Speechless S3E11 Review

"H-- HEY, YOU"

That title comes from Kenneth's "hyper-sexualized greetings" to Joyce the Physical Therapist and other ladies he's dated -- though the DiMeo family are all weirded out, he feels his affairs (however brief) still mean something special to him and wants to express that. He also insists he has a life and his own needs, which will come into play later...

After a detour into mentoring last week (thanks to a bit of network episode-shuffling), this week finds Maya beginning to carry out the adaptive-clothing line idea she hatched with Melanie (Sarah Chalke) at the end of "J-A-- Javier's P-A-- Pants" (s3e9). The two have worked out a business plan and a delightful pitch to investors, but later Maya is furious to discover that the recently divorced Melanie has been slacking on some of her duties to hook up with the perpetually single Kenneth. Though Kenneth assures Maya he won't let his interest in Melanie get in the way of the ladies' work, and she's willing to let Melanie off early on a day that she and Kenneth have a picnic date, Maya draws the line at the new couple going on a weekend getaway.

She finds a women-in-business conference out of town that's scheduled the same weekend, forcing Melanie to cancel her plans for the sake of her and Maya's business. Kenneth does not take his disappointment well -- he manages to find the ladies' hotel room and confronts them there. Maya and Kenneth accuse each other of ruining the weekend (she believes he's interfering with her business, while he thinks she simply doesn't want him to be happy) and then tell Melanie to pick a side; Melanie, who has only just begun getting to know both (especially Maya, considering their partnership was preceded by over a decade of grudges and rivalry), chooses neither.

Meanwhile, JJ's latest Film class assignment is a romance (instructor Mr. Powers, recently dumped, wants to be made to believe in love again); after he and his film-geek pal / partner Aaron (Christian Lees), stuck for an idea, laugh at the notion of drawing from personal experience, Ray overhears and suggests casting him and Izzy (Kayla Maisonet), a girl he'd just met in the Planetarium. As Izzy and the boys work on the film, she clearly doesn't reciprocate Ray's feelings, though she blames the script for their lack of chemistry; Ray, through pretending to read JJ's communication board (a big no-no), suggests she come over to his and JJ's house to help with the rewrite. While Ray only cares about the script making him seem more appealing to Izzy, Izzy -- who has seen JJ's past work and been impressed by its understanding of human behavior -- recommends making the male lead less a perfect hero and more "real," the kind of guy who's scared of putting himself out there but does so anyway. Her empathy towards JJ is beautiful to see, as is his growing attraction to her (especially as he later watches his improved script come to life); not everything has to be about life-and-death stakes, and the smallest moments of connection between people can be deeply meaningful.

In a neat little scene briefly tying together these two main plots, Maya seeks her sons' advice (like they're the "diverse sidekicks" in a romantic comedy) to win Melanie back: Ray, of course, suggests the typical rom-com "don't take no for an answer" / grand-gesture approach, while JJ points out that trope's "toxic message" (as he says Izzy had pointed out to him). Maya sides with Ray, only to have to compete with Kenneth; on their way to Melanie's house, Kenneth unloads on Maya for making everything all about her and not allowing him to have much of a life outside of her and her family. No doubt a painful thing for her to hear, but she realizes he has a point: After beating Kenneth to Melanie's door, Maya ultimately decides to give the pair's budding relationship her blessing, citing his kindness, his big heart and how well he's taken care of JJ, as well as how he likes Melanie very much. I would think Maya would've been more sympathetic to Kenneth in the first place because they'll both have to deal with JJ going off to college soon, but then again, his rant about how she thinks the world revolves around her was something she's had coming for a long time.

