Before I talk about the fall schedule, the good news is that The Carmichael Show hasn’t been cancelled, the bad news is that hasn’t picked up either. NBC and 20th Century Fox are negotiating how episodes they will be doing next season. Fingers crossed it will be back. UPDATE: The Carmichael Show was picked up for a 13 episode 3rd season!
I don’t understand why NBC is not doing a Dick Wolf night on Tuesdays. I liked having Chicago Med and Chicago Fire on the same night and I hate that they are separated on two different nights in the fall. Blindspot is in trouble because it is not an 8p show. But I guess NBC wants to do a grittier Wednesday nights.
When it comes to the new shows, if Timeless is as exciting as its trailer, then they have a hit on their hand. This Is Us should do OK, not great and not awful. It will have a core audience that will watch every week like their old show Parenthood. Then there’s The Good Place that is in a bad place. It will have the same fate as Angel From Hell, it looks like the same crap, different network and stars,
What do you think of the trailers.
8-10 P.M. — “The Voice”
10-11 P.M. — “TIMELESS”
8-9 P.M. — “The Voice”
9-10 P.M. — “THIS IS US”
10-11 P.M. — “Chicago Fire”
NBC had a great comedy with Undateable, but they just didn’t know how to promote it. They tried to by making it live, but then buried it on Fridays. The show just never had the support it needed. One season, it’s launched in the summer, then the next midseaon and finally the fall. People just didn’t know when to tune in because there was no consistency and no other strong sitcoms to pair it up with.
I am sure that everyone, who worked on the show, will land on their feet. I will just miss them. Someone give Bill Lawrence another show ASAP because he is the most caring Executive Producer out there who really cares about his show and the show’s fan. That and he knows humor!
Although, Lawrence just Tweeted that he will be shopping the show around and I pray someone buys it.
Undateable wasn’t the only show NBC broke up with today. They are no longer seeing Heartbeat, Crowded, Telenovela and Game of Silence. Heartbeat is their biggest loss of that bunch, another great show that was on the wrong network.
Talking about other networks. While ABC listened to the outraged fans and cancelled Castle after they lost one of the people who made up the show’s duo, Fox didn’t. Sleepy Hollow was renewed for a fourth season, even though the viewers were pissed that they killed off Nicole Beharie. That show, more than Castle, was built on the chemistry of the leads. Without that, the show will be deader than the Headless Horseman. I can’t wait to see how horrific the ratings will be for it.
Tonight at 9p on NBC, 10 women will be paired with 10 of the country’s top physical trainers all in an effort to become Strong.
The episode starts off with the women having to choose which trainer to work with. How will they know who to pick? Each of the trainers will compete in a test. They will have to break through a concrete chamber in order to get a pulley so that they can lift 500lbs. When they are all done with the challenge, the women randomly pick which man they want to work with.
As soon as the teams are selected, they compete in their first challenge. They will have to work together in order to win. The winner not only moves on to the next week, they get to pick which team goes up against that challenge’s last place team in the elimination chamber.
That is when things get ugly. Believe it or not, the men on the show are more catty than the women. In fact, in the first two episodes that air tonight, you will see how bitchy they are about going to the elimination chamber.
Now back to the elimination chamber, it is a four story torture course that is grueling to complete. The winner moves on and the loser… Well you have to watch, in order to find what happens to them.
The women are not only doing this to become strong, they are also doing it for a $500,000 cash prize. Hey money talks.
Strong is not normally the type of Reality competition I watch, but I really liked watching the Sylvester Stallone and Gabrielle Reece show. I enjoy watching the women transform and the men act like bitches for once.
Then at 10p on DIY Network is Nashville Flipped. Nashville is a charming town with charming houses, but some of them have lost their charm. That is where Troy Dean Shafer comes in. He buys the house, asses what he can do with them to make them habitable and more modern, works his magic and then sells it for a profit.
Tonight he bought a rundown bungalow for $105,000, will spend $90,000 to fix it up and then plans on selling it for $250,000. When you see the house, you think it is a complete tear down. But his designer friend Alex Cirimelli and him think they can turn this trashed 1932 Craftsman style bungalow into a 2016 dream home.
So they get hammers and start demolishing the place in order to find the charm underneath. That wouldn’t be so bad, if the house wasn’t full of crap. Something they especially discover when they remove the toilet. Yeah.
Anyways, once they get to the core of the house, they find out the staircase is not up to code and needs to come down. This actually helps them out because now they can move it to a much more convenient location, Only problem is it is a cost they weren’t expecting.
