The first Tuesday of 2022 is filled with premieres, including openings from the final seasons of It’s us and blackish– with Michelle Obama invited on the latter. New comedies Abbott Elementary, american automobile and Large crew, all of which premiered in December, are settling into their regular periods on ABC and NBC. Steve Harvey’s latest gig is as a TV judge, cracking us up as he delves into wacky real-life cases in a comedic courtroom.
As in previous seasons, the tearjerker hit kicks off its final round with the ‘Big Three’ marking another anniversary – their 41st – with several callbacks to the various turns at which we first met the Pearson family six years ago. (and countless crying) six years ago. , as well as an update on an event that sent Randall (Sterling K. Brown) into a more recent emotional downfall. Currently, we find Kevin (Justin Hartley) having a civil co-parenting relationship with Madison (Caitlin thompson) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) making the most of Toby’s (Chris Sullivan) remote job as they all grapple with the realities of mother Rebecca’s worsening condition ( Mandy Moore). No episode would be complete without the triggers of the past, when beloved father Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) was still among them, and the first episode revisits a day in the tragic history of the United States that resonates in the family.
Guess who’s coming to dinner? To kick off the seventh and final season of the groundbreaking family comedy, the Johnsons welcome Michelle Obama to their home, though Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) try to keep a dinner party private, banning the rest of the family from interfere with their friendly powwow. Good luck with that. The fun begins when Bow takes Dre to a When We All Vote fundraiser, where they meet the former first lady. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship?
Terrific new workplace documentary simulation comedy set at an underfunded Philadelphia public school moves into its usual time frame, starring series creator / star Quinta Brunson as well as teacher well-meaning sophomore Janine. Ignoring advice from the more experienced Barbara (a sublime Sheryl Lee Ralph) that she should “only care about what can be controlled,” Janine sets out to fix the flickering hallway lights that frightened her students. Soon everyone is in the dark, and another life lesson is learned.
NBC, which did not air any comedy in the fall, is adding two new sitcoms to its Tuesday lineup, starting with a workplace satire that is the opposite of Abbott, mixed with cynical bite, where no one ever learns from their mistakes. Echoing an equally dire investor event the Succession, this episode is built around a rapidly south-going profit appeal, when fatally uninspired new CEO Katherine (Ana Gasteyer) talks about a “big announcement” to distract from the latest bad news. publicity, and his empty-suit management team scramble to shut down a labor negotiation.
The least promising of the night’s new comedies is a low-concept sitcom about a group of black friends in LA’s trendy Silverlake neighborhood bickering and bonding over wine, usually in bars. But when a local wildfire displaces them, they get stranded at husband Wyatt’s (Justin cunningham) at home, where we are introduced to his lawyer wife, Kristen (that of the unicorn Maya Lynne Robinson), who is launching a contest with her partner to find out who is the best host. Complications ensue, and like the episodes that aired in December, it looks like they’re having more fun than us.
Judge Steve Harvey
Watch out, Judge Judy. Ubiquitous artist Steve Harvey applies his brand of humor to the television courtroom in a comedic twist on an age-old genre. He will have the final say – and it will likely be a sarcastic word – as he presides over cases involving sour grapes, unpaid bets and debts, and the inevitable family feud. Investigation says: His fans will dig this.
“Christmas is over,” says the hospital’s new medical director Veronica Fuentes (Michelle Forbes), who in the six weeks since her idealistic predecessor Max (Ryan Eggold) decamped to London to begin a new life with Helen (Freema Agyeman) was shown to be the Grinch who stole hope. Making one mercenary decision after another, Veronica alienated everything she employed, except perhaps the new chair of holistic medicine (The revolt of the good girls Geneviève Angleson). As a covert insurgency looms at New York Hospital, things aren’t much rosier for London transplants as they are initiated into the inequalities of Britain’s National Health Service. (You’re free to bet on how long it will take before Max returns to New York.)
Inside Tuesday TV:
- Finding your roots (8 / 7c, PBS, check local listings on pbs.org): Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is embarking on an eighth season of tracing family histories of famous guests with consecutive episodes. First, he uses DNA to help actress / director Rebecca Hall (Who passed) and director Lee Daniels (The butler) solve family mysteries. Then he welcomes restaurateur David Chang and actor Raúl Esparza to question their ancestral roots.
- FBI (8 / 7c, CBS): A brand new night of FBI The franchise action begins with Tiffany (Katherine Renee Turner) becoming personally involved with a 16-year-old foster child after he was linked to a series of jewelry store heists that ended in murder. Monitoring of new episodes of FBI: international (9 / 8c) and FBI: most wanted (10 / 9c).
- Gordon Ramsay’s road trip (8 / 7c, Fox): The TV host’s travel urge continues with a two-hour excursion to Greece. I have to admit that a Mykonos getaway sounds pretty good any time of the year.
- eggs too easy (9 / 8c, CLEAN): Keshia Knight Pulliam is the producer and narrator of a documentary that addresses the sensitive topic of infertility and reproductive issues within the black community.
- Murder under the Friday night lights (10 / 9c, Investigation Discovery): A new real-life crime series addresses troubling cases involving the volatile world of high school football, starting with a story of a football player in a small town in Texas who turns out to be the serial rapist of the team cheerleaders. What would Coach Taylor think?
- American uprising (10 / 9c, PBS, check local listings on pbs.org): First line is teaming up with ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism’s investigative reporting program for an update on the series’ April report on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and its aftermath.