Progress Report: Post-February Sweeps, 2015-2016 Pilots

Hey!  CPU! is starting to catch up as we pump out podcasts and rev up with reviews. Catching up means we have a greater ability to stay on top of the TV news.  Just in time, as the networks are starting to hand out renewal and cancellation notices a bit more frequently.  Plus, there have been updated premiere dates released lately.  So, it’s time for a quarterly progress report for the new pilots (long-running shows covered by this blog will be addressed at end of season)! Where are the new shows (that are left), and how are they doing nowadays?  Read below to find out!

And for those of you looking for this week’s new CPU! PODCAST!, the podcasts will be in re-runs for the next two weeks as we work on some exciting new developments for CPU! This week, courtesy of WordPress’ Sticky Post feature, we are re-running our Gotham podcast published last week, as Gotham returns with new episodes to Fox on February 29, 2016! Revisit that podcast for all things early Bruce Wayne/Jim Gordon (it’s at the top of the Home page).  Our next new podcast episode will be about Marvel’s Daredevil, and it will be published on March 9, 2016!  Stay tuned!  Keep listening!  Keep watching! Buh-bye!

Oh, and thanks to TVLine for helping a girl out.

American Horror Story: Hotel

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL, FX

PREMIERE DATE | On hiatus, fully aired.

WHO | Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson

WHAT | The latest edition of the horror anthology series goes inside a hotel and features a love triangle between Bomer, Gaga and Wittrock’s characters.

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pick-Up.  I haven’t watched Freak Show yet, and I’m more than chagrined that we are down a Jessica Lange and up a Lady Gaga (who frakking gets top billing no less).  Also, Ryan Murphy’s shows suffer late life.  I loved Horror House and Coven and enjoyed Asylum, albeit less than the other seasons.  Of course, it’s still on my watch list. Even if I might regret it like a “Bad Romance.”

STATUS: This season has ended.  American Horror Story was renewed for a sixth season by F/X in November 2015, which will premiere Fall 2016.

CPU! STATUS: Not yet viewed.

Angel From Hell

ANGEL FROM HELL, CBS

PREMIERE DATE | January 7, 2016

WHEN | Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c

WHO | Jane Lynch (Glee), Maggie Lawson (Psych), Kyle Bornheimer (Family Tools), Kevin Pollak (Mom)

WHAT | When Amy enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts.

Trailer Available at CBS’ YouTube Channel and TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

(INITIAL) VERDICT: Hesitantly Pick-Up.  Honestly, the plot/comedic situation seems pretty thin, and the main character is not as likable as some, but more Jane Lynch on my small screen with less spastic singing tweens and teens around her could be a very good thing.  She’s funny, but is she enough to carry this show?  It might be worth it to check it out, since the idea of Jane Lynch as anyone’s guardian angel is almost too delicious to pass up.

STATUS: Officially canceled.  The Eye canceled this Jane Lynch sitcom after airing only five episodes.

CPU! STATUS: Because so few episodes aired, with no word as to when remaining filmed episodes might be, and despite the presence of the always funny Jane Lynch, CPU! will, with some regret, change the initial verdict of hesitantly pick-up to pass in the interest of devoting time to other TV possibilities with arguable longevity.  Sorry, Jane Lynch.

Blindspot

BLINDSPOT, NBC

PREMIERE DATE | Sept. 21

WHEN | Mondays at 10/9c

WHO | Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Broadchurch), Ashley Johnson (The Killing)

WHAT | A beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.

Trailer Available at NBC.com or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

(INITIAL) VERDICT: Pass.  I may change my mind if the show gains momentum, but here are my thoughts. While the premise is certainly intriguing, insofar as a random woman in Times Square with tattoos is somewhat interesting, the way the trailer teased the story reminded me of Memento meets The Terminator.  This mystery could be jaw-dropping, or it could fall flat, depending upon what the mystery is.  Yet, neither of the lead actors were likable enough in the trailer to draw me in, and unless this mystery carries with it a DaVinci Code proportioned revelation, I would find myself growing weary of it pretty quickly. Plus, I have so much TV to watch.  Again, if the show gets buzz, critical accolades, or otherwise gains steam, I might change my mind.  I can do that.

STATUS: In season with a full season order, and officially renewed for season two!

CPU! STATUS: The show has buzz and accolades and steam.  It has officially been picked up by CPU! (and added to a very long list).

Bordertown

Bordertown, Fox

PREMIERE DATE |January 3, 2016

WHO | Nicholas Gonzalez, Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander, Efren Ramirez

WHAT | A satirical look at the cultural shifts taking place in America. Exploring family, politics and everything in between with a cross-cultural wink, the series centers on two very different families living in a fictional Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border.

Trailer Available at Fox’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICKUP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  As a holdover pilot from last season, my opinion remains the same. A culturally relevant, now animated sitcom will be introduced by Fox.  I don’t really gravitate toward adult cartoons beyond the mainstays like The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy, and the constant delays don’t leave me with votes of confidence for this one.  I may be surprised.

