Show You Should Be Watching: Hindsight

There are hundreds of shows on TV right now, and no human being could watch everything. Now, cognizant of the fact that everyone has different tastes, I sometimes have trouble recommending shows to others because I’m also limited to what shows I myself watch (and that’s already a lot of TV). But I thought it would be fun to do a few suggestion posts and talk about some shows that you might not be watching and are actually missing out on. (And I need people to talk to about these shows!)


Cast: Laura Ramsey, Sarah Goldberg, Craig Horner, John Patrick Amedori, Nick Clifford, Drew Sidora

Executive Producers: Emily Fox, John A. Norris, Alexander Motlagh, Maggie Malina

# of Episodes (As of Posting): 10 – Season 1 finale aired Mar. 11

Show in a Nutshell: On the eve of her second wedding, Becca (Ramsey) suddenly finds herself transported back to the day of her first wedding in 1995, and sees it as a second chance to right the wrongs of her past.

Why You Should Be Watching: It’s the classic question of “What if?” We have all had instances where we look back on our lives and wonder the possibilities of what could have been, or what would we do differently if given the chance? Hindsight tackles that head on. It really is an interesting look at Becca’s attempt to redo her twenties, with full knowledge of what has already happened in the present/future. But as the show continues on, the question of destiny and fate gets brought up: Even if you can change your past, are there some things that were always meant to happen?

Now the logistics of how Becca even got transported back to 1995 are still a mystery, but that’s not the point of the show. The big focus of Hindsight are on Becca’s relationships with: Sean (Horner), her 2015 ex-husband & 1995 fiance; Andy (Clifford), her childhood friend & 2015 fiance, her brother Jamie (Amedori); and most importantly, her best friend Lolly (Goldberg). Lolly is the only person who knows about Becca’s sudden trip to the past, and because of their deep friendship, believes Becca almost immediately when she’s told of what happened. There’s a looming dark cloud over the two friends though, as Becca informs Lolly that they aren’t on speaking terms in the future present but refuses to make any more mention of it. It is a lot of fun to watch this incredible friendship that Becca and Lolly have though, and honestly, it’s nice to see a meaningful female friendship on TV (think about it, there aren’t a lot of those on TV).

Have I also mentioned there’s a great nostalgia factor? The mid 90s music, the fashion, the lack of current technology (Bye iPhone! Hi pager!) – it’s all there.

Ultimately, it’s a wonderfully written dramedy and really takes a hard look at that big question of “What if?” In this case, going back in time has proven to be just the thing to make the typical “living in the city in your 20s” story feel fresh.

Hindsight was recently picked up for season 2; catch up on season 1 on

Show You Should Be Watching: 12 Monkeys

There are hundreds of shows on TV right now, and no human being could watch everything. Now, cognizant of the fact that everyone has different tastes, I sometimes have trouble recommending shows to others because I’m also limited to what shows I myself watch (and that’s already a lot of TV). But I thought it would be fun to do a few suggestion posts and talk about some shows that you might not be watching and are actually missing out on. (And I need people to talk to about these shows!)


Cast: Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire

Executive Producers: Terry Matalas, Travis Fickett, Natalie Chaidez

# of Episodes (As of Posting): 8

Show in a Nutshell: In 2043, most of the world’s population has died from a viral outbreak. James Cole (Stanford) is tasked with traveling back time to get rid of the virus before it kills us all.

Why You Should Be Watching: TIME TRAVEL!! Okay, so maybe that’s one of the reasons I’m watching because I love the idea of time travel and how it affects timeline and structure. And frankly, I love a good mind f**k (pardon my language), trying to comprehend what’s going on. The fact of the matter is, time travel is tricky business, and though there may not be an inherently wrong way to tackle it, I think it’s safe to say that it can be met with varying degrees of success. 12 Monkeys though, does right by the concept, layering the importance of each jump through time and how it affects (or sometimes doesn’t affect) the future.

