I’m loving ABC’s “The Good Doctor“. Have you seen it? Freddie Highmore stars as Dr. Shawn Ryan who has autisim and savant syndrome. He is incredibly smart, at times inappropriate and has charmed this TV head thoroughly. I think what resonates the most for me is that it speaks to the feeling that problems that don’t seem to have an answer can be figured out. Executive Producer David Shore, created House which also featured an unconventional character who was gifted and could solve complex problems. Hill Harper is terrific as Dr. Marcus Andrews and I am loving Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neal Melendez. Gonzalez played Orlando on the last two seasons of BET’s “Being Mary Jane”. He brings Dr. Melendez to life so much that I have a hate/ respect relationship with the character.
I’m also liking ABC’s “Kevin probably Saves The World“. I know I passed it off as another show with a “magical negro” but I was wrong. *hangs head in shame* Some of my utter disgust with CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait” got flung on this show and for that I am sorry. Kevin “probably” Saves The World is a cute, funny and kinda sad story about Kevin, an emotional mess of a man who attempted suicide and finds out he is one of 36 righteous souls who have to somehow save the world. His guide through this is Yvette, played by Kimberly Herbert Gregory. At first she seems like the all knowing celestial being and in some ways, she is. But viewers are learning more about her character and how she functions as being one of God’s messengers. I am enjoying the slow reveal.
When I watch OWN’s “Queen Sugar” I am so immersed in the story of the Bordelon family and the sugar mill they inherited from their father that when the last scene fades to black, I am jolted back to reality. The characters are rich and complex. Dawn Lyen Gardner’s Charley and her drive to win at all costs, Rutina Wesley’s independent and diverse Nova with her community activism. The beautiful, yet flawed Ralph Angel’s (played by Kofi Siriboe) relationship with his fiance Darla is some of the most honest acting I have ever seen. And the love between Aunt Vi and Hollywood is what every girl dreams of. I identify with them in some ways, my heart breaks for them in others. Queen Sugar blends history, family, love, greed, addiction, redemption and so much more. If you loved “Soul Food the Series” you will love Queen Sugar. If you haven’t seen it, you are really missing out.
I tried to watch CBS’s SWAT not just because of star Shemar Moore and how yummy he looks, but because of the premise. CBS told us the show would be about Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson who was promoted to team leader in a blatant attempt to ease the tensions between the community and the LAPD. You saw the promos. Shemar bursts in a slummy looking apartment saving and comforting a young black kid. The pilot episode was full of gunfire and killings that I had to change the channel. First of all, why does it take the leader of a SWAT team to ease the tensions of any community? It just felt unnecessarily violent and contradictory. But hey, they chop heads off over on “The Walking Dead” so what do I know?