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Monday night saw a few returns of some old faces and (what is likely to be) a series finale). Fox had Gotham's return, and it was not a triumphant one. The series returned to a new series low after about three months off, though it was still an improvement over what 24: Legacy had been doing in its last few weeks. APB limped across the finish line, though it was up a tenth with the improved lead-in. It is likely that there will be a time-slot improvement when the already-renewed Lucifer returns next week. The CW was in repeats for quite a bit, and last night was the return of Supergirl and Jane the Virgin. That worked about as well for them as it did for Gotham. Both returned with series lows, with Jane posting a terrible 0.2 and Supergirl hitting a 0.5. NBC's The Voice and Taken both ticked down another tenth each. On ABC, Dancing With the Stars was down after the boost from Disney week, though Quantico was up a tenth. CBS was in repeats all night.

Finals Update: Gotham (+0.1) adjusted up to avoid a new series low. Quantico (-0.1) and a Scorpion repeat (-0.1) adjusted down.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMThe Voice1.9/79.26NBC

Dancing With the Stars1.6/610.31ABC

The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.1/56.36CBS

Gotham0.9/42.91Fox

Supergirl0.5/21.80The CW
8:30 PMSuperior Donuts (R)0.9/34.83CBS
9 PMKevin Can Wait (R)0.8/34.34CBS

APB (F)0.7/32.77Fox

Jane the Virgin0.2/10.86The CW
9:30 PM2 Broke Girls (R)0.7/33.38CBS
10 PMTaken0.8/34.62NBC

Scorpion (R)0.6/34.06CBS

Quantico0.5/22.92ABC

Tonight is the final premiere of the regular season, NBC's Great News. The comedy series will be the third to hold the timeslot this season, after the huge hit This Is Us and the ratings-challenged Trial & Error. Great News will receive similar scheduling to Trial & Error, airing episodes twice weekly following the Voice. The series will receive little comedy competition tonight, with ABC's Fresh Off the Boat off for the night, leaving Great News to only compete with an original episode of Imaginary Mary in the comedy department. Do you think NBC will be receiving good news or bad news in regards to the ratings of Great News?

Great News, 9 PM on NBC
Note: The poll is only to predict ratings for the Pilot episode of Great News, not for average of both episodes.

It's Boy Band vs. Girl Group night, and there's a few familiar faces coming back, namely Maks and Nick Carter. After a few really entertaining nights, I really hope this week can be good.

Simone Biles & Sasha
This was fine. It was a much better dance some others tonight, but it wasn't that great for Simone's standards. It was definitely entertaining, but I was hoping for more after last week.
My Score: 9

Bonner Bolton & Sharna
This was pretty good. It was a bit better than last week, though not too much. I still think he's one of the weakest in the competition, but he wasn't the weakest dancer of the night. 
My Score: 8

Rashad Jennings & Emma
This was better than last week's dance, but something still didn't feel quite right. I know Rashad can be great, but this was a bit off. It may just be me, but I'm a bit disappointed in Rashad these past few weeks.
My Score: 9

Nancy Kerrigan & Artem 
Nancy is my girl, and I've probably been one of her biggest fans during the competition thus far. I still enjoyed this performance, but it was definitely weaker than the past few dances. 
My Score: 9

Normani Kordei & Val
This was another dance that I was disappointed in. I'm sensing a pattern tonight. It just didn't feel very Salsa-like, so I was underwhelmed. It wasn't bad by any means, but it wasn't  as good as last week.
My Score: 9

Heather Morris & Maks
Heather's always been a good dancer, so I definitely am not surprised that this was great. But I am very impressed that she's improved so much from just last week. And it was also really great to have Maks back.
My Score: 10

David Ross & Lindsay
I was a fan of David earlier on in the competition, but I've been disappointed for a few dances now. At this point, he's consistently one of my least favorites, and I think it may be time for him to go home soon.
My Score: 7

Nick Viall & Peta
Nick had two strong dances, but this was, well, not. It was kind of a mess, and it felt like a dance from week 2, not week 6. I hope Nick can improve next week, because if not, it may be time to go.
My Score: 7


Team Dances-

Team Boy Band-
This was decent, but nothing special. It was entertaining, but I just wasn't that impressed by the dance. It felt a bit amateur, if I'm being honest.
My Score: 8

