Salvation (CBS)

Salvation

Salvation (CBS) – Premieres 12th July

Impending doom based drama where an MIT student discovers that an extinction level asteroid is 6 months away from hitting the Earth. After almost missing a lecture from tech billionaire Dariuz Tanz, MIT Student Liam Cole gets a alert from the space mapping software he created about the discovery of the asteroid.

With that news he heads off to tell his lecturer who has contacts within NASA, but when the lecturer doesn’t turn up the next day for his class Liam finds out that his house has been ransacked, the professor is nowhere to be found, and the house is being watched by a shady fella in a blacked out vehicle.

After Liam managed to escape the chap surveilling the house he manages to find Darius Tanz and tells him about the asteroid. This leads Darius taking Liam to meet some government bigwigs with the news only to find that the government already knows about it and has formulated a plan. Unfortunately the plan has one flaw, it needs technology that hasn’t been invented yet.

After the meeting Darius convinces the press secretary Grace to feed him the confidential information about the mission offering his companies resources in return to create everything that’s required within the 6 months before impact. So Grace gets the information to Darius, then he recruits Liam as they begin working on creating the tech.

As a show this is pretty much a by-the-numbers network drama where you could have it going as background noise and still not miss out on any plot developments. It’s watchable enough but nothing you’d go out of your way to view.

4.9/10

Candy Crush (CBS)

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Candy Crush (CBS) – Premieres 9th July

A game show that’s based on the popular Bejeweled rip off Candy Crush, where four teams of two go up against each other where the last team standing get to win $100k.

To whittle the four teams down to the final two, there are three qualifying rounds where the winner of the qualifier gets to set a score on a large scale version of the game where they can pick to do one of four variations on offer. By the end all four teams would have done one of the challenges with the two highest scoring teams going through.

The final is the then played out with the team going head to head on a large screen where one is connected to a pulley system where they can play the game and the other at the controls of the pulley allowing them to move their teammate about. By the end of that the first team to hit 50 matches wins the cash.

As game shows go it’s about as watchable as The Wall though arguably requires more skill to play.

3.9/10

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