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Gotham Scares Up a Solid Fourth Season Premiere!

Gotham: Season Four Cast: L-R: Erin Richards, Robin Lord Taylor, Jessica Lucas, Cory Michael Smith, Crystal Reed, David Mazouz, Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Chris Chalk, Donal Logue, Morena Baccarin and Alexander Siddig – Photo by Tommy Garcia /Courtesy of FOX

Gotham (FOX, Thursdays, 8/7C) opens its fourth season with some intriguing developments – crime is down in Gotham city and the Penguin is leveraging that in a unique way as he prepares to open his new club, the Iceberg Lounge.

In a dark alley, Bruce Wayne is stepping up his efforts to make the city even safer.

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The Orville: Earnest and Optimistic But Not That Good!

THE ORVILLE: L-R: Penny Johnson Jerald, Mark Jackson, Seth MacFarlane, Peter Macon, Scott Grimes, Adrianne Palicki, J. Lee and Halston Sage – Photo by Noah Schutz/Courtesy of FOX.

If you’re expecting FOX’s The Orville to be to Star Trek: The Next Generation what Galaxy Quest was to Star Trek: The Original Series, you will be disappointed.

Rather it’s like a tenth generation VHS copy. Squint and you can see TNG characters in the faces of The Orville’s crew, and the plots are reflections of the second Trek series – reflections being the operative word.

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Marvel’s Inhumans – The IMAX Experience: Big Screen, Yes; Big Thrills, No!

MARVEL’S INHUMANS – Medusa (Serinda Swan, Maximus (Iwan Rheon), Black Bolt (Anson Mount) – ABC/Marvel.

Marvel’s Inhumans was shot with IMAX cameras, so it doesn’t look like a typical pilot blown up to IMAX – with all the small screen inadequacies painfully apparent.

Instead, everything feels the right size, but the CG sets (the city of Attilan on the dark side of the moon) lack weight – which wouldn’t matter so much if the script was better and the acting of widely varied quality.

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The Defenders – Street-Level Avengers!

Marvel’s The Defenders – Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Stick (Scott Glenn), Danny Rand (Finn Jones), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) – Photo by Sarah Shatz/Courtesy of Netflix.

Netflix’s Marvel Super-Series the Defenders brings together four people who should never be in the same room together. That’s the same strategy that worked for the MCU’s The Avengers, but set in smaller, more personal ways.

It takes until the last ten minutes of the third episode for Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to come together, but it’s a powerful meeting that is nicely set up by showing the individual paths that lead them into that situation.

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Stitchers Sets Up Third Season Finale with Murderous Twist!

Stitchers – Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), Kirsten (Emma Ishta) and Cameron (Kyle Harris) – Photo by Mitch Haaseth/Courtesy of Freeform

Kill It Forward, the penultimate episode of season three of Stitchers (Freeform, Mondays, 9/8C) is one of the more diabolically twisted episodes to come from the show’s creatives.

When Kirsten refuses to work for Maggie if she can’t see her mother, Maggie makes her a deal – do this one last stitch and she’ll tell her where she is. But the case turns out to be somewhat more convoluted than anyone could have expected.

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Stitchers – Memories Are Made of This!

STITCHERS – “Paternis” – KYLE HARRIS, BRIAN MCNAMARA – (Freeform/Tony Rivetti)

The third season of Stitchers (Freeform, Mondays, 9/8C) has had its share of surprises – not the least of which was Cameron and Kristen finding out where her mother was being kept (not to mention that a big reason the Stitchers program exists is to find a way to save her).

This week’s episode, Paternis, delves into the pasts of the show’s main characters – Cameron, Kristen, Linus and Camille.

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Preacher – Fake God, Hitler and Viktor!

Preacher – Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer – Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC

Preacher (AMC, Mondays, 9/8C) takes a couple of side trips this week as we learn more about Tulip’s past and Jesse and Cassidy discover something startling about Fake God – and that Jesse has 137 jazz clubs yet to visit. Then there’s Eugene in Hell…

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Grimm – How Do We Get To Happily Ever After?

GRIMM — “The End” Episode 613 — Pictured: (l-r) Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade, David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert, Sasha Roiz as Sean Renard, Jacqueline Toboni as Trubel — (Photo by: Allyson Riggs/NBC)

The series finale of Grimm (NBC, Fridays, 9/8C) – appropriately entitled The End – is, even for Grimm, a weird episode.

Zerstörer is coming for Diana and he’s left a trail of death and destruction in his wake – and more is in store.

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Imaginary Mary: Imaginary Friends Can Be Big Trouble!

IMAGINARY MARY – ABC’s “Imaginary Mary” stars Erica Tremblay as Bunny, Matreya Scarrwener as Dora, Stephen Schneider as Ben, Jenna Elfman as Alice and Nicholas Coombe as Andy. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

ABC’s new comedy series Imaginary Mary (Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30C) marks the return of Jenna Elman to series television. This is a Good Thing because she’s a gifted comic actor with a knack for both physical humor and comic reactions.

The series premieres with an episode that sets up the reason for Alice’s childhood imaginary friend, Mary – to deal with a crisis when she was six – and her reappearance now that Alice has apparently found the right guy and it’s time to meet his kids.

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The Magicians – Lesser Evils Are Still Evils! Decisions, Decisions!

THE MAGICIANS — “Lesser Evils” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Sergio Osuna as Rafe, Hale Appleman as Eliot, Summer Bishil as Margo — (Photo by: Eike Schroter/Syfy)

The Magicians (Syfy, Wednesdays, 10/9C) has been a revelation in its second season. The writing, directing and performance have all reached a higher level (and the first season was pretty fine).

The characters are more nuanced; the world is deeper and even more intriguing.

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Shots Fired: FOX Tries To Match Premium Cable with Statement Series!

SHOTS FIRED: Pictured L-R: Stephan James and Sanaa Lathan in the “Pilot” premiere episode of SHOTS FIRED airing Wednesday, March 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Fred Norris/FOX

FOX’s Shots Fired (Wednesdays, 8/7C) is a statement series that wants nothing less to be a premium cable quality show that says stuff.

When a black cop shots a white college kid in a black neighborhood in Virginia, the governor asks the Department of Justice to conduct an outside investigation.

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