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What’s Coming in 2013

6 Dec

We have reached the mid-way point of the 2012-2013 TV season, as we slide into the holidays and say good-bye to 2012 lets take a peek at what’s on tap for 2013.

Downton Abbey season 3 Sunday at 9 on PBS – Season 3 has already aired on the BBC, if want to know what happens just Google.  Shirley MacLaine has joined the cast as Cora Crawley’s mother (Elizabeth McGovern). I guess Shirley and Maggie can try to out insult each other, my money is on Dame Maggie.  Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) are finally engaged, will they get married? Word on the street, Dan Steven’s is not returning for Season 4, will they pull a Becky Connor and slip us a new Matthew? The storyline I am most interested in is Bates (Brendan Coyle), will his lady-love Anna (Joanne Froggatt) be able to get him out of jail?  Somebody dies in childbirth this season. wonder who?downton abbey

 Bunheads season 2 9pm Monday on ABC Family – I was and still am a devoted Gilmore Girls fan, I had such high hopes for Amy Sherman Palladino‘s new show. I watched all season, there where bright spots, and a lot of Gilmore alumni showing up (we really need Scott Patterson) but nothing could save the show because the lead, Sutton Foster is horrible. Sure, she is a Tony award-winning musical theatre legend, but stage actors don’t always know how to pull it in for the small screen. Lets hope she got some coaching in the off-season. Yes I will be tuning in again, I want to see if it will rebound.

Girls season 2 9pm Sunday on HBO – I don’t why but I like this crazy crew of self-involved hipsters. Will success spoil Girls? Tune into season 2 and find out.

Enlightened season 2 9:30pm Sunday on HBO – It started slow, but with strong performances by Laura Dern and a tight ensemble this show hooked me. I can’t wait to see Amy stick it to the man this season. Revolution!!! And did I mention the addition of the dreamy Dermot Mulruney, mmmmmm hello salty goodness.

House of Lies season 2 10pm Sunday on Showtime – Don Cheadle and his band of merry consultants are back, with a hearty mix of outlandish plot twists and complicated characters Showtime has another winner on its hands. 

And finally the 2 shows I am looking most forward to

SuitsSuits season 2 10pm Thursday on USA – Some of the best writing on TV, a tight ensemble and a wardrobe to die for this show has it all. Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Mike (Patrick J. Adams) are back doing what they do best, wining cases with a healthy side dish of snark. 

Smash season 2 10pm Monday on NBC – Ok this was the show I loved to criticize, it was such an easy target and I should feel bad for taking advantage, but I don’t.  It asked for it, with its ridiculous plots, and one-dimensional characters. If it wasn’t for the incredible talent that is Megan Hilty and the scene stealing womanizing creep Derek, played expertly by Jack Davenport, I wouldn’t have stuck with it.  They fired the shows creator, and cut the cast, which all sounded promising until I saw the sneak preview.  Too much Katharine McPhee, and even though I love her, Jennifer Hudson is just stunt casting. smash s2

Returning Favorites

Fringe will complete it’s series run in early February.

Nashville my official guilty pleasure of new TV season.

Arrow I didn’t think lightning could strike twice but The CW did again with Arrow. Makes me miss Smallville seasons 1-5. Note to the Arrow show runner, stop using the Luthor mansion for the Queen mansion. Did you think we wouldn’t notice?Arrow

Emmy Nominations 2012

21 Jul

Lets talk about the Emmy nominations.

Emmy Award

Emmy Award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First the snubs, any and all of Revenge, really Academy, no Gabriel Mann, (Nolan), no Ashton Holmes (Tyler), don’t get me started on the lack of Emily Van Camp or Madeline Stowe.

But the biggest and longest running Emmy injustice is their failure to recognize John Noble, Walter Bishop on Fringe. This man consistently turns in a stand out performance week after week, for 22 episodes. Not some mini-series of 6 or 12, yes I am talking to you Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), John Hamm ( Mad Men) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). It’s like giving teacher of the year to a substitute, its lame.

And while we are on the subject, how does Veep and Girls get nominated, they weren’t that funny. Where all the broadcast sitcoms really that bad, what about Community and Parks and Recreation. Oh Academy is HBO paying you guys off or something. And Lena Dunham‘s nomination for lead actress is an insult to the rest of the women on the list.  I hope Amy Poehler wins, that would be sweet.

Did you know that there are no other supporting actors in a comedy on any other show other than Modern Family, that all but one slot went to that show is ridiculous.

I have learned with these awards that it is politics and favorites, its high school all over again. Just like life, work is nothing more than high school repeated with cliques and pets, and so are these awards. Ok, bitterness rant over.

More disappointments, Vincent Kartheiser and John Slattery from Mad Men, but, Jared Harris’ nomination makes it a little better.

What about Person of Interest, or Blue Bloods. Does the Academy have any other channel besides HBO?

What was I happy with, it was nice that Downton Abbey was recognized, unfortunately its was a horrible season. I was very happy that Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates) was recognized. He is by far my favorite Downton character.  Good to see Louis C.K. get nominated, I am not a fan of the show, but I respect what he is doing.

