TV Show Pilots: NBC Fall 2014 Review Round Up

All fall new shows have premiered, and I have seen the pilot of ALL of them on every broadcast network. Granted, I haven’t had the time to make a review of each of them since it’s really a ton of them so I wanted to summarize my opinion in one paragraph and score of each of them. As well as predict if it will survive or not for a second year.


 

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Favorite NBC Pilot: The mysteries of Laura
Runner Up: State of Affairs & Constantine

A To Z 7/10

It’s a cute little show on how a couple finally meets and get together and start building their relationship. Unfortunately, once you see the pilot, you pretty much feel you have seen the best part of the show, which is how they meet. Showing how their relationship moves along just doesn’t seem as interesting as the concept of the pilot itself.

Status: Cancelled

Full Review: A to Z (Pilot) Review

Bad Judge 4/10

What I consider the worst pilot I have seen this year, which is a shame because it had so much potential to become something special. Kate Walsh is a good actress, she is just super badly used in here. The comedy relies too much on trashy jokes that simply don’t feel any bit of genuine, instead it gives you the creeps.

Status: Cancelled 

Full Review: Bad Judge (Pilot) Review

Mysteries of Laura 7.5/10

Laura starts off as a funny promising show, which sometimes loses its balance with the introduction of the kids of Laura. The kids behave extremely crazy, and it just doesn’t prove funny, instead it makes Laura look like a terrible mom. However, when the show is focusing on the police cases themselves, it can actually be quite interesting as they manage to combine nicely the serious drama with the craziness of Laura as a character.

Status: Undecided, could be renewed or could be cancelled

Full Review: The Mysteries of Laura (Pilot) Review

Constantine 7/10

The pilot is a bit lost, but it definitely has great production values and the lead in protagonist proves to be quite an interesting one. Unfortunately on this pilot, the important character on the episode feels a bit out of place and not well connected, which is why they removed her on future episodes for an entirely different female character. Still, the show leaves you wanting to see more.

Status: Possible Cancellation

Marry Me 7/10

Suffers from the same problems as A To Z. It establishes a fun little story on how the couple keep trying to propose to one another until they finally do. But after that is done, you really don’t feel compelled to see more of what’s to come. You feel that the fun and interesting part is already done, like if you watched a short movie.

Status: Possible Cancellation

State of Affairs 7/10

The pilot has a very strange format going for it. It tries to put together a lot of stuff in order to appeal to all your senses. The idea of the main lead getting drunk and having casual sex seems out of place for a person who is still thinking about her fiancee that died, are you really doing any favors to him that way? It also makes it very awkward when she is speaking to her would be mother in law (madam president). Katherine is still pretty impressive on this serious role, she really gets very involved with the character. Yet I am still not feeling good chemistry between her and the other characters.

Status: Undecided for now, still too new

TV Show Pilots: FOX Fall 2014 Review Round Up

All fall new shows have premiered, and I have seen the pilot of ALL of them on every broadcast network. Granted, I haven’t had the time to make a review of each of them since it’s really a ton of them so I wanted to summarize my opinion in one paragraph and score of each of them. As well as predict if it will survive or not for a second year.


 

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Favorite Fox Pilot: Gotham
Runner Up: Gracepoint

Gotham 9/10

Gotham started off very strong as a show, showing a lot of potential, and so far it continues to live that potential. It’s a pilot that finely establishes which characters will be important throughout the show while also keeping the adrenaline moving without going into too much background. The show has had its up and downs, but is still a great quality show so far with an amazing cast.

Status: Certain Renewal

Full Review: Gotham (Pilot) Review

Red Band Society 7/10

It’s a unique kind of show that definitely has a lot of ambition. Sometimes it felt like a cute Disney Channel show, other times it felt like an ABC Family teen show, and that’s when it starts to feel lost the show. It’s never clear what are the intentions of the show,  plus considering Fox’s lineup now, it simply doesn’t fit with the network either. Sadly, it seems barely anyone knew it existed, as it premiered with low ratings to even give it a chance to fulfill its potential.

Status: Certain Cancellation

Full Review: Red Band Society (Pilot) Review

Gracepoint 7.5/10

Gracepoint does a fairly well done job in building up a mystery of a murder of a young child in a town that is so rare to see a situation like this. It does well in establishing its mystery and its mysterious characters introduced for the first time. Unfortunately, I just don’t enjoy the fact that I am going to see 10 episodes dedicated to a certain event over and over again, no matter how many clues they find, it’s hard to constantly feel engaged and just want to skip and watch the last episode only.

