The Goldbergs Season 6 Episode 14 Review

Valentine's Day is here on The Goldbergs, and that's not a good thing for any member of the family. Adam and Murray fight over (getting rid of) Beverly, while Barry remains upset over Lainey leaving him and ruins things for Geoff and Erica in the meantime.

It's Valentine's Day, and Barry is depressed because he'll "never love again," though the JTP is able to cheer him up. Adam gets a candy-gram from Beverly at school, which is just the start of Beverly interrupting his Valentine's celebrating with Jackie. The Ericas' band is struggling without Lainey, and Geoff offers to help them find a new member. It doesn't go well at first, but they eventually find someone, the Kremps' nephew Evan. Barry tells Geoff that Evan is moving in on Erica, and Geoff starts getting jealous. Adam tells Beverly that they need to spend Valentine's Day apart. Beverly decides to spend it with Murray, and Murray isn't fond of this idea. Murray sabotages Adam by making Beverly think that Adam wrote a beautiful poem for her, which makes Beverly want to have dinner with him on Valentine's Day instead of Murray.

Adam and Murray keep lying about the other giving Beverly various nice Valentine's gifts, so much so that Beverly doesn't even know who she's going to dinner with now. After getting advice from Barry, Geoff yells at Evan, which causes Evan to leave. This angers Erica, who tells Barry not to get in Geoff's head. He responds by telling her that he just didn't want Geoff to get ditched like he did. Beverly stops by the Kremps' flower shop, and Virginia tells her that, despite Murray's name being on the card, Adam was the one who bought the flowers. She also gives her theory about why this happened, saying that Murray and Adam are trying to pass her off on one another. A hurt Beverly heads home and confronts Murray about this. Murray apologizes and tells Beverly that he loves her, which makes her forgive him. Erica and the JTP track Barry down and help make his Valentine's Day special.

Wrap-Up:

I really enjoyed this episode, and felt that it was one of the show's most original episodes that they've aired this season. Obviously both plots had familiar elements, but they both felt fresh and new, and were really fun. I'm glad that the show is actually showing Barry's heartbreak over Lainey, and aren't just having him move on quickly. One of the biggest problems I've had with the Goldbergs is the fact that there's no real character development in these recent seasons, but this is a step in the right direction towards developing Barry's character more and making him more mature. The ending of the plot with Barry and Erica was very heartwarming, and the entire plot was really enjoyable to watch, even if it wasn't as funny as the other plot. Adam and Murray dueling over who will be stuck with Beverly was one of the funniest things I've seen on this show in a very long time, even though I felt terrible for Beverly when she finally realized what was happening. All in all, this is one of the stronger Goldbergs episodes plot-wise in a really long time, and it's probably my second-favorite episode of the season overall, behind the midseason premiere.

Score: 9/10
Grade: A-

Sunday Cable Ratings 2/17/19: Last Week Tonight Returns Up from Finale, Fast Layne Falls Apart


Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Sunday, 2/17/19. Items of note include the premiere of Last Week Tonight on HBO, The Walking Dead on AMC, and Black Monday on Showtime.
(Note: Click any show with its name in orange to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NBA All-Star GameTNT2.425.77
The Walking DeadAMC1.684.54
NBA All-StarTNT1.222.97
The Real Housewives of AtlantaBravo0.721.95
UFC Fight NightESPN0.591.46
Talking Dead
Don't Be Tardy
AMC
Bravo
0.59
0.46
1.66
1.21
Worst Cooks In AmericaFood0.451.55
BeachFront Bargain HuntHGTV0.431.92
BeachFront Bargain HuntHGTV0.421.95
Don't Be TardyBravo0.41.11
NBA All-Star GameTBS0.391.03
BTK: A Killer Among UsInvest. Disc.0.391.46
UFC Fight NightESPN0.380.99
Sister WivesTLC0.361.55
Deadpool 2HBO0.340.75
RidiculousnessMTV0.340.73
True DetectiveHBO0.341.32
Island LifeHGTV0.341.70
RidiculousnessMTV0.330.68
Caribbean LifeHGTV0.331.70
Island LifeHGTV0.321.59
ShamelessShowtime0.320.97
Caribbean LifeHGTV0.311.55
Watch What Happens LiveBravo0.310.92




