Lori’s list: ‘Supernatural’ visits Chicago, ‘Chicago Fire’ and ‘P.D’ visit each other
By LORI RACKL TV Critic April 27, 2014 6:10PM
Lennon Parham (left) as Maggie and Jessica St. Clair as Emma on "Playing House." | Andrew Eccles/USA
Updated: April 28, 2014 12:23PM
“SUPERNATURAL” (8 p.m. Tuesday, WGN-Channel 9): The long-running CW series is likely spawning a spinoff set in Chicago. See how it’s shaping up in this backdoor pilot that sends the demon-hunting Winchester bros to the Windy City. “Supernatural: Bloodlines” makes the most of Chicago’s mobster reputation; the idea is that various mafia-like monster families run the underbelly of the city while a new hunter (Lucien Laviscount, “Episodes”) tries to track them down and avenge the death of his fiancée.
“PLAYING HOUSE” (9 p.m. Tuesday, USA): Jessica St. Clair (“Bridesmaids”) and Lennon Parham (“Accidentally on Purpose”) starred in a 2012 NBC sitcom called “Best Friends Forever” about a couple of galpals who reunite when one of their marriages falls apart. They’ve basically taken that premise, switched up some of the details and reinvented that show for a new network, which isn’t a bad thing because the original concept was pretty humorous, and Parham and St. Clair play great besties. Better yet: This version includes Second City’s fantastically funny Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”) and Brad Morris (“Cougar Town”). Rating: ★★★
“CHICAGO FIRE” and “CHICAGO P.D.” (9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, WMAQ-Channel 5): Cast from both Dick Wolf dramas drop in on each other’s shows during this two-night crossover that starts innocently enough with a charity run outside a Chicago hospital. Echoing scenes from last year’s Boston marathon, a bomb results in the bloodiest disaster all season. The firefighters and paramedics struggle to clean up the mess, while the cops have to figure out who’s behind it.
“THE SIMPSONS” (7 p.m. Sunday, WFLD-Channel 32): Matt Groening’s enduring animated comedy celebrates its 550th episode with a block party that transforms Springfield into Legoland. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie — everyone in town is made out of the iconic, colorful bricks and life is good. Until it isn’t. Homer has to figure out how to escape Lego utopia before it’s too late.