TV: What We're Watching

Little Big Shots
Sunday, March 5 - 8:00 p.m. - NBC

While Steve Harvey's series, Little Big Shot is not for everybody, it was hugely popular when it premiered last year. It is sort of Children Say the Darnest Things and America's Got Talent rolled up together featuring just kids. This season look for a young cowboy, a snail whisperer, professional animal caller, experts in anatomy, geography and Shakespeare and artists gift in music singing opera and rap or playing instruments like piano, guitar, drums and more. At the very least, this is one show that you can actually watch as a family which is hard to complain about.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
In 1999, children (and their parents) were exposed to Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning, the first book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books. It was unlike anything most have read before. It’s a tragic story where the author has no qualms telling his audience that the story will not get better. Still, the books became very popular and readers continued consuming each story regardless. One could say that Lemony Snicket (actually Daniel Handler) literally has a way with words. Each book in the series is a vocabulary lesson wrapped around fantastic characters and unbelievable tales told in a believable way. READ MORE>>>

The Wall
While ABC has done a bang up job of reviving old tried and true favorite TV game shows like To Tell the Truth, Match Game and Pyramid, NBC continues to try it’s luck on new, bigger-than-life productions that will appeal to the masses in the short term and will more than likely fade from our memory just as quickly. The latest is a game of chance simply called The Wall which is essentially an over-sized plinko board where deserving teams of two answer a series of questions which are followed by the bouncing balls. READ MORE >>>

Emerald City
Most people are familiar with the first story of the Wizard of Oz, but L. Frank Baum wrote 14 Oz books and none of them were initially written for children but were instead written as a political allegory. Because of this, it is not unusual that the story could be “re-imagined” as a story for adults. Gregory Maguire’s Wicked was not written for kids and is quite dark, and yet, it has been turned into a bright and sunny musical. NBC premieres yet another version of the Oz story tomorrow night that is also not very family-friendly. Actually, scratch that. Emerald City is definitely not for kids. READ MORE >>>

DC Comics has been taking a beating lately. While the company has been making money with it movies by Warner Bros., one of the biggest complaints is that the films are overly serious and squeeze all the fun out of them. That’s not a problem with NBC’s Powerless which doesn’t take itself seriously at all. Powerless is the “lighter side of DC” that actually works within the comic book universe and yet be its own thing. The worst thing about the show is its title which doesn’t really mean much. READ MORE>>>