November 21, 2018

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Last Man Standing Season 7 Episode 1 Review: Welcome Baxter

There was no shortage of jokes on Last Man Standing Season 7 Episode 1 proving the show is better than ever. The very first scene was a jab at ABC canceling the hit show, which is not a surprise because the joke was in all of Fox's promos for the show. It was still funny though. One thing the show did very well, although a bit cheesy, was acknowledging there is a new Mandy. Molly McCormick is tall and skinny with blonde hair, as opposed to Molly Ephraim who was shorter and skinny with dark black hair. Kyle admitting to Mike he couldn't tell what was different about his wife was one of those true dumb Kyle moments that make fans love him. The pure excitement on his face when he screamed "you're tall and blonde" was so cute. Christoph Sanders and Molly appear to have great chemistry so far, which is a big plus for her being a believable Mandy. Kyle: I am trying to DVR my favorite TV show but it is not on. Vanessa: Oh, well maybe it got canceled. The TV business can be heartless. Kyle: It didn't get canceled. Why would they cancel a popular TV show that everybody loves? Mike: Maybe they're a bunch of idiots. Just try another channel. Vanessa: Oh Mike, they don't just take a show off of one network and put it on another. Kyle: Hey there it is! You were right Mr. B. Mike: Is it me or is it way better on this network? Permalink: Is it me or is it way better on this network? Added: September 28, 2018 The episode took on a hot-button topic in today's world, politics in America. However, it was done in the most relatable way. Eve and Mandy's disagreement that turned into a no speaking war, is happening in family's all over the country. In this case, though the fight was done with humor, instead of angry yelling. When Vanessa declared politics off limits in the Baxter home, Mike had his work pals Chuck and Ed to help him hash out what was going on with his divided family. Chuck admitted he has been avoiding his own brother since the election, again very relatable to so many. Related: Get HBO via Prime Video Channels for Addictive Dramas, Hilarious Comedies, and Hit Movies! What was great about the Chuck, Ed and Mike scene was they were having a serious conversation but the one-liners were hilarious. These three men managed to joke about the Vietnam War, the MacArthur hearings and the Civil Rights movement with such dry humor and wit. it was one of the best scenes in the episode. Ryan's frustration with America was a powerful storyline as well. His desire to take action by moving back to his home country of Canada is a thought that has occurred to a lot of people since the election. Mike: How are you doing? Ryan: I am good. You actually made me realize it is time to get serious and stop being a victim and take some control over my life. Mike: See, you just needed a little push. Ryan: So I am moving the family to Canada. Vanessa: You're moving to Canada? Ryan: Look I know it is ..

Hawaii Five-0 Season 9 Episode 1 Review: Ka ʻōwiliʻōkaʻi (Cocoon)

Well, we're off to an interesting start. Steve and the gang joined forces with the CIA on Hawaii Five-0 Season 9 Episode 1. Make that some of the CIA, those that hadn't thrown in with a group of renegade Chinese spies. I truthfully didn't follow the geopolitical happenings that led to CIA agents around the globe suffering "accidental" deaths. Short version: Something well meaning that McGarrett has done in the past has come back to bite him in the ass. A "no good deed goes unpunished" kind of thing. Does the why really matter? It's merely a call to action for Five-0. Related: Hawaii Five-0 Season 8 Episode 25 Review: Ancients Exposed It was a promising start. McGarrett and Junior digging a pit in which to hide Kamekona's investment in Steve's, err Kamekona's Italian Bistro (neither name actually sings). A reformed convict investing in a restaurant being opened by two cops. Nope, nothing sketchy about that. And Tani was doing what she does best: cracking wise. She isn't Kono, but is a diverting replacement, blending Steve's aggression and Danny's sarcasm. Then McGarrett got the call that sucked all the lightheartedness out of the episode. (You know it's a serious episode when we see Kamekona's money but not him.) Hennessey, a CIA agent, had been killed. Apparently, Hennessey and Steve went back to Afghanistan, and later Hennessey helped him track down Victor Hess, his father's killer. It's never a bad idea to tap McGarrett's Naval Intelligence connection for narrative fodder. And a cameo by the late, great Wo Fat was enough to make viewers sit up at the beginning. Steve owes Hennessey, so naturally, he looked into his "accident,' which no one was buying. And he and Danny getting attacked by a hulking Chinese spy kind of sealed the deal. Related: Watch Hawaii Five-0 Online: Season 8 Episode 25 Further entangling McGarrett was Greer, yet another who got away while he was heeding the call of his country during his youth. Of course, she and her tightly wound partner showed up just after the battle with the brute. (Does Jack Coleman play any characters that don't spit out the term "need to know"?) Danny seemed to be pushing Steve to rekindle things with Greer since he'd been a monk since his breakup with Lynn. Not that I blame Lynn since he only has eyes for danger. I did like Kray, the CIA boss. He provided the necessary exposition for McGarrett and the viewers so that everyone was somewhat on the same page. He seemed to understand that there was no reason to be cagey since he needed Steve's help. Since no one inside the CIA could be trusted, it was necessary to bring in outside law enforcement, in this case, Five-0. I agreed with everyone on Steve's team that using him as bait was a bad idea. His choice of careers has taken a toll on his body, so why offer up his mind to brainwashing? Just ask Jerry, who can..

