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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
ABW TV Guide: All the new & returning TV to watch this weekend (4-6 Oct 2019)
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett
Last week I watched almost all of the new US network shows to debut. Most I did not watch during week 2. Mixed-ish got a second look (though, I did get distracted midway through by washing some dishes), as did Stumptown. I couldn’t bring myself to watch any of the others.
It is usually in the 2nd and 3rd episode that I get a sense of whether I’m with a show for the long-term and I’m certainly feeling it with Stumptown. I appreciated the greater depth the episode gave to the Dex and Grey relationship though some well-executed flashbacks and the guest-cast was strong with Jay Duplass and Zosia Mamet appearing. Ratings held for week 2, which is promising for its long-term future too.
What haven’t I discussed? Evil. The new Robert & Michelle King (The Good Wife/Fight) show. I didn’t get to see it before last week’s TV guide email went out. The premise feels very X-Files with a skeptic and a believer exploring cases of the supernatural. But instead it felt a lot more like X-Files spin-off Millennium. The first episode was solid (not great), but it was a very strong foundation for the show to build from. I’m all in on it.
Carmen Sandiego (s2), S.W.A.T. (s3), SEAL Team (s3), Goliath (s3), Big Mouth (s3), The Blacklist (s7), God Friended Me (s2), Into The Dark (s2), The Simpsons (s31), NCIS: los Angeles (s11), Bob’s Burgers (s10), Family Guy (s18), The Rookie (s2), Robot Chicken (s10), Plebs (s5)
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