Love and money3/23/2016
Series debut: A Shonda Rhimes production batting cleanup on ABC’s hottest night, which she essentially owns (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy”)? Do I even need to continue here? Yes, because “The Catch” is, and isn’t, typical Shondaland TV. Sure, the cast is beautiful and diverse-ish, but the tone is less life-and-death-and-sex-and-tears, more comedic caper with lower stakes (rich, gorgeous people stealing from other rich, gorgeous people. When a successful Los Angeles private investigator (Mirielle Enos, “The Killing”) is conned out of millions by the man she thought to be her fiancé (Peter Krause, “Parenthood”), she sets out on a seek-and-destroy mission for payback against the international “Mr. X,” who’s always one step ahead of her, even though his disguise repertoire seems only to consist of Handsome Rogue and Handsome Rogue With Glasses.
New series: In the deluge of Too Much TV, this one slipped by me a couple of weeks ago — also, Netflix has done little, if any, promotion for Will Arnett’s “Flaked.” There’s a reason: This six-episode series about recovering Venice Beach alcoholic Chip (Arnett) goes nowhere even faster than Netflix’s previous downbeat dramedy, “Love,” and contains even fewer laughs. Drunk driver Chip killed someone years ago, so now he’s a sad-sack cyclist-about-town who passive-aggressively lords his AA-guru status over everyone when he’s not banging women half his age. “Flaked” can be funny, but is more often just “funny,” and only starts revealing semi-interesting plot twists by the time anyone would reasonably be sick of Chip.
Tuesday, March 29 (CBS)
Special: Since it’s a filler month, here’s “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special,” an exhaustingly-titled hour — yes, hour — of Corden’s “greatest hits,” previously-aired clips of him driving around with celebs and wailing tunes because apparently that’s entertainment to CBS’ non-“NCIS”-geezer audience. But it’s not all dusty content you can already view at your leisure on YouTube — there’s a new segment with Jennifer Lopez, which you’ll be able to see tomorrow on YouTube.
Wednesday, March 30 (Hulu)
Series debut: Hulu’s “11.22.63” wasn’t the prestige-drama breakthrough they were hoping for (no one wants to watch James Franco time-travel unless he’s doing it with Seth Rogan, OK?), but “The Path” should get the streamer back on track. Set inside an upstate New York religious-movement-but-really-cult, this 10-episode series features a heavy-hitter cast (including “Breaking Bad” ’s Aaron Paul, “True Detective” ’s Michelle Monaghan, “Hannibal” ’s Hugh Dancy and “Son of Anarchy” ’s Rockmond Dunbar), so expectations are high — and “The Path” delivers. Married cult couple Eddie (Paul) and Sarah (Monaghan) are at different levels of losing their religion, leader Cal (Dancy) is all-in and increasingly power-drunk, and an FBI agent (Dunbar) is this close to bringing it all down. Bottom line: If “The Path” were on HBO or FX, you wouldn’t be able to escape the hype. 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.