Archive | September, 2012

Tuesday September 18th – What You Should Watch

18 Sep

ABC from 9 to 11 is airing “Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time” with Barbara Walters

The season finale of So You Think You Can Dance is on at 8pm on FOX

NBC has new episodes of, The Voice,  Go On, The New Normal and Parenthood

Go On

Recent widower Ryan King joins a grief counseling group at the behest of his employer.

 

Parenthood

Episode: Left Field
Jasmine and Crosby define the boundaries of their marriage; Sarah’s new boss (Ray Romano) helps her understand Drew’s feelings; Kristina receives potentially life-altering news.

So You Think You Can Dance

FINALE
The top dancers are chosen.
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Monday September 17th What You Should Watch

17 Sep

Next to “Nashville” the new show I am most looking forward to is “Revolution”.  The wait is over the show premieres tonight at 10 on NBC. I actually got to watch the pilot on iTunes last week. It was ok, I wasn’t blown away, but intrigued enough to come back for episodes 2 and 3 before I decide to keep or delete off the DVR.

 “Bones” season 8 premiers at 8pm on FOX, this show really should have called it quits after season 5, but it is a ratings champ for FOX so it keeps on keeping on. Perhaps it will rebound this year.  Interesting fun fact, David Boreanaz has been on TV with no breaks for the last 15 years and 3 series. That has to be some kind of record, he played Angel on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” for three seasons, then “Angel” for 5 seasons, followed immediately by “Bones” for the last 7.  Bones producer Stephan Nathan just revealed that they are currently negotiating with Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel for 2 more seasons.  

 The series premiere of “The Mob Doctor” at 9pm on FOX.   I don’t think any of us believes that “The Mob Doctor” will last more than a few episodes. I am not even setting the DVR.

ABC is airing a 3 hour special, from 8 to 11pm of highlights from the 4 day Country Music Association Festival.  I wonder how many times the “Nashville” promos will run during this show.

CBS is repeats from 8 to 11, and The CW is running back to back new episodes of  The LA Complex at 8 and 9.

The Blind Auditions continue on The Voice on NBC at 8.

Revolution

Episode: Pilot
In a world without electricity, an American family struggles to reunite.
 

Bones

After Brennan is accused of murder, her father (Ryan O’Neal) helps her hide from the FBI; Booth and the team think an evil tech genius (Andrew Leeds) manipulated evidence to implicate Brennan.

The Mob Doctor

Episode: Pilot
Dr. Grace Devlin struggles to meet the demands of her job at Chicago’s Roosevelt Memorial Center as she also works for the mafia men to whom she is indebted.
 
CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock

Highlights of the four-day event featuring today’s hottest country music stars; Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry host.

Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban named ‘American Idol’ judges | Inside TV | EW.com

17 Sep

2 more reasons not to watch.  Is this Idol’s last season as The Voice takes over.

Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban named ‘American Idol’ judges | Inside TV | EW.com.

[VIDEO] Vampire Diaries Season 4 Premiere — Vampire Elena Scene – TVLine

17 Sep

“am I dead?”

[VIDEO] Vampire Diaries Season 4 Premiere — Vampire Elena Scene – TVLine.

Boardwalk Empire – Under The Boardwalk

16 Sep

The third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire opens on New Year’s Eve 1923, the roaring 20’s are in full swing and prohibition is a gangster’s best friend. It’s hard to believe that the stock market crash is a mere 6 years away.  Nucky’s new adversary is Gyp Rosetti played by the wonderful Bobby Cannavale, if the premiere is a promise of things to come we are in for one heck of a season. Just like Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, don’t tell Gyp he makes you laugh, or offer to help him change a tire.

It is also clear, if it wasn’t when Nicky killed Jimmy at the end of last season in the first ten minutes of this season when he confronts Nate the thief, that Nucky is in full on gangster mode, no ambiguity, no questions.  

