Superstore Series Premiere Review

This Monday, Superstore aired its first two episodes in a "special preview" before its regular airings in January. I think that it could be the best new NBC sitcom since fall 2012's Go On. Will it be? My reviews of episodes one and two are below.

S1E1 "Pilot"

The episode started with some very funny scenes. Amy, played by America Ferrera, sells a ring to a guy, and Jonah, played by Ben Feldman, is hired after a funny interview. Jonah helps Amy clean up packages of toilet paper that fell on the ground. Jonah accidentally comes off as an elitist when introducing himself to Amy. The workers at Cloud 9 have a meeting, and it is hilarious. My personal favorite moment was when the store manager and assistant store manager were arguing about their prayer. Jonah tries to have a new start with Amy, and she gives him a task, making some items 25% off. Amy discovers that her co-worker Cheyenne is the "lucky girl" that the guy who bought a ring from her is proposing to, and Amy encourages Cheyenne to not make a decision she would later regret. Amy then discovers that Jonah had accidentally changed the price of items to $0.25. The first act was really great.

Amy rushes to shut everything down. She gets things thrown at her by a woman who bought some of these $0.25 items. This is hilarious. Jonah builds a sad face out of soda cans to apologize to Amy, but she remarks how one flavor is, as a result, difficult to get to. The conversation that follows between Amy and Jonah is great. The assistant store manager believes that Jonah is interested in her due to her overhearing him asking about dating supervisors. While the other new guy is working hard, Jonah is fooling around in the parking lot, which the store manager is also doing. Amy then tries to prove that she can be fun.

Amy apologizes to Jonah. She explains that she has had a long day, and that every day working at Cloud 9 seems to be the same. A masked burglar tells everyone to get down on the ground. Then, he takes his mask off and it turns out to be the guy who wants Cheyenne to marry him. Then he leads a dance for her. The assistant store manager, who is trying to handle the situation, turns off the lights, and that reveals that Jonah put glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling. The episode ends with the employees talking outside the store, and Amy reveals her name to Jonah. It was a great ending.

S1E2 "Magazine Profile"

At the start of this episode, Glenn, the store manager announces that a reporter will be at the store today. The disabled employee tells Jonah that he doesn't want to be put on the cover of the magazine, and Amy decides to give Glenn a makeover. Cheyenne's fiancĂ©e is making up a rap, and it is very funny. The reporter shows up, and Glenn has some serious trouble. He ends up talking a lot about the lights, but the reporter wants to know something interesting. Jonah makes up an idea that Glenn had about organizing the store, and Glenn shares some very funny ideas involving combining words together, such as turning "free samples" into "framples".

The reporter ends up much more interested in Jonah than Glenn. Meanwhile, the photographer tries to track down the disabled employee, which is very funny. Amy comforts Glenn, saying that the reporter is likely only interested in Jonah because he is cure, but Amy says that Jonah isn't cute, he just looks like someone who is cute. The reporter finds Jonah again in the backroom, and she starts to make out with him, which the assistant store manager hilariously watches on the security cameras.

Amy apologizes to Jonah for what she said about the reporter only being interested in him for his looks. The assistant store manager calls an emergency employee meeting, and reveals Jonah's making out with the reporter. She comes to the conclusion that Jonah was sexually assaulted, which ended up being pretty funny.

The other new employee tries to get the reporter to write an article about him. The disabled employee agrees to get his photo taken, but only with Glenn. Cheyenne's boyfriend plays his jingle for the reporter, and she finds it catchy, but he doesn't like the word catchy, and Cheyenne lets him hilariously follow his dreams. Glenn makes the cover of the magazine, though his face is covered up, he is excited anyway.

Both episodes were great, and I think that Superstore had the best comedy pilot I've seen since Go On. Episode 3 has been released online (because there is eight weeks of Superstore in January and February, but nine episodes), and I will review it sometime before Superstore returns, most likely within the next week.

