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Quickie Reviews Of Some Of The New Network Shows

Quickie Reviews Of Some Of The New Network Shows

Well the new TV season, along with the cooler weather is here in the Centre of The Universe. Time to cancel Netflix for about 5 months, and get down to the business of TV series, NFL football, playoff baseball and basketball. (Not a hockey guy).

For those of you who see this as a not-so-healthy addiction, just remember TV is a medium that makes it easy to multitask, whether that's just flitting around on social media, exercising, and taking care of certain domestic chores.

Anyway here are some of the new series that are popping up, in addition to some of the old standbys like NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, The Big Bang Theory, Last Man Standing, Hawaii Five-O,
Masterpiece Mystery, The Black List, and Bluebloods to name but a few.


Drama/sorta thriller primary about the relationship between a criminal lawyer (Daniel Sunjata) and the producer of a cable news show. (Piper Pirabo). This is pretty formulaic and revolves around a hit and run killing that turns into another murder. Lots of back and forth,. Lots of talk about freedom of the press and other bullshit. Not bad. Not great. A little on the hyper side.


Lucas Till stars with a couple of sidekicks. A little bit of explaining for all the idiots out there watching, but generally pretty entertaining, once you get past that crap. Lucas Till struck me as a little young for the part, but I kinda got used to him as it went along. This episode was about saving the world from some weird virus that was MacGuyver stole then had stolen from him, then stole back. Whole lotta stealin' goin' on and a bit of betrayal for good measure.


Another piece of shit series for Minnie Driver. Noisy. Chaotic. Nonsensical. Just plain awful.

Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland is refreshingly not Jack Bauer in this stylized political fish out of water melodrama. This is really high end stuff, very tense and exciting. The hour flew by. We loved it.


Michael Weatherly (NCIS), gets his own series that's oddly reminiscent of the great Tim Roth series, Lie To Me. Weatherly plays a psychologist who specializes in jury analysis for criminal lawyers. The science is fascinating and who knows how fictionalized it is. This is a keeper.

Kevin Can Wait

New vehicle for Kevin James. He plays a retired cop. Hangs out with a bunch of other retired cops. Shouts a lot. Drinks a lot of beer. And bores the shit out of me, thus proving the old adage, a good sitcom these days is hard to find.

The Good Place

Another comedy, this time with Ted Danson and Kirsten Bell. It's about a self centered bimbo who gets mistakenly sent to The Good Place after she dies. Somebody had a lot of love for this idea because they really spent some big bucks on the production. Sadly that didn't make it really much more than a curiosity that I honestly don't believe has any real legs at all 'legs' at all.Ted Danson is kinda pathetic playing an insecure angel of some sort. Kirsten Bell is OK. But the concept is very light

Bonus Time

This is a funny piece that I received from out friend Cath Paget out in Nova Scotia.

How Many Art History Majors Do We Need?

The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution.
Canadian border residents say it's not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, global-warming activists, and "green" energy proponents crossing their fields at night.
"I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. “He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn't have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?"
In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming.
Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies.
"A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions," an Alberta border patrolman said. "I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley cabernet and some kale chips."
When liberals are caught, they're sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.
Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that actually contribute to the economy.
In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs.
After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the '50s. "If they can't identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age," an official said.
Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand c.d.'s, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones.
"I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can't support them," an Ottawa resident said. "After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?"

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Don 🐝 Kerr 25/9/2016 · #4

Love the sneaking into Canada story. Great episode on CBC Radio's This is That on the same subject.

John Marrett 25/9/2016 · #3

MacGyver was really bad. Had high hopes (like @Franci Eugenia Hoffman and @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian), but I'll only watch once. Don't watch much TV so it was the only new show I caught this week!

On the other hand, I quite enjoyed the recent Masterpiece Mystery Endeavour and Inspector Lewis reruns. And can hardly wait for the next season of Call the Midwife!

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My husband is the TV fan in our family, me not so much. I would rather be online. I got glimpses of McGuyver last night and wasn't all that impressed. It doesn't compare to the old show. The NCIS shows are pretty good, mainly because I like the actors. But then, I don't watch those shows on a frequent basis. My TV interest is limited to sports.


I was really looking forward to the MacGyver remake. I loved the old show!! This one is just silly. I'll keep it on the PVR for now, but it looks like it won't make the cut. The lead is definitely too young to have had all the experiences they say he has. Even with "willing suspension of disbelief" it's a stretch. I just don't buy it.

On Bull, it certainly does remind me of Lie to Me. Like that show, it will likely fizzle and die as the cool tech and mind games get repetitious, and, eventually boring. Too bad, I really like Michael Weatherly. I hope they find another show for him after this one dies.

I liked Designated Survivor, probably because of the strong cast. This is another show whose survival will depend on how strong their writing team is.

Kevin can Wait was too painful to watch. Deleted it halfway through. The best thing about Kevin James shows is that they give us fatties hope that we too can have crazy-hot wives. I mean, REALLY!

Comedy is the second toughest genre. (Satire is the toughest) Applied Tech shows would be third.

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