Highlights Below the Chart:


Last Week Tonight With John OliverHBO0.271.03
CrashingHBO0.130.39
Fast LayneDisney0.080.56
Black MondayShowtime0.080.28
High MaintenanceHBO0.070.20
SMILFShowtimeN/AN/A
The CircusShowtimeN/AN/A

Saturday Cable Rating 2/16/19: Deadpool 2 Strong on HBO, Bizaardvark and Coop & Cami Collapse to New Lows

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Saturday, 2/16/19. Items of note include Deadpool 2 on HBO, Bizaardvark on Disney Channel, and the NBA All-Star Game on TNT.
(Note: Click any show with its name in red to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
NBA All-Star GameTNT2.245.02
College Basketball: TN v. KYESPN0.83.01
NBA All-Star Game0.630.631.51
Live PDA&E0.622.08
Deadpool 2HBO0.611.68
College Basketball: NC v. DukeESPN0.571.86
Dragon Ball SuperAdult Swim0.430.82
AAF: Stallions v. IronTNT0.371.02
Allstar MotorsportsTNT0.350.80
College BasketballESPN0.341.08
Love, Romance & ChocolateHallmark0.323.07
Players OnlyTNT0.320.74
Boruto: Naruto Next GenerationAdult Swim0.310.60
Finding GiannisTNT0.30.76
Your Worst NightmareInvest. Disc.0.281.24
College BasketballESPN0.270.87
Sword ArtAdult Swim0.260.51
House Hunters RenovationHGTV0.251.32
The KitchenFood Network0.251.33
Heart of DarknessInvest. Disc.0.251.12
20/20Invest. Disc.0.241.16
Deadpool 2HBO0.240.54
SportscenterESPN0.240.61
The Pioneer WomanFood Network0.231.22
MegaloboxAdult Swim0.220.42




Highlights Below the Chart:


Total DramaRamaCartoon Network0.190.64
Big City GreensDisney0.120.54
BizaardvarkDisney0.070.47
Coop & Cami Ask the WorldDisney0.070.47

Tuesday TV Ratings 2/19/19: Splitting Up Together Holds Steady Behind Slipping Blackish, This Is Us Rises

Final numbers to come.
Time
Show
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMEllen's Game of Games1.4/66.09NBC

NCIS1.2/612.67CBS

American Housewife0.9/44.37ABC

Lethal Weapon0.8/33.28Fox

The Flash (R)0.2/10.68The CW
8:30 PMThe Kids Are Alright0.7/33.41ABC
9 PMThis Is Us1.8/87.56NBC

FBI0.9/49.04CBS

Blackish0.7/32.89ABC

The Gifted0.5/21.62Fox

Roswell, New Mexico (R)0.2/10.63The CW
9:30 PMSplitting Up Together0.6/32.42ABC
10 PMNew Amsterdam1.0/55.61NBC

NCIS: New Orleans0.8/46.99CBS

The Rookie0.6/33.54ABC

American Housewife Season 3 Episode 12 Review

American Housewife returned with a bang last week with a stellar Little Shop of Horrors-themed episode that reunited Taylor and Tripp and was all-around just a ton of fun. This week's episode sees some mother/daughter bonding with Katie and Taylor, and some father/son bonding with Greg and Oliver.

Taylor begs Katie for new boots, but Katie doesn't want to buy them for her because she doesn't think they're appropriate. Oliver doesn't want to build a doghouse with Greg. Greg tells Katie about this, and she tells him to go to a seminar with Oliver that he's been talking about a lot.

