Monday October 1 What You Should Watch

1 Oct

It’s the second week of the new season, Mob Doctor hasn’t been cancelled, yet.  Castle had a stong start last week, and Dancing With The Stars All Stars is having the best ratings of its run.

My pick for tonight is Bones, it has become a new show this year, congrats team Bones.

Bones

After an explosion in a hotel garage, the Jeffersonian team tries to identify victims by investigating remains found at the scene; Sweets works with a temporary partner (Danielle Panabaker) while Booth works on the department’s budget.

Castle

On Beckett’s first day back from suspension, she and Castle investigate a weathercaster’s death, and try to hide their relationship from their co-workers.

Revolution

Episode: No Quarter
Nora takes Charlie and Miles back to the rebel camp; Maggie and Aaron look for Grace; Danny takes a stand.

2 Broke Girls

Max and Caroline hold onto the hope that Martha Stewart will help support their business; Caroline loses a good luck charm.

Partners

When Louis learns that Joe and Ali haven’t been romantic lately, he decides to interfere.

Big Sunday September 30 – Set The DVR – Premieres

30 Sep

Oh my, there are 6 shows premiering tonight.  I can’t decide which one I am the most excited about I guess Homeland and Revenge are tied for first, then The Good Wife (Kalinda’s husband!!!), Dexter and Once Upon a Time. Curiosity has me checking out 666 Park Avenue, that and Terry O’Quinn.

 Boardwalk Empire continues its third season tonight on HBO, do you like Bobby Canavale’s performance, so far I think it is too one dimensional psycho gangster. He needs some depth and a backstory. 

Thank goodness I get the east cost feeds for Showtime and HBO, I get to see Dexter at 6pm instead of 9pm and Homeland at 7pm instead of 10pm.

The Mentalist season premiere is tonight at 10pm on CBS and Fox’s Sunday night line up returns starting at 9pm.

Homeland

Episode: The Smile
A former asset threatens Carrie’s peace; Brody learns Nazir may not be happy with a nonviolent approach; Dana lets a secret slip

Revenge

Episode: Destiny
With the ante even higher after last summer’s events in the Hamptons, Emily must plan her next move.

The Good Wife

A state trooper targets Zach, putting Alicia on the offensive; Kalinda decides to face her problems; Diane and Will explore the firm’s financial issues.

Dexter

Episode: Are You …?
Deb tries to cover up involvement in Travis’ murder; Detective Mike Anderson has an unfortunate run-in; Quinn and Batista make amends; LaGuerta rethinks the Bay Harbor Butcher

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Broken
As fairytale characters awaken from Queen Regina’s curse, they are not transported back to their home; Prince Phillip and his traveling companion realize they will be facing a deadly foe.

666 Park Avenue

Episode: Pilot
Jane and Henry are offered a chance to manage a premier apartment building in New York; while the couple is seduced by the intoxicating lifestyle of the Upper East Side, supernatural forces in the building make Henry and Jane question their decision.

Boardwalk Empire

Episode: Bone for Tuna
Nucky reluctantly joins Margaret to receive a high honor from the church; Gyp makes a one-time deal with Nucky; Van Alden regrets trying to socialize; Margaret pitches her women’s clinic; Lucky and Meyer protect their investments.

The Mentalist

As Jane tries to determine Lorelei’s (Emmanuelle Chriqui) connection to Red John, the team and the FBI collaborate on an investigation into the murder of a hotel employee.
 

 

 

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27 Sep

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Thursday September 27 What You Should Watch

27 Sep

Big Night tonight, ABC, CBS premieres.

Last Resort the sub drama on ABC with Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher is getting great reviews.

Grey’s Anatomy is back with the plane crash fallout (pardon the pun).

Scandal starts its second season and answers the question Who is Quinn?

Elementary premieres tonight on CBS, will the Americanized version of Sherlock Holmes measure up.

Last Resort

Episode: Captain
After questioning orders to fire at a foreign country, Capt. Marcus Chaplin and the crew of the world’s most-powerful nuclear submarine find themselves under attack and declared enemies of the United States.

Grey’s Anatomy

Following a plane crash, the doctors of Seattle Grace try to cope with loss, adapt to changes and move forward with their lives.
 

Scandal

Information about Quinn’s real identity and past comes out; a senator facing public disgrace asks Olivia for help; Cyrus and Mellie put President Fitz in a compromising position.
 

The Big Bang Theory

Raj faces his loneliness when his friends are out on dates; while in space, Wolowitz gets drawn into a fight between Bernadette and his mom.