As with last week, Jimmy gets saddled with the silliest plot, though this time I loved seeing his band again (including loan-officer / lead guitarist Carl, played by Kyle Gass of Tenacious D) after their cameo at the end of "L-O-N-- London (Part 2)" (s3e2). I must admit I cringed at the whole setup: The band takes credit for writing a song (the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction") Dylan especially likes during their living-room jam session, she has them play for some of her schoolmates, the kids love the band's songs (such as "Born to Run," "Layla," "Baba O'Riley" and "side 2 of Abbey Road") and one girl even has her father, a record-company exec named Todd (Peter Giles), check them out. After Todd joins them to play (despite knowing their "instant classics" are covers), the gig soon falls apart * -- Carl and mortgage-broker / keyboardist Weird Pete (Derek Basco) bicker, weed-dealer / drummer Glen (Rob Bruner) leaves with a girl, and an argument between Todd and Jimmy reveals the band's deception. But while Todd's heartfelt confession to his angry daughter is all sitcom and rock 'n' roll cliches, the DiMeos are gonna DiMeo and I can't help but find it rather sweet: In such a ridiculously low-stakes situation (besides no real harm having been done, the band had always been little more than "an escape" for Jimmy and his friends to have fun and blow off steam, anyway), Dylan isn't really upset with her dad, and she even encourages him to try the same thing on her track teammates when he admits that he hasn't really learned anything from the experience and "would do it again" (just because he had momentarily "felt great" being considered a brilliant songwriter).

(* I hope this wasn't it for them; I've been hoping the show would use one of John Ross Bowie's own songs from his days with the NY pop-punk band Egghead, such as "Jane Airhead" or "Books" from their '90s compilation Dumb Songs for Smart People, or "I'm Still Here" or "My Daughter (Can F**k Up Your Daughter)" from their 2010 reunion Would Like a Few Words With You -- that last one, I could easily imagine Jimmy singing a cleaned-up version for Dylan.)

Musical Moment: Jimmy offers to play for Dylan one of his originals -- a hardcore-punk protest tune called "Draft Dodger" ("UNCLE SAM, DON'T SHIP ME OFF TO FIGHT IN -- and here we would name some countries where there might be a war going on, but really, it was an era of unprecedented peace..."), but she's immediately repulsed ("That song makes me want to become emancipated!").

Next Week: Dylan fears she may be too much like her mother, while her brothers continue to nurse their crushes on Izzy in "O-- OUR M-A-G-- MAGEDDON."

Grade: 8.5/10. A typically sweet and fun outing, with a bit of redemption for Maya, as well as some welcome insight into Kenneth's personal life and a promising development for JJ's.

Friday TV Ratings 1/18/19: MacGyver and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rise, 20/20 Has a Good Night

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMMacGyver0.8/46.90CBS

Fresh Off the Boat0.7/43.44ABC

Last Man Standing (R)0.7/43.86Fox


Dynasty0.2/10.66The CW
8:30 PMThe Cool Kids (R)0.6/33.04Fox

9 PMHawaii Five-00.8/47.55CBS

20/20: Unfaithfully Yours0.7/44.78ABC

Hell's Kitchen0.7/32.65Fox

The Blacklist0.6/34.04NBC

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend0.2/10.48The CW
10 PMDateline NBC0.6/33.13NBC

Blue Bloods (R)0.6/36.15CBS

Thursday Cable Ratings 1/17/19: Top Chef & Floribama Shore Slip, NBA Leads the Night

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Thursday, 1/17/19. Items of note include Top Chef on Bravo, Floribama Shore on MTV, and The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.
(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NBA: Lakers v. ThunderTNT0.811.93
Dr. Pimple PopperTLC0.672.84
Inside The NBATNT0.410.94
NBA: 76ers v. PacersTNT0.411.07
60 Days InA&E0.40.98
Floribama ShoreMTV0.360.67
Dead Of WinterInvest. Disc.0.361.40
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.353.38
The First 48: Homicide SquadA&E0.351.10
Ex On the BeachMTV0.350.67
The First 48A&E0.331.07
Top ChefBravo0.321.02
Cuomo Prime TimeCNN0.311.70
Beat Bobby FlayFood0.30.94
The Last Word w/ O'DonnellMSNBC0.293.00
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.291.55
CNN TonightCNN0.281.43
House Hunters InternationalHGTV0.281.40
The Daily ShowComedy Central0.280.85
House HuntersHGTV0.281.41
Dead SilentInvest. Disc.0.271.22
Million Dollar Listing: LABravo0.270.94
Bring It!Lifetime0.260.73
HannityFox News0.253.16
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.240.78

The Goldbergs Season 6 Episode 12 Review

Last week's episode of The Goldbergs was very emotional and led to the end of a longtime couple. This week doesn't let us off the hook, as many members of the Goldberg family still grapple with Lainey's sudden exit. Plus, Adam tries to get away with skipping a gym class activity and ends up making an unexpected bond.

