What’s On TV Tonight(9/27/18)

I worked until 9 last night and then watched the premiere of Survivor. Before work I watched Mr Mercedes because I realized I only have a week to watch 6 more episodes before the DVD is due. So. I didn’t have a lot of time for new shows yesterday. I did watch Single Parents after Survivor last night. It has a very good cast and looks like it will be added to my weekly watch list. The basic plot is what the title says – a group of single parents who form a support group to help each other deal with the stress of being a single parent. It made me laugh and that’s what a sit-com should do. You will hear a lot about the more name stars in the cast, but I thought the funniest was the random 20 something guy with a baby who somehow ends up hanging out with the older parents of elementary school kids. Now on to tonight:

ABC: A two-hour Grey’s Anatomy followed by How to Get Away With Murder

I still love Grey’s and I’m not ashamed to admit it. As I said in an old blog post, I don’t believe in the concept of a guilty pleasure. Nothing that is “pleasure” should make you guilty unless it is immoral or illegal. Ted Bundy had a guilty pleasure. I do not. I watched part of the first season of HTGAWM and couldn’t make myself care enough to finish it.

CBS: Big Bang, Young Sheldon, Mom, Murphy Brown and SWAT

Why are Big Bang and Young Sheldon on again? Seems lazy, CBS. I’ve seen episodes of Mom here and there but never felt I liked it enough to watch regularly. I’m happy about the return of Murphy Brown. I was a fan when it was on before. I like the Jake McDorman(playing her now adult son) but wish he was on TV because Limitless was not canceled. I do enjoy SWAT more than I expected.

CW: Still nothing new.

FOX: Thursday night football

I might watch some of the game when i get to the point where I’m tired of focusing on a show.

NBC: An hour-long Good Place at 8 followed by a 2 hour Law and Order SVU.

The Good Place is possibly the best comedy on TV right now. I’m very happy it is back tonight. Go catch up on Netflix now! I’ve never watched SVU so I won’t start now.

I see nothing of note on cable.

What’s on TV Tonight(9/26/18)

I will get to tonight’s schedule in a minute, but first thoughts on two shows. First, the new show Manifest. This is the one where people on a plane land and discover they’ve been missing and presumed dead for five years. They have to deal with life going on without them for those years and some supernatural stuff happening to them. I don’t really want to get invested in a show like this. I get bored when there is a central mystery that never gets solved, but it was good enough for me to give it a couple of more episodes. Next – the Riggs-less Lethal Weapon. I liked it. It’s not the same show, but that is a good thing. Making the new character too much like Riggs would have been a mistake. Seann William Scott is good in the role and it’s good to see Maggie Lawson in anything. I will continue watching. Now on to tonight.

ABC: Four comedies – Goldbergs, American Housewife, Modern Family and Single Parents followed by A Million Little Things at 10.

I think American Housewife is one of the best of the recent comedies. I still watch Modern Family even though it isn’t as good as it used to be. I’ve never watched the Goldbergs. Single Parents has been well reviewed and I like the cast, so I will watch. I do like a good sit-com. I normally wouldn’t watch a show like A Million Little Things, but the cast is good enough for me to give it a shot. We will see if they can make me stick with a show like this.

CBS: Survivor! and then the finale of Big Brother.

I love Survivor. Before I started working on Wednesday nights it was the only show I would watch live. It will be different for me this year. For a long time, Wednesday night Survivor night has been daddy/daughter time. We would pop popcorn and watch Survivor together, either live or delayed, pick our favorites and discuss strategy. My daughter is away at college, so now I will be watching alone. I guess I will see if it is still as fun that way.

CW: Still no new season. A new episode of a summer show called Burden of Truth.

FOX; Empire at 8. Star at 9.

I’ve never watched these shows and have nothing I could say about them.

NBC: One  Chicago night. Med at 8. Fire at 9. PD at 10.

It makes sense for these shows to all be on the same night, but will it help or hurt ratings? Will people who watch live tire of Chicago if it is all in one night? I guess we will see. We only watch Fire. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but here I am.

Cable: American Horror Story, South Park and Bojack seem to be the highlights. Three shows I’ve never watched.

What’s on TV Tonight(9/25/18)

Before we get to tonight, a short report on a new show from last night. We watched the new version of Magnum PI last night. It’s really hard to judge a show from just the pilot, but here I go anyway:

The good: I liked the cast. I think they were all good choices for the various roles. That’s one of the most important parts of making a good show. It was fun and I was entertained. That’s what I was looking for with this show.

The bad: The main thing I didn’t like was not that Higgins was a woman, but that it seems to be heading to a “will they, won’t they” story line with her and Magnum. Can’t she just be part of the team and not a potential love interest? It is possible to work with someone of the opposite sex without wanting to date them.

I will continue watching. Now on to tonight:

ABC: Dancing with the Stars again at 8 followed by 20/20 at 10.

This is the problem with a lot of the reality shows now. They are on too much. Do we really need 4 hours of this in two days? Nothing for me here.

CBS: NCIS at 8. FBI at 9. NCIS: New Orleans at 10.

I don’t watch any of the NCIS shows, but my wife loves them so they have space on the DVR. I normally wouldn’t watch a Dick Wolf procedural show but my wife wants to watch and I like Missy Peregrym, so I will give it a chance.

CW: CW isn’t starting the new season this week. There is a new episode of a show called The Outpost on tonight. It is a summer show I know nothing about.

FOX: Gifted at 8. Lethal Weapon at 9.

I have mixed feeling about both shows. The Gifted is an X-Men universe show. It’s decent and I will watch season 2(probably) but it is a show I could also easily give up if my wife decided she was no longer interested. Maybe it’s my apathy toward the X-Men movies seeping in to my thoughts on this show.

Lethal Weapon was one of my favorite shows last year. I was skeptical about the reboot, but it was very good. It was fun. The cast was great. And then there was friction on the set and they fired the guy who played Riggs. Now, we get Seann Willian Scott joining the show as a new partner for Murtaugh. I like Scott and he might be good, but it just seems wrong to have Lethal Weapon without Riggs. We will see if I keep watching it now.

NBC: The Voice at 8. This is Us at 9. New Amsterdam at 10.

Another reality show that is on too much. Why? I may be the only person alive who doesn’t watch This is Us. I watched the first episode to see what everyone was raving about and I can see why people got sucked in, I was able to resist. New Amsterdam is the new medical show starring the guy from Blacklist whose name  can’t remember and I’m too lazy to look up. It’s had bad reviews, but I will give it a try because I like him and Tyler Labine and medical shows.

Cable: The only thing I noticed was Mayans MC. It looks good, but I feel like I should watch Sons of Anarchy before watching this one.

I will likely watch Lethal Weapon and either Manifest or FBI tonight and will report back tomorrow.