The Good Doctor Promo: Who Might Die?

Everything in Shaun's life is falling apart. A brand new trailer for The Good Doctor Season 2 teases what's to come for the doctor on this hit series, and more heartbreak is on the horizon. With Lea's surprising return on The Good Doctor Season 2 Episode 1, he has to find a way to make sense of it. It's difficult for him to articulate how he feels, but we think it's fair to say that he feels betrayed about the way Lea disappeared without a trace. With Lea battling for forgiveness, could Shaun actually accept that she's sorry? Then there's Glassman's grim prognosis. He was the one who helped shape the man Shaun is today. He's Shaun's one true constant, and losing him would have a knock-on effect on his day-to-day life. Without Glassman battling the hierarchy of the hospital, could it spell the end Shaun's tenure at the hospital? It certainly seems like there's a lot up in the air for these characters as they approach new milestones in their lives and careers. Have a look at the full trailer below, and join me in the comments with your thoughts on it. Remember you can watch The Good Doctor online right here via TV Fanatic.

American Horror Story Promo: What Happened to Madison?!

The crossover between American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Coven is finally picking up the pace. On American Horror Story Season 8 Episode 4, we learn the truth about why the witches have invaded Outpost 3 with the intention of taking Michael Langdon down. If the first trailer for "Could It Be ... Satan?" is to be believed, then we could be in for an exposition-heavy installment that will include flashbacks. One of the scenes teased shows Madison cleaning the floors of what looks to be a store, but she's cornered by Michael Langdon. It looks very Scream Queens Season 2-esque, and we can only imagine what witty one-liners Madison will be hurling Michael's way as he supposedly tries to plead his case to her. Could his meeting with Madison be the reason he's so scared of witches? In any case, Cordelia, Madison, and Myrtle are in Outpost 3 and need Mallory to rise up and fight alongside them. Oh yes, Mallory is poised to be a witch, but what is her connection to the Supreme's coven? That's one of the more interesting questions as we head into this next installment which looks set to give us a whole lot more answers. With Michael and Constance working together, there's no telling what horrors they will inflict on the survivors and the witches. Have a look at the full teaser below and join us in the comments with your thoughts on it. Remember you can watch American Horror Story online right here via TV Fanatic. American Horror Story continues Wednesdays on FX.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: 13 Times Peter Kavinsky Raised the Bar for Boyfriends Everywhere

Anyone's who's read Jenny Han's "To All the Boy's I've Loved Before," trilogy can definitely say that the Netflix movie did the book justice. Of course, there are always things we wish could've been included, but overall, the writers, producers, and cast members did an excellent job of bringing Han's story to life. Related: To the Boy We Loved Before: 46 Times Noah Centineo Dazzled Us On The Fosters! While there were a lot of differences between the book and the movie, there was one thing in particular which stayed true in both adaptations: Peter Kavinsky and his giant heart. It's no secret that we all want a boyfriend as amazing as Peter. But to be honest, the bar, in general, feels like it's set a little too low. Watching and reading about the way Peter treated Lara Jean reminded us of how everyone should act around their significant other. We've put together 13 examples of when Peter Kavinsky raised the bar (or re-established where it should be) for boyfriends everywhere. 1. When he was the softest man alive Yes, he really did ask if he could use Lara Jean as a pillow. Could he get any cuter? 2. When he drank kombucha so he could drive Lara Jean home Being the fun-loving but responsible person he is, Peter didn't drink anything at the party so he could get Lara Jean home safe. 3. When he always made Lara Jean feel comfortable No matter what the situation was, Peter always made Lara Jean feel comfortable. So much so that he was the first boy she wasn't afraid to be herself around. 4. When he was honest and open about his feelings When Lara Jean told Peter she liked him for real he didn't hold back with his response. He wasn't worried about his ego in the slightest and told Lara Jean outright that he was in love with her. 5. When he did the spin™ Honestly, this was probably the most attractive thing Peter did in the entire movie. And that's saying something. 6. When he waited for Lara Jean to give him the letter Peter was only going to read Lara Jean's letter if she wanted him to. He knew it wasn't something that he could take and it was a choice that she was going to have to make for herself. View Slideshow

The I-Land Starring Kate Bosworth, Alex Pettyfer and Natalie Martinez Ordered at Netflix

