Fall TV 2016: What I’m Watching

The new TV season is officially upon us! Now, at the beginning of the year, the Canadian TV companies officially converted everything over to digital, so I’ve basically been without cable all year. No cable meant me watching everything online, after the fact. Also, with my busy schedule that’s going to keep on for some time, I don’t have the time that I used to to watch everything. So basically with this new TV season, I am trying to be super picky about what shows I’m devoting my time to. So what returning shows am I still sticking with this fall? And which new shows are on my list to check out?

MONDAYS

  • Supergirl
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Conviction [NEW]

Despite Supergirl‘s move to the CW, my Monday nights stay firmly in tact. Hayley Atwell’s American accent might take some getting used to, but I’m all in for Conviction. I also intend on watching DWTS, but that’s been relegated to YouTube video status – I don’t have the time to watch the full telecast.

TUESDAYS

  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • Agents of SHIELD
  • The Flash
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • No Tomorrow [NEW]*
  • This Is Us [NEW]*
  • The Mindy Project

Tuesdays, still full. I’m not so sure how much I’ll like No Tomorrow or This Is Us, but I’m very much willing to give it a chance. Everything else is just returning shows.

WEDNESDAYS

  • Survivor
  • Arrow
  • Black-ish
  • Empire*
  • Designated Survivor [NEW]
  • Speechless [NEW]*
  • Frequency [NEW]*
  • Salem
  • You’re the Worst

How did Wednesdays become so full? I feel like I say that all the time, but it’s still true. Salem‘s not back until November, and You’re the Worst might be done by then, but I’m still not incredibly happy that Salem is adding to my Wednesday load. Season 2 of Empire was not great, so it’s on my list for now, in hopes that it gets back to what made it great in S1. Not sure about Speechless or Frequency, but willing to give it a shot.

THURSDAYS

  • Legends of Tomorrow*
  • Notorious [NEW]*
  • Pitch [NEW]
  • Superstore
  • The Good Place [NEW]
  • How to Get Away With Murder*

Pitch and The Good Place look really good. Haven’t heard great things about Notorious, but for Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata, I’m giving it a chance. Legends of Tomorrow was off and on for me last season; I’m hoping it gets into a consistent creative flow in S2. As for How to Get Away With Murder? I feel like it went off the rails in S2, that I’m not even entirely sure I want to watch S3. If the first episode gives me a compelling reason to watch, then I’ll stick to it; otherwise, it’s getting the axe from me.

FRIDAYS

Ummm, with the final season of Grimm being relegated to midseason, I’ve got nothing. Catch-up day it is.

SUNDAYS

  • Last Man on Earth
  • Quantico*
  • Westworld [NEW]*

Quantico started off so well, and yet somewhere along the way, it became a soap opera mess. I desperately want it to do better in S2, but if it becomes ridiculous, it’s getting cut too. I don’t know much about Westworld, though it does look interesting, so give it a chance I will.

Starting off the season with 28 shows. How many will stay on my watch list by midseason? I guess we’ll just wait and see.

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2016 Emmy Picks

The Emmys are tonight! Now, in recent years, I haven’t watched 75% of the shows that are nominated, which makes watching the awards kinda pointless. Unlike the Tony Awards, wherein I’ve never seen any of the Broadway shows, at least I have the amazing performances from those shows to make the telecast entertaining. I still like watching the Emmys nonetheless. I may not be the best barometer for what’s the best on TV, because we really are in a period of “Peak TV” and so many options. But I know what I watch, what I like, and what I think is deserving of some Emmy love. With that being said, here are my predictions/personal picks for who I think will come out on top.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

  • Black-ish
  • Master of None
  • Modern Family
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep

Should Win: Black-ish
Will Win: Veep

Of the 7 nominees, I actually watched 4 of them. (Yay!) My personal pick to win is Black-ish, because it has been so consistently funny, all the while tackling African-American issues/subject matters that is still relatable. I’ll admit to not having watched Veep, but I hear it’s good, and it did win the category last year. If I had my way though, the nominees would’ve included Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, and You’re the Worst; but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mr. Robot

