Monday, April 25, 2016

Your Television Premiere Dates for the Week of April 25 - May 1, 2016

My hats off to NBC and 'Saturday Night Live' for their special Prince tribute that ran this past Saturday night. Here's a link to see this wonderful look at an IMMENSELY talented American icon of popular music.


I was floored by some of the performances that I had never seen. Especially his performance of "Fury". The man's playing was ON FIRE during that song. And that is no way an attempt to be "punny".

I didn't fully get on board the Prince wagon until the 'Batman' album and then it was pretty much over for attempts to see him live. I dug his music, but it was everywhere. I didn't feel the need to immerse myself in it when it was so readily available on the radio and television. I took it for granted because you just couldn't escape him. And when I finally found that deep appreciation, his shows became a little more rare and exclusive for me to attend. And now I'm kicking myself after witnessing the electric performances from 'Saturday Night Live'. Hell, I've been kicking myself for years.

And yes, his Superbowl performance still stands as the best one yet. In the rain, mofos!

Not a whole lot going on this week with television premieres. And the 28th kicks off May sweeps!



PREMIERE DATES

Monday, April 25
- ‘Reign’ is back with its spring premiere at 8pm on the CW.
- ‘Mike & Molly’ is also back with its spring premiere at 8pm on CBS. The remaining episodes are the last episodes.
- ‘Turn’ is back for a third season on AMC at 10pm. And possibly its last.

Sunday, May 1
- ‘Penny Dreadful’ is back for a third season on Showtime at 10pm.




NETFLIX

Wednesday, April 27
- Season 3 ‘The Fosters’

Friday, April 29
- Season 1 ‘Danger Mouse’

Saturday, April 30
- Season 2 ‘Sensitive Skin’

Sunday, May 1
- Seasons 1 – 3 ‘Easy Living’
- Season 1 ‘LoliRock’

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Your Television Premiere Dates for the Week of April 18 - 24, 2016

Yeah, I know that I'm a couple of days late with my update. I've got a bunch of excuses... Busy work week, moving, and the impending marriage. So yeah, it has been difficult to find time for this commitment of spreading the knowledge of new television creamy goodness. Please accept my apologies. I plan on getting ahead of next week's premieres.

If you missed any of the shows your interested in from Monday and Tuesday, there's good news. In this day and age you can either find them on the network websites, Hulu, or with network apps. And in some cases, you may have "On Demand" available with cable or satellite TV providers. This is an exciting time for a TV junkie to be alive!


So here goes... What you need to know for the coming week.


PREMIERE DATES

Monday, April 18
- Season two of ’12 Monkeys’ dropped on Syfy at 9pm.

Tuesday, April 1
- ‘Containment’ debuted on the CW at 9pm. Zombies and to a lesser degree, vampires (‘The Strain’), has kind of fueled this type of series. It’s a limited run series so I’m not wasting my time on this type of broadcast network fodder.
- ‘The Night Manager’ debuted on AMC at 10pm. It’s a mini-series and I’m only going by the promos… We ONLY know what it is from the series title. And that, my friends, along with the tight shots of Hugh Laurie’s face isn’t enough to compel me to watch.

Wednesday, April 20
- Season 3 of ‘Deadbeat’ hits Hulu.
- ‘Time Traveling Bong’ debuts at 10:30pm on Comedy Central.

Thursday, April 21
- ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ is back for a fourth season on Comedy Central at 10pm.

Sunday, April 24
- Season 6 of ‘Game Of Thrones’ hits HBO at 9pm.
- Season 3 of ‘Silicon Valley’ drops on HBO at 10pm.
- Season 5 of ‘Veep’ arrives on HBO at 10:30pm.



AMAZON PRIME TV

Monday, April 18
- Season 1 ‘Wubbulous World Of Dr. Seuss: The Cat Adventures’
- Season 1 ‘Home Fires’
- Season 1 ‘The Widower’

Thursday, April 21
- Season 4 ‘Inside Amy Schumer’
- Season 2 ‘Veep’

Monday, April 11, 2016

Your Television Premiere Dates for the Week of April 11 - 17, 2016

NEWS

FYI cancelled ‘Kocktails With Khloe’ and the world is better for it. Look for the finale episode of this primetime talk-fest to air on April 20.