What did you think of "Pilot" and "Magazine Profile"? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

CMT to Honor the Cast of Nashville with Special International Impact Award

Nashville cast to be honored by CMT with first ever International Impact Award

CMT today announced that it will honor the cast of ABC’s groundbreaking series, “Nashville” with the inaugural “International Impact Award” during the “2015 CMT Artists of the Year” special, the definitive year end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday, December 2 at 8pm ET/PT. The award will be presented by country sensation Kellie Pickler, currently featured in CMT’s hit series, “I Love Kellie Pickler.” “Nashville” is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.
Cast members Connie Britton (Rayna), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Chris Carmack (Will), Will Chase (Luke), Charles Esten (Deacon), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Maisy Stella (Daphne), Lennon Stella (Maddie), and Audrey Peeples (Layla) are slated to accept the award on behalf of the entire cast.
"Through their captivating characters, the cast of Nashville have become international ambassadors for our music; helping to spark Nashville’s red-hot renaissance ” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “With this award, we express our gratitude to a terrific group of stars for helping connect fans from around the world with our city.”
Well I think this is pretty good. So the show can get its own special award, be critically acclaimed, sell singles, tours, and albums, yet it can't pull nice numbers. Just sayin'. 
For all you Nashville fans, this is a glimpse of hope, that CMT enjoys/endorses the show, and could be willing to pick up the show for future seasons. Just staying optimistic. 
-Some text borrowed from original statement

CBS Announces Midseason Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 20
8:30 p.m. ET/8 PT “Undercover Boss” (NFL doubleheader weekend)
* “Undercover Boss” will run for three Sundays, after which the usual CBS Sunday lineup will resume.
Wednesday, Jan. 6
8 p.m. “2 Broke Girls” (time period premiere)
8:30 p.m. “Mike & Molly”
9 p.m. People’s Choice Awards
Thursday, Jan. 7
9:30 p.m. “Angel from Hell”
Friday, Jan. 8
8 p.m. “Undercover Boss” (time period premiere)
Friday, Feb. 12
8 p.m. “The Amazing Race”
Wednesday, Feb. 17
8 p.m. “Survivor” (90 minutes)
Wednesday, Feb. 24
10 p.m. “Code Black” season finale
Wednesday, March 2
10 p.m. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”
Thursday, April 7
8:30 p.m. “The Odd Couple”

CBS Gives 'Supergirl' 7 More Episodes

Per Deadline, CBS has ordered seven more episodes its freshman superhero drama Supergirl, bringing its total up to 20 episodes. CBS is still calling this a "full-season order," so by no means does this indicate the show is dead. Note that NBC's Revolution also got a 20-episode order in its first season.

CBS has also given back-orders to Limitless (+9 episodes -> 22 total), Life in Pieces (+9 episodes -> 22 total), and Code Black (+5 episodes -> 18 total).

A Gift or Coal?: Which Show Would You Cancel? Renew? FOX Edition

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The holiday season is rolling around, and so are the midseason breaks, which means we are halfway through the TV season. We are now seeing how all the shows are performing, and getting a good idea on what will be renewed, and what will be cancelled. Do you have any certain shows you want cancelled? Any shows you want renewed? 
So, my question for you is this, what show would you give coal to in their stocking(cancel)? What show would you give a gift to in their stocking(renew)? Also, let everyone know your picks if you wish.

Show Review Mini-Tournament: Results

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the delayed results. I would have extended the closing date to Friday, November 27, but most shows weren't on so there wasn't much of a point to that. Anyways, here are the results for the Show Review Mini-Tournament. If you need a refresher, here is the scoring criteria:

1) Limitless
2) The Goldbergs
3) Brooklyn 9-9
4) Nashville
5) Scream Queens
6) Jane the Virgin
7) How to Get Away with Murder
8) Modern Family
9) iZombie
10) The Middle
11) Fresh Off The Boat
12) Life in Pieces
13) Mom

Congratulations to the fans of Limitless who visit The TV Ratings Guide--interestingly enough, it was deemed a special review because as of now it isn't in our regular rotation.

Fans of Life in Pieces and Mom--step it up, and maybe the shows will move up in the rankings if we decide to do this again!

A Gift or Coal?: Which Show Would You Cancel? Renew? CW Edition

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The holiday season is rolling around, and so are the midseason breaks, which means we are halfway through the TV season. We are now seeing how all the shows are performing, and getting a good idea on what will be renewed, and what will be cancelled. Do you have any certain shows you want cancelled? Any shows you want renewed? 
So, my question for you is this, what show would you give coal to in their stocking(cancel)? What show would you give a gift to in their stocking(renew)?

