Critic’s Corner Weekend – Robert Bianco @ USA Today

Been a while, but I thought it time to return to one of my favorite, astute media critics, USA Today’s Robert Bianco!

Weekend Critic’s Corner: ‘Grimm,’ ‘Harry’s,’

‘Jesse Stone’

David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch

One of NBC‘s happiest ratings surprises exits tonight as Grimm (9 ET/PT) hits its first-season finale. The episode finds Nick searching for some long-hidden coins while fighting what looks like a losing battle to keep his Grimm-ness hidden from Juliette.

‘Battleship’s’ Van Peebles (l)

•Question: What is Syfy’s American Battleship(Saturday, 9 ET/PT) about? Answer: It’s about cashing in on the big-screen release with a similar name, which in Syfy’s world is really all it has to be about. (Note: Syfy has since updated the title to American Warships)


Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:30 ET/PT) ends its season with a musical legend — and one of the coolest people on earth — as host: Mick Jagger.

He may seem like an odd choice to head up a comedy show, but he’s Mick Jagger, and that’s reason enough to give him a shot.

Valley (l), Bates (c), and Smart (r)

Jean Smart joins star Kathy Bates Sunday on a Harry’s Law (NBC, Sunday, 8 ET/PT) episode that brings thisDavid Kelley legal drama to an end. Yes, it was higher-rated than many series NBC renewed, but it committed what appears to be the one unforgivable sin in broadcast TV: It attracted an older audience.

Tom Selleck

And speaking of: Tom Selleck stars again as Jesse Stone in Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (CBS, Sunday, 9 ET/PT). This may be his last turn in the role, so if you’re a Stone fan, get him while you can.

Bianco is right on target with the sin of the “older tv audience”!…..Enjoy!


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