Status: Certain Cancellation

Full Review: Gracepoint (Pilot) Review

TV Show Pilots: The CW Fall 2014 Review Round Up

All fall new shows have premiered, and I have seen the pilot of  ALL of them on every broadcast network. Granted, I haven’t had the time to make a review of each of them since it’s really a ton of them so I wanted to summarize my opinion in one paragraph and score of each of them. As well as predict if it will survive or not for a second year.


 

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Favorite CW Pilot: The Flash

The Flash 9.5/10

If there is one show that I could pick as the best pilot from all the Broadcast Networks is definitely The Flash. It delivers a little bit of everything in just one episode. We instantly get introduced to the backstory of the character, we then move to him discovering his powers, learning how to use them properly, and moving forward from there. Instead of going dramatic about his history or what is happening to him, the show is always moving forward, rather than getting stuck. A great new promising show has arrived.

Status: Certain Renewal

Full Review: The Flash (Pilot) Review

Jane The Virgin 7.5/10

It’s a cute fun little show that delivers laughs and a pretty unique storyline along the line. However, I never felt completely engaged in watching the show on more episodes. It just feels that as it continues, it will eventually start losing its touch. At the same time, it sometimes feels a little too similar to Ugly Betty in a lot of ways and it just doesn’t feel right.

Status: Undecided, it depends how the new spring 2015 premieres perform

TV Show Pilots: CBS Fall 2014 Review Round Up

All fall new shows have premiered, and I have seen the pilot of  ALL of them on every broadcast network. Granted, I haven’t had the time to make a review of each of them since it’s really a ton of them so I wanted to summarize my opinion in one paragraph and score of each of them. As well as predict if it will survive or not for a second year.


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Favorite CBS Pilot: Madam Secretary
Runner Up: Stalker


Stalker 8/10

It’s not a revolutionary show by any means, but the pilot offers an interesting premise where an agency is taking down stalkers who are always following people in strange ways. The cast so far is promising with Maggie Q and Dylan Mcdermott on the lead roles and the next episodes after the pilot have interestingly managed to keep things fresh with each case. A lot of the complains have been addressed since a couple of guys have been stalked in the show as well, and the woman who get stalked always find a way to defend themselves and appear strong and not weak. So its entertaining for what it is, and they keep some serialized events between the characters.

Status: Possible Renewal, but it has dropped a bit so it’s not so safe anymore

Full Review: Stalker (Pilot) Review

Scorpion: 6/10 

Although it promises a unique premise and a strong lead character, the writting is pretty poor and the rest of the cast isn’t as interesting or feel part of the show. The show has gotten a bit better in future episodes, but it never fullfills its true potential.

Status: Possible Renewal

Full Review: Scorpion (Pilot) Review

The McCarthys: 6.5/10

It has its good laugh moments and such, but it never really makes you fall in love with these characters or family. It just doesn’t have any sense of uniqueness, feels like another family show and that’s it. Plus constantly making jokes about The Good Wife, a show of their own network is a bit weird.

Status: Possible Cancellation

Madam Secretary: 8/10

It’s a unique show that works in a lot of ways like a 24 with its events, but in the perspective of the politician, in this case the perspective of the Secretary of State. It’s fun and engaging and unique. Although it starts off predictable and common territory, it later starts to show its potential and plays with it.

Status: Possible Renewal, but still too early to decide

NCIS: New Orleans: 7/10

For fans of NCIS, comes a brand new branch to the well established franchise, and it pretty much gets the job done pretty well. The team is pretty likable and have great chemistry between one another. They also do their best in keeping you interested all around. Still, there isn’t much to expect from this show that mainly delivers procedurals, so don’t expect something out of that formula.

Status: Certain Renewal

TV Show Pilots: ABC Fall 2014 Review Round Up

So, all fall new shows have premiered, and I have seen the pilot of  ALL of them on every broadcast network. Granted, I haven’t had the time to make a review of each of them since it’s really a ton of them so I wanted to summarize my opinion in one paragraph and score of each of them. As well as predict if it will survive or not for a second year.


ABC

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Favorite Pilot Episode: How To Get Away With Murder
Runner Up: Black-Ish

List of Pilots/New Shows:

1. Manhattan Love Story 6/10 –  Manhattan Love Story is a good idea but without a good story or plot to move it forward. Audiences were not able to connect with these characters because they were simply not relatable and ultimately faced its demise.

Status: Canceled

Full Review: Manhattan Love Story (Pilot) Review

2. Selfie 7.5/10 – It starts off very weak the episode, but once the two main leads meet, you start to see the magic and potential of the show. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep the show running. This show needed a good lead in, instead it was thrown on Tuesday without a chance to get an audience from another comedy show.

