WHAT'S NEW?
Loading...

***Spoilers Ahead***

Gender Friender

Will Forte (Center). Photo: Kevin Estrada/FOX

The penultimate episode of a Last Man story arc generally tends to be a pivotal one. The installment acts as a hype machine for the upcoming fall or season finale and usually awards the audience with a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, as a second-to-last episode, 'Gender Friender' doesn't accomplish its job. Nevertheless, the episode packs in enough Tandy shenanigans and some heartfelt moments to make it worthwhile.
The main plot of the episode centers around Tandy struggling to prove to the gang that he is indeed a feminist. While I didn't expect this to be a particularly funny story, Tandy was thoroughly hilarous in his efforts to become a progressive person. The episode made me realize that I missed the over-the-top version of Tandy. Forte has really mastered the art of cringe-comedy and he was at the top of his game throughout this episode. From shooting the glass ceiling to making ridiculously funny comments at Erica & Gail's wedding, this was Phil Miller's moment in the sun. Additionally, I truly enjoyed the fact that Tandy actually played the guitar in this episode. It made the running gag of him not being able to play worthwhile.

Outside of Tandy, 'Gender Friender' takes a look at the dysfunctional relationships between Todd & Jasper and Gail & Erica. The Todd-Jasper plot is particularly heartwarming in its own way. Both characters have been outcasts at some point in their life, so the bond between the two feels really strong overall. Plus, I really enjoyed seeing Rodriguez's child-like energy throughout the episode. On the Gail-Erica front, the two finally tied the knot after a good amount of arguing. There wasn't anything funny, but the storyline did bring out new aspects and details of both characters. For Gail, it was her long and stressful history with marriage. For Erica, it was the revelation of her last name. Yes, the series still has a bit of a problem with developing Erica's character, but it looks like they're moving in the right direction.

'Gender Friender' isn't an episode that raises the stakes or brings in an element of fear or danger, but it does help us understand these characters a bit more. In all, I'm really hoping that the fall finale brings something new to the table. Because, while I enjoyed this episode, the show has recently felt detached from the post-apocalyptic setting as a whole.


Stray Thoughts
  • Tandy's joke about Bill Clinton being between two Bushes was easily the funniest one of the night.
  • Jasper finally has some lines!
  • Overall, I feel like this is the weakest location that the gang has ever been to. Hoping that they move away soon.
  • Tandy is now a bit closer to solving the Rubix cube. This probably won't end well.
  • Originally, the title for this episode was 'Operation: Sex Change'.

Grade: B


What did you think of 'Gender Friender'? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.


Written Grateful at Karma's Vicious, Vengeful Sword by Bridger Cunningham

Image result for transparent jeffrey tambor

Updated November 19, 2017: Jeffrey Tambor has walked away from Transparent amidst allegations of sexual harassment and will not return for Season 5.  It is unclear if his resignation was due directly to the scandal, though it certainly did not help.

The greatest irony is this article's acronym by title is inadvertently SADFCK.  Time to buy a vowel.

Prior to October 5, 2017, the speculations and urban legends of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry remained a well-known,  loosely regulated scandal known by the masses.  Before that date, President Donald Trump, 80's NBC icon Bill Cosby, wholesome 7th Heaven Alum Stephen Collins and a slew of cable newscasters remained the only recent media figures shackled down to confirmed notoriety due to past behaviors of confirmed sexual harassment and assault.  Few spoke of the matter in the industry.  And if they spoke up, it was via passive-aggressive humor, similar to Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's jabs via dialogue in 2013 episodes.  Or 30 Rock's coy dialogue with one of its characters stating "I'm not afraid of anyone in show business, I turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions, out of five." (1)

Image result for courtney love 2017The boldest action taken prior to 2017 derived from volatile actress/Hole lead singer Courtney Love's 2005 statement advising new actresses, "If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don't go."  Equally aggressive in calling out the underbelly of the industry was 80's teen star Corey Feldman, who bravely shined a light on pedophilia running rampant for decades.  Then, NY Times Journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey released a report detailing Harvey Weinstein issuing 8 females settlements over three decades traversed during his tenures at Mirimax and The Weinstein Company. (1)   The dumpster fire kindled after NBC News reporter Ronan Farrow (son of Peyton Place alum Mia Farrow) reported in The New Yorker of his own investigation, shining light on 13 victims of sexual harassment and 3 rape victims.  Farrow eluded to NBC receiving pressure to kill the segment when he investigated months earlier (denied by the network).  The sordid development ignited into a media firestorm in preceding weeks, leading to several revelations of misconduct against others.  And it has left several shows suspended, speculating survival or potentially quashed.  