Adam's class is being forced to run the mile run in gym class, so Adam does the only thing he can think of to get out of it: he complains to Beverly about it. Beverly writes him a note, and while Coach is disappointed, he gets out of running. All of Lainey's loved ones are still upset about her departure. Murray's not happy either, but his problem is just that everyone is hogging the living room. Beverly tries to help, but makes things worse, so now Jeff and Murray have to work together to cheer everyone up. In class, Coach Mellor announces that he'll be leaving William Penn in order to become a wrestling coach. Murray decides to get Beverly away from the kids and Bill, and takes them out for a fun day together. The Pina Colada Song gets stuck on the car radio, and Murray can't turn it off. It keeps playing over and over, and everyone is angry now. The kids in Adam's class mean their new coach, Coach Green, who has a fun (?) belief in aliens that costs him the job.

Coach Mellor decides to bring in his brother as the new coach, but he's way worse than their original Coach Mellor. OG Mellor gives Adam some advice, to not be like a former Boston Marathon winner that cheated, which gives Adam the idea to cheat with Pops' help. Unfortunately for Adam, the original Mellor is there for the run and knows exactly what Adam did. The entire family is going crazy because of the Pina Colada Song, which leads to Murray breaking a traffic law and getting a ticket. Following an argument, Murray admits that he also really misses Lainey. Murray is now even more depressed than everyone else, and the family sings The Pina Colada Song to cheer him up. Adam runs the mile run for real this time, and that makes Coach Mellor proud.

While not as strong as last week's midseason premiere, this was still a solid episode of my favorite '80s family. The plot focusing on Murray cheering up the rest of the family was definitely the better of the two, and I thought Bill was really hilarious in it. I really hope that he sticks around even though Lainey hasn't. I'm glad that they didn't just pretend that the characters were fine with Lainey's sudden move, and actually gave them time to grieve and come together as a family. Murray talking about what she meant to him was the episode's most emotional point (and there were quite a few tug-at-your-heartstrings moments), and it's a side of Murray that we rarely see, especially for anyone outside of the family. Adam's plot with Coach Mellor wasn't as good, but still had some strong moments, particularly the ending scene when we saw how much Coach means to Adam. They don't always have the best relationship, but it was nice to see them bonding and even better to see how proud Coach was of Adam. We all know he's just a big ole' softie at heart, and the ending proved that. It was very moving.

As a side note, I thoroughly enjoyed the Charles Barkley cameo, especially since much of the episode focused on getting to a Sixers game. Nice touch, Goldbergs!

Score: 8.5/10
Grade: B+

ABC Renew/Cancel - January 18: Grey's Anatomy is Certain to be Renewed

ABC Renew/Cancel - January 18: Grey's Anatomy is Certain to be Renewed
This week, A Million Little Things moved over to Thursdays to air after Grey's Anatomy, taking over the slot for the winter from Station 19. This week was also week 2 for new Goldbergs spin-off Schooled.

Format for predictions:
Show title (average 18-49 rating, season low-season high)

Certain to be Canceled

Likely to be Canceled
The Kids are Alright (1.0, 0.8-1.4)
Single Parents (1.0, 0.8-1.3)
Splitting Up Together (0.7, 0.6-0.9)

Fresh Off the Boat (0.6, 0.5-0.7)

Likely to be Renewed
How to Get Away with Murder (0.8, 0.7-0.8)
A Million Little Things (0.8, 0.7-1.1)
Modern Family (1.4, 1.2-1.6)
The Rookie (0.8, 0.6-1.0)
Speechless (0.5, 0.4-0.6)
Station 19 (1.0, 0.8-1.3)

Certain to be Renewed
American Housewife (1.0, 0.9-1.2)
Black-ish (0.9, 0.8-1.1)
The Conners (1.6, 1.3-2.4)
The Goldbergs (1.2, 1.0-1.4)
The Good Doctor (1.1, 1.0-1.3)
Grey's Anatomy (1.7, 1.5-1.9)
Schooled (1.2, 1.1-1.3)

Grey's Anatomy: It's on season 15, and with no signs of slowing in the ratings, easily being the network's highest rated drama, there's no reason for Grey's Anatomy to go anywhere. This is the kind of show where we will know it's ending before the final season begins.

