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‘The Exorcist’ Review: Fox Hopes One Big Twist Will Compel You to Return in Slow-Burn Premiere (Spoilers)

23 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Adapting “The Exorcist” for television is a challenging prospect. Doing it for broadcast television, with its strict FCC rules on language and slightly softer guidelines on violence, seems damn near impossible.

With that in mind, creator Jeremy Slater’s Fox pilot seems to have done a lot right: stringing out the tension over the course of an hour, limiting the jump scares to a minimum and avoiding overloading the audience with gross-out gags akin to the green vomit made famous by the film. The premiere even works to establish characters before turning them into head-spinning demons — in fact, it even implies there won’t be any head-spinning at all.

Though the first hour dutifully pays homage to the scariest movie of all time — especially in its studiously lit opening moments — and even branches out with key changes meant to elongate the story, the pilot fails to pay off in one »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Exorcist’ Review: Fox Hopes One Big Twist Will Compel You to Return in Slow-Burn Premiere (Spoilers)

23 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Adapting “The Exorcist” for television is a challenging prospect. Doing it for broadcast television, with its strict FCC rules on language and slightly softer guidelines on violence, seems damn near impossible.

With that in mind, creator Jeremy Slater’s Fox pilot seems to have done a lot right: stringing out the tension over the course of an hour, limiting the jump scares to a minimum and avoiding overloading the audience with gross-out gags akin to the green vomit made famous by the film. The premiere even works to establish characters before turning them into head-spinning demons — in fact, it even implies there won’t be any head-spinning at all.

Though the first hour dutifully pays homage to the scariest movie of all time — especially in its studiously lit opening moments — and even branches out with key changes meant to elongate the story, the pilot fails to pay off in one »

- Ben Travers

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‘Pitch’ Review: The First Female Professional Baseball Player Is Nearly Undone By Her Emotions

22 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

We are approaching a milestone in America: Hillary Clinton is on pace to become the first female President of the United States. It’s a landmark achievement thats weight has somehow been trumped by our need to avoid the end of the world (pun intended), but the far-reaching impact of a woman holding our nation’s highest office will be felt long beyond the lives of anyone reading these words. Not only is it historic — it’s significant.

Now, comparing that achievement with America’s first female professional baseball player may seem like a stretch. Even more so considering this ballplayer only exists on television, within the fictional world of “Pitch” created by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer. Yet the connection is made within the series itself, as one of the first images we see is a vase of flowers delivered to freshly called-up San Diego Padres pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Pitch’ Review: The First Female Professional Baseball Player Is Nearly Undone By Her Emotions

22 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We are approaching a milestone in America: Hillary Clinton is on pace to become the first female President of the United States. It’s a landmark achievement thats weight has somehow been trumped by our need to avoid the end of the world (pun intended), but the far-reaching impact of a woman holding our nation’s highest office will be felt long beyond the lives of anyone reading these words. Not only is it historic — it’s significant.

Now, comparing that achievement with America’s first female professional baseball player may seem like a stretch. Even more so considering this ballplayer only exists on television, within the fictional world of “Pitch” created by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer. Yet the connection is made within the series itself, as one of the first images we see is a vase of flowers delivered to freshly called-up San Diego Padres pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury, »

- Ben Travers

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Lethal Weapon: Season One Ratings

22 September 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Lethal Weapon was a very successful movie franchise but reimagining movies as TV shows have had a very mixed track record. Will this Fox series be a hit in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.On the Lethal Weapon TV show, two very different cops are forced to work together on the streets of Los Angeles. Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy Seal-turned-detective Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) moves to California to "start over". He's paired up with family man Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) who's just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Can these two live long enough to learn to work together? The rest of the cast includes Kevin Rahm, Keesha Sharp, Dante Brown, Chandler Kinney, Jordana Brewster, and Johnathan Fernandez.The ratings are typically the best »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 1 Review – ‘Pilot’

22 September 2016 11:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rachel Bellwoar reviews the first episode of Lethal Weapon season 1…

The Lethal Weapon franchise (and action movies, overall) have never been known for their subtlety. Lethal Weapon, the TV show, seems to take that note one step further, by repeatedly pushing the same points throughout the course of its “Pilot.” Take cop and family man, Roger Murtaugh’s, recent heart attack. Introduced by the camera panning up from his chest scar, a heart monitor bracelet beeps emphatically throughout his first days back on the job. His new partner, cop-with-a-death-wish and source of the beeping, Martin Riggs, questions whether he should consider retirement. It’s supposed to be an ironic line coming from his mouth, but if the beeping is meant to be anything more than a punchline, he’s right.