And the Sexual Allegations Dumpster fire burned like a scrub bush beneath the Hollywood sign, ignited by a cigarette flick of the industry's reckless and vile.  The scandal smoldered after years of allegations lying in plain site, spreading and burning everything in its path late in 2017 including viewers' favorite television shows.  Here are shows linked to this rash of reveals, and the effects on scheduling.

Ryan Seacrest (November 17, 2017)


Shows Affected -- American Idol, Live With Kelly and Ryan, Plus Various Programming.

Allegations -- An anonymous stylist is alleging the popular television host behaved inappropriately more than a decade earlier while the two interacted on E!  The network is launching a precautionary investigation. (21)   Please note TVRG takes a firm stance of "Innocent Until Stated Otherwise" and will not discuss the details until confirmed by statement or investigation. 

Extent of Affects -- Low to Moderate.  Though the alleged incident occurred years earlier and may be motivated by greed, Seacrest' name is tied to several productions.  Any such scandal can change the way the public looks at a figure.  On the plus side for ABC, perhaps the controversy will prompt folks to tune in to the already-panned revival in March.


Shows' Statuses -- No scheduling changes are known as production has not been halted in lieu of these developments.

Murray Miller (November 17, 2017)


Show Affected -- Girls

Allegations -- A former actress on the long-running series has accused the showrunner of sexual misconduct. (20)  Please note TVRG takes a firm stance of "Innocent Until Stated Otherwise" and will not discuss the details until confirmed by statement or investigation. 

Extent of The Affects -- Low.  Though Girls concluded its 6-season run earlier this year, former co-showrunners Jenni Konner and star Lena Dunham have raced to the forefront and are adamantly defending Miller.

Show's Status -- Girls concluded its run earlier this year, and repeats have yet to be interrupted or pulled from HBO.

Mark Schwahn (November 15, 2017)


Shows Potentially Affected -- The Royals

Allegations -- On November 14, 18 female One Tree Hill former cast and crew, including actresses Daphne Zuniga, Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz and Danneel Harris signed a collective statement regarding harassment and intimidation they endured while appearing on OTH.  Former male cast members Chad Michael Murray, Lee Norris, James Lafferty, Robert Buckley and Austin Nichols made statements supporting and backing the 18 females involved in the accusation. (18)  Only one day after the suspension announcement, 25 cast and crew members from the Royals executed a similar statement of allegations similar in nature, bringing 43 accusations of inappropriate conduct. (19) Either that is damning, or that is 43 plotting people who have it out for someone.  Please note TVRG takes a firm stance of "Innocent Until Stated Otherwise" and will not discuss the details until confirmed by statement or investigation.

Extent of Affects -- Moderate.  Although One Tree Hill ended over 5 seasons ago, the collective actresses of the ladies in question foreshadows problems for Schwahn.  Individual claims leave many questions and speculation, but a collective statement holds greater creed. E! has taken a precautionary investigation and suspended him from the network.  And now that 25 individuals from the current Royals production spoke up, this could gravely affect the production of any upcoming material produced beyond November 2017.  

Shows' Statuses -- The Royals, the E! network's first scripted drama, is slated to return for Season 4 early in 2018, bringing the episode order up to 40.  No effects on the production schedule are visible as S4 is concluded.  However, if this matter continues to loom, it could also affect chances of renewal.  S4 ranged in the 18-49 adult demographic between 0.17-0.31, a stark difference from S1's performances between 0.50-0.60.  Although this controversy does not help the show's renewal odds, the ratings trajectory is ticking downward for E!'s first scripted series.