A Million Little Things: On its move to Thursdays, A Million Little Things shot up in the ratings, tying its series premiere. It seems that ABC successfully got some of the show's DVR viewers to become live viewers, making the move a win for the network. A Million Little Things is quite likely to be on the schedule again next fall.

Schooled: A two-tenth drop to 1.1 is not bad at all for Schooled in week 2, as its lead-in and lead-out both took a one-tenth drop to 1.2. There is no doubt that it will be back for a second season.

Splitting Up Together: After disappointing for a little while beginning with the second episode of its season with its drops from Black-ish each week, Splitting Up Together has only been dropping one tenth in each of its last three outings. Unfortunately for the show, these levels are still fairly low. I wouldn't count this show out though for renewal; if ABC wants a returning show they can plug in at midseason with 10-13 episodes, Splitting Up Together is their most likely choice (unless they decide to save CBS's Life in Pieces if the network cancels it).

What do you think of my predictions? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

NCIS:Los Angeles S10E13 Review

Better Angels is an episode written by Frank Military which means there are high expectations to be taken on an intensely dark emotional roller coaster of a ride and to be left a quivering wreck. Sometimes it is good to break the mould and do something a little different. After all Military wrote the highly amusing Black Budget and Allegiance which contrasts with his other episodes about child suicide bombers, the capture and torture of agents and sick serial killers sewing together body parts. This offering hits the mark (and then some) when it comes to the emotional aspect but unfortunately the progression of the narrative doesn’t quite sit right. 

The episode commences with the pursuit of a man Syrian David Sarraf, who ends up pinned against a wall, after the bad guys drive their SUV at speed, directly at him. Sarraf was due to hand over evidence of chemical weapons used on children to the Global Criminal Tribunal, in the shape of recurring character Alex Elmslie. Unfortunately for Sarraf, his lower body is crushed and the pressure of the SUV prevents blood loss, thus keeping him alive until the moment the car is moved. Such a scenario is not a new narrative device (M Night Shyamalan used this in the Mel Gibson film Signs) and unless the person pinned is evil, is always going to be heartbreaking. How heartbreaking, is primarily down to the actors concerned and their impact can be heightened by other aspects of the plot. In Better Angels, the desperation to find Sarraf’s wife in Damascus so they can speak one last time, is juxtaposed with the more frantic action scenes, most noticeably as the episode reaches its climax. Much of this did work, however there were a few issues that meant Frank Military didn’t quite reach the bar on this occasion. 

The joy of an ensemble cast is that different characters and partners can carry different aspect and different episodes of a season. Better Angels saw Kensi forefront when Sarraf asks her to stay with him (how could anyone refuse such a request). Deeks initially accompanies Sam and Callen but is soon siphoned off to keep Arlo Turk company. Callen and Sam have lesser roles this week and after the initial issue on where they are (there is no mission giving in ops, they appear at the hotel from nowhere), their supporting role allows the character and situational development of David Sarraf with Kensi and Deeks and Turk. It does seem that Deeks' gun fight and Turk's fist fight meant there was no time to see Deeks calling the others for back up. Again this meant the pair appeared out of the blue to save Deeks. It's a strength of the ensemble cast and the show during some episodes the character focus can change. Unfortunately it is the lack of explanation as to where they are when they are usually so prominent, which is both curious and disappointing.

NCIS Special Agent Arlo Turk has been an interesting character since his introduction in Mexico. His methods and motives have always been somewhat questionable and he has fallen down on the side of the good. Again, Turk is again a loose cannon, a one man band (maybe a version of Callen, were Callen to have much less self control or the familial of his team). Generally he fits in well with the team, bringing some acerbic humour and some friction, mostly with Callen. To say Turk is not a team player is an understatement. He leaves Deeks to fend off at least three gun men when he was cornered while he pursues lead bad guy, Syrian General Joram Nasar. This is after he earlier tipped off the DSS to say NCIS were holding a man with diplomatic immunity, just so he would be released and he could exact his revenge, which he blatantly admitted to Deeks. Nasar is on the thumb drive he stole from Sarraf, killing children with chemical weapons, and he brutally killed Turk’s partner some years previous. While Deeks is cornered and out of bullets, Turk repeatedly punches Nasar, almost strangling him. Turk has strangely worked his way into the team’s affections (he did save their lives...). Callen still doesn't trust him, yet still says he did good when Turk shows Nasar, half beaten to death, slumped in the lift. This is contradictory to the team’s reaction when Mosley (again written by Military in A Line in the Sand), beats the bad guy. She is threatened by the team for her actions, yet there are no such comments about Turk. Why? Unfortunately, Turk is not drawn as a particularly likeable man in Better Angels which means it is difficult to find empathy in his motivations or his actions.

