My TV and Me

November 4, 2011

The Sons are at the top of their game.

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!

“Clay can’t be saved.” ~ Unser

Or perhaps I should say that the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club are falling apart – ripping each other apart, in fact – and that Shakespearean-level drama has re-invigorated the fX series, making it one of THE shows to watch right now.

There are times that I just can’t believe what’s happening before my eyes: Did Juice just try to kill himself? Did Clay really just shoot Piney in cold blood? Did Gemma really stoop so low to manipulate Unser? Did Clay really just put that hit out on Tara??

It’s not that I don’t believe that these characters are capable of these things. After almost 4 seasons, I am under no delusions. But that Sutter is willing to take the story so far in this direction…I am both in awe and a little worried. Has he written himself into a corner? There can’t be any way to come back from this, can there? The only way I can see Clay surviving through a seventh season (which is how long Sutter has the story mapped out for) is if it is not revealed that he his behind Piney’s murder and the hit on Tara. Even then, once Gemma learns about the hit, will she still cover for Clay? I just don’t see Clay remaining President of SAMCRO at the end of this season.

“Relationships are overrated.” ~Clay Morrow

October 25, 2011

Chatter: Fall TV So Far

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 1:39 pm

I’m back from a weekend in New Hampshire, and ready to blog.

So did you see that fX has renewed Sons of Anarchy for a fifth season? It seems the ratings for this season (4) are better than they’ve ever been. And for good reason, I think. This season’s writing is much tighter and the drama onscreen has been riveting. I read somewhere that Kurt Sutter has the story planned out for 7 seasons and I see no reason why, at this point, we shouldn’t expect to see it last that long. The club is already falling apart, and I see Shakespearean levels of tragedy coming in the end. I can’t wait.

Person of Interest has turned out to be one of my favorite new shows. The procedural, stand-alone nature of the episodes satisfies my lazy brain, while the slowly unraveling of the back stories of both of the main characters leaves me coming back for more. I watch Michael Emerson for the acting and Jim Caveziel brings the pretty.

Are any of you still watching Terra Nova? I’m not. I lasted through the 2-hour pilot – barely – and 10 minutes of the second episode before I deleted the season pass on my DVR. What a huge disappointment for me. I was BORED with the family drama/ungrateful and obnoxious teenage son baloney, and found the entire premise to be completely bereft of any sense of wonder. Blech.

Let’s end this post on a positive note, shall we? If you have not seen Showtime’s new thriller Homeland yet, well, please find a way, even if you don’t have Showtime. Homeland stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin and Morena Baccarin and, accordingly, the acting is stellar. Danes plays an emotionally unstable/unhinged CIA operative who suspects that an Iraq War POW (Lewis), returning home after 8 years of captivity, has been turned and is now a sleeper agent/terrorist. It is the best-reviewed new show out there right now, and trust me, it really is that good.

Also, look for some Fringe recaps within the next day or so…

September 27, 2011

Chatter: Random Babbling

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: , , , — gina64 @ 2:49 pm

Has anyone watched last night’s premiere of Terra Nova? What did you think? I haven’t seen it yet and I’m feeling some trepidation after my Twitter feed of TV critics basically tore it apart while it was on. It can’t be THAT bad, can it?

What I did watch last night was the 90 minute season 4 premiere of Sons of Anarchy. It dragged a bit here and there, but overall I was happy. It feels good to have them back on my TV, and so far I like the direction the story is taking. SAMCRO wasted no time getting their hands dirty – I think they were out of prison for a day and half before they took out the Russian gun-runners!

A few thoughts:
Jax has good intentions, but I don’t think he will ever be free of SAMCRO;
Tara is SO much prettier when she smiles;
I’ve always loved the Genna/Unser relationship, and he was breaking my heart last night;
Opie, Donna is spinning in her grave – and please, PLEASE wash your hair;
Love the new US Attorney, Lincoln Potter. He is sort of Lincoln-esque, isn’t he? Ray McKinnon is the actor, and his Reverend Smith storyline was one of my favorite parts of Deadwood’s first season. I look forward to seeing what he does here;
Loved this (Gemma, about Chuckie’s new Hamburger Helper hands): “I bought him fingers. Those shitty little nubs were freakin’ me out.”

And my favorite exchange of the evening, between Gemma and Clay after some post-prison-release nookie:

CLAY: “That was fast.”
GEMMA:”Yeah, that’s ’cause you’re used to speed-banging Juice in dark hallways.”
CLAY: “Don’t turn what Juice and I had into something cheap and tawdry!”
GEMMA (laughing): “I’m sure it was sweet Puerto Rican magic.”