Status: Canceled

Full Review: Selfie (Pilot) Review


3. Forever 6/10 – Its a unique show in terms of the story of its lead, but otherwise the rest of the show is a pretty straight forward copy of Elementary and other crime oriented shows where the main lead is super duper smart in crime investigations. I have seen a bit of the other episodes, the show gets a bit better but it still struggles to tell its unique story when it feels the pressure of being a procedural.

Status: Possible Cancellation

Full Review: Forever (Pilot) Review


4. Black-Ish 8/10
– People had a lot of doubts about this show because of its title, but it turned out to be a very unique and fun comedy for the whole family. It has great unique characters that you simply love to see them interact. It’s no surprise that the show has become a great success.

Status: A Certain Renewal

Full Review: Black-ish (Pilot) Review

5. How To Get Away With Murder 8.5/10 – This show’s strength its the drama and curiosity on how its situations unfold. Not only that, but they always make sure that every last minute of each episode keeps you coming back for more. That is why audiences were so intrigued and it became an instant hit.

Status: A Certain Renewal

Full Review: How to Get Away with Murder (Pilot) Review

6. Cristela 7.5/10 – Its a fun quirky show that is more made to appeal to a latino audience, and it works great that way. Cristela definitely has great comedic timing. However, the other characters are not as convincing as she is in the role. Still a fun friday watch.

Status: Undecided, but is doing Ok ratings wise for a Friday


How To Get Away with Murder Episode 8 Review

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He has a Wife Review

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In this new exciting episode, we finally get to see the complete story of Lila, before her death. It was a nicely well-done episode as everything started to connect together with the flashbacks, for the ultimate reveal. As expected, it is revealed that Sam did know Lila was pregnant and he tries to convince Bonnie in not telling the truth by kissing her. However, Bonnie’s loyalty is strong and decides to confess what happened, but Annalise still decided to fire her. Sounds like a boring scene when written here, but in truth it was very dramatic with very strong performances. We finally see a very vulnerable Bonnie, instead of the so serious assistant. It was also great to see the darkness that lies in Sam, which means he pretty much did kill Lila.

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It was great to see a bit more focus on Michaela this time around; she was obsessed with winning the trophy, only to live a crime later on that night. It was also a pretty intense scene when she discusses with her Mother In Law about having a prenuptial agreement. At the same time I felt bad for Asher though, he was hoping to actually have a friend to hang out with or something, but Michaela gets a karma attack on the next episode when the flash forwards will be the present. It was also interesting to see Connor fail this time around, showing that he needs to learn more how to do things without having to have sex with someone. Oh and they were more sexy stuff with Laurel and Frank to keep the sex scenes going on every episode.

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Overall, the show is really ambitious in the many things it tries to do, and its successful in most of them. I still feel is a bit too soon to reveal everything so fast though, they have to come up with something interesting to keep people interested for the next half of the season. This will be the interesting and most difficult part for the show, will it find a way to continue its shock factor that keeps audiences engage, or has it run out of steam? We just have to wait and see on the next episode!

Score:

8.5 out of 10

Marvel’s Agents of Shield (Writings on the Wall) Review

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Writings on the Wall Review

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This week’s episode finally ends one of the biggest mysteries of the season, what exactly are the writings that Coulson keeps making. It was a nicely created episode with two stories happening at the same time. Coulson is pretty much handing things in a personal way, while the rest of the new team members are focusing on capturing Ward. It was great to see Ward pretty much figure all the tricks, even Hydra’s tricks when they try to recruit him. I love also the fact that they showed us a Ward trying to be nice again on the prison, but now we are back to dark Ward. Brett Dalton is definitely very good at showing so many sides to his character, and showing his confusing psychology.

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Clark Gregg isn’t behind though, he does an amazing performance here has Coulson starts losing control and goes desperate to find the truth. I enjoyed seeing a darker Coulson, without being actually bad, just doing what must be done. Although in the end things got a little weird when he finally discovers what it means, same with the villain who also does the drawings. The big mystery turns out to be a city of sorts, after they discover the truth, their pain suddenly stops and they are back to normal again. It was a bit weird how all of a sudden they feel no pain and everyone is happy, but at least they are still moving forward in wanting to find that city and what does all this mean in the end.

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The show definitely keeps showing that it can be pretty dark in its content, specifically this season. We see a lot of stuff that requires some pretty good analysis, with a lot of travelling to the past to find the truths of the present. It’s also great that the show is definitely using its lore, rather than pushing characters out of nowhere like Lady Sif, just for ratings sake. I just hope people give enough time for the show to get a 3rd season and at least a last 4th one. Can’t wait to see where the show continues to takes us, and if we will eventually see this city or not!

Score:

8.5 out of 10