ROMANTIC PICKS Recommended TV Shows! #ShowsToWatch

Most that stop by Romantic Picks blog come to catch the latest deals of ebooks, which is awesome. I think I post a lot of great books. I love reading and sharing good reads.

But today I’m adding another feature— reviews on TV shows.

This has come around because I’ve had a lot of free time. I’m disabled with complex regional pain. This has affects my writing. During the flare ups, I’ve found I’ve watched a lot of TV.  So, I thought I would share my opinions of what I’ve watched or tried to watch.

Keep in mind, I’m a middle-aged Grammy. I watch a variety of shows, even kids shows with my grandson. I have HBO (mainly for Game of Thrones), but haven’t gotten around to canceling it. (I’m waiting to see how good the prequels are). I love Netflix and occassionally watch Amazon Prime. I will be getting a subscription to the new Disney Channel, but don’t have subscriptions to major channels like CBS. It’s just I expect CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX to be free, since they always have been. May change my mind, but at the moment, that’s how I feel. A quick disclaimer— these reviews are my personal opinions.

I will start with the new fall lineup.

shows to watch

New Shows I believe have a lot of promise.

Emergence, ABC

Tuesday, 10:00 pm EST

A police chief takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident and the investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined.

This shows stars Allison Tolson, who I believe has taken the show on her shoulders. I don’t remember her in any other shows that I have watched, but I like her a lot for this role. I like the premise. Honestly, its like several other sci-fi shows which have failed like last year’s The Crossing. I hope the network let’s this one play out. I think the acting in this one is good and I love the characters. This would make a good binge watch.

All Rise, CBS

Monday, 10:00 pm EST

All Rise is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.

I really enjoyed the first episode. The second wasn’t as good, but the characters have drawn me into the show. The reason I like New Amsterdam is probably the reason I like All Rise—I want to believe that a person can make a difference in this world. Simone Missick is fantastic as the new judge and I absolutely love Wilson Bethel (I loved him in Heart of Dixie). It is good to see Marg Helgenberger again, too. The storylines are good, not great yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I will say its so much better than Bluff City Law despite Bluff City Law’s great cast. I wanted to like the NBC drama. I love Jimmy Smits, but this one has missed its mark. I lived in Memphis for a few years so I feel a connection to the city, but this show doesn’t make me feel nostalgic…at all.

Prodigal Son, FOX

Monday, 9:00 pm EST

MALCOLM BRIGHT (Tom Payne, “The Walking Dead”) has a gift. He knows how killers think and how their minds work. Why? Back in the 1990s, his father was one of the worst, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” So it makes sense Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly evolving neuroses.

I like this show, but I like murder mysteries. This one has promised. I can see several ways this show could twist and turn. The second show had a good mystery where it made you think it would go one way and it went another in a logical manner. I’m interested in where this show will take us.


Perfect Harmony and Sunnyside, NBC

Thursday, 9:00 pmEST 

Bradley Whitford stars in this comedy about finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers who are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most.

Okay, Perfect Harmony needs a little work as well as Sunnyside, but I see potential. Besides, Perfect Harmony has good music. I never realized how hard comedies are to make. When a comedy is good, the jokes are seamless. When the jokes are forced, it makes the TV show difficult to watch. I think some jokes are forced on both of these shows, but both have their moments. To me, something is just a little off with these comedies, but I think they are the best of the new ones.

I can’t watch Carol’s Second Act on CBS. I cringe. I love Patricia Heaton, but this show is bad. The jokes fall flat. The premise isn’t bad, but if I was the writers I would show Patricia at home as well as in the hospital. Patricia is a people person. She’s best working off of someone. That’s the problem with this. She doesn’t have anyone to play off with…and the joke that she’s happy being a doctor is already old. It’s nice that she can pick up on patients ailments by giving them time because she’s older and understands, but wouldn’t it be funnier if she got caught trying to get a patient a CAT scan and ends up getting a CAT scan herself?

The reason I like Sunnyside is Garrett Modi’s (Kal Penn) ability to make fun of himself. I like the characters, especially Griselda (Diana-Maria Riva) and Hakim (Samba Schutte). It’s not fawless, but I’m giving it a chance.

I want to mention Bob Hearts Abishola on CBS. At first, I dismissed the comedy. It just seemed forced, but I did watch the second show. There is a little hope for this one with has Auntie Olu (Shola Adewusi) and Uncle Tunde (Barry Shabaka Henley), who are hysterical. I loved their chemistry. 

Raising Dion, Netflix


Raising Dion follows “the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark. The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.

I watched this show with my grandson. I think its perfect for kids. I’m not into superheroes and this show is about Dion becoming a superhero. I love this show because of the storyline. This show doesn’t talk about what one should do when faced with a situation, but addresses the issues (racism, bullying, and respecting boundaries). I love it. The show reminded me of watching Disney on Sunday nights when I was young (a long time ago).

The characters are awesome, especially the young boy (Ja’Siah Young) and his mother (Alisha Wainwright). The two have a believably strong bond in the show. It, also, has a wonderful best friend (Sammi Haney). I highly recommend this show.

Next week, I’ll talk about returning shows and update these.

If you have an opinion, let me know. Let’s Talk!

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