It’s not the guns or the violence or the sex that keeps me coming back to SOA. It’s great character scenes like that.

One final note…As you may have noticed, I don’t watch many comedies. I don’t know why that is. Perhaps I am just weird. Anyway, I’ve decided to break out of my drama-prison and check out a new ABC comedy called Suburgatory. It premieres tomorrow night at 8:30, right before Modern Family, the only comedy that I watch regularly. Weird, huh? What’s piqued my interest is this very positive review by Alan Sepinwall. He says:

…the highest compliment I can pay “Suburgatory” is to say this: it is one of the few comedy pilots I can remember where I laughed more the second time I watched it than the first. The comedy of surprise is (relatively) easy; comedy where you already know what the joke is but find it funny anyway because of the confidence and shape of the delivery is much harder, and much more likely to yield good results in the long term.

It sounds too good to pass up, don’t ya think?

September 21, 2011

The Fall TV Post

So guess what? Much to my surprise, there are quite a few new series that I’m actually looking forward to seeing this year. The most recent fall seasons have been fairly uninspiring – and that showed, I think, when almost none of the new shows got picked up for a second season – so I’m feeling encouraged about the prospects of this year’s crop.

*Inhale*

Quick and Dirty:

Returning Shows

Fringe – My current favorite, returns this Friday, September 23 at 9:00 on FOX.
Sons of Anarchy – Season 4 of SOA premiered on September 6 and I’ve got 3 episodes waiting for me on my DVR. It airs on Tuesdays at 10:00 on fX.
Castle – Season 4 of Castle premiered this past Monday. It airs on Mondays at 10:00 on ABC.
CSI – Season 12 finds the show on a new night – Wednesdays at 10:00 on CBS. Tonight is the season premiere. Laurence Fishburne is out and Ted Danson is in.
Modern Family – Season 3 of the Emmy-hog premieres tonight on ABC at 9:00 with an hour-long episode.
The Walking Dead – AMC’s zombie apocalypse show returns on Sunday, October 6 at 9:00 with a full 13- episode second season.
Survivor – I don’t usually watch Survivor, but my mother asked me to watch it with her, so I will. Season 4,391 premiered last Wednesday.

New Shows

This is a long list, and I will probably drop half of them. If I don’t, well, I have no idea how I will fit all of this TV-watching in!

BBCA Dramaville – Drama anthology that includes The Hour, Luther and Whitechapel, each a 6-part mini-series. The first installment, The Hour, began on August 17 and concludes tonight (I have only watched 2 episodes so far). The two remaining series will air through November 30.
Person of Interest – Airs on Thursdays at 9:00 on CBS, and premieres tomorrow night. Attraction for me: Michael Emerson of LOST and JJ Abrams. High hopes.
Terra Nova – FOX’s new sci-fi/dinosaur utopia-planet-that’s-not-really-a-uptopia-planet adventure series premieres on Monday, September 26 at 8:00. I love this kind of stuff, but preliminary reviews are lukewarm. I’m hoping they give it a chance.
Hell on Wheels – AMC’s newest drama, a post-Civil-War recovery Western, premieres on Sunday, November 6 at 10:00. I do love a Western when it’s done right. *sniff*Deadwood*sniff*
Prime Suspect – As a HUGE fan of the BBC original, I had all these built-in prejudices against the NBC remake but you know what? It looks pretty good. Premieres tomorrow night, September 22, at 10:00.
American Horror Story – You can read a description here. From the makers of Nip/Tuck and Glee and airing on fX? Enticing, to say the least. Premieres on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00.
Once Upon a Time – This is another show that’s difficult to briefly describe, so here’s a link for you. Premieres on Sunday, October 23 at 8:00 on ABC.
Homeland – This one sounds pretty interesting, a psychological thriller involving the CIA, al Qaeda plots and personal demons (of course). The cast includes Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin). Look for it on Showtime on Sunday, October 2 at 10:00.

*Exhale*

And I think that’s about it. Ha! I’ll be lucky if I get to half of these in a timely manner, and that’s only if my DVR can handle the load.

I am excited about a lot of the new series, though, and that hasn’t happened in a while. How about you? What returning and/or new shows are you looking forward to?

September 20, 2011

Today’s Tweets

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — gina64 @ 4:07 pm

Via @EW‘Castle’ EP Andrew Marlowe on the season 4 premiere: ‘I’d say they are in a relationship’. I thought the season premiere was good. A bit dark for them, but after that finale I’m not sure they could have gone in any other direction. I’m happy with the way the writers found to move the story forward and not have Beckett in danger of getting killed every time she walks out the door. And I’m very glad that she remember the “I love you”. Her therapy scenes are a great opportunity for some Beckett character development, something she desperately needs. (PS, Rob Bowman directed this episode, and did a great job. Of course!)

