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Lots of good TV tonight: Good Girls, UnREAL, Jonestown and Living Biblically
February 26th, 2018 under A&E, CBS, Lifetime, NBC. [ Comments: none ]

First off at 10p on NBC is Good Girls and it is so gooooooooooood! The drama follows three moms who are going through some financial difficulty, so they decide to rob a supermarket. They get away with…or so they think.

Beth (Christina Hendricks) is married with 4 kids and her husband (Matthew Lillard) owns a car dealership. He is having an affair with his secretary and blew most of their money on different things. When she finds out the latter two facts, she throws him out.

Her sister, Annie (Mae Whitman), is a single mom, who is a cashier at the supermarket. Her ex-boyfriend (Zach Gilford), who is married now, wants full custody of their teenage daughter. She doesn’t have the money for a lawyer.

Finally, there is Ruby (Retta), she is a waitress. Her daughter has renal disease and she can’t afford the medicine she desperately needs. Not even with her husband’s (Reno Wilson) salary as a security guard.

One day, Annie tells her friends how she has been studying how to rob her supermarket. When Beth has had it with her husband, they decide to go ahead and do it. They think that there is only $30,000 in the vault which is enough to cover their needs.

The day comes and the robbery goes off without a hitch. Only problem is there was more than $30,000 in the vault, a lot more. That is just a beginning of their problems. There’s a reason why there was more green in there and that reason wants his money back. Only thing is they don’t have all of it and now they have to find a way to get it back to him before he kills them.

Each week, they will run into a new problem and it gets better with each one. This a fast paced show with lots of twists and turns. It is a show where the crooks are the good girls and that is nice twist on the old story that has been told time and time again. One that will have you hooked by the opening credits.

Also at 10p, but over on Lifetime is UnREAL. It is back for a third season and this time it is bachlorette trying to find love on Everlasting.

But the scripted show is not just about the reality show, it is also about what goes on behind the scenes. Which is a lot more interesting than what goes on in front of the camera.

The season starts off several months after the season 2 finale. Rachel (Shiri Appleby) has been trying to deal with all of her many issues in a retreat like place, and wants nothing to do with the show. Quinn (Constance Zimmer) doesn’t care, all she cares about is saving her show. It appears that Everlasting Love is in its way out because of all their scandals. Quinn needs Rachel, so she convinces her to come back. She does.

Rachel is assigned to take care of the Bachelorette. Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald) is a smart business woman who is not going to put up with the same crap the men did. She thinks she can outsmart Quinn, but we all no one can do that. Even though Quinn is not on her game like she used to be.

The head of the network is over Quinn and Madison (Genevieve Buechner) sees her downfall as a way to move up in he world. She teams with the network head to bring down Quinn, what happens when Quinn finds out?

There is also Chet and he has a new girlfriend this season. Will Crystal (Kassandra Clementi) keep him out of trouble? Is the new Rachel going to stay this way or will she retreat back to her old self? Will Quinn lose the show? All of that and bunch of sexy men trying to win the heart of one woman. There will be fights, the slicing off of a man bun, sex, drugs, drinking, bets and did I mention sex? Forget those other dating shows, this is the one you need to be watching.

Over at 9p but on A&E is the 2-hour special Jonestown: The Women Behind The Massacre. On November 18, 1978, 918 members of The People’s Temple died, most of them drank Kool-Aid mixed with cyanide. People wondered why so many would end their life and their children’s lives like that and tonight’s special takes a look at their leader Jim Jones.

Jim Jones was not the only one in charge of his temple, the women in his life helped play a part in it too. How much of a part did his wife Marceline Jones and mistresses Carolyn Layton, Maria Katsaris and Annie Moore play in ending it all, that is something that is looked at in the special.

The episode tells their story with archival video and interviews with survivors of the cult including his natural son Jim Jones Jr.

Had Jones never left San Fransisco for Jonestown, the People’s Temple would have been remembered for their activism. Instead they are known for “drinking the Kool-Aid.”

If you are not familiar with Jonestown and the People’s Temple, tonight’s episode is a good starter course. It is the most interesting cult story few hundred years. It is because of them that I am obsessed with cults. It is why I took a course on cults in college. In other words, you want to check this out.

Finally at 9:30p on CBS is the new sitcom Living Biblically. Chip’s (Jay R. Ferguson) best friend just died suddenly and he is not handling his death very well. To makes things even more complicated his wife (Lindsey Kraft) tells him she is pregnant. That is not the only thing he his told that causes him to rethink his life. His friend’s mother tells Chip her son went to hell because he stopped going to church.

All of those things combined cause him to reevaluate his life and his decides he is going to live by the words of the Bible. Sounds easy, but in 2018 it is not. Luckily, he has Father Gene (Ian Gomez) and Rabbi Ableman (David Krumholtz) helping out with some of the lessons from the good book. Wait until they get to the one about worshiping idol Gds like cell phones.

But they are not only people helping him, so are the people at his job where he writes movies reviews. When his boss (Camryn Manheim) hears about his new path, she tells him to write a column about his year of living biblically.

Each week is a new lesson and laughs for us. Even though the show will make us think, we also know there is no way we would ever do it. Which makes it even funnier.


