Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), the titular Mrs from Amazon’s new series THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL, is a woman scorned. Left by her joke-stealing husband Joel for the dim-witted secretary at his big-city office, she stumbles into a burgeoning career as a stand up comedian at the start of the 1960s, under the guidance of a woman named Susie (the jokes about whom all come down to “what’s with that dude? Oh she’s a lady”). As the 8 episode first
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I applaud The CW for doing what they can to step out of their comfort zone with VALOR, which premieres tonight at 9/8c after SUPERGIRL. VALOR is show about a bad-ass fighter pilot who happens to be a woman (Nora Madani, played with no emotion by Christina Ochoa), who covered up something bad on her most recent mission involving fellow returnee Leland Gallo (CW-casting-director-fave Matt Barr) and their missing colleague. The show wants to have it all: mystery, danger, clandestine
Absurd and too-long title notwithstanding, I love everything about KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD. If there was any actor that should interact with an imaginary possible-angel when his family already thinks he’s insane, Jason Ritter is the guy for the job and ABC’s new show, premiering at 10/9c is the show for me. KEVIN is the story of Kevin Finn (Ritter), an admittedly selfish and sometimes crappy person, fresh off of what we learn was a bit of a breakdown.
In ABC’s THE MAYOR, premiering at 9:30/8:30c tonight, Brandon Michael Hall plays Courtney Rose, a young Northern California rapper who, in an effort to bring attention to his budding music career, runs for Mayor of Fort Grey, California. When he attends the big debate, looking to promote his music (and not ever thinking he could actually win), he masterfully puts his opponent in place over the cleanup of a public park, leading to a surprise victory and a new job.
In CBS’ YOUNG SHELDON, getting a special preview at 8:30/7:30c tonight before it moves to its regular home (still behind THE BIG BANG THEORY) on Thursdays (11/2, after football), we’re introduced to Sheldon Cooper as a 9-year-old. He wears a very specific bow-tie to school, the high school where his academic achievements have placed him at least 5 years early. He doesn’t get along very well with his family because his advanced brain puts him outside of their down-home norms
In CBS’ ME, MYSELF, & I, premiering tonight at 9:30/8:30c (before moving to the 9/8c timeslot at the end of October), Bobby Moynihan stars as Alex, a 40-year-old inventor whose recent-ex wife threatens to take his daughter, Abby, away from him. He’s facing a mid-life crisis and needs help from his best friend and partner, Jaleel White’s Darryl, to say in line. Also starring as Alex? Jack Dylan Grazer, a then-14-year-old verson in 1991, whose mother moves him from Chicago
ABC’s THE GOOD DOCTOR (which counts David Shore and Daniel Dae Kim among the producers) tells the story of Dr Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome. He leaves his quiet life to interview for a surgery position at San Jose’s St Bonaventure on a recommendation by his mentor, Richard Schiff’s Dr Aaron Glassman. The first episode follows Shaun’s journey from home to the hospital for his interview, making time, almost immediately, to show flashbacks of
THE GOOD PLACE returns to NBC tonight for Season 2, with an episode titled “Everything is Great!” and though the character who utters the line in the show might not be telling the whole (slash any of the) truth – believe me when I tell you that everything, from the writing to the performances, to the tweaks made to the town in the wake of Michael’s epic failure, is truly great. Season 1 of THE GOOD PLACE ended with Eleanor
BETTER THINGS was easily one of the best shows of 2016. Emmy-nominated star Pamela Adlon and her creative team put together something real, raw, dark, funny, endearing, and beautiful in season 1 and it should be no surprise that they’ve done it again with Season 2, which premieres tonight at 10/9c on FX. Adlon’s story of Sam, her daughters, and her mother Phil, dives even more deeply in season 2 into the exploration of modern life – what it means
Season 3 of YOU’RE THE WORST ended with Jimmy proposing to Gretchen and then immediately abandoning her in the hills as he took off for who knows where. When Season 4 picks back up tonight (at 10/9c on FXX with an hour long premiere), the show skips the immediate aftermath of what happened on that night, and shows us where our favorite people are 3 months down the line. It should be no surprise that neither Jimmy nor Gretchen is