Team Girl Group-
This was better than the guys, which isn't surviving since the four members of the team are better than the members of the men's team (other than Rashad). It wasn't great or anything, but it was pretty good.
My Score: 9


Superlatives

Dancer of the Night: Heather Morris
Honorable Mention: Nancy Kerrigan

Worst of the Night: David Ross
(Dis)Honorable Mention: Nick Viall


My Rankings for the Week:
1- Heather Morris (OUT)
2- Nancy Kerrigan 
3- Rashad Jennings
4- Normani Kordei
5- Simone Biles
6- Team Girl Group
7- Team Boy Band
8- Bonner Bolton
9- Nick Viall
10- David Ross


Elimination/Wrap-Up
Heather and Maks are eliminated with Nancy and Artem in the Bottom 2. I'm pretty much speechless by this.
All in all, this was a very underwhelming night. Other than Heather's dance, nothing was really than great, and nobody was really on top of their game tonight. It was a rather dull show. Episode Score: 8/10
Episode Grade: B
Jane the Virgin is back for its last few episodes of its season, after airing only two episodes in the last nearly two months.


S3E16 "Chapter Sixty"

Jane is crushing on Rogelio's co-star, and the flashback to the moment she first felt this way about a guy is great, because it was so awkward, watching a telenovela with her mother and grandmother. Speaking of her grandmother, Jane and Xo discover that Alba has yet to tell Jorge that she doesn't want to have sex with him, which leads to a great moment where Jane says to Alba what Alba used to say to her. Alba tells Jorge, and it's great when the narrator puts #Telemundoandchill on the screen. Alba believes that she and Jorge have broken up when she doesn't hear from him, but that turns out not to be the case, and I am glad. Their relationship has been really sweet thus far, and Alba deserves this.

Rogelio is jealous of his co-star on his ridiculous telenovela (and it is hilarious when the narrator remarks on how "lady scientist" can just be "scientist"), and when he discovers that Jane has a crush on him, he forbids it. Jane later discovers that the co-star doesn't like her, but is a huge fan of Rogelio. The scene where he tells Rogelio this is a great one. Jane thinks that she is over him, but then he shows up at her door. Rogelio pretends to be fine with the two of them, but he is worried about him replacing Michael. This is a really sweet moment, and I like that the show is remembering other people's relationships with Michael, as Rogelio and Michael did have a special relationship.

Jane's editor tells her that her novel is good, and now it's time to move on to marketing. When Jane goes to the meeting, she discovers that they want to use her backstory to sell the book. This is a great story for Jane, because it really causes her to question what is most important to her. She believes that she has made the right decision in deciding that she wants the book to stand on its own, but when she talks to her old mentor, she tells her that this opportunity is too big to let her integrity stand in the way.

The scene where Jane makes the decision to allow the marketing people to use her backstory is a great one, because Gina Rodriguez really makes you feel how difficult of a decision this is for Jane. Jane talks to Alba about how she is able to talk about Michael now, but she doesn't want him to become an anecdote. The best part about Michael's death in this story is how Alba can give Jane advice, and telling her how things go from her experience. What Alba says here is very interesting, that her grief will evolve, but not go away. Jane gets to meet her first fan, and it is a great moment, as they are both equally excited.

Rafael is dealing with Luisa this week when she shows up with little notice, and it's entertaining when Rafael won't let her see any of the kids, though Luisa wants to. Luisa and Rose's conversation later about if Rose killed Scott is hilarious. The duo continues to entertain as Luisa goes to dinner with Rafael, and Rose has to keep from being found out. Rose ends up wanting to leave, but Luisa wants to stay. I really like that Luisa is finally trying to make some good decisions. She's a lovable mess.


Each part of the episode was entertaining, though the story about Jane and her novel was the best one, and while Petra didn't get much attention this week, the end of the episode set up an interesting challenge for her, as she has to get Anezka out of police custody in order to keep her secrets secret.

Score: 10/10

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According to The Futon Critic's listings, the final two episodes of Superstore's second season will be airing at 8:30, instead of 8:00 as regularly scheduled. At 8:00, reruns of Superstore will air. That change begins this week. Powerless currently is not scheduled to air any more episodes. It has aired nine episodes of its first season so far. This schedule change indicates cancelation, which is unsurprising. The TV Ratings Guide has Powerless listed as a certain cancelation.


