Young Sheldon (CBS)

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Young Sheldon (CBS) – Premieres 25th September

Spinoff prequel of The Big Bang Theory, that follows Sheldon Coopers early life as a 9 year old genius in East Texas where no one really understands him.

Thankfully for something that Chuck Lorre has created there’s no laugh track throughout the episode, which helps the programme feel more like something like Speechless than it does TBBT. That said it’s still pretty low on any decent jokes.

2.4/10

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Me, Myself & I (CBS)

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Me, Myself & I (CBS) – Premieres 25th September 

A three for the price of one coming of age comedy, about inventor Alex Riley during three different points of his life.

It follows him as a 14 year old when he relocates from Chicago to Los Angeles after his mum remarries, as a 40 year old where he his dealing with divorcing his wife after walking in on her cheating on him, and as a 65 year old where after having a heart attack, retires from the business he owns.

For what it is, it’s a pretty standard network comedy.

3.8/10

Star Trek Discovery (CBS)

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Star Trek Discovery (CBS) – Premieres 24th September 

Set 10 years before the original series set off on its five year mission, this focuses on First Officer Michael Burnham (Ms), a human raised as a Vulcan by Spocks father after the Klingons had killed her parents.

During a routine mission to investigate a damaged satellite on the edge of the Federations border, the USS Shenzhou discovers an obscured object. As Burnham investigates the anomaly she is attacked by a Klingon, and as she escapes, kills it.

This leads to a Klingon craft revealing itself to the starship where the the leader of the ship T’Kuvma who is trying to unite the 24 houses of the Klingons, uses the opportunity to get the houses together by taking on the Federation.

For a Star Trek tv show this has a more polished look that previous series, and looks to veer away from the usual story of the week structure. It’s an entertaining bit of telly.

6.6/10

Salvation (CBS)

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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 – Cancelled

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