David Wiegand
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For 556 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Wiegand's Scores

Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Lowest review score: 0 Z Nation: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 556
556 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    While it seems apparent that seeing the show live would be a hoot, it doesn't translate to television all that well--it just feels shrunken and confined by the medium.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Pieces of the familiar Arthurian epic are preserved in the script, but that doesn't mean the characters fit our images of them.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    And, in most cases, he has a concept for how the food will look, then has to figure out how to make it work. Taste is important, but seems to be somewhat of an afterthought.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Created by David Caspe, Happy Endings needs better writing and characters who don't look like characters in other forgettable sitcoms. Otherwise, this show's ending may be anything but happy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    F&B will rise or fall almost entirely on the basis of how likable you find Gosselaar and Meyer, not to mention the wisecrack-stuffed dialogue.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It is billed as scarier and sexier than the lighthearted film series. It is that, but still plays it safer than, say, "Vampire Diaries" or the "Twilight" films.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Of course, it's a coup for SyFy to snag Strathairn for the new series, but this is very much an ensemble piece. The other performers are all great at being unlikely and, at times, downright cranky heroes. Still, while their crankiness is initially appealing, it could wear thin pretty quickly unless they are given really smart crimes to solve.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Isaacs makes an attractively moody hero, and both the supporting and guest casts are superb. That said, the episodes tend to meander slowly from plot point to plot point.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Drescher is almost as appealing as ever, but the vehicle barely passes inspection.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Where everything comes together beautifully in "Broke," New Girl tries too hard and falls short for doing so.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    This is what USA does best, and Suits has a good shot of staying on the team. The only real danger is whether viewers will reach the saturation point for this kind of show. That's possible, even if the premise for Suits isn't.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is cozy, predictable, comfortable and, like a good ole' huntin' dog, not in need of serious housebreaking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The writers have calmed down a bit this season, but they still can't seem to resist the urge for over-the-top plot strings.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    She's foulmouthed, abrasive and suffers absolutely nothing gladly. Yet, as always, her own foibles crack her up as much as they do her boyfriend or visiting eldest son. The fact that she's completely unafraid to hold herself up to ridicule endears her to her audience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    In the long run, our interest in the show will directly correspond to our interest in whatever celebrity is featured from week to week.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The only differences between Last Man Standing and the old "Home Improvement" are that Allen's name is Mike this time, his job is working for a sporting goods company as opposed to a hardware manufacturer, and his three kids are teenage daughters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Beneath all the visual dazzle of the premiere episode, a bit of the groundwork is there, but Schlamme and Orman need to build on it very soon.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show has to get beyond plot predictability and one-dimensional characterization if it's going to survive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Although hyperthymesia is a gimmick, it works.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show's just not as funny as Chelsea Handler is when she's playing Chelsea Handler.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is moderately entertaining, albeit somewhat predictable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The sitcom, premiering Thursday night, is perfectly adequate, but only that, and it doesn't compare well to the show Cummings co-created, "2 Broke Girls," which premiered Monday on CBS.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The Gaytons have created declamatory cartoons. What they needed was a lot more John Ford and a lot less Cotton Mather.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is passable when its writers remember it is an ensemble piece.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Chasing and catching boars may be all well and good, but is it enough to keep us coming back for more every week? Well, if people can watch people fight over storage bins and seeing their cars towed away in South Beach, anything is possible.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's hard to think of anyone likable among the main characters, except for Jeremy. And that's the sly point of the show.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Nothing terribly inventive here, but it's fairly easy to like the three guys, especially Faison.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The focus of Weed Wars is sometimes frustratingly narrow.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It makes for a mildly enjoyable story and it's probably best not to overthink things.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    As the silly questions, the sillier answers and Norton's ever-burbling laughter continue, we raise the white flag and start laughing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's not clear from one episode whether the show's warm and fuzzy message can successfully counterbalance implausibility.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show has promise, but the one thing it doesn't yet have that has made "Bones" such a survivor is chemistry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    No matter the casting changes, Spartacus remains good, dirty fun.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The humor in Rob is broad, occasionally rollicking, not very clever or sophisticated, but some of it works well enough to keep the show going.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Obviously, it's necessary to give viewers the backstory on the returning thug of the week, but let's hope that if the show finds its legs, it won't need quite as many reminders of its fundamental concept.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are adequate, but in many cases, the cast deserves credit for having to enliven trite, stock situations.