TV Reviews

Review: FOX’s “9-1-1” Premiere Is Surprisingly Basic, But The Acting Is Predictably Strong

On the one hand, the concept and promotion for FOX’s “9-1-1” suggest that the show is a fairly conventional procedural in the vein of the dramas one may find on NBC. On the other hand, it was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who are certainly not known for basic, straightforward television. It was therefore natural to wonder whether the advertising campaign was misleading.  Clearly, “9-1-1” had to involve some Ryan Murphy-esque twist. Based on the pilot episode, it does not. “9-1-1” follows a group of emergency first responders in the Los Angeles area. Key characters include 9-1-1 operator/dispatcher ... Read more

“The Gifted” Returns On New Year’s Day; 7 Things To Expect In “3 X 1” Episode

Only three hours of “The Gifted” remain this season. One of those hours airs on New Year’s Day. The fall finale saw Esme, through aggressive, murderous means, help numerous mutants (including Andy, Lauren and Clarice) escape the custody of Sentinel Services. She also revealed herself as one of the identical Frost sisters (Stepford Cuckoos). Entitled “3 X 1,” Monday’s new “The Gifted” picks up in the aftermath of that finale. In addition to providing plenty of insight into the Frost sisters, the episode reveals how the key entities — the Mutant Underground, Sentinel Services and Trask — are responding to ... Read more

Maze Takes Center Stage In Monday’s Lucifer; 6 Things To Expect

She has tremendous chemistry with her fellow cast members. She regularly steals scenes. Her name is Lesley-Ann Brandt, and she plays Maze on “Lucifer.” On this week’s “Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith” episode, she takes center stage. Her foray into bounty hunting initially proved fulfilling, but it has since become stale. She is too cunning and powerful for her targets. There is never a threat of failure. Without that threat, there is little thrill. Aiming to reignite the flame, Lesley-Ann Brandt seeks a particularly challenging target. She finds one in Ben Rivers (guest star Chris L McKenna). Rivers is a ... Read more

FOX’s “The Gifted” Continues Monday Night; 7 Things To Expect In “rX” Episode

Last week, FOX’s “The Gifted” debuted with a premiere Headline Planet called “energetic” and “engaging.” The action continues Monday night. Entitled “rX,” the episode airs in the immediate aftermath of last week’s premiere. John, Marcos, Clarice and three of the Struckers avoided Sentinel Services by teleporting to the Mutant Underground. Reed, the Strucker family patriarch, was not so lucky. The portal closed before he could enter, leaving the frightened family separated. How will last week’s events affect the key characters? What new challenges await the mutants as they attempt to survive in a hostile world? “rX” begins to answer some ... Read more

ABC’s “The Mayor,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” Premiere Tuesday Night (Reviews)

Tuesday night marks the premiere of ABC’s “Block Party” lineup. In addition to returning series “The Middle,” “Fresh Off The Boat,” and “black-ish,” the lineup includes new half-hour comedy “The Mayor” and new hour-long dramedy “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World.” “The Mayor” delivers one of the year’s most enjoyable pilots. It is certainly not the funniest show you will find on television, but it may be one of the most fun. The “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World” premiere is nowhere near as effective, but it still offers some charm. Let’s look at the series. The Mayor – 9:30PM ET THE ... Read more

FOX’s Familiar, Yet Compelling “The Gifted” Premieres Monday Night (Review)

FOX’s “The Gifted” premieres Monday night. In a TV marketplace that includes numerous superhero/comic-themed series, “The Gifted” does not register as particularly gamechanging or groundbreaking. It does not reinvent the superhero genre, let alone elevate the state of dramatic television. It does, however, make for a very entertaining viewing experience. Fast-paced, well-acted and unquestionably compelling, “The Gifted” should resonate with premiere night viewers. Ahead of Monday’s premiere (9PM ET/PT), we’re pleased to share a quick breakdown/review: What to know: “The Gifted” centers on the “X-Men” universe, in which mutations have provided some individuals with supernatural abilities. Society does not welcome ... Read more

“STAR” Season 2 Premieres Tonight; 10 Things To Expect In “The Winner Takes It All”

Season one of “STAR” aired while FOX’s “Empire” was on winter hiatus. Season two of “STAR” will air concurrently with the flagship FOX drama. September 27 marks the start of FOX’s new Wednesday lineup. Season four of “Empire” will air in the 8PM hour, while season two of “STAR” will occupy the 9PM slot. Given that both series are musical dramas co-created by Lee Daniels, the synergy should be abundantly obvious. In an effort to underscore that point, the two dramas nonetheless incorporate a special crossover storyline into their respective season premieres. As part of the storyline, “STAR” character Carlotta ... Read more

FOX’s “The Orville” Is Watchable But Completely Disposable (Premiere Review)

A classic episode of “Seinfeld” finds George Costanza pitching his sitcom to NBC executive Russell Dalrymple. “So why am I watching it,” questions Dalrymple regading the perplexing “show about nothing.” “Because it’s on TV!” answers Costanza. That same logic seems to be at the center of FOX’s new sci-fi comedy “The Orville.” It may not be a show about nothing, but the only reason to watch it is because it’s on TV. There was a time in which that would have been a compelling enough reason. Unfortunately for “The Orville,” we are in a vastly different era. We are in ... Read more

“Lucifer” Season Finale Airs Monday Night; What To Expect In “The Good, The Bad And The Crispy”

Last week’s “Lucifer” revealed the frightening nature of the light emanating from Charlotte’s body. Luckily, Lucifer and Amenadiel concurrently realized that they have the necessary pieces to ignite the flaming sword. They are therefore able to bring their mother back to Heaven — and prevent her from causing any future damage (or death) on Earth. That logic assumes, of course, that everything will go smoothly. You can safely bet it will not. Monday’s season finale finds the characters overcoming these hurdles in an effort to best handle the situation with their mother. It also plants the seeds for season three, ... Read more

New “Lucifer” Episode Airs Monday Night; 7 Things To Expect In “Sympathy For The Goddess”

Last week’s “Lucifer” brought more progress in the title character’s effort to bring his mother and brother back to Heaven. He discovered that the flaming sword needed to cut through Heaven’s Gates consists of three pieces: the blade, the “belt buckle” they acquired last week, and another piece. This week’s episode involves the quest to find that final piece. It also involves some fallout for Dr. Linda, investigation into the emotions of Maze and Amenadiel, and a case with high stakes for Lucifer’s mother. Headline Planet screened the episode, which is entitled “Sympathy For The Goddess” and airs at 9PM ... Read more