My Top 10 Mid-Season TV Shows Quick Reviews

TV2015(PCM) My Top 10 Mid-Season TV Shows Quick Reviews (Spoilers Abound)

1. Gotham – My favorite show of the season. You can sense how much this town is going to need Bruce Wayne’s alter ego in another ten years. It does have the limitations of being in a comic book realm, but that’s what suspension of belief is for. Jim Gordon’s early police past is showing us where that wisdom that will come from age and experience, when Batman needs a friend in the Gotham City Police Department.

True to the comics, and the best of the films, the character development of the bad guys is enrapturing. There is a budding evil-doer nursery in Hugo Strange’s (DB Wong) Indian Hill lab. Ed Nygma and Cobblepot’s budding friendship has been amazing, and Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue,  is the best co-star in modern fictional action/drama.

2. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – More believable than Age of Ultron on the big screen, I’m glad that the sub-plot focus is less on Skye this season – I was fearing another three years of “Wesley Crusher Saves The Universe” when she was constantly spotlighted last year. I think that in seasons one and two, they forgot it was an ensemble show, wrapped around our favorite once-dead Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season three has allowed the rest of the cast to have each gotten an episode or two to shine.

Although I’m not a fan of nail-biting cliffhangers, an unconscious Coulson, asleep on a planet half a galaxy away, with a team of Hydra agents just ahead of him, led by Grant Ward, bringing back hydra’s Holy Grail, I’m looking forward to how they wrap up the season. This is one of the few shows that consistently surprises me with its twists and turns. Bring on Agent Carter!

3. The Flash – This has been my favorite ‘fun’ show. The team and the actors, including guest Jay Garrick have been amazing. The DC Easter Eggs have made this show special as well. I wish the DC movies could be as fun, and capture the essence of their characters as well as the TV shows. The writers have brought us alternate universes, with similar but different/same characters in a believable way. Mix in some time travel, and the storytelling becomes even more impressive.

I’m glad Tom Cavanaugh’s ‘evil ‘Dr. Harrison Wells was killed off last season… I’m even more glad that ‘jerk’ Dr. Harrison Wells, also played by Tom Cavanaugh, has come in from Earth-2 to mix it up with the Star Labs team.

4. Arrow – I admit it, I didn’t watch the first few seasons, but reading the online reviews and watching last season’s finale has pretty much brought me up to date for the changeover to ‘Green’ Arrow. It was great seeing John Constantine return, and the straightforward characterization of the regular supporting cast.Early on, we saw Oliver Queen, standing alone over a grave. I’m guessing Felicity Smoak will be a permanent victim of this year’s Big Bad, Damian Darhk.

5. Doctor Who – I like Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, I really do. I think. I liked Clara Oswald as his companion. I Guess. I was sad that she died. I’m perplexed that she didn’t die, but will be forever ‘alive’ in between a heartbeat. Is Clara immortal now? At least Ashildr has a friend to spend an eternity with, in their stolen TARDIS.

And hearty congratulations are in order, to the 12th doctor, for beating Captain Jack Harness’ all-time record for most times coming back from the dead, in excess of 4.5 billion times. I’ll let more devout whovians determine the final number, but I guesstimate the grand total to be a tad over 7 trillion deaths.

6. Supernatural – Ten years of momentum has me still watching this show about two brothers who constantly, needlessly, keep important secrets from each other while battling the Forces of Darkness. It has few surprises, but I hope Sam and Dean will work through their issues in time to save us all from “The Darkness” from before The Beginning.

More importantly, I hope to see a Crawley/Castiel ‘road show’ episode before the show runs its course.

7. iZombie – Season one was fun; both the ongoing drama and the episodic adventures were a blast. Rose McIver shows subtle acting far beyond what one may expect to find on the #5 television network, and her surrounding cast members make for an intriguing cast of characters. alyroseThis year, I’m not a fan of the essential changes in Major Lillywhite’s basic character since season one, but that is more than made up for with the return of Aly Michalka, who increases the ‘eye candy’ factor by a factor of ten any time she is seen on the screen.

