Monday, February 08, 2016

Your Television Premiere Dates for the week of February 8 - 14, 2016


CBS dropped it during the Supe… Uh, Big Game. They have confirmed that the current season will be the final season for The Good Wife’.

WGN has cancelled ‘Manhattan’ after 2 seasons.


Monday, February 8
- ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ debuts on TBS at 10pm (all times Eastern).

Tuesday, February 11
- ‘Tosh.0’ is back for an eighth season on Comedy Central at 10pm. And that’s followed by the debut of ‘Not Safe w/Nikki Glaser’ at 10:30pm.

Friday, February 12
- ‘The Amazing Race’ is now on Friday nights where Network love has become a stranger. This is the twenty-eighth season cranking up at 8pm on CBS.

Sunday, February 14
- The debut of ‘Vinyl’ hits HBO at 9pm. Quite the pedigree on this one… Created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter. The pilot was directed by Scorsese. ‘Vinyl’ is a period piece about a record label executive in the 1970s. Bobby Cannavale has top billing and based on his voice, they couldn’t have picked a better actor for the role. Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano also star. I wish that I had HBO so I could see it!

And that does it for the week. I don't list the shows returning as the "Winter Premiere". If you're a fan of a show, I feel that you're keeping up. But if I get feedback requesting the return dates of shows from the mid-season break, I'll be happy to list those.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Showering like Mr. Magoo

Life can be tough on those of us with poor vision. It’s not a joke. At least to me it’s not.

Every time Chigs cleans our shower, she moves things around to different spots. It’s a real hoot getting into the shower, going for the shampoo, and it’s not there. Then I have to look for it by grabbing each bottle and pulling it close to my face to read the label. And I have to repeat the process with the conditioner. If you know anything about women, there are going to be LOTS of hair products in and around the shower.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not at Mr. Magoo levels of near-sightedness. But I’m quite blind in the shower without my spectacles.

I have complained to Chigs and tried to arrive at some sort of reasonable compromise. But it just wasn’t taking hold. She’s tougher than a Corn Nut to crack.

I started keeping my hair products on the floor of the shower. I thought for sure no one would ever bother them. I kept the shampoo on the left and the conditioner on the right. You know, like reading. You move from left to right. It’s a fairly universal way of keeping things organized.

But my plan just wasn’t working. My hair products would still be on the shower floor, but they were always conditioner left and shampoo right. It made me want to call a house meeting so we could all go over simple left to right protocol.

I mean, am I wrong about that? Is it unacceptable these days to follow the left to right directive? Did the United Nations deem it unworthy of common sense and sent out proclamations to end left to right?

So instead of calling an informational and accusatory meeting for those that live under the roof with me, I caved and got out my Sharpie.

I drew an “S” on the shampoo and a “C” on the conditioner. It was a simple solution to a problem that I knew… Deep down inside… wasn’t going to go away no matter how much I appeal to my better sighted family.

They didn’t and wouldn’t care, but the weird thing is this… The folks are now adhering to the left to right practice.

I really shouldn’t question it too much, because if I do things will revert to pandemonium for the blind naked guy that takes showers without his glasses.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Your Television Premiere Dates for the week of February 1 - 7, 2016

There's not a whole lot of premieres dropping this week. I'm still undecided about watching 'American Crime Story'. Only a small part of me is interested, but if I do end up watching the pilot I will give it a small review.

So here's everything that you need to know about this week.


Tuesday, February 2
- ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ debuts on FX at 10pm (all times Eastern). This is a true crime series from Ryan Murphy and focuses on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. It’s based on the novel ‘The Run Of His Life’ by Jeffrey Toobin.
Don't you think John Travolta looks a little creepy as Robert Shapiro?

Wednesday, February 3
- ‘Madoff’ hits ABC at 8pm. It’s a miniseries that debuts on Wednesday and wraps up on Thursday. Written by Ben Robbins based on the rise and fall of Bernard Madoff.
- The third season of ‘Young & Hungry’ premieres at 8pm on Freeform. That’s followed by the premiere of ‘Baby Daddy’ now in its fifth season on Freeform. Look for that at 8:30pm

Friday, February 5
- The debut of ‘Animals’ drops on HBO at 11:30pm. It’s an animated series about the downtrodden creatures that live in one of the least inhabitable cities on Earth… New York City.


