I subscribe to breaking news alerts from Variety, the trade journal for Hollywood. Today, I got a news alert that four upcoming tv shows' pilots had been leaked online.
When I got home today, I downloaded these pilots, which are the ones for The Carmichael Show, Minority Report, Lucifer and The Blindspot.
I watched two of them this evening: Lucifer and The Blindspot. Lucifer is pretty cheeky, and I liked it a lot. It's about the son of the devil who gets bored with torturing souls so he goes on vacation on earth. Through a series of events he starts to work with an L.A. police detective and solves crimes. The show knows it can be pretty offensive to people of a certain religious persuasion and therefore doesn't take itself very seriously. "Lucy" has a good side to him that he struggles to keep down, but it squeaks out like a wet fart during a funeral. I liked the show and want to watch more episodes once they are broadcast, starting in late September.
"The Blindspot" is the show about a woman with mysterious tattoos who is discovered in a duffel bag in Times Square. She has amnesia but has instinctive abilities that make her useful to the very people who are investigating her. Based upon the pilot, I want to see more.
The Carmichael Show is apparently about a guy who is a stand up comedian who gets a girlfriend and she moves in while his divorced parents continue to hover around him. I made it through 6 or 7 minutes before I bailed.
And I didn't watch Minority Report at all. Patricia did, and she said she liked it enough to check it out further.
I have a theory. I think the networks made these shows available anonymously, getting someone to upload them to the torrent websites and then leaking the news of their existence to places like Variety and Deadline. It gets word of the shows out there and helps build buzz for them in an effort to differentiate them from the dozens of other shows that will debut this Fall. The networks will deny this and make ominous comments about how these are pirated shows and it's illegal and blah blah blah. But nothing is ever done, and life goes on, and people's appetites for these shows are only whetted. No harm, no foul.
I can recommend The Blindspot and Lucifer, but not The Carmichael Show. Minority Report was liked by Patricia. I hope you check out all these shows.
See you tomorrow.