There is not the solid narrative that has been such a selling point of Frank Military’s many other episodes (think of the nukes episodes in season four, as well as the S4 finale Descent, the S5 premier Ascension, S3 Crimeleon, S6 Rage, S9 The Silo). Maybe there was too much to pack in and elements of scenes were cut in favour of the extended and violent shots of Turk smacking Nasar? In theory, the action should have made the quiet, intense and desperate scenes between Kensi and Sarraf even more moving. But these emotional scenes made themselves. They were not about the relationship between Kensi and Deeks, although it clearly showed how far they have developed as individuals and as a couple. It is about love and the meaning of life, perfectly demonstrated through Sarraf. The quality of his acting, together of course with Kensi’s reactions, are outstanding. He brings a quiet strength, a goodness and through his sincerity and his dire situation and imminent death, empathy is built. The ending brings so many tears, again affirming that love which David has with his family, which is the most important part of living, whether or not the evidence of Nasar’s guilt is retrieved. Reality is suspended. For the intensity of emotions, who cares whether Sarraf would really have survived for so many hours. Kensi’s reactions of course play a crucial part. The empathy and relationship she builds is reflected in the viewers. There is a question of how much manipulation was at play to ensure actress Daniela Ruah had the emotional connection throughout her scenes. Her husband’s name is David, and their son’s name is River. David Sarraf’s son was named Surray, which means River. Regardless, it worked and the emotional aspect to this episode trumped the frustrations with the plot and the characterisation of Turk.

Sarraf: I'm happy, but the thing is, when I spoke to my wife, I realized that my life did have meaning
Kensi: Yes.

Sarraf: Whether you recovered the drive or not. And the meaning was our love, my love for my son, My father and my mother. Those are the precious gifts. And even if I didn't have them for as long as I'd hoped I had them. That's the important thing. I lived, I loved, and I was loved. What more can I ask from life?

Kensi: Not much more than that. David?

Sarraf: I'm ready. I'm ready.

Medic: It's just a sedative, in case there's pain when we move the car

Sarraf: Kensi

Kensi: Yeah?

Sarraf: You're my angel

2018-19 Reality Renew/Cancel, Part 3: The Masked Singer Will Sing Another Day

This is a busy time for reality TV, with multiple new reality shows premiering recently and even more shows returning for new seasons. Some have garnered tons of buzz, while some have been a bit quieter in the ratings department. Stay tuned for initial predictions of all of the winter premieres, which are noted in italics.

Certain to be Canceled:

Likely to be Canceled:
Child Support
Dancing With the Stars: Juniors

Leans Cancellation:

Pure Toss-Up:

Leans Renewal:
The Great American Baking Show

Likely to be Renewed:
24 Hours To Hell and Back
The Titan Games

Certain to be Renewed:
48 Hours
60 Minutes
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Got Talent: The Champions
The Bachelor
Dateline NBC
Hell's Kitchen
The Masked Singer
Shark Tank

The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Ellen's Game of Games
The Great Christmas Light Fight
The Voice

The Alec Baldwin Show

Coming Soon:
MasterChef Junior
American Idol
The World's Best
Celebrity Big Brother
Mental Samurai
Spin the Wheel
World of Dance
The Wall

The Masked Singer: It's not hard to see why this show is predicted as a CERTAIN RENEWAL. It certainly isn't guaranteed that it'll stay at the level it's at, but The Masked Singer is a huge hit so far. It also held relatively steady between weeks two and three, onyl shedding a tenth despite the ability to see another harsh drop. It could coast to renewal at half the level it's currently performing at, and with Fox seeming to be headed towards a heavy reality focus, it's in abslutely no danger.

