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The Rain

The Rain is effectively a Danish, post-apocalyptic young adult novel, there was really no way I wasn’t going to watch it. It ticked all of the boxes for the type of things I gravitate towards, but then have no idea why I’m really watching it. I guess Britain and America can make any amount of shows that are fairly mediocre and yet still get audiences, why shouldn’t Denmark.

Don’t go in expecting a plot that really makes any sense. The setup is that the rain makes people get sick, one drop and you’re a foaming gibbering dead person walking. Simone and Rasmus are just children when they find themselves all alone in a bunker as the world outside disappears. 6 years later they emerge, join a passing group of other young adults and set off on a slightly incoherent quest.

The eight episodes play out pretty much as you’d expect, hitting as many tropes as they can along the way. Most of the characters get little flashbacks to show you who they were before the disaster, and there are some glimpses of interesting ideas there, but none of them go anywhere. How any of them survived any length of time is a bit of a mystery as their decision making is dubious at best and they are very easily distracted by a whole network of love triangles and secret crushes. The acting is all solid and Alba August as Simone is particularly interesting to watch doing a really good job portraying someone who is still a child, but also has to be the adult for everyone. Netflix offers an option of a dubbed version, but you lose too much of the characters and I lasted less than 5 minutes before it drove me to distraction and I reverted to subtitles.

The setting is at least something different from the usual America, and some of the scenery and even rundown city settings are really stunning, definitely making a change from the usual filming locations of warehouses in Vancouver. At eight episodes long, it’s a short sharp burst that doesn’t really set the world alight, but it is passingly entertaining. N


The Upfronts 2018 – NBC

Bye bye
The Brave and Rise both failed to survive their first seasons – I’d actually been looking forward to Rise (high school musical theatre starring Josh Radner, but it got terrible terrible reviews). Shades of Blue (the Jennifer Lopez vehicle) got three seasons, while Great News and Taken only got two seasons each. Timeless is still on the bubble, it got cancelled then renewed last season, I don’t think it’s likely to be saved again.

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It’s weird that the only thing I watch from NBC is actually a half hour comedy, but The Good Place is SO good that it even gets past my tin ear for comedy, the third season can’t come soon enough. I also plan to watch This is Us whenever the 2nd season appears on Amazon, although I’m not certain how long the jumping timelines can be drawn out once so many reveals have been done. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been renewed for a 20th season which will tie it to the original Law & Order and Gunsmoke as longest running American scripted drama, it seems unlikely they’ll cancel it before it takes the record. All the Chicagos will be back (Fire, Med, PD), The Blacklist continues into season 6 and Blindspot into season 4. Good Girls is a new series that I’ve got my eye on (I’ll watch Christina Hendricks in almost anything) and now it’s been picked up for season 2 I’ll definitely seek it out, ditto for Midnight Texas.
Will & Grace had already been renewed for its 11th season (or 3rd season of the revival). Superstore goes into season 4, and A.P. Bio gets a second season.

NBC has also rescued the Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine after a massive fan outcry when Fox cancelled it. I’ve never watched it, but it’s just a nice feeling when that sort of thing happens (not that I’m still bitter about Firefly or anything).

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Manifest – a bit Lost, but this is the first trailer I’ve seen that actually made me really want to watch the show.

I Feel Bad – I’m starting to worry, I kind of liked this one too.

New Amsterdam – generic medical drama, but yup, that one got me too. I think they’ve officially broken me.

Abby’s – a group of people hanging out in a bar – sounds like Cheers
The Enemy Within – a former spy is brought out of prison to help solve present cases – sounds like the Blacklist
The Inbetween – a woman who can talk to the dead helps solve cases with the police – sounds like iZombie
The Village – a group of ‘characters’ who live in an apartment building – sounds like… well pretty much every other show out there.

The Upfronts 2018 – Fox

Bye bye
I’m a big fan of Lucifer so I’m sorry to see it cancelled after three seasons, although even I admit that the show as a whole doesn’t live up to the quality of some of its characters/actors. The X-Files is cancelled again which I’m not that sad about given watching the new series just reminded me about how bad the original series could be. The Exorcist was a show I meant to watch but never got round to and has been cancelled after its second season. Four comedies bit the dust – The New Girl finished as planned after a short seventh season, Last Man on Earth made it four seasons, The Mick made it two and LA to Vegas only got one.