8. Heroes Reborn – My biggest problem with the first run of this series was the broad-based story that spotlighted heroes, then forgot about them for weeks at a time. I’m ‘situationally compulsive’® – I don’t like waiting for answers and guessing on forgotten plot points. I need to know the details. For the most part, they have followed that some format, but instead of seemingly dozens of key players there are just the needed handful getting my emotional investment.It’s almost cheating when a show uses time travel for plot twists, but I’m letting it slide for this limited maxi-series. I’ll be watching the final episodes in January 2016.

9. Modern Family – I never gave this show a shot because the first five people and a handful of PR notices told me it was about a gay guy, his significant male other, and the first gay guy’s immediate and extended family. A television’s key selling point being about a gay person on the show was innovative and daring in 1977. It sort-of worked for Will and Grace a decade ago, but I don’t care about someone’s sexuality, and certainly didn’t want to watch a show about it.

My Loss. The show is actually about an extended family. Jay Pritchett’s family to be precise. A very funny show about Jay Pritchett’s extended family. Oh, his son happens to be gay. Now those twelve members of Jay’s family are part of my TV family.

Even so, a sitcom would normally never be on a list like this, but very few sitcoms have ever made me want to set aside the time to watch every week, and anticipate the cliff-hanging season finales… would Haley reach Andy in time to stop the engagement? Would they ever hook up? Now that they did, will they have a future together?

I never thought I’d write three sentences in row like that. An amazing show.

10. Once Upon A Time – I actually gave up after 5 episodes. I mean, I like the portrayals by the actors of these one-dimensional characters, but that is not enough to make me a fan. It’s more the contrived story points, the constant need to remind me that ABC (and Once) are nothing but Disney products, and the inconsistency of the character traits that have freed up my Sunday nights.

This is the same team that gave us Lost? The show reminds me of Charmed, but without the three hot witch sisters. I think Hulu will be bringing me up to date with Supergirl, the #1 contender for my coveted top ten spot. Stay tuned.

 

American Music Awards Reveals All-Star Duets For Live Broadcast!

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(ABC) dick clark productions and ABC announced today two spectacular duets to be performed at the “2015 American Music Awards, the world’s biggest fan-voted award show. Luke Bryan will perform the world premiere of “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town. Meghan Trainor will treat the audience to a performance of her platinum-selling song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and will be joined by Charlie Puth to perform his hit single “Marvin Gaye.”

They join previously announced host and performer Jennifer Lopez, as well as 5 Seconds of Summer, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Carrie Underwood and WALK THE MOON. The “2015 American Music Awards” will broadcast live on Sunday, November 22 at 8:00pm ET on ABC.

Luke Bryan is a three-time Favorite Male Artist – Country winner (2012, 2013, and 2014) and is nominated again this year. Bryan is also nominated as Artist of the Year, his second nomination in that category. This is Bryan’s second appearance on the AMA stage; he first performed in 2013, singing his hit single “That’s My Kind of Night.” Fairchild will take the AMA stage without her band mates for the first time but Little Big Town is nominated for their first American Music Award this year in the category Favorite Duo or Group – Country.

Charlie Puth is nominated for his first American Music Award for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-Mobile. This will be Puth’s first performance at the American Music Awards. Meghan Trainor is a four-time American Music Award nominee and first-time performer. This year Trainor is nominated in the categories of Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary.

To help fans express their passion and excitement for the show, the American Music Awards and Twitter are launching custom Twitter emojis for all performers. All performers will have featured Twitter emojis to celebrate their appearances as they are announced. Viewers will be able to activate the Twitter emojis by Tweeting any of following hashtags from today through the end of the show on November 22:

Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild: #LukeKarenAMAs
Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor: #MeghanCharlieAMAs

Already announced performer Twitter emojis include 5 Seconds of Summer (#5SOSonAMAs); Selena Gomez (#RevivalAMAs); Nick Jonas (#NickJonasAMAs); Demi Lovato (#DemiOnAMAs); One Direction (#AMAs1D); Carrie Underwood (#CarrieonAMAs); and WALK THE MOON (#WTMonAMAs). Additional Twitter emojis will be available soon.

