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Hi, I'm Jenna and I'm addicted to great television. I'm on a mission to share with you what I think are the best of the best when it comes to shows and mini-series. Long format visual storytelling is my entertainment of choice. I've got a lot to say, so stay tuned..... P.S. I am under some sort of invisible legal obligation to state that I do not own any of the photos posted herein unless otherwise specified and if you see any of your images and would like me to credit you or take it down (‘cus you’re just a meanie), please contact me

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"Burn Notice" Season 5 Finale Shines

Jay Karnes (our favorite giant detective from “The Shield”) returns to “Burn Notice” as Brennan the psychopath. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Karnes is BRI-LLIANT as a villan. The only thing better than watching him go head to head with Michael is watching him trade quips (aka death threats) with Sam. The two hour season finale gets not one, but two guest stars. Tim Matheson also returns as Larry, the spy that never dies. Brennan has stolen the list of everyone that burnt Michael and now wants him to track down and kill every last one of them. Matheson is in town to assist with the slaughter. They off the first guy on the list. THEN…..Larry stabs Brennan!!!! It would be weird for Brennan to show up again down the line, but I didn’t want him to die! He’s such a great character. Karnes needs more meaty roles likes this. Someone needs to create another terrific character like Dutch for him.

Gotta love all the explosions and repelling off buildings. That’s why this show is so fun. I think that the popularity of Bruce Campbell has compelled the writers to make Sam’s character better and better. At this year’s Comic Con, it was announced that Campbell would be starring in a “Burn Notice” prequel about Sam Axe’s last mission before retiring in Miami. I noticed last week how svelte he’s looking these days. He can definitely play Sam before Michael. AAANNNNND……Jeffrey Donovan will be directing. My hope is that it will better than the “24” movie. It could fantastically fun or horribly wrong.

In part two of the finale, Robert Wisdom returns as Vaughn. I know him best as Uriel from “Supernatural”, but maybe you know him as Bunny from “The Wire”. Either way, he’s a scary dude. A high speed car chase ensues where once again, the Charger is destroyed. I swear, that car has 9 lives, maybe more. Jesse gets some rebar through his leg when they crash, but the team manages to hide out in an abandoned hotel where they attempt to hold off Vaughn and his men who want the list. Meanwhile, Sharon Gless gives another one of her amusing performances as Madeline get close to the politician that will do some good with the list. I’ve always found Maddy and Sam’s relationship to be strange. It’s not romantic, but he’s too old her be her kid. Maybe a little brother? It’s a quirky little friendship. I like it.

I think Jeffrey Donovan is an under rated actor. Yes, sometimes Michael Weston is a little stiff, but the look in his eyes when his mother tells him that she’s been shot and that there’s no use…….ugh! I just wanted to hug him. This episode was flying with emotions. Fiona’s love for Michael is more visible than ever. She’s a tough cookie and likes to keep it bottled up, but sometimes you can’t hide the love for your soul mate. Right up until Sam came riding in with the cavalry, it felt like a last episode. AND THEN……Michael gets back in? Could it be, after five seasons Michael Weston is a real certified spy again? My gut says, he should tread lightly. It might not be everything he thinks it’ll be. Can’t wait for season 6!

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Dexter" Goes Out With a Bang (Or Rather a Slice)

Steve Shill directs the fifth season finale. Penned by Chip Johannessen and Manny Coto, this episode begins with Dexter trying to find Lumen, yet distractions keep arising. Dexter finally gets to Lumen at the camp where all the torturing started after being pulled to investigate Liddy’s murder and a pretty bad car crash. Jordan has a gun on Dex, but he soon turns the tables and Jordan is strapped to the table. He tries to make Lumen and Dexter believe that the three of them are “in this together”. It’s pathetic. When Lumen plunges the knife into his chest, there is a release. It’s over. Deb’s savvy detective work brings her to the camp just in time to find our killers cleaning their tools. Deb draws a gun on them from the other side of a blood spattered sheet of plastic. She can’t tell that the murderer on the other side is her dearly beloved brother. Deb’s deep connection to #13 compels her to let them go, without ever seeing their faces. Justice is served. Deb’s monologue as she holds a gun to the sheet of plastic is well done. It’s a great close up and the emotion is her eyes is intense. Dexter and Lumen dispose of the body in the usual way. The shots of them on the boat, with this hopeful music is very un-Dexter. It’s no surprise that Lumen is leaving. How could she stay? Once that darkness is gone, how could you continue to live in someone else’s? Watching Dexter crumble to the floor in pain as she tells him she’s leaving is heartbreaking! No one will ever know him the way she does. For a while, I actually wanted them to work out. I have to say that I am surprised that Dex covered for Quinn. Granted he didn’t kill Liddy, but it would have solved the problem of Quinn poking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Now we just have to hope that Quinn is grateful enough to let things lie. What does our genius team have in store for season 6? Yes, there will definitely be a sixth season. My hope is that they have another great season arc. It obviously works out well. Thoughts?

Monday, December 6, 2010

FX Puts "Terriers" Down

FX announced today that “Terriers” has been canceled. *tear* This was my favorite new drama of the 2010 season. Granted, I didn’t blog about the finale because of my lack of satisfaction, but I didn’t want it to be canceled. It wasn’t even that the the finale was bad, it just wasn’t as eventful and dramatic as they lead us to believe it was going to be. The writing was strong and the performances, even better. Donal Logue’s broken down, wearied portrayal of Hank Dalworth was brilliant. “Terriers” introduced me to Michael Raymond-James whose babies I'd like to have. At first, I thought he was a bit dim and just a pretty face, but he’s got some real chops. I have no doubt that with this work under their belts, Donal and Michael won’t be out of work for long.

So what happened? Some said that the posters featuring the dog were misleading. I don’t think that was it. My guess is that not enough people gave it a shot. If you watched at least one of two eps and have good taste, how could you not go back for more?! Yes, I am disappointed in Tim Griffin and his writing team for not giving us a good enough finale, but it was obviously over before that. More importantly I am disappointed in “The Shield” and “Sons of Anarchy” fans that didn’t watch in droves. I am a loyal viewer therefore I will give any show a shot if it’s by someone that has proven their brilliance before (i.e. Shawn Ryan, Kurt Sutter, J.J. Abrams, Charles Eglee). Sometimes it doesn’t work out and the new show just isn’t up your alley, but show some allegiance! I put my trust in the writers and producers that have rarely, if ever done me wrong. Most of the time, it works out (with the exception of the series finale of “The Shield”). If you don’t believe me, watch “Dexter” or “Sons of Anarchy”. Some may fight me on including “Lost” in that list, but I will. Yes, I’m putting it in writing! I loved the “Lost” finale and I don’t care who knows it! “Terriers” will be missed, so Donal and Michael, here’s to you. Cheers mates.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Night Insights: Volume V

 Despite their off-screen marriage, Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter have been able to keep their romantic chemistry from seeping onscreen into their sibling relationship. Until tonight that is. At least this is the first time I’ve noticed it. As Deb describes how the vigilantes must be in love and have “serious shit”, you could see the love in her eyes. Michael remained pretty brotherly, but Jennifer began to glow in her performance as she acted off of Michael. I suppose you could say she looked like that because she was thinking of her and Quinn, but it was like she kept trying to capture Michael’s gaze only he kept looking away. Never expected someone else to get the drop on Dexter. The only other time that’s ever happened is with his brother. Maybe Lumen is distracting him. Last week I said that no one will ever know Dexter the way she does. After thinking about it this week, I think that equates to love for these two. We’re definitely in for an action packed season finale next Sunday. How far do you think Dexter will go for Lumen?

“Boardwalk Empire”: Season Finale
 Tonight, the boardwalk goes dark after the Empire’s first dozen episodes. Margaret goes to see Nucky after seeing his wife and child’s gravestone. Nucky tells her the story of how his wife and child died. The monologue is moving and wonderfully delivered by Steve Buscemi. For me, it was his best performance of the season. It’s funny how he was the draw for this new series, but it was the supporting cast that exhibited such terrific acting week after week. Maybe I’m not giving him enough credit. I supposed his portrayal of Nucky was just more subtle than some of the other characters required. Just as the entire show was, the finale was slow and didn’t have a lot of bang (with the exception of the D’Alessio brothers). Normally, I’d have a problem with that, but it’s fitting and I’m still wanting more. As we wait for a new season, I’ll miss the decadence, the beauty of the costume and production design, the stunning cinematography and the music of another era. Hopefully HBO won’t keep us in suspense for long.