NBC Renew/Cancel Watch: Week 10

Hello everyone, it's Luke Lambright! I can't believe we are already 10 WEEKS into the 2015-2016 season! Nothing new really happened at NBC this week, so my predictions are going to look virtually the same.

  • Show title (Average adults 18-49 rating to the nearest tenth)

  • The Player (0.8)
  • Truth Be Told (0.6)
  • Heroes Reborn (1.3)
  • The Mysteries of Laura (1.1)
  • Undateable (0.8)
  • Grimm (1.0)
  • The Blacklist (1.5)
  • Chicago Med (2.0)
  • Law & Order: SVU (1.6)
  • Blindspot (2.3)
  • Chicago Fire (1.8)
  • Chicago P.D. (1.5)


A Gift or Coal?: Which Show Would You Cancel? Renew? ABC Edition

The holiday season is rolling around, and so are the midseason breaks, which means we are halfway through the TV season. We are now seeing how all the shows are performing, and getting a good idea on what will be renewed, and what will be cancelled. Do you have any certain shows you want cancelled? Any shows you want renewed? 
So, my question for you is this, what show would you give coal to in their stocking(cancel)? What show would you give a gift to in their stocking(renew)? Also, let everyone know your picks if you wish.

TV Ratings Saturday: CBS Christmas Specials Perform Well, FOX Wins With Football

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Saturday, November 28th TV Ratings

College Football(8-11)
College Football(8-11)


Frosty The Snowman
Dateline - Mystery(8-10)

Frosty Returns

The Story Of Santa Claus
48 Hours
Saturday Night Live Vintage - Rerun

 ABC: Performed well with College Football (8-11), and scored a 1.4.
NBC: Had a pretty dismal night, scoring a 0.8 on a Mystery Dateline, and a 0.8 also on a rerun of SNL Vintage.
CBS: Had a decent night, scoring well with its Christmas specials - all but one- The Story Of Santa Claus had a small .9 rating, but all in all a decent night.
FOX: Finally could get a high rating, and scored a high 1.8 on football.

CBS Renew/Cancel Watch: 'Supergirl' Flies Under the Radar


Welcome to the CBS Renew/Cancel Watch of the fall season! All scripted, primetime shows are included in the prediction table below once they have premiered for the season. An analysis of any new prediction changes follows. My current predictions are as of November 28, 2015.

The key to the right indicates which colors are associated with each prediction. The data in the table includes season lows, highs, and averages (Adults 18-49 demo), as well as the year-to-year changes for returning shows that have not already been officially renewed or canceled. These are provided for reasoning with and understanding my predictions. The shows are ordered by their season averages against only other scripted CBS shows.

Show Title
    Season Low High /Average     
 Y2Y Change
The Big Bang Theory
2.1 / 2.5 / 2.23
1.5 / 3.1 / 2.16
Life in Pieces
1.8 / 2.6 / 2.0
1.7 / 2.2 / 1.81
NCIS: New Orleans
1.5 / 1.9 / 1.67
Criminal Minds
1.4 / 2.0 / 1.65
2 Broke Girls
1.6 / 1.7 / 1.63
1.5 / 1.7 / 1.58
1.3 / 1.9 / 1.54
Madam Secretary
1.1 / 1.5 / 1.29
Code Black
1.1 / 1.5 / 1.24
1.1 / 1.3 / 1.23
Blue Bloods
1.1 / 1.3 / 1.20
The Good Wife
0.9 / 1.2 / 1.08
Hawaii Five-0
1.0 / 1.1 / 1.08
0.8 / 1.1 / 0.93
CSI: Cyber
0.7 / 1.0 / 0.84

Supergirl has fallen considerably in the last four weeks from its gigantic premiere. While a 3.1 debut in the demo was more than promising, the show has dropped every week (with the exception of last week's slight bump from 1.7 to 1.8), all the way down to a new low of 1.5 this week. Viewers were curious to see the latest show in the superhero genre, but they clearly weren't impressed enough to stick around. Falling over 50% from your series premiere after just five episodes is extremely poor, especially since this show was placed at the top of the night with very high expectations. Yet, Scorpion remains the dominant force of Mondays and NCIS: LA is scarily not far off from Supergirl (1.2 vs. 1.5). CBS might be better off scheduling Mike & Molly and The Odd Couple in the hour. Supergirl heads to The Bubble until further notice. 

