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‘One Big Happy’ is a Mess

posted by jtotey

I am not one to just to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to conspiracy theories about Hollywood, but NBC’s latest sitcom has given me pause. However, those like me who are concerned about the messages shared in One […]

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TV: Rating the New Shows

posted by jtotey

Time for the mid season replacement series. Here is a look at five that made their debut last week. American Crime Starring: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, […]

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‘Odd Couple’ Won’t Last

posted by jtotey

Neil Simon’s original play, The Odd Couple is a comedy classic that no TV sitcom incarnation has given the story any justice. The 1970-1975 version with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman came the closest, but it pales in comparison to […]

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ABC Comedy Misses the Boat

posted by jtotey

After ABC found family sitcome success with shows like The Middle, Modern Family, and The Goldbergs, this year, the network has been focusing on bringing more diversity to the airwaves. Black-ish had a strong start with it’s great premiere episode, […]

‘Marry Me’ Features Too Much Banter, Too Little Plot

posted by jtotey

For a couple of years, the ABC and a few choice critics were trying to tell us that the sitcom, Happy Endings was worth watching. It wasn’t. While witty banter will make for a good scene every now and then, […]

CBS’ ‘Stalker’ not Worth Staring at

posted by jtotey

While many people have no desire to watch a TV series with a title like Stalker, the CBS show won its time period in viewers and key demographics last night. Despite the good ratings, that doesn’t mean that the show […]

ABC’s ‘Murder’ is Riveting and Morally Ambiguous

posted by jtotey

In short, ABC’s new drama, How to Get Away with Murder is riveting. The pilot held my attention all the way through making it hard to wait to see the next episode. It is a well done show with multiple […]

Black-ish is a Welcome Addition to Family Comedies

posted by jtotey

Andre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) is a proud man. A proud black man. A proud black man who doesn’t want his success to be defined by the color of his skin. But he doesn’t want his skin tone to be ignored […]

‘Gotham’ is Dark and Intriguing

posted by jtotey

Will viewers tune in for a TV show that focuses on everything that is Batman, except the caped crusader himself? Apparently yes. FOX’s new DC Comics TV show, Gotham premiered last night, September 22, with eight million viewers and a […]

ABC’s ‘Forever’ Feels Familiar

posted by jtotey

Dr. Harry Morgan has a problem. He has lived for over 200 years. It’s not that he can’t die; he has died many times. He just keeps coming back to life…always in water…naked. It is as if his body resets […]

Could ‘Madam Secretary’ be the next ‘Good Wife’?

posted by jtotey

TV dramas that feature strong female leads continue to be popular this fall. First up is Madam Secretary where CBS is hoping to strike lightning twice having the new show be the lead in the award-winning The Good Wife. As […]

One Person’s ‘UTOPIA’ is Another’s Hell

posted by jtotey

FOX is leading the way for fall TV with UTOPIA which premiered Sunday, and if you missed it, just know that it was a doozy. The show is everything that Survivor and Big Brother wish they were. It’s not a […]

ABC’s Put on the Wrong Show with ‘The Quest’

posted by jtotey

Eyes began to roll across America when the first previews of ABC’s The Quest began to air on the network months ago. Last night, we got a chance to see firsthand what the medieval-themed reality game show was all about […]

Comedians Shine in ‘Kirstie’

posted by jtotey

Kirstie Alley has had her ups and downs over the years from her start as a Vulcan in the Star Trek II movie to her most recent stint on Dancing with the Stars where she proved that she is still […]

Uplifting Reality TV – Really

posted by jtotey

Reality television has nearly taken over our TV sets. From little girls wearing too much makeup to spoiled housewives to bachelors looking to win the hand of Ms. Right…most of these shows are not worth watching let alone reading about. […]

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