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I enjoy Lethal Weapon as mindless entertainment, and while it will be back for a third season it will be without the lead character of Riggs who is having to be replaced because the actor has been let go for what must be catastrophically bad behaviour to warrant jeopardising a successful show. Not sure if that one will work out. The animations continue with The Simpsons had already been renewed for its 30th season as part of a two year deal, and Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers were renewed for 17th and 9th seasons respectively. Empire and Gotham will both return for fifth seasons, but it will be the last one for Gotham. For some reason that utterly escapes me, Fox have also renewed Last Man Standing the Tim Allen comedy that was cancelled by ABC and has been off air for a year.

It was a pretty good year for new drama at fox, 9-1-1, The Gifted, The Orville, and The Resident will all return – I’ve watched none of them, although I think I’ve got a load of The Gifted and The Resident backed up on the Sky box.

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The Passage – I really didn’t understand what was happening, but the cast and production values look good.

Proven Innocent – very similar to Conviction, the Hayley Atwell show from a few years ago, except lacking the bite and with more sanctimonious speeches.

Rel – were those genuinely the best parts of the pilot that they could put together?

The Cool Kids – old people. Aren’t they funny.

The Upfronts 2018 – The CW

Bye bye
The Originals, long running spin-off from The Vampire Diaries was cancelled after five seasons. Neither Life Sentence or Valor (which always seemed an odd match for The CW) survived their first seasons.

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It used to be I watched almost everything on The CW, now there’s mostly a lot of stuff that I either used to watch, or keep meaning to try. The only one I watch is iZombie which will have a fifth and final season next year, so I’m happy that it will get a proper close at least. Supernatural STILL goes on, into its 14th season which will see its 300th episode. The Arrow-verse proliferates with the original series (season 7) alongside The Flash (5), Supergirl (4), and Legends of Tomorrow (4). Black Lightning is not technically part of the Arrow verse apparently, but will also be back for a 2nd season, I watched the pilot and liked it and keep meaning to go back to it. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is one I’ve had recommended lots of times but I’ve never been able to get through the pilot but will be back for a fourth and final season; Jane the Virgin I liked the first season but never bothered to watch more of, that will get a fifth and final season. The 100 (never made it past the pilot) comes back for season 6 and Riverdale (also never made it beyond the pilot) will be back for season 3, while Dynasty (not a chance I was even going to glance at the pilot) is renewed for a second season.

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Given how many shows have been cancelled, or flagged that the coming season will be their last, there’s not much to look forward to from the new series.

All American – Friday Night Lights meets Fresh Prince of Bel Air and dials the drama up. The trailer was full of cliche, but the actors seem solid.

Charmed – rebooting the series that started 20 years ago (gulp) and ran for 8 seasons. It’s a solid enough basic concept and partnering it with 2018 feminism could work but the cast didn’t leap off the screen for me.


  • Roswell, New Mexico – another reboot, of a series that I actually watched and enjoyed. It’s no longer set in high school, more like late twenty-somethings which could be an interesting take on it I guess.
  • In the Dark – I’m just going to copy the wikipedia synopsis because I don’t think I can do it justice – “A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind – the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.”
  • Legacies – a second generation spin-off based on The Originals which was based on The Vampire diaries. It focusses on Hope Mikaelson, the daughter of Klaus and Hayley if that means anything to anyone.
  • The Upfronts 2018 – CBS

    Bye bye
    I have barely heard of any of the shows cancelled by CBS this year, let alone watched them. There may be people that these shows mean the world to, but there obviously weren’t very many of them – 9JKL; Kevin Can Wait; Living Biblically; Me, Myself and I; Scorpion; Superior Donuts and Wisdom of the Crowd. Scorpion made it to 4 seasons, none of the others made it beyond 2.

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    There are lots of shows here that I used to watch, but none of them that I still watch. I liked and enjoyed NCIS: Original and Los Angeles, but petered out a while ago, and I never bothered with New Orleans – at over 650 episodes between them, they just all got too samey. Similarly with Hawaii Five-0; all these show have really great characters and casts, but the plots themselves are utterly forgettable so it’s hard to stay engaged. Blue Bloods I gave up on after a couple of years and I don’t think I made it to the end of the first season of Madam Secretary. Bull was just too formulaic. Criminal Minds I was watching until very recently when I suddenly realised that it was rubbish – really unimaginative, awful dialogue and actors who seemed to be phoning it in; I don’t know whether that was me seeing the light, or a sudden deterioration in quality from them. The Big Bang Theory continues ever onward and I watch it occasionally but not with any level of commitment, the Young Sheldon spin off seems just as popular.

