DMA: Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS
DMA rank: 149
TV Households in DMA: 151,200
Percentage of total U.S. TV households in DMA: 0.132
PO Box 1393
Joplin, MO 64802-1393
Digital channel: 43
Primary Programming: ABC
John Hoffmann, General Manager
Owner: Mission Broadcasting Inc
Visually stunning, at first WGN America's Manhattan seems a dreamy trip to the past with a range of engaging characters and a Big Band soundtrack. Below the surface, it is a nightmarish accounting of the moral dilemmas of the scientists at the time, the top-secret Manhattan Project, moving us to ask the same profound questions. It's a well-crafted, historically based drama that conveys the anxieties of the U.S. during World War II, the bias against women and minorities in general and female scientists in particular, the super secrecy of the project and the runaway egos at war in an unnatural little village, "Harvard with sand" — in the New Mexico desert. The first two episodes left me craving more.
The title character of USA’s new dramedy Rush — a disgraced L.A. doctor who makes cash-only house calls for clients who have something to hide — both behaves and allows other people to behave in reprehensible ways, but we’re supposed to think of him as a lovable scamp. Since the creators clearly haven’t thought through the show’s ethics, viewers who just want to have a good time shouldn’t either. The attractive cast and glossy cinematography provide enough distraction.
While FX's The Strain is pretty much a cauldron churning with familiar ingredients, the dark brew bubbling inside is served up with a great deal of panache. No there's nothing terribly profound or original here, but The Strain gets off to a robust start and moves at a lighting pace. It keeps thundering along, packed with fun performances and nifty visual treats (and tricks, for that matter).
If you guide your hopes to a slightly lower orbit, CBS’s futuristic summer series Extant, starring Oscar-winner Halle Berry, isn't the space disaster one might have feared — especially if you supply your own oxygen in the form of harmless mockery. As with nearly every piece of sci-fi television programming that lands on my desk, Extant quickly runs up its credit cards when it comes to borrowing imagery and ideas from other classics.
HBO should consider adding an advisory to the start of each of the 10 episodes of The Leftovers. It might read something like, "Viewers who have had suicidal thoughts strongly cautioned." Or: "Drink plenty of coffee before you begin watching this. Keep the pot percolating." Or: "Hogwash alert." The show moves at a glacial pace with virtually no explanation of what is happening. It's confusing, slow-moving and often excruciating. With The Leftovers, we know very little and care less and less as the story slouches along.