Riggs’ introduction is worse. Having sped up the results of a car chase, by making an impossible shot at the »

- Rachel Bellwoar

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Review: ‘American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare’ Already Feels Too Familiar

22 September 2016 6:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare’: Season 6 Gets Off To a Spooky Good Start

Fact vs. Fiction

The first episode of “My Roanoke Nightmare” was intriguing, not just because the ads were maddeningly vague (to the point where assuming Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck simply hadn’t thought of an idea yet was not out of the question), but because once the set-up of the season was revealed, it was such a departure for “American Horror Story.” Sure, at its core it’s another one of ‘Ahs”s patented haunted houses, but the docu-series angle was a fresh twist.

Still, it’s a set-up with some concerns, most particularly how this conceit will play out over an entire season of television. Did they honestly hire Lily Rabe and Andre Holland just to provide running commentary? Doesn’t the fact that all of the characters »

- Jeff Stone

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Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Finale Unleashes Its Patient Predators

21 September 2016 8:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 2 Goes Full David Lynch As We Prepare for the End

In Elliot’s Head, Two’s A Crowd

We begin with another view of a scene from last season, with Mr. Robot talking to Tyrell. Except now we see Elliott delivering the same words, and planting the idea in Tyrell’s head that “you’re only seeing what’s in front of you. You’re not seeing what’s above you.” Then Tyrell tells us the significance of the “Red Wheelbarrow” — a reminder of a father he doesn’t want to resemble — which highlights Elliott’s decision to give that name to the notebook he used to distance himself from his own unacceptable father figure.

And we finally learn the details of Stage Two, a Wisdom-esque attempt to wipe out all of E-Corp’s backup paper records and prevent them from rebuilding their »

- Jay Bushman

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Review: Clayne Crawford Makes a Crazy Good Martin Riggs, But Can’t Rectify This Remake

21 September 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For anyone who’s seen “Rectify,” Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” TV series is exactly what you’re expecting.

Developer and showrunner Matthew Miller translates the precedent-setting film franchise for wise-cracking buddy cops into a precedent-citing police procedural on wise-cracking buddy cops. The name “Lethal Weapon” still packs a punch, even 18 years removed from the last film entry, as do partners Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. But — aside from some impressive action honorably shot on the streets of L.A. — only Clayne Crawford elevates himself to the heights of the original “Lethal Weapon” films (1 and 2), while the rest of the series ably settles, quality-wise, somewhere around No. 4.

Read More: ‘Designated Survivor’ Review: Kiefer Sutherland Is Here To Save You From Electing the Next President

In terms of plot summary, “Lethal Weapon” largely sticks to the original script — two new partners in the Lapd must come to terms with opposing lifestyles through »

- Ben Travers

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Review: Clayne Crawford Makes a Crazy Good Martin Riggs, But Can’t Rectify This Remake

21 September 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For anyone who’s seen “Rectify,” Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” TV series is exactly what you’re expecting.

Developer and showrunner Matthew Miller translates the precedent-setting film franchise for wise-cracking buddy cops into a precedent-citing police procedural on wise-cracking buddy cops. The name “Lethal Weapon” still packs a punch, even 18 years removed from the last film entry, as do partners Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. But — aside from some impressive action honorably shot on the streets of L.A. — only Clayne Crawford elevates himself to the heights of the original “Lethal Weapon” films (1 and 2), while the rest of the series ably settles, quality-wise, somewhere around No. 4.