Amidst all the time jumping, the characters and relationships are a very important aspect of what makes the show work. When Cole jumps back to 2015, he works with Dr. Cassandra Railly (Schull) to uncover the mystery of the Army of the 12 Monkeys. In 2043, Cole’s allies include his friend/”brother” Jose Ramse (Acevedo) and Katrina Jones (Sukowa), the creator of the time machine that sends Cole back through time. When you watch and see how all the pieces fit together, the importance of Cole’s relationships helps to define who he is as a character and what he’s trying to do in terms of the bigger picture of getting rid of the virus. That’s not to say all the other characters aren’t compelling on their own when not interacting with Cole, because they absolutely are. The writers on the show have done a wonderful job balancing the science fiction of it all, with really important character building/development for everyone involved. For a freshman show to dedicate and put effort into showing us what all these characters are about (not just Cole and Cassie, but also Ramse, Jones, Bean’s Aaron Marker, Hampshire’s Jennifer Goines, Todd Stashwick’s Deacon, and even Tom Noonan’s creepy Pallid Man) is kind of rare. Even if we don’t see some of the characters a lot, you quickly get a sense of who they are and that’s truly a testament to the writers’ abilities to make the audience feel things for these characters in a short amount of time.

Bottom line: It’s science fiction by way of compelling storytelling. The amazing actors involved are just a bonus (says the Nikita, Center Stage, and Fringe fangirl). You want a sci-fi show that has a good mix of geekery, action, drama, mystery, and intrigue? Watch 12 Monkeys. You just want a damn good show? WATCH 12 MONKEYS.

12 Monkeys airs on Syfy, Fridays at 9.

Upfronts 2014: The Crazy Before the Storm – Renewals/Cancellations

I know the saying is actually “The calm before the storm” but when it comes to network upfronts, there’s no such thing as calm. First of all, how has a year passed already that we are once again back at upfronts, the time of year where networks announce their line-ups for the coming year in hopes to attract advertising dollars? The official Upfronts for the broadcast network aren’t until next week; however as is often the case, the networks have already begun announcing what current shows are getting renewed for another season, which are getting cancelled, and which new shows are going to be taking their place on the network schedule.

I’ll save my thoughts on the new shows for later, after the networks make their official announcements next week, along with the schedule reveal. For now, an update on which shows will live on and which got the axe.


  • Renewed: Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Castle, The Middle, Resurrection, Revenge, Dancing With the Stars, Nashville, Last Man Standing
  • Cancelled: Trophy Wife, Suburgatory, Mixology, Super Fun Night, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The Assets, Back in the Game, Betrayal, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Mind Games

This time last year, we saw that ABC picked up a lot of new shows and it was inevitable that not all was going to see a second season. At the end of the season, ABC ended up only picking up three of its freshmen series: SHIELD, The Goldbergs, and Resurrection. If you think that’s low, well it is one more than they kept from last season, which saw only Nashville and The Neighbors getting a season two. The cancellations that hurt the most have to be Trophy Wife and Suburgatory – two funny, smart, and witty shows with a lot of heart that for reasons unknown, just did not connect. Suburgatory at least got three seasons in its run, doesn’t make the cancellation hurt any less, but at least we did get three seasons. And then there’s Trophy Wife, which for all intents and purposes, should have followed Modern Family in the schedule, even for a little while so it could get an audience.


  • Renewed: The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, NCIS LA, Criminal Minds, CSI, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest, Mike and Molly, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, Mom, The Amazing Race, Survivor, The Mentalist
  • Cancelled: We Are Men, The Crazy Ones, Bad Teacher, Hostages, Intelligence,¬†Friends With Better Lives

To be fair, I don’t watch a lot of shows that come out of CBS; Big Bang Theory, Amazing Race, and Survivor are my only CBS shows. I was hoping that The Crazy Ones would get another season because the cast work so well together and it’s such a joy to watch how much fun they’re having; unfortunately even the star power of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar couldn’t get the show to season 2. As much as I enjoyed it, I never saw Hostages getting another season because it felt like it was very much a limited series and to try to expand the show further or replicate the original hook would be ill advised. I’m not too heartbroken over that loss.


