A.P. Bio (NBC)

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A.P. Bio (NBC) – Premieres 1st February 

Comedy where philosophy scholar Jack Griffen, after begin overlooked for his dream job as head of philosophy at Stanford, ends up reluctantly taking a job at his hometown high school teaching A.P. Biology, where he has no intention in teaching the subject.

There he sets out to use the pupils to help him formulate plans to bring down the guy who got the Stanford job, along with bullying the principal into letting him get away with doing whatever he wants. While at the same time the students are trying to get rid of him so they can actually learn the course.

With the show having Howerton of It’s Always Sunny fame basically playing Dennis Reynolds again, it all feels like a network version of that show. So any of the vaguely risqué stuff is all sanitised to the point it takes away from the punchline.

4.0/10

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Ellen’s Game Of Games (NBC)

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Ellen’s Game Of Games (NBC) – Premieres 2nd January – Renewed

Following on from Repeat After Me and Little Big Shots, this is a game show spawned from a segment originally seen on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The quiz goes through three rounds, the first has four individual games held a qualifiers for the second round. Where after Ellen describes the game, two people are called up from the audience and the winner advances.

After the four opening games have been played, the winners take part in the second round. This consists of the four standing over trapdoors, which plummets them 30ft after they get a simple general knowledge question wrong, and keeps going until there is one person left.

In the final round, the surviving contestant has 30 seconds to correctly identify 10 celebrities, where they have the chance to win up to $100k.

While the opening games have the slapstick feel of stuff you could see in Takeshi’s Castle, the rest of the rounds go for a more standard quiz format. As a light entertainment game show it does everything you’d want, with Ellen lightly ribbing the contestants through to simple questions being answered incorrectly.

It’s an inoffensive family friendly game show.

3.9/10

Gone (NBC)

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Gone (NBC) – Premieres TBA 2018

Procedural crime drama that is centred on Kit “Kick” Lannigan, who as a kid was abducted for 5 years before the FBI saved her. 15 years later Kick is running self defence classes in a building she shares with another abductee survivor James who spends his time hacking various government agency sites.

After one of her classes Kit is offered the chance to help on an abduction case by the FBI agent who found her, as he has formed specialist a team to work on abduction cases, and is in need of her knowledge on how the kidnappers operate. After tentatively agreeing to help Kick and James get brought onto the team where their skills help solve the case.

The show is the usual lightweight CSI style bit of programming that is watchable enough to waste 45 minutes. Though it’s something you don’t have to follow it that closely to know what’s going on, and isn’t something you’d go out of you way to watch.

3.8/10

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC)

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC) – Premieres 26th September – Cancelled

A Law & Order take on American Crime Story this is a dramatised version of events of the Menendez Murders. Where after discovering their parents killed upon returning home, the two brothers Lyle and Erik behaviour begins to arouse suspicions with the police that they may have committed the crime.

As it goes through the first ep, the story drops in a few flashbacks to bring you up to speed about the family as well as introducing the characters that will involved later on, though while it does this it never really grabs your interest like you’re expecting it should do.

5.0/10

The Brave (NBC)

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The Brave (NBC) – Premieres 25th September – Cancelled

A show that shares a couple of similarities to Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CMBB), where the fine employees of the Defence Intelligence Agency work to find US citizens that have been kidnapped by terrorist groups. Then when their targets have been found, they call in their Special Ops group to the area who save the kidnapped from imminent naughtiness.

As with CMBB, it’s the usual kind of flag waving action schlock that’s entirely predictable, though this is trashy enough to be vaguely entertaining. It’s the sort of thing you’d only really sit through if there was nothing else on.

4.8/10

Marlon (NBC)

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Marlon (NBC) – Premieres 16th August – Renewed

A sitcom that’s not a million miles away from bumbling-fathers-doing-their-best comedies like Kevin Can Wait and Man With A Plan. This one follows internet star Marlon, who while spending most of his time around his ex-wifes house after their divorce, tries to help any family problems by dropping not so great nuggets of wisdom. All the while, Marlon is trying to deal with the fact that his ex is moving on and that he’s personal life is stuck in a rut.

It’s the standard network comedy where after every five seconds there’s rapturous laughter and not much else. It’s not good.

1.3/10

Midnight, Texas (NBC)

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Midnight, Texas (NBC) – Premieres 24th July – Renewed

Supernatural drama where Manfred Bernardo, a medium that can contact the dead is on the run from a loan shark. Taking the advice from his deceased grandmother he heads off to Midnight, Texas, a town where people go to drop off the grid.

As he meet the locals he discovers that the inhabitants aren’t as they seem, discovering that there are witches and vampires within the townsfolk. After the body of the wife of the pawn shop owner is discovered during a town barbecue, Manfred offers his help to talk to her spirit on trying to solve who did it.

While it’s the usual bit of light going trashy TV, it’s an easy enough bit of viewing.

5.4/10