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This might be the end for low rated courtroom reality show You the Jury.

FOX has quietly canceled and pulled the show after two abysmally low rated episodes. It has averaged a 0.34 A18-49 demo over the course of its run. All the remaining episodes that were set to air have since been deleted and slashed from The Futon Critic. The episodes will now be replaced by repeats of Lethal Weapon. It is unclear when FOX will air the now unaired episodes.

This is a correct prediction for the TV Ratings Guide.

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Sunday night was almost completely filled with originals, with only Family Guy off for the night. The night wasn't too kind to CBS, but ABC had a mostly strong night. America's Funniest Home Videos was up three tenths after a week off, and Once Upon a Time and Match Game were both up a tenth. American Crime was down, however, so ABC's night wasn't all good. Each CBS show dipped a tenth, with NCIS: Los Angeles as the strongest show of the CBS bunch. NBC's Little Big Shots returned after taking Easter off, and it was down a tenth. The stronger lead-in allowed for Chicago Justice to return to its typical 1.0 delivery. Fox had a mixed mag of a night, with a special 8 PM Bob's Burger up two tenths from the 7:30 airing, but the Last Man on Earth ticked down to a new low. Right behind Bob's, Making History was steady at a 0.6.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
7 PMAmerica's Funniest Home Videos1.0/54.83ABC

60 Minutes0.8/39.59NBC

Little Big Shots (R)0.5/23.90NBC

The Simpsons (R)0.5/31.32Fox
7:30 PMBob's Burgers0.7/31.57Fox
8 PMLittle Big Shots1.2/58.24NBC

NCIS: Los Angeles1.0/49.40CBS

Bob's Burgers0.9/31.84Fox

Once Upon a Time0.8/32.67ABC
8:30 PMMaking History0.6/31.32Fox
9 PMChicago Justice1.0/45.58NBC

Madam Secretary0.7/37.74CBS

Family Guy (R)0.8/31.72Fox

Match Game0.7/33.15ABC
9:30 PMThe Last Man on Earth0.7/31.71Fox
10 PMShades of Blue0.7/34.08NBC

Elementary0.5/24.57CBS

American Crime0.3/11.84ABC
Well, friends. This is the end. Tonight's episode was the finale of Feud: Bette and Joan, something that upsets me greatly as this truly has been a lovely ride. I have a lot of thoughts on the episode and the season in general, so instead of my usual recap with some commentary, I'm just going to touch on some major portions of the episode, and provide my analysis of it.

Wow, that was brilliant. I didn't think any episode could top the Oscars episode, which was my favorite, but this one did. It was beautifully crafted and acted. It was touching. It was sad. I can't think of anything bad to say about it. It was just perfect from start to finish. The final scene, showing Bette and Joan on the first day on the set of Baby Jane, was the perfect way to bring the show full circle. If only they could have been friends...

For all of the horrible things Bette and Joan have done throughout the series, you couldn't help but feel bad for them, especially Joan. This episode did a wonderful job of depicting the final years of Joan's life, showing her work in Trog (which looks like a real masterpiece). Lange does a terrific job showing Crawford's struggles with her health near the end, and I truly think this is some of her finest work in the series to date. That's not to say that Sarandon wasn't fantastic as always, because she was. Near the end of the episode, when Bette and Olivia and other Joan are all at the Oscars, there was something that really got me. And that was the In Memoriam section, where Joan received just a few seconds devoted to her. Bette's line here was perfect. It showed that she really did care about Joan, and that, unlike her earlier line of "Joan Crawford's dead. Good" would indicate, she wasn't happy she was dead (or at least this version of Bette wasn't).

Thank God we got Judy Davis to make one last appearance as Hedda Hopper, a role for which she truly deserves an Emmy (Please Academy, give this woman the Emmy!). Hedda Hopper was incredibly dead in the late 1970s, but that doesn't stop her from making an appearance to Joan, along with Stanley Tucci's Jack Warner and Sarandon's Bette. This might have been my favorite scene of the finale, because for just one last time, everything got to be perfect again. Hedda was alive, Bette and Joan got along, and they were all having a fun time. It was truly spectacular. It broke my heart when Joan called Mamacita in, and she revealed to Joan that Hedda, Jack, and Bette were never there.   I wish they were though. I wish Joan would have been able to have a happy ending, because her true fate was really upsetting.