Should Win: The Americans
Will Win: Game of Thrones

Again, if I had my way, I would’ve liked to see 12 Monkeys, Outlander, and Suits nominated. However, we live in a world where three of the nominees are just safe repeats. But hey! At least, The Americans FINALLY got nominated!! And also good on Mr. Robot for getting a nomination (even though I couldn’t get into it.) I feel like the predictable choice to win is Game of Thrones, if only for the Emmys to say, “Hey! Last year was no fluke! We like genre shows!…(…But only if they’re on HBO)”

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Should Win: Tracee Ellis Ross
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

JLD will almost certainly continue to reign in this category. I mean, if Amy Poehler can’t pull off a win for playing Leslie Knope, I’m not sure how anybody else can beat JLD. The best chance is with Ross, who completely owns her role as Bow, and doesn’t play a stereotypical mom. The only other true contender I think would be Kemper, who definitely added layers to her bright-eyed Kimmy in season 2. You have no idea however, how mad I was to see the likes of Gina Rodriguez, Constance Wu, and Aya Cash not get nominated for their work (Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, You’re the Worst – respectively).

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
  • William H Macy, Shameless
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Should Win: Anthony Anderson
Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor

Again, the odds on favourite to win is Tambor, much like JLD. I however would like to see Anderson sneak in a win. Anderson has finally found a role that works for him. As Dre, Anderson is equal parts loving husband and father, but also a goofball dad.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Niecy Nash, Getting On

Should Win: Kate McKinnon
Will Win: Allison Janney

Oh look, 6 nominees and the only show I actually watch is SNL, and even that I don’t watch all the time. But we all know McKinnon is an absolute treasure, committing to all the characters/skits that get thrown her way on the show. That being said, the Emmys love Allison Janney (I don’t blame them) so I expect her to repeat win. Her next closest competitor I feel is Judith Light. I don’t know what it is, but I have the sense that she could potentially beat Janney.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
  • Matt Walsh, Veep

Should Win: Andre Braugher
Will Win: Tony Hale

I don’t understand how Braugher has yet to win in this category, for playing the best straight man/gay cop ever on a comedy series. Burrell’s time has come and gone (Modern Family just isn’t what it used to be). If Veep continues its streak, Hale will probably win once again

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Clare Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Taraji P. Henson, Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Should Win: Tatiana Maslany
Will Win: ????

This is a stacked category. These may be the nominees, but you could arguably come up with a whole other list with the likes of Shiri Appleby, Hayley Atwell, Caitriona Balfe, Krysten Ritter, Amanda Schull, and Kerry Washington, and they’d be just as deserving. I think Maslany should win, hands down, because hello?! She plays how many clones? Each of them are completely different from one another; so different in fact that you forget that they’re all played by Maslany. And if for some reason Maslany doesn’t win, the only next logical option is Russell, because this nomination was just way overdue. Ultimately, who will win? I don’t know. Davis might repeat, or Henson could take it, so the Emmys don’t get put through the wringer about minority wins. But how can you deny Maslany and her many clones??!!

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Should Win: Matthew Rhys
Will Win: ???

Once again, another question mark as to who will win. Last year’s winner, Jon Hamm, is obviously not in the mix anymore, leaving the race pretty wide open. Might voters recognize Spacey’s work, despite many calling season 3 to be incredibly weak? Could new nominee Matthew Rhys (who is finally getting recognized) pull off a win?! I sure hope so!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Maura Tierney, The Affair
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
  • Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Should Win: Maura Tierney
Will Win: Maura Tierney

I think the three GoT actresses will split the vote, and Dame Maggie Smith has already won multiple times, so (for me at least), it comes down to Tierney and Zimmer. First of all, so happy to see these two nominated. I personally think that Tierney stands a better chance at winning for her tough and layered role on The Affair. In all honesty, she (along with Joshua Jackson) really made season 2; the additional viewpoints from their characters were quite beneficial to the show. That’s not to say that Zimmer isn’t deserving, because she completely is. Zimmer’s Quinn can be a total bitch, but you can sometimes see the cracks in her facade.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Should Win: ???
Will Win: ???

I watch none of these shows. I also didn’t get a single one of my dream nominees (James D’Arcy, Jesse L. Martin, Joshua Jackson, Jonathan Tucker) on the final list. So who should and will win? I really couldn’t tell you.