Also good, but expected, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis from Homeland, I think Claire is the odds on favorite to win. Damian not so much, it would be great if John Hamm finally won. Hamm gave a fantastic performance this season, Weiner gave him some very complex material this past season and Hamm delivered. His performance was so understated, those performances are usually undervalued because the actor isn’t chewing up the scenery. 

I was extremely pleased to see Ben Feldman’s name on the list for best supporting actor in a drama, he was a great addition to Mad Men this season, I can’t wait to see what Weiner does with him next year. This actor has a come a long way from being Jane’s guardian angel Fred on Drop Dead Diva.  The supporting actor in a drama category is the tightest race there is, Dylan Baker, Michael J. Fox both for The Good Wife, Jeremy Davies (Justified), Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) and Jason Ritter (Parenthood).

There were some other nominations that were pretty much a gimme, but deserving none the less. Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore for Game Change, Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman for Hemingway and Gellhorn and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock. 

All in all, no surprises (well none in a good way), Veep and Girls were bad surprises.  The rest was as pretty much as expected.

The Emmy’s will be given out on September 23rd, Jimmy Kimmel is hosting, he brings the funny so at least we have that.

What are your thoughts on the nominations? Did one of your favorites get left off the list? Sound off in the comments below.

4/14 Saturday What You Should Watch

14 Apr

I don’t normally do a Saturday post, but there are a couple of things on tonight worth mentioning.

Julian Fellows, Oscar winning writer (Gosford Park), creator and writer of the very successful Downton Abbey has written a 4 part Titanic mini-series airing 3 hours tonight on ABC and concluding with one hour tomorrow night.

Until James Cameron’s Titanic the best movie Hollywood had produced on the subject was A Night To Remember, airing tonight on Turner Classic Movies at 10pm.


Tensions rise during a disastrous tea party; the ship’s encounter with an iceberg incites chaos and panic on deck; a passenger, Louisa, must choose between her husband and her daughter; passengers race for spots on the remaining lifeboats.
A Night to Remember(1958)

A ship’s officer sees disaster as the Titanic hits an iceberg and slowly sinks on its 1912 maiden voyage.

Kenneth More, David McCallum, Honor Blackman, Jill Dixon, Laurence Naismith

February Sweeps Highs and Lows

23 Feb

As February 2012 sweeps draws to a close, lets take a moment to reflect on the highs and lows.

Strictly by the numbers, the Super Bowl with 113 million viewers was the big winner.  It was a pretty great game, the halftime show was ok and the commercials didn’t live up to the hype.  But the game was great.


Revenge: Who got shot? The big reveal was good, the build up was really good. The episode answered one question  and set up a whole host of others. I am really looking forward to the rest of this season.



Fringe:  Olivia remembers everything, and so is everyone else!!  Maybe Peter doesn’t have to go home, maybe they are all coming to him.

NCIS: Hello Jamie Lee Curtis.  

The Good Wife: Will’s grand jury trial and suspension, Alicia and Klinda reunited and it feels so good.



House: Chases arc, House under review, now that is how you do a final season. Well done.

Downton Abbey: Grand drama as only the Brits can do it. If you missed it check it on iTunes or Netflix.


Smash: I had high hopes the pilot was strong, but the follow up episodes are tedious and Katherine McPhee can’t act. 

Glee: What have they done to this show, it used to be fun, with the singing and the dancing. Not its teen marriage, suicides and car accidents. Really Quinn gets back on the cherios only to become paralyzed in a car accident. Is Ryan Murphy, the genius who brough us Nip/Tick and American Horror story even checking in on this mess anymore. The creativity is gone, the show is done.

Hart of Dixie: Big deal everyone found out Lemon found her mother, Zoe found out about Lemon and Lavon. Big Yawn Fest. Stick a fork in this on its not getting renewed.




Castle: This show has definitely lost its way. The season started strong with Beckett’s shooting and recovery, but its lost its way. The Noir episode was dull and the big two part Castle event with Jennifer Beals felt like it was missing something.

What did you think of sweeps what were your highs and lows.

Sunday 2/19 What You Should Watch

19 Feb

Good Wife is back, Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice are back.  Downton Abbey wraps up season 2 on PBS. PanAm airs it finale tonight, thanks for flying PanAm have a pleasant day.

If the previews are to be believed Will is going to be suspended. Once Upon A Time returns to the story of Snow White and Prince Charming.

Once Upon a Time

David decides to tell Kathryn about his relationship with Mary Margaret; as Prince Charming searches for Snow White, he agrees to help Abigail with a dangerous mission.

The Good Wife

Lockhart & Gardner leads a suit against a company that produced software that allowed the Syrian government to make American citizens disappear.

The Celebrity Apprentice

Episode: Hero Worship
The teams each create a sandwich and sell it at a local deli; the men start out down one player, due to an accident.

The Amazing Race

One team struggles with anxiety as everyone travels to Argentina; the contestants must skydive from a plane at 10,000 feet.

Masterpiece Classic

Episode: Downton Abbey
The family gathers at Downton Abbey for Christmas

Sunday Feb 12th What You Should Watch

12 Feb

The Grammy’s are on tonight, everyone is predicting a big night for Adele.  Of course the death of Whitney Houston yesterday makes it hard to celebrate. 