While it may seem like Netflix is becoming a destination for endless original content, the latest three series ordered sound very interesting. The streamer announced Friday that it has ordered The I-Land, October Faction, and Warrior Nun to series, and has even offered up some casting details for one of them. "When ten people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, they set off on a trek to try to get back home," reads the official logline for The I-Land the seven-part drama. "They soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the island’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to their better selves -- or die as their worst ones." Related: No Good Nick Starring Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin Ordered at Netflix It all sounds like a little bit Lost-like, but what about the cast? Kate Bosworth (The Long Road Home, Still Alice), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I Am Number Four, The Strange Ones, Elvis & Nixon), and Natalie Martinez (The Crossing, APB, Secrets, and Lies, Under the Dome). "October Faction follows globetrotting monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen who, after the death of Fred’s father, return to their hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children Geoff and Viv," reads the official logline. "As the family adjusts, Fred and Deloris must hide their identities as members of a secret organization, and our heroes quickly discover that their new small-town setting isn’t as idyllic as it seems." There is no cast attached as of yet, but it was created by Damian Kindler who brought Sleepy Hollow and Krypton to the small screen. As for Warrior Nun, it "revolves around a 19-year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back," according to the logline. "She discovers she is now part of an ancient order that has been tasked with fighting demons on Earth, and powerful forces representing both heaven and hell want to find and control her. Like October Faction, there is no cast attached as of yet, but this one comes from Simon Barry (Ghost Wars, Continuum). What are your thoughts on these three new series? Hit the comments below. View Slideshow: 19 Abandoned Characters Everyone Forgot

TV Ratings Report: Grey’s Anatomy Returns Steady, Murphy Brown Premieres Low

Grey's Anatomy returned to the air Thursday night, and while it was down from last year's premiere, it was right on par with its Season 14 average. The first hour had 7.1 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. The second slipped to 6.5 million viewers and a 1.8 rating. After that, How to Get Away with Murder slipped three tenths vs. last years opener, securing 3 million viewers and a 0.8 rating. Could this be the year the Viola David-led series gets the pink slip from ABC? Perhaps, but the show has been known to remain stable throughout the season. If it pulls off a similar trick this season, it could snag a final sixth season renewal. Having Davis attached to the project is a good thing. While the retention was not great out of Grey's Anatomy, this is a heavily serialized drama. The chances of new viewers sticking around after the medical sudser for this series are slim. Over on CBS, Murphy Brown had a sluggish start with 7.4 million viewers and a 1.1 rating in the demo. It was always going to skew older with it being a revival, but it's certainly no Roseanne. This demo rating doesn't give the series room to fall. It's already in the danger zone. Mom (8 million/1.3 rating) returned with lower ratings out of a weaker Young Sheldon (10.1 million/1.6 rating) which itself was out of a weaker Big Bang Theory (11.7 million/2.1 rating). S.W.A.T. (5 million/0.7 rating) closed the night for CBS and hit a new series low. Over on NBC, The Good Place (3.3 million/1.0 rating & 2.9 million/0.9 rating) returned lower, but it remains a solid option for the Peacock Network. Law & Order: SVU (4.7 million/1.0 rating & 5.5 million/1.2 rating) was also on the downside year-to-year. View Slideshow: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: 13 Times Peter Kavinsky Raised the Bar for Boyfriends Everywhere

19 Abandoned Characters Everyone Forgot

Most shows are marketed uniquely. In a lot of cases, they draw us in with the storyline, but we stay for the characters. Not all of those characters stick around for long, for better or worse. It gets so bad sometimes that people completely drop the show from their watch list, never to be revisited. But that is why we watch TV -- the excitement and the characters who serve as surrogates for our imaginations. So, when the time comes for a character to make her exit, it is more often than not because of a carefully crafted reason, and the audience is left to either mourn or rejoice, depending on their perception of the character. Related: Get Comic Con HQ via Prime Video Channels to Stream Original Series, Past Comic-Con Panels & More! In the chaos of all the departures and entrances, some characters get lost in the shuffle, and we are left to wonder where they are or what happened to them. We have selected 19 of those characters who were dropped for one reason or the other and never returned! 1. Patty Spivot (The Flash) Patty wasn't a terrible character by any stretch. She was being mentored by Joe West and her relationship with Barry was adorable, but the people in charge saw her as more of an obstacle on Barry's path to Iris. They decided to snatch this character from us by having her go back to school to become a CSI, but not before she tricked Barry into revealing his identity as The Flash as a giant middle finger directed at him and his friends. 2. Alex (Fear The Walking Dead) We first met this character when she was tending to her injured friend. For those who followed the companion web series, then your introduction to the character came even earlier. An Emmy was won for her portrayal too. She was abandoned at sea by Strand and the others, and she held on to that grudge until she joined a band of pirates who helped her capture Travis. Travis and his friends escape not long after, and she has been absent ever since. 3. Fiona Larkin (Sons Of Anarchy) SAMCRO owes a lot to Chibs, and he was a major player for the whole duration of the show, so it was inevitable we were going to meet his estranged wife, Fiona, who was as dangerous as they come. We were given snippets into her backstory and how she played a vital role in the IRA. After all these, they suddenly start to chip away at her screentime until she completely faded into the background. 4. Mark Brendanawicz (Parks And Recreation) After Mark switched jobs at the end of the second season, it was clearly being set up to be a situation where he pops in and out of the show depending on when and where the story needed him. It didn't work out that way. Instead, there was no reference of him made for the rest of the show's time on air, he was even cut out of flashbacks. 5. Cora Hale (Teen Wolf) Wait! Derek has a sister? Any recollection anyone might have of her is vague at best because she left almost as abruptly as she showed up. It probably had to do with the actress w..

