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Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy! Happy! Is Disturbingly Wonderful!

HAPPY! – Nick Sax (Chris Meloni) – Photo courtesy of Syfy.

The only way a Grant Morrison comic could ever possibly work on television would be if he directly involved – his work is just not in the purview of the average (or even quality) TV writers/producers.
Happy! Was developed by Morrison and Brian Taylor (from the graphic novel by Morrison and Darick Robertson) – who just happens to be one of minds behind the Jason Statham hit Crank. It’s a writing marriage made in every heaven and several of the seven hells.

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – That’s Wendimoor Like It!

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Bigby (Miranda Edwards), Amanda Brotzman (Hannah Marks), Litzibitz Trost (Anja Savcic), Farson Dengdamor (Ajay Friese) – Photo by Ed Araquel/Courtesy of BBC America.

Things are rapidly coming to a head on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America, Saturdays, 9/8C) – last week we saw the arrival of the boat in Bergsberg and now we get to see something very special about The Boy. It’s not enough (for us) to put it all together, but it just might be Dirk.

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Lucifer: Chloe Does Lucifer – Not What You Think It Is!

LUCIFER: L-R: Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Detective Chlow Decker ( Lauren German) in the ‘Chloe Does Lucifer’ episode of LUCIFER airing Monday, Nov. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX

Somehow, the ‘he’s the devil; she’s a cop – together they solve crimes’ basis for FOX’s Lucifer has managed to get well into its third season without showing too many signs of wearing thin.
This week’s episode, ‘Chloe Does Lucifer,’ does show a bit what seems like fraying around the edges before its final scenes show it just ain’t so.

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The Good Place: Philosophical Comedy Continues to Be Awesome!

THE GOOD PLACE — Pictured: “The Good Place” Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

The first season of The Good Place was brilliant just as a show about four people who got into The Good Place by mistakes and were trying to become better people to prevent their Neighborhood from falling apart – and then there was that season finale. Michael turned out to be a demon -practicing a new kind of torture.

Season Two seemed like it could present some problems if it ran a variation of that set up -instead, it gave hundreds of variations where Elinor and even Jason at one point figured out they were in The Bad Place.

Now, with the boss having warned Michael (Ted Danson) that reboot 2 (in reality reboot #802) is his last chance – and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) is causing the Neighborhood to glitch because she’s still in love with Jason.

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Supergirl Kicks off its 3rd Season! Michelle’s Episode 1 Review/Recap (SPOILERS!)

Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The CW Network kicks of its new season of TV this week with the return of Supergirl. While I loved season one and two of Supergirl, I have to admit I always end up bailing at around episode 10 or 11. The CW’s awful scheduling just breaks the show and honestly, I think it’d work a lot better as a 13 or 16 episode show then a full 22 eps. I say this up front so you all know I don’t know how last season ended. The episode was fairly “dark” and “depressing,” which are two words I never want to associate with Supergirl. I felt like I was watching an episode of ArrowSupergirl returns Monday, October 9, 2017.

Do not read this if you don’t want to be spoiled. Recap starts in the next paragraph.

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Kevin (Probably) Saves The World with a Little Help!

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD – Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) – Photo by Guy D’Alema/Courtesy of ABC

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC, Tuesdays, 10/9C) is a quasi-faith-based series in the vein of Twice in a Lifetime or Touched by an Angel.

Its premise is that a ‘Warrior for God’ appears in his life – through the device of a meteor crashing near his temporary home – and informs him that he is the last of the righteous (36 righteous souls who keep the Earth away from dystopia) and that he must find 35 more. Problem is, he is not righteous – not at all, not at all, not at all.

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The Mayor is an Exuberant Political Party!

THE MAYOR – (L-R) Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall), Dina Rose (Yvette Nicole Brown),  Jermaine Hardaway (Bernard David Jones), T.K. Carter (J Marcel Spears)  and Valentina Barella (Lea Michele) Photo by Craig Sjodin/Courtesy of ABC.

The Mayor (ABC, Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30C) is a show about a naïve outsider, a talented but unknown rapper, who runs for public office in order to promote his album – and wins!

His strategy? To say outrageous stuff and call bull$#! when the incumbent lapses into political bafflegab.

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Fox’s The Gifted – It’s Serviceable. Michelle’s Review

As a lifetime fan of comic-books even I’m starting to get burned out by the genre. Fox Tv’s Gifted, is TV’s latest attempt at bringing Superheroics to our small screen. Fox only provided the pilot episode to review which means take this review with a grain of salt as we all know pilots generally suck.  Yes, I love The X-Men and it’s nice to see Marvel finally bring proper mutants to the TV Landscape, but so far the efforts have felt low budget and pretty depressing. We are in for a rough ride when their supernatural comedy Ghosted had better visual flair and sfx than this. The Gifted premieres, Monday, Oct 2nd on Fox.

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Lucifer: The Case of the Unwanted Wings!

LUCIFER (L-R) Lt. Marcus Pierce (Tom Welling), Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), Amenadiel (DB Woodside), Charlotte (Tricia Helfer), Ella Lopez (Aimee Garcia), Detective Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro), Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) Photo by Jason Bell/Courtesy of FOX.

Lucifer (Mondays, 8/7C) picks up right where it left off in the second season finale – with Lucifer and his wings in the desert. He is less than happy.

The fact that his wings are back is, quite possibly, the least intriguing plot point of the show’s third season premiere, They’re Back, Aren’t They?

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9JKL – No! Just No!

9JKL – (L-R) Harry Roberts (Elliott Gould), Judyt Roberts (Linda Lavin), Eve Roberts (Liza Lapiri), Andrew Roberts (David Walton) and Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein) – Photo courtesy of CBS.

CBS’ new comedy (and I use that word advisedly) 9JKL (Mondays, 8:30/7:30C) is the ongoing tale of an actor, Josh Roberts (Mark Feuerstein, Royal Pains) whose show gets canceled and he loses all his money in a divorce – meaning he has to return to New York City and live in the apartment next door to his parents.

Compared to the series premiere of 9JKL, 2 Broke Girls (another CBS comedy – waddaya know?) took place in a convent!

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Ten Days in the Valley – Too Much Kyra Sedgwick; Not Enough Everyone Else!

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY – Poster of Lake Sadler-Greene Abigail Pniowsky) – Photo by Eric McCandless/Courtesy of ABC.

Kyra Sedgwick’s new series, Ten Days in the Valley (ABC, Sundays, 10/9C), is a terrific showcase for her talent but not much more.

By the conclusion of the series premiere, practically every character with more than two lines has some kind of secret – but there’s no point in giving everyone secrets if we don’t know enough about them to give a damn.

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