Code Black is the newest medical drama on television and the show that debuts on CBS tonight at 10p is a lot like ER on 5 Red Bulls.
When I watched Code Black at the beginning of the summer, I hated the show. I thought it was all action and no emotion. As in there are so many cases that you can’t emotionally get involved in any of them, so how can you get emotionally attached to the show. Then I re-watched it, and I was able to get more emotionally involved with some of the cases. I think if they eliminate at least one case per episode, the show has a chance of becoming a hit. If they keep it at this rate, I think people will get tired of it because it is exhausting.
Code Black follows four first year interns (Benjamin Hollingsworth, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Chandra and Harry Ford) working at Angels Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. It is one of the busiest ERs in the country. Code Black is when there are more patients than resources and that happens about 300 times a year there. Each week they will have to deal with being at Code Black and try not to kill any of their patients.
They will have help from Mama (Luis Guzman), a caring senior nurse, and Papa (Marcia Gay Harden), a tough doctor who will do anything to save her patients. There there is their cousin, Dr Hudson (Raza Jaffrey), who is the calm one in the storm. But the kids always listen to their parents, who are the best actors on the show and keep it from going flatline.
So if you want a medical drama on Speed, then Code Back is for you. I think that Code Black is on life support for the time being and it can either way. It is up to you, to help decide if CBS should pull the plug or not.
Tonight at 10p on CBS, Limitless goes from the big screen to the small one.
Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) is approaching 30 and he hasn’t done much with his life. He is in a band and everyone but him has given up on it. Things have gotten so bad that he takes a job as a temp and finds out his former best friend and bandmate works there. The two of them catch up over coffee and Eli gives his buddy an NZT pill. The pill gives him the ability to access everything in his brain. His two week temp job is completed in 2 hours.
Now with all that extra brain power to spare, he decides to use to it to find out what is ailing his dad. He figures it out, but his parents think he is crazy until his diagnosis proves true. Only problem is that they discover his dad needs a liver transplant, but he probably won’t get one in time.
Brian decides to ask Eli for another pill, so that maybe he can find another way to cure his dad. When he gets to his friend’s apartment, he discover his buddy’s dead body on the floor and he has been shot. Just as he is trying to figure out what to do the police knock on the door looking for Eli.
Brian is on the run and FBI Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter) is on his tail. He tells her that he is innocent but she doesn’t believe him until he proves it. Now the two of them are trying to figure out who killed Eli.
Meanwhile, Brian is visited by Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), who is now a Senator, who says he is willing to supply him with the NZT for the rest of his life because unlike other test subjects, he doesn’t suffer from the fatal side effect. Only thing is that he can’t tell anyone about their meeting.
Back to Agent Harris, she thinks that Brian would make a great consultant for the agency and convinces her boss to put him in a safe house.
And now you have he premise for the series, the two of them will work together to solve some of the toughest crimes each week.
If you are tuning in for Cooper, you will be greatly disappointed because he is only on the show for a few minutes. But there is more to the show than just him.
When I heard that the show was picked up for the fall, I was like why, the movie was completely forgettable. In fact, the first time I watched the pilot, I was bored. Then I rewatched it and I quite enjoyed it. So I suggest giving it a chance because it has potential. How much? We will just have to tune in each week to find out.
Before we get to Limitless, there are two NCISes that air before it. At 8p, NCIS picks up with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) being rushed into surgery after being shot. Dr Taft (Jon Cryer) is doing everything in his power to save the agent, but the second bullet exploded his chest and it caused a lot of damage. As the doctor works to save his patient, DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) is instructed to find the kid that shot his boss. By the end of the episode, Gibbs fate will be decided and DiNozzo will get his man. Which man that is, you will have to tune in to find out.
Cryer is a great addition to the cast, it is like he was born to play a surgeon.
