Getting up-to-date with TV: Between the Cracks

After I posted my last blog about TV shows, I realized that I forgot two of the shows I watched and one that escaped me (pun) altogether.

The X-Files (Fox).  The six-episode return of the superseries was interesting, if not gripping.  Mulder and Scully are older and changed, as might be expected. Called back to active duty, they investigate a conspiracy alleged by a TV show host with a penchant for conspiracy theories. The most interesting element of the show is the new characters: the “journalist” and a pair of FBI agents who are younger versions of Mulder and Scully. And the “cigarette smoking man” is back, still perpetrating evil. The reality of space aliens is explored and connected to (of course) government misdeeds. I think the show will return, but whether with Scully and Mulder or with the new young agents is not certain.

Angie Tribeca (TBS).  This is a full-on satire of TV cop shows, calling up every cliché from every possible show. The series debuted with a weekend-long marathon featuring an old style telethon setup – cast members doing live interviews and taking calls from viewers. Rashida Jones heads a cast that includes Hayes MacArthur, and Deon Cole.  Steve Carell and Nancy Walls Carell created the series and contributed to the writing. The show is funny, with the sight gags reminiscent of shows like The Carol Burnett Show “back in the day.”

Underground (WGN) is one show that I missed altogether.  It’s a series about the Underground Railroad and the attempt of a group of black slaves to escape to freedom. It hasn’t gotten a lot of publicity and I don’t know how good it is. The early episodes aren’t available on demand so I have to find a way to catch up.


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