Via @televisionary – Ty Mattson’s brilliant re-imagining of Dexter’s opening titles, inspired by mid-century modern design:

Via @vultureFour decades of ridiculous melodrama will come to an end when All My Children goes off the air this Friday. My God, look at how crazy the 80s were! And I bet Erica Kane was responsible for most of it!

Via @pajibaThe Return of the Weekly Power Rankings: The 10 Best Television Episodes of the Week. Beware of spoilers!!

Via @sutterink – From the “PILOT. photos Jax finds in the storage locker. young gemma. young john teller.” New episode tonight, at 10 PM on FOX.

Via @EW‘Simpsons’: See Kiefer Sutherland go all Jack Bauer on Sunday’s season premiere!

July 1, 2011

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Promo!

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June 28, 2011

Poster for Sons of Anarchy, Season 4 Released!

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: — gina64 @ 12:14 pm

And it’s pretty awesome.

The show returns to fX for its fourth season in September.

(via Zap2it)

December 1, 2010

Roundup: Big Finale Week!

Filed under: reviews, tv news — Tags: , , — gina64 @ 5:02 pm

I only watch 4 dramas religiously: Fringe, Sons of Anarchy,Terriers and The Walking Dead. This week, three of them have season finales and for one of them, it may be a series finale.

Last night was the very strong season 3 finale of Sons of Anarchy, and it felt particularly strong after what for me was a somewhat uneven season. SOA is one of the more well-written/acted series on TV today, but I think they stumbled a bit and lost some pace/momentum with the trip to Belfast (and the Tara kidnapping storyline was an obvious delaying tactic). However, these last few episodes – beginning with the moment Jax turned the tables on Father Ashby and finally took control of the situation in “Firinne” – were a return to form, with the amazing finale – “NS” – tying up multiple loose ends and setting the stage nicely for season 4. The episode was tautly directed, but also filled with great character moments, which is where the heart of this show lies. Can’t wait for next season.

Tonight marks the season 1 finale of Terriers, which in my opinion is the best new show of the season on any television network – pay, broadcast or basic cable (it’s on fX). It is a darling of the critics and it suffers abysmal ratings. This may be its one and only season, and that would be a shame. If you are not watching Terriers – and you probably aren’t – then please make an effort to do so. I’m not sure if watching it on Hulu or downloading it from iTunes at this point will make a difference when it come to a renewal decision, but I have to believe it won’t hurt. Here’s a post from Alan Sepinwall’s blog with an exclusive message from the Terriers creative team.

The Walking Dead, despite what Entertainment Weekly says, is NOT the best new show on television. It’s good, but Terriers is better. TWD’s season 1 finale airs this Sunday, on AMC. Last week’s episode took the story to a new level, finally (I was getting tired of these people at each others’ throats all the time in that camp), with a change in location and the introduction of a new character. It all felt very Desmond-in-the-hatch-y to me, and that’s a very good thing. In fact, the whole show is similar to LOST in its broad themes – survivors of a catastrophic event have to pull together in the face of some pretty freaky shit – without being an obvious (and doomed to fail) imitator. It’s been renewed for a second season of 13 episodes, and the ratings are through the roof (for AMC), which means the chances of it sticking around for a while are pretty darn good (unless someone does something stupid).

I guess I’ll have to content myself with Fringe and holiday specials after Sunday night.

November 5, 2010

My Favorite Characters on TV Right Now

Filed under: miscellaneous stuff — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 10:27 pm

And what I love about them.

This post is a perfect example of how backlogged I am: The first draft was saved on September 28, and then revised on October 11. It’s time to finish it!

Caveat: When I say “right now”, I don’t mean that literally. A couple of these shows are between seasons right now, and the renewal of one (Rubicon), is still up in the air. Regardless, for now, they are considered current shows.

Gemma Teller Morrow (Sons of Anarchy) – Katey Sagal has been a revelation in the three seasons of SOA so far. She is fearless, fiercely protective of her family – both actual and the MC – and she’s not afraid to shoot up a porn star’s car or escape from police custody to go overseas to find her kidnapped grandson. She is the strongest and most complicated female character on TV right now. And don’t even think about messing around with her husband or you’ll get a skateboard to the face.