Margaret continues to assert her independence, even as she plays dutiful wife to the man she continues to grow apart from and despises.  At the end of last season she signed over his highway windfall to the catholic church. This season she is using his money to fund a project at St. Theresa’s Hospital, that will educate women about pre-natal care. Margaret started down an interesting road last year, I hope her character continues to grow and develop in this direction.

There are several references made to Carrie Duncan, who is attempting to fly solo across the country.  Obviously the men think she should stay home and serve her husband. Given that women are currently under attack in this in country by narrow minded men its no coincidence we have this bit of  business. Women only got the right to vote in 1920, that’s less than a 100 years ago ladies.

Al Capone and the Chicago crew have their hands full with territory issues and solve their problems the good old fashion way.

Nucky and Margaret throw an elaborate Egyptian themed New Year’s Eve Party, where we are introduced to Nucky’s new girlfriend Billie.  I want to be invited to Nucky’s next party he gives the best gifts, diamond jewelery for all his guests.  The big news, Nucky is only selling to Rothstein, if anyone wants to buy they need to go to Rothstein. Gyp is not happy with this change, he calls Nucky a bread stick in a suit. Which is actually pretty funny, if he wasn’t so scary.

The greatest changes come in the form of Eli and Van Alden, both men shells of their former selves. Much credit is due to the actors who portray these characters, Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon. Both have fallen so far over the last two seasons, and their despair is made more real by their portrayer.  In a scene out of the Godfather, when Michael makes an innocent pretend to be a made guy, Van Alden walks into a flower shop where Capone is about to whack O’Banyon. O’Banyon makes Capone think Van Alden’s sample case is a weapon. It works and Capone is scared off, O’Banyon offers Van Alden a job. Van Alden loses the sales contest, so we all know he is going to the gangster for work. Way to bring him back in the action and the character full circle.

Gillian, Jimmy’s mother portrayed by Gretchen Mol, gives me the creeps, even before we found out she molested her son, she made my skin crawl.  Having her raise Jimmy and Angela’s son fills me with fear for that child, I can only hope that with Richard around he becomes the childs protector and perhaps he has to kill Gillian before the season is out to protect the child. Gillian has started a business, a brothel, what else would we expect.

Richard, sure he has killed 60 men, but somehow that doesn’t seem to bother me, he has become my favorite character on the show. Certainly the most sympathetic and likeable, I just want to hug him and make him feel better.  Richard is looking out for Jimmy’s son, keeping the memories of his parents alive, much to Gillian’s chagrin. Richard kills Manny Horvitz and his driver as revenge for killing Angela last season.

And of course my favorite gangster of them all Arnold Rothstein, played by the brilliant Michael Stuhlbarg. If you don’t belive me all you need to to is compare his work in Boardwalk with his work in Men In Black 3, unless you knew his name you would have no idea this was the same man.

This show has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the talent, there isn’t a weak link in this chain.

This promises to be a great season, even darker than the last two, and I couldn’t be more excited that Nucky and the crew are back.

Sunday September 16th What You Should Watch

16 Sep

Boardwalk Empire is back for Season 3 on HBO. 

Tonight ABC is catching us up on Revenge with three episodes airing back to back tonight from 8 to 11.

NBC Sunday Night Football game is Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

CBS has repeats of The Good Wife and The Mentalist

Broadway or Bust continues on PBS.

The series finale of Weeds airs at 10pm on Showtime

Boardwalk Empire

Episode: Resolution
Nucky makes a resolution; Margaret considers a hospital expansion; Gillian builds a new business; Van Alden stumbles onto a confrontation.
 

Weeds

Episode: It’s Time
FINALE
 
 

Broadway or Bust

Episode: Boot Camp
Performers prepare for the auditions and awards ceremony.
 
 

The Good Wife

Alicia represents a judge facing misconduct charges; Cary makes a decision about his career; Kalinda deals with the consequences of Agent Delaney’s investigation.

 

The Mentalist

 A message from Red John causes Jane to lose focus on a current investigation, putting his career in jeopardy.
 