PREMIERE DATES

Monday, April 11
- ‘The Detour’ debuts on TBS at 9pm. It’s about a family on vacation. TBS believes they’re “very funny”, but their track record hasn’t proven that. My advice… Turn around and forget ‘The Detour’.
- ‘Hunters’ debuts on SyFy at 10pm. Based on Whitley Strieber’s novel ‘Alien Hunter’, it centers around the disappearance of a decorated Philadelphia policeman’s wife.

Tuesday, April 12
- ‘The Mindy Project’ is back from it’s midseason hiatus on Hulu with all new weekly episodes.
- NBC has a sneak preview of ‘Game Of Silence’ for you at 10pm. Five childhood friends reunite and they have a secret from days gone by… blah, blah, blah. Based on a Turkish series. Regular day and time begins on April 14 at 10pm.

Wednesday, April 13
- ‘Strong’ is a new reality competition series with 10 of America’s best trainers work with people that have “potential”. This sneak preview airs at 9pm with it’s regular time/day April 14 at 8pm.

Thursday, April 14
- ‘Strong’ time slot debut at 8pm on NBC.
- ‘American Grit’ debuts at 9pm on FOX. It’s a reality competition series hosted by Professional Wrestler John Cena.
- Season 4 of ‘Orphan Black’ drops on BBC America at 10pm.
- ‘Game Of Silence’ time slot debut at 10pm on NBC.

Friday, April 15
- ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is back for a second season on Netflix. This made my Top 5 Best New Shows of 2015 and I will be all over this one.
- ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ is a remake of the 1960s British TV series that mixes CGI and live-acton model sets. This series reboot is on Amazon.

Sunday, April 17
- Season 2 of ‘Good Witch’ drops on Hallmark at 9pm.



NETFLIX

Monday, April 11
- Season 2 ‘TURN: Washington’s Spies’

Tuesday, April 12
- Season 1 ‘AJIN’

Friday, April 15
- Season 3 ‘Cuckoo’

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The Bitching Dead

Once again I find myself astounded by the complaints on social media about one of the best television series currently on the boob tube… AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’.

The standard complaint usually comes after a deep episode of character development that lacks the carnage that segments of the show’s fan base seem to appreciate the most. “If it bleeds it leads” appears to be the mantra for those types that appreciate knives to zombie skulls or just flat out beheadings. Or maybe they’re the “gun nuts” that own stock in companies that manufacture squibs (exploding blood packs for scenes involving over-the-top gunshots)?

I don’t really know, but it seems that there are a percentage of fans that want more gore and fewer meaningful scenes of character development. Perhaps they’re just too obtuse to understand the deeper meaning of the series. Again, I just don’t know and I’m not sure why that bothers me.

‘The Walking Dead’ just wrapped up another season where Negan finally made his appearance. Sure, the series saved him for last on the season ender and who could blame them?

But the cliffhanger where Negan takes Lucille, a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat, and beats the skull in and life out of one of the cast members caused a lot of outrage on social media.


The cries were loud and some were calling “BS”. A percentage of the viewing audience was angry about the decision of the writers and creators to turn a season ending episode into a cliffhanger. They felt that they deserved to know which cast member was biting the dust at the hands of Negan and his Lucille.

In my opinion, this is unbelievable.

The ONLY thing they owe viewers is simple and easy to understand… They should leave you for six months wanting more of ‘The Walking Dead’. That is their job.

‘The Walking Dead’ is a serial. Each episode continues the storyline created, written, acted, and directed by professionals committed to telling stories in the medium known as television. A time honored tradition of serials is that previously mentioned thing referred to as a “cliffhanger”. The purpose is to leave you hanging as to what the results will be when the series picks back up.

There’s plenty of time to discuss the cliffhanger during the time before the next season airs. You’re able to form ideas and share opinions. You’re able to digest the happenings and speculate about what will happen during the new season that will be here before we know it.

