What’s Hot, What’s Not!
PopCultHQ has compiled a list of the new 2015 TV shows to keep an eye on this fall season. Since we all know how fast networks tend to pull the plug on new shows, it’s always a dilemma to find a new show to invest in that will not eventually fall to the networks’ chopping block. This quick trigger mentality by networks is always leaving fans of certain genres feeling abandonment with nothing to watch if their show is cancelled. This is one of my pet peeves as well so when reading my reviews I always keep this in mind. I will let you know what shows have a good chance of staying on-air for multiple seasons and which shows will most certainly not be sticking around.
Here’s one good tip; If I rate a show 4 stars or higher, it will more than likely be a hit. Anything below and 3.5 rating will have a very tough time staying on air.
Limitless – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi – 4.5 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Limitless”
Shows like this and Chuck (If you remember that old show “Chuck“) take an average idiot and turns him into a super spy, which can be fun to watch. I give this show a very high score in anticipation it will be on air for at least a few seasons. It is very fun to watch with the occasional laugh. I see this show turning into a sort of Castle with the goofy Brian working so closely with his FBI ally Rebecca and that will add a bit of sexual tension entertainment. If you have not seen Limitless yet, I definitely recommend it.
Quantico – Adventure/Drama – 4.5 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Quantico”
Synopsis: A look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia when one of them is suspected of being a sleeper terrorist.
Fantastic from start to finish. Absolutely makes you want to see more. I was surprised to see that Priyanka Chopra was used as much of a main character as she was. Highly addictive show to watch, one of the season’s best!
Blood & Oil – Drama – 2.5 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Blood & Oil”
Synopsis: A couple looks to cash in on the modern-day oil boom in North Dakota and becomes involved with savvy local oil baron, Hap Briggs, and his troubled family.
Backstabbing, sex, high tension drama and ridicules amounts of ABC studio’s money tossed at Blood & Oil actually impressed me more than I expected. I will personally not be watching Blood & Oil, even with all the eye candy on-screen. Starring Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse.
Rosewood – Action, Adventure – 1 out of 5
Synopsis: Miami pathologist, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut), finds secrets in people’s bodies using his state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
Horrible, horrible. The premise is based on a man who finds himself having a second chance at life after his own near-death experience. I can see what they tried to do here with a feel-good inspirational show, but it just didn’t work. I had to force myself to watch it, I had to force myself to stay awake, and I had to force myself to even finish the pilot episode. This show will not last.
Scream Queens – Drama, Horror, Comedy – 4 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Scream Queens”
I won’t be watching this every week, but I might stop in once in a while to see which of these witches died this week. The teen kids will love it, even if I don’t; this show is not aimed at my age group. Scream Queens will be one for quite a few seasons as long as the guest stars keep showing up. Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Jonas
Bastard Executioner – Drama, Adventure – 3.5 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “The Bastard Executioner”
A once noble warrior for the kingdom finds himself dreaming of a long ago battle of brutal fashion and of how he survived, apparently dying only to be brought back by a spiritual vision telling him to lay his bloodsword down for good.
There are compelling characters to follow in this decent 17th-century Middle Ages period-piece that in many ways reminds me if this could have been a Braveheart TV series. Only time will tell if there are major surprises in store for the audience to keep us invested in another long epic of a show or will it just fold-over with the weight of the competition. With future shows like Enter the Badlands on their way, The Bastard Executioner needs fans to jump on soon or else I don’t see this deserving show continuing for more than two or three seasons.
Dr. Ken – comedy – 2 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Dr Ken”
Ken Jeong (Community, The Hangover movie series), brings his eccentric style to the small screen. Ken plays a doctor for the first time since his Knocked Up cameo. Jeong plays off his oriental humor often and it has a great cast. Just too bad Dr. Ken wont be around for long.
The Player – action – 3.5 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “The Player”
First off, Snipes still looks SHARP!!
Snipes still has the moves – the show is high-octane action adventure with a touch of sci-fi tech. It’s has a prime time show feel like that of a CSI: Miami show. It’s a great show that I do hope the networks stay with. Starring Philip Winchester, Damon Gupton, Wesley Snipes.
Minority Reports – Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure – 3 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Minority Reports”
Three children born from drug addicts without any brain function, given an experimental therapy Agetha, twins Arthur and Dash….they could see things before they happened…. can now see murders
Pre-crime program – they were called precognatives in Minority Report the movie.
This show has so much potential for great future stories and hopefully connections to the Tom Cruise movie. Wilmer Valderama is annoying and not believable. Meagan Good is as gorgeous as ever and does some of her best action acting ever. Reports are already in that the first season order has been placed but it does not look very good for Minority Reports even in the near future.
Heroes Reborn – Action, Adventure, Superhero – 2.5 out of 5
Synopsis: 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.
This series is playing off the first series but staying away from the long-winding, unknowing mystery aspect of the original. The action moves along much quicker as the players are revealed one after another. Once again, while some powers are very cool to portray on-screen, others just don’t play off that well. Video game girl was sort of off-putting but I can see the draw to hardcore MMO players. As much as I want Heroes to work, the writing will never be as compelling or as riveting to me as I’d like. Once again I was left expecting more than what was shown. Starring Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay.
