In the US: Wednesdays, 8/7c, NBC In the UK: Not yet acquired
I really wanted to like this. It's a spy show (cool). It's about a husband and wife team (cool, Mr and Mrs Smith notwithstanding). It's from JJ Abrams (cool). It's supposed to be fun and action-packed (cool). It's got two black leads, one of them secretly British (cool, even if she has been in Bonekickers), one of them currently in a film with Ali Larter (so very cool).
Undercovers should be awesome with a side-helping of absolutely awesome.
Yet I was very far from captivated by this first episode, in which two married CIA agents turned caterers are brought back out of retirement to continue one of their old investigations. Or was it because the wife used to date the guy who's missing? Or was it because of gruff Gerard McRaney's special side project?
You see: that's how uncaptivated I was.
Damn. I was really hoping for a halfway decent new show this season.
Allow me to cut to the quick: James Belushi and Jerry O'Connell star in The Defenders.
Still here? Ah, you don't watch much TV do you? If you did, you'd realise that having either names, let alone both, in the cast list of a TV show is enough to guarantee extreme dreadfulness and/or cancellation (cf According to Jim, Carpoolers, Rex is Not Your Lawyer, Do Not Disturb).
Now, while The Defenders doesn't sink to the same levels as Do Not Disturb, this legal dramedy about two Las Vegas lawyers - originally intended to be part of a reality show about Las Vegas, until the producers realised the two lawyers they were working with had some very interesting stories - has very little going for it.
In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, NBC In the UK: Living, 2011. But with a different name
Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first unqualified "too painful to watch" show of the Fall season. We've had stupid in Hawaii Five-0 but it was fun stupid. We've had dull in Terriers. We've had predictable in Outlaw. We've had simply bad and stupid in Nikita, but that at least had some decent action. But now we have mind-numbingly dull crossed with stupid in the form of Chase, in which US Marshall Kelli Giddish (last seen in Past Life) and her motley team-mates hunt down implausible escaped fugitives while simultaneously educating the viewing public about the Marshall service, Texas, rodeos, women, Texan music and her entire backstory. And running. Running lots. Because, you know, it's called Chase.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.