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.


Ty Burrell Loves Being A Patriarch In The Adorable Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Peabody-Sherman2(PCM) Ty Burrell is thoroughly invested in his fatherly role – both at home and at work.

A doting father of two young daughters and a TV dad in Modern Family, he is starring as an unusual doggie daddy in an irresistible new movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

A well-loved cartoon, best known from being part of the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon, has sprung to life on the big screen. This new animated Dreamworks film, part comedy and part adventure, opens on Friday, March 7.

The adorable new animated film features Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy, Sherman, (Max Charles.). This unusual father-son pair uses their time machine – the WABAC – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to either man or dog.

But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend, Penny, (Ariel Winter), they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history.

Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an adventure-comedy featuring science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue, all of which are bound together by the unexpected relationship between the titular heroes – a dog and his boy.

Burrell, 46, a self-professed late bloomer, said that juggling his home and his acting career is a good balancing act. “Having two kids; it’s really become a bigger question and one that’s important to me and to my wife. So, we’re making more decisions.”

He said that making an animated movie like Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a gift for his entire family. “Doing something like this is such a win/win because it’s something that I can actually watch with my kids and I’m doing something of which I am very proud.”
At its heart, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is the story of the relationship between a father and his son. “Mr. Peabody adopted Sherman and raised him the best way he knows how,” explains the film’s director, Rob Minkoff, whose previous hits include the beloved animated films Stuart Little and The Lion King.

“Like with any family, things become complicated,” Minoff said, “so they both must grow and learn from their experiences and ultimately become an even better family.”

Burrell’s young co-star in Mr. Peabody & Sherman is 10-year-old Max Charles (The Three Stooges and The Amazing Spider-Man), a young boy who has already launched a great acting career.

Ty Burrell, who is best known for his starring role as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family, is enjoying animated movies as a change of pace. He has a major role in The Muppets Most Wanted and portrays Mr. Peabody in the charming new movie that has great heart.

How does playing a parent dovetail with being a real parent?

TY BURELL: My kids are almost two and almost four, so the teenage thing I deal with [on Modern Family] is so foreign to me. This is actually a little bit closer to where I’m at. We adopted, so this adoptive relationship is very meaningful to me and the depth of the bond that Peabody and Sherman have, I really love that.

Peabody-Sherman3What kind of father are you to your two adorable young daughters?

TB: My fault is being overly sensitive and overly expressive and overly loving where my kids are running from me and I’ll chase after them saying, ‘Please, just one more hug before I leave. And then they’re cornered.’ ”

How do you see this relationship between Mr. Peabody and Sherman?

TB: It starts sort of like mentor protégé. He takes him in, it’s the right thing to do, it’s such an honorable thing, and he really loves kind of mentoring Sherman. But, he goes by Mr. Peabody. You know he says, ‘Call me Mr. Peabody.’

But their relationship evolves – right?

TB: Yes. As it goes on, the fact that their bond grows so much and he really realizes that he loves him, and they really do become father and son, truly father and son. And I love that. I really love being a part of a film that’s going that deeply in terms of the emotional arc of it, because obviously, I feel that way.

Do you relate personally to Mr. Peabody?

TB: We adopted our two children, so I felt a very strong connection to somebody developing a really strong bond with an adopted child from the minute I read the script.

Are you like this character?

TB: I’m least like Peabody in the obvious ways, in terms of intellect and skill sets. But also in that Peabody’s sort of trying to learn how to be a sensitive being, where my fault is being overly sensitive and overly expressive and overly loving where my kids are running from me. I’m like, my kids will be running away and I’ll chase after them saying, one more hug before I leave. Please, just one more hug, just one more, I’ve got one more. An
d then they’re cornered.

You play this extraordinary dog in this movie, so I have so ask are you a dog lover?

TB: Yes I am. But I have two young girls and we travel a lot. My wife won’t allow us to get a dog right now, but we’ve negotiated and we will get one. We just have to be a bit more stationary.

How do you deal with fame?

TB: I would say that the fame part is 99 percent good. I honestly think that whatever your character is, you get that energy reflected back at you to a degree so I’m very lucky.