Read More: ‘Designated Survivor’ Review: Kiefer Sutherland Is Here To Save You From Electing the Next President

In terms of plot summary, “Lethal Weapon” largely sticks to the original script — two new partners in the Lapd must come to terms with opposing lifestyles through »

- Ben Travers

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Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Pilot

21 September 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

I don't know about everybody else, but I really enjoyed the first installment of Lethal Weapon. There were parts that were sort of goofy and unnecessary, but overall it succeeded at doing exactly what it was supposed to do: entertain.

While Lethal Weapon Season 1 Episode 1 was faced-paced and action packed, it also had quieter moments that showed how different it could be from the original films that starred Danny Glover and Mel Gibson.

What I liked best about the hour was being able to see the emotional side of Martin Riggs, played masterfully by Clayne Crawford. Right off the bat, we see what makes Riggs tick. He's on a job when his wife calls to tell him she's headed to the hospital to have their child. While he quickly takes care of the drug runners he's been chasing, Miranda is tragically killed. 

Its a heart-wrenching moment when he arrives at »

- Lisa Babick

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Lethal Weapon: Did Fox's Riggs-and-Murtagh Reboot Hit Its Target?

21 September 2016 5:59 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you’re getting too old for this ish, you probably remember the original Lethal Weapon franchise: a series of buddy-cop films that launched in the late 1980s and capitalized on the chemistry between leads Danny Glover and Mel Gibson.

Fox’s TV-series reboot of the movies updates the action but follows the same formula: Its co-stars Damon Wayans (in the Roger Murtagh role) and Clayne Crawford (as Martin Riggs) play off each other incredibly well, injecting a ton of humor into what is, essentially, just another police procedural.

In a moment, we’ll want to hear what you think of the pilot. »

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'Lethal Weapon' Premiere Recap: Riggs and Murtagh are Back in the Saddle

21 September 2016 11:19 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Lethal Weapon's Martin Riggs is back, my friends, but can he hold a candle to the startling blue eyes, gravel-sexy Aussie overtones, rabid suicidal bent, cowboy boots and mullet that made the movie a runaway hit when Mel Gibson introduced him to us 29 years ago? Meh, what does it matter? Half of you watching today have never seen the original Lethal Weapon. I'll tell you this though, you are in for a treat. Fox has recreated the franchise for a new generation and we're promised it in weekly installments instead of strung out over God knows how many summers. 

Fox's Lethal Weapon pilot does show promise, though one cannot help holding newbie Clayne Crawford (Rectify, 24) and seasoned, wildly creative Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids, In Living Color) up to the light against Mel "Effing" Gibson and Danny Glover as Martin Riggs and his retire-weary partner, Roger Murtaugh.

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- editor@buddytv.com

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‘This Is Us’ Review: Even After All Those Twists, We Don’t Know What ‘This’ Is (Spoilers)

20 September 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

How does one talk about this baffling hour-long NBC drama without spoiling the many, many twists and turns incorporated into the (still-lengthy) 42-minute pilot? Well, plot summary would probably come first, if only to explain what this awkwardly titled NBC drama actually is about. And we’ll get to that in just a second, but because the new series from “Tangled” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” writer Dan Fogelman is so utterly perplexing, we are going to spoil it. Frankly, we need your help just to understand it; or, to be more accurate, to understand what it might become.

Before spoiling, though, let us first say — for those of you who haven’t watched yet and need to know whether or not you should — that our reaction to this as an hour of entertainment is virtually antithetical to our analysis of the “This Is Us” pilot as a first episode of a television series. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Review: Reboot Scales Down Movie Formula for TV Screen

20 September 2016 5:39 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In a fall TV season well-stocked with blasts from the past, programmers clearly hope that familiarity doesn’t breed contempt. Maybe no one’s hopes are higher than the folks at Fox, whose “Lethal Weapon” reboot of the 80’s/90’s-era Mel Gibson-Danny Glover movie franchise is being marketed as a centerpiece for the season. The original 1987 film, written by Shane Black and directed by Richard Donner, was a template for buddy-cop films to come, generating three sequels and huge box office. Fox’s series stars Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans — a newer face and an established comedic talent — are intended to. »