The secret MVP of this whole season has been Jackie Hoffman as Mamacita, a character that is so easy to fall in love with. Even though Joan frequently treats her like crap, Mamacita is still there for her in her final moments, a time in which, as Mamacita said, nobody else was there for her. Everyone in Hollywood may have showed up for her funeral, but nobody was really there for her. They didn't really care. But Mamacita did, and that's amazing.

While I had high expectations for Feud, I never expected it to be this great. It was truly a masterpiece from start to finish. While I adore previous Murphy series like The People v. OJ, the first season of Scream Queens, and the majority of American Horror Story, Feud is truly my favorite work of his. The incredible cast and the wonderful writing made this a true gem, my favorite show of the entire 2016-17 season. The fact that my least favorite episode is still a solid "A" just shows how much I loved this show. In fact, I'd even say that this show is one of my favorites ever, at least in its first season. I truly hope that the cast of this season will return, since it was filled with fantastic actors who truly did spectacular jobs of portraying these characters. At the very least, I'm hoping Lange, Sarandon, Davis, and Hoffman can all return in some capacity, since they all impressed me so much with their performances this season. Farewell Bette and Joan, I'm going to miss the hell out of you.
Episode Score: 11/10
Episode Grade: A+
***Spoilers Ahead***

Name 20 Picnics...Now

Fox Broadcasting Co. 


The relationship between Tandy and Todd has always been fragile, it's inevitable that they'll soon butt heads with each other at some point. Maybe it's because they're the only two men left on earth (aside from maybe Pat) or maybe it's because they would never end up liking each other in a pre-virus world. Still, their on-and-off bromance is easily one of the best things that Last Man has going for it. Tonight's LMOE has the last men on earth butt heads yet again, and it definitely works to the show's advantage. But, before we can get to that, there's the elephant in the room in the form of Jasper. The introduction of a child into a show like this still doesn't sit well with me, let alone one that won't talk, but at least tonight's episode shows that it may work out well. 

The main focus of tonight's installment is Todd/Melissa vs Tandy/Jasper. Todd continues to try to help out Melissa's situation as Tandy tries to help out Jasper. Both cases are ultimately futile for the time being, but it still doesn't stop the two from getting on each other's nerves. The big payoff comes at the end of the episode where tensions between the duo are high enough that a "fight" takes place. While it was played for laughs and was indeed very amusing, Todd's mention of not being accepted into any clubs acts as a faint mention to his pre-virus life of being picked on and treated poorly. It's honestly pretty sad to think that Todd had a pretty rough life, from what we've heard of, and how the post-virus world might even act as an improvement of his pre-virus situation. Meanwhile, the fight itself is just as good as it gets. Forte and Rodriguez play off each other so well and they're even funnier when there's beef between them. What makes it better is the fact that the episode ends with their problems resolved, as much fun as it is seeing Todd and Tandy pitted against each other, I still like their bro dynamic. Also, the big breakthrough of Jasper and Melissa bonding was exactly the type of progress that both characters need, I'm happy that both might be coming out of their shells.

In comparison, the B-plot is a lot less interesting. The good news, Erica has a baby bump, which means that the writers did not forget about the pregnancies and that time just moves really slowly on this show. The bad news, Carol is jealous. While Schaal is a great comedian, this plot doesn't do her justice as it's essentially a retread of what we've seen before and Gail's reaction to Carol pretty much sums up my thoughts on it. At least Schaal gets some down time from her mediocre story when she takes part in the celebrations. The party itself is a visual masterpiece, kudos to the art department for making everything look so good. And, there are some great tidbits to this B-plot, for one, Gail destroying the doors of the store with her car was just a great moment on so many levels.

There's a lot of fun to be had in "Name 20 Picnics...Now", much more in the main plot than the side one, but nevertheless, this one was a big step-up from the previous one as the series decided to amp up the comedy and tone down on the drama. It's a nice change of pace that gets the show back on track.

