2017 Genre TV

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2017 Genre TV

ecgordon
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23 Sep 2017, 21:58 #1

Been having computer problems today, or maybe just browser problems. Let's see if I can get through this without crashing again.

Not a whole lot of genre fare on the major networks this fall either. I suppose the highest profile new show is one I still haven't decided if I'll bother with, but since it's premiere is tomorrow night I guess I should mention it. I may (or may not) create separate threads for these, either before or after watching, but anyone else is free to create threads or talk about any other show that interests them. All times are CENTRAL time zone.

New shows:
Star Trek: Discovery. Starts tomorrow night, Sunday, Sept. 24. Tentatively scheduled for 7:30 pm, but maybe later depending on football. Only the first episode will be on CBS, then it moves to their All-Access streaming service, which I am not paying for, at least not at this time. I used up a free trial some time ago catching up on Elementary and Person of Interest, but might consider signing up again if word on this show is positive. Still haven't decided if I'll watch tomorrow's broadcast, since the trailers and everything else I've seen have not impressed me, and I had already started losing interest when Bryan Fuller backed out of the project. I'll be very happy if they prove my skepticism unwarranted.

The Orville, FOX. This started on Sept. 10, and I hadn't planned on watching since I don't care for Seth MacFarlane's work. I did catch the pilot later on Hulu, didn't like it any more than I expected to. The first two episodes were on Sundays, then it seems it moved to Thursdays this past week, and it's on the schedule for the next two Thursdays at 8pm. I don't think even David Gerrold's recommendation will get me to watch again. I love his writing, but he and I don't agree on everything. After all, he thinks The Big Bang Theory is a good show.

Inhumans, ABC. The first two episodes air Friday, Sept. 29, starting at 7pm. Those two also got an IMAX theatrical release recently, so it already has an IMDb rating, a very poor 5.2 out of 10. The next week it will be at 8pm following Once Upon a Time. Only 8 episodes, the last scheduled for Nov. 10. Other than what I've seen on SHIELD or Marvel movies, I don't know the comic history of Inhumans, and I'm only familiar with a few of the actors. Two veterans of Lost are in the cast, Ken Leung and Henry Ian Cusick, and then there's Iwan Rheon from Game of Thrones. I may watch, but if so it will be on Hulu.

The Gifted. Another Marvel show, on FOX this time, premiering Monday Oct. 2 at 8pm following Lucifer. The word mutant is used in descriptions on IMDb so I suppose that means it's connected to the X-Men universe. The only two actors I'm familiar with are Amy Acker (which means I'll definitely watch), and Stephen Moyer (True Blood). I don't know how many episodes are planned, since only the first two have a title and airdate on IMDb, with just four more with only episode numbers and no airdate listed yet.

Returning shows:
The Good Place, NBC. There was a mix-up when they originally decided to switch the day for this show with This Is Us, but they changed their minds and put This Is Us back on Tuesdays. Then I had Good Place on the calendar for this past Wednesday the 20th, but I thought they had changed their mind again and moved the second season premiere to Thursday the 28th. In fact, I would have sworn I did not see it in the listings for the 20th, but apparently the first two new episodes did air then, and I caught them on Hulu last night. Ep. 3 will be on the 28th at 7:30, and others follow on Thursdays at that same time, with a tentative pre-emption on Oct. 12.

Lucifer, FOX. Returns Monday, Oct. 2 at 7pm. I normally don't like the term guilty pleasure, since if I like something I don't think I should feel guilty about it. However, there are quite a few things about this show that are not that good, but I still watch because of the performances of Tom Ellis, Lesley-Anne Brandt, and Rachael Harris, and I wish Scarlett Estevez (Trixie) was featured more often.

Agents of SHIELD. No season premiere date on IMDB yet, but a recent ABC announcement said it would come back as soon as Inhumans was done, which might mean Friday, Nov. 17, maybe two episodes that night. The next week would be Thanksgiving week, so maybe pre-empted then, or they might hold it to Dec. 1. We shall see. I had stopped watching early in Season 4, since I didn't care for the Ghost Rider arc. That just didn't seem to fit in the same 'verse. Later, I kept hearing that it improved, so I've been catching up on Netflix, and might be done by the time Inhumans premieres.

Yep, that's it. Timeless on NBC got a miracle renewal, but I believe we won't see it again until mid-season, maybe earlier if something else tanks. The only genre show on CW I will be watching is iZombie, but that's mid-season too, with no premiere date set. They may have a couple of new ones on the horizon, but right now I don't care enough to check.
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ecgordon
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02 Oct 2017, 23:31 #2

Lucifer returns tonight on FOX, followed by the new show The Gifted. I will be watching both, but delayed on Hulu. There are a couple of other shows I'm still catching up On Demand, plus I'm reading a pretty good book.

I did watch the first episode of Inhumans last night. Not sure I'll watch another.
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ecgordon
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30 Oct 2017, 14:28 #3

I've been trying to read as much as possible, and the networks have again cooperated by not producing that many shows that interest me, and I've decided to drop a few that I had been following regularly. Chances are I won't get back to them, as there are already too many shows I would like to catch up on, either Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.

So I'm not going to be continuing with Lucifer. It's okay, just not compelling enough to care about what's happening. I was happy to see Amy Acker back on TV, but The Gifted isn't doing anything for me either. That leaves my Mondays open for other things. I finally did watch the second ep of Inhumans, but that's pretty bad, probably won't bother with the rest. SHIELD will be returning Dec. 1, so waiting for that. On cable, I'll probably stop watching Dirk Gently too.

For the first time in quite a while, the majority of the very few shows I'll continue to watch will be mainstream rather than SF/F. This is pretty much it for me now:
Tuesday: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, This Is Us
Wednesday: Mr. Robot (USA)
Thursday: The Good Place
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