Katie decides to ask Taylor to hang out, and Anna-Kat gives her advice on how to go about it. She texts her, and Taylor reluctantly agrees. Greg and Oliver go to the Johnny Diamond seminar together, and it helps them talk to one another. Meanwhile, Katie and Taylor also bond when they go boot shopping, which leads to ten going for lunch. Back at the seminar, Greg and Oliver do a trust fall, and  despite Greg's doubts, Oliver actually catches him. The seminar comes to a close, and Johnny Diamond tells everyone to find a loved one to work on a project with. Oliver suggests that they build the doghouse together. At lunch, Taylor admits to vaping over summer, and Katie ruins their "friend time" by turning back into a mom. The two argue, and Katie storms out.

Greg discovers that Johnny Diamond was arrested for various crimes, and Oliver decides that since Johnny Diamond was a fraud, his new bond with Greg is fraudulent too and he decides against building the doghouse with Greg. Later on, Katie tells Oliver that he should worship Greg instead of searching for someone to worship. She also talks to Taylor and they make up.

Wrap-Up:

This was a decent episode, but it wasn't near the level of the midseason premiere. This episode had some strong moments, but all in all just wasn't as funny or as creative as the episode that preceded it. I would probably consider this episode to be the weakest episodes of the season, because I really just wasn't that interested in it. Katie and Taylor's plot was the weak point of the episode, and it felt very similar to tories we've seen before from the show and other ABC family comedies. The Greg and Oliver plot was definitely better, but wasn't on the level of normal storylines for the show. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the guest appearance by Cheyenne Jackson and I wish he would have had more screen time. His Johnny Diamond character seemed like a very interesting fellow and it would have been nice to learn more about him.

Score: 7/10
Grade: C+

FOX Renew/Cancel: Proven Innocent Enters + An Update On Empire



Since the initial publishing of the most recent edition of FOX Renew/Cancel, FOX officially renewed Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy, and premiered drama Proven Innocent. Here are updated predictions, followed by brief analysis below. The shows are ranked in a particular order: the show at the top of the Certain Renewal category is what is predicted to be the most safe, and shows listed under it become increasingly vulnerable. Let us know what you think of these predictions, and leave your own in the comments below!

RENEWED
The Simpsons
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy

CERTAIN TO BE RENEWED
Last Man Standing

LIKELY TO BE RENEWED
Empire
9-1-1
The Cool Kids

LIKELY TO BE CANCELED
Star
The Resident
The Orville
Lethal Weapon
The Gifted
The Passage
Proven Innocent

CERTAIN TO BE CANCELED
Rel

I’m holding off on putting Proven Innocent in the Certain Cancelation category for now, as it seems pretty harsh to completely write off a show after just one episode. For all we know, it could creep upward to the point where it’s doubling its premiere audience. While there’s barely any chance of that happening, I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt for the time being. Still, it is far from safe for a renewal; its premiere rating was awfully low and at this moment, it doesn’t have a whole lot going for it when it comes to renewal chances.

Cast member Jussie Smollett from Empire has been in the news lately for an alleged hate crime against him, with new evidence suggesting the possibility that it was staged. They are already reducing his role in some upcoming episodes this season as a result of ongoing investigations, and while we cannot know for sure whether or not he is at fault for this, the incident has put Empire and FOX into a messy situation. If they have to write him out of the show, it would possibly make the show cheaper with one less salary to pay. But who knows if the show/Smollett will find itself into any lawsuits that are large to the point where it doesn’t make sense for FOX to drag it out another season, especially now that they are about to lose ownership rights in it with their studio’s merger with Disney. I can still see it getting renewed, though I’ve bumped it down to a likely renewal. Take note though that it remains the second-most safe show though. 

I’ve decided to move chairs on the Titanic a little bit and switch The Gifted and Lethal Weapon. The latter’s ratings are not as bad as they could be, and I’m thinking of the possibility that “New Fox” may want to maintain a relationship with Warner Brothers now that they are losing their sister studio. 