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    NYC 22 (for the 22nd Precinct in Harlem) is pretty average, which is to say: Nothing to write home about and probably nothing that you'll stick with very long.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Oddly enough, many viewers may not need to know DC Comics' Issue No. 1 chapter, verse and thought bubble to find Comic Book Men mildly amusing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There are some funny lines here and there, but overall, the show lacks satirical teeth.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Maybe Fairly Legal will become a kind of "Good Wife-Lite," with Kate and Lauren doing a whole Alicia and Diane thing, but that's not necessarily bad.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are all fine, as far as they go, but the script is filled with heavily telegraphed developments, inept character development and direction so scattershot, you're advised to have a supply of Dramamine at the ready to quell the motion sickness brought on by all the quick cuts.3907328.php#ixzz284ZLgzlk
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Oddly enough, the business of making duck calls becomes more interesting than you might think.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    To enjoy the show, though, you really have to suspend disbelief at many points, just as you do with "Grey's." There are moments when the frenetic drive for cleverness prompts some rather silly decisions about plot points.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The writing is light and somewhat predictable, without quite hitting the level of sassy repartee of the "grand old men" of the USA stable, Dulé Hill and James Rodale of the deservedly long-running "Psych."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It makes sex seem boring.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The production details and Stewart Harcourt's script are quite effective, but the film's pacing is too drawn out.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The series is kind of a mess, but one you can't really look away from.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Except for Hagman, the performances are adequate without ever standing out, which may be one of the reasons it does take so long to care much about the younger Ewings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Bunheads will take some work and it could just as easily become either annoying or likable.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    This is all fairly predictable stuff and makes for a show that you'd watch because of the cast but would never put in the top tier of TV shows or talk about the next day at the office.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Both shows [Bunheads and Baby Daddy] are agreeable additions to the ABC Family stable, even if they don't really break any new ground.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Sullivan & Son doesn't break any new ground, and you'll probably have a sense of deja vu all over again as it evokes "Cheers" and, more subtly, "Everybody Loves Raymond."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The comedy--anything but edgy--is one cee-ment pond and half a fancy eatin' table away from "The Beverly Hillbillies," and is rooted in the inevitable culture clash of a Tennessee family adjusting to life in Southern California.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Raydor is cut from different cloth that her predecessor and that's going to take some getting used to.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show, co-created by Shawn Ryan of "The Shield," is weirdly watchable, the way a hamster spinning a treadmill is watchable.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The bigger mistake is seeing the story as just a gussied-up whodunit. That may make Coma passably enjoyable, but it doesn't make it very scary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Future episodes may exploit the whole hick-in-the-big-city thing, but one hopes that doesn't happen to the point where we forget the courage these young men and women demonstrate to spread their wings.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The rest of the cast is fine, but without Gummer, they couldn't begin to rescue the series from its enormous burden of predictability and cliche.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There are some funny lines in the pilot, but it takes until the second episode for some promising chemistry to emerge between Urie and Krumholtz.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It has some winning moments, and clearly the cast members are having fun with their roles. In the end, though, it just doesn't connect the way it really should have.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Fuller needs to sharpen the writing by throwing even more double entendres in for the grown-ups. All the parts are here- they just need to be put together correctly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Ably abetted by the superb editing work by Alex Marquez, Untold Story shows how the nation's international policies were shaped, refracted and, at times, undermined by internal politics. That said, Stone's predictably narrow intensity sometimes works against him, frequently throwing the overall balance of each film off by leaving us with unanswered questions on some topics, and, in a way, too much information on others.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's in dire need of tighter editing, most of all. Yes, the images from the '30s are powerful, but after a while, their power is diminished by repetition.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's modestly entertaining, but because Davies and his writers and directors have employed a kind of wink-wink artificiality to the performances and style of Mr. Selfridge, you never quite believe much of it and you may find yourself caring only in passing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's possible that Washington Heights will devolve into "Jersey Shore-North," and become unwatchable. But it's hard to imagine young people like JP, Frankie and Ludwin going off the rails to that extent. As long as they don't, Washington Heights may be an exception to the apparent rule for this kind of show by keeping it legitimately real.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There are only fleeting moments when you feel you're seeing something brand new in Defiance, but in its imitative way, it's fun to watch, thanks to some competent CGI effects and decent performances.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Ripper Street is a decent but not especially remarkable thriller about crime solving in Whitechapel immediately following Jack's reign of terror.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Writer Amy B. Harris has crafted a clever, credible script, carefully adding a few veiled life lessons within the witty dialogue: One of the girls will learn that hooking up with a boy you think you love may not always end in happily ever after.