Jake McDorman

Murphy Brown (1988-?)

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Murphy Brown (1988-?)

Network:

CBS

Creator:

Diane English

Starring:

Candice Bergen

Faith Ford

Joe Regalbuto

Grant Shaud

Jake McDorman

Tyne Daly

Adan Rocha

Nik Dodani

Plot:

The personal and professional misadventures of a woman working as a TV journalist.

Review:

You have no idea how fucking excited I was for this show reboot. I freaking hate most reboots and renewals of old shows, but this is mother fucking Murphy Brown. I watched this when I was a very little girl. I loved Murphy Brown. LOVED HER.

I hooked an antenna up to my TV, set an alarm, and watched fucking commercials so that I could watch this “pilot” live and do you want to know what? It was fucking fantastic.

Murphy was everything that my little girl brain remembered her being. She was passionate, and smart, and liberal, but she was not a fucking hate monger. She let facts back her opinion and sure that sometimes pushes her too far, but it’s a TV show.

Candice Bergen, Murphy, has been missed from my TV, and I hope I get to watch many more seasons to come.

Jake McDorman was cast as her son Avery. I loved him in Limitless so I was very happy to see him on a show I love so much. The chemistry between the two of them was spot on. He was a great son and seeing Murphy be proud of him but still competitive with him was amusing. I really liked that they have him working at a conservative network as the lone liberal. He’s passionate, just like his mother, but he’s also young so a bit more idealistic than she is. It was perfect.

Politics is so charged right now. If you are liberal you hate conservatives. If you’re conservative you hate liberals. It’s ruining the future of our country. However, I thought that this episode did a great job not lobbing insults at the other side. Part of that was Avery’s doing and his willingness to work for the “other side.” Yes, it’s a more liberal show, but I don’t think it’s adding to the hate and fear that’s currently out there. I think, I hope, that it’s trying to be better than that.

*sigh* It’s a difficult world we live in right now and I don’t envy the writers of the show, but I can’t wait to see what they have to show us and dear god please let this show not get canceled.

5/5

 

Limitless (2015-?)

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Limitless (2015-?)

Network:

CBS

Starring:

Jake McDorman

Jennifer Carpenter

Hill Harper

Plot:

A man gains the ability to use the full extent of his brain’s capabilities. A television adaptation of the 2011 film, ‘Limitless’.

Review:

I haven’t seen the movie this is a spinoff of, so the appearance of Bradley Coopers character didn’t mean more than, “Oh that’s nice it’s Bradley Cooper.” From what I’ve read he might make a few more appearances, we’ll see.

Anyway, this is the first pilot I’ve seen this season that I actually liked. I’m hoping that they do more than just make this some kind of procedural show, though they probably won’t, but I think there’s some potential.

I like the casting. I enjoyed McDorman in last season’s failed Manhattan Love Story, so it’s nice to see him getting work. He’s funny but not the point where this is a comedy, just enough to lighten it up in places. I saw the first two seasons of Dexter back in the day so I recognize Carpenter but she isn’t locked in my brain as someone who drops the f-bomb all the time. I even like Harper from his CSI New York days.

It will interesting to see what happens to this show. If it becomes just another crime solving drama or if it becomes something more.

4/5

Manhattan Love Story (2014-?)

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Manhattan Love Story (2014-?)

Network:

ABC

Starring:

Analeigh Tipton

Jake McDorman

Nicolas Wright

Plot:

The unfiltered internal monologues of a young man and a young woman are exposed as they begin a new relationship together.

Review:

Ok I was not expecting to like this show as much as I did. The man wasn’t too girly like you sometimes get in romantic comedies and I loved how slightly quirky the woman was. It was cute and I highly recommend.

4.5/5