Spring TV Roundup, Week 10


We've hit May and the Broadcast Season is nearly over, but the new shows keep coming. In these weekly posts I look at the pilot and second episode of new scripted series of the Spring. Don't see a new show listed below? Check previous weeks.

Monday Nights:
Houdini & Doyle, Mondays at 9 p.m. on FOX (Premiered May 2)
About: Stories featuring Sherlock Holmes are hot now. "Sherlock" is one of the hottest series on the BBC, and "Elementary" is about to wrap its fourth season on CBS. So it makes sense that FOX would want in on the action. But the way they've gone about it is unique. Their latest series, "Houdini & Doyle," is about two real life characters, the master magician Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of "Sherlock Holmes." Together they will solve mysteries that the police can't or won't. The pilot centered on a ghost story and pair of murders at a convent. Doyle is the true believer, Houdini is the skeptic. But they have a respect for each other. In the lead roles Stephen Mangan, as Doyle, and Michael Weston, as Houdini, work well together and helped make the pilot light-hearted and fun. Normally when a show premiers in May that's not great for its prospects, but I I hope this one sticks around. It puts a fun spin on the detective genre.
Pilot Grade: B-

Tuesday Nights:
Containment, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW (Premiered April 19)
About: This is the latest series from The CW. It's been called a limited series, which could mean a limited run or a limited number of episodes each season depending on ratings. It centers on a viral outbreak in downtown Atlanta, and how it threatens to spiral out of control. It's a series that doesn't have any big time stars, but it has an interesting hook and premise. Through two episodes I like the set up and where it's going. A viral outbreak is probably most people's worst nightmare, and this show captures that perfectly. This isn't your typical CW show, but I like its possibilities.
Pilot Grade: B-
Second Episode: B-

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