Upfronts 2016: Looking Ahead to the 2016-17 TV Season

Every year in the middle of May, the TV networks do their big presentations and announcements, handing out renewals and pilot pick-ups, while cancelling other shows. For the past 5 years, I’ve been doing posts with my thoughts and reactions to their proposed new season schedule, every day to correspond with each network’s presentation. This year, with so much going on in my personal life, in lieu of my usual day-by-day posts, I’m going to streamline it and pack it all into one big post, after the fact. Snap judgments on the new shows and quick thoughts on the fall schedule.

ABC

RENEWED: American Crime, Black-ish, The Catch, Dr. Ken, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Last Man Standing, Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Quantico, The Real O’Neals, Scandal; The Bachelor, DWTS, Shark Tank

CANCELLED: Agent Carter, Castle, The Family, Galavant, The Muppets, Nashville

NEW SHOWS:

  • Conviction [Drama – Mondays @ 10] – Hayley Atwell will still be on ABC, despite Agent Carter being cancelled. With her as lead of this legal drama, and with a cast the includes Merrin Dungey (Francie from Alias!), Daniel DiTomasso (Killian from Witches of East End!), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman!), Eddie Cahill (Tag from Friends!), Emily Kinney, Manny Montana (Johnny from Graceland!), I need nothing else to tune in. It is going to take some getting used to, not hearing Hayley talk in her regular British accent.
  • American Housewife [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8:30] – This used to be called The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport, so you can take a gander at what this show is about. I just don’t know what other comedy can be mined from housewives and suburbia that hasn’t been done before. And I didn’t really laugh at any of the jokes in the trailer, so I think I’m gonna pass.
  • Speechless [Comedy – Wednesdays @8:30] – A comedy that revolves around a family with a special-needs child. Not gonna lie, I’m worried about the quality of the jokes. However, Minnie Driver in a comedy got me thinking about her last show, About A Boy, which I loved, and the trailer kinda gives off those same kinda vibes, so I’m not gonna dismiss it entirely.
  • Designated Survivor [Drama – Wednesdays @ 10] – Washington politics? Whatever. But this cast (Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto)? A++
  • Notorious [Drama – Thursdays @ 9] – Criminal law and the media intersect with Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo (two more of my favs from the USA network!) starring. Count me in.
  • Downward Dog [Midseason] – The dog talks, confessional-style. Suurrreee…..And the trailer does nothing for me.
  • Imaginary Mary [Midseason] – A CGI creature in a regular comedy. Suurrreee…..The trailer also does nothing for me, except for “WHHHHYYYY?”
  • Still Star-Crossed [Midseason] – What happens to the Montagues and Capulets after the death of Romeo and Juliet? This series aims to show just that. I think younger me might’ve been interested in this, now not so much.
  • Time After Time [Midseason – Sundays @ 9] – Something about H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper, travelling to the present? Meh.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule:

  • I still can’t believe they cancelled Agent Carter! I don’t care that Hayley has another show regardless, I wanted her to have both because I don’t like a world in which we don’t get to see more of Peggy, Jarvis, and Sousa. Not to mention, we’ll never get to see how SHIELD came to be.
  • Speaking of SHIELD, the show moving to Tuesdays @ 10 might seem weird at first, but considering ABC’s horrible luck at putting a new show in the timeslot for the past few years, the move was inevitable.
  • Shondaland TGIT is put on hold for the fall, as Scandal moves to midseason due to “scheduling” as they officially put it, but as we all know it’s really to accomodate Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.

CBS

RENEWED: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Life in Pieces, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Scorpion; Survivor, The Amazing Race

CANCELLED: CSI Cyber, The Good Wife, Mike & Molly, Person of Interest, Rush Hour

FATE UNKNOWN:  Limitless

NEW SHOWS:

