Duuuuudes, Gotham! That was fantastic! I was expecting it to look great, which it certainly does, but wasn’t sure it was also going to BE great, which it definitely is! Now, that’s not to say it doesn’t have some weak spots that need ironing out (Ben MacKenzie is one of them, but we’ll see how he does over the next few weeks). Overall, though, I’m excited to see what happens next. It’s going to be fun watching Bruce and Catwoman grow up together (awww), and the Penguin was some truly inspired casting. (Plus, Donal Logue, humina humina, as usual; BotW coming soon on that unkempt gent.) Thumbs WAY up for me on that one.
As for Forever, that one’s not going to work for me, I’m afraid. Love Horatio Hornblower, but for a medical examiner, there’s sure no science at work whatsoever in the story lines, at least in the pilot. It’s all about his magical abilities, which: yawn. I might watch the second episode, which recorded last night, but only if I get desperate for entertainment. I have a feeling this one won’t last long into October. Put Judd Hirsch on Gotham instead!
Here’s what’s coming up tonight:
The Middle – 8pm – ABC — Don’t watch this one. It’s a sit-com or somesuch.
Survivor – 8pm – CBS — I haven’t watched Survivor in years and years and years, but often think back fondly to season one, when everything was such a surprise, from the genius of alliance formation to the frankly mesmerizing irritability that results from going weeks and weeks without a toothbrush (who knew?). I’m actually sort of tempted to tune in this season, just because it’s been so long. We’ll see if I really get around to it. (I believe it’s all pairs this season, by the way — romantic, sibling, or parent/child — which could certainly make for some spectacular fireworks.) Remember when Jeff Probst was a Boyfriend of the Week? Back when I used to post Boyfriends of the Week on a semi-regular schedule? Good times! (p.s. I am literally 30 minutes away from finishing the new Boyfriend write-up, which I know I keep saying, but this time I really mean it! Maybe by Friday? Oh, who am I kidding. Maybe by Monday. Or January. JANUARY!)
The Goldbergs – 8:30pm – ABC — Sit-com about . . . er . . . I have no idea. I’ve mentioned I hate 99% of all sit-coms, right?
L&O:SVU – 9pm – NBC — This is one of a few shows I record on the bedroom DVR and only get around to watching when I get the flu, which I haven’t had in a couple of years, thanks to vaccinations. I’m thinking of skipping the flu shot this year, though, so I can finally catch up on this and the about 86 gazillion episodes of Castle also stored in there. I can’t upgrade my ancient DVRs until I do, for one thing, and that’s starting to cause some serious problems because they’re both about 8 years old and starting to get the technology equivalent of osteoarthritis. Anyway, SVU: it continues tonight. For whatever that’s worth to you.
Modern Family – 9pm – ABC — Oh look! A sit-com that I like! And I do; I really, really like this sit-com. It’s just good ol’ dumb fun, is what. I’ll never forget seeing the trailer for this show for the first time in a local movie theater — in it, Phil was trying to show how hip he was by defining the acronyms his kids used all the time in texts and online: “WTF,” he said, “Why The Face?” Yes, I will always, always remember that day. Why? Because it made me laugh so hard this lady in the row in front of me turned around and glared. WTF, lady? Turn that frown upside down (TTFUD!)!
Black-ish – 9:30pm – ABC – This is the only newbie tonight, and while it’s gotten fairly decent reviews, it’s a sit-com and, well, sit-coms: we’ve been over this. Created by and starring Anthony Anderson, it’s about “one man’s efforts to establish a cultural identity for his family after he discovers his children don’t have one” (TV Guide). Laurence Fishburne is in it, finally not playing someone totally creepy. Except, he’s always so creepy. Might be good if you like this sort of thing.
Chicago PD – 10pm – NBC — Something about cops.
Nashville – 10pm – ABC — Something about Nashville.
Reports? You know what to do!