So what TV shows and CDs did I like this fall? Read on for my reviews.
Red Band Society
So far so good with this Fox dramedy. It is centered on a bunch of sick kids living inside a hospital. It reminds me a bit of “Glee” the early days… in that the kids are all a bunch of misfits. The show is narrated by a kid in a coma. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays a nurse. You would think it would be depressing, but it has been very life affirming for me. Celebrate life. Grade: B-
This new sitcom stars Anthony Anderson and Tracey Ellis Ross as parents navigating the world being African Americans in the modern era. With lines being blurred all the time, how do you be true to your self and hang on to your culture? That’s the question the show is asking. So far, I saw one episode , it was OK. Bottom line, it needs to find the funny, otherwise it will be a 1-season show. Grade: B-
How to Get Away with Murder
From executive producer Shonda Rhimes comes her latest drama. This one stars Oscar nominee Viola Davis as a college law professor, who also takes on cases too. She takes on some of her students as interns who help with her cases. Fun, and twisty so far, definitely one of the must-see shows of the fall. Grade: A-
Otherwise known as the Batman prequel. This one focuses on 2 police officers on the Gotham Police Department, and the city full of criminals including those that will become foes of Batman, like the Penguin and Cat Woman. Bruce Wayne is just a kid here, having just lost his parents. But he is already brooding. So far, I like this show. And I am not a big comic book geek either. Grade: B+
American Horror Story: Freak Show
The latest installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series. This stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates and more. This follows the freaks at a circus freak show in Jupiter, Florida during the 1950’s. Needless to say murder and mayhem happen in this town. Just as strong as past installments. Grade: A-
Anthony Hamilton “Home for the Holidays” — Not the same old, same old. He brings in some new songs and some classic songs too in fun, funky arrangements. Grade: A-
Ariana Grande “My Everything” — She is definitely growing on me. Three big hits off of this so far: Problem, Break Free and Bang Bang. With more to come, she is definitely one to watch. Grade: B+
Little Big Town “Pain Killer” — Better than their last album; they still sound like a country version of Fleetwood Mac to me. And that is a good thing. Nice songs and great vocal harmonies. Grade: B+
That’s it for now. I am sure I will have another episode of this periodic column in the New Year. I would love to hear from you.
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