  • Renewed: Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, Glee, The Following, Family Guy, New Girl, The Simpsons, Bones, Bob’s Burgers, Hell’s Kitchen, American Idol, Masterchef Junior
  • Cancelled: Almost Human, Enlisted, Dads, Surviving Jack, Rake, Raising Hope, The X-Factor

FOX is such an interesting network. Viewers can complain that the network cancels a lot of good shows (true), many of them rooted in sci-fi (also true) but at the same time, I appreciate the fact that FOX does try to give us different programming and when they truly support something they do their best to keep it on the air (thanks again for 5 seasons of Fringe!). Also, the scheduling on any network will never be perfect so no doubt I will complain about that endlessly. Almost Human had so much potential and unfortunately, suffered from the network shuffling the episodes around which caused some confusion to what was going on. You could also tell that the producers/writers were still trying to strike a balance between the procedural and mythological elements of the show, which now with the show being cancelled, has left a lot of questions unanswered. Poor Enlisted never stood a chance; it premiered late in the season (November) on Fridays (rough day/time for any show, let alone a new one), and again the episodes were aired out of order, making some storylines a little awkward. Additionally, Enlisted was a show that would’ve paired well with Brooklyn Nine-Nine had it been given a chance.


  • Renewed: The Voice, Parks and Recreation, About a Boy, Grimm, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., The Blacklist, Hannibal, Law & Order SVU
  • Cancelled: The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family, Ironside, Believe, Community, Crisis, Growing Up Fisher, Revolution, Dracula
  • Status Unknown: Parenthood

I am incredibly happy that Parks and Recreation and About a Boy both got renewed for another season, but of course, I have to comment on the cancellations. Believe had a lot of potential and with the clout that the show had (Alfonso Cuaron AND J.J. Abrams are two of the executive producers), I thought maybe there was some hope; alas it wasn’t the case. Crisis, like its similarly premised Hostages on CBS, didn’t seem like it would be able to sustain itself in the long run so it only lasting one season is okay with me. I’ve enjoyed watching Growing Up Fisher, so it hurts a little to see it get cancelled, but I kind of understand. Then there’s Community: after the dismal 4th season, I’ll admit I was surprised and kind of upset that it did get renewed for a 5th season, if only because I was a pretty big fan of Go On and wanted to see it get a season 2. Having Dan Harmon back for S5 however, rejuvenated the show, so the fact that the show didn’t get the “Six Seasons and a Movie” it was gunning for, left me surprised and upset because it was getting so good again¬† and it just seems odd for it to get cancelled now.


  • Renewed: Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Hart of Dixie, The 100, Beauty and the Beast, Reign, The Originals
  • Cancelled: The Tomorrow People, Star-Crossed, The Carrie Diaries, Nikita

Leave it to The CW to get the biggest rise out of me this week when it announced what other shows were getting renewed (Arrow, TVD, SPN, Reign, Originals all received renewals a while back). For years, I gave The CW heck for how it treated Nikita, but with it ending back in December, my efforts were inevitably going to go elsewhere. From the beginning, The Tomorrow People put a lot of work into fleshing out these characters and their world, which actually doesn’t happen a lot THAT early in a series. The back half of the series really got the ball rolling with its twists and truly delivering on the action, raising the stakes for our heroes + the consequences of the decisions they make. Then the season (now series) finale dropped hints as to what season 2 might have looked like and really, what could have been. The cancellation of TTP made me incredibly upset, but I was sent over the edge by what got renewed over it: Beauty and the Beast. I never understood the appeal of BATB and I have no idea who these fans are that somehow got the show renewed for a third season because the ratings and numbers are dismal. When it comes to ratings, The CW is weird, let’s just put it that way, and I know their business model is different than the other networks. It’s why Nikita got 4 seasons – the ratings might not have been the best, but it was well-regarded by critics (the ones who actually did watch the show) and fans, plus it had international appeal; can’t say the same for BATB. So again, HOW DID IT GET A THIRD SEASON? The mysteries of CW continue.

Like I said, the crazy before the storm. I will update once we find out the fate of some of the other shows still on the bubble, but now I turn it over to you. Which shows are you happy to see renewed? Which cancelled shows hurt the most?

