OVERRATED

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - — Chris Bar­ton

MTV:

Al­ready pil­lo­ried around so­cial me­dia last month af­ter a site-wide ex­per­i­ment with long-form, oc­ca­sion­ally crit­i­cal jour­nal­ism on its news site was aban­doned for a dreaded “pivot to video,” MTV is join­ing ev­ery other TV net­work by div­ing into its own ar­chives with a planned re­boot of its video count­down “To­tal Re­quest Live” (or the far edgier “TRL”). While nos­tal­gia is big busi­ness, does a re­turn of mu­sic videos to MTV mat­ter? Even set­ting aside the in­evitable Rick­roll that’s com­ing once the vot­ing is hacked, are on-de­mand mu­sic videos that hard to find in 2017?

CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” shuf­fle:

A per­plex­ing sit­com that lives on the mem­o­ries it con­jures more than its own mer­its, “Kevin Can Wait” with Kevin James an­nounced plans to em­brace its stand­ing as a half-hour trib­ute to “King of Queens” by bring­ing James’ for­mer costar Leah Rem­ini on board as his for­mer part­ner. What will hap­pen to Erinn Hayes of “East­bound & Down,” who played James’ wife on the new series? Her char­ac­ter will die, which means the show will evolve with a bit­ter­sweet com­plex­ity as it pon­ders loss and the fleet­ing na­ture of life. Just kid­ding. No doubt the show will be much like what you watched be­fore just be­cause it’s on.

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