Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Black-ish’


Show: “Black-ish”

Starring: Anthony Anderson (“Guys with Kids”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Girlfriends”), Laurence Fishburne (“Hannibal”), Yara Shahidi (“Scandal”), Marcus Scribner (“Wendell & Vinnie”), Miles Brown (“Shameless”) and Marsai Martin.

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Wednesday, September 24, 9:30 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (NBC), “Red Band Society” (Fox), “The 100″ (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): Andre (Anderson) is on a mission to ensure his family identifies with their race and culture. Hilarity ensues? Continue reading…

‘Girl Meets World’ and the Sitcom Reboot Identity Crisis


We’re three episodes into “Girl Meets World’s” freshman run, and it’s safe to say that the show is starting to settle in to its own identity. The nostalgic factor that plagued parts of its pilot has diminished, and the show appears to be on the cusp of establishing Riley, Maya, Lucas and Farkle as an ensemble that kids today can root for, as the previous generation had in Cory, Shawn, Topanga and Eric. There’s still a major fault, however, in how the writers have chosen to incorporate the previous generation. Cory Matthews is undergoing a new identity crisis, and it’s not at all a crisis he should be having. Continue reading…

This Week in TV


Ramblings from #TCA2014:

  • ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates (Deadline)
  • ‘Two and a Half Men’ to Feature ‘Gay’ Wedding; Chuck Lorre, Jon Cryer Defend ‘Scam’ Story (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Christopher Walken to Play Captain Hook In NBC’s Peter Pan (TVLine)
  • Dana Walden, Gary Newman Near Deal to Run Fox Broadcasting (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • New Fox Bosses Foresee No Rash Decisions, Face One Burning Question (TVLine)
  • Bill Cosby Reteaming With NBC for New Family Comedy (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • “Parenthood” Boss Calls Final Season a Gift, Teases a Huge Challenge for the Bravermans (TV Guide)
  • Jaime Pressly Books Major Arc on CBS’ ‘Mom’ (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Showtime Debuts ‘Affair’ Trailer, EP Says Title Will Prove ‘Ironic’ (The Hollywood Reporter)
  • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” EPs Talk Season 2 Time Jump, Plans for Jake and Amy (TVLine)


brooks-wheelan-snl“Fired from New York, It’s Saturday Night!”:

  • Brooks Wheelan Fired from ‘Saturday Night Live’ After One Season (Deadline)
  • Noël Wells & John Milhiser Also Leaving ‘SNL’, Michael Patrick O’Brien Future Unclear (Deadline)
  • Goodbye to Wells, Milhiser, and Wheelan (Not Ready for Primetime Podcast)

Also on the Chopping Block:

  • Nickelodeon Cancels “Sam & Cat,” as Ariana Grande’s Pop Career Soars (TVLine)
  • Here’s why The CW canceled those 4 shows this year (Entertainment Weekly)

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Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Cristela’


Show: “Cristela”

Starring: Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce (“7th Heaven”), Terri Hoyos (“Parks and Recreation”), Andrew Leeds (“Bones”), Sam McMurray (“The King of Queens”), Jacob Guenther (“Mad Men”) and Gabrielle Iglesias (“The Fluffy Movie”).

Genre: Multi-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Friday, October 10, 8:30 p.m., ABC.

Direct Competition: “The Amazing Race” (CBS), “Dateline” (NBC), “Masterchef Junior” (Fox), “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): An enthusiastic law student is finally living life on her own terms ––– and under her brother-in-law’s roof. Continue reading…

Pilot Watch 2014: ‘Selfie’


Show: “Selfie”

Starring: Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”), John Cho (“Star Trek,” “Harold and Kumar”), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“The Angriest Man in Brooklyn”), Allyn Rachel (“Weeds”) and David Harewood (“Homeland”).

Genre: Single-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 30, 8 p.m., ABC

Direct Competition: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “Utopia” (Fox), “The Flash” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A social media celebrity has a #FirstWorldProblem, makes John Cho suffer her bulls–t.  Continue reading…

This Week in TV

Matt BomerEye on Emmy:

  • The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations (Ryan Talks TV)
  • 2014 Emmy Nominations: Shock and Awe, and Everything In-Between (Ryan Talks TV)
  • Emmy Nominees React: Lizzy Caplan, Josh Charles and More Weigh In (TVLine)
  • “The Normal Heart’s” Matt Bomer Talks ‘Surreal’ Emmy Nomination, Previews “White Collar’s” ‘Hitchcockian’ Ending (TVLine)
  • How Emmy’s Controversial Category Choices Paid Off, and This Year’s Other Trivia (TV Guide)

Now Streaming:

  • Heading Into Its Sophomore TV Season, Amazon Takes a Big Step Forward (Vulture)
  • Hulu to Exclusively Stream Every Season of “South Park” (TV Guide)
  • Sony Crackle to Release Original Drama Series ‘Sequestered’ in Two Batches (Variety)
  • Binge Saturday: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (TV Guide)
  • Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast – Emmys, “The Strain,” “Masters of Sex” and more (HitFix)

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