Deception (ABC)


Deception (ABC) – Premieres 11th March

Procedural crime show shenanigans where after world famous magician Cameron Black pulls off the biggest illusion of his life, a scandal about him is revealed leaving his career in tatters.

After a year of doing nothing Cameron sees a news report of a criminal that supposedly died in in a mass explosion, and notices that the incident resembled one of his own tricks. So Cameron heads off to the FBI to share his theory and tries to get to help out on the case, since he believes the person that pulled off the illusion is the same one that ruined him.

While initially hesitant the FBI finally let Cameron and his stage team help out on the case where he aids them to recapture the person they thought got away. And at the same time Cameron manages to get the lead he’s looking for.

As procedurals go it almost has the same sort of vibe as Lucifer, and while it’s not the best show ever to be made it’s still enjoyable to watch. It’s a nice bit of fun trashy TV.



Sundays with Alec Baldwin (ABC)


Sundays with Alec Baldwin (ABC) – Premieres 4th March

A talk show with a decidedly 70’s vibe with its jazz theme tune, Alec Baldwin interviews two guests over the course of the episode about their life and career.

So after introducing who is appearing on the programme and giving a brief overview on what they’ll be talking about, Alec has a one-on-one chat with them. The interview that then happens is one of a fluffy lightweight conversation between friends that to and fro occasionally, having a clip of the interviewees work to be shown as a starting point on another thread of discussion, and usually ends up in comparison of experiences. 

The show is a very laid back affair which give off an early evening talk show vibe similar to those seen from 70’s & 80’s. And while Baldwin never really delves into any depth with his guess it’s an easy enough way to burn 45 minutes.


Child Support (ABC)


Child Support (ABC) – Premieres 3rd January – Renewed

A quiz show hosted by Fred Savage which gives the contestants a chance to win up to $200k if they can get 10 questions correct.

In the quiz each question has a cash value that rises as they get further in, similar to the structure of Who Wants To Be A Millioniarre?. Along with the two save points in the ladder where they have the option to cash out or continue playing.

When a wrong answer is given, the contestant can be “saved” if one of a panel of five kids can supply the correct answer to the same question they got wrong. If they manage to do that then total fund is reduced by one step and they can continue the quiz. Though if the kids get the question wrong the they leave with nothing.

It’s a standard quiz which is more geared towards hearing the kids answers teamed up with Ricky Gervais laughing hysterically with them. For what it is, it does the job.



Kevin (Probably) Saves The World (ABC)


Kevin (Probably) Saves The World (ABC) – Premieres 3rd October – Cancelled

Comedy drama that is similar in format to My Name is Earl or What Would Sal Do?, where Kevin, a self centered chap who has ended up living at his sisters while he gets himself together after trying to commit suicide, starts to try and become a better person.

The twist for this is that after an asteroid hits near the house, Kevin ends up touching it where he is knocked out. After coming round he finds out that he can see a guardian angel who tells him that he is the last remaining righteous soul on Earth and that God has selected him find and recruit the remaining 35.

As it goes the show is an easy enough watch, and if you need to burn 45 minutes you could see a lot worse.



Ten Days In The Valley (ABC)


Ten Days In The Valley (ABC) – Premieres 1st October – Cancelled

Drama that follows Jane Sadler, a divorced television producer who struggles to balance her work life with looking after her daughter while making sure her ex-husband isn’t overstepping the boundaries in their childcare agreement.

After her daughter returns from having time with her father, she promises to knock work on the head for an entire evening, only to get a late night call that a whole scene for a cop show she is working on needs to be rewritten. Using the time old creative influences of cocaine and booze, Jane manages to get the script out in time, but when she goes back into the house she discovers that her daughter has gone missing.

Jane contacts her sister informing her that she thinks that her ex has taken the kid, and her sister goes against Janes request and brings the police in help find the daughter. There Jane raises suspicion with the way she puts her job first, and lying when the drugs are discovered. All of which is not helped with her ex-husbands alibi holding up, and that the person confirming it is Janes assistant, who is dating him in secret.

For an opening episode the show comes across as a rushed affair filled with well overused tropes, and everything that could have been developed over at least two episodes gets crammed together in 30 minutes. All of which doesn’t give you much urge to keep watching.



Inhumans (ABC)


Inhumans (ABC) – Premieres 29th September – Cancelled

An epically dull Marvel superhero show where a community of inhumans are living in relative peace in Attilan, a hidden city on the Moon. Though after a space rover is destroyed when it gets too close to the perimeter, the Inhuman Royal Family begin to fear that this might leads to the humans finding their home.

As well as trying to keep their home hidden, the inhumans are informed that a mission to find a newly transformed mutant has failed leading to Gorgon, the bodyguard of the King Black Bolt, to head to Earth to find the missing people.

At the same time, using the caste system used on Attilan as a catalyst, the Black Bolt’s brother Maximus, begins a coup on the Royal family which leads to the queen Medusas sister Crystal teleporting Black Bolt, Medusa & Bolts cousin Karnak to the relative safety of Earth. Though Maximus discovers this and sends a strike team to kill them off.

For a Marvel show this is easily the dullest one to watch, there’s nothing of note that goes on in the opening episode as it is bogged down with exposition which at times feels like it hasn’t covered everything it should have. It’s a chore to get through.



The Mayor (ABC)


The Mayor (ABC) – Premieres 3rd October – Cancelled

Comedy where aspiring rapper Courtney Rose decides to run for mayor in his hometown as a way to promote himself and to get his music career up and running. Though after beating his opponent during the final debate, he unexpectedly ends up winning the election leaving him being in charge and not having a clue what to do.

The show is the usual inoffensive network comedy, where a bloke with good intentions messes up then manages to rectify everything at the end of the day.