As Shafer paints the house, Cirimelli searches for things to put in it. Together they turn this eyesore into a beautiful home that anyone would want to own.
I have to admit I have never watched a show like this before, and now I see why people get hooked on this. The transformation is amazing and they do it so fast. Why can’t the contractors we hire be as fast as them? And do as good of a job.
Tonight at 8p on NBC’s Heartbeat, Conjoined Twins (Justina Machado) come in because one of them is feeling sick. Alex (Melissa George) finds out that one of them has cancer and the other one doesn’t. Only problem is that the healthy twin has a bad heart and can’t handle her sister’s chemotherapy. The only way to save them is to separate them. After spending their whole lives together, they can’t imagine life apart. The doctor explains to them, if the sick sister doesn’t get chemo she will die and so will the healthy one. But if they are separated, they can both live. They tell her that they would rather die.
Will she be able to convince them to go through with the separation or will this episode have a very sad ending.
You don’t want to miss this hour of television that is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Make sure to have the tissues ready because you are going to need them. It is a real tearjerker that you don’t want to miss.
Heartbeat is a medical drama with a lot of heart. More so than the other ones that are currently on television. It’s a perfect mix of Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Med and House.
Tonight at 8p on Freeform, Recovery Road picks up where it left off last week. Trish (Kyla Pratt) is in tears because her mother took her daughter and she doesn’t know where they went. Trish called the police and now they are asking her questions to assist with the search. She is inconsolable until Maddie (Jessica Sula) comes up with a solution. Now Trish is opening up to the police officers, but there is something very important she is leaving out. Something so shocking, you will be speechless. So much so, you will not want to wait a week to find out what happens next.
BTW that isn’t the only shocking moment in tonight’s episode that turns out to be a major game changer. So don’t miss a single second of it.
Also at 8p, but on the Smithsonian Channel the new series Major League Legends takes the bat. Each week, they will feature episodes dedicated to baseball greats that everyone knows. Tonight’s episode gives us the backstory of Hank Aaron. He is known as the first African-American to play professional baseball, but how much more do you know about him? With this show you will learn his story and what he went through from his mouth, archived news footage and his fans. It is a history our kids should know about and more importantly we should know about.
Next week, they will feature Babe Ruth, then Ted Williams and finally Lou Gehrig. We know their names, we know their stats, now let’s get to know them.
Major League Legends scores a home run whether you are a fan of the sport or not. If love the game, then this is a must watch and record. If not, you will still say this show came out swinging.
Also debuting tonight, but at 10p on Discovery is Rockin’ Roadsters. When you think of ZZ Top, you think of their music, their beards and their cars. This show is about the latter. Billy Gibbons loves his hot rods and he recruits Jimmy Shine to make his dream cars come true. What does he want to do with it? You will be surprised to find out what this Rocker’s desires are for it.
Together Gibbons and Shine will go looking for an automobile they can customize. Then when they find it, it is up to Shine to Shine. You will watch him convert a piece of junk into the hottest hot rod you’ve ever seen. This show has legs and they know how to use them.
Also at 10p but on NBC, Blindspot is finally back. The episode picks up where it left off and we learn a little more about Jane (Jaimie Alexander) as she learns about herself. But there is only so much we will find out because life goes on and she has to go back to work. Together, they will investigate a case that you can tell was inspired by a story from two years ago that captivated the world. It is interesting take on it and you wonder if that could’ve happened. Got you curious right? Then watch it!
Superstore ended its first season on NBC yesterday and today the network picked up the sitcom for a second season. The news is not a surprise because it has done well even without The Voice as a lead in. Not many shows can say that.
The comedy revolves around the workers’ lives at the superstore Cloud 9 and I think we can all safely assume that the cast and crew are on Cloud 9 today over the renewal. Sorry, I had to say it!
James Burrows is such a legendary television director that he has directed 1,000 episodes in his nearly 40 year career. If you are going to reach that milestone, then you deserve a tribute. That is exactly what NBC is doing for him tonight at 9p with Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows and they invited several of the actors who he worked with to honor him.
Why is it called Must See TV, here’s just a few of the shows he worked on: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Phyllis, Rhoda, Laverne & Shirley, The Ted Knight Show, Taxi, Cheers, The Hogan Family, Dear John, Night Court, Wings, Frasier, Friends, NewsRadio, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Dharma & Greg, Caroline in the City, Will & Grace, George & Leo, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Gary Unmarried, Mike & Molly, $#*! My Dad Says, 2 Broke Girls, Sean Saves the World and Crowded. The last show is the one where he reached his reached his incredible milestone on.