Taylor Swift leads the “2015 American Music Award” nominations with six nominations. Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd tie with five nominations each, while Sam Hunt, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Walk the Moon earn three nominations each. Additionally, Jason Aldean, Chris Brown, Luke Bryan, Drake, Fetty Wap, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, One Direction, Charlie Puth, Rihanna, Mark Ronson and Wiz Khalifa each receive two nominations.

For a full list of nominees please visit http://www.theamas.com/2015-nominees/ . The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans!

Chris Rock Will Return To Host The 2016 Oscars!

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(PCM) Multi-hyphenate artist and filmmaker Chris Rock will return to host the Oscars® for a second time, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin recently announced. The 88th Academy Awards® will be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 28, 2016, on the ABC Television Network. Rock previously hosted the 77th Oscars telecast in 2005.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian – he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

“We share David and Reggie’s excitement in welcoming Chris, whose comedic voice has really defined a generation,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He is certain to bring his amazing array of talents to this year’s show.”

“Chris may be best known as a stand-up comic, but we think of him as a creative innovator in many other ways. He is unafraid in his artistry,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the Oscars.”

“Chris Rock is a comedic powerhouse who will bring tremendous energy to the event, and we’re honored to have him,” said Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock most recently directed the comedy special “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” which premiered this month on HBO. In 2014 he wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed feature “Top Five,” and in 2009 ventured into the documentary world as a writer, producer and star of “Good Hair.”

Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director. His feature acting credits include “I Think I Love My Wife,” which he also wrote and directed, “Head of State” (writer, producer and director), “Death at a Funeral” (also producer), and the first three films in the blockbuster “Madagascar” series, as the voice of Marty. His other acting credits include “The Longest Yard,” “Nurse Betty,” “2 Days in New York” and “Lethal Weapon 4.” In 2011 Rock made his Broadway debut starring in “The Motherfucker with the Hat,” which was nominated for six Tony Awards®, including Best Play. In television, Rock created, executive produced and narrated the series “Everybody Hates Chris,” which ran from 2005 to 2009 and was inspired by Rock’s childhood. He was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1990 to 1993.

Known internationally for his groundbreaking stand-up comedy, Rock has won four Emmy® Awards for his comedy series and specials, including “Chris Rock – Kill the Messenger,” “The Chris Rock Show” and “Chris Rock: Bring the Pain,” and has achieved record audience numbers around the world. He also has earned three Grammy® Awards for his comedy albums Never Scared, Bigger and Blacker and Roll with the New.

The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dancing With The Stars Reveals Complete List Of This Season’s Competitors

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(PCM) The full list of celebrity competitors for season 21 of the “Dancing With The Stars” has been revealed and there are certainly a few surprises in-store for upcoming competition!  We brought you the news that “Crocodile Hunter’ daughter Bindi Irwin and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter would be putting on their dancing shoes, however in addition to these celebrities it was also confirmed that chef Paula Deen and actor Gary Busey would be joining the cast for season 21 as well.

You can see a full list of celebrity competitors, as well as, their pro-dancing partners below:

Alek Skarlatos with Lindsay Arnold
“Spy Kids” actress Alexa PenaVega with Mark Ballas
“Honey I’m Good” singer Andy Grammer with Allison Holker
Bindi Irwin with Derek Hough
Big Time Rush singer Carlos PenaVega with Witney Carson
Legendary songstress Chaka Khan with Keo Motsepe
Actor Gary Busey with Anna Trebunskaya
Social media savant Hayes Grier with Emma Slater
Kim Zolciak-Biermann with Tony Dovolani
Nick Carter with Sharna Burgess
Paula Deen with Louis van Amstel
Tamar Braxton with Val Chmerkovskiy
Victor Espinoza with Karina Smirnoff

Judges  Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough will be back for the upcoming season and while Len Goodman will not be returning for the full season, we may see him throughout the season in small guest appearances. There will also be special guest judges on specific episodes throughout the new season.