 “The Walking Dead”: Season Finale
 Our band of misfits running from zombies finally gets to the CDC. Unfortunately, they find one lonely doctor that’s about to blow his brains out. They take hot showers and get plastered. Can’t say that I wouldn’t need a drink if I’d been avoiding having my flesh eaten by a walking corpse for the last couple of months. The drama heightens as the generators run out of fuel and all living things are about to be destroyed. Is it better to die quickly or to take your chances? I can’t help but to always wonder what’s around the next corner. We already know that our folks from Georgia will find out since we’ve got twelve more episodes next season. The problem is that it has the potential to suck. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this the first season and found it to be very strong. BUT……..this week Frank Darabont announced that he’s gotten rid of the writing staff. All of season two will be written by freelancers. How exactly does that work? Can they possibly have the cohesiveness that is needed in a series? I don’t know the logistics, but it makes me veeeeeery weary. Mr. Darabont, please, surprise me and blow my mind.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Sons of Anarchy" Season 3 Finale ***Spoilers***

All bow to the brilliance of Kurt Sutter!

The third season finale begins with what seems like and ending. A montage of the family with an appropriate song backing it. When Kurt Sutter directs wife Katey Sagal, it results in nothing less than magnificence on screen. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, every week, Sagal delivers an award worthy performance.  If only we could have more than one hour a week for thirteen weeks out of the year.

After three seasons, it still surprises me how these very masculine, macho men are able to express their feelings…to each other. They hug before departing on a mission. They say “I love you” to each other. These “brothers” are closer to each other than I am to my own family. I suppose with each sin they commit, it bonds them closer.

Sutter’s direction is impeccable. Particularly the scene between Jacks and Stahl that starts out on a low shot, up at Jacks with the beautiful blue California sky behind him. Then he circles the two as they discuss the deal they are about to close, officially making Jacks a rat (or so we think). The music is always carefully selected and very effective. It seems especially so for a highly emotional finale. Towards the end, I realized that many of the main cast members seemed to be absent. Nearly all of the major scenes involved Jacks, Stahl and Gemma. It’s not that the rest of the crew wasn’t there. They were always there, but their scenes were silent. The men appear en mass for effect. They communicate with subtle looks.

If you’ve read one or two of my posts, you know by now that I’m a pretty big cry baby. Give me some well written, emotional material and the waterworks begin. I think I balled my eyes out for the last ten minutes. Not for those that were killed. They deserved it (by SAMCRO logic). I cried for our boys and for what they were doing. They commit these crimes, do these horrible things and then they have to live with the guilt. We watch as all the characters we’ve grown to love are carted off to jail in a modern day paddy wagon. It’s seems justified that Chibbs should carve Jimmy O up after the horrendous things Jimmy had done to him and his girls. I don’t think he’ll carry any guilt for that. Opie puts an end to the lying, murdering, bitch that is ATF Agent Stahl just as Tig killed Opie’s wife, Donna back in season one. As I write this, I realize that not so long ago, Stahl had framed Opie as a snitch, so maybe he won’t feel all that bad. On the other hand, the actions that Opie takes, do weigh on him. He’s a good man and the gravity of his actions isn’t lost. Uncer knows it’s all coming to an end in more ways than one. After all that he’s done for the club, it’s heartbreaking to see him give up his badge. It is time, but it’s still sad.

In the end, Jacks didn’t betray his club. As he says, he’s not his father, but that remains to be seen. By the time we revisit Charming next September, the boys will probably be getting out of jail and there’ll be a new baby to welcome into the SAMCRO family.  Can’t wait to see what Kurt has in store. I haven’t been disappointed yet. This is some of the best material, dare I say EVER produced for television.

P.S. If you like Sons and haven’t watched “Terriers” yet, check it out. I’ll be blogging about the first season’s finale tomorrow. VERY EXCITED!!!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday Night Insights: Volume IV

Good call bringing Jonny Lee Miller on to guest star. This weekend I watched the 2003 BBC miniseries Byron in which he was great. Now watching “Dexter”, it confirms that he only gets better with age.  Dexter screws with evidence again to get the DVD of Lumen being tortured. For some reason, she needs to watch it. The shot of the video reflecting in her eye was beautiful. Great shooting and directing. I’m surprised how much I’m liking Julia Stiles. Until now, I couldn’t stand her. Her performance is pretty good. Dex and Lumen visit the first victim, Emily. She recounts her torture and names the fifth bad guy. Love seeing Scott Grimes as the last of our torturous bastards. You may remember him as Malarky from Band of Brothers, but to me, he’ll always be David, the smart ass kid in my favorite Christmas movie, The Night They Saved Christmas. Yes, that’s right, the Jaclyn Smith 1984 made for TV movie. This was an especially suspenseful and dramatic episode. I found the ending to be emotional and beautiful. Lumen knows what Dexter is and she doesn’t think he’s a monster. My guess is that no one will ever know him as well as she does.

“Boardwalk Empire”
This was a big episode. One of my complaints has been that it moves too slow and not enough happens. That changed this week. Jimmy’s father is revealed and it surprised me. Plus, I knew his mother was young when she got knocked up, but 13?!!!! Damn, they were dirty back then. Dirty. Old. Man. I’ve always been on the fence when it came to Michael Pitt as an actor, but I’m really starting to think that this part was made for him. This week, Shea Whigham really stood out. Until now, hadn’t given him a second thought. He gave a greatly intense performance in the scene where he stands up to Nucky. He lays it all out, everything they know, but that hasn’t been said. Of course, Nucky punishes him for it. I even like him a little in it. Michael Shannon continues to blow me away every episode. Tonight was no exception. Damn, he is one complex character. All this was a terrific lead up to next week’s finale. Can’t wait. Retribution is coming.

“The Walking Dead”
The reason this show is so good is that it’s not just another horror flick. It’s about the people, the emotion. Laurie Holden gives a stirring performance as she mourns her sister and then puts a bullet in her head when the breath returns. This group of survivors holds tight to every bit of humanity that they can. That’s no easy feat when you’re running from zombies. I like Grimes’ radio messages to Morgan. They’re like his diary entries.  In case you didn’t hear me the first few times I said it, Bear McCreary is a brilliant composer. His music is moving and sorrowful, yet hopeful all at once. I had tears in my eyes as Jim made an unimaginable decision. I can’t say I’d do the same. Is hope on the horizon? Can we expect answers in next week’s season finale? I hope so. Tune in.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Have You Checked Out "Hyperdrive"?

It's Thanksgiving week and my best friend is in town. We were looking for something funny to watch after running around all day. This is what we found on Netflix Watch Instantly. "Hyperdrive" is a British comedy that premiered on BBC in 2006.  It takes place on a spaceship in 2151. The crew’s mission (during series one) is to get alien businesses to move to England. Nick Frost is Commander Henderson, leader of this rag tag crew. You may remember him from such pee-your-pants-funny comedies as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the BBC series “Spaced” as Simon Pegg’s sidekick. Oh, but he’s so much more. I’m glad to see him in a show on his own. The officers of the HMS Camden Lock include….

First Officer Eduardo York: Neurotic/borderline psycho that can kill humans and aliens alike. He also has one of the creepiest voices ever.

Officer Chloe Teal: A very large woman that follows Commander Henderson around like a puppy dog. Teal is my favorite character. She’s Hi-larious.

Officer Dave Vine: Navigator/Dork. No one really likes him all that much but he looks so pretty in manscara.

Officer Carl Jeffers: Slacker. Cute. Dirty mind. Very funny.

Sandstrom: Pilot/Enhanced human. All of her memories and personality has been removed to make her the perfect Space Force pilot. 

The aliens are fantastically disgusting and their customs, so ridiculous and icky that sometimes I have look away as I laugh. I particularly love the fact that the crew must watch a film on alien sex diseases before making first contact with a new culture. How useful do you think an insta-drunk pill would be? If you’re unsure about your spiritual beliefs, you should look into Agnosticism. They’ve got hymns and everything. Their mocking of reality television is quite funny in the episode Artefact (2.2). All great reasons to check out this Brit Com. Oh! And it's not a big commitment. There are only twelve half hour episodes. Strap in and watch "Hyperdrive".

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday Madness

“How I Met Your Mother” – HURLEY!!!! Jorge Garcia guest stars as Marshall, Ted and Lily’s old college friend. Needless to say, there are tons of “Lost” references. How would you like to receive a text pic of Marshall’s junk? 

“House” – Kuno Becker guest stars as a man that goes all Jesus to keep his kid alive. Seriously? Nailing yourself to a cross? Given, I’m not a religious person, but I’d like to think that even if I was, I’d still think this is pretty crazy. Mr. Becker is all grown up. He’s not the cute kid from the Goal movies anymore. It was kinda strange to see him as the father of ten year old with facial hair and all. I thought his performance was great, especially the scenes where his facial expressions, didn’t match what he was feeling. Is it just me or does anyone else thing that House should have cancelled his plans with Cuddy to console (aka drink with) Wilson after Sam broke up with him?

