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Chicago Justice makes it a fourth

Dick Wolf makes no apologies. If NBC’s wants ‘em, he’ll keep grinding them out. The longtime producer, and creator of Law & Order and its offshoots, strikes again with Chicago Justice as the fourth series in his Windy City quiver. It premieres on Wednesday, March 1st as part of a three-pronged “crossover event” that also includes Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.. Our review is here.

Also, Monday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is in, with both bad and marginally good news for the first two hours of ABC’s When We Rise.
Ed Bark

Another movie franchise hits smaller screens, with NBC on receiving end of Taken

Strapping Clive Standen from History channel’s Vikings steps in as a younger Liam Neeson in NBC’s series version of Taken. It premieres on Monday, Feb. 27th, and our review is here.

Plus, Sunday night’s Oscars take another dip in the D-FW Nielsen ratings.
Ed Bark

When We Rise takes ABC to new heights

It’s been generations since ABC ventured forth with Roots. Now the network takes another bracingly bold step with When We Rise, a four-night, eight-hour miniseries charting the LBGT(Q) community’s civil rights movement. It launches on Monday, Feb. 27th, and from this perspective is the 2016-17 TV season’s Program of the Year. Our review is here.
Ed Bark

Trump's enemies of the people: what would he do without them -- and vice-versa?

President Trump’s silly “enemy of the American people” tweet singled out The New York Times, CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC. But let’s get real. What would he do without them -- or they without him? Unclebarky.com isn’t big on sanctimony, so here’s an against-the-grain take that calls out both sides of this equation. It’s on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Reviewing The Good Fight, Big Little Lies and Crashing

Sunday night brings three new scripted series into view, and we’ve got them all covered.

The Good Fight, a spinoff of CBS’ The Good Wife, launches for free on the broadcast network before the rest of Season 1’s nine episodes air exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s new streaming service. Our review is here.

HBO’s star-driven Big Little Lies also debuts, with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern heading the cast. Here’s the review.

And HBO’s Crashing looks at New York’s oft-dispiriting stand up comic sub-world, with Pete Holmes playing himself and determined to make it after all. A closer look joins all of the above on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Reviewing PBS' Tower and CBS' Doubt

The PBS documentary film Tower takes an unconventional look at the 1966 University of Texas campus shootings. It premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 14th, and our review is here.

Plus, Katherine Heigl gets another shot, this time as a defense attorney with an ongoing predicament in CBS’ Doubt. Its start date is Wednesday, Feb. 15th, and that review is right here.
Ed Bark

Kicking the tires on TEGNA8's Verify Road Trip series

TEGNA8’s extended Verify Road Trip series, driven by reporter David Schechter and devised by the station’s corporate owner, had another segment on Wednesday’s 10 p.m. newscast. We take a closer look on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Wednesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is freshly posted.
Ed Bark

Truly a marvel: FX's mind-bending, comic book-based Legion

Noah Hawley, TV auteur extraordinaire, dared to extend the sainted movie Fargo into an exemplary weekly series. Now he’s also turning Marvel on its ear with the visually resplendent and complex Legion, which premieres Wednesday, Feb. 8th on FX. Our review is here.

Plus, NBC5 adding Maria Guerrero to its reporting staff. Details are on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Super Bowl LI ratings in D-FW: a complete picture

Sunday’s Super Bowl LI on Fox, a record-setting thriller between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, did better than the previous year’s landmark 50th mega-game. But wait, there’s more, and it’s all on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, Fox’s new Monday night lineup of 24: Legacy and APB, has a very Trump-ian flavor, even though both action dramas were in development well before he stunningly became President.

The review of 24: Legacy is here. And our look at APB likewise is on the Network News & Reviews page.
Ed Bark

Reviewing NBC's Powerless and CBS' Superior Donuts, Training Day

Three new TV series are coming at you on Thursday, Feb. 2nd. We have reviews of all of them.

Powerless is here.

Superior Donuts is here.

And Training Day is here.
Ed Bark