George Takei (November 10, 2017)

Show Affected -- Fresh Off The Boat

Allegations -- A former model has accused Star Trek alum George Takei of Sexual Miscounduct stemming from an incident in 1981. (17)  Please note TVRG takes a firm stance of "Innocent Until Stated Otherwise" and will not discuss the details until confirmed by statement or investigation.

Extent of The Affects -- Low.  Takei's incident occurred decades earlier and no further incidents have been brought to light.

Show's Status -- Takei was a marketed guest star.  This standalone cameo should affect little with the ABC franchise, save for advertisement issues.

Andrew Kreisberg (November 10, 2017)


Image result for andrew kreisberg cw
Shows Affected -- The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow and Supergirl.

Allegations -- 15 women and 4 men have declared allegations of misconduct, leading to Kreisberg's suspension pending CW's cautionary investigation. (15)  Please note TVRG takes a firm stance of "Innocent Until Stated Otherwise" and will not discuss the details until confirmed by statement or investigation. 

Extent of Affects -- Low to Moderate.  In the event Kreisberg were to leave CW as the four-post showrunner, changes in tone may affect CW's higher-rated franchises.  As of November 10, the story is developingand far-reaching effects have yet to register.

Shows' Statuses -- No scheduling changes are known as production has not been halted in lieu of these developments.

Louis CK (November 9, 2017)

Shows Affected -- Better Things, Baskets, One Mississippi, The Cops, 2017, Night of Too Many Stars and Upcoming Standup Specials on Netflix and HBO.
Image result for tig notaro
Tig Notaro, Louis CK

Allegations -- Following accusing Louis CK of plagiarism in April 2017, Tig Notaro, star of CK's series One Mississippi, stated in August she would be distancing herself from the comedic powerhouse due to incidents involving multiple women, as well as an unspecified incident involving herself.  The troubling headlines ignited in flames on November 9, 2017 when five women made statements CK pressured them to watch or listen to him self pleasure himself.  The following day, CK conceded to the accusations and issued an apology statement. (13)

Pamela Adlon, Louis CK.
Extent of Affects -- Extreme.  6-time Emmy winner CK had many irons in the fire, affecting not only his personal stake, but also those associated with him.  Better Things star Pamela Adlon has a lengthy work relationship and friendship with CK and made this statement on November 10, 2017:

“My family and I are devastated and in shock after the admission of abhorrent behavior by my friend and partner, Louis C.K. I feel deep sorrow and empathy for the women who have come forward. I am asking for privacy at this time for myself and my family. I am processing and grieving and hope to say more as soon as I am able.” (11)

CK's woes affect multiple networks, platforms and actors involved in active productions.  The Orchard pulled the release of upcoming film "I Love You, Daddy," a film they acquired at the purchase of $5M.  Multiple active shows may also mar the audience's view of the series due to the association, demonstrating how one person's poor decisions affected thousands involved in multiple productions and millions of viewers who previously adored the franchises.

Shows' Statuses -- FX has severed its relationship with CK and his production company, Pig Newton and will not offer compensation or employment relating to Better Things, Baskets, The Cops and One Mississippi.  Shows featuring CK proliferate and affect a broad range.

1. Better Things concludes its 2nd season on Thursday, November 17 and is renewed by FX for an upcoming 3rd season.
2. Baskets concluded its 2nd season on Thursday, March 23, 2017 and is renewed by FX for an upcoming 3rd season. 
3. One Mississippi released its 2nd 6-episode season on September 8, 2017.  Amazon has yet to announce if the show will be renewed for a 3rd season. (8)
4. Production has been suspended by TBS on the upcoming animated comedy The Cops which CK was slated to voice the role of Lou.  It appears imminent the role will be recast as CK's relationship with the show is severed. (10)
5. HBO has scrapped CK's contribution to its upcoming Autism documentary Night of Too Many Stars on Saturday, November 18. (10)
6. HBO pulled all of CK's comedy standup material from their On Demand Menu. (10)
7. Though Netflix has scrapped production on CK's upcoming standup comedy sketch, his previous releases, 2017 and 2015 Live at the Comedy Store will remain available to stream. (9)

Jeffrey Tambor (November 8, 2017)


Image result for transparent jeffrey tambor
Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in Amazon's Transparent
Shows Potentially Affected -- Transparent and Arrested Development

Allegations -- On November 8, a transgender actress launched allegations of improper behavior, which Tambor rebuffed as baseless.  Transparent's distributor, Amazon, has launched a cautionary investigation to investigate the claims.(6)  Please note TVRG takes a firm stance of "Innocent Until Stated Otherwise" and will not discuss the details until confirmed by statement or investigation. 