“Chuck” – Who wants to wake up next to Lester? *gag* I’ve already expressed that I’m not liking this season because they’ve gotten so far away from what made this show interesting in the beginning. One thing that I do like is the relationship that has grown between Sarah and Casey. John really watches out for her, not in a fellow spy kind of way, but a big brother kind of way. This week Sarah has to save Chuck from the Belgian which means going all Tomb Raider in Thailand. This is probably the least mount of Chuck in an episode of “Chuck”, and possibly the coolest that Sarah’s ever been. Between Awesome treating the nasty diseases of the Nerd Herd and Morgan going after Chuck sans bullets, it’s pretty darn funny. This was without question Yvonne Strahovski’s finest performance. She kicked ass, she cried, she did it all. I’m gonna say this is the best ep of the season.

“The Event” – I’m not quite sure why I’m still watching this show. It started out strong with all the mystery, but now we know. Aliens are not what I was looking to get into. Plus, the story just seems to be getting weaker. All the things that it had going for it in the first few episodes have withered away. So disappointing as I wanted this to be great vehicle for Jason Ritter. There are so many terrific actors in this show that I think will be dragged down for being a part of it. I can’t be the only one that feels this way since their ratings have been going down every week. NBC announced that after next week, it will be on hiatus until after the new year. It sounded a bit like punishment for performing poorly, but this is the type of show that needs to play back to back to back anyway. Remember when “Lost” has reruns tucked in between the new eps. That didn’t work out so well. Haven’t we learned our lesson?

“Hawaii Five-O” – God Damn, Alex is hot! They should work in more shirtless scenes for him. Two in the first half hour ain’t bad. We’re on episode ten and I still have to let the opening titles play so that I can listen to the theme song. I dare you to listen to that brass and not hum along. How ridiculous is Jin clothes lining a guy with a hose and that fight when McGarrett takes down his target? Did you see that two legged kick to the chest? I’m sure there is a cooler name for it, but I couldn’t tell you what it is. I’ll take the corny, because so far, I’ve been entertained.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

"Luther" Goes Out With a Bang!

The finale is here, I’m sad to say. But, rejoice, there will be second season! We pick up just after John Luther has left the side of his ex-wife, shot by his partner. His reaction to the murder of his Zoe wasn’t what I expected. He stumbles down these steps and slides to the ground. I truly thought that he would have a more violent reaction, throwing things, punching walls.  Couldn’t help but cringed as Ian wrapped his arms around DSU Teller, consoling her. She is so distraught over taking John back and to have THIS happen. Luther goes to one place no one will look for him, Alice’s flat. I have to say that I’m surprised she would ask if he killed Zoe. Maybe just to prod him, but I don’t think she’d really believe that he would. Alice is more than willing to be John’s accomplice. She revels in it. Alice fantasizes that she is Bonnie to Luther’s Clyde. I’ve always liked Luther’s partner, Ripley. He is a straight arrow. If he believes Luther is innocent, the others should f-ing believe him! Ripley knows where Luther’s line is drawn. The entire season has been leading up to Luther and Alice joining forces. Their brilliance combined. They’ve even got us hoping for a little make out session…………maybe? There is such sexual tension between them that is just intensified by the crimes they commit together. It was brilliant to get Mark on their side. Mark had more reason than anyone to believe Luther did it. Ian was played. Luther lures him to the abandoned Waterloo station where he tapes Ian’s confession. At this point, Ian just wants to die, but John chooses not to kill him. Ian then lashes out, stabbing him. Alice steps in, sexy with a shotgun. She votes to blow his ass to kingdom come. The deciding vote goes to Mark. As the unlikely trio scream at each other, Alice takes the shot. A close range gunshot to the chest is veeerrrryy messy. As they stand there, accepting what’s just happened, Luther utters, “what now?” SO BRILLIANT. Creator, Neil Cross talks about his interest in betrayal during the inside looks. He’s definitely got a talent for writing it. Hear This! “Luther” is one of the best shows that I’ve EVER seen. How often can you say that one piece of work is so perfectly written, directed, acted, scored, edited and produced? It’s going to be a very long year, awaiting the second season. Catch up on BBC America OnDemand.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Favorite Quotes of the Week: Volume IV

Boardwalk Empire – “How do you rest your spleen?”

Bored to Death – “He gave Super Ray a beautiful vagina. Your stalker is a really talented seamstress, but no anus.”

How I Met Your Mother – “It’s a big ol’ bowl of porn flakes.”

House - “Going behind your back works better when you’re not facing me.”

NCIS - “If someone wants something out of your pants, they should have to use their hands.”

Raising Hope – “I’ll kill him. I’ll strangle him with his own sexually offending hands.”

Glory Daze - “My dad took me to a whore house when I was twelve to teach me the difference between sex and love. Aren’t dads great?”

Supernatural - “Ok, if you want to add glitter to that glue you’re sniffing, that’s fine, but don’t dump your whack-a-doo all over us. We’d rather not step in it.”

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Are You Ready to Relive Your "Glory Daze"?

Picture it. College. 1986. Freshman year. Any show that begins with Frankie Goes to Hollywood is a winner. Plus, it’s got that hilarious kid from Adventureland. The humor is mostly based on boys being disgusting and stupid, but also on the political and technological state of the mid eighties (i.e. communism and this new fangled thing called electronic mail). Ok, so we’ve got a Jewish kid, an Asian kid, a jock, a preppy rich boy and our average Joe aka Joel. This new formed clan decides rush a fraternity with no goals or achievements, but lots of partying. If you go to one of their parties, you may bump into a Mexican midget wearing a powder blue tuxedo (complete with ruffles) and a sombrero filled with chips and guac, but he’s ok with it. Eli, the Jewish kid gets baked out of his mind and steals the portrait from the frat house. When his friends come to the rescue, they get cornered by security and ask themselves the most appropriate question. What would MacGyver do? Apparently he would take off all his clothes, tie them together and climb down from the second floor. Cut to four boys in their tighty whities….in the slammer. Oh and one gets tased in the nut sack. I don’t have nuts, so I can only imagine the pain. After all that, cute Irish Eddie from “Sons of Anarchy” who basically plays Van Wilder as the head of a fraternity lets them rush. This show definitely has potential. I laughed a lot. Looking forward to the music as I'm sure they'll only use the best of the best from this prime era of musical accomplishment. The previews for next week show Fred Willard and Kevin Nealon. Not a bad way to start off. Very Funny.

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Monday Continued...Plus Some of Tuesday

“Chuck”- I’m really disappointed with this season. It’s lost its edge. All the reasons this show used to be so great have all withered away. Yeah, there’s the occasional chuckle, but it’s not even that funny, let alone exciting. I started watching because it wasn’t just a show about spies. It was a show about a guy that’s not a spy and doesn’t want to be a spy and doesn’t know how to be a spy. That was funny…and sweet. I still want to have Zachary Levi’s babies but not sure that I’ll stick around for season five if there is one.

“The Event”- Continues to intrigue me but there is less excitement and action in this week’s ep. Plus it wasn’t on last week. I feel like it’s lost some momentum and NBC agreed. They are going to finish airing the first thirteen installments and will hold off on the rest until January. If they’re smart, they’ll be sure to air them all back to back. It’s a “Lost” situation. Come on people. Didn’t we learn anything from ABC?

“Weeds” – What a way to end a season! Somehow the finale crept up on me. The Botwin/Newman clan is getting ready to start over in Copenhagen when things go awry. Esteban finally catches up with Nancy. Who would have thought that plan c involved giving herself up to the cops for Pilar’s murder? Poor Stevie/Avi. What a family he was born into. Season 7 should be interesting. Did you ever think Nancy Pants would make it to season 7 after Agrestic burnt down? I miss Celia and Conrad. Maybe they can find a way to go back to the new Regrestic. Maybe? No?

“Raising Hope” – Holy crappers. This show gets funnier and funnier. This week, Burt has to face the music for being a sex offender so that Hope can go to preschool. His crime, nailing his fifteen year old gf in a car when he was seventeen and then marrying her. I find it adorable that Virginia and Burt have only ever been with each other and are still hot and heavy. Cloris Leachman is ridiculous as ever as Maw Maw. If you aren’t watching this show, WHAT THE F ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!!!!!!!!!

“Parenthood” – I feel bad that I don’t blog about this show often because I really like it. Bonnie Bedelia was especially great this week. Old people have marital problems too! I love that so many “Friday Night Lights” alum are showing up. If you’re not watching and you’re a Nielsen family, tune in now and then so it’s not cancelled…please?

“Sons of Anarchy” – I cried as I watched Jacks follow that couple carry his child through the market. Hold his child. Love his child. He just watched, thinking maybe he is better off. Logically he’d be right, but I found myself thinking “go get your boy!” This is Sons and a happy family is not meant to be. Jimmy wasn’t going to let that happen. I cried again as Jacks placed the dead woman next her husband and placed her hand on his. I want this show to go on for many seasons, but at the same time I want Jacks to get out. I want him to take Abel, Tara and the new baby and start over. I want him to live the life his father dreamed he’d have. But now, who knows if that will even be possible. They leave us on a cliffhanger  one episode before the season finale. Does Salazar kill Tara? From the previews, it looks like maybe she kills him. Is it Tuesday yet?