The Titan Games: It's performing very well, but The Titan Games hasn't show signs of stabilizing quite yet. While it fell an acceptable two tenths in its second week, it slipped a further three this week against increased competition for ABC. That still upt it at 1.3, which is very much renewable, but NBC is still more crowded than any other network, so if Titan keeps falling, it may find itself out of luck. For that reason, it enters only as a LIKELY RENEWAL this week despite its high average

AGT: The Champions: This reality spinoff isn't on the level of its parent series, but it's still gotten off to a great start. It held nicely in week two and is performing better than the Wall/Better Late Than Never pairing that aired in this slot in winter 2018. NBC is probably thrilled with its performance, even if it isn't as huge as The Masked Singer. Either way, the show's a huge win for NBC and it's a CERTAIN RENEWAL.

What do you think of my predictions? What are you predicting? Let me know in the comments and dont' forget to vote in the poll below!

Thursday TV Ratings 1/17/19: A Million Little Things Ties Series High in Thursday Debut, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Fractional In Week 2

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Big Bang Theory2.3/1013.18CBS

Grey's Anatomy1.9/87.03ABC

The Titan Games1.3/64.86NBC


Supernatural0.4/21.44The CW
8:30 PMYoung Sheldon1.7/711.40CBS
9 PMMom1.3/58.54CBS

A Million Little Things1.1/55.25ABC

Brooklyn Nine-Nine0.9/42.84NBC

The Orville0.7/32.98Fox

Roswell, New Mexico (R)0.3/11.08The CW
9:30 PMFam1.0/46.02CBS

The Good Place0.8/42.55NBC
10 PMLaw & Order: SVU0.9/44.22NBC

How To Get Away With Murder0.7/32.84ABC

SWAT (R)0.6/34.23CBS

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 Episode 2 Review

On the heels of last week's stellar premiere that mostly focused on Holt, Jake & Amy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes a different approach this week with an episode focusing on the Nine-Nine's two most lovable idiots: Hitchcock & Scully.

The Nine-Nine is still super crowded because of Commissioner Kelly's revenge against Holt, and everyone's dealing with that in their own way. Charles, meanwhile, is being scammed by someone claiming to be his adopted son's teenage brother Dragomir though Charles can't tell it's a scam. An old case of Hitchcock and Scully's from the 1980s is being reopened. Jake and Charles question them about their investigating, and they confront them about a missing duffel bag. It doesn't go well.

Charles thinks Jake is being overly suspicious, about both Dragomir and Hitchcock & Scully. The "downstairs people" that Amy works with are causing problems for the gang at the Nine-Nine, and which leads to Terry banning them from using the microwave, which Amy is less-than-thrilled about.
Jake and Charles discover an old van that Hitchcock & Scully used to own, which they search for evidence. They find the missing bag, and it's empty, leading them to believe that Hitchcock and Scully are guilty after all. Hitchcock and Scully don't exactly help their case when they lock Jake and Charles in the van.

Jake and Charles manage to escape, but Hitchcock and Scully are gone. Charles tracks them and knows they're going to a wing restaurant, and they drive there in the van. Jake arrests Hitchcock and Scully, but the restaurant manager stops him and it's revealed that she was the wife of the criminal who Hitchcock and Scully arrested in the '80s and that she was the informant. They took the money to help protect her, because she wasn't allowed to go into witness protection. Amy apologizes to Terry and Rosa for messing with the Nine-Nine's stuff, but she tricks them and her squad breaks the microwave. Holt yells at them for causing a ruckus, and Commissioner Kelly walks out from his office. After Holt mentions an investigation into Hitchcock and Scully, Kelly reveals that there wasn't an investigation, and he immediately calls Jake. Unfortunately, by the time they realize that someone is after Marissa, that person pulls up out front. They all try to escape, but they're tracked down easily. Before anything can happen to them, the squad arrests the suspects. However, one of the criminals tries to kill Marissa, but Hitchcock and Scully, wearing wing sauce on their chests as part of a foolish plan, save her. Later on, Hitchcock and Scully are put on desk duty and they're not exactly sad about it. A flashback also reveals that Marissa's job at the wing restaurant is what turned Hitchcock and Scully into the lazy slobs they are today, thanks to the delicious wings.


This was another strong episode, even if some of the side plots seemed pointless for much of the episode. Later, in true Nine-Nine form, they tied into the main plot, but they did seem distracting at first. Amy was especially grating in her plot with Terry and Rosa, and the cleverness of this plot tying into the main one can't absolve my problems with her behavior this week. It was amazing, however, to see Hitchcock and Scully get the main focus on an episode, and everything on their end was amazing. There were some really funny lines in the side plots though, particularly Gina's lines in her sub-plot with Holt. All in all, this episode worked very nicely despite its imperfections, and was another strong outing for this season.