What are your fans like?

TB: The people who come up to me approached me with a lot of kindness.
Having kids and handling fame is a little bit more of a challenge because I’d like for them to decide on their own if they want to be in the public eye. So that’s one of those things that has taken a little bit more managing.

How does it feel that Modern Family has been such a hit?

TB: I feel so lucky, just to be involved. It’s been incredible. I mean, it’s felt really surreal. It’s felt like a dream, essentially. It’s funny, because I haven’t had a long track record of being on shows that keep going. So this has been an incredible luxury and an incredible learning experience. It’s really funny how much of a family you become. I don’t really know what the word is, but in sports you can’t put a team together on paper, it just somehow happens.

Do you know anyone like Phil Dunphy? Did you base him on anyone?

TB: Yes, a couple of people who will remain nameless. I have since met a lot of people that I like to take from. I’m really happy to find that his personality type exists in the real world. I do know of a few people, and met a few people before Modern Family started who were very positive, very loving, and a little bit unaware of their space in the room, or that certain jokes weren’t landing, but in the way that you can’t help but still like them. It’s not them doing it at somebody else’s expense. The only person coming off horribly is them, and I certainly know some of those people. And I guess probably I should be somewhat circumspect and realize that I’m sure that I’m like that. Some of that has to be based on myself, too.

How quickly did the chemistry come together with you, Julie and the kids?

TB: Very, very quickly. Julie and I hit it off right away. She’s just a good egg, you know? but from the beginning Julie has been an easy person to work with, and that’s an everyday thing, so it does become like a version of a marriage. She’s just a lot of fun, and more than anything, she’s just totally game. The kids are all just great; they are total pros. They’ve been around; they’ve been in the business longer than I have, so it was a very fast, fun situation. When we first started working on the show, we all came together very fast.

Peabody-Sherman1How do you balance TV and film work with your personal life?

TB: It’s a great question, and one that I’ve been asking myself in the last year or so. Having two kids, it’s really become a bigger question and one that’s important to me and to my wife. So, we’re making more decisions. This is a good example of trying to be more selective. Doing something like this is such a win/win because it’s something that I can actually watch with my kids and I’m doing something that I can be proud of, even though when I’m doing more adult, sort of, or even darker material, I am proud of it, but it’s stuff that they wouldn’t watch for, I hope, 20 years.

Did you have a Plan B if acting didn’t work out for you?

TB: Oh that’s kind of funny; I really had no plan B. And I’m not burdened with another skill set. It really is a big part of why I continue to do it. I was really thinking more about stopping the steady flow of rejections. I guess I was forty-one, and the day to day life of auditioning is that sort of Gatling gun of no’s, and you’re really putting yourself out there every day emotionally. For someone as soft as cotton candy, as I am, it takes a toll, and I had been doing it for about 20 years. It was like, gosh, I don’t know if I can handle it anymore. Luckily for me, I literally cannot do a single thing else. So I had no choice. Everywhere I looked it was, ‘I can’t do that. Oh, I can’t do that either.’

So how do you sum this up?

TB: I got lucky. I made the right decision by default. I appreciate every moment of it – both at work and at home.

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TV Highlights – November 16th

TV Highlights – November 16th

Modern Family – 8/7c
Catch eight episodes of Modern Family from 7pm to 12am.
“Lifetime Supply” (S3 Ep11) – 7/6c
“Leap Day” (S3 Ep17) – 7:30/6:30c
“Tableau Vivant” (S3 Ep23) – 8/7c
“Baby on Board” (S3 Ep24) – 8:30/7:30c
“Fulgencio?” (S4 Ep13) – 9/8c
“Heartbroken” (S4 Ep15) – 9:30/8:30c
“Bad Hair day” (S4 Ep16) – 10/9c
“The Wow Factor” (S4 Ep18) – 10:30/9:30c
“The Future Dunphys” (S4 Ep19) – 11/10c
“Flip Flop” (S4 Ep20) – 11:30/10:30c

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TV Highlights – November 15

TV Highlights – November 15
The Carrie Diaries (8:00-9:00pm) “Borderline”Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) pitches Larissa (Freema Agyeman) a profile on New York wunderkind playwright Adam Weaver (guest star Chris Wood), but when he proves a difficult, yet fascinating, interview, Carrie’s job is on the line.