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Three H's of Monday Night

“How I Met Your Mother” – Robin Sparkles returns! Gotta love it whenever there is an episode involving evidence of Robin’s early days as a Canadian teen idol. Space Teens is one great porno…I mean kids show starring Robin Sparkles and Jessica Glitter, oh and Alan Thicke makes an appearance or two. Ahhhhhh-mazing!

“House” – Small Pox aaggghhhh! Oh wait, not really. Oh wait, it is. Just kidding. Masters is much less irritating this go around, helpful actually. I did feel like there was less team interaction though. Overall, good episode. Loved seeing Wilson and Sam deal with cancer girl. It’s always tearful when a patient situation is dramatic enough to warrant House’s compassion. The goodbye scene was backed by such perfectly beautiful and sorrowful music. Come to think of it, all of the music is pretty good. Somebody hired a very talented music supervisor. Just take their theme for example, actually a Massive Attack song (which is my ringtone). If you have my number, give me a call, I love to hear it.

“Hawaii Five-O” – McGarrett really needs some assistance when it comes to purchasing footwear. Seriously. Dano and McGarrett argue over the greatness of Jersey singers including the great Jonathan Bon Jovi. Yes, you read me. How hot is Jin (aka whatever Daniel Dae Kim’s name is on this show) on a Harley? I’d sit on his bike any day. This ep, about the assassination attempt of a foreign dignitary has good guest stars, Kelly Hu (stunning as usual), Max Martini (usually the bad guy) and Nelson Lee (I heart him in “Blade” the series). Oh, and dead guy. Shield alum. Just sayin’. Ric Young who plays the mass murdering general creeps me the F out. He is one weird looking dude and really knows how to play up the creep factor. What’d I tell you about the bad guy? I’m right, every time…..exxxcccceept when I’m wrong. If you’re gonna engage in hand to hand combat, you might as well do it on the beach, right? That’s how they roll in the Five-O!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Night Insights: Volume III

“Dexter” – It’s very strange watching Dexter prep a room with someone else. How long before Lumen gives up his secret? I don’t want to see her die after all she’s been through. This is veeeerrrrrryy danger ous territory. P.S. Can they please drop Quinn down an elevator shaft already?

“Boardwalk Empire” – I have to say, Margaret’s character has become quite predictable. Still love Kelly McDonald, just sayin’. The little IRS dude, however did surprise me. Wishing there was more Michael Shannon in this episode, but I suppose if he has a large part every week, it would be a little too intense.

“Bored to Death” – I think season 2 is much funnier than the first. This first ten minutes of this week’s ep alone was hysterical. Talk about range in Ted Danson. Who knew Sam Malone could go from scaring the crap out of me in “Damages” to making me pee a little in laughter as the narcissistic, pot head, editor George Christopher. Have to love any episode that John Hodgman is in, especially when it involves slap fighting.

“Luther” – BRILLIANCE….for the fifth straight week in row. I do wish there was a bit more Alice, but in her absence, we’ve still got tons o’ drama. Neil Cross loves to push it past where we think evil can go. The twists and turns keep the audience invested and on the edge of their seats. This week, emotions run high and the bullets fly. The preview for next week’s conclusion looks un-fricken-believable!!!!!!! When people think I’m silly for spending so much time watching TV, this is what I point out to them.

“The Walking Dead” – Back to the human factor. We barely saw any walkers this week. It was all about the moral dilemma of leaving a man behind, lying and even spousal abuse. These interactions are great. They are human. They are real. Only three episodes left this season. I’m very interested to see where this all leads to.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Favorite Quotes of the Week: Volume III

Bored to Death - Ray - “You know I never thought I’d be in a graveyard, in a spa robe, talking to a beautiful transvestite in the moonlight.”
Hee Cho (Transvestite) – “It’s romantic.”

Raising Hope – “Lady I clean for caught her son shavin’ his privates on something called Chat oulette. Anyway, he got shipped off to military school and we got a computer!”
“My son isn’t gonna be the low man on anyone’s totem pole but mine.”

The Office – “There’s so much Asian stuff. I wonder if there’s a guy in China right now, looking at a bunch of our stuff?”

Community - “Accidents don’t just happen over and over and over again. This isn’t budget daycare.”

Supernatural- “Sniffin’ people’s butts, yeah that’s a real step up”.  

This Week in Review: Volume II

“House” – Not sure how I feel about Amber Tamblyn’s arrival at Princeton-Plainsboro. Well, not Amber, so much as her character. Med student Martha M. Masters is a super brilliant young woman with staunch principals. She doesn’t believe in lying to patients, which is mostly why House fired her repeatedly. Masters is socially inept, which paired with her age, makes her an awkward addition to the team. I miss Thirteen, but I miss Cameron even more.

“In Treatment” – Sunil is definitely my favorite patient/episode this season. His accent is hypnotic. His pain is universal, even if you can’t directly identify with his situation. Loss, grief, denial. His story is the most interesting. Frances kinda bores me. It’s not that the writing isn’t good. I just have no interest in her. Maybe fans of Debra Winger like Tuesdays, but I could just as easily skip it. That’s the first time I’ve really thought that about any of the patients. I never really liked Mia, but I wanted to find out what she’d do. Jesse’s need to shock Paul kinda irritates me. This week’s ep was probably the best one for him. He was more naked and vulnerable. He barely even moved from his spot on the couch, unlike other sessions when he’s fidgeting and taking his phone out. Maybe I’ll grow to like him more. As for Paul’s treatment, don’t get me wrong, Amy Ryan is great. I love her as an actress, but I don’t like Paul being her patient. I MISS GINA!!! It used to bother me how Paul talked about his patients during his sessions, but somehow having his former supervisor treating him made it alright. Adele is younger, less experienced and doesn’t have the history with Paul that made his sessions with Gina more layered. So far, this is my least favorite season.

“Terriers” – Every passing episode cements its status as one of my top shows, not just out of out of the new shows this season. Donal Logue continues to impress me with his acting chops week after week. We watch him resist the urge to jump off the wagon while the love of his life/ex-wife walks down the aisle. How can you not root for him. Thankfully he is distracted by the slimy lawyer that threatens and kills people. Love, the dorks in the RV. Britt can cry on my shoulder any day.

“Bones”- Two words. Cougar. Cruise. Sweets being hit on by a bunch of old(er) ladies, funny. Booth being jealous. Funnier. Brennan telling young guys that she hasn’t yet hit her sexual prime. Hilarious. As much as I have loved this show for 5 seasons, I have a couple of problems. The dialogue seems to have been written by Captain Obvious and the product placement could be a teensy bit subtler.

“Grey’s Anatomy” – I’m glad I kept watching. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no “Terriers”, but it’s gotten interesting again. Christina quitting, a world leader on the table, Avery kicking Karev’s ass. That was my favorite. He’s so pretty and now he’s violent. Karev absolutely deserved several punches to the face. I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. It is and isn’t surprising that everyone wants to rally around Christina to keep her in the program. She’s a bitch, but she’s one talented and driven bitch. I totally heart the new fire house apartment (with original oak floors).

“Blue Bloods” – Despite the horrible opening titles, I really like the look of this show. The lighting and camera movement is much better than you see on most procedurals (i.e. “Law & Order”). The family dynamic is great. It’s a good thing Jamie’s gf is just that and not a wife. I couldn’t stand her from the first time she popped up. What a ****. They faked me out thinking that the Blue Templar was going to be a real part of this episode. I’m feeling strung a long. It better pay off.

“Supernatural” – Soul-less Sam (SS) is now talking about himself in the third person. Not in that douchey way, but he’s acknowledging that there is old Sam and Soul-less guy. He’s rationally decided that he needs to go back to being the old Sam. I think that he sees how much Dean needs his brother and even though he doesn’t feel anything, he wants to give Dean what he needs. I want to know what’s going on with the civil war. They’ve got us so used to season long arcs, but haven’t let us in one this war. I want more Castiel!!! There are heavenly weapons out there! WTF, let’s end this thing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's Getting Colder Outside, But Hotter In My Living Room!

“Burn Notice” is back, baby! Part dos of season four premiered tonight. The ultimate spy, Michael Westen wakes up in the hospital after being shot by Jesse in the finale. Fiona is a bitch as usual, but that’s just how she loves. And we love her for it. Just as the Impala is a character in “Supernatural”, the Charger is a character on “Burn Notice”. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a sucker for motorcycles and muscle cars. I love that not only do I get to see Jeffrey Donovan play Michael Westen each episode, he’s also another character, whoever the job calls for. He’s pretty damn good at it. I was unsure when they first brought on Coby Bell as Jesse, the spy that Michael burned. It was time to shake things up, but I also miss the old team. It is pretty amusing to watch Jesse and Fi play a couple, especially when they’re fighting. This episode’s serial killer was super creepy, but what disturbed me more was Jesse’s reaction to him. I won’t spoil it for you. Wish there was a little more screen time for Sharon Gless and Bruce Campbell. Well, if I can’t see them, at least I can see the uber cool Michael Weston. Damn, he can wear a suit. Thank you Mama Westen for the shades to accessorize. If you want witness the coolness, tune in every Thursday at 10pm on USA or start from the beginning with Netflix.

