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5 Shows After Dark: Maybe This Time It Stands For "The Big CRY"

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | May 20, 2013 | Comments ()


"The Goodwin Games" on Fox at 8:30pm ET. Series premiere. This is a series where a set of siblings who failed to live up to their father's vision for them stand to inherit $23 million after his death, but only if they follow a specific set of rules and challenges set forth in his will designed to bring them back to who he thinks they should be. I'm nearly 100% certain it's been proven that these kind of weird hoops and requirements in wills aren't ever legally enforceable, but my real concern here is how you drag this concept out for longer than a couple seasons. Maybe they'll never have to figure that part out.

"American Masters: Mel Brooks" on PBS at 9:00pm ET.

"Bates Motel" on A&E at 10:00pm ET. First season finale.

"The Big C" on Showtime at 10:00pm ET. Series finale. The internet indicates it's going to be a rough one, so have your tissues ready.

"Motive" on ABC at 10:01pm ET. Series premiere. Another procedural that's going to throw a set of "quirks" at you and pretend that makes them different from all the other procedurals. In this one, you see the crime happen and then you watch the detectives try and figure out what the motive is even though you already know it! Crazy, right? Not like something that's been done on "Law & Order", "Law & Order: SVU", "CSI: Assorted", "Criminal Minds", "Castle", "The Mentalist", "Hawaii Five-0" or whatever your favorite current or past police procedural show is. I guess it's cheaper to just make the same show over and over again than it is to bother supporting new shows that might need some help finding their audiences. Not like ABC would know anything about that.

Genevieve Burgess has watched at least a handful of episodes of all the of the above listed procedurals and more that she didn't list so she doesn't really have room to complain.

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  • e jerry powell

    "I guess it’s cheaper to just make the same show over and over again than
    it is to bother supporting new shows that might need some help finding
    their audiences."

    Welcome to Investigation Discovery TLC Animal Planet Discovery Networks.

    (but especially Investigation Discovery.)

  • ignatz

    You failed to mention Mel Brooks on American Masters. Priceless!!!

  • DataAngel

    Motive wasn't bad. It wasn't great, either. It was kind of nice to see Vancouver actually being Vancouver and not New York. Although it meant I couldn't play my usual game of "S/he sounds Canadian".

  • e jerry powell

    ...or Los Angeles, or Seattle (a stretch, I know, but so many shows -- like "The 4400" or "Dead Like Me" -- did it anyway)...

    (I always thought Toronto doubled for New York more often than Vancouver...)

  • DataAngel

    All the alien planets in the Stargate series looked mysteriously like Vancouver, too.

  • e jerry powell

    Likely the same seven parts of Vancouver, I'd bet.

    At least Sliders had a better excuse, since they were always supposed to be in different versions of the same world.

  • e jerry powell

    I'm gonna have to Netflix or VOD Big C. There is not enough can in the universe for me to handle it today.

  • Uriah_Creep

    A lot of people seemed ready to quit "The Big C" after last season (e jerry?), but I respected that they seemed determined to end the series after a 4th season, which is, after all, only four episodes. Besides, any show with Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, and John Benjamin Hickey is aces in my book.

  • e jerry powell

    True, I did swear off after the crap second half of season three. They were totally Nancy Botwin-ing Cathy Jameson, and I was incensed.

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