Then at 9p, NCIS: New Orleans is back for its second season and it starts off with a bang. As in someone blows up a military convoy on the bridge. Now Pride (Scott Bakula), LaSalle (Lucas Black), Brody (Zoe McLellan) and Plame (Daryl ‘Chill’ Mitchell) have to figure out who did it. What they discover, is that it is a militia super group and this bombing was only the beginning. Will they be able to find out them before it is too late?
Life in Pieces is the first sitcom of the Fall season to make its debut and it’s the worst one of them all. In its defense that is not saying much because most of them are really bad.
The comedy that debuts at 8:30p on CBS is cross between the movie Parenthood and a Judd Apatow film. It’s the story of a family with problems, told in 4 vignettes.
Matt (Thomas Sadoski) just started dating Colleen (Angelique Cabral) and she is still living with her ex-fiance’ who thinks they are still engaged. They can’t have sex at her place, so they go to his place but he lives with his parents. What to do? Have sex in the car and get busted by the cops.
Then there is Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) who is giving birth to her first baby and poops on the table. Then when her husband Greg (Colin Hanks) and her are seen by their doctor, they are told they can’t have sex for six weeks. The doctor also tells her not to look down there until she sees her again. She doesn’t listen and looks down there.
Heather (Betsy Brandt) and Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) take their oldest child to look at colleges and the dad tells his son about how he lost his virginity. He says that he did a Scott Baio and mistook the couch for his girlfriend. He only knew about the mistake when he found lint and a coin on the tip of penis. To make matters worse for Heather and Tim, their daughter gets her period and their youngest daughter finds out everything is a lie. So Heather decides she wants to have another kid, but when Tim calls her old the mood is lost.
Finally, there are the patriarchs John (James Brolin) and Joan (Dianne Wiest). John is turning 70, so he decides to throw a funeral for his birthday party. After everyone leaves, he gets into the coffin and gets himself locked in. Now his family has to rush him to the Jiffy Lube to set him free.
If this sounds funny to you, enjoy. If you think this sounds like crap, you are just like me!
I love comedies, and this season is a huge disappointment starting off with this show. I am so sick of a shows trying so hard to be risque because their desperation ruins what could be a good show. Well, in this case it is just desperation and that’s sad.
Then at 9p, Scorpion is back and it is not suffering from the sophomore slump.
Walter (Elyes Gabel) has been in rehab recuperating from his accident (in the season finale) and he is not the same quite yet. The team has been working on their own projects now that Homeland refuses to work with them. And then there is Cabe (Robert Patrick), who has been working as a consultant on movies and he despises it. When he gets a call that they need Team Scorpion back together, he rushes over to the warehouse.
The old boss is gone and Adriana (Alana De La Garz) is the new person in charge. She believes in Scorpion, but she also isn’t going to let them get away with the stuff they used to.
What is the big emergency? A nuclear powered Russian satellite is plummeting down towards Earth and Los Angeles is its target. The team needs to reprogram it, so that it will crash into the ocean instead. But when that doesn’t work, it looks like all hope is lost? Will the satellite destroy LA or will they save the day?
Besides dealing with impending doom, they are also dealing with their internal relationships. Can they find love or will they be alone forever?
Scorpion is the show that gets your blood pumping for the week and we all need that. So tune in, to really get your week started on the right note.
NCIS is one of those shows where the male actors don’t have to take off their shirts, which is a shame after looking at this photo of Michael Weatherly. Seriously wouldn’t you like to see DiNozzo topless on the #1 show more often? I know I would and you don’t have to slap the back of my head for me to see that.
James Wolk has worked with real live lions and tigers on CBS’s Zoo and tonight at 9p he works with with his hardest animal yet.
