Public Service Announcement 1 of 2017: Bull, The Whispers, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

CBS’s legal comedy-drama Bull, in which Michael Weatherly, formerly of NCIS, plays psychologist and trial consultant Dr. Jason Bull, starts in the UK tonight. It was on the receiving end of a generally poor critical reaction in America, which suggested that the show didn’t have much going for it beyond Weatherly’s star appeal; and, as I’ve never knowingly watched NCIS, that don’t impress me much. Bull, however, opened big and held onto a sizeable chunk of its audience, earning a swift back 9 order and looking, as things stand, odds-on for a season 2 renewal. All of which suggests that Bull must be doing something right. With Unpopcult regulars Homeland and Scandal returning shortly, though, I may not have time to find out what that is (tonight, FOX, 10pm).

Creepy-sounding 2015 ABC drama The Whispers is available from today: children in Washington, D.C. are communicating with an invisible friend called Drill, playing Drill’s games in return for rewards, having accidents… enough. Not watching. Shiver. It’s based on a Ray Bradbury short story; it stars Aidan from Revenge, Jack from This Is Us, and Lily Rabe from AHS, among others; it was reasonably well-liked by the American critics, and it bit the dust after 13 episodes. Sorry, Drill. Please don’t cause an accident to befall me. (All episodes available on Sky and Virgin Media On Demand, and maybe elsewhere as well. I don’t know.)

And Netflix’s well-received eight-episode adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events drops today.


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