Lafayette Reynolds (True Blood) – If I understand correctly, the character of Lafayette was never intended to be a regular, but audience response to him was so overwhelmingly positive that creator Alan Ball made him a regular in the second season. Lafayette is the gay short order cook at Merlotte’s restaurant, who sidelines as a drug dealer (he deals “V”, or vampire blood). He is wickedly funny, smart, a snappy dresser and he has the prettiest eyes. I could listen to him talk all day long.

Miles Fiedler (Rubicon) – Miles is an analyst at the American Policy Institute (API), the intelligence agency that is at the center of the excellent AMC series, which has just completed its first season. There hasn’t been all that much time to flesh out his character, but actor Dallas Roberts has made Miles a favorite already. I love how nervous, sensitive, smart and shy he is. He makes me sad and he makes me laugh. I hope there’s a second season of Rubicon because I need more Miles.

Hank Dolworth (Terriers) – Again, another new show, and this one hasn’t even finished its first season; but I knew from the first episode that I was going to love Terriers because of Donal Logue, who plays Hank Dolworth. Hank is another flawed, complicated character. He is a recovering alcoholic who lost his job as a cop and lost his wife, and he is now working as a private investigator in San Diego. Hank is the kind of guy who acts like he doesn’t give a shit, when in fact his problem is that he cares too much. He’s smart, funny and sad. He’s still in love with his ex-wife, he takes care of his mentally ill/genius sister, and his partner is a former thief. He sort of reminds me of Jim Rockford, if Rockford was made for cable.

Walter Bishop (Fringe) – And finally, I saved the best for last: Walter Bishop (and his alternate universe double, Walternate, to a certain extent), the mad genius of Fringe. A tortured soul obsessed with pudding pops, Walter is the heart of the show (especially his relationship with his son, Peter). He is at turns brilliant, hilarious, caustic, joyful, frightened and frightnening (if you include Walternate). John Noble, the actor who plays Walter, has been robbed of the Emmy so far, and that really is a shame. He is amazing.

So, there you have it. My favorite TV characters right now. How about you? Who are your favorites?

September 7, 2010

Chatter: Summer Roundup and More

Filed under: reviews — Tags: , , , , — gina64 @ 4:07 pm

My God, where does the time go? This summer has been super tough for me when it comes to finding the time/energy/inspiration to blog, and it shows. I haven’t even been able to manage regular True Blood posts, and that’s just not right. I will remedy at least that situation and get something posted before the season finale this weekend.

In the meantime, the fall premiere season has crept up on me: Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy premieres tonight, at 10:00! (fX) How did that happen?? For those of you who have yet to discover SOA, you cannot jump into the series tonight. Rent the DVD for seasons 1 and 2 first. Trust me. For those of you who have been watching all along: Enjoy!

Now, some thoughts on stuff I’ve been watching during the summer…

(Persons Unknown was so remarkably bad, it merited its own post)

Is anyone else watching AMC’s Rubicon? I’m really enjoying it. There have been complaints about the “glacial pace” of the show, but for me, that’s part of the attraction. I love how the pace – and the setting, gritty New York City – is sort of a throwback to the paranoid conspiracy thrillers of the 70s (Hello, Three Days of the Condor), movies I grew up watching. I find the subject matter intensely interesting; the acting is superb; and the lead is hot in an intellectually dorky kind of way. Also love: the way the cinematography mirrors the “pattern” theme – API is an intelligence agency that looks for patterns in transmissions, etc. – with the way the camera settles for long periods of time on stairwells, bridges, the patterns of windows on outsides walls of city buildings, or the pattern of shadows on a wall created by window blinds. If you’re looking for an adult, challenging drama, I recommend it.

I complained early on this summer that Warehouse 13 was beginning to show signs of, well, being bad. It’s never been a particularly challenging show; it’s just some summer fluff with a lot of action, some funny bits and a nice relationship between all the characters, and that was fine with me. A few episodes into this season I started to get worried – the episodes felt a little *too* fluffy and frantic and the acting seemed off – but then things turned around and the show seems to be back on track. I’ve decided who I think is the weakest link in the show: Eddie McClintock, who (over)plays the smart-alecky warehouse agent Pete. Either he isn’t that great an actor, or he needs to be reeled in a little, I’m not sure. Regardless, I do enjoy the show.

Season 6 of Futurama ended last Thursday with their 100th episode, which was a good one. This, their “comeback” season, was a little uneven, but had some real gems (most notably: “Proposition Infinity”, “The Late Phillip J. Fry”, “That Darn Katz”, “The Prisoner of Benda” and “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences”). Now I’m looking forward to the Christmas special and season 7 in 2011. Woo hoo!

One last, little nugget, because I really do have to get back to work…
a nice little interview with Michael Emerson.

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