Falling Out of Love…With a TV Show

It’s happened to the best of us. We find something we really like, fall for its charms, stick by it even when others say bad stuff about it, and then the day comes that you realize it just wasn’t what you thought it would be – your relationship with your favourite TV shows can end up being heartbreaking. As a TV addict, I have a number of shows that I LOVE and a whole lot more shows that I really like. Now, regardless of the degree of adoration, it hurts all the same when a TV show I regularly watch starts losing its way or begins to disappoint me with its quality, or possibly worse, bores me. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I watch SO. MUCH. TV, but I seemingly have a certain standard to what I want out of my TV shows (except for when I don’t – I know that makes no sense, just roll with it). It was made all the more clear after I came back from a two-week vacation. As soon as I got back, I started working on the backlog of TV shows I had missed while I was away. It dawned on me not only the extent to which my TV obsession lay, but I also couldn’t believe what shows I was still watching that I should’ve given up a long time ago.

Quitting a show that I once loved to watch isn’t anything particularly new. Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars – shows that are still on the air that I have pulled the plug on for some time. A lot of times, once I start feeling the inclination that things are going south, I still finish out their current season in the hopes that they will renew my interest by the finale. Let me tell you, that hasn’t happened. Only Glee has been able to reel me back in for a couple episodes after I decided to break up with it – namely the Cory Monteith tribute (for how they were going to deal with his passing) and the 100th episode (just to see the returnees). Otherwise, once I made the decision to stop watching a show, I stopped.

Things get a little more complicated for shows that I know for a fact are ending. I binge-watched Dexter halfway through its run, after hearing pretty great things about it. It was really good but somewhere between the end of season 5 and the entirety of season 6, I wasn’t so sure. Religion’s an iffy topic for me, and with S6 being so focused on it, the show started losing me. The final minute of S6 kept me going for S7, which was an improvement on the previous season, and then knowing that S8 was going to be the last I figured I would just finish it off. I kind of regret that decision now, knowing how they decided to end things. True Blood is heading into its seventh and final season, and as I sit here, I’m still debating whether or not I care enough to watch how it all ends.

Anybody still watching or anticipating the new season?

Anybody still watching or anticipating the final season? For the record, S7 premieres June 22nd.

At the beginning of this year, when the mid-season shows began premiering, that was when my epiphany (of sorts) came to me. It started with the return of The Following – a show that while very flawed, I very much enjoyed its first season and cared enough about it to go to its SDCC panel. That panel gave me hope that they had fixed their issues and were going to come back better and stronger to prove those naysayers wrong. I lasted about six episodes before I called it quits. The show started feeling like it was going to be repetitive and going in circles until the time comes at the end of the series where (SPOILER ALERT?) Ryan Hardy finally kills Joe Carroll for good and frankly, I don’t have the energy to follow along. The same can be said for Revenge, which needs an end date so the writers/producers can work towards it, because again, it’s a big cat and mouse chase right now. Sure, they’ve made great improvements over the convoluted mess of season 2, but I’m not sure it has all been enough. There are only a few episodes left, so I’ll finish it off, but if the show returns for a fourth season, I’m not coming back. I stopped caring about it and realize now that I probably should’ve stopped watching it this time last year.

L-R: James Purefoy (who made a "surprise" appearance), Valorie Curry, EP Marcos Siega, Kevin Bacon, EP Kevin Williamson, Shawn Ashmore

Oh how quickly things change – less than a year ago, sitting in Ballroom 20 at SDCC to excitedly hear about S2 of The Following. Now? Got bored with it.

While catching up on the shows I missed while I was away, not to mention knowing all the shows that were premiering April, it kind of made me realize that there are some shows I watch mostly because they are part of the pop culture zeitgeist and thus as a pop culture fan/enthusiast I have a weird sense of obligation to stay on top of what’s “in” or “popular.” The purpose of that run-on sentence is to say that, when it comes to shows like Scandal and Game of Thrones, I’m quite conflicted on how I truly feel. When I first heard about Scandal, I thought it was an intriguing premise (and definitely a departure from the medical shows we know of from Shonda Rhimes). I binge-watched the first season on Netflix and caught up with S2 part way through, before I was able to watch it week to week. I loved that they were going all out with the writing, giving a cliffhanger pretty much every week, just burning through stories, and then there was this soapy quality to it that made it almost like a guilty pleasure. Partway through this past season, I started thinking that everything I loved about the show was turning into the things I didn’t like about it. They keep raising the stakes so much and are so focused on giving “OMG” moments in EVERY regular episode (so that people will want to talk about it on social media), that the finale fell a little flat. Really, how long can they continue going at high speeds before they start to crash and burn? For all intents and purposes, Game of Thrones really does appeal to me with the fantasy, almost medieval genre that it is. What I came to realize over the years though is that while I do enjoy watching the show, my retention of what actually happens during an episode is remarkably low. So much going on, so many characters to keep track of, I’m at a point where I’m ready to stop, and not because it’s bad, just that I’m not that into it.

