The Too Much TV Roundup- 04/01/23

Lots of TV shows to discuss today. ABC has announced its plans to revive its TGIF lineup, with a mix of revivals and new series. First up, Melissa Joan hart is tapped to return as Sabrina, the 40-Something Witch, no other cast has been announced, though Caroline Rhea is expected to return since she hasn’t found anything to do since Match Game stopped making new episodes. The other show to anchor the lineup is Family Matters, taking a look at how Urkel and laura ended up with a family, and a set of kids that are mostly very different from Steve. Lastly, while it wasn’t a TGIF show, ABC is in talks to revive Home Improvement, but because of the personal lives of the three actors who played the young Taylors, only Jonathan Taylor Thomas is expected to return as a series regular opposite Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson. The plot revolves around Randy raising his own family, while living next door to his dad, so Allen ends up in the Wilson role. Just over the fence.

Not to be outdone, Dick Wolf is exploring a revival of former iterations of his popular franchises, putting Chicago Law and law and Order: Trial By jury on track as Peacock versions of his NBC franchises.

Netflix is finally giving Glow closure. They ordered a shortened final season of Glow, that is just a three-parter, using some of the existing footage, but allowing the cast and crew the opportunity to wrap their show successfully.

And Disney Plus announced plans to revive Tale Spin, which will follow the planned revival of Darkwing Duck. This comes after the announcement that a Rescue Rangers sequel is in the works.

Happy April Fools Day!

8) So Help Me Todd (CBS/Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I think this is the first time that Todd has found himself on the bottom, but this episode was just so… poorly written. It didn’t even feel like the rest of the show. The whole Susan being nervous about her first trial thing didn’t work for me. That’s really her first trial? And then, I correctly predicted the entire ending except for the actual person. I knew there was a twist about the intended target right away, and I knew the reason why. Normally, there’s some level of suspense with this show. This week, there was none.

Episode Grade: C+

7) Your honor (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Seven months in, and the concept of importing audio description for Showtime programming still eludes the Paramount Plus team. So, my reviews will continue to elude them. #DescribeEverything

Episode Grade: B-

6) Star Trek Picard (Paramount Plus)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Tensions ran high in a mostly dialogue heavy episode, but while I had fun hearing Picard say “fuck”, it was that final shot with all those Captains, as well as the line “it’s time to boldly get the hell out of here” that made this episode fun.

Episode Grade: B

5) Anamaniacs (Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

The weird storybook opening that blended the Anamaniacs and Pinky and the Brain was the best part of this episode. I’m sad that didn’t last longer.

Episode Grade: B

4) The Rookie Feds (ABC/Hulu)

English Audio Description?: Yes

I gotta say, while this wasn’t perfect, it was the closest thing this show has been to perfect since launch, without needing to be a crossover. essentially, there were three different cases, with Simone being tasked to do something menial, and instead foiling a hitman with the help of her would-have-been boss. We also had a second case where someone was stealing pills out of the hospital, and a third where the ex-Vampire cop was overseeing burning day, but also helping his partner land a new home.

Episode Grade: B+

3) The Legend Of Vox Machina (Amazon)

English Audio Description?: yes

I literally just want them to all be alive at the end of this season, and Grog to get his powers back. With only one episode left, I’m actually not sure if that’s all going to happen, and that’s what has made this season great.

Episode Grade: A-

2) Top Chef (Bravo/Peacock)

English Audio Description?: Yes

Damn. I lost two of my favorite people. one of them, another American chef gone, I remembered from his season, and the other was making quite an impact. Honestly, it sucks because they essentially argued about how to deliver the egg, and they went with one person’s way, and it was that way that got them eliminated. So, really, had they gone with the other chef… they might have still been there. Whereas, the other team that got saved still didn’t have crispy fish. It’s something I fully disagree with the judges on. The team that got saved even had a heads up that their batter wasn’t crispy enough during the judges check in when they were still making the food, and they still couldn’t figure it out. That’s the team that should have gone home. They knew what their problem was, couldn’t figure out how to fix it, and served the dish anyway.

Episode Grade: A-

1) The Traitors (Peacock)

English Audio Description? Yes

The table was left with two people still needing to vote, and Kate and Christian both being up for elimination. My guess is Christian, which will make them feel a lot better heading into the finale. unless someone tells them that they really did gain a traitor, they might still think they only have one left. And if Kate survives the night, I can’t see how she survives the whole season. I think Ari and Sri have got this in the bag.

Episode Grade: A

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