When I recently asked him at the CBS Studios Summer Press Day which animal he was scared to work with most, without hesitation he told me, â€œThe bear, an 800 pound brown Kodiak bear.â€œ He explained, “We were about three inches away from a brown 800 pound Kodiak bear. So even with precautions, even with the trainers and the safety and all of that, it is still a bear. You still have that feeling of your heart beating and your palms sweating and rightfully so.” If you are that close to bear, you can smell it. He described the odor as, “They have a very particular smell. It is a smell that I have never smelled before because I have never been that close to a bear before. But it is a very specific.”
So if you are going to work that closely with live animals, what warning is given to the actors by the trainers? He revealed that they each had their different mandates, â€œFor bears, it was donâ€™t look them in the eye. For horses, it is like get close to them, get comfortable with them, so that they are comfortable with you.â€ Then he added, â€œI feel fortunate because I wouldnâ€™t be that close to this animals in real life if it wasnâ€™t for the show.”
Tune in tonight to watch him and the other actors work with a real live bear and see if you can notice the terror in their eyes.
Matthew Gray Gubler deciced to try to the spoonful of cinnamon challenge and is his criminal mind strong enough to survive it? Even after he offered to give his doubting family members a $100 if he couldn’t do it. Let’s go to the videotape. The answer is of course…no!
Hopefully the producers of Criminal Minds will see this and add this to his storyline. I mean, why couldn’t the good doctor down a spoonful of cinnamon? Right. I guess we have to start tuning in to CBS starting on September 30th to see if they take my suggestion.
If you thought that Claire Danes is the ugliest crier on television, you would be wrong. Jon Cryer shared a photo of Jeff Probst outside of the bookstore where he was singing his autobiography, and the Survivor host was crying because of the Two and a Half Man’s star’s last name. And what an ugly cry it is. If Homeland is looking for someone to make Danes look better when she balls, then they need to cast Probst for the role.
Can you think of anyone who is an ugly crier?
Last week Zoo held people captive, like an animal at a zoo; and tonight at 9p on CBS it will do the same. People are intrigued by the showâ€™s notion that one day the animals will take back what is rightfully theirs.
Now you know the premise of this summer thriller, what are things you don’t know about the show that will make watching it so much more interesting. A few weeks ago cast members James Wolk, Nonso Anozie and Nora Arnezeder plus Executive Producers Cathy Konrad, Jeff Pinker, Scott Rosenberg and the author James Patterson shared some behind the scenes secrets from the show at the CBS Studios Summer Press Day.
Did they always intend on turning James Patterson’s words into a television show?
Cathy Konrad said, “We were concocting it initially as a feature film and thinking about it on kind of a different level which was actually scale it kind of make a more kind of contained thriller, like a Cloverfield or a District 9.” Then she added, “But as we kind of got under the scenes and read between the lines of the book and we kept kind of challenging the material in our creative meetings, it became clear that there was such a bigger world to explore with this and that kind of teching it down wouldn’t really do it justice.”
Did they use real animals or are they computer generated?
James Wolk told us, “All the animals that we’ve had down on set, and it’s been tons of animals, because it should also be said there hasn’t been a ton of CGI. There’s been a lot of real animals on set.” Then he explained, “They all come with trainers. They’re all incredibly well-trained as far as wild animals go. They can’t talk, but they’re well-trained animals and all the proper precautions are taken.”
But are there problems with working with animals as compared to humans?
Nora Arnezeder revealed, “Sometimes they fall asleep in the middle of the scene and we really need them, so we have to wait 30 minutes for them to wake up.”
What type of animals will we see on the show?
According to Wolk we will see lions, bears, wolves and rats. Remember they all are real and they are not made on the computer.
Where will Zoo be traveling to?
James Pinker says, “This show travels to Tokyo and to Rio and to Mobile, Alabama and Antarctica and Paris. It truly is a global thriller and the story spans the globe and their characters travel around the world.”
And this is this most shocking reveal?
Even though the show will be spanning the world, it is filmed entirely in New Orleans. So when you watch Zoo, be prepared to be amazed that Wolk, Arnezeder and Anozie are on US soil and not in Africa like the show says they are. I still can’t believe how amazingly The Big Easy easily substitutes for the rest of the world.
