Review is one the strangest shows ever to air on TV, and even though Andy Daly based his Comedy Central series on an Australian show of a similar name (Review with Myles Barlow instead of his own Forrest MacNeil), it still feels wholly unique. What has made Review — in which Forrest (Daly) reviews life experiences like being buried alive, pillow fights, addiction, pancakes, and more — really stand-out is that Forrest’s choices have real consequences. Each episode builds on the last, with the reviews actually impacting Forrest’s life. It’s hysterical and horrifying all at once.
Season 2 concluded with the twin reviews of “Believing a Conspiracy” and “Being Hunted,” which spiraled into a final standoff between Forrest and his producer (played by James Urbaniak). It was funny, bold, and ultimately crazy, with the show seemingly ending right there. And if it had, it might have been perfect.
But, THR has learned that Review will return for a shortened third season, in a mutual decision between Daly and Viacom. There have been 19 episodes of the show so far, but there’s no word yet on whether this shortened season (which THR speculates could be three episodes) will air as regular episodes, one long episode, or a three-night event.
While I do think that Season 2’s ending was a perfectly weird fit to conclude the series, I also absolutely trust Daly to return and give Forrest a real send-off — though what that will look like I have no idea. I rated Review, and Daly’s lead performance, among my favorites of 2015, and will be happy to see it return in any form, while also remaining very curious about how it will end (*again).
So if you haven’t watched Review, I very much encourage you to catch up before whatever Daly has cooked up hits the airwaves. THR also notes that Daly has been approached from the broadcast networks regarding pilot offers, but there’s little chance that there’s anything he could do there that would match the unique tone, bizarre narratives, and brilliantly crafted work he was able to achieve with Review.