After a summer where FXX boosted its profile by showing #EverySimpsonsEver, Fox is very eager for its Sunday season premieres. “Clown in the Dumps” kicked off Animation Deference-to-Brooklyn-Nine-Nine with the death of Krusty’s father, Rabbi Krustofsky. It’s typical hit-or-miss current Simpsons, but the couch gag by Don Hertzfeldt made me remember the infinitesimal possibility that humanity’s future is probably as subatomic particles receiving TV signals into their exo-skeletons. Continue reading “Nobody on Simpsons Season Premiere Died of Noxious Family Guy Humor, But…”
Twenty-one years after the graduation episode, someone decided it’s a good time to revisit Bayside through Lifetime’s Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Movie. Like many impressionable kids, I was a big Saved By the Bell fan. Not only did I like SBtB, I liked shows that were like it at the time.
After the deaths of several ambitious shows (Lone Star, Alcatraz, Terra Nova, Almost Human), the Fox network swore to never suffer the same fate again. At least this season via using the Batman franchise. Whose network’s programmers will prove to be the cowardly, superstitious lot? Continue reading “Grading the Fox 2014 Fall Schedule”
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards is a gentle reminder that dead pop musicians can raise eyebrows. A Michael Jackson hologram performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song off the Xscape album. From our seats we witness a restored Michael Jackson acting as a puppet to preserve the Legacy of the King of Pop. I don’t need the Xscape; MJ already made enough hits. Continue reading “Don’t Bring Back Michael Jackson; He Never Left”
With the amazing season finale finally in the bucket, and having given you time to watch it, I’d like to go over how Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally gained traction and an audience. Agents had an amazing pilot then kind of drizzled out. Then they started getting some big hitters and hinting at some good storylines. Continue reading “Agents of SHIELD: How Coulson Got His Groove Back”
It has come to this. ABC is embracing more diversity, especially making Shonda Rhimes “president of Thursday Night” and having people of color in various starring roles. That’s good. After watching the Communitys and Breaking Bads of the world, the upcoming ABC lineup is filled with pablum. Uh oh. Continue reading “Grading ABC’s Fall 2014 Schedule”
Gotham has shown some of its true face, but will it improve Fox’s woeful record of launching ambitious dramas? In recent years, Almost Human, Terra Nova, and Alcatraz have failed to earn second seasons. However, Fox’s Bat-prequel is generating much enthusiasm from the media. Potential viewers should step back and wonder will the show be worth the hype. Continue reading “TV Hype of the Week: Gotham”
Not so long ago, many of us were swept by the hype that the Simpsons are getting Legoized. “Brick Like Me,” the result of said hype has a ham-fisted lesson about father-daughter bonding, a few cute gags, and some moral about how maybe we place our full trust in worlds where the everything is in order and blah-blah-blah. Continue reading “The Simpsons Lego Episode Is a Messy Novelty”