Score: 8/10
Grade: B

Wednesday Cable Ratings 1/16/19: Schitt’s Creek Returns Disappointingly, Deadly Class Starts Well for Syfy

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Wednesday, 1/16/19. Items of note include the season premiere of Schitt's Creek on Pop, the series premiere of Deadly Class on Syfy, and I'm Sorry on TruTV.
(Click the names of the shows written in teal or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NBA: Toronto v. BostonESPN0.731.78
NBA: NOLA v. Golden St.ESPN0.691.66
NBA After the BuzzerESPN0.551.21
Black Ink Crew ChicagoVH10.450.93
NBA CourtsideESPN0.441.11
Real Housewives of NJBravo0.421.12
My 600 Pound LifeTLC0.391.30
Love & Hip Hop MiamiVH10.390.84
In Pursuit with John WalshInvest. Disc.0.341.53
Dead of WinterInvest. Disc.0.331.37
Pardon the InterruptionESPN0.330.86
Guy's Grocery GamesFood0.320.89
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.293.03
Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe KendaInvest. Disc.0.291.53
Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe KendaInvest. Disc.0.291.52
House HuntersHGTV0.281.49
The Daily ShowComedy Central0.280.80
Homestead RescueDiscovery0.271.11
Cuomo Prime TimeCNN0.261.46
Property BrothersHGTV0.261.39
NBA Pre-GameESPN0.260.59

Highlights Below the Chart:

Deadly ClassSyfy0.220.60
Deal or No DealCNBC0.10.52
I'm SorryTru0.090.20
You're The WorstFXX0.070.16
Schitt's CreekPop0.050.16

The Kominsky Method Renewed for Season 2

Netflix has renewed its Golden Globe-winning comedy starring Michael Douglas for a second season. The Kominsky Method, created by Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre, will return for an 8-episode season sometime in the near future. Featuring Douglas as an actor-turned acting coach and Alan Arkin as his manager, the series picked up two Golden Globes this month, one for the series itself and one for Douglas. It also picked up nominations at the Critics Choice Awards and was one of Netflix's best-received series of 2018. Also starring are Nancy Travis and Sarah Baker.

What do you think of this news? Will you be tuning in for season two? Let us know in the comments below!

Wednesday TV Ratings 1/16/19: The Masked Singer Begins to Stabilize, Riverdale Rises in Return

Final numbers to come.
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
8 PMThe Goldbergs1.2/64.81ABC

Chicago Med1.2/68.52NBC

24 Hours To Hell & Back1.0/53.42Fox

The Big Bang Theory (R)1.0/55.96CBS

Riverdale0.5/21.34The CW
8:30 PMSchooled
Young Sheldon (R)
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CW Renew/Cancel: Roswell, New Mexico Leans Toward Renewal, For Now

Welcome to the CW Renew/Cancel Watch, and we have the premiere of Roswell, New Mexico. 
Certain Renewal
Certain Renewal
Certain Renewal
Certain Renewal
Certain Renewal
The Flash
Certain Renewal
Likely Renewal
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Likely Renewal
Likely Renewal
All American
Leans Renewal
Black Lightning
Leans Renewal
Roswell, New Mexico
Leans Renewal
In the Dark
Debuting April 4
The 100
Premiering April 30
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Final Season
Final Season, Summer
Jane the Virgin
Final Season Premieres March 27

Roswell, New Mexico: Last night, the show premiered to a 0.4 in the key adults 18-49 demographic, in line with Arrow, Riverdale, Supergirl, and Supernatural ratings. For a premiere, that is quite good. But since that is only one datapoint, and there is only so much room to fall. It will be at leans renewal.

Since the CW brought 17 shows to the CW schedule for the Sunday expansion, I am predicting that all shows currently on air will likely be back on the CW schedule and there will likely be 17 shows on the schedule next season. With three shows ending, and multiple shows waiting in development, the CW could conceivably cancel only one more show. But right now, each show with a prediction is reasonably safe. However, for Dynasty, All American, Black Lightning, and Legacies, I may reassess in the coming weeks.

What do you think about the news? Let me know in the comments below!