Extant is back for its second season tonight at 9p on CBS and it is a lot different than it was last year. Last season, it was more of a futuristic Sci-Fi show that you had to be into that genre to like. It was very sophisticated type of Sci-Fi drama that focused on the future, aliens and robots. This season seems more fast-paced and definitely sexier. In fact, Elizabeth Kruger, who joined the show this year as an Executive Producer, said, “There’s action, there’s romance, there’s heat, sex. I don’t know if any of you like sex, but there will be sex.” She isn’t kidding because the show starts out with Molly Woods (Halle Berry) and John (Goran Visnjic) having hot shower sex.
The show picks up six months after the season finale, a lot has happened to Molly, and it has changed her. As we know her robot son, Ethan (Pierce Gagnon) sacrificed himself to save the world. Her half-alien son escaped and no one knows where he is.
Suddenly, women are dying and their stomachs look like they have exploded open. Police are perplexed and Molly thinks there might be connection. JD Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) an unorthodox police officer thinks there is something strange going on here too. Molly and him meet up, and now the two of them are investigating the cases. What are they going to find out?
This season of Extant is much lighter. I think it keeps enough of the old feel for the original fans, but adds a new sense of vivacity to attract newer viewers.
So tune into tonight at every Wednesday on CBS.
Zoo roars on to the small screen tonight at 9p and you don’t want to miss this CBS drama that will make you look at your pet differently. Ever since the dawn of time, man has locked up animals and now they have had enough. Starting tonight, James Patterson’s book comes to life as the animals rebel against their captivators.
The series starts off with a lion attack at a Zoo in LA that leaves several people dead. Jamie (Kristen Connolly) is a newspaper reporter who has a conspiracy blog on the side. She is convinced that the lion attack is related to the food and she is using her investigative skills to find out if that is the culprit. She winds up getting in touch with Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke), who performed the autopsy on the lions and knows a lot about animals. He knows there’s something going on here and now the two of them are trying to figure what is.
Over in Africa, Jackson Oz (James Wolk) is a Safari Tour Guide in Botswana. He knows the animals there, and they are not acting like they normally do. So his friend, Abraham (Nonso Anozie) and him try to find out what is happening. They go to a nearby camp and no one is there. The two of them discover a video that shows that they might’ve been under an animal attack. Just as the video finishes, they hear the roar of the King of the Jungle. As they try to avoid the attack, Chloe (Nora Arnezeder), a tourist and the surviving member of the original attack, looks to them for protection. Now they are running for their lives in an open area.
Jackson is an American Zoologist and he has animals in blood because his dad studied them. In fact, everyone thought that his dad was insane because he predicted exactly what is happening now. Jackson needs to finds his fatherâ€™s research and stop the attacks before we become an endangered species.
Zoo is thrilling drama that is a perfect way to spend your Tuesdays this summer. You just might not want your pet in the same room with you as you watch it. On that note, does anyone want my cat?
You know the series is excellent when the man who wrote the book praises it. A few weeks ago at the CBS Studiosâ€™ Summer Press Day, James Patterson talked about the show. He said, â€œPeople always say the book is better than the movie and the screenwriters say well, we only had two hours. In this case, they have 13 hours so there’s no excuses.â€ Then he added, â€œBut in this case, the series is going to be better than the book.â€ How did he come up with the idea for the book? He explained, â€œI kept seeing stories about odd behavior around the world, alligators in Florida and crocodiles doing weird things in Africa and remember the story about the fish jumping into the boats in Michigan. And that sort of spurred me into, okay, why is this going on and is there a novel here, is there something kind of cool.â€
There was something cool about that concept, and the book he wrote from it went to sell millions of copies. Not only that, as we know, Zoo has been turned into a TV series. So tune in tonight and every Tuesday at 9p to see his chilling words come to life.