Tag: Empire

What to Watch: 09/21/2016

If you see Kiefer Sutherland looking worried in either DC, LA, or NYC, run the other way in a mad dash (or run and hide behind him): either way, something terrorist is about to go down. We also recommend staying out of colonial Roanoke.

Designated Survivor [ABC, 10p]
While admittedly high concept and familiar territory for Sutherland, I can’t help but be intrigued by the promise of this reflective thriller debuting tonight.

Mr. Robot [USA, 10p]
I had theories, oh so many theories and alas I am completely stumped now. Can’t tell what is even real anymore. Kudos, Sam Esmail. Hopefully tonight we will figure out if Tyrell is really alive and what phase 2 is.

The Goldbergs [ABC, 8p]
In the season 4 premiere, the Goldberg kids end up in a Breakfast Club-style Saturday detention hall, overseen by substitute teacher Beverly.

American Horror Story [FX, 10p]
Now that we know that the new season of AHS is a pseudo documentary that deals with the mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke set against a back drop southern racism, it’s time to delve deeper into the horror as a biracial couple (Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding, Jr.) adjust to living in a haunted house surrounded by racist hillbillies.



  • A corrupt DA agent is the subject of this week’s second episode of the second season of CBS’ Blindspot.
  • So, who else has Fox’s Lethal Weapon in their Fall 2016 deadpool? The pilot based on the classic 1980s buddy cop flick debuts tonight.
  • Two titans return tonight: Modern Family on ABC and Empire on Fox.

Wednesday’s Best Reviewed: Arrow

With an episode that spares nothing on action, Arrow, The CW’s original little quirky superhero show that could takes this sweeps month night with its fourth season’s penultimate episode. Other than critical catnip, The Americans (and even that venerated show has an off night reviews-wise, at least by its standards), it’s a night of a hundred mehs. Blackish offers up a great premise for its finale — a message-driven Good Times parody, Laurence Fishburne as John Amos, etc. — but the grades don’t match the genius. Even Nashville can’t pull sympathy raves as it gets set to sail into oblivion. There IS one thing we can count on — Empire comes in dead last. Empire!

Wednesday, May 18th’s Best: Arrow (9.0/10)


Arrow rests its success on a simple premise, an affable dark hero, and action. As Vulture‘s Jenny Raftery elegantly states “‘Lost in the Flood’ perfectly encapsulates everything that drew me into Arrow in the first place: great performances, stellar stunts, witty dialogue, weighty themes, and a surprise death.” Alasdair Wilkins at AV Club is a bit less glowing, but gives the episode credit as “the perfect setup for next week’s finale.”

The Rest of the Night:


The Americans – 8.5

Blackish – 7.0

Supernatural – 6.8

The Last Panthers – 6.5

Nashville – 6.5

Empire – 6.0

What to Watch: 05/18/2016


We’re more than midway through sweeps and there’s tons of stretch-running goin’ on — but there’s also cool, off-the-beaten-path stuff. We’ve put together what we think is a nice mix here, so let’s get started.

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives [Showtime, 9p]
Relive the golden era of hip-hop in this documentary that chronicles the rise of two radio legends who introduced NYC to the likes of Biggie, Nas, Jay Z, Eminem and the hilarious, quirky friendship that fueled it all.

Genius by Stephen Hawking [PBS, 9p]
This documentary series, narrated by Stephen Hawking, “challenges ordinary people to think like great scientists.” Tonight Hawking examines the genius behind the DeLoreans, atomic clocks, a giant black hole, and…New York City. (We’re all geniuses here.)

Modern Family [ABC, 9p]
Against my better judgment — I’ve been burned before — I’m gonna go with the season-ending farce of the often problematic Emmy-owner. The promos say they do “amazing” season finales, and would a voiceover lie to a person? Claire can’t bring herself to fire a bad closet company employee, among other plots too numerous to mention (there may even be an unprecedented G-plot).



  • Arrow does the penultimate thing, and in the fourth season that means saving Thea and defeating Darhk, or at least trying those things. On The CW.
  • NBC’s last remaining version of a tentpole, Law & Order: SVU, continues with the provocative headline-ripping — this week, a union comes after the squad after they arrest one of its correction officer workers. Did Scott Walker script this one?
  • What’s “Past is Prologue” on FOX’s Empire, where the Empire is presumably still in peril. Empire!
  • Brick sings on The Middle‘s seventh (wow, seventh?!) season finale — probably not this, but it would be awesome, although not quite as awesome as Lauren Lapkus “stripping” to it on The Characters —

What to Watch: 05/11/2016

Let’s just sweep into a sweeps month Wednesday.

Chelsea [Netflix]
Chelsea Handler returns to Netflix, and who knows just what she’ll say next?

Nashville [ABC, 10p]
This show is totally off-the-rails, and I threw in the towel, but Juliette is going to meet Kesha. (The moment is probably Blink And You Miss It.) Shake some sense into her, Kesha!

The Middle [ABC, 8p]
Frankie Heck goes a bit too far — like she do — using technology to enforce a curfew on her college-age kids, while Brick tries to find the valedictorian who somehow isn’t him. It’s the Heck wheelhouse defined.



  • If you are old enough, you remember just how mind-shatteringly, nightmare-inducingly scary the Cold War nuclear oblivion TV movie The Day After was. Well, now, that FX’s The Americans has hit that part of 1983, we can watch some Russian spies face that experience. Good luck Jennings. Oh, also they’re trying to stop their own apocalypse.
  • Hakeem, Laura, Cookie, Lucious and others all do a bunch of Empirey stuff to build that empire. Empire!
  • A double-shot of offshoot Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders on CBS features South African gangs and Cuban spree killers, for those who are jonesing for more behavior analyzin’ drama.
  • We’re suckers for flu-ish comedy, and Blackish may provide tonight on ABC.