Where Have Your Shows Gone?

Welcome to mid-season.

All your favourite shows ended this month and now make room for a slew of new shows. Some of these shows are always broadcast at mid-season. We’re glad to see these faves returning this mid-season:

MILLON DOLLAR LISTING NEW YORK

After the recent trauma of Ryan Serhant’s nuptials and the shock announcement at the end of last Season that Luis was quitting Real Estate, we are so glad to see the return of high-kicking Frederik and his artist husband ‘Big D’ formerly known as Derek the Brit.

The season opener set the bar high with Ryan landing a new portfolio of one hundred houses all needing to be sold in just ninety days. Frederik was equally under pressure to sell an apartment with a communal garden for a fussy client who had him up against the wall right up to the last frame of the episode. Let’s see if the pace can continue all Season.

CASUAL

This one is worth binge-watching previous Seasons on one very rainy weekend. (Amazon Video). The story of a psychiatrist who has to live with her brother when her relationship crumbles. Taking her teenage daughter in tow provides the angst of the piece until you factor in how the brother has a startup dating app and has to sell it when it fails at market. He uses it to find a girlfriend and its a disaster. If you like watching dysfunctional families go through their worst day ever, this ones for you.

THE NEW SHOWS

American Gods (Starz)

Not for the faint-hearted, the cursing, sex scenes, and violence took me to almost two episodes before I switched off. Not for me.

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

The retelling of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 epic novel, giving us an insider’s view of debauchery at the hands of the elite in a hellish dystopian society where women are sold as chattle, made to bear children for barren couples. Its mesmerising to watch Elisabeth Moss cope with the gravity of the situation her character, Offred, finds herself in. Compelling watching on catch up as the series has just ended its first run.

Downward Dog (ABC)

A lonely dog navigates the complexity of 21st century relationships. The dog narrates each episode with some funny insights. It’s kind of sad but it’s always upbeat too. His owner is a workaholic who the dog realises only turns to him when her life is in the toilet. Her ex spends more time with the dog as he was adopted by them when they were a couple, but now they’re deciding what they are.

 

Check out the cancelled shows page to find out if your tv faves are returning in the Fall.

 

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 – Ring of Fire – Season Finale

A dangerous patient on the run from the police forced Stephanie to get him out of the hospital. He tried to start a fire so they could evacuate the hospital and he would get away in the crowd, unseen, but instead Stephanie doused him in flammable chemicals and then watched him catch alight.

After the explosion at the end of the previous episode we picked right up from here we left off.

Alex faced a difficult decision in his relationship with Jo; finding her ex-husband and wanting to warn him to leave Jo alone, but deciding it wasn’t a good idea.

Meredith gave the big news about Meghan being found alive to Nathan but it meant their relationship was over when she saw how happy he was about the news. Owen was in shock while he watched the helicopter land with Meghan inside.

Stephanie managed to get Erin to the roof and gave her CPR until Dr Warren found them and got her to an ER. Stephanie’s burns are so severe she may never operate again, but when Richard tells her she resigns her post, citing wanting to travel and explore.

Dr Minnick got fired when Bailey pointed out her flaws; and Arizona didn’t take the news very well.

Maggie likes Jackson and there’s a spark of interest in her from him that catches April’s attention but she gives Maggie her blessing to pursue him.

 

Scandal Season 6 – Transfer of Power – Season Finale

SCANDAL-SEASON-3-TV-SERIESIn the final days of his presidency, Fitz uses his power to make some unexpected changes. He becomes the Head of B613 briefly before Liv steals it from under him; leaving him with just his new life in Vermont running his Foundation, with Marcus.

Mellie invites Cyrus to the Inauguration Ball as her date. He accepts.

Luna Vargas is exposed as the person behind Frankie’s murder. She didn’t want to be First Lady and paid Paes and fake Samantha to make sure Mellie won, but they overstepped and shot him. Later, Luna is forced to commit suicide while Jake sits by her side and waits until she is dead.

Liv reveals to Cyrus that she knows he’s the one who put the idea into Luna’s head about getting Frankie killed, with the references to a powerful vision of Jackie Kennedy covered in her husband’s blood being referenced in the same way Luna had told it to Liv. However, instead of being furious she says they both get what they want. Cyrus as VP an Liv in the White House.

Scandal – Season 6 – Tick Tock

As the clock ticks down to the inauguration of the first female President of the United States, and Vice-President; Olivia takes a big risk to ensure Mellie’s safety.