  • Kevin Can Wait [Comedy – Mondays @ 8:30; 8 after football]  – Never been a Kevin James fan, so this is of no interest to me.
  • Man With a Plan [Comedy – Mondays @ 8:30] – Joey Tribbiani as a dad? Time fly by or what?! Obviously checking it out.
  • Bull [Drama – Tuesdays @ 9] – Michael Weatherly plays a fictionalized version of Dr. Phil. Pass.
  • The Great Indoors [Comedy – Thursdays @ 8:30] – Joel McHale plays a boss to millenials. So Jeff Winger 2.0? I worry a little about the tone, being that it’s on CBS, but I’ll check it out.
  • Pure Genius [Drama – Thursdays @ 10] – A tech titan and a veteran surgeon open up a hospital with a newer approach to medicine. Doesn’t really appeal to me, I’m afraid. But how do I say no to a show that has Odette Annable and Brenda Song within its cast, and is executive produced by Jason Katims? I can’t, so I’m gonna have to give it a shot.
  • MacGyver [Drama – Fridays @ 8] – Has the name going for it, but with massive retooling being done, the pickup seems odd.
  • Doubt [Drama – Midseason] – Not a fan of Katherine Heigl. Pass.
  • Training Day [Drama – Midseason] – Takes the name and conceit of the movie for brand recognition, otherwise has nothing to do with the movie or the characters. Sure you’ve got Bill Paxton in the Denzel-like role, but why bother?

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule:

  • CBS has never really been my network of choice, what with all the procedurals and kinda lame comedies. There are exceptions to those of course, but majority of the shows are just not my cup of tea and they all just meld together in my mind.
  • The Amazing Race is being pushed until midseason? Say what now?! For the past three years, I’ve gotten TAR pretty much year-round (U.S. fall and winter, Canada summer). I don’t accept this at all.
  • The network is looking for a new home for freshman series, Limitless. Why they didn’t renew it is mind-bloggling. But not even admitting that they are canceling it? Infuriating.

FOX

RENEWED: Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth, Lucifer, New Girl, Rosewood, Scream Queens, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow; Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior

CANCELLED: Bordertown, The Cleveland Show, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Grandfathered, The Grinder, Second Chance

NEW SHOWS:

  • Lethal Weapon [Drama – Wednesdays @ 8] – Fits right in with the buddy cop dynamic of most TV cop shows lately, with added brand name quality. Will watch the pilot (even though the trailer was probably enough) but it’s gotta have something extra to make me want to tune in regularly. Otherwise, it’s just another dude cop show to me, and I don’t need that.
  • Pitch [Drama – Thursdays @ 9] – Baseball may not be exactly my thing, but a show about a woman making the Major Leagues? Sign me up! The preview looks absolutely great for it!
  • The Exorcist [Drama – Fridays @ 9] – Not my type of show.
  • Son of Zorn [Comedy – Sundays @ 8:30] – Animated Barbarian father comes home to live-action ex-wife and son. Man, are they pulling out the weird, or what? I honestly have no idea what to make of it. From the trailer, I already get the sense that it’s not for me.
  • 24: Legacy [Drama – Midseason, Mondays @ 8] – I was never really interested in the original 24, I don’t know why, but maybe I’ll get into this spinoff. I mean, the cast (Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits) is a pretty solid one, so we’ll see.
  • APB [Drama – Midseason, Mondays @ 9] – A tech billionaire buys a police precinct, in hopes to get justice for the death of his friend. Off of the previews, with some of the tech being used, reminds me of Almost Human but obviously not so futuristic sci-fi. I’ll give it a shot, but I don’t expect much.
  • The Mick [Comedy – Midseason, Tuesdays @ 8:30] – A woman is tasked with taking care of her imprisoned sister’s spoiled kids. Comedy ensues? Hope so. Sustainable? Well, the preview looks like the show would be a better movie than a series, but what do I know?
  • Shots Fired [Drama – Spring, Wednesdays @ 8] – The whole investigating shootings in a small-town and dealing with the media, seems both timely and played out somehow. It looks like it could be a really good show, just maybe not for me.
  • Star [Drama – Midseason, Wednesdays @ 9] – A music-based drama, which centers on three girls who hope to rise to fame. Put more focus on the music and the industry, and character development, less on the crazy drama, and I’m in.
  • Prison Break [Midseason, Thursdays @ 9] – Like the X-Files series event, this is another limited event continuation of the old show, set years later. Didn’t care for it then, don’t really care now.
  • Making History [Comedy – Midseason, Sundays @ 8:30] – They had me with Adam Pally time-traveling comedy.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule

  • I don’t think I have ever been so conflicted about a show’s renewal than I have with Sleepy Hollow. On the one hand, I still love the people working on the show. On the other hand, season 3 was on/off, and letting go of Nikki Beharie (a critical, if not the most important aspect of the show) was kind of the final straw. The show won’t come back until midseason, so we’ll see how I feel then.
  • It’s a bummer that the network canceled Grandfathered and The Grinder. Grandfathered was a really sweet comedy, while The Grinder kind of redefined the meaning of meta.