    There are a few new shows that I meant to give a try, mostly due to their casts – Instinct starring Alan Cumming, SWAT with Shemar Moore and Seal Team with David Boreanaz. Now they’ve been picked up for second seasons I might actually watch them.

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    Magnum PI – utterly ridiculous. There’s some charm I guess, but by the end of the trailer when he jumped onto the helicopter I just couldn’t face any more.

    The neighborhood – so many many problems. The first one of which being the insane laugh track on the trailer.

    Happy Together – a rockstar moves in with his accountant and his partner, who are (apparently) incredibly dull. Another awful laugh track, but at least someone was laughing.

    FBI – warning – the trailer spoils the whole of the pilot episode, why do they do that? It looks as generic as its name, but it’s a good cast and Dick Wolf (Law and Order) knows how to make generic compelling.

    God Friended Me – so God friends an atheist on Facebook and sends him after random people who need help. It sounds like Quantum Leap with less cross-dressing, but Brandon Micheal Hall is rather charming and maybe a bit of sappiness can work.

    The Code – for which there is zero information beyond that the two lead roles were recast after the pilot. That all bodes well.
    Fam – some sort of comedy about a woman’s perfect life being spoilt by a teenager half sister turning up. Diddums.
    The Red Line – the story of three families’ intersecting lives following a white police man mistakenly shooting a black doctor.

    The Upfronts 2018 – ABC

    That time of year again already and I failed to do these overviews in any sort of timely fashion. In the interests of speed, I’m not going to talk about cancelled or renewed shows that I have never seen.

    Bye Bye
    A few of abc’s long runners were retired relatively gracefully this year, although I’m not sure the word ‘graceful’ and Scandal really go together, the 7 seasons were a ridiculous ride and although I still followed it via spoilers, I gave up around season 4. Once Upon a Time also managed 7 seasons, but I only watched the first. I did enjoy it, and really loved the original concept, but I lost track of the multitude of characters and never returned. The two seasons of Designated Survivor were quite popular with a few of my friends, but despite watching the first couple of episodes twice I just couldn’t get into it.

    It was another tough year for new series at abc, the only one I saw any of was Marvel’s Inhumans which had such an atrociously awful premier that it baffles me anyone dared air it, let alone the whole season of eight episodes. I had been looking forward to The Crossing, which I’d been stacking up to watch on Amazon, but given it only aired 6 episodes, I probably won’t bother.

    See you again soon
    Shonda Rhimes continues to rule, Grey’s Anatomy found its feat again this year and will unsurprisingly be back for a 15th season, alongside a second season of firefighter spin-off Station 19 which I really hope finds its mojo soon. I’m very happy to see Marvel’s Agents of Shield not cancelled, but with incredibly low ratings and only a shortened sixth season to air next summer, I think this may be its last. The Good Doctor is one of the big successes from the new shows and gets a second season. I watched the pilot but it just didn’t grab me.

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    The Fix – Movie star aquited of murdering his wife, 8 years later his girlfriend is murdered. Did he do it? Seems to focus on the prosecution team. No one seems likeable and I just didn’t care.

    Whiskey Cavalier – A pair of spies who hate each other. Blah blah blah. Scott Foley and Lauren Cohen deserve infinitely better.

    The Kids are Alright – A family with 8 boys growing up in the 70s. Pretty generic and low on laughs, but Mary McCormack and Michael Cudlitz are good names.

    The Rookie – A middle aged guy decides to change his life and becomes a police office in LA. What does it matter what it’s about, it’s got Nathan Fillion in it.

    A Million Little Things – A group of friends dealing with life. It’s This is Us meets Friends, probably very bingeable.

    Grand Hotel – Good grief. This look hideous! it lacks the necessary wit that something like Jane the Virgin had and is just utterly awful.

    Single Parents – Well, on the plus side it’s an original variation on the theme of inept parenting, but I didn’t smile, let alone laugh.