Friday Cable Ratings 2/15/19: Kim Possible Continues Disney Channel Ratings Woes, Drag Race All Stars Steady for Finale

Below are the Top 25 programs on cable on Friday, 2/15/19. Items of note include the movie premiere of Kim Possible and the series premiere of Last Layne on Disney Channel and the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars on VH1.
(Note: Click the name of any show with its title in purple or blue to be taken to its page in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Ratings Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
Mountain Dew KickstartTNT0.691.46
Gold RushDiscovery0.642.67
NBA All-Star GameESPN0.61.31
Live PDA&E0.591.86
Gold Rush White WaterDiscovery0.491.86
Inside the NBATNT0.430.92
Tropical Cop TalesAdult Swim0.380.74
My Lottery Dream HopeHGTV0.351.87
Love After LockupWE0.330.93
Tropical Cop TalesAdult Swim0.310.61
Real Time with Bill MaherHBO0.31.66
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.293.24
Diners, Drive Ins & DivesFood0.281.02
Gold Rush: The DirtDiscovery0.281.33
RuPaul's Drag Race All StarsVH10.270.60
Blaze & The Monster MachinesNickelodeon0.241.05
The FiveFox News0.242.72
SportscenterESPN0.230.53
Anderson Cooper 360CNN0.231.37
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.221.11
Kim PossibleDisney0.221.24
America's NewsroomFox News0.222.62
The OfficeNick-At-Nite0.220.54
Secrets of the MorgueInvest. Disc.0.220.95
Top Rank BoxingESPN0.210.70




Highlights Below the Chart:


Fast LayneDisney0.140.93

Monday TV Ratings 2/18/19: AGT Champions Holds Steady While Manifest Dips on Finale Night

Final numbers to come.
Time
Show
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMThe Bachelor1.9/8
ABC

AGT: The Champions (F)1.7/7
NBC

The Neighborhood1.1/56.50CBS

The Resident0.9/45.13Fox

Arrow (R)0.2/10.65The CW
8:30 PMMan With a Plan0.9/45.30CBS
9 PMThe Passage0.9/43.50Fox

Magnum PI0.8/45.93CBS

Black Lightning (R)0.1/10.42The CW
10 PMThe Good Doctor1.1/56.21ABC

Manifest (F)1.0/55.42NBC

Bull0.7/46.73CBS

Bob’s Burgers Season 9 Episode 14 Review

This season of Bob's Burgers has been strong, just like always, but the past few episodes have been weaker than their usual fare. This week's episode features Tine bonding with a goose, and Gretchen searching for a date to her sister's wedding, which should both make for some interesting moments and, as always, some hilarious ones as well.

Tina is hoping that the school will choose her theme for the school dance, which she wants to go to with Jimmy Junior. The school picks her theme, which has Tina feeling excited. She asks Louise and Gene to cover for her at the restaurant while she works on the dance committee. In return, she'll have to clean the restaurant bathroom every day for the next week. She agrees reluctantly. Making things even worse, Jimmy Junior keeps ignoring her. Gretchen asks Teddy to go to her sister's wedding with her, but he's busy and declines. Linda offers to be a matchmaker for her. Jimmy Junior tells Tina that he isn't going to the dance, and she storms off.

Tina keeps on walking until she stumbles into a goose in the park, and she ends up venting to it. The goose, named Bruce, starts following her. A man in the park informs her that Bruce has gotten attached to her. She decides to ditch the dance committee and talk to Bruce the next day as well. Gretchen goes on a date with someone from online, and Linda has to keep intervening to keep her form embarrassing herself. Tina reveals to the family that she quit dance committee. In the succeeding days, Tina continues to spend time with Bruce and Gretchen continues to mess up dates. Louise and Gene end up having to clean the bathroom because of Tina's adventures with Bruce. They confront her that night, and Tina starts flipping out. The family discovers that Tina has become obsessed with Bruce and they decide to get her to the dance to try and sway her away from Bruce.