NBC

RENEWED: The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Carmichael Show, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Superstore; The Voice, Hollywood Game Night, Little Big Shots

CANCELLED: Crowded, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, The Mysteries of Laura, Telenovela, Undateable

NEW SHOWS:

  • Timeless [Drama – Mondays @ 10] – Lots of time travel happening this season. This one seems the strongest of the bunch, giving me 12 Monkeys-vibes (without the virus stuff). I already have a favourite time-travel show so it will have to do a lot to overcome the comparisons, for me anyways, and make me see it as a separate thing. But, Abigail Spencer!
  • This Is Us [Drama – Tuesdays @ 9] – Follows a group of people who cross paths and have their lives intertwine in different ways. I like Mandy Moore, Milo Ventigmilia, and Justin Hartley, so I’ll give it a shot. Some people have said that the trailer reminds them of Parenthood; I personally don’t see it. I do need to see more of the overall product to really judge it.
  • The Good Place [Comedy – Thursdays @ 8:30] – Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in a comedy about the afterlife, from Michael Schur (Parks and Rec!) SOLD
  • Taken [Drama – Midseason, Mondays @ 10] – We’re looking at the life of younger Bryan Mills, 30 years before he became that guy in the movie series. Do we really need this show? My gut says not really.
  • The Blacklist: Redemption [Drama – Midseason] – Don’t watch The Blacklist to begin with, so no interest.
  • Chicago Justice [Drama – Midseason] – Hard pass.
  • Emerald City [Drama – Midseason] – The Oz “event series” was picked-up, cancelled, and then picked-up again. We’ll see, I guess? Not a lot of faith here.
  • Great News [Comedy – Midseason] – Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin, in a mother-daughter workplace comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. I’m in.
  • Marlon [Comedy – Midseason] – Loosely based on Marlon Wayans’ real life. Willing to give it a shot.
  • Midnight, Texas [Drama – Midseason] – Based on Charlaine Harris’ series (the one that isn’t True Blood), focuses on a town full of vampires, witches, psychics, and such. Checking it out purely for Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, and Dylan Bruce.
  • Powerless [Comedy – Midseason] – Office comedy set around the regular people who have to deal with the aftermath of DC superhero fights. That is so ripe with jokes, I have to check it out.
  • Trial & Error [Comedy – Midseason] – Big city lawyer working on a murder trial in a small town. Classic fish-out-of-water stuff. If it doesn’t do the obvious jokes, then it stands a chance.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule:

  • It’s nice to see that NBC is trying to get back into Thursday night comedies, with Superstore and The Good Place.
  • Can’t believe it took them so long to renew The Carmichael Show, a comedy that is so current and topical, even when it looks like an old-school sitcom. To think that it is now NBC’s longest running comedy (with its 3rd season renewal) certainly says a lot of the network’s current state.
  • I still need them to scale back on The Voice. There’s been so much TV that I’ve pretty much stopped watching it simply because I don’t have time for it. Not to mention, I am definitely feeling the burnout from it.

THE CW

RENEWED: The 100, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, Reign, Supergirl (!), Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries

CANCELLED: Containment

NEW SHOWS

  • No Tomorrow [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 9]Opposites attract: risk-aversed girl meets carefree guy who thinks the apocalypse is coming. Watching for Joshua Sasse, since Galavant got cancelled.
  • Frequency [Drama – Wednesdays @ 9] – Don’t remember watching the original movie that the show is based on, but the preview seems interesting enough.
  • Riverdale [Drama – Midseason] – A modern take on the Archie gang that has the small-town be more than its wholesome appeal? Oh, and it’s yet ANOTHER show from Greg Berlanti? Yeah, okay, I’m in.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule

  • Supergirl is where it finally belongs – on the CW! The audience that CBS wanted for the show wasn’t quite there, but it fits so much better here with its DC superhero cohorts. Epic crossover between Supergirl/The Flash/Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow to be expected, though let’s be real, all we really want is a big musical episode. How much the show itself will change with the network move is certainly the biggest question. Moving the filming to Vancouver, lesser budget, and possibly less Calista Flockhart/Cat Grant (who reportedly took the show because it filmed in LA)? We’ll have to wait and see
  • Schedule-wise: I love the CW pairing Supergirl and Jane the Virgin. I mean, I was watching it that way anyways, so thanks to them for letting me keep my schedule as is there.
  • iZombie being held off until midseason? I don’t like it.

