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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:13

What’s new to view: A fall 2018 TV preview

Fall TV premiere season is upon us!

Granted, the whole “new fall lineup” has increasingly become less of a thing with the proliferation of streaming services willing to drop entire seasons in one go and networks becoming more and more flexible with regards to when a series can and should debut, but whether it is by design or simply through inertia, we still see a whole lot of new material hit the airwaves in the autumn.

As per usual, this preview addresses only those shows entering their debut seasons. This isn’t about all the exceptional television that is returning for a second or third or fifth or tenth season – this is about stuff we haven’t seen before. It’s a chance to look ahead at what’s coming and think about what content – if any – we might be willing to invest our limited leisure time into.

(Note: This story hits the streets on Sept. 19. We’re focusing on shows that have yet to make the scene, so for the handful of entries that bowed earlier this month … sorry. Better luck next time.)

It’s a mixed bag. We’ve got broadcast and we’ve got streaming. We’ve got comedy and drama. We’ve got prestige fare and we’ve got mass appeal. We’ve got highbrow, lowbrow, middlebrow – all the brows you could ever desire.

Will all of these shows be good? Absolutely not. Should you watch them all? Also – no. But if there’s even one or two gems among the flotsam, that’s a big win. And honestly, it looks like there might be a couple of winners here.

Or maybe it’s all just poorly-conceived adequately-executed entertainment detritus. Who can say?

Let’s have a look at some of 2018’s fall TV premieres.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 15:50

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

We live in a world filled with sharp divides. So many lines that see so many people on either side. Common ground and understanding are in short supply. But there’s at least one thing on which the vast majority of us can agree.

Mister Rogers. Fred Rogers was a good man and his neighborhood was a good place. No matter how you feel about literally anything else in the world, you are almost certainly onboard with that sentiment.

He’s the subject of director Morgan Neville’s new documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” It details the life of Fred Rogers through an exploration of his iconic children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and interviews with many of the people who knew him best both personally and professionally – although it rapidly becomes clear that knowing Mr. Rogers in any capacity meant knowing him personally.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:24

New to view – 18 new shows for 2018

Remember when the fall television lineups were all that mattered?

It wasn't so long ago that that autumn offerings were the be-all and end-all of new TV. Shows that made their debuts in January were considered little more than filler, with the term “midseason replacement” taking on a derogatory tone.

However, as the ways in which we consume television have changed, so too have our attitudes regarding when shows join their respective lineups. Instead of an afterthought, this second season has become a viable entity in its own right, with loads of interesting programming arriving on your screens of choice.

Broadcast networks, premium and basic cable outlets, streaming services - everybody has something for the viewer looking for something new to consume this winter. If nothing else, it seems likely that all tastes - highbrow, lowbrow and everything in-between - will be addressed.

Have a look at some of the intriguing options that are en route.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:46

When destiny calls, ‘The Tick’ answers

New Amazon series revives beloved cult superhero

Published in Buzz

Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass (“Togetherness,” “The One I Love”) are back with a new HBO series which offers a twist on the anthology TV format. 

Published in Buzz

The shadowy world of professional fixers is at the center of Showtime’s hit drama “Ray Donovan.”

The show stars Liev Shreiber in the title role, Irish actress Paula Malcomson as his wife Abby, Oscar winner Jon Voight as his father Mickey and Steven Bauer (“Scarface,” “Breaking Bad”) as his right-hand man Ave.

Published in Buzz

For seven entertaining seasons on NBC’s “The Office,” Melora Hardin played Jan Levinson, an edgy Vice President of Sales who often teetered on the edge of reality.

Published in Style

The second season of CMT’s hit comedy “Still The King” launched last week with two new episodes. The series follows the exploits of Burnin’ Vernon (played by 90’s country star Billy Ray Cyrus), a scandal-ridden one hit-wonder who reinvents himself as one of the country’s finest Elvis impersonators, only to discover that he’s also a father to a 15-year old girl. 

Published in Buzz

In her role as attorney Kim Wexler on AMC’s “Better Call Saul,’”Rhea Seehorn is one of the best reasons to own a television. When she appears on the screen, you can’t take your eyes off her. 

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:33

Pop quiz, hotshot

Maine Public’s “High School Quiz Show Maine”

Published in Style
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