There’s a whole lot of “meta” going on in this unorthodox new take on the iconic Fox high school drama that ran on the network from 1990 to 2000. Many of the original cast members return for this new show, which isn’t a straightforward reboot, but rather a high-concept take on what might happen if Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris and Brian Austin Green reunited to bring back their vintage hit. The actors play somewhat fictionalized versions of themselves.
Which two Islanders will be the lucky couple who heads home with the $100,000 grand prize? Viewers will find out in tonight’s finale, but CBS also is squarely in the winner’s circle with this adaptation of a hit British dating show. The network took a big gamble, programming “Love Island” every weeknight following its July premiere, but even most viewers who may have tuned in to hate-watch quickly got hooked on this silly but addictive series. Arielle Vandenberg is the host; Matthew Hoffman does the hilarious narration.
A pair of undercover cops — Bishop (Noel Clarke, “Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and Pike (rapper and actor Ashley Walters) tirelessly chase down violent criminals in the East End of London in this adrenaline-heavy British import. In the premiere, an informant is killed, leading Pike and Bishop to uncover a gang of thieves who target luxury cars. Clarke Peters, Lindsey Coulson and Christina Chang also star in this alternately gritty and glossy crime drama.
Taye Diggs hosts this new iteration of a hit British game show, wherein contestants work together in teams to complete simple, everyday tasks. Here’s the complicating element, although the show title is a spoiler: The contestants have to complete their assigned challenges after being “put under” by resident hypnotist Keith Barry. After that, the players have a tougher time following simple commands, and also run the risk of unwittingly giving up long-held secrets.