Elementary

Episode: Pilot
Detective Sherlock Holmes investigates a home invasion that led to murder.
 

Person of Interest

Reese asks Detectives Carter and Fusco for help finding Finch, who was kidnapped by his nemesis (Amy Acker).

Tuesday September 25, 2012

25 Sep

Very Excited The Mindy project premieres tonight at 9pm on FOX, I saw the pilot on Hulu a few weeks ago. This show is worth your time, this is definitely 30 minutes you will happily give up.

Also, Vegas premieres on CBS at 10pm, I love Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, I hope this one is a hit and stays on for years to come.

The NCIS wonder twins are back tonight.

And Fox’s breakout hit New Girl returns for season 2, will it continue it’s streak or hit the sophomore slump.

Also on, Go On and The New Normal.

What are you looking forward to tonight? Hit the comments with your Tuesday night pick.

The Mindy Project

Episode: Pilot
After getting drunk and disorderly at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Dr. Mindy Lahiri realizes she needs to get her personal and professional life back on track.

Vegas

Episode: Pilot
When rancher Ralph Lamb becomes a sheriff, he begins investigating the murder of the governor’s niece and instantly clashes with mobster Vincent Savino.

NCIS

Following the bombing of NCIS headquarters, the team engages in a cross-agency manhunt for Harper Dearing

NCIS: Los Angeles

Episode: Endgame
Callen faces suspension for shooting the Chameleon; Hetty adjusts to retired life.

New Girl

Episode: Re-Launch
Schmidt throws a “rebranding” party; Jess is fired from her teaching job; a new side of Winston is revealed after he drinks some of Nick’s fruity concoctions.

New Girl

Episode: Katie
Jess meets a handsome stranger (David Walton) who thinks she is his blind date; a regular at Nick’s bar claims he is Nick from the future; Winston’s mother visits.

Go On

Ryan is ecstatic when he’s finally invited to play in Jeremy Roenick‘s hockey game; Anne asks Ryan to a wedding.

The New Normal

Episode: Obama Mama
Shania surprises Bryan and David when she reveals she plans to vote for Obama in her school’s mock election; the guys throw a party to prove that they have a diverse group of friends.

Monday September 24 2012 What You Should Watch

24 Sep

Finally the new season is kicking into high gear this week. Welcome back 2 Broke Girls, Castle and Dancing with The Stars: All Stars

Its the long awaited morning after on Castle, will it be bang or bust for our favorite couple now they have done the deed.  And can the show survive this major shift.

We also have new episodes of Bones and Revolution.  Did you watch the pilot of Revolution? What did you think? Is this going to go the way of Flashforward and The Event or does it have what it takes to make it.  I need to see a few more episodes to get a better sense of where we are headed.

Castle

Castle and Beckett set aside questions about their relationship in order to take on the forces responsible for the murder of Beckett’s mother.
 

2 Broke Girls

Max accompanies Caroline on a trip to a white-collar prison to see Caroline’s father (Steven Weber), who encourages them to make a purchase at the Channing estate auction
 

Bones

A powerful divorce lawyer with a lot of enemies is murdered; the three-month separation between Booth and Brennan starts to take its toll.
 

Revolution

Episode: Chained Heat
When Miles and the gang realize they need help rescuing Danny, they search for Nora, a rebel fighter; Danny learns what Capt. Neville is capable of.

2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

22 Sep

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be given out on September 23rd. The event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. 

Here are my predictions for who will win (WW) vs. should win (SW) vs. my dream win (DW). But as with anything these people aren’t simply judged on the performances, there is politics and popularity. Why do you think they call it a “campaign”. Why do you think Hugh Laurie was nominated so many times and never won. He didn’t play the game and the EP on House David Shore is not well liked in the business. 

Keep in mind the Academy tends to get into a rut, once they start giving an award to a show or a person they tend to keep on giving it. I remember the year Candice Bergen stopped submitting her name for “Murphy Brown” because she had won so many years in a row she wanted someone else to have a shot. 

COMEDY SERIES

The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“Girls” (HBO)
Modern Family” (ABC) – WW -SW
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“Veep” (HBO)

No dream win in this category, for my money “Modern Family” was the funniest of these shows.  I really don’t think VEEP or Girls deserved a nomination. VEEP had 8 episodes and Girls 12, compared to 22 that Big Bang or Modern Family produce each season.  VEEP and Girls are the new shiny toys and Lena Dunham is having her moment. I hope it is over soon.