Louise and Gene beg Jimmy Junior to fix things with Tina. He reveals that he won't go to the dance because he injured his butt, and he's too hurt to dance. Linda logs onto Gretchen's online dating account, posing as Gretchen asking a guy to go the wedding with her. Bob warns her that it's an awful idea, but she goes through with it. Gene and Louise trap Bruce to keep him away from Tina. When Tina searches for him, he's nowhere to be found. Gretchen confronts Linda about the message she sent, and she tells her that they aren't friends anymore. Louise and Gene tell Tina to go to the dance, but Bruce escapes and follows them. Jimmy Junior admits to Tina that he hurt his butt, but Tina doesn't care. All she cares about is Bruce, who bursts through the door. He ends up flying and getting stuck when his friendship bracelet is caught in a screw.

Frond calls animal control about Bruce despite's Tina's demands not do. Linda tells Gretchen that she's sorry she tried to change her, and offers to go to the wedding with her. Gretchen agrees and the reconcile. Jimmy Junior climbs the bleachers to save Bruce, and he's able to save him, only after getting attacked a bit. Tina and Bruce go their separate ways, and Bruce even finds a new friend, one that's actually a goose.

Wrap-Up:

This was an incredibly sweet and heartwarming episode that was also very, very funny. This show is so great at blending sweet and goofy together, and this episode is one of the best examples of that. Tina's heartbreak due to her rejection by Jimmy Junior had me feeling so bad for her, and her weird friendship/obsession with Bruce was delightfully quirky and incredibly sweet. Well, until Tina started talking about her duck/human hybrid babies, then it became hilarious. The Tina storyline was very well-written, and it had a strong beginning, middle and end. Nothing in it felt out of place and the conclusion felt natural. It was well developed and the emotional conclusion (which, as always in this show, was broken up by humor) felt earned. The storyline with Gretchen and Linda also felt very well-developed for a B-plot, and wasn't half-baked like some of this season's B-plots have been. It provided the episode with some of its funniest moments, and helped make this episode truly the best of the season, and one of the best episodes I've seen of any show in recent months.

Score: 10/10
Grade: A+

The Punisher & Jessica Jones Canceled by Netflix

Netflix and Marvel's divorce has been finalized. The streaming giant has canceled both of its remaining dramas based on Netflix properties, ending their relationship with the comics empire. The writing's been on the wall for these shows, as Netflix has rapidly pushed out all other Marvel shows over the last few months. Jessica Jones has the distinction of the first show canceled before it aired its upcoming season. All other axed Marvel shows aired their seasons before they were axed. This is also the first joint cancellation of two Marvel series, as the others all got individual announcements. The series were reportedly all strong performers for Netflix, but Netflix seems intent on moving away from its Marvel relationship as Disney prepares to launch a new streaming service, Disney+, which will include original content from Marvel.

What do you think of this news? Will you miss either show? Let us know in the comments below!

Sunday TV Ratings 2/17/19: The Force Awakens & Elvis Tribute Draw Little Interest, The Simpsons Rebounds

Final numbers to come.
Time
Show
18-49 Ratings
Viewers (mil)
Channel
7 PMThe Simpsons (R)2.1/109.98ABC

America's Funniest Home Videos0.8/45.16Fox

60 Minutes0.8/49.69CBS

How To Train Your Dragon0.5/22.37NBC
7:30 PMBob's Burgers (R)1.4/76.29Fox
8 PMThe Simpsons0.9/42.80Fox

God Friended Me0.7/37.19CBS

Star Wars: The Force Awakens0.5/22.79ABC

Supergirl0.3/11.18The CW
8:30 PMBob's Burgers0.9/42.22Fox
9 PMFamily Guy0.9/42.21Fox

NCIS: Los Angeles0.7/36.70CBS

Elvis All-Star Tribute0.6/35.46NBC

Charmed0.2/10.77The CW
9:30 PMFamily Guy (R)0.7/31.79Fox
10 PMMadam Secretary0.4/24.97CBS