At Joyfully Reviewed books come first and foremost but there are some of us that are just as obsessed with television shows and the hotties that star in them. It’s always good to have another obsession right…right? In honor of our love of all things TV especially new shows that turn out to be tasty addictions we are beginning a new column. In this column we will discuss our opinions of what the TV Powers that Be are offering in the way of entertainment. Please feel free to comment with your own opinions on the latest shows. We would love to hear what you think!
*Some reviews may contain light spoilers
A beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI, which begins to follow the road map on her body into a larger conspiracy of crime, while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.
The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton (“300: Rise of an Empire,” “Strike Back”), Jaimie Alexander (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (“Broadchurch,” “Without a Trace”), Rob Brown (“Treme”), Audrey Esparza (“Black Box”), Ukweli Roach (“The Royals”) and Ashley Johnson (“Much Ado About Nothing”).
Writer Martin Gero (“Bored to Death,” “L.A. Complex”) serves as executive producer along with Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Flash”), Sarah Schechter (“The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Flash”), Mark Pellington (“Cold Case”) and Marcos Siega (“The Following”). Pellington directed the pilot episode.
Blindspot is a production of Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions
watching to see if Blindspot improves with the next two shows.
From the executive producers of The Blacklist comes the action-packed Las Vegas-set thriller The Player. The series co-stars Wesley Snipes as the pit boss and Charity Wakefield as the dealer for a high-stakes game, where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on the ability of former military operative turned security expert Philip Winchester (“Strike Back,” “Fringe”) to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Can he take them down from the inside and get revenge for the death of his wife, or is it true what they say: The house always wins.
John Rogers serves as writer and executive producer. John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri also executive produce. The Player is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment and Kung Fu Monkey.
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult, new Muppet series, for “kids” of all ages.
Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Bob Kushell (Anger Management) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn (Wilfred), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. The Muppets is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.
Based on Steven Spielberg’s international blockbuster film of the same name, this sci-fi drama follows an unlikely partnership between a “precognitive” named Dash (Stark Sands) who is haunted by his future, and a shrewd police detective, Lara Vega (Meagan Good), who struggles with her past. Set in Washington, D.C., in the year 2065, Dash and Vega race to identify and eliminate criminals, stopping terrible crimes before they are committed. As the two lost souls work together to fight future crimes, Dash and Vega form a connection and find purpose and redemption in each other.
Date Aired: 9/21/15
I hate to admit this but I was never a fan of the Theatrical “Minority Report” but the trailers for the television version had my interest piqued. I am a fan of science fiction but I’m a bit picky about it. One thing I liked right away about Minority Report were the high-tech futuristic gizmos and gadgets that make up the world. I find it hard to believe the show can keep up that kind of FX week to week. I like Stark Sands as Dash, a precog haunted by the murders he sees. I really wanted to like Meagan Goode as Det. Vega but I couldn’t find a reason to get attached to her. I felt the show was more focused on her ASsets than her acting. I wanted to feel a strong bond between Dash and Vega but it never formed leaving me feeling cold about the show. Unfortunately, not even the hot Nick Zano could get me to fall for Minority Report. I have yet to watch another episode.
Quantico: A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
Quantico stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon and Graham Rogers as Caleb.
ABC’s new drama Quantico was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
Quantico Episodes 1 & 2
Dates Aired: 9/27/15 & 10/4/15
Clues…Clues are everywhere! Quantico is wrapped up in intrigue, secrets, lies and enough sexual tension to make it my favorite guessing game of the fall. The show opens post-bombing at Grand Central Terminal and promptly whisks viewers back nine months to the beginning of FBI Training for some very sexy liars. There is no doubt about it every new trainee is keeping a dark secret and by the end of the first hour one of them is dead. It wasn’t a shocker who the deceased turned out to be but the reason behind it was. I’m usually not a fan of the flash back type of show but it really works for Quantico. It also keeps everything moving quickly and often leaves the viewers with more questions.
Priyanka Chopra gives a standout performance in episode one and two. Her character Alex is the focal point of the show and she delivers a strong yet vulnerable character as she tries to prove her innocence. Chopra has brought the character of Alex to life with such flair it’s impossible not to root for her!
I feel like I need my own case file on all of the characters to figure out who is behind the bombing and surrounding conspiracy. I find myself re-watching the first two episodes on my newly upgraded commercial free Hulu to try and catch clues I may have missed earlier. I cannot wait to see the next episode!!