Gone to Hell11/25/2015
“South of Hell”
Friday, Nov. 27 (WeTV)
Series Debut: Either WeTV is embracing the binge-watching model by dropping all seven episodes of “South of Hell” tonight, or they’d just rather get it over with and hope no one notices. This likely one-season-and-done horror series, about a southern demon hunter (Mena Suvari) who herself has a demon inside who’s fighting for soul custody, is co-produced by Eli Roth (“Hemlock Grove,” “Hostel”) and Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”), and it’s just as over-the-top-of-the-top insane as you’d expect from that unholy union. The sex and scares are served up buffet-style, and Roth’s visual flare is in full effect, but “South of Hell” lacks the humor of an “American Horror Story,” as well as the, oh, story.
Friday, Nov. 27 (A&E)
Season Premiere: The crime procedural once actually titled “The Rememberer”(!) was canceled twice by CBS before it inexplicably wound up on A&E — here’s hoping they step in to save the doomed “CSI: Cyber,” the most unintentionally hilarious cop drama on TV, too. “Unforgettable” isn’t quite as funny, but it is ridiculous: Poppy Montgomery (“Without a Trace”) stars as Carrie Wells, an NYC police detective with hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that allows her to remember every detail of everything she’s ever seen or heard. How exactly does this help in solving cases? The writers somehow find a way every week, so they’re the real heroes, and Montgomery can really rock a tank top and leather jacket, so don’t think too hard and just chill. No wonder it’s made it to Season 4.
Monday, Nov. 30 (NBC)
Series Debut: Even though it won’t technically begin its regular run until January, NBC is premiering new comedy “Superstore” now because … no one really understands NBC’s programming strategy anymore. On the upside, at least it’s not another laugh-tracked sitcom, and it’s nice to see America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) back on TV. But, despite the should-be-hilarious cast, which also includes Ben Feldman of “Mad Men,” Lauren Ash of “Super Fun Night,” and Mark McKinney of “Kids in the Hall,” this sorta-Walmart workplace comedy feels as played-out and lazy as TBS cable filler (not even Carrie Wells remembers “10 Items or Less” from 2006). Just rename it “Chicago Superstore,” slap “Dick Wolf” on it, and it’ll be fine.
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”
Tuesday, Dec. 1 (Bravo)
Season Premiere: Expectations were low for Bravo’s first scripted drama debut last year because, well, it’s Bravo. But “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” turned out to be a winning series thanks to star Lisa Edelstein’s commanding charisma and scripting that played it smart by only occasionally dumbing it down. The Woman of a Certain Age Navigating the Newly Single Life ante has been dramatically upped by Hulu’s “Casual” recently (go watch it hard — now), but “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” has a lighter touch, as well as a serious fashion advantage that even a straight dude notices. CV
Bill Frost writes about television for Salt Lake City Weekly, talks about it on the TV Tan Podcast, and tweets about it at @Bill_Frost.