The Man in the High Castle Season 3 is One of Transition and Change

We're at a transitional phase in American history, and The Man in the High Castle is following suit. Just as it has recently been difficult to watch programs such as the recently departed, award-winning The Americans, the science-fiction alternate reality of Colony, and the world we never want to become on Emmy-winning The Handmaid's Tale. The Man in the High Castle forces viewers to think. In the alternate aftermath of World War II in which the Axis won dividing the United States into the Japanese Pacific States, the Neutral Zone, and Nazi America, it's not easy living for those now living in the territories. Even those fully converted with their oppressors struggle to accept what was with what is. The Man in the High Castle Season 3 continues the exploration of that conflict as the series also moved head-first into more standard science fiction fare. It's unclear how fully immersed in the genre new showrunner Eric Overmeyer plans to get, but it's deep enough to drive the plot of Season 3. A lot of the upcoming season works, but the cast had grown during The Man in the High Castle Season 2 to proportions a little too large to sufficiently manage, even taking into the consideration the loss of Frank (Rupert Evans) and Thomas (Quinn Lord). Because while they may have been lost, they are not forgotten. Their presence is felt just as dearly on during the new season as it was before, and if anything, it's more dear to the Smith family, who probably would have fared better in their plan to have Thomas kidnapped in the jungles of South America. Related: Sci-Fi News: What's On, What's Coming, and What You Can't Miss In a slight spoiler, the Nazi regime uses the memory of Thomas in their latest propaganda campaign of Nazi American heroes forcing the issue of his former secret and all the family suffered to keep it to weigh on them constantly. In wake of a promotion for always morally-challenged but impossible to despise John (Rufus Sewell), he discovers himself further away from his remaining family and tumbling, along with his wife, into an emotional abyss of grief. While John uses his new power and a secret stash of High Castle films to get through his troubled times, Helen (Chelah Horsdal) dives into therapy. Their attempts to reconnect are both frustrating and heartbreaking as they navigate the Nazi waters in which they wallow. Helen's story was a favorite last season, so I was a little disappointed with the writing for her this go around. It's one of pacing and too many characters on canvas. As compelling as Helen is in her journey, the time between her appearances on screen can feel like a lifetime breaking the story's momentum. John's mission to find The Man in the High Castle fires up during the season and runs parallel to many other characters as they all drive toward the sci-fi transition. If you recall, the end of Season 2 also saw Joe (Luke Kleintan..

Station 19 Season 2 Trailer Teases Grey’s Anatomy Crossovers and Heartbreak

TGIT was back underway Thursday night, but there was one show ominously missing: Station 19! The Grey's Anatomy spin-off will return for its sophomore run on Thursday, October 4, but that didn't stop an emotional trailer from airing during the two-hour season premiere of Greys. Station 19 Season 2 Episode 1 picks up right where Station 19 Season 1 left off, putting us right back into the fire. Travis is in a dire situation, and it looks like things only get worse when he makes his way to the hospital. "It wasn't supposed to be like this," wails former Grey's Anatomy character, Ben, in what looks to be the immediate aftermath. Could this mean that Travis is being killed off? It would be a little easy to spoil that in the trailer, so we're going to assume that he's pulling through and the show is going to kill someone else off entirely. Jack was trapped in the burning building with Ben, and we don't get a glimpse of him following the fire, so there's a good chance he could be the one dying. But the show also has to address the fate of Pruitt! The new trailer also shows multiple appearances from Grey's Anatomy characters. There's Bailey, Maggie, DeLuca, and even Meredith. Grey's Anatomy Season 15 has been billed as the season of the feels, but it's difficult to conclude what Station 19 Season 2's tagline should be. What are your thoughts on the new trailer? Hit the comments below. Remember you can watch Station 19 online right here via TV Fanatic.
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