This Week in TV

parenthood-season-6-promoFall TV Preview:

  • Fox Gambles on Big, Bold and Expensive Vision of “Utopia” (Variety)
  • NBC Dropped an Insane “Parenthood” Plotline Bomb (BuzzFeed)
  • “Community” Season 6: Russo Brothers Directing the Premiere (IGN)
  • “Ground Floor” Announces Season 2 Premiere Date (Facebook)
  • Suit Up for the Season Premiere of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (YouTube)
  • Netflix’s “Marco Polo” Series Gets a Premiere Date (TVLine)
  • “Revenge” Season 4: Victoria Sends Emily a Nasty Warning in First Promo (TVLine)

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Pilot Watch 2014: ‘How to Get Away with Murder’

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Show: “How to Get Away with Murder”

Starring: Viola Davis (“The Help”), Billy Brown (“Sons of Anarchy”), Alfred Enoch (“Harry Potter”), Jack Falahee (“Twisted”), Katie Findlay (“The Carrie Diaries”), Aja Naomi King (“Black Man”), Matt McGorry (“Orange is the New Black”), Karla Souza, Charlie Weber (“90210″) and Liza Weil (“Bunheads”)

Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Thursday, September 25, 10 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: Thursday Night Football (September-October) / “Elementary” (October 30-) (CBS), “Parenthood” (NBC)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A law professor teaches a group of promising students how to play dirty to ensure the law stays on their side.

Initial Reaction: Viola Davis is great, but without her, or a vaguely interesting cliffhanger, I probably wouldn’t watch followup episodes.  Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Forever’ (Full Episode Preview)

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Show: “Forever”

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”), Judd Hirsch (“Taxi”), Alana De La Garza (“Law & Order”), Lorraine Touissant (“Orange is the New Black”), Donnie Keshawarz (“Homeland”), Joel David Moore (“Bones”).

Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Sneak Preview - Monday, September 22, 10 p.m. / Regular Time Period Premiere – Tuesday, September 23, 10:00 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): An immortal medical examiner partners with an NYPD detective and solves crimes. It’s your run-of-the-mill procedural with an obvious twist.

Initial Reaction: If you like crime procedurals – the lackluster “Castle,” in particular – you’ll enjoy this one, ABC’s newest drama to suffer the wrath of its Tuesday night death slot. Continue reading…

Crash Course: ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’

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“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is taking two weeks off (sad face). If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re missing out on what might very well be the best show on television.

Though it was feared that “Last Week Tonight” would wind up a copy of “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report,” Oliver’s unique brand of humor, quick wit, and top-notch writing staff have helped the program stick out amongst what’s already offered in late night. While it remains a comedy show, Oliver and his writers have found a way to make their mark on late night by combining elements of both Comedy Central’s satires and the investigative journalism offered by CBS’ “60 Minutes.” The result has made HBO’s latest offering must-see TV in the last place you’d expect to find it: Sunday nights at 11. Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Red Band Society’ (Full Episode Preview)

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Show: “Red Band Society”

Starring: Octavia Spencer (“Mom”), Dave Annable (“666 Park Avenue”), Astro (“The X Factor”), Ciara Bravo (“Big Time Rush”), Griffin Gluck (“Back in the Game”), Zoe Levin (“The Way, Way Back”), Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo (“Prom”)

Genre: One-hour drama

Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 17, 9 p.m., Fox

Direct Competition: “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC), “Modern Family”/”Black-ish” (ABC), “The 100″ (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A group of adolescents find solace in unlikely camaraderie as they live through life-threatening diagnoses in a teen-pediatric ward.

Initial Reaction: All the feels! Continue reading…

This Week in TV

seth-meyers-emmys-2014Emmys: 

  • Wait, Why Are the Emmys on a Monday This Year? (Vulture)
  • “Scandal,” ‘OITNB’ and “Masters of Sex” Stars, “True Detective,” “Bob’s Burgers” Among Early Winners (TVLine)
  • Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at Emmys (Entertainment Weekly)

SNL: 

  • Legendary “Saturday Night Live” Announcer Don Pardo Has Died (Vulture)
  • “SNL” Cast Members And Alumni Remember Announcer Don Pardo (BuzzFeed)
  • “SNL” Political Secrets Revealed: Hillary’s “Entitlement,” the Sketch Obama Killed and the Show’s “Karl Rove” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Fall TV Preview:

  • CBS Will Repeat “Madam Secretary” on Premiere Night, To Offset NFL Delay (TVLine)
  • Fox Previews ‘Gotham’ With Four-Part Special (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • First Look: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” season 2 (YouTube)

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‘Selfie’ Full Episode Preview: Watch the series premiere!

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“Selfie” is not my cup of tea, but hey, it might be yours!

ABC’s newest comedy tells the tale of a social media celebrity (Karen Gillian, “Doctor Who”) who’s suffering through a #FirstWorldProblem. She hires Henry (John Cho, “Go On”) to handle damage control.

Though the show won’t debut until Tuesday, September 30, the Alphabet network has made its pilot episode available online.

I’ve drawn my conclusions. Now it’s your turn. Watch the pre-air premiere after the jump! Continue reading…

This Week in TV

robin-williams-dead-at-63Robin Williams:

  • Robin Williams Dead at 63 in Suspected Suicide (TVLine)
  • See Conan O’Brien and Will Arnett’s on-Air Tribute to Robin Williams (Vulture)
  • Conan Takes Some Time To Remember Robin Williams, The Best Talk Show Guest In The World (Uproxx)
  • #TBT: Robin Williams on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (Funny or Die)
  • The best of Robin Williams’ Reddit AMA (Vox)
  • Watch Jimmy Fallon Pay Tribute To Robin Williams, ‘The Muhammad Ali Of Comedy’ (Uproxx)
  • Where To Watch (Some Of) Robin Williams’ Work Right Now (Buzzfeed)
  • Emmy Producers Prepare Tribute for Robin Williams (TV Guide)
  • Robin Williams tribute to air on Oprah’s OWN (Entertainment Weekly)

New Media:

  • Mmm… Apps: FXNow Hopes to Rival HBO Go With ‘Simpsons World’ (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • For Its New Shows, Amazon Adds Art to Its Data (The New York Times)
  • Netflix Adds Four New Stand-Up Specials to Its Growing Comedy Line-Up (Decider)
  • Why BuzzFeed Is Launching Its Own Hollywood Studio (Variety)
  • The Most Torrented TV Shows And Movies By State (Uproxx)

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Pilot Watch 2014: ‘A to Z’ (Full Episode Preview)

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Show: “A to Z”

Starring: Cristin Milioti (“How I Met Your Mother”), Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”), Lenora Crichlow (“Back in the Game”), Christina Kirk (“Girls”), Henry Zebrowski (“Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell”) and Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”)

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Thursday, October 2, 9:30 p.m., NBC

Direct Competition: Thursday Night Football/”The McCarthys” (CBS), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Scandal” (ABC), “Reign” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): It’s love at first sight for Andrew and Zelda. It’s “How I Met Your Mother,” except it’s not.

Initial Reaction: This is your typical romantic comedy, but a good one at that! Continue reading…