America’s Next Top Model” Finale Part 2: The Guy Or Girl Who Becomes America’s Next Top Model” (9:00-10:00pm)— The final two models battle it out in a fierce runway show and the pressure is on as the final photo shoot is shot by Tyra herself (#2015)

Bones – “The Fury in The Jury” – (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) NEW TIME & DAY – Brennan is a juror in The trial of professional soccer player Peter Kidman (guest star Brandon Quinn), who is accused of murdering his wife. When she concludes that Kidman is not guilty, his best friend – and a key witness in The case – turns up dead. The Jeffersonian team Then must work together to uncover The truth.

Raising Hope (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Déjà Vu Man” – Season Premiere A mysterious Natesville resident (guest star Jeffrey Tambor) keeps popping up in The Chance’s lives. When Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) decide to investigate his identity, Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) reveals a little-known secret about Virginia’s past.
Raising Hope (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Burt Bucks” Burt and Virginia introduce Natesville to a new bartering system called “Burt Bucks” that looks an awful lot like a pyramid scheme. But when The market gets flooded with Their printed currency, They learn a thing or two about The economy. Meanwhile, Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) saves Jimmy’s (Lucas Neff) life making him question his masculinity.

Modern Family- 8/7c – Every Friday is family night, otherwise known as TGIMF, (Thank Goodness It’s Modern Family), when the entire brood can watch Modern Family together from 8pm to 12am.
Episodes listed below:
“Treehouse” (S3 Ep7) – 8/7c
“After the Fire” (S3 Ep8) – 8:30/7:30c
“Egg Drop” (S3 Ep12) – 9/8c
“Little go Bleep” (S3 Ep13) – 9:30/8:30c
“Me? Jealous?” (S3 Ep14) – 10/9c
“Send Out the Clowns” (S3 Ep18) – 10:30/9:30c
“Election Day” (S3 Ep19) – 11/10c
“Planes, Trains & Cars” (S3 Ep21) – 11:30/10:30c

TV Highlights – November 15 also appeard on Television News.

TV Highlights – November 14

TV Highlights – November 14
The Vampire Diaries”” (8:00-9:00pm) “Death and the Maiden” While Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) try to explain Amara’s (Nina Dobrev) situation to Stefan (Paul Wesley), Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) gives Katherine (Nina Dobrev) some deeply disturbing news.  Silas (Paul Wesley) fails to keep a promise, causing Damon to turn to Tessa (guest star Janina Gavankar) for help with his new plan, and Stefan makes a heartbreaking confession to Damon and Elena.

Reign” (9:00-10:00pm) ““A Chill In The Air”” When Olivia (guest star Yael Grobglas), who is an ex-lover of Francis’ (Toby Regbo), arrives at the castle, she brings the dangers of the woods with her.  Mary (Adelaide Kane) seeks comfort in Bash (Torrance Coombs).   Meanwhile, Bash is threatened by heretics for interfering with a sacred blood rite.
The X Factor – “LIVE Results” In another all-new LIVE results show, find out which act(s) are headed home.

Glee – “The End of Twerk” The glee club learns The dance of The hour: twerking. Meanwhile, Marley discovers Jake’s relationship with Bree and Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to convince Kurt They both should get tattoos.

Ground Floor – Series Premiere Part 1: “Pilot” – When a driven young “top floor” Brody falls for The down-to-earth “ground floor” Jenny, it brings together two very different groups of friends – and raises The ire of one very disapproving boss.
Ground Floor – Series Premiere Part 2: “Off to The Races” – Despite Mansfield’s warnings, Brody tries to turn his fling with Jenny into something more by going on a date, but to his surprise, Jenny wants to keep things casual. Meanwhile, The downstairs gang gets fast and furious in a chair race gone wrong when They destroy Mansfield’s irreplaceable office chair.

