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
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.
Pace shouldn't be a problem with a show called The Flash. And it isn't. The CW's high-octane series featuring the super-speedy DC Comics superhero moves briskly along, racing through a pilot episode that charts giddily high on the fun scale. Is some of the dialogue a bit on the heavy-handed side? Well, sure. Are a couple of the supporting characters as thin as a page from a 1950s comic book? OK, yeah. Do a few clunky moments register as overly familiar? All right, yes. Yet it works, mostly because the producers fully and joyfully embrace the comic-book conventions rather than battle against them.
Normally the reaction one hears when critics say that there's really no need for an American remake of the eight-episode British gem Broadchurch is that only critics watched it and thus the general public might as well watch the Fox version, called Gracepoint. But that doesn't make a lot of sense. For starters, the original Broadchurch is a brilliant, taut and emotionally devastating portrayal of a child murder in a remote seaside town and the American remake is flat-out inferior, despite maintaining most of the same plot until the seventh (of 10) episodes. There will be a different killer in Gracepoint, but it could be that the real crime was the idea to redo it in the first place.
Are there a lot of single women on the far side of 30 who are professionally successful and capable but have chaotic sex lives that bleed into their workdays? Are they yearning to see someone they can relate to on TV? Well, they’re going to have to keep waiting. The title character in NBC’s new sitcom Bad Judge matches that description but is so implausible that no one could identify with her. But she’s not so implausible that the show becomes an outrageous farce. Although some moments can be recognized as jokes, they can’t be enjoyed as such.