Little did we know a few months ago, the big “stars” of the first week of the television season would be Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford and former television icon, Bill Cosby, but here are my thoughts on the rest of week one of the fall season.
Funniest show of the week – Although Saturday Night Live gets twice the publicity, the flat-out funniest show is Family Guy.
Mild disappointments- Murphy Brown and the heavily hyped A Million Little Things
Welcome returns – This is Us, How to Get Away with Murder, Empire, Mom, The Goldbergs, Dancing with the Stars
The Courtney Thorne Smith Award (Melrose Place/Ally McBeal/According to Jim) – Chris Carmack, joins Grey’s Anatomy off of Nashville and The O.C.
N-Fox-L – Fox must be loving the high ratings of Thursday Night Football.
The battle of Shondaland and Dick Wolf – Dick Wolf dominates NBC with Chicago Wednesday and Shonda Rhimes takes over Thursday on ABC with Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Station 18 (starting this week)
Ted Danson Award – Jim Parsons, even though the ratings for The Big Bang Theory are as strong as ever, didn’t want to return, so the show will end in May.
Is there room for two Magnums on one network? – The new Magnum p.i. debuted Sunday, while the original Magnum, Tom Selleck will continue on his wildly popular Blue Bloods.