Spring TV Roundup, Week 1


It's March and the new TV shows keep on coming. In these weekly posts I look at the new scripted series of the Spring, reviewing the pilot and second episode. Don't see a new show listed below? Check previous weeks.

Thursday Nights:
Prey, Thursdays at 10 p.m. on BBC America (Premiered February 25)
About: This is the latest crime series from the BBC, a six-episode show that features a central character accused of a brutal crime he didn't commit and on the run trying to prove his innocence. Sound familiar? Yes, as I watched the pilot and the story developed, I couldn't help but feel like the show reminded me of "The Fugitive." And that could be a good thing. The series is six episodes, so it won't drag on too long. The pilot moved at a good clip, had interesting beats, and left me curious to see where it would go. Those are all good signs. This feels like a potential hit for BBC America.
Pilot Grade: C+

Streaming Series:
Fuller House, now streaming on Netflix (Premiered February 26)
About: This is the long-awaited sequel to "Full House," the adorable family sitcom that ran in the 1980s and 1990s. The previous series was part of the TGIF lineup, and became a classic favorite among people of a certain generation. It is to those fans and that generation the spin-off/sequel series pays tribute, while at the same time trying to create a show for a new generation, similar to what happened with "Girl Meets World" on the Disney Channel. The pilot is overly long and quite slow. That owes to the fact that it tries to recap the previous series, give a role to all the former stars, and then set up this new enterprise where the kids are now the adults living their own stories. That's quite a bit to do in 36 minutes, and you feel the weight of that in the episode. The second episode sees the show settle into its new groove. If you were a fan of "Full House," you'll enjoy this new series, too. I've seen the first four episodes, and they have their own sort of charm. At the same time, it feels like a bit of a throw back.
Pilot Grade: C-
Second Episode: C

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