TV: What We're Watching

TOP 10 TV SHOWS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 15, 2017:
1. NCIS / CBS / 13,192,000 viewers
2. Bull / CBS / 10,851,000 viewers
3. Dancing with the Stars / ABC / 10,067,000 viewers
4. NCIS: New Orleans / CBS / 9,110,000 viewers
5. The Voice / NBC / 9,112,000 viewers
6. The Voice (Tuesday) / NBC / 8,598,000 viewers
7. 60 Minutes / CBS / 8,248,000 viewers
8. Grey's Anatomy / ABC / 7,916,000 viewers
9. Scorpion / CBS / 7,894,000 viewers
10. Billboard Music Awards / ABC / 8,695 viewers
(From Nielsonhttp://www.nielsen.com/us/en/top10s.html)


Red Nose Day
May 25 - 8:00-11:00 p.m. - NBC

NBC will be celebrating the occasion for the third year in a row with a night all planned out with specials related to the cause including a Celebrity American Warrior, a Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Julia Roberts and a Red Nose Day special hosted by Chris Hardwick. The three shows will be seamlessly tied together in celebration of Red Nose Day, with calls to action to donate through each of the three programs. Read More>>>

Beat Shazam
Thursdays - 8:00 p.m. - FOX

Jamie Foxx is back on FOX for the summer beginning tonight for a whole new gameshow, Beat Shazam. FOX describes the program as a “interactive game show that pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the most money banked will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world’s most popular song identification app, for the chance to win a million dollars.” Read More>>>

Love ConnectionThursday - 9:00 p.m. - FOX
Depending on so many factors, FOX’s new attempt to resurrect the old Chuck Woolery syndicated game show, Love Connection, could be hit or an epic failure. The original was already pretty racy, but the new show is being executive-produced by Mike Fleiss known for ABC’s popular (but I still don’t know why) The Bachelor and is said to tweaked for “today’s digital dating audiences.” Read More>>>


Downward Dog
Downward Dog is based on web series and according to ABC, has the distinction of being the first network comedy ever to premiere at Sundance. The show debuts this Tuesday, May 23 at 8:00 p.m., but I have to question ABC’s rationale for doing so. Because the show features a cute talking dog, many viewers will have the wrong idea about what this show is all about. First of all, Downward Dog isn’t a family show. Though the cast of fairly unknown actors are very likable, they hardly set a good example for children. The idea that the main character Nan (Allison Toman) has an on again/off again, friends-with-benefits type of relationship with Jason (Lucas Neff), a pot-laced gummy-loving, sometimes employed friend is at first off-putting. So, why ABC decided to air the show this early in the evening is a mystery. READ MORE>>>

Dirty Dancing
After the successes of NBC’s and FOX’s live musical adaptations of The Sound of Music and Grease among others, ABC has decided to throw its hat into the ring this week with a musical version of Dirty Dancing based on the 1987 movie of the same name. But this presentation is a different type of production altogether. Unlike the other productions, this one will not be presented live and is basically a longer remake of the original film. While all the main characters do sing in the movie, the majority of the music plays in the background and is sung by a variety of artists not featured in the movie. READ MORE>>>


Imaginary Mary
I really like Jenna Elfman and I really like her former sitcom, Dharma and Greg. If have haven’t seen the show, the premise was that Dharma met Greg one night, talked and talked all night long and ended up throwing caution to the wind getting married right on the spot. The next day they realized just how different they were from each other. Dharma was a free spirit while Greg was a hard-nosed lawyer, but what made the show work was their determination to make their marriage work regardless the circumstances. While not every situation was one that I could agree with, I really enjoyed the fact that divorce wasn’t an option. Unfortunately, Elfman has never really found a new project in either film or TV that has been as successful as Dharma and Greg and sadly, you can add Imaginary Mary to that list as well. READ MORE>>>

Trial and Error
Trial & Error maybe the perfect name for NBC’s new comedy as it appears that the show was created just that way. While mostly funny and features a terrific cast, some jokes fall flat (I swear you can hear crickets) and some are incredibly distasteful. Still, the show does bring some new to the table and among the show’s silliness, there is some heart to it as well. Trial & Error appears to be trying to be the next Parks and Recreation or The Office as it too is set up like a documentary. This time it is for a true-crime show. Emmy award-winner, John Lithgow stars as the show’s suspect, Larry Henderson...READ MORE>>>

Genius
Like the world that it promotes, National Geographic Channel is taking a huge leap this week with the premiere of the network’s first scripted series, Genius telling the life and times of Alfred Einstein. This is no small project. Created by the Fox 21 (who also created the award-winning mini-series, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and executively produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Genius is pretty incredible. From the opening theme music written by Hans Zimmer, the pilot episode is engaging, if a little off-putting. We quickly learn that Einstein had a way with the ladies and although brief, it was still shocking to see sex being portrayed on the National Geographic Channel. Though it can be argued that Einstein’s affairs are definitely part of his life story, the show could have implied this behavior a little more subtlety. Will that said, this limited series isn’t about sex. It’s about a genius of a man who didn’t quite fit in and yet always did. READ MORE>>>