Sweeps continues, Once Upon A Time is all new.  This isn’t the must watch show it once was, I record and watch later, I hope it re-bounds before the end of the season.

Pan Am is new tonight, wasn’t this show cancelled? I am sure the studio wants to air the episodes it paid for but using coveted sweeps time, very puzzling.

 Downton Abbey is on, if you haven’t checked out the latest British import you should.  Its great fun, fantastic acting, strong story and solid acting.  PBS at 9pm.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards

Festivities at Staples Center in Los Angeles honor excellence in the recording industry; LL Cool J hosts.

Masterpiece Classic

Episode: Downton Abbey
Spanish influenza strikes Downton Abbey; Mary, Sybil and Robert confront the truth; Anna and Bates find happiness

Once Upon a Time

Episode: Skin Deep
When Mr. Gold’s house is robbed, Emma suspects he is planning to seek vigilante justice; Ruby, Mary Margaret and Ashley (Jessy Schram) plan a night out on Valentine’s Day; Belle (Emilie de Ravin) makes a deal.

Sunday 2/5 What You Should Watch

5 Feb

The Superbowl is on tonight. Are you ready for the commercials, Madonna’s halftime show and modern-day gladiators on the gridiron?

BTW, I heard Madonna’s new song and man does it suck. 

The Voice’s season première is on right after the big game on NBC. Downton Abbey is also new tonight on PBS.

If you haven’t jumped on the Downton bandwagon I suggest you check it out. Season 1 is available on Netflix and PBS runs repeats of season 2 episodes on their site and during the week. The show has already aired the complete season on the BBC so you can read episode summaries on IMDB if you need to get caught up.

Super Bowl XLVI

Tom Brady will try to win his fourth Super Bowl ring as he leads the Patriots against Eli Manning and the NFC Champion Giants in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. From Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Voice

S02, E01

Hopeful vocalists audition for the judges.

Masterpiece Classic

Episode: Downton Abbey
As the war comes to an end, Mary and Sir Richard go looking for an estate; a wounded officer makes a shocking revelation

Sunday 1/28 What You Should Watch

29 Jan

It’s a busy night on TV.

The ProBowl is on NBC at 7

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are on TNT at 8

New episodes of Once Upon A Time, The Good Wife and Downton Abbey air tonight.

The Good Wife looks really good, Wendy Scott Car is going after Will. Based on the previews she puts Alicia on the stand and asks her about the affair. And its not even February sweeps yet!

What will you be watcing tonight. I am lucky, I get the SAG awards at 5, so I can watch my awards and not miss OUAT or TGW.

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Awards ceremony honors performers at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

The Good Wife

Wendy Scott-Carr presents her evidence against Will in an effort to send him to prison; Eli and Stacie Hall face off.

Once Upon a Time

Sidney asks Emma for help uncovering evidence that could expose Regina’s corrupt ways; David and Mary Margaret continue to meet secretly; King Leopold (Richard Schiff) is granted three wishes.

Masterpiece Classic

Episode: Downton Abbey
Matthew and William face uncertain fates; Vera plays a cruel game with Bates and Anna; Daisy faces the toughest test of her young life.

Sunday 1/22 What You Should Watch

22 Jan

New tonight, Once Upon A Time, Downton Abbey, Desperate Housewives, PanAm (wasn’t this cancelled), Prime Suspect (cancelled so they are burning thru the last of the new episodes), American Idol after the big playoff game.

The Good Wife is a repeat, of A New Day, an impressive episode that deserves a re-watch.

Once Upon a Time

Episode: 7:15 A.M.
David and Mary Margaret continue to struggle with their feelings; a mysterious stranger in town makes Regina and Emma suspicious; Prince Charming’s wedding approaches.

The Good Wife

Episode: A New Day
 Alicia must put aside personal distractions as she defends a Muslim student accused of murdering a Jewish classmate.

Pan Am

Episode: New Frontiers
Maggie shares her reservations about Amanda (Ashley Greene) with Ted; Colette befriends an attractive, mysterious man during a flight to Rome; Dean is accosted by customs officials looking for a smuggler; Kate learns how to be a pickpocket.

1/8 Sunday What You Should Watch

8 Jan

More new episodes, Once Upon A Time, The Good Wife, The Firm premieres tonight on NBC and the second season of Downton Abbey premieres on Masterpiece Classic at 9. Check your local PBS station.

9:00 – 11:00 PMNBC

 Based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, “The Firm” is a new drama series that continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere who, as a young associate 10 years earlier, had brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which had been operating as a front for the Chicago mob. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection Program, McDeere and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future — only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere. Written by NBC Publicity  

Once Upon a Time

Emma runs for public office, leading Regina and Mr. Gold to indulge in dirty politics; Rumpelstiltskin searches for a power source to help his son avoid war.

The Good Wife

A couple whose divorce was handled by Lockhart/Gardner accuses the firm of influencing them for financial gain.

Masterpiece Classic

Episode: Downton Abbey
Matthew and others go off to war, while some try to avoid it.
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