Are you feeling indecisive about Mr Inbetween? Replacing your latest medical drama obsession with New Amsterdam? Or maybe you're getting your next adrenaline fix with FBI? Whatever the case, we're just dying to hear your thoughts on the latest (and potentially greatest) new shows on TV this fall!
New Amsterdam promises to tug on your heartstrings (seriously, watch out This Is Us) while still delivering the entertaining hustle and bustle of your standard medical drama. Rather than focusing on the sexy interludes of its doctors though, New Amsterdam hones in on the touching stories of its patients and one medical director's quest to actually do some good in this world by proving that "there are other ways to help people than by cutting them open."
If high stakes and explosions are more your thing, FBI is the show for you this season. Hidden bombs, white nationalists and a race against the clock to save innocent American lives are on the agenda for new partners Special Agents Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and Special Agent Omar Adom 'OA' Zidan (Zeeko Zaki). FBI is off to an explosive start, and who knows, it could even manage to redeem FBI-based television after the disaster that was Quantico's brief run on ABC.
Finally, we come to Mr Inbetween, which is aptly named since its main character in somewhere in between a charming family man and a psychopathic hitman. If swinging back and forth between sweetness and violence is your definition of a perfect hour of TV, this show definitely deserves your vote.
What did you think these three freshman series? Let us know about them and other new fall shows by voting in our annual Fall TV Popularity Contest right here.
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In its first two seasons, This Is Us hooked viewers with four main emotional lures: mystery, shock, grief and awww, which isn't exactly an emotion but fans of the show know just what I mean. So with the show's whopper of a mystery gone, and a big chunk of its shock value gone with it, the question going into Season 3 was: Can This Is Us keep us hooked one more time? The answer, based on the Season 3 premiere, is hell to the yes.
This show may never have another head-scratching riddle to solve that, um, burns as long and intensely as Crock Pot-gate, but Season 3 still started with a puzzler anyway: Who's the Pittsburgh Steeler who opened the episode? Viewers learned at the end of the hour that said player was Franco Harris, a halfback who made a miraculous play dubbed the Immaculate Reception -- a play that nicely summed up the "everything's going to be OK" vibe at the end of a story filled with more shock, grief, awws and yeah, more big questions to answer. While This Is Us most definitely has a rather calculated formula (and an endless well of guitar twang sounds to let you know when it's time to cry), it remains a confident, thoughtful drama that does not necessarily need to pull stunts in order to tell a moving story about a modern family navigating hope and heartbreak in resonant ways.
Using its tried-and-true flashback, flash-forward technique, This Is Us showed Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) on their first, nearly disastrous date. It revealed Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby's (Chris Sullivan) awful consultation with an insensitive fertility doctor, who basically told Kate she was too fat to have a baby and then later called her back to explore the slim odds IVF could work for her. Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) confronted new additions to their family as Deja (Lyric Ross) gave Randall permission to make her a Pearson. And Beth had a mini-meltdown trying to keep Kevin (Justin Hartley) and her cousin Zoe (Melanie Liburd) from "knocking boots," because apparently she's been binge-watching '90s sitcoms. As alluded to in that footage of Franco's catch, all those points had a happy ending, at least for now, though there's obviously plenty of grief on the horizon.
This Is Us must be trying to ease us into Season 3, focusing in its return on grief and awws more so than mysteries and shocks, but make no mistake, they're definitely on the way. In the episode's final moments, Jack saw Rebecca getting flowers and kissing some dude who showed up at her doorstep and Toby flushed his antidepressants down the toilet, which can't be good. And that new major whopper of a question -- who's the "her" old-man Randall referred to at the end of Season 2 when asking Tess if she was ready to see her? We're still not sure, but seeing old-man Toby in bed alone certainly indicates she's of some relation to him, a possible hint that Kate's already difficult pregnancy took a dark turn.
But we have many more episodes to play detective. What we really wanted to know as we slide into another season of high highs and very low lows, is whether the Pearsons can still capture our hearts when we already know what we think are their most shocking and painful secrets. And for now, the answer is yes.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
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Night two of Dancing with the Stars Season 27saw just as many death-defying leaps and lifts as the premiere (and for a while I wondered if I was accidentally Dancing with the Stars: Juniors), but it also saw the first elimination.
For the first time this season, the couples with the lowest combined scores from the judges and votes from the fans had to prove they deserved to stay another week. Surprisingly enough, Grocery Store Joe, who had the lowest score of the evening, didn't find himself in jeopardy, but six other contestants did: Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko, John Schneider and Emma Slater, Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsevdid, and Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber.
