Cosmos (Fox, Sunday at 9 ET) was meant to be “event programming.” At this point, Fox will let the show run for its scheduled 13 episodes and then take it off the air in June. For many mainstream reviewers, Cosmos is a hit. It’s visually stunning–using special effects to explore both the outer reaches of the universe and tiny strands of DNA. After a few episodes the narrator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, seems to have hit his stride in his story telling and his goal of making science available and accessible to all viewers. Many of his detractors believe that the show undermines their religious beliefs regarding creation, evolution and God.
Surviving Jack (Fox, Thurs at 9:30 ET ) got off to a great start. It’s loosely based on Justin Halpern’s I Suck at Girls, and some of the dialogue in the pilot episode is taken verbatim from the book. For anyone who was a teen in the late 1980s/early 1990s the soundtrack of the pilot episode will bring back memories of big hair, the Sony walkman, and desperately trying to fit in. Christopher Meloni, who played Detective Eliott Stabler on Law & Order: SVU is Jack, an oncologist who decides to stay home with his two teenage children while his wife attends law school. Connor Buckley plays his teenage son and he is a charming and awkward narrator, describing the pitfalls of high school, and his developing relationship with his very unconventional father. YouTube has a great clip from the first episode.
These two new shows are free over-the-air with your Mohu Leaf or Curve. When Channels launches, you will also be able to watch over-the-air. If you miss an episode, you can stream it from Fox’s website because Channels integrates OTA, web, and streaming apps. More updates on Channels and other OTA shows to come.