I’m back after being on vacation for 10 days and finally caught up on the hours and hours of television I missed. First up, four new shows that premiered during weeks two and three and then a little update on the shows that premiered during week one.
Plot: Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) is a former First Daughter who opens the series by being in jail. We find out later that she was arrested on cocaine possession charges and is only let out after being blackmailed by Connor Wallace (Eddie Cahill) to head up a new unit in Washington called the Conviction Integrity Unit. The CIU reopens old cases that are suspected of wrongful convictions and retries them. The first episode closes with Hayes and her team releasing a man who was wrongfully accused and Hayes agreeing to stay on as the head of the CIU while also solemnly swearing to kick ass.
Viewing Verdict: I’m not going to lie, I when I originally saw the trailer and Hayley Atwell’s face came on screen I was immediately on board. I LOVE HER (Agent Carter ride or die). While the premise of the show left me a little iffy, after watching the pilot I didn’t think it was half bad. I’m hoping the future episodes get a little more gritty but I’m willing to give it a few more weeks before making a final decision.
NO TOMORROW (CW)
Plot: No Tomorrow revolves around beautiful basic couple Evie (Tori Anderson) and Xavier (Joshua Sasse aka GALAVANT). Evie has a terrible job at some supermarket looking place and Xavier thinks the world is ending a la Zorp in Parks and Rec. Because of his crazy “the world is ending” theory, Xavier doesn’t have a job and lives his life doing whatever the fuck he wants (don’t ask me how he has money to live, white beautiful men never have to answer that question). Evie falls for his British accent and starts rethinking the way she lives her life. The end of the pilot has Evie dumping her current boyfriend to spend more time with Xavier but “on her own terms.”
Viewing Verdict: I don’t even know where to start with this show. It’s somewhat charming but also mostly infuriating. Evie is likable enough but Xavier is a borderline insufferable white bro. There is one specific scene where they are both at a bar when Evie realizes that Xavier has sent an email to her boss from her phone calling the boss horrible names and quitting on her behalf. He then precedes to tell her “it seemed like you needed a little push so I sent it for you.” Excuse me WHAT??? For that one scene alone I still can’t really get on board with this show. Out of the goodness of my heart I will give it two more weeks to get its shit together but you are on thin ice No Tomorrow. THIN. ICE.
Plot: Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) is a police officer in the NYPD who lost her father Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith aka HOT GUY FROM MOTOCROSSED) 20 years when he was killed during an undercover sting operation. Raimy has an old radio transmitter that suddenly starts acting up after not working for years. On the other end of the line is her father – 20 years earlier in 1996. They start chatting and she realizes that in his time, he is set to die in three days. She is able to warn him, he lives and this in turn changes the outcome of her entire life. She is suddenly flooded with new memories of growing up that now include her once absent father but as there always is in time travel, something has to give. The tradeoff is that now instead of Raimy’s father dying 20 years ago, it is her mother. The episode ends with Raimy deciding to look further into the criminal called Nightingale, the suspected murderer of her mother.
Viewing Verdict: The premise of this is very meh to me (but that is typical CW for you). I feel like this time traveling plot line has been done so.many.times. but the pilot wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating. I really love the father daughter hero dynamic but wonder how long they can keep it up without it being boring and overdone. I’m giving this one a few more episodes but as of right now I’m leaning more toward taking it off my TV schedule.
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (ABC)
Plot: Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is the now President after the US Capitol building is obliterated in a terrorist attack during the State of the Union. Being the Democratic “designated survivor,” he automatically becomes President when everyone else in Congress is killed. He is the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development so there is literally no one in the country who thinks he can pull this off.
Viewing Verdict: I am definitely late on the Designated Survivor train seeing as this actually premiered during week one but after watching the first three episodes I am totally on board as it is filling the huge Scandal sized hole in my heart. The premise is super interesting given that Kirkman goes from being an actual nobody in the government to the leader of the free world. In the first few episodes we see him try to go from a meek, soft spoken man in glasses to a strong, steady leader that the American people can rely on. I am totally on board for the rest of the season and can’t wait to see where they are going to take this one.
RETURNING SHOWS/WEEK ONE SHOWS CHECK IN
- THIS IS US: There has only been one more episode of This Is Us so far but if you’re still not watching you need to GET ON BOARD. This may be the best new pilot of the year. The back and forth plot line is sometimes difficult to piece together but I kind of like that they are keeping us on our toes.
- SPEECHLESS: First episode was meh, following two episodes have been fantastic. I love the sassy humor and the way they are diving headfirst into tackling difficult topics. 100% will continue to watch.
- PITCH: Ginny is giving me LIFE. A few episodes into S1 and we are really getting to see more of her character development and background in the minors before she was brought up to the Padres. No more dead dad scenes so far but I’m sure there will be more as the season progresses. Also, Ali Larter is such a bad bitch.
- THE GOOD PLACE: We’re a solid five episodes into TGP now and it’s still keeping me entertained week after week. I was hesitant at first to see how they were going to keep this show interesting as the main idea seemed a bit flat for a full on series, but each episode so far has left off with a slight plot twist that is just big enough to keep me coming back week after week.
- THE MINDY PROJECT: Mindy is in S5 now and if you haven’t been watching the past five years I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. With Danny mostly out of the picture, Mindy is free to be a single mom and live her best life. I’M HERE FOR SINGLE MINDY.
- NEW GIRL: Also in S5, New Girl brings a new dynamic to the table this season now that Schmidt and Cece are married and moving out of the loft (allegedly). I’m interested to see how they are going to handle the Jess/Nick relationship again because they last time they did it it blew up HORRIBLY. Don’t fuck it up this time New Girl writers.
- GREY’S ANATOMY: I sold my soul to Shonda Rhimes in the summer of 2007 and never looked back. You can take away Lexie, you can take away Sloan, you can take away Derek, you can EVEN TAKE AWAY CRISTINA but I won’t leave this damn show until Meredith Grey does. My ultimate ride or die. (Literally I’ll be here until Meredith Grey dies because that’s the only way the show is going to end.)