Stray Thoughts

  • Those final moments were jaw-dropping. I still don't understand where that satellite landed. 
  • Todd's moves are truly epic, especially when he's dancing to Panda. 
  • This episode's cold opening has got to be one of the show's best. 
  • Still no Pamela. I hope she appears at some point. 
  • Carol made an Al Capone reference just an hour after Making History's Capone episode. 
  • I've always wanted to put spoons in a blender.

Grade: A-



Thanks for reading my review of The Last Man on Earth. Leave your thoughts on the episode in the comment section below. Catch an all-new episode next Sunday, 9:30/8:30c, on FOX. 





***Spoilers Ahead***

The Godfriender 

Fox Broadcasting Co.

After a 500-year break, Making History returns exactly where the previous episode left off, 1919 Chicago. The previous two episodes managed to break free of sitcom cliches and turn to actual time-travel stuff, and this episode continues the hot streak.

First off, Tim Robinson's Al Capone continues to excel. There's just something hilarious about a murder-crazy lunatic. The first act of the episode features Dan & Deb trying to humanize the famous mobster. It's familiar sitcom territory, but Making History gives it a time-travel twist. In other sitcoms, this trope would be used in a more trivial manner, but in this show, it's a matter of life and death. This is one of the greatest assets of high-concept, serialized comedies, even if they don't use original concepts all the time, they can still make them fresh. Overall, the front half doesn't accomplish much, but there were some strong comedic moments between Dan & Al Capone as they began to bond. On the other hand, it was a little annoying seeing Capone's wife being treated the way she was, I know it was played for laughs, but it came off as uncomfortable. But, I did like seeing Capone try to redeem himself by not killing people and treating his wife well, who knows if it will end up having an effect on the events of history.

The real action occurs in the back-half of the episode when Capone tells Dan that he has to kill Chris in order to gain his respect. Just when the episode seemed to be neglecting Chris to a pretty uninteresting (but amusing) B-plot, it pulls a switch and makes him the center of the episode. The whole final act with the gang in the house fighting the Capones was perfection. It's the first truly madcap scene that the series has pulled off and it works perfectly well with the setting and tone of the episode. One interesting moment is when Chris rushes to the future and then back to the past to fight Al Capone. It's more of the type of thing you'd want from a time travel show and I like seeing them stretch their premise as far as they can.

The episode ends similar to the second episode, "The Shot Heard Round the World" as the gang returns to the future and accomplish their goal. It's interesting that Making History has had two "mini-arcs" in the span of 6 episodes and I like how fast-paced this show is and how willing the writers are to explore different eras in such a short time. With the clock reset, everything is good, for now, and we're left to see where this show will go next. Note to Fox: This probably would have been a better episode to end on before a break.

"The Godfriender" is an episode of Making History that is just plain fun. There's a lot of great humor and slapstick elegantly crammed into 22 minutes, maybe it's not as great as the past two episodes, but it's still a hell of a ride.


Grade: A-


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4/22/17

The Wrap

Time
Show
18-49 Rating
Total Viewers              (In Millions)
8:00pm
NHL Hockey (NBC)
0.7
2.28

NCIS: Los Angeles (R) (CBS)
0.4
3.68

The Toy Box (R) (ABC)
0.3
1.63

MasterChef Junior (R) (FOX)
0.3
0.94




9:00pm
Training Day (CBS)
0.4
3.24

The Toy Box (R) (ABC)
0.4
1.76

Showtime at the Apollo (R) (FOX)
0.3
1.10




10:00pm
48 Hours (CBS)
0.6
4.06

20/20 (R) (ABC)
0.5
2.35
(R) = repeat


With Ransom out of the picture, CBS's Training Day (0.4) actually rose a tenth. It got a bit more help than last week from a repeat of NCIS: Los Angeles (0.4), which improved a tenth from last week's Ransom. The up momentum carried on to 48 Hours (0.6) which ticked up week-to-week.

NBC continued to sit out its repeat line-up in favor of NHL Hockey (0.7), while down from last week, it still managed to be the top program of the night.

ABC had repeats of The Toy Box (0.3/0.4) which was significantly behind last week's presentation of The Ten Commandments. 

FOX had repeats of MasterChef Junior (0.3) and Showtime at the Apollo (0.3), the latter was recently ordered to series.