Revenge

Episode: Pilot
Emily Thorne rents the Southampton home she once shared with her father and sets her plan in motion.
 
Revenge

Episode: Chaos
Emily’s vendetta takes a dark turn at her and Daniel’s engagement party, putting everyone in mortal danger; Jack decides to track down Amanda; Charlotte goes to extremes to relieve the pain of her family’s betrayal.
 
Revenge

Emily intends to finally follow through with her plan for revenge; the Graysons continue down a path of self-destruction; an explosive event changes everything.

Saturday September 15th What You Should Watch

15 Sep

ABC its Notre Dame vs. Michigan State and on FOX its USC at Stanford. NBC is repeating the The Voice episodes from earlier in the week. CBS is showing repeats of NCIS, Hawaii 5-0 and 48 Mystery.

BBC America has new Doctor Who

The Biography Channel has a new episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories

CMT (Country Music Television) Premieres Bayou Billionaires, and Redneck Rehab tonight.

Bayou Billionaires

Gerald Sr. and the Dowden men build a float for the “Holiday in Dixie” parade
 

Redneck Rehab

Patrick Higgs has alienated his redneck past, but looks to reunite with his family on a camping trip.

Thursday September 13th – What’s On

13 Sep

The X Factor continues at 8 on FOX, followed at 9 by the season premiere of Glee.  The show is splitting it’s focus between the new kids in the New Directions, and graduates Rachel, Finn and Kurt. Tonight’s guest star, Kate Hudson as Rachel’s dance teacher at NYADA.  

America’s Got Talent season finale airs tonight.

Glee

New Directions holds open auditions; Rachel struggles to please her dance teacher at NYADA.

Wednesday September 12th – What’s On

12 Sep

Drumroll please…………the moment we have all been waiting for the premiere of The X-Factor with Brittney Spears on FOX at 8.

NBC at 10 premieres Guys with Kids, and Animal Practice at 10:30, now which one of these will be cancelled first.  Do you think they will beat last seasons record holder for fastest sitcom canceled currently held by “Free Agents“. 

Guys With Kids

Episode: Pilot
Chris tries to find a baby sitter so he can go to a basketball game without his ex-wife finding out; Gary and Marny get some time alone in an unusual spot; Nick forgets something important.

Animal Practice

Episode: Pilot
Dr. George Coleman, an anti-social but successful veterinarian, is dismayed when he learns that his ex-girlfriend has inherited the hospital where he works and is now his superior.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The X Factor

Hopefuls perform for the judges.

Tuesday September 11th – What You Should Watch

11 Sep

Finally – Premieres Begin Tonight.

NBC is first out of the gate with Go On, The New Normal and Parenthood.

Did you catch the pilot of  “Go On” this summer during the Olympics? As I said I give all new shows three episodes, this one has 2 more and its a goner.  I love Mathew Perry, but this show isn’t really that funny and the premise wore thin by the end of the pilot.

I watched the pilot for “The New Normal” on Hulu last week, it has it’s moments, but somehow it just feels like on big PSA for gay couples and their right to have babies. Which isn’t surprising since it is from Ryan Murphy, the same man that turned Glee into one long PSA last season.  2 more and its a goner. Ellen Barkin is the Sue Sylvester of this Murphy production.

Parenthood, loved the movie, can’t get into the show, but I am setting the DVR and giving it another chance.

The Voice continues tonight on NBC at 8, and the top 4 perform on So You Think You Can Dance on FOX at 8.

Go On

Ryan struggles to keep the group separate from his personal life; Steven awkwardly tries to help Ryan overcome his loss

The New Normal

A waitress and single mother from the Midwest agrees to be a surrogate mother for Los Angeles couple Bryan and David.

Parenthood

As Haddie prepares to head off to college, the Bravermans gather for a family portrait; Joel and Julia worry about the behavior of their newly adopted son; Sarah tries to impress a photographer (Ray Romano) with her skills as an assistant.
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