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Tuesday 2/7 What You Should Watch

7 Feb

The River premieres tonight on ABC. I am going to skip this one, but if you watch will you let me know what you thought. Thanks

Ringer is all new tonight, and after last weeks big reveal, I can’t wait to see what is in store for us tonight. I hope The CW realizes what a fantastic show this is and renews it for a second season. 

NCIS and NCIS LA all new

Glee and New Girl all new. So I heard Glee is going on a 7 week hiatus. I would have sworn it took a break last week when idol came back so I didn’t think it was a big deal. But the interwebs seem to think differently, people think its because FOX isn’t happy and they ate re-tooling the show for the end of the season.  I guess we will see when the show comes back if anything really big changes. Supposedly Kurt and Rachel will be back next year, so that means they are not going to NYADA. I wonder if Kurt’s dad will die and that will prompt him to stay in Lima. Maybe he will be show choir director and go up against New Directions.

Tonight’s episode features guest star Ricky Martin. Did you know Ricky is heading to Broadway, he is playing Che in the Evita revival. This is the role made famous by Mandy Patinkin, he has some very big shows to fill. Mandy is the greatest Che, ever, period!!

Top Spot



When Juliet’s mother, Catherine (Andrea Roth), visits, she wreaks havoc on Bridget and Andrew’s relationship; Bridget thinks she’s discovered the key to learning more about her sister.


Will asks a musically inclined night school teacher (Ricky Martin) to help the glee club with a Spanish singing assignment; Rachel tells Kurt and Mercedes about Finn’s proposal.

The River

Six months after adventurer Dr. Emmet Cole goes missing in the Amazon, his location beacon sends out a signal; Emmet’s wife, Tess, along with her son and Emmet’s film crew, embark on a journey to find him; a crew member goes missing.


Gibbs questions the choices he has made during the course of his life when a man pulls a gun on him at a diner.

NCIS: Los Angeles

Episode: Partners
When a diplomatic service van transporting an unidentified package is hijacked, the team must determine what was stolen and by whom; as Sam and Callen celebrate five years as partners, they face a challenging assignment.

Listings courtesy of Zap2it.com


Homeland – “Achilles Heel”

21 Nov

Last nights episode of Homeland, “Achilles Heel” made it very clear that everything you think you know about this show is wrong.

The last five minutes of last night’s episode turned the show again in a new direction or is it back to the same direction it was before Brody’s “confession”. I really believed everything Brody told Carrie in “The Weekend”, boy do I feel stupid.  What a great liar Brody is, I already thought Damian Lewis‘ performance was fantastic, tonight’s reveal sealed it.  Mr. Lewis we will see you at the Emmy’s.

Back to the episode, Brody and his family reconciled, Carrie will always be alone, Saul and his wife officially broke up, the CIA is on Tom Walker’s trail and Brody is being courted to run for Congress.  The last bit is a little to Manchurian Candidate for me, this show is too smart for that, so I am sure it will turn again.

Tom Walker, is alive, turned and on the run with a gun. His wife let him know his call was being traced and he was able to escape. Due to a communications screw up, two innocent men where shot in a Mosque while they were praying.  There is going to be some fallout from that I am sure.

I have no idea which way this show is going, which is fine by me. I like smart TV that you can’t figure out, it keeps you guessing and builds on itself every week.

This was another stellar episode with great performances. I am sure we will also see Claire Danes at the Emmy’s next September. Not sure if Mandy Patinkin will make the cut, but he should.  I have followed his career since he was on Broadway as Che in Evita. What a voice!!

Here is a sneak peek for next week

Homeland on Showtime

30 Oct

Homeland on Showtime, is based on an Israeli series called Hatufim (Prisoners of War). The show stars Claire Danes as CIA officer Carrie Mathison, who is convinced a recently returned Iraq POW Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis was turned, and is a threat to national security.

Homeland’s creators and executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, who brought us “24”, have gone in completely different direction with the tone of this show. Homeland delivers its protect national security message more quietly then “24”.  Homeland reflects the growth of the country and how we manage our fear and anxiety about terrorism.  Where “24”, was all hysteria the threat is everywhere, Homeland is a character study on the effects of that hysteria.

Both Carrie and Brody are dealing with their psychological demons brought on by their experiences in Iraq, as the viewer we get to see the parallel that is drawn between the 2, it is a nice piece of story telling.

The main action of the show surrounds the, “is he or isn’t he” question, so far the show has done an excellent job of keeping this unanswered. There are moments when you think you have a scene that shows he is turned, but then is zigs instead of zags.  For example, he is shown praying as a muslim, carpet and all, you could argue he is definitely turned, he has been brain washed or he assimilated to survive and hasn’t let go of that assimilation.

Rounding out the cast; the always superb Mandy Patinkin, who plays Carrie’s mentor Saul, and Morena Baccarin who plays Brody’s wife Jessica.

Bottom line, the show is worth checking out, the performances by Lewis and Danes are strong, and the story is compelling. 

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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