Riverdale (The CW)

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Riverdale (The CW) – Premieres 26th January – Renewed

Teen drama that is a modern take on the characters of the Archie comics. It starts off with the twins Cheryl and Jason Blossom taking an early morning boating session on the river, which ends up taking a turn for the worse where Jason ends up dead in mysterious circumstances.

As the news of Jason death hits the school the new student in town, Veronica is helpfully used to explain all the other characters as she is taken around the school by Betty, who happens to have unrequited crush on Archie.

By the end of the ep it’s revealed that Jason happened to be murdered leaving a the killer at large, Archie has been sleeping with his music teacher, and whoever wrote this liked Twin Peaks.

It a pretty mundane mystery drama.

3.3/10

Frequency (The CW)

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Frequency (The CW) – Starts 5th October – Cancelled

Remake of the 90’s film of the same name, where after the discovery of the body of a notorious serial killer, a female detective finds that her dead dads old ham radio, after being stuck by lightning, can communicate with him 30 years on the past.

After discovering who they are talking to, they manage to stop the murder of the dad that lead to him being labelled as a dirty cop, only realise that the chain events on saving his life would result in the mother being killed by the serial killer.

For a CW remake this is a lot better than their Cordon reworking Containment, and is an enjoyable enough watch.

5.7/10

No Tomorrow (The CW)

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No Tomorrow (The CW) – Starts 4th October – Cancelled

Romantic comedy about a woman who while having doubts with her relationship meet the man of her dreams at a farmers market only to wonder if she’ll ever see him again.

After the post office wrongly delivers a package to her address, she decides to drop it off to the right address hoping it’s for the fella she saw. Which it is. She then finds out that the bloke is an astrologist who is convinced that an asteroid will hit the Earth in 8 months and 12 days time, so has jacked in his job and begun a bucket list of things to do before the world carks it.

This all leads up to her ending her relationship with the worlds quietest man to join the other feller in creating a list of things to and ticking them off like a pre-apoclyptic My Name Is Earl.

In comparison to other CW romantic comedies it’s better than Crazy Ex Girlfriend and Jane The Virgin.

4.1/10

My Last Days (The CW)

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My Last Days (The CW) – Starts 19th August  – Renewed

A programme that documents two young adults per episode that are dealing with life threatening conditions and how they choose to try not let it effect their enjoyment of life.

Each segment is introduced but a guy who looks like his auditioning for a Lifetime movie in a soft focus room, as he talks by the photos of the documentaries subjects hanging on a wall like a niche stalker.

Though when it gets into the meeting and following the people around, they explain their condition and how its affected themselves and their families. Along with showing what they do to keep their spirits up, their family explain how they adapted to keep everything as normal as possible.

The host also chips in by setting up a surprise trip for the folks by arranging an activity that’s inline with their interests, that also get the teary emotional payoff he’s been filming for. But apart for the blatant heartstring tugging moment, it interesting seeing how their optimism and enjoyment for life never wanes.

5.0/10

Containment (The CW)

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Containment (The CW) – Starts 19th April

US remake of the Belgian drama Cordon, where a highly contagious virus has broken out in a hospital leading to the government officials setting up a quarantine zone to contain the outbreak and to find a possible cure for the virus.

Compared to Cordon, Containment instantly rushes in to showing the clip of the quarantine zone two weeks into the outbreak, and continues ignoring any sense of the slow build up the original has. Along with the difference in adapting the story almost every character that was over the age of 45 has been subbed out to a plethora of 20 and 30 somethings.

It’s not a good reworking of the source material.

3.7/10

Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)

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Legends of Tomorrow (The CW) – Starts 21st January – Renewed

Another DC comic show on the CW where the characters that are not doing much in The Flash and Arrow are whisked off in a time travelling spaceship captained by a Time Lord Master, to help alter the future where Vandal Savage is destroying the planet.

Doctor Who The Time Master takes his freshly assembled team back to the 70’s where they meet up with a Vandal Savage expert to find out whereabouts they can to him before everything goes tits up. Though during their jaunt he lets slip the team were assembled not for their legendary status in the future, but down to the fact they were completely forgotten in the history books so could be pulled out of their timelines with little to no fuss caused.

It’s easily the weakest of the three DC shows, and just seems like an excuse to lighten the casts of the other two shows. For a first ep it’s a shoddy mess.

3.8/10

Crazy Ex Girlfriend (The CW)

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Crazy Ex Girlfriend (The CW) – Starts 12th October – Renewed

A musical comedy about a woman that ditches her highly paid job to go to the other side of the country in the bid to hook up with a bloke she once dated during camp.

With the musical side to the show it’s more akin to Flight of the Concords and Garfunkle and Oats, where there’s only two or three songs that happen in the episode, though the songs are more in line with musicals that the aforementioned.

1.7/10