DMA: Joplin, MO-Pittsburg, KS
DMA rank: 151
TV Households in DMA: 145,700
Percentage of total U.S. TV households in DMA: 0.128
PO Box 1393
Joplin, MO 64802-1393
Digital channel: 43
Primary Programming: ABC
Shirley Morton, General Manager
Owner: Mission Broadcasting Inc
State of Affairs, NBC's nicely polished but plenty bananas CIA drama, wants its lead character, a White House briefer played by Katherine Heigl, to be the perfect offspring of Scandal’s Olivia Pope and Homeland’s Carrie Mathison, with paternal genetic material supplied by an anonymous donor (24’s Jack Bauer). It wants the frantic-manic adrenaline rush of Homeland mixed with just a hint of the wink-wink confidence that comes with Scandal. This new show is a deadly serious enterprise that believes it’s about national security but is, in fact, about a broadcast network wanting to do everything the premium cable channels get to do, minus the nudity.
Near the end of the pilot for CBS sitcom The McCarthys — after Ronny (Tyler Ritter) has been feted with a gay bar-themed party by his smothering mother (Laurie Metcalf) — Ronny observes that his family is "sweet, awkward and at times offensive." The same can be said of this sitcom. When the show is focused on Ritter and Metcalf, The McCarthys rises above the usual sitcom slop that it feels like whenever the other characters get screen time.
Put your hands together for the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the guy who earned it long before Mick Jagger vied for the title, and welcome a new documentary on James Brown on HBO. Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown leaves the artist's decline to another day. The film glosses over the turbulent aspects of Brown's personal life (domestic abuse charges and an arrest record are mentioned in passing), and it isn't comprehensive (there's nothing about his four wives, six children, drug addiction or his death in 2006). But the tuneful feature-length film is packed with great vintage clips. Brown's rise was a complicated one. In the end, the music speaks for itself.
Despite a few problematic aspects with the premise, Jane the Virgin contains a secret ingredient that is in short supply, perhaps especially on many of the CW's recent soaps: Charm. Much of that comes from Gina Rodriguez in a star-making turn as the title character, who through a series of unexpected mix-ups — one a real doozy — finds her life beginning to resemble the telenovelas she watches with her doting grandmother, who has cajoled her to remain chaste. There's a lot going on in the pilot, almost all of it fun and frothy, bringing genuine effervescence to CW's soap bubbles.
A winning star turn can make a big difference in a comedy. It certainly does in ABC’s Cristela, a fairly standard family sitcom that rises above its pedestrian premise thanks to star Cristela Alonzo, a comedian who makes a favorable impression in this series about an Hispanic Texas family. The show leans into humor that’s about life in a Latino family and life for a Hispanic woman in a predominantly Caucasian workplace. What makes the latter go down easily are Cristela’s reactions to her law firm boss’s offensive jabs.