The Too Much TV Roundup- 03/27/23

I’d love to be able to open this column today with some sweet new TV buzz. I’ll say that it’s interesting to me that with the exception of True Lies, which CBS doesn’t seem to be considering to bring back, the little things holding up their last three shows are silly. blue Bloods has been running for 13 seasons, anchoring the lineup, and CBS is making the actors take pay cuts to lower production costs. Meanwhile, SWAT, which is one of those rare shows actually GAINING audience, is in the same boat. Gotta be cheaper if you wanna come back. Budget television. Lastly, east New York, which seems to cost less, is coming down to streaming rights, as CBS wants to be able to keep old seasons of the show on their service should they keep the show around, but their currrent deal with WBD only gives them the rights to stream the current season. This isn’t really new, if you’re an HBO MAX subscriber, you’ve probably noticed they have the first season of Abbott Elementary and also past seasons of young Sheldon. That’s because those shows are produced by Warner Bros.

6) 6) Hello Tomorrow (Apple Plus)

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Not that this episode was bad, but I liked everything thrown at me basically today. Tomorrow ended up at the bottom because it was a bit much, and perhaps a bit obvious, was Jack was trying to do for Joey in the third episode, and I’m actually surprised no one else, including Joey, suspects this guy might be his dad.

Episode Grade: B

5) Lockwood and Co. (Netflix)

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starting to turn this back around, after the way Episode 6 ended, 7 takes our little gang off to danger. And it felt like danger, but oddly more with the duo on the boat. I don’t know what was going on with George, but he was acting very paranoid, more so than usual, while the other two tried to retrieve a mirror, and a dangerous auction was being held.

Episode Grade: B+

4) Bel Air (Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Well, unsurprisingly, Phil and Jeffrey makeup. But there’s some backstory hinted at there. Jackie was of course revealed to be related to Doc, because, duh. Jazz and Hillary are still working out relationship goals. Carlton is being weaned off his medications. The most interesting thing in this episode was the firing of the black teacher, and the students planning a walk out… that was meant for another episode? It’s like, everyone was moving into place. not a bad episode, but a perfect week to show that I don’t just consistently put this at number one.

Episode Grade: A-

3) The Equalizer (CBS/Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Watching an episode that started off with a mass shooting the day of a mass shooting was very odd. But the mystery behind this weeks episode was actually really good, and instead of trying to give Robin’s family some bullshit storyline, we basically just ignored them, and focused on the mission.

Episode Grade: B-

2) Shrinking (Apple Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Harrison Ford is truly great in this. It feels like the perfect role for him at this stage. I like him better here than in 1923.

Episode Grade: A

1) The Consultant (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: Yes

So I’m like 99% sure that Christoph Waltz is playing the devil. This show gets weirder and weirder. I’m only three episodes in, and my comfort level is basically non existent. For what it is setting out to accomplish, it very likely is accomplishing it.Even if it turns out that Waltz is a normal dude, he’s still crazy as hell.

Episode Grade: A

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