“Dancing With The Stars” season 21 will premiere on September 14th on ABC.

Fall TV Season Is Upon Us! Full List of Fall 2015 Premiere Dates!

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(PCM) It is our favorite time of year! All of our favorite fall TV shows are returning and the networks are churning out a slew of new series so everyone’s DVR’s are sure to fill up fast in the coming months. We have scoured the networks and came up with a complete list of every fall premiere date that has been revealed! Our most anticipated picks for each month are highlighted in bold, so definitely be sure to check them out!

September

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Tuesday, Sept. 1
“Drunk History” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Wednesday, Sept. 2
“Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Friday, Sept. 4
“Hand of God” – Amazon

Monday, Sept. 7
“Ladies of London” – 10 p.m., Bravo

Tuesday, Sept. 8
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” – 11:30 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 9
“The League” – 10 p.m., FXX
“Suddenly Royal” – 10 p.m., TLC
“You’re The Worst” – 10:30 p.m., FXX

Tuesday, Sept. 9
“Longmire” – Netflix

Friday, Sept. 11
“20/20” – 10 p.m., ABC
“Z Nation” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Continuum” – 11 p.m., Syfy

Saturday, Sept. 12
“Ferrell Takes The Field” – 10 p.m., HBO

Sunday, Sept. 13
“Project Greenlight” – 10 p.m., HBO
“Doll & Em” – 10 p.m., HBO

Monday, Sept. 14
“Dancing With the Stars” – 8 p.m., ABC

Tuesday, Sept. 15
“The Bastard Executioner” – 10 p.m., FX
“Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” – 10 p.m., NBC
“The Mindy Project” – Hulu

Wednesday, Sept. 16
“South Park” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central
“Moonbeam City” – 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Saturday, Sept. 19
“Doctor Who” – 9 p.m., BBC America

Monday, Sept. 21
“The Big Bang Theory” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Gotham” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Voice” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Life in Pieces” – 8:30 p.m., CBS
“Minority Report” -9 p.m., FOX
“Scorpion” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Blindspot” – 10 p.m., NBC
“Castle” – 10 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: Los Angeles” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Sept. 22
“The Muppets” – 8 p.m., ABC
“NCIS” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Scream Queens” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Fresh Off the Boat” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“NCIS: New Orleans” – 9 p.m., CBS
“The Bazillion Dollar Club” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Limitless” – 10 p.m., CBS

Wednesday, Sept. 23
“The Middle” – 8 p.m., ABC
“The Mysteries of Laura” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Rosewood” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Survivor” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Goldbergs” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“Empire” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Law & Order: SVU” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Modern Family” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Black-ish” – 9:30 p.m., ABC
“Nashville” – 10 p.m., ABC

Thursday, Sept. 24
“Grey’s Anatomy” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Heroes Reborn” – 8 p.m., NBC
“Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe” – 9 p.m., Lifetime
“Scandal” – 9 p.m., ABC
“How To Get Away With Murder” – 10 p.m., ABC
“The Player” – 10 p.m., NBC

Friday, Sept. 25
“The Amazing Race” – 8 p.m., CBS
“Last Man Standing” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Hawaii Five-0” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Shark Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Blue Bloods” – 10 p.m., CBS

Saturday, Sept. 26
“48 Hours” – 10 p.m., CBS

Sunday, Sept. 27
“60 Minutes” – 7 p.m., CBS
“Bob’s Burgers” – 7:30 p.m., FOX
“The Simpsons” – 8 p.m., FOX
“Once Upon a Time” – 8 p.m., ABC
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Blood & Oil” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Family Guy” – 9 p.m., FOX
“The Last Man on Earth” – 9:30 p.m., FOX
“Quantico” – 10 p.m., ABC

Monday, Sept. 28
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – 11 p.m., Comedy Central