Stay tuned....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Sons in Belfast

Sons of Anarchy that is. I can't believe we're still in Ireland, but happy that we are.

How I love watching all those bikes ride down the quaint streets of Belfast. I’ve been told that I’m attracted to violence. Those people seem to be right. I love a good fight and it’s very sexy when Jacks clotheslines a guy off his bike at high speed. The torture, not so much. I do prefer fist fights to guns, but let’s face it, guns are sexy. Believe me when I say that I’d much rather be a peace loving humanist, but I’ll say it again, guns…are…sexy. Tara’s boss makes much more sense now that we know she used to live the life, why she’s tried so hard to get Tara out. It’s refreshing to see how multi dimensional Kurt Sutter writes his characters and stories. No one would have guessed that she was inked when we first met her, not me anyway. Another reason this show is so great, is that the writing team writes terrific material for older actors. Let’s face it, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman are no spring chickens, but they aren’t over the hill either. They are Great actors that bring depth and passion to the dramatic writing of Sutter. I’m sure Kurt is inspired to write great storylines for his wife, but he manages to spread that love around to the rest of the cast. And they do him justice. The look on Jacks’ face as the priest tells him that his father thought the patch was a mistake…..so vulnerable. A way we rarely see Jacks in. I almost don’t want to go back to Charming. Belfast has brought great things. Three more episodes left this season. Already anticipating the withdrawal.

The Pineapple Returns

"Psych' is back! Happy to have Shawn and Gus back on the sched. For me, their bromance is better than Jay and Silent Bob, Joey and Chandler and possibly Turk and JD. Not happy that the premiere takes the boys back to Canada. Santa Barbara is a character in this show, the premiere should be there! I have always loved the fun and head bopping theme song, but why won’t they go back to the version from first season. Every time it comes back, I hope that they’ll return to the funner version, yes I said funn-ER. No such luck. Cary Elwes returns in a guest starring role, a little heftier, but with the same piercing blue eyes and sexy, sexy accent. Lassie actually looks a little younger, must be the hair. Shawn plans to profess his love to Juliet. Honestly, I’ve never liked her. I kinda hope he does, she feels weird and leaves Santa Barbara. I’m ready for Lassie to have a new partner and that right there makes for enough laughs to last a season. Can you imagine him breaking in a new partner? Unfortunately, the second half of season five didn’t start out as strong as I’d have liked. It was just ok, not as snortingly funny as the first couple of seasons. I still have hope that they can redeem themselves from the last several installments. Some of the funniest material is when they let Dulè and James improvise. Just take the psych outs for example. Psych outs and the promos are far funnier that many of the sitcoms out there. If you never saw the Ebony and Ivory promo, do yourself a favor and youtube it. You can watch the first 4 season on Netflix Watch Instantly or on DVD.

Check it out Wednesdays at 10pm on USA

Stay Tuned….

Monday, November 8, 2010

“The Walking Dead” Gets Picked Up For a Second Season

After only 2 episodes have aired, AMC has renewed the show for a 13 ep second season. This more than doubles the first season, which was given 6. Good choice for AMC considering the premiere…on Halloween…brought in 5.3 million viewers. I guess nobody trick-r-treats anymore. Last nights follow up “Guts”, retained 4.7 million zombie lovers.  It’s always surprising to me how many people love the horror genre. I was just never that into it, but then again, I never liked sci-fi until “Firefly” and “Battlestar Galactica”. I guess it takes the right (well written) content to get you out of your comfort zone. The zombies will soon be seen overseas as well. AMC pre-sold the show through Fox International Channels. I have a feeling it will do extraordinarily well in Europe. Just a hunch. The SVP of Scripted Programming over at Fox International Channels, Sharon Tal Yguado was quoted as saying “The Walking Dead is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more”. I sincerely hope she is exaggerating. She might need that sarcasm/joking font. No program is good after 7, let alone ten seasons. That’s why we call them soap operas. If you haven’t already, catch up OnDemand or see the first episode on http://www.amctv.com/originals/The-Walking-Dead/, were you can also play a zombie killing game and enter to win a weekly contest for a walk on zombie role.
New episodes Sunday at 10pm on AMC.  Stay Tuned….

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Night Insights: Volume II

“Dexter” - Jonny Lee Miller arrives on “Dexter”! I’ve been missing him since “Eli Stone” got canceled last year. Miller plays a motivational speaker name Jordan Chase. He’s probably one of the guys that kidnapped and tortured Lumen (Julia Stiles).They're doing pretty well with guest stars this year. I mean it's pretty hard to follow John Lithgow as a serial killer, but mixing it up with Maria Kennedy, Julia Stiles, and Jonny Lee Miller is pretty darn good.

“Boardwalk Empire” – I’m starting to feel like this show is going the way of “Mad Men”. It’s interesting and I like the storylines, but the pacing is agonizingly slow. I’m finding myself looking at the clock every five minutes. That being said, this week’s was the best episode in the last several. Loved the shot of Margaret at Nucky’s desk as the camera angles up her face and then down to see the ledger. Powerful shot and it spoke volumes about her situation. I also liked the writer’s trick of making us think that Van Alden is sending Jimmy Darmody’s money to his own wife for a surgery that will let her get pregnant, but actually, he sends it to the intended recipient, Mrs. Darmody. Does this man ever do anything selfish or wrong (other than beat himself)? I find him quite intriguing and well performed by Michael Shannon, but did you ever doubt? Not me.

“Luther” – At first, not quite as stirring as the first three episodes, but still bloody good. The scene where the killer’s wife realizes what her husband has done and breaks down….shivers. I felt myself gasp with her. What a great performance by Nicole Walker. Anglophiles may know her as Ruth from “MI-5”.  An equally creepy/terrifying performance by Rob Jarvis as the serial killer that’s weirdly turned on by hand bags. By now, we’re used to seeing Luther run after the bad guys, so it’s just as frustrating for the audience as it is for him when he’s confined to the station. You must watch this. I am not going to tell you the storyline or turn out, but DAMN! Talk about justice and revenge. Heartbreaking justice and revenge.

“The Walking Dead” – Chopping up zombies is dirty business. The sound department gets a gold star for this episode. It was Gag-er-ific! The second episode, suitably titled “Guts”, was much more zombie-ish than the first. The moral issues didn’t really come about until the end when they left a man handcuffed to a roof. It’s still got me, but I hope they go back to the human aspects moving forward. I am excited to see Norman Reedus in next week’s ep. At this point, I feel like this could be something really great or turn out horribly bad. It’s hard to tell. I’ll let you know when it goes south for me.

My Favorite Quotes of the Week: Volume II

“Two words. Autoerotic mummification.” ~ Masuka

“It’s not her nose that’s in my ass, Lily, it’s her heart.”

“You ho’s always leaving stuff behind. Now find your bag of dildos and make sure you lock the door on your way out.

“Sons of Anarchy” 
Hale “This is blackmail” 
Salazar “yeah, I got an app for that, homes”

 “Modern Family” 
“You care about germs? I saw you kiss a pigeon on the mouth.”

“You’re stuck with soul-less guy, so you might as well work with me.”
“My true form is approximately the size of your Chrystler building.”

Friday, November 5, 2010

"The Walking Dead" Walks Into A Spot On My Schedule

From the writer and director of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, comes a new AMC original series about zombies, yes I said zombies. The show is based on a series of graphic novels by Robert Kirkman who also serves as writer and producer. Frank Darabont penned and helmed the pilot episode “Days Gone Bye”. Brit, Andrew Lincoln plays Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, a man just trying to survive. You may remember Lincoln as Mark in Love Actually. You know, the guy that was is love with Keira Knightly and knocked on her door with the boombox and posterboard professing his love. Probably my favorite part of the movie. Annnnnnyway, now he’s donning a new southern accent.

We open with the small town sheriff’s deputy making his way through deserted, overturned and burnt out cars to find gas. He comes across a little girl, only to find that she’s a….wait for it…..ZOMBIE! Single shot to the head.

Rewind……Deputy Grimes and his partner get called to a high speed chase. $#!& goes down and he gets shot. Ala 28 Days Later, he wakes up from a coma in an abandoned hospital with zombies running loose. It’s been weeks. I have to say, the zombie eaten human remains looked pretty realistic….or so I would assume. He makes his way out of the hospital only to find dozens of dead bodies outside and over the hill is an abandoned military helicopter. What the F happened here? Grimes returns to his empty home, sobbing for his wife and child that he must only assume the worst has happened to.