TV is super competitive these days; I get it. I also know that I can’t watch everything, particularly live or same day, because that’s just ridiculous. Plus, some shows – regardless of rave reviews by critics and the general population – just aren’t for me. As the regular TV season winds down, I’m preparing myself to cut ties with a lot of shows, be it through network cancellation or by my own accord. After all, come September, there’s probably going to be some new shows for me to obsess over and not have time for.

So friends/readers, how many of you have had to stop watching a show because it simply wasn’t the same as it used to be? What other things factor into your decision to break up with a show?

The Issues of TV Scheduling

I know as of late, a lot of my posts have been about television, but I just can’t help it. I have always watched a lot of television and with that comes a lot of observations/thoughts/questions/concerns/pure enjoyment. The thought that’s been on my mind lately is the issue of program scheduling.

We currently live in a world where all our favourite TV shows (old and new) don’t necessarily have to be watched live and can be watched later on our DVRs and on the internet. We now essentially have the ability to create our own perfect TV schedule. At the same time though, the methods of measuring viewership of any given TV show is severely outdated and doesn’t give a precise count of how many people are actually watching a show. Nielsen ratings rely on the select households who have the Nielsen boxes, and watch shows live as they air. Progress has been made in that DVR viewings are being included up to 7 days after an airing, but again, internet viewing has yet to be accounted for. So where does that leave our TV shows that struggle in the traditional ratings? Social media is now playing a part in helping decide the fate of some shows – the more active the fan base, the better. But where a TV show fits on the network’s schedule sometimes plays a major part in viewership.

It’s probably just me, but I sometimes wonder exactly how network executives decide on how to schedule their lineup of shows. When Upfronts happen in May and networks unveil their schedules for the following season, a part of me wonders how much of the schedule is planned out ahead of the announcement and how much is a reaction of the other networks’ schedules. You look at something like The Voice and DWTS results show both being moved an hour earlier than it was previously; that can’t possibly be a coincidence right? That being said, all of the broadcast networks have yet to create a so-called “perfect schedule.”

There are days on the schedule where the networks have gotten a very solid line-up of shows that are complimentary, or at the least somewhat make sense with one another (particularly in the 8:00-10:00 P.M. block). For example, the comedy blocks of CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC on Mondays through Thursdays, respectively. The CW pairing Gossip Girl and 90210 together, as well as Hart of Dixie and Emily Owens, M.D. makes sense. ABC Sunday has 3 different shows in Once Upon A Time, Revenge, and 666 Park Avenue that, to me at least, works pretty well together. Let’s be real, most of the CBS lineup works because at least 80% of the shows are procedural dramas.

On other nights, the networks can completely falter in their scheduling, making it seem like those scheduling decisions were afterthoughts. Friday nights in particular, on FOX, NBC, and The CW, are a complete mishmash of programming. FOX currently has one of Gordon Ramsey’s shows, leading into the final season of Fringe. On NBC, they were going to have 2 comedies anchor the night, and lead into the second season of Grimm. And worst of all, the CW seemed to think that just because they are both female-fronted, America’s Next Top Model and Nikita would make a great pairing (they don’t). How do any of these scheduling choices make sense?

