@ERCboxoffice WOW! Did NOT see that coming at all. Good for them.
8:00pm: Prison Break
9:00pm: K-VILLE (new show) – From writer and executive producer Jonathan Lisco (â€œNYPD Blue,â€ â€œThe Districtâ€) comes a heroic police drama set in New Orleans. Two years after Katrina, the city is still in chaos. Many cops have quit, and the jails, police stations and crime labs still havenâ€™t been properly rebuilt. But the cops who remain have courage to burn and a passion to reclaim and rebuild their city. MARLIN BOULET (Anthony Anderson, â€œThe Departed,â€ â€œThe Shieldâ€) is a brash, funny, in-your-face veteran of the NOPDâ€™s Felony Action Squad, the specialized unit that targets the most-wanted criminals. Even when his partner deserted him during the storm, Boulet held his post, spending days in the water saving lives and keeping order. Now heâ€™s unapologetic about bending the rules when it comes to collaring bad guys. Bouletâ€™s new partner, TREVOR COBB (Cole Hauser, â€œThe Break-Up,â€ â€œERâ€), was a soldier in Afghanistan before joining the NOPD. Heâ€™s tough and committed, but if heâ€™s less than comfortable with Bouletâ€™s methods, itâ€™s because heâ€™s harboring a dark secret. Cobb has come to New Orleans seeking redemption, but redemption can be dangerous. Will Boulet be able to trust him? Will Cobbâ€™s past endanger them both? Rounding out the crew of cops are hotheaded BILLY â€œK-9â€ FAUST (Maximiliano HernÃ¡ndez, â€œLaw & Order,â€ â€œSharkâ€), who often speaks before thinking; wisecracking JEFF â€œGLUE BOYâ€ GOODEN (Blake Shields, â€œSleeper Cell,â€ â€œVeronica Marsâ€), the teamâ€™s comic relief; tough-as-nails GINGER â€œLOVE TAPâ€ LeBEAU (Tawny Cypress, â€œHeroesâ€), the only female on the squad, who gives as good as she gets; and CAPTAIN JAMES EMBRY (John Carroll Lynch, â€œZodiac,â€ â€œThe Drew Carey Showâ€), who wrangles the eclectic personalities of his squad with equal parts humor and tenacity.
Sean’s take: For a “drama”, the description for K-Ville sure mentions “comedy” a lot.
8:00pm: NEW AMSTERDAM (new show) – Directed and executive-produced by visionary Lasse HallstrÃ¶m (â€œMy Life As a Dog,â€ â€œThe Cider House Rules,â€ â€œChocolat,â€ â€œThe Hoaxâ€) and written by Allan Loeb (â€œThings We Lost in the Fire,â€ â€œ21â€) and Christian Taylor (â€œShowboy,â€ â€œSix Feet Underâ€), NEW AMSTERDAM is the story of a New York homicide detective unlike any other. He is brilliant, mysterious, reckless, magnetic, unknowable. And he has a profound secret â€“ he is immortal. In 1642, JOHN AMSTERDAM (Nikolaj Coster Waldau, â€œKingdom of Heavenâ€), then a Dutch solider in the colony of New Amsterdam â€“ later to become New York City â€“ stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native Indian girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him. Amsterdam will not age, she told him, until he finds his one true love. Only then will he become whole and ready for mortality. But Amsterdam has found this to be a mixed blessing. Over the course of three centuries, heâ€™s experienced endless adventure and honed his many talents. But everyone Amsterdam meets must leave him in time; lovers and children die while he remains young. His sole confidant and current lifelong friend is the sage jazz club owner OMAR (Stephen Henderson, â€œLaw & Order: SVUâ€), the keeper of Amsterdamâ€™s secret, as well as a few of his own.
As the exhilaration of eternal life has given way to emotional isolation and bitter loneliness, Amsterdam discovers the blessing has become a curse. Bringing to bear the unorthodox techniques and unique knowledge gained from his vast life experience, Amsterdam today is one of the NYPDâ€™s best homicide detectives, sparring with his vibrant, strong-willed partner EVA MARQUEZ (Zuleikha Robinson, â€œRome,â€ â€œThe Lone Gunmenâ€) as they solve difficult murder cases. But when Amsterdam suffers and then recovers from what appears to be a massive heart attack while chasing a suspect, and DR. SARA DILLANE (Alexie Gilmore, â€œFind Loveâ€) pronounces him dead in the ER, he realizes that the Indian girlâ€™s prophesy may have come true â€“ he felt the pain in his heart that she had foretold so long ago. His soul mate must have been nearby. As he works to find a killer on the streets of New York, Amsterdam understands that his own life â€“ and possibly his death â€“ have changed forever.
Sean’s take: I give New Amsterdam six episodes. It’s Highlander as a cop. Who cares?