Extent of Affects -- Moderate.  Tambor's image has suffered, mainly due to his promontory status as a straight gentleman portraying a transgender lady in the hit series. (5)  Even if nothing comes to fruition from the investigation, the allegations hold potential for the audience to view Tambor in a less sensitive light.  Thus why investigations are necessary to not only look into the matter for potential issues, but also avoid defamation or misrepresentation.  Tambor resigned from Transparent on November 19. (22)

Shows' Statuses -- Transparent and Arrested Development are both renewed for 5th seasons, slated to air in 2018. (7) Tambor, however has walked away from Transparent and it appears the series will continue with the remaining cast intact.

Ed Westwick (November 7, 2017)

Image result for ed westwick wicked cityShow Affected -- White Gold

Allegations -- November 7-8, 2017, two women accused Westwick of sexual assault in 2014. An addtional woman came forth on Novewmber 15.(16) 

Extent of Affects -- Moderate.  Westwick's career not only spans current franchises; it also traversed CW's former Gossip Girl.  The accusations are heavier than the actor placing his hands where the don't belong.  

Show's Status -- BBC is halting Westwick's series 2 appearance in White Gold pending an investigation.  The show is also simulcast on Netflix internationally.  BBC issued the following statement:

“These are serious allegations which Ed Westwick has strenuously denied. The BBC is not making any judgement but until these matters are resolved we will not include Ordeal by Innocence in the schedules. The independent production company making White Gold has informed us that Ed Westwick has paused from filming while he deals with these allegations.” 



Jeremy Piven  (October 30, 2017)
Jeremy Piven's 11/9/2017 Twitter Post rebutting the allegations.

Show Potentially Affected - Wisdom of the Crowd

Allegations -- The same day Spacey dealt with scandalous headlines, Piven received similar accusations improper behavior from an actress dating stemming to his 2004-11 run on Entourage.  Piven has aggressively rebuffed the statements.  CBS has launched an investigation into the matter.  No confirmations have been issued, though three actresses have come forth in similar nature. (4)  Please note TVRG takes a firm stance of "Innocent Until Stated Otherwise" and will not discuss the details until confirmed by statement or investigation. 

Extent of Affects - Low.  Piven's woes are merely headlines and occurred years prior.  Wisdom of the Crowd is a first-season drama on CBS Sundays and does not possess the same exposure as House of Cards.  Piven's matter is also under investigation, and no visible effects to the 11/5/2017 broadcast, which experienced an uptick to a 1.1 18-49 Adult Demo rating.

Show's Status -- CBS has yet to determine if Wisdom of the Crowd will be renewed beyond 2018.  And if it is cancelled, it will likely not be due to this scandal, but rather the show's ratings performance and/or need for schedule space.

Kevin Spacey (October 30, 2017)

Show Affected -- House of Cards.

Allegations -- On October 30, Star Trek alum Anthony Rapp came forth and revealed Spacey sexually harassed him when he was 14 in 1986. (2)  Spacey issued an apology to Rapp, as well as came out of the closet.  Since the reveal, others have stated allegations of similar behaviors, including parties associated with production of HOC.
Image result for House of Cards
Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey, House of Cards.
Wright's likeness is now used when viewers access episodes of HOC on Netflix.

Extent of Affects - Extreme.  Spacey was not a C-lister enjoying mild success in his 50's; he was a name which drew attention and acclaim.  Spacey's likeness prior to October 30 was prominently used to advertise Netflix and T-Mobile's joint venture.  Following the developments, Robin Wright's image and likeness replaced Spacey for  House of Cards.  Spacey is a multiple Academy Award, SAG Award and Golden Globe winner, harming any of his productions' prior acclaim.  The actor is also seeking treatment in lieu of these recent developments.