How does a man get to that point that he can say he directed 1,000 episodes? I recently was on a conference call with him and he answered questions about his career that we all envy and we wish we had.
Where it all began:
Burrows: Well I’m a theater rat. I was born in the business. My father was Abe Burrows who wrote Guys and Dolls. Wrote and directed How to Succeed in Business, wrote and directed Cactus Flower.
He was – that’s how I was brought up. He used to trundle me along to rehearsals. And I would absorb not sitting there to learn, I just would – it would sink in while I would, you know, dream and run around the theater and stuff like that.
So I’m a theater rat. And I started as directing shows in Summer Stock and directing shows at dinner theaters and regional theaters.
What was his first show?:
Burrows: I did the Mary Tyler Moore Show, was my first show. And of course that story is really how I got started. You know it was not a very good script. Mary had brought me out from New York to do one show, Mary and Grant Tinker.
And I did everything I possibly could to make that show funny and to work. And I’ll never forget Mary coming to me before we shot the show and saying to me our investment in you has worked out.
So I was blown away by that even before the show was shot. You know and I think that’s my one episode story because that really kicked me off.
How did he meet Mary Tyler Moore, the woman who launched his career?:
Burrows: I was the assistant to the Assistant Stage Manager on the play. My father had written the play. And it was actually a musical of Holly Golight – of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
And the two stars, there were Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. And I was literally in charge of them since they were Hollywood people of, making sure that they were okay and taken care of and coming to the Broadway stage.
And so I met Mary and under the circumstances the show was a big failure, never opened, played four previews on Broadway. Was a disaster and we were in this lifeboat together. And I became kind of friendly with Mary and Grant Tinker. But I had no idea back then that I would ever end up in television.
He remembers his first show, but what episodes stand out for him:
I have lots of children who are my favorite episodes. Just a couple of them I think. Sam and Diane kissing at the end of the first year of Cheers, Reverend Jim taking his driving test, Woody’s wedding, David Schwimmer and the cast in Friends, Will, Grace, Jack and Karen all in the shower together on Will and Grace, the first episode of Third Rock from the Sun when these characters were exposed to the – to Earth, I mean there’s so many. The pilot of Frasier is an extraordinary pilot.
So there are, you know, all these shows. I have many, many, many children of – who are my favorite episodes so I can’t choose. You love all your children equally.
Out of all of the shows he worked on, which one does he think was cancelled too soon?:
Burrows: There’s only one show that I did that I thought should not have been cancelled and extended because it was just a wonderful show. It was called The Class. It was David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, a group of people who reunited at a class reunion. I thought that was unjustifiably cast. And that’s the one show I’m sad about.
Even though he worked on some of the most popular shows ever, which ones does he wish he worked on?:
Burrows: James Burrows: Well I would’ve loved to have done the Dick Van Dyke Show.
It’s one of my favorite shows. I think I would’ve loved to have done Seinfeld, Raymond.
I respect those shows. I loved Curb Your Enthusiasm.
How does his explain his longevity in Hollywood?:
Burrows: I had no credibility in the beginning. But I was lucky enough to be on the Mary Show. So when Mary said our investment in you have worked out, she had three or four other shows on the air.
So that she said to people or Grant said to people here’s a kid who kind of knows what he’s doing. I think you should use him.
So I went to the Newhart Show. I went to the Phyllis Show. I went to the Rhoda Show. And you slowly built a reputation.
But for that to happen, you got to be good. You got to know what you’re doing. And, you know that’s something that again you have to be born with and you have to have confidence in yourself.
What advice does he have for people who want to follow in his footsteps?:
Burrows: Well you never know when you’re directing how long they’re going to last.
But, you know, I have young Directors always come to me and ask me questions. And sometimes if I have time I let them serve for a week and they always have the question what do I have to do.
And I said the hardest thing to do was not get your foot in the door. The hardest thing to do is capitalize on the opportunity or be ready for the opportunity when you get the shot at directing. It’s – you know it’s easier to get your foot in the door than it is to succeed at that moment when you’re given the opportunity. So that’s the advice I give to people. Be ready for when that opportunity happens.
As far as getting in the foot in the door, you got to knock on the door. I was lucky enough to have worked with Mary Tyler Moore. But you have to keep knocking on doors to try to get your foot in the door. And then if you can get your foot in the door as a PA or a gopher then you’re around the action and you express to people you want to direct.