Tuesday, Sept. 29
“Grandfathered” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Grinder” – 8:30 p.m., FOX
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” – 9 p.m., ABC
“Beyond the Tank” – 9 p.m., ABC

Wednesday, Sept. 30
“Criminal Minds” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Chicago P.D.” – 10 p.m. NBC
“Code Black” – 10 p.m., CBS

October

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Thursday, Oct. 1
“Bones” – 8 p.m., FOX
“The Blacklist” – 9 p.m., NBC
“Sleepy Hollow” – 9 p.m., FOX
“Benders” – 10 p.m., IFC

Friday, Oct. 2
“Dr. Ken” – 8:30 p.m., ABC
“The Jacksons: Next Generation” – 10 p.m., Lifetime

Saturday, Oct. 3
“The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“Saturday Night Live” – 11:30 p.m., NBC

Sunday, Oct. 4
“Madame Secretary” – 8 p.m., CBS
“The Good Wife” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Homeland” – 9 p.m., Showtime
“The Leftovers” – 9 p.m., HBO
“The Affair” – 10 p.m., Showtime
“CSI: Cyber” – 10 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 6
“The Flash” – 8 p.m., The CW
“iZombie” – 9 p.m., The CW

Wednesday, Oct. 7
“Arrow” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Supernatural” – 9 p.m., The CW
“American Horror Story: Hotel” – 10 p.m., FX

Thursday, Oct. 8
“The Vampire Diaries” – 8 p.m., The CW
“The Originals” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Haven” – 10 p.m., Syfy
“Billy on the Street” – 10:30 p.m., TruTV

Friday, Oct. 9
“Reign” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Undateable” – 8 p.m., NBC
“America’s Next Top Model” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Red Oaks” – Amazon

Saturday, Oct. 10
“The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story” – 8 p.m., Lifetime
“The Last Kingdom” – 10 p.m., BBC America

Sunday, Oct. 11
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” – 7 p.m., ABC
“The Walking Dead” – 9 p.m., AMC
“Talking Dead” – 10:30 p.m., AMC

Monday, Oct. 12
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – 8 p.m., The CW
“Jane the Virgin” – 9 p.m., The CW
“Fargo” – 10 p.m., FX

Tuesday, Oct. 13
“Manhattan” – 9 p.m., WGN America
“Chicago Fire” – 10 p.m., NBC

Wednesday, Oct. 14
“Kingdom” – 9 p.m., DirecTV

Thursday, Oct. 15
“Nathan For You” – 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Friday, Oct. 16
“Truth Be Told” – 8:30 p.m., NBC
“The Knick” – 10 p.m., Cinemax
“Satisfaction” – 10 p.m., USA

Monday, Oct. 26
“Supergirl” – 8:30 p.m., CBS

Tuesday, Oct. 27
“Wicked City” – 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Oct. 30
“Grimm” – 9 p.m., NBC

Saturday, Oct. 31
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” – 9 p.m., Starz

November

Thursday, Nov. 5
“Mom” – 9 p.m., CBS
“Angel From Hell” – 9:30 p.m., CBS
“Elementary” – 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, Nov. 6
“MasterChef Junior” – 8 p.m., FOX
“World’s Funniest” – 9 p.m., FOX

Sunday, Nov. 8
“Flesh and Bone” – 9 p.m., Starz

Tuesday, Nov. 17
“Chicago Med” – 10 p.m., NBC

Nick Carter Revealed As Dancing With The Stars Competitor

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(PCM) There has been even more casting announcements for the upcoming season of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing With The Stars” for their 21st season. It has been revealed that Backstreet Boys’s Nick Carter will be joining previously revealed contestants Bindi Irwin and Triple Crown winner Espinozas Victor to compete for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

It has not yet been revealed which pro’s the newly revealed contestants will be paired up with for the new season. Other rumored contestants for this season which have not yet been confirmed include TV chef Paula Deen and musician Chaka Khan.

“Dancing With The Stars” season 21 will premiere on September 14 at 8pm on ABC!

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