Flip or Flop: Nashville (HGTV)

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Flip or Flop: Nashville (HGTV) – Premieres 18th January – Renewed

Continuing on from the 2017 Flip or Flop-ery of Atlanta, Vegas & Fort Worth, this is more of the same but set in Nashville.

The former husband and wife team of Page Turner and DeRon Jenkins do the usual of buying up a property that needs some working doing to it, with the intention of selling on for a profit after a quick turnaround. Then as they go through how they will modernise the property with the use of computer graphics to show the new layout, the couple then begin the transformation.

As they work through the building, the normal setbacks of wrong materials arriving and contractors not doing the job to the assumed standards appear, threatening to put the flip behind schedule. After a few phone calls and reworking on the schedule the house is finished on time, and after an open house viewing is sold for a profit.

The show delivers exactly what you’d expect for a Flip or Flop programme while offering nothing new to format.

2.2/10

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LA To Vegas (Fox)

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LA To Vegas (Fox) – Premieres 2nd January – Cancelled

A comedy that follows the crew and passengers of the Jackpot Airlines flight from LA to Las Vegas, as they head out to go about their business on a Friday and showing the fallout of what they got up to on the Sunday return flight.

In it the crew question how they ended up working the route and how their careers have stagnated, while the passengers are a collection of gamblers, exotic dancers and general holiday makers who ended up interacting with varying results.

For a network comedy it’s easy enough to watch though it does lack any really funny moments. In the end it’s not something you’d go out of your way to watch.

3.4/10

Dope (Netflix)

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Dope (Netflix) – Premieres 22nd December – Renewed

Showing how various cities in the US are dealing with their drug problems, this docuseries follows the police departments as they try to catch the dealers. As well as following the people the police are trying to catch who run and distribute the drugs.

During the show both sides talk about the dangers they face, and the routines they go through on a daily basis. Along with showing this, with the police chasing down dealers and stopping distribution networks. While the criminals explain why they do what they do as they get their product onto the streets.

As crime docs go not much actually happens. And with it’s slow pace, long cutaways with a rock/metal soundtrack that seems out of place, it’s all a bit of a grind to get through.

3.0/10

The Toys That Made Us (Netflix)

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The Toys That Made Us (Netflix) – Premieres 22nd December – Renewed

A docuseries that looks into iconic toy lines and the story behind how they came to production, and explains how their appeal grew.

In the show it has interviews with those who worked at the relevant companies as they talk about how the toys were created. Showing the multiple prototypes they went for before the final versions were sent to production. As well talking to the people behind the scenes who had to make the decision to green light the project.

After showing the origins of the toy it then interviews the collectors, where they talk about why they love the toys, and go into the rarities that are the must haves. There they explain why they are so desirable, the backstory of that particular range, along with the folks at the toy company explaining how they came about to be released.

It’s a surprisingly interesting bit of viewing.

5.9/10

Married at First Sight: Jamie and Doug Plus One (Lifetime)

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Married at First Sight: Jamie and Doug Plus One (Lifetime) – Premieres 19th December

A reality show the catches up with the Jamie and Doug, The only couple from the original series of Married at First Sight that stayed together. In the this series it follows them as they prepare to become parents for the first time.

Along with talking about the miscarriage they suffered, it shows the pair as they get ready for the due date. As they prepare, Doug is searching for a new job after being recently made redundant making Jamie wonder if she’ll be able to become a stay at home mum.

All the while they document the build up as they talk with friends and family about what they should be expecting. Then after the child is born, shows them getting to grips with parenting.

It’s some by the numbers reality programming that would only be of interested to those that watched the original series.

1.8/10

Tender Touches (Adult Swim)

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Tender Touches (Adult Swim) – Premieres 19th December

A 10 minute animated comedy that parodies the over dramatic storylines of daytime soap operas. It’s centred on two brothers who find themselves in a love triangle as Curtis catches Steve with his wife, and things begin to escalate at a rapid rate.

The show is tough as hell to get through, as it tries to take the bits made the The Room funny and watchable. Actors missing their cues, interrupting each others lines, and appearing to not know what’s going on. But as it tries to be so bad that it’s good, it just fails and ends up being 10 minutes of poorly executed shambolicness.

It is not an enjoyable watch.

0.5/10

Ellen’s Game Of Games (NBC)

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Ellen’s Game Of Games (NBC) – Premieres 2nd January – Renewed

Following on from Repeat After Me and Little Big Shots, this is a game show spawned from a segment originally seen on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The quiz goes through three rounds, the first has four individual games held a qualifiers for the second round. Where after Ellen describes the game, two people are called up from the audience and the winner advances.

After the four opening games have been played, the winners take part in the second round. This consists of the four standing over trapdoors, which plummets them 30ft after they get a simple general knowledge question wrong, and keeps going until there is one person left.

In the final round, the surviving contestant has 30 seconds to correctly identify 10 celebrities, where they have the chance to win up to $100k.

While the opening games have the slapstick feel of stuff you could see in Takeshi’s Castle, the rest of the rounds go for a more standard quiz format. As a light entertainment game show it does everything you’d want, with Ellen lightly ribbing the contestants through to simple questions being answered incorrectly.

It’s an inoffensive family friendly game show.

3.9/10