2020 New Fall Season – Tuesdays

old-tv-set1Continuing our look at the new, pandemic-impacted fall season, here are the offerings that I may find myself interested in for Tuesdays.

7:00

Weakest Link – The British import returns to NBC, this time with Jane Lynch on board as host.

Swamp Thing – The CW gets in on the repurposing game by bringing this former DC Universe series over to broadcast.

9:00

Big Sky – David E. Kelley returns with his latest, based on the novel The Highway by C. J. Box, starring Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick as private detectives looking for kidnapped sisters.

2020 New Fall Season – Mondays

Today, we continue our look at the pandemic-affected new fall season with the offerings that I may find myself interested in for Mondays.

7:00

L.A.’s Finest – With a dearth of programming, FOX turns to a repurposed show originally produced for the cable provider Spectrum.  Starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, this Bad Boys offshoot may be worth giving a shot, especially since nothing else will be on.

8:00

One Day At A Time – The fourth season of the online series will air on CBS.  If I get really bored, I may decide to try it.

2020 New Fall Season – Sundays

It is time once again to dive in to the new fall lineups for the upcoming television season, despite that, due to the continued corona virus pandemic, it will not kick into high gear tomorrow night as normal. We start this year with Sunday night’s offerings, or at least we would if there was anything already on the schedule that was interesting.  The CW shows aren’t coming back until next year and the other networks, aside from ABC, who are going all in with their game show programming, don’t have anything new scheduled as of yet.

 

5’s All Around

On the back of 5 solo home runs, the White Sox and Dallas Keuchel took down Trevor Bauer and the Reds 5-0 to reduce their magic number to clinch the Central Division to, you guessed it, 5.  Meanwhile, on the north side, the Twins have a 7-1 lead over the Cubs heading into the bottom of the 7th, so it doesn’t look like we will be getting any additional help there tonight.

In other news, Tim Anderson raised his batting average up to .366 and trails DJ LeMahieu by .001 points for the league lead.

Guess Who’s Back

Reversing their earlier decision, the Big 10 voted today to play football this fall, starting the weekend of October 23-24 with a slate of at least eight games in nine weeks and a conference title game on December 19.  Student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games will be required to undergo daily testing prior to each practice or game.  Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through daily testing would require an additional PCR test to confirm the result of the initial test.  Games will be played on campus, with only family members allowed to attend, at least at the outset.

There are still a couple of issues that will plague (heh) the upcoming season.  First, a number of the leagues top players had already opted-out of the season prior to the postponement back in August.  Second, some of the Big 10 campuses are either shut down or partially closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The conference said it will provide updates on winter sports and other fall sports “shortly,” but, aside from basketball, I doubt they are in any sort of a hurry.  This was a decision that had very little to do with the health and safety of the student-athletes and everything to do with pleasing broadcast partners, upset fandoms, and a cry-baby president.

You Ought To Be In (17) Pictures

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Many years ago, using the weekly TV guide that came with the Sunday Chicago Tribune, I started keeping track of all of the movies I had seen over the course of my lifetime.  The guide would list the two main stars for each movie, and that is a tradition that I’ve carried on in my database ever since.  So, given those guidelines, and thanks to a corona virus inspired uptick to my movie watching this year, it is time to look at the 100 actors that have starred in at least 10 films that I have seen, as of July 1.

Today, we continue with the sole actor that has starred in 17 movies that I have seen, down 3 from 3 years ago.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves slinked on to my movie screens in 1988 in a small film called Permanent Record.  The following year, he became huge thanks to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.  2005 and 2020 stand out as my best Reeves year, when I managed to see 2 of his films.  The last of those 2020 films, 2016’s The Whole Truth, stands as my last film of his.

Book 17 (of 52) – Quarantine

Quarantine – John Vornholt

In the fourth entry of the Double Helix series, the artificial virus attacks a planet in the demilitarized zone between the Federation and the Cardassians.  Lt. Tom Riker teams up with a group of the Maquis to try and help, stealing medical supplies from the Federation to help control the outbreak while avoiding the Cardassians, both on the surface and in orbit around the planet.

John Vornholt, whose work I last read in 1998, brings us the appropriately titled Quarantine, focusing on the band of Maquis who would eventually serve on board the USS Voyager.  He brings a new approach to the virus, avoiding the plot overlap from investigating the plague that dragged down some of the earlier efforts in the series.  Unfortunately, Voyager is not really my favorite entry in the Star Trek pantheon and having the focus be on characters from that show tested the limits of my interest.  Now that I am more than half way through the series, I am still cautiously optimistic on where the series is headed and that the payoff of who is behind the creation of these viruses will be worth the journey.