Fall TV Week One: Wednesday — Black-ish

gothamDuuuuudes, 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.

survivorSurvivor – 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?

svuL&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.

modernfamilyModern 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!)!

blackishBlack-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!

14 Responses to “Fall TV Week One: Wednesday — Black-ish”

  1. Alisaj29 Says:

    Surprise, Surprise, I liked Forever. Although I’m sure you are right, It won’t be back next season. Hubs watches Sleepy Hollow which I didn’t end up liking and that’s back, whatev…….

    I don’t watch any of the other shows. I want either my regular L&O back or L&O UK. Why oh why is the most depressing L&O still on the air. Every time I watch I have to either take a Silkwood shower or cry myself to sleep.

    Oh and I’m still up to date on Castle, though RCN in my area seems to be playing NCIS LA in it’s place, at least according the tv guide.

    • megwood Says:

      “Silkwood shower” just made me laugh so hard! I know just what you mean. L&O:UK is really fun — hopefully returning at some point on BBC America, too? I don’t think it’s been canceled has it? But so true about SVU being the most depressing one. F’reals.

      • Alisaj29 Says:

        I thought it had been canceled because I hadn’t seen it on BBC Am. for quite a while. I just looked it up and they had a season in 2011, and it came back in 2013 and 2014, but just on on BBC Am. They stopped playing it after season 4. Going to look it up on Netflix.

        • megwood Says:

          BOOO! If there is more, I WANT THE MORE. Don’t make me illegally download your fantastic content, BBC! Just give it to me, like the nice British people you are!

  2. briantoohey Says:

    I’m fine with Ben MacKenzie on Gotham– not that I think he’s great or anything, just that he’s tolerable enough that he doesn’t bother me and I don’t seem him ruining the show or anything. But I also don’t envision him getting much better any time soon.

    Since you’re giving Forever the thumbs down, that may mean I won’t bother checking it out. Or maybe I’ll give it a quick look-see, who knows.

    Not interested in any of the shows on this list except Modern Family, which I still have to go back and watch from the beginning at some point.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    GOTHAM was great! I was hooked by the first commercial break. Thank you so much, Meg and my husband! We were both looking for Jada Pinkett Smith (“Fish Mooney”), but when we saw her, we didn’t think it looked like her at all. But that crooked FBI agent did! So then we thought maybe “Fish” had a secret identity, and it was like when Superman puts on his glasses, to be Clark Kent, NO ONE RECOGNIZES HIM! But I don’t think that was it, either.

    BTW, did you see that young Bruce Wayne is played by the kid from TOUCH (David Mazouz)? Also, Alfred is played by the son (Sean Pertwee) of one of the earliest “Dr. Who”s (Jon Pertwee).

    Also – I have a theory that Gordon’s partner, “Harvey Bullock” (Donal Logue – yay!) is going to turn into “Harvey Dent” aka “Two-Face” – just a thought!

  4. RogerBW Says:

    This may be a hard question to answer, but: how “superhero-ey” is Gotham? Because I really don’t get on with the superhero mindset, and I can’t really define it any better than that.

    What I got from Forever part 1 was: it’s basically Sherlock Holmes the pathologist, spotting tiny details. Which I can live with. In Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod only has one gimmick: he’s From The Past. Henry Morgan (har har) is From The Past and Super Observant and Smart. So I’ll stick with it for now.

    • Anonymous Says:

      It’s not super-hero-y at all! It’s all the characters who are going to BECOME super-villains, but right now, they’re just interesting characters. Bruce Wayne is a kid! I didn’t think I would like it, as I’m kind of “Batman-ed out,” but it seems to stand pretty well on its own; the prequel stuff is kind of like “Easter Eggs” for fans “in the know.”

      I don’t get why you’re comparing “Forever” with “Sleepy Hollow,” but I haven’t seen “Forever” yet, so we’ll see. I love S. H., and I kind of suspect I’ll like Forever, too.

      • RogerBW Says:

        Both Sleepy Hollow and Forever have as leads a hot British-accented guy who’s been alive in the past, and a modern lady cop. After that they do diverge, but in TV-land that’s enough to raise eyebrows.

    • briantoohey Says:

      Hey Roger… there was a great comic book called Gotham Central that focused on the detectives, and created a lot of lore around them. The Batman villains would be in the comic occasionally, but the concept of the book was sort of “NYPD Blue set in the Batman universe.”

      This show seems to be largely modeled on that comic, though I’m not claiming it will be on the same level as NYPD Blue. And it’s really about a young Jim Gordon. I don’t think Batman will figure into it any more than any of the supporting villains, and for now, it’s not even Batman but the boy who will eventually become him. It’s going to primarily be a detective/crime show… but if you really hate comics, it will be using the villains of the Batman universe as window dressing. I don’t know you well, so I don’t know how much you loathe comics and super-heroes and the like. If you really can’t stand anything to do with them, you probably still won’t be interested. But if it’s simply that you’re ambivalent to them and you’re not put off by them (it’s just that they don’t do anything for you, either), you might consider giving the show a shot and see if it works for you as a detective show.

      • RogerBW Says:

        Brian, thanks; I have trouble articulating what it is I don’t get on with beyond “the superhero mindset”, but I will indeed give it a go and see how I like it.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Did anyone catch who that baby at the end of the 1st ep of “Forever” turns out to be? I liked that.

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