- Michael E. Ross

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Review: Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' a harmless action hero reboot

19 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's a running gag in the second episode of Fox's Lethal Weapon series where the cops who work with Lapd detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh can't decide on a joint nickname for them. Are they peaches and cream? Crockett and Tubbs? Starsky and Hutch? (The problem with that one is that both men insist on being Starsky.) The joke within the joke, of course, is that Riggs and Murtaugh themselves are as iconic a pairing as any of these potential nicknames. But the Riggs and Murtaugh in question are the ones played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in a series of '80s and '90s movies, and not the cuddlier newer versions played by Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans in the Fox series, which debuts Wednesday night at 8. The Gibson/Glover take on the partnership — particularly in the first two Lethal Weapon films — is as beloved and »

- Alan Sepinwall

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TV Review: ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘MacGyver’

19 September 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nostalgia for the semi-recent past is everywhere in television: Shows set in the ’80s and ’90s or that tweak legacy properties have become common. Networks want to break through the pop-culture clutter with known quantities, and even new series have found nuggets of thematic and aesthetic gold in the pre-millennial era. Not all of the throwback series have worked, but some inspired by the past have been among the most scintillating offerings of the present.

And then there’s Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” and CBS’ “MacGyver,” which demonstrate the limits of the reliance on older properties. These shows, both of which are based on hits from the ’80s, have no spark of their own, and add nothing of value to their respective franchises.

These plodding dramas do not evoke the past as much as they pretend that the past 30 years did not happen. Audiences are extremely familiar with the kinds of story beats that drive not just »

- Maureen Ryan

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Lethal Weapon Season 1 Review

17 September 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

The new Lethal Weapon series, created by Matthew Miller, posits a few questions that its early arrival doesn’t seem equipped to answer. For one, can a primetime-friendly TV show on Fox properly adapt a feature-length buddy copy film and retain the edgy mayhem and language of the original Lethal Weapon movies?

Unfortunately, the answer is “no,” and that’s a shame, albeit unsurprising. Watching this new series, it’s easy to see that the showrunners care little about breaking new ground with Shane Black’s original screenplay or finding compelling ways to expand it. Clayne Crawford plays Martin Riggs, the same death wish Lapd detective from the movies who is paired up with the older, more careful Roger Murtaugh, played by Damon Wayans. It’s all very familiar stuff, and the writers even manage to find a way to sneak in the »

- Jon Negroni

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Lethal Weapon Review – TV – Fox Heads To The Recycle Bin, Possibly Finds Gold

15 September 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Reboots and remakes are now littering screens to such a degree that you’re forced into low expectations for them, and there isn’t anything on the surface of spinning Lethal Weapon into a series that seems to demand that you hope for anything better than the usual, paint-by-numbers effort at ramming a shtick that you’re already bored of down your throat.

In fact, it’s probably a case of instilling less-than-average confidence in potential audiences, because, sequels aside, the idea doesn’t seem to lend itself to the format. After all, Riggs can only be crazy for so long before it becomes hard to care, or reinvigorate interest in the fact.

Hopefully, the cynicism won’t win out, because the show has a lot going for it, mostly by way of its stars, and Matthew Miller’s approach to the concept.

The concept stays basically the same, except »

- Marc Eastman

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Lethal Weapon Promo: Not Dead Yet

15 September 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Having seen the Lethal Weapon pilot already, I've been waiting for a promo from Fox that would really capture the show's essence. 

There have been some pretty awesome promos released, but this one, by far, is the best of the bunch. Seriously, people, if this doesn't get you geared up for this show, then you're basically Doa.

There's no way you can't get excited for this series after watching this promo. And if this promo is only a glimpse, imagine what the entire hour is going to be like! 

Not only do you get to see some wild action, but you also get a peek behind the scenes which is tons of fun to watch. Most importantly, though, you get to see what really makes this series work so well, and that's the chemistry between Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans.

Even if you're a big fan of the movies and have your doubts, »

- Lisa Babick

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