Mia (Liv’s Mom) is held captive while Team Fitz try to get her to give up the name of who hired her to assassinate Mellie on Inaguration Day. When she’s released they try to trace her but she’s torn out her chip. Rowan is furious, understandably. Jake takes a tac team to storm the warehouse where Mia was holed up and finds plans on the wall for Mellie’s inauguration assassination.

Quinn reveals she’s pregnant to a relieved Abby who has come in out of the cold. Fitz signs an Executive Order liberating funds for a revamped B613 with him at the Head. Liv ain’t gonna let that happen.

There’s a lovely scene where Fitz is about to leave the White House for the final time and Liv runs to him, in front of the cameras, and they kiss passionately.

Very well done.

The Blacklist Season 4 – Mr Kaplan – Season Finale

Facing a crippling siege on his organization, Red tracks down a thief enlisted by Mr Kaplan for a mysterious assignment. Agent Gale takes extreme measures in his investigation into the conduct of his Task Force, forcing Mr Kaplan to testify at the Grand Jury in exchange or immunity.
Liz confronts the biggest questions about her past. Raymond Reddington is her Father.
Red sets a dangerous plan into motion to protect the Task Force, as Kaplan initiates the final phase of her assault. Meanwhile, Ressler gets into hot water when he tussles with Hitchin and she smashes her head and dies.
Aram is subpoenaed and makes a hash of his testimony, only to learn that his girlfriend Janet was the one who gave him up. Nabobi knew but kept it from him, and they kiss. At last !
Mr. Kaplan needs to be taken care of
Tricked by Reddington for the last time, Mr Kaplan jumps off a bridge into the icy depths below rather than go to prison for her crimes.
It’s an excellent ending to the last four episodes, which have been very powerful and very emotional.
The arrival of Tom Keane in the last few minutes of the Season finale was very welcome as we just learnt The Blacklist:Redemption has been cancelled.

The Blacklist Season 4 – The Debt Collector

When Liz becomes the target of a mercenary, the Debt Collector, Red turns to an unlikely source for help. He phones Mr Kaplan to make a truce so she can help keep Liz safe.

Meanwhile, Ressler faces a complication in his efforts to stay ahead of Gale’s investigation.

Ressler brings in Marvin, Red’s Attorney, and they talk in whispers behind Agent Gales’ back so he doesn’t realise Ressler is helping Reddington with his list.

Red and Dembe camp out in a cabin in the woods and lie in wait for Mr Kaplan to ‘rescue’ Liz. Red lures Mr Kaplan up to the cabin on the premise that Liz has been kidnapped by the Debt collector but Liz shouts out and warns her that its a trap.

Agent Gale who has tailed Ressler up to the cabin, opens fire; narrowly missing Mr Kaplan before she heads off into the woods with her security Team in tow.

Later, Agent Gale asks Ressler about Reddington and he’s deadpan about him, not realising the Gale now knows Ressler’s true agenda.

Don’t miss the finale tonight at 9/8c on FOX.

Blindspot – Lepers Repel

blindspot-tv-seriesAs the FBI copes with a tragedy, Weller finds himself the center of a surprising event. Jane faces an uncertain future. Eleanor Hurst, Sam’s replacement turns up and introduces herself to Jane.

Kurt manages to track down the ambulance Roman and Mother are using to transport the nuclear bomb and there’s a struggle to overpower them, with jane facing off against Roman. At one point she has him cornered but she hesitates about shooting him, while Kurt secures Mother in the back, and uses defibrillator paddles to disable to beacon the glider used to track the satellite’s position that she swallowed. When Kurt collapses in Jane’s arms he tells her not to move to California, and to stay with him. He tells her he loves her; then he passes out.

Jane is offered a new life now that Sandstorm have been stopped. The case is finally closed. The Team are celebrating over at Kurt’s apartment.

With Mother about to be tortured by Naz, Jane has to put into perspective what a new lease of life could mean for her. After the Team leave Kurt and Jane alone at his apartment she says that she loves him too, and they make out – and more.

In the final two minutes of the episode we get a time jump:

It’s two years later and Kurt is wearing a wedding ring. Jane comments that he’s still wearing it. She’s not wearing hers anymore.

Jane’s in a remote location climbing an imposing rock face. Kurt came to meet with her because the FBI have received a silver box with her name emblazoned onto it, and inside is a key that both Jane and Kurt have to hold to activate. Some of the Team members are missing presumed dead.

Kurt notices that the key has the same design as one of the tattoos on Jane’s neck, and he presses the key up against her neck.

All of a sudden her tattoos start to glow…..Jane asks what does it mean?

Stay tuned for Season 3.