But if they give you that opportunity you got to be ready for it.
Finally, what was it like to see all of those amazing casts together again, just for him?:
Burrows: To see those casts in the room starting with Taxi and ending with Crowded was like as I said a good acid trip. It was just amazing to see all those actors and in one room and at the same time and the comradely and the affection that they had not only for me but for the other actors in the other shows was extraordinary.
So tune in for his extraordinary tribute tonight at 9p on NBC.
Tonight’s Chicago Fire on NBC at 10p is such a thriller, there is a moment that will leave you breathless.
There is a credible threat against the city of Chicago, but there are many different targets throughout the Windy City. Law enforcement asks all the first responders to help out with the threat. Unfortunately for our Chicago Fire team they are sent to ground zero. A man starts shooting inside and outside the building where some of our firefighters and the paramedics are located. The shooter is going room to room and shooting anyone he finds.
Will our team get out alive or will the murderer be taken out before he gets the chance. You don’t want to miss a single second of this suspenseful well-done episode.
The Muppets are back tonight at 8p on ABC. Not only are the reworking the show from behind the scenes, they are also reworking them from in front of the camera. There is a new executive at the network and she wants to make some changes to Miss Piggy’s talk show. She wants to make it more like Jimmy Fallon and James Corden’s shows, so Kermit decides to get the other Muppets to be a part of it with different type of bits. It has potential but falls flat.
Not as flat as next week’s show when Miss Piggy has a wardrobe malfunction. Her pig tail gets exposed and people are in a uproar over it.
Kristin Newman took over the ranks of the show; and I know from her past work on That ’70s Show, The Neighbors and Galvant, she is better than this. So I am just going to assume that is more of Bill Prady’s doing than her’s since the show hasn’t changed as Bob Kushell left.
Sadly the adult Muppets are missing the joy that we got from the original series. Until they bring it back this show won’t be.
Then at 8:30p on Fresh Off the Boat, it is time for a show with lot of heart.
It’s the Chinese New Year and the Huangs are all excited to go back home to spend it with their family and friends. Only problem is that Louis (Randall Park) screwed up the dates and they missed their flight. Now they have to find a place to celebrate it in Orlando which is harder than they thought.
Will they find a place to spend the New Year or will they spend it alone? I don’t care as long as we get to spend it with them.
Back in the fall, NBC renewed Chicago Fire and Chicago PD for another season and today they added Chicago Med and Law & Order: SVU to their 2016-2017 schedule. Not only that, Dick Wolf will be staying with them until at 2020.
Just think a few years ago, all hope seemed lost for his shows with Law & Order: The Mother Ship ending. Then, SVU has a resurgence and Chicago Fire blew us all away, and now it looks he might have 5 shows on their lineup next season if they pick up Chicago Law!
Gotta love television, just when you think something is dead, it makes like the Phoenix and comes back to life like Stefano DiMera.
What if you had just 34 days to live, what would you do? That is what You, Me & The Apocalypse starts asking tonight on NBC at 8p with some quirky but lovable characters.
Jamie Winton (Mathew Baynton), has been having a string of bad luck, and getting news that the world is ending in a month makes things even worse for him. Especially, when his mother (Pauline Quirke) tells him that he was adopted. Even though there is comet crashing towards Earth, Jamie recruits his best friend Dave Bosley (Joel Fry), to help find his real mom. What she reveals to him will show him that he plays a big part in the end of the world.
Then there is Rhonda MacNeil (Jenna Fischer) who just began a prison sentence for a crime her son committed. When the news that apocalypse is coming, all the inmates at the New Mexico prison are released. She along with White Supremacist Leanne (Megan Mullally) use their newfound freedom to find her son because there are people who want to kill him.
Finally there is Father Jude (Rob Lowe) who works as the Devil’s Advocate for the Vatican. He along with the newly hired Sister Celine (Gaia Scodellaro) are going to spend their last few days trying to find the Savior and the Antichrist.
A lot is going to happen in 34 days for these people to make their paths cross and you don’t want to miss a single second of it.
So what happens on the 34th day? Here is a little hint from the show’s creator Iain Hollands. When he was asked on a conference call last week if there could be a second season, he said, “I’m trying to think how to answer that without giving anything away. But there’s definitely a possibility for it to return. And there’s a plan for that to happen. But it’s difficult for me to answer your question without a massive spoiler alert. So just to say that the end of the final episode isn’t necessarily the end.” Things that make you want to watch the show even more.