The Goldbergs, Designated Survivor, Mr. Robot top list of “what to watch tonight.”
The Goldbergs (ABC) — Don’t you forget about the season premiere of one of television’s best comedies. The revival of the best of the 1980s-something sitcoms returns for its fourth season tonight with a tribute to “The Breakfast Club.” This show is one of our favorites here at Briotainment — it’s hilarious, witty, smart, charming and has those sweet family moments rarely seen in shows today. Creator Adam F. Goldberg has brilliantly recreated his childhood and given us a glimpse of his incredible family, particularly his ‘smother’ brought to life by the amazing Wendi McLendon-Covey. Sean Giambrone was living in Michigan as a regular teen before being cast as Adam in 2013 and he couldn’t be more perfect. Patton Oswalt narrates as adult Adam, a nod to “The Wonder Years.” The show is set in the ’80s, but is always ambiguous with the year since we’re seeing it through Adam’s memories. In real-life, Adam videotaped nearly everything, so much of the plots are inspired directly from his home videos. Needless to say, this is a MUST WATCH.
Blindspot (NBC) — Season 2 premieres in its new time slot tonight. Executive producer Martin Gero said Episode 2 will feature a big opening sequence with Jane and the Orion.
Lethal Weapon (FOX) — The action movie franchise hits the small screen with this reboot starring Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayons as newly partnered LAPD detectives. Crawford reprises Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs, who is in mourning and and becomes reckless and suicidal following his pregnant wife’s death. He is immediately at odds with Wayons’ family man Roger Murtaugh (played in the film by Danny Glover), who is a seasoned officer and recovering from a heart attack.
Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X (CBS) — Season 33 of the reality survival series kicks off as 20 castaways are separated by generation into 2 tribes and compete in Fiji. On Day 2, a cyclone hits the island and forces and evacuation.
Speechless (ABC) — ABC debuts another Wednesday night comedy starring Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo and John Ross Bowie (“Big Bang Theory”) as her husband Jimmy as they attend the needs of son J.J. (Micah Fowler) who has cerebral palsy. J.J. is unable to speak and uses a laser pointer and board with words and letters to communicate. Maya moves the family, including younger children Ray (Mason Cook) and Dylan (Kyla Kennedy), to different school districts trying to find the perfect fit.
Empire (FOX) — Season 3 of the hit music industry drama picks up with the resolution of a cliffhanger as fans will learn if Anika or Rhonda meet an untimely end as the two brawl on a balcony. In other storylines, Lucious aims to make his streaming service a success and his half-brother Tariq becomes a distraction as he leads a federal task force investigating him.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) — In the 18th season opener, a child is found wandering alone in Central Park, leading to a planned mass-casualty event in New York City. The child’s mother is also found to have been raped and tortured.
Modern Family (ABC) —ABC’s flagship comedy enters its eigth season with Pritchett gang gathering to celebrate Father’s Day after the three families return from separate adventures — the Dunphys in New York City, Mitch, Cam and Lily in the Midwest and Jay, Gloria, Jay and Manny head to Mexico.
Black-ish (ABC) — The series joined “Modern Family” as the only other family-style comedy sitcom to be nominated for an Emmy, and rightly so. The show is absolutely fantastic. Not only are stars Anthony Anderson (Dre Johnson) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Rainbow Johnson) superb as they adjust to raising their children in a more privileged environment, the four actors playing the Johnsons’ kids have impeccable comedic timing and dramatic acting chops. The series has made itself stand out by tackling issues such as police brutality and racism. In the Season 3 premiere, the Johnsons head to Disneyland for a vacation and upon returning, Bow reveals that she is pregnant with the couple’s fifth child.
Big Brother (CBS) — Another option for reality TV fans as Season 18 wraps up and the winner is revealed after the jury questions the finalists and votes for the grand prize winner.
Designated Survivor (ABC) — We had the chance to preview the pilot of the new Kiefer Sutherland political thriller at San Diego Comic-Con. You can read our previous review here. It is one of the new shows I’m most excited about this fall. Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. During the State of the Union, Kirkman is at another location and is suddenly surrounded by Secret Service agents who whisk him to safety. The U.S. Capitol was attacked and the President and all other high-level government officials are killed. Kirkman is the “designated survivor” — a person in the presidential line of succession designated to be physically distant and at a secure, undisclosed location when the president and other top leaders are gathered at a single location. Kirkman is sworn in as the new President of the United States while wearing a gray hoodie and looking bewildered at the enormity of what he’s been tasked with. Natasha McElhone stars as Kirkman’s wife, Alex, Kal Penn is presidential speech writer Seth Wheeler and Maggie Q plays FBI agent Hannah Watts who is investigating the Capitol bombing. This show will have wide appeal, especially for fans of “24” and “West Wing.”
Chicago P.D. (NBC) — In the Season 4 premiere, the team investigates the murder of a victim who appears to be wearing a CPD-issued wire.
Mr. Robot (USA) — There are a lot of unanswered questions left fans are hoping are addressed in the finale of Season 2 of the award-winning hacker drama. We’ve learned that anti-hero Elliot (Emmy Award winner Rami Malek) has been lying to us for the majority of this season — we thought he was in a halfway house when he was in jail. We still don’t know what happened in the 3 days when he blacked out in Season 1. The fsociety 5/9 hack of Evil Corp didn’t have the outcome the group hoped as the financial gaps have widened as the world plunges further into a global recession. Curious to see where creator Sam Esmail takes us as we look toward Season 3.