COMEDY ACTOR

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory” | 
Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in “House of Lies” | – DW
Louis C.K. as Louie in “Louie” – WW
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock” | – WW
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in “Two and a Half Men” – SW

I will be shocked if the academy doesn’t award Baldwin again.  If the award was given for pain and suffering Jon Cryer should win. First he had to put up with Charlie and now Ashton, and yet he stayed classy and funny through it all.   I suppose all that TV money makes it a little easier to take. Dream Win, Don Cheadle, I know it wasn’t as many episodes as the networks, and Cheadle’s character was really offensive at times, but his performance was fearless and by far the most interesting on the list.  But we all know the Academy likes to play it safe. 

COMEDY ACTRESS

Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in “Mike & Molly”
Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in “New Girl” | 
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation” – WW and SW
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep”

Don’t get me started on the ridiculous nominations for Dreyfus and Dunham. If it isn’t Poehler’s year I will eat my hat. If anyone else wins it’s a crime.

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR

Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett in “Modern Family” – WW
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family” – WW
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in “Modern Family” | – SW
Max Greenfield as Schmidt in “New Girl” – DW
Bill Hader as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”

This is a tough category, all the Modern Family guys could cancel each other out, and the Academy could award Max Greenfield or Bill Hader. I say its between Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet

SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory” – WW
Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in “Desperate Housewives”
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family” – SW
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie”
Kristen Wiig as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”

Wiig is respected and really popular right now, so it could be her year.  Bowen has won. Vergara has never won, and she was excellent last season, so this could be her year.

DRAMA SERIES

“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Breaking Bad” (AMC) – WW
Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime) – SW-DW
Mad Men” (AMC) – WW

This is so tough, Mad Men was exceptional this year, and it has won the last four years it was nominated.  I would love to see Homeland rewarded, but Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire could upset.  I know everyone is all Downton Abbey happy, but season 2 was awful.  If the Academy plays it safe its Made Men, if they have balls it’s Homeland.

DRAMA ACTRESS

Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in “Damages” | 
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife”
Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in “Harry’s Law”
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland” WW – SW
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men”

If Claire Danes doesn’t win, then the academy (with all due respect) really does have it’s head up it’s ass.  The only way I will accept a Danes’ loss is a Moss win. 

DRAMA ACTOR

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad” | WW
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter”
Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland” SW
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men” DW

Another hard one for me, Jon Hamm was flawless this past season, and he still has yet to awarded for his work. Why does the Academy hate him so much, he never wins the popularity contest.  Damian Lewis was a revelation, so much depth, playing a role within a role.  Cranston has won, Buscemi won last year, come on academy give someone else a try.

SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS

Anna Gunn as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad” –
Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt as Anna in “Downton Abbey”
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in “Mad Men” – WW – SW – DW

I can make an argument for each of these women to win. But if we are judging based solely on acting, not politics, sentiment or popularity, then it should be Christina Hendricks’ year. But we all know how much the Academy loves Breaking Bad, and this is Anna Gunn’s first nomination.

SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad” | 
Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in “Breaking Bad” | WW
Brendan Coyle as John Bates in “Downton Abbey” – DW
Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”
Jared Harris as Lane Pryce “Mad Men” – SW

Jared Harris turned in such a heartbreaking performance as Lane Pryce, his quite desperation as his financial situation worsened, his love for Joan, all culminating in his suicide.  Again, if Jared Harris doesn’t win I will take Brendan Coyle from Downton Abbey, he was certainly a stand out in a bad season. But Giancarlo Esposito is nominated, and again the Academy loves Breaking Bad.

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE

“American Horror Story” (FX)
“Game Change” (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys” (History) – upset

“Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
“Luther” (BBC America) -SW
“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia” (PBS) – WW

Hatfields and McCoys could be the upset, but I think Sherlock is a sure bet.

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in “American Horror Story” | – SW
Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change” – WW
Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn in “Hemingway & Gellhorn” | 
Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone in “Missing”
Emma Thompson as She in “The Song of Lunch”

Toss up between Julianne Moore and Connie Britton, I dont know if the subject matter of American Horror Story will undermine Britton’s chances.  Moore’s Sarah Palin was damn good, she brought depth to what could have been a one note performance. There where actually moments when I felt bad for Palin.