And that’s the rundown of what next season will look like!

Favourites of 2015

Getting this in on the last day of the year! I like to take part with my version of the usual best-of lists/year-end recaps, which is basically just a list of my favourites from the past year. It is in no particular order at all. It is what it is.

ALBUMS

  1. PENTATONIX, Pentatonix
  2. KELLY CLARKSON, Piece by Piece
  3. ADELE, 25
  4. MATT NATHANSON, Show Me Your Fangs
  5. TORI KELLY, Unbreakable Smile
  6. JAMES BAY, Chaos and the Calm
  7. JOY WILLIAMS, Venus
  8. HAMILTON Soundtrack
  9. DAVID COOK, Digital Vein
  10. SARA BAREILLES, What’s Inside – Songs from Waitress

Some of my favourites released some truly good albums this year that I haven’t stopped listening to. 2015 also brought on new favourites in Tori Kelly and James Bay, plus Joy Williams’ first solo effort since The Civil Wars ended. And of course, there was Hamilton; how I wish I could witness it in all its glory, but I’ll have to settle for hearing the soundtrack on repeat.

SONGS

  1. JANET JACKSON, BURNITUP! ft. Missy Elliott
  2. MISSY ELLIOTT, WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell
  3. JOJO, Save My Soul
  4. ROZZI CRANE, Crazy Ass Bitch
  5. BRITTANY CAIRNS, Everybody’s Got That Something
  6. JUSSIE SMOLLETT & YAZZ, No Apologies
  7. DEMI LOVATO, Confident
  8. SELENA GOMEZ, Same Old Love
  9. NICK JONAS, Levels

Outside of all the songs I loved on my favourite albums this year, there were these songs. First of all, the return of Missy Elliott! I would’ve been fine with just the feature on Janet’s song, but then she released “WTF, which is just so classic Missy. Also, the return of JoJo who was in record label limbo for so long; she came back with an EP that was a nice re-introduction to her and I can’t wait for what’s next. I loved a lot of the songs that came out of Empire, but my favourite of the bunch is definitely “No Apologies” which fuses the rap, hip-hop and R&B so well. I have to say that I’m actually quite impressed with what Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez did this year on their respective albums; they’ve really come into their own as music artists.

NEW TV SHOWS

  1. iZombie
  2. Fresh Off the Boat
  3. Agent Carter
  4. 12 Monkeys
  5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  6. Daredevil
  7. Dark Matter
  8. Killjoys
  9. UnREAL
  10. Empire
  11. Master of None

SO MANY TV SHOWS!!! These were by far my absolute new favourites of the year. There were also shows I enjoyed like Limitless and Quantico, as well as shows I haven’t had time to watch yet like Jessica Jones.

RETURNING TV SHOWS

  1. The Flash
  2. You’re the Worst
  3. Jane the Virgin
  4. Agents of SHIELD
  5. Orphan Black
  6. The Americans
  7. Outlander
  8. Arrow
  9. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  10. Survivor

These are the shows that are still tops for me, though there are a whole other bunch that are just below these ones that I still really like to watch.

SHOWS THAT ENDED/GOT CANCELLED

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Hart of Dixie
  3. Parenthood
  4. Chasing Life
  5. Graceland
  6. Hindsight

The first three shows came to their natural end, the other three were abruptly cancelled (or in the case of Hindsight, renewed then cancelled – thanks a lot, VH1). Either way, it sucks.

MOVIES

  1. Dope
  2. The Martian
  3. The DUFF
  4. The Last Five Years
  5. Brooklyn
  6. Spotlight
  7. Ex-Machina
  8. Cinderella
  9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  10. Inside Out

Mind you, there are A LOT of other movies I still haven’t seen yet, so this is a very small sampling.

So that’s that, my favourites of the past year! I hope you all had a wonderful pop culture filled year, and here’s to more fun in 2016!