Below, I offer up options/thoughts as to what scheduling changes should be made on the part of the networks:

  • For midseason, The CW should deeply consider pairing their new hit Arrow with Nikita (which is in desperate need of viewership despite the fact that it is easily the best/most well-written show the network has). An action-packed night of television? Who doesn’t want that?
  • Now, I know fans of Supernatural have been thankful for the move to Wednesdays, following Arrow, but the show already has a solid fan base and it’s in its 8th season – how many more viewers do you think there’ll be? Way I see it, once Fringe ends its run over on FOX, Nikita can swap with Supernatural, which will compete better against Grimm on Friday nights, and get paired up with the new series Cult when it premieres.
  • I still don’t understand NBC’s decision to air Rock Center at 10 P.M., after 2 hours of comedy on Thursdays. It just seems like a waste of a time slot on a night that people (particularly the all-important 18-34 demo) would actually watch scripted television. I know the 10 P.M. slot doesn’t necessarily have to flow with the other 2 hours, but NBC could have easily made a 3 hour comedy block – although now that we see a few of its new comedies aren’t doing so well, that won’t happen. To me, the easiest solution would be swap Rock Center with Grimm. Grimm could probably get away with adding some more scary stuff, if they have a slightly later time slot.
  • I’ve mentioned before that ABC’s Last Resort deserves a better time slot than Thursdays @ 8, even though I don’t watch the show. The problem is, there isn’t much room to play with in ABC’s current schedule. Private Practice is wrapping up, so Last Resort (assuming it gets a full season pickup) could take that Tuesday @ 10 slot. That would then leave the 8 P.M. Thursday slot for Body of Proof, which is slated for a midseason return. ABC also has 2 other new dramas (Red Widow, Zero Hour) waiting to be aired, though those don’t quite fit in that time slot either.
  • Speaking of shows that are on tap for mid-season – where is Smash gonna go? Last season, it scored the slot after The Voice, which is now being occupied by Revolution, and that’s been picked up for a full season. After this cycle, The Voice is coming back for another round, but it has yet to be known when exactly the 4th season will start. So there’s a small window where Smash could appear in between Voice seasons.
  • Though come to think of it now, Parenthood‘s current 4th season is only 15 episodes long, so it will be done by February. Also, Grimm is nearly halfway through its season (thanks to its really early start following the Summer Olympics) – so is it possible that Grimm will end early in the season? Or will NBC do an extended hiatus mid-season (which is almost always a bad idea) and give a new show a chance during that hiatus, then wrap up Grimm‘s season in May?
  • You know what I still like to complain about? The one hour results show of American Idol…and by extension, The X-Factor, and even DWTS + The Voice. It can so easily be done in 30 minutes, so why do they feel they need to stretch it a full hour? It’s so tedious!
  • It has also come to my attention that a lot of scheduling issues could be solved if there was LESS competition reality shows. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching The Voice and DWTS, but it takes up 3 hours of programming! They should move one or two of these shows to the summer, when there’s NOTHING to watch except SYTYCD. Not to mention, why hasn’t anyone thought about putting these shows on Fridays? The general consensus it seems is that a lot of people don’t watch TV on Friday nights, so why not make people watch by putting one of these (apparently) highly rated/well-watched shows on Friday? And no one really cares about the results show, so Saturday is a perfectly fine day to air it. If I’m not mistaken the UK does this already, so why can’t it work here?

Whether or not any of the above actually happens, is beyond me. I am not a television network executive, I do not make these decisions. The business and politics of television baffles me and frustrates me just as much as the music industry. It pains me to see lack of viewership for some of my favourite shows, due to a weak or a non-complimentary lead-in. There just has to be a way for the networks to properly measure how many people actually watch a television show, that’s not based purely on Nielsen ratings. Not to mention, I live in Canada, so my viewership isn’t exactly accounted for in the grand scheme of things. I would love nothing more than to at least see my internet viewing count for something, but I can’t access Hulu or watch any videos on any of the official network websites, so that’s kind of a problem.

So fellow TV viewers, if you were a network executive, how would you schedule the shows on your network? Furthermore, despite this not being brought up in the post, do you think it’s time for the broadcast networks to adopt a model of less episodes a season, similar to the cable networks? Don’t you think that would solve a lot of scheduling issues, with too many shows and not enough airtime? And seriously, why hasn’t anyone tried putting a reality competition show on Friday nights? Share your thoughts below!