Forrest MacNeil Goes Off the Deep End
…and then a bridge, as the final episode of Review’s second season has Forrest evaluating what it’s like to believe in a conspiracy theory. Before long, he’s convinced that his producer Grant is out to kill him, an idea that’s not too far removed from the truth: as played by James Urbaniak, Grant is manipulative to an almost reptilian degree, risking the well-being, sanity, and yes, sometimes the life of his star in the name of Great Television. His final confrontation with Forrest ends with a bounty hunter, hired for another review, cornering them, and that’s when Forrest hurls them both over the edge. Review has finally destroyed its cast, so what’s next?
Rob Lowe Debuts Chris Traeger 2.0
Out of fall’s widely panned slate of new comedies, Fred Savage and Rob Lowe’s The Grinder was one of the few that earned some optimism from critics, a judgement mostly borne out by Monday’s pilot. Lowe plays Dean Sanderson, former star of hit legal show The Grinder (meta!!!); Savage plays Stewart Sanderson, Dean’s brother and actual lawyer. Dean’s charisma helps Stewart win a case against opposing counsel Kumail Nanjiani, and we’re all set for a sitcom that pokes some good fun at how preposterous most legal shows, even those purporting to be dramas, are anyway.
Frat Boys Go Full Boy Band
Scream Queens kept the insanity going full speed in week two, featuring two grisly murders (still fewer than the premiere): a kid in a soft-serve ice cream suit getting sliced in two, and a member of a frat mob getting his arms sliced off. The latter wins out over the former for a spot in this week’s roundup thanks to a truly perfect soundtrack choice: The Backstreet Boys, whose dulcet tones proved an ideal match for the Dickie Dollar Scholars’ (yup) all-white outfits and youthful enthusiasm. Never change, Ryan Murphy.
The Huangs Reach “The End of the Road”
It’s a great week for ’90s nostalgia on TV, though that’s less of a surprise on Fresh Off the Boat, which takes place in 1995. Even without the surprise factor, though, this dinnertime Boyz II Men serenade is still delightful (unfortunately, the fake music video involving the neighborhood ladies and their gloriously retro workout gear isn’t available online). So many male feelings, so many amazing Constance Wu reaction shots.