Checking In on the 2015 Fall TV Season

We’re nearly three months into the new TV season! With November sweeps now behind us and heading towards winter hiatus, I figured now would be as good time as any to check in. During premiere week, I set out with all the shows I was planning on watching, both old and new. Now, I’m pretty set on what I’m still watching and what I’m dropping. By the looks of it, I’m being pretty picky about what I’m watching, so let’s just recap and take a look shall we?

MONDAY

  • The Voice – Kinda, sorta, not really watching. I hate to say it, but I really do think I’m getting burned out on singing competitions. I want to watch it, but with the other stuff I’m watching, I don’t actually get around to it. So basically, I’m not committed to this season.
  • Dancing With The Stars – Kinda, sorta watching. I may still have some issues with DWTS (namely certain song choices – I’m convinced I can do a better job choosing songs), but I found myself enjoying this season quite a bit. Not to mention, I still love my Pro Dancers.
  • Blindspot (NEW; Full season ordered) – Dropped. I am intrigued in the mystery side of things (Who is Jane Doe? How did she lose all her memories and get all these tattoos that somehow relate to other stuff? etc.) Other than that, there’s something about it that just doesn’t sit well with me. Not in an offensive way, just something just doesn’t work for me. At one point I think I referred to it as ‘Chuck meets Memento’, which is kinda weird to be honest.
  • Minority Report (NEW; Episode order cut to 10) – Dropped. I had high hopes for this show, but again, something about it just didn’t work for me. Doesn’t look like it’s going to make it anyways.
  • Jane the Virgin – Still watching. Still sweet, cute, heartwarming, and funny. I love this show.
  • Supergirl (NEW; Full season ordered) – Watching. It’s without a doubt, one of my faves this season. I love that it kinda took the positivity of The Flash and kicked it up a notch. Plus, the female relationships are absolutely wonderful to see.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (NEW) – Dropped. Watched the pilot and I didn’t like it.
  • Gotham? – Yeah, despite some people saying that this season is better than last, I have yet to bring myself to actually watch any of it.

TUESDAY

  • Fresh Off the Boat – As hilarious as last season.
  • The Flash – I am loving the Earth-1/Earth-2 alt universe storyline, but then again, as a huge Fringe fan, it’s just totally up my alley.
  • Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Still watching it. I was initially a little bit worried about the multiple storylines they were juggling, but then it all connected recently, and I could not be happier with how things have been going.
  • iZombie – The cast and the writers are clearly having a ball making the show, and you can see it in the finished product. Still a lot of fun.
  • Limitless (NEW; Full season ordered) – Watching. It is by no means the greatest show, but it knows what it is doing and incredibly fun/entertaining to watch. My only real nitpicking with the show is that Jake McDorman’s Brian Finch is such a Cappie (McDorman’s character’s frenemy on Greek), and I keep saying “Why is Evan Chambers being like Cappie?” at least once every week.
  • The Mindy Project – Still watching, still funny. Though the switch to Hulu has made it difficult for this Canadian to keep up every week.
  • The Muppets (NEW) – Dropped. I said before that I was never really that into the Muppets growing up, so I didn’t have the same nostalgia factor that a lot of people had coming into the show. I watched a couple of episodes and found it just okay.
  • Grandfathered (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Watching. I like the chemistry between John Stamos, Josh Peck, and Paget Brewster. The show seems sure of itself and that counts for a lot, especially with a new comedy.
  • The Grinder (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Watching…for now. Again, I like Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, and it’s got a lot of funny moments. What kind of bothers me is that I’m not really sure what kind of show it is striving to be. I thought they were selling the show as a family comedy of sorts, but turns out it is that mixed with workplace comedy and satire.
  • Scream Queens (NEW) – Dropped. I was already not entirely sold on the show, and as I watched the first two episodes, I couldn’t get over the fact that all the characters were super annoying. I know they’re supposed to be like these caricatures, but I just could not stand it.
  • Wicked City (NEW; Cancelled) – As the reviews came out, it was made clear that the show was terrible. And you know, sometimes I’ll still check out some of it, just to see for myself, but with my Tuesdays as they are I just couldn’t bother.

