Tag: The Night Manager

Tuesday’s Best Reviewed: Person of Interest

Person of Interest continues its frenetic assault of two-a-week action-filled, well-received episodes. The techno-thriller wins another night with a double-shot of episodes (so, actually three-this-week), although this week we really do have to drag out that old Simpsons clip as outside of the Ben Linus & Jesus As Government Assassins Show, it’s not particularly a night of free-flowing raves. Vulture loves the “Chinese polite fight” of last night’s Fresh Off the Boat finale, while The Real O’Neals scored solid results for its prom finale, although AV Club‘s Ashley Ray-Harris is still shocked it was renewed as she “was prepared to write a One-Season Wonder piece on the quirky little show.” Generally a critical darling, The Flash and its dramatic showdown piece of a fourth season finale, speedily elicited a resounding “meh” from the TV recapping crowd. Finally, Awkward. pops into our round-up for the first time with its finale which made most of us say “what” and “why?”

Tuesday, May 24th’s Best: Person of Interest (8.6/10)

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Person of Interest, which apparently — at least based on the picture above — contains 100% more Scott Adsit than your average show, takes the night with a conspiracy theory-heavy episode. That last part is also indicated by picture but confirmed by IGN‘s Matt Fowler who enjoyed the complex goings on as the show “ramped up the Samaritan conspiracy arc.” Meanwhile, Sean McKenna at TV Fanatic felt it “fun to get to watch back-to-back adventures with the POI team.”

The Rest of the Night:

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Fresh Off the Boat – 7.7

The Real O’Neals – 7.7

The Night Manager – 6.8

The Flash – 6.6

Awkward. – 3.5

Tuesday’s Best Reviewed: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Almost a new first as Person of Interest‘s strange episode burn-off has it airing both Mondays and Tuesdays, and it is on a roll with its second solid outing — although not quite as ridiculously received as Monday’s return of Sarah Shahi’s Agent Shaw. Marvel superfans still licking their wounds over the loss of Agent Carter, can take some solace in the fact that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on a roll (also Jessica Jones returns soon, and Luke Cage begins). Elsewhere, The Flash goes out with a bang, The Night Manager phones it inand superior sitcoms The Real O’Neals and Fresh Off the Boat have funny, but not particularly memorable episodes.

Tuesday, May 17th’s Best: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (8.6/10)

0518yesbesshield.jpgMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s third season double episode bow-out, featuring the ever-popular character death, earns the best marks of all the finales. Alex McCown at AV Club, points out they made death-ade out of the dangerous game of over-hyping an upcoming character demise before raving “this two-hour conclusion reminded the audience of everything great about Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.—that’s a kick-ass achievement in its own right.” Vulture‘s Scott Meslow is more sanguine, observing “don’t hold any surprises, but the finale still manages to connect on an emotional level.”

The Rest of the Night:

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Person of Interest – 8.4

The Night Manager – 7.5

The Real O’Neals – 7.5

The Flash – 7.3

Fresh Off the Boat – 7.0

Tuesday’s Best Reviewed: New Girl

With a double-shot of bachelor(ette) party themed episodes, FOX’s long-running ensemble comedy returns to form after trolling near the bottom of these rankings much of its fifth season. All characters have moments in an expertly written dual narrative, but it’s High Jess and the growing awkward cop love affair between Winston and Aly who stand out. It’s a good night for comedy as Fresh Off the Boat earns high marks for a flashback episode examining how our names define us — especially as it applies to people from different cultures — while never losing sight of the funny.

Tuesday, April 26th’s Best: New Girl (9.2/10)

0427yesbesnew.jpgWhile New Girl has certainly hit some distinct high notes as the gang weathered Zooey’s prolonged absence and prepared for Schmidt & CeCe’s wedding. However, a paired duo of fast, furious party-themed episodes renews faith in the fifth season, finding the long-running program at its antic, manic, slapstick best. The episodes split up the guys and girls and Kathryn VanArendonk at Vulture notes the twosome “benefit(s) from actually feeling like a pair.” AV Club‘s Erik Adams loved the duo of connected episodes and adds “I hope it’s the kind of “crazy” that the next two week’s double features have in store. Some hysteric here enjoyed it too.