White Collar – “Master Plan” – Neal (Matt Bomer) must go undercover as a butler to expose an imposter who aims to inherit a Manhattan family’s fortune.
Guest Stars: Zachary Booth, Kara Hayward, Richard Thomas, T Ryder Smith
The series also stars Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason and Sharif Atkins.

Covert Affairs – “There Goes My Gun” – Annie (Piper Perabo), Auggie (Christopher Gorham) and Calder (Hill Harper) head off on an unsanctioned mission to Hong Kong in pursuit of Henry’s (guest star Gregory Itzin) courier. Joan (Kari Matchett) and Arthur (Peter Gallagher) unveil a traitor in their midst.
Guest Stars: Zuleikha Robinson, Jonathan Togo, Carl Ng.

TV Highlights – November 14 also appeard on Television News.

TV Highlights – November 12

TV Highlights – November 12

The Originals (8:00-9:00pm) ““Bloodletting” When someone from Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) past makes a startling revelation, she grows concerned for herself and the baby.  Amidst growing tensions between them, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) turn to Sabine (guest star Shannon Kane) for help in locating Hayley, who has gone missing, and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) makes Rebekah (Claire Holt) an enticing offer that leaves her torn.

Supernatural” —(9:00-10:00pm) ““Heaven Can’t Wait” Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human.  A headline in the local newspaper about some disappearances in the area catches his eye, so he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) to help him investigate the case.

Dads – “Doubles Trouble” Eli begins to question his friendship with Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) when Warner decides to let Camila be his partner in The annual Virtual Tennis

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Sal’s Pizza” When Sal’s Pizza burns down and The fire marshal (guest star Patton Oswalt) quickly assumes that The owner is The prime suspect in The investigation, Jake (Andy Samberg) does everything in his power to prove him wrong, even if it means stepping out of his jurisdiction. Back at The precinct, chaos ensues when a computer virus publishes everyone’s browser history.

New Girl – “Menus” An overabundance of Chinese food take-out menus left at The loft’s front door is The catalyst for an interconnected series of adventures for Jess and The guys.

The Mindy Project – “You’ve Got Sext” When Mindy tells Danny she has a crush, he thinks she’s talking about him instead of Cliff, The lawyer (guest star Glenn Howerton). Meanwhile, Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and Peter find Mindy’s phone and respond to a text from Cliff, which starts off innocently, but escalates into something that may lead to unintended romantic consequences.

The Voice: INSTANT SAVE! On Tuesday, after the three artists in danger of being eliminated are revealed, everyone at home will have one last chance to save one of the artists. When Carson gives signal, you will have five minutes to save someone by tweeting #VoiceSave and the artist’s first name. Watch the video below for more details.

Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host , from executive producer Mark Burnett, is The only game show in which contestants have to contend with a pair of dueling hosts determined to deceive Them at every turn. In each episode, D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black each present a single contestant with a bizarre and seemingly implausible fact, one of which is true, The other of which is not. The contestant must Then choose The true fact to be rewarded in The game. The players who prove Themselves to be super-human lie detectors will go home with a pocketful of cash. This week’s contestant is Brian Yarbrough, an Interior Designer from Oklahoma City, OK.

Modern Family – “What’s the Plan Phil?” marathon – 8/7c
Let the man with the plan bestow you with some Philosophy all night long, “When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, what?!?!” Tune-in from 8pm to 12am to cherish some of your favorite episodes! The series stars Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.

Episodes listed below:
“Not in my House” (S1 Ep12) – 8/7c
“The Old Wagon” (S2 Ep1) – 8:30/7:30c
“Strangers on a Treadmill” (S2 Ep4) – 9/8c
“The One That Got Away” (S2 Ep24) – 9:30/8:30c
“Phil on Wire” (S3 Ep3) – 10/9c
“Go Bullfrogs!” (S3 Ep6) – 10:30/9:30c
“Mistery Date” (S4 Ep8) – 11/10c
“When a Tree Falls” (S4 Ep9) – 11:30/10:30c

TV Highlights – November 12 also appeard on Television News.

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