Though John Schneider and Emma Slater found themselves exempt from dancing (probably for the sake of time, to be honest), all the other couples had to dance to stay on the show. Read our full recap of the night below to see who found themselves packing their bags!
Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev: Foxtrot - "Strong Ones" by Armin van Buuren featuring Cimo Fränkel
The dance: Danelle was understandably intimidated by having to dance another Foxtrot, the dance that put her in jeopardy in the first place. While she definitely struggled at the beginning and even stumbled a couple times in the footwork, Danelle eventually caught up with herself and managed to finish the routine beautifully. There were a few turns there that had her looking like a true pro! She even got a standing ovation!
What the judges said: The judges caught the footwork problems, but ultimately they saw a lot of improvements too. "I saw you get lost and I saw it almost get out of your grasp in the middle there," Carrie Ann said, but she also said that when she saw Danelle recover, she actually improved!
Not the greatest score to get when you're in jeopardy...
Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber: Cha Cha - "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
The dance: Sasha really cashed in on Mary Lou's ability to move in this dance, filling it to the brim with splits, kicks, hips and fast turns. Honestly, are we sure this lady is 50? Coming out in a solo opening also definitely worked in her favor, since it proved just how talented she is on her own. It also bizarrely makes sense that we'd enjoy her more on her own than with Sasha. Gymnastics is a solo sport, so it's not hard to understand why she thrives on solo choreography and struggles with the partnered stuff.
What the judges said: Mary Lou's timing issues were totally resolved tonight, and the judges loved her long lines and ability to perform under pressure. Bruno paid special attention to the foot placement and purposeful motions.
A little bit better scores for a little bit better dance. Sold!
Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko: Salsa - "Tres Deseos" by Gloria Estefan
The dance: The history of bad buttons on this show continues as Gleb yet again tried to insert some sex appeal into an incredibly awkward Salsa with a shirt rip. Here's the thing, this was not as disastrous as Monday night, but it was still... just bad. For some reason, even after the bad notes on Monday, there were the same amount of body rolls and hip shakes and heel turns -- all the stuff Nikki's not great at. I get there wasn't a lot of time to change stuff, but c'mon guys. You had to know that stuff was going to fail again.
What the judges said: Carrie Ann thought Nikki looked a lot more comfortable than she did on Monday night, but complained the technique was just still not there. The words "floppy arms" were used. Eek. Len was much nicer, telling Nikki she controlled the dance rather than let it control her, which he partially attributed to the easier music. Bruno once again was not pleased with the lack of hip action.
Eh, I would have gone with 15
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten: Jive - "Shake the Room" by Gamu
The dance: The fact that Alexis and Alan had to dance at all is preposterous. They gave an outstanding performance on Monday, and she's one of a few contestants this season that's got both rhythm and personality. Maybe the fact that she's an Instagram star is keeping her down here? Instagram, SHOW UP for your girl. Alexis proved again that she's got some major talent, and I actually liked the sexier Jive way more than the cute one from Monday. You do you, girl. You're here to stay.
What the judges said: Just like me, Len and Bruno were absolutely shocked that Alexis ended up in jeopardy (I'm awesome, I know), and they were both very firm about her deserving to be on the show. "If you don't come back, I'm going to show me bum in the supermarket tomorrow," Len declared. Ummmm what? Please, please, please don't eliminate this girl.
The top score, and deservedly so!
Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep - "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves
The dance: If you ignore the matching, glittery yellow outfits that telegraphed "Walking on Sunshine" as loudly as possible, this dance was actually a whole lot of fun. Once again, Nancy and Val gave a great, safe, and very watchable routine. There was nothing flashy or, you know, impressive about it, but the steps were there, mistakes were minimal, and considering the lackluster competition, that's probably enough to keep Nancy around one more week.
What the judges said: I'm not sure whether Bruno's "spinning like a carwash" comment was good or bad, but both Carrie Ann and Len had positive things to say. They even commented that this dance was harder than last night's, making it more impressive that she improved.
Some of those points are for the costumes, right?
Elimination: In a move that should shock no one, America decided that the first couple that should be eliminated this season was Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko. "It sucks, I'm not going to lie," Nikki admitted, getting pretty close to tears, nearly (but not really) making me feel bad for all the criticism. At least she had fun!
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.
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