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Beyond the gimmick, will there be enough to maintain our interest? If not, Cult could easily wind up as one TV show in search of an audience.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Even within the fantasy context of the show, there are a few elements that don't ring completely true, but it's easy to overlook them, if only because you're not given much time to think about things before Scheuring hurls another engaging plot twist in your direction.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Instead of being a whodunit, Motive is a "whydunit," which, except for the appeal of the show's star, amounts to a "whocares."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Life Is But a Dream, co-directed by Ed Burke and billed by HBO as "an intimate, revealing documentary," isn't really, but there are enough moments that pass for authenticity to make it a benignly informative glimpse into a rarefied existence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Nothing new is revealed in the National Geographic Channel's first scripted special, Killing Lincoln. But that doesn't mean the decently written and adequately performed docudrama is unwelcome.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Devious Maids has the potential to be better than "Desperate Housewives," but it can realize that potential only if it finds its own substantive identity instead of being just a recycling of the "Housewives" template.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Golden Boy is a passable new cop show from CBS that relies on a flash-forward gimmick to set it apart from other TV cop shows.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Mostly, though, Vikings is disappointing because so much of the component parts are good but are ill served by flabby direction and a gassy script.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The strength of the documentary is that although it is grounded in an extensive interview with its subject, it is not hagiography. Writers like Woodward and Gellman weigh in with considered and not always flattering opinions about Cheney. That said, noticeable by their absence as interview subjects in the film are Rice and, in particular, Bush.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The writing is ham-fisted and occasionally just howlingly bad, and the performances are OK for the most part, but Famke Janssen is godawful. The weird thing is that Hemlock Grove is almost watchable, at least for the three episodes Netflix sent to critics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Aside from the performances by Maslany, especially, and Gavaris, who gets some of the show's best lines, it takes until the third and fourth episodes for Orphan Black to start growing on you.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Historical accuracy is only hit-and-miss in Da Vinci's Demons. And that describes how entertaining it is too: More miss than hit, but it does grow on you.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are superb and make Bletchley Circle more than the sum of its pedantic parts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show is more noisy than funny.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show's primary appeal is its "Bay Watch"-like eye candy, but the performances are decent and the scripts occasionally poke their little heads above mediocrity with clever dialogue.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show has its moments, but almost all of them belong to Martindale.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Mom is hard-edged, snark-dependent and brittle.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There's nothing terribly memorable about it other than the appeal of the cast members. And that was earned from previous films and shows.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    It's about several friends at various relationship stages--long married, single and looking, single and finding, on the verge of divorcing--who envy each other for reasons that will probably elude most viewers because the characters are too self-involved and uninteresting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Reckless isn't anything close to being great TV, but it's diverting, especially as a summer replacement.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The show's special effects are relatively decent, especially when Gabriel activates his chip and can re-create events as his own personal hologram. But the stock prickly relationship between Gabriel and Riley, which will undoubtedly lead to trust and maybe something more, is tiresome as soon as it begins.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    There are definite comic possibilities in a character who has God on internal speed-dial, but the premiere episode is too overstuffed to give us a sense of whether the writers are going to be able to make the setup work beyond the few funny but obvious lines in the first show.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    King and Maxwell banter like a fourth-rate Nick and Nora Charles.... This stuff is much more credible, and interesting, in series like "Castle" and "Bones," but, again, those shows have better actors than Romijn as well as better writers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The odd episode of Hello Ladies has its moments, but it's difficult to imagine where the show can go. Merchant has painted himself into a corner with an unlikeable central character wandering through a shopworn stereotype of Los Angeles.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The pilot is fast-paced and gripping, as the team closes in on the killer. After the fact, it's all fairly preposterous, but there's enough going on through the show to maintain our interest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Yes, Arias (Tania Raymonde), comes off as a narcissistic, sexually manipulative psycho, but because we never get a convincing take on Alexander (Jesse Lee Soffer), the film is confusing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The good thing about Sean Saves the World is that it's an ensemble show. The bad thing about that for the show is that we're often happier to see the supporting characters onscreen than we are Sean, who is funny from time to time but whose constant state of frenzy gets tiresome.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Ironside might be a better show if it didn't follow the "rules" of standard police procedurals quite so faithfully.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Like so many reality shows, Below Deck takes the idea of disparate types thrown together in a controlled environment and capitalizes on two seemingly inevitable results: Friction and sexual tension.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Camp essentially needs to calm down and narrow its central focus on maybe half the characters and storylines it bombards us with.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    Parts of it are funny, but it feels more like an adult's creation.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Wiegand
    The performances are over the top and enjoyable enough.

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