The Good Fight (CBS)

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The Good Fight (CBS) – Premieres 19th February – Renewed

Spinoff of The Good Wife where after announcing that she’ll be retiring after settling her next case, Diane Lockhart discovers that she has fallen victim to a financial scam committed by the parents of her newly employed goddaughter Maia, and is now on the brink of bankruptcy.

As the reputations of Diane and Maia are thrown into turmoil the defence team on the case they are working put an offer to Diane to join them as a junior partner which she accepts on the stipulation that Maia is hired as well.

It’s the exact same legal drama as The Good Wife so if you enjoyed that, then this is more of the same. Albeit from the perspective of the defence.

5.5/10

Doubt (CBS)

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Doubt (CBS) – Premieres 15th February  Cancelled

Legal drama the centres on Sadie Ellis, a talented defence attorney who has been working on clearing her client, a pediatric surgeon who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago.

As she works on the case her boss and mentor becomes worried that she is developing feeling for her client and goes into vague detail of how he went through similar circumstances which had a knock on effect on his life.

While this is going on there’s is the usual case of the week side plot, where one of the lawyers have a case they are finding difficult to crack but mange to get the win in the nick of time.

The show doesn’t seem to have any cohesiveness to it, where it’s trying to mix a moderately serious legal drama in with an overly quirky Ally McBeal angle, and in the end it fails at both.

3.1/10

Training Day (CBS)

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Training Day (CBS) – Premieres 2nd February – Cancelled

A series set 15 years after the film of the same name, a rookie cop Kyle Craig is placed within the Special Investigation Section with the orders to report back to his superiors if there’s any shady goings on.

The SIS is being run by the morally suspect Detective Roarke, who believes that the police should keep the status quo of the criminal aspect of the city, due to his belief that the it’s a losing battle to try to rid LA of all of them. Leading him to take some morally dubious decisions while resolving a power struggle between two warring drug gangs.

As Roarkes plan is being played out amid a plethora of explosions he reveals to Craig that he work with his father and that he died in suspiscious circumstances. This ends up leaving Craig to decide that he is gonna try change Roarkes ways while using him to find his fathers killer.

Its a generic cop based action show where the dialogue at times is comedically cliché heavy, and it’s at best something to waste 45 minutes watching while never needing to pay full attention to what’s going on.

4.6/10

Superior Donuts (CBS)

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Superior Donuts (CBS) – Premieres 2nd February – Renewed

A donut shop based sitcom, that goes by the standard network rule of a one liner delivered every 5 to 10 seconds. In it Arthur runs Superior Donuts, a shop that is one the brink of being forced to close due to gentrification and a dwindling amount of customers.

Arthur ends up employing Franco a local kid who is determined to help drum up business to keep the shop open. Though most of his ideas are flawed by Arthur who isn’t completely ready to adapt to change.

Along with the scattergun jokes there’s also a plethora of stereotypical minor characters and while it’s not as annoying as Clipped to watch, it’s equally as unfunny.

1.7/10

Hunted (CBS)

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Hunted (CBS) – Premieres 22nd January

A remake of the UK show of the same name, 9 teams of two go on the run for 28 days trying to evade capture from ex-FBI, US Rangers, Military and surveillance experts as they try and apprehend them before the time limit is up and the survivors get their hands on $250k.

The teams are given an hour head start before the hunt team begins tracking them, with the fugitives only have access to $500 in a bank account that they can only take $100 out at a time, along with having to stay within a 100,000sq/m game zone that covers South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

While the runners do their best at dropping off the grid, the hunters has access to the same techniques currently in use, where they get alerts when the team access ATMs, have licence to search their homes for clues, tap their phones and other such police/government agency type things.

It’s a straight copy of the original format, with the exception that the UK version allowed solo runners, where watching people do well is ultimately less entertaining than watching teams do a multitude of mistakes and getting caught in annoyingly easy ways.

It’s a decent waste of 45 minutes.

5.6/10

Ransom (CBS)

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Ransom (CBS) – Premieres 1st January – Cancelled

After finding out she’s been turned down for a job within the elite hostage and crisis negotiation company Crisis Resolution, Maxine Carlson decide to nick a business card and rock up to a crime scene they’re working on the off chance she could impress the boss and get the job anyway.

After doing the bare minimum, the boss Luke ignores the legit objections of his employee Zara and allows Maxine to tag along to their next case involving a family being held to ransom for $5 million for the return of their son that was kidnapped 8 years earlier.

In it the team manage to find out what school the kid attended by seeing a small snippet his school athletics jersey, and show off how schools will give out all manner of personal info if you pretend to be “world famous footballer” Rivaldo Messi.

It’s a lightweight and silly procedural crime show along the lines of Conviction, whilst showing off a CSI: Cyber style knowledge of its subject matter.

4.0/10

The Great Indoors (CBS)

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The Great Indoors (CBS) – Starts 27th October – Cancelled

Canned laughter Sitcom where Joel McHale is a famed outdoorsman for a magazine who is given a desk job due to the mags poor sales.

In the office are a group of millennials, lead by McLovin, with no experience of the outside world and even less idea of what the publication is about. While Stephen Fry is the bumbling owner who comes across as having the faintest of grasps with reality like a poorly written version of General Melchett.

While it’s better than Man With A Plan, it’s still terrible.

1.3/10