NBC

Mysteries of Laura (2014-?)

THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA -- "The Mystery of the Biker Bar" Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) Charlie Reina as Nicholas Diamond, Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Vincent Reina as Harrison Diamond -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Mysteries of Laura (2014-?)

Network:

NBC

Starring:

Debra Messing

Laz Alonso

Josh Lucas

Janina Gavankar

Max Jenkins

Plot:

A single mom NYPD homicide detective cracks case after case while raising wild twin boys and locking horns with her less than helpful police detective ex-husband.

Review:

This is weird, but I’ve been looking forward to watching this show. Ever since I found out it was from the same production company as Arrow and Flash, etc… I wanted to try it out. Months ago one of those Netflix lists that says what’s coming and going said that it was going to be added, but it never showed up. It wasn’t until this month that during one of my random searches it appeared. I devoured the first season and wanted to watch the second, but could only find the last five episodes online. No idea what’s going on with this show and it’s lack DVD/Bluray or streaming ability, but I really enjoyed it.

Laura, Debra Messing, is a working mom and I feel like she captures everything wonderfully. She’s very capable and smart and has a lot of common sense. Those qualities work great in a detective so she’s awesome at her job. She’s also disorganized and raising twin boys, so her life is a mess.

The show is almost wish fulfillment in that all those women out there that like to watch detective shows and think “I could do that” get to see it done every week. Laura’s life is far from perfect though so it’s not a total “I want that life” sort of thing.

Good side characters, like the case per week formula, love the insights into her home life, and really like the boyfriend.

4/5

Heroes Reborn Mini-Series (2015)

Heroes: Reborn - Season 1

Heroes Reborn Mini-Series (2015)

Network:

NBC

Starring:

Jack Coleman

Gatlin Green

Ryan Guzman

Robbie Kay

Zachary Levi

Plot:

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Review:

I think I would have preferred an outright reboot to a mini-series that picks up two seasons after I dropped the original show. Since I did stop watching around the beginning of the third season I’m not sure if things would have been clearer if I was up to date. I honestly planned on watching the first four seasons before this aired, but never got around to it.

With all the other superhero shows that I’m already watching Heroes Reborn was going to have to be pretty awesome for me to pick it up. Sadly it was more of the whole save the girl, save the world business. Maybe I didn’t like it because I wasn’t up to date, but I don’t think so.

The two hour season premiere asked a ton of questions, I think they were expecting me to already be invested in the world and want the answers, sadly I do not. There was also the horrible “video game” story line that was going on that turned me off as well. That part was set in Tokyo, why the hell didn’t they make it look like anime?

Whatever, if there’d been some new characters I was interested in I might have stuck around, but nobody really grabbed me. For a moment I thought maybe I’d watch it for Zachary Levi but I hated the character of his wife, she was just so guns blazing stupid. I will say I read a theory online that those two aren’t really married and based on the premiere I think that’s probably true.

I’m actually sad that I’m dropping this show, but I see no reason to stick around. This Fall season has been really rough, even my returning shows aren’t blowing me away. Maybe I’ve finally met my TV limit.

2/5

 

Constantine (2014-?)

Constantine

Constantine (2014-?)

Network:

NBC

Starring:

Matt Ryan

Charles Halford

Harold Perrineau

Plot:

A man struggling with his faith is haunted by the sins of his past but is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

Review:

I feel like I should really like this show but the pilot didn’t really grab me. I’m going to watch at least a couple more episodes before I make a final decision, but I’m concerned that it won’t make the cut. I really wanted to like this show and I can’t even pick out exactly why I didn’t like the pilot. Maybe I have Keanu Reeves stuck in my mind? I didn’t hate the casting though. I’m just not sure.

Marry Me (2014-?)

Marry me

Marry Me (2014-?)

Network:

NBC

Starring:

Casey Wilson

Ken Marino

Sarah Wright

Plot:

After a string of botched marriage proposals, longtime couple Annie and Jake decide to put getting engaged on hold until they can get it together.

Review:

So I really liked Happy Endings and was sad when it was canceled. However this show brings back one of my favorite actresses in basically the same role. Casey Wilson and Ken Marino are hilarious and I’m definitely looking forward to more.

Title does kind of limit them, though, and I hope it doesn’t take them seasons to get married, especially since they’ve been dating for six years.

A to Z (2014-?)

A to Z

A to Z (2014-?)

Network:

NBC

Starring:

Ben Feldman

Cristin Milioti

Henry Zebrowski

Plot:

Andrew and Zelda date for eight months, three weeks, five days, and one hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship.

Review:

Really liked the beginning of this episode, probably because of the Celine Dion song. The rest of the episode was fine but didn’t quiet reach that high for me. Of course the only reason I decided to watch was because of Cristin Milioti, so I went in with no expectations.

I’m interested to see how they do this time line, since they’ve already said exactly how long the relationship is going last. Or did they? There are clearly loop holes in the plot synopsis so we’ll see what happens.