WEDNESDAY

  • Arrow – I still love watching it. I know there are some people who don’t really like it as much anymore, and I’ll admit that it still does have its flaws, but overall it’s still enjoyable.
  • Survivor – This season has been FANTASTIC! This being Second Chance, the players have come back playing a pretty unique game, and the outcome is just so fascinating.
  • Empire – There’s something about season 2 that feels off to me, compared to the first season. But the show is still incredibly entertaining and great to watch. Also, Cookie Lyon/Taraji P. Henson.
  • Modern Family – I’m not entirely sure why I still watch it because it has been incredibly hit and miss. It’s pretty much background at this point.
  • Black-ish – The show has been on such a roll going into its second season. It’s even more sure of itself than it was before, being consistently funny while tackling issues like gun control and religion, among other things.
  • Nashville – I’ve been sort of keeping up on the show, mainly watching like two episodes at a time, when I remember to watch it. Almost every character, except Rayna (because Connie Britton y’all), maybe Deacon, and Avery, is getting on my nerves. Pair that with some odd storyline decisions and I’m verrrryyyy close to dropping this show altogether.
  • You’re the Worst – How a comedy manages to still be completely funny, while dealing with such a dark and serious subject such as clinical depression is beyond me, but YTW has done just that. It was a risky story decision, but one that has paid off as the show was recently renewed for a third season.
  • Kingdom – I haven’t actually watched this new season. With everything that’s already on, I just figured it’d be best if I wait it out and watch all of season 2 once it’s done.

THURSDAY

  • Sleepy Hollow – I felt that season 2 was a bit off/on, but still enjoyed it. Season 3 has been consistently good, as I feel like it was able to get out of its own way, and do things that weren’t necessarily tied into the Horsemen.
  • How to Get Away With Murder – I’m sure what a lot of people liked about the first season was how twisty the mystery was; that and Viola Davis’ performance. Davis continues to own this show like no other. The twists in season 2 however, have gotten increasingly complicated, and sometimes I honestly just laugh at what’s going on and let it be what it is. Also, let’s be real: how long can the show possibly continue in its current state without the main characters either going to jail, moving/getting away from the entire situation, or getting murdered themselves?
  • Scandal – I’m still watching it, but it just doesn’t interest me in the same way that it used to.
  • Heroes Reborn (NEW) – Dropped. I managed to get through maybe four episodes before I realized that really, nothing had changed from when it went off the air. Too many storylines, undeveloped characters, overall nonsense; even my love of Zachary Levi and Dylan Bruce couldn’t keep me watching.
  • The Big Bang Theory – Another long-running comedy that’s kinda losing steam. I still watch it, it still has its funny moments, but I don’t pay much attention when I’m watching it.

FRIDAY

  • The Amazing Race – Even a so-so season like this one, I always watch Race.
  • Grimm – I find that Grimm is so dependable and consistent. Even with its case-of-the-week stories, they still manage to move the mythology and personal character developments forward.
  • Dr. Ken (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Dropped. There were some things in the first few episodes I watched that I was amused by (pretty much anything that involved Albert Tsai – I still miss Trophy Wife), but it was just whatever for me, so I stopped watching.

SUNDAY

  • Quantico (NEW; Full Season Ordered) – Watching. For how much I didn’t like Joshua Safran’s previous work (the later seasons of Gossip Girl, Smash season 2), I’m surprised by how much I enjoy watching this show. Some things are a little on the ridiculous side, but I just kinda roll with it because they do move things along at a quick pace. Much like HTGAWM, I’m curious to what its future could possibly look like, seeing as how it is very specific in its storytelling at the moment. At this moment however, I’m sticking by it and worry about the future later.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Still one of my favourites.
  • The Last Man on Earth – The show is still pretty weird, given of course the premise of the show; but it’s still very funny and sure of itself.
  • The Affair – Adding the additional viewpoints of Helen and Cole has elevated the show, I feel. From the beginning, I found the dual viewpoints to be such an intriguing aspect of the show. Now having four (but still two within each episode), adds more depth and dimension to this story and these characters.
  • Once Upon a Time? – I tried watching the premiere and once we found out the whole time jump/characters lost their memories AGAIN(???!!!), I rolled my eyes and stopped watching. I’ve been curious to see how everything has played out, so I randomly read episode recaps, which only makes me happy that I spend the 5 minutes reading, as opposed to the hour watching, because things have only gotten even more ridiculous it seems.
  • Blood and Oil (NEW; Episode order cut)?? – I like the cast but I could not get through the pilot.