I remember a time in 1980 when the American public was obsessed with a season ending cliffhanger where J.R. Ewing was shot by an unknown assailant on a nighttime soap known as ‘Dallas’. “Who shot J.R.?” became a national catch phrase. There were even t-shirts dedicated to the storyline with the simple phrase of “I Shot J.R.”. Everyone had their theories as to who tried to kill bad ol’ J.R. Ewing.

It was great! I had my theory and I was wrong. As a matter of fact, I don’t recall knowing anyone that had a correct theory. The series was a staple in the Sims household and we discussed it all summer long around the dinner table at least once a week. It was discussed in the classrooms, lobby, and hallways of Northwest Guilford Junior High School. Some of the discussion even spilled over into the buses that shuttled us to and from NW Guilford. It would pop into discussions happening in the parking lot and game room at Putt-Putt during the summer.

It was inescapable. And it was fun to chat about.

So what has happened over the years to cause ‘The Walking Dead’ audience to cry out with disapproval when they were presented with a fantastic cliffhanger last Sunday night?

Personally, I feel that today’s viewers have become too accustomed to instant gratification that comes with streaming favorite television series. And if viewers don’t get that satisfaction, well by golly they’re going to take to social media and voice their disapproval instantly because they have a “bullhorn” to do so.

They sound like spoiled children that aren’t getting what they think they deserve. After all, they deserve to know! They don’t care for the time honored tradition of the “cliffhanger” that serial types of shows are historically known for… They want it now!

Perhaps those viewers don’t care for fun things like speculation and reflection about events leading up to the cliffhanger. Maybe they don’t like discussing it with friends and family.

Oh wait… They desire instant gratification. What was I thinking?

Listen… If you’re an avid viewer of ‘The Walking Dead’ you got exactly what you deserved. We all did. Sure, I’ll give up the fact that the mid-season finale with Glenn surrounded by a horde of zombies around a dumpster was gimmicky. It shouldn’t have involved a character of that magnitude and it shouldn’t have taken as long as it did to resolve when the series came back from the mid-season break.

And maybe that’s what is pissing off a percentage of the millions that watch ‘The Walking Dead’. They may feel as if their emotions are being toyed with.

Well, guess what? Emotions are being toyed with and that’s the whole point.

Those responsible for making the series want you craving the identity of the character that dies at the hand of Negan and his handy little friend Lucille. That is exactly what serial storytellers are supposed to do.

Live with it, accept it, and enjoy the off season discussion with friends and family. You’ll be surprised as to how you may come to some other possibilities and ideas. Open yourself to discussion about ‘The Walking Dead’ season finale on social media instead of bitching about not getting your instant gratification.


I’m not a fan of binge watching television series. I get the feeling that this instant gratification is making viewers dumber and spoiled because they don’t want to think and roll ideas around in their noodle. They need answers now!

In my opinion, that’s a damn shame.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Your Television Premiere Dates for the Week of April 4 - 10, 2016

All times are EST. It's a light week of premieres...

PREMIERE DATES

Monday, April 4
- ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ are back after 10 years of dormancy. Find it on Cartoon Network at 6pm.


Thursday, April 7
- ‘The Odd Couple’ returns for a second season on CBS at 8:30pm.


Friday, April 8
- ‘Catastrophe’ is back for a second season on Amazon.


Saturday, April 9
- Season two of ‘Outlander’ drops on Starz at 9pm.


Sunday, April 10
- ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ debuts on Starz at 8pm. It’s a series about expensive call-girls and their clients.
- ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is back at 9pm on AMC. This series was picked as one of my Top 5 Best New Shows of 2015. The slow-burn of the series managed to drop the viewership numbers, but hopefully those numbers will raise now as the dead are walking more.
- ‘Dice’ is a new semi-autobiographical sitcom with Andrew “Dice” Clay. As someone that found his standup as funny as hearing children cry, I may avoid this series because of my low expectations. Interested parties may catch the series on Showtime at 9:30pm.



FINALES

Thursday, April 7
- We say goodbye to one of the, in my opinion, biggest waster of time in television history… ‘American Idol’. Why anyone wasted their time watching glorified Karaoke singers on national television was beyond my comprehension. I say good riddance.