Welcome back to our TV Preview series! Over the next couple of months, we’ll be taking a look at the shows we highlighted in our TV Preview: New Friends posts, and voicing our opinions on what’s good, what’s bad, what’s meh, and what you can avoid at all costs.
Warning! Possible spoilers ahead.
Premiered: Sept. 22 on ABC (Watch online.)
Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Henry Morgan
Judd Hirsch as Abe
Alana De La Garza as Detective Jo Martinez
Donnie Keshawarz as Det. Hanson
Barbara Eve Harris as Lt. Roark
Joel David Moore as Lucas
Lee Tergesen as Hans Koehler
Faces That Might Become Familiar (If You Keep Watching)
Mackenzie Mauzy as Abigail Morgan
Emily: I'm pretty captivated by the premise of finding the difference between just living and actually being alive. I think Ioan Gruffudd is adorable in this (and I usually don't care for him) and that he could be a pretty strong leading man. His relationship with Judd Hirsch also hooked me, and I loved the twist at the end that Henry raised Abe. Didn't see it coming!
Mandy: To be quite honest, the show didn’t really strike much of a chord with me until the very end. Knowing that Henry’s been taking care of Abe since he was a baby really drives home the fact that Henry has seen a lot of loved ones come and go, and it made the plot of the show all that much more impactful. I also really enjoy Joel David Moore, even if he does pretty much always play the same character.
It's Not Me, It's You
Emily: I already have Sleepy Hollow and Elementary. I'm not really sure my DVR can handle another awkward genius man and stoic put together (with a dark past) straight woman procedural. While I like Alana De La Garza just fine, I thought the character of Jo Martinez was pretty dull, which all could be because she hasn't quite shaken her Law & Order roots.
Mandy: Like I said above, nothing was really drawing me into the show until the end. Henry’s fun to listen to, but I’m not that intrigued to know why he is the way he is, which is probably not what they were going for. The chemistry between he and the Detective isn’t that great, either. I mean, not every procedural needs sexual chemistry between the two leads, but I need a little something to want to keep watching.
Let's Do This Again
Emily: I enjoyed the pilot. I thought it was sweet, and I like that Henry doesn't know why he keeps coming back to life coupled with the revelation that there's someone out there like him...with completely different intentions. My problem is I didn't care at all about the mystery and don't see that changing week-to-week. I'm going to keep recording episodes (because I did like it), but it'll be at the low end of the DVR priority list, so there's a good chance they might be deleted before I get to them. However, I think if procedurals are your "thing" this one has good potential.
Mandy: The show’s second episode also aired this week, and I gave it a watch, too. I’m not bumping this to a series record order on our DVR, but I think I might check in on it every now and then. I’m hoping for a really intriguing reason for why Henry is the way he is.
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