8:00pm: BACK TO YOU (new show) – In the â€˜90s, the local TV news scene in Pittsburgh was dominated by one team: CHUCK DARLING (Kelsey Grammer, â€œFrasier,â€ â€œCheersâ€) and KELLY CARR (Patricia Heaton, â€œEverybody Loves Raymondâ€). They had that elusive quality all news teams need: chemistry … at least on-screen. Off-screen, Chuck was a bit of a self-centered womanizer, Kelly a bit of an uptight know-it-all. So when Chuck got the call to move up to a larger market, no tears were shed. But after an embarrassing on-air tirade ended up on the Internet, Chuck found himself on the downswing career-wise. He even questioned whether his lifestyle of chasing women and living in hotels was as exciting as it used to be. So when he got the call to return to Pittsburgh, to reunite with Kelly and try to take the newscast back to No. 1, it was an offer he couldnâ€™t refuse. Back in Pittsburgh, Chuck has a new coworker in RYAN CHURCH (Josh Gad, â€œMary and Joeâ€), the overstressed news director. There are also familiar faces like MARSH McGINLEY (Fred Willard, â€œAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,â€ â€œBest in Showâ€), the affable, endlessly inappropriate sports anchor, and GARY CREZYZEWSKI, pronounced Kre-shoov-ski (Ty Burrell, â€œIn Good Company,â€ â€œOut of Practiceâ€), the perennially put-upon field reporter who always seems to get left out in the snow. But, mostly, thereâ€™s Kelly, now a single mom to 10-year-old GRACIE (Laura Marano, â€œWithout a Traceâ€). There was magic between them once. Can they find it again?
8:30pm: ‘Til Death
Sean’s take: If Back To You was on any other network, I’d be pumped. I love Kelsey Grammer. But, it’s on Fox, so my expectations drop dramatically.
8:00pm: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?
9:00pm: KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (new show) – Hell hath no fury like an angry chef, and no chef has a sharper temper than Gordon Ramsay when things go wrong in the kitchen. The star of the highly rated culinary boot camp â€œHellâ€™s Kitchenâ€ returns to FOX with another sizzling unscripted series. This time, Chef Ramsay hits the road in each episode, tackling a restaurant in crisis and exposing the stressful realities of trying to run a successful food business. Inspired by one of the UKâ€™s biggest hits, KITCHEN NIGHTMARES is seen in more than 50 territories around the globe, and the series reveals a whole new side to Ramsay. Heâ€™s still prone to the explosive outbursts and spectacular confrontations familiar to fans of â€œHellâ€™s Kitchen,â€ but he also shows his sensitive and nurturing side â€“ a unique blend of fury, passion, inspirational leadership and tough love that can coax a small spark of talent into a roaring flame. Thereâ€™s no time for polite small talk as Ramsay embarks on his mission to turn things around. If the wine waiterâ€™s service isnâ€™t up to par, heâ€™ll be out the door before he can say â€œmerlot.â€ If the head chef doesnâ€™t match up to Ramsayâ€™s expectations, Ramsay will hammer him into shape, and if he canâ€™t stand the heat, he may quit the kitchen. Ramsayâ€™s reputation is on the line, so thereâ€™s bound to be high blood pressure, raised voices and serious clashes as he attempts to do the impossible: turn a deserted dining room into the most sought-after venue in town in just a week.
Sean’s take: I love the British version of Kitchen Nightmares, also hosted by Ramsay, but not sure how the American audience at large will take to this.
8:00pm: THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BANDS (new show) – What â€œAmerican Idolâ€ did for individuals, THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND is going to do for musical groups. The producers of â€œAmerican Idolâ€ will conduct the ultimate search for an undiscovered band. THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND is scouring the country, seeking groups from all musical genres who think they have what it takes to make it big. Judges will narrow down bands from all walks of life â€“ musicians of different ages, family acts, garage bands, etc. â€“ to 10 semi-finalists, who will perform in front of a live studio audience. Viewers then will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite bands. The final three acts will compete for a major recording contract and the chance to become music superstars.
9:00pm: NASHVILLE (new show) – From the creative minds behind the hit series â€œLaguna Beach: The Real Orange Countyâ€ comes NASHVILLE, a high-stakes, high-drama docu-soap set in “the biggest small town in America.â€ The show focuses on the dreamers and dream-makers in the music industry, as well as those trying to make their mark on Nashvilleâ€™s big business and high society. The series features a diverse, vibrant young cast perched on the cusp of achieving their greatest successes in a town that can make you or break you. Talent, power, drive, love and hope are the fuel that makes Nashville burn bright â€“ and makes this unique place the true embodiment of the American Dream. Behind every song thereâ€™s a story waiting to be told, and there are many such stories in NASHVILLE.
Sean’s take: Well… American Band is just CBS’ Rockstar with a loose connection to American Idol. And Nashville sounds like a snoozer to me.
9:00pm: America’s Most Wanted
Sean’s take: What is this, the 19th season of this lineup?!? True, I watch, but still, my unborn grandchildren will be watching this lineup in their 20’s!
7:00pm: THE OT (new show)
8:00pm: The Simpsons
8:30pm: King Of The Hill
9:00pm: Family Guy
9:30pm: American Dad
Sean’s take: The OT is football stuff. I’ve quit watching all these animated shows, so whatever.