My TV and Me

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?

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