A father and son find Grimes and after determining that he’s not a “walker”, take him in and explain what’s been happening. He sees for himself that night as the walkers come close and the boy’s mother tries to get into the house they are squatting in. There’s a shot that pulls in to the door knob turning…..love it! There’s that cinematic touch that I knew Darabont would bring.

Grimes brings his new pals to the station where they take much needed hot showers and gun up. They part ways. Father, Morgan uses his ammunition to draw his wife zombie to the house so that he can put her down, but he can’t bring himself to do it. Grimes takes out the best looking zombie that I’ve ever seen in the park. She has half a body and has dragged herself through grass. It’s actually more sad, than it is horrifying.

Grimes is on his way to Atlanta where he believes his family to be. He uses the radio emergency frequency to reach anyone that might be out there. On the other end is his partner who’s with Grimes’ wife and child. And when I say with his wife, I mean with his wife.   Grimes stops to ask for gas at a farm house. What he finds inside is unsettling. The family chose to take their own lives before being bitten (or possibly just after). To avoid having to stop for gas again, Grimes takes their horse. It’s quite an image watching him ride down the street with the shotgun slung over his shoulder. Oh how I love a shotgun.

He was told that there was a refugee center in Atlanta. Really…..it’s crawling with walkers. Unfortunately, the horsey gets eaten. Grimes gets away, crawing into a tank. Yes a military tank. A voice comes through the radio. Someone knows he’s there. We are left with a great shot that pulls out from the street as the walkers flock to the horse carcass and the tank.

The opening credits are washed out images against a dark and suspenseful theme song. I like it. One of my favorite television composers brings his talent to this project, Bear McCreary. You may know his drums from a little show called “Battlestar Galactica”. This is a much more subdued, sorrowful sound. It helps to give this horror show more legitimacy for those that don’t care for zombies and the like. Which is me. There are two zombie movies that I’ve ever liked, Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later. Frank Darabont is winning me over with this one. It’s not just a story about zombies. It’s a story about the human will to survive.

Darabont got some of the best in the business on board for this very unique take on the horror genre. My favorites include writers Charles Eglee, Adam E. Fiero, Glen Mazzara, and Jack LoGiudice. Among other alumni from “The Shield” are directors Gwyneth Horder Payton and Guy Ferland. So far, this seems like a recipe for zombie/drama goodness. Even if you aren’t a fan of horror or zombie movies, give this pilot a shot and then decide. It’s not your average, cheesy, laughable horror movie. This new series is going to redefine horror, not just on television, but on film as well. WATCH IT!!!

Sundays at 10pm on AMC

Stay Tuned….

Thursday, November 4, 2010

"Undercovers" Goes Under

NBC has pulled the plug on the “Undercovers” (aka Black Spies). I dropped it a few weeks ago. It was ok, but not good enough to pull me back every week. Apparently, having a gorgeous cast doesn’t cut it these days. NBC will air the remaining episodes in case you feel the need to drool over Boris Kodjoe some more. “Outlaw” and “Undercovers” are the only new shows that NBC has cancelled. It actually ordered nine more eps of the rest, including “The Event”, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” and oh dear God, why “Chase” and “Outsourced”???!!!!!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

News From This Week

Showtime has announced that they will make their content available online. Finally! Subscribers will be given an access code to watch streaming content including current shows a few former shows. I hope this will extend the time that episodes are available. Showtime is better than HBO in how long they post OnDemand, but you don’t always have access to all previous seasons. I’m sure the other premium cable networks with follow suit in the next few years. As consumers, we’ve become used to having full access at all times to all content. I think we’re a bit spoiled in that regard. We don’t need all of these technological advances, but I am glad that I’ll be able to watch Showtime on the go if I miss an ep (definitely not on a blackberry or ipad, but maybe a large laptop). Who’s gonna be next….HBO?....Starz?....Skinemax? Dear God, please not skinemax. There’s enough porn on the internet.

The “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff “Caprica” has been cancelled by Syfy after only one season aired. This news came only days after the confirmation that there would be another pre-quel series, “BSG: Blood & Chrome”. As successful as I wish “Blood & Chrome” to be, this doesn’t seem to bode well. My guess, just from watching the pilot, is that it didn’t have the audience because it was all about the moral and ethical implications of creating robots that look and think like humans. “BSG” fans went in expecting something with the same action and pace. When you’ve got such a connection to an existing series, you’re not really going to gain new viewers that have never seen “BSG”. Ron Moore’s Battlestar had to fight each and every season to stay on the air, so attempting to spin off of that small audience with a very different show meant that it was doomed to begin with. “Blood & Chrome” will take place during the first Cylon war, which does imply that it will be closer to the feel of the show I and many others L.O.V.E.  I can’t wait to find out.

The Return of "In Treatment"

Recently, I began watching “In Treatment” OnDemand. Wasn’t really interested when it premiered. I mean, who really wants to watch a show about therapy sessions? Well I’ll tell you…..I do! It’s the most intense 25 minutes of these complex characters’ week. You’d think that this was a very American show given our view on therapy compared to the rest of the world, but it’s actually based on an Israeli television show. Gabriel Byrne plays Paul Weston, a well renowned psychotherapist. Each episode is the session of one patient. We see four patients (Mon-Thurs) and Paul’s own therapy with former supervisor Gina (the magnificent Dianne Wiest) on Fridays.  Mondays at 9am is Laura. She’s a 30 year old doctor that is in love with Paul. As you can imagine, that’s not such a good thing. At first this story line was interesting to me, but it quickly became annoying. The first episode however, with Melissa George as Laura, blew me away. She was incredible. I was instantly hooked. Tuesdays at 10am is Alex, a Navy fighter pilot. He’s struggling with the fact that he bombed a school killing sixteen innocent people in Afghanistan. There’s a whole lot more drama where that came from and it’s greatly related by Blair Underwood. Wednesdays at 4pm is Sophie, a 16 year old girl that needs Paul to write a report stating that she did not attempt to kill herself by riding her bicycle into traffic. When she first starts therapy, she has two broken arms from the accident. Sophie is my favorite. She’s a tough cookie to crack. The BRA-riliant Mia Wasikowska (you might know her as Alice from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) embodies this insecure, strong, damaged young girl. Thursdays at 5pm is Jake and Amy (Josh Charles & Embeth Davidtz), a couple that seeks Paul’s advice on whether or not to have an abortion. They have been married for several years with a young son and have been trying to conceive a second child through IVF for the past five years. Therapy definitely gets heated when these two are in the room. Fridays at 7pm is Paul with former supervisor/friend/therapist Gina Toll. Paul discusses his patients, marital problems and most interestingly, his tortured childhood. Papa Weston left the family when Paul was just a child to run away with a patient of his own. Seems like our fine doctor is repeating the sins of his father, donchya think? His mother then went into a deep depression for years, later killing herself when Paul was 17. Gina draws lines between the problems of Paul’s patients with his history and current difficulties. It’s gooooooood.

In season two, Paul has moved his practice from Maryland to Brooklyn. We see a new set of patients. Mondays at 7am is Mia. She was a patient twenty years earlier and was reunited with Paul when he visited her law firm. He’s being sued for mal practice. Comes out of season one, but you gotta watch to find out what happens. I don’t like her at all and I find Hope Davis a little irritating. Tuesdays at noon is April. Alison Pill plays a college student diagnosed with lymphoma. She refuses to tell anyone and confides only in Paul. She’s my favorite this season. Wednesdays at 4pm is a family session, Bess and Luke, divorcing parents and their twelve year old son Oliver. Sherri Saum and Russell Hornsby are mom and pop and youngster Aaron Shaw is the angry, overweight tween. At first, I didn’t like this session. The parents argued the whole time and the kid was stuck in the middle. Dad didn’t pay close enough attention and mom was smothering. As the weeks went on, I realized what a great little actor Aaron Shaw is and how easy it is to sympathize with his character. Thursdays at 6pm is Walter. This high powered CEO is played by veteran John Mahoney. Pretty much the antithesis of Frasier’s dad. It was interesting to see a session where they delve so far back into someone’s past. He’s a 68 year old man remembering events of his early childhood that shaped his life. Very impressive performances on Thursdays. Friday’s we’re back to Gina’s. Paul commutes back to Maryland to see his kids on the weekends (after the divorce) and stops by Gina’s for a session before.

This week began season three. For some reason, we seem to only be following 4 sessions. Paul’s new patients include a retired Indian immigrant, an aging actress that can’t remember her lines and a gay, adopted, 16 year old boy. Paul has a new therapist played by the terrific Amy Ryan. I can’t wait to see what this season has in store. High hopes for Sunil, the retired math teacher and Jesse, the promiscuous gay teen. I’m sure there will be fabulously dramatic scenes between Ryan and Byrne.