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt in “Game Change”
Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield in “Hatfields & McCoys”
Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys”
Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway in “Hemingway & Gellhorn” | 
Idris Elba as John Luther in “Luther”
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia” – WW

This is such a tight race, so many favorites and so many great performances. But I think Cumberbatch is the odds on favorite.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Frances Conroy as Moira in “American Horror Story”
Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon in “American Horror Story” – WW
Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace “Game Change”
Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys”
Judy Davis as Jill Tankard in “Page Eight”

Jessica Lange all the way.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey in “American Horror Story” – SW-DW
Ed Harris as John McCain in “Game Change”  – WW
Tom Berenger as Jim Vance in “Hatfields & McCoys”
David Strathairn as John Dos Passos in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

To be honest I only saw, Dennis O’Hare and Ed Harris. I wasn’t wowed by Harris’ performance, I thought he played himself with a wig, but he got the arm thing down.  Dennis O’Hare was really terrific, and I would love to see him win, but I don’t think the Academy is going to go for it.  It’s a toss up.

VARIETY SERIES

The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central) – WW
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central) – SW
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

“The Amazing Race” (CBS) – WW SW
“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Robert B. Weide, “Curb Your Enthusiasm ”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Louis C.K., “Duckling” – SW
Jason Winer, “Modern Family”
Steven Levitan, “Modern Family” – WW
Jake Kasdan, “New Girl”

Are they kidding me Lena Dunham got a nomination? Why is everyone in love with this troll. Her show was so skanky and mildly entertaining, is it because she has Judd Aptow backing her.

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Chris McKenna, “Community”
Lena Dunham, “Girls” – WW
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” – SW
Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation”

I hate to say it but if Lena wins anything it will be this category, I am sure they will throw her a bone.

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire” – WW
Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad”
Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey”
Michael Cuesta, “Homeland” – DW
Phil Abraham, “Mad Men” – SW

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey” – WW
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, “Homeland” – DW
Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”
Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men”
Erin Levy & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” – SW

Friday September 21st What You Should Watch

21 Sep

As the Presidential Race heads into the homestretch check out Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO every Friday 10pmEST/7pmPST

Also on cable the Kelsey Grammer drama Boss on Starz 9pmEST/6pmPST

ABC is all new tonight with Shark Tank, What Would You Do and 20/20.

 

Boss

Episode: Backflash
Tensions at the housing project escalate from unrest to rioting; Kane’s past haunts him when he quietly seeks treatment at an alternative clinic.
 

Shark Tank

The sharks question the morality of a potential investment; two business partners have professional surfer Lakey Peterson demonstrate how their exercise equipment works; a man presents a personal style system.
 
 

Thursday September 20th What You Should Watch

20 Sep

Season Premieres tonight, “Up All Night”, “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” on NBC.

Glee” is new tonight with its Britney 2.0 episode, the original Britney episode was genius and highlighted the dancing talents of Heather Morris. Will tonight’s episode bring back some of the magic Glee lost last season.

Grey’s Anatomy” revisits last years plane crash season finale tonight, and “Scandal” is also repeating its season finale.

Glee

Episode: Britney 2.0
Brittany hopes the music of Britney Spears will get her out of a funk; a new friend helps Rachel adjust to life in New York.

Grey’s Anatomy

Episode: Flight
A dangerous situation leaves the doctors fighting to stay alive while trying to save their peers; Ben and Bailey make a decision; Teddy gets a tempting offer; Richard plans a dinner for the residents.

Scandal

Olivia and the team rally when Quinn finds herself in a tragic situation; Cyrus turns to Olivia when an announcement affects Fitz’s presidency.

Up All Night

When Ava’s show is canceled, her friendship with Reagan is tested; Chris decides to go back to work; Reagan hires her brother (Luka Jones) to remodel their bathroom.

The Office

Episode: New Guys
Two new, young employees throw Dwight and Jim off balance; Andy returns from leadership training with a desire for revenge.
 

Parks and Recreation

Leslie is overwhelmed when she and Andy visit Ben and April in Washington, D.C.; Ron throws a barbecue for the whole staff.

Wednesday September 19th What You Should Watch

19 Sep

The X-Factor keeps on rolling this week. What do you think of Britney so far?

Survivor Phillipines Premieres

Big Brother wraps up

ABC and NBC are repeats. I will take repeats of ABC’s comedy block and Revenge at 10 over Survivor and Big Brother any day.

Modern Family

Episode: Baby on Board
While Gloria helps Cam and Mitch pursue an adoption opportunity, Jay and Manny baby-sit Lily; Alex attends her first prom; Haley makes a shocking announcement about her plans for the future

Suburgatory

Tessa feels a void as Chatswin celebrates mothers; Dalia goes to Israel without Dallas; Eden reacts to a baby shower’s theme; Fred arranges a surprise for Sheila; Lisa makes a discovery.

Revenge

Episode: Reckoning
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.
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