Show's Status -- Uncertain.  Production was indefinitely halted on October 31 after completion of two episodes of the 6th season.(3)  The previous day, Netflix declared Season 6 would be the series' final season, bringing the episode count to 78.  On November 3, Netflix stated they would not produce new episodes featuring Spacey.  Discussions of Robin Wright being the central focus of the last season, as well as a post-HOC spinoff.  But the show's fate has yet to be determined.  For fans of HOC, the only silver lining is the series' first 5 seasons remain on display on Netflix to enjoy at their own risk and ability to separate art from artist.

The Continued Effects and Unspeakable Aftermath
Image result for daryl hannah kill bill quentin
It appears the unyielding reveals and scandals have yet to slow their path of destruction, with several more reveals speculated into the unforeseeable future.  The saddening fact is it was not one offender in the incident, but hundreds to thousands who abetted the behavior or enabled such vicious, violent acts.  Judd Apatow sadly publicized an incident which Kill Bill actress Daryl Hannah bravely fought off a nefarious attack from Harvey Weinstein during a press tour for the films.  After barricading herself in a dressing room with a dresser, Weinstein charged the door, and Hannah made multiple distressed calls to production folks for help.  The resolve?  SHE was removed.  Hannah deserves a standing ovation for thwarting such unwanted actions, the worst appears yet to be disclosed.  

Multiple television and streaming shows are affected, and TVRG will keep readers updated for changes relating to the shows.  This site will not comment on speculations and accusations not confirmed.  But rather will only report confirmed stories and how they affect the shows people love.

Number of Shows Affected So Far -- 19

State Route 22 marker Sources:

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Weinstein_sexual_abuse_allegations

(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Spacey
(3) http://www.tvratingsguide.com/2017/10/house-of-card-spinoff-in-works.html
(4) http://www.tvguide.com/news/jeremy-piven-sexual-harassment-statement/
(5) http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/sc-fam-jeffrey-tambor-sexual-assault-20171109-story.html
(6) http://deadline.com/2017/11/jeffrey-tambor-sexual-harassment-claims-amazon-1202204220/
(7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparent_(TV_series)
(8) http://deadline.com/2017/11/fx-cuts-ties-louis-c-k-ends-pig-newton-1202206037/
(9) http://deadline.com/2017/11/netflix-louis-c-k-standup-special-dead-sexual-misconduct-allegations-1202205702/
(10) http://deadline.com/2017/11/louis-ck-tbs-suspends-production-animated-cop-comedy-series-albert-brooks-1202205246/
(11) http://deadline.com/2017/11/pamela-adlon-louis-c-k-devastated-and-in-shock-after-his-admission-of-misconduct-1202206147/
(12) https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/08/tig-notaro-louis-ck-one-mississippi
(13) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_C.K.
(14) http://deadline.com/2017/11/judd-apatow-harvey-weinstein-sex-scandal-reforms-commentary-breaking-news-1202204254/
(15) http://deadline.com/2017/11/andrew-kreisberg-suspended-sexual-harassment-allegations-1202206230/
(16) http://deadline.com/2017/11/ed-westwick-bbc-ordeal-by-innocence-white-gold-1202205604/
(17) http://deadline.com/2017/11/george-takei-reponse-sexual-assault-allegation-twitter-1202206322/
(18) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Schwahn
(19) http://deadline.com/2017/11/the-royals-female-cast-crew-members-statement-mark-schwahn-sexual-harassment-1202209877/
(20) http://deadline.com/2017/11/girls-producer-sexual-assault-murray-miller-aurora-perrineau-1202211274/
(21) http://deadline.com/2017/11/ryan-seacrest-harassment-claims-stylist-e-entertainment-1202211382/
(22) http://deadline.com/2017/11/jeffrey-tambor-leaving-transparent-sexual-harassment-allegations-amazon-jill-soloway-1202211711/

Reality Shows Renew/Cancel: Fall Season Predictions


-------------------------------------------------November 19, 2017-------------------------------------------------

The Reality Renew/Cancel is back for its first and only fall prediction post! It's taken a while because reality is just not that important to predict, especially with how the slate is doing this year. I know you were all eagerly waiting to find out that The Voice is going to be renewed (SHOCK). 