The Rest of the Night:

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Fresh Off the Boat – 9.0

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 8.1

The Night Manager – 8.0

Limitless – 7.7

The Flash – 6.4

 

What to Watch: 04/26/2016

It’s a relatively quiet Wednesday, but we’ve got some great comedies, the second part of a thrilling mini-series, cooking shows, and the going-away party for one of the critical surprises of 2015-16 season.

JASON’S PICK:
The Night Manager [AMC, 10p]
It’s last week’s top reviewed show. The dark war mini-series inspired by a 1993 John Le Carre novel set up the intrigue in its first episode, and boasts terrific lead performances by Hugh Laurie and Tom Middleston. Check that out here (no log-in required) to be ready for tonight.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Fresh Off the Boat [ABC, 8p]
Evan wants to open a bank account but doesn’t know if he should use his American or Chinese name. Jessica and Louis chime in and their flashbacks include how they met!

NAVANI’S PICK:
Chopped Junior [Food, 8p]
Because watching little kids play nice in stressful cooking competitions give me hope about the world we live in.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • It’s not THE most success story (outside of the A-lister from the original theatrical who occasionally drops in), but Limitless has received above average reviews for its quirky, clever sci-fi-infused action. Its finale airs tonight on CBS.
  • On The Real O’Neals, Kenny’s the lead in a musical, but it’s opposite the ex-girlfriend to whom he came out.
  • Another double-shot of New Girl goes all 80s comedy, featuring a road trip and a bachelor party
  • Finally, tonight on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, soulful crooner D’Angelo will pay tribute to Prince.

Tuesday’s Best Reviewed: The Night Manager

As one critically acclaimed Tuesday night mini-series goes out, another one comes in. AMC mini-series The Night Manager is based on a John Le Carre novel, stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, and deals with arms dealing amid Middle East revolution — not a bad pedigree. The rest of the evening fared well enough, especially S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing out their Secret Warriors, The Grinder questions his grinding, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine saves their captain — or do they?

Tuesday, April 19th’s Best: The Night Manager (9.0/10)

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The intrigue began last night for (dun dun DUHHHN) The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston as an unflappable dealer, and, well, the title character job. Vulture‘s Scott Tobias praises the lead as “the casting of Hiddleston in the title role says everything about the specific — and thus far enormous — appeal of The Night Manager, which seeks to position itself as both a sober treatment of the black-market weapons trade and an spy thriller drunk on romantic adventure.” Lisa Babick of TV Fanatic gives the debut a 5 out of 5, and recaps the show brilliantly, but offers me no real pull quote.

The Rest of the Night:

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 8.6

The Grinder – 8.0

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 8.0

New Girl – 7.0

The Mindy Project – 7.0

The Flash – 6.8

 

What to Watch: 04/19/2016

After two top-ranked shows saying goodbye for the summer and one coming in, it’s another busy night as we ramp up towards May Sweeps. We have the debut of a new outbreak show from the folks behind The Vampire Diaries. There’s also more enhanced real world intrigue as a John Le Carre novel comes to screen for six nights. One of the best sitcoms ends its third season with an antic end to a frenzied trilogy.

NAVANI’S PICK:
Containment [The CW, 9p]
More teenage drama from the makers of The Vampire Diaries and the Originals in the form of deadly epidemic that takes over Atlanta.

JASON’S PICK:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine [FOX, 9p]
The 99 finishes up a three-parter trying to save the life of marked man Adrian Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas). Oh, Dennis Haysbert, I mean, Bob Anderson. Now, it’s Haysbert vs. Braugher in a stoic-off as the third season of this excellent comedy closes.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
10 Towns That Changed America [PBS, 8p]
PBS gets into the listicle game, examining “visionary planners and ordinary citizens” in Levittown, NY, Portland, OR, Philadelphia, Riverside, IL, Salt Lake City, and Seaside and St. Augustine, FL.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie (and the always excellent Olivia Coleman) team up to bring John Le Carre’s novel The Night Manager to life in a six-part mini-series on AMC.
  • FOX has a nice little line-up also featuring a double-header of New Girl in some classic slapstick situations an The Grinder with its lead continuing to figure out who he is in real life.
  • Book clubs and gay coffeehouses are at the center of ABC’s The Real O’Neals tonight.
  • A&E’s Storage Wars has a Barry-centric special before a new episode.