Monday, February 1
- ‘Better Call Saul’ Season 1
- ‘The Lizzie Borden Chronicles’ Season 1
- ‘Masha’s Tales’ Season 1

Friday, February 5
- ‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Part 2

'Better Call Saul' made my Top 5 Best New Shows of 2015 so if you haven't seen it yet... Check it out on Netflix before it returns to AMC on February 15.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Your Television Premiere Dates for the week of Jan 25 - 31, 2016


‘FABLife’ has been cancelled after one season. It seems that the syndicated show never found any traction.

VH1 Classic has decided not to produce ‘That Metal Show’ anymore. Eddie Trunk is shopping it around and hopefully this fantastic series will find a Hi-Definition home.


Monday, January 25
- ‘The Fosters’ are back for a fourth season on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). Look for the premiere at 8pm (all times are Eastern)
- ‘American Dad’ won’t seem to die and it’s back on TBS at 8:30pm.
- The debut of ‘Recovery Road’ hits Freeform at 9pm. It’s a teen drama based from the young adult novel of the same name.
- ‘Lucifer’ debuts at 9pm on FOX. Adapted from a comic book title, Lucifer gets bored running Hell and decides to help the LAPD punish criminals. I’ve only the seen the promos and judging from those, that’s all I need to see.
- ‘The Magicians’ debuts at 9pm on SyFy. Based on the series of novels of the same name from Lev Grossman, Quentin Coldwater joins a Magic college and finds out that all his favorite childhood books are real. Blah, blah, blah… It’s kinda like ‘Grimm’… blah, blah, blah… his girlfriend doesn’t get into the college and looks for magic elsewhere. Hijinks ensue.

Tuesday, January 26
- ‘Outsiders’ is a new series on WGN America. There’s a family that lives like a biker’s gang on a mountain of coal. The starving townspeople want the coal jobs. The biker gang family wants to remain planted with unspoiled land. Look for it at 9pm.

Thursday, January 28
- ‘You, Me, And The Apocalypse’ debuts on NBC at 8pm. High comedy surrounding a group of people with limited time remaining as a giant comet blazes an impact course to Earth.

Sunday, January 31
- FOX gets into the live musical game with ‘Grease’ at 7pm.
- And my favorite program on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim is back at Midnight. 'The Venture Bros.' return!


Monday, January 25
- ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ Season 2

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Revisiting Past Faves

When was the last time you went back and watched a television series that you love?

There are plenty of great new television shows out there these days. I’m not disputing that at all. But have you even thought about revisiting the ones that you either loved or just kind of liked?

During the holidays, I got into a bit of a “show hole”. I had finally cleaned the DVR of current shows that I needed to get caught up on and had nothing left. I had finally finished the current seasons of ‘Narcos’ and ‘House Of Cards’ on Netflix. I devoured ‘Catastrophe’ (meh), the new season of ‘Transparent’, and the new series ‘The Man In The High Castle’.

So I loaded up some old favorites like ‘Futurama’, ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’, ‘Malcolm In The Middle’, and ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ on Netflix. I also have ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Supernatural’ going because Chigger needs to see them. It seems like I’ve been trying to get her caught up on the latter for 2 years now. She doesn’t have as much “down time” as I do with two kids. And now since there’s a new house in the mix she’s busier than a one-armed man in a glory hole factory.

I had ‘Futurama’ already running because I would watch it whenever Chigger got a phone call or she was getting ready for bed. Her phone calls and nightly regimen usually takes around 20 minutes. The show is perfect for squeezing in an episode. Sometimes the calls would take longer so I’d be able to watch two episodes.

And over on Amazon Prime TV, I’m currently revisiting ‘Star Trek’ (TOS), ‘The Wire’, ‘Justified’ and ‘The Sopranos’. I’m finding things in them that I had forgotten. As much as I loved ‘Justified’ and ‘ The Sopranos’, things are coming back to me.

From here on out, I plan on keeping an old favorite in my rotation. Not just the stuff like ‘Earthworm Jim’ and ‘Newhart’ that I’ve been buying up on DVD. I want to keep at least one oldie running on Netflix and Amazon Prime TV.

So I urge you, the lover of television that you are… Go back and revisit your old friends on your favorite streaming sites. Get to know them again. You may even find that you have outgrown them (I discovered that ‘Invaders’ wasn’t the great sci-fi series that I thought it was when I was growing up).

Feel free to tell us about the favorites that you’ve been revisiting along with the streaming sites that you’re using.