Show
Network
Prediction
Predicted
The Voice
ABC
😁 

Survivor
CBS
😁 

Dancing With the Stars
ABC
😁 

20/20 (F)
NBC 
😁 

Hell’s Kitchen (F)
FOX 
😃 

Shark Tank
ABC
😃 

America’s Funniest Home Videos
ABC
😃 

The Toy Box
ABC
😦 


Shark Tank: Has become one of the least talked about winners this season. After almost ten years airing in the same spot, it was moved to Sundays this year, and has done really well. It's become a solid performer for ABC, it's cheap, and the fact that it held up so well is enough alone to get it renewed.

The Toy Box: Somehow, the toy sales from this one was enough to get renewed last season. But it won't be saved this year. It's performing terribly, scoring 0.4s on ABC Sunday, and yes yes, it does have make money from toy sales, but that's about to end as well/could end. It was announced earlier this year that the show's distribution partner, Toys R Us, filed for bankruptcy. Now that is for sure not going to bode well for the show. I'm not counting it as 100% dead yet, because maybe ABC can scrape together enough money in toy sales to renew it as a cheap filler again next year, but things don't look good.


What do you think of these predictions? What are you predicting? Comment below!

KEY:

Certain to be Renewed: 😁
Likely to be Renewed: 😃
Leans Renewal: 🙂
Leans Cancellation: 😦
Likely to be Canceled: 😞
Certain to be Canceled: 😓

Predictions for 11/19/17


Here are my latest renew/cancel predictions for NBC shows. With a few exceptions, things have remained roughly the same.


Key

Show Title [Average adults 18-49 rating/Most recent rating]


Law & Order: True Crime [1.0/0.9]  - I have downgraded the drama from 'likely cancellation' to 'certain'. Despite airing after a very strong 'This Is Us', the series has severely underperformed. In fact, its ratings would be unsatisfactory even if it didn't have the strong lead-in. But, the main reason for the downgrade is because of the screenshot above. If the network itself advertised Tuesday's episode as the "series finale" then it's definitely not returning (unless it was a typo). 


Blindspot [0.7/0.6] - The veteran drama premiered to a 0.7 and stayed at that number for three weeks. For episode 4, the series inched down to a 0.6. Overall, since this is the network that renewed Trial & Error, Great News, and Timeless (all three went as low as a 0.6) and it is only a season away from syndication, I'm keeping it away from the cancellation category for now. But, it isn't owned by the network and will potentially drop even lower, so Blindspot is far from safe.


Great News [1.0/0.7] - NBC gave Great News an amazing timeslot, but it still significantly underperformed. The latest episode managed a meager 0.7 in the Adults 18-49 rating despite having a 1.6 lead-in from Will & Grace. To make matters worse, it was easily the lowest-rated show on the night in question. The peacock network has given it two solid chances and it has not taken advantage of either. Unless Tina Fey manages to help matters out, the show probably won't be returning.


The Brave [1.1/1.0]  - The military drama premiered in weak fashion but has stayed relatively close to that number. For its eight-episode (1.0), it was only one-tenth below renewed Timeless (1.1). If the series can stay close to the 1.0 range without The Voice, then it'll likely be ready for an upgrade. But, for now, it's firmly in the cancellation zone.


Poll of the Week

Will Blindspot be Renewed or Canceled?


Renewed

Canceled
do riddles


Leave your thoughts and predictions in the comments below. 
Image result for fox tv logo
Welcome to the latest FOX Renew/Cancel post! As always, I'll provide my predictions table and reasoning behind some of the predictions. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

The Table


Gotham and The Last Man On Earth
So far, Gotham's A18-49 Live + Same Day average rating is 83% of the FOX's average rating. Its ad rate reported by Variety is 80% of FOX's average ad rate. While the ad rates reported are estimates and aren't the only part that goes into renew/cancel decisions, comparing the rates to the ratings have rendered accurate results for longer-running shows that are doing just-OK at best in the ratings. For now, I'm predicting that if Gotham stays at or above 80% of FOX's average, it should be safe.

