Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: a look at the upcoming American Crime and praise for The Goldbergs.
'The Wonder Years' finds itself staunchly in the great pantheon of nostalgia TV. It seems like there’s always one of these shows on the air, a sitcom that looks back at the past and reexamines it in some way: 'Happy Days,' 'The Wonder Years,' 'That ‘70s Show,' 'The Goldbergs.' While historical dramas are flourishing on cable with everything from 'Mad Men' and 'Masters of Sex' earning Emmy nominations, they just don’t make nostalgic sitcoms like they used to. There will never be another 'Wonder Years' because now we can never let go of our childhoods.
We've already heard the major networks revealing when their shows would finally premiere for the fall 2014 season, and now ABC has finally brought up the rear. Find out when Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' will return for season 2, as will new episodes of 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Scandal,' and all your ABC favorites with the fall 2014 premiere schedule!
ABC has become the next in line to divulge their fall 2014 schedules in advance of the Upfront presentation this week, and while the list leaves off any major surprises, Marvel fans would do well to learn that new series 'Agent Carter' will indeed serve as a smaller series bridge between the first and second half of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 2.
While we're more concerned with ABC's renewal of Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and an official series order for 'Agent Carter,' the network had plenty more to offer in advance of its Upfront presentation next week. Not only will such staples as 'Modern Family' and 'Scandal' return, but freshman comedy 'The Goldbergs' has officially earned an additional season, in addition to such pilots as 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star Karen Gillan's 'Selfie.'
Among the final broadcast networks to decide the fates of its fall 2013 offerings, ABC has good news for most of its newest sitcoms. The 'Wonder Years'-esque 'The Goldbergs' and Malin Akerman's 'Trophy Wife' have been given full season orders, while Rebel Wilson's critically-panned 'Super Fun Night' has been given additional episodes as well, and James Caan's 'Back in the Game' has struck out altogether.