By Chuck Barney | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 9, 2018 at 10:12 am | UPDATED: October 9, 2018 at 11:16 am OK, by now your DVR is panting and wheezing. And maybe — just maybe — you’ve had a chance to sample the gadzillion (give or take a few) new fall TV shows. So which ones are you sticking with? And which ones are you discarding like a bag of stenchy garbage? Judging from the ratings, people seem to be digging NBC’s “Manifest,” the eerie airplane drama that arrived with “Lost”-like vibes. Thus far, it’s the most-watched new drama of the season. “God Friended Me” on CBS also got off to a good start, and so did the NBC medical drama “New Amsterdam.” On the other hand, the “Magnum P.I.” reboot on CBS doesn’t seem to be thrilling audiences. And ABC’s “A Million Little Things,” which enjoyed a big promotional push coming into the … [Read more...] about Fall TV’s new shows: Which one is your favorite?
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Hank Stuever, The Washington Post Published 1:11 pm PDT, Sunday, September 23, 2018 Jay Hernandez stars as Thomas Magnum in "Magnum P.I." Jay Hernandez stars as Thomas Magnum in "Magnum P.I." Photo: Karen Neal, CBS Athena Karkanis, left, as Grace Stone, and Josh Dallas as Ben Stone in "Manifest." Athena Karkanis, left, as Grace Stone, and Josh Dallas as Ben Stone in "Manifest." Photo: Craig Blankenhorn, NBC-Warner Brothers Ryan Eggold stars as Dr. Max Goodwin in "New Amsterdam." Ryan Eggold stars as Dr. Max Goodwin in "New Amsterdam." Photo: Francisco Roman, NBC Brandon Micheal Hall stars as Miles Finer, alongside Violett Beane as Cara Weiss in "God Friended Me." Brandon Micheal Hall stars as Miles Finer, alongside Violett Beane as Cara Weiss in "God Friended Me." … [Read more...] about ‘Magnum P.I.,’ ‘Manifest’ and the problem of reviewing fall’s dreadful new shows
By Chuck Barney | | PUBLISHED: September 20, 2018 at 2:07 pm | UPDATED: September 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm It happens every fall. Our television sets — and now our laptops — suddenly burst at the seams with an insane amount of new shows. But here’s the important thing to know about this so-called era of Peak TV: While the programming tidal wave certainly brings plenty of fresh and stellar fare, it also spews out a glut of lame reboots and rote offerings that carry the whiff of creative exhaustion. So now, more than ever, you just can’t sit back and wait for the good stuff to arrive. You have to actively seek it out. That’s where we come in. To help you narrow your focus — and prevent your DVR from having a nervous breakdown — we’ve painstakingly sifted through the new shows from the broadcast networks, cable channels and streamers to uncover 10 gems that seized our attention. Yes, just think of us as your TV sherpa. Here then, are the 10 … [Read more...] about Fall TV: 10 new shows to watch, stream or binge
Time to block out some TV time: Your favorite shows are coming back, as well as some new (*) delights. After Jim Parsons announced he was done, the nerdy sitcom The Big Bang Theory on CBS, TV’s highest-rated show will end after its 12th season. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW) and The Last Ship (TNT), will also premiere their final seasons in the next couple months. Some newbies this season show promise. Jim Carrey plays Mr. Pickles, a kids show host, on Kidding, Showtime’s latest dramedy from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry. If soapy thrillers are more your style, Lifetime premieres You, which stars Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley. Over 10 episodes, watch Badgley obsessively creep on a woman he meets. Streaming channels continue to intrigue with big names. There’s a Maya Rudulph/Fred Armisen dark comedy (Forever) on Amazon; a Tony Danza/Josh Groban buddy cop show on Netflix (The Good Cop); and Julia Roberts graces our small screens with … [Read more...] about A guide to all the premieres this fall, from new shows to old faves
The new fall TV lineup offers a full menu of appetizing new shows — at least on paper. Whether or not these series will strike a chord with viewers remains to be seen, of course, but these freshman series, all premiering next month, seem promising. “Mayans MC” (Sept. 4 on FX, 10 p.m.) Pulpy biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” was wildly popular during its seven-year run, and four years after Jax Teller’s (Charlie Hunnam) final ride, rival club the Mayans are getting their own spinoff. Whether you’re an SOA fan or a newcomer, “Mayans MC” promises a deep dive into the biker subculture, criminal intrigue and, yes, will include cameos from select “SOA” characters (who survived that show’s bloodshed). “Kidding” (Sept. 9 on Showtime, 10 p.m.) Jim Carrey marks his TV return by reuniting with his “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michael Gondry, playing a “Mister Rogers”-type TV … [Read more...] about Your guide to this fall’s hot new shows