Similarly, The Last Man On Earth is currently rating at 78% of FOX's average, with an ad rate at 73% of the average. It also doesn't hurt that it's been remarkably steady year-to-year for a serialized show so far. I'm predicting a renewal for The Last Man On Earth and Gotham right now, though the difference between the two percentages is too small to be bumped up to a certain renewal.

The Mick
With so many shows predicted as a renewal, The Mick has found itself in a tough situation. On one hand, New Girl is ending and the future isn't looking bright for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and FOX may not want to cancel three comedies. Plus, promotion indicates that they are really behind the show. Ultimately, I think this will come down to three factors: a) how it does the rest of the season; b) how The Last Man On Earth does; and c) how LA to Vegas does. I assume at least one or two of those three shows will be renewed.

The Exorcist
Most were expecting a cancelation for The Exorcist last season, though we correctly predicted its renewal. It's a little tougher to argue for a renewal this time around though; it's currently rating at 40% of FOX's average, and is no longer in a position where it looks strong compared to previous time slot occupants. With a plethora of new dramas entering FOX's midseason schedule, there are plenty of shows competing for the Friday at 9pm time slot; with a still-potent Hell's Kitchen as a lead-in, it may be tough for The Exorcist to squeak by again. Of course, we have no knowledge of its streaming numbers or any potential international sales, but from what we do have, it isn't looking good.


***Spoilers Ahead***

The Venue

Left to Right (Melissa Fumero, Andy Samberg, Kevin D'Arcy) photo: John P. Fleenor/FOX

After taking a week off from the Jake & Amy relationship, 'The Venue' shifts back to their looming wedding and re-introduces a familiar face.

The A-plot strictly focuses on The Vulture's plans to take away the central couple's wedding venue. First off, it amazes me how Brooklyn Nine-Nine can simply reintroduce a character that has been absent for two full seasons. I truly admire how the series has a recurring cast that never leaves the universe of the show. Ultimately, the story of 'The Venue' is reminiscent of Season 4's The Audit. Both episodes focus on a long-absent character that attempted to ruin the relationship between Jake and Amy. But, this installment works better than the latter since The Vulture has always been an antagonist while Teddy simply acted out-of-character in 'The Audit'. Overall, the Jake-Amy banter was a little over-the-top and corny. Nevertheless, I did enjoy seeing the two of them attempt to praise the Vulture to his finance and how they eventually gave up.

Continuing with the theme of season one callbacks, the B-plot focuses on Boyle and Sgt. Peanut Butters. Overall, I found it really annoying that Boyle continued to be overshadowed by a horse. Sure, he ended up getting his win by the end of the episode, but I don't enjoy it when the writers use him as a punching bag. Regardless, I did like the pair of Rosa & Boyle, and I wish the series would utilize them more.

The C-plot focuses on Terry's ridiculous attempts to make a coworker (Terri) like him after he comes off as arrogant to her. While the story confirms that Jeffords is a really great guy, it really isn't particularly memorable. But, I did enjoy how it tied into the B-plot at the end with the party for Boyle.

Ultimately, 'The Venue' has some good elements, but it is a bit forgettable. The episode mainly suffers from a lack of police work (aside from Boyle & Rosa). Nevertheless, it's not necessarily a bad episode. With that said, it's also not at the top of my list of episodes to rewatch.

Stray Thoughts 
  • That cold opening with the donut holes was the best. Gave me 'Jimmy Jab' vibes.
  • Speaking of the cold opening, it really would've fit better with last week's 'Bad Beat'. Also, last week's cold opening with Boyle becoming best man would've worked well as the cold opening to this one.
  • I seriously hope Hitchcock doesn't show up to the wedding and someone mentions that he's at The Vulture's party.

Grade: C+

Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 
Chance the Rapper hosts SNL tonight, in one of my most anticipated shows of the season. Chance was great during the Casey Affleck episode from Season 43, so great that I stated he "should have hosted the show this week" during that review. So it's great to see than SNL also realized that and that he's finally hosting this week. Let's hope that, unlike the Larry David episode from a few weeks ago, this one isn't a huge disappointment.

