Cheers and Jeers


by Damian Holbrook

Cheers to The Passage

for tapping a new vein of vampire drama. In Fox’s creepy adaptation of Justin Cronin’s epic trilogy of books, bloodsuckers suffer from a virus that has gotten so out of hand, even Mark-Paul Gosselaar (as federal agent Brad Wolgast, pictured, with Saniyya Sidney) may not be able to stop it. But we love watching him try!

Jeers to CBS
for not living its best Life in Pieces. This unsung gem, starring (from left) Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski and Colin Hanks as beleaguered suburban siblings, is easily the best broadcast sitcom about a modern family, but we haven’t seen a new episode since last May!

Cheers to Schooled
for being a lesson in spinning off with class. The Goldbergs’ ’90s-set spawn featuring Lainey (AJ Michalka, pictured) as a William Penn Academy teacher not only retains the heart and hilarity of its mother ship, but the ABC comedy has held its own in the ratings too. Surely that warrants a shrimp parm from Beverly?

Jeers to Not Believing

us about You. We called Lifetime’s take on Caroline Kepnes’s bestseller a juicy stalker soap months ago and nobody listened. The ratings sank lower than creepy Joe (Penn Badgley, pictured), the show moved to Netflix for the upcoming Season 2…and now Season 1 is a massive hit on the streaming service. Huh.