FOX Renew/Cancel Watch: Rosewood Certain to be Renewed + Tuesday Update

NOTE: If you are viewing this on a mobile phone, you may need to switch the rotation to landscape in order to view the whole table. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Certatin to be Cancelled Likely to be Cancelled Watching Likely to be Renewed Certain to be Renewed Renewed
The Grinder The Last Man On Earth Scream Queens Bones Empire The Simpsons
Minority Report Grandfathered

Family Guy Bob’s Burgers
Sleepy Hollow


Brooklyn 9-9


Changes from Last Time

-Rosewood upgraded from "Watching" to "Certain to be Renewed"
-Brooklyn 9-9 upgraded from "Likely to be Renewed" to "Certain to be Renewed"
-Scream Queens downgraded from "Likely to be Renewed" to "Watching"
-Grandfathered downgraded from "Watching" to "Likely to be Cancelled"
-The Last Man On Earth downgraded from "Watching" to "Likely to be Cancelled"
-The Grinder downgraded from "Likely to be Cancelled" to "Certain to be Cancelled"

Why is Rosewood "Certain to be Renewed"?
TV Media Insights

Even though Rosewood's numbers can be a bit deceiving because of the Empire pre-tune in the final half-hour, FOX is not really in a position to call it quits on a show that regardless delivers some of
their best ratings. I think this show next season will either be paired with or take over for Bones.

Why is Brooklyn 9-9 "Certain to be Renewed"?

Brooklyn 9-9 is in its third season, and just one away from syndication. Even though it's not an in-house production, the ratings are good enough for FOX to keep it around and try to revive the Tuesday comedy block around it.

Why is The Last Man On Earth "Likely to be Cancelled"?
Jason Sudeikis will voice an animated character on Son of Zorn

Even though its ratings aren't terrible, per say, I do think that The Last Man On Earth will be cancelled. One reason is that ratings aren't necessarily good, either, and is far away from syndication (four seasons won't get it there either considering they do shorter seasons). But the main reason is that executive producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (I can't help but think that Will Forte's
character Phil Miller came from their names) have a new show, Son of Zorn, with a series commitment on FOX. The party live-action, partly animated show seems fit for Sundays, and stars Forte's fellow SNL alum, Jason Sudeikis, who coincidentally or not currently plays a recurring role on Last Man. I can't see Lord and Miller doing double-duty, and this feels like a new high-concept FOX project where they are starting over with a different SNL alum.

Tuesday Update: How are the New Shows Doing?

Scream Queens is performing a full four tenths below its estimated number needed to satisfy the ad rate. The Grinder is doing three tenths less, and Grandfathered two tenths less. I can't say those are particularly pleasing numbers--nor is the fact that all three have gone fractional on one or more occasions. The Grinder, no matter how you look at it, is Certain to be Cancelled in my book. FOX simply doesn't need to renew a show that is already posting 0.7s, its lowest-rated comedy, and won't get much better unless it surges behind Brooklyn 9-9 in the spring. The same can mostly be said about Grandfathered--unless it surges behind New Girl, it will probably be cancelled. But then again, will FOX want to renew more than just one of their Tuesday comedies? They could renew New Girl, but it smells like a final season to me. It may depend on their pilots, but I just don't think Grandfathered's ratings are cutting it right now and advertisers will want to buy spots on a show that is guaranteed fractional. But at least it's doing better than The Grinder.

Finally, on Scream Queens, the only reason why it is place in the Watch column right now is because it performs relatively well in W18-34. FOX was probably hoping to find a show that appealed to the New Girl/Mindy Project W18-34 audience in the Tuesday at 9 spot, and Scream Queens just hasn't
done enough of it. Then again, it's one of the only shows on broadcast television that can say it has the ability to rate higher amongst W18-34 than A18-49, and that's a hard demographic to reach.

What do you think of my analysis? What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments below!

Predict the Ratings for the Series Premiere of The Great Holiday Baking Show

Predict the Ratings for the Series Premiere of The Great Holiday Baking Show

The Great Holiday Baking Show
Credit: ABC

This Monday, November 30th, ABC will debut The Great Holiday Baking Show. A Show derived from the immensely popular British version, The Great Holiday Baking Show, will focus on random people competing against each other, to see who can cook the best holiday dishes.

I'm pretty excited for this show.

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