Cold Open: Wikileaks
This was probably one of the best cold opens this season, and it was great to see them again deviate from the traditional "Trump says dumb stuff" monologues with Alec Baldwin that we've grown accustomed to. The younger Trumps have been more interesting lately, because we haven't seen them nearly as much as we've seen their father. So this was nice. I love any sketch making fun of Eric, because those are always hilarious. This was no exception.
My Score: 8/10

Chance-giving Monologue:
Wow, this was damn catchy! And funny, too. It's definitely a good sign when a first-time host has a monologue that's this good. It was fun, thanksgiving-y, and just a delight to watch. Also, I love that Chance is just here for a good time, and not to promote anything. Those types of hosting gigs are always welcome.
My Score: 9/10

Wayne Thanksgiving:
I found this one to be really entertaining, especially since Batman was obviously the one talking to these people, and he was just trying to not reveal himself. It's a sketch that I haven't really seen done before by SNL, so props for creativity, as well.
My Score: 9.5/10

Come Back, Barack:
I loved this, mostly because like these guys, I's also like for Barack to come back. This was a nice follow-up to 2016's "Jingle Barack" (which also starred Chance), and one that I actually may like a little better. This was just really, really great from start to finish, and I think I might have to make it my new ringtone.
My Score: 10/10

Family Feud: Harvey Family Thanksgiving:
I love the recurring Family Feud/Celebrity Family Feud sketches on SNL, and this one is no different.  Having Chance as Steve Harvey's secret love child is just hilarious, and I think Chance the Rapper actually has a better Steve Harvey impression than Kenan does! And Kenan does a great Steve Harvey impression!
My Score: 8/5/10

Weekend Update:
I loved this week's bit from Pete Davidson, and I think it might be my favorite of all of his Weekend Update pieces. Kate McKinnon's Jeff Session was also at the top of its game, though I do not recall any other appearances from it. Unfortunately Bruce Whatshisface was also there, so that brought the sketch down a bit. It was awful as usual, and I didn't laugh once. Maybe next time?
My Score: 8.5/10

Sports Announcer:
I couldn't help but feel bad for Chance's character here, who so obviously hates reporting on hockey and just wants to get out of there. It was very, very funny and I could honestly watch ten more sketches with this character. He's great.
My Score: 9/10

Rap History:
This was hysterical, and everyone involved here was great. Pete Davidson's character was great, especially when he said that he thought Hillary should have won when he was asked about Run-DMC. The super irrelevant Soul Crush Crew was the true winner of this sketch, though. I want more!
My Score: 10/10

Career Day:
This was pretty good, but was still a weak point in a great show. It was pretty funny, and I did love Aidy Bryant's few lines in this, but the rest was only average. It's nothing terrible, but nothing spectacular either. Still, Chance was great in this, as he was all night.
My Score: 8/10

Porn Pizza Delivery:
At this point, I'm pretty much guaranteed to love anything with Heidi Gardner in it. She's pretty quickly grown to be one of my favorite cast members. So her being in this helped make it great. But Aidy Bryant was the undeniable MVP of this sketch, because she's so great as that oblivious little girl who has no idea that she's on the set of a porno. It's such a weird recurring sketch that always just works for me.
My Score: 9.5/10

Wrap-Up:
This was a great SNL, and I'm very thankful for Chance the Rapper being this week's host. He was down for pretty much anything, as evidenced by all of the different, crazy characters her played in the course of an hour and a half. This was easily a season-best show, and Chance really has what it takes to be an SNL Five-Timer. This SNL was honestly pretty reminiscent of the Ariana Grande episode from a few seasons back, where a musician hosts and shocks you with how good they really are. It wasn't quite as good as that episode, but it was very close.
Grade: A
Score: 9.5/10
Pass or Fail: Pass
MVP of the Week: Chance the Rapper
Sketch of the Night: Come Back, Barack

Worst of the Night: Cold Open: Wikileaks

Top 5 Hosts of the Season:
1)
 Chance the Rapper
2) Tiffany Haddish
3) Kumail Nanjiani
4) Gal Gadot
5) Ryan Gosling

What did you think of this episode? Vote in the poll below on what your favorite sketch was, and sound off on the episode in the comments!

*Photos courtesy of NBC.com*