I’ve never really thought anything of Gabriel Byrne, just that he was ok. This program has completely made me a fan.  If you’re not a watcher, I highly recommend checking out the first episode. If that doesn’t hook you, then you won’t like this show. When it does, you’ll be cramming in all the discs to catch up for season three on HBO. You can find seasons one and two on DVD from Netflix. Season three will be OnDemand (limited time).

HBO on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9 & 9:30pm

Stay Tuned….

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My Favorite Quotes of the Week

“HIMYM” – “You’re writing checks my vagina can’t cash.”

“Chuck” – “It’s gonna be scaaarrry, but good scary like pumpkins and ghosts, not bad scary like wars…and bears.”

“Raising Hope” – “She looks like a transvestite ninja.”

“Dexter” – “I would rather put a campfire out with my face.”

“Modern Family” – “Yesterday’s lazy cures today’s crazy.”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Sons are in Grand ol' Ireland

We are treated to a very special Irish edition of the theme song *screech* LOVE IT!!!! The boys are in Ireland to get Abel back. I know it’s a whole other world over there with the political situation and all, but do people really get away with beating the shit out of cops? I love that the porn star/whore gets an abortion under the name Sarah Palin. Priceless. Father lies-a-lot lets Jacks think that he’ll tell him where Abel is while Gaelic Ken and Barbie are taking him home. At least he inadvertently kept Jacks from getting it on with his half-sis. Kenny Johnson sleeveless as usual, just the way I like it. While back on the Isle, the boys blow off steam with a little half naked bare knuckle boxing. This is totally porn for women. Seriously. Shirtless sweaty men. Fighting. Irish accents. Damn! Is it getting hot in here? I kinda though there would be a little more meat in a 90 min episode, but still good. Can’t wait to see next week. It looks action packed.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Luther" - Part II

Intense. Riveting. Gripping. Just a few words to describe this brilliant miniseries. The second installment has DCI Luther investigating a cop killer case. The first scene shocks and it only gets better. A young marine is picking off police officers on the orders of his father who’s serving a life sentence for killing a cop. Daddy thinks that it was the cop’s fault that he killed him. Um…yeah, that makes sense. Annnyyyywayyyyy, Luther finds the marine and the standoff is crazy intense. Luther tries talking him out of killing him between getting beaten in the face and a scary game of Russian roulette. Meanwhile, Alice (the parent killing psycho from last week) has decided to stalk Luther and that means getting to know him better. She pays the ex-wife Zoe a visit, by which I mean breaks into her house at night scaring the bejezus out of her and new bf. We close on Luther and Alice meeting on the bridge. Alice thinks that they are friends. WHAT??!!! I have never seen such an uncomfortably genius relationship written for television. Alice is intrinsically evil from the first moment we meet her. *Thank you BRS for that one.* Not a quality that we often see in female characters. Kudos Mr. Cross. The performances are just as superior as the writing to anything else on TV or on film for that matter. Be sure to watch the extended inside look. The creator and actors give their insights into the story and characters. In addition to being ridiculously sexy, Idris Elba is incredibly intelligent. I totally want to marry this man. We’d make beautiful babies, don’t you think? If you haven’t seen it yet, catch up on BBC OnDemand.  

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Did Your Show Get Picked Up?

We’re just about 2 months into the new television season. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like the networks are being very generous this year. Granted, it’s the first time that I’ve actually tracked what’s being picked up and axed, but there have been very few cancellations this year. Here are the shows that have been formally picked up, at least for a half season, if not a full.

“Raising Hope” – This my new favorite comedy and one of the three best shows premiering this season (the other 2 being “Terriers” and “The Event”). Jimmy is doing the best he can, trying to raise his baby girl in a house of crazies. Creator Greg Garcia hit this one on the head. Every character is hilarious in their own way. Like in HIMYM, the lead character is the least interesting. It’s the supporting cast that truly makes this show pee-your-pants-funny. This is the role Martha Plimpton was born to play. Garret Dillahunt really shows off his comedic chops. I already knew he could do uber creepy (see his guest appearances on “Burn Notice”). Shannon Woodward is the closest thing to sane in Hope’s world. She’s fabulously sarcastic and witty. The gem is Cloris Leachman. How has Maw Maw not been institutionalized? It’s no surprise that this show was picked up. Even if the ratings aren’t off the chart, I think that word of mouth will get people watching. If you haven’t checked out this show yet, go to fox.com and catch up.

“The Event” – If you need something to fill the void of “Lost” and aren’t watching this show, what the frak is wrong with you?!!!! It’s got all the mystery and action you could want. Jason Ritter and Laura Innes deliver every week. The addition of Clifton Collins Jr. is perfectly evil. Every week, I can’t wait to find out more about where these people came from and what their story is. And obviously, what their plan is. At first, I thought that the title could screw them over. What are they going to do once the event happens. They can’t just string us along for over a season without the plan coming to fruition, can they? Now that I see how deep the mystery goes and how involved the back story could be. This show could be on for a good run, if done right. Not surprising that it was picked up. NBC put enough into production and promotion of this show that it’s getting good ratings. If you’re not watching, go catch up on nbc.com or OnDemand.

“Chase” – Seriously? This pilot was so bad that I didn’t even give it a second try. Anyone else watching this show? If you are, let me know what you and NBC see in it.

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” – Did anyone have any doubt? Come on, we all knew that NBC had a shoo-in with this one. I only watched a couple of episodes and they were ok. I just don’t have time to watch shows that I’m not crazy about these days. It was pretty standard, but a good substitute if you were a fan of the original.

“Outsourced” – Really? Seriously? Come On! I didn’t get past the pilot. If you claim to be a comedy and you don’t make me laugh once in the first 15 mins of the pilot, I think you’ve got a problem. I want “Parks and Recreation” back!!! “Outsourced” only got nine more eps, but if it starts doing well, where will PNR fit in? Pawnee is a staple in the Thursday night line up. I don’t see NBC moving a new show out of a Thursday night timeslot. I think they have a problem. Solution: cancel the crappy new show.

“Hawaii Five-O” – No, it’s not “24” or “The Shield”, but it’s FUN! The characters are great, the storylines move along, and the actors are pretty to look at. Plus there is that great theme song. Not surprising that this one got picked up. It’s a hit for CBS, grabbing the younger crowd. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are on fire. I think their goal is to have a hit show on every major network. NBC, how you doin’? If you haven’t been watching, check it out on cbs.com or OnDemand.

“The Defenders” – I saw the first three episodes and they were good. It’s just not enough to keep me coming back every week when I’m hooked on other great shows. It’s the kind of series that I’d watch OnDemand over a long rainy weekend or when I’m home sick, but not DVR on a regular basis. Not that surprising that CBS picked this one up. It’s middle of road and getting decent ratings.

“Mike & Molly” -   I’ve only seen one episode of Chuck Lorre’s new show and it’s what’s expected. If you like “Two and a Half Men”, this is right up your alley. The episode I watched was the second (pilot wasn’t available online). Two people meet in an over-eaters anonymous meeting and start dating. Swoosie Kurtz is Molly’s tiny, crazy mother. She alone is enough reason to watch another episode. After this one viewing, it’s not surprising why CBS picked this show up. It’s aimed at that middle aged to old people demographic and does deliver the laughs. Very CBS.  

“Blue Bloods” – I really enjoy this show. Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have put together a great cast. The weekly storylines are good and I’m more and more interested in the conspiracy of the Blue Templar, which they didn’t cover in this week’s ep. Guess they were too busy with the terrorist plot. Do you think Tom Selleck would adopt me? Not surprising it got picked up. If you aren’t watching, check it out on cbs.com or OnDemand.

“$#*! My Dad Says” – CBS decided to pick up all five of its newbie shows. Unfortunately, it includes this one. Granted, I’ve never seen it. I tried for you all, but it’s not online or OnDemand. Does CBS actually want you to watch their shows? I’ve heard that it’s crap, but being that I can’t stand William Shatner, you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. I am very surprised that this show got picked up since I haven’t heard a single good thing about it and couldn’t even tell you what day it’s on.

"Boardwalk Empire" -  Was there any doubt? HBO doesn't put money into a show that isn't Great, yes that great with capital G, by the time it goes into production. Of course they were going to make an entire season of this series following corrupt politicians and gangsters in prohibition era Atlantic City. What's interesting is that they picked it up for a second season after only one episode had aired. It makes sense, I guess and they do have the money. Either way, Sunday nights are sparkling. Catch up on HBO OnDemand.

This Week in Review

“How I Met Your Mother” – Jennifer Morrison joins the cast! She is Ted’s newest love interest. Ted gets to design the new Goliath National Bank Headquarters, only they want to use a historic architectural landmark. Enter Zooey (Jennifer Morrison…Cameron from “House”). Meanwhile…Lily and Marshall are still working on a mini Eriksen. Lily and Robin discuss the tiny penis of the guy Robin is dating who is also a friend of Marshall’s…in front of Marshall. He can’t stop thinking about it, especially when they are on a double date. Cue the hilarious dialogue. So, could Zooey be the mother? We’ll see.

