then there is a married couple who do weird things with bananas. Not that thing, but you will see what I mean. Or a man dressed as an ape riding around on a unicycle playing the bagpipes. It does not make sense, but it does not have to.

Each week there will be three different celebrity judges like Will Arnett (who is the Executive Producer), Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Will Forte, Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and many more. They will judge the performers with a score from 1-10 and the winner of the night goes home with $2,000.17 and a trophy! Now what if an act is that terrible, and there are some really bad ones, they get gonged and that is why it is called The Gong Show.

As much as I love the show, I gong the host. It is hosted by Tommy Maitland who is really Mike Myers in disguise. It makes no sense to me and he adds absolutely nothing to it. If you are going to have Mike Myers host the show, then have him f*cking host the show. Plus, the makeup department screwed up and made him look like Robin Williams. For someone like me, who still cannot watch Williams’ films after his death, it is hard for me to watch Myers as Maitland looking like Williams.

Other than that The Gong Show is a hit and not a hit to the gong, so tune in for the wackiest show on television!

Did you know that when Love Connection ran before, it made 27 successful matches that lead to marriage. The Fox version is airing its fourth episode tonight at 9p, and it already has a man who gets down on one knee to ask his date to marry him. Will she say yes? I am not going to tell you. You are going to have tune in for one group of love connections that go horribly bad and another that goes the complete opposite.

I did not think I would Love Connection as much as I do, but I look forward to it every week. It is innocent fun and Andy Cohen is a great host!

Also at 10p but over at NBC, The Night Shift is back for its fourth season. Sadly, not everyone is back because they are protesting Dr. Julian Cummings (James McDaniel) buying the hospital, shutting down the ER and firing Topher. Now they are half staffed and no one is listening to him. Jordan (Jill Flint) finds ways to piss him off and she might have come up with a way to not only save the ER but also everyone’s job. Will he listen?

TJ is still in Syria and he is constant danger. He will not be getting out of there anytime soon, so he will have to fight for his life.

If that is not enough, several of the doctors will go out on a call in San Antonio and we are not sure they will get out of alive.

Translation, it is another exciting episode of The Night Shift. The show that helped to bring back medical dramas is still just as good as it always is.


Speechless’ Micah Fowler graduated high school!!!
June 13th, 2017 under ABC, Admirable People. [ Comments: none ]

Micah Fowler not only plays a character on Speechless who has Cerebral Palsy, in real life the 19-year-old also has it. That is why him graduating from high school is a really big and incredible deal.

Yesterday after he accepted his diploma, he posted this message on Instagram:

I finally graduated!! 🎓There was a time where I never thought this day would come and I am so grateful to all the people who helped get me here. Southern Regional School District has been the greatest home for the last 6 years and they’ve been so fantastic to me all along. Also a big thank you to all the teachers I’ve had along the way at the Fredrick A. Priff School and Watertown Elementary! I am truly, deeply grateful. Thank you Southern and everyone there. I will miss you #foreveraram 🐑#classof2017

Proving that when there is a will there is a way, and nothing can stop you. Congratulations to him on his huge accomplishment. Cannot wait to see you back in school in September, as in all new episodes of Speechless.

Fowler is honestly one of my heroes and I am sincerely so proud of him! I just adore that huge smile on his face, one that is so well deserved.


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