Soooo can we talk about CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait“? When we left Kevin last season, he was married, retired from the police force and bumbled around the house annoying his wife. This season, Kevin is a widower and Leah Remini has joined the cast as his business partner. I thought we were waiting for the show to be canceled. Instead, Kevin was waiting to whack his wife. The whole reboot is ridiculous. The mom’s death was barely mentioned. The writing just stinks of a hastily thrown together premise to please CBS executives. Years ago, Valerie Harper had a show titled “Valerie“. The show was a hit but Harper and the producers had a disagreement. They killed her off, re-titled the series as “The Hogan Family” and replaced her with actress Sandy Duncan. Some viewers were mad but the show ran for 5 seasons. Kevin’s ratings say we shouldn’t wait for that kind of luck.
“The Orville” on Fox stars Seth McFarlane as a disgraced planetary officer who gets promoted to captain his own ship. Like “Family Guy“, the writing is packed with jokes and the characters are pretty wacky. Penny Johnson Jerald (formerly of 24) plays Dr. Claire Finn and newcomer J.Lee plays Lt. John Lamar, navigator of the spaceship. If you like smart, silly comedy this show is for you.
Nia Long joins the cast of CBS’s “NCIS Los Angeles“ this season as Shay Mosley, the new assistant executive director, taking over for Miguel Ferrer who died in January. I remember when Long was on NBC’s “Third Watch” years ago and cringed when she co-starred in ABC‘s horrible reboot of “Uncle Buck” with Mike Epps. I’m glad she landed on a stable show.
The 80’s nighttime soap, “Dynasty” is coming back to TV on the CW network. I LOVED Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington Colby and lived for all the catfghts and the sleaziness of it all. (Cecil Colby had a heart attack and died while sexing Alexis!!!) But The CW has a way of ruining established characters when they reboot shows (see Riverdale). I was concerned my beloved Dynasty would be a victim. This re-booted story takes place in Atlanta where the Carringtons run a global energy company. Money, power, legacy and debauchery will be on full display. Oh, and the Colby’s? They’re African American. Crystal is a Latina from Venezuela. It’ll be interesting to see who they cast as Alexis.
In casting magical characters news, Kimberly Hebert Gregory co-stars with Jason Ritterin ABC’s”Kevin (probably) saves the world” as Yvette, a celestial guide who guides Kevin as he learns he is one of 36 righteous humans who protect the world. She teaches him how to power up his soul through acts of kindness. How does one get a job like that? Can you imagine the interview? I hope this character is written multi dimentionally.
Monday night, I watched Hill Harper on ABC’s The Good Doctor; about a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Hill plays Dr. Horace Andres, the head of surgery who questions his ability to be an effective surgeon. It doesn’t look like a meaty role but I’m looking forward to seeing how his character develops.
I am sick of the hype around NBC‘s reboot of Will and Grace. I still don’t understand why it’s back. Can we get a re-boot of Living Single or Girlfriends please?©
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