STATUS: In season, having finally premiered after several delays.  TV pundits say it’s too early to tell about renewal possibilities, and, in truth, CPU! has heard virtually no buzz on the interwebs or on the street about this show.

CPU! STATUS: As a result, not exactly convinced to watch or cover it.

The Catch

THE CATCH, ABC

PREMIERE DATE | March 24, 2016

WHEN | Midseason

WHO | Mireille Enos (The Killing),Damon Dayoub (NCIS), Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), Rose Rollins (The L Word), Alimi Ballard, Jacky Ido, Jay Hayden, Elvy Yost

WHAT | A thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin. She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.

Trailer Available at ABC’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  This looks like another Shonda Rimes entry, pitting a con artist against a fraud investigator.  Which is to say, I think the show was created by someone else but is being produced by Shondaland.  I am currently Shonda-free, having jumped the shark on Grey’s Anatomy, and I have not become involved with Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder. I am just starting to feel that there is a definite formula to shows produced by Shondaland, most of which have a steamy, soap opera vibe.  I have occasionally chosen to check out shows of that type, but my interest in this show was not piqued by the trailer, so I pass.

Chicago Med

CHICAGO MED, NBC

PREMIERE DATE | Nov. 17

WHEN | Tuesdays at 9/8

WHO | S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead), Yaya DaCosta (Ugly Betty), Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless), Oliver Platt (Fargo)

WHAT | The Chicago Fire spinoff follows the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most bustling hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the ChicagoP.D. and Fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Windy City heroes hits the ground running.

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  Another medical drama?  Another Chicago Fire spin off?  While there is no trailer, I’m getting definite E.R. and Chicago Hope deja vu.  Maybe it will work for some, but it’s not original enough to entice me.  I had to be talked into watching Grey’s Anatomy.  Maybe someone will talk me into watching this.  Or not.

STATUS: Officially renewed for season two by the Peacock.

CPU! STATUS: No change.  It’s still a medical drama, and no one’s tried to talk me into watching it…

Code Black

CODE BLACK, CBS

PREMIERE DATE | Sept. 30

WHEN | Wednesdays at 10/9c

WHO | Marcia Gay Harden (Trophy Wife), Bonnie Somerville (Cashmere Mafia), Raza Jaffrey (Smash), Luis Guzman (How to Make It in America), Melanie Kannokada, Harry M. Ford, Ben Hollingsworth (Cult, The Tomorrow People), William Allen Young

WHAT | Inspired by the festival award-winning documentary of the same name, this medical drama is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – L.A. County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.

Trailer Available at TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pass.  Yet another medical drama, CBS-style.  I didn’t watch this trailer…because medical drama.  Talk me into it.

STATUS: In season.  TVLine thinks renewal is a “safe bet,” but no announcement has yet been made.

CPU! STATUS: The same.  Again, no one’s trying to talk me into it…

Containment

CONTAINMENT, The CW

PREMIERE DATE | April 19, 2016

WHEN | Midseason

WHO | Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries), Claudia Black (The Originals, Farscape), David Gyasi (Interstellar), Christina Moses (Starship: Apocalypse), Kristen Gutoskie (Beaver Falls), George Young (Casualty), Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Spartacus: War of the Damned) and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live)

WHAT | When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure.

Trailer Available at The CW’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Hesitantly Pick Up.  While this new show looks like a TV version of Outbreak for the 2010s, it is created and produced by Julie Plec, the CW’s darling who created The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and The Tomorrow People.  There were also some fairly compelling performances in the short teaser that made me think this program would be an intense thrill ride. Because I trust the producer, I will check it out.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, The CW

PREMIERE DATE | Oct. 19

WHEN | Mondays at 8/7

WHO | Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken)

WHAT | Bloom stars as Rebecca, a successful, driven and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything — her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan, included — in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif.

Trailer Available at The CW’s YouTube channel or TVLine.com

PICK UP OR PASS?

VERDICT: Pick Up.  On the strength of the trailer alone, I choose to pick up this show. The premise sounds very close to other rom-com fair, such as Sleepless in Seattle, or even Felicity with an extremely charismatic lead actress and comedic vs. dramatic pastiche – though, in this situation, it would be like what would happen if Felicity dated Ben in high school first, broke up with him, and then followed him to New York.  Except that this woman is following her ex-beau to California.

Look – if there are musical numbers like there are in the trailer, I will love this to the ends of time. In fact, that better be a thing.  There are not enough musical romantic comedies about crazy lovesick women on TV.  Plus, Rachel Bloom proved herself to be infinitely watchable in this five minute teaser.  And I really liked her outfits.  Excellent trailing, CW.

Seriously, I really hope the musical numbers are included.

STATUS: In season.  TVLine upgraded its prognosis of renewal to “could go either way,” as the network – and critics – have been pretty vocally supportive of this show, especially during the winter TCA Press Conferences.

CPU! STATUS: Not yet viewed but will still watch it, regardless of its fate.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

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  1. kyliekeelee · February 25, 2016

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