Code Black – drama – 5 out of 5 *EDITORS PICK!
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Code Black”
A CODE BLACK is when a hospital reaches overcapacity for staff to handle all of its patients. Most hospitals around the nation experience a CODE BLACK maybe five times a year. The LA county hospital has CODE BLACKS 300 times a year.
If CODE BLACK would only be less Grey’s Anatomy and more Tales From the ER, then CODE BLACK will be a monster hit; too bad shows need their romance crap (sarcasm). This is my MUST WATCH show of the season.
Grandfathered – comedy – 4 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Grandfathered”
Grandfathered is cute, it is really cute and it is sort of funny. A show that doesn’t try to push limits just to push for limits sake, but Grandfathered takes itself as seriously as it should. This show will stick around as long as the actors involved want to stay on board (since Stamos is producing and acting in Fuller House on Netflix), or the network loses faith, whichever comes first. Starring Paget Brewster, John Stamos, Josh Peck.
Blindspot – action/adventure/drama – 4.0 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Blindspot”
Blindspot will be that hit NBC wants. Mystery, crime solving, action adventure seem to be all here, even a tinge of sci-fi is added to keep us geeks entertained as well. She may not know who she is but glimpses of her fighting skills and special ops type training keep popping up. Give Blindspot a watch and if one episode doesn’t grab you then nothing will. Jaimie Alexander is best known for her role as Lady Sif in the Marvel Thor movies.
Life in Pieces – Comedy – 3.5 out of 5
Synopsis: A family comedy told through the separate stories of different family members.
Awkward relationship humor that tries too hard to be funny with very raunchy humor. Betsy Brandt from Breaking Bad, James Brolin as an old man, and the kids had me cracking up. Life in Pieces is like taking Modern Family and a heavy dose of raunchy Kardashian sisters outlandishness type of sex jokes. Case in point: when the adult kids come home to find grandma giving grandpa a b.j., you tend to know what kind of humor you’re getting yourself of into here.
Not a bad show and watching more than just the pilot episode has given me a lot of hope for the future for Life in Pieces. I’ll add this to my “If I scroll the channels and can’t find anything else to watch” list for now.
Public Morals – Crime – Drama – 3.5 out of 5
Synopsis: Set in the early 1960’s in New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them.
A period piece about mobsters, gangsters, and killers. In the style of The Untouchables and Gangster Squad, this new show is about crime families. Two different crime families that work on two different worlds of law in Hell’s Kitchen. While one family works in the underbelly of the city, the other runs the city from behind a badge.
Edward Burnes (series creator) is a phenomenal actor with an amazing cast around him like Michael Rapaport, Neal McDonough and Brian Dennehy, who all more than hold their own in such tough, gritty roles. There is a lot of potential here for a great show.
Supergirl – Superhero – 5 out of 5 *Editors Pick!
PopCultHQ Review Article: Supergirl review
Supergirl is going to be the smash hit of the season! There is no doubt in my mind that this show will appease to most comic book fans, superhero fans and especially all females from young to old. Great amounts of character development with the mix of DC Comics Superman having a lot to do with Kara-El’s origin. The most important thing for me will be how much effort the producers put into high quality CGI and the writers ability to not turn this show into what happened to later seasons of Smallville.
The Muppets – comedy – 3 out of 5
In the form of The Office TV show. Sometimes it works absolutely brilliantly, other times it makes you realize these are just puppets with hands up their butts. Celebrity interactions are the best part of the show but also the can be the worst with some very cheesy writing. There are so many things right with Muppets, but at the same time there are so many things wrong with the show. The Muppets wants to come off as an adult show but then again is it just too adult for its own good. It will come down to fan following if The Muppets will stay on the air after this season. People love the Muppets but just how much is the real question.
The Grinder – comedy – 2.5 out of 5
Synopsis: Television lawyer Dean Sanderson moves back to his small home town after a stint in Hollywood thinking his time on TV qualifies him to run his family’s law firm.
I personally hate the concept, I don’t care too much for lead actors Rob Lowe and Fred Savage. I really don’t feel this is a show that will have any staying power at all. Rob Lowe is a pretend TV show lawyer while his younger brother Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) is a real lawyer. Everyone loves the older brother and give him all the glory, while the jealous little brother has to sit on the sidelines and endure it all, while he does the real lawyer work. Not that strong of a supporting cast with writing that is weak in that everything is absolutely unbelievable in suspended comedy disbelief. Too goofy of a comedy for my taste.
Jay Leno’s Garage – Reality Show – 3.5 out of 5
PopCultHQ Review Article: “Jay Leno’s Garage”
Just as the title entailsJay Leno’s Garage is all about Jay Leno, the former Tonight Show host, and his infamous collection of automobiles in his enormous garage. A bit of a documentary show with all of Leno’s automobile knowledge, a car enthusiast dream with all the fantastic timeless machines and a bit of celebrity spectacle with all of Jay’s Hollywood connections. I do recommend at least giving Jay Leno’s Garage a watch.
We’ll be back for mid-season new show reviews in the winter, be sure to be here for that, fellow TV buffs!