Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC)

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Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC) – Premieres 7th October

A version of Dancing With The Stars/Strictly Come Dancing, where instead of adult celebrities taking part, the dancers are kids that are either have fame in their own right, or are the offspring of famous folk.

Like the original, the kids are paired up with a competition standard dancer of around the same age, but in this each team is tutored by a dancer that appears in the adult version.

During the programme each team has to perform a routine, and after recap of their week build up along with the actual dance, the pair get feedback from the three judges before being given their score. Then when all the couples have performed, the studio audience votes on their favourite performance, the scores are added to the judges and the lowest scoring couple is eliminated.

As the show is near identical to the adult version, this incarnation would only be of interest to those that enjoy the original.

2.8/10

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A Million Little Things (ABC)

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A Million Little Things (ABC) – Premieres 26th September

A drama where after the unexpected death of the Jon, the man brought them together, a group of friends begin to deal with his death and use it as a wake up call to start to make the most of their lives.

In the episode the three friends, Rome, a film maker who is stuck in a rut working on adverts, Gary, who has recently gone in remission for breast cancer and Eddie, a recovering alcoholic who is in a loveless marriage realised that as long as they’ve been friends they know nothing about each other.

This leads to Rome admitting that he was trying to commit suicide at the time he received the call about Jons death, Gary despite his nonchalant ways, is terrified that his cancer will return, and Eddie admits that he is cheating on his wife and is trying to find the right time to leave her.

While the programme sets everything up quickly, and the story goes along at a decent pace, as well as introducing an intriguing aspect on Jon’s suicide. It still struggles to have something that would make you want to check out the next episode, leaving it as something you’d have as background viewing at best.

4.2/10

Single Parents (ABC)

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Single Parents (ABC) – Premieres 26th September

A comedy that follows a group of five dysfunctional single parents who look out for each other as they raise their kids and help one another with their problems.

The programme begins with Will Cooper taking his daughter to her first day at school, where the rest of the parents question where his head is at with his determination to participate in all aspects of the school. After talking to him they find out that Will hasn’t been in a relationship in five years so arrange a date for him.

This results in Will having a date that ends in disaster, leading the rest of the parents, Angie, Poppy, Douglas and Miggy to turn up, help him out and accept him into the group.

As comedies go this one is lacking in anything particularly funny, leading it to be a grind to get through. All-in-all it’s some pretty forgettable stuff.

1.6/10

The Story of the Royals (ABC)

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The Story of the Royals (ABC) – Premieres 22nd August – Miniseries

A two-part documentary miniseries that looks at the recent history of the Royal family. Starting at just before the Queens coronation, through to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The programme documents the family as it focuses on certain parts of the history. Where it highlights the effects the events had on the UK and US, along with how the family itself had to adapt to the changes that were happening.

Using archive footage and having interviews with royal reporters, authors and people who worked in the family who give their own insights to events. It also looks into how the family has still kept its popularity and how they have influenced some parts of popular culture.

As documentaries go it’s very by the numbers, and with the episode being an hour and a half long, it does start to lose its appeal before it it the half way mark.

2.3/10

Castaways (ABC)

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Castaways (ABC) – Premieres 7th August

A survival show presented under the guise of a social experiment. This has 12 people dropped off across an island chain in the Pacific, where they can make the decision to survive alone, or to try and find the other people before the time they are “rescued”.

As each of the people reach the shore of the island they have been dropped off at, they discover that the luggage they find in the area belongs to someone else. All of which have journals inside that they can read to find out about the owner. Along with the luggage throughout the area are partially made shelters and tools that they can use use to help with their survival.

The show flits between the people as they talk about their home life, where it shows footage of them before they left. And where they talk about why they wanted to partake in the challenge, and what they hope to achieve from it. Before following them as make a decision whether or not to find the others.

As survivals programmes go, it is a more entertaining watch than Ultimate Ninja Challenge. But with the focus on the persons emotional development and constant cut backs to footage of them doing their real life stuff, it does make the show plod along at a pace where you start to lose interest.

4.8/10

Take Two (ABC)

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Take Two (ABC) – Premieres 21st June

Crime procedural where actress Sam Swift has just left rehab, where she went off the rails after being dumped on national TV. Sam was the star of a TV cop show but finds herself almost unemployable after getting out.

After her agent tells her of a new role where she’ll be playing a private detective. Sam gets her agent to arrange it so she can shadow private investigator Eddie to research the role.

When Sam arrives Eddie is called into meet a new client who is looking for his missing daughter, from there Sam muscles in promising to solve the case, and begins annoying Eddie with her claiming her years in a tv show as real life experience.

But the end of the case Sam proves to be instrumental in finding the woman, before leaving to go back to her career. Though when the case is covered in the press Eddie finds he has an influx of new clients who want to employ Sam, leading to them teaming up.

The show is more than a little similar to Carter, with an actor whose career has stalled ending up becoming a private detective. With the similarities, this is slightly more enjoyable, but it’s not something you’d go out of your way to watch.

5.1/10

The Proposal (ABC)

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The Proposal (ABC) – Premieres 18th June

A dating show that is one of the stranger on offer, where the suitors identity is hidden from the crowd, viewers and the 10 people trying to win their affections. Then at the end of the process the suitor reveals themselves and will end up proposing to the the person they selected.

The shows format is done in the format of a beauty pageant that is split into five parts. The first part introduces the ten contestants individually with an announcer giving the briefest of description of their interests and personal info. Then when all ten have been presented the suitor then is made to pick 7 to go into the next round.

In the second round the remaining contestants go into the swimwear section of the show, where after showing off their more revealing outfits, get to make a statement about themselves to the suitor to try and grab their attention. Then at the end the field is reduced to a field of four.

The third round has the contestants back into their normal clothes where the suitor talks about themself briefly and then gets to ask each of them one question so they can get to know them better. Then after the questions have been asked, the suitor then has to eliminate one of them. The remaining three then meet the suitors best friend. who then asks the each of them a question. Where after, the suitor picks the final two.

In the final part the Suitor reveals their identify to the two people standing, where each of them have a final chance to put their case across. Leading to some awkward near declarations of love, before the final person is picked and proposed to.

Even for a dating show this is a weird one, with it being like a cross between The Batchelor and Married at First Sight. But somehow it’s an even more tedious than the aforementioned, and an absolute chore to get through.

1.1/10