The Lowe Files is extra ordinary and extraordinary!
August 2nd, 2017 under A&E, Rob Lowe. [ Comments: none ]

We have seen Rob Lowe do somet interesting roles like Bad Influence and The Stand, and his latest one might be his most interesting one to date. Along with his sons, Matthew and John, he is going to investigate the unknown in The Lowe Files starting tonight at 9p on A&E.

The reality show’s first case is the very haunted Preston Castle. The three Lowes along with Shaman investigate the castle and it is unlike any other paranormal program on television. Because it is their first time, they ask a lot questions which gives you more insight into the workings of ghost hunting. Plus, since they are novices, they are very skeptical to it all. Will spending the night in a place that has seen its fair share of death change their minds? You will have a ball finding out. Ball is a hint, BTW!

It is not only their curiosity of the unknown that makes show a must watch, it is their father/son relationship that will instantly have you addicted. They are just like most families where the sons and dad have a bond that makes them inseparable even though they sometimes want to be separated. Plus, the actor is the biggest kid of them all. So much so, you will want to be his friend because he is such a cool dude.

Like the Lowes, I love urban legends and unsolved mysteries, so I have been dying to see this show since it was announced. Files did not disappoint and even exceeded my expectations because of the family ties between Rob, John and Matthew! It that relationship that makes this different than anything else like it on television. Plus, who doesn’t want to get to know the real Rob Lowe?


Unforgettable cancelled for a third time
February 16th, 2016 under A&E, CBS. [ Comments: none ]

Not many shows can say they were cancelled not once, not twice, but three times. Today, Unforgettable gets that strange and awful honor.
After its first season, CBS announced that they cancelled the show about a cop who remembers everything. Then a few weeks later, they picked it up for another season and moved it to summer. After two seasons of airing in the summer, they pulled the plug on the drama again.
Then a few months later, A&E announced they picked it up for a fourth season. Now that show aired all of its episodes for this season, Deadline reports it cancelled once again.
Since this is a Sony show, I really hope they pick up for a 5th season. I want to know if Al lives. Don’t you hate when a show ends on a cliffhanger and then gets cancelled?


Unforgettable has a new home and it suits it better!
November 27th, 2015 under A&E. [ Comments: none ]

CBS cancelled Unforgettable not once but twice, even though it is a really good, so A&E picked it up for its fourth season. Tonight at 8p, the procedural makes its debut on its network.
Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) suffers from hyperthymesia and that means she can remember everything. She uses this gift as a detective and she has a 100% arrest rate. As much as she would love to be able to do the job by herself, she can’t. That means she has a partner, someone she worked with in Syracuse. Al Burns (Dylan Walsh) moved to NYC and Carrie ran him into one day. Ever since they have been working together, first for a local police department and now Major Crimes in Manhattan. Not only do they spend their days together, they also share the nights.
So what will happen when he finds out that she has husband? Tonight’s season premiere picks up where the 3rd season finale left off, and Carrie’s mysterious husband is looking for her. As soon as they meet up, we find out why he came out of hiding and what type of marriage they had. Basically, he is there for Carrie to help him with a case of his from Florida. Just when they think they solved it, there will be a new twist. Will they be able to solve it in time?
Then at 9p, Al and Carrie have to transport the most annoying witness (Rachel Dratch) to Florida, and she is working against them. To make matter worse, she can’t fly, so they have to drive her down the Sunshine State and they are trapped in the car with her for the long haul. Will they get their safely? Or will they kill her themselves?
Alani “La La” Anthony joins the show as a Medical Examiner and E.J. Bonilla is a young detective who is excited to work with Carrie and Al.
Undateable is even better than it was on CBS because they can be a little riskier than they were on broadcast TV. They can now use the S word when they are getting shot at and that makes it more realistic.


The Returned comes to life tonight
March 9th, 2015 under A&E. [ Comments: none ]

The Returned debuts on A&E tonight and it is worth checking out. The drama is something we’ve seen before, but that doesn’t mean it is not worth watching.
The Returned is based on a French version of the show and it is about a small town where the dead are suddenly coming back to life. It sounds a lot like ABC’s Resurrection and it should because it feels the same. There are differences and that is why I say it is worth watching.
Teenager Camille (India Ennenga) is the first person to return and the series starts with her death four years beforehand. She was on a school trip when the bus she was on crashes through a guardrail and goes down a mountain, killing everyone on board. She suddenly wakes up years later with no memory and returns home. Her parents (Mark Pellegrino and Tandi Wright) have split since her death and they are reunited when she returns. Camille has a twin sister, who did not go on the school trip, and she no longer looks like her sister. Not only don’t Lena (Sophie Lowe) and Camille look alike, the twin wants nothing to do with her returned sister. Tonight’s episode is about her story and by the end of the episode you find out what really happen when the bus crashed and what ties it has to another Returned.
Another one of the Returned is Simon (Mat Vairo), and he died on his wedding day. He wants to be reunited with his fiancee Rowan (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) but she has moved on and wants nothing to do with him.
Then there is Julie (Sandrine Holt), a doctor, who finds a boy (Dylan Kingwell) on her way home. She takes in the 8 year old, but he doesn’t say much. She doesn’t know who he is and what his ties to the town are, but soon she will find out.
The town slowly watches their loved ones come back to life each week and now they will have to find out why they are back.


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