This Week in New TV Shows
This week in the world of TV, a lot of new tv shows aired ranging from a show about an illusionist helping out the FBI to one about a passionate high school drama teacher. We started off the week with the return of the newly revived version of American Idol and ended off with For the People, the newest addition to the Shondaland universe. Here’s my full rundown:
First off, we have the new American Idol, that premiered on Monday night. Overall, it captures the same spirit of what I associate the show with. But there weren’t as many bad auditions as I would’ve liked to see and I don’t think we’ve seen enough to know what kind of judge each judge is. Like on the original series, there was Simon Cowell, who was blatantly honest and unapologetic, Paula Abdul, who was the nice judge, and then Randy Jackson, who was a nice mix of the two and said “dawg” a little too many times. This time around, we have Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie; all great artists and entertaining but there’s just not anything distinctive enough about them as judges thus far.
Next on new tv shows, we got Deception, which conveniently aired right after American Idol on Monday night. It’s about an illusionist that ends up working with the FBI to find an illusionist criminal, who also happened to frame the main character’s twin brother. The idea of the show is interesting, playing off of the idea of magic and connecting it to a major criminal organization with an unknown motive.
What I’m wondering is what this woman’s (the one behind everything) motive is and whether or not all of these little deception tricks are things that a magician or an illusionist actually use.
On Tuesday night, we had the premiere of Rise, which centers around Lou, a passionate high school drama teacher, and his students. In my opinion, Josh Radnor, who plays Lou, was born to play a teacher; he’s done it before as a college professor in How I Met Your Mother but this time around, it’s a vital part to the story and the character.
Not only that, but he’s the kind of teacher that any good student would want in their life; he’s not just smart but he’s passionate, he actually cares about his students and about what he’s saying. Plus, it’s created by Jason Katims, the same guy that was behind the ever-so emotional, Parenthood, so I already know it’ll eventually become an emotional roller coaster.
Lastly was the premiere of For The People, a new addition to the Shondaland universe. It’s about new lawyers working at what’s called “The Mother Court”, which is really the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court. The show looks at high-profile cases and the intertwining of both sides of the courtroom: the prosecutors and the public defenders. Overall, it’s an interesting take on the courtroom with a little drama between the two. But when compared to other Shondaland shows, it’s definitely a little tamer than the others, but my guess is that it’ll heat up later on.
What was your take on this week’s new tv shows? Any stand out to you?
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @sngyenthai