“House” – Cuddy convinces House to watch Rachel and he lets her eat a dime. Who would have thought that House would make a bad babysitter. House and Wilson spend the day attempting to retrieve the coin. After Chase made a bad hire last week, House tells Foreman to hire a new team member. He instantly fires her and passes the task to Taub, who knows it’s a game. He tries to make House think that the candidate is his idea. It’s Lane from “Gilmore Girls” all grown up! She’s the pediatrician assisting on this week’s case. Jennifer Grey (nearly un-recognizable to me post nose job) is a middle aged woman with a grown daughter, giving it another go. The baby is sick and of course they don’t know why. The pediatrician realizes it’s all a game and doesn’t want to be on a team like that and turns down Taub. Everyone loses. Jennifer Grey dies. The grown daughter now has to raise her newborn sister. Guess the search for a lady doctor is still on. Oh….and the dime passed.

“Sons of Anarchy” – Tara helps Gemma escape from the hospital and that administrator even helped her. Didn’t see that one coming. Clay hooks up with the Grim Bastards (aka black bikers) to go visit the Mayans (aka Mexican bikers). Some of the Mayans killed a member of the Grim Bastards a la a knife in the skull. The Sons go to help even the score, but in a criminally diplomatic way. The leader of the Mayans gets his lieutenant to finger the guy that made the kill. He gets a bullet in the brain and the lieutenant (the lovely Jose Pablo Cantillo) get the shit kicked out him and his patch removed. If you’re not privy to the MC life, that means you’re out. At least they didn’t burn the tattoos off of him like they do in SAMCRO. Transport comes through and Gemma gets the intel. The boys are off to Ireland!!! Too bad they’re walking into a trap set by the devilish Jimmy O’Phelan played by Titus Welliver (aka Lost’s Man in Black). Abel, here they come!

“Parenthood” – It’s Halloween in the Braverman households. Zeke goes a bit overboard, but we find out the sentimentality of it. You just don’t hear Nam stories anymore. Christina and Adam begrudgingly decide to let Max trick-r-treat even though he may flip out. Sydney wants to be a beauty queen, which disturbs Julia. Sarah has to go pick up Amber and her horrible friend who gets drunk at a party and ends up in the pool. Billy Baldwin’s Gordon (also Sarah’s boss) comes along after their kiss a few days before. He proves his good intentions by wading into the pool and getting the sad drunk girl out. I hope they write him off. I don’t like Sarah getting it on with her and Adam’s boss. Plus, bring back Kevin Alejandro!!!! She’d be much better with a smokin’ hot, super cool warehouse guy. Who doesn’t like a guy that drives a forklift?

“Modern Family” – The Dunphy family gives up electronics. What, what???? Could you do it? Surprisingly, Haley wins the bet by tricking Phil with the cell phone she carved out of a bar of soap and colored black with a marker. I know, Haley? Apparently that girl really wanted a car. Cam and Mitchell try to get Lily into a preschool, but the competition is tough. How do you compete with an inter-racial, handicapped, African baby raising lesbian couple? You DON’T, bitch!

“Terriers” – This Jed Seidel penned episode was Grrrrr-eeeeaaat. Noel Fisher *sigh* guest stars as an amnesiac. He has the sneaking sense that he’s done something bad. Hank, seeing his sister in this kid, promises to help. Turns out that the boy had a crush on a girl. He planned a trip to Cambodia, so was taking anti malarial pills which made him crazy. He kidnapped the girl and tied her up in his closet. Steph isn’t doing so well off her meds. She’s having conversations and playtime with imaginary neighbors. Steph convinces Hank that she needs to go back to a hospital. They agree on an assisted living facility. I really like the relationship between these siblings. Can’t wait to see where it goes or where it’s been.

“Grey’s Anatomy” – Our kids are growing up *tear*. The fourth year residents get to play dress up for the day and wear the dark blue attending scrubs. The Chief puts them in charge as he has the attendings working on presentations for what they would do with a million dollars. Owen wins, arguing that the entire hospital needs crisis training in the event of another horrific situation like in last season’s finale. Even if you don’t watch this show, go watch the 2 hour season 6 finale. It’s fracking AMAZING. Although this show has slipped a bit as it has lost core members of the cast, it continues to produce extremely strong event episodes. I was wavering on whether to come back this season, but what they are doing with Christina’s character is keeping me interested. We’ll see about next week. Looks like a documentary film crew will be following the doctor’s of Seattle Grace Mercy West.

“The Office” – Timothy Olyphant guest stars!!! And we can expect him for at least one more. He’s a super salesman from whom Dwight, Jim and Michael try to steal techniques. A sting ensues and we end up with Timothy joining the Dunder Mifflin team as a traveling salesman. Will he take over for Steve Carrell next season as manager of our favorite paper company? Who knows? He does have “Justified” going for him, whose second season premieres on FX this January. Oh….and Andy, Kevin and Darrell start a band. Need I say more?

"Supernatural" - This weeks episode was titled Live Free or Twihard. Finally, this show is making fun of how rediculous this vampire craze has gotten. Some genius vampire decided that the way to recruit was to turn pretty boys that would attract and turn hot girls that would attract and turn pretty boys. You get the idea. Well.....Dean is very pretty. He gets turned, but low and behold, Samuel has a cure. Unfortunately it includes getting the blood of the vamp that turned you. Into the nest Dean goes. Some bitters get beheaded and Dean gets the blood. He goes back to being human. What's disturbing is that Sam didn't try to stop Dean from being turned. Samuel accuses him of letting it happen so that Dean could get into the nest to find the Alpha, the head honcho they've been tracking for a year. Ever since the whole apocalypse thing and even before that, Sam has lost a bit of his humanity. He just doesn't care anymore. He just wants to hunt and doesn't care who gets hurt. Far from first season Sam. If you thought that this show would go south post apocalypse storyline, you were wrong. If you aren't watching, what the frak is wrong with you?!!! The writing is amazing. Most people who don't watch don't know how REALLY funny this show is. Do yourself a favor and Netflix the first 5 seasons. Seriously....do it now!

“Blue Bloods” – It didn’t take long for this NYC cop drama to have a terrorist centric episode. It was mostly Donnie Wahlberg which is always fine by me. I can NOT sing his praises high enough. He’s become such a terrific actor. I definitely prefer the man actor to the bad boy, boy bander. It was a nice twist that the terrorist was a blond housewife. Glad we’ll be getting more of this show.

There were a few others this week, but this is all I’ve got for now. Stay Tuned…..

Holy Frak, David Eick!!!!!!!

SyFy has greenlit a two hour pilot “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome”! ADAMA RETURNS (and the crowd goes wild). David Eick, one of the genius’ behind the re-imagined BSG will return for the prequel following young fighter pilot Ensign William Adama during the 10th year of the first Cylon war. Sci-Fi God Ron Moore will not be involved, but I have high hopes for this new addition to the BSG Empire anyway. If you have not experienced the amazingness that is “Battlestar Galactica”, do yourself a favor and check it out on Netflix Streaming Instantly. It’s the arguably the best science fiction show EVER!!!!!! But don’t let that convert you. I didn’t like sci-fi until I begrudgingly watched the first couple of episodes. This is a show about people, about creating a new society, and about contemplating what it means to be human. The performances are terrific, the action is super fun, the drama that will make you cry….oh, and there is a ridiculously hot chick. The heart and soul of the show is Captain William Adama portrayed by Edward James Almos. It will be difficult to cast the younger version of such a beloved character. I know they already did with Esai Morales in “Caprica”, a prequel of another time in Adama’s life, but I wasn’t sold. That series just didn’t grab me. I think I watched the first two or three episodes, but it was much slower and a different feel from the re-imagined version. “Blood & Chrome” will hopefully be closer to action packed original in this re-imagined empire of sci-fi greatness. I will be anxiously awaiting the premiere……

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

"Luther" is the Latest in the Best of BBC

Sunday night was the American premiere of the BBC miniseries "Luther". Creator Neil Cross ("MI-5") writes a brilliant character in Alice Morgan, a woman who kills her family in the opening episode, but leaves no evidence. She is pursued by DCI John Luther, a man with an anger problem and his own sense of justice. I'm not going to give you the usual summary. I'm just going to say WATCH IT!!!! You won't regret it. The chemistry between Ruth Wilson (Alice) and super hot Idris Elba (John Luther) is undeniable. Both characters are uber intelligent, possibly genius. Cross describes it as a chess game, both needing to one up the other. It's a terrifically acted game of cat and mouse. Even the opening titles are great. The soundtrack is beautiful and fitting. The direction is by Brian Kirk is subtle but effective. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Sundays at 10pm on BBC America

Stay Tuned....