Fall TV fixes: 9 shows we'd like to tweak

Just because you enjoy a show doesn’t mean you wouldn’t suggest a change or two, if given the chance. Now that fall TV is in full swing, here are nine series we think could be even better — if they’d just take our advice.

Read our suggestions, then feel free to offer yours.

‘The Good Doctor’

ABC’s latest medical drama may be a formulaic blend of Grey’s Anatomy and House, but it’s the fall’s highest-rated new drama for one reason and one reason only: star Freddie Highmore. So why does The Good Doctor continue to insist on showing us scenes that do not include Freddie Highmore? The only time we want to see characters who are not Highmore’s Dr. Shaun Murphy are (a) when they are talking to Dr. Shaun Murphy or (b) when they are listening to Dr. Shaun Murphy talk. And if for some reason the story requires a scene that does not involve Highmore, The Good Doctor would do well to include a picture-in-picture “Dr. Shaun Murphy cam,” so that we know where our favorite character is at all times. — Kristen Baldwin

(Jack Rowand/ABC)

‘This Is Us’

Yes, Kevin’s addiction to painkillers makes total sense: He’s an actor on the verge of breaking big who doesn’t want to miss his shot because of a knee injury that already stripped him of a college football career, and the son of an addict whose death he still doesn’t want to talk about. But the show should keep doing mini-time jumps between episodes so we can move this arc along. No one wants to watch Kevin hide his problem from his family and his nurse girlfriend (no matter how great Justin Hartley is in scenes). And many of us don’t want to see the writers rely on corny, horny Toby for the moments of levity Kevin used to provide. — Mandi Bierly

(Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

‘The Mayor’

Before he was elevated to the mayor’s office, Courtney Rose had dreams of rap stardom coursing through his head. Sadly, he hasn’t had many opportunities to demonstrate his mad flow since his swearing-in. That’s a missed opportunity for both the show (which, let’s not forget, is exec-produced by Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs) and its likable star, Brandon Micheal Hall. Just as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend enlivened the rom-com with its mixture of pop songs and show tunes, The Mayor could bring some fresh swagger to the political satire genre. — Ethan Alter

(Tony Rivetti/ABC)

‘Kevin Can Wait’

Kevin James and Leah Remini need to hook up already on Kevin Can Wait. James has said there is no plan for his character to get romantic with new leading lady Vanessa (Remini), but we’re not buying it. Not only do the longtime King of Queens co-stars have killer chemistry, but James’s TV wife was killed off of the sophomore CBS sitcom. The widower’s high-heeled co-worker hangs around his house a lot, and their flirty arguments are giving us Doug and Carrie déjà vu. By season’s end, these two need to kiss and make up. — Victoria Leigh Miller

(David M. Russell/CBS)

‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’

Kevin should just save the world already. The rest of the season would be about Kevin being King of the World. 
— Ken Tucker

(Guy D’Alema/ABC)


As our own Price Peterson noted in a recent Riverdale recap, there’s a whole lot of whispering happening in the House of Lodge. Too much, to be honest. Granted, Veronica’s daddykins, Hiram, is intended to be a shadowy crime figure, but just because his motives are mysterious, that doesn’t mean his dialogue has to be. Let the Lodge family be like Christian Slater and pump up the damn volume. — EA

(Bettina Strauss/The CW)

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Curb has only been off the air for six years, but the new season’s ongoing storyline involving Larry David’s fatwa feels like a relic from the ’80s, right down to the Salman Rushdie cameo. All will be forgiven if it pays off the same way past season-long arcs (like The Producers from Season 4) have. Right now, though, we’d just as soon put a fatwa on the fatwa. — EA


‘Star Trek: Discovery’

This series has been an intriguing addition to the Trek-verse, but early episodes had way too many all-Klingon scenes that ran for what seemed like the entire hour. The problem wasn’t the subtitles; it was the shouty, repetitive dialogue with one emotional beat — anger. Cut back on the speeches and posturing and have more subtle scenes like the one between Voq and L’rell. — Kelly Woo

(Michael Gibson/CBS)

‘The Orville’

Let’s have the Orville engage in an intergalactic battle with a competing starship